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Food as medicine gets a test-drive in California

Food as medicine gets a test-drive in California

The Ceres Community Project is part of an ambitious, state-funded study to test whether providing daily nutritious meals to chronically ill, low-income people on California’s version of Medicaid will affect their prognosis and treatment, or the cost of their medical care.

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Women With Breast Cancer Delay Care When Faced With High Deductibles

When Pam Leonard felt a lump in her breast last November, she hesitated, debating whether to get testing to see if she had cancer.

She thought of her insurance policy, which carries a deductible of $2,600. She knew she would also have to spend as much as $5,700 on medical bills that would not be covered by an individual policy she bought under the Affordable Care Act. “I went back and forth for a couple of weeks,” Ms. Leonard recalled.

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Traffic-related pollution linked to risk of asthma in children

New research suggests that long-term exposure to traffic-related pollution significantly increases the risk of pediatric asthma, especially in early childhood. Children living within a football field's length of major roadways had nearly three times the odds of pediatric asthma compared to children who lived four times farther away.

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Using Art to Tackle Diabetes in Youth

Type 2 diabetes was once known as adult-onset diabetes. But now that term is outdated: Increasingly it is a disease that begins in childhood.

Between 2000 and 2009, the rate of Type 2 diabetes in children jumped more than 30 percent — and it is climbing especially fast among children from poor and minority families.

There's a big fight brewing over what pregnant women should eat

Many have seen someone throw a cold stare in the direction of a pregnant woman ordering a second glass of wine or, heaven forbid, smoking a cigarette. But with the list of potentially dangerous foods growing by the day, an expectant mother shouldn’t be surprised if a stranger pipes up as she buys a box of macaroni and cheese.

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High Deductibles Decreased ED Visits in Patients With Diabetes

Overall, patients who switch to high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) have a decrease in health care utilization, though high-severity emergency department visit expenditures and hospitalization days increase in members from low-income neighborhoods, according to a study published online in Diabetes Care.