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NHS future precarious, says regulator

NHS future precarious, says regulator

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says the health system is "straining at the seams" and faces a "precarious" future.The England's regulator's annual report raised concerns about staff shortages, rising demand and the number of patients with preventable illnesses.It said so far the quality of NHS and council care has been maintained but warned standards were likely to drop.Health Minister Philip Dunne suggested that extra money for social care, mental health and A&E was enough."With record funding and more doctors and nurses, the NHS was recently judged the best healthcare system in the world, despite the pressures from increasing demand," he said.In its report, the CQC highlighted:Staffing shortages with vacancy rates in the NHS rising by 16% over the last two years despite an increas...
Researchers uncover new genes linked to congenital heart disease

Researchers uncover new genes linked to congenital heart disease

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Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital have discovered new genes associated with congenital heart disease in babies.The study, published today in Nature Genetics, identified several genetic mutations linked to congenital heart disease, or CHD.CHD is the leading cause of death from birth defects with one in every 100 babies born having CHD. Surgical advancements and care have improved the outcomes of babies born with CHD, although patients still are at elevated risk for heart complications later in life, other congenital abnormalities and neurodevelopmental deficits.Research from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Pediatric Cardiac Genomics Consortium, and the Bench to Bassinet Program has uncovered genetic mutations that may be part of the underlying cause o...
White House plans order to expand health care options

White House plans order to expand health care options

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The White House is finalizing an executive order that would expand health plans offered by associations to allow individuals to pool together and buy insurance outside their states, a unilateral move that follows failed efforts by Congress to overhaul the health care system. President Donald Trump has long asserted that selling insurance across state lines would trigger competition that brings down premiums for people buying their own policies. Experts say that's not guaranteed, partly because health insurance reflects local medical costs, which vary widely around the country. Moreover, White House actions may come too late to have much impact on premiums for 2018. Trump was expected to sign the executive order next week, likely on Thursday, a senior administration official said Sunday. U...
The Best Healthy Snacks That Satisfy Every Type of Craving

The Best Healthy Snacks That Satisfy Every Type of Craving

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1. SoulSprout Almond Butter Truffles: Truffles that are good for you—yum! Made with sprouted almonds (so they’re easier to digest), cacao powder, dates, and a few other natural ingredients, these offer indulgence without the sugar crash—there are only seven grams of sugar in two. ($ 4 for 2 oz.; amazon.com) Per 2 tru es: 140 Calories, 10g Fat, 3g Fiber, 5g Pro.2. RXBAR: You don’t have to squint to read the ingredient list—it’s printed in large type, right on the front. And why not, when there are only nuts, fruit, egg whites, and spices? In tasty flavors like mint chocolate, maple sea salt, peanut butter, and mixed berry, these gluten-, soy-, and dairy-free bars will satisfy everyone. ($ 2.50 for a 1.83-oz. bar; amazon.com) 210 Calories, 9g Fat, 6g Fiber, 12g Pro.3. Thunderk
The Healthiest Drink Options at Starbucks (Beyond Black Coffee and Tea)

The Healthiest Drink Options at Starbucks (Beyond Black Coffee and Tea)

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Need a healthy pick me up? I often advise my clients to look for Starbucks when they're out and about, and craving a snack or drink—even the folks who don't drink coffee. The chain offers plenty of nutritious bites, like nuts, pumpkin seeds, kale chips, fresh bananas, and popcorn. And now Starbucks is serving up a decent selection of healthy beverages, too. And I don't just mean black coffee and tea. Below are my picks from the menu (including some that are naturally caffeine-free), based on calories, sugar content, and ingredients:If you're craving juice ...Get an Evolution Fresh. This juice brand, owned by Starbucks, is available in other stores as well. While Starbucks doesn’t carry the complete line, there is one regularly stocked option I recommend: