Do you understand the Affordable Care Act?By: Eric Steinmehl
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is coming -- quickly. The new health insurance exchanges (think "insurance stores") open for business on October 1, and most of the law's other features will be fully in effect by the New Year. Do you understand how the big, sprawling, sometimes-bewildering law affects you? Here's a keep-it-simple guide.
1. (Almost) Everyone Needs Health Insurance
Maybe the most famous part of the ACA is the "mandate," the requirement that everyone have health insurance coverage. (Medicare, Medicaid, employer-provided plans and veterans' insurance all count.) The rule exists to get healthy people into the insurance market to keep rates affordable, and to keep people from running up medical bills they can't pay. If you choose not to buy insurance, you'll have to pay a tax penalty, which could eventually be as high as $2,085 per year or 2.5% of your income, whichever is higher. There are exceptions to the rule, such as if your income is below a
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By: Rachael Anderson
Find out if your city made the least-stressed list.How Stressed Are You?
We're all familiar with stress, whether it's from taking on too many projects at work or battling traffic to pick up the kids from school. Whatever the source of your stress, the frequency with which you feel stressed and how you handle stressful situations can help -- or hurt -- your health.
"High levels of continuous stress can raise your blood pressure, harm your immune system and increase your risk of heart attack and stroke," says Keith Roach, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Sharecare and co-creator of the RealAge® Test. On the flip side, a little stress is good for us. "We have higher performance levels with a little bit of stress than with no stress at all," says Dr. Roach. Being able to effectively manage stress can make your RealAge 2.4 years younger if you're a man and 1.1 years younger if you're a woman. That's why we factored stress into our RealAge Youngest & Oldest Cities in America Report.Read More »from America's Top 10 Cities Where People Stress Less
Brush up on which cities have residents with the best smiles and oral health.By
How Healthy is Your Smile?
Do you smirk when someone takes your picture, or smile big and show off those pearly whites? If you do the latter, you probably have strong, bright, healthy teeth. Vanity aside, good oral health is also a sign of good overall health. "If you've got gum disease, you've lost your teeth, you see your gums aren't healthy or you have receding gums, those are all ways of telling you that your body doesn't have a good barrier to protect itself from the outside world," says Keith Roach, MD, chief medical officer for Sharecare and co-creator of the RealAge® Test. "Chemicals, bacteria and inflammation in your mouth can damage your blood vessels, and that predisposes you to developing heart disease." But good oral care (brushing and flossing daily and getting regular dental checkups) can make your RealAge 0.6 years younger if you're a man and 0.5 years younger if you're a woman. That's why we factored a healthy mouth into our RealAge YoungestRead More »from Top 10 Cities with the Youngest Smiles
In 2011, Dr. Oz reported on high levels of arsenic in apple juice. Now, the FDA announces new regulation on arsenic levels in apple juice.
By Alison Ashton
Your kids' apple juice is about to get a whole lot safer.
In fall 2011, the team at The Dr. Oz Show investigated a surprising food safety concern: high levels of arsenic in apple juice. They sent samples of five top national brands of apple juice to an independent lab for testing.
The results dismayed parents everywhere: Some samples had much higher levels of arsenic than the 10 parts per billion that the Environmental Protection Agency allows in our drinking water.
But, as Dr. Oz reported, the level of arsenic in apple juice wasn't regulated by the FDA, which is responsible for safeguarding the food we buy
The FDA has just announced it is proposing a new limit on the acceptable level of arsenic to 10 parts per billion -- the same as drinking water. Apple juice that exceeds that level could be pulled from supermarket shelves and manufacturers could face legal action.
The newRead More »from Dr. Oz Helps Make Apple Juice Safer
- The Editors at Sharecare | Healthy Living – Thu, Jul 11, 2013 3:44 PM EDT
By Alison AshtonCountry music star Randy Travis's recent stroke made headlines. Here's how to spot stroke symptoms.
Did you catch the headlines about Randy Travis's recent stroke while being hospitalized for congestive heart failure?
Because Travis was in the hospital at the time, he received immediate attention. Prompt treatment is crucial to minimize brain damage from a stroke, says Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, Sharecare's executive vice president of clinical strategy and an emergency room physician.
But a stroke can happen anytime and anywhere. Would you know what to do for someone who might be having a stroke?
