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Will Obamacare Save Lives?

Posted on 05/7/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFewer people died after Massachusetts introduced mandatory health coverage in 2006, a new Harvard study finds, offering “encouraging evidence” that the country’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) — modeled on the Massachusetts plan — could also save lives, researchers said. The study, published this week in Annals of Internal Medicine, found that Massachusetts’ health-coverage law saved about 320 lives a year during each of its first four years. “Our findings add to a growing body of evidence showing that health insurance makes …

‘Dirty Dozen’ Lists Produce with Most Pesticides

Posted on 05/6/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBite into that nice, crunchy apple and you’re also getting a mouthful of pesticide residue, according to the annual list of fruits and veggies with the most — and least — of the chemicals. The so-called Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists are compiled annually by the nonprofit advocacy organization Environmental Working Group (EWG), based on data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While the USDA has set limits on the amount of pesticide residue it deems safe, conventionally grown …

Wife’s Illness Raises Divorce Risk More Than Husband’s

Posted on 05/1/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWell, this is depressing: A new study finds that an older couple is more likely to divorce if the wife gets seriously ill, but not if the husband does. While the health consequences of divorce are well known, researchers wanted to see how marriage in couples age 50 and older was affected when one spouse developed a serious health condition like cancer, heart disease, lung disease or stroke. They examined 20 years of data on 2,717 marriages from the Health …

Who Really Pays for Health Care? It’s Not Who You Think

Posted on 05/1/2014 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Jay Hancock, Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News Eight million Americans have signed up for private health insurance — much of it government subsidized — under the Affordable Care Act. Millions more obtained new coverage through Medicaid, the government-sponsored insurance program for low-income people. The full implementation of the law — along with its wider coverage, new taxes and shifting subsidies — has brought renewed discussions and debates over the winners and the losers in the new health care landscape. Here are …

Why Cereal Can Help You Avoid a Second Heart Attack

Posted on 04/30/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthEating a high-fiber diet can help you avoid heart disease, but what if you’ve already had a heart attack — can adding fiber to your diet help you live longer? A study that researchers say is the first to examine this question has some good news for heart patients: The more fiber heart attack survivors add to their diet — especially in the form of cereal and whole grains — the lower their risk of dying from any cause, said …

Could This Be the Secret to Younger-Looking Skin?

Posted on 04/29/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWant skin that looks 20 to 30 years younger? Forget the lotions and potions; instead, try exercising twice a week. Surprising new Canadian research on sedentary adults age 65-plus found that exercise significantly improved their skin composition. Skin samples viewed under a microscope before and after three months of exercise showed that exercise had reversed the aging effects: The skin layers were similar to those of people decades younger. “I don’t want to overhype the results, but, really, it was …