How to Make Healthy Carbonara Pizza

Cream sauce. Prosciutto. Cheese. Carbonara’s staple ingredients aren’t exactly health foods. But there are ways to update the indulgent Italian recipe so you can enjoy your favorite comfort food and still feel energized afterward. We transformed the classic dish by placing its signature flavors on top of whole-wheat pizza dough, instead of mixing them into pasta. Whole grains like whole wheat offer a long list of health perks: They provide fiber, plant-based protein, and vitamins that can help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Next, we didn’t go as…

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Health Savings Accounts Are Back In The Policy Spotlight

They are just three little words — “health savings accounts” — but they are generating a lot of buzz as Republicans contemplate plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Expanding the use of these accounts, based on a long-held conservative view that consumers should be more responsible for their health care spending, is a part of almost every GOP replacement plan under consideration on Capitol Hill. Here’s the theory behind HSAs: Making consumers bear a bigger upfront share of medical care – while making it easier to save…

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Millennials, We Need Your Help To Fix Health Care

Seventy-five years ago, America and the free world faced an existential threat from the Axis powers—and the so-called “greatest generation” responded. There’s no doubt that people who were 18 to 35 years old in 1942 paid the heaviest price earning their place in the pantheon of history. I believe, today, our country faces a challenge of that magnitude. If one takes a sober look at collateral damage from an extremely expensive and dysfunctional health care system, both to doctors and patients, I believe that we have gone to war for…

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Uganda’s Health Pyramid

Living in a poor country with one of the worst doctor-patient ratios in the world – about one for every 24,000 people – it’s perhaps no surprise that many Ugandans are tempted by alternative remedies, even though there’s often little evidence to support the claims made about their efficacy in treating or preventing disease. But the phenomenon does beg many questions, not least of which are who is really benefiting from the sale of these products and how exactly are they marketed? We’d heard reports about one particularly controversial business,…

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Repealing the Affordable Care Act would endanger Americans’ health

Last month, President Barack Obama signed into law a bipartisan measure revolutionizing biomedicine in the United States that I co-authored: the 21st Century Cures Act. While writing that bill with Republican Fred Upton of Michigan, I learned what this country’s researchers, heath care providers, patients and private-sector stakeholders needed to modernize the federal approach to biomedicine — changes that will lead to better, faster treatment and cures. When the bill was signed into law, it was praised — including by this paper— for demonstrating that Congress can get big, important…

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Sign Up for Health Care Coverage? ‘Absolutely,’ Experts Say

THE final deadline for enrolling in health insurance for 2017 under the Affordable Care Act is on Tuesday. But with so much turmoil and uncertainty surrounding the law’s future, should consumers bother to shop for coverage? Yes, say policy experts and consumer advocates. Health plans — and subsidies to help low-income consumers pay for premiums — are in place for this year. Healthcare.gov and the state-based insurance marketplaces are open for business, for consumers who do not have job-based coverage and are seeking individual policies. “They absolutely should sign up,”…

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An Obamacare Repeal Could Hurt You Even If You Get Insurance Through Work. Here’s How

If you get your health insurance at work, you may have brushed off the fight over Obamacare as someone else’s problem. What you may not realize, though, is that the law added new benefits and protections to employer-based health insurance that you may have come to rely on. President Trump and congressional Republicans have promised to repeal Obamacare, and both have made moves to begin unraveling significant parts of the law. The path forward is far from clear, but the GOP-controlled Congress is expected to go about dismantling portions of…

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President Donald Trump’s first executive order called a “bomb” by one health care expert

Donald Trump’s first order of business as president was to sign an executive order instructing federal agencies to relieve the “burdens” of the Affordable Care Act. The vague language of the action left many wondering what implications this has for consumers, doctors, hospitals and insurers. The primary purpose of the order appeared to be the elimination of the insurance mandate: This provision of the ACA requires all Americans to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty. The mandate was written into the law, however, so an executive order cannot exactly repeal that provision. But…

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Blame Technology, Not Longer Life Spans, for Health Spending Increases

American life spans are rising, and as they are, health care spending is, too. But longevity is not contributing to the spending increase as much as you might think. The median age in the United States will rise to about 40 by 2040, up from 37.7 today. That’s partly because the average American lives three years longer today — reaching nearly 79 years old — than in 1995. The Congressional Budget Office credits population aging for a substantial portion of its projected increase in health care spending — from 5.5…

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