First, you have to spot the symptoms of a stroke, which can be subtle. Sharecare cofounder Dr. Mehmet Oz shares three stroke symptoms to look for:
- Ask the person to smile. If one side of her face droops, it may be a stroke.
- Ask the person to raise both arms. If it's a stroke, one side will drift downward.
- Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase, like "It's a nice day." Slowed, slurred or garbled speech is another stroke symptom.
Call 911 immediatelyRead More »from Would You Know What to Do for Someone Having a Stroke?
- The Editors at Sharecare | Healthy Living – Tue, Jul 2, 2013 8:36 AM EDT
Discover the top 10 cities that love red meat -- too much.
By Rachael Anderson
Red Meat: A Recipe for Aging
Who doesn't love a juicy steak or a burger hot off the grill? But when it comes to aging, too much of the red stuff is a bad thing. "Red meat is always harmful above a certain threshold," says Keith Roach, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Sharecare and co-creator of the RealAge Test. In fact, eating more than two servings of red meat a day (that's the equivalent of 6 ounces, or the size of two decks of cards) can make your RealAge 1 year older for men and 2 years older for women. That's why we factored red meat into the RealAge 2013 Youngest & Oldest Cities in America Report.
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Our Beef with Red Meat
Red meat (defined as anything that walks on four legs, such as beef from cattle, and pork from pigs) is packed with saturated fat, which clogs your arteries, raises your LDL cholesterol and increases cancer risk. But a new study suggests another way in which red meat
Find out the top 10 cities for happy marriages.
Happy Marriage: An Anti-Aging Secret?
When it comes to living younger, marriage matters. But not if you're only married for the sake of the kids, or because staying married is easier than getting divorced. The real anti-aging benefits come from a healthy, happy and fulfilling union. In fact, a happy marriage can help make your RealAge up to 4.2 years younger if you're a man and 2.5 years younger if you're a woman. That's why we factored marriage into the RealAge 2013 Youngest & Oldest Cities in America Report.
Why a Happy Marriage Helps Your Health
"Marriage itself is usually our most important social interaction," says Keith Roach, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Sharecare and co-creator of the RealAge Test. Other social relationships are significant, but being married is the most fundamental and important of all. "Someone who is happily married has the lowest risk of heart disease, cancer, even car accidents," says Dr. Roach. "The difference isRead More »from 10 Best Cities for a Happy Marriage
These 12 strategies will help you find your sweet spot. It's that place where you're giving your body what it needs, and it's repaying you by looking and feeling tip-top.
The couple in THIS city are living younger. Find out why.
By Michael Roizen, MD, Sharecare Expert
Is your city making you old? Or is it helping you stay young-no matter what the calendar says?
Our 2013 Youngest & Oldest Cities in America report is out, with a list of the places where people are so healthy and fit it's like residents have erased the year on their birth certificate and penciled in a later one. The report also lists areas where you'd swear the inhabitants are older than their driver's license would lead you to believe, thanks to day-to-day choices that speed their decline.
Sharecare analyzed health data generated by its patented RealAge Test to determine the Top 10 Youngest & Oldest Cities in America. Results from more than 250,000 people went into the calculations as we did the math on America's 50 largest metropolitan areas. The analysis included not just dietary and exercise habits but also cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and sleep patterns and anger-management skills-28 factors in all.Read More »from America's 10 Youngest Cities
Chocolate Fudge Pops by Daphne Oz
By: Lisa Davis
Daphne Oz believes in indulgence. Yesterday, as her book, Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun, hit store shelves, the TV host and Sharecare expert shared with us her number one rule for healthy living: "I don't have rules," she told us. "If there's a rule I'm going to break it. And if it's a ruled-out thing, chances are it becomes taboo for me and I crave it even more."
Instead of following health commandments, the educator (and daughter of Sharecare founder Mehmet Oz, MD) makes sure her choices add value to her life. A dried-out cookie or fake-cream-filled pastry? Not worth the calories it'll add to her day or the damage its unhealthy ingredients might do to her body. A deliciously decadent dessert shared with a friend or loved one? That's nourishing, she says-a real investment in pleasure.
Oz gave us a favorite recipe for a home-made fudge pop that's a greatRead More »from Daphne Oz’s Recipe for Fun