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March 20, 2014

Colorado health insurance sign-ups gaining momentum as deadline nears

A doctor listens to his patient’s heartbeat during a check up. She is on eight medications as well as insulin. Until recently, she was also a frequent visitor to the local hospital. The last time Patterson visited, McDonald was still too shaken by her son's death to talk about controlling her blood sugar. She hadn't even opened many of her prescriptions. On this morning, Patterson planned to help McDonald organize her pills in a new box Patterson had bought for her at Wal-Mart. But McDonald, after teasing Patterson for her sunny disposition "It makes me sick," she joked was more receptive to a talk about her health. Seated at a kitchen table decorated with a vase of plastic sunflowers, Patterson gently counseled McDonald about the importance of eating smaller meals and checking carbohydrates on food labels.
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-healthcare-collaboration-20140319-dto,0,2911326.htmlstory

"Good" gut microbes revealed as the key to dark chocolate's health benefits

The penalty is the greater of $95 per adult plus $47.50 for each child (up to a family maximum of $285), or 1 percent of income (minus some specified deductions). Uninsured Coloradans who miss the March 31 deadline won't have another open enrollment period until Nov. 15 to Feb. 14, unless they have a life-changing event, such as a birth or loss of work insurance.
Colorado health insurance sign-ups gaining momentum as deadline nears

Presenting their findings at the 27th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the researchers revealed that, unlike so-called "bad" bacteria in the gut, such as some Clostridia and some E. coli, that are associated with inflammation and can cause gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation, "good" bacteria, such as Bifidobacterium and lactic acid bacteria, feed on dark chocolate to produce anti-inflammatory compounds. John Finley, Ph.D., who led the world-first research into the effects of dark chocolate on the various types of bacteria in the stomach, says that when these anti-inflammatory compounds are absorbed by the body, they lessen the long-term risk of stroke by reducing the inflammation of cardiovascular tissue. Using a series of modified test tubes as a model digestive tract that simulated normal digestion, the team tested three different cocoa powders. Cocoa powder, which is a key ingredient of chocolate, contains several antioxidant compounds and a small amount of dietary fiber, both of which are poorly digested and absorbed in the stomach but are feasted on by good microbes when they reach the colon. Using human fecal bacteria, the team subjected these non-digestible materials to anaerobic fermentation. "In our study we found that the fiber is fermented and the large polyphenolic polymers are metabolized to smaller molecules, which are more easily absorbed," said Finley.
"Good" gut microbes revealed as the key to dark chocolate's health benefits

Can My Health Insurance Cover My Children?

When applying, you will be prompted to enter information about your family size, including the ages of your children. You may also enter your income information to determine if you are eligible for tax credits and cost-sharing reductions. Cost sharing is the amount of out-of-pocket costs, such as co-payments and deductibles, you are required to pay. Childrens Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) You may discover your children are eligible for free or very inexpensive health insurance through your states Childrens Health Insurance Plan (CHIP).
http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2014/03/20/can-my-health-insurance-cover-my-children/

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