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In Brief: The Future of Private Plan Contracting in Medicare

Source: http://www.aarp.org/health/medicare-insurance/info-2002/aresearch-import-35-INB56.html

A short summary of the similarly titled AARP Public Policy Institute Issue Paper in which Robert A. Berenson and Bryan E. Dowd examine the goals and objectives of Medicare contracting with private health plans (such as HMOs and PPOs) provide a general framework for considering various payment approaches, and explore the implications for future contracting….

Source: http://www.aarp.org/health/medicare-insurance/info-2002/aresearch-import-35-INB56.html

A short summary of the similarly titled AARP Public Policy Institute Issue Paper in which Robert A. Berenson and Bryan E. Dowd examine the goals and objectives of Medicare contracting with private health plans (such as HMOs and PPOs) provide a general framework for considering various payment approaches, and explore the implications for future contracting….

Study Shows Long-Term Marijuana Use Changes Brain’s Reward Circuit

Source: http://www.brainhealth.utdallas.edu/blog_page/study-shows-long-term-marijuana-use-changes-brains-reward-circuit

Chronic marijuana use disrupts the brain’s natural reward processes, according to researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas….

Source: http://www.brainhealth.utdallas.edu/blog_page/study-shows-long-term-marijuana-use-changes-brains-reward-circuit

Chronic marijuana use disrupts the brain’s natural reward processes, according to researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas….

New BSR Director Shares Plans

Source: http://www.nia.nih.gov/research/blog/2016/06/new-bsr-director-shares-plans

On June 7, NIA Director Dr. Richard Hodes announced that Dr. John Haaga had been appointed director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Research. Dr. Haaga was the acting director for the previous 15 months and the deputy director since 2004. "Inside NIA" sat down with Dr. Haaga to talk about his research plans for the division….

Source: http://www.nia.nih.gov/research/blog/2016/06/new-bsr-director-shares-plans

On June 7, NIA Director Dr. Richard Hodes announced that Dr. John Haaga had been appointed director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Research. Dr. Haaga was the acting director for the previous 15 months and the deputy director since 2004. "Inside NIA" sat down with Dr. Haaga to talk about his research plans for the division….

Can Antibiotics Stop The Growth of New Brain Cells?

Source: http://brainblogger.com/2016/06/30/can-antibiotics-stop-the-growth-of-new-brain-cells/

The discovery of penicillin in 1928 by Alexander Fleming was one of the greatest revolutions in the history of medicine. Since then, multiple molecules with antibiotic properties have been identified and the use of antibiotics has become generalized. But even though they can certainly save lives, antibiotics can also have serious adverse effects.

Most of those side-effects are widely known: allergic reactions, fever, nausea, or diarrhea, for example, the latter resulting from a disruption of the bacterial composition of the intestinal flora. The gut microbiota is an obvious secondary target of antibiotics, and the gut microbiota has been increasingly recognized as an important regulator of brain functions through the gut-brain axis, having been associated with the development of a number of neurological and mental diseases.

Therefore, it is possible that antibiotics, by unbalancing the …

Source: http://brainblogger.com/2016/06/30/can-antibiotics-stop-the-growth-of-new-brain-cells/

The discovery of penicillin in 1928 by Alexander Fleming was one of the greatest revolutions in the history of medicine. Since then, multiple molecules with antibiotic properties have been identified and the use of antibiotics has become generalized. But even though they can certainly save lives, antibiotics can also have serious adverse effects.

Most of those side-effects are widely known: allergic reactions, fever, nausea, or diarrhea, for example, the latter resulting from a disruption of the bacterial composition of the intestinal flora. The gut microbiota is an obvious secondary target of antibiotics, and the gut microbiota has been increasingly recognized as an important regulator of brain functions through the gut-brain axis, having been associated with the development of a number of neurological and mental diseases.

Therefore, it is possible that antibiotics, by unbalancing the …

Monitoring the Impact of Health Reform on Americans 50-64

Source: http://www.aarp.org/health/health-insurance/info-2014/monitoring-impact-of-health-reform-AARP-ppi-health.html

AARP’s Public Policy Institute collaborated with the Urban Institute’s Health Reform Monitoring Survey to learn about the experience of Americans ages 50-64 in the initial phase of implementation of health coverage reforms. This series of papers presents findings from surveys during the first open enrollment period….

Source: http://www.aarp.org/health/health-insurance/info-2014/monitoring-impact-of-health-reform-AARP-ppi-health.html

AARP’s Public Policy Institute collaborated with the Urban Institute’s Health Reform Monitoring Survey to learn about the experience of Americans ages 50-64 in the initial phase of implementation of health coverage reforms. This series of papers presents findings from surveys during the first open enrollment period….

Happy Fourth of July: How Socializing Benefits Your Brain!

Source: http://www.fitbrains.com/blog/socializing-benefits-brain/

People socializing which benefits the brain

It turns out that socializing with friends and family on a holiday like the Fourth of July is great for your personal happiness and your brain health. This is because socializing is what humans were made for. In fact, according to neuroscientists, your brain will automatically switch to socialization mode when not otherwise occupied.

The benefits of socializing are impressive. It can make you happier for one, which can have a strong impact on your physical and mental health as well, and it can also contribute to brain reserve. This is true for people of all ages, but especially critical as we get older. According to one study, scientists at the Rush Alzheimer’s Di…

Source: http://www.fitbrains.com/blog/socializing-benefits-brain/

It turns out that socializing with friends and family on a holiday like the Fourth of July is great for your personal happiness and your brain health. This is because socializing is what humans were made for. In fact, according to neuroscientists, your brain will automatically switch to socialization mode when not otherwise occupied.

The benefits of socializing are impressive. It can make you happier for one, which can have a strong impact on your physical and mental health as well, and it can also contribute to brain reserve. This is true for people of all ages, but especially critical as we get older. According to one study, scientists at the Rush Alzheimer’s Di…

[PsychToday] Patriotic Music and Cultural Identity

Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-musical-self/201606/patriotic-music-and-cultural-identity

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Stars and Stripes Forever

The Star Spangled Banner

God Bless the USA

America the Beautiful

Born in the USA

Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue

This Land is Your Land

America

God Bless America

These are just a handful of the dozens of songs that instill a sense of patriotism and pride for Americans. These are also some of the songs many will play (or hear) during this weekend’s…

Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-musical-self/201606/patriotic-music-and-cultural-identity

Post image for [PsychToday] Patriotic Music and Cultural Identity

Stars and Stripes Forever

The Star Spangled Banner

God Bless the USA

America the Beautiful

Born in the USA

Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue

This Land is Your Land

America

God Bless America

These are just a handful of the dozens of songs that instill a sense of patriotism and pride for Americans. These are also some of the songs many will play (or hear) during this weekend’s…

Diagnosis and Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease

Source: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/healthy-moments/Pages/archive.aspx#hm416

Do you know the symptoms of sickle cell disease? Dr. Rodgers explains how it is diagnosed and treated….

Source: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/healthy-moments/Pages/archive.aspx#hm416

Do you know the symptoms of sickle cell disease? Dr. Rodgers explains how it is diagnosed and treated….