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What heat exhaustion looks like

(UPI) With the U.S. heatwave ongoing and many major cities experiencing temperature in triple digits, a doctor explains what heat exhaustion looks like…
"Signs of heat exhaustion include being sweaty, weak, tired or even giddy, nauseous, high body temperature and pale -- sometimes flushed -- clammy skin," [Dr. Thomas] James says in a statement.
James recommends treating heat exhaustion by resting in a cool place and drinking an electrolyte solution such as a non-caffeinated sports drink. In hot temperatures avoid drinking caffeinated beverages.
"In severe cases involving vomiting or fainting, see your physician or go immediately to the emergency department at a hospital," James adds.
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Extreme Heat Calls for Smarter Workouts

(HealthDay News) With temperatures soaring across much of the United States, people should use caution when engaging in aerobic activity outdoors or in facilities without air conditioning, the American Council on Exercise warns.
Dr. Cedric X. Bryant, the council's chief science officer, offered the following guidelines for avoiding heat-related injuries when working out in hot, humid conditions:
·         Drink water. Consume a large amount of water 30 minutes before exercise and at least six ounces every 20 minutes during a workout. Once finished exercising, continue drinking water even after you are no longer thirsty. If exercising for more than 60 minutes, you may substitute a sports drink for water.
·         Get your body accustomed to the heat. It takes up to two weeks of combined heat exposure and exercise for your body to acclimatize to the environment. Once your body has adapted, you will sweat sooner, sweat more, and lose fewer electrolytes through sweat, resulting in a lower body core temperature, a decreased heart rate response to exercise, and lower potential for dehydration and electrolyte depletion.
·         Slow down. Lowering the intensity level of your workout will reduce the strain on your body and improve its ability to regulate temperature.
·         Dress right. Don't wear waterproof clothes. These fabrics will prevent the evaporation of sweat from the skin and increase the risk of heat injury.
·         Be smart. Temperature and heat can significantly affect your body's ability to respond to heat stress. Consider cutting back on exercise when the temperature rises above 90 degrees Fahrenheit and relative humidity is above 60 percent.
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Small Hippocampus Associated With Depression

(Science Daily) Imaging studies have repeatedly found that people with depression have smaller hippocampal volumes than healthy individuals. The hippocampus is a brain region involved in learning and memory, spatial navigation, and the evaluation of complex life situations or "contexts." However, because in prior studies hippocampal volume was only measured in people once they became depressed, it has been unclear whether a small hippocampus renders a person vulnerable to developing depression, or whether it is a consequence of depression.
A new study … has approached that problem by following a large population of elderly individuals over a 10 year period…
Corresponding author Dr. Tom den Heijer explains their findings: "We found that persons with a smaller hippocampus were not at higher risk to develop depression. In contrast, those with depression declined in volume over time. Our study therefore suggests that a small hippocampal volume in depressed patients is more likely an effect of the depression rather than a cause."
Community: Still, you might think that preventing the brain from shrinking could be a way of fighting the depression. One way to keep the brain from shrinking with age may be exercising regularly, which may be a result of increased blood flow to the brain. Exercise is certainly one of the recommendations for fighting depression. Other ways to take care of our brains as we age are getting enough sleep, meditating, and socializing.
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Can Feeling Too Good Be Bad?

(Science Daily) Positive emotions like joy and compassion are good for your mental and physical health, and help foster creativity and friendship. But people with bipolar disorder seem to have too much of a good thing. In a new article…, psychologist June Gruber of Yale University considers how positive emotion may become negative in bipolar disorder…
"In our work, those with bipolar disorder continue to report greater positive emotions whether it's a positive film, very sad film clip of a child crying over his father's death, and even disgusting films involving someone digging through feces" she says. In more recent work Gruber and her colleagues have found they still feel good even if a close romantic partner tells them something sad face to face, they still feel good. "It's rose-colored glasses gone too far."
Clinical psychologists may also be able to use this research to figure out who with bipolar disorder is likely to relapse; people who have a lot of positive emotions, even at inappropriate times, may provide a window into possible early warning signs, Gruber says…
Psychologists should also consider that there are downsides of positive emotions even for people who don't have bipolar disorder, Gruber says. "Although positive emotions are generally good for us, when they take extreme forms or when they're experienced in the wrong context, the benefits of positive emotion begin to unravel," she says. The goal: "experience it in moderation, in the right place and time."
Community: But we also know that leaning toward the positive can be a good thing for health and longevity.
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Recipes

