Diet may help cancer survivors

There are about 10 million cancer survivors in the United States, the largest group of people living with a chronic disease. As one of those survivors, I’m often asked what can be done to prevent a recurrence. The American Cancer Society and the American Institute for Cancer Research both stress that diet and lifestyle are the best things we can do to reduce the chance of the cancer coming back. But a recent report shows that only 5 percent of cancer Read the rest of this entry »

Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer

Effect is strongest for women, study finds, doesn’t extend to other malignancies
MONDAY, Feb. 23 (HealthDay News) — High dietary intake of calcium may reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer, especially for women, but has no apparent effect in reducing other malignancies, a U.S. National Cancer Institute study finds.
Why calcium should influence cancer risk differently in women versus men isn’t clear, said Yikyung Park, a staff scientist Read the rest of this entry »

Texas report: Kids in sect suffered neglect, abuse

Texas report: Kids in sect suffered neglect, abuse
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A dozen girls were sexually abused at a polygamist group’s ranch targeted in a high-profile raid last spring, and parents neglected more than 250 other children living there by doing nothing to protect them from becoming future victims, Texas child welfare officials said in a report released Tuesday.
The Department of Family and Protective Services concluded there was Read the rest of this entry »

Obama Attacks McCain on Health Care

U.S. presidential nominee, Democrat Barack Obama, says his rival’s
health care plan is “radical” and could cause millions of Americans to
lose their benefits.
Obama told a rally Saturday in the eastern
state of Virginia that Republican presidential nominee John McCain will
tax health care benefits. He also says the McCain plan will force many
companies to stop offering health care to their employees.
Obama says his plan will offer Americans more Read the rest of this entry »

Maximus lands children's health contract

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NY AG: Health insurer agrees to shun rate database

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says health insurer Cigna Corp. is joining a nationwide push to reform how health care reimbursement rates are set.
Cigna will stop using a controversial database to calculate reimbursement for patients who see doctors outside their insurance networks. The company will also contribute $10 million to a new, independent database.
Cuomo says the Ingenix database, owned by UnitedHealth Read the rest of this entry »

Mediterranean Diet

A low fat diet or a Mediterranean-style diet offers a number of benefits to the average person, most notably in the realm of heart healthiness. For people who have suffered a heart attack, a switch to either a low fat diet or Mediterranean diet should help improve cardiovascular health.
Both diets provide similar amounts of protein, carbohydrates, cholesterol, and unhealthy saturated fats.
However, a Mediterranean diet has higher amounts of Read the rest of this entry »

Every woman and every child can have a medical home

What matters most to you? When you stop to think about it for a moment, the answer is probably-your health or the health of your loved ones. Not in nearly eight decades has it been more a more critical issue to our families. But today there is hope and help for many if they will simply reach out for it.
In Jackson County there are three community health centers; one in
Ashland, one in Medford and one in White City that serve the needs of a
growing Read the rest of this entry »

An eroding model for health insurance

Still, Blue Shield declared the infant uninsurable. The company foresaw extra doctor visits, “the need for monitoring and an X-ray.” Ava’s slight imperfection “exceeds . . . eligibility criteria for acceptance,” Blue Shield said.
“I was enraged, baffled; I just could not understand,” recalled Jennifer, 36.
The family’s experience is symptomatic of the nation’s healthcare crisis. Ineligible for group insurance, millions of Americans are paying Read the rest of this entry »

Steve Jobs' weight loss may be linked to his earlier cancer

Medical experts said Monday that Steve Jobs’ health problems may be linked to his prior surgery for pancreatic cancer, and are probably treatable, just as Jobs said.
Dogged by rumors of ill health, Jobs released an open letter on Monday saying he has a “nutritional problem” and hopes to regain his weight by spring. He did not mention his previous bout with cancer.
Without more specific information about Jobs’ medical history, medical experts — Read the rest of this entry »