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A recent front-page story in the Washington Post reported that researchers have detected the Zika virus in Aedes albopictus, a common mosquito that can be found as far north as New England. This greatly increases the number of U.S. states at risk for transmission of the disease. This discovery was reported by the Pan American Health Organization after the virus was detected in Asian tiger mosquitos in Mexico.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/new-discovery-means-more-us-states-will-face-a-risk-from-zika/2016/04/29/497ffa98-0d59-11e6-bc53-db634ca94a2a_print.html



The Hill reports that 18 million Americans have gained access to healthcare coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act, known in many circles as ObamaCare. These findings were from a study conducted by the Urban Institute, and they are similar to another recent study that concluded that the A.C.A. allowed about 20 million Americans to have coverage.

The article stated that approximately 16.9 million Americans gained coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces and the expansion of Medicaid, the law’s two main provisions. The remaining 1.2 million Americans are young adults who are allowed to stay on their parents’ health plans until the age of 26.

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/276692-18m-people-gained-coverage-from-obamacare-study-finds



An article posted on the New York Times “Well” blog suggests that high-fat diets can be linked to daytime sleepiness. According to research published in the medical journal “Nutrients,” men who were in the highest one-quarter of fat intake in an 1,800 person survey were 78 percent more likely to feel sleepy in the middle of the day and almost three times as likely to have sleep apnea when compared to those who were in the lowest one-quarter of fat intake. The connection between fat intake and sleep apnea was also more apparent in people with a higher body mass index.

http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/8/4/207/htm


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