Latest Health News and Headlines for You and Your Family

As a continuing feature of our work here at the blog, we hope to be able to offer glimpses into what is going on in the world of health and wellness news that affects you and your family on a monthly basis. For the past few months we’ve focused on seasonal issues, especially as we all began to spend more time outside in the warmer weather.

Now that fall is nearly upon us, which includes the back-to-school rush, much of what we discuss will move indoors.

Poor Health Habits Add Up to Poor Grades for Teens: There’s a strong link between teens’ health habits and their academic achievement, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey. Failing students more likely to use drugs, sleep around, a recent study by the CDC finds.

Mosquitoes, Medicine and Mold – Post-Hurricane Health Problems: If the after-effects of hurricane Harvey are any indication, folks in Florida and other south-eastern states will soon be experience some not-so-unique health problems thanks to hurricane Irma – and any others that may follow. These include: large growth in mosquito population and related health problems; mold in homes and business that were flooded, lack of access to over-taxed health care providers, PTSD, and the typical injuries associated with catastrophic destruction.

What to Do When Your Health Insurance Won’t Pay the Bills: As congress struggles to come up with an alternative to Obamacare, or as the ACA fails in multiple states, health insurance companies are taking steps to protect themselves against a projected loss of profits. In some cases, this includes altering coverage for their customers. In all the confusion, many feel that they are not being adequately notified of these changes – or are being blindsided after-the-fact when a claim is denied. If this is true for you, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.

Sitting too long can kill you, even if you exercise: There’s a direct relationship between time spent sitting and your risk of early mortality of any cause, researchers said, based on a study of nearly 8,000 adults. As your total sitting time increases, so does your risk of an early death. No matter how much you exercise, sitting for excessively long periods of time is a risk factor for early death, a new study published Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine found. People who sat for less than 30 minutes at a time had the lowest risk of early death.

Stay tuned for more important snapshots of such timely information and health headlines in future posts, when it’s available and has value to our readers.

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