Does Breakfast Matter?

You've heard it for years: "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." For decades, breakfast has been presented as the keystone in daily activity, cognitive function, energy and overall health. Your parents probably insisted you eat something before heading off to school. Commercials implore kids and adults to chow down for better grades and more pep through the day.

But dietician and psychologist Hollie Raynor says the claims about breakfast's benefits aren't rock-solid.

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How Can We Improve the Patient Experience?

At the core of health care, medical professionals are human beings caring for other human beings. Throughout a person’s experience with health care, they interact with many people, including doctors, nurses, lab technicians and housekeeping staff. Those points of contact can shape the patient's own feelings and medical outcomes. Today, people in medicine are working to improve the patient experience, which includes changing the doctor-patient interaction to get better results.

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How Do We Reduce Obesity?

Obesity rates in Tennessee are high - higher than national averages, in fact. And that extends to demographic breakdowns, too. One in three men in Tennessee is considered obese. The same is true for women. Tennessee children are considered the heaviest in the nation.

Describing the parameters of the problem is a start, but not the solution. The University of Tennessee's Dr. Carole Myers says addressing obesity requires multiple steps and multiple players, from individuals, to social groups, to companies, and even governments.

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What Is Medicare for All?

Nine years after the Affordable Care Act got Americans thinking more deeply about health care, insurance and related topics, Democratic presidential candidates are talking about even more change. A group of proposals commonly grouped under the heading "Medicare for All" propose major changes for the healthcare industry, a significant chunk of the U.S. economy.

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Patching the Safety Net

Safety net health providers offer behavioral and physical treatment to low-income patients that typically are uninsured, and have poor health. Right now, doctors and clinics can’t keep up with the demand, a problem that may grow worse in the near future. Governor Bill Lee says he wants to add millions of dollars to help bolster that safety net. What the governor’s plan might mean for providers, patients and Tennessee, on this edition of HealthConnections.

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What is Integrated Care?

For centuries, doctors, patients and even philosophers have thought of mind and body as two separate realms. And in American medicine today, that's usually how they are treated: separate doctors, often at separate facilities, and at separate times.

But a growing awarness of the connected nature of human health is changing that old model. It's called integrated care, and its advocates say it can help people lead longer, better lives.

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What Are Medicaid Block Grants?

Democrats in the Tennessee General Assembly say they haven’t given up on expanding Tennessee’s Medicaid program, called TennCare, to include more low-income people. But Republicans, who hold a supermajority of seats, are angling for a different approach, one that relies on block grants. They say their proposal would expand coverage without expanding TennCare. But there's a lot we don't know about the idea, or how it would work.

In this edition of HealthConnections: what block grants are, how they operate, and what they might mean for health coverage in Tennessee.

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