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Deadline week crunch for health law sign-ups under Trump

The Trump administration came into office looking to dismantle Barack Obama’s health care law, but the Affordable Care Act survived. Now the administration is on the hook to deliver a smooth ending to sign-up season, with a crush of customers expected this week. For millions of eligible consumers time runs out on Friday. Dec. 15 is the last day for procrastinators to enroll in subsidized private coverage in 39 states served by the federal website. Consumer interest has remained brisk, even as the Trump administration cut the sign-up season…

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What Donald Trump’s Diet Coke habit may be saying about his health

In a world where people are slowly swapping buckets of KFC chicken for homemade acai bowls, there is a man sitting in the White House, drinking 12 Diet Cokes a day. The confession, contained in a New York Times piece, is vaguely reminiscent of Australian radio star Kyle Sandilands, who earlier this year admitted to “drinking Coca Cola like it was water” and who told he drank 30 coffees a day.  President Donald Trump drinks up to 12 diet cokes a day.  Photo: Instagram/@realdonaldtrump “I was almost dead last year. My problem was…

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Mental health: Jeremy Hunt says the NHS needs to 'be better' at dealing with crisis patients

The health secretary says the NHS must be better at dealing with mental health crisis cases. Jeremy Hunt, who’s in charge of the health service in England, was speaking to Newsbeat about our iPlayer documentary My Mind and Me. He watched Radio 1 listener Bex talk about failures when she needed urgent help after a mental health crisis. Mr Hunt admits there’s a “bottleneck in parts of the country” for mental health beds. “Compared to the scale of what we want to do which is to be much better at…

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Call for lung health screening in top football clubs

Professional footballers should be screened for exercise-induced asthma, researchers say, after a study found three in 10 could be affected. University of Kent scientists used lung tests to identify players with symptoms and improved their fitness after treatment. Elite athletes are known to be prone to asthma-related problems because of their high-intensity breathing. Experts said screening made sense and could prevent later problems. In the study, presented at a meeting of the British Thoracic Society, 97 footballers in England from two Premier League clubs, one Championship club and a League…

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AP Exclusive: Poor health and high expectations for Medicaid

People on Medicaid are more prone to smoke, struggle with depression and obesity, or rate their own health as fair or poor. But that’s not the whole story. A new study suggests that low-income Medicaid recipients are also invested in their health, with 4 out of 5 saying they have a personal doctor, 3 out of 5 saying they eat healthy, and nearly half saying they exercise frequently. Experts say the analysis for The Associated Press by the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index indicates that Medicaid could gain by putting more emphasis…

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Daisy Ridley: Social media is bad for mental health

Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley says becoming famous made her delete her social media. The 25-year-old, who stars as Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, quit Instagram earlier this year. In an interview with Radio Times, she says she did it because of how bad it is for mental health. Ridley says: “The more I read about teenage anxiety, the more I think it’s highly unhealthy for people’s mental health.” She adds: “It’s such a weird thing for young people to look at distorted images of things they should…

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