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News Analysis

EmaxHealth publishes reporter opinion on current news and recent events.

Health Insurance Agents Turning To Web Brokers For Assistance

Health Insurance Agent

The health insurance open enrollment period November 15th is just around the corner. Although many agents are anxious to get started many of us are not quick to forget the frustrations we faced last year. A website that did not work, not being given the tools we needed to work effectively with our clients, and not to mention slow or no commissions for many agents.

Health Insurance Commissions: Is It A Dirty Word?

Health Insurance Commissions

I was reading an article on Omaha.com entitled “Insurance Agents Feeling Left Out Of Obamacare” and ran across a statement by Richard Stark who is also an insurance agent. He stated, “They basically didn’t want to work with insurance agents because they felt agents were going to steer a customer toward (a plan) where they think they will make the most money.”

Bad Idea To Require Clients' SSN To Connect Them To Insurance Agent

Health Insurance Agents

During the last open enrollment season, while working on the healthcare exchanges, many health insurance agents experienced the frustration of having their National Producer Numbers (NPN) and Federally Facilitated Marketplace Identification Numbers (FFM ID) deleted from their clients applications.

Misdiagnosing Multiple Sclerosis

misdiagnosing multiple sclerosis

Misdiagnosing multiple sclerosis is a significant problem, and one that many people can appreciate, including those with the disease or those who are living with the uncertainty of what they really have. In a series of upcoming articles, I will explore some of the challenges associated with getting an accurate diagnosis of the disease and differentiating it from others (“cousins”) with similar symptoms and signs.

Low Dose Naltrexone for Multiple Sclerosis, What Happened?

low dose naltrexone for multiple sclerosis

Several years ago, a few studies reported promising results using low dose naltrexone for multiple sclerosis. Yet since that time, follow-up or new studies are virtually nonexistent, even though there have been some promising results and positive anecdotal reports from patients. What happened?

Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Bloating: When to see your doctor

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis bloating

Anyone can experience belly bloating, but for people diagnosed with Crohn's disease or ulceration colitis the condition can be especially painful and even worrisome. Understanding how to manage bloating if you have IBD and when it is important to see your doctor can help lower your chances of complications and definitely make you more comfortable.

Agents and Brokers Left Out Of Healthcare Marketplace: Assisters Survey

Health Insurance Marketplace

There was a survey that was taken of all of the groups that assisted consumers during the first health insurance open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act or ACA. The only group that was left out were health insurance agents and brokers. The results of the survey were presented on C-span on August 5th 2014, under the title “Health Insurance Navigators and Brokers”. I found the discussion to be both enlightening and disappointing.

Managing Cognitive Disturbances in Major Depression: An Unmet Need

Major depression

Major depression is characterized by mood symptoms, disturbances in sleep, appetite, energy, psychomotor function and suicidality. Cognitive disturbances like problems with learning and episodic memory while an integral part of major depression have been relatively neglected until recently primarily because the available treatments have shown little efficacy in improving these symptoms. Only 35% of patients with MDD achieved remission on monotherapy with citalopram in the STAR-D trial and even after four levels of treatment almost 40% of patients had not achieved remission. Moreover the rates of relapse and recurrence were extremely high over a one year follow up period even in those who achieved remission.

Genome study uncovers 395 Ebola mutations: Why the discovery is so important

Ebola virus genome sequenced and 395 mutations found since last oubreak

Dr. Richard A. Stein, a research scientist and adjunct Biology professor explains in an EmaxHealth interview why recently discovered Ebola virus mutations can help us understand the deadly disease. He emphasizes the need for preparedness and rapid containment of Ebola virus in areas of outbreaks. The genome of Ebola has been changing in ways that can even make it undetectable with diagnostic testing.

Eat well to help control type 2 diabetes

A Mediterranean salad

The evidence is in that good nutrition appears to help prevent and control type 2 diabetes. There has been a surge of type 2 diabetes due to poor nutrition, sedentary lifestyles and the associated obesity epidemic over the years. An understanding of the value of good nutrition to help control this serious health problem is therefore very important.

Depression linked to celiac disease

depression and Celiac Disease

Several studies have found a connection between depression and celiac disease, but a clear cause and effect relationship has not been established. Some people who have this disorder also experience the symptoms of depression, and research indicates it is worse in untreated celiac cases. However, a wide range of experiences have been recorded that indicate treating celiac disease does not automatically eliminate depression.

How to treat IBS with this dietary plan

Prebiotics and probiotics combined could treat IBS symptoms

David Rakel, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine; Director, University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has some advice for treating symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Based on study reviews, prebiotics and probiotics both keep the gut healthy. But combining the two can help IBS as well as chronic constipation. Here's how to get started.

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