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Your Fitness Regimen Could Be Killing Your Sex Life: Study : HEALTH : Tech Times

While strenuous exercise can provide a leaner, fitter physique, it could also potentially disrupt one’s sex drive, a new study warns.

A team from University of North Carolina observed that men with more intense exercise programs may have a lower libido than those who have lighter workouts.

Male Exercise And Sex Drive

This is among the first to probe the link between men’s exercise and their sex lives, as previous studies centered on women.

“Exposure to higher levels of chronic intense and greater durations of endurance training on a regular basis are significantly associated with a decreased libido scores in men,” the authors wrote, recommending doctors seeing male patients for sex-related disorders to take into account the level of the patient’s endurance training.

via www.techtimes.com



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Paul reportedly leaves meeting with House Republicans on Obamacare | Fox News

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Tuesday reportedly left a meeting with fellow Senate Republicans as House Speaker Paul Ryan worked to reassure skeptical colleagues about the next steps in taking on Obamacare.

Politico reported that Paul was unhappy with the meeting and the prospect of keeping health law’s Medicaid expansion. He called creating tax credits a “new entitlement program.”

“I hear things that are unacceptable to me,” Paul told the website. “If they don’t seem to care what conservatives think about complete repeal of Obamacare, they’re going to be shocked when they count the votes.”

Attendees reportedly said Ryan laid out a timeline that would start the repeal process by the end of February and pass it by the end of March.

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Tom Price has his finger on the Obamacare destruct button - POLITICO

Tom Price spent years railing against Obamacare. Now he’ll finally have sweeping power to do something about it.

The Georgia Republican congressman is on the verge of becoming the Trump administration’s top health care official, armed with broad authority to begin unwinding Obamacare by using as much executive power as possible, even as Congress struggles to find consensus on a plan to repeal and replace the health care law. First, he could ax Obamacare's mandate ensuring coverage for contraception and give insurers more latitude to determine which health benefits they will — and won’t — pay for. Those changes will likely be paired with stricter monitoring of Obamacare enrollees, as the administration aims to win over jittery health plan executives with policies that prioritize insurance market predictability and profitability.

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What's in a Name? Obamacare May Not Have Been Such a Hot One - NBC News

'Obamacare' was such a catchy nickname for the 2010 healthcare reform law. Headline writers love it and President Barack Obama decided to embrace it when his Republican enemies coined the term.

But the memorable handle may have done more harm than good for Obama's signature policy, now in the process of being repealed before he even leaves office.

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Study: Eating Hot Chili Peppers May Help You Live Longer « CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)—If hot chili peppers are your thing than you might be ahead of the curve when it its come life expectancy, a new study suggests.

The study published in PLoS ONE and shared by CBS News suggests that the consummation of hot red chili peppers is associated with 13 percent lower risk of death.

Researchers at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont analyzed data on more than 16,000 Americans using the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES). Participants were followed for an average of 18.9 years.

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House takes first step to repeal ObamaCare | TheHill

The House on Friday voted to begin the process of repealing ObamaCare, despite defections from some Republicans wary of rushing ahead without a plan to replace the law.
 
Lawmakers voted largely along party lines, 227-198, to approve a budget resolution that’s serving as a vehicle to unwind the healthcare law.
 
Nine Republicans from the conservative and centrist wings of the party joined with all Democrats to oppose the measure.

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Senate Approves First Step Toward Repealing Obamacare in Late-Night Session - NBC News

The U.S. Senate took the first major step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act after a marathon voting session that started Wednesday evening and extended into early Thursday.

The vote does not repeal President Obama's signature achievement, but it does set the stage for Republicans to clear the first procedural hurdle for repeal of the massive health care law. The bill will now go to the House of Representatives for a vote expected to take place on Friday.

"The Senate just took an important step toward repealing and replacing Obamacare by passing the resolution that provides the legislative tools necessary to actually repeal this failed law while we move ahead with smarter health care policies," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement.

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Senate Republicans Open Fight Over Obama Health Law - The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Congress opened for battle over the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday as Republicans pushed immediately forward to repeal the health care law and President Obama made a rare trip to Capitol Hill to defend it.

The bitterness that has long marked the fight intensified as Republicans seized the opportunity to make good on a central campaign promise to get rid of the law, a pledge reinforced on Wednesday by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who met with House Republicans not far from where the president gathered with Democrats.

The Affordable Care Act, Mr. Obama’s signature health care law, has created online insurance marketplaces, offered new protections to people seeking health insurance, and provided coverage to millions of people near the poverty line through expanded Medicaid. Health policy experts say that system could collapse if Republicans cut off funds for the expanded coverage and end penalties for people who go without health insurance.

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Why you shouldn't use cotton swabs to clean your ears - CNN.com

(CNN) The doctors' advice hasn't changed much, but it's still so unsatisfying: You should not use cotton swabs to clean your ears.

Updated clinical guidelines published Tuesday in the journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery say they're not appropriate for earwax removal. In fact, information for patients in the guidelines say no to putting anything "smaller than your elbow in your ear."
 
Regardless, most of us hoard a stash of the soft-tipped paper sticks; they seem so perfectly suited to that dirty job.

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How 'bout that Obamacare huh? U.S. life expectancy declines

If only the good die young, Americans are getting better.

U.S. life expectancy dipped by about a month last year from 2014, to 78.8 years, according to a report form the National Center for Health Statistics. And our life expectancy is little changed over four years, which means a trend could be in the works.

“With four years, you’re starting to see some indication of something a little more ominous,”  S. Jay Olshansky, a University of Illinois-Chicago public health researcher, told the Associated Press.

via www.usatoday.com