Quantifying the Benefits of Owning a Dog

By RONI CARYN RABIN July 26, 2017 Just how good is dog walking for you? Older dog owners who walked their dogs at least once a day got 20 percent more physical activity than people without dogs, a British study found, and spent 30 fewer minutes a day being sedentary, on average. Regular exercise has well-known benefits for …

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How to Be Mindful When It’s Hot Outside

July 26, 2017 Meditation for Real Life By DAVID GELLES “The high heat and sultry air of summer can exact a toll on mood and physical well-being. Meeting steamy conditions with mindfulness may help us discover that peace and joy are possible, even under the sun’s most unforgiving rays.” — Breon Michel, a mindfulness teacher …

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Viewpoints: Applause For Push To Rescue Mo.’s In-Home, Nursing Care For Senior Citizens, Disabled People; Moving Toward Medical Quality

Here’s a review of editorials and opinions on a range of public health issues. The Kansas City Star: Don’t Give Up On Restoring In-Home And Nursing Care In MissouriKudos to those Democratic Missouri lawmakers who still have not given up on trying to stop Gov. Eric Greitens from single-handedly taking in-home and nursing care away …

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Analyzing The Issues: Cadillac Plans, The ‘Single-Payer Trap’, Health Care Appropriations And Medicare’s Future

Opinion writers offer their takes on health policies that operate as context to the current congressional debate. USA Today: I Have A Cadillac Health Insurance Plan In A Land Of Jalopies. How Is That Fair?My husband is a professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey, so I have a gold-plated health care plan that’s similar …

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How It’s Playing On the Ground: A ‘Farce’ Not A Plan? Scolding A Senator

News outlets beyond the beltway offer their perspectives on the Senate’s replacement for Obamacare and what lawmakers should be doing. San Jose Mercury News: Republican Health Care Is No Plan, It’s A FarceAmericans are divided on what to do about health care, but they should be united in this conclusion: Senate Republicans’ manic approach to …

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Different Takes On Senate Health Care Votes And Strategies: ‘Zombie Trumpcare’ And A ‘Gallows Reprieve’

Editorial pages offer mostly harshly words but some positive thoughts on the Senate’s continuing effort to replace the Affordable Care Act. Bloomberg: Zombie Trumpcare Still Threatens The Health Sector Anyone who’s attempted to read the tea leaves on this bill has long since smashed their cup against the wall. The Senate voted to debate a bill; we just don’t …

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Perspectives: Too Often In U.S. Profit Comes Before Public Interest

Read recent commentaries about drug-cost issues. Los Angeles Times: Yes, We Can Lower Sky-High Drug Prices — Other Countries Have Done ItScott Gottlieb, head of the Food and Drug Administration, wasted no time in his opening remarks at a forum last week on high drug prices. “The fact is that too many people can’t afford …

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Democrats Announce Three-Pronged Plan To Tackle High Drug Prices

News outlets report on stories related to pharmaceutical pricing. Politico: Democrats’ ‘Better Deal’ Would Penalize Drug Price HikesDemocrats are going straight at one of the top concerns of voters, using the rising cost of drugs to strike a more populist tone and counter President Donald Trump, who campaigned hard against the power of the drug …

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State Highlights: Audit Of Colo. Insurance Exchange Still Finds Deficiencies; Indian Reservation Declares Public Emergency Over Opioid Crisis

Media outlets report on news from Colorado, Missouri, Minnesota, California, Florida, Massachusetts, Texas, Kansas and Wisconsin. Denver Post: Connect For Health Colorado Is Making Progress To Fix Accounting TroublesColorado’s health insurance exchange has made progress in addressing repeated accounting troubles but still fails to always follow its own policies when it comes to contracts and …

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Comprehensive Brain Injury Study Finds Extreme Prevalence Of Brain Injury In NFL Players

The study showed that 110 out of 111 brains had signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, causes myriad symptoms, including memory loss, confusion, depression and dementia. The New York Times: 111 N.F.L. Brains. All But One Had C.T.E.Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist, has examined the brains of 202 deceased football players. A broad survey of her …

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How Tattoos Might Affect Your Workout

July 26, 2017 By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS Tattoos may permanently alter the physiology of skin in ways that affect sweating. According to a small, new study, the amount and saltiness of sweat change after skin has been dyed, a finding that might have implications for athletes who ink large swaths of their bodies and maybe even …

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Obamacare’s History Littered With Near-Death Experiences

Few laws have defied as many existential threats as the Affordable Care Act. In seven years, it has been to the brink of elimination nearly a dozen times, only to rally back from seemingly impossible odds. Efforts to kill it have come from Congress (including one in 2015 that made it all the way to …

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Paid Parental Leave May Be The Idea That Transcends Politics

Tameka Henry takes care of her disabled husband, her 87-year-old grandfather and her four children, ages 10 to 16. Two of her kids have asthma. Her husband has a chronic intestinal condition, diabetes and congestive heart failure. He’s unemployed. Henry, who makes around $30,000 a year as a case administrator for a behavioral health care …

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Obamacare’s History Littered With Near-Death Experiences

Few laws have defied as many existential threats as the Affordable Care Act. In seven years, it has been to the brink of elimination nearly a dozen times, only to rally back from seemingly impossible odds. Efforts to kill it have come from Congress (including one in 2015 that made it all the way to …

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Rural Californians Want Price Relief From GOP Health Bill, But Unlikely To Get It

Aaron Albaugh peered out from under the brim of his cowboy hat, surveying the acres of hayfields in front of him. The fourth-generation rancher has raised about 450 cattle this year, in this remote corner of Lassen County, Calif. His closest neighbor lives a half-mile away. “And that’s my brother,” Albaugh said. “If I want to go …

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How to Boost Resilience in Midlife

By TARA PARKER-POPE July 25, 2017 Much of the scientific research on resilience — our ability to bounce back from adversity — has focused on how to build resilience in children. But what about the grown-ups? While resilience is an essential skill for healthy childhood development, science shows that adults also can take steps to boost resilience …

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Postcard From Capitol Hill: What YouTube Didn’t Show You In Senate Health Care Vote

You had to be there. After days of uncertainty about whether Senate Republicans would vote to begin debating a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it boiled down to a few tense minutes on the Senate floor. As the vote started shortly after 2 p.m. ET, 30 reporters crammed into the small hallway in …

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Senate Votes To Move Ahead With Debate On Obamacare Replacement Bill

Jul 25 2017 Republican leadership secure the needed 50 votes — with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote to reach 51 — to bring health care legislation to the floor. Politico: Republicans Vote To Move Ahead On Obamacare RepealSenate Republicans voted Tuesday voted to open debate on repealing Obamacare, dramatically reviving an effort …

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Who Knew Senate Health Bill Debate Could Be So Complicated?

So the Senate has voted to start debate on a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. Now what? Well, it gets wonky. The rules for budget reconciliation, the process the Senate is using that limits debate and allows a bill to pass with only a simple majority, comes with a set of very specific …

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