Health insurance policies now cover mental illnesses

  For the longest time, mental illnesses never got the attention they deserved. It took celebrities such as Deepika Padukone and Ellen Degeneres to speak out about battling depression for the masses to understand how a mental illness can take a toll on a person’s everyday life. Even Todd Phillips’ much talked about film Joker delves deeper into this subject. The film’s protagonist is a man dealing with mental and neurological problems who eventually turns into a criminal. With all the attention that mental health is finally garnering, it became imperative for the Insurance Regulatory…

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Elizabeth Warren Is More Health-Care Cipher Than Firebrand

Health insurance stocks touched their lowest point of 2019 last week, with some in the market citing the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump and the rise of Senator Elizabeth Warren in Democratic presidential polls as twin reasons for the decline. The thinking is, anything that boosts Democrats’ chances in the 2020 election would be bad for the industry, with most of the party’s candidates calling for at least some type of shake-up to the current health-care system. And Warren’s support of “Medicare for All” makes her a particular threat…

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FDA opens criminal probe of vaping deaths as health officials search for cause

The Food and Drug Administration has opened a criminal probe into the cause of a mysterious vaping-related lung disease that has sickened 530 people and killed seven, an agency official said Thursday. The agency’s Office of Criminal Investigations opened a probe “shortly after” people started falling ill, Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, told reporters on a call Thursday.   “OCI has special investigative skills and the focus of their work is to identify what is making people sick, as well as a focus on the supply chain,”…

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HEALTH TIPS: How to negotiate childhood allergies

Back-to-school time is stressful on its own. Add in the specter of food allergies and the stakes can feel even higher. What to toss in the lunch bag? What’s safe to share with the class? According to Kids With Food Allergies, part of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 1 in 13 kids has a food allergy. According to the Food and Drug Administration, 90% of food-related allergic reactions come from eight foods: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. With the exception of seafood,…

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Life in the home counties brings 16 more years of good health…

Wokingham, Berkshire, has the highest healthy life expectancy in Britain at 70.7 years. Photograph: Greg Balfour Evans/Alamy The gap in healthy life expectancy between parts of Britain has widened over the past decade to become as large as that between the UK and Sudan, a leading group of parliamentarians has warned. In a sign of growing inequality in Britain, residents in Blaenau Gwent in south Wales can now expect up to 16.4 fewer years of good health than those in Wokingham in Berkshire, according to a report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group…

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How Therapy Can Help Parents With Mental Health And Stress

Traci Pirri is a trauma counselor, so you might assume she inherently knows how to prioritize mental health. But, while she is a therapist in her work, her struggles as a parent are the same as those many others deal with. “We have extremely limited time, spend all our money and resources on the kids, and feel selfish (or weak) about needing a reboot,” Pirri told HuffPost Canada. Finding that time is important, she said via email, because it’s hard for parents to be present with their children when they are overly…

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Too much variation’ in treatment of fall victims

There is too much variation across Wales in the treatment of older people who have fallen or are at risk, the health watchdog has said. Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) said a lack of communication and co-ordination between services could stop people getting the best care. It recommended more money be spent on prevention, such as checking the carpet on peoples’ stairs and fitness classes. Llinos Dafis, 78, said the falls clinic she attends gave her confidence. Falls are the most common reason across the UK for people calling an ambulance…

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How to maintain Healthy Digestive System: Seven happy digestion tips for you

Are you a healthy person? You’d possibly like to answer this in the affirmative and one guess as to how you would arrive at that answer is by thinking about how many times you have visited the doctor. Correct? So, if you think you are a healthy individual, then congratulations, that’s what most people want. But, let’s pause for a moment and ask: are you really as healthy as you think you are? If you want to determine the absolute right answer to this question, then only a doctor can…

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The potential health effects of the ‘public charge’ immigration rule

  On Aug. 14, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a rule to restrict immigrants’ ability to obtain legal permanent residency, based on whether they have received government benefits. The rule is due to go into effect Oct. 15. The rule considers immigrants who receive benefits such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid likely to become “public charges.” (Also known as food stamps, SNAP is a program that offers low-income adults a form of debit payment to purchase groceries at authorized retailers.) Per a definition from the U.S. Citizenship and…

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Manage Your Stress with Samsung Health, Now Available in More Languages

While many look forward to the cooler weather and the sight of falling leaves in autumn, it’s easy to get stressed out as summer vacation season winds down and back-to-school planning and the daily grind begin again. Samsung Health1 can help keep away the post-vacation blues with a suite of meditation and mindfulness features that are designed to help you manage your body and mind in collaboration with Calm.   Samsung Health recently expanded its language support of its Mindfulness service in collaboration with Calm2, the number 1 sleep and meditation app.…

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