Why CEOs Neglect Their Health

A CEO’s lifestyle can conspire against a healthy existence. Business meals often consist of sumptuous high-fat, high-sodium entrees and generous amounts of alcohol. The diet can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Full Story

Texas Groups Applaud CVS’s Tobacco Decision

“Texas physicians are thrilled by CVS Caremark’s decision today to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its stores,” the TMA said. “We applaud CVS for taking such a bold and courageous step. We agree with CVS that preventing tobacco use will improve the health of Texans.” Full Story

As Clinics Close Across Texas, Anti-Abortion Centers Thrive

Texas’ controversial abortion law requiring physicians at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals has led to the closure of clinics statewide. But centers on the other side of the argument are booming, according to Al Jazeera America. Many staffers at these centers wear white coats and offer sonograms, but have no medical training. Crisis-pregnancy centers don’t have to comply with state or federal safety standards, and Texas’ health department does not inspect the clinics. Only California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New York have rigorous regulatory requirements for medical clinics, AJA reports. In other states, a crisis-pregnancy center needs… Full Story

Can’t Pay For Healthcare? Try Volunteering Instead.

As healthcare costs continue to climb, one Michigan county has created a program that allows its residents to pay for dental work not with cash or insurance, but with volunteer hours. Since 2007, more than 4,000 adults have received care under the Calhoun County Dentists’ Partnership—a privately financed program that requires patients to perform some volunteer work to qualify for the free dental services. “I would rather pay with cash, but if this is the only way I can do it [that’s] fine because I am helping someone else and it all works out,” volunteer Kelly Price told USA Today.… Full Story

Put Down the Crossword Puzzle, Pick Up Your Sneakers. It’s Time to Exercise Your Brain the Right Way.

Physical exercise can ease depression, slow memory loss, and prevent Parkinson-like symptoms, researchers said this week at the Society for Neuroscience conference, according to NPR. The research suggests that people may be making a mistake if they’re relying on brain-training games for mental wellness, instead of physical exercise. “We definitely have more evidence for exercise,” Teresa Liu-Ambrose of the University of British Columbia told conference-goers. In a study of rats, those that ran on a treadmill for at least four months scored higher on memory tests as they got older. The running rats also had more blood vessels and white matter in their… Full Story

Retail Health Clinic Boom Continues, But Still Just a Sliver of Overall Market

The percent of American families using retail clinics more than doubled between 2007 and 2010, a new study found, but overall use of the clinics remains moderately low. In 2010, an estimated 4.1 million American families reported using retail clinics in the previous 12 months, compared to 1.7 million families in 2007. When asked by researchers why they chose retail clinics over other setting, most clinic users cited convenience factors: longer hours, walk-in visits, and convenient locations. For uninsured and low-income families, lower costs and lack of a usual source of care were their top reasons. “Looking forward, with insurance expansions… Full Story

That Olive Oil May Not Be As Good For You As You Think

Olive oil: Better than butter, right? Well, that’s still true, but recent research and reports show that you better use that oil quickly. And that what you’re using might not even be extra-virgin. Olive oil is good for two reasons: It’s mostly unsaturated fat, and extra-virgin oil, which is the highest-grade and least-processed form of olive oil, contains a range of beneficial plant compounds. But it turns out much of the olive oil in the United States isn’t extra-virgin, despite the packaging. “The fact is, it’s quite often just very low-grade oil that doesn’t give you the taste of the… Full Story