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Poverty Harder on Women's Hearts, Research Shows

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FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 – Poor women are more likely to suffer heart trouble than poor men are, a new review suggests. Researchers analyzed 116 studies that included 22 million people in North America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. The findings showed that among poor people, women had a 25 percent higher risk of heart attack than men. "It's widely known that people from disadvantaged backgrounds are at greater risk of heart attack and stroke than people with more affluent backgrounds," said Sanne Peters, a research fellow at The George Institute for Global Health in Oxford, England. "However, our study has shown there is a significant difference between the sexes. More disadvantaged women are suffering from heart disease than their male counterparts, which is concerning," Peters added in an institute news release. "We need to examine why this is happening and make sure women are able to ... Read more

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Too Much Sitting Ages You Faster

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 – You might age a lot faster if you sit too much, a new study warns. Researchers who assessed nearly 1,500 older women found those who sat most of the day and got little exercise had cells that were biologically older by eight years than the women's actual age. "Our study found cells age faster with a sedentary lifestyle. Chronological age doesn't always match biological age," said lead author Aladdin Shadyab. He's from the University of California, San Diego's School of Medicine. The women, aged 64 to 95, answered questionnaires and wore a device for seven days to track their activity levels. The study doesn't establish a cause-and-effect relationship between accelerated aging and lack of exercise. Still, "discussions about the benefits of exercise should start when we are young, and physical activity should continue to be part of our daily lives as we get ... Read more

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Health Tip: Investing in Your Fitness

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-- Before you invest in exercise equipment or a workout plan, make sure you're making a wise choice. Here are suggestions from the American Council on Exercise: Beware of plans that tout significant calories burned with little effort, or results with little work. Be wary of equipment that's advertised as burning more calories than similar equipment. Always read the fine print. Don't rely on potentially fabricated testimonials. Read more

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Health Tip: Get Moving Toward a Healthier You

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-- A healthier you could be within reach if you follow a few guidelines. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases advises: Measure your waist. Men with a circumference of greater than 40 inches, or women greater than 35 inches, are at heightened risk of health problems such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Plan an exercise schedule that's tailored to your goals. As you begin meeting goals, increase your activity. Plan for the fitness challenges you are likely to face, and ways to overcome them. Make healthier food choices. Eat more fruit and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Cut back on salt, sugar and solid fats. Read more

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Short Stretches of Exercise May Have Anti-Inflammatory Effect

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 – Just 20 minutes of moderate exercise may dampen inflammation in the body, researchers say. The study findings suggest that "exercise doesn't have to be tremendously hard for you to see health benefits from it," said study author Suzi Hong. She is an associate professor at the University of California, San Diego. The researchers focused on inflammation – swelling – in the body. The immune system produces swelling by rushing to protect the body from injuries and invaders, such as germs. But inflammation can become permanent, poisoning tissues in the body and contributing to diseases, including diabetes, Hong explained. Obesity, for example, is thought to produce higher levels of inflammation. That inflammation can contribute to heart disease by affecting the arteries, Hong said. Studies have suggested that exercise lowers inflammation, especially when you're ... Read more

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Incentives May Spur Poor Families to Buy More Fruits, Veggies

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 – A quick chat with low-income families about financial incentives to eat more fruits and vegetables increased consumption of these items, U.S. researchers say. "Diet-related disease is disproportionately concentrated in low-income communities where fruit and vegetable consumption is far below [federal] guidelines. Unfortunately, healthy food is often more expensive than calorie-rich, nutrient-poor junk food," explained study author Dr. Alicia Cohen. She is a clinical lecturer at University of Michigan's department of family medicine. For the study, researchers talked to almost 200 participants enrolled in a federal nutrition assistance program while they were in the waiting room of a health clinic. The study authors spent 5 minutes explaining a program called Double Up Food Bucks, that doubles the value of food stamps when spent on fruits and vegetables. That ... Read more

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Higher Risk of Heart Disease for Blacks in Poorer Neighborhoods

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TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – Black Americans who live in poor neighborhoods are at higher risk for heart disease and stroke than those who live in wealthier areas, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data collected from black men and women in Jackson, Miss., who participated in a government-funded study between 2000 and 2011. They also reviewed information collected in the 2000 U.S. Census. Every decrease on a scale of socioeconomic status was associated with a 25 percent rise in heart disease risk, the researchers found. When the researchers assessed violence and disorder levels in neighborhoods, there was a similar increase in risk of heart disease for each negative step on the scale. But, the research didn't prove neighborhood conditions caused poor health. "For decades, centuries, even, researchers have linked adverse neighborhood economic and social conditions to health," said ... Read more

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Obamacare Repeal Could Bring Many More Uninsured, Higher Premiums

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TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – Repealing major parts of the Affordable Care Act could deprive 18 million Americans of insurance in the first year, a new report concludes. That number would jump to 32 million by 2026, according to a new report from the nonpartisan U.S. Congressional Budget Office. Moreover, insurance premiums could double over 10 years if significant provisions of the health care law were repealed, the budget office determined. President-elect Donald Trump and other Republicans have pledged to dismantle the controversial health care law, often called Obamacare, which was passed in 2010. While the Republican-controlled Congress passed a measure last week that sets a repeal effort into motion, a replacement plan has not yet been presented. For the new report, the budget office predicted the likely effects of a replacement act that was approved by Congress in 2015 but vetoed by ... Read more