MyRecipes.com:
Gazpacho with Shrimp and Avocado Relish
Enjoy a cool summer soup with freshly cooked shrimp and a creamy avocado relish for a quick weeknight dinner. The shrimp add protein, making this the perfect one-dish meal. Pair with a warm slice of grilled garlic bread, perfect for dipping.
EatingWell:
Japanese Chicken Meatballs (Tsukune)
Chicken meatballs called tsukune are a Japanese-restaurant favorite—they’re essentially a chicken sausage mixture flavored with garlic and ginger. Use flat sword-shaped skewers instead of traditional round bamboo skewers to keep the meatballs from slipping when you try to turn them. Serve with bowls of steamed rice on the side.
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Liver, Belly Fat May Identify High Risks of Heart Disease in Obese People

(Science Daily) Obese people with high levels of abdominal fat and liver fat may face increased risks for heart disease and other serious health problems, according to research…
Obesity is commonly associated with heart disease risk and problems called cardiometabolic abnormalities, including insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, cholesterol disorders, hypertension and gout.
Researchers in Sweden and Finland found that obese people at the highest risk have increased secretion of liver lipids, more abdominal fat and impaired removal of triglycerides from the blood stream. As such, doctors should routinely check obese patients for intra-abdominal obesity and indications of liver fat, researchers said.
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Research doesn't reflect U.S. minorities

(UPI) U.S. researchers need to include representative samples of ethnically diverse populations in their studies to better reflect the population, a journal says…
The publication also identifies several strategies that scholars can employ in their work to include underrepresented groups.
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U.S. Minorities No Strangers to Health Ills

(HealthDay News) Though minorities in the United States face an array of challenges, chief among them may be personal health and well-being.
African Americans, Hispanic Americans and other minority groups are more likely than whites to develop a number of chronic and deadly diseases, according to mounting evidence…
Researchers have identified a number of factors that help create the various health disparities, among them location, socioeconomic status and access to health insurance and quality health care, said Garth Graham, deputy assistant secretary for minority health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services…
The federal government has swung into action on the issue, creating a new institute within the National Institutes of Health to focus on minority health disparities.
Community: But as we learned recently, Black Members of Adventist Church Defy Health Disparities: “[Seventh-day] Adventists, who advocate temperance, a plant-based diet, and setting aside Saturday for worship and family time, have received much coverage in recent years for their longevity and quality of life.”
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One Hospital's Efforts to Hurdle the Language Barrier

(HealthDay News) Rebecca Reyes's job at Duke University Hospital is to help fill in the cracks in the system that's intended to make sure everyone gets good medical care.
Reyes works as coordinator of the hospital's Latino Health Project, a job she's held for 10 years…
"People receive a bill, and it's all in English," Reyes said…
The other health barrier faced by Latinos at the hospital, Reyes said, is a lack of knowledge about how the health-care system works in the United States…
Despite these issues, Reyes believes that many of the health disparities between the Latino community and white Americans derive from a social context, and are not solely due to failings of the health-care system.
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Authors retract study on genetics of old age

(Reuters) The authors of a high-profile study on genetic patterns tied to old age have retracted it after a piece of equipment used to analyze the genes was found to produce incorrect results, the journal Science said.
The study, published a year ago in Science, showed researchers to have found a pattern of genes that predicted, with greater accuracy than ever, who might live to be 100 or older, even if they had other genes linked with disease.
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Return to smoking after heart attack ups death risk

(Reuters Health) After a heart attack, quitting smoking may offer a patient more benefits than any medication, but Italian researchers say the flipside is that resuming smoking after leaving the hospital can raise the same patient's risk of dying as much as five-fold.
On average, people who started smoking again after being hospitalized for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) -- crushing chest pain that often signals a heart attack -- were more than three times as likely to die within a year as people who successfully quit in a study led by Dr. Furio Colivicchi…
"Relapse is a major risk factor for long term survival," said Dr. David Katz.
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Quick Test to Diagnose Bacterial or Viral Infection

(Science Daily) Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have developed a new test that quickly and accurately distinguishes between bacterial and viral infections in as little as five hours.
Treating viral infections with antibiotics is ineffective and contributes to the development of antibiotic resistance, allergic reactions, toxicity and greater healthcare costs.
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Urine said ineffective for jellyfish sting

