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Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage expected to boost health coverage
The right to marry in any state won't be the only gain for gay couples from last week's Supreme Court ruling. The decision will likely boost health insurance among gay couples as same-sex spouses get access to employer plans.
The logic is simple. Fewer than half of employers that offer health benefits make the insurance available to same-sex partners who aren't married. Virtually all of them offer coverage to spouses.
DOJ girds for strict review of any health insurer mergers
The Wall Street Journal
The Justice Department is gearing up for an exacting look at any proposed mergers among the nation’s top health insurance companies, amid questions inside and outside the department about whether industry consolidation could suppress competition.
The five biggest health insurers have been circling one another for potential deals.
Insurance subsidies remain, but so do health law questions
The New York Times
The Affordable Care Act, saved by the Supreme Court for the second time in three years, has changed the fabric of healthcare in America, providing treatment and coverage to millions of the uninsured while transforming the insurance and hospital industries. But the law still faces stiff political resistance in many quarters and could yet return as an explosive issue in the 2016 elections.
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A promising Medicare plan, if only health organizations would stick around
The New York Times
Two recent studies of Medicare’s new way to pay for healthcare show that it’s reducing spending and improving quality. The problem is, healthcare organizations don’t always stick with the program.
Both studies examined Medicare’s 32 Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations.
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CMS loosens rules for rural ACOs seeking upfront financial help
The CMS is making it easier for rural healthcare providers and small physician groups to participate in Medicare accountable care organizations.
The changes are being made to the ACO Investment Model, which provides loans to rural and underserved communities that would otherwise lack the capital to participate in the ACO program.
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Little hope for Americans with rare diseases
Approximately 30 million people in the U.S. and 350 million people worldwide are living with conditions so rare they are understudied, untreated and, in some cases, even unrecognized. In the U.S., a disease is considered rare if it afflicts fewer than 200,000 patients, and there are an estimated 7,000 rare diseases, many of which are hereditary and caused by genetic mutations.
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Genes add risk to depression
People born with a particular gene variant have a greater risk of developing depressions, a recent study from the Department of Psychology at The University of Oslo shows. Slowly, our society has begun to realize that depression is a serious public health problem.
If you hate cilantro, blame it on your genes
Have you ever wondered why the refreshing, slightly peppery taste of cilantro can be more like a mouthful of soap to your dining partner?
People who claim they hate cilantro aren’t just being picky. Whether or not you like the herb comes down to genetics.
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Top athletes don't share a single talent gene, but hundreds of them
When this year's Wimbledon tennis championship begins on June 29, British hopes will again be pinned on Andy Murray. Only time will tell if he can kick on from his Queen's Club victory and win the U.K.'s premier tennis tournament for a second time. But why is he so good at the sport? Is it his training regime? Is it the care and attention that he pays to his diet? Is it the team that advises him on training, technique and strategy for each match?
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Underage boozing is on the decline, but is America really drinking less?
By Cait Harrison
Kids these days: Maybe they're actually doing better than we thought. Or at least better than our own generations did as youths. Here's why: A new report from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows that both rates of underage drinking and underage binge drinking are on the decline. The study of people ages 12 to 20 found that between 2002 and 2013, underage drinking dropped from 28.8 percent in 2002 to 22.7 percent, while binge drinking fell from 19.3 to 14.2 percent for the same age group.
Fat no longer the focus of new US Dietary Guidelines
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Nutrition experts are hailing a federal decision to drop recommended restrictions on total fat consumption in the forthcoming 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Over the past decade, research has shown that a diet rich in healthy fats can be better for people, particularly if those fats help offset consumption of foods containing high levels of salt, sugar and refined grains, Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston, wrote in a viewpoint article on the federal decision.
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With summer sun comes signs of danger
The New York Times
With summer sun shining brightly across the United States (at least on most days), there is no better time to review the latest sobering findings on the damage that ultraviolet radiation can inflict on one’s skin and then take steps to prevent it.
A British research team reported in May in the journal Science that a quarter or more of cells in the skin of middle-aged people have suffered sun-induced DNA damage.
Immune drugs show promise against more cancers
Medicines that help our immune system fight off tumors are showing early success in a widening variety of cancers.
Some of the drugs, known as immunotherapy, have already been approved to treat several cancers, including advanced melanoma and a type of lung cancer.
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To your health why gay marriage is good for a person's mental health
The Washington Post
Before gay marriage became the law of the land in the United States with the Supreme Court's decision Friday morning, researchers had examined how bans on same-sex marriage affected the mental health of gay partners: It wasn't good.
In 2010, a study conducted by Columbia University psychologist Mark Hatzenbuehler and sponsored in part by the National Institutes of Health, found that gay people living in states where same-sex marriage was banned suffered from several psychiatric disorders at a much higher rate than gay people living in states where same-sex marriage was legal.
African-American, Latino citizens at increased risk of mental health issues
Medical News Today
Research conducted by the University of California-Los Angeles Center for Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities investigates the extent to which African-American, Latino and Hispanic citizens in the U.S. are disproportionately affected by chronic disease and mental health issues.
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