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Obamacare signups down 13 percent from 2017

Obamacare signups down 13 percent from 2017

Health
Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The number of people signing up for Healthcare plans in the Affordable Care Act exchanges following the fourth week of open enrollment is down 13 percent from 2017. From Sunday, Nov. 18 to Saturday, Nov. 24, 500,437 consumers purchased plans on Healthcare.gov, a nearly 4,000 plan decline from the 504,181 people who selected plans last year, according to report on Wednesday from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The reported numbers took a sharp decline from last week when nearly 750,000 people signed up for plans. Healthcare.gov sells plans in 39 states that don't have individual marketplaces. So far, 2,424,913 people have signed up for plans, which lags behind last year's number of 2,781,260 -- a nearly 13 percent drop in enrollments. That decline may be d...
NFL reports preseason concussions rose 73 percent in 2017

NFL reports preseason concussions rose 73 percent in 2017

Sports
The National Football League reported that there was a 73 percent increase in preseason concussions last year, with most of them coming during 11-on-11 drills in practices ahead of games. Jeff Miller, NFL executive vice president of health and safety initiatives, said the league is sharing information about each team's concussions last year in an effort to reduce the number of concussions. "It's not a matter of having five or six recidivistic clubs that we have to discipline into line," said Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL's chief medical officer said, via ESPN.com. "This is a league-wide issue where everyone has to understand it's on all of us to work on. It might sound trite to say, but any concussion we save is important to us. We want to put the awareness out there ... and make sure we'r...
NASA: 2017 was second warmest year since 1880

NASA: 2017 was second warmest year since 1880

Science
Jan. 18 (UPI) -- NASA temperature measurements suggest 2017 was the second warmest year since detailed record keeping began in 1880. NOAA data suggests last year was the third warmest in modern history."The minor difference in rankings is due to the different methods used by the two agencies to analyze global temperatures, although over the long-term the agencies' records remain in strong agreement," NOAA announced in a news release.When mitigating the impacts of the El Nino pattern in the Pacific, the data showed 2017 was the warmest year on record.According to scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, the average global temperature in 2017 was 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the average temperature between 1951 and 1980. Only 2016 was hotter, according to ...
2017 'warmest year without El Niño'

2017 'warmest year without El Niño'

Science
Manmade climate change is now dwarfing the influence of natural trends on the climate, scientists say. Last year was the second or third hottest year on record - after 2016 and on a par with 2015, the data shows. But those two years were affected by El Niño - the natural phenomenon centred on the tropical Pacific Ocean which works to boost temperatures worldwide.Take out this natural variability and 2017 would probably have been the warmest year yet, the researchers say.The acting director of the UK Met Office, Prof Peter Stott, told BBC News: "It's extraordinary that temperatures in 2017 have been so high when there's no El Niño. In fact, we’ve been going into cooler La Niña conditions. "Last year was substantially warmer than 1998 which had a very big El Niño. "It shows clearly that the
Blue Planet II tops 2017 TV ratings

Blue Planet II tops 2017 TV ratings

Entertainment
David Attenborough's underwater documentary series Blue Planet II was the most-watched TV show of 2017.The 29 October episode - the first of the series - attracted more than 14 million viewers to BBC One.Blue Planet II occupied the top four slots in the end-of-year top 10.Strictly Come Dancing was the second most popular show, followed by I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, the One Love Manchester concert, Broadchurch and Britain's Got Talent.The One Love concert was held to raise money for victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack.The Great British Bake Off was the most watched programme in 2016 with 15.9 million viewers, but was absent from this year's top 10 following its move to Channel 4.The top 10 most-watched TV shows of 2017This table has the highest-rated episodes of each ...