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March 2017

Convent Focuses On Different Approach To End Of Life Care

By | March 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

A focus on end-of-life care emphasizes social and spiritual elements over aggressive medical intervention. The New York Times reports on the phenomenon by examining end-of-life care at an upstate New York convent: "A convent is a world apart, unduplicable. But the Sisters of St. Joseph, a congregation in this Rochester suburb, animate many factors that studies say [...]

Investigating the Link between Type II Diabetes and Mental Illness

By | March 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|

A new study out of King's College in London investigates the connection between mental illness and Type II diabetes. What comes first—mental illness or impaired blood sugar metabolism? Researchers from Kings College tried to untangle the causes in the new study. Is the increased risk due to underlying causes of the mental illness? Is it [...]

Purpose Adds Years Maybe Decades To Your Life

By | March 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|

People with a greater sense of purpose live longer, sleep better and have better sex. Purpose cuts the risk of stroke and depression. It helps people recover from addiction or manage their glucose levels if they are diabetic. In an analysis of 7000 middle aged people in the US, even small increases in sense of [...]

February 2017

Reasons to Eat Apples Year Round

By | February 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

People have been consuming apples for about 4,000 years, since they were first cultivated in the area of Central Asia now called Kazakhstan. It's great to eat apples year round, considering their many health benefits. They're high in fiber and pectin, vitamin C, beneficial antioxidants, flavonoids, and phytonutrients. In fact, compared to other commonly consumed [...]

Who Does Your Doctor Really Work For?

By | February 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|

In the old days of traditional fee-for-service medicine, your doctor clearly worked for you, the patient. If you needed to go into the hospital, your "major medical" insurance plan would cover the inpatient costs, so that you would not go bankrupt due to a medical condition. Otherwise, you paid your doctor, and your doctor worked [...]