Many union workers really love their health benefits. That’s a problem for Bernie Sanders.

(CNN)Health care benefits are really important to many union workers — important enough to give up pay raises or even to walk off the job to keep the coverage they’ve negotiated. Still other unions, such as the Service Employees International Union, say they support all efforts to expand coverage to more people. Roughly 10.5% of workers — or 14.7 million people — were union members in 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s about half the share that were unionized 35 years earlier. Some 95% of union workers had access to employer medical benefits in 2019, compared to 68% of non-union workers, according to the bureau’s data. And they were more likely to participate in the plans, with …

This Is Your Choice: How Planned Parenthood Helped Me Take Back Control Over My Health And My Body

Brianna Kwasnik Updated September 20, 2019 By @jasmom1 The day after I went to the hospital to get a rape kit, I found myself in the waiting room of Planned Parenthood. At the insistence of my best friend, I had already taken an emergency contraceptive because I wasn’t on birth control. I didn’t remember my rape, and I didn’t know if my rapist had bothered to use protection. He took over my body, why would he have? I have never been to a Planned Parenthood before but I have heard of all the services they provide. And most importantly for me, there was no judgment. The nurses were compassionate, and pro-women. I’m embarrassed to say, I didn’t really know a …

Days Of High Air Pollution Linked To More Kids Suffering From Mental Health Issues

When levels of air pollution are high and the streets are choked full of smog, hospitals see a surge in kids suffering from mental health issues.  Researchers have found that days of high air pollution are followed by spikes in psychiatric problems being reported among children. Paired with this, they found that kids living in disadvantaged neighborhoods were more susceptible to the effects of air pollution, such as depression and suicidal thoughts, compared to children living in more privileged areas. Reporting in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center first studied levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), tiny specks of pollutants small enough to pass through the lung tissue into the bloodstream, in the outdoor air …

Why Taking Control Of My Reproductive Health Makes Me A Happier Woman

Kristin Rattigan Updated September 19, 2019 By Daria Shevtsova As women, we are faced with many choices in regards to our health. At the center of it all is our reproductive health. It is what I believe is our right, that we are able to choose what fits us. And there are a ton of options. Whether we solely use condoms, the ring, the shot, the pill, or another method. That is all up to us. And while it can be confusing, and there are a lot of options, ultimately we as women do get to make that choice for ourselves. As a 29-year-old, single, unmarried woman, I have chosen to use the pill for my own birth control method. …

Why do one in five home health aides live in poverty?

Employment in the healthcare industry is projected to grow, but women particularly women of color are being left behind One of the biggest challenges is explaining that you are not a maid. That your job is not to clean up after everyone, said Marisol Rivera, who has been caring for elderly and disabled clients in their New York homes for 20 years. Rivera is one of the millions of women now employed in the USs fastest-growing job sector: healthcare. Driven by an ageing population and propped up by government funds, in 2017 healthcare jobs surpassed manufacturing and retail once the two driving forces of employment in the US. And by all predictions it will keep on growing. Job growth in …

Most young children shouldn’t drink plant-based milk, new health guidelines say

(CNN)Most children under the age of 5 should avoid plant-based milk, according to new health guidelines about what young children should drink. Plant-based milk made from rice, coconut, oats or other blends — with the exception of fortified soy milk — lack key nutrition for early development, according to guidelines released on Wednesday by leading health organizations. “In the last five to 10 years there has been an explosion of interest in plant-based milk. More and more parents are turning to them for a variety of reasons and there’s a misconception that they are equal somehow to cow or dairy milk, but that’s just not the case,” said Megan Lott, who helped develop the recommendations as the deputy director of …

Buttigieg swipes at Warren for being ‘evasive’ on health care

Washington (CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg slammed Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s adopted “Medicare for All” plan on Thursday, calling her “extremely evasive” when it came to whether or not the proposal calls for raising taxes on the middle class. Colbert asked Warren, “How are you going to pay for it? Are you going to raise the middle class taxes?” “So here’s how we’re going to do this. Costs are going to go up for the wealthiest Americans, for big corporations … and hardworking, middle class families are going to see their costs go down,” she replied. “But will their taxes go down?” Colbert interrupted. “Here’s the thing,” Warren said before getting cut off by Colbert. And in last week’s debate, Warren …

Fragrance sensitivity: why perfumed products can cause profound health problems

An intolerance to manufactured scents can lead to migraines, respiratory issues and long-term sick leave. So should they be banned in public spaces? If you flew abroad this summer, you probably passed through an airports duty-free perfume section. Perhaps you paused to spritz yourself with an expensive scent you had no intention of buying, before making the obligatory trip to WH Smith for overpriced crisps and bottles of water. For most people, the wafting odours of perfume counters are not a problem. But, for some, the trip through duty free is a choking, cloying experience. Helsinki, Copenhagen among those offering perfume-free routes for passengers with fragrance sensitivities. Legislators are also responding to the need for fragrance-free public spaces: most hospitals …

‘Like a sunburn on your lungs’: how does the climate crisis impact health?

