Monday, March 12, 2012

Finding Long-Term Care in Your State

The National Clearinghouse for Long Term Care Information has a database that helps you find long-term care services in your state. Most long-term care is not medical care, but help with the basic personal tasks of everyday life, like bathing and getting dressed.

Policies give States more flexibility to establish Affordable Insurance Exchanges

Policies give States more flexibility to establish Affordable Insurance Exchanges
03/12/2012 01:01 AM EDT

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced policies to assist States in building Affordable Insurance Exchanges.  Starting in 2014, these one-stop marketplaces will allow consumers and small businesses to choose a private health insurance plan and offer the public the same kinds of insurance choices as members of Congress.

HHS HealthBeat: Vitamin D and stroke

A woman stands in the sun.
A study indicates that the more vitamin D you have, the less likely you’ll be to have a stroke. Data from 21,000 people, ages 45 and older, who took a food frequency questionnaire, examined vitamin D and stroke risk.
Suzanne Judd is at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
“We found an 11 percent reduction in stroke in those people who had the highest intake of vitamin D.” (7 seconds)
The majority of us get some of our vitamin D from the sun.
“10 minutes a day, arms and legs exposed in the spring and fall and summer should be fine.” (9 seconds)
Fatty fish like salmon and tuna are also a good source of vitamin D.
The study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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