Health & Spirit

Mike Pence's health policy record is a mixed bag

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is in the spotlight this week as the man Donald Trump picked to be his running mate. Pence's decisions about health and health care in Indiana have drawn attention from within and outside the state. His record could be important in November, because Trump has no legislative record.

Here's a quick look at the governor's ...Read more

The best mood lifting, feel good foods

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Stress and depression run rampant in today's fast-paced world. Fitness and nutrition expert John Basedow (@JohnBasedow) from has some of the best mood elevating foods including salmon, walnuts, legumes, seaweed, saffron, coconut and dark chocolate, that help increase 'feel good' brain chemicals.

Obama administration moves to block health insurance mega-mergers

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WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration went to court Thursday to block two major health insurance mergers, siding with consumer advocates and medical groups worried that the consolidation of large national health plans could lead to higher premiums.

The move by the Justice Department, which has been expected for weeks, will prevent Anthem Inc.'...Read more

Can nail-biting and thumb-sucking be a healthy habit?

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Good news for parents who have struggled to get their kids to take their fingers out of their mouths: nail biting and thumb-sucking might have health benefits.

Those habits, scientists found in a recent study, were linked to less risk of allergies to a host of things -- including dust mites, animals, and common molds.

The findings support what...Read more

Healthy foods that surprisingly pack on pounds

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Some 'healthy' foods are actually fattening. Fitness and nutrition expert John Basedow (@JohnBasedow) shines a light on the sneaky foods, like nuts, seeds, granola, trail mix, avocados, guacamole, olive oil, peanut butter, fruit juices and salads, that are good for you...but not so much for your waistline.

Best foods to give you a flat stomach and awesome abs

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To melt that midsection or tighten your tummy, fitness and nutrition expert John Basedow (@JohnBasedow) of has some of the best foods to accomplish your goals. Making cuisine choices like wild salmon, quinoa, leafy greens, berries, apples, soy beans, yogurt and eggs can reduce belly fat so you can start to see six pack abs.

Sciatica treatment options

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Dear Mayo Clinic: Three weeks ago I was diagnosed with sciatica. I didn't have much pain initially, but it has been extremely painful the past few days -- usually when I'm sitting. Would physical therapy be an option for treatment? I don't like to take medications for pain. Are there other treatments I should try? Could surgery help?

A: ...Read more

California Obamacare rates to rise 13 percent in 2017, more than 3 times the increase of last 2 years

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LOS ANGELES -- Premiums for Californians' Obamacare health coverage will rise by an average of 13.2 percent next year -- more than three times the increase of the last two years and a jump that is bound to raise debate in an election year.

The big hikes come after two years in which California officials had bragged that the program had helped ...Read more

ACA exchanges getting even worse for UnitedHealth

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MINNEAPOLIS -- New government-run health exchanges became an even bigger source of losses in the second quarter for UnitedHealth Group.

The nation's largest health insurer, based in suburban Minneapolis, said Tuesday that it saw higher medical costs once again on the exchanges, prompting the insurer to increase projected losses for the year by ...Read more

Anti-aging smoothies and health shakes

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Fitness expert John Basedow (@JohnBasedow)of shows how to win any smoothie challenge with anti-aging shake recipes to help you look and feel younger while improving your health. John makes great tasting smoothies rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants using protein, dark chocolate, blueberries, strawberries, almonds ...Read more

The power of blueberries

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July is National Blueberry Month. Often labeled a superfood, this little berry is bursting with vitamins and minerals -- many of which are classified as antioxidants.

Much of the power of blueberries lies in their colors. The deep-blue hue comes from anthocyanin, an antioxidant that could help protect the body from heart disease and cancer, as ...Read more

Watching your waistline? Poor hydration linked to obesity, study finds

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Watching your waistline? Pay attention to how thirsty you are, suggests a new study that found a link between poor hydration and obesity.

Using information from a national health and nutrition survey and urine tests to gauge hydration, University of Michigan researchers discovered that those who did not consume enough water were more likely to ...Read more

Starbucks expands workers' health care choices

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SEATTLE -- Starbucks is expanding the health care benefit options it offers employees, something the company alluded to last week as it announced wage increases and other compensation changes.

Currently, Starbucks offers employees three levels of coverage through one insurance company: Blue Cross.

Under the new plans, starting Oct. 1, ...Read more

Bone health as you age

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Dear Mayo Clinic: Should all postmenopausal women take calcium supplements to prevent osteoporosis, or are there other things I can do to prevent it? Also, I know caffeine is bad for bone health, but can eating a high-protein diet also hurt my bones?

A: Calcium is crucial for long-term bone health. A calcium supplement is not always necessary, ...Read more

Poll: Clinton's health policy positions align with more voters

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton may have the edge over Donald Trump when it comes to health care issues, a new poll found.

About 46 percent of voters said the presumptive Democratic nominee for president best represented their views on health care, according to a July poll from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. That compares to 32 percent...Read more

How to count calories to lose fat

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Fitness expert John Basedow (@JohnBasedow) of explains how burning fat is simple math. If you burn more calories than what you are putting into your body you can lose weight. Tactics like keeping a food journal, using aids like a food scale, calorie counting apps and measuring cups, along with reading food labels can help ...Read more

Get fit where you sit with these helpful chair exercises

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No more excuses that you don't have time to go to the gym! Fitness expert John Basedow (@JohnBasedow)from shows us 3 great chair exercises to help you get fit where you sit.

Lunch hour fitness and lunch time workouts

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Fitness expert John Basedow (@JohnBasedow) of shows how lunchtime workouts can improve your overall fitness, make you more productive and improve your mood for the rest of the day. Even brief activities, like jumping jacks in the parking lot and arm exercises with free weights at your desk, can help improve overall health ...Read more

Seven remaining Obamacare co-ops prepare survival strategies

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New failures are piling up among the member-run health insurance co-ops carrying out one of the Affordable Care Act's most idealistic goals, leaving just seven remaining when the health law's fourth enrollment season starts in the fall.

There were 23 in 2014.

The public knows them as co-ops. They're officially called consumer operated and ...Read more

Health care for the healthy

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Dear Mayo Clinic: I am a 33-year-old woman and have never had any health problems, so I don't have a doctor that I regularly see. My husband has health issues and feels I should at least go to the doctor every year for a general exam. I don't feel it's necessary. How often should healthy individuals go to the doctor?

A: You don't necessarily ...Read more