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Grab a Tissue, Major Allergy Season Coming

Posted on 04/7/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMan, this winter just keeps on giving. Turns out those record-setting, lower-than-normal temperatures we just suffered through are now going to cause higher-than-normal pollen counts starting this month. Or, as Susan Kosisky, chief microbiologist at the U.S. Army Centralized Allergen Extract Laboratory, told the Washington Post, “Grab your Kleenex. It’s coming.” Evidently the long cold spell has given trees more time to build up pollen, which basically translates to lots of eye-watering, sneezy-wheezy misery as the weather warms and all …

Health Care Law Helps Add 3 Million to Medicaid

Posted on 04/4/2014 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Erica Werner, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Three million Americans signed up for Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s new health care law as of the end of February, the administration announced on April 4, offering its first full accounting of how much the safety net health program has grown since implementation of the law. Many were newly eligible because of the law’s Medicaid expansion, while others already eligible but not yet enrolled came forward because of publicity around the …

Medicare Changes Its Policy for Heart Failure Patients

Posted on 04/4/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAfter deliberating for a decade, Medicare recently announced that it will now cover cardiac rehab for some patients who suffer from stable but chronic heart failure, a costly, debilitating disease that could be improved with supervised exercise and counseling. Heart failure is a chronic condition in which the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s need for oxygen. Patients often suffer shortness of breath and swelling in their feet, ankles, legs and stomach from fluid buildup. Some 650,000 …

Good Morning Sunshine: Those Rays Help Your Weight

Posted on 04/3/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthJust in time for spring’s sunnier days comes this welcome news: A new Northwestern University study reports that your exposure to bright, early morning light can help you manage your weight. People who had most of their sunshine exposure in the morning, starting at 8 a.m., had a significantly lower body mass index (BMI) than did those who got most of their light exposure later in the day, researchers found. BMI is an estimate of body fat based on height …

Ladies, That Diet Soda May Be Bad for Your Heart

Posted on 04/2/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHealthy, postmenopausal women who drink two or more diet sodas a day are at a higher risk for heart attack, stroke and even death, according to a large new national study. The research looked at diet-soda intake and heart health in nearly 60,000 women participating in the national Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, which investigates health risk factors for women ages 50 to 79. The average age of the women in this study was nearly 63, and none had a …

Health Law Sign-Ups on Track to Hit 7 Million

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Josh Lederman and Ricardo Zaldivar, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Beating expectations, President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul was on track to sign up more than 7 million Americans for health insurance on deadline day, Monday, government officials told the Associated Press. The 7 million target, thought to be out of reach by most experts, was in sight on a day that saw surging consumer interest as well as vexing computer glitches that slowed sign-ups on the HealthCare.gov website. …