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. And he’s being advised by five Nobel Prize winners and two dozen other top researchers in their fields. The Scientist And The Startup Cofounding a supplement company seems an unlikely career move for someone like Guarente, a man who is one of the most well-respected scientists in his field. "My biggest hope is that we can make available to people something that is currently unavailable, and that it will have a positive impact on their health," Guarente says. The Future Of Dietary Supplements
County Health Rankings & Roadmaps 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. Meditation is more than relaxation Participants in this review had had at least 4 hours of instruction in a form of meditation, such as mindfulness or mantra-based programs. Madhav Goyal M.D. explained: No side-effects Image credit: c_liecht
Tips for using Healthplanfinder | Local News 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 www.wahealthplanfinder.org. 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. As you’ll see, the calculator offers three main data fields: Household Information, Enrollee Information and Monthly Cost. In the Household Information section you are prompted to enter the number of people in your household to be insured.
8 carriers, many health plans make for lots of choices | Local News 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. Here’s a rundown of the carriers. BridgeSpan Health Background: Subsidiary of Cambia Health Solutions (formerly The Regence Group), also the parent company of Regence Blue Shield of Washington. Exchange offers: Three individual health plans (gold, silver and bronze). Plan types: PPO and HSA-qualified High Deductible Health Plan. Counties covered: King, Kitsap, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston and Spokane. Plan types: PPO.
A user's guide: 20 things to know about the Affordable Care Act | Local Pages 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. Basically, the ACA’s aim is to begin to pull, push and persuade everyone to pile into the big “pool” — the insured. Nobody ever tried to argue that having no health insurance somehow magically keeps people from getting sick. This “cost-shifting” — getting someone else to pay the bills — has increased costs in many ways. A fairer way to do this, the proponents of the health-care law argued, is spreading the burden more widely. The picture of the near future isn’t all rosy. And cost remains one of the biggest issues — and one of the most serious criticisms of the federal law.
10 ways to sneak in a workout on a busy day | Health 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. Don’t let your busy schedule get in between you and your fitness goals. Here are 10 ways you can sneak in a workout during your busy day. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
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. There are more than a million victims of predator drugs every year--and in 2010, DrinkSavvy founder Mike Abramson was one of them. “I ordered my first drink of the night at a birthday party at a Boston club," Abramson tells Co.Design. Abramson made it his mission to avoid another hellish blackout.