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Dementia risk greatest for older ethnic Americans with diabetes

In the first study to look at racial and ethnic differences in dementia risk among older adults with type 2 diabetes, researchers found that dementia was much higher among Native Americans and African-Americans and lowest among Asian-Americans. The study, published in Diabetes Care, included a group of more than 22,000 patients aged 60 or older […]

Houston, Harris County agencies pursue Obamacare enrollment, despite obstacles

The Houston Department of Health and Human Services along with Harris County agencies are coordinating efforts to enroll the uninsured in the Houston metro in Obamacare. Under the Enroll Gulf Coast banner, agencies are approaching the initiative much like a natural disaster. “The number of uninsured people that we have here in Harris County, 1.1 […]

Ask the Expert: Dr. Ann Smith Barnes

A native of Houston, Dr. Ann Smith Barnes is  an assistant professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, the medical director of the Adult Weight Management Clininc at Ben Taub General Hospital and the medical director of Weight Management Services and Disease Prevention for Harris Health. Spotlight:  How do you get diabetes? Dr. Ann […]

Health Insurance Marketplaces launch, uninsured can enroll now, coverage starts Jan. 1

On October 1, a major provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, became available to 30 million Americans—the Health Insurance Marketplaces. The health insurance marketplaces are online destinations for researching and enrolling in private health insurance plans. The law mandates individuals and families obtain health insurance either through their employer or […]

Field of Greens

A thriving garden of fresh, healthy vegetables doesn’t take a lot of work. Create your own “Easy Garden” in 7 easy steps.   ho doesn’t enjoy a tasty dish of mustard and collard greens? And don’t forget about kale! Leafy green vegetables are actually some of the easiest and most productive crops that a gardener […]