April 19, 2021

Lonnie Listonsmith

Experienced Health Expert

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April 9 (UPI) — The Affordable Care Act has slowed increases in out-of-pocket costs for those with health insurance coverage under the law by about 80%, an analysis published Friday by JAMA Network Open found.

Since the ACA, also known as Obamacare, was enacted in 2010, average out-of-pocket expenses for doctor visits, prescription drugs and other services have risen by an average of 0.2% per year, the data showed.

However, during the nine years before the law’s passage, from 2000 to 2009, these fees, which are charges over and above what insurance pays, increased by an average of 1% per

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A large study finds a link between COVID-19 and mental health conditions. Maskot/Getty Images
  • A study suggests that in the United States in 2020, around a third of COVID-19 survivors were diagnosed with a neurological or mental health condition within 6 months of their COVID-19 diagnoses.
  • Anxiety and mood disorders were the most common diagnoses.
  • Neurological conditions, such as stroke and dementia, occurred less often but were more common among people with severe COVID-19.
  • The overall effect of these disorders, many of which are chronic, may be substantial for health and social care systems due to the
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Many Americans take vitamins and minerals in the form of a supplement on a daily basis. Whether it’s to help improve skin health or keep the immune system in optimal condition, there are many benefits of taking a supplement. Right now, the spotlight is on one such mineral for its potential ability to protect against obesity.

According to new research published in eLife, adding selenium to your diet may help protect against obesity—at least, that was the case for mice. The results from this study may lead to interventions that reproduce many of the anti-aging effects associated

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If you’re looking to get healthy, odds are that a weight loss supplement isn’t your best bet. In fact, many weight loss supplements over the last several decades have had serious health consequences. Now, new research has discovered a scary fact about many weight loss supplements on the market: a bunch of them include banned stimulants that could be seriously unsafe for human consumption.

A new study published in the journal Clinical Toxicology examined 17 weight loss and sports supplements that included deterenol—a stimulant drug that has been prohibited by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2004.

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Not a single vaccinated doctor who contracted COVID-19 was hospitalized or died.

Infections among health care workers who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are extremely rare, according to a new study.

Researchers examined data from employee health records of more than 36,600 health care workers in California and found that ​less than 1% tested positive for COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated — meaning both doses plus two weeks for the immunity to build — with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

While anecdotal

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Maxine Toler, who lives near Los Angeles, has been asking neighbors why they do or do not want the vaccine. But it’s the health inequities of today, not the infamous “Tuskegee Study,” that Toler hears about when she talks to Black friends and neighbors about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Maxine Toler, who lives near Los Angeles, has been asking neighbors why they do or do not want the vaccine. But it’s the health inequities of today, not the infamous “Tuskegee Study,” that Toler hears about when she

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