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November 7, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.

HEALTH

Obamacare/health exchange news

Other health topics

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HEALTH

Obamacare/health exchange news

Covered California seeing fewer problems than federal health exchange (Healthline)

Four weeks into state health exchanges, how does the largest in the country stack up?

Obama’s healthcare law finally gets real for America (AP)

Now is when Americans start figuring out that President Barack Obama's health care law goes beyond political talk, and really does affect them and people they know… Fifty-five percent now say they have enough information to understand the law's impact on their family, up 8 percentage points in just one month. Part of the reason is that advertising about how to get coverage is beginning to register.."

…A look at three groups impacted by the law's rollout:

Obamacare Applications Ahead Of Bush Medicare Drug Benefit Signups (Forbes)

The number of applications submitted for coverage on exchanges under the Affordable Care Act “exceeded comparable enrollment in the Medicare Part D” drug benefit over the same time period during each program’s launch,” according to research firm Avalere Health. Despite the hammering the Obama administration took this past week from members of Congress over the troubled healthcare.gov website glitches, history may be on the side of Americans eventually signing up to the Affordable Care Act just as they did the last major health entitlement, a recent study indicates.

Your insurance is cancelled because of Obamacare. Now what? (CNBC)

Is your health insurance getting the boot with the Obamacare launch? Don't freak out. Americans have a number of ways to replace canceled health coverage, including a new option that offers many the chance to actually save money on it, according to experts.

Top Hospitals Opt Out of Obamacare (health.usnews.com)

 Americans who sign up for insurance on the state exchanges may not have access to the nation's top hospitals.

HealthCare.gov had a glaring security flaw that wasn't patched until last week (Washington Post) 

Administration officials knew that the Obamacare Web site posed a danger to online security days before it actually went live, according to an internal memo obtained by the AP and The Washington Post...

Obama administration knew millions could not keep their health insurance (NBC)

(President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare …

 

Other health topics

SDSU Biologist Receives $8.5M Grant To Research Stem Cells To Treat Heart Failure (KPBS)

A San Diego State University biologist won an $8.5 million, five-year federal grant to conduct research into using stem cells to treat heart failure, the school announced Wednesday.

HIV antibodies 'have potent impact'  (BBC)

A potential new HIV treatment has a  "profound and unprecedented" impact on the virus, according to a pair of studies.

 

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Liability could be roadblock for driverless cars (UT San Diegio)

 Experts say liability concerns could delay or even wipe out the driverless car industry.

How 'smart parking' could save a million barrels of oil every day (CS Monitor)

Smart parking uses low-cost sensors, real-time data collection, and mobile-phone-enabled automated payment systems that help drivers quickly find a parking spot, Rucks and Guevara-Stone write. The system reduces car emissions in urban centers by reducing the need for people to needlessly circle city blocks searching for parking.