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Jogging can add years to your life – here are six simple tips to get you started

August 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Jogging can add years to your life – here are six simple tips to get you started

By James Thie Performance Director of Athletics & Lecturer Cardiff Metropolitan University, United Kingdom From TheConversation.com The sight of the determined, lycra-clad jogger has become a familiar feature of urban parks around the world. Jogging – defined as “the activity of running at a steady, gentle pace” – was made popular by running pioneer Arthur Lydiard, who realised […]

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Researchers identify Zika proteins that target fetal brains

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Researchers identify Zika proteins that target fetal brains

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News Scientists at the University of Southern California discovered a key weapon used by the Zika virus to ravage the brains of infected fetuses: proteins. In an article published Thursday in the journal Cell Stem Cell, researchers identified two proteins in Zika potentially responsible for causing microcephaly. Microcephaly is […]

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Should insurance become like Walmart to lower costs?

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Should insurance become like Walmart to lower costs?

By Jay Hancock Kaiser Health News Retail titan Walmart uses its market dominance to inflict “ruthless,” “brutal” and “relentless” pressure on prices charged by suppliers, business writers frequently report. What if huge health insurance companies could push down prices charged by hospitals and doctors in the same way? The idea is getting new attention as […]

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Be wary of short-term health plans, warns Insurance Commissioner

August 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
Be wary of short-term health plans, warns Insurance Commissioner

From the Office of the Insurance Commissioner Consumers looking for health insurance outside of the annual open enrollment period should be wary of short term health plans. These plans may be marketed as alternatives to Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance, but they could leave you without adequate coverage and facing financial penalties at tax […]

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Explainer: what is gene doping – and will any athletes at Rio 2016 have tried it?

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Explainer: what is gene doping – and will any athletes at Rio 2016 have tried it?

Colin Moran Senior Lecturer in Physiology, Exercise and Nutrition, University of Stirling TheConversation.com Gene doping is simply gene therapy in people who don’t need it. The aim of gene therapy is to permanently cure sick individuals of their conditions by altering their genetic makeup. The aim of gene doping, meanwhile, is to artificially enhance an individual – […]

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What happens to developmentally disabled as parents age and die?

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What happens to developmentally disabled as parents age and die?

By Jen Fifield Stateline ROCKVILLE, Md. — Ever since she was 4, when a caregiver force-fed her with a spoon, Caroline Munro has not let anyone feed her but her mother. The 22-year-old has cerebral palsy and an intellectual disability. She doesn’t speak and functions at a preschool level. Her mother, Beth Munro, feeds her […]

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Assisted living residents with dementia prone to abusing others, study finds

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Assisted living residents with dementia prone to abusing others, study finds

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News Assisted living residents who abuse other residents or staff are likely to have dementia or severe mental illness, afflictions that pose unappreciated risks in facilities occupied by vulnerable elderly adults, a new study reported. That abuse can include physical, verbal and sexual incidents, according to a study published online […]

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Cupping at the Olympics – what is it and why do athletes use it?

August 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
Cupping at the Olympics – what is it and why do athletes use it?

By Edzard Ernst Emeritus Professor of Complementary Medicine, University of Exeter TheConversation.com You may have noticed several Olympic athletes covered in bruises, including swimmer Michael Phelps and US gymnast Alex Naddour. No, these are not minor injuries obtained during training; they look oddly circular and are located symmetrically all over the body. In fact, they […]

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1965: The year that brought civil rights to the nation’s hospitals

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1965: The year that brought civil rights to the nation’s hospitals

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News In his new book, David Barton Smith takes us back to the mid-1960s, when a small band of civil rights activists-cum-government bureaucrats toiled to get the nascent Medicare program up and running. In the process, they profoundly changed the way health care is delivered in this country. It stands in […]

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Big Companies Expect Moderate Increases In 2017 Employee Health Care Costs

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Big Companies Expect Moderate Increases In 2017 Employee Health Care Costs

By Jay Hancock Kaiser Health News Big employers expect health costs to continue rising by about 6 percent in 2017, a moderate increase compared with historical trends that nevertheless far outpaces growth in the economy, two new surveys show. “These cost increases, while stable, are both unsustainable and unacceptable,” said Brian Marcotte, CEO of the National […]

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