(UPI) The widespread belief that urine can lessen the pain of a jellyfish sting is misplaced, and seawater or vinegar are more effective, the British Red Cross says.
The chemical makeup of human urine is unsuitable for the task, the organization said.
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Take-home chlamydia tests tied to more screening

(Reuters Health) Women at risk for chlamydia infections are more likely to get tested if they can do it at home instead of going to a clinic, suggests new research…
"Once you've had an infection, that puts you at increased risk for having another infection," said Charlotte Gaydos, who studies STDs and testing at Johns Hopkins…
But, she told Reuters Health, "It's a very hard thing for clinicians, once they've treated women for an infection, to get them to come back in" for retesting.
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Dolphins' Superior Ability to Heal May Help Humans

(HealthDay News) The ability of dolphins to resist infection and heal quickly from shark bites could offer new insight into the treatment of human wounds, a researcher suggests…
[Dr. Michael Zasloff] concluded that dolphins' resistance to infection may be linked to their blubber. Dolphin blubber contains natural organohalogen compounds, which function like antibiotics and have antimicrobial properties, he said.
"It's most likely that the dolphin stores its own antimicrobial compound and releases it when an injury occurs," said Zasloff, who previously identified antimicrobial compounds in frog skin and dogfish sharks.
Dolphins also heal in a way that restores their body's original shape, a process more like regeneration than human healing, he noted.
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New rules urged on hybrid animal-human experiments

(Reuters) Scientific experiments that insert human genes or cells into animals need new rules to ensure they are ethically acceptable and do not lead to the creation of "monsters," a group of leading British researchers said on Friday.
While humanizing animals in the name of medical research offers valuable insights into the way human bodies work and diseases develop, clear regulations are needed to make sure humanization of animals is carefully controlled.
Extreme scenarios, such as putting brain cells into primates to create talking apes, may remain science fiction, but researchers around the world are constantly pushing boundaries.
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There's a Little Neanderthal in Most of Us

(HealthDay News) Genetic research from Canadian scientists confirms early modern humans interbred with Neanderthals.
An international team of researchers found that some of the human X chromosome can be traced to Neanderthals and is found in non-Africans everywhere.
Neanderthals are thought to have lived until about 30,000 years ago in what is now France, Spain, Germany and Russia. Their ancestors however, left Africa long before that -- about 400,000 to 800,000 years ago. Meanwhile, early modern humans left Africa between 50,000 and 80,000 years ago.
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Wellness incentive: Best of health reform

(UPI) U.S. employers find the increase in a wellness incentive the most beneficial element of healthcare reform law, a Lockton survey indicates…
Dr. Ian Chuang, Lockton medical director…, says in 2014 employers will be able to offer an incentive of as much as 30 percent of an employee's total healthcare premium, if the employee is doing everything asked to improve his or her health and reduce medical costs -- an increase from the 20 percent incentive currently permitted…
Savvy employers realize they will ultimately reduce their health insurance costs by addressing the risks leading to illnesses and claims, which will also improve employee productivity, Chuang says.
Community: Maybe those of us on Medicare who take care of our health should be offered a wellness incentive, also.
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Optimism Associated With Lower Risk of Having Stroke

(Science Daily) A positive outlook on life might lower your risk of having a stroke, according to new research…
"Our work suggests that people who expect the best things in life actively take steps to promote health," said Eric Kim, study lead author…
Optimism is the expectation that more good things, rather than bad, will happen.
Previous research has shown that an optimistic attitude is associated with better heart health outcomes and enhanced immune-system functioning, among other positive effects.
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Smartphones May Be Taxing Your Eyes

(HealthDay News) People reading text messages or browsing the Internet on their smartphones tend to hold the devices closer than they would a book or newspaper, forcing their eyes to work harder than usual, new research shows…
"The fact that people are holding the devices at close distances means that the eyes have to work that much harder to focus on the print and to have their eyes pointed in right direction," said study co-author Dr. Mark Rosenfield… "The fact that the eyes are having to work harder means that people may get symptoms such as headaches and eye strain."
Texting and browsing the Web on smartphones can also result in dry eye, discomfort and blurred vision after prolonged use, the study authors point out. Previous studies have also found that up to 90 percent of people who use computers experience eye problems.
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Most still driving and using cellphone

(UPI) Almost all U.S. adults who drive -- 91 percent -- say they know it is unsafe to use a cellphone while driving, but 60 percent say they do, a survey indicates.
The Harris Poll … indicates more than one in five drivers with cellphones send or read text messages while driving.
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Going into hospital far riskier than flying: WHO

