Rural residents with a disability face financial insecurity
According to a recent poll NPR conducted with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 49% of rural Americans couldn’t afford a sudden expense of $1,000. The percentage was much higher — 70% — for people who, like Carol Burgos, have disabilities. Read more
Balloons, pills, sleeves: Weight-loss options grow
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty or ESG, changes the stomach’s structure without surgery. It’s one of several newer or soon-to-be approved less-invasive ways to lose weight — including gastric balloons and capsules — that have expanded obesity treatments. Nearly 40% of U.S. adults are obese, putting them at a higher risk... Read more
Mental health parity still elusive goal in insurance coverage
Many patients struggle to get insurance coverage for their mental health treatment, even though two federal laws were designed to bring parity between mental and physical health care coverage. Recent studies and a legal case suggest serious disparities remain. Read more
Ultrasound to treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS
Ultrasound to open the blood-brain barrier in Alzheimer’s disease is the latest in the growing field of focused ultrasound. Most people think of ultrasound as a way to take fuzzy black-and-white pictures of a fetus in the womb. But with focused ultrasound, doctors use the sound waves to actively... Read more
Do you really need 10,000 steps a day?
There’s nothing magical about the number 10,000. In fact, the idea of walking at least 10,000 steps a day for health goes back decades to a marketing campaign launched in Japan to promote a pedometer. And, in subsequent years, it was adopted in the U.S. as a goal to promote... Read more

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