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Patient Voices: Thyroid Disease

Patient Voices: Thyroid Disease

Do you or does someone you know have a thyroid disease? Since the thyroid processes iodine, it takes up the radioactive material as well, causing parts of the organ to die off. Ms. Barbour found that educating herself about Graves’ disease and its treatment options helped her find the best strategy for managing her condition. One doctor prescribed allergy medication and sent her home, but when her symptoms did not improve, Ms. Smith consulted another doctor. A blood test confirmed that Ms. Smith had too much thyroid hormone in her body, a condition called hyperthyroidism. With a small increase in thyroid medication, Ms. Smith felt like herself again. Ms. Metzger found out later that the bump was caused by a cyst on her thyroid gland. Ms. Metzger soon found out that the cyst on her thyroid was active, producing hormones even when her body didn’t need them. This had caused her to develop hyperthyroidism during pregnancy. Ms. Metzger advises others with thyroid disease to make sure they ask about all possible side effects of their condition, especially during pregnancy.
9 Strawberry Recipes To Enjoy All Summer Long

9 Strawberry Recipes to Enjoy All Summer Long

9 Strawberry Recipes to Enjoy All Summer Long. There’s no fruit that epitomizes summer like strawberries. That’s why the versatile fruit can be used in everything from salad dressings to lemonade to homemade fruit roll-ups and salsa. So take your pick at these delicious strawberry recipes. In a blender, mix avocado oil, chopped strawberries, honey and white wine vinegar. This sweet and tangy dressing has a creamy and light texture that’s perfect for softening the bitter taste in leafy greens. When you’ve got a surplus of strawberries after a day of picking, you’ll want to make this recipe. Bake the berries in the oven at 200 degrees for two hours before flipping them over and baking them for another two hours. Spread the strawberry goodness on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake it for three hours at 200 degrees. The vitamin C can help fight a seasonal cold and give your immune system an extra boost.
Making Practice Guidelines And ‘Choosing Wisely’ More Effective

Making Practice Guidelines And ‘Choosing Wisely’ More Effective

Making Practice Guidelines And ‘Choosing Wisely’ More Effective. I always thought I was an informed patient, favoring conservative treatment and helping to save Medicare and the health system money; but when push came to shove, I was a coward that did not speak up when unnecessary tests were ordered. When I saw the form, I remembered—vaguely—that Cochrane and other advocates of evidence-based medicine had stated that most of the time those tests (and their costs) were not necessary pre-cataract surgery. Yet despite all of this, I said nothing to my physician about the unnecessary testing I was ordered to undergo. How many other patients would have the information I had? There are a few ways to address unnecessary testing and its associated costs. One solution might be for routine tests (such as the one I experienced) ordered within a month of a cataract surgery bill to result in an off-setting reduction in the total payment to the doctor ordering the tests. Of course, there should be exceptions: as the Choosing Wisely campaign states, “An EKG should be ordered if patients have heart disease. I believe the Choosing Wisely program is very important, and I am not singling out eye surgeons. A third solution would be to address malpractice, as several people I have spoken to believe the eye doctor in my case ordered the tests as a protection against malpractice litigation.
Here’s Why Your Sweetgreen Salad Just Got More Expensive

Here’s why your Sweetgreen salad just got more expensive

Here’s why your Sweetgreen salad just got more expensive. Pin It There are days when a meal-prepped salad just won’t cut it—especially near the end of the week when you’re running low on protein and that avocado you bought on Sunday is starting to go bad. If your first thought on those days is “Sweetgreen!”, you’re going to have to dig out a few more coins from the bottom of your purse because prices just went up. Now, none of their New York City salads cost less than $10. (That’s up an average of 56 cents.) “We believe it will make a meaningful impact on our growers and our team.” It’s the first price increase in three years for the brand, and the reason behind it might make you feel a little better: The company is giving its 3,000-plus employees a raise and a better benefits package. In addition to a bump in pay, employees will now get paid parental leave, as well as some paid time off to volunteer, either working on a community project that is meaningful to them or on a farm—to connect even more to the meals they’re making every day. And hey, as Eater reports, you can still hack the menu and get a meal for under $10—you just have to forgo the protein. (Sigh.) If you’re stuck in a salad rut, check out how these wellness influencers spice up their orders.
CMS Releases Data On Effectuated Enrollments, Plan Cancellations

