Understanding health insurance and your options will get easier, thanks to a little-known part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Starting this year, health insurance companies and employers must provide information about your insurance policy in a way that is clear and easy to understand by anyone. (Click here for full release)
Survivors’ kids not at special risk for birth defects, study findsA new study shows that children of childhood cancer survivors who were treated with radiation or chemicals do not have a significantly higher risk of birth defects. (Click here for full release)
Despite the many benefits of breastfeeding, most of the nation’s hospitals can do more to support breastfeeding in new mothers. Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that fewer than 4% of hospitals were using all recommended policies to fully support breastfeeding. (Click here for full release)
When it comes to mobile apps, Angry Birds is easily the most popular. But if you’re looking to keep track of your health, computer birds won’t help you much. Just in time for Christmas, a new wave of health-related apps is emerging to help people in Huntsville and around the country do everything from managing their weight to helping prevent cancer. (Click here for full release)
Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for catching up and sharing family stories. It can also be a great time to learn about your family health history.
In a study published this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that one’s family history for cancer is most likely to change during early and middle adulthood. The study shows that self-reported history of breast and colon cancer increases the most between ages 30 and 50. An updated family history can better identify family members who could benefit from early screening. (Click here for full release)
These days, governments at all levels are cutting spending. Even popular programs like breast cancer research are affected.
But in many states, including Alabama, people who want to help can do so as easily as checking a box on their tax returns or renewing their license plates. (Click here for full release)
When it comes to health in Huntsville, every dollar counts.
The new study, published in the August issue of Health Affairs, found that communities that spent more on public health programs also had lower rates of death from disease. The greatest effects were seen in infant mortality and deaths from heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. These four preventable health conditions are among the largest targets for public health agencies. (Click here for full release)