As millions of people shop online for new insurance plans under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, about 10 percent of applications to the main website are not being accurately transmitted, a government spokeswoman said on Friday. Last week, the White House wrapped up a five-week emergency effort to fix the most obvious of the website's technical problems and between midnight on Sunday and noon on Friday, government health officials said 3.7 million people visited. HealthCare.gov relays information about new customers in so-called "834" transaction forms to the private insurance companies that provide the health plans. "We believe nine of 10 transactions are being successfully transmitted," the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, spokeswoman Julie Bataille said at a news briefing.
By Miguel Gutierrez MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Six men suspected of stealing a dangerous radioactive cargo from a truck outside Mexico City earlier this week have been treated in a hospital for signs of radiation exposure and remain under police guard, officials said on Friday. On Monday, thieves hijacked the truck that had been carrying cobalt-60, a radioactive substance used for medical and industrial applications that can also be used as an ingredient in a "dirty bomb." Police located the truck on Wednesday but found that the robbers had removed the radioactive material from a protective case, exposing themselves to dangerous levels of radiation, before dumping it less than a mile away. Pedro Noble, the health secretary of the state of Hidalgo, told local television the men showed signs of "critical, close contact" with radioactive material. The truck, which was taking the material from a hospital in the northern city of Tijuana to a radioactive waste-storage center, was seized when its driver stopped at a gas station in the town of Temascalapa, 35 km (22 miles) northeast of Mexico City.
As millions of people shop online for new insurance plans under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, about 10 percent of applications to the main website are not being accurately transmitted, a government spokeswoman said on Friday. Once the permanent system is built, the government and insurers can reconcile the payments made with the plan data to "true up" payments, he said.
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida researcher is preparing to test massive dust storms in the upper atmosphere that roll in from Africa to see whether pathogens raining down on the state could be responsible for plant, animal or human disease. University of Florida aerobiologist Andrew Schuerger said his air sampling device mounted under the wing of an F-104 Starfighter jet is the first capable of capturing particles directly from the clouds which drop 50 million metric tons of dust a year on U.S. soil. The effort will be the most in-depth yet to test the health risks of the dust clouds which cross the Atlantic in summer, according to Scheurger. A few previous studies of small samples collected at ground level suggest the presence of Bacillus megaterium, Serratia liquefaciens, and species of Streptomyces and Pseudomonas, all of which are potential plant or human pathogens.
The active ingredients in the little blue pill could have another purpose: Providing relief for women affected by severe menstrual cramps, a small new study suggests. Researchers from the Penn State College of Medicine found that when sildenafil citrate, more commonly known as Viagra, was applied vaginally to women plagued by severe menstrual cramps, they experienced pain relief compared with placebo. Sildenafil citrate is currently used as a drug to treat erectile dysfunction in men. ...
Stomach flu is going around MIT. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology released a statement announcing a gastroenteritis outbreak on its campus, which includes symptoms of diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Two of the people were seen by MIT Medical staff at the beginning of the week, and 16 more were seen on Wednesday (Dec. 5).
Beware: Magnets can be extremely dangerous. One Florida teen learned the lesson firsthand after she accidentally swallowed rare-earth magnets at school last month. Christin Rivas, 14, was rushed to the emergency room for an X-ray, but a doctor sent her home, telling Rivas' mother that the magnets would pass. Five days later, the teen underwent emergency surgery during which the magnets -- along with part of her colon and appendix -- were removed. Now, Rivas is sharing her story in hopes of warning others of the danger playing with the magnets poses. "I do feel it was one of those
Jack Osbourne, son of Ozzy, was just 26 -- and his daughter just weeks old -- when he was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis. "I had about four days of like, 'Pity party, woe is me, it's all over,'" he says in the clip above of his recent HuffPost Live appearance. "Then I did some research and spoke with doctors and got in contact with people who have MS, and I soon realized it's actually a lot more manageable than the kind of public perception of it is, and that's part of the reason why I've been so
By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 12/06/2013 03:56 PM EST on LiveScience Men with a condition that causes a curvature of the penis now have a drug treatment option that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Today, the agency said it had approved the drug Xiaflex to treat Peyronie's disease, a condition that causes a curvature in the penis, which can make it difficult for men to achieve erections, or make erections painful. The curvature is caused by scar tissue under the skin of the penis, which is felt as a lump, and may develop after injury