(Reuters) Millions of people die each year from medical errors and infections linked to health care and going into hospital is far riskier than flying, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.
"If you were admitted to hospital tomorrow in any country... your chances of being subjected to an error in your care would be something like 1 in 10. Your chances of dying due to an error in health care would be 1 in 300," Liam Donaldson, the WHO's newly appointed envoy for patient safety, told a news briefing.
This compared with a risk of dying in an air crash of about 1 in 10 million passengers, according to Donaldson, formerly England's chief medical officer.
"It shows that health care generally worldwide still has a long way to go," he said.
Community: I’ve made the same comparison myself. Imagine pilots banding together, as doctors have done, to tell us they’ll police themselves, and how they do it is none of our business.
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Marylanders challenged to eat local

(UPI) Maryland's governor says he is challenging the state's residents to eat at least one locally-grown or harvested food each day in their meals.
Gov. Martin O'Malley says he designated Buy Local Challenge Week in Maryland beginning Saturday to raise awareness about the benefits of local farms and food so the use of fresh, local food products among consumers becomes more familiar and more frequent.
Community: Whole Foods gets a bad rap from some people, but it does more local buying in its markets than any other grocery store chain.
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Recipes

MyRecipes.com:
Mongolian Beef
Serve this slightly spicy dish over wide rice noodles to catch all the garlic- and ginger-laced sauce.
EatingWell:
Fish Fillets with Pineapple-Jalapeño Salsa
Serve simple sautéed fish fillets with jalapeno-spiked pineapple salsa for a Caribbean-inspired meal. Serve with black beans and brown rice.
Andrew Weil, M.D.:
Yogurt-Lime Drink
This is a versatile beverage because you have the choice of making it with just yogurt; adding fruit and blending it just enough to transform the drink into a whipped, frothy, chunky fruit beverage; or adding frozen fruit to create a dessert drink. This drink is festive, yet the coconut milk flavored with cinnamon and cloves gives it a mellow flavor.
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Pass the Parsley...and Celery!

(Andrew Weil, M.D.) Parsley and celery contain a compound that may help protect against breast cancer, possibly by blocking the growth of tumor cells.
This interesting finding … suggests that apigenin, a flavonoid found in parsley, celery, apples, oranges, nuts and other plant products, seemed to block or delay tumor formation in rats that had been programmed to develop breast cancer…
The investigators said that they're not yet sure what dose of apigenin would be appropriate for humans, but suggested that eating some parsley and fruit daily could help ensure that you're getting the minimal amount.
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Drink This Iced Tea for a Better Memory

(RealAge.com) Next time you feel a little foggy or forgetful, brew yourself a refreshing glass of iced green tea.
A recent study provides convincing evidence that the brew may help boost memory performance and attention in older adults who have mild cognitive impairment.
The study involved older adults who were given green tea supplement extract to take twice daily, along with an extra amino acid that's found in green tea -- L-theanine. And compared with a control group given a placebo, the tea takers exhibited sizeable improvements on tests that measured their memory and attention skills…
[A]lthough the study participants took a tea supplement rather than drinking tea, other studies have found similar cognitive boosts in folks who got their green tea the old fashioned way: brewed and in a cup. So make green tea a part of your daily diet. Besides, tea has lots of other great health benefits going for it -- beyond boosting your mental powers. Like these 12 amazing benefits of drinking tea.
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Twig tea, anyone? Study says labels often mislead

(Reuters) Herbal teas often contain unlisted extra ingredients such as weeds, ferns or bits of tree, according to a study by New York high school students that could help tighten labeling rules.
"A third of the herbal teas had things in them that are not on the label," Mark Stoeckle, of the Rockefeller University who helped oversee the project, told Reuters by telephone…
The students said that three of 70 tea products tested and 21 of 60 herbal products contained rogue ingredients not on the labels.
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Seaweed as a Rich New Source of Heart-Healthy Food Ingredients

(Science Daily) [S]cientists have identified seaweed as a rich new potential source of heart-healthy food ingredients. Seaweed and other "macroalgae" could rival milk products as sources of these so-called "bioactive peptides," they conclude…
 "The variety of macroalga species and the environments in which they are found and their ease of cultivation make macroalgae a relatively untapped source of new bioactive compounds, and more efforts are needed to fully exploit their potential for use and delivery to consumers in food products," [Maria] Hayes and her colleagues conclude.
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Clogged Arteries Might Raise Risk of Dementia, Experts Warn

