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Nearly half of U.S. adults fear surprise bills, do,

Nearly half of U.S. adults fear surprise bills, do,

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Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Nearly half of adults in the United States report that concerns over unexpected medical bills keeps them from seeking care, according to a survey by the American Heart Association. In addition, more than 40% of respondents indicated that if they received an unexpected medical bill for $ 1,000, they would not have the money to pay for it, the data showed. Advertisement Two-thirds of respondents with private health insurance also said they have received an unexpected medical bill, and of those, one in three was not able to pay it. Perhaps as a result, more than 80% of survey respondents would like to see Congress pass legislation to end surprise medical billing, the American Heart Association said. "Surprise medical bills are a major driver of financial anxiety and disrupt...
England sees 30% drop in new COVID-19 infections amid lockdowns

England sees 30% drop in new COVID-19 infections amid lockdowns

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Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Recent lockdown restrictions imposed in England to reduce the spread of COVID-19 appear to be working, with a 30% drop in new infections over the past month, according to research released Monday by Imperial College London. Since the implementation of new protocols -- including business closures and limits on public gatherings -- based on local infection rates earlier in November, the country has seen its new coronavirus reproduction, or R, number fall to 0.88, the data showed. Advertisement The R number measures how many people infected with the virus spread it to others, so lower figures suggest reduced transmission, the researchers said. Although it is not among the official statistics used to track the epidemic, the R number for some parts of the United States may be ...
Researchers link specific gut bacteria to irritable bowel syndrome

Researchers link specific gut bacteria to irritable bowel syndrome

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Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Researchers have discovered a connection between Brachyspira, a specific intestinal bacterium, and the incidence of irritable bowel syndrome, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Gut. The discovery could lead to new medication and remedy for the illness, which affects the large intestine with cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas and diarrhea or constipation, said researchers at Sweden's University of Gothenburg. Advertisement The syndrome affects between 25 and 45 million people in the United States, the majority of them female, and between 5% and 10% of the world population, according to the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders. The researchers used biopsies of intestines to determine a link between the Brachispira bacteria, which...
Fauci: US may see ‘surge upon surge’ of virus in weeks ahead

Fauci: US may see ‘surge upon surge’ of virus in weeks ahead

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The nation's top infectious disease expert said Sunday that the U.S. may see “surge upon a surge” of the coronavirus in the weeks after Thanksgiving, and he does not expect current recommendations around social distancing to be relaxed before Christmas.Meanwhile, in a major reversal, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio said the nation's largest school system will reopen to in-person learning and increase the number of days a week many children attend class. The announcement came just 11 days after the Democratic mayor said schools would shut down because of rising COVID-19 cases.“We feel confident that we can keep schools safe,” he said.Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told ABC’s “This Week” that the level of infection in the U.S. woul
The Latest: Hong Kong to close schools amid virus surge

The Latest: Hong Kong to close schools amid virus surge

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HONG KONG — Hong Kong has reported 115 new coronavirus infections, the first time it has seen cases in the triple digits since Aug. 2.The government on Sunday also announced that classes at kindergarten, primary and secondary schools will be shut for the rest of the year in light of the worsening coronavirus situation in the city.Of the 115 infections reported Sunday, 24 were untraceable. Another 62 were linked to recent outbreaks in dance studios across the city, taking the total number of infections in that cluster to 479, health officials said.Employees and recent guests at three restaurants in the city have also been ordered to undergo compulsory testing after multiple positive cases had been linked to the venues.Hong Kong has reported 6,239 coronavirus infections since the pandemic be