Face masks and hearing loss, tips for supporting the hearing impaired

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -The COVID-19 pandemic has had a variety of impacts on the community, and has affected many in different ways. Dr. Mariana McIlwain, audiologist with the Fairbanks Hearing and Balance talks about how the hearing impaired community has been affected by the pandemic.

“The year 2020 has been a very difficult year for all of us. One thing that has been particularly challenging is the way we communicate and interact with others. It’s just an eye opening experience to realize just how much we use our face to communicate,” said McIlwain.

Lip reading and facial recognition are important components of human interaction, especially for those who have underlying hearing loss. For them these visual cues can be essential to understanding and participating in everyday environments. McIlwain told us, “With the measures to decrease the spread of COVID-19

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Hundreds of headlines blare daily warnings about the dreaded “Covid 19” pounds packed on during these long pandemic months. Americans are locked out of their local gyms and yoga studios, locked down in their homes, and locked away from friends and family members for support. What isn’t locked down are the refrigerator and pantry, and comfort food eating is on the rise. What impact is this having on your health, and what can you do about it?

Weighing In

First, the good news: “Much like the myth of the ‘Freshman 15,’ which has been disproven through numerous studies, the ‘Covid 19’ phenomenon is more myth than reality,” declares Jennifer Lombardi, a certified eating disorder psychotherapist at Kaiser Permanente’s Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program in Sacramento.  That doesn’t mean

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Millions of people in the U.S. live without health insurance, a circumstance that can cause people to weigh the need to see a doctor against the cost. Unfortunately, many people will put off or do without medical care because they can’t afford it, a decision that could jeopardize their health.

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While the Affordable Care Act has boosted the number of Americans with insurance, millions remain uninsured. In 2018, 27.5 million people – more than 8% of the U.S. population – were uninsured, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Private health insurance covered 67% of Americans. Those without health coverage face the dilemma: Where can I go for medical care without insurance?

The Coverage Gap

In addition to the people who are uninsured, millions are underinsured, according to a survey by the Commonwealth Fund. Among people with health insurance, 29% were underinsured in 2018, compared to 23% in 2014,

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5 Fitness Tips Brooke Shields Swears by to Look and Feel Stronger Than Ever at 55

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From Prevention

  • Brooke Shields, 55, recently opened up about her fitness routine to Prevention.com.

  • The model and actress says her workouts have changed over time, especially after having a partial knee replacement at 53.

  • Shields now focuses on low-impact workouts and building stability and strength.

Brooke Shields has made her health a top priority—but when the coronavirus pandemic changed life as we knew it, she had to get creative to keep up with her fitness routine.

“When COVID hit, I couldn’t go to a gym or see a trainer, and I needed to keep some semblance of control in my life,” Shields told Prevention.com in partnership with Life Happens for Life Insurance Awareness Month.

In 2018, Shields had surgery for a partial right knee replacement. “I never thought I’d have knee problems, and I’ve got nothing but knee problems,” she says, explaining that her knee function has

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Kim Sonerholm: Five tips to simplify the annual health insurance open enrollment process – KyForward.com

As many people head to the polls to cast their vote in the 2020 presidential election, there is another important decision millions of Americans will make: choosing their health care coverage for 2021.

Annual or open enrollment season is here, a time when more than 2.7 million people in Kentucky and millions of Americans across the country will have the opportunity to select or switch their health insurance plan for the coming year.

Enrollment periods aren’t the same for everyone, so there are key dates to keep in mind depending on your situation:

• Many employers set aside a two- to three-week period between September and December when employees can select health benefits for the following year.

• Medicare Annual Enrollment runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 each year.

To guide you during this important time, here are some tips that may help lead you to better health and

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4 Psychologists Offer Tips on Preserving Your Mental Health in 2020

No matter who you are or what you do, you have likely had a very hard year.

Whether you’ve been hit hardest by the global pandemic, the fight for social justice, the natural disasters or just the never-ending deluge of news that comes with an election year, it’s very possible that you need and deserve a break. It’s also possible that you’re finding it harder than ever to keep going—to work, to find a new job, to keep supporting the causes you care about, to keep up with all of the devastating things that seem to keep happening on a daily basis.

It’s all difficult, and we all deserve kudos for getting this far. In an effort to help us all keep going, we reached out to some licensed psychologists to get their take on what’s been happening this year and how we can all continue to handle it to … Read More

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Tip 2: Take advantage of a plan that offers telehealth visits and other resources to help you navigate health from home. An increasingly popular health care choice, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, has been telehealth or virtual visits, which enable people to connect 24/7 with a health care provider via a smartphone, tablet or personal computer. It’s designed to be an easier, more affordable way to talk to a doctor about common health issues. Often, telehealth is available to members of employer-sponsored, individual and Medicare Advantage plans.

Tip 3: Review plan benefits that can help you save money, like wellness incentives. Many health plans now offer financial incentives that reward you for taking healthier actions, such as completing a health survey, exercising or avoiding nicotine. Many plans, including Medicare Advantage plans, offer gym memberships and wellness programs for members at no additional cost.

Tip 4: Anticipate next year’s health expenses.

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Fall Health and Wellness Tips with The Nature’s Bounty Co.

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Health and wellness are top of mind now more than ever, and starting the fall on a high note is a great way to keep those healthy habits going year-round. Recently, Health and Wellness Experts at The Nature’s Bounty Co. teamed up with YourUpdateTV to share their tips on staying healthy.

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Verbatim: Health Department Provides COVID-19 Safety Tips for Halloween | The scoop

The following was released on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020:

Fort Wayne, Ind. (October 8, 2020) – With Halloween approaching, the Allen County Department of Health is recommending the community use extra precautions during their holiday celebrations to prevent an increase in COVID-19 spread.

“We can’t expect to carry on with all traditions as usual in the midst of a global pandemic,” said Dr. Matthew Sutter, Allen County health commissioner. “But by getting creative and using tools we know work like properly wearing face coverings, maintaining social distance and frequent hand hygiene, kids and adults alike can still have a safer and happy Halloween.”

The Department has compiled the following list of recommendations for the Halloween season:

Halloween Safety for Everyone 

Stay home if you are sick.

Use caution when deciding to participate in trick-or-treating or other Halloween events that put you in close contact with people outside your household.


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Expert Tips For Boosting Your Gut Health

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Growing up, whenever I felt like my gut health was out of whack, I was told to grab a probiotic-rich yogurt out of the fridge — and that was the end of it. Now, I realize that probiotics are associated with gut health (more on that ahead), but there are also other ways to boost your digestive health that don’t involve eating the popular breakfast food.

From getting the right amount of shut-eye to working out, you can check out a few of them here.

Exercise Regularly

“Regular exercise stimulates the gut and increases intestinal activity, [which] can help with digestive problems such as constipation and bloating amongst others,” Dr. Shawn Khodadadian, MD, of Manhattan Gastroenterology, said.

Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, a Daily Harvest registered dietitian and nutritionist, also recommended her clients stay active throughout the day for optimum digestive health, among other health benefits. And while hitting that

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