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Doctors Handled Influx of Obamacare Patients: Study

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MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 – Doctors' offices capably shouldered the burden of millions of new Medicaid patients gaining access to health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, a new study reveals. "We found a dramatic increase in primary care offices' ability to take in these newly insured patients," said study senior author Dr. Karin Rhodes. For the study, researchers posed as patients seeking appointments. They found that availability for Medicaid-covered appointments with primary care physicians increased by 5.4 percentage points between 2012 and 2016, while remaining essentially stable for those with private insurance. Medicaid is the publicly funded insurance program for the poor. "There wasn't a crisis in primary care overload that significantly reduced access for either people who were privately insured or who had Medicaid," said Rhodes. She is vice president of care management ... Read more

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Live Healthy, Live Longer

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FRIDAY, Feb. 24, 2017 – Want to live a longer, healthier life? Try five simple lifestyle recommendations, a public health expert says. "Stay up to date on immunizations, screening exams for specific types of cancer [e.g., colorectal cancer screening for men and women, and breast and cervical cancer screening for women], and screening blood tests for conditions such as diabetes and HIV," said Dr. Paul Erwin, head of the department of public health at the University of Tennessee. Regular exercise is also important, he added. "Current recommendations call for 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise [or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity]," Erwin said. "If you are not into running, swimming or yoga, try mowing the lawn with a push mower rather than a riding lawn mower," he added. "Park at the far end of the parking lot rather than ... Read more

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10 Daily Servings of Fruits, Veggies a Recipe for Longevity

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THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – If you want to add years to your life, 10 daily servings of fruits and vegetables may be the best recipe you can follow, a new analysis suggests. The benefits appear to come through lower rates of heart attack, stroke, cancer and early death. And if everyone found a way to get 10 daily servings of produce, 7.8 million premature deaths would be avoided each year worldwide, the British researchers estimated. Exactly how much in the way of fruits and vegetables is that? Anywhere from 10 small bananas or apples to 30 tablespoons of cooked spinach, peas, broccoli or cauliflower – or roughly 800 grams of produce, the researchers said. At least five servings (400 grams) of fruits and vegetables each day is what is currently recommended by many health agencies. "Although five portions of fruit and vegetables is good, 10 a day is even better," said study author ... Read more

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Belly Fat More Dangerous in Older Women Than Being Overweight

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THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – In older women, it's not excess weight that's deadly, but where those extra pounds collect that can shorten life, a new study reports. Among women 70 to 79, being overweight or obese didn't appear to cut years off life – unless the weight was centered around the waist. But being underweight also appeared to shorten life span, researchers found. "Abdominal fat is more deadly than carrying excess weight," said lead researcher Zhao Chen. She's chair of the University of Arizona's department of epidemiology and biostatistics in the College of Public Health. While the study found that a large waist circumference is detrimental, Hispanic women were somewhat protected – they had lower mortality rates at any waist measurement or BMI level than white or black women. Chen added, "An older woman should be concerned when her body weight is below normal for her height, ... Read more

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U.S. Life Expectancy May Rise to Over 80 by 2030

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TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 – By 2030, American women will live an average of more than 83 years, while men may reach an average of 80, a new study estimates. These figures are up just slightly from current 2010 estimates. Right now, American women live to an average of 81, while men live to an average of 77. But other developed countries are projected to do even better by 2030, according to the study in The Lancet. In fact, after running 21 different statistical models across 35 different developed nations, investigators found that South Korea is projected to fare the best in terms of future life span. For example, South Korean women, as of 2010, are expected to live on average to roughly 84 years of age. But there's a strong possibility that figure will reach more than 90 by 2030, the study authors said. "As recently as the turn of the century, many researchers believed that life ... Read more

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Spoiler Alert! Most People Don't Want to Know the Future

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 – Even if it were possible, most people wouldn't want a crystal ball to foresee the future, instead preferring to be kept in the dark, a new study contends. And even if the future holds good surprises, the majority of people still don't want to know what's going to happen ahead of time, the researchers said in the Feb. 22 issue of Psychological Review. "In Greek mythology, Cassandra, daughter of the king of Troy, had the power to foresee the future. But, she was also cursed and no one believed her prophecies," said the study's lead author, Gerd Gigerenzer. He's director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Germany. "In our study, we've found that people would rather decline the powers that made Cassandra famous, in an effort to forgo the suffering that knowing the future may cause, avoid regret and also maintain the enjoyment of suspense that ... Read more

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Loneliness Often Plagues Black Women at Risk for Heart Disease

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TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 – Heart disease can be a heavy burden for anyone. But new research suggests that black women at risk for the illness are also more prone to loneliness and money worries than their white peers. That's important, researchers said, because there's evidence that loneliness can raise risks of heart disease and other health problems. Black women "at risk for cardiovascular disease [often] have unique predictors of loneliness" compared to white women, study author Karen Saban said in a news release from the International Stroke Conference. Saban is associate dean for research at Loyola University's School of Nursing, in Maywood, Ill. She was to present the findings at the stroke meeting in Houston on Tuesday. The new study included 50 black and 49 white postmenopausal women with at least two risk factors for heart disease. The women completed questionnaires outlining ... Read more

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Testosterone Therapy May Have Benefits, But Risks Too

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TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 – Testosterone treatment can boost bone density and reduce anemia in older men with low levels of the hormone, but it might also open the door to future heart risks, a new set of trials suggests. The findings come in the last four studies to be reported out of the Testosterone Trials, a set of seven overlapping federally funded year-long clinical trials conducted at 12 sites across the United States. All told, the Testosterone Trials seem to indicate that the best use of testosterone therapy is for treatment of decreased sexual function in men with so-called "low T" (low testosterone levels), said Dr. Thomas Gill. He is a Yale University professor of geriatrics who ran one of the clinical trial sites. But the trials also found that men receiving testosterone treatment experienced a significantly greater increase in arterial plaque than men not taking the hormone, ... Read more

