How well do workplace wellness programs work?
Workplace wellness programs — efforts to get workers to lose weight, eat better, stress less and sleep more — are an $8 billion industry in the U.S. Most large employers offer some type of wellness program, with growth fueled by incentives in the federal Affordable Care Act.  But no one... Read more
Can brain stimulation help sharpen aging memory?
A study demonstrates a link between mismatched brain rhythms and declines in working memory in older adults and shows that a precise form of electrical stimulation applied to the scalp can coax these brain areas back into sync. Read more
Short, brisk walk daily may help curb arthritis
Less than 10 minutes a day of brisk walking can help prevent disability in people with arthritis pain in their knee, hip, ankle or foot, researchers report. Read more
CDC starting to track ticks as diseases increase
The CDC for the first time will be monitoring the nation’s tick population and the diseases the pests may be carrying. The effort comes as the number of people diagnosed with serious diseases caused by things like ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes has more than doubled over the past few decades. Ticks caused the vast majority... Read more
Medicare’s uncapped drug costs squeezing family budgets
Unlike commercial plans that cap members’ out-of-pocket drug spending annually, Medicare has no limit for prescription medications in Part D, its drug benefit. With the cost of specialty drugs increasing, some Medicare beneficiaries could owe thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket drug costs every year for a single drug. Read more

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