Aetna pulls out of another Obamacare health exchange

When medical conditions arose, study found

“This study documents that there are very large differences by education in smoking and physical activity trajectories in middle age, even though many health habits are already set by this stage of the life course,” said author Rachel Margolis, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Western Ontario, in a journal news release. “Health behavior changes are surprisingly common between ages 50 and 75, and the fact that better-educated middle-aged people are more likely to stop smoking, start physical activity, and maintain both of these behaviors over time has important health ramifications,” she added. Her findings involved more than 16,600 people ranging in age from 50 to 75 who participated in the U.S. Health and Retirement Study.
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Nebraska health exchange info now available

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“Longer-term, those kinks will get ironed out, more people will get comfortable and in (the next few years) more people will be accessing their health insurance through an exchange of some sort,” he said. ‘RISK-BASED APPROACH’ Aetna signaled last month that it was considering withdrawing some applications because of its purchase of Coventry, which also had filed documents to sell insurance plans on exchanges around the country. “We have taken a prudent risk-based approach to both our overall exposure and exposure within a given marketplace,” Chief Executive Officer Mark Bertolini said on a conference call with analysts at the time. Since then, it has withdrawn applications in Maryland, Ohio, Georgia, and Connecticut, where it is based.
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Understanding health exchanges

Consumers who have individual insurance also will receive information from their carriers about their options before the date they need to renew their plans, said Jessica Henely, a spokeswoman for Coventry Health, also on the exchange. The fourth company is Health Alliance of Urbana, Ill., which did not return a call for comment. Obamacare requires individuals to have coverage that provides 10 essential health benefits, some of which were not included in most previous policies. The essential benefits: outpatient care; emergency services; hospitalization; maternity and newborn care; mental health and substance abuse services; prescription drugs; rehabilitative services; laboratory services; preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management; and pediatric dental and vision services. Ramge said he posted the information on the department’s website because Nebraska’s public records law requires such information to be public as soon as it is available. Other states with federally assisted exchanges, including Iowa, are waiting until federal approval of policies on their exchanges.
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4 Ways to Prevent a Weight Loss Plateau

New weight control strategy urges ‘maintain, don’t gain’ approach

We’ve all been there: the dreaded weight loss plateau. While plateaus are normal–according to a report in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, weight loss typically halts after six months–they’re also completely bustable. Power through that plateau and get back on track today with these simple tips. PLUS: Check out these 25 Best Weight-Loss Tips Of All Time for painless ideas that really work. Change it up If your weight loss is in a rut, chances are so are you.
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Focusing on weight loss may not be effective

We didnt ask them to go against their inclinations and lose a lot, they just want to tighten up, feel better, feel better in their jeans and have energy, Bennett said. And by preventing weight gain you can improve those things. Overall, Bennett believes these findings are also applicable to much larger segments of the population. While patients who are very obese (a body mass index (BMI) over 40) should still prioritize weight loss, people who are overweight or slightly obese could benefit from weight maintenance programs. For an obese patient, losing weight is the most important thing to do. But you have to want to do it in order to lose weight, and there are large segments of the obese population not interested or motivated for weight loss, Bennett said. For that group, the priority should be maintaining, not gaining weight.
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Black women have higher weight misperception and more satisfaction with heavier weight than other groups. Even thought the women in the study were all classified as overweight or Class I obese, they were happy with maintaining their size than might be seen in a comparable group of Caucasian women. These perceptions, according to both, are the reason why the typical weight loss tactics may be less effective among black women. Instead of talking about health or weight loss, for example, Bennett says that his team used messages such as getting Michelle Obama arms. A 2012 survey by the Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation found that despite having an overall higher self-esteem than white women, 65 percent of overweight or obese black women still felt that their weight had a negative effect on their health. I dont particularly think it is harmful to tell overweight women not to lose weight, but I do think that it might be interpreted as a deceptive practice as it could lead to worse health outcomes, says Stanford. I believe that health care providers should inform patients of their weight status (whether normal, overweight, or obese) and provide guidance of how to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Bennett says that for those who are overweight and do not yet have health problems, weight maintenance is a promising tactic.Bl At the same body mass index of 31 to 32, the black woman is less likely to have early mortality, hypertension, cardiovascular mortality or high cholesterol than the white women, Bennett says.
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177 pounds lighter, yo-yo dieter reaches goal weight

The first week, Horton lost four pounds. “I almost jumped off the scale!” she says. “I couldn’t believe it.” It was just the push she needed to continue. By March 6, she was down 25 pounds. Lifestyle changes and support Horton follows the guidelines of the Weight Watchers plan by counting points and taking accountability for everything she puts in her body. She has oatmeal almost every morning for breakfast.
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Pregnancy fallacies: Economist checks out the data on those rules for expectant moms

To this data-cruncher, an associate professor in the University of Chicagos business school, those magical nine months became a question of correlation and causation. Her book Expecting Better, corrals all the research for other women to share, and in it she reports her 2-year-old daughter, Penelope, is healthy and happy. The book, from Penguin Press, is out this week. A conversation with Oster: AP: Have you written the Freakonomics of pregnancy? Oster: I think its right that it feels a little bit like Freakonomics because Steve (Levitt) and I are both economists, but the goal here was really to write down an approach that was right for me.
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Pregnancy and the Ever-Increasing Foot

You can wear them, but not for long periods of time, she says. Flip-flops, the opposite of heels, get a better response. I get asked all the time if flip-flops are bad for you. It depends on the flip-flops, says Dr. Naomi Shields, Advanced Orthopaedic Associates, Wichita, Kan. She recommends a version that has a rigid sole and built-in arch. If you prefer sandals, pick a style with straps that come as close to the ankle as possible to support your foot, and also includes arch support, Dr.
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New book debunks long-held beliefs about pregnancy

i think women who are kind of like watching every cookie, you know, don’t eat too many cookies, but don’t freak out too much. that’s the general message. use data to not freak out. >> just live in moderation. >> in moderation. everything in moderation. exactly.
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Try Ayurveda for hair loss

– The person should maintain a regular bowel movement everyday. In case of constipation, a mild natural laxative can be taken. Triphala is very useful. – Regular physical exercise is very beneficial as it helps in balancing the aggravated doshas. – Rub your scalp after washing the hair.
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Hair Loss in Children

Though men like to think that they’ll have a full head of hair well past their primes, reality tells a different story. By the age of 35, about two-thirds of men will experience some appreciable hair loss while nearly 85 percent of men will have significantly thinning hair by the age of 50. It’s not all bad news, though. There are ways that you can slow a receding hairline, so sit tight as AskMen gives you a crash course. Welcome to Hair Loss Prevention 101. What causes hair loss? Although hair loss can be blamed on your mom and dad (i.e., genetics) there are other causespreventable onesthat include nutritional deficiency, infection, prescription drugs, chemical hair products, and even emotional stress.
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Hair Loss Prevention 101

About 25% of children also have pitting and ridging of the nails. While there is no cure for alopecia areata, treatment can control the disease in some children. Many have their hair back within a year, although regrowth is unpredictable and many will lose hair again. For about 5% of children the disease progresses to alopecia totalis — loss of all of the hair on the scalp. Some of these will develop alopecia universalis — a total loss of body hair.
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