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Walk-in Service at TRICARE Service Centers to end by April 1, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by TRICARE Communications   
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 10:33
January 14, 2014

Since the first TRICARE Service Center opened in the mid 1990’s, we’ve seen a shift in how you get information. With today’s technology, anything you can do at a TRICARE Service Center can be done online or over the phone. Consequently, walk-in service ends at TRICARE Service Centers in the U.S. by April 1, 2014. Because our overseas areas are unique, walk-in service at TRICARE Service Centers in all overseas areas will continue. This change does not affect any TRICARE benefits or health care services.

For more detailed information and updates go to www.tricare.mil/TSC.

Read the Department of Defense article www.defense.gov/News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=121473.

 
11 Resolutions to Stick With PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Everyday Health   
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 09:07
The promise of a new year sparks the desire to get healthy — at least for the first few weeks. "Most New Year's resolutions are aimed at changing habits, and habits — even if they have disastrous consequences for the long run — are hard to change," says Joshua Kellman, MD, a clinical associate in the department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the University of Chicago. "They become rather hard-wired over time." But just because New Year's resolutions are tough to keep doesn't mean they're impossible. Start with a new approach: goal-setting that includes physical and emotional well-being, with milestones that increase your commitment as you reach them.

Resolution No. 1: Learn to Laugh at Yourself

Laughing is one New Year's resolution that should be easy to keep — and it's good for your health. "Being able to engage life positively and with spontaneity is crucial to mental and even physical health," says Kellman. "And when we laugh, this is what we are doing." Studies have found that people who laugh a lot are at decreased risk for heart attack. So make a resolution to chuckle, giggle, or have a hearty guffaw — even at your own expense when you do something silly or embarrassing. Laughing feels much better than stressing.

Get 10 more resolution goals that will help you ring in a healthy 2014.

Learn more at EverydayHealth.com »

 
In Iowa’s Interest: January Brings Historic Health Care Benefits and Protections PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Friday, 10 January 2014 15:11

Ringing in the new year took on a new meaning in 2014 as our nation welcomed a new day in affordable, quality health care for all Americans.  On January 1st, historic provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect, ensuring that no American can be denied coverage or charged more due to a pre-existing condition, charged higher premiums because of their gender, or denied coverage because of an annual benefit limit.

These new benefits and consumer protections mean that up to 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions – including 17 million children – no longer have to worry about being denied health coverage or charged higher premiums because of their health status.  Millions of uninsured Americans have new health insurance options through Medicaid or private health plans in the Marketplace.  Of those Americans, nearly 6 in 10 could pay less than $100 per month for coverage.  And millions of Americans no longer have to worry about having their health insurance cut off once they reach an annual limit on benefits.

These new benefits come in addition to the protections consumers have already enjoyed for the past three years—benefits such as free preventive services like mammograms or cancer screenings, and coverage for young adults under age 26 on their parents' plan.

In Iowa, our state has benefited from the ACA by using funding to expand outreach and enroll families in affordable health insurance options at its 14 community health centers and 94 sites across the state. In 2012, community health centers provided crucial health services for 181,781 Iowans who would have otherwise found care out of reach.

When you consider where our country was before the ACA, when Medicare recipients had to foot part of the bill for many preventive health services, it becomes clear that these historic patient protections and savings are already making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans. In Iowa, 342,501 people with Medicare received at least one preventive service at no cost to them during the first eleven months of 2013, and new data shows that, nationally, the ACA has saved 7 million seniors and people with disabilities a total of $9 billion in out-of-pocket expenses on prescription drugs since the law took effect. In 2013 alone, 35,100 Iowans on Medicare have saved more than $26 million on prescription drugs. These services keep people well, reduce chronic disease, and help bend the cost curve on health spending in our country.

There is no question that challenges in our health care system were decades in the making and will not be solved overnight, but every day more Americans are signing up for insurance and getting the peace of mind of knowing that they can get the care they need.  That goal was at the heart of the health reform mission – to improve access to quality, affordable health care.  The ACA does just that, helping Iowans gain access to quality healthcare when they need it the most.

For more information on enrolling in health insurance options under the ACA, visit www.HealthCare.gov. You can also visit Senator Harkin’s website at  http://harkin.senate.gov/, or follow him on Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/ and Twitter  https://twitter.com/.

 

A PDF version of this article is available here.

