What broke American health care and how to fix it

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • “The Price We Pay Dr. Marty Makary’s book, : What Broke American Health Care — and How to Fix It,” reveals the money games in the U.S. health care system, and what every American should know
  • New science is revealing that indications to treat should be narrower then previously recognized. Overall 21% of medical treatments have been deemed unnecessary, contributing to our cost crisis
  • Over the past 150 years, the focus of most hospitals has shifted from serving the community to generating profits, and these two aims are frequently at odds
  • Predatory pricing practices are crushing everyday Americans. Some hospitals will charge five to 10 times the going rate for services and then sue patients who cannot afford the padded bills
  • Investigations reveal there’s no correlation between high prices and quality of care. Nor is there a correlation between high prices and charity care
  • Another egregious example of predatory pricing is that of ambulance transport. Unless you’re seriously injured, consider taking an Uber to the hospital as the bill for an ambulance transport can run into the thousands. For helicopter transport, it could be as high as half a million dollars 

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Why You Should Ditch Sugar In Favor of Honey

While honey and sugar share similar degrees of sweetness, the differences in the way our bodies respond to them are profound. Continue reading

Do Plants Have a Brain?

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Research reveals so many complex plant abilities, some theorize they have a “brain”
  • The Venus flytrap traps its prey with leaves lined with “teeth” that clamp together like a clam shell
  • When the fern-like leaves of the sensitive plant are touched, they rapidly fold up and close
  • Pitcher plants have deep cavities filled with digestive liquid that attracts and then drowns prey
  • Some plants emit caffeine, which makes pollinators remember their scent and return
  • The sand verbena and the honey-scented pincushion coat themselves in sand to protect them from herbivores

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How you can eat to beat illness: Harvard scientist Dr WILLIAM LI reveals the foods that could save your life

  • Specific compounds in certain foods can boost the body’s natural defenses 
  • Dr William Li says the most powerful way to beat disease is to prevent it
  • Foods listed below will help support the growth and health of blood vessels 

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Garmin launches GPS smartwatch with 24-7 fitness monitoring capabilities

The watch includes sleep tracking, respiration tracking, abnormal heart rate alerts and menstrual cycle tracking. Continue reading

First long-distance heart surgery performed via robot

A doctor in India has performed a series of five percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures on patients who were 20 miles away from him. The feat was pulled off using a precision vascular robot developed by Corindus. The results of the surgeries, which were successful, have just been published in EClinicalMedicine, a spin-off of medical journal The Lancet. Continue reading

New research into age-related immune failure, Alzheimer’s treatment also benefits autistic children, a stable vaccine for malaria, and more!

New research into age-related immune failure, Alzheimer’s treatment also benefits autistic children, a stable vaccine for malaria, and more!  Continue reading

World’s oldest mom’ gives birth to twins at age 74 after IVF, hospital claims

A 74-year-old woman now holds the record for “world’s oldest mom” after she reportedly gave birth to twins on Thursday following a round of in vitro fertilization using donor eggs. The woman, identified as Erramatti Mangayamma, and her husband, 80-year-old Rajarao, hail from a small Indian village in the Eastern Godavari district, SWNS reported. Continue reading

Regenerating New Zealand: Using nature to restore forests

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • The documentary, “Fools and Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest,” features botanist and nature buff Hugh Wilson and his work to regenerate 1,500 hectares (3,706 acres) of native forest in New Zealand
  • The film shows how conservationists used the power of nature to regenerate native forests
  • Under the theory of “minimal interference,” Wilson and others embraced the presence of an exotic native “weed” called gorse to turn pastureland into a thriving forest
  • Gorse, which is hated and considered a nuisance by pastural farmers, helped regenerate forests by providing a canopy for native forest plants to grow and thrive
  • Restoring forests provides many benefits, including an increase in native vegetation and biodiversity, improved water flow and carbon sequestration, which help fight climate change by capturing excess atmospheric carbon and storing it in the soil

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Women Workers Are at Greater Risk of Suicide or Overdose When Suffering a Lost-Time Injury

Researchers can’t say with certainty why women who are injured at work are more prone to commit suicide or suffer a drug overdose.

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Reducing The Effects Of Electromagnetic Pollution Naturally

Is earthing, or grounding really a cure for inflammatory diseases, back pain, headaches, arthritis, electrical sensitivity and other diseases?

I decided to try it myself to find out if it really works. Continue reading

Vegans and vegetarians may have higher stroke risk

People who eat vegan and vegetarian diets have a lower risk of heart disease and a higher risk of stroke, a major study suggests.

They had 10 fewer cases of heart disease and three more strokes per 1,000 people compared with the meat-eaters. Continue reading

Johns Hopkins opening a new psychedelic research center, studying use of ‘magic mushrooms’ and more

Johns Hopkins Medicine is launching a new psychedelic research center where scientists will test the potential of so-called magic mushrooms and other drugs to treat some of the toughest mental health and addiction challenges. Continue reading

This branch takes the cake as the US military’s fattest

Sailors need remedial physical training.

That could be one just one of many conclusions drawn by a recent Department of Defense study that found the Navy earned the dubious honor of surpassing all other branches in its rate of obese personnel.

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America’s aging population is leading to a doctor shortage crisis

As America’s population ages and demand outpaces supply, a physician shortage is intensifying.  Continue reading