Health Beat 4.23.13
Transforming Health | 04.23.13
Health Beat is our weekly roundup of important healthcare, wellness and research news from around the web. Explore our previous roundups here.
Scammers Find Fertile Ground In Health Law (NPR)
Con artists are preying on people who are confused over details within the new health care law. Evelyne Lois Such, 86, was one of the people who was recently a target of an attempted scam.
Study: Physicians less likely to bond with overweight patients (No Sweat, York)
A new study by Johns Hopkins shows that physicians are less likely to show empathy toward patients who are overweight and obese. The study suggests that this disconnect could inhibit a patient’s compliance with their doctor’s advice.
Millions eligible for Obamacare subsidies, but most don't know it (CNNMoney)
Most of the 26 million Americans who my be eligible for health insurance subsidies next year, don't know it because few people are familiar with the Affordable Care Act. The new health law, also known as "Obamacare," is designed to offer middle-income consumers tax credits to help purchase health insurance through an exchange. Learn more in the video below:
New Health Care Law Tax Surprise (NBC Bay Area)
The US Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, J. Russell George, is concerned that the IRS is not doing enough to educate American taxpayers about the new health law and how it will impact them directly starting in 2014. He’s especially concerned about potential tax returns uninsured taxpayers might be due.
Boston Blasts A Reminder Of 'The Fragility Of Life' (NPR)
Jeff Greenberg, a psychologist at the University of Arizona, says that events like the Boston Marathon tradgedy force people to confront their own mortality, saying: "When these things happen, it reminds you of the fragility of life, and that death is something that can happen very suddenly, very unexpectedly. If terrorists don't get us, something else might and eventually will."
Lessons From Military Surgeries Informed Treatment of Boston Victims (NY Times)
"It is both an art and a balancing act to treat people with blast injuries that can pulverize muscle and rip blood vessels. Trauma surgeons call it damage control."
Pushing kids to eat may cause obesity later (CNN)
New research from the University of Minnesota shows that being a member of the ‘Clean Plate Club’ may adversely affect the way that children eat as they grow up. And, it shows that parents who denied certain foods to their kids were more likely to have overweight or obese children.
Watch the Country Get Fatter in One Animated Map (Slate)
A new map from the Centers for Disease Control, which is an animated GIF, illustrates the widespread obesity epidemic in the U.D. from 1985 to 2010.