Monthly Archives: August 2013

Health insurance choices for young adults

Bill Clinton Enlisted By Obama to Promote U.S. Health Law

The cost of a HDHP is lower because the insured must first satisfy a high deductible, which for individuals ranges from $1,250 and up to $6,250, depending on the plan purchased in 2013. The big attraction is that the cost for the premiums with a high deductible HSA-qualified health insurance plan can be 50 percent less when compared to a conventional co-pay plan. When you are covered under a high deductible health insurance plan, you’ll have to pay out-of-pocket costs for routine doctor’s office visits or trips to the emergency room for minor ailments until you have reached the amount of the deductible. But some high deductible plans fully cover preventive services and programs, such as prenatal care, cancer screenings, and smoking cessation programs. In these plans, the deductible applies only to services that are not considered preventive. These options may cost less than paying extra to remain on your parents’ existing policy. But if you’re a young adult who has preexisting health issues that are best covered under a parent’s policy and you don’t have to pay extra to keep the coverage, then that may be the better option.
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Clinton, a two-term U.S. president who left office in 2001, will promote the Affordable Care Act in a Sept. 4 speech from his museum in Little Rock , Arkansas , according to a statement today from his philanthropic foundation. A White House aide, Dan Pfeiffer , welcomed Clintons help and quipped on Twitter that the former president is the Secretary of Explaining Stuff. Obama has called on the former presidents star power before, including during his 2012 re-election campaign. Clinton appeared at high-dollar fundraising events and in campaign ads that culminated in a rousing speech to the Democratic National Convention that helped to clarify Obamas economic policies and accomplishments for independent and undecided voters. He generally is very effective at what people call retail politics; talking about things as they directly affect peoples lives, Robert Blendon, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston , said in a telephone interview.
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UNC Health Care will manage western NC hospital for 25 years

The move reflects a changing health care landscape where hospitals are joining together for greater market strength. It not only gives the hospital system benefits in purchasing power, through economies of scale, but also in negotiating power with health insurance companies. The larger a health care system, the less likely a health insurer would want that system out of its network, which gives the hospital system stronger bargaining power when negotiating reimbursement rates. Original negotiations began in April of 2011, and both sides reached a deal not long thereafter. Then in April of this year, both sides wanted to extend the contract from 10 to 25 years, a move that was finalized today. Also, UNC Health Care now has greater involvement with clinical, business and financial operations.
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Program tied to system-wide blood pressure benefits

Cinnamon May Reduce Blood Pressure

“Since the end of the study, the hypertension control rates (at Kaiser) have continued to improve,” Jaffe told Reuters Health. “And as of 2011, our control rates were as high as 87 percent.” Hypertension researcher Dr. Brent Egan, from the Greenville Health System in South Carolina, said one of the key elements of the Kaiser program is bringing patients back quickly after a change in medication – and at no cost – to see if the adjustment was helpful. “At a lot of practices, that’s not part of their standard care. Sometimes three months or more go by from changing medication to follow-up,” Egan, who wasn’t involved in the new study, told Reuters Health.
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It has also been used for its possible healing benefits. It has been used to improve stomach health and gas prevention. The only two species that are approved as medicinal herbs in the genus Cinnamomum are Cinnamomum zeylanicum and C. cassia. The bark is used as a spice and is called cinnamon bark. Early studies suggest that cinnamon may affect insulin and blood sugar levels. Benefits have been found in type 2 diabetics in terms of reduced blood sugar and cholesterol.
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Correction: Blood Pressure story

Reductions continued even after the study ended; in 2011, 87 percent of roughly 350,000 Kaiser patients had recommended blood pressure levels. The study was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Whats unique about this is the sheer scale of what theyve done, said Dr. Goutham Rao, a family medicine specialist at NorthShore University HealthSystem, a group of four hospitals in Chicagos northern suburbs. Rao is involved in research on reducing obesity and other risks for heart disease. If we were able to keep everyones blood pressure under control in the United States, the number of new strokes and heart attacks would go down just exponentially, he said. High blood pressure affects 1 in 3 U.S.
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‘Low blood pressure can cause brain damage’

For them, this is normal. But the normal blood pressure for every adult should be 120, that is for systolic and diastolic should be at 90. Therefore, anything above 140/90 is considered hypertension. Imoisili noted that hypotension did occur on its own but could be triggered by some factors. Hypotension is not a condition that just happens, it must have been induced, for example, due to some drugs. When these drugs are taken, they lower your blood pressure.
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Depression with diabetes may speed mental decline