Children, pregnant women and the elderly are the most at risk from extreme weather and heat but the impact is already felt across every specialty of medicine The climate crisis is making people sicker worsening illnesses ranging from seasonal allergies to heart and lung disease. Children, pregnant people and the elderly are the most at risk from extreme weather and rising heat. But the impact of the climate crisis for patients, doctors and researchers is already being felt across every specialty of medicine, with worse feared to come. article in the New England Journal of Medicine lays out dozens of similar studies to show how the climate crisis affects each practice of medicine. Renee Salas, a co-author of the report, …

We Can’t Ignore The Mental Health Of College Students Of Color

less likely to seek mental health services due to issues of access and stigma. Schools, in turn, are often not equipped to provide adequate attention or unaware of these students’ particular challenges. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, founding director of the College Mental Health Program at McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School David Rivera, associate professor of counselor education at Queens College-City University of New York John Silvanus Wilson, senior adviser and strategist to the president of Harvard University David Williams, chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Watch the livestream above, starting at 12 noon ET on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Download Join HuffPost Plus Original Article : HERE ; The …

Elizabeth Warren has a plan for just about everything — but not health care

(CNN)Elizabeth Warren is the presidential candidate with a plan for just about everything — but there’s one significant exception when it comes to an issue that is top of mind for so many voters: Health care. Those dynamics were on full display at Thursday night’s presidential debate, when she was asked — again — whether Medicare for All would result in tax hikes for the middle class. Not for the first time, Warren pivoted. “Look, what families have to deal with is cost, total cost,” Warren said on the debate stage, without directly answering the question about taxes. “And the answer is, on Medicare for All, costs are going to go up for wealthier individuals and costs are going to …

Warren and Sanders say Americans don’t like their health insurance. Polls don’t back that up.

(CNN)First things first: The theme song of the week is The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd. Polls like the one I just cited indicate that the candidates who favor a public option hold the majority opinion within the Democratic Party. Our CNN poll from late June directly posed the question to potential Democratic primary voters. We asked whether there should be a national health care plan and whether it should replace private insurance. The plurality, 49%, said there should be a government health care plan but it shouldn’t eliminate private insurance. Just 30% said there should be a national health care plan and it should eliminate private insurance. A mere 13% didn’t want a government run health care plan. …

Democrats Spar Over Private Health Insurance At Presidential Debate

Leading presidential candidates sought to differentiate themselves on health care at a Houston debate Thursday by vying to find out what scares voters more: the potential for higher taxes or to continue to be subject to the whims of the private health insurance system. Once again, questioning from debate moderators focused heavily on the need for tax increases to finance large-scale programs like “Medicare for All,”Joe Bidenhis health care platformdisrupt the coverage Bernie SandersElizabeth Warrensingle-payer authored the legislation Democratic Party Affordable Care Act including Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.) “How are we going to pay for it? I want to hear tonight how that’s happening,” Biden said. For Sanders and Warren, the principles of guaranteeing lifelong access to stable, government-provided health …

Julin Castro Hits Hard At Biden On Health Care And Immigration During Debate

Julián Castro took full advantage of his moment on the national stage at the Democratic debate Thursday night to unload on former Vice President Barack Obama’s legacy and refusing to disown the negative parts. Health care came first, with ABC News’ panel of moderators beginning the debate in Houston with a heated and prolonged conversation about the merits and potential pitfalls of transitioning to a “Medicare for All,” single-payer health care system. Biden argued that his proposed public health insurance option that Americans can buy into would achieve the same goals as the Medicare for All system proposed by Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) without forcing Americans to drop their private insurance. But Castro noted that by …

Health boss resigns saying ‘life too short’

Critical care was rated inadequate, while overall the trust was said to require improvement. ‘Financially unsustainable’ In her resignation email to staff, Ms McArdle said she had “remained true to my own values, vision and high levels of integrity”. “However, after much debate with my family and friends over the last 12 months, I have now decided that the personal cost of being a CEO in the NHS is just too high and life is just too short.” She warned the trust was “financially unsustainable” without a long-term recovery plan to deal with its debts. Ms McArdle took over as the trust’s full-time chief executive in 2015 and was appointed on an annual salary of £225,000, the Local Democracy Reporting …