Will losing health insurance mean more US deaths? Experts say yes

Disability advocates hold a protest outside the office of Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell on 22 June. Senate Republicans have released their draft healthcare bill. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images View more sharing options Shares 1,258 Mona Chalabi @MonaChalabi email Saturday 24 June 2017 12.00 BST The Republican healthcare bill announced on Thursday would cause thousands of Americans to die each year, according to physicians who study government data. Using national health surveys, doctors and academics have tested whether a lack of health insurance increases the probability of death. Most have concluded…

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Frequent Infections During Infancy May Lead to Gluten Allergy

  is a serious condition that affects many due to consuming wheat or wheat-based products. This form of allergy could result in serious health consequences if proper care is not taken. So what really is the cause of the disease, know as Celiac disease? Research points to genes, but according to a new study done by Institute for Diabetes Research at Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen in Germany, infections during early life could also be associated with increased risk of gluten intolerance or celiac disease later in life. The study, published in…

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2 winners and 4 losers from the Senate health care bill

Mark Wilson/Getty Images The Better Care Reconciliation Act, Senate Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, would if passed lead to one of the largest redistributions of income in American history, just as Obamacare itself did. It would shift hundreds of billions of dollars from health care programs to fund sweeping tax cuts for rich Americans, radically overhaul the way the US supports elderly and disabled people, and allow states to substantially weaken insurance regulations. While it clearly does not yet have the votes it needs to pass the Senate,…

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Passive Smoking Can Put Young Girls At Risk Of Arthritis And Damaged Spinal Structure

Drop the butt now. Your smoking is not only risking your life but also bringing a host of health risks for that innocent non-smokers round you. Passive smoking or second hand smoking can prove to be dangerous too, having serious implications on one’s health, especially for young girls.According to a latest study, children, especially young girls who have been exposed to passive smoking in childhood, stand at greater risk of developing arthritis later in life.The exposure to tobacco early in life through passive smoking in childhood may put them in…

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Rev up your metabolism with these cheats

Having breakfast jump-starts metabolism and gives you the energy you need (Thinkstock) Women, as they age, need to combat the weight that piles on due to factors like muscle loss, hormones and daily stress. In order to battle unnecessary weight, they need to rev up their slow fat-burning engines. Having foods that boost metabolism, getting adequate sleep and exercising daily is the key. Mind the quantity of food and calories Just cutting down on calories drastically is wrong. If you eat less 1,200 calories in day (approximately or most women)…

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8 Smart Ways to Eat Healthy During Office Hours

A regular 9-to-5 desk job, sitting all day in an air-conditioned cabin, is what majorly constitutes an office for most of us. Office life can often get hectic, with no signs of stopping or slowing down. Work keeps piling up and the 40-hour workweek hardly seems enough. All this adds up to nothing but higher stress levels, unhealthy lifestyles and irregular eating habits. As such one tends to cash-in on unhealthy snacks that are available in tuck shops like chips, crackers, biscuits, and namkeens. The calories we consume are far…

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5 Effective Shoulder Stretches to Flex Your Muscles and Release Stress

The human shoulder is one of the more bio-mechanically complex joints since it has the greatest range of motion in the body. Though there are numerous muscles, tendons, nerves, ligaments and blood vessels surrounding the shoulder, which provide flexibility and support, it also makes the area susceptible to injury. Practicing shoulder stretches on a daily basis, particularly before and after strenuous exercise involving the upper body, may help eliminate the risk of muscle strain and other injuries. Shoulder stretches are also extremely effective for alleviating pain. Some easy shoulder stretches…

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Apple should buy Athenahealth to expand in health care: Citigroup

Sally Shin | CNBC Tim Cook As Apple moves into health care, it’s acquired a few small start-ups. Now, Citigroup analyst Garen Sarafian is recommending that the company scoop up a far larger player in health technology: Athenahealth. Even with a market capitalization of close to $6 billion, the purchase would make sense, Sarafian wrote in a note to clients, as it could help Apple solve one of the biggest’s issues in health care — the interoperable exchange of medical data. Sarafian’s analysis followed a report on Wednesday from CNBC…

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Children of Obese Mothers May Have Higher Risk of Fatty Liver During Teens

Maternal obesity does not only increase the risk of several pregnancy complications like gestational diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure or sleep apnea but it can also put the health of the child at risk. Obesity in pregnancy can have a negative impact on health later in life for the mother and the child. Children have a risk of future obesity and heart disease. According to a new study, published in the journal of Hepatology, children born to obese mothers are  twice as likely to develop non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) as adolescents….

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Cuts in federal housing help would hurt people’s health, research suggests

This article originally appeared on Kaiser Health News. Does investing in public housing keep people healthier? New research explores this question, which appears timely, especially as the Trump administration proposes to cut $7.4 billion — about 15 percent — from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s budget, and HUD Secretary Ben Carson argues that too much government assistance fosters dependency and perpetuates cycles of poverty. The study, published Monday in the journal Health Affairs, found that receiving housing assistance from the federal government — through vouchers, public housing and…

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