Reports: ER Visits Might Increase Under New Health Care Law

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_12fad7a337.jpgPaul Hart/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- One of the advantages of the Affordable Care Act, according to supporters, is that it will wind up reducing traffic at hospital emergency rooms where many people without health insurance go for urgent care. However, The New York Times reports that a study conducted several years ago in Portland, Ore., suggests the opposite might wind up being true.

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Medical Mystery: What Caused Woman's Premature Hot Flashes?

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_7d2dc07d43.jpgKeith Brofsky/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Syndi Miske underwent a six-hour surgery in 2011 because she thought it would help her have another baby, but she never got pregnant, according to a complaint she and her husband filed in Nebraska. Instead, Miske of Wibaux, Mont., immediately began experiencing "significant hot flashes, night sweats and bloating, pain and discomfort in her abdomen," according to a malpractice lawsuit she and her husband filed this month against physicians at Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction and Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Neb.

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High Taxes on Cigarettes Could Greatly Curb Worldwide Habit

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_680ea5d19a.jpgWavebreakmedia Ltd/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Smokers might scream but many could eventually be priced out of buying cigarettes. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine speculates that 200 million deaths from smoking over the next century could be prevented by tripling cigarette taxes around the world. By making the habit cost-prohibitive, particularly in poorer nations, the number of smokers could be slashed by a third, according to Dr. Prabhat Jha, director of the Center for Global Health Research of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.

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Three Women Lose Half Their Body Weight

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_9dca87dff9.jpgCourtesy People Magazine (NEW YORK) -- Every New Year, many people vow to get in shape. It’s a vow that Ginger Stauffacher, Marqkria McMiller and Kait Ekstrom made to themselves and kept.  In fact, the three women were so determined that they each lost half their body weight. Their stories are featured in People magazine’s 12th annual special issue celebrating people who have lost half their size and sharing the tips and tricks that helped them do it.

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Terri Schiavo's Foundation Secretly Helping Jahi McMath

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_051f43544d.jpgABC News (NEW YORK) -- A foundation started on behalf of Terri Schiavo has been secretly helping the McMath family to keep their brain dead daughter on life support following complications of a routine tonsillectomy, the foundation announced Tuesday. The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network said it has been "working on behalf" of Jahi McMath, 13, in "relative silence."

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