The Mysterious Interior World of Exercise

Advertisement When we exercise, far-flung parts of our bodies apparently communicate with one another, thanks to tiny, particle-filled balloons that move purposefully through the bloodstream from one cell to another, carrying pressing biochemical messages, according to an important new study of the biology of exercise. The study helps to clarify some of the body-wide health …

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Hospitals’ Best-Laid Plans Upended By Disaster

This story also ran on USA Today. This story can be republished for free (details). It was 3:35 a.m. and flames from a massive Northern California wildfire licked at the back of a Santa Rosa hospital. Within three hours, staffers evacuated 122 patients to other facilities — something they’d never come close to doing before. …

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3 Beginner Yoga Poses for Better Balance

Better balance can make you a stronger runner, weightlifter, and all-around athlete, plus it helps with posture and mobility.  This article originally appeared on DailyBurn.com. When you flip through the yoga playbook, most routines—if not all—include a balance challenge. “That’s because balance is the essence of yoga,” says Ariel Kiley, certified yoga instructor and lead …

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Kira Stokes’ 18-Minute Jump Rope Workout Helps Strengthen and Tone Your Entire Body

This low-impact cardio routine from Kira Stokes will have your heart pounding. Sick of pounding out your cardio on the treadmill? Then you’ve got to try this jump-rope workout from Kira Stokes, creator of The Stoked Method. Jumping rope is a great low-impact alternative to running or high-intensity interval training, because it’s easier on the knees …

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Viewpoints: Letting People Opt Out Of The ACA Is Dangerous For All; CHIP Passes But ‘Urgent’ Issues Remain

Opinion writers from around the country weigh in on a range of health care issues. Stat: Follow The Evidence To Treat Opioid AddictionThe Trump administration could help improve the treatment of substance use disorder by following the recommendations of its own Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. One recommendation urged federal agencies …

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Different Takes: The Assaults On The ACA Create ‘Risks For Everyone’; Congress Steps Up On CHIP, But Other Issues Still Unresolved

Edidtorial pages feature thoughts on these topics as well as perspectives on state developments regarding Medicaid eligibility and expansion. Bloomberg: Another Year Of Rolling Back Obamacare The year ahead looks to be dangerous for health-care security in the U.S., as Donald Trump’s administration continues to sabotage the law that Congress couldn’t repeal. New proposals would let …

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State Highlights: Mass.’s New Health Plan Limits Irk Unions; Ark. Nursing Home ‘Failed’ To Address Infestation

Media outlets report on news from Vermont, Florida, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Georgia, Maryland and Michigan. Boston Globe: Public Employee Unions Cry Foul After State Cuts Health Insurance OptionsLabor unions that represent Massachusetts public employees are fuming over a stunning decision by a state commission to limit their health plan options and are lashing out against the …

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Ultrasounds Are Next Up On Minn. Anti-Abortion Group’s Agenda

Abortion rights groups, however, say any legislation requiring centers to ask if women want to see their ultrasounds would be redundant. “Doctors ought to be giving their patients all the information they can to make an informed decision, and we assume that’s happening,” said Andrea Ledger, the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota. Pioneer Press: …

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New Day, New Take: Epic Gets Thumbs Up In Minneapolis for Innovation

After adding to a barrage of criticism levied at the electronic health record company, Fairview Health Services alters its stance and says “they are uniquely positioned to support collaboration for innovation in healthcare.” Modern Healthcare: Does Epic Hinder Innovation? Depends On When You Ask. Despite adding to the sea of complaints about electronic health record companies, …

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You’re More Likely To Die In The Hospital Over The Weekend, And Doctors Don’t Really Know Why

There is speculation, though, that people who come in during off-hours are inherently sicker than those who come in during business hours. In other public health news: the psychological damage from sexual harassment, trees and depression, the Tide Pod challenge, screen time, asthma and more. CNN: More People Still Die In Hospitals On WeekendsDoctors call …

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Opioid Panel Member Slams Inaction Over Epidemic: Government Is Just ‘Reshuffling Chairs On The Titanic’

Former Democratic Rep. Patrick Kennedy, who serves on the president’s bipartisan opioid commission, criticizes Washington’s unwillingness to put money behind the efforts to fight the crisis: “You can’t expect to stem the tide of a public health crisis that is claiming over 64,000 lives per year without putting your money where your mouth is.” CNN: …

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Only Select Number Of Doctors To Get Pay Increase Through Medicare Performance Program

Instead, the “overwhelming majority” will see a neutral pay bump. Modern Healthcare: Few Doctors See Medicare Pay Bumps For Care Quality Few doctors will benefit this year from a Medicare pay-for-performance program that promised more money if they hit key quality metrics in patient care. Only 20,000 clinicians will receive a pay bump of 6.6% to …

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Kan. Lawmaker Says Governor Weighing Changes To Restrictions On Medicaid

The chairman of the Kansas House Health Committee, who has been negotiating with officials from Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration on Medicaid, says there are signs of compromise over plans for the managed care system. In other Medicaid news, Oregon voters today make decisions on funding, and the plan by Louisiana’s governor to cut services if …

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University Under Fire For Off-The-Grid Herpes Vaccine Experiments

WASHINGTON — Southern Illinois University’s medical school has halted all herpes research, one of its most high-profile projects, amid growing controversy over a researcher’s unauthorized methods offshore and in the U.S. SIU’s ethics panel launched a “full” investigation Dec. 5 of the herpes vaccine experiments by university professor William Halford, according to a memo obtained …

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States Face Costly Conundrum: How To Treat Inmates With Hepatitis C

This story is part of a partnership that includes KCUR, NPR and Kaiser Health News. This story can be republished for free (details). In a corner of Jymie Jimerson’s house in the town of Sparta, in southwestern Missouri, she has set up a kind of shrine. It has Native American art representing her Cherokee heritage …

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Tax Bill Provision Designed To Spur Paid Family Leave To Lower-Wage Workers

About Insuring Your Health KHN contributing columnist Michelle Andrews writes the series Insuring Your Health, which explores health care coverage and costs. To contact Michelle with a question or comment, click here. Tucked into the new tax law is a provision that offers companies a tax credit if they provide paid family and medical leave for lower-wage …

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Making Age Spots a Thing of the Past

Advertisement Aging can bring unwelcome surprises, like crusty brown spots that gradually appear on your face, neck or trunk. They’re called unflattering names: age spots, barnacles or, God help us, senile warts, but physicians know them as seborrheic keratosis lesions, or SK lesions, for short. They come in as many varieties as apples at a …

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CHIP Renewed For Six Years As Congress Votes To Reopen Federal Government

A brief, partial shutdown of the federal government was resolved Monday, as the Senate and House approved legislation that would keep federal dollars flowing until Feb. 8, as well as fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program for the next six years. The legislation is awaiting President Donald Trump’s signature, expected later Monday evening. The CHIP …

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