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Understanding the Connection between Health Insurance and Taxes

Friday, March 4th, 2016

When you file your taxes, you’ll need to include information about your health coverage. Whether you enrolled in coverage, received financial help, or chose to go without coverage there may be tax implications — including the possibility of a penalty payment. Below are resources that will help you understand your 2015 health coverage status and what you need to do next!

Healthcare.gov: 2015 Health Coverage & Your Federal Taxes: http://1.usa.gov/1p4KFzl
How Health Coverage Affects Your Taxes Factsheet: http://1.usa.gov/1LEEeN6 (PDF)
No Health Coverage? What That Means for Your Taxes Factsheet: http://1.usa.gov/1pqmL19 (PDF)

Physically Fit Individuals Are Less Likely to Suffer Depression After Heart Attack

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Adapted from healthfinder.gov (Health Day News)

A recent study shows that physically fit people may be less likely to become depressed after a heart attack. In the report, heart attack survivors are three times more likely to have depression than people who haven’t had a heart attack but those who regularly exercise can reduce their risk. The study based in Norway, researchers looked at 189 middle-aged and older people. For more information, please visit: 1.usa.gov/218bqyr

To learn more information about depression after experiencing a heart attack, please visit the American Heart Association webpage: bit.ly/218bq1j

Effective Interventions to Reduce Sexually Transmitted Disease

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control has published a special supplement to Sexually Transmitted Diseases. The supplement provides guidance on effective interventions to reduce sexually transmitted disease for community-based and clinical settings.

Read articles at the CDC website: http://1.usa.gov/1oDfj2H

Women in Clinical Trials

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Marsha Henderson, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health, encourages women to talk about participating in clinical trials. In her recent blog post, http://1.usa.gov/23vXhPx, she discusses her own experience and why it’s important for women to talk about clinical trials and potential participation. She also refers to the Women in Clinical Trials initiative from the FDA Office of Women’s Health, http://1.usa.gov/1nAOYBT. The site offers answers to questions women may have about joining clinical trials. Both sites emphasize that anyone interested in participating in trials needs to consult with health care providers. To find a clinical trial or see the types of trials that have been done, visit ClinicalTrials.gov.

 

‘Standing Desks’ in Classrooms May Kickstart Kids’ Activity

Monday, January 25th, 2016

A new systematic review reports that use of “standing desks” at school helped kids get more active.

Experts noted that the review’s findings weren’t surprising, but said more research is needed to pinpoint actual health benefits to children from using standing desks.

The researchers also found that standing desk use was tentatively linked to better classroom behavior and greater energy expenditure among children, although the results were mixed — stemming from varied studies.

The systematic review was published online Jan. 22 in the journal Pediatrics.

Link to the abstract: http://1.usa.gov/1WKQIUA

SOURCES: Karl Minges, M.P.H., doctoral candidate, Yale School of Nursing, Orange, Conn.; David A. Paul, M.D., chair, department of pediatrics, Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, Del.; James F. Sallis, Ph.D., professor, family medicine and public health, chief, division of behavioral medicine, and director, active living research, University of California, San Diego; February 2016, Pediatrics

 

Tips for Shopping for Prescription Drugs from Consumer Reports

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Millions of Americans have been hit with high drug costs within the last year. In fact, a recent Consumer Reports National Research Center poll of 1,037 adults showed that a third of those who currently take a drug said they experienced a spike in their prescription drug prices in the past 12 months—anywhere from just a few dollars to more than $100 per prescription. Drugs can cost as much as ten times more at one retailer versus another. Read more about this issue and tips for being a better comparison shopper here: bit.ly/1VdDPkA

Information and News: Lead in Flint, Michigan Water System

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Several Michigan, local, and federal agencies are responding to the presence of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan.  The National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Division (NLM SIS) provides information on the medical and public health aspects of chemical incidents for health professionals, policy makers, and volunteers who may be responding to an incident and for people living in or concerned about the affected region. They have compiled a list of information resources. Please visit: bit.ly/1Qj8xaK to learn more.

2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Friday, January 8th, 2016

The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is designed to help Americans eat a healthier diet. Intended for policymakers and health professionals, this edition of the Dietary Guidelines outlines how people can improve their overall eating patterns — the complete combination of foods and drinks in their diet. This edition offers 5 overarching Guidelines and a number of Key Recommendations with specific nutritional targets and dietary limits: Following a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan; Focusing on variety, nutrient density, and amount; Limiting calories from added sugars and saturated fats and reduce sodium intake; Shifting to healthier food and beverage choices; and Supporting healthy eating patterns for all.

2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans: http://1.usa.gov/1mI5kba

E-cigarette Ads are Reaching Middle and High School Students

Friday, January 8th, 2016

About 7 in 10 middle and high school students – more than 18 million young people – see e-cigarette advertising in stores, online, in newspapers and magazines, or on television and in movies, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report. E-cigarette ads use many of the same themes – independence, rebellion and sex – used to sell cigarettes and other conventional tobacco products. Advertising of tobacco products has been shown to cause youth to start using those products. The unrestricted marketing of e-cigarettes and dramatic increases in their use by youth could reverse decades of progress in preventing tobacco use among youth. Efforts by states, communities, and others could reduce this exposure.

CDC E-cigarette Ads and Youth: http://1.usa.gov/1S8qJXT

The Relationship of Nearsightedness found in U.S. Children and Electronic Devices

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Adapted from article in Health Day (MedlinePlus):

In the article, More Computer Time May Be Causing Nearsightedness in U.S. Kids, the time allotted to electronic devices may be causing nearsightedness in children across the United States. Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, has doubled in the last 50 years according to ophthalmologists. Dr. David Hunter, chief of ophthalmology at Boston Children’s Hospital explains, “Nearsightedness is when your eyes are capable of focusing up close but not far away. It generally happens when the eye grows too long, and the best focus point no longer aligns well with the area at the back of the eye called the retina.” Experts suspect the increase in Myopia rates found in children is because of the ongoing trend of many focusing on something near their eyes in artificial light and the lack of time spent outdoors in natural light. For more information, the article can be found here: http://1.usa.gov/1PKzbJi