May 6, 2014

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1 Electronic Media Causing Myopia Epidemic?

Are computers, social media and video games making us all nearsighted? That's what some experts suggest, given recent studies that show that since the early 1970s, myopia among Americans aged 12 to 54 has risen by fully two-thirds, up from 25 percent to 41 percent. Globally, nearsightedness has soared to the point where one in four people, 1.6 billion, are now myopic to some degree. The spread of electronic visual media is considered a prime suspect because time spent indoors is known to accelerate vision deterioration, as is close-up viewing activity such as reading or texting. In addition, studies show that the rate of extreme myopia is twice as great for persons aged 20 to 39 as it is for the elderly. The preventive treatment: at least 10-14 hours a week spent in outdoor light.

More at Theatlantic.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Playing Outside Reduces Myopia Risk

Tags: Causes of Myopia, Causes of Nearsightedness, Ways to Improve Vision, Indoor Activity and Eyesight

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Is Obamacare Due Credit?

2 Death Rate Is Down in Massachusetts

The mortality rate has dropped significantly in Massachusetts after the adoption of mandatory health care coverage in 2006, says a newly released study that was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study, which charted deaths in the state from 2001-2010, found that the mortality rate fell by 3% in the years after the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect. The counties most affected by the decline were those with the highest proportion of poor and previously uninsured people. While the study won’t yet settle the political debate over the benefits or detriments of the ACA, it will add “to a growing body of evidence that people with health insurance could reap the ultimate benefit - longer life,” says Samuel Preston, University of PA, who was not involved in the study.

More at Www.NYTimes.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Many Americans Forego Health Care Due to Cost

Tags: Affordable Care Act, Annals of Internal Medicine, Death Rates, Mortality Rates, Obamacare, Death Rates and the Affordable Care Act

Comment on This | Was this Interesting? Yes! (47%) / No! (53%)

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