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Steep Bills Surprise Patients Who Go 'Out-of-Network'

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TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – Patients using specialists outside their health-plan network often receive surprise bills for services that cost far more than what Medicare considers a fair rate, a new study suggests. Most insurers use rates set by Medicare – the publicly funded insurance program for the elderly – as the benchmark for what they'll pay health care providers. But a look at 400,000 U.S. physicians' charges found many doctors bill their private-paying patients two, three, even six times more than what Medicare pays for the same services, the study revealed. The highest markups – four or more times greater than the Medicare rate – were for certain specialty services, including anesthesiology, interventional radiology, emergency medicine and pathology. Anesthesiologists had the highest markup, charging six times what Medicare considers a reasonable amount, the researchers ... Read more

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Medical Groups Raise Blood Pressure Rx Threshold for Healthy Adults Over 60

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MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 – Two leading medical organizations are recommending a less aggressive target for the treatment of high blood pressure in adults 60 and older who are otherwise healthy. Traditionally, the threshold for high blood pressure has been set at 140 mmHg systolic blood pressure (the top number in a reading). But the new guideline says doctors should now begin treatment when adults 60 and older have persistent systolic blood pressure that's at or above 150 mmHg, to reduce their risk of heart problems, stroke and death. A less aggressive target like this offers a suitable balance of benefits and potential harms for these patients, according to the new guideline from the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Any additional benefit from more aggressive treatment is small, the groups say. Doctors specializing in the cardiac ... Read more

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Can Coffee Perk Up Heart Health, Too?

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MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 – The caffeine in your morning cup of joe may do more than jolt you awake – it may also help dampen the type of inflammation that's linked to heart disease risk factors, a new study suggests. Researchers found that an inflammatory mechanism was dialed up in certain older adults, but not others. When it was highly activated, people often had high blood pressure and stiff arteries. But in lab experiments, there was evidence that caffeine blocked this inflammatory process. No one, however, is saying that morning cup of coffee is a magic bullet against aging. Still, the findings might help explain why past studies have linked higher caffeine intake to a longer life, said lead researcher David Furman, of Stanford University School of Medicine. The human body has "probably hundreds of pathways" that contribute to chronic inflammation and various diseases, according to ... Read more

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IRS Reminds Millions About Fines for Not Signing Up for Obamacare

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MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 – Even as Republicans in Congress race to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the IRS is reminding millions of Americans they still need to sign up soon for health insurance if they don't want to pay fines. The Internal Revenue Service enforces one of the most disliked parts of the controversial health care reform law – the fines. The Obama administration is hoping the 7.5 million letters the agency is sending out will prod as many people as possible to meet the Jan. 31 enrollment deadline set by the law. The fines, which were designed to make sure healthy people were included in the insurance pool to help keep premiums down, are probably the most likely part of Obamacare to be repealed because of their unpopularity. The IRS letters will go to people who either claimed an exemption from the law or paid a penalty for being uninsured during the 2015 tax year. The ... Read more

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House Joins Senate in Bid to Repeal Obamacare

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FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 – The U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday afternoon to join the Senate in passing a measure to protect efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act from a possible Senate filibuster. The Senate took the first step in the process early Thursday morning. The quick action in both houses of Congress puts Republicans in position to gut the controversial health reform law often called Obamacare. The House passed the measure by a 227-198 margin, with no Democrats voting in favor of it, USA Today reported. Republicans have been trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act as soon as President Barack Obama signed it into law in 2010. Friday's measure calls for four House and Senate committees to draw up repeal legislation. Republican leaders plan to then use that language to repeal major parts of the law, according to The New York Times. Although the GOP has said a ... Read more

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Senate Starts Obamacare Repeal Process

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THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate took the first step early Thursday morning of dismantling the Affordable Care Act, the controversial health reform law that has been a centerpiece of the Obama administration. By a 51-48 vote, a GOP-backed budget resolution sets a Jan. 27 deadline for a draft of a repeal of what is commonly called Obamacare. A House vote on the resolution could happen as early as Friday, The New York Times reported. The Senate resolution avoids the possibility of a filibuster by Democrats on any repeal legislation. The resolution creates special budget rules that would allow the repeal vote to proceed with a simple majority in the 100-member Senate, instead of 60 votes, the Associated Press reported. Some Republicans in Congress have said they are wary of repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement health care plan at the ... Read more

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Blood Levels of Meat-Linked Chemical Tied to Odds of Heart Trouble

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 – A molecule produced in the digestion of red meat, eggs and dairy products is linked to an increased risk of a fatal heart attack or stroke, researchers say. Patients with high blood levels of trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) were six times more likely within the next month to die, suffer a heart attack or stroke, or require surgery to reopen a blocked artery, according to the study. TMAO also predicted long-term health risks, researchers said. People with the highest blood levels of TMAO were nearly twice as likely to die within seven years. "A high TMAO level predicted who went on to experience a major cardiovascular event," said lead researcher Dr. Stanley Hazen, chair of cellular and molecular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute. TMAO is produced by gut bacteria during digestion of animal-based food, and accumulates in blood plasma, ... Read more

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