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In reporting on mobile health, reality doesn’t always match the hype

In reporting on mobile health, reality doesn’t always match the hype

The strategy of using cell phones and texts to nudge people toward healthier decisions makes a lot of sense. But as L.A. Times' Eryn Brown discovered in reporting her series on "m-health," the promise of these programs is still far ahead of the reality.
By Eryn Brown | 04/23/2015
High-deductible plans look terrible, until you look at what they replaced

High-deductible plans look terrible, until you look at what they replaced

The high-deductible health plans sold under the "bronze" banner may look lousy at first glance. But while they may not be ideal coverage, they're far better than the high deductible plans sold before Obamacare. And they can supply a critical lifeline when misfortune strikes.
By Judy Silber | 04/23/2015
NEW BLOG: ‘Slow Medicine’ helps us pause and return to basics

NEW BLOG: ‘Slow Medicine’ helps us pause and return to basics

You've no doubt heard of the "Slow Food" movement before, but what about "Slow Medicine"? Two leading practitioners explain the history and reasoning behind their careful, thoughtful philosophy of care. Their smart dispatches will be regularly featured here on the "Slow Medicine" blog.
By Michael Hochman, Pieter Cohen | 04/23/2015
In tackling childhood obesity, effective programs focus on the whole family

In tackling childhood obesity, effective programs focus on the whole family

The rate of childhood obesity has tripled over the past 30 years. While there are no easy solutions, programs that focus on the whole family have shown positive results in changing both behaviors and health measures.
By Megan Lipton-Inga | 04/23/2015
Medicaid is expanding in other states — just not Florida

Medicaid is expanding in other states — just not Florida

Why won’t Florida adopt Medicaid expansion? The Florida Senate has proposed a plan, but House leaders and Gov. Rick Scott oppose any Medicaid expansion because they say they don’t trust the federal government to keep its promise to pay for covering more Floridians.
By Daniel Chang | 04/23/2015

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