Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Fewer May Get Insurance Under Health Care Reform: Report
Only about 27 million more Americans will have health insurance
by 2017, instead of the 32 million to 34 million originally
projected by the Obama administration when it implemented the
health care reform law, according to a Congressional Budget Office
It said that the smaller number of newly-insured people within
four years is mostly due to the deal Congress made last month to
prevent the country from going over the fiscal cliff,
The CBO said the deal takes away some of the tax breaks
employers get for providing health care coverage to employees. This
means that about eight million people who would have been insured
by their employers will likely lose their coverage.
Some of those people will likely purchase health insurance on
the new insurance exchanges that are scheduled to be available by
October, while others will become newly eligible for Medicaid,
About 18 percent of Americans under age 65 don't have health
insurance, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. One of the
main goals of the Affordable Care Act was to greatly increase the
number of people with health insurance.
Opponents Want Delay in Implementation of NYC Sugary Drink
Groups fighting New York City's ban on the sale of supersized,
sugary drinks have asked a judge to stop it from taking effect next
In the request filed Friday in a Manhattan court, opponents
asked that enforcement of the measure be put on hold until there's
a ruling in their lawsuit to scrap the new law altogether, the
Opponents of the rule include the beverage industry, restaurant
owners and other types of business. They say they shouldn't be
burdened with the expenses of complying with the rule before it's
clear whether it will survive a court challenge.
Enforcement of the measure is scheduled to begin March 12. It
bars restaurants and other food outlets from selling sugary
beverages in cups or containers larger than 16 ounces, the
U.S. Leads World in Plastic Surgery
The United States leads the world in the number of plastic
surgery procedures, a new survey finds.
It found that there were 6.3 million surgeries and 8.3 million
non-surgical procedures (such as chemical peels, laser hair removal
and Botox injections) performed by plastic surgeons around the
world in 2011,
Just over 31 percent, or 3.1 million procedures, were done in
the U.S., according to the survey by the International Society of
Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Brazil was a close second to the
However, rates by population were highest in South Korea, Greece
and Italy, where more than 10 procedures were performed for every
Breast augmentation was the leading type of plastic surgery in
the U.S., while liposuction (fat removal) led the way worldwide.
The U.S. has the most plastic surgeons at 5,950, followed by Brazil
(5,024), and China (2,000). The United Kingdom and Canada have only
450 and 425, respectively.
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