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Symptom Checker, Health Information and Medicines Guide

Symptom Checker, Health Information and Medicines Guide


One Of The World's Top Aging Researchers Has A Pill To Keep You Feeling Young Say someone came up to you selling a dietary supplement—a pill that you take once a day—that could boost your energy, improve your body’s ability to repair its DNA, and keep you healthier as you get older. It might sound like a scam, or more likely just another in a sea of confusing, undifferentiated claims that make up the $20 billion dollar supplement industry. But let’s say that someone is MIT’s Lenny Guarente, one of the world’s leading scientists in the field of aging research.

Meditation is an Effective Treatment for Depression, Anxiety and Pain Data from 47 different clinical trials finds meditation is as effective as antidepressants. A medical journal review has found that just 30 minutes daily meditation can improve the symptoms of depression, anxiety and pain. The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, included studies with a total of 3,515 participants (Goyal et al., 2014). All of the research involved active control groups so it was possible to discount the placebo effect. The placebo effect occurs when people expect to get better–sometimes simply as a result of being in a study–and so they do. Studies with active control groups, though, can help discount the placebo effect as the treatment can be compared with a group who have similar expectations.

Tips for using Healthplanfinder Originally published September 21, 2013 at 8:08 PM | Page modified September 26, 2013 at 4:11 PM If you’re in the market for a new health-insurance plan, you’ll want to go directly to That’s the Washington Healthplanfinder site developed by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, the public-private company set up by the Legislature to manage the health-insurance marketplace in Washington state under the Affordable Care Act. The first thing most people will want to access on the site is the cost-estimate calculator, a tool to help you figure out how much you’re likely to pay for insurance. On the Healthplanfinder home page, simply click on the Go To Calculator button under the calculator icon on the right side of the page.

8 carriers, many health plans make for lots of choices The centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act is the establishment of online insurance marketplaces, called exchanges, where the uninsured and those seeking individual insurance plans can find and purchase a plan that suits them. In Washington state, the exchange, called the Washington Healthplanfinder, has eight insurance carriers offering a total 46 plans (as well as several dental plans and one plan for small businesses). The state Office of the Insurance Commissioner approved the carriers and their plans, and the Washington Health Benefit Exchange certified them.

A user's guide: 20 things to know about the Affordable Care Act hat do you need to know about the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, the health-reform law or the “federal health-care overhaul”? It’s big, it’s far-reaching and, despite what you may have heard, it’s happening. And it will change many things about the way you get health care, whether or not you are one of the more than 1 million state residents currently uninsured, many of whom may benefit directly. 10 ways to sneak in a workout on a busy day Originally published September 1, 2013 at 5:08 AM | Page modified September 2, 2013 at 7:28 AM We are all busy. Even I, who has built a career out of shooting down “I don’t have time to workout” excuses, have days where my schedule is so jampacked there aren’t enough minutes in the day for a full workout. While it is sometimes a valid excuse, it is still an excuse, and excuses are meant to be busted. While nothing takes the place of a focused, intentional workout, sometimes you just don’t have the time.

This Roofie-Detecting Glass Could Prevent Date Rape Memory-melting roofies, aka date rape drugs--which lurk odorless, colorless, and tasteless in drinks--may have met their match. DrinkSavvy, a new line of glassware, plastic cups, straws, and stirrers, detects their presence. When a drink is spiked, stop sign-red stripes show up on the cup’s sides; the clear straw or stirrer changes color, too. That such a product is necessary is a sign of grim times, times in which the sinister drugs are too easily acquired and too unknowingly administered. The versions that appear in bars are often just powdered megadoses of the prescription benzodiazepine Rohypnol--an insomniac’s little helper, similar to Valium and Xanax.

Don't Be Scared If Your Surgeon Is Wearing Google Glass In The Operating Room For most people, Google Glass still seems like little more than a gimmick. But in health care, doctors are already finding uses for the technology that could one day save your life. Five years down the line, don't be surprised if surgeons are wearing Google Glass in the operating room. In fact, some surgeons--in San Francisco, naturally--are early adopters of the technology already.