April 20, 2012

Job Changes Driving Gaps

1 About 48 Million Had Health Insurance Gap

Around 26 percent of American adults had a gap in health insurance coverage in 2011, finds The Commonwealth Fund Health Insurance Tracking Survey of U.S. Adults. CNN reports that the numbers equate to about 48 million U.S. adults without health insurance last year. Many of the gaps in health insurance coverage were brought on by changes in job status by the individual or a spouse. The Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit organization, surveyed 2,100 adults in the U.S. ages 19 to 64. Sixty-nine percent of those with coverage gaps had been without health insurance for a year or longer, and 57 percent were without coverage for two years or more.

More at CNN | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: A Quarter of California Kids Don’t See the Dentist

Tags: Health Insurance Problems, Health Insurance Reform, Health Insurance Gaps, Number People Without Health Insurance, The Commonwealth Fund Health Insurance Tracking Survey

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Hail the Coffee King

2 Soda: Greater Stroke Risk, Coffee: Lower Risk

Drinking a lot of sugary or low-calorie sodas is associated with a greater risk of stroke, but having caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee is associated with lower risk, find researchers from Cleveland Clinic's Wellness Institute and Harvard University. Researchers say that compared with a serving of sugar-sweetened soda, a serving of decaf is associated with a 10 percent lower stroke risk. The research, published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, included data on soda consumption from 43,371 men and 84,085 women. Drinking soda can eventually lead to risk factors for ischemic stroke, such as glucose intolerance, insulin resistance and inflammation. However, the chlorogenic acids, lignans and magnesium in coffee act as antioxidants that may reduce stroke risk.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Stroke Risk Coffee, Stroke Risk Soda, Cleveland Clinic's Wellness Institute, Coffee Lowers Stroke, Soda Increases Stroke, Chlorogenic Acids, Lignans

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