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Selections from What’s Trending This Week — March 6, 2015

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Applications for NHSC Loan Repayment Program Accepted Until March 30

The 2015 National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program is now accepting applications through March 30.

NHSC offers loan repayment and scholarships to primary care providers and students for serving at NHSC sites in underserved communities.

To search for openings and job postings in your area, visit the NHSC Jobs Center.


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King v. Burwell Goes Before Supreme Court

This week, Supreme Court justices began hearing oral arguments for King v. Burwell, a case challenging the validity of tax subsidies that help millions of Americans buy health insurance if they don’t get coverage through an employer or the government. A decision is expected by the end of June.

To get a better idea of the ramifications of a decision against subsidies in the federal marketplace, click here.


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Vitamin D, In Excess, May Present Health Risks

Vitamin D is good for your bones and general health but can too much of it be detrimental to your body?

Some doctors are prescribing large doses of Vitamin D supplements for their patients in the hope of preventing cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and other maladies, despite a lack of evidence that it is effective. Daily intake recommendations average 600 international units for those between the ages of 1 and 70, and 800 IU for those 71 and older. Studies show that going above 4,000 IU on a daily basis can increase the risk of kidney stones, calcification of blood vessels, and cardiovascular disease.

So, how much Vitamin D should you be consuming? Dietary guidelines recommend three to four daily servings of “fortified” foods, such as milk, yogurt, soy beverages, orange juice, or cereal.