November 21, 2014
The Incredible. Edible.
Because of their cholesterol content, egg yolks were once considered off-limits for many. The advice on the yolk has changed. Research shows that dietary cholesterol has minimal impact on blood cholesterol. That said, the American Heart Association recommends that we limit our dietary cholesterol to 300milligrams (mg) per day. One egg has about 200 mg.
In the U.S. No new cases have been reported this week.
Worldwide. As of November 14, the CDC estimates that there are 15,145 total cases of Ebola and 5,429 deaths.
Looking for the cure. The Gates Foundation is giving $5.7 million to fight Ebola. They plan to work with private sector organizations to research and produce a cure.
This regular section explains parts of the lengthy Affordable Care Act. This is a weekly newsletter (and I skip some weeks). It will take a very long time (especially if I keep skipping weeks).
Pre-existing conditions are the term for medical conditions people have when they’re looking for health insurance. Think diabetes, asthma, cancer, and even pregnancy. Before Obamacare, health plans could deny or charge higher prices to people who had them. Under Obamacare, insurance companies can’t ask about health status. They can factor in three things when setting a rate – age, location, and tobacco use.
P.S. The enrollment period is here. It began on Saturday and lasts for about three months. The website seems to be working. Phew. You may recall that there were some issues last year.
Oops. It turns out the White House made a math error. They overreported the number of signups under the Affordable Care Act by nearly 400,000 people. Some people with separate medical and dental plans were counted twice, so the administration reported that 7 million had enrolled in coverage, instead of the correct figure of about 6.7 million.
That sounds familiar.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD). A type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons and usually occurs during winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. Symptoms include: sadness or anxiety, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, difficulty sleeping or oversleeping, and changes in weight. Feels like winter is here in Bosotn. Sad. Treatments include light therapy, talk therapy, and antidepressant medications.
Causes of death in the U.S. Then and now.
The New England Journal of Medicine looked back over a century to see how the causes of death in America have changed. They certainly have changed. Teaser: in 1900, a leading cause of death was pneumonia or influenza. Check out the chart. “In many respects, our medical systems are best suited to diseases of the past, not those of the present or future.”
Teeny tiny bites. Nibbles.
For 31 years. Since 1983, gay and bisexual men in the U.S. have been banned from donating blood. That may change. This month, a recommendation was made to rethink it and the FDA will decide on December 2.
Chin up. Looking down at your phone is not good for your spine. It adds excess stress, up to 60 pounds of pressure, depending on the angle.
That’s trillion, with a T. The global cost of obesity is estimated to be $2 trillion per year. Almost 30% of the world’s population is obese.
Cooties are for real. Serious kissing (lasting more than 10 seconds) can transfer about 80 million bacteria.
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