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How Bloomberg, Yang want to reform the US health care system

December 20, 2019


Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D) and entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who are among the candidates competing for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, this week released their respective health reform plans.

The national suicide prevention-hotline is closer to getting a 3-digit dialing code

December 17, 2019


The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to approve a proposal to create a three-digit dialing code for the United States' suicide-prevention hotline.

How to break your bad habits, in 3 steps

December 12, 2019


Whether a person is trying to give up midnight snacking or surfing Instagram at work, "[b]reaking habits is hard," Judson Brewer of Brown University's Schools of Public Health & Medicine writes in Harvard Business Review—but Brewer shares three ways to overcome bad habits in one's personal and professional life.

The healthiest (and unhealthiest) states, mapped

December 9, 2019


The latest edition of America's Health Rankings ranks how healthy each state is overall and in a number of subcategories. See how your state fared with our interactive map.

The 30 health care stars under 30, according to Forbes

December 6, 2019


Forbes this week released its annual "30 Under 30 in Healthcare" list, which includes biological researchers, entrepreneurs, physicians, and PhD students under 30 years of age who are "tackling health care issues at every scale."

More veterans are accessing care via telehealth, VA says

December 4, 2019


Veterans Affairs (VA) last month announced that an increasing number of veterans are using the department's telehealth services, pointing to a 235% increase in use of the VA Video Connect app in fiscal year 2019.

Exercise might fight depression. But how much do you need?

December 3, 2019


Exercise might be linked to a reduced risk of depression, even in people who are genetically predisposed to the condition, according to recent research that analyzed data from the ongoing Partners Biobank study.

'There's something terribly wrong': Why more US residents are dying in middle age

December 2, 2019


U.S. residents for decades had seen improvements in average life expectancy, but the trend reversed in 2014—with more U.S. residents dying at middle age from drug overdoses, diseases, obesity, suicide, and dozens of other causes, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA.

Dopamine fasting is the latest trend in Silicon Valley—but is it backed by science?

November 26, 2019


The latest fad in Silicon Valley is so-called "dopamine fasting," in which an individual abstains from smartphones, computers, and even eye contact in order to supposedly curb "addiction" to technology—but experts are skeptical of whether the practice really works.

Why it's so hard to find in-network mental health care

November 22, 2019


In the United States, commercially insured patients are struggling to find in-network mental health providers, forcing many to seek out-of-network care at rates above those for other conditions—despite the federal mental health parity law, according to a report published by Milliman on Wednesday.

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