CMS Releases Data On Effectuated Enrollments, Plan Cancellations

CMS Releases Data On Effectuated Enrollments, Plan Cancellations. The effectuated enrollment report shows that 10.3 million of the 12.2 million consumers who actively selected or were passively re-enrolled in a health plan for 2017 remained enrolled as of March 15, 2017. Of these, 8.7 million or 84 percent received premium tax credits (averaging $371.46) and 5.9 million, or 57 percent, received cost-sharing reduction payments. Enrollment averaged 10 million for 2017, with average monthly effectuated enrollment beginning 2016 in March at 10.8 million and declining to 9.1 million by December. The Trends report explores why consumers either cancelled coverage after they selected a plan but before they effectuated enrollment or terminated a plan after effectuating enrollment. The most common reasons for cancelling coverage before paying the first month’s premium were premium increases over the prior year or previous plan (20 percent) and ineligibility for financial assistance (17 percent). Consumers who did not receive premium tax credits were 2.4 times more likely to cancel or terminate their coverage between the close of open enrollment and April 25, 2017 (when the survey closed for this report) than those with APTC (31.9 percent vs. 13.1 percent respectively). (20.9 percent vs. 12.7 percent, respectively). In 2016, it declined 1.6 million, from 12.7 million plan selections and auto-enrollments to 11.1 million effectuated enrollments. Not surprisingly, the biggest reason for terminating coverage after paying the first month’s premium was gaining coverage elsewhere, which accounted for 49 percent of plan terminations.
Holding On To My Pets, As Alzheimer’s Takes My Memories

Holding On to My Pets, as Alzheimer’s Takes My Memories

Holding On to My Pets, as Alzheimer’s Takes My Memories. My husband, Tim, and a duo of Jack Russell terriers arrived in my life 13 years ago. Many of my best memories involve animals. Some days my memory was so bad that I wanted to wear a shirt that said, “Sorry, I just cannot remember your name.” My sister found an online advertisement for people concerned about memory loss. And then came the memory tests. I felt the energy in the room change, and soon I was learning of a likely diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s. The owner told me the dog’s name was Sadie. In the fog of my brain, all I could remember was that I once had a dog named Sadie, but I couldn’t remember when. I have wandering Max the cat, and a sweet soft cat named Obie whom I brought home from my office and now spend hours stroking and petting and listening to her purr. And I have Sadie and Beatrice and Oscar, the grandson of Osceola, the Jack Russell that arrived in my life with Tim.
Is Sourdough Bread Really That Much Better For You?

Is sourdough bread really that much better for you?

Is sourdough bread really that much better for you?. Pin It Chances are, you won’t catch your nutritionist at the supermarket buying a loaf of Wonder Bread. In general, bread just isn’t considered all that good for you. (You’ve heard the rumblings about gluten being linked to causing inflammation, right?) “To our great shock and surprise, we found no significant differences between the two breads.” But what about how sourdough bread affects the body, particularly glucose levels? (After all, sugar is a big reason why many pass on the bread basket.) The following week, they measured their blood levels and checked out their guts. “To our great shock and surprise, we found no significant differences between the two breads on any of the parameters that we collected,” says Eran Segal, one of the study’s lead researchers. Some people in the white bread group had a higher blood sugar level, while some in the sourdough group did. While the findings are definitely interesting, the researchers admit that more testing needs to be done.
Five Ways To Explore And How It Can Improve Your Health