A third test measured executive functioning, or how the brain uses memories to plan actions, pay attention and inhibit inappropriate behavior. Researchers determined whether an individual was depressed using a 9-question form patients filled out themselves. More than 2,600 people completed the tests at all three time points. Sixty-two percent of these never had scores indicating depression. Eighteen percent were depressed at the start of the study, 16 to 17 percent were depressed at 20 and 40 months and five percent had scores indicating depression at all three time points. Researchers found that people with symptoms of depression at any point were more likely to be women, younger, non-Hispanic whites, overweight or obese, and to have higher blood sugar, total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein, or “bad” cholesterol, than others.
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Top 20 ways to prevent diabetes

To get started, try these simple diabetes prevention tips, shared by Sunita Pathania – Sr. Registered Dietician and Diabetes Educator, Healthy Living Diet Clinic , Mumbai. Diabetes prevention tip # 1: Know about diabetes Before beginning the diabetes prevention act, it is important to know what is exactly diabetes. Once you are well acquainted with this disease, you can start your prevention therapy easily. Diabetes prevention tip # 2: Reduce your portion size Reduce the amount of food you eat, each day.
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NCES Announces New Diabetes Portion Plate

Our goal is to reach dietitians and diabetes educators so that they can offer this plate as a resource to their patients and clients. The Right-Sized Diabetes Plate is designed to be simple and effective,” says Carrie Mark (MA, RD, LD), Director of Product Development and Acquisitions for NCES, Inc. Although the prevalence of diabetes continues to grow each year, NCES works to create products that educate individuals on how to prevent diabetes and how to manage and reverse the effects of diabetes in those who have already been diagnosed. NCES has long been a recognized leader in nutrition education, diabetes education and portion control and continues to be with the launch of the new Right-Sized Diabetes Plate in the Fall 2013 catalog that is launched this week. The Right-Sized Diabetes Plate , along with other NCES products and the new Fall 2013 NCES catalog , can be found online at ncescatalog.com .
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Diabetes Risk in African-Americans Lowers On Access To Good Nutrition

Causes Behind Schizophrenia Cracked By New Study

is associated with poorer health outcomes for recent immigrants. Pediatric obesity in the U.S. has more than tripled in the last 30 years, particularly among Latinos and African-Americans, said Hasson, who also heads U-M’s Childhood Disparities Research Laboratory. This disparity is partially due to greater exposure to psychological stress, which leads to cortisol production and potential stress eating.
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A cure for snoring? New research offers hope for sufferers

Divorce Reasons: Couple Splits Due To Husband’s Incessant Snoring

Over a period of three months, half of the group participated in a series of singing exercises, while the other half of the group did nothing. At the end of the study, the singing group experienced a significant reduction in snoring and an improvement in sleep quality compared to those in the control group, who experienced no change. According to researchers, the singing exercises may help strengthen the weak muscles in the soft palate and upper throat area responsible for causing both snoring and OSA, Medical Xpress reported. Overall, researchers say this new treatment could be a great therapeutic option for the millions of people experiencing sleep disruptions due to snoring and OSA though more changes would be needed to completely eliminate the problem.
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Singing exercises reduce snoring

A recent study found that moderate obstructive sleep apnea may raise sudden cardiac death risk . Dr. Hilton: “It is also believed that OSA may contribute to road accidents and hypertension.” For the trial, the team recruited 60 chronic snorers and 60 people with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea. The participants from each group were randomly assigned to either follow a program of singing exercises for three months, or no intervention.
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Mama’s Boy A young Italian groom was so unready to leave his mother’s side, he brought her on his honeymoon in January this year. His unimpressed bride asked for a divorce three weeks later. Getting Her Goat Steve Killeen and his wife already had a dog, but she wanted more pets. One day, she saw photos of baby goats online and decided she had to have one. But after they split in October 2009, her ex-husband got her goat. Literally. Walled In This couple agreed to divorce in 2007, but neither would move out their marital home.
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Low back pain: Exercise is key to prevention and chronic pain management

Exercise Trains Troops for Nuclear Disaster

Additionally, participants who believed their pain would persist, showed a four percent increased risk for pain at six months, and a six percent increased risk for lasting pain at five years respectively. Up to 70 percent of Americans will experience low back pain at some point in their lives, and it is second only to headaches as the most common neurological ailment in the United States. Low back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability and costs Americans $50 billion each year. Since patient beliefs on how long pain will last can impact the actual progression from short term to chronic, investigators believe their study confirms the importance of effective pain relief in the early treatment stages of low back pain. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH) recurring back pain resulting from improper body mechanics or other non-traumatic causes is often preventable; a combination of exercises that don’t jolt or strain the back, maintaining correct posture, and lifting objects properly can help prevent injuries.
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Angry birds

