health

Young Caregivers
4:24 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

WATCH: Youth Caregivers Fight To Finish School

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Seventeen-year-old Jimmy Braat has three passions in life: playing music, photography, and being a caregiver to his grandma.

"It's all I'm good at!" he laughs. He started taking care of his great grandmother at age 9.

"My mom was always at work so it was kind of my role I guess," Jimmy says," She passed away at 92 when I was 13. So now, I take care of my grandmother."

Jimmy is three years behind in school and now participates in an online school program called hospital homebound.

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Aging and Driving
9:15 am
Wed October 10, 2012

When Should Seniors Hang Up The Car Keys?

More elderly drivers will hit the road in the next decade, but family members wonder: When is it time for elderly loved ones to move to the passenger seat?
Martin Novak iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 4:35 am

With a growing population of baby boomers, officials are bracing for a surge in senior drivers. Statistics tell us that accidents increase after the age of 65, and fatal accidents are more likely after the age of 75.

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Health
7:21 am
Tue October 9, 2012

How Sunlight Weakens Your Skin

Stefano Amabili walks under the sun in Miami Beach, Florida, in May. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has found that more people are using sunscreen and protecting themselves from the sun's rays.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 9:53 am

A sunny day at the beach has plusses and minuses for your health.

A little bit of sun can help your body produce vitamin D, but the sun's ultraviolet radiation raises your risk for skin cancer. And, it turns out, UV radiation poses another threat — it physically weakens your skin.

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Dispatches From the Swing State
12:51 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

What Health Insurance Means To The Fire-Juggling Voter

Haiti Earthquake
1:11 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

One Year After The Quake: “Las Twins”

Carmen Maria Romero
Carmen Maria Romero

Carmen Maria Romero was one of the four medical workers in Haiti whose voices you heard in After the Quake: Patients and Healers. She’s a physical therapist who had already been volunteering in Haiti for ten years, and who traveled there last January to help with the relief efforts.

Romero was so moved by the suffering and the resilience of her patients that she decided to quit her job and relocate to Haiti.

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Technology And Medicine
11:31 am
Fri September 14, 2012

How Telemedicine Works At Home

 

Every morning at 10:00 a.m., congestive heart failure patient Marilyn Yeats of Naples conducts her own health checkup with the help of a computer.

Call it a virtual visit. She uses a home health guide to send her vitals to her nurse in Tampa Bay via the internet.

“This program is having your own private nurse,” says Yeats.

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Most Doctors Don't Learn About Nutrition
4:42 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Doctors And Dieting May Not Mix

Some doctors say teaching nutrition is difficult.
Kahala Flickr/Creative Commons

In South Florida it's pretty easy to find a plastic surgeon for a little nip and tuck. But finding a primary care doctor who can tell you how to lose weight by changing your diet is a different story.

When doctors write prescriptions, they know what their patient will receive. But when a patient asks what they should eat, it's hard to be that specific. A developing body of research shows most doctors receive little to no instruction in nutrition.

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Medicaid Pilot
11:32 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Escaping Florida's Medicaid Experiment

Last year, Florida legislators passed a bill privatizing the state’s Medicaid program, moving recipients into managed care plans – a model patterned on a pilot program that’s been running in five counties since 2006.

The statewide change still needs federal approval – and for one family already living in a pilot county, it’s a troubling prospect.

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