Health Front

Medi-Cal Debt Weight Shaming Salty Kids

• Governor Brown has until September 30th to sign or veto several critical health and consumer protection bills, including SB1124 (Hernandez), a crucial bill that protects California families from having to choose between their health and their home. Current California law directs the state to recover from the estate of a deceased Medi-Cal recipient to recoup its long-term costs of the Medi-Cal beneficiaries. In 1993, the federal government began requiring all states to recoup the costs and apply liens on assets from the deceased Medi-Cal beneficiaries older than 55 years of age. Read More →

Health Front: The Health Benefits of Good Deeds

There are many benefits to helping other people in your community. In a book titled “The Healing Power of Doing Good,” author Allan Luks points out ten things that can happen to us when we are selflessly benevolent: Read More →

Health Front: Insurance Calls are Recordable. Do it!

In a recent report by the Los Angeles Times, Anthem Blue Cross was caught red-handed distorting the truth after denying a surgical procedure. David Cienfuegos, age 40, had his wife contact Anthem Blue Cross to make sure that the procedure he needed was covered by his Blue Cross policy, and that his doctor was in the Blue Cross physician network. The phone call to Blue Cross seemed to have verified that he did indeed have coverage, but after the operation he was left with $5,800 in medical cost when Anthem Blue Cross insisted that it never approved or verified that it would cover the service charges. Read More →

Health Front: More Than a Spoonful of Sugar

Dr. Ethan Bergman is the president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), formally known as the American Dietetic Association, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The association (AND) sponsors the accreditation programs for colleges preparing dietetic professionals in the U.S. They set the curriculum and criteria for controlling all registered dietitians. Although Dr. Bergman is a very busy man, he was able to take a little time off to carry the Olympic torch in 2012. The opportunity to carry the Olympic torch for AND came to him courtesy of Olympic sponsor Coca-Cola’s longstanding relationship and support of AND. The other sponsors of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, like Mars, Kraft Foods, Nestle and PepsiCo, were not as well positioned on the Olympic committee as Coca-Cola. Read More →

Health Front: Dogs for Autism, Green Tea for Prostate Cancer

The percentage of Americans with diabetes has doubled since 1988, with nearly one in 10 adults now diagnosed with the blood-sugar disease. Research from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Medicine reports that diabetes diagnosis and diabetes control has improved since 1988. “This study also highlights that the increase in diabetes really tracks closely with the epidemic of obesity. The diabetes epidemic is really a direct consequence of the rise in obesity,” said Elizabeth Selvin, professor at Johns Hopkins. She concludes her report by advising everyone to lose weight and start exercising right now, before it is too late. Read More →

Health Front: Flu Drug Stockpiles, Facebook Defriends Self Esteem

The Guardian Newspaper this week reports that scientists are saying that the United Kingdom has wasted half a billion pounds by stockpiling two anti-flu drugs that have not been proved to stop the spread of infection or to prevent people becoming seriously ill, according to a team of scientists who have analyzed the full clinical data, obtained after a four year fight. The U.K. spent 424 million pounds buying tons of Tamiflu and 136 million pounds on Relenza in a case of a flu pandemic, or hysteria. Read More →

Health Front: Get Some Morning Rays and Avoid Diet Soda

Spending time in the bright morning light may help you slim down, suggests new research from the Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Phyllis Zee, the university director of sleep disorders, notes an association between the timing and amount of light exposure and lower weight. Her study included 54 adults who wore a monitoring device that measured light exposure, sleep and duration of sleep for seven days. Read More →

Health Front: Native Diet or Pre-Captain Cook Diet

The young officer James Cook first encountered scurvy at sea in July of 1756, when the ship he was joining, the H.M.S. Eagle, put ashore 130 sick men. Even that ship’s surgeon died from scurvy, a disease that caused bleeding gums, skin sores, weaknesses and pains in the joints and muscles. Read More →