“The venues at MUTC, along with ability to use multiple smoke and flame effects, enhance the training and make it as real as it gets,” said Paul Condon, joint exercise planner, U.S. Army North (Fifth Army). About 5,700 servicemembers and civilians from the local, state and federal agencies flooded in to the MUTC and Camp Atterbury training areas to train on responding to a catastrophic domestic incident. VR 13-2, a major field training exercise conducted by U.S.
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Hormone-Replacement Therapy: Could Estrogen Have Saved 50,000 Lives?

Hormone therapy, calcium may lower fracture risk

Based on those results, the Yale scientists decided to study this group of women further, to determine whether widespread coverage about the risks of HRT the combination of estrogen and progestin had persuaded these women to stop taking their estrogen-only therapy, and whether that decision impacted their mortality. Could women without a uterus benefit in some way from estrogen-only therapy, and were they putting their health at risk if they avoided the hormone therapy? Their analysis, published in the American Journal of Public Health, confirmed their suspicions. Before the WHI study, about 90% of women who had a hysterectomy would have relied on estrogen therapy to replace what their reproductive system no longer produced. Following WHI, however, 10% of these women used the hormone, and based on a formula the researchers created to estimate their survival rates, they determined that 50,000 women died during the study period, between 2002 and 2011, prematurely. Dr.
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Hormonal Health and Wellness Center Opens in Rockwall

However, the combination treatment had no effect on women’s bone mineral density – a reflection of osteoporosis and fracture risk, Wactawski-Wende and her team reported in the journal Menopause. Some previous studies have suggested that vitamin D may protect against fractures less by strengthening bones than by improving muscle strength and thereby reducing falls, but others have not found the same effect. Hormone therapy has become less common since WHI data linked hormone use to heart disease, stroke and breast cancer, though it’s still considered the most effective treatment for some symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes. Curtis, who wasn’t involved in the new research, said she thinks the pendulum initially swung too far away from hormone therapy, and that doctors are coming to realize it may still help some women. “I think ultimately people have become aware that maybe it’s not the placebo for getting older that some may have perceived it was being marketed as, but that maybe there are benefits for it,” she told Reuters Health. Because of the risks, women shouldn’t take hormone therapy just to prevent fractures, Wactawski-Wende said.
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Hormone pellet implants are a non-synthetic, plant-based hormone that is biologically identical to human hormones. Suresh added, “BioTE Medical has developed by far the safest and most effective way for men and women to increase testosterone levels. Dr. Donovitz is a true pioneer in this field and it has been a privilege to work with him.” Dr.
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Pregnancy has a more ‘Sacred’ element for New Berlin woman

Coffee, wine and sushi during pregnancy? Go ahead, says new book

“Some of the things will be weird and a little uncomfortable. And that’s OK. Sometimes you have to feel a little uncomfortable in order to grow,” Imig said. And while she said she’s worried people may assume the movement is “too granola,” she explained that it is a good experience for any pregnant woman. “This work, I feel, helps you be a healthy, more peaceful person.
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What I Learned Undercover at a Crisis Pregnancy Center

I think we’ve moved this way over time and in some ways it’s very good, thinking through pregnancy and parenting in a thoughtful and careful way. I think that’s great. But I think there is, sometimes, this kind of shaming aspect to pregnancy. That’s maybe not so productive. RELATED: CAFFEINE LINKED TO LONGER PREGNANCIES, LOWER BIRTH WEIGHTS The editors at Parents.com have already called some of your recommendations flat-out dangerous to pregnant women, particularly your views on alcohol and caffeine consumption. Many of the OBs that I have spoken to and many of the women who I have talked to about the recommendations from their doctors have told me that the doctors say, ‘Yeah, it’s fine to have a couple glasses of wine.’ This is a conversation which will continue to evolve. What were some of the surprises when you started digging into the research?
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The consultation began with the standard questions: name, address, age, date of last period? Right as I began to relax, the Q&A took a turn for the personal and invasive. “What is your relationship with your parents like?” “How is your financial situation?” “Have you told the father?” “What is his religion?” “Are his parents religious?” “How many people have you slept with?” “Would your parents be excited about a grandchild?” As I sat there having my life probed, the purpose of the questions dawned on me. In case the test was positive, my “counselor” wanted to know which tactic to use to persuade me to continue the pregnancy — exactly where my resolve was the weakest.
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