Share of Cost, How does stress make us ill?

Thursday, Oct. 25th 2018 6:00 AM

Psychological stress is a well-known risk factor for illness, but how exactly does it make us sick? A new study has provided some interesting insight.

Researchers help to explain how stress can make us sick. Researchers at Michigan State University in East Lansing have revealed how a protein known as corticotropin-releasing factor receptor subtype 1 (CRF1) responds to stress by sending signals to specific immune cells.


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Share of Cost, Do You Know People Who May Be Eligible for Part D’s Extra Help?

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd 2018 6:17 AM

Do you know people who are struggling to pay their Medicare Part D prescription drug costs? If so, they may qualify for help through Medicare’s Part D low-income subsidy (LIS), also known as Extra Help. For those who qualify, the Extra Help can save them thousands of dollars a year by helping cover the cost of their Part D plan premium, deductible and drug copayments. Despite how good these benefits are, many people who qualify are unaware of this program. Please help us reach those not yet enrolled by passing on the word on the Extra Help program and encouraging people to apply. (Note: the Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) can also help cover some of Medicare’s costs for those who qualify, and save beneficiaries thousands of dollars a year.)


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Share of Cost, hat State or Federal laws, regulations, or policies or restrict competition and choice in healthcare markets

Sunday, Oct. 21st 2018 6:16 AM

What State or Federal laws, regulations, or policies (including Medicare, Medicaid, and other sources of payment) reduce or restrict competition and choice in healthcare markets?

Medicare can be confusing or even overwhelming, especially when a person has chronic illness, limited resources, or a lack of help. Choosing among traditional Medicare, Medicare Advantage (MA), Medicare Part D, and supplemental or “Medigap” options can make it almost paralyzingly complex. We rely on people with Medicare to make informed, savvy choices—in other words, to “vote with their feet”—so that competition can reward plan innovations that work, identify bad actors and problematic behaviors, and reduce both beneficiary and program costs. Yet, studies show that older adults struggle to compare plans1 and often do not change MA or Part D plans even when doing so may lead to lower premiums and reduced cost-sharing.2 To put it simply—people with Medicare are overwhelmed with information, but it may not be the information they need.

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Share of Cost, More on Medically Needy Program How it Works

Friday, Oct. 19th 2018 6:07 AM

You do not need to show that you actually paid the medical expenses to meet your spend-down. You just have to show proof that you incurred the expenses. States vary in what kind of expenses are allowed, but all states give credit for Medicare and other health insurance premiums.

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Share of Cost, About the Xiphoid Process

Wednesday, Oct. 17th 2018 6:40 AM
  • Pain in the xiphoid process is described as tightness in the lower sternum (breastbone).
  • Medically speaking, this pain is called xiphoid syndrome or xiphodynia.
  • The xiphoid process can typically heal itself of minor damage with little intervention.

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Share of Cost, What is Xiphoid Process

Monday, Oct. 15th 2018 6:00 AM

The xiphoid process is a small extension of bone just below the sternum. Discomfort in the xiphoid process can be painful as it can affect the lower ribcage, breastbone, and several major muscles located around the abdomen and diaphragm.

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Share of Cost, How Medically Needy Programs Work

Saturday, Oct. 13th 2018 11:00 AM

If you live in a state with a medically needy program, then you can use medical expenses you incur to reduce, or “spend down,” your income to qualify for Medicaid. States establish a spend-down period, during which they look at your income and expenses to see whether you qualify for coverage. You must re-qualify for Medicaid after each spend-down period. Spend-down periods range from one to six months.


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Share of Cost, Fear of Being Touched

Thursday, Oct. 11th 2018 6:00 AM

Haphephobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by a fear of being touched. Other names for haphephobia include chiraptophobia, aphenphosmphobia, and thixophobia. Being touched by strangers or without consent can make many people uncomfortable. However, if the fear is intense, appears even when touched by family or friends, and if it causes significant distress, it may be haphephobia.


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Share of Cost, Migraine Headaches

Tuesday, Oct. 9th 2018 3:09 PM

Migraines can run in families and are diagnosed using certain criteria.

• At least five previous episodes of headaches
• Lasting between 4–72 hours
• At least two out of these four: one-sided pain, throbbing pain, moderate-to-severe pain, and pain that interferes with, is worsened by, or prohibits routine activity • At least one associated feature: nausea and/or vomiting, or, if those are not present, then sensitivity to light and sound


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Share of Cost, Rebound Headaches

Sunday, Oct. 7th 2018 2:50 PM

Overuse of painkillers for headaches can, ironically, lead to rebound headaches.  Culprits include over-the-counter medications like aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), as well as prescription drugs.


One theory is that too much medication can cause the brain to shift into an excited state, triggering more headaches. Another is that rebound headaches are a symptom of withdrawal as the level of medicine drops in the bloodstream.

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Share of Cost, Sinus Headaches

Friday, Oct. 5th 2018 2:46 PM

When a sinus becomes inflamed, often due to an infection, it can cause pain. It usually comes with a fever and can be diagnosed by symptoms or the presence of pus viewed through a fiber-optic scope.


Headaches due to sinus infection can be treated with antibiotics, as well as antihistamines or decongestants

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Share of Cost, Cluster Headaches

Wednesday, Oct. 3rd 2018 6:27 AM

Cluster headaches, which affect more men than women, are recurring headaches that occur in groups or cycles. They appear suddenly and are characterized by severe, debilitating pain on one side of the head, and are often accompanied by a watery eye and nasal congestion or a runny nose on the same side of the face.


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Share of Cost, Tension Headaches

Monday, Oct. 1st 2018 5:00 AM

Tension headaches, the most common type, feel like a constant ache or pressure around the head, especially at the temples or back of the head and neck. Not as severe as migraines, they don’t usually cause nausea or vomiting, and they rarely halt daily activities.


Over-the-counter treatments, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen, are usually sufficient to treat them. Experts believe these may be caused by the contraction of neck and scalp muscles, and possibly changes in brain chemicals.

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Share of Cost, Which States Have Medically Needy Programs?

Saturday, Sep. 29th 2018 7:15 AM

The states and territories that have medically needy programs are: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

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Share of Cost, Why you feel tired all the time

Thursday, Sep. 27th 2018 9:00 AM

Feeling exhausted is so common that it has its own acronym, TATT, which stands for “tired all the time”. At any given time, one in five people feels unusually tired, and one in 10 have prolonged fatigue, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Women tend to feel tired more often than men.

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Share of Cost, Medically Needy Programs

Tuesday, Sep. 25th 2018 2:09 PM

Categories of Individuals Eligible for Medically Needy Programs

States that choose to have medically needy programs may decide not to offer the medically needy option to all categories of Medicaid-eligible people. For example, a state might chose to offer the medically needy program to elderly but not disabled people. However, states that offer any medically needy programs must offer them to most children and pregnant women.

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