Category Archives: Health

James Duigan’s new blueprint for health: the four pillars of midlife wellness

James Duigan is about to release his seventh book, Blueprint for Health ‘We Rise By Lifting Others’ – so reads the much-Instagrammed slogan emblazoned across the windows of the Bodyism gym and cafe in London’s Notting Hill. The space itself – all subway tiles, Crittall doors and luxurious reclaimed wood – is almost exclusively populated by the beautiful and the wealthy in Read More

Health Care Providers Can Use Design Thinking to Improve Patient Experiences

A hospital administrator recently talked to us about an issue that is all too common for patients: missed medical appointments. The story was about a woman named Mary (a pseudonym), a patient with a painful chronic condition who continually failed to keep her regular appointments. In an effort to better understand the problem at hand, the administrator tried to put Read More

Taking vitamin B pills over years may up lung cancer risk in male smokers

Long-term, high-dose supplementation of vitamins B6 and B12 — touted by the vitamin industry for increasing energy and improving metabolism — may be associated with a two-to-four fold increased risk of lung cancer in men, new research has warned. The findings showed that male smokers who take more than 20mg of Vitamin B6 were three times more likely to develop Read More

Moms-to-be, take note: Your pre-pregnancy weight can impact your child’s metabolism

In a new research, the link between a mother’s body mass index (BMI) before pregnancy and the metabolic traits of her children is likely mediated by shared genetics and familial lifestyle rather than effects on the foetus during gestation. It is believed that 20 to 50% of women these days start their pregnancy overweight or obese. The researchers believe that Read More

Dear parents, take note! Peer influence doubles smoking risk among teens

Smoking is powerful enough to affect almost every part of the body. Yet surveys in the past has revealed that most smokers try to quit but fail, despite knowing ill effects. Now, new research has found that having peers who smoke doubles the risk that non-smoking teenagers will also pick up the habit. Led by Jiaying Liu, PhD, a recent graduate from the Read More

Four Steps That Could Cut Health Insurance Premiums And Boost Enrollment

The Senate health committee meets next month to discuss ways to stabilize the insurance markets. Insurers have until Sept. 27 to commit to selling policies on the ACA marketplaces in 2018. Andrew Harnik/AP Congress and the Trump administration could boost insurance coverage by a couple of million people and lower premiums by taking a few actions to stabilize the Affordable Read More

Trump’s big mistake on health care was not realizing Republicans were lying

Donald Trump is wrong about a lot of things. But in his ongoing war of words with congressional Republicans, he’s right about one big thing — the failure of Affordable Care Act repeal efforts is fundamentally the failure of the Republican Party’s House and Senate leaders. Republicans on Capitol Hill like to complain that on health care, Trump didn’t really Read More

The super-important idea hidden inside this Democrat’s big health care plan

This is the web version of VoxCare, a daily newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America’s health care debate. Like what you’re reading? Sign up to get VoxCare in your inbox here. You hear a lot about how much Medicaid pays health care providers and whether the program provides its patients adequate access to doctors and hospitals. Read More

Coal Mining Health Study Is Halted by Interior Department

A mountaintop removal project in Blair, W. Va., a site that was approved by the Army Corps of Engineers, but was reevaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency. CreditTodd Heisler/The New York Times WASHINGTON — The Interior Department has ordered a halt to a scientific study begun under President Obama of the public health risks of mountaintop-removal coal mining. The National Academies Read More

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10 podcasts about mental health

A few months ago, after an urgent care visit, an overnight stay in the hospital and a slew of medical exams, I discovered my blood pressure was abnormally high. The high blood pressure symptoms were just a manifestation of a deeper health issue I was experiencing — chronic anxiety. Wasting no time, I threw myself into self-care. I wanted to find the right Read More