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Obamacare Enrollment Nears 3.3 Million
Nearly 3.3 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the state and federal marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration announced Wednesday. About 25 percent of those who have selected a health plan are young adults, aged 18 to 34. That demographic has been considered crucial to the success of the health reform law, often called Obamacare, because young people help offset the cost of covering older, sicker i ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
What's Good for the Heart May Also Prevent Cancer
Seven healthy lifestyle tips recommended by heart experts reduce not only the risk of heart disease but also cancer, a new study finds. Adopting all seven of the factors from the American Heart Association can reduce the risk of developing cancer by more than 50 percent. Moreover, the benefits are cumulative, with cancer risk declining with each additional recommendation followed, the researchers said. These findings aren t surprising, given that many elem ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
More Evidence Links Bullying, Abuse to Suicidal Thoughts in Youth
Children who are picked on by their peers or are abused or mistreated in other areas of their lives are more likely to think about killing themselves, a new study reveals. And the more areas of their lives in which they are victimized, the higher their risk. The new findings, which appear online Oct. 22 in the journal Archives of Pediatrics amp Adolescent Medicine , provide a disturbing snapshot of the consequences of bullying and other forms of youth vict ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Laughter, Music May Lower Blood Pressure, Study Says
Laughter and music not only lift the mood, they might also drop blood pressure among middle-aged adults, a new study suggests. Japanese researchers divided 79 adults, aged 40 to 74, into three groups, studying the effects of one-hour music sessions every two weeks on one group, laughter sessions on another group, and no intervention for the remaining participants the control group . Blood pressure readings taken immediately after the sessions were 6 mm Hg ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Saline Nasal Wash Helps Kids Fight Colds, Flu
Rinsing with a special saline nasal wash made from Atlantic seawater improves symptoms in children with colds and flu, and may prevent recurrence of these infections, a new study claims. We brush our teeth every day, however, we do not pay attention to our noses -- a potential gate for infection, said study co-author Dr. Jana Skoupa, of Pharma Projects in Prague, Czech Republic. Nasal wash should be used, based on our findings, immediately. The study seems ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Practice 'Safe Stress' Over the Holidays
The demands of the season are upon you. And all that socializing, present shopping, decorating and feast preparations can turn this time of year into a stress fest that can affect your health. If you are not careful, the holidays take an emotional toll on the body, ranging from increased blood pressure to weakening your immune system, said Gina Kearney, a holistic nurse practitioner and site manager at the Integrative Care Center, affiliated with the Hospi ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
'No Flu Shots for My Kids'
Margaret Park, a mother of five, isn t having her kids vaccinated against seasonal influenza or H1N1 swine flu this year. Park, a registered dietitian from Manassas Park, Va., is fighting the flu on her own terms -- by making sure that her children eat well, wash their hands frequently, get plenty of sleep and take their gummies, a multivitamin and a supplement containing vitamin C, zinc and echinacea. Although public health officials recommend seasonal fl ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
The 'Bear' Facts on Obesity and Diabetes
The ways grizzly bears deal with hibernation and fluctuating weight might offer valuable new clues to human obesity and diabetes, new research suggests. The study authors note that the tissues of obese people with type 2 diabetes become dangerously insensitive to insulin, the hormone that helps control the level of sugar in the blood. However, unlike people, insulin levels in grizzly bears do not change, the researchers found. Instead, the bears cells seem ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Meditation Method a Matter of Taste
People who want to learn to meditate should select a method that makes them feel comfortable, rather than choose a technique just because it s popular, a new study indicates. Researchers from San Francisco State University report that by finding a form of meditation that works for them, people are less likely to quit. As a result, they will enjoy the personal and medical benefits of the practice, including reduced stress, lower blood pressure and help with ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Training Seems to Close Gender Gap in Spatial Ability
A gender gap in the ability of boys and girls to do spatial reasoning -- a divide that appears to favor boys -- can be eliminated through a specialized education program, new Israeli research suggests. The scientists focused on 100 first-graders, about half of whom were enrolled in an eight-week training program designed to show the children how to think about spatial information from a holistic point of view rather than one based on particular details, an ...
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Culture May Help Raise Breast Cancer Death Rate for American Indians
A new study finds that the high death rates from breast cancer in American Indian and Alaskan native women are linked to cultural beliefs, not barriers such as poor access to health care. The findings are significant, because breast cancer ranks second on the list of cancer-related deaths in American Indian and Alaskan native women, and these women also have the lowest five-year survival rate when compared with other ethnic groups. University of California ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
With Healthy Foods, Taste Matters, Researchers Say
Taste exerts the biggest influence on people s food choices and many believe that healthy foods don t taste good, researchers report. That means more needs to be done to make healthy foods appealing, the study authors said. In the study, participants were presented with a variety of yogurts, each with different levels of sugar and fat. Even when given information about the ingredients, the participants were not more likely to select a healthier yogurt. Unh ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28