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Health Shouldn’t Require Wealth: How ACA Increases Coverage of the Uninsured

Psychology Benefits Society

Stethoscope on pile of money

By Judith M. Glassgold, PsyD (Assoc. Exec. Director, APA’s Public Interest Government Relations Office)

According to the US Census, almost 47 million Americans lacked insurance in 2012. Moreover, a 2012 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 15 million of these individuals went without health insurance for three years, with about 10 million uninsured for their entire life.  Over 40% of the uninsured interviewed identified cost as the reason they lacked insurance.

Without health insurance, millions of Americans find themselves unable to access quality and affordable healthcare, which creates health inequities – differences in health outcomes and their determinants between segments of the population, in this case inequities based on income.[1] Related, substantial racial and ethnic health disparities present a very troubling picture. For example, among uninsured adults, people of color are more likely to be uninsured than Whites (27% vs. 15%), with…

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January 29, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Surgeon General’s Report: After 50 Years, New Harms of Smoking Still Emerging


“Cigarette smoking is causally related to lung cancer in men; the magnitude of the effect of cigarette smoking outweighs all other factors; and the risk of developing lung cancer increases with the duration of smoking and number of cigarettes smoked per day, and diminishes by discontinuing smoking.”

This statement from the 1964 landmark surgeon general’s report on smoking—the first public announcement of the negative health consequences of smoking—changed the world’s perception of a centuries-old habit. Now, 50 years later, the new information gained from new research continues to be staggering.

The 2014 surgeon general’s report on “The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress”, released last Friday, presented some notable new conclusions since the last report in 2012, including new evidence that

  • smoking causes liver cancer,
  • smoking causes colon cancer,
  • smoking causes diabetes,
  • smoking causes rheumatoid arthritis and general inflammation in the body,
  • secondhand smoke causes stroke.

The report…

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Even organic foods not free of environmental toxins

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[Reblog] Are green spaces happy places?

From the 28 January 2014 post at Research the Headlines

by  on 2014/01/28
Green SpaceWhile we know that some of the lifestyle choices we make are good or bad for our health and mental wellbeing, we might be less inclined to think about how the environment we live in affects us. In recent years, however, there has been a growing interest in how factors in our environment, for example the amount of green space in the area we live, might influence a range of important outcomes, from physical health and stress to mortality. A recent studyhighlighted that although living in areas with more green space has been linked to a range of better health outcomes, much of this work has used information from a single assessment. That creates a problem, as noted by the authors of the study:

“Are people happier and healthier due to the proximity of green space to their homes, or do healthier people move to greener areas?”

By accessing information about people moving to or from greener areas and following those people for 3 years after their move, the new study reported that moving to a greener area not only led to an improvement in mental health, but that this was maintained over time. This positive effect of green space received coverage in a number of media outlets, including the Daily MailGuardian, and BBC News, for example.

What did the research say?

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