(HealthDay News) Experts are warning that clogged arteries can do more than contribute to heart disease. They can also affect blood flow to the brain and cause dementia.
Signs of dementia include problems with thinking, reasoning and memory, a group of symptoms commonly called "cognitive impairment," according to information in a news release from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association…
[Dr. Philip B.] Gorelick suggested that people may be able to reduce the risk of dementia by taking the same steps they would take to lower their risk of heart disease and stroke, including eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and engaging in physical activity…
Some other steps people can take that might help reduce their risk of dementia include quitting smoking and controlling other factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and abnormal blood sugar.
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Should You Take a Multivitamin?

(Andrew Weil, M.D.) Eating right, getting regular exercise and managing stress are all vital to achieving optimum health, but sometimes these just aren’t enough. While vitamins and supplements shouldn’t be taken as substitutes for a healthy diet, they can act as insurance against nutritional gaps in the diet and as added defense against increasing toxic pressures from the environment.
If you use drugs like alcohol, tobacco or caffeine, if you are under a great deal of stress or if you are sick, your need for some micronutrients and protective phytonutrients may be greater than your diet can supply. Because of all these variables, a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement is the best way to ensure that you are getting what you need.
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Tarceva Battles Lung Cancer in Some

(HealthDay News) New research finds that the targeted cancer drug Tarceva nearly triples the amount of time lung cancer patients survive without a recurrence and has fewer side effects than standard chemotherapy.
The authors of a study … recommend using Tarceva (erlotinib) as a first-line treatment for patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer who have the particular gene mutation this drug targets.
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Anti-Malaria Drug Chloroquine Finding May Lead to Treatments for Arthritis, Cancer and Other Diseases

(Science Daily) In a study…, scientists demonstrate on the molecular level how the anti-malaria drug chloroquine represses inflammation, which may provide a blueprint for new strategies for treating inflammation and a multitude of autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and certain cancers.
Chloroquine is a widely used anti-malaria drug that inhibits the growth of parasites. For decades, chloroquine and its derivative amodiaquine have also been used as anti-inflammation drugs to treat diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
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Kidney Dopamine Regulates Blood Pressure, Life Span

(Science Daily) The neurotransmitter dopamine is best known for its roles in the brain -- in signaling pathways that control movement, motivation, reward, learning and memory.
Now, Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators have demonstrated that dopamine produced outside the brain -- in the kidneys -- is important for renal function, blood pressure regulation and life span. Their studies … suggest that the kidney-specific dopamine system may be a therapeutic target for treating hypertension and kidney diseases such as diabetic nephropathy.
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Scientists Create Vaccine Against Heroin High

(Science Daily) Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute have developed a highly successful vaccine against a heroin high and have proven its therapeutic potential in animal models.
The new study … demonstrates how a novel vaccine produces antibodies (a kind of immune molecule) that stop not only heroin but also other psychoactive compounds metabolized from heroin from reaching the brain to produce euphoric effects…
The Scripps Research team has recently begun an exciting collaboration with researchers at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research to see if it is feasible to develop a dual-purpose vaccine against HIV and for the treatment of heroin addiction in a single shot, [principal investigator, Kim D.] Janda said.
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Cheaper DNA Sequencing Coming Closer

(HealthDay News) The race to develop the $1,000 genome test may be heating up. New technology promises to cut costs while speeding the amount of time it takes to decipher all of your genes and potentially provide a personalized report of health risks and possible therapies, a new report says…
[Dr. Maneesh] Jain noted that "if you are genetically predisposed to a disease like diabetes, you can change your lifestyle."
But some medical experts, including Dr. Peter Gregersen…, are taking a more cautious approach when evaluating the new technology…
"The risk of disease associated with high blood pressure, smoking and high cholesterol is far greater than most of the genetic risks coming out of whole genome scanning," Gregersen added.
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Medigap limits could save Medicare money

(Reuters) Federal deficit-reduction proposals that would limit Medicare supplemental insurance plans could save money but raise costs for some elderly beneficiaries, a study said on Wednesday…
Higher deductibles and co-payments would reduce the demand for care and most likely lower supplemental insurance premiums because of reduced expenses for insurers, the study said.
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Community: Higher deductibles and co-payments will make a lot of people delay testing and treatment, resulting in SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER costs later on. When are our so-called leaders going to figure out this most obvious of results? So why not just put old people on ice floes—that would really save money.
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Heatwave can cause breathing difficulties

