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  • Where You Can Pick Apples in Maine

    Catching Health with Diane Atwood
    dianeatwood
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Will an apple a day keep the doctor away? Some people consider apples a superfood, so one a day just might help you stay healthy. There are thousands of varieties to choose from, many of them right here in Maine. I’ve put together a list of some Maine orchards that let you pick your own […]
  • Abdominal fat more strongly associated with high blood pressure risk

    News-Medical.Net Healthcare News Feed
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:13 pm
    People with fat around their abdominal area are at greater risk of developing hypertension when compared to those with similar body mass index but fat concentrations elsewhere on the body, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
  • Labor Day, September 1

    FierceHealthcare News
    Zack Budryk
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    The editorial team at FierceHealthcare wishes all readers a happy and safe Labor Day weekend. We will not publish on Monday in observance of the holiday and will resume publication on Tuesday, Sept....read more
  • Over 90% Of Cloud Services Used In Healthcare Pose Medium To High Security Risk

    Forbes - Pharma & Healthcare
    Dan Munro
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:28 pm
    According to cloud security vendor Skyhigh Networks, more than 13% of cloud services used in healthcare are high‒risk and 77% are medium risk ‒ as measured across 54 different security attributes (like data encryption and "two factor" authentication).
  • Pretending To Be A Medical Patient Pays Off For This Teen

    Health Care
    Patty Wight
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:14 am
    Gabrielle Nuki hopes to be a doctor someday. So when the 16-year-old found out that she could work as a fake patient helping to train medical students, she jumped at the chance.» E-Mail This
 
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    FierceHealthcare News

  • Labor Day, September 1

    Zack Budryk
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    The editorial team at FierceHealthcare wishes all readers a happy and safe Labor Day weekend. We will not publish on Monday in observance of the holiday and will resume publication on Tuesday, Sept....read more
  • CMS to withhold even more data from Open Payment database

    Ilene MacDonald
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid will likely withhold more data upon the public launch of the Open Payments database, which aims to disclose potential conflicts of interest among doctors.read more
  • Not just for patients: Animal therapy benefits ER docs, nurses

    Ilene MacDonald
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Although hospitals have long used therapy dogs to help patients, the animals can also help relieve the stress of emergency room doctors and nurses who must handle life-and-death situations every day.read more
  • Community health workers reach patients doctors can't

    Zack Budryk
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    Community health workers may help patients with conditions like diabetes in ways more traditional healthcare practitioners cannot, according to a New York Times blog post.read more
  • Urgent care centers compete with EDs for patients

    Zack Budryk
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    Urgent care centers are drawing patients away from hospitals In Texas, where patients are increasingly opting for the centers for alergy treatments, stitches or x-rays of broken bones as a cheaper, speedier alternative to emergency departments.read more
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  • Over 90% Of Cloud Services Used In Healthcare Pose Medium To High Security Risk

    Dan Munro
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:28 pm
    According to cloud security vendor Skyhigh Networks, more than 13% of cloud services used in healthcare are high‒risk and 77% are medium risk ‒ as measured across 54 different security attributes (like data encryption and "two factor" authentication).
  • Has The Ice Bucket Challenge Changed Healthcare Fundraising Forever?

    Jon Fortenbury
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    There’s no shortage of Ice Bucket Challenge knockoffs. From giving rice to the needy to taking a pie to the face for suicide prevention, many are trying to start a challenge that will echo what the ALS Association received from the Ice Bucket Challenge in one month, which as of Aug. 29 was $100.9 million from over three million donors. That level of fundraising success in such a short period of time is unprecedented, for ALS Association or anyone, and everyone with a passionate cause is trying to reach it.
  • A Labor Chart For Labor Day: U.S. Has Gained 9.2 Million Jobs Since Recession's Lowest Point

    Dan Diamond
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Labor Day was created to honor American workers, and this year — despite the Great Recession — there are more of them than ever.
  • Five Ways ACA And Employers Shift Costs This Open Enrollment Season

    Bruce Japsen
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    As the Affordable Care Act and moves by employers and private insurers emphasize lower cost medical care and increased quality, consumers need to closely examine their open enrollment information this fall for myriad changes.
  • What Does Your Doctor Make?

    Bruce Japsen
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    Both primary care and specialty care physicians reported that their compensation increased slightly in 2013. Primary care physicians reported $232,989 in median compensation, and specialists reported $402,233 in median compensation, as reported by MGMA (Medical Group Management Association). How much does your doctor make?
 
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  • Pretending To Be A Medical Patient Pays Off For This Teen

    Patty Wight
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:14 am
    Gabrielle Nuki hopes to be a doctor someday. So when the 16-year-old found out that she could work as a fake patient helping to train medical students, she jumped at the chance.» E-Mail This
  • X Prize Competition Could Make 'Tricorder' A Reality

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Many Star Trek gadgets have made the journey from science fiction to real life. Arun Rath talks to Grant Campany about the X Prize Foundation's competition to bring the medical tricorder to life.» E-Mail This
  • Results From Screening Tests Can Be High In Anxiety

    John Henning Schumann
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:12 am
    A healthy man paid $150 for a battery of tests at his church. The findings frightened him and didn't give his doctor any information that changed the man's care.» E-Mail This
  • Federal Judge Blocks Texas Restriction On Abortion Clinics

    Carrie Feibel
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Requiring every center that performs abortions to meet all the standards of a surgical center is excessively restrictive, says the federal district court judge who blocked the state rule Friday.» E-Mail This
  • Texas Law Could Lead To Closure Of Clinics That Offer Abortions

    Carrie Feibel
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    A Texas law would require doctors' offices and clinics that perform abortions to comply with regulations that apply to ambulatory surgical centers. The change could lead to a loss of services.» E-Mail This
 
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  • Infographic: Patient Leakage

    Melanie Matthews
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Inefficiencies in patient access programs, including poor customer service within a call center and appointment scheduling problems, can not only impact the patient experience, but can also cause patients to seek care elsewhere. An infographic by Kyruus looks at which points in the patient care-seeking process can pose concerns and the impact lost patients can have on an organization. Learn the steps your practice can take to reap the many payoffs of achieving high patient-centered standards without having to make a big financial investment. In The Patient-Centered Payoff: Driving Practice…
  • Infographic: Trends in Employer-based Healthcare Benefits Strategy

    Melanie Matthews
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Nearly all employers are changing their healthcare benefit strategy in light of the Affordable Care Act and rising healthcare costs, according to a new report by Towers Watson depicted in this infographic. The infographic examines the changes that employers are making to their benefit plans and the top five focus areas for best practices in employer-sponsored coverage. Narrow networks — for both medical and pharmacy providers — are gradually becoming more accepted by carriers, plan sponsors and patients. Smaller provider networks allow payers to manage overall healthcare costs while still…
  • 4 Goals for Furthering Care Coordination in the Medical Neighborhood

    Cheryl Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    With the advent of the medical neighborhood, care coordination is no longer the sole domain of the primary care practice (PCP), but a responsibility shared among all providers that touch the patient. But how to formalize co-management of patients by PCPs and specialists — in a way that both assures efficient delivery of high-quality healthcare and addresses the ‘pain points’ of each provider group? Here, Robert Krebbs, director of payment innovation at WellPoint, Inc., discusses the four goals for furthering care coordination in the medical neighborhood. The care compact isn’t…
  • Infographic: Physician Practice Patterns

    Melanie Matthews
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Physicians are key to improving hospital quality and lowering costs, according to a new infographic by Dimensional Insight. The infographic looks at how physicians influence healthcare spending, the growing trend toward physician data transparency and the potential impact if all states improved to best-performing state levels. In healthcare's post-reform volume-to-value world, payor reimbursement strategies are tipping in favor of providers who can deliver the clinical and financial goods. In the mix are bundled payments, shared savings, pay for performance and bonuses — with some going so…
  • Trained Military Medics Ease Transitions for John C. Lincoln’s Newly Discharged Patients

    Patricia Donovan
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    A large part of the success of the John C. Lincoln Network accountable care organization (ACO) can be attributed to its Transition Coach Program, which uses trained military medics as care transition coaches, explains Heather Jelonek, the organization's CEO for ACOs. We applied for a CMS Innovation grant in spring 2012. Our hypothesis was that we could take military healthcare professionals, medics and army corpsmen; these individuals are incredibly well trained. Army medics can do appendectomies in the field; they’re providing basic primary care services. However, when they’re discharged…
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    FierceHealthIT News

  • Self-monitoring helps hypertensive patients to drop BP rates

    Dan Bowman
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    Self-monitoring by patients with hypertension led to a drop in blood-pressure levels over the course of a year, according to research published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.read more
  • Rounds important to health IT leadership success

    Katie Dvorak
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    When it comes to being a successful IT leader in any industry, including healthcare, it is important to "go to the 'gemba,'" says Sue Schade, CIO at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers.read more
  • CMS Open Payments database: Exclusions mount

    Susan D. Hall
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    More data is expected to be withheld when the Open Payments database, meant to disclose potential conflicts of interest among doctors, launches to the public, ProPublica reports.read more
  • HIPAA business associate agreement deadline looms large for healthcare entities

    Katie Dvorak
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    A final deadline for the HIPAA Omnibus rule is quickly approaching in which healthcare organizations must make sure business associate agreements are revised and ready by Sept. 22.read more
  • ONC advisers pinpoint HIE problems

    Dan Bowman
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    The governance subgroup of the federal government's Health IT Policy Committee this week pinpointed problems in the health information exchange ecosystem based on several factors, including severity and commonness, the impact on private and secure exchange and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's ability to solve such problems.read more
 
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    The Health Care Blog

  • A Hospital That Is a World Leader On Transparency

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    By LEAH BINDER  Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for health in Britain, recently toured the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. He said  the visit was “inspirational” and announced plans to have the British National Health Service (NHS) sign up “heart and soul” to a similar culture of safety and transparency. Hunt wants doctors and nurses […]
  • The Quantified Doctor

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    By SAURABH JHA, MD 88.2 % of all statistics are made up on the spot - Victor Reeves There’s a growing movement in medicine in general and imaging in particular which wishes to attach a number to everything. It no longer suffices to say: “you’re at moderate risk for pulmonary embolism (PE).” We must quantify our […]
  • A Call for Primary Care Innovators

    31 Aug 2014 | 1:25 am
    In CONFERENCES, MEETINGS and NOTICES Want to reach THCB’s influential audience of 500,000 healthcare-obsessed readers? Drop us a line.
  • Calling Mrs. Kafka

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    By HANS DUVEFELT, MD  “Prior Authorizations, Mrs. Kafka. May I have your name and the patient’s policy number.” “My name is Hans Duvefelt, and I don’t have the patient’s number but I have her husband’s – it is 123456789”. “Thank you, Doctor. This is for Harry Black?” “Well, no, it’s for his wife, Harriet. We asked […]
  • XPRIZE Names 10 Finalists in Tricorder Competition

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:38 am
    By Kim Krueger XPRIZE  announced the 10 finalist teams competing for the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, a 3.5-year global competition sponsored by the Qualcomm Foundation for teams to develop a consumer-focused, mobile device capable of diagnosing and interpreting a set of 15 medical conditions and capturing five vital health metrics. Launched in January 2012, the competition encourages the […]
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    Health Business Blog

  • The Medical Marijuana Mess

    David Williams
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    The thin veneer of “medical” marijuana has been stripped away in Colorado, where stores originally providing remedies for patients have been quick to plaster themselves with new signs touting recreational use for all adults. (The signs above are among those I spotted this month in just one small town.) And while federal regulations and public pressure have largely kept alcohol and nicotine out of candy and other child-friendly, sugary products, the marijuana industry is moving in the opposite direction by offering an ever-widening array of pot-infused “edibles,”…
  • Patient portals: Hiding in plain sight

    David Williams
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Many physician offices have patient portals, since they’re a requirement for Meaningful Use Stage 2. But a new survey from Software Advice confirms what we knew intuitively – these portals don’t get much use. Patients don’t know they exist and doctors don’t use them a whole lot. That’s kind of odd considering that portals can be useful and efficient. They’re good for checking lab results, asking non-urgent clinical questions, renewing prescriptions, managing appointment schedules, patient education and paying bills. Why then is uptake so low? I have…
  • Health Wonk Review is up at Wright on Health

    David Williams
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Check out the latest Health Wonk Review blog carnival at Wright on Health. It’s the August Recess Edition.
  • Consumer Reports lets us down with attack on Zohydro ER

    David Williams
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Guess who’s got acetaminophen? Readers like me trust Consumer Reports to provide objective, unbiased recommendations on products and services. That’s why I’m so disappointed in the September cover story, The dangers of painkillers. The story rails against two products –Zohyrdo ER and acetaminophen– yet fails to mention that what differentiates Zohydro ER is that it is the only extended release version of hydrocodone that doesn’t contain acetaminophen. The article urges readers to contact the FDA to ask that Zohydro ER be banned and acetaminophen be…
  • FICO blows off medical debt for credit score. It’s about time

    David Williams
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    I owe how much for what? FICO, the company that measures credit risk, just made two important changes to the way it calculates the FICO Score. First, debt consumers repay after it goes to collection won’t count against them. Second, FICO will downgrade the importance of medical debt, so that people with unpaid medical bills won’t be lumped in with those who don’t pay their mortgage or credit card. I called for this change a year and a half ago (Should medical debt count against your credit rating?) Here’s what I wrote at the time: As far as I’m concerned, a lot of…
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    Healthcare Economist

  • Do we need to go back to PHRs?

    Jason Shafrin
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:52 pm
    There has been lots of public outcry for integrated, interoperable electronic health records (EHR).  Having EHRs silos makes it difficult for physicians, hospitals and other providers to share information with one another and with patients.  However, there is one benefit of these silos; any data breach will be somewhat contained. Are data breaches of EMRs a problem.  A recent hacker attack on a hospital system clearly shows the answer is yes. Community Health Systems Inc, one of the biggest U.S. hospital groups, said on Monday it was the victim of a cyber attack from China, resulting in…
  • Health Benefits of a Vacation

    Jason Shafrin
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    The Healthcare Economist will be off through Labor Day, taking a vacation to San Diego.  Inspired by this trip, below is a study that finds that people who take vacations are healthier.  Although not a randomized trial, this evidence is suggestive.  The Huffington Post paraphrases:   In a study of 13,000 middle-aged men at risk for heart disease, those who skipped vacations for five consecutive years were found to be 30 percent more likely to suffer heart attacks than those who took at least one week off each year. Even missing one year’s vacation was associated with a…
  • Mid-week links

    Jason Shafrin
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Workers’ Comp trends. LA storeys. Who ordered that? P4P skepticism. This paper is about nothing.  
  • Why don’t payers adopt my technology?

    Jason Shafrin
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Why don’t payers adopt innovative approaches to treat mental illness? For instance, crisis intervention programs, recovery-focused consumer education programs, telehealth programs, and on-line treatment programs have sometimes have had problems receiving reimbursement from payers. Monica Oss of OpenMinds takes the payers’ perspective: Often, the organization proposing the new program comes to the table with an expectation that the payer will reimburse for the service on a traditional volume-based, fee-for-service (FFS) basis. For most payers (whether Medicaid, Medicare, health…
  • A biologic by any other name would smell as sweet?

