Late evening eating may compromise women’s heart health

New research finds that eating more calories in the evening is associated with poorer cardiovascular health in women. Share on PinterestEating more of the day’s calories after 6 p.m. is linked with poorer heart health in a new study. Evidence is accumulating that meal times can impact cardiometabolic health. One recent study, for example, showed that eating meals earlier in the day can help people lose weight, while eating later in the day may promote weight gain and slow down metabolism. These studies also showed that later mealtimes raise inflammatory markers that are…

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Another grim week leaves private health insurance on life support

‘Private health insurance is seen by virtually all as being too expensive, too complicated and not offering value for money,’ says Linc Thurecht from the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP In April this year, the health minister, Greg Hunt, introduced reforms the government said would make private health insurance easier to understand and more affordable. The changes, described by the federal government as the most significant reforms to the private health insurance system in a decade, included classifying the some 70,000 private health insurance policies available into gold,…

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How do you start a conversation about mental health with someone who is depressed?

 War photographer Jacob Simkin, one of the subjects of the Australian documentary Happy Sad Man, suffers from post-traumatic stress and moral injury syndrome. Photograph: Proud Mother Pictures Jacob Simkin believes in humanity. But while documenting the fallout from airstrikes and artillery barrages in north-eastern Syria, he says this optimism has created a war inside him. The Melbourne-raised photographer is more at home in chaos than in peace. Simkin has also covered conflict in Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan over the past 15 years, and has taught activists how to shoot video…

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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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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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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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