• Why we get depressed at the holidays, and how to deal December 11, 2017
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year... well, not for everyone. While images of love and joy fill storefronts, TV screens and magazine pages, for many people, the reality of the holidays isn’t so cheerful. Between stressful end-of-year deadlines, family dysfunction and loss, poor eating and drinking habits and increasingly cold and dark winter […]
  • Care coordination among ACOs could actually increase admissions December 11, 2017
    Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are designed to save money by fostering cooperation: By working together, providers across the healthcare continuum can hopefully save Medicare money and boost quality.
  • High-value culture, population health programs key to ACO success December 11, 2017
    Creating a high-value culture, engaging in proactive population health management and implementing an infrastructure that promotes continuous performance improvement were key characteristics of 11 successful accountable care organizations studied by the Health Care Transformation Task Force.
  • How low-income kids benefit when parents have healthcare December 11, 2017
    Parental Medicaid enrollment is linked to an increase in pediatric well-child visits for children in low-income families, according to a new study. The study, published in Pediatrics, found that a parent being enrolled in Medicaid was associated with a 29 percentage point higher probability that low-income children received an annual well-child visit, compared to a […]
  • Cancer risk with birth control pills emerges again in latest study December 11, 2017
    A large published study that was reported in the journal New England Journal of Medicine, showed that there is a small but significant risk of breast cancer associated with regular use of hormonal birth control pills.
  • 5 warning signs your appendix might burst December 11, 2017
    Most people are pretty familiar with run-of-the-mill tummy troubles like constipation and diarrhea. You've probably also had the displeasure of experiencing food poisoning or a stomach virus at least once or twice in your life. While appendicitis is much less common, about 5 percent of the population eventually ends up with it, and if you […]
  • Genetics study suggests that education reduces risk of Alzheimer's disease December 11, 2017
    The theory that education protects against Alzheimer's disease has been given further weight by new research from the University of Cambridge, funded by the European Union. The study is published recently in the BMJ.
  • Caffeine stops working after this many nights of bad sleep December 11, 2017
    It can be a truly vicious cycle. One day you have a cold brew just a hair after 4 p.m., which causes you to fall asleep way too late that night, which causes you to need even more cold brew the next day.
  • This lazy habit is linked to throat cancer, according to new research December 11, 2017
    Sure, you do what you can to brush your teeth twice a day, but it’s easy to conk out at night before you actually make it to the bathroom to get things done. It seems like a pretty harmless habit, but new research has found that doing this repeatedly could be way more serious than […]
  • Genes may 'snowball' obesity, researchers find December 11, 2017
    There are nine genes that make you gain more weight if you already have a high body mass index, McMaster University researchers have found.