    Jason Shafrin
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:28 pm
    How important is a name?  In the case of biologics and biosimilars, billions of dollars depends on whether biosimilars can share the same name as branded biologics.  WonkBlog explains the biologic vs. biosimilar debate: Biologics, which treat serious diseases like cancer and multiple sclerosis, are usually more expensive than conventional drugs, and they’re also harder to make. Unlike traditional drugs made from chemicals, biologics are made from the proteins of living organisms. So that also makes it impossible to exactly duplicate biologics, but copy cat “biosimilars”…
 
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    Health Affairs Blog

  • Implementing Health Reform: Tax Form Instructions

    Timothy Jost
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:18 pm
    TweetOn August 28, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service re-released the draft forms that will be used by employer, insurers, and exchanges for reporting Affordable Care Act tax information to individuals and to the IRS for 2014 and 2015, as well as the instructions for completing those forms.  The IRS also released in the Federal Register requests for public comments on three of those forms – the 1094-B, the 1094-C, and the 1095-C – under the Paperwork Reduction Act.  This post reports on these forms and instructions and on a guidance released by the Centers for Medicare and…
  • Health Affairs Forum: Graduate Medical Education Governance And Financing

    Chris Fleming
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    TweetPlease join us on Wednesday, September 10 for a Health Affairs forum to discuss, Graduate Medical Education That Meets the Nation’s Health Needs, a recent report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on the Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education (GME). Health Affairs Founding Editor John Iglehart will host the event. For the past two years, the committee – co-chaired by former CMS and HCFA administrators Donald Berwick and Gail Wilensky – conducted an independent review of the governing and financing of the GME system, and the report is a…
  • Exhibit Of The Month: Income-Related Disparities Associated With Negative Health Outcomes

    Tracy Gnadinger
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    TweetEditor’s note: This post is part of an ongoing “Exhibit of the Month” series. Readers who’d like to highlight other noteworthy exhibits from the same issue are encouraged to make their pitch in the comments section below. Much is known about income-related disparities when it comes to preventative care and chronic conditions, but less so about the associations between poverty and negative health outcomes. In “Geographic Clustering Of Diabetic Lower-Extremity Amputations In Low-Income Regions Of California,” published in the August issue of Health Affairs, authors Carl…
  • Collaboration, Consistency, and Community Spirit: How Durham Advances Health

    Erika Samoff
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    TweetEditor’s note: This post is part of an ongoing series written for Health Affairs Blog by local leaders from communities honored with the annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize. In 2014, six winning communities were selected by RWJF from more than 250 applicants and celebrated for placing a priority on health and creating powerful partnerships to drive change. Interested communities are encouraged to apply for the 2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize. Applications are due September 17, 2014. Durham, North Carolina is so richly endowed with health care resources that…
  • The Winding Path To Effective Bundled Payment

    M. Susan Ridgely and Peter Hussey
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    TweetTom Williams and Jill Yegian’s excellent blog post makes a great companion to our recent paper on the evaluation of the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) Bundled Payment Demonstration. Williams and Yegian offer lessons from their experience implementing a demonstration project that failed to meet its original objectives. This type of analysis is essential. It’s not unusual for a demonstration to fall short of its original objectives. Learning from such cases is part of the innovation process. This is especially worthwhile for bundled payment, which has many potential…
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    Medicare News Blog

  • End-of-Life Talks May Finally Overcome Politics

    medicare poster
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Medicare may cover advance care planning that was once decried as “death panels,” and some private insurers are not waiting for the political process. Related NewsMedicare revives end-of-life planningMedicare covers end-of-life discussionsBackpedaling, Under Pressure, on End-of-Life Talks
  • Gin and Tonic, Revised Downward

    medicare poster
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Since the government is spending less on Medicare, it seemed like a good idea to spend less on a much-loved cocktail. Related NewsCMS Issues Revised Compensation Guidelines For Medicare Sales AgentsCan Medicare Advantage Plans Buck the Downward Trend?Revised geographic adjustments could improve accuracy of Medicare payments, will not solve access, quality problems
  • Medicare Will Settle Short-Term Care Bills

    medicare poster
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Under the proposed settlement, hospital claims involving inpatient stays that are now under appeal would be paid at the rate of 68 cents for every dollar billed. Related NewsShort-term health plan to be offeredStop Stealing From Our KidsAdministration report touts short-run and long-term savings for Medicare under health overhaul
  • How to Complain to Medicare

    medicare poster
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    Revealed: the semi-secret phone numbers that beneficiaries are supposed to use to complain to Medicare. Related NewsHow to Complain to MedicareAdministration touts Medicare savings report; Republicans complain it misleads seniorsNursing Homes Squeezed by Medicare Cuts
  • How to Complain to Medicare

    medicare poster
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    Revealed: the semi-secret phone numbers that beneficiaries are supposed to use to complain to Medicare. Related NewsHow to Complain to MedicareAdministration touts Medicare savings report; Republicans complain it misleads seniorsNursing Homes Squeezed by Medicare Cuts
 
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  • Why is the anion gap elevated? Is it the salve?

    rcentor
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    Case presented to me recently: Young man goes fishing (in Alabama) with his buddies (obviously some beer drinking is involved). The next day he has a diffuse weeping rash over the exposed areas of his legs and arms. His grandmother applies a salve and wraps the salve with saran wrap. The next day he feels horrible, dyspneic and weak. He goes to his physician’s office. The exam is reported as unremarkable. Routine labs included this electrolyte panel.   141 104 22 90 4.2 10 1.2 What would you do?  What do you think is wrong?
  • On giving Grand Rounds – what I learned

    rcentor
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I had the great privilege of giving Grand Rounds at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine today. This was a named lectureship for Sergio Rabinovich. Last night we had dinner with Dr. Rabinovich, still sharp and inquisitive in his 80s. The Grand Rounds title was “Learning to think like a Clinician”. As often happens, the audience helped me expand my conceptualization of the issues. One person in the medical education department, a Ph.D. names Anna Cianciolo, opened my thought processes to an interesting concept. She had previously studied the military in a similar fashion…
  • Setting goals – striving to improve

    rcentor
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Over the past year I have become obsessed with running (as many readers know). That obsession magnified when I started running 5k races. I have improved my times over my first 3 races. My training has a goal, and thus I have deliberate practice opportunities. While I have a 1 year running obsession, I have had a 40 year internal medicine obsession. My goals in medicine have varied over my career. The major goals include knowledge, bedside manner, lab interpretation and teaching skills. For each of these goals I have had varied progress. I do believe that I have had varying progress in each of…
  • Research papers – reviewing and being reviewed

    rcentor
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:52 am
    I have spent much time the past 3 weeks working on revisions. My colleagues and I have done a study (which we believe is important and newsworthy) and submitted it to a journal. The journal asked for a resubmission. As we worked on the revisions, the paper is more readable and understandable. As we read the comments from reviewers we saw a striking contrast. As you might imagine I have likely reviewed many more than 100 papers during my career. Reviewing papers is challenging. I try to suppress my biases, but that is difficult. There are clear styles in reviewing. One is viewed by the authors…
  • Interpreting the evidence is the fly in the ointment

    rcentor
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Several days ago I questioned the term “evidence-based” and implied semantic drift. A regular commenter provided this wonderful link to support my hypothesis – What statins tell us about the mess in evidence based medicine The problem is actually a straightforward one. Rarely does the evidence provide a clear answer to our question. We can all think of exceptions – rapid percutaneous intervention for STEMI, ACE-I and beta blocker for decreased systolic function, anticoagulation for acute pulmonary embolus, etc. But often the evidence does not provide a definitive…
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    retired doc's thoughts

  • What would happen if Choosing Wisely became the medical "law of the land"?

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Choosing Wisely (CW) is an initiative or campaign lead by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation (ABIMF) to change the thinking of physicians and patients so that the choice of  medical tests and treatments are chosen  wisely in such a way as to greatly reduce waste of resources and harm to the patient.It began as an apparent low-key program to simply have the physician and her patient sit down together and have conversation about what needed to be done in a particular patient's case and it continues in part to be marketed as such. So, if for example that a given test,…
  • The crusade to change medical ethics,custom and practice gains momentum

    6 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The mega-thought leaders,the established leadership of some of the major,influential professional medical organizations, and an alarming numbers of fellow travelers are on a quest to change the thinking of the worker-bee physicians,and the general public (who are either now patients or potential patients) from the long established model of the physician as an advocate and fiduciary to the patient to one in which the physician is a steward  of "scarce medical resources" which are characterized as being owned by society.But the physicians who are tricked into acting in that way are not…
  • Is "low value [medical] care like Justice's Stewart's definition of pornography?

    1 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    In a 1964 obscenity case, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart admitted that he might not be able to specifically define the parameters of pornography but " I know it when I see it".I wonder if a similar situation exists with the concept of low value medical care (LVC) which is  a main talking point in a campaign spearheaded by the American Board of Medicine Foundation (ABIMF).Surely this term is not just a floating abstraction. I thought I had  simply missed the definition in reading about LVC. Off to Google to enter "definition of Low value care". Neither Google nor Bing lead me…
  • Population medicine approach meets Public Choice theory and practice

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    What happens with the population medicine approach (PMA) when one considers how thing really work according to the insights of public choice theory (PCT). Spoiler alert-you get much more cronyism,favoritism,and focused benefits and diffused costs with certain special interest groups profiting greatly.Considering what went on with the writing of ACA what groups would be likely to profit from a governmental run PMA? Big Pharma,big health care insurance , big hospital system,big prescription drug management companies,and lots of consultants who will claim to be able to explain it all.Recall some…
  • Dr. Gruber-were you wrong then or are you wrong now?

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    The "were you wrong then.." question is a classic attorney question thrown at an expert witness who has been caught in a contradiction. It seems that would be an appropriate one for Dr. Jonathan Gruber, a MIT economist who is often cited as an architect of Obamacare.Actually he was the architect of the Massachusetts health care law on which Obamacare is said to have been crafted.In remarks recorded and played repeatedly on the web Gruber make it clear that he believed that only states could issue the subsidies.His comments indicated that states who did not sign on to Obamacare would be doing…
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    Health Care Renewal

  • The RUC. "an Independent Group of Physicians?" - But It Includes Executives and Board Members of For-Profit Health Care Corporations and Large Hospital Systems

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    Introduction We just discussed how a major story in Politico has once again drawn attention to the opaque RUC (Resource Based Relative Value System Update Committee) and its important role in determining what physicians are paid for different kinds of services, and hence the incentives that have helped make the US health care system so procedurally oriented.  (See the end of our last post for a summary of the complex issues that swirl around the RUC.)The Politico article covered most of the bases, but notably omitted how the RUC may be tied to various large health care organizations,…
  • Now Politico Tries RUC Raking

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    It has been a year since we wrote about the RUC, the American Medical Association's Relative Value System Update Committee.  There is only one thing new since then.  Politico just made another attempt to shed some light on this obscure committee and its outsize effect on health care.  To summarize the events so far, all I need to do is cut and paste from our last post on the topic, from July, 2013...In 2007, readers of the Annals of Internal Medicine could read part of the solution to a great medical mystery.(1)  For years, health care costs in the US had been levitating…
  • Move Along, No Health Care Corruption to See Here

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Health care corruption, remains a largely taboo topic, especially when it occurs in developed countries like the US.  Searching PubMed or major medical and health care journals at best will reveal a few articles on health care corruption, nearly all about corruption somewhere else than the authors' countries, usually in someplace much poorer.  While the media may publish stories about issues related to health care corruption, they are almost never so labelled.Yet Transparency International's report on global health care corruption suggested it occurs in all countries.  A recent…
  • Yet another health IT "glitch", that warm, fuzzy euphemism for life-threatening malfunctions: Internet outage left doctors without records for hours

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Up to 112,000, in fact.Nobody seemed to be listening when I and other "Health IT iconoclasts" warned years ago of issues like this regarding the blind-faith abandonment of paper and lack of truly robust local computing redundancy. When you're a patient, especially one in extremis, you do NOT want this to happen:Internet outage left doctors without records for hoursHuffington Post8/19/2014http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/19/internet-outage-doctors-records_n_5689260.htmlFor several hours last week, doctors at PIM Associates, a primary care practice in Philadelphia, couldn’t see patients'…
  • Merging Finance and Health Care Leadership - Robert Rubin Proteges Running DHHS, Spouse of Hedge Fund Magnate Running the FDA

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    Hidden between the lines of some not very prominent news stories were reminders of how close health care and financial leadership have become in these times of continuing economic unrest after the global financial collapse/ great recession.After the events of 2008, it became more apparent that the dysfunction in academics and health care  paralleled that seen in finance.  One reason may have been the overlapping leadership of finance and health care.  For example, in 2008 we first posted about how Robert Rubin, who was then a Fellow of the Harvard Corporation, the top group…
 
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  • Patient Modesty: Volume 69

    24 Aug 2014 | 6:24 pm
    As we continue on communicating about all the issues of patient modesty, I find that I may have been suggesting a wrong approach for my visitors to help resolve these issues: "speaking up"  to physicians and the medical system. "Up" suggests that the patient is somehow less significant and is inferior in the patient-doctor/medical system relationship.  And I don't believe this is true. Even though the patient may be the one who is ill, to meet the medical system's professional responsibilities, the system cannot act alone and must give equal attention to the patient as to their own…
  • Patient Modesty: Volume 68

    3 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    As I have previously noted on this long running thread, there appears to be a metamorphosis from repeated descriptions in various details of personal physical modesty experiences and injuries to more generalized conversations with a philosophical, ethical or legal point of discussion. It is these latter postings which will be more directed toward discussing ways to actually change the medical system, either piecemeal or overall, to prevent or mitigate the possibilities that such personal experiences as noted in previous Volumes will happen.  It is my opinion now, whether or not the…
  • Patient Modesty: Volume 67

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
     So with Volume 66 reaching some 170 postings, we should move on to this Volume 67.  What is special on starting this new Volume is the fact that Artiger  joined us in Volume 66.  Artiger is a male physician (surgeon) verified by the Medscape medical website, where we both participate, who has provided us  with the long-needed professional input and education from the outside of this blog.  It appears that those writing to this thread have found his comments of interest and has accepted his presence here.  I have no idea how long Artiger will stick around…
  • "P in a Pod":(Physician Owned Distributorship): Physicians as Investors and Distributors in the Gadget Placed in Your Spine

    17 Jun 2014 | 3:36 pm
    If you have chronic back pain and your doctor refers you to an orthopedic surgeon who tells you that he or she can relieve the pain by inserting an appliance in your spine, there is a worry that the surgeon may be offering the surgery mainly for the surgeon's financial interest in that very appliance.  What is "Physician Owned Distributorship" (POD) and what is its significance to medical practice and the ethical and lawful behavior of the profession?  To get some insight into the POD and its current status, what follows is an explanation as copied from an investigation published by…
  • Can a Tree Experience Hurt?: If It Can, Do Ethics and Law Apply?

    12 Jun 2014 | 11:19 pm
    I was visiting a well known botanic garden in Southern California today, taking pictures of all the beautiful flowers when I saw this tree shown above in the pictures I took.  Honestly, what I saw, a tree apparently being pulled by straps out of its normal posture, pained me as I projected myself as if I were that tree.  Of course, I am not that tree but then this got me thinking about the bioethics of what had been done to the tree.  (First of all, I want to admit that I have no idea how long the straps were in place or for what future duration and what the gardeners were…
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  • Susceptible to Ebola, immune to criticism

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Karl Marx famously wrote that "... philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it." The quote by Marx is sometimes used to bash 'academics' in the name of world-changers, men (and women) of enterprise, the 'hands-on' types, interveners, implementers, and so on: what we need is action, not thinking! This, of course, this turns Marx into a cartoon. If he knew the shortcomings of thought without action, Marx also recognised the perils of action without thought. Marx was a German philosopher. He thought for a living. But that hasn't stopped…
  • Ebola ethics

    7 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Interesting to see the kinds of attention that has been given to the most recent Ebola outbreak in Africa. Part of the reason is that it is a serious epidemic, causing nearly a thousand deaths so far, and it is occurring in West Africa, rather than its usual stomping ground of the Democratic Republic of Congo and thereabouts. Another reason is that some Americans overseas have been infected, and medically evacuated back home, so the story involves not only the familiar 'death exoticism' of faraway anonymous Africans, but has a US domestic component as well.Perhaps because it involves American…
  • Bring out your infected!

