This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their proposed decision memo for the National Coverage Analysis (NCA) on Medicare coverage for Hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening in adults. They find that “the evidence is adequate to conclude that screening for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), consistent with the grade B recommendations by...
What's wrong with a little late-night snacking? It may seem like noshing on a small something is no big deal, but those calories really add up, especially if you're into spooning ice cream from the container or eating mindlessly out of the pretzel bag. Show More Summary
It's no surprise we are fans of meal planning services. One of the biggest challenges of eating real food is being prepared and planning ahead - so why not have someone else do the planning work for you? Cook Smarts Prep Cooking Guide...Show More Summary
There are seven zillion new hair tools out there that promise to make your hair "healthier" instead of, you know, frying it like some heat -stylers do. But, with such a flooded market full of tools, it's hard to figure out what's legit and what's bogus -- but I took a few of the newest for a spin to let you know if they're worth the splurge.
Post by Maressa Brown. It's been almost a year since Angelina Jolie's powerful op-ed about her preventative double mastectomy ran in The New York Times. And the actress, director, and mother of six is now speaking out about what's next...Show More Summary
Relationship troubles, a bad work environment, lack of purpose or meaning in life -- for most of us these are painful problems. In fact, most of the problems we face are emotional because if we didn’t have emotions, they wouldn’t be problems! The solution lies in our emotions, too. But it may not be what we've been led to believe. read more
I’ve definitely got a bone to pick with whoever decided to trade off more daylight hours for one less hour of sleep. Though spring and summer are my favorite seasons, and that lost hour means they’re on the way, I still find myself dragging when Daylight Saving Time rolls around. The annual spring forward officially [...]
No seventeen year old kid is happy about an outbreak of acne on the eve of a big date. But, they’re at least used to it. It’s not something a couple, dressing for their 50th wedding anniversary party has to worry about. But that’s kind of how I felt this week when my “progressive” MS [...]
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New moms everywhere are following the recent trend of celebs like Fergie and Jessica Simpson who have shed post-baby weight by juice cleansing. Women inside and outside of Hollywood to lose weight are under pressure every day but are under special scrutiny to rush back to their pre-baby body. But is this dramatic weight loss [...]
A recent study has placed the epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse in the U.S. squarely upon physicians who recklessly prescribe drugs to patients.
A busy schedule can make lasting weight loss and healthy maintenance feel impossible. How can you make wise food choices and maintain good habits when you're rushed, overwhelmed, and distracted? In my book, Schedule Me Skinny: Plan to...Show More Summary
There is evidence that the brain changes associated with Alzheimer's disease begin many years before clinical symptoms like memory loss and mental decline emerge. With this in mind, biomarkers of these changes could be valuable ways to identify individuals at the "preclinical" stage, which is early enough for brain-preserving treatment to be effective.
Past studies have claimed that vitamin D may reduce the risk of heart disease, bone fractures and even depression. Now, new research suggests that breast cancer patients with high levels of the vitamin in their blood are twice as likely to survive the disease than patients with low levels.The researchers, led by Prof. Show More Summary
The Vilcek Foundation is seeking applications for the 2015 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science. Three foreign-born biomedical scientists will be selected to receive the prizes, each including a cash award of $50,000.
Each year, more than 300 million individuals are infected with malaria, a life-threatening blood disease caused by a parasite transmitted to humans by mosquitos. Whether malaria cases could be affected by warming climates has been aShow More Summary
The study, "Latinas with Elevated Fasting Plasma Glucose: An Analysis Using NHANES 2009-2010 Data," led by Dr. Shiela M. Strauss, Associate Professor, New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN), points to the urgent need for alternate sites of opportunity for diabetes screenings. Show More Summary
WASHINGTON (TRNS) - During the 2008 presidential campaign, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) repeatedly joked that he wasn’t elected Miss Congeniality in the Senate. It looks like he’s not winning any popularity contests back home either. According to Public Policy Polling, only 30 percent of Arizona voters approve of his performance in the upper chamber while 54 percent […]
It's been two months since Ke$ha, former SELF cover girl, entered a rehab facility to seek treatment for an eating disorder. And the singer -- ahem, warrior -- returned to LA last night looking happy, healthy, colorful (look at that hair!) and wearing an awesome sweatshirt that read "IMA SURVIVOR."
As the 2014 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) drew to a close in Boston, Dr. Ron Valdiserri asked National Institutes of Health’s Dr. Carl Dieffenbach to share some final thoughts on highlights of the scientific advances presented there and how they will support efforts to improve outcomes along the HIV continuum of care....