Health http://wrkf.org en Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much http://wrkf.org/post/all-animals-we-need-stress-just-not-too-much Ask somebody about stress, and you're likely to hear an outpouring about all the bad things that cause it — and the bad things that result. But if you ask a biologist, you'll hear that stress can be good.<p>In fact, it's essential.<p>For example, the adrenal glands of all animals have evolved to pump out <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3079864/">stress hormones</a> in unexpected situations — the hormones spur action and increase fuel to the brain, helping the animal react to danger appropriately. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:32:00 +0000 Richard Harris 29115 at http://wrkf.org Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much Complaint Says Insurance Plans Discriminate Against HIV Patients http://wrkf.org/post/complaint-says-insurance-plans-discriminate-against-hiv-patients Four Florida insurers allegedly discriminate against people with HIV/AIDS by structuring their prescription drug benefits so that patients are discouraged from enrolling, according to a complaint filed by health advocacy groups.<p>According to the <a href="http://www.healthlaw.org/publications/browse-all-publications/HHS-HIV-Complaint">complaint</a> filed with the Office for Civil Rights at the federal Department of Health and Human Services, the insurers — CoventryOne, Cigna, Humana and Preferred Medical — violated the Affordable Care Act and federal civil rights laws by placing all covered H Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Michelle Andrews 29075 at http://wrkf.org Complaint Says Insurance Plans Discriminate Against HIV Patients Stress Causes Health Problems, Which Then Cause More Stress http://wrkf.org/post/stress-causes-health-problems-which-then-cause-more-stress Stress is bad for your health. And bad health causes a lot of stress.<p>Poor health and disability are common among people who say they suffer from a lot of stress, according to a <a href="http://www.rwjf.org/en/research-publications/find-rwjf-research/2014/07/the-burden-of-stress-in-america.html">national poll</a> by NPR, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>And it's not just those whose own health is poor. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:37:00 +0000 editor 29053 at http://wrkf.org Stress Causes Health Problems, Which Then Cause More Stress Between Stress And Poor Health, A Two-Way Street Tread By Many http://wrkf.org/post/between-stress-and-poor-health-two-way-street-tread-many Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>So a lot of what we know about stress and health comes from an unlikely source. But how big a health problem is stress? Our new poll has some surprising answers. First, it shows serious stress is very common. Half of our respondents told us they've experienced a major stressful event in the past year, and more than a quarter said they've experienced a great deal of stress in the past month. Joining us from New Hampshire to talk about the health implications of this is reporter Richard Knox. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:07:00 +0000 editor 29042 at http://wrkf.org The Secret History Behind The Science Of Stress http://wrkf.org/post/secret-history-behind-science-stress The modern idea of stress began on a rooftop in Canada, with a handful of rats freezing in the winter wind.<p>This was 1936 and by that point the owner of the rats, an endocrinologist named Hans Selye, had become expert at making rats suffer for science.<p>"He would subject them to extreme temperatures, make them go hungry for long periods, or make them exercise a lot," the medical historian <a href="https://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/history/staff/jackson/">Mark Jackson </a>says. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Alix Spiegel 29040 at http://wrkf.org The Secret History Behind The Science Of Stress Stressed Out: Americans Tell Us About Stress In Their Lives http://wrkf.org/post/stressed-out-americans-tell-us-about-stress-their-lives Everyone seems to talk about feeling stressed out. But what's the reality of stress in America these days?<p>NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a nationwide poll in March and early April to find out.<p>Our questions zeroed in on the effect of stress in Americans' lives. We asked about people's personal experiences with stress in the preceding month and year. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:07:00 +0000 editor 29012 at http://wrkf.org Stressed Out: Americans Tell Us About Stress In Their Lives For Many Americans, Stress Takes A Toll On Health And Family http://wrkf.org/post/many-americans-stress-takes-toll-health-and-family Stress is part of the human condition, unavoidable and even necessary to a degree. But too much stress can be toxic — even disabling.<p>And there's a lot of toxic stress out there.<p>A national poll done by NPR with our partners at the <a href="http://www.rwjf.org/">Robert Wood Johnson Foundation</a> and the <a href="http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/">Harvard School of Public Health</a> finds that more than 1 in every 4 Americans say they had a great deal of stress in the previous month.<p>And half of all adults say they experienced a major stressful event in the past year. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 07:18:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 29004 at http://wrkf.org For Many Americans, Stress Takes A Toll On Health And Family Insight: Research Points to Cost Savings for Coverage of Obesity Treatment http://wrkf.org/post/insight-research-points-cost-savings-coverage-obesity-treatment <p>In their <a href="http://doa.louisiana.gov/doa/PressReleases/LA_GEMS_FINAL_REPORT.pdf" target="_blank">long list of recommendations </a>for how the state could save money, the Jindal&nbsp;administration's consultants, Alvarez &amp; Marsal, suggested Louisiana could find a billion dollars in savings from the Office of Group Benefits (OGB) over the next five years -- largely by redesigning state employee health insurance plans and what they cover.</p><p><a href="http://www.pbrc.edu/research-and-faculty/faculty/?faculty=22" target="_blank">Dr. Phillip Brantley</a>, senior scientist at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, has been looking into whether specifically the state could save money by covering medical treatment for severe obesity.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:15:28 +0000 Amy Jeffries 28916 at http://wrkf.org Chikun-What? A New Mosquito-Borne Virus Lands In The U.S. http://wrkf.org/post/chikun-what-new-mosquito-borne-virus-lands-us Pediatrician Jennifer Halverson will never forget her 36th birthday.<p>The St. Paul native was volunteering at a maternity clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She felt great — she went to her job that day and then out to dinner with friends.<p>But when she got home and went to sleep that night in May, something didn't feel right.<p>"Then I woke up at 3 in the morning," she says, "and what struck me the most was that my shoulders were on fire. It was like I was being stabbed in both shoulders."<p>The pain quickly spread to all of Halverson's joints — her hips, her knees and elbows. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 07:08:00 +0000 Michaeleen Doucleff 28864 at http://wrkf.org Chikun-What? A New Mosquito-Borne Virus Lands In The U.S. How Dark Chocolate, Not Milk Chocolate, May Help Blood Flow http://wrkf.org/post/how-dark-chocolate-not-milk-chocolate-may-help-blood-flow The idea that eating cocoa-rich, dark chocolate may offer greater health benefits than milk chocolate is not new.<p>Cocoa is loaded with compounds called polyphenols that have been shown to help our bodies fend off inflammation and maybe even improve our moods.<p>And now a small <a href="http://jaha.ahajournals.org/content/3/4/e001072.full">study</a> published in the <em>Journal of the American Heart Association</em> offers evidence of another possible benefit: improving vascular health by increasing blood flow.<p>Researchers studied patients with peripheral artery disease, or PAD, which affec Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:52:00 +0000 editor 28859 at http://wrkf.org How Dark Chocolate, Not Milk Chocolate, May Help Blood Flow