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Jan. 10, 2019
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There's a Link Between the Size of Your Belly and the Size of Your Brain 
Rachael Rettner | Live Science

Belly fat has long been thought to be particularly bad for your heart, but now, a new study adds more evidence to the idea that it may also be bad for your brain. The study, from the United Kingdom, found that people who were obese and had a high waist-to-hip ratio (a measure of belly fat) had slightly lower brain volumes, on average, compared with people who were a healthy weight. Specifically, belly fat was linked with lower volumes of gray matter, the brain tissue that contains nerve cells. The new findings were published Jan. 9 in the journal Neurology.

NYC Mayor Guarantees Comprehensive Health Care for All in Historic Surprise Announcement
NBC New York

New York City will begin guaranteeing comprehensive health care to every single resident regardless of someone's ability to pay or immigration status, an unprecedented plan that will protect the more than half-a-million New Yorkers currently using the ER as a primary provider, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

It's not health insurance, his spokesman clarified after the surprise announcement on MSNBC Tuesday morning.

"This is the city paying for direct comprehensive care (not just ERs) for people who can't afford it, or can't get comprehensive Medicaid - including 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers," spokesman Eric Phillips tweeted.
Hospice doctors seek exemption from state oversight
Christine Sexton | The News Service of Florida via Health News Florida

Less than a year after the Florida Legislature passed a sweeping bill that requires physicians to check a statewide database before ordering opioids for patients, lawmakers are being asked to consider an exemption for doctors who care for dying people. It's not because the requirement is burdensome for the doctors, said Stephen Leedy, a board-certified hospice and palliative care physician. Instead, it's because checking the prescription-drug database each time controlled substances are ordered for dying people leads to delays, causing the patients to unnecessarily suffer at the end of life, he said. The requirement for physicians to check the database is aimed, at least in part, at preventing drug abusers from "doctor shopping" to improperly get controlled substances.
"We feel hospice and palliative care providers do not contribute to the diversion problem within the state of Florida, and hospice patients do not either," Leedy told members of the Senate Health Policy Committee on Monday.
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Rural Hospital Closings Rise, Patients Suffer 
Dr. Aaron Carroll | Healthcare Triage 
Rural Hospital Closures Impact the Health of a Lot of People
Rural hospitals in the United States are having an increasingly hard time staying in business. This is not great for the health of people who live in areas that no longer have a hospital. 

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