Many Americans Eligible For Health Insurance Subsidies

Many Americans are unaware that they may qualify for health insurance subsidies in 2014. Affordable Care Act provisions can provide tax credits to people making a low-to-middle income. Executive director of Families USA, Ron Pollack said, “there’s a huge number of people who can get coverage this way and can get significant help, it’s not just for the poor. It reaches deeply into the middle class.” The Congressional Budget Office estimates 6 million people will receive subsidized coverage through exchanges next year. More here

Many Americans Eligible For Health Insurance Subsidies

Many Americans are unaware that they may qualify for health insurance subsidies in 2014. Affordable Care Act provisions can provide tax credits to people making a low-to-middle income. Executive director of Families USA, Ron Pollack said, “there’s a huge number of people who can get coverage this way and can get significant help, it’s not just for the poor. It reaches deeply into the middle class.” The Congressional Budget Office estimates 6 million people will receive subsidized coverage through exchanges next year. More here

Music May Offer Some Relief To Cancer Patients

For many years, music has been thought to calm individuals suffering from anxiety, pain, sleep problems and more. A new study found that music may have many benefits for cancer patients. The study involved individuals suffering from cancer who were asked to play instruments, sing, or listen to music. The music therapy improved the individuals anxiety, blood pressure, respiratory rate, pain levels and overall mood. An associate professor at Drexel University, Joke Bradt, Ph.D. said, “I strongly believe that the beauty of music can bring renewed hope for patients and their loved ones and can energize them.” More here

A Single Soda Daily Increases Risk Of Diabetes

According to a new study, individuals who consume 12 fluid ounces of soda a day may increase their risk of developing diabetes by 22% or more. The study involved 350,000 people reporting how many sugary and artificially sweetened drinks they consumed daily. The results showed that 12 fluid ounces each day, which is equivalent to one can of soda, could increase the risk of diabetes by 22%. Soda contains high levels of sugar and has been linked to higher obesity rates and type 2 diabetes. A statistics expert from the University College London, Patrick Wolfe said, The bottom line is that sugary soft drinks are not good for you – they have no nutritional value and there is evidence that drinking them every day can increase your relative risk for type 2 diabetes.” More here

Financial Trouble For Retirees May Effect Subsequent Generations

The president of asset management and corporate services for Fidelity Investments, Ronald P. O’Hanley, explained results from recent research conducted by Fidelity regarding the financial situation facing individuals in retirement. On average, four out of every ten households with retirees do not make enough money to pay monthly expenses. O’Hanley suggests that if Americans do not start actively saving larger amounts of money, future retirees will have significant financial problems. Not only will individuals entering retirement have a financial catastrophe to handle, but also subsequent generations of retirees will not have sufficient funds to pay for their health care and living needs. O’Hanley said, “the impact on our citizens, our economy and our national security could be catastrophic—and not something we could solve for most retirees after the fact.” O’Hanley listed 4 recommendations to put retirement back on a positive track. More here

Baked And Broiled Fish May Lower Heart Risks

Many people know that fish is part of a healthy diet as it is full of valuable nutrients and protein. Experts have advised their patients to consume a large amount of fish to reduce heart problem risks. The way fish is cooked is a very important key to heart health. A study involving 85,000 post-menopausal women showed that women who consume five or more servings of baked or broiled fish a week for ten years lowered their chances of developing heart disease by 30%. However, eating one serving of fried fish has opposite effects, raising heart problem risks by 48%. Dark fish has also been found to decrease the chances of developing heart disease due to the high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Gregg Fonarow, M.D., and co-director of the preventative cardiology program at UCLA said, “in light of this new study, greater emphasis on encouraging baked [or] broiled fish and dark fish — salmon, mackerel, and bluefish — should be considered.” More here

Many Retirees Turning To Entrepreneurship To Increase Income

Working during retirement has become extremely common over the last decade. Many retirees are searching for ways to make a larger yearly income while avoiding the typical 9-5 job. Some have developed an interest in starting and managing their own business. Although this may sound like a good idea, experts are advising that those pursing entrepreneurship during their retirement years be particularly careful when making any financial decisions. A business mentor for Score, Nancy Strojny said, “When it comes to finances, be conservative, we don’t recommend doing anything with retirement savings lightly.” There are a few nationwide organizations that offer free financial advice before, during and after the business creation process. More here

Practicing Meditation May Improve Health

Meditation as an integrative medicine program has become popular in hospitals around the nation. Meditation has many benefits that include reducing heart attack and stroke risk, as well as improving cognitive abilities such as memory and attention span. The assistant medical director and primary-care doctor at the Cheng & Tsui Center for Integrative Care said, “I recommend five minutes, twice a day, and then gradually increase,” referring to meditation. Experts do not suggest meditation in place of traditional medicine, but meditation can work in tandem with traditional medicine to achieve maximum results. More here

High Fiber Diet May Prevent Diverticulitis

A diet with healthy amounts of fiber has many benefits such as lowering cholesterol, reducing risk of heart disease, some cancers and diabetes, lowering blood sugar levels and aiding with weight loss. Fiber also helps prevent diverticulitis, a common disease of the large intestine. Individuals who do not consume enough fiber in their diets have a much higher risk of suffering from diverticulitis. Experts suggest the best ways to prevent the disease are by drinking large amounts of water and to increase the fiber intake in one’s diet. Women should take in 25-30 grams of fiber each day while men should eat 35 grams daily. Foods high in fiber include carrots, pears, apples, artichokes, broccoli and kiwi. More here

Employer Sponsored Health Care Plans Fall By 10%

According to Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s health-care coverage team, employer-sponsored health-care plans have decreased over the last 10 years by approximately 10%. Health insurance prices are on the rise and many companies and individuals face difficult decisions. The average amount of money workers paid for insurance coverage from 1999 to 2010 jumped from $435 to $1,056 for individuals and $1,526 to $3,842  for families. Many experts say that dropping employer-sponsored health-care plans has been a trend over the last few years in order to cut costs. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act states that companies with 50 or more employees are required to carry insurance for their workers or will be fined $2,000 per worker as penalty. More here