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Got High Cholesterol? Yes, You Can Eat Eggs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jaimie Dalessio, Senior Editor, Everyday Health   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 13:41
Many people avoid eggs because they're afraid of driving up their cholesterol levels — but the fear is unwarranted, say Cleveland Clinic cardiac specialists. This is just one of the heart health myths they debunk in a new book.

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2012 — If you’ve banned eggs from breakfast under the pretense that they’ll hike up your cholesterol levels, here’s good reason to bring them back and get your sunny side on.

Only 20 percent of the body’s cholesterol comes from diet, according to Cleveland Clinic heart specialists Steven Nissen, MD, and Marc Gillinov, MD, who teamed up to write HEART 411: The Only Guide to Heart Health You’ll Ever Need.

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The remaining 80 percent of your cholesterol is made by your liver. Furthermore, saturated fat and trans fat in your diet play a bigger role in cholesterol levels than dietary cholesterol, which means you can’t blame your lousy lipid levels on diet — or fix them by eliminating foods rich in cholesterol (like eggs) from your diet alone.

Eggs can be a part of your heart-healthy meal plan, in moderation. Doctors Nissen and Gillinov recommend eating no more than one to three eggs per week if you’re trying to lower your LDL “bad” cholesterol levels.

And while we’re at the breakfast table, let’s squash the debate over what you should sip: Neither coffee nor tea is bad for the heart, according to the authors. Read on for some more myths they debunk in the book.

Myth: Fish Oil Capsules can Lower Cholesterol

Nissen and Gillinov say: "If anything, fish oil supplements increase both total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, the bad cholesterol. Although they lower triglycerides, we have not established evidence for a reduction in heart risk due to lowering of triglycerides."

Everyday Health says: Eating the real thing is the best way to reap the benefits of fish for heart health. Salmon, tuna, trout, and Atlantic or Pacific mackerel are especially great sources of heart-healthy omega-3s.

 
Don’t delay. Get your HealthCare.gov account ready PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The HealthCare.gov Team   
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 09:44

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Medicare Part D PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alzheimer's Association   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 16:33
As you and your family review options for Medicare Part D prior to the Dec. 7, 2014 enrollment deadline, please consider coverage of any drugs related to Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.

Of particular note is a change to the availability of the Alzheimer's drug Namenda. The company that produces Namenda will cease production of one version of Namenda (Namenda IR tablets, usually taken twice per day) in January 2015.

While supplies of Namenda IR may be available at local pharmacies for a period of time after the company stops distribution in January, it is anticipated that individuals on this prescription will have to switch to another version of Namenda (XR = extended release once per day capsules). In addition, it is our understanding that a generic version of Namenda IR may be available as early as mid-2015; however, an official date has not been shared.

As with any prescription change, please have a conversation with your physician regarding options and next steps for you or your family members.

For more information regarding Medicare Part D, please visit our website.

 
Loebsack Leads Bipartisan Fight Against Cuts to Critical Access Hospitals PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vonnie Hampel   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 16:16

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack recently continued his fight against misguided cuts to Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) that provide care to many Iowans living in rural areas. Loebsack helped lead a bipartisan effort with 45 Members of Congress in calling on the President to refrain from including arbitrary cuts to CAH in his upcoming budget proposal.

“(Critical Access Hospitals) play an important role in communities by providing access to primary, emergency, and acute care services,” the lawmakers wrote. “As you consider the FY 2016 budget, we believe that indiscriminate cuts to CAHs, similar to those included in previous budgets, are not the answer."

A copy of the letter can be seen here.

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World AIDS Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brenda Schwarz   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 09:00
World AIDS Day is held on December 1 each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died of AIDS. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. The first one was held in 1988.
Today, many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment and laws have been passed that protect people living with HIV from discrimination and criminalization. However, HIV is one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
On World AIDS Day, Scott County Health Department encourages everyone to:
• Learn the facts about HIV.
• Use your knowledge about HIV and AIDS in order take care of your own health and the health of others.
• Know your HIV status; it is an important first step in the battle against HIV.
In recognition of Worlds AIDS Day, Scott County Health Department will be providing expanded clinic hours for HIV testing on December 1, from 8:30am to 3:30pm. Testing will be provided on a walk in basis. Please visit our web site for additional information and testing criteria. www.scottcountyiowa.com/health.

 
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