Indiana, Pence’s Home State, Seeks Federal OK To Keep Medicaid Expansion

As Congress weighs repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the home state of Vice President Mike Pence Tuesday sought to keep its conservative-style Medicaid expansion under the federal health law.

Indiana applied to the Trump administration to extend a regulatory waiver and funding until Jan. 31, 2021, for its innovative package of incentives and penalties that are intended to encourage low-income Hoosiers on Medicaid to adopt healthy behaviors. Beneficiaries pay premiums, get health savings accounts and can lose their benefits if they miss payments.

Democrats Say Cabinet Choice Tom Price ‘Misled’ The Public. Here’s What We Know.

Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday morning pushed through the nomination of Rep. Tom Price without any Democratic votes. The Senate Democrats have been asking for more time to look into questions that he may have misled the public about issues in his financial background.

Here are some of the issues still swirling around Price:

Bilingual People May Have an Edge Against Alzheimer's

News Picture: Bilingual People May Have an Edge Against Alzheimer'sBy Dennis Thompson
HealthDay Reporter

Latest Alzheimers News

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) — People who speak two or more languages appear to weather the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease better than people who have only mastered one language, a new Italian study suggests.

Bilingual people with Alzheimer’s outperformed single-language speakers in short- and long-term memory tasks, even though scans showed more severe deterioration in brain metabolism among the bilingual participants, the scientists said.

The ability to speak two languages appears to provide the brain with more resilience to withstand damage from Alzheimer’s, said lead researcher Dr. Daniela Perani, a professor of psychology at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan.

Busy Minds May Be Better at Fighting Dementia

News Picture: Busy Minds May Be Better at Fighting DementiaBy Dennis Thompson
HealthDay Reporter

Latest Alzheimers News

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Mentally stimulating activities can protect your brain against aging, even if you’re genetically predisposed toward dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, a new study reports.

Activities that keep the brain busy — using a computer, crafting, playing games and participating in social activities — appear to lower the risk of age-related mental decline in people 70 and older, the Mayo Clinic study found.

“These kind of commonly engaged in, stimulating activities actually reduce the risk of people developing mild cognitive impairment,” said co-author Dr. Ronald Petersen. He’s director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in Rochester, Minn.

This Valentine’s Day, give your heart the gift of love

Although popular love songs might tell you otherwise, a broken heart can’t kill you—but heart disease can. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women, taking about 610,000 lives each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.

You might not be able to avoid Cupid’s arrow, but you can take steps to lower your risks and help prevent heart disease. Start by scheduling an appointment with your doctor to discuss whether you’re at risk for heart disease.