The New York Times — One-Third Don’t Know Obamacare and Affordable Care Act Are the Same
A sizable minority of Americans don’t understand that Obamacare is just another name for the Affordable Care Act. In the survey, 35 percent of respondents said either they thought Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act were different policies or didn’t know if they were the same or different. This confusion was more pronounced among people 18 to 29 and those who earn less than $50,000 — two groups that could be significantly affected by repeal.
Kaiser Health News — Despite Prevention Guidelines, Few Smokers Seek CT Scans To Check For Lung Cancer
Lung cancer screening rates have barely budged in recent years, according to a new study, even though under the health law many people don’t have to pay anything out-of-pocket for them because the test is recommended by a panel of prevention experts. In 2010, just 3.3 percent of eligible smokers surveyed said they had received a low-dose computed tomography scan in the past year to check for lung cancer. Despite steady declines in smoking, lung cancer is the number one killer among cancers, accounting for more than 150,000 deaths annually.
Reuters — Salt reduction policies cost-effective even without healthcare savings
Government policies designed to reduce how much salt people eat may be cost-effective even without considering the potential healthcare savings, a recent study suggests. Reducing sodium intake can significantly lower blood pressure in adults, in turn helping to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The Washington Post — Hundreds suffer poisoning from bullet fragments in their bodies
Hundreds of people with bullet fragments lodged in their bodies have suffered lead poisoning from the slugs, including several people who have extremely elevated levels of the highly toxic metal in their blood, health authorities reported.