Health

1:01am

Tue May 21, 2013
Shots - Health News

Texas Medicaid Debate Complicated By Politics And Poverty

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 6:08 am

Protesters march on the Texas Capitol in Austin on March 5, demanding that lawmakers expand Medicaid to include an additional 1.5 million poor people.
Eric Gay AP

When the sun rises over the Rio Grande Valley, the cries of the urracas — blackbirds — perched on the tops of palm trees swell to a noisy, unavoidable cacophony. That is also the strategy, it could be said, that local officials, health care providers and frustrated valley residents are trying to use to persuade Gov. Rick Perry and state Republican lawmakers to set aside their opposition and expand Medicaid, a key provision of the federal health law.

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2:28pm

Mon May 20, 2013
Shots - Health News

Latest Health Hurdle: Buying Insurance Without A Bank Account

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 3:43 pm

Millions of people who rely on check-cashing stores, like this one in New York City, could run into trouble buying health insurance.
Mary Altaffer AP

When movie stars become unbankable, they're no longer a slam dunk at the box office. When investments become unbankable, they're relegated to the Wall Street's junk pile. For ordinary Americans deemed unbankablethose who don't have a traditional checking or savings account — it can be hard to simply pay bills.

And that absence of a bank account is about to become a big problem for those who also lack health coverage — and for the health insurance companies trying to sell them coverage. After all, how do you sell a product to a customer who has no easy way to pay you?

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10:42am

Mon May 20, 2013
Shots - Health News

ADHD In Childhood May Feed Obesity In Adults

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 6:07 am

Does ADHD affect eating and weight?
iStockphoto.com

Men who were diagnosed with ADHD as children are more likely to be obese in adulthood, according to a new study.

The men who had ADHD weighed 19 pounds more at age 41 than otherwise similar men who hadn't had ADHD as boys, the researchers found.

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4:00am

Mon May 20, 2013
Health

Stand Up Colorado! Prolonged Sitting May Carve Years Off Life

Kim Roberts, a receptionist with the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, tests out a desk that allows her to stand, rather than sit, at work. The Chamber recently joined a growing trend in Colorado to install healthier workspace equipment for employees.
Gabrielle Pfafflin Colorado Public News

Evidence suggests that people who sit for hours at a time have an increased potential of developing life-shortening diseases.

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1:04am

Mon May 20, 2013
Shots - Health News

If Your Shrink Is A Bot, How Do You Respond?

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 3:19 pm

Ellie is a computer simulation designed to engage real people in meaningful conversation and take their measure. The computer system looks for subtle patterns in body language and vocal inflections that might be clues to underlying depression or other emotional distress.
YouTube

Her hair is brown and tied back into a professional-looking ponytail. She wears a blue shirt, tan sweater and delicate gold chain. It's the first time she has met the man sitting across from her, and she looks out at him, her eyes curious.

"So how are you doing today?" she asks cautiously, trying to build rapport.

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