    2 Jul 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Public health emergencies reveal a brutal survivalist ethic within societies that normally lies suppressed. Normally, we are supposed to care about the individual choices of fellow citizens and protect their rights, but when an easily transmissible, life-threatening and incurable disease spreads in communities and exceeds our control efforts, rights and choices are transformed into dangerous niceties. That is when the sharper tools in the public health toolbox get pulled out: the involuntary interventions for the common good, the isolation, the quarantine, the mandatory testing. This all…
  • CIA-sponsored vaccination programs: spin and tailspin

    20 May 2014 | 10:55 am
    According to Wikipedia, the concept of 'spin' in public relations circles refers to "... a form of propaganda, achieved through providing an interpretation of an event or campaign to persuade public opinion in favour or against a certain organisation or public figure. While traditional public relations may also rely on creative presentation of the facts, 'spin' often implies disingenuous, deceptive and/or highly manipulative tactics."It might be worth adding a related concept to the public health vocabulary: tailspin. Tailspin is when, in the attempt to massage facts to persuade the public,…
  • Workshop on ethical and social science implications of HIV cure research

    2 May 2014 | 8:17 am
    Now here is a piece of shameless promotion. I am currently co-Principal Investigator (along with Dr. Joseph Tucker) of a NIH-funded research grant exploring the ethical and social implications of research currently taking place on a cure for HIV. As part of this project, our working group -- with generous support from the Brocher Foundation and the UNC Center for AIDS Research -- are holding a workshop next week on this topic at Brocher's swanky conference center on the shores of Lake Geneva. Roughing it, I know. We will even have a Tweetmeister (or whatever they are called), sending real…
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  • Obamacare Enrollment 2015: How Many People Will Sign Up Next Year? (Public Support for Obamacare Is About to Turn a Corner) Part 1

    Maggie Mahar
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, some 10 million previously uninsured adults gained coverage during the open enrollment period that began on October 1, 2013. Last month, the New England Journal of Medicine reported that the share of Americans who are “going naked” has plummeted from 21 percent in September of 2013 to 16.3 percent in April of this year. Even though open enrollment officially ended on March 31, 2014, people are continuing to sign up. Anyone who experiences a major life change (getting divorced, losing a job, having a baby) can still purchase insurance on the Exchanges…
  • OBAMACARE ENROLLMENT (part 2) Who Will Remain Opposed to Obamacare in 2015? “Zero-Sum Thinking”

    Maggie Mahar
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In 2015, I predict that Obamacare enrollment will soar, matching 2014’s success This may seem counter-intuitive. After all, inrecent months, the public’s perception of Obamacare seems to have soured. The Henry J. Kaiser Foundation’s health care tracking poll for July reveals that 53% of those surveyed last month said they view the Affordable Care Act unfavorably—a jump of 8 percentage points since June.  July’s results mark the first time since January, that more than half of all Americans opposed the health reform law Is this because people who have enrolled in the Exchanges are…
  • Border Crisis: Fictions v. Facts (Part 2 of “Children from Central America”)

    Maggie Mahar
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Despite extensive media coverage, there is probably much that you don’t know about the history of the border crisis—and what we can or should do in response. Too often the headlines are designed to stir passions, rather than inform. At the end of next week, Congress will leave for its five-week August Recess. Between now and then legislators will be debating the issues, and no doubt many of your friends will be taking positions. Here are the facts you need when weighing what you hear–whether on television or at a neighbor’s barbecue.  Are you aware that since President…
  • Children from Central America Surge Across Our Border: Congress Must Now Decide Whether to Change the Immigration Law that George W. Bush Signed in 2008

    Maggie Mahar
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    If you think fertilized eggs are people but refugee kids aren’t, you’re going to have to stop pretending your concerns are religious– Syd’s SoapBox News reports have been filled with conflicting theories explaining why tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, have been streaming into the U.S.  Some observers say that their parents are sending them here, so that they can take advantage of the social services and free education available in the U.S. Others argue that they are not coming here willingly, but that they have been forced to…
  • Polarized Politics Led To Cantor’s Defeat– and Cochran’s Victory. Why the “Uncommitted Center” Is So Important (Cantor part 2)

    Maggie Mahar
    26 Jun 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Please scroll down for Part 1 of this post.  When House Majority leader Eric Cantor lost his seat to ultra-conservative David Brat, the Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus summed up the majority view among political pundits: “The episode offers a disturbing commentary about the poisonous, polarized state of American politics.”   I cannot agree. I don’t think “polarization” is toxic.  To the contrary, as the poet William Blake once wrote “Without Contraries, No Progress.”  Conflict can clarify issues, and help us move forward.  Indeed, the clash of opinions is a time-honored way…
 
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  • Health Care Conferences This Fall

    David Harlow
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
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    David Harlow
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
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  • Practice Pointers in the Wake of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Privacy Settlement

    David Harlow
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
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    8 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
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    David Harlow
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
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  • Changing priorities shift hospital focus to outpatient strategies

    Jennifer Zaino
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    It wasn’t all that long ago that most surgeries, and many medical and diagnostic procedures, required patients to plan for an inpatient hospital stay. But times have changed. According to a 2013 report from Moody’s Investors Service, ambulatory service centers' same-location revenues have been growing in the low- to mid-single digits since 2007, while hospitals have seen same-facility inpatient surgery cases decline 0.22 percent annually. read more
  • Hospitals rethink charity care

    Julie Appleby
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    As more Americans gain insurance under the federal health law, hospitals are rethinking their charity programs, with some scaling back help for those who could have signed up for coverage but didn’t. The move is prompted by concerns that offering free or discounted care to low-income uninsured patients might dissuade them from getting government-subsidized coverage. read more
  • Quiet company poised to shake up legacy healthcare companies

    Tammy Worth
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    For those who haven’t heard yet of Theranos, take note because it may be a business disrupter of huge proportions. Founded a decade ago by Elizabeth Holmes to address her fear of needles, Theranos says it has created equipment and processes that need only 1/1,000th the amount of blood that is normally needed for testing – something that none of the current legacy laboratories can do – and results are achieved typically within four hours instead of days. read more
  • Squeezing out costs with data analytics

    Joe Burns
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    When large hospitals and health systems buy or affiliate with smaller facilities, the deals can benefit both parties. The larger facility gets more beds and an increase in patient revenue. The smaller facility gains access to more resources to help it stay afloat when health plans and government agencies cut payment rates. But these deals may not work well if costs are out of control, said Bryan Clements, director of hospital finance and decision support at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. read more
  • The growing attack on hospitals' low-intensity business

    Kenneth Kaufman
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    No Imagine trying to run a successful business when employers, competitors, and other service providers have launched focused campaigns that encourage consumers to avoid you. If you run a restaurant or an auto-repair shop, this scenario is far-fetched. If you run a hospital, it’s reality. read more
 
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  • Population health solutions remain weak

    Bernie Monegain
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    Healthcare organizations are struggling to get a handle on population health, according to a new report from Chilmark Research. Chilmark's 2014 Analytics for Population Health Management Market Trends Report reveals a market that, while seeing strong growth of interest, is still very much in its infancy. read more
  • IRS rule impacts capital spending

    Kurt Ullman
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    A long awaited clarification of the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System will impact the accounting on a wide range of routine expenses. For-profit healthcare entities that haven’t incorporated the changes into their planning may want to schedule a meeting with their tax advisor soon since there is still time to take advantage of the rule in 2014. read more
  • The impact of transition rocks nonprofit hospitals' financials

    Stephanie Bouchard
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    Nonprofit hospitals posted their second straight year of revenue declines in 2013 and their dismal rate of revenue growth broke records, according to a Moody’s Investors Service report released this week. Moody’s said that median revenue growth was 3.9 percent, down from 5.1 percent in 2012 and a shocker compared to historical growth rates that have exceeded 7 percent. Moody’s also noted that hospital expenses outstripped revenue growth – a situation the agency described as “unsustainable.” read more
  • MedPAC suggests payment neutrality for post-acute care providers

    Tammy Worth
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    In its June report to Congress, MedPAC made recommendations that would change the way post-acute care providers are reimbursed. Reviews from providers are mixed. read more
  • Simple steps reduce food costs

    Tammy Worth
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    The drought in California has everyone concerned that food prices will skyrocket, but so far, the impact of the severe weather has been low for most hospitals, and where felt, strategies have been implemented to minimize the damage. UCLA Health has been hit hardest by the cost of fruit – particularly citrus fruit, which has tripled in cost – said Guy Scimenes, the health system’s financial director for nutrition services. Vegetable prices have also increased by 20 percent. read more
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  • Population health solutions remain weak

    Bernie Monegain
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    Healthcare organizations are struggling to get a handle on population health, according to a new report from Chilmark Research. Chilmark's 2014 Analytics for Population Health Management Market Trends Report reveals a market that, while seeing strong growth of interest, is still very much in its infancy. read more
  • IRS rule impacts capital spending

    Kurt Ullman
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    A long awaited clarification of the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System will impact the accounting on a wide range of routine expenses. For-profit healthcare entities that haven’t incorporated the changes into their planning may want to schedule a meeting with their tax advisor soon since there is still time to take advantage of the rule in 2014. read more
  • MedPAC suggests payment neutrality for post-acute care providers

    Tammy Worth
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    In its June report to Congress, MedPAC made recommendations that would change the way post-acute care providers are reimbursed. Reviews from providers are mixed. read more
  • Employers not ditching employee health plans for private exchanges

    Stephanie Bouchard
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    U.S. employers plan to continue offering health insurance plans to their employees, even in the face of rising healthcare costs and the availability of the federal and state insurance exchanges. read more
  • Letting go of the balance sheet

    Stephanie Bouchard
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    The likelihood that healthcare organizations are going to take a financial hit as they transform from fee-for-service to value-based businesses is sure to cause CFOs anxiety and panic. Here are some tips for letting go of the balance sheet. Get real. read more
 
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  • Majority of public not confident of receiving good care, poll shows

    Newsdesk
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:40 am
    ‘The experience of people with dementia is at the heart of the social care crisis. For them and their carers it’s more than just a policy debate – it’s about support getting washed, eating, using the toilet and the tasks we take for granted that can help them live well for longer. Despite this, people […]
  • Majority of public not confident of receiving good care, poll shows

    Newsdesk
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:40 am
    ‘The experience of people with dementia is at the heart of the social care crisis. For them and their carers it’s more than just a policy debate – it’s about support getting washed, eating, using the toilet and the tasks we take for granted that can help them live well for longer. Despite this, people […]
  • 100 gigs in 100 days challenge nears completion

    Newsdesk
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:40 am
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  • 100 gigs in 100 days challenge nears completion

    Newsdesk
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:40 am
    All content © 2014 Alzheimer’s Society. Registered office at Devon House, 58 St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1LB Alzheimer’s Society is a registered Charity No. 296645. Registered as a company limited by guarantee and registered in England No. 2115499 Powered by Jadu Content Management. Made with XHTML and CSS. Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/org/dNPt/~3/ZPWdao5C2hQ/news_article.php
  • Mindfulness training can improve quality of life for memory impaired and their caregivers

    Newsdesk
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Mindfulness training for individuals with early-stage dementia and their caregivers together in the same class was beneficial for both groups, easing depression and improving sleep and quality of life, reports new Northwestern Medicine study. “The disease is challenging for the affected person, family members and caregivers,” said study lead author Ken Paller, professor of psychology […]
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  • Baylor student, Megan Ritzi condition update

    Scott & White Staff
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Megan Ritzi, 18, of Fort Worth is nearing the end of her treatment at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas. The Baylor University student survived an automobile accident in July, which occurred as she and three other students were traveling to a clarinet performance in Louisiana. She was initially transported to Scott & White Memorial […] The post Baylor student, Megan Ritzi condition update appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Temple survey finds interest in worksite health clinics

    Scott Clark
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:33 pm
    The chamber’s survey found 10 percent of businesses with more than 50 employees were considering offering health care at their place of business. Scott & White, a part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is using the data to help plan for the future. The post Temple survey finds interest in worksite health clinics appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Scott & White Memorial Hospital recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review

    Deontrea Jones
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    TEMPLE, Texas – Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, was honored in the 2014 edition of Becker’s Hospital Review’s 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs. According to Becker’s, organizations who made this year’s list are leading the way in quality patient care, cancer outcomes […] The post Scott & White Memorial Hospital recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Dr. William Rayburn to be honored by Texas A&M College of Medicine

    Scott Clark
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Dr. Rayburn will be honored at the College of Medicine donor recognition dinner at Traditions Country Club in Bryan. Mike Middleton, M.D, a College of Medicine Alumni Association trustee, will present the award. He was selected based on his community and medical education achievements. The post Dr. William Rayburn to be honored by Texas A&M College of Medicine appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
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  • The End

    rkschwab
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    The first post on this blog was added on November 12, 2004 – it’s hard to believe I’ve been writing online about various aspects of healthcare for almost ten years. When I started this site, originally named MSSPNexus, (Medical Staff Service Professionals) the focus of my writing was current news and standards pertaining to hospital medical staff administration.  Later, as my career took a different path, I added risk management and over the past few years patient blood management into the mix. In 2004 being a healthcare blogger was a heady experience; there…
  • The Patient Safety Movement

    rkschwab
    27 Apr 2014 | 4:35 pm
    ZERO Preventable Patient Deaths by 2020 The Patient Safety Movement is connecting People, Ideas and Technology to confront the large scale problem of over 200,000 preventable patient deaths in US hospitals each year by providing actionable ideas and innovations that can transform the process of care, dramatically improve patient safety and help eliminate patient preventable deaths. We are doing this one solution, one commitment, one hospital, one act of kindness and love, and one patient at a time. The movement is breaking down silos between hospitals, medical technology companies, patient…
  • Choosing Wisely – Critical Care Societies Collaborative

    rkschwab
    30 Jan 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Healthcare professionals tend, like everyone else, to make some choices based on habit or training.  The web site Choosing Wisely encourages physicians and patients to question some of those routine choices. Choosing Wisely aims to promote conversations between physicians and patients by helping patients choose care that is: Supported by evidence Not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received Free from harm Truly necessary One of the lists on the site is from the Critical Care Societies Collaborative; five things physicians and patients should question: 1.  Don’t order…
  • Did You Know?

    rkschwab
    26 Dec 2013 | 10:10 am
    There are numerous benefits to applying blood conservation principles in patient care, most often referred to as Patient Blood Management. For example: Allogeneic transfusion is emerging as a potent risk factor for many complications commonly seen in hospitalized patients. –  Mt. Sinai Journal of Medicine  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/msj.21290/full   Donated blood doesn’t transfer oxygen from the blood to the body tissues as effectively as the patient’s own blood does. -  Forbes …
  • Have We Lost the Art of Medicine?

    rkschwab
    26 Nov 2013 | 2:24 pm
    Experienced Caregiver Shares 3 Tips for Injecting Humanity into an Often Cold & Arbitrary Heath-Care System As a well-traveled, well-educated couple who spent most of their lives in New York City, Philip and Ruth Barash had witnessed and experienced much as they approached their golden years. A savvy New York couple, they’d learned to anticipate challenges. Philip was a U.S. Army veteran who’d served in the Korean War and later became an attorney; Ruth’s education and experience includes philosophy, art, real estate, public relations and executive-level civic work. But one problem…
 
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  • Labor day in pharma an oxymoron?

