April 29, 2013

Money, Money, Money, Money

1 Millions in US Skip Health Care, Meds

About 80 million Americans, or 43% of US adults, skipped medical care due to the cost, finds the Commonwealth Fund’s Biennial Health Insurance Survey. That’s up from 75 million in 2010. The survey finds that those with inadequate or no health insurance were most likely to skip medical care although 28% of working insured adults say they can’t afford care. The details: 3 in 10 adults with a medical problem didn’t seek care and more than a quarter didn’t fill a prescription or skipped recommended tests. About 28% of people with a chronic condition didn’t fill prescriptions or skipped doses. However, due to the Affordable Care Act, 41% of adults, ages 19-15, were uninsured, down from 48% in 2010. Experts expect the stats will improve as more health care provisions take effect in 2014.

More at CNN.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Exercise or Lose Your Welfare Benefits

Tags: Affordable Care Act, Commonwealth Fund Study, Health Care, Medical Costs, Obamacare, Prescription Drugs, Skipping Health Care

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Openly Gay, Less Stress

2 Jason Collins: First Openly Gay NBA Player

Jason Collins, a basketball player for 12 seasons on six NBA teams, disclosed to Sports Illustrated that he's gay. The story is available in the May 6, 2013, issue of the magazine. Collins told the magazine that he didn't set out to be the "first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport," but he's happy to "start the conversation." And this may be a good thing for Collins. According to recent research from the Centre for Studies on Human Stress (CSHS) at Louis H. Lafontaine Hospital, lesbians, gays and bisexuals who come out to others tend to have lower stress hormone levels, as well as fewer symptoms of depression, anxiety and burnout.

More at Sports Illustrated | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Homosexuals, First Openly Gay NBA Player, Jason Collins, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Jersey Nets, Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Gay Professional Athletes, Centre for Studies on Human Stress, Stress Hormone Levels

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Heart Attack Takes Record Holder

3 Stuntman Dies Zip Lining by Hair

Sunday, the world lost a stuntman who held the Guinness World Record for traveling the longest distance via zip wire attached to hair. Sailendra Nath Roy was attempting to travel across 600 feet of zip wire suspended 70 feet above a river in West Bengal's Darjeeling district. Roy was attached to the zip wire by his ponytail, and had made it almost halfway through when his hair apparently became trapped in the wheeler. After struggling for about 30 minutes, he became still. It took another 45 minutes for Roy to be lowered. Help wasn't immediately available for the illegal stunt. Roy died of a heart attack.

More at The Hindu | Hat tip to Gawker | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Millions in US Skip Health Care

Tags: Sailendra Nath Roy, Zip Line Accidents, Zip Wire, Zip Line Deaths, Zip Line by Hair

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