Category Archives: Health

When Is the Last Day to Sign up for Health Insurance 2015?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), known simply as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “ObamaCare” was signed into law on Mar. 23, 2010, and represents the “most significant regulatory overhaul” of the U.S. healthcare system since the … Continue reading

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Study Says Kids Eating Pizza Is One Culprit Behind Childhood Obesity

In 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama started her Let’s Move! Campaign to combat child obesity. As discussed in the October 7, 2014, issue of The New York Times Magazine, the average weight of American children has been increasing since the … Continue reading

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Expanding Disneyland Measles Outbreak Fuels Vaccine Exemption Debate

As you travel south toward Orange County, California, the homes you see become larger and more expensive. Unsurprisingly, these homeowners are wealthier than their northern counterparts. Look through the medical records of the wealthiest families’ children and another trend becomes … Continue reading

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Poor Teenage Sleep Patterns May be Indicator of Later Alcohol and Drug Abuse

With access to phones and technology 24/7, hours of homework and socializing to be done, and the high-energy levels typical of that age group, it seems a wonder to find a teenager who is not sleep-deprived. But a recent report … Continue reading

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Forget the Nightcap. Drinking Alcohol before Bedtime Disrupts Sleep Patterns

Sleep is one of biology’s greatest mysteries: everyone requires it, but much is still unknown about this necessity. According to the Fiscal Times, revenue from the sleep industry will likely reach $32.4 billion in part because nearly one-third of Americans … Continue reading

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More Than 1 in 10 Taking Aspirin for Their Heart Are Inappropriately Doing So

Many people have heard of the regimen of taking a daily low-dose aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) to help ward off heart attacks, and for certain people, it’s a routine which has the potential to save their life. On the other hand, … Continue reading

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Bank Holiday Schedule 2015

One of the most confusing things in the US is that federal holidays aren’t national holidays. The 10 official US federal holidays each year only apply to federal employees. Private businesses such as credit unions and banks, don’t have to … Continue reading

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Obamacare Health IRS Form Should Soon be Coming in the Mail

With the new year, you should start to get tax forms in the mail. There is a new one you should be on the lookout for if you were one of the millions of people who signed up under the … Continue reading

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Being Optimistic Is a Heart Healthy Choice

Being a pessimist could be bad for your heart. A new study conducted by the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), led by Rosalba Hernandez, analyzed the responses of 5,100 adults about their mental health. The subjects were between the ages of … Continue reading

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Caramel Apple Listeria Outbreak Linked to California Bidart Bros. Apple Supplier

Listeriosis, a bacterial infection often caused by ingesting food contaminated by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes, is a serious condition with a mortality rate of approximately 20 percent. Its two most common clinical manifestations are sepsis and meningitis, and the disease … Continue reading

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Your Optimism May Be Helping Prevent Heart Disease

Each day, approximately 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease, which averages to around one death every 39 seconds according to Psychology Today. But these statistics obscure a deeper issue. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports, “Death … Continue reading

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CDC Recommending Antivirals As Flu Is Widespread Across Most of the US

The flu season has reached about the halfway point and it’s been a bad season thus far. The US is seeing widespread flu across most of the US, and making things worse is that this year’s vaccines aren’t very effective … Continue reading

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The Best 2015 Diet is the DASH Diet for the Fifth Straight Year

With the beginning of the New Year, one of the top resolutions on many people’s lists is losing weight and getting healthier. For those who are looking for the healthiest diet out there (as opposed to the one which will … Continue reading

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McDonald’s Pins Hopes on “Lovin” Ad Campaign to Raise Declining Sales

McDonald’s corporation investors are among those who desperately hope this year proves quite different from the last. Throughout 2014, McDonald’s reported sharp, monthly declines, but in November it “posted its steepest monthly decline in U.S. same-store sales in more than … Continue reading

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Two-Thirds of Cancers Occur Due to “Bad Luck”

Can we prevent most cancer from happening with simple lifestyle changes, or do our genes play a overwhelming role in whether or not we get cancer? A recent study from the organization Cancer Research UK uncovered that more than four … Continue reading

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US Flu Epidemic in Full Swing

Winter is upon us and that means that flu season is also here. Getting the flu can hurt a family’s finances as parents have to miss work to recover themselves, or stay at home to take care of sick kids. … Continue reading

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40 Percent of Cancers Could Be Prevented with Simple Lifestyle Changes

Oftentimes cancer has been called a “disease of old age” given that it primarily affects older individuals. Researchers, however, are discovering that beyond old age, cancer is also a disease associated with lifestyle choices. According to research conducted by Cancer … Continue reading

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Go Ahead and Skip Breakfast: It Doesn’t Make a Difference to Weight Loss

For years, everyone from nutritionists and schoolteachers, to parents and doctors have praised the value of a good breakfast for overall nutrition, weight loss and a happier life. This belief has driven free breakfast programs in schools for kids who … Continue reading

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Low Glycemic Diet Not Important Unless You’re Diabetic

It has been out there for years – the glycemic index. We’ve been told the glycemic index is important, but how important is it in reality? We’re told we should keep an eye on it because it affects the blood … Continue reading

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Toddler Possibly the First Victim of a Liquid Nicotine Overdose

One of the main ideas behind the creation of e-cigarettes was to decrease children’s exposure to second-hand smoke, but it has created another deadly risk most people never considered. In New York, a toddler died from ingesting liquid nicotine, the … Continue reading

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