Part of an infographic posted to the CDC website with new guidance on drinking for childbearing-age women.
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Fertile Women Get A Warning, Football Fans Get Flu, U.S. Gets Mental Health Care: Weekly Roundup

We've got advice for staying healthy during the big game this Sunday - and no, it's not a bread-less chicken wing recipe. Also this week, the CDC says "put down that beer, young lady." And if worrying about your health is making you anxious or depressed, it may be getting easier to get help.
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Part of an infographic posted to the CDC website with new guidance on drinking for childbearing-age women.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We've got advice for staying healthy during the big game this Sunday - and no, it's not a bread-less chicken wing recipe. Also this week, the CDC says "put down that beer, young lady." And if worrying about your health is making you anxious or depressed, it may be getting easier to get help.   

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The CDC's announcement that women of childbearing age who are not using contraception should completely avoid alcohol raised eyebrows and tempers in the  media and online Thursday. 

Atlantic health reporters Olga Khazan and Julie Beck break down the CDC's advice, look at the research behind it, and offer the CDC some advice of their own. 

2016 Obamacare Enrollment Tops Expectations At 12.7 Million

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About 12.7 million Americans enrolled in private health insurance through the federal and state marketplaces for 2016, the Obama administration said Thursday.

Sign-ups in the third enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplaces — and the last that will be completed while President Barack Obama is in office — easily topped last year’s amount and also beat the administration’s forecast.

Bosses Find Part-Time Workers Can Come With Full-Time Headaches

Feb 4, 2016

Starting in 2016, the federal health law requires small employers to offer their full-time workers health insurance. In anticipation of the change, some fast-food restaurants looked to get around the law by making more workers part time. Now some owners are rethinking that approach.

At a Burger King off Highway 99 in California's Central Valley, a half-dozen workers in black uniforms scurry around, grabbing packets of ketchup and stuffing paper bags with french fries.

Music Helps Alzheimer’s Patients Access Memories

Feb 4, 2016
ent at Linn High School, helps Beverly Milburn with her music selection at Linn Community Nursing Home. Beier and other students volunteer with the program, which uses music to soothe people with Alzheimer's disease.
MARCY OEHMKE / Linn High School

Clay County, in north central Kansas, has the nation's highest rate of people on Medicare diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. At 22 percent, it’s roughly double the rate in surrounding counties, as well as state and national averages.

The Linn Community Nursing Home north of Clay Center is one of about two dozen in Kansas participating in a program called Music and Memory. Residents with Alzheimer’s are given iPods loaded with music tailored to their preferences.

 


When kids drink more water and less sugary drinks, rates of obesity decrease, a new study finds.

Researchers compared the body mass index of elementary and middle school students in New York City before and after getting water coolers installed in their schools.

Doctor Steve Cook, pediatrician at the University of Rochester Medical Center, says the findings in JAMA Pediatrics are positive. Cook encourages parents to limit the number of caloric beverages their children consume.

About half, (yes, half!) of pregnancies are unplanned. With that in mind, the CDC is advising women of childbearing age to completely abstain from drinking, unless they're using birth control. As USA Today reports, the government wants to stop women from risking fetal alcohol syndrome by drinking when they don't yet know they're pregnant.

Wanda Filer, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians told USA Today she hopes the report will make women stop and think, but it's a bit of a tough sell:

A memo from congressional investigators sheds new light on the inner workings of Martin Shkreli's Turing Pharmaceuticals after the company jacked up the prices of a decades-old drug used to treat AIDS patients.

The House Committee on Oversight and Investigations is looking into Turing and other drug companies' price increases. This memo, released Tuesday, includes excerpts from the company's internal documents and emails.

To Reduce Teen Pregnancy, Some States Ask Colleges To Provide Sex Ed

Feb 2, 2016
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JACKSON, Miss. — At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, the 11 students in Carol Jussely’s “Essential College Skills” class were talking about sex.

Crammed into school chairs and clustered in groups of three or four, they leaned together to confer and then shouted out answers to trivia questions like, “Fact or fiction: You can’t get pregnant from having sex in a hot tub.”

Texans Try To Repair Damage Wreaked Upon Family Planning Clinics

Feb 1, 2016

For the past five years, the Texas Legislature has done everything in its power to defund Planned Parenthood. But it's not so easy to target that organization without hurting family planning clinics around the state generally.

Of the 82 clinics that have closed, only a third were Planned Parenthood.

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