Reports Show Strain of Health Costs

May 12th, 2011 by Abby Hitchcock | Tags: Costs

If you need any more evidence that the growth in health-care costs is unsustainable, take a look at two reports out this week.

Today, the Medicare trustees issued their annual assessment of the government insurance programs fiscal health. The prognosis: the trust fund (covering hospital stays) will be exhausted in 2024, as the WSJ reports. Thats five years earlier than they predicted last year; the sluggish economy has led to lower payroll taxes, but health costs keep going up.

And even that forecast comes with an asterisk.

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Forget Atkins… carbs could help you LOSE weight

May 12th, 2011 by Declan Nguyen | Tags: Lose Weight, Weight

An explosive new book claims carb-heavy foods – including potatoes – can actually help you lose weight

For years, dieters have berated themselves for every bite of bread or pasta that has passed their lips.

But tucking into carbs could actually help us lose weight, according to scientists.

An explosive book that claims bread, pasta, pizza and chips are the ingredients for a perfect body is threatening to consign the Atkins diet and other high-protein regimes to history.

The Carb Lovers Diet, due for release in the UK next month, remained on bestseller lists in the U.S.

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Hot flashes can last up to 10 years, new study claims

May 10th, 2011 by Joseph Tishler | Tags: 10 Years, New Study, Study

Hot flashes, a common symptom among women experiencing menopause, can last up to 10 years, researchers say in a new study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Hot flashes that are common during and after menopause may last an average of more than 10 years, suggests a new study.

The research, published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, also found that women who start getting hot flashes before menopause or in the early stages of menopause will have them for longer, on average, than women who don’t have their first hot flashes until later.

“Hot flashes are pretty common, they’re distressing and bothersome to a fair number of women, and they’re starting earlier” than previously assumed, Ellen Freeman, the study’s lead author from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, told Reuters Health.

Freeman and her colleagues followed a group of about 400 women in their 30′s and 40′s who had not yet hit menopause at the start of the study in 1995.

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First U.S. Full-Face Transplant Patient Heading Home to Texas

May 8th, 2011 by Abby Hitchcock | Tags: Transplant, Transplant Patient

Full-face transplant recipient Dallas Wiens, with his daughter.

Hospital lasagna.

That was the first thing that Dallas Wiens who in March received the first full-face transplant performed in the U.S. was able to smell after that sense was returned to him by a 15-plus hour surgery. Hes now heading home to Texas.

As the Associated Press reports, Wiens appeared at a press conference today at Brigham & Womens Hospital in Boston, sporting a new nose, lips, skin, muscle and nerves from an anonymous donor.

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‘Stink bomb’ gas that can help your love life take off

May 7th, 2011 by Declan Nguyen | Tags: Gas, Stink Bomb

Scientists are developing a new wave of impotence treatments based on the gas associated with schoolboy stink bombs.

Researchers have discovered that a liquified form of hydrogen sulphide, the gas with the smell of rotten eggs, could help men with erectile dysfunction it might even prove an alternative to the popular impotence drug Viagra.

Studies have shown that the gas, which is produced naturally in small amounts in the body, helps boost blood flow to the penis.

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