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The Short- and Long-Term Prognosis for Obamacare

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MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 – As confusing as it may be for health insurance buyers and taxpayers, the latest moves on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) don't spell its imminent collapse, according to experts who follow the law. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service said last week that it would process tax returns even if taxpayers fail to check the box indicating whether they have health insurance coverage. Maintaining health insurance coverage – the so-called individual mandate – is a key requirement of the controversial health reform law. Beginning this tax season, the IRS had planned to automatically reject returns that omitted taxpayers' health insurance status. After considering President Donald Trump's Jan. 20 executive order to ease the financial burden of the mandate, the agency said it decided to reverse course. "This is probably a fairly minor, incremental undercutting of the individual ... Read more

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Heart, Lung Problems May Not Always Need ICU Care

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FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 – The intensive care unit (ICU) may not improve the chances of survival for all patients with serious heart problems, a new study suggests. "We found that the ICU may not always be the answer. Now, we need to help doctors decide who needs the ICU and who doesn't," study lead author Dr. Thomas Valley said. He's a pulmonary and critical care researcher at the University of Michigan Medical School. Researchers examined 1.5 million Medicare records to determine outcomes for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart attack and worsening heart failure. Many patients with these conditions are admitted to an ICU. There was no difference in 30-day death rates between patients in the ICU and those who received regular inpatient care in another type of hospital unit, the study authors said. However, ICU care was almost $5,000 more for patients with ... Read more

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Trump Administration Rolls Out New Obamacare Rules

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 – Seeking to calm the nerves of jittery health insurance companies, the Trump administration on Wednesday rolled out tougher enrollment rules for the health care reform program known as Obamacare. One of the biggest changes in the new rules is to shorten the enrollment period during which Americans can sign up for health insurance coverage in 2018. While the enrollment period has been three months in previous years, it will now be 45 days, according to CNBC. The new enrollment period will run from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. At the same time, the federal government said it plans to give insurers greater latitude in creating individual health insurance plans, CNBC News reported. As the timing of the Republicans' repeal-and-replace plan for the Affordable Care Act becomes more uncertain, there have been growing concerns that some insurers might abandon Obamacare as a ... Read more

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Shocks From Implanted Defibrillators Trigger Health Costs of Their Own

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 – While implanted defibrillators can deliver a potentially lifesaving shock to a heart that's beating erratically, patients often wind up in the emergency room or the hospital needing medical procedures afterwards, a new study shows. That was the case whether the shock was needed or not, and in 38 percent of cases it wasn't, the researchers added. "I see two implications," said study co-author Dr. Matthew Reynolds. "First, we need to do all we can to minimize these shock events, which are known to negatively affect patients' quality of life, are undesirable clinically and, in our study, trigger costly medical interventions." These procedures include invasive measures to test the heart's function, according to the study. "Second, there is no standard approach to managing these events . . . so we need to develop a better understanding of which interventions are ... Read more

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Health Tip: Eat Your Antioxidants

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-- Antioxidants, found in many healthier foods, protect your cells from damage. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests eating these antioxidant-rich foods: Eggs, milk, butter and liver, which are sources of vitamin A. Colorful fruits and vegetables, which contain vitamin C. Good sources include citrus fruits, strawberries, papaya, broccoli, cauliflower, kale and Brussels sprouts. Nuts (especially almonds and pecans), seeds (especially sunflower), nut oils, kale and spinach, which are good sources of vitamin E. Peas, carrots, apricots, peaches, sweet potatoes, beet greens and kale, which are sources of beta-carotene. Leafy green vegetables, such as spinach and kale, as well as papaya, corn, peas and oranges, which are good sources of lutein. Pink and red fruits and veggies, such as watermelon, tomatoes, pink grapefruit and apricots, which contain plenty of lycopene. ... Read more

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Mediterranean Diet Plus Olive Oil a Boost to Heart Health?

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MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – A Mediterranean diet high in virgin olive oil may boost the protective effects of "good" cholesterol, a new study suggests. The study included 296 people, average age 66, at high risk for heart disease. They were randomly assigned to follow one of three diets for a year. The diets were: a traditional Mediterranean diet enriched with virgin olive oil (about 4 tablespoons) each day; a traditional Mediterranean diet enriched with extra nuts (about a fistful) each day; or a healthy "control" diet with reduced amounts of red meat, processed food, high-fat dairy products and sweets. Both Mediterranean diets emphasized fruit, vegetables, whole grains and legumes such as beans, chickpeas and lentils. They also included moderate amounts of fish and poultry. The research showed that only the control diet reduced total and "bad" LDL cholesterol levels. None of the diets ... Read more

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Beware Heart Attack Risk From Shoveling Snow

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MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – Shoveling is the probable reason why men are more likely to suffer a heart attack after a heavy snowfall, researchers report. In a new study, investigators analyzed data on heart attacks between the months of November and April in the province of Quebec between 1981 and 2014. About 60 percent of hospital admissions and deaths due to heart attack were in men. The findings showed that men's risk of heart attack hospitalization and death was higher after heavy snowfalls. The highest risk was on the day after a snowfall and after snowfalls lasting two to three days. The risk of heart attack after a snowfall was higher regardless of age, cardiovascular risk factors or other health conditions. The link between snowfalls and increased heart attack risk was not seen in women, the study authors noted. However, "men are potentially more likely than women to shovel, ... Read more

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