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Dropping Individual Mandate Penalty Could Reduce Coverage Enrollment, Increase Premiums

The individual mandate that requires most Americans to purchase some level of health insurance continues to be one of the most controversial aspects of the Affordable Care Act, even though, beginning in 2019, there is no longer a penalty for noncompliance in most states. A new study conducted by investigators at the Mongan Institute Health Policy...

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Stop Smoking Without Packing on the Pounds

Smoking is a hard habit to kick but when you do, the health benefits are almost immediate. According to the American Lung Association, your heart rate drops to normal levels in 20 minutes, your lung function improves in a couple of weeks and your risk of heart disease drops by half in a year. “But as...

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Nine Ways to Make Your Skin Shine in 2019

New year, new you – the pressure to be the best version of yourself builds in January, including the need to be comfortable in your own skin. That’s why experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) are sharing their top tips on improving how your skin looks and feels both...

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My Cold Is Gone, So Why Am I Still Coughing?

One of the classic cold symptoms is a cough. When coupled with a runny nose, sneezing, sore throat and fatigue, it can make you feel pretty miserable. Usually after a week or so, the cold runs its course and most of the symptoms go away. But for some people, the cough hangs around a little...

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How Does Social Drinking Become Problematic as We Age?

You may not realize it, but as we age, we become more vulnerable to developing an alcohol use disorder, more commonly known as alcoholism. And, even if you don’t develop an alcohol use disorder, its important know that your body processes alcohol less efficiently the older you get, says Brad Lander, a clinical psychologist and addiction...

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Reducing Drinking Could Help with Smoking Cessation, Research Finds

If quitting smoking is one of your New Year’s resolutions, you might want to consider cutting back on your drinking, too. New research has found that heavy drinkers who are trying to stop smoking may find that reducing their alcohol use can also help them quit their daily smoking habit. Heavy drinkers’ nicotine metabolite ratio...

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Moderate Drinking Not Harmful for Older Patients with Heart Failure

A new study suggests that people over age 65 who are newly diagnosed with heart failure can continue to drink moderate amounts of alcohol without worsening their condition. The study, from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, showed a survival benefit for moderate drinkers compared with those who abstained from alcohol. On average,...

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How ‘Dry January’ Is the Secret to Better Sleep, Saving Money and Losing Weight

New research from the University of Sussex shows that taking part in Dry January – abstaining from booze for a month – sees people regaining control of their drinking, having more energy, better skin and losing weight. They also report drinking less months later. The research, led by Sussex psychologist Dr. Richard de Visser, was...

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3D Printing Offers Helping Hand to Patients with Arthritis

From toothbrush holders to typing aids to nail clippers, 3D printing cuts the cost of devices aimed to help people with hand arthritis. Adaptive aids are expensive. Additive manufacturing, using low-cost 3-D printers, can save upwards of 94 percent for simple household items. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that almost a...

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Suicide Risk in Abused Teen Girls Linked to Mother-Daughter Conflict

Teenage girls who were maltreated as children are more likely to entertain suicidal thoughts if the relationship with their mother is poor and the degree of conflict between the two of them high. Researchers at the University of Rochester’s Mt. Hope Family Center found that the quality of the mother-daughter relationship and their level of...