Helpful Health Care Links: December 12, 2014

Confused woman - people feeling confusion and chaos. Indecisive,Our helpful health care links focus on a variety of topics — 6 tips to avoid headaches during the holiday season and the suspension of the trial for a Canadian-Developed Ebola Vaccine. We also include a story from The Wall Street Journal touching on the importance of exercise, which doctors call a “vital sign.” All are worth your time. And, as always, if you ever come across a healthcare story that you think merits more attention, please send it our way! breaks 1 Million as Obamacare Sign-Ups Surge

The upsurge in enrollment comes in advance of next Monday’s deadline to sign up for health insurance that goes into effect by Jan. 1, 2015.

Canadian-Developed Ebola Vaccine Trial Suspended

A clinical trial of an Ebola vaccine has been halted temporarily as a precautionary measure after four patients complained of joint pains.

6 Tips To Avoid Holiday Headaches

Between the shopping, the cooking and the decorating, does holiday stress make your head throb? These tips may help you avoid holiday headaches.

Many Aren’t Seeking Cheaper Health Plans As First Deadline To Switch Nears

Across the nation, millions of people who bought insurance through the exchange must decide by Monday whether to switch plans for 2015 if they want a new plan starting January 1.

Doctors Dole Out Prescriptions For Exercise

Patients are coming out of the doctor’s office with prescriptions for physical activity in addition to drugs, doctor referrals and follow-up protocols.


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Helpful Health Care Links: December 4, 2014

Flu season ahead signOur helpful health care links focus on many topics dealing with both personal health and the government — the effectiveness of this year’s flu shot and the status of ObamaCare enrollment after the second week. We also include a story from the Miami Herald touching on the court rejection of Florida Governor Rick Scott’s drug testing for welfare applicants. All are worth your time. And, as always, if you ever come across a healthcare story that you think merits more attention, please send it our way!

CDC: Flu Shot Less Effective This Year Because Current Virus Has Mutated

Scientists are concerned about what they’re seeing so far this flu season. The CDC agency advised doctors that this year’s flu vaccine is not as effective because the current strain of the virus has mutated.

Scientists Find Why Male Smokers May Run Even Higher Health Risks

Male smokers are three times more likely than non-smoking men to lose their Y chromosomes, according to research which may explain why men develop and die from many cancers at disproportionate rates compared to women.

Running Linked to Lower Alzheimer’s Death Risk

Running more than 15 miles a week may reduce the risk of dying from Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests.

Court Rejects Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s Drug Testing of Welfare Applicants

A federal appeals court on Wednesday dealt another blow to Gov. Rick Scott’s crusade to conduct drug tests on welfare applicants when it upheld a lower court ruling that the practice was unconstitutional.

ObamaCare Enrollment at 765K After Week 2

About 765,000 people have chosen a private health plan on the federal ObamaCare marketplace since year-two enrollment began on November 15.


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Helpful Health Care Links: November 14, 2014

Background concept wordcloud illustration of medicare glowing liThis week, our helpful health care links focus on a variety of topics — an update on potential Ebola therapies to be tested in Liberia and information on the benefits flu shots have for seniors. We also included a local news update from Crain’s Detroit Business announcing a new Emergency Department for seniors opening November 17. All are worth your time. And, as always, if you ever come across a healthcare story that you think merits more attention, please send it our way!

Flu Shots Effective for Seniors, Says New Review

A new review of published studies finds that the seasonal flu vaccine is effective at protecting those over 60 during epidemics or widespread outbreaks.

Detroit Medical Center to Open Emergency Department for Seniors

Detroit Medical Center’s Detroit Receiving Hospital is the latest hospital in Southeast Michigan to offer a specialized emergency department for seniors.

Medicare Proposes Paying for Lung Cancer Screenings for Older Longtime Smokers

A draft decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would extend coverage for CT scans to Medicare beneficiaries who smoked at least a pack a day for 30 years or the equivalent.

3 New Ebola Therapies Will Be Tested; Liberia Lifts Emergency

Medical teams plan to start three clinical trials in the fight against the Ebola virus next month, administering the drugs at treatment centers run by Doctors Without Borders in West Africa. Two of the therapies involve antiviral drugs.

What the Election Results Mean for You

What will the recent midterm election results mean for seniors and their healthcare?


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