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Cigarette Use Has Dropped Sharply Among Teenagers

“Students in all grade levels reported that they viewed cigarettes and alcohol as distasteful and a serious health risk” writes Jan Hoffman for nytimes.com. In the report, only 14.1 percent of 12th graders said they saw a “great risk” from smoking marijuana occasionally.They’re medicating themselves.” Yet while marijuana use among high school seniors has not declined, it has also not increased in recent years.But approving of marijuana may not necessarily translate in such a manner, he said. “I’ve had friends who like to go sky diving.Kilcoyne said. “I talk about…

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Almost 100 million people a year ‘forced to choose between food and healthcare’

“Almost 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty each year because of debts accrued through healthcare expenses” writes Verity Bowman for theguardian.com. An estimated 72% of those spending 25% of their household budgets on healthcare live in Asia.Researchers found that more than 122 million people around the world are forced to live on $3.10 a day, the benchmark for “moderate poverty”, due to healthcare expenditure.A total of 800 million people spend more than 10% of their household budgets on “out-of-pocket” health expenses, defined as costs not covered by insurance.At…

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Failure to rehouse survivors ‘could worsen mental health’

“Health officials at Central and North West London NHS foundation trust (CNWL) believe the number of people at risk of suffering mental health disorders could reach more than 10,000” writes Robert Booth for theguardian.com. Jim O’Donnell, the deputy borough director of mental health at CNWL, said significant numbers of people were not ready for help.Mental health workers will be on hand to help survivors who struggle during the service. “The people in Grenfell Tower were forgotten about and ignored before the fire and this is a chance for people across…

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Government Could Help Save 97 Million Lives By Supporting UN Health Goals, MPs Say

“The UK government could help save millions of lives across the world if it commits to a UN health strategy, MPs say” writes Kate Forrester for huffingtonpost.com. The G20 Health and Development Partnership met in Parliament for the first time this week to agree its strategy to push global health up on the G20 agenda, and convince governments and treasuries around the world to make global health a core economic issue.Diplomats from Argentina, Germany, Italy, Indonesia, Brazil, Turkey and Japan met MPs, Foreign Office staff and Lords to assess how…

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The GOP Won’t Slow Down on Taxes After Jones’ Win. It’ll Speed Up.

“In that case, then-Majority Leader Harry Reid had acquiesced, waiting until Brown arrived before proceeding on health care” writes Sam Adams for slate.com. By “wrong,” Schumer meant that voting before Jones is seated early next year would deprive Democrats of their only realistic chance of killing the tax bill.Many endangered Democrats, and some figures in the administration, wanted Democrats to abandon health care reform or pass a safer, narrower bill instead.Until Jones is seated, the Senate will be voting on a final conference report with the same Republican conference that…

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Blockchains are the new fraud fighters

“For example, health care fraud in the U.S. is in the tens of billions of dollars, according to various estimates and that number is growing” writes Erik Cornelius for venturebeat.com. An upgrade from linear blockchains, X-Chain documents have their own individual blocks, rather than being lumped in with others.Aston’s initial aim is to use blockchain for document verification, which is the first step to stamping out health care fraud.To learn more about how X-Chain technology is eliminating fraud across industries, and the company’s public token sale, visit the Aston website.A…

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This is what Americans are really spending their money on

“In 2011, the Consumer Expenditure Survey pegged health care spending at $3,313” writes Bob Sullivan for marketwatch.com. This survey enables consumers to compare spending over time and really see where money is going.The average American spent $9,049 on cars (buying them and taking care of them) and $4,612 on health care ($3,160 on health insurance premiums).The rise in health care costs during the past six years is rather stunning, too. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Would you pay a ‘climate tax’ on red meat?

“A tax on red meat is becoming increasingly likely in many countries, according to a report from Farm Animal Investment and Risk Return (FAIRR), a livestock investment education group” writes Kari Paul for marketwatch.com. To offset damage their production causes to the environment, beef would have to be taxed at 40% and milk at 20%, a previous study from Oxford University found.The U.N. called for a tax on meat in 2016, but others say the American tax system is already heavy-handed and the government risks alienating more people from the…

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Fact-checking Jimmy Kimmel on CHIP funding

“As we noted, Congress has moved forward on resolving CHIP funding while also pushing forward on tax legislation” reports washingtonpost.com. Children from every income level whose health is especially threatened right now because of something you’ve probably never heard of; it’s called CHIP. CHIP is the Children’s Health Insurance Program.CHIP funding is being negotiated even as Congress is debating a tax plan.Kimmel falsely suggests that CHIP has become bargaining chip as part of the negotiations over the tax plan.The GOP-led House of Representatives on Nov. 3 passed a CHIP reauthorization…

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