    Richard Meyer
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:27 am
    POST SUMMARY: As labor day approaches the biggest challenge for the pharma industry continues to be holding on to experienced and talented marketers who take the view that patient centered marketing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How agencies can win more pharma business

    Richard Meyer
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:57 am
    POST SUMMARY: While consolidation continues within the pharma industry, there are opportunities for agencies to win more pharma business and become strategic partners, but it’s going to take a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • On talent within the pharma industry…

    Richard Meyer
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
    POST SUMMARY: There can be no doubt that changes are needed within biopharma DTC marketing to ensure that marketing to patients and consumers remains relevant.  However, as long as antiquated hiring... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Most smartphone owners download zero apps in a typical month

    Richard Meyer
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    POST SUMMARY: Apps now represent 52% of time spent with digital media in the US, according to ComScore, up from 40% in early 2013.  Yet most US smartphone owners download zero apps in a typical... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A lot of talented DTC marketing people have left the industry

    Richard Meyer
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    POST SUMMARY: To say that 2014 has been a challenging year for pharma would be an understatement.  Budget cuts are kicking in and 86% of Rx’s are now generic medications while sales and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Highmark defends its pricing

    Diana Manos
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Highmark Inc. has been taking some heat lately over its pricing in West Virginia, where it has no competitors in the HealthCare.gov marketplace.read more
  • Minnesota BCBS opens retail store

    Diana Manos
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    It's happening across America, and it's taking hold: insurance and retail. The most recent player in this game is Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, which announced yesterday that it will join the ranks of other retail-store insurers by making shopping for health insurance "even more personalized."read more
  • Insurers and hospitals clash over out-of-pocket expenses

    Dori Zweig
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    Insurers have a bone to pick with certain New Jersey hospitals. Bayonne Medical Center, in particular, is reaping the benefits from the state's regulation that restricts balance billing, reports Healthcare Dive.read more
  • Insurers brace for ACA audits

    Diana Manos
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    Regulators will soon conduct audits to determine whether payers comply with the Affordable Care Act, according to an article in LifeHealthPro. read more
  • 3 reasons premiums will keep increasing

    Dina Overland
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    There are certain factors at play in the health insurance market that indicate rates not only won't decrease, they will continue to rise, according to Forbes.read more
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  • Are you ready for Phase 2 of the HIPAA Audit Program?

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:46 am
    On March 31, 2014, Linda Sanches, MPH, Senior Advisor, Health Information Privacy in the Office for Civil Rights within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, presented information about Phase 2 of the OCR Audits of  HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification. The new program, which will begin in October of 2014 and run into 2015, is very different from the 2012 Phase 1 program.  These audits will be conducted primarily by OCR internal staff, not an outside agency, and will be, for now, desk audits (offsite review) of requested documentation.  This round of audits will…
  • Transforming Diabetes for Your Patients’ Health: a conversation with Mary Costa and Nancy Ferris – Podcast 101

    Carey Green
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Mary Costa, a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator is also the president and CEO of “Transform Your Diabetes Health”.  Nancy Ferris is a Lifestyle Breakthrough coach who specializes in helping individuals create maximum health and wellness.  As guests on the show, they explain their new site www.tydh.org which is offering ongoing education for diabetic patients and giving healthcare providers the educational tools and resources to support patients with diabetes. Mary Costa, a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator has worked for one of the largest HMO’s in the…
  • A 4-Point Plan for Extending Courtesy Through Your Clinic’s Calendar

    admin
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I want to thank Sue Jacques for providing this week’s blog post. Please enjoy! While most people struggle to some degree with punctuality, staying on time is particularly challenging for those who work in medical clinics. Why? Because health care professionals need to be prepared to adjust their agendas at the drop of a hat in order to handle unforeseen and urgent medical matters. But let’s face it; unexpected emergencies aren’t the only reason a practice’s timetable can go out the window.  Personal disorganization, poor communication, and unrealistic scheduling are other common…
  • Five Ways Ways Health Care Providers can Extend Courtesy through their Calendars, a conversation with Sue Jacques – podcast episode 100

    Carey Green
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Our show today discusses “Poor Planningitis” the big scheduling dilemma.  Even though health care is an unpredictable business, there are ways to manage schedules that work with, not against, the continual state flux in medicine. What matters most is that we treat time—our own and that of others—with respect. SUE JACQUES IS THE CIVILITY CEO, a uniquely qualified executive etiquette, professionalism, and corporate civility consultant. If you’ve ever wondered what to do, what to say, or what to wear, Sue can help. With over a dozen years of experience as a keynote speaker,corporate…
  • The Element of Surprise For The Independent Practitioner

    admin
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Wouldn’t it be a surprise to wake up one morning and everything had changed? What if you had a robot to fix you breakfast?  Now that doesn’t sound too bad.  Trends seem to come and go, and over time healthcare has stayed relatively the same. For so long we have made an appointment by calling, head to the appointment and wait in the waiting room to be called and seen by the doctor.  It is beginning to change though and now we are beginning to see the changes coming at lightning speed.  Here are some new trends: The way patients are seen will definitely be changing. Patients…
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    Georgia Health News

  • Drug shows promise against heart failure

    HealthDay
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    A new drug shows it’s more effective than standard treatment of heart failure patients. By HealthDay for Georgia Health News, 2014. | Permalink | Comment |
  • Another insurance deadline only days away

    Andy Miller
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    More than 20,000 Georgians have until next Friday to provide missing information or they will lose their insurance exchange coverage Sept. 30. Renard Murray The regional administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told GHN on Friday that most of the data discrepancies involve immigration or citizenship issues. Letters requesting further information were mailed earlier in August to 310,000 people in three dozen states that have their insurance exchange run by the federal government. The exchanges were created under the Affordable Care Act. Georgia’s total of…
  • Most babies getting their vaccines

    HealthDay
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    The vast majority of babies are getting vaccines they need to protect them from serious illnesses. By HealthDay for Georgia Health News, 2014. | Permalink | Comment |
  • State health agency outlines spending increases

    Andy Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
    A state health agency is budgeting an extra $24 million this fiscal year, and a similar amount next year, to pay for costly hepatitis C drugs in Georgia’s Medicaid program. The state is also expected to pay $14.1 million more this year, and $37.9 million in fiscal 2016, for lengthening the time between eligibility reviews for Medicaid and PeachCare beneficiaries, as required by the Affordable Care Act. Those were among the financial projections made in a budget presentation Thursday for the board of the Georgia Department of Community Health, which runs the Medicaid and PeachCare programs…
  • Start school later for teens’ health

    NPR
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Pediatricians say teens starting classes before 8:30 a.m. threatens their health and safety. By NPR for Georgia Health News, 2014. | Permalink | Comment |
 
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    OptometryCEO

  • Turn Website Visitors into New Patients

    Chad Fleming
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Online paid ads, also known as pay-per-click or PPC, are the most efficient way to drive more traffic to your optometry website. However, how do you convert these web visitors into new patients? The answer is a custom, PPC landing page. Here, we will examine five ways you can create a blockbuster PPC landing page that gets results. 1. Make It Quick and Easy In our fast-paced world, consumers don’t have time to read lengthy web pages when they are looking for information. Make your landing page easy to read and skim for information. Both design and text are major contributors to the user’s…
  • The Optometry Business Plan Organization Chart

    Chad Fleming
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Being the CEO of your company requires you to be a visionary. Visionaries plan for the future with a logical understanding of where their business is now and where they want it to go. If you are not a visionary, find an optometrist with this gift and make an appointment to visit with him or her about your practice. A visionary will ask the right questions to stir your thinking about what your future practice looks like. When many optometrists plan their practices they make the mistake of planning small. Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every…
  • 5 Tips for Ideal PPC Landing Pages

    Vince Wood
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Online paid advertising, or pay-per-click (PPC), is an effective way to drive a lot of users to your optometry website quickly. However, designing the right pay-per-click ad is only half of the equation. The other half is a great landing page that gets online visitors to convert into new patient appointments. So what makes up the ideal PPC landing page?   1. Create a Custom Landing Page The biggest mistake practice owners make in their online paid advertising is using their optometry website’s homepage as a landing page. A homepage is too general for a PPC campaign and does not provide…
  • The business plan’s Executive Summary provides a glimpse of who you are

    Chad Fleming
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    An often-overlooked, yet critical aspect of a great business is having a clear vision and purpose-filled mission for that business. In his book, “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action,” leadership expert Simon Sinek stresses the importance of knowing why you do what you do. Any optometrist looking to build the foundation for a successful practice should read this powerful and penetrating book. A vision statement brings focus to the team and helps you lead your staff to your destination. In contrast, a mission statement describes what you are committed…
  • A business plan is the key to funding your optometry dream

    Chad Fleming
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Many young, ambitious optometrists live with the dream of becoming the CEO of an optometry practice. Making the dream a reality takes money. Since most young, ambitious optometrists don’t have the necessary cash on hand to start or purchase their own practices, they will need to find ways to fund their dreams. Today’s tough financial environment has deferred or derailed many dreams of owning a practice. Fortunately, it does not have to be this way. Taking the time to prepare a winning proposal can open the doors to the bank vault. Just like you want to hear your 15-year-old son tell…
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    GeriPal - Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog

  • Debate: should palliative medicine physicians be required to certify in their primary specialty?

    Alex Smith
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Cool picture of Kingfisher from Wikimedia Commons - has nothing to do with the post.by: Alex Smith, @AlexSmithMDIt's been 10 years since I became certified in Internal Medicine, and that means it's time for me to re-certify.  My clinical practice is small, as I'm mostly a researcher.  The entire focus of my clinical practice is palliative care.  I used to attend on the wards, but I don't anymore. Can I just say how much I hate studying for the boards...again?  MKSAP again?  Really?  Why am I reading about some obscure disease that I have no interest in…
  • What books inspired you to go into #geriatrics or #palliative care?

    Alex Smith
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    by: Alex Smith @AlexSmithMDI just read a wonderful categorization of books about aging on Lousie Aronson's blog.  She categorizes books about aging into five types: informational, memoirs, wellness and longevity books, general non-fiction, and literary works.  My favorite category are the wellness and longevity books, you know the ones, about how if you eat enough "blueberries and kale" you will not "have to age or die."  Louise graciously declines to state the names of such books, only noting that the authors initials are often followed by the letters "M" and…
  • Surgical decision-making for elders: GeriBoards, prehab, and other great ideas

    Alex Smith
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    by: Alex Smith, @alexsmithMDA while back people realized that outcomes of surgery in older people were probably better than previously believed. This led to a widespread perception that we were being ageist by not being aggressive enough in offering surgery to older adults.  We started operating on more older adults. We identified new ways to operate on increasingly elderly and frail patients.  If you look into geriatric surgery now, you will mostly find a bunch of stuff about how to optimize surgery for elders.  (Example - I was recently asked to review the…
  • Potpourri from clinical work VII

    Alex Smith
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    by: Alex Smith, @alexsmithMDThe following are some reflections from being on service recently.  Not enough time to develop these into full posts.  If these issues tickle you, please respond in the comments!  To see previous potpourri's from clinical work follow the links to I, II, III, IV, V, and VI.David Reuben wrote a terrific perspective describing "The Hospital Dependent Patient."  These are patients who, usually elderly, who have chronic illness exacerbations that frequently land them in the hospital.  In the hospital they have a high quality of life, when…
  • A Letter to My Geriatric Patients

    Megan Rau
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    I would like to send my deepest thanks to every one of you for teaching me so much during my Internal Medicine residency. With every lesson, you touched my heart. I have been an internal medicine resident the last two years and each day you accepted me into the most vulnerable period of your life. I have been there as you face a scary new cancer diagnosis, when you realize your independence may be lost forever, and when your mind has felt shaky and unstable. I have been there as you navigate the trials of watching your child, your life partner, your sibling or loved one as they face death. I…
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    Safety un-Limited

  • Pain assessment using OPQRST

    Tony Howarth
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    OPQRST – This little string of the alphabet helps you to do a comprehensive pain assessment. Obviously if someone has pain from a cut finger, you deal with the finger. When you need to dig more deeply and find out … Continue reading →
  • Google Glass – What About Health and Safety?

    sea2skyguest
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:15 pm
    If there’s one product that’s created a stir before its public launch, it’s Google Glass. The search engine giant has an innovative, high-tech product in its beta program (which means it’s still in the testing phase) that looks like a … Continue reading →
  • The Dangers of Driving While Drowsy – an Infographic

    sea2skyguest
    27 Feb 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Many people have heard of the dangers of “Driving Under the Influence” (DUI) or “Driving While Intoxicated” (DWI). There have been many campaigns to bring awareness to this danger. But there is another danger on the road. A danger that … Continue reading →
  • Seat Belt Awareness

    sea2skyguest
    27 Feb 2014 | 7:12 am
    Let’s go back to the prairie land. Back before motorized vehicles existed. Remember The Little House on the Prairie or John Wayne westerns? If you took note of the time era entertainment depictions, you may have noticed that transportation was … Continue reading →
  • Swimming With Sharks? Five Tips for Driving Safely Around Big Rigs

    sea2skyguest
    26 Feb 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Cars and tractor trailers on the highway are sometimes like oil and water: They don’t mix. Car drivers do whatever they can to pass big rigs that they believe are moving too slowly down the road. At the same time, truck … Continue reading →
 
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    Healthcare Today - Health News

  • Food poverty warning

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:04 am
    Experts warn rickets becoming more apparent due to malnutrition because people could not afford quality food.Health figures revealed a 19% increase in people admitted to hospital with malnutrition. Vice president of the Faculty of Public Health, John Middleton, said food-related ill health was getting worse "through extreme poverty and the use of food banks"."It's getting worse because ...
  • Double vaccines for polio could free world of disease

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Research suggests using polio oral vaccine along with additional injection boosts immunity.The World Health Organisation says the findings were 'truly historic'.The disease is spread through contaminated faeces and can cause death. Fighting polio has been one of the biggest success stories in global health.
  • Elderly better protected with high-dose flu jab

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:13 am
    A new study has found the elderly benefit better from a high-dose of the flu vaccine compared to the standard jab. Researchers reported about one in four flu cases in older people could be prevented if the high-dose vaccine was used instead.
  • Rise in CT scans

    14 Aug 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Experts who have assessed the risks of radiation on health have found a sharp rise in the number of people having CT scans. The number of scans on children has doubled in a decade. Children are the most at risk.Radiation has been linked to cancer, however, the government-appointed Comare group have said the benefits of the scans outweigh the harms.
  • Daily aspirin can cut bowel cancer deaths

    6 Aug 2014 | 12:13 am
    A review of evidence suggests daily aspirin can reduce chance of developing or dying from bowel and stomach cancers.Scientists predict some 122,000 deaths could be prevented if everyone aged 50 and over in the UK took the drug for 10 years. However, medical advice must be sought before using it as aspirin can cause internal bleeding.
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    Professional Patient Perspective

  • Healthcare Innovators from Doctors 2.0 & You (2014)

    Michael A. Weiss
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    This Interview is with Dr. Jacques Durand, Founder of the hospital patient picture-sharing “app” called “HospitalPIX” and BlaBlaDoctor, the first global health social network committed to provide independent hospitals and treatments reviews.  Dr. Durand is a practicing French physician based in South East Asia but he’s also a Social Media Expert and has devoted his life to advancing healthcare online.  In addition to HospitalPIX and BlaBlaDoctor, Dr. Durand’s company, HEALTH2i, has also formed an mHealth platform called “DokterGratis” which enables Live Chat on Smartphones…
  • Must ePatients embrace mHealth w/ caution?

