Bill Schubart: It’s past time to rethink how Vermont health care is evolving

Rutland Regional Medical Center is asking for an 18% increase in commercial insurance rates; at right, the University of Vermont Medical Center is asking for a 20% increase. Photos by Emma Cotton and Glenn Russell/VTDigger

I was asked recently if there was a simple way to keep track of how our health care system measures up. My “simple” answer was, “Yes, count the number of people in emergency rooms, homeless shelters and jail cells.”

I was, in fact, answering a different question focused on “population health” rather than the success or failure of the health care system itself.

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Cutting Calories and Eating at the Right Time of Day Leads to a Longer Life

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Eating only during your most active time of day, while following a reduced-calorie diet, may lead to a substantially longer life, according to new research conducted on mice.

One recipe for longevity is simple, if not easy to follow: eat less. Restricting calories can lead to a longer, healthier life, as studies have shown in a variety of animals.

Now, new research suggests that the body’s daily rhythms play a significant role in this longevity effect. Eating only during their most active time of day substantially extended the lifespan of mice on a reduced-calorie diet, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

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Wisconsin health officials release tips on healthy screen time for youth

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – As screen time use has increased over the course of the pandemic, the Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health released a fact sheet Wednesday on navigating a healthy amount of screen time for children and teenagers.

They hope the tips given can help parents and caregivers do their best to support their child’s well-being.

Prior to the pandemic, kids ages 8-12 spent five hours a day on a screen, while teens spent about nine hours. Once the pandemic hit, screen time for children ages 12-13 went up to over seven hours daily.

The OCMH found that

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