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Anti-Glycation: the Next Level in the Battle Against Aging PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 10 January 2014 15:10
Things Everyone Should Know About the Effects
of Sugar on Skin

Most people today know antioxidants to be an effective method of fighting age, but few are aware of the biological process underlying for most skin damage – and what directly addresses the problem, says skin-care expert Ron Cummings.

“The word that has been on the minds of dermatologists and other skin-care researchers for many years is glycation, which is what happens on the cellular level to age our skin,” says Cummings, founder and CEO of AminoGenesis Skin Care, (www.aminogenesis.com).

Glycation – damage to proteins caused by sugar molecules – has long been a focus of study in people with diabetes, because it results in severe complications, such as blindness and nerve damage. People with uncontrolled diabetes have excess blood sugar, so they experience a higher rate of systemic glycation, he says.

“Antioxidants fight inflammation caused by free radicals, which are largely created from external, environmental factors such as excessive sunlight or cigarette smoke. Glycation, though, damages from the inside out.”

Using antioxidants and topical moisturizers are a good start to keeping the effects of aging at bay, but they only go so far, Cummings says. Even more important is reversing the damage to skin caused by glycation, which became possible only recently.

Cummings shares three points anyone interested in skin care should know about glycation:

• Glycation is the skin’s No.1 aging factor. Sugar molecules in our body bombard our cells like a ferocious hail storm, bonding with fats and proteins. The proteins then become misshapen and excrete exotoxins that disrupt cellular metabolism. Collagen, which makes skin look smooth and plump, is a protein that’s particularly vulnerable to glycation. The damage manifests as wrinkles, lines, discoloration and edema. Rather than attacking a cell from the outside, like a free radical, glycation occurs from within.

• Anti-glycation topical solutions have been clinically shown to be effective. Old lotions, from your favorite moisturizer to Grandma’s secret facial solution to the new DIY recipe you found online act as a barrier to moisture evaporation. But their effect is temporary, and they don’t prevent or reverse damage. New anti-glycation formulas, however, directly address aging by releasing the sugar molecule’s bond with protein, allowing the cell to return to its natural shape and state.

“Just as antioxidants have revolutionized anti-aging efforts around the world, anti-glycation will be understood to be exponentially more effective,” Cummings says.

About Ron Cummings

Ron Cummings is the founder and CEO of AminoGenesis Skin Care, which utilizes amino acids as the key ingredients to its age- and damage-reversing products. The formula for the solution features 17 plant-purified amino acids, which are necessary for healthy and radiant skin. The company’s formulas include anti-glycation properties, which are very rare in today’s skin-care products. Cummings donated one of his products, a protective agent, to support military forces in Afghanistan and received a hearty letter of gratitude from the Marines of Special Operations Company Bravo, which described the product’s excellent performance, as well as a flag that was flown “in the face of the enemy, over Forward Operating Base Robinson in Sangin, Afghanistan.”

 
Get Fit The Fun Way With Belly Dance! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Dalton   
Friday, 10 January 2014 14:03

Quad Cities,  01/09/2014 It’s now easier than ever to keep your New Years Resolutions! Belly Dance is a great low impact workout for people of all ages, shapes, sizes, and fitness levels.  Not only will you have a great time, but you can burn up to 500 calories in an hour!  With lots of classes to choose from on both sides of the river, it is now more convenient than ever to find a class near you!

Why should you try Belly Dance:

It’s Affordable:  Classes range anywhere from $5-$10, which is less than a tank of gas!

It’s Convenient:  With lots of classes to choose from at different times and many different locations, it makes it easy for you to fit it into your busy schedule.

It’s Fun:  Many students say, Belly Dance is the best thing they have ever done for themselves!  You will have a blast and get fit doing it!

It’s Easy:  Belly Dance is based on natural movements of the body, so any one can do it!

Improve your posture, define and strengthen your waist, and learn to love and appreciate your body by teaching it to do something you never thought it could do!  Visit QuadCitiesBellyDance.com and take the first step to good health!

Quad Cities Belly Dance is a collaboration of Belly Dance artists in the area. We are all committed to bringing you the absolute best quality belly dance you will find in the Quad Cities.  On our website you will find class and workshop schedules as well as information on our local instructors.   So visit QuadCitiesBellyDance.com today and give yourself the gift of health!

 
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