(UPI) Heatwaves kill more Americans -- mostly elderly -- than any other natural disaster but high heat can affect anyone's health, a Chicago-area doctor says…
"Hot air heavy with moisture is difficult to breathe and causes added stress on already-compromised health," [Dr. Joseph] Leija says in a statement. "Stay in the air conditioning and talk to your physician or your allergist about adjusting your medication to accommodate the extreme heat."
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How to keep homes cooler during heatwave

(UPI) As high temperatures continue in many states, a Chicago power company says there are ways to keep homes cooler without cranking up the air conditioning.
Commonwealth Edison Co., a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corp., said during periods of high heat customers should take simple steps to reduce energy usage while keeping homes comfortable…
-- Reducing heat and moisture during the warmest part of the day, run appliances such as ovens, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers in the early morning or evening hours when it's cooler outside. Also, use a microwave to cook, or use an outside barbecue, if possible.
-- Keeping shades, blinds and curtains closed. About 40 percent of unwanted heat comes through windows. Awnings are even better, and can reduce heat gain by up to 75 percent. Window coatings and window film can reflect as much as 80 percent of direct rays from the sun.
-- Keeping doors to the outside, garage or attic firmly closed to keep cool air in and hot air out.
-- Using fans to evenly distribute cool air.
-- Turning off all unnecessary lighting, appliances and electronic devices to lessen heat in the home and save electricity.
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Are Taller People at Heightened Cancer Risk?

(HealthDay News) Tall folks may be more likely than shorter people to develop cancer, new British research says.
Among women, the risk of breast, ovarian, uterine and bowel cancer, leukemia or melanoma appears to go up about 16 percent for every 4-inch bump in stature, the researchers said…
While the study found an association between height and cancer risk, it did not prove a cause-and-effect.
One expert from the American Cancer Society said the finding should not spur panic among the more statuesque…
[T]he advice to Americans of any height remains the same: "Both short and tall people can lower their risk of developing and dying from cancer by not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and getting the recommended cancer screening tests."
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Largest Ob/Gyn Group Backs Annual Mammograms in 40s

(HealthDay News) The value of annual mammograms for women in their 40s -- the topic of a lingering debate among health policy and advocacy groups -- has drawn resounding support from the nation's largest group of obstetricians/gynecologists.
On Wednesday, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued new guidelines calling for mammograms to be done every year beginning at age 40…
The guidelines conflict with those issued in late 2009 by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which recommended screening mammograms only every other year beginning at age 50 because they can result in many false positive results, prompting unnecessary biopsies and additional tests.
"I think the main point we considered was that about 40,000 women every year in their 40s are diagnosed with breast cancer, and about 20 percent of them will die from it," said Griffin, an assistant professor of OB/GYN at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. "Screening mammograms reduce the risk of dying by 15 percent" in this population.
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U.S. Panel Recommends Free Health Services for Women

(HealthDay News) Women in the United States could have their birth control covered by insurance companies, free of co-pays, if provisions of a new report are enacted as part of last year's landmark health-reform law.
That is one of eight recommendations in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report that looks to expand preventive services for women under the 2010 law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act…
In addition to insurance coverage for birth control, the committee is recommending:
·         Screening for diabetes.
·         Testing for the human papillomavirus as part of cervical cancer screening.
·         Counseling about sexually transmitted infections.
·         Counseling and screening for HIV.
·         Counseling on breast-feeding and breast-feeding equipment.
·         Counseling on interpersonal and domestic violence.
·         Yearly preventive care visits to recommended preventive services.
Community: Well, “fully covered by insurance” doesn’t mean “free,” exactly, but at no added cost to the individual, more people would be able to take advantage of these important services.
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Recipes

MyRecipes.com:
Chicken Kebabs and Nectarine Salsa
This company-worthy meal has a hint of spice from the chicken that is balanced by the flavors from the nectarine salsa.
EatingWell:
Steak & Potatoes with Anchovy-Caper Vinaigrette
You’ll never think of “steak and potatoes” the same way once you taste them drizzled with this smoky, full-flavored anchovy-caper vinaigrette. Serve with steamed green beans.
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10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT YOGURT
From nutrition information to tips on how to make your own Greek yogurt, find 10 interesting facts about creamy cultured milk.
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