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12/17/2018

A federal judge in Texas has ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional following the repeal of the law's individual mandate penalty, but administration officials said the law, which could end up before the Supreme Court, stands while the decision is appealed. Legal experts questioned the rationale behind the ruling's discussion of congressional intent, noting Congress considered unraveling the entire law but ultimately did not do so.

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12/17/2018

The corrections system may be vulnerable to lawsuits over failure to provide opioid addiction treatment to inmates, a law firm suggests in a memo written for Bloomberg American Health Initiative. Released prisoners are highly susceptible to overdosing, raising possible issues under federal civil rights laws and the Eighth Amendment, the Akin Gump firm asserts.

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Axios
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Akin Gump
12/17/2018

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Democrats will fight "tooth and nail" against a federal judge's decision to strike down the Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional, and he said they will push for a vote urging intervention. House Democrats also said they would pursue a vote to force members to go on the record regarding the case.

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Politico, The Hill
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Chuck Schumer, ACA
12/17/2018

Despite years of warnings about creating secure passwords to protect personal data, in 2018 the two worst passwords of all time -- "123456" and "password" -- are still being used, according to SplashData, a company that provides password management applications. "It's a real head-scratcher that with all the risks known, and with so many highly publicized hacks such as Marriott and the National Republican Congressional Committee, that people continue putting themselves at such risk year-after-year," says SplashData CEO Morgan Slain.

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BGR
12/17/2018

A study in the European Journal of Nutrition revealed no significant association between higher consumption of rice and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Singaporean researchers used a cohort of 45,411 Chinese adults, ages 45 to 74, and found that replacing one daily serving of rice with red meat, noodles and poultry was tied to a higher diabetes risk, while replacing rice with a portion of whole-grain or white bread reduced diabetes risk.

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NDTV (India)
12/17/2018

A study in Diabetologia showed an association between type 2 diabetes and declines in verbal memory and fluency among older patients. Australian researchers recruited 705 participants ages 55 to 90 without dementia, with and without diabetes, and found no evidence that brain atrophy mediated the diabetes-cognition relationship or occurred at a faster rate over time.

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diabetes
12/17/2018

Leaders serve most effectively when they invite a "full range" of feedback and listen carefully, writes Rodger Dean Duncan. Ask for honest input about your performance and take the necessary measures to improve, he writes.

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Leadership Freak
12/17/2018

Researchers evaluated adolescent girls with obesity, mean age of 15, and found that a 1-hour oral glucose tolerance test and a 2-hour OGTT had similar diagnostic accuracy for predicting prediabetes. The findings in Pediatric Diabetes revealed that a 1-hour OGTT "could be a shorter, clinically acceptable alternative for assessing the risk of progression to prediabetes," the researchers said.

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Obesity
12/17/2018

The Synergy Between PCI With TAXUS and Cardiac Surgery, or SYNTAX, score independently predicted five-year major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events and hard cardiovascular events among patients with diabetes and complex coronary artery disease who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention, but not among those who had undergone coronary artery bypass grafting, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers analyzed data from the FREEDOM trial involving 1,900 patients and found a higher MACCE incidence among those in the PCI group with low, intermediate and high SYNTAX scores, compared with the CABG group.

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Endocrinology Advisor
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diabetes
12/17/2018

Researchers found that a sedentary lifestyle among patients with a body mass index between 18.5 kg/m2 and 24.9 kg/m2 raises their risk for cardiovascular disease, compared with those who were overweight. The findings in The American Journal of Cardiology, based on 2011 to 2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data on patients without CVD, ages 40 to 79, showed that compared with those who were overweight, patients with a healthy weight and healthy characteristics were at a reduced CVD risk.