Five Ways To Explore And How It Can Improve Your Health

by sharing the last pillar of health according to NS – Explore. What do I mean by explore? Engage in activities as an adult that bring out the natural explorer within you – traveling, coloring, playing outside, etc. The first six are foundational and vital to feeling balanced and living whole, and the other four are supportive pillars that enhance your health once the first six are on lock. This was a vision board-like activity to help me put images and symbols to things I wanted to “manifest” in life from colors, words, feelings, etc. Exploring expands our worldview, promotes happiness and joy, and allows ways to practice self care. I get that it’s not always easy or accessible to travel often, so while travel is a huge source of exploration, it isn’t the only way to experience something new! I just got back from exploring Hawaii and had this in mind too! I’d love to know where you guys are and what spots of nature I should add to my list! It can look like nourishing your body with whole foods, getting in enough movement every day, or things that just make you feel good.
Up Your Protein Game With This 10-minute Spicy Vegan Taco Recipe

Up your protein game with this 10-minute spicy vegan taco recipe

Up your protein game with this 10-minute spicy vegan taco recipe. As a vegan, Coscarelli isn’t about to fill her taco with chicken or steak—she has another go-to on hand for protein: One of her favorite ingredients is tofu, the OG vegan staple. Some people get intimidated by making cream sauces with nuts, but tofu is really easy to work with,” she says. Scroll down for Chloe Coscarelli’s favorite tofu taco recipe—that only takes 10 minutes to make. Pin It Chloe Coscarelli’s Spicy Chipotle Mango Tacos Yields 4 servings Ingredients Spicy tofu 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 package Nasoya extra-firm tofu, drained and crumbled 1 1/2 Tbsp pure maple syrup 1 1/2 Tbsp Sriracha 1 tsp smoked paprika 1/4 tsp chipotle powder 3/4 tsp sea salt Mango salsa 1 mango, finely diced 2 Tbsp finely diced red onion 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 2 tsp fresh lime juice Chipotle crema 1 cup Nasoya silken tofu 2 Tbsp Sriracha 1 Tbsp agave 1 Tbsp lime juice 1 tsp sea salt 1/4 tsp chipotle powder 8 small corn tortillas Toppings Sliced avocado or guacamole, fresh cilantro, lime wedges 1. Add maple syrup, Sriracha, smoked paprika, chipotle, and salt, and stir until tofu is coated. To assemble the tacos, heat a tortilla in a pan over medium-high heat or by placing it directly on the burner for about a minute, using tongs to flip. Layer on the tofu, mango salsa, and a drizzle of chipotle crema. For the chipotle crema 1. Complete your health fiesta with some avocado margaritas and vegan nachos.
17 Creative Ways To Eat More Vegetables

17 Creative Ways to Eat More Vegetables

Adding even a small amount of extra veggies, such as broccoli, to soups is a great way to increase your intake of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Once the “noodles” are made, they can be consumed just like pasta and combined with sauces, other vegetables or meat. Add Veggies to Sauces Adding extra vegetables to your sauces is a sneaky, unique way to increase your veggie intake. Add Veggies to Casseroles Including extra veggies in casseroles is a unique way to increase your veggie intake. You can also add chopped bell peppers to omelets, such as in this recipe, which is a great way to enhance your intake of vitamin C and vitamin A (9, 10). Sweet potatoes, which are an excellent source of vitamin A and antioxidants, are also commonly used to make veggie burgers (15). The following recipes combine sweet potatoes with almond flour, egg and a variety of spices and chopped veggies, such as mushrooms and cauliflower: You can take these recipes a step further by wrapping your veggie burger in a lettuce wrap, instead of a bun. Add Veggies to Guacamole It is fairly easy to add veggies to guacamole, and makes for a unique way to increase your veggie intake. You can add just about any type of chopped vegetable to meatloaf, including onions, bell peppers, carrots and zucchini, such as in this recipe. Make Cauliflower Rice A unique way to increase your veggie intake is by eating cauliflower rice.