The first time someone offered me a seat on the subway, I reflexively declined, and then stewed about it all the way home. Sheesh, I thought, do I really look like an old lady in need of assistance? When I got off the train, I swear my knees felt a bit creaky as I clomped up the subway steps.When we’re busy doing things we love — which for me these days means playing with my two young granddaughters — we don’t think about how old we are or the state of our knees. But then something pulls us up short, like a polite young man offering his seat, or catching a view of a selfie from an unflattering angle, and suddenly we’re walking more slowly, feeling just a little worse about life in general.The way these internalized attitudes about aging affect us physically is a focus within a growing field in social psychology known as mind-body studies. In the next few months, the World Health Organization is expected to publish the results of a global investigation of … [Read more...] about Positive attitudes about aging may pay off in better health
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Published 10:01 pm PST, Monday, February 18, 2019 Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 5 tips for better health care – and lower costs 1 / 1 Back to Gallery (BPT) - For many people, the beginning of the year is a customary time to assess their health and finances. And for most Americans, new health plan benefits have kicked in. Do you know how your health plan works? If not, now is an ideal time to learn how to make it work for you. Rebecca Madsen, chief consumer officer of UnitedHealthcare, offers the following five tips that may lead you to better health and even help save you money. 1. Understand your plan You may be able to save yourself a lot of time, stress and money if you take time to understand your plan before you need to use your benefits. Learn what your health plan covers — including medical, pharmacy and preventive benefits. When in doubt, call the number on your health plan ID card to … [Read more...] about 5 tips for better health care – and lower costs
The Apple Watch Series 4 is packed with new features: an FDA cleared electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG), a faster processor, better screen and louder speaker wrapped in a sleeker exterior. But the best thing about Series 4 may be the fact that it's made the Series 3 that much more affordable. The previous generation of Apple's smartwatch shares a lot of the same specs that make the Series 4 great, and the aluminum version is $130 cheaper. So, which one is right for you?Obviously, if you don't mind paying more, you should get the Series 4. However, for those of you who want to know the key differences, keep reading.Which Apple Watch looks and feels better?At first glance, both the Apple Watch Series 4 and its predecessor seem to share the same basic design: square watch face with rounded edges, swappable bands and a variety of metal finishes to choose from in two sizes. To spot the differences we need to take a closer look. The Series 4 has a slimmer body, but its screen is actually 35 … [Read more...] about Apple Watch Series 4 vs Series 3: How to choose?
Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Associated Press Updated 2:41 pm PST, Thursday, January 3, 2019 FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2018, file photo, the HealthCare.gov website is photographed in Washington. The government says 8.4 million Americans have signed up for coverage next year under the Obama health law, even as supporters of the law appealed a court ruling declaring it unconstitutional. less FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2018, file photo, the HealthCare.gov website is photographed in Washington. The government says 8.4 million Americans have signed up for coverage next year under the Obama health law, ... more Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2018, file photo, the HealthCare.gov website … [Read more...] about Sign-ups steady as health law case goes to appeals court
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Associated Press Published 4:51 PM EST Jan 3, 2019 Washington – The government says 8.4 million Americans have signed up for coverage next year under the Obama health law, reflecting steady enrollment even as supporters of the law appeal a court ruling that declares it unconstitutional. Thursday’s numbers underscore the unexpected staying power of “Obamacare,” which President Donald Trump failed to repeal after promising a better health insurance plan in its place. The numbers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reflect the 39 states served by the federal HealthCare.gov website. The final count will be higher, after major states like California and New York report. Also on Thursday, Democratic-led states announced they’re appealing a recent ruling by a conservative federal judge in Texas that declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. The law remains in place while the lawsuit continues. … [Read more...] about Sign-ups steady as health law goes to appeals court