NPR – Why Skipping Breakfast Might Raise Risk Of Heart Disease
The new study, published in the journal Circulation, finds that men who routinely skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of having a heart attack or dying from coronary heart disease compared to men who ate breakfast. Whether it’s skipping breakfast in the morning or eating very late at night, this pattern of eating may lead to adverse metabolic effects that set the stage for heart disease.
Politico – ACA’s confusing birth control rules
Employer plans don’t have to cover every type of birth control approved by the Food and Drug Administration — they have to cover some. And a woman may not know precisely which category her specific prescription falls into until the pharmacy rings it up.
Los Angeles Times – Study: Cigarettes with no brand markings less satisfying
In a study published Monday in the journal BMJ Open, researchers took advantage of the Australian policy’s lead-in period to gauge whether the new packaging elicited different responses from smokers than the traditional branded packaging to which smokers had grown accustomed. No more classic camel.
Kaiser Health News – Patient Advocates Seek A Gentle Transition From High Risk Pools To New Exchange Plans
When the federal health law takes effect in January, insurers can no longer deny coverage to people who have medical problems and some of the state high-risk programs will disappear. But experts worry that enrollees, for whom reliable health care is critical, may not get much help finding a new plan or adequate notice about the changes coming.
ABC News – Gun control: Michelle Obama speaking out on gun violence
A meeting with high school students from a poor, gang-infested neighborhood in Chicago, her hometown, led Mrs. Obama to put a new spin on the stalled legislative debate over whether to ban firearms or impose new background checks on people who want to buy guns. Several of the school’s current and former students were killed by gunfire within the past year.