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  12:01:27 pm, by MedBen5   , 161 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Pediatricians More Likely To "Fire" Families Who Refuse Vaccines

An interesting article in today’s New York Times: Pediatricians are increasingly “firing” families whose parents refuse to allow their children to be vaccinated. Medical associations don’t recommend such patient bans. But a 2011… more »
  10:13:11 am, by MedBen5   , 258 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Contraceptive Compromise Offered, But Question Of Cost Remains

As we noted here last week, President Obama has proposed a compromise regarding the mandate that religiously-affliated businesses cover contraceptive services. But even if the Catholic Church accepts the work-around, questions and controversy remain.… more »


  03:18:17 pm, by MedBen5   , 172 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Doctors Advise Exercise To A Third Of Patients

Physicians are prescribing more than ever these days – and drugs have nothing to do with it. A new report from the Centers for Disease Contral and Prevention says that one-third of adults who saw a doctor or other health care professionals in 2010… more »


  05:07:10 pm, by MedBen5   , 175 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

President Obama Revises Birth Control Coverage Requirement

In response to escalating criticism from political opponents and members of his own party, today President Obama has reversed the requirement that religiously-affilated employers provide birth control coverage to women. The Washington Post reports that… more »
  01:13:52 pm, by MedBen5   , 150 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Trans Fat Levels Fall In Foods -- And Bloodstreams

Remember all that talk a few years back about how bad trans fats are for you, and that food makers should cut back on them? Apparently, someone took it to heart (so to speak). According to the New York Times, a new National Institutes of Health report… more »


  05:02:49 pm, by MedBen5   , 182 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Honesty Not Always The Best Policy, Doctor Survey Reveals

A new study of physician honesty finds that doctors aren’t above the occasional fib, if they feel it serves the best interest of their patients – or themselves. The Wall Street Journal Health Blog reports that the Health Affairs survey of… more »


  01:06:25 pm, by MedBen5   , 207 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Birth Control Mandate Spawns Backlash, Potential Compromise

The Obama administration may attempt to find middle ground with Catholic universities and hospitals in regard to the controversial rule that health insurance plans must cover birth control, Reuters reports. Speaking on MSNBC, presidental adviser David… more »
  10:20:42 am, by MedBen5   , 173 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Most Americans Enjoy Salt Too Much

Apparently, Americans are just head over heels in love with salt. A new report from the Centers for Disease Contral and Prevention found that 90% of people ages 2 and older eat more than the recommended amount of sodium each day. Of course, many of us… more »


  03:17:24 pm, by MedBen5   , 200 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Studies Find Differences In How Doctors Follow Cancer Guidelines

Two new studies reveal serious inconsistencies in how doctors interpret cancer guidelines: The Wall Street Journal Health Blog reports that, in a study of over 1,000 primary care doctors, 28.5% surveyed said that they “sometimes” or “almost always”… more »


  03:16:54 pm, by MedBen5   , 249 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Adult Vaccines Up, But Numbers Still Lag

Many people have a serious aversion to getting a shot in the arm – or any other body part, for that matter. But a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drives home the point (sorry) that other considerations should… more »


  04:26:18 pm, by MedBen5   , 230 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Scientists Sour On Sugar-Sweetened Foods

Does sugar need to come with a warning label, just like cigarettes? Well, maybe things aren’t that drastic, but a new commentary published in Nature calls for much greater regulation of sugar-sweetened foods. According to The Wall Street Journal… more »


  05:11:22 pm, by MedBen5   , 229 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Obese Doctors Less Likely To Talk Weight With Obese Patients

Do you need professional help with your weight problem? Well, if your family doctor also happens to be battling the bulge, you may want to consider getting your counseling elsewhere. WebMD reports doctors of normal weight are more likely to offer advice… more »


  10:04:00 am, by MedBen5   , 186 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Calories Trump Fat, Carbs And Protein, Diet Study Suggests

Dieting need not come down to how much fat, carbs or protein you consume – calories are what counts, says a new scientific study. According to Reuters, researchers randomly assigned several hundred overweight or obese people to one of four diets:… more »


  05:39:02 pm, by MedBen5   , 190 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

U.S. Cancer Screenings Remain Below Target Levels

If you’ve put off a cancer screening, you’re not only doing yourself a disservice – you’re also disappointing your friends in the federal government. According to WebMD, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report… more »
  12:19:17 pm, by MedBen5   , 134 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

FDA Approves First Once-Weekly Diabetes Drug

The third time’s the charm for the diabetes drug Bydureon. MedPage Today reports that the Food and Drug Administation has approved the once-weekly injection for type 2 diabetes – the first such treatment to get the green light. Drugmakers… more »


  05:41:01 pm, by MedBen5   , 278 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Cost, Complexity Among Reasons For Cancer Care Need

MedBen recently introduced comprehensive care management through Accountable Care Solutions (ACS). These programs were designed by medical professionals to control expenses for three costly and pervasive chronic conditions: Cardiovascular, Kidney Care… more »
  04:34:02 pm, by MedBen5   , 235 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Wellness

Doctor Argues For Tougher Supplement Rules

The Food and Drug Administration needs to enact more stringent safeguards to protect the users of dietary supplements, according to a physician writing in the New England Journal of Medicine. Pieter A. Cohen, MD, of Harvard Medical School writes that… more »


  05:00:42 pm, by MedBen5   , 208 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Too Much Overtime Increases Depression Risk, Study Says

Putting in overtime at work may impress the boss but does no favors to your mental disposition, a new study suggests. reports that researchers followed over 2,000 British employees for six years, and found that workers who stayed at the… more »
  03:48:53 pm, by MedBen5   , 199 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Federal Government Rejects Church Exemption For Contraceptive Coverage

One of the more controversial provisions of the Affordable Care Act is the requirement that health insurance plans cover contraceptive for women at no cost. Last week, the Obama administration rejected an exemption request by the Roman Catholic Church… more »


  01:15:55 pm, by MedBen5   , 187 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Better Diabetic Treatment Linked To Fewer Amputations

Better treatment for diabetics are likely responsible for a dramatic decrease in foot and leg amputations, new government research finds. The Associated Press reports that the rate has fallen by more than half since the mid-1990s. According to… more »

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