Health Highlights: Jan. 7, 201301/07/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Large Health Insurance Rate Hikes for Some Americans
Some Americans are facing double-digit increases in health
insurance premiums, even though one of the main objectives of the
Obama administration's health care law was to curtail rapid boosts
in insurance costs.
Those most likely to face large premium hikes include small
businesses and people who do not have work-provided insurance and
must buy it on their own,
The New York Timesreported.
In California, some insurers are seeking rate increases of
between 20 and 26 percent for some policy holders. In other states,
including Florida and Ohio, insurers have been allowed to raise
rates by at least 20 percent for some customers.
These increases can amount to several hundred dollars a month,
Expressing Anger is Healthy: Study
People who express their anger live an average of two years
longer than those who keep their angry feelings to themselves,
according to a new study.
German researchers looked at 6,000 patients and also found that
those who internalized their rage were at risk for an elevated
pulse, high blood pressure and other serious health problems,
But the key is to express anger in an appropriate way, according
to Dr. Janet Taylor, a psychiatrist who specializes in stress
management. She was not involved in the study.
Throwing things or putting your fist through a wall are not
appropriate ways to express anger, she explained. Instead, people
should channel anger into something constructive, such as launching
a petition or forming a group, Taylor explained.
"I think anger is a misunderstood emotional state," Taylor told CBS News. "If you use it in a way that lets you inform yourself about what it is you need to do -- maybe it is yell, maybe it's walk away -- then you'll have a desired outcome."
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