Black Farmers Are Sowing The Seeds Of Health And Empowerment

Black Farmers Are Sowing The Seeds Of Health And Empowerment

manager, well paid, but he worked long hours, ate fast food, and went to the doctor a lot. Eventually, enough was enough. He and his wife moved from the Washington, D.C., area to Charlottesville, Va., to become farmers. Now he’s healthier, has fewer stomach problems, and he can eat dairy products again. He raises pigs, ducks and chickens. “Because I grow all this stuff, I tend to eat it. I don’t eat at Popeye’s anymore. I think it’s disgusting. I used to love Popeye’s,” Newman says. “I have a really…

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The surprising benefits that exercise can have on your mental health

The surprising benefits that exercise can have on your mental health

Your time working out can have a positive impact on your mental health.JoJo Whilden/AP/The Weinstein Company 40 million Americans are affected by anxiety disorders. 16.1 million adults experienced at least one major depressive episode in the last year. For many, regular exercise can reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression, or at least help you deal with them. It can also help you have a stronger immune system and help you sleep better, both of which can positively benefit your mental health. If you’re one of the 40 million American…

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The week in health care, explained

The week in health care, explained

This is the web version of VoxCare, a daily newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America’s health care debate. Like what you’re reading? Sign up to get VoxCare in your inbox here. Doug Jones probably saved most of Obamacare It’s really hard to imagine a scenario in which Republicans can repeal Obamacare with a 51-seat Senate majority when they couldn’t do it with a 52-seat majority. Doug Jones might have ended Obamacare repeal for good when he won the Alabama Senate seat on Tuesday. The two Republican…

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Beta Carotene: Not Exactly a Nutrient but an Essential Compound for Your Overall Health

Beta Carotene: Not Exactly a Nutrient but an Essential Compound for Your Overall Health

Beta carotene, one of the nutritional organic compounds clubbed under the umbrella of vitamin A, is essential for maintaining healthy vision, radiant skin and a rock-solid immunity. It is crucial for bone growth as well as tissue and skin repair. Beta carotene is also characterized as an antioxidant vital for proper functioning of the immune system. Regular consumption helps in protecting cells against damage. Beta carotene is essentially a carotenoid – pigments found in plant sources, responsible for their rich red-orange and deep green hue. It isn’t actually a nutrient but a…

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Canadians Root For An Underdog U.S. Health Policy Idea

Canadians Root For An Underdog U.S. Health Policy Idea

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — and its controversial center for innovation — is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and has its headquarters outside D.C., in Woodlawn, Md. (Jay Mallin/Bloomberg via Getty Images) TORONTO — Ask people in Canada what they make of American health care, and the answer typically falls between bewilderment and outrage. Canada, after all, prides itself on a health system that guarantees government insurance for everyone. And many Canadians find it baffling that there’s anybody in the United States…

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Alex Azar must commit to ‘righting the ship’ for health care payments

Alex Azar must commit to ‘righting the ship’ for health care payments

APSTOCK In the Affordable Care Act and other subsequent reforms, Congress directed the Department of Health and Human Services to test new ways to pay for health care, challenging health care providers, hospitals, and private insurers to provide better care for less money. Under President Trump and former HHS Secretary Tom Price, that work slowed and, in some cases, stopped altogether. With Price out the door, the nominee to replace him, Alex Azar, should commit to righting the ship. Congress passed payment reforms to test several simple but powerful notions: First, paying…

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Is eating too quickly bad for your health?

Is eating too quickly bad for your health?

Fast food: wolfing it down can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto Do you savour mealtimes or do you wolf your food down? Eating at your desk or on the run can mean you can gulp down your breakfast or lunch in less than five minutes. And this means you are more likely to get obese or develop metabolic syndrome, both of which increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke, says research presented at last week’s American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017. The researchers from Hiroshima…

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Brainstorm Health: Antibiotic Resistance, Stem Cell Skin Regeneration, Postpartum Depression Drug

Brainstorm Health: Antibiotic Resistance, Stem Cell Skin Regeneration, Postpartum Depression Drug

That’s where we come in. We mortals help push that fast evolutionary process into warp speed in at least two ways. First, we do it through our long practice of overprescribing and inappropriately prescribing antibiotics to patients. These ineffective treatments often leave in their wake surviving microbes that develop resistance to the drugs used and then pass along those adaptations to subsequent generations. As the saying goes: “Whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.” (To see how feverishly fast resistant strains can emerge, see this scary timeline.) Secondly, we egg on evolution through another insidious…

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The state that is leading the way on health care

The state that is leading the way on health care

Could a state in one of the farthest corners of our country finally help us turn a corner on health care? It looked like that on Tuesday when the people of Maine voted decisively to expand Medicaid over the wishes of their governor, Paul LePage, bringing health care coverage to 70,000 people in the state, many for the first time. This extraordinary ballot box accomplishment by state voters — and by grass-roots organizers — could potentially spark a movement across the country to expand and lock in Medicaid access, bringing health care to millions…

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Boost your heart health by increasing your intake of these potassium-rich foods

Boost your heart health by increasing your intake of these potassium-rich foods

What you eat plays a huge role in your overall health and well being. Potassium is an important mineral that some people tend to lack. It is essential for the transmission of nerve impulses, as well as muscle contraction (particularly the heart) and good kidney function, and plays a role in fighting high blood pressure, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Potassium is naturally present in pulses, such as white beans, chickpeas and lentils, vegetables (chard, spinach, potatoes, cabbage, mushrooms), fruit (avocado, banana, apricots, citrus fruit, blackcurrants), and dried…

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