Category Archives: Medical

New Tool Helps Diagnose the Financial Pain of Cancer

Simply getting a diagnosis of cancer would send the stress level of most people through the roof. It’s not news that anybody visiting a doctor wants to hear. The stress of the disease, however, is not the only stress which … Continue reading

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US Healthcare Quality and Efficiency Stinks Compared to Other Developed Nations

When it comes to the quality and efficiency of the health care system in developed nations, the US ranks dead last according to the annual Commonwealth Fund Mirror Mirror on the Wall survey (PDF). The report looks at how the … Continue reading

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Strokefinder Cap is One Time You Want Your Brain to Be Microwaved

For anyone having a stroke, time is of the utmost importance. During a stroke, brain cells die at an alarming rate, and the quicker a patient can get diagnosed and receive proper treatment, the better chance they have of avoiding … Continue reading

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Will Fasting Become a New Weapon in the Fight Against Diabetes?

A group of researchers in Utah, studying people who fast from time to time for religious reasons, found in past studies that those who fast tend to have low rates of both heart disease and diabetes. These researchers wanted to … Continue reading

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It’s Only a Matter of Time Before Chikungunya Hits the US

As more and more imported cases of chikungunya show up in the US, official warn it’s just a matter of time before the first case of stateside chikungunya appears. Currently all confirmed cases of the virus have been brought in … Continue reading

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Get Your Child Vaccinated! California Declares Whooping Cough Epidemic

One of the biggest problems with people who don’t get vaccines for their children and themselves is they not only put themselves in danger, they put the general public in danger as well. There are plenty of good reasons to … Continue reading

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Can a Company Prevent Free Birth Control Access? The Supreme Court Will Decide

There are a couple of big cases before the Supreme Court which have the potential to have a major impact on the finances of women and families. In two cases before the court, Sebelius vs Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga … Continue reading

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Chia Powder Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella Poisoning

There is another food recall, this one for chia powder rather than beef. If you consume chia powder, you might want to check your shelves to make sure you don’t have any brands recalled due to possible salmonella poisoning. The … Continue reading

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Regularly Eating Processed Red Meat May Be Killing You

If you love processed meat, a new study doesn’t deliver very good news for you. A Swedish study published online in Circulation: Heart Failure followed 37,000 men ages 47 to 79 over a 12 year period who ate processed meat … Continue reading

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66% of Americans Have Increased Chance of Early Death from Low Vitamin D Levels

With all the concern about protecting your skin from the sun’s rays to preventing skin damage and cancer, it’s important for everyone to make sure they get their vitamin D levels tested when they visit their doctor. People staying out … Continue reading

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6,000 Steps a Day Will Help Keep Knee Arthritis Away

There are plenty of great reasons to add walking to your daily routine. Some of them are financial, while others have more to do with health. You can now add another one to the health category. According to new research, … Continue reading

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Women Should Substitute Poultry for Red Meat to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Women who thought it might be okay to begin eating red meat again might want to take a moment to reconsider. It seems women who want to reduce their risk of breast cancer should substitute a meal consisting of red … Continue reading

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50 SPF Sunscreen Protects, but Not Enough to Stop Skin Cancer

It’s that time of the year when the sunscreen comes out, but don’t be deceived into believing that rubbing on 50 SPF sunscreen is enough to protect your skin from the deadliest form of skin cancer. A study published in … Continue reading

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Marriage and Being Single Trumps Cohabitation When It Comes to Men’s Health

If you’re a man, there appears to be health benefits to either remaining single or getting married, as compared to living with your significant other according to a new study from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) published … Continue reading

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The Obamacare Loophole that Isn’t a Loophole

No matter what your personal feelings are about the Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as Obamacare), it’s important to understand how it works for your personal finances. Not fully understanding how it works, or making assumptions that you can … Continue reading

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Causing a Blood Test Commotion: Day 134

It was a pretty uneventful day in regard to spending since most of the day was spent catching up on the things I had put off while on the three day trip. When it comes to the minimum wage challenge, … Continue reading

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Your Emergency Fund Needs to Be Bigger Than You Think

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how the “Emergency Fund” should really be called something else, since so few financial events are really emergencies. Regardless of what you call it, you need to be setting money aside to … Continue reading

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Before You Agree to the Prescription

A friend of mine recently went to the doctor for her annual physical. Her blood pressure was on the high side, so the doctor trotted out the prescription pad and wrote her a prescription for a blood pressure lowering drug. … Continue reading

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The Easiest Way To Save On Healthcare

Most financial writers, including me, counsel people to be their own advocate for less-expensive healthcare. We teach that you should question everything on your bill, know the limits and allowances of your health insurance policy, and negotiate prices where possible … Continue reading

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