    Michael A. Weiss
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:29 pm
    First, the Music Industry was transformed by technology Back in college, I was a serious music fan and collected “Albums” for the entire experience of reading the linear notes while listening, and possibly even using, the rare double album cover for more nefarious and deleterious purposes.  These days, at least one of those purposes is considered “medicinal,” so, in retrospect, maybe I wasn’t the outlaw, The Allman Brothers’ double album, “Eat a Peach,” made me in my mind.  As time went by and 8-track tapes became as hard to find as talent when Kim Kardasian looks in the…
  • Crohn’s Disease: 3-year old talks about his Dad’s illness

    Michael A. Weiss
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:31 pm
    “I can handle things! I’m smart! Not like everybody says… like dumb…” It’s two (2) more years till Kindergarten, and I am already SO over Fisher-Price toys and smiling on-command every time one of my Mom’s friends talks gibberish to me just to make me like her.  Everyone does that to me; even my aunts and uncles.  I don’t get these people; just because I don’t talk, doesn’t mean I don’t understand everything they say.  Still, people visiting my house have more interesting conversations with our dog, “Lucky,” than they do with me.  Do they think I…
  • Stanford Medicine X, Quantified Self & Connected Health at Doctors 2.0

    Michael A. Weiss
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    Here’s a few more Video Interviews I was able to conduct at the recent “Doctors 2.0 & You” in Paris, France.  They run the gamut from chatting with the Executive Director of the “sister conference” of Doctors 2.0, namely Stanford Medicine X (Dr. Larry Chu) to gaining a hands-on understanding of Connected Health and Quantified Self (Christian Funk), the two (2) “hottest” fields in “disruptive healthcare.”  In that context, “disruptive” is a POSITIVE TERM in that it represents efforts aimed at changing and improving the…
  • Crohn’s Disease & IBD – Interview w/ an Expert

    Michael A. Weiss
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Chronic patients must adapt to different doctors As a 30-year Crohn’s Disease patient, I’ve met every conceivable type of physician and encountered them on probably their (and my) best and worst days.  With such a complex and seemingly “personalized” disease, I’ve learned there’s rarely a doctor-patient “comfort zone” such that they “take you at your word” when you articulate your symptoms, as rare or strange as they may be, or when you convey your surgical scarred-substantiated veteran thoughts.  But that’s the gig with a…
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    HEALTHeCAREERS Blog | HEALTHeCAREERS Blog

  • 10 Important Things to Bring to Your Interview

    Nicole Bent
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    You put the time into making your resume perfect and completed all the application steps correctly. Now you have an in-person interview, and you don't know how to prepare.   Make sure you have these 10 things with you at every interview to help ensure you shine! Documents: Don’t think just because you provided information on an application or resume that an interviewer will have it. Always bring copies of your education certificates and proofs of employment with you to each interview. Interview Details: Make sure to write down all the details of the interview when you speak to…
  • 10 Interview Fashion Mistakes to Avoid

    Nicole Bent
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    One of my favorite sayings about dressing for an interview is, “Dress for the job you want … not the job you have.”  This statement sums up the importance of dressing to make a great first impression at your interview. You never get a second chance at a first impression, so make sure you don’t make these fashion mistakes at your next interview. Wild Nail Polish: Long and unkempt nails for men and brightly colored, designed nails for women draw an interviewer’s attention away from your skills and to your nails. With long nails the question in that…
  • 5 Ways to Deal with Nursing Stress

    Nicole Bent
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Healthcare is one of the most rewarding fields in which to work, but it’s also one of the most stressful. Large caseloads, short staff, long hours, difficult patients and co-workers all increase stress levels that a nurse deals with every day. We all expect some level of stress in our jobs, and there are ways to help keep that stress manageable. High levels of stress for long periods of time can negatively affect your health, job satisfaction and patient care.  Try some of these tips to help decrease your daily stress levels at work. Remember, you need to take care of yourself…
  • Nursing Career Options

    Nicole Bent
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    Nursing careers are rewarding in so many ways including financially and personally.  Everyone knows it takes a special kind of person to be a nurse, but did you know you have different choices of what do to with your nursing degree? Even if you are just starting or looking for a change, you have many different career options. Case Management Quality Improvement Health Information Technology (HIT) Healthcare Recruiting Teaching Medical Writer Patient Advocacy Nursing Administrator Legal Consulting Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Sales Forensic Nurse Specialties Work-at-Home Options…
  • Student Loan Repayment Tips for Nurses

    Nicole Bent
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Congratulations, you are a nurse! You survived nursing school and are now working. It is six month after you finished school, and you are bombarded with letters from student loan lenders.  Don’t panic, you can manage your student loan repayments by following these simple suggestions. Locate all your loans You may be saying, “I have all my bills right here,” but that may not be all you borrowed while in school. The good news is you can view all of your federal loans in one place at the National Student Loan Data System. Log in to print this list and cross check it with…
 
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    MedCity News

  • Skylit’s handheld device could bring psoriasis, eczema phototherapy home

    Meghana Keshavan
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    San Diego startup Skylit Medical is developing a phototherapy device for private home use to treat conditions like psoriasis, eczema and vitiligo. It’s one of those necessity’s the mother of inventionish stories – founder Martyn Gross himself has eczema and psoriasis. “We are a frustrated group, because this is an inflammatory condition for which there is no cure – so we spend $10 billion per year to solve this problem,” Gross said, adding that most of these dollars go to systemic and biologic drugs, he said, which are costly out-of-pocket for…
  • Roche is taking after Buzzfeed – it’s got a “What Type of Researcher Are You?” Quiz

    Meghana Keshavan
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    If you’re like me, your idea of a good Labor Day Weekend is trawling the Twitters to find fun, science-ish things. Roche Life Science promoted this quiz, and it’s actually pretty entertaining: What Type of Researcher Are You? It’s a fun spin on the Buzzfeed-esque quizzes that clog the social media feeds, except questions are like this:
  • Back to the future: How healthcare hackathons are returning medicine to its roots

    Aman Bhandari
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Sachin Jain is the co-author of this post. Medicine and public health have had a long history and strong roots in experimentation and solving problems through iteration. As healthcare now begins to intersect with tech like never before, the health focused hackathon offers an unprecedented opportunity for us to embrace this past while giving a home to the tinkering, experimentation, and solution-building that is needed now more than ever in our industry. Aman Bhandari The first recorded use of the word “hack” occurred 900 years ago, but the more common and positive use of “hack”—to…
  • Wow of the Week: Forget counting steps – this guy’s walking 5,000 miles at work this year

    Meghana Keshavan
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    Kirklyn Smith puts the Proclaimers to shame… he’s already walked 500 miles, and he’s gonna walk 4,500 more. The Boise, Idaho office manager has a treadmill built into his desk – a contraption called a TrekDesk - and has a goal to walk 5,000 miles at work in a year. He has launched a website that tracks his trekking progress; so far, he’s at around 3,470 miles walked this year… clearly the runaway champ of any FitBit competition. Smith has been doing this walking at work thing for more than four years now. He says why on his website: As a busy professional…
  • Novartis’ next blockbuster? New drug cuts heart failure death rate a stunning 20 percent

    Meghana Keshavan
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Novartis could be on the verge of its next blockbuster. The Swiss pharma giant’s new heart failure drug could prove to replace the current standard of therapy, the company announced Saturday. A wide-spanning heart failure study found that Novartis’ drug candidate LCZ696 cut cardiovascular deaths by 20 percent when compared to ACE-inhibitors, which have been the go-to heart failure treatment for more than two decades. Its safety profile beats the “gold standard” of ACE-inhibitor treatment, a drug called enalapril, said Dr. Milton Packer, a professor of clinical…
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    Healthy Debate

  • Hospital parking: health care’s controversial cost

    Vanessa Milne, Andreas Laupacis & Mike Tierney
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Shalimar Novak is sick of paying for parking. The social worker has been to Toronto’s Mount Sinai once or twice a week recently for appointments related to her pregnancy, and paid about $15 every time. “It definitely adds up,” she says. “And when you have a kid coming, you’re thinking in diaper dollars. It would be nice if that money could go towards things you need, instead of going towards parking.” She and her husband have decided they’ll probably take a taxi to the hospital when she goes into labour, rather than dealing with the hassle and cost of…
  • Options limited when second shoulder surgery fails

    Paul Taylor
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Personal Health Navigator is available to all Canadian patients. Questions about your doctor, hospital or how to navigate the health care system can be sent to AskPaul@Sunnybrook.ca Question: I am a 60-year-old female. I have had two rotator cuff shoulder surgeries, both failed. I was told it couldn’t be repaired again because there’s not enough tissue to hold the joint in place. But is it possible to take muscle and tendons from another area to help rebuild the cuff? And what about the theory of keeping the joint immobilized for up to six weeks post surgery? The day after my last…
  • Physician-assisted death and euthanasia in Canada: should it be legal or banned?

    Vanessa Milne, Jill Konkin & Terry Sullivan
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    When Canadians saw the video from Donald Low pleading for physician-assisted death, it sparked a nationwide conversation on the issue. The public had grown used to seeing Mount Sinai Hospital’s microbiologist-in-chief at press conferences, poised and  explaining how Toronto was battling the SARS outbreak. But in this video, he is terminally ill with a brain tumour. Almost deaf and with one eye closed, he talks calmly about his own, imminent death. “What the end is going to look like, that’s what’s bothering me the most,” he says. He asks for Canada to introduce assisted…
  • What you need to know before consenting to medical treatment

    Paul Taylor
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Personal Health Navigator is available to all Canadian patients. Questions about your doctor, hospital or how to navigate the health care system can be sent to AskPaul@Sunnybrook.ca Question: I had a major operation at an Ontario hospital. At an appointment before the operation, the doctor told me about what to expect from the surgery and the possible risks. Then he asked me to sign a consent form. I didn’t really understand everything he said, but felt pressured into signing the form.  As it turned out, the operation was successful.  However, the whole signing process still really…
  • Does non-celiac gluten sensitivity really exist?

    Vanessa Milne, Andreas Laupacis & Verna Yiu
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    When Linda Kerr’s son’s growth flatlined, a doctor suggested the teen might benefit from a gluten-free diet. In support, she tried the diet with him. Her son eventually decided he wasn’t going to follow it, but it did have an unexpected effect: after about a month, Kerr herself found her health improved. “I’d been struggling all of my life with irritable bowel syndrome [a chronic condition that causes cramping, pain and gas],” she says. “I felt so much better following a gluten-free diet.” The retired dietitian, who lives in Westerose, Alberta, has been on a gluten-restricted…
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    Home Health Care News

  • Minnesota Home Health Workers Approve Union in Historic Election

    Emily Study
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:24 pm
    In one of Minnesota’s largest labor organizing efforts since the Depression, thousands of home care workers across the state voted to create their own union, according to several reports. The final tally was 3,543 in favor of a union and 2,306 opposed, according to data released Tuesday by the state’s Bureau of Mediation Services. With the union now authorized, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which organized the election, can negotiate with the state for wages, benefits, rules and working conditions for nearly 27,000 eligible home health workers who are paid…
  • AirStrip Raises $25M to Bring Mobile Tech into Home Health

    Cassandra Dowell
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    A provider of mobile healthcare applications raised $25 million in a strategic funding round led by healthcare investors.  The funding will support the continued growth of the patent-protected AirStrip ONE mobile technology solutions, expansion into the home health space, internationalization efforts and accelerated integration with industry-leading analytics engines, AirStrip says in a written statement. Investors include Gary and Mary West Health Investment Fund, Sequoia Capital, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Wellcome Trust and global tech developer Qualcomm Inc, which has…
  • Philips Smartphone App Targets Aging in Place Seniors

    Jason Oliva
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:19 pm
    A new smartphone app from Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG) allows seniors who are living independently at home to receive the benefits and services of a remote medical alert system, without the necessity of having to wear a device. Offering a direct connection to Philips’ U.S.-based call center, the mobile Lifeline response app allows smartphone-enabled seniors and their families to speak directly to trained personnel, even if it is for non-emergencies. The app uses functionalities built into the smartphone devices that can help locate users in efforts to better ensure that help is directed to…
  • Miami Home Health Owner Sentenced In $6 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

    Cassandra Dowell
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    A co-owner of Professional Medical Home Health LLC has been sentenced to serve nearly six years in prison and ordered to pay $6.2 million in restitution for her participation in a health care fraud scheme involving the now defunct home health care company. Annarella Garcia, 44, of Hialeah, Fla. pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud June 25. Garcia was a co-owner of Professional Medical Home Health, a Miami home health care agency that purported to provide home health and therapy services to Medicare beneficiaries. Between December 2008 and February 2014, Garcia and others…
  • Maine Rallies Around Package of Bills Aimed at Aging in Place

    Jason Oliva
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Maine’s state Legislature is moving along with a three-pronged package of bills aimed at strengthening the resources available to help its seniors age in place. Mark Eves (D-North Berwick), speaker of Maine’s House of Representatives, last week unveiled a comprehensive set of proposals under an initiative dubbed “KeepME Home,” which addresses key concerns of older adults, including but not limited to living independently and having financial security.  At the crux of plan, the initiative aims to create affordable housing for seniors in each of Maine’s 16…
 
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    referralMD | World's Leading Healthcare Referral Network

  • Where Social Media and Health Informatics Intersect

    Jonathan Govette
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Healthcare professionals have long understood social media is a great way to boost their brands, share helpful tips and pass long practice-specific information to patients in an expedient fashion. After all, many patients are already engaged on sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Using these social media streams for the implementation of the EHR and other tele-health efforts might not seem as intuitive, especially when privacy is taken into account.  There are some compelling reasons, however, for health informatics specialists and medical professionals to consider the usefulness of social…
  • Concerned about Patient Privacy? 7 Disastrous HIPAA Violations that you should avoid

    Jonathan Govette
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    You have heard the statements. HIPAA violations happen all the time.  No one ever gets caught.  No one will ever discover the breach.  Don’t be so sure.  Privacy and Security have become huge social concerns.  It is big news.  HIPAA privacy and security breaches are discovered. People are caught, fined, sued and pay a lots of money for HIPAA violations.  You would be surprised by the varied ways that HIPAA violations can come to light: national news casts, police investigations, patient complaints, law suits, and public outcry.  Here are a couple of true stories. 1.  Drivers Notice…
  • Electronic Medical Records – Past, Present, and Future?

    Fred Pennic
    5 Jun 2014 | 8:50 am
    Dr. Donald Voltz, MD discusses how the electronic medical records of today is merely a duplication of the past and how future EMR systems must align medical professionals with data that needs to be collaborative.  The open question regarding Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) is what they now offer the medical community and what would medical professionals need and envision for the next generation. The Henry Ford adage: “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” This quote has been used to counter criticism from physicians with respect to EMR adoption…
  • Tackling the Heartbleed Bug in Health Care : Are you at Risk?

    Emily Newhook
    28 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    As word of the Heartbleed bug spread across the Internet, IT professionals across all industries have taken notice and are working tirelessly to resolve the issue. Public health officials, health care administrators and privacy advocates are concerned about the potential security implications for patients and medical providers, especially given the sensitivity of patient data such as Social Security numbers or treatment information. According to Healthcare IT News, Phil Lerner, chief information security officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, says responding to the bug is…
  • Is the Cloud the Answer to your Hospital’s Challenges? [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Fred Pennic
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    Hospitals are currently struggling to deal with Electronic Medical Record (EMR) upgrades, figuring out Health Information Exchange (HIE) compatibility, Meaningful Use mandates, and the upgrades required for International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, (ICD-10) Click image to enlarge Image courtesy of: www.innotas.com The post Is the Cloud the Answer to your Hospital’s Challenges? [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on referralMD | World's Leading Healthcare Referral Network.
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    Better Patient Engagement with Ian Worden

  • Why Patient Experiences Should Foster Engagement

    Ian Worden
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Engaged patients cost less. Satisfied patients cost more. Engaged patients have better health outcomes. Satisfied patients have a higher death rate. A previous a Better Patient Engagement post titled, Patient Experience vs. Patient Engagement, explored the differences between patient experience and patient engagement. The post differentiated the two concepts as follows, “Whereas the patient experience is based on the patient’s perception of quality, patient engagement is based on the patient’s active and sustained participation in managing their health. The patient experience is about…
  • What Can TurboTax Teach Us about Patient Engagement?

    Ian Worden
    15 Jun 2014 | 8:52 am
    What can TurboTax teach us about patient engagement? It turns out quite a bit. A recent Better Patient Engagement post discussed engagement from the patient’s perspective and emphasized the need for healthcare design that recognizes, acknowledges and considers the unique emotional needs of patients. People don’t want to be patients and this is an important distinction when you are trying to engage patients in their care.  People don’t want to be patients and this makes us hesitant to be active participants in our care.  TurboTax has a similar dilemma in that it too must address the…
  • Engagement: The Patient’s Perspective

    Ian Worden
    26 May 2014 | 10:32 am
    There is much ado in the healthcare industry regarding how to improve patient engagement. Health plans, hospitals and providers alike are tackling initiatives designed to improve patient engagement. While there is much posturing on this topic at its core patient engagement is still by and large an elusive endeavor for most organizations. An often overlooked component of improving patient engagement is…well, the patient. So what do patients think about engagement? To begin with it is probably a misstatement to characterize most patients as contemplators of their engagement. Rather, from a…
  • Patient Engagement Potpourri: Google Glass, Virtual Assistants, Walgreens and More

    Ian Worden
    6 Mar 2014 | 8:50 am
    It can be tough to find time to keep on top of the topic of patient engagement with all of the competing priorities.  An easy way to stay informed on the topic is to join the Linkedin group Patient Engagement Innovation Exchange.  Over 40 patient engagement discussions were posted to this group in February.  This Linkedin group is dedicated to discussion surrounding patient engagement news, trends, practices and innovations. A sampling of the discussions include: A blog post by Kathleen Poulos at InCrowd titled “Google Glass and Patient Engagement – Is This a Match Made in Heaven?”…
  • Caregivers as a Gateway to Improved Patient Engagement

    Ian Worden
    16 Feb 2014 | 10:29 am
    Did you know that it is significantly more likely that any given patient has a caregiver than has accessed or used a patient portal? Yet many healthcare organizations are spending significant time and resources on their patient portal efforts to help improve patient engagement while overlooking a potentially more immediate and impactful patient engagement opportunity – caregivers. Caregivers can be thought of as someone who provides unpaid care to a friend or relative who is sick or disabled. A national survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, supported by…
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    The Doctor's Tablet

  • Chasing an Ebola Strain: A Q&A with Researcher Dr. Jonathan Lai

    The Doctor's Tablet Editors
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    There are five known species (or strains) of the deadly Ebola virus. Dr. Jonathan Lai, associate professor of biochemistry at Einstein, recently developed new antibodies that could one day be used as a therapy for the Sudan ebolavirus strain.  The Doctor’s Tablet recently sat down with Dr. Lai to discuss his latest study; his ongoing [...]
  • Autism Advocacy in the Making

    Fay Burekhovich
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    “September 1, 1939,” I said, narrowly eyeing the person beside me, scrunching my forehead in genuine scrutiny of the situation. Although I was not entirely certain of what was to come, the eternal optimist within geared up for an opportunity to go into raptures. “Friday,” emerged his effortless reply. And so it was. Meet my [...]
  • The Ethics of the Ebola Outbreak: Who Should Receive Experimental Treatment?

    Ruth Macklin, Ph.D.
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, which has led to at least 1,200 deaths, poses a number of ethical questions that are both pressing and unfamiliar. There are currently no approved drugs to treat Ebola. However, new, untested treatments have been given to a few people during this latest outbreak, in the hopes [...]
  • Nutrition Lessons in the Bronx: “What Would LeBron James Eat?”

    Mathew Birnbaum
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    When I was a child, one of my favorite sugary snacks was basically a small vat of frosting. It came with cookies for dunking. I won’t lie; some of that stuff is delicious, but with help from my family and what I learned in school, I came to appreciate healthier alternatives. No question, it seems [...]
  • Medical School Orientation: A Third-Year Gives Advice to First-Years

    Jim Semple
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    To the incoming Albert Einstein College of Medicine Class of 2018, congratulations on your admission to medical school! Be prepared for an onslaught of information: advice, tips, good wishes, pointers, greetings, suggestions and introductions. This post is part of that mix, but it will be brief! If there is one thing I remember about the [...]
 
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    BrokerFish International Health Insurance Blog

  • 20 Mouth-Watering Foods Craved by Expats

    Andrew Kasimir
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    Amidst all the preparation and packing for your move to another country, you would probably be looking forward to immersing yourself into the local culture and trying the local delicacies. However, home is still where the heart is when it comes to food. You could be missing the usual breakfast cereal that you have every morning or that particular dish that only your home country has. Below are some of the foods that expatriates are missing: 1. Blue Bell Ice Cream Photo: Jonny Hunter   2. Hot Pockets Photo: Mike Mozart   3. Poutine Photo: Joe Shlabotnik   4. Ceviche Photo:…
  • Unbelievable and Funny Stories from Travels Abroad

    Andrew Kasimir
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:28 am
    When travelling to a country you have never been to, you know you are going to be in for a trip full of adventure and maybe even culture shock. Along with all the experiences that you gain, you will also bring home interesting and sometimes not so pleasant stories that make for great conversation starters! Read on to find out what other people have gone through during their travels: 1. Travels and public toilets Photo: Eliza Smith Photo: Eliza Smith Eliza Smith, an avid traveller from Australia speaks about her experience with public toilets in Japan and compares it to the one she used (or…
  • 10 Most Interesting Toilets from Around the World

    Andrew Kasimir
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    Toilets have advanced from the simple hole in the ground to what we have in our homes and offices that involve complex drainage and water systems. The ancient Greek city of Ephesus which was founded in 1st century AD had pretty advanced public toilets for their time. However, this is not the kind of public toilet that you are probably thinking of.   Photo: Gary R. Caldwell Photo: Harvey Barrison These toilets were part of the Scholastica Baths and the seats were made of marble. Clearly it was not a problem for the people of Ephesus to ease themselves in front and next to each other.
  • 6 Tips for Living Abroad on a Budget

    The BrokerFish!
    5 Jun 2013 | 12:25 am
    Photo: Rodrigo_Soldon If you have plans to spend significant time abroad, be it for work or for pleasure, you’re in for quite a treat. Exploring different cultures and lifestyles, meeting interesting people, and sampling exotic cuisines are only part of the fun. For all its benefits, though, living in a new country can pose a daunting financial challenge. Whether you’re a seasoned international traveler or you’re living abroad for the very first time, there are several things you can do to keep your expenses in check. Read on for some helpful hints on how you can save money…
  • The Ultimate Checklist for Living Abroad in Singapore

    The BrokerFish!
    8 Oct 2012 | 1:01 am
    Photo: jjcb If you are considering living abroad in Singapore, you’re in good company. More than a third of all Singaporean residents are foreigners. Though little more than five million people inhabit this Asian nation, it boasts four national languages: English, Chinese, Malay, and Tamil. Moreover, the World Bank has named Singapore “the easiest place in the world to do business,” and its unemployment rate consistently hovers around a mere two percent. For all these reasons and more, living abroad in Singapore appeals to millions of people around the world, including Americans. Should…
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    Mimic Simulation » Blog

  • Technology: The Great Gender Equalizer

    hollyberkley
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    Mimic’s robotic surgery simulation technology is featured in this month’s issue of Medical Dealer magazine. See this issue here. “One of the most powerful equalizers in any system is technology, and as medical equipment manufacturers work to improve their positions in an increasingly competitive and outcomes-based marketplace, some are considering the specific needs of women in their product development,” writes Matthew N. Skoufalos in his cover story for MedicalDealer Technology: The Great Gender Equalizer – A look at trends in women’s health. In the article,…
  • Art Director Gordon Nealy on Training, Instruction + Education in Simulation

    hollyberkley
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    “I’m going to talk to you today about training, instruction and education. These are highly associative and overlapping terms but I use them to better describe our company’s approach to simulation and relate it to your function as communicators and educators.” – Art Director Gordon Nealy The following is a transcript from Mimic’s Art Director Gordon Nealy who spoke about Mimic’s approach to training, instruction and education during the recent Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) Annual Conference. In his speech, Nealy explains how Mimic has created new…
  • 3D Artist Steve Rowse on “Designing the Original Robotic Surgery Simulator”

    hollyberkley
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    This year’s  Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) Annual Conference brought together 400+ visual communication experts to share tales of cutting-edge medical procedures, newly discovered molecular processes, revealing scientific mysteries, and inspirational journeys that fascinate all of us. Mimic was honored to have three of our talented team members (Steve Rowse, Gordon Nealy and Emily Shaw) speak at the event, and even go on to win the prestigious “Charlotte Holt Award of Excellence” for the dV-Trainer, Mimic’s Robotic Surgery Simulator. The following is a…
  • Celebrating the Story of the “Original Robotic Surgery Simulator” at AMI 2014

    hollyberkley
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    “At the heart of our profession are compelling stories”  – AMI 2014 Mimic’s Steve Rowse, Gordon Nealy and Emily Shaw will speak about “Designing the Original Robotic Surgery Simulator” at this year’s Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) Annual Conference at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, July 23-26, 2014. This world-renowned event brings together 400+ visual communication experts to share tales of cutting-edge medical procedures, newly discovered molecular processes, revealing scientific mysteries, and inspirational journeys that fascinate all of us. Since 1945, AMI…
  • Live Stream of Robotic Simulation Olympics!

    hollyberkley
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:59 pm
      Lehigh Valley Health Network is hosting the third annual Robotic Simulation Olympics this weekend!  Participants are competing for the title “America’s Next Top Doctor” by trying their skills on Mimic’s simulation platform for the da Vinci Surgical System®, the same training system used by LVHN robotic surgeons. The final round is June 28 at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. Finals begin at 5 p.m., followed by the awards presentation and the closing ceremonies. Can’t make the event in person? Finals will be streamed live tomorrow from Coca Cola Park between 5 and 6:30PM EST…
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    DC Medical Malpractice & Patient Safety Blog

  • Discharged ER Gallbladder Patients Often Require Emergency Surgery

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    Gallbladder disease is common in the U.S., and people suffering from it often find themselves in the emergency room to deal with the pain. Researchers recently concluded that a disturbing number of these patients are sent home only to return shortly for emergency surgery. The study published in the Journal of Surgical Research found that 1 in 5 gallbladder patients seen in the ER, sent home and told to schedule surgery to remove their gallbladder find themselves back in the emergency department within a month. As reported on AboutLawsuits.com, scientists from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester,…
  • FDA’s Expedited Drug Review Lets Sketchy New Drugs Slip into the Market

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:53 pm
    In the 22 years since the FDA implemented a program for pharmaceutical companies to pay a fee to expedite market approval for their drugs, recalls for drugs have increased significantly. According to research published in the August issue of Health Affairs (subscription required), newer drugs have a 1 in 3 chance of either being withdrawn for safety reasons, or requiring a black box warning on their packaging. Such a warning denotes serious and/or life-threatening side effects of the medication. As described on AboutLawsuits.com, the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) was enacted in 1992…
  • Suggested Reading-- What You Should Know About Long-Term Acute Care

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Most patients who must stay in an acute care facility for an extended period do not have a rosy prognosis. And most people know very little about these specialized care centers. But thanks to an aging population, and the fact that medicine is very good at keeping people alive in the intensive care unit (ICU), the long-term acute care population will grow well beyond the current estimate of 380,000 patients. These are highly dependent patients who survive the ICU, but aren’t well enough to go home or to a rehabilitation facility. According to a recent story in the New York Times called “At…
  • Feds Withhold Some Information From Doctor Dollars Database

    25 Aug 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Next month the federal government’s database of drug company and medical device manufacturer payments to doctors is supposed to launch. But it won’t be as we expected. As reported by ProPublica.org, about one-third of the records will be withheld because of data inconsistencies. Keep in mind that although the Physician Payments Sunshine Act was passed in 2011 as part of the Obama administration’s health-care reform, and the database, Open Payments, was supposed to be available to the public last year, it has been delayed until now. Withholding information seems to be trending: A few…
  • Calculating the Risk of Medical Intervention

    24 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    We always advise people to understand the risks as well as the benefits of any procedure or treatment they are considering, but getting your arms around the idea of “risk” — much less being able to quantify it — is a challenge all its own. Last month, “Risk and Reason,” a multipart series on NPR, looked at several ways people assess risk, with an eye toward helping medical consumers apply it to their own circumstances. One part tells the story of Brian Zikmund-Fisher, a professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health who teaches about risk and probability. As a…
 
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    CareNovate Magazine

  • How to Get Out Of Mental Health Problems

    Dr G
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    How to Get Out Of Mental Health Problems Some people with mental health issues feel like they have been walking in darkness. It is painful to be under mental health distress. Moreover, the nature of those problems is such that they do not always get detected early. However, even if this phase of life seems […] The post How to Get Out Of Mental Health Problems appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Health Literacy 101: 8 Benefits of Keeping a Health Journal

    Dr G
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    In this article, you’ll learn: How to find out if you’re eating right and exercising enough. Fix pain areas in your fitness routines. Stay motivated and inspired in your health and fitness regime.  Health Literacy 101: Benefits of Keeping a Health Journal Your health is one of your biggest assets in life, and it’s up […] The post Health Literacy 101: 8 Benefits of Keeping a Health Journal appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Know the Signs: 6 Early Signs of Dementia to Watch for in Your Loved Ones

    Guest Contributor
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    As someone with elderly loved ones, you are used to seeing friends, parents, or other relatives go through changes as they age. Although everyone changes as they get older, you might have difficulty deciding—are these changes a normal part of the aging process, or do they indicate the onset of dementia? While there is some […] The post Know the Signs: 6 Early Signs of Dementia to Watch for in Your Loved Ones appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Caregiving Stories: Houston Area Self Care Coach Shares What it Takes to Care for Mom and Raise Kids

    Dr G
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Caregiving Stories They have power, an effect and it is sustaining. Sometimes, all it takes is for a caregiver is to hear or listen to other people’s health care and caregiving journey to know that they are not alone. Their stories are potent and moving. Caregivers, working moms and sandwich generation families can learn so […] The post Caregiving Stories: Houston Area Self Care Coach Shares What it Takes to Care for Mom and Raise Kids appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • CareNovate Magazine Issue 2: The Caregiving and Health Literacy Issue

    Dr G
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Caregiving and Health Literacy Issue: Our second issue of CareNovate Magazine has been dedicated to caregiving and health literacy. In this issue we have articles on American Pharmacist month, Health Literacy month, senior care, caregiving, and cancer.   In the Issue: Private Duty Homecare by Angil Tarach-Ritchey RN, GCM This is part two of eight […] The post CareNovate Magazine Issue 2: The Caregiving and Health Literacy Issue appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
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    CareNovate Magazine

  • How to Get Out Of Mental Health Problems

    Dr G
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    How to Get Out Of Mental Health Problems Some people with mental health issues feel like they have been walking in darkness. It is painful to be under mental health distress. Moreover, the nature of those problems is such that they do not always get detected early. However, even if this phase of life seems […] The post How to Get Out Of Mental Health Problems appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Health Literacy 101: 8 Benefits of Keeping a Health Journal

    Dr G
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    In this article, you’ll learn: How to find out if you’re eating right and exercising enough. Fix pain areas in your fitness routines. Stay motivated and inspired in your health and fitness regime.  Health Literacy 101: Benefits of Keeping a Health Journal Your health is one of your biggest assets in life, and it’s up […] The post Health Literacy 101: 8 Benefits of Keeping a Health Journal appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Know the Signs: 6 Early Signs of Dementia to Watch for in Your Loved Ones

    Guest Contributor
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    As someone with elderly loved ones, you are used to seeing friends, parents, or other relatives go through changes as they age. Although everyone changes as they get older, you might have difficulty deciding—are these changes a normal part of the aging process, or do they indicate the onset of dementia? While there is some […] The post Know the Signs: 6 Early Signs of Dementia to Watch for in Your Loved Ones appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Caregiving Stories: Houston Area Self Care Coach Shares What it Takes to Care for Mom and Raise Kids

    Dr G
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Caregiving Stories They have power, an effect and it is sustaining. Sometimes, all it takes is for a caregiver is to hear or listen to other people’s health care and caregiving journey to know that they are not alone. Their stories are potent and moving. Caregivers, working moms and sandwich generation families can learn so […] The post Caregiving Stories: Houston Area Self Care Coach Shares What it Takes to Care for Mom and Raise Kids appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • CareNovate Magazine Issue 2: The Caregiving and Health Literacy Issue

    Dr G
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Caregiving and Health Literacy Issue: Our second issue of CareNovate Magazine has been dedicated to caregiving and health literacy. In this issue we have articles on American Pharmacist month, Health Literacy month, senior care, caregiving, and cancer.   In the Issue: Private Duty Homecare by Angil Tarach-Ritchey RN, GCM This is part two of eight […] The post CareNovate Magazine Issue 2: The Caregiving and Health Literacy Issue appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
 
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    Musings on Medicine and the Health Care System

  • How Much is Three Extra Months Worth?

    Debra Gordon
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    I’m in the middle of a project about the future of cancer care in this country. And you can’t talk about cancer treatment these days without also talking about cost. That’s because cancer drugs are among the most expensive in the world, with several costing more than $100,000 a year. If you have a 20% copayment, that means $20,000 out of your pocket. Yet most of these drugs extend life just a few months and most have significant side effects. Let’s take a look at one drug approved this year: Zykadia, indicated for a type of late-stage lung cancer. It costs $13,200 a…
  • Welcome to the Roller Coaster Ride of the Affordable Care Act

    Debra Gordon
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:24 am
    I’m behind in the blog, I admit it. Last week I was planning a blog on all the good news about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the 10 million people who signed up; the lower-than-expected premiums; the lower-than-anticipated medical inflation predicted for the coming year, the result of which is due, at least in part, to the ACA. Then came the ruling from a federal circuit court that the government could not provide subsidies for people to buy health insurance in states that did not set up their own exchanges. The ruling comes from a couple of sentences in the huge bill (about 900…
  • Help! I’ve Lost My Insurance and I Can’t Get Up!

    Debra Gordon
    22 Jun 2014 | 4:44 am
    The serendipity of the universe never ceases to amaze me. A couple of days ago I gave the keynote speech on healthcare reform at the Texas Medical Association’s CME Association’s annual meeting in Austin. A physician in the audience brought up an issue that was trumpeted in the press when the health care exchanges rolled out for open enrollment; namely, that people had lost their insurance and couldn’t see their doctors. I knew that a very small minority of people had actually “lost” their insurance, and that, in most cases, that insurance provided pretty bad…
  • 74 and Counting. . . Why Gun Control is a Public Health Issue

    Debra Gordon
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:48 am
    This map shows every school shooting since December 14, 2012–the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Don’t bother counting — there are 74. The only reason the map won’t break 100 in the next two months is that school is out for the summer. Certainly, this is a moral issue. And a political issue. But first and foremost, the issue of gun control is a public health issue. As the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research notes: “More than 31,000 people a year in the United States die from gunshot wounds. Because victims are disproportionately young, gun…
  • Time for Healthcare Providers to Act Like La Guardia Airport

    Debra Gordon
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:32 pm
    You see the photo to the left? That’s a shot of a restaurant in Terminal D at La Guardia airport. In fact, the entire terminal looks like that, with iPads at every seat in every restaurant as well as most of the tables in the waiting area. So this morning, I sat down for breakfast, browsed through the electronic menu, placed my order electronically, swiped my credit card, and waited for my baked eggs and coffee. No fuss. No muss. Now, let’s imagine what it would be like if our doctors’ offices (and other healthcare facilities) were as technologically savvy. A week before my…
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    Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips

  • Surprising Solution to Sleeplessness

    Dr. Weil
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
    It’s not a new pill or any type of high-tech sleeping aid. Instead, researchers at Louisiana State University have shown that insomnia-plagued seniors can sleep nearly an hour and a half longer nightly by drinking two eight-ounce glasses of tart Montmorency cherry juice daily. The cherries are a natural source of melatonin, a hormone that regulates the sleep/wake cycle, and the juice also contains proanthocyanidins (a type of antioxidant) that the research team credits with helping to promote sleep. In addition, the constituents in the juice help increase the availability of tryptophan,…
  • When Was The Last Time You Took An Antibiotic? (Poll)

    Dr. Weil
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    A recent Q&A discussed antibiotics and whether they are helping or hurting by creating "superbug" infections: Unnecessary Antibiotics? Check out the article and let us know when the last time was you took an antibiotic for a bacterial infection. When was the last time you took an antibiotic?
  • 10 Foods for Healthy Blood Sugar Levels, Part 2

    Dr. Weil
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    We continue our look at foods that can help keep your blood sugar levels optimized with five more to add to your diet. Find out what to put on your next grocery list! Tuesday's post covered five foods for healthy blood sugar levels, from green leafy veggies to onions. Today we look at five more - add these foods to your diet, as they may help lower blood sugar levels. Maitake mushrooms. One of Dr. Weil’s favorites, maitake not only contain compounds that enhance immune function, but in one study people with type 2 diabetes were given maitake along with diabetes medication, and the…
  • 10 Foods for Healthy Blood Sugar Levels, Part 1

    Dr. Weil
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    Want to help keep your blood sugar levels steady? Look to your diet – certain foods may lower blood sugar or stabilize it at healthy levels. These may be especially helpful for people with diabetes. What works best? To keep blood sugar levels stable, regular exercise is helpful – but a healthy diet is a must. Add these foods to your diet, as they may help lower blood sugar levels. Green, leafy vegetables. Broccoli, spinach, and kale are good sources of fiber – which helps regulate blood sugar levels - and are high in vitamins A, C, and K as well. Plus, some studies have…
  • Why You Should Eat Lemons

    Dr. Weil
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    When life gives you lemons… use them! Lemons are not only a tasty warm weather fruit, but offer health benefits as well. A citrus fruit, lemons are a good source of vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that helps to keep the immune system strong. Lemons come in both sour (Eureka and Lisbon) and relatively sweet (Meyer) varieties. Look for a lemon that is heavy for its size, which indicates less skin and more flesh. The peel should have a finely grained texture and be fully yellow. You can use both the flesh and the peel (as a zest if the lemon is organic) in all types of dishes, so enjoy…
 
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    Mimic Simulation » Blog

  • Technology: The Great Gender Equalizer

    hollyberkley
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    Mimic’s robotic surgery simulation technology is featured in this month’s issue of Medical Dealer magazine. See this issue here. “One of the most powerful equalizers in any system is technology, and as medical equipment manufacturers work to improve their positions in an increasingly competitive and outcomes-based marketplace, some are considering the specific needs of women in their product development,” writes Matthew N. Skoufalos in his cover story for MedicalDealer Technology: The Great Gender Equalizer – A look at trends in women’s health. In the article,…
  • Art Director Gordon Nealy on Training, Instruction + Education in Simulation

    hollyberkley
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    “I’m going to talk to you today about training, instruction and education. These are highly associative and overlapping terms but I use them to better describe our company’s approach to simulation and relate it to your function as communicators and educators.” – Art Director Gordon Nealy The following is a transcript from Mimic’s Art Director Gordon Nealy who spoke about Mimic’s approach to training, instruction and education during the recent Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) Annual Conference. In his speech, Nealy explains how Mimic has created new…
  • 3D Artist Steve Rowse on “Designing the Original Robotic Surgery Simulator”

    hollyberkley
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    This year’s  Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) Annual Conference brought together 400+ visual communication experts to share tales of cutting-edge medical procedures, newly discovered molecular processes, revealing scientific mysteries, and inspirational journeys that fascinate all of us. Mimic was honored to have three of our talented team members (Steve Rowse, Gordon Nealy and Emily Shaw) speak at the event, and even go on to win the prestigious “Charlotte Holt Award of Excellence” for the dV-Trainer, Mimic’s Robotic Surgery Simulator. The following is a…
  • Celebrating the Story of the “Original Robotic Surgery Simulator” at AMI 2014

    hollyberkley
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    “At the heart of our profession are compelling stories”  – AMI 2014 Mimic’s Steve Rowse, Gordon Nealy and Emily Shaw will speak about “Designing the Original Robotic Surgery Simulator” at this year’s Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) Annual Conference at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, July 23-26, 2014. This world-renowned event brings together 400+ visual communication experts to share tales of cutting-edge medical procedures, newly discovered molecular processes, revealing scientific mysteries, and inspirational journeys that fascinate all of us. Since 1945, AMI…
  • Live Stream of Robotic Simulation Olympics!

    hollyberkley
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:59 pm
      Lehigh Valley Health Network is hosting the third annual Robotic Simulation Olympics this weekend!  Participants are competing for the title “America’s Next Top Doctor” by trying their skills on Mimic’s simulation platform for the da Vinci Surgical System®, the same training system used by LVHN robotic surgeons. The final round is June 28 at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. Finals begin at 5 p.m., followed by the awards presentation and the closing ceremonies. Can’t make the event in person? Finals will be streamed live tomorrow from Coca Cola Park between 5 and 6:30PM EST…
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    Catching Health with Diane Atwood

  • Where You Can Pick Apples in Maine

    dianeatwood
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Will an apple a day keep the doctor away? Some people consider apples a superfood, so one a day just might help you stay healthy. There are thousands of varieties to choose from, many of them right here in Maine. I’ve put together a list of some Maine orchards that let you pick your own […]
  • Health Events in Maine August 31 to September 13

    dianeatwood
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    SUNDAY AUGUST 31 First Annual Overdose Awareness Day Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square Waterville, Maine 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Here in Maine we lose about one person every other day to drug overdose. Join us to watch “The Opiate Effect,” followed by a discussion with Henry “Skip” Gates whose son is featured in […]
  • Calling All Volunteers: Catching Health on the Morning Report:

    dianeatwood
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    Yesterday on the Morning Report with Jackie Ward, I shared some fun and easy ways to help support two great organizations in Maine. Have you signed up for the Catching Health Newsletter yet? Do it right now!   Google
  • Diagnosed with Cancer? Them’s Fighting Words.

    dianeatwood
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Back in 2005, Chris Kuhn and his colleague and friend Dave Langdon were trying to come up with a name for a celebratory lobster bake and bike ride they planned to host. They settled on Not Dead Yet, straight out of one of Chris’s favorite movies, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” The Cancer Community Center Connection […]
  • Veggies for All: Fresh produce for the local food pantry

    dianeatwood
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    On the third Saturday of every month, from 6:00 to 8:00 am cars line up at the drive-through window of the Volunteer Regional Food Pantry in Unity, Maine. In that hour and a half, the pantry is able to provide food to about 275 families or nearly 700 people throughout its community. Each family that […]
 
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    Healthcare Solutions Team

  • Are You Wondering Who’s Paying the new Obamacare Tax?

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, it required health insurers, hospitals, device makers and pharmaceutical companies to share in the cost because they would get a windfall of new, paying customers. But with an $8 billion tax on insurers due Sept. 30 — the first time the new tax is being collected — the industry is getting help from an unlikely source: taxpayers. States and the federal government will spend at least $700 million this year to pay the tax for their Medicaid health plans. The three dozen states that use Medicaid managed-care plans will give those insurers more…
  • The Health Care Law in Limbo

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Earlier this week, two decisions were released in recent court challenges to the Affordable Care Act. At issue in both cases is the legality of the health insurance premium tax credits that are being provided to individuals who need financial assistance to purchase a plan in the health insurance exchanges. Right now, the tax credits are being provided for everyone who qualifies, regardless of whether they are purchasing from a state-based exchange or the exchange established by the federal government. The challengers in these cases ascertain the Affordable Care Act only intended to provide…
  • Can Obamacare Succeed Without Subsidies?

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, faces new scrutiny in the courts, raising additional questions about the future of Obamacare. In late July, two federal appeals court panels issued contradictory rulings within hours of each other on the legality of one of the law’s key components: subsidies to help people pay for health insurance. At issue in both lawsuits was whether the wording of the law authorizes the government to make tax credits available to subsidize the cost of health insurance premiums for millions of qualifying middle- and…
  • The Power of Prevention

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    Benjamin Franklin once said that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” yet 279 years later his words still have not been successfully put into medical practice. It is estimated that 70 percent of deaths in America are linked to preventable conditions, including heart disease, stroke, chronic lung disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer. Yet the U.S spends 75 percent of its $2.8 trillion annual health care budget on treating disease but only 3-5 percent on prevention. [9] While health expenditures in the United States are more than double the average spent by…
  • Supreme Court Poised To Rule on Obamacare Birth Control Mandate

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is poised to deliver its verdict in a case that weighs the religious rights of employers and the right of women to the birth control of their choice. The court meets for a final time Monday to release decisions in its two remaining cases before the justices take off for the summer. The cases involve birth control coverage under President Barack Obama’s health law and fees paid to labor unions representing government employees by workers who object to being affiliated with a union. Two years after Chief Justice John Roberts cast the pivotal vote that…
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    menshealthwire.com

  • Orvigomax

    Joshua Jerry
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Orvigomax Overview OrvigoMax is an oral sexual support product that is sold exclusively online from the official brand website. The site is really just one page of information which briefly explains how the product works to support the male erection process to result in harder erections, longer-lasting orgasms and ‘wild pleasure’. There are a number of testimonials shown on the product site but no FAQ section. A link to the secure ordering page explains how consumers are offered a 14 day risk free trial of the product after which time, if they haven’t cancelled, they will continue to…
  • ProZemax

    Joshua Jerry
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:11 pm
    ProZemax Overview ProZmax is a sexual enhancement product that is manufactured by the company Love Laboratories and sold exclusively online. The product has an official website which is reasonably informative and well-designed. There are customer testimonials plus a quote from a ‘leading urologist’ who recommends the product. In addition to this, there is an explanation of the erection process and the importance of oxygenation in this process. When used as directed, ProZemax is said to increase the amount of oxygen available to the penile chambers, improving the blood flow and resulting…
  • Viconan

    Joshua Jerry
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:55 am
    Viconan Overview Viconan is a brand of male enhancement product that is manufactured by the company Erotic Potions. It is sold exclusively online, directly from the manufacturer, who present the product on a well-designed and informative website. There is a full section explaining exactly how the product works, plus a lengthy FAQ section. There is also a video presentation and full details regarding the ordering process and money back guarantee, which is 60 days from time of purchase. The product is available in several different package options with a one month supply – one bottle –…
  • Orexis

    Joshua Jerry
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:50 am
    Orexis Overview Orexis is manufactured by Urban Nutritionals and sold on several online retail sites. Some of the information is presented in an exaggerated way, which gives the product a ‘too good to be true’ image. However, unlike some similar products, Orexis does not claim to actually increase the penis size but does state that it can improve overall sexual health, increase pleasure for both partners and support a stronger, firmer erection. While the sites that sell the brand are all positive about the product, there are some warnings to be found on other sites, regarding the…
  • Yangmax

    Joshua Jerry
    15 Jun 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Yangmax Overview Yangmax is the name of a product that is manufactured by the company Worldwide Herbals and sold on their website and through independent retail sites. The main purpose of the product is to improve male intimacy performance including increasing the quality of the erection, boosting libido and fighting sexual fatigue. There is limited information regarding this brand on the Worldwide Herbals site but more details can be found elsewhere online. While all contact information is provided for the company, there is no background details given, no FAQ section is offered and there are…
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    Healthcare In India

  • Why India needs something like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to drive health awareness ?

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    (Source : You Tube) I call it the “Gangnam Style” of healthcare. Whether on Facebook or on You Tube the one phenomenon you cant get away from is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. ALS or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)—also referred to as motor neurone disease (MND), Charcot disease, and, in the United States, Lou Gehrig‘s disease—is a neurodegenerative disease with various causes. It is characterised by muscle spasticity, rapidly progressive weakness due to muscle atrophy, difficulty in speaking (dysarthria), swallowing (dysphagia), and breathing (dyspnea). ALS…
  • Why India needs more patient engagement and experience channels ?

    admin
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Patient engagement and experience in India continues to be a back burner despite our progress in healthcare and medical facilities. If one looks at the US, Canada , Europe or Japan there are many patient engagement portals that provide information, build communities and enhance the experience of patients suffering from a certain disease as well as the patient parties that are affected. A good example is the MD Anderson Cancer Survivors forum that brings all the Cancer survivors together to help foster a feeling of belonging and support these patients as they get their life together again.
  • Is Cornflakes for breakfast healthy for India?

    admin
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:49 pm
    India is facing an obesity epidemic. Currently an estimated 30 million people in India currently would fall under the obese category. With this market in place, many organizations have decided to make a play to help us lose weight and fight the obesity epidemic. There are gyms, specialty clinics, fitness diets and portions. Organizations like VLCC have made a huge bang of the buck selling weight loss solutions.   The latest entrant in this market is  Cornflakes. The firm has been trying to make in roads into India for a long time. Their initial entry did not work well as a breakfast…
  • Kill the joint pain with knee replacement surgeries

    admin
    8 Jun 2014 | 7:01 am
    India most joint pains can be attributed to either the Knee or the hip. Interestingly almost 70 % of these pains are due to the knee. Only 30 % due to the hip. In Europe on the other hand the percentages are just the reverse.     (Image Source: Medicine.net) Indians in general suffer from more knee problems due to the sedentary life styles and the proliferation of the services Industry has made things just worse. While looking for the actual numbers I found out that there were close to 80,000 knee replacement surgeries in India in 2012. The number today would have gone up…
  • Join the #AskNova Twitter chat on cosmetic surgery on May 29th 3-4 PM

    admin
    28 May 2014 | 9:54 am
    Cosmetic Surgery has been the fascination for many in recent times. For those who have been in a traumatic incident or a birth defect, it may be a life changer. But for those obsessed with their physical appearance it has also become a source of indulgence. To demystify Cosmetic Surgery and to answer queries around it, Nova hospital has arranged for a Twitter chat.. The chat would be around the Body Contouring Surgery with South India’s leading cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Karthik Ram on 29th May, 2014, between 3 – 4 PM, IST. You can join the chat at #AskNova. How can you participate?   To…
 
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    San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery Blog

  • Surgeon General Warning: Stop Tanning to Protect Your Skin

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
    If you’re a frequent tanning bed user or just like to spend a lot of time in the sun, it may be time to break the habit. Health organizations and dermatologists have been issuing warnings about the dangers of UV exposure for years, but the number of skin cancer cases in the United States still continues to rise each year — now at 3.5 million cases of basal and squamos cell skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. The office of the U.S. Surgeon General has issued a report warning Americans to protect skin from UV damage. Why UV Exposure is So Dangerous Exposure to ultraviolet…
  • Natural Breast Augmentation: Increase Your Breast Size without Implants

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    If you’ve always wanted larger breasts but don’t like the idea of getting implants, talk to Dr. Ortegon about a natural breast augmentation with the fat grafting technique. Dr. Ortegon can use a special technique to increase the size of your breasts by transferring fat from other areas of your body to your breasts. Not only will your breasts look and feel more natural, but you won’t have to worry about some of the complications associated with breast implants, such as rupturing or capsular contracture. How Natural Breast Augmentation Works Only some plastic surgeons around the world are…
  • CoolSculpting Can Help You Lose the Bulge without Surgery

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    10 Jun 2014 | 10:12 am
    When your usual diet and exercise routine isn’t helping take off those extra inches around your waist, hips, and thighs, a body contouring procedure may be your only option. However, you may not have to go under the knife to improve your figure. CoolSculpting in San Antonio is a non-surgical procedure designed to freeze away fat cells and get rid of stubborn fat permanently. The procedure is performed in about an hour in our office and patients can return to regular activities right after their treatment. CoolSculpting has proven to be an effective method for reducing body fat by up to 25…
  • Treat Yourself to Our Mommy Makeover Special this May

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    22 May 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Having children can completely change your body and you might be left struggling to lose those extra pounds and inches. For many women, sagging breasts, a stomach pooch, and stubborn pockets of fat are some of the unwanted side effects of pregnancy. Undergoing a combination of breast and body procedures that can restore your pre-pregnancy figure could be just what you need to renew your self-confidence and feel good about your body again! We have created a mommy makeover package that includes a breast augmentation, a tummy tuck, and liposuction if needed. Book this package during the month of…
  • TRANSFORM YOUR SILHOUETTE WITH BODY CONTOURING SURGERY

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    If you have lost a significant amount of weight or undergone multiple pregnancies, your skin may have become loose or saggy. For many people, loose skin doesn’t just “bounce back” to its original state, and the effects of weight gain and weight loss may have changed your body shape. Loose skin, stubborn fatty pockets, and stretch marks are some of the unwanted side effects of weight loss, but these issues can be corrected with body contouring procedures. The team of board-certified plastic surgeons at San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery can determine whether you are a candidate for body…
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    thesurvivaldoctor.com

  • You Find Someone Unconscious. What Should You Do After Calling 911?

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    Unconscious. What would you do? by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Here’s a scenario that happens more often than you might think. You come home from work and find your loved one lying unconscious on the floor in your house. What would you do? Call 911? Sure. A#1 yes. But what can you do until first responders get there? Or what if they’re running late, or can’t get there at all? It happens. You need a system: First do this, then do this. Okay, first thing after calling for help? Your answer: _______________________   My answer: Make sure you’re safe. Yeah, if it’s your loved one…
  • 3 Childhood Illnesses That Cause Swollen Necks

    LAwordsmith
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH When you’re sick and go to the doctor, one of the first things we often do is feel your neck. We’re looking for swelling in certain places, which can indicate an infection. So if your child gets sick and you’re unable to get expert help, if there’s swelling in the neck, that can give you clues about what’s going on. Here, I’ll talk about three causes: strep throat, mumps, and diphtheria. In the U.S., strep throat is the most common. Because of childhood immunizations, mumps is much less frequent these days, and diphtheria is virtually wiped out. But it is…
  • Day After Disaster: 4 Scenarios to Test Your Basic Survival Medicine Skills

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I thought I’d have a little fun today and walk you through what to do in some scenarios to test your basic survival medicine skills. To get the most out of this post, wait for a minute after reading each scenario and think what you’d do in such a situation. Then you can see my answers. And maybe together, we can come up with a better plan. You know, two heads and all that. (In this case, thousands of heads.) I think if you really participate we’ll all be the better for it. Thanks to Sara Hathaway for providing the scenes from her new novel, Day After Disaster.
  • 4 Common Causes of Coughs in Kids—With a Printable Chart

    LAwordsmith
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Part 2 in my childhood charts series. See more charts here. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH This is part two of my series about tips on recognizing childhood illness. Last time, I talked about illnesses with rashes. This time, it’s illnesses that come with bad coughs. If you can’t get expert help, you need to be able to recognize them so you’ll have an idea of how long they’ll last, what the most common complications are, and which can be helped with antibiotics in case you have them or can get to a doctor for them. If you wish, print out and store the chart, along with the one on rashes…
  • Disease-Scare Burnout? 4 Action Tips to Help Prevent Almost Any Infection

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:44 am
    Disease scares getting you down? 4 action-based tips you can take other than just worry. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Scares … can be quite scary. And the scarier the news, the more it sells. So headlines emphasize the worst scenario. A few years back, a producer of a popular television program told me their crew called this phenomenon of headlining the latest bad health news their “scare of the week.” Well, OK, they’ve scared us. Now what do we do? Just in the last few weeks I’ve read of MERS, multidrug resistant TB; listeria; plague; and the flesh-eating bacteria Vibrio vulnificus,…
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    Health Blushon

  • Common Work Injuries and How To Avoid Them

    Xee Malik
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Although spending time at work should be a place of safety and productivity, it is known as one of the most common places to suffer from injuries. From back injuries to sprains, accidents that cause harm to employees can occur when operating machinery, slipping, or due to falling objects. To create a safer environment and prevent injury or death, it’s important to know the most common injuries and how to protect yourself. Sprains Sprains are known to occur from slipping or falling in the workplace. This is one of the most common injuries and the second most common injury to occur while…
  • Best 5 Tips for Maintaining Your Dental Crowns

    Xee Malik
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    Crowns are often used to restore teeth that have been damaged or had a large cavity filled. Although crowns are made from sturdy, durable dental materials, patients should still exercise care with their newly restored tooth. The following tips will help patients take better care of their dental crown. 1. Brushing and Flossing Some oral care habits should not change after a tooth has been restored with a crown. Brushing after meals and flossing at least one each day are among them. These standard practices help eliminate leftover food and bacteria that can harm the crown or infect the…
  • Easy Way To Get Rid Of Acne

    Xee Malik
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    Acne is very irritating problem and people use many remedies to get rid of it but mostly they failed to do so. Actually they don’t know what is best method to get rid of acne, they waste their money in useless products and waste their money. Here I’ll tell you the best method of getting rid of acne. Acne is not a very big problem which can’t be handled easily this is very common and controllable problem which can be handled by correct treatment. Use following methods to avoid this problem. Lets have a look.   Apple Cider Vinegar Dip cotton in apple cider vinegar and…
  • How To Get Rid of Feet Odor

    Xee Malik
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:50 am
    Feet odor is very disgusting and awful disease which embarace a person in front of people. This is very common problem which  mostly occur in summer and from wearing shoes with socks. People hate this odor and want to get rid of it, they also use different method to get rid of this problem but failed to do so. You can get rid of this problem easily with lemon. yes lemon is very beneficial for feet odor. some days ago I Posted Benefits of Lemon because lemon is best natural product for many diseases and many beauty problems. According to many researches lemon has anti bacterial …
  • Ways to Make Flossing Easier for the Kids

    Xee Malik
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    Teaching children the importance of oral hygiene can be a difficult task. A healthy mouth leads to a healthy body, so teaching them at a young age is key. Flossing is sometimes the most difficult task to impart to children, but luckily there are ways to make this easier and more fun as they learn good hygiene habits. Use a Flossing Chart Pick out a fun flossing chart (or even draw one yourself) that has every day of the week. Let your kids pick their favorite stickers to put on the chart for each day that they floss. This not only helps them to remember to floss, but it also motivates them to…
 
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    Galumbeck Plastic Surgery Blog

  • Spa Phoenix Summer’s Last Fling Contest

    Matthew Galumbeck
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    The Summer is almost over… Time sure does fly by. Spa Phoenix and Galumbeck Plastic Surgery are holding our end of Summer contest. Enter to win a Body Polish 60 minute Massage ($130 value)   How to Enter: 1.During the month of August, comment below and tell us: “Your Favorite Memory of Summer?” 2. Like, share or retweet this post. 3. You may enter through 11:59 pm August 31. 4. One lucky winner will be selected at random.
  • 5 Tips To Get The Best Liposuction Results

    Matthew Galumbeck
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    In 2013 over 360,000 liposuction procedures were performed in the United States, making it the most popular cosmetic plastic surgical procedure performed. 85% of those having liposuction were female and 15% were male. Over half of those having liposuction performed were between 35 and 50 years of age.1 With so many procedures being performed, I thought it would be a good idea to give some helpful tips for those thinking about undergoing liposuction. Do Your Research Have Realistic Goals and Expectations Follow Post Operative Instructions Ask Questions Feel At Ease With Your Doctor and The…
  • Spa Phoenix Makeover Contest

    Matthew Galumbeck
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    July is all about freedom and fresh beginnings. Galumbeck Plastic Surgery and Spa Phoenix are pleased to announce our Spa Phoenix makeover contest. Enter to win a Spa Phoenix Makeover which includes Shampoo and Style Makeup Application Phoenix Manicure ($105 value) JOIN THE REVOLUTION How to Enter: 1.During the month of July, comment below and tell us: “What freedom means to you?” 2. Like, share or retweet this post. 3. You may enter through 11:59 pm July 31. 4. One lucky winner will be selected at random
  • 3 Ways To Treat Gynecomastia

    Matthew Galumbeck
    29 Apr 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Summer is around the corner. At the pool or the beach, most men want to take off their shirts. But some don’t because they are too embarrassed of their chest size and shape. Gynecomastia is the benign enlargement of breast tissue in males. It most frequently occurs in adolescent boys and of these 75% resolve spontaneously. Gynecomastia is caused by an imbalance of testosterone and estrogen. Use of steroids, alcohol, marijuana, and amphetamines can lead to gynecomastia. Pseudogynecomastia, also known as lipomastia, is the enlargement of fatty tissue in the male breast. Many men have a…
  • Top 5 Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

    Matthew Galumbeck
    22 Mar 2014 | 12:24 pm
    The American Society of Plastic Surgery has recently released the top cosmetic surgery procedures for 2013. Over 1.6 million cosmetic surgery procedures and 13.4 million minimally invasive procedures were performed. The top 5 surgical procedures are Breast Augmentation Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Liposuction Facelift The total number of procedures remained about the same as in 2012. The top 5 non surgical procedures include Botox Soft Tissue Fillers Chemical Peels Laser Hair Removal Microdermabrasion Of the breast augmentations performed 72% were silicone and…
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    Mens Health Blog

  • Heat up the night with tadalis oral jelly

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:42 am
    Nighttime is a time to take rest and to sleep. But it is also the time to get naughty with your partner and to hold her close. It gets dark at night, so dim your lamps a bit and put all your shame behind. Throw all your clothes off your body and remove her clothes too. Well it is the time when after a whole tiring day you can get cozy with her and share some sensual as well as romantic moments with her. This is the time when you get physically close to her and take out the sexual hormones that have been galloping in you. And till the time you don’t make love to her, the fire that is ignited…
  • Keep your sex life active with Sildenafil citrate

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:58 pm
    What is your perfect idea of an outing? A walk near the seashore, just sitting in the meadows, spending time on the rocks seeing sunset or just sit on the bench of any park. Well will you do it all alone? People do it because at times they don’t have anyone with them. But when you have the woman you love along with you, these normal outings also become memorable moments for us. You want to treasure them in your heart forever. And when you have that woman with you in your house and in your bedroom, you feel like the luckiest person in the world. This gives both of you to have physical…
  • Sildenafil Citrate 100mg: the love guru of the modern era

    admin
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:25 am
    There are many elements that make a relationship successful. Faith, commitment, trust, bond, love, romance and most importantly mutual understanding. These are the key ingredients which makes a relationship successful. Without these things, no relationship can sustain for a long time. You got to connect with each others on all the parameters to make your love happening. You have to work hard to in order make it a successful romantic story. Then only you can enjoy the bliss of your love life like the way you want it to be. And the very thing that strengthens all the elements listed above is…
  • Don’t let the sexual worries trouble you when Tadalis is there

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:35 am
    Well getting married is one thing and keeping the marriage successfully on the track is another. When you commit to each other in the nuptial relation, there are lots of things you need to adjust and lot of compromises you need to make. It is not that bachelor life that