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Congress is leaving CHIP and Children in Jeopardy

Dr. Lanre Falusi knows firsthand the anxiety families face when the future of their child’s health insurance is in jeopardy. A pediatrician at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Dr. Falusi recently had a routine visit from a seven-year-old patient with asthma. For the last few months this little girl has been fairly stable thanks to her daily controller and rescue medication covered thr ...

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The Continuing Assault on Childrens’ Health

It’s back. The assault on our children’s health coverage has been resurrected for a final last-minute attempt at passage and is even more dangerous and cruel than ever. The latest Graham (R-SC)-Cassidy (R-LA) revision of the health repeal bill feels like a Halloween movie cliché with a zombie-like villain that refuses to die if its threats to children, seniors, and more of America’s most vulnerable weren’t ...

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Why We Need to Keep Ensuring Happy Birthdays for Medicare and Medicaid

By Congresswoman Joyce Beatty On July 30th, our country marked Medicare and Medicaid’s 52nd birthday—enacted as Title XVIII and Title XIX of the Social Security Act, and signed into law as part of Lyndon Johnson’s 1965 War on Poverty. For the very first time in our country, all Americans aged 65 or older were assured hospital, post-hospital extended care, and home health coverage, while states gained the op ...

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What’s Worse Than Obesity? Experts Say Loneliness

By Ruthie Hawkins A new study suggests that loneliness could become an even bigger public health threat than obesity.According to an AARP’s Loneliness Study, presented at the 2017 annual convention of the American Psychological Association, people have felt increasingly lonely and isolated in recent years. The physical and psychological ramifications could prove more detrimental than the effects of obesity. ...

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How Continuous Learning Helps Aging Seniors

Why are doctors and lawyers made to go out and get continuing education credits? It keeps them sharp, exposes them to new ideas, and keeps them growing and progressing in their fields. This doesn’t only work for folks with jobs that need expensive degrees. Everyone benefits from continuing their education throughout their life. Making education and mentally challenging activities a regular part of your rout ...

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Tips for Better Sleep as you Age

As you age, people experience changes in the sleep patterns they had for years. Some people have the habit of sleeping early; some have less deep sleep while there are others who wake up early. However, it is not completely normal for people to have sleeping disorders. Whether you are 6 or 60, you need to have proper sleep to stay healthy emotionally and physically. If you are experiencing a sleep disorder ...

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Senior Services Commission Accepting Grant Applications

City of Oxnard Senior Services Commission is accepting grant applications through September 15, 2017. Organizations that serve seniors in the Oxnard area can apply for grant funding. "A total of $44,600 in grants is available next calendar year." Applications are available at the Senior Services Offices at Wilson Park, 350 N. C St., or by visiting the seniors.oxnardrec.org website.  Application must be subm ...

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Thirteen Things No One Tells You About Aging

Lots of Know-HowThey’re called the golden years for a reason. Getting older has its perks. For one, you’re good at using what you’ve learned. This is called crystalized intelligence, and it keeps getting better, even when you’re 65 or 70. Mr. Nice GuyTurns out you might not be a grumpy old man (or woman), after all. You’ll probably get more agreeable as you age, at least through your 60s. You’re also likely ...

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Four Smart Sun-Safety Habits To Reduce Cancer Risk

By Dr. Jamie Hardy Summer is here and I know you are excited about wearing sandals, shorts, and sundresses. The weather is warm and sunny and nature is calling your name, right?  Well, before you leave home for a day out with your friends, or spend some time relaxing by the pool, or head to the lake or beach to soak up the sun you must take proper precautions to protect your skin. While the sun’s rays are b ...

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Osteoarthritis: Is Hip Or Knee Replacement Right For You?

By Antonio J. Webb, MD Multiple studies have shown that African Americans are less likely to receive hip or knee replacements for osteoarthritis than Hispanics or Caucasians. Additional studies have looked at why. The most common reasons being that African Americans were less likely to be familiar with joint replacement surgery, have lower expectations, more concerns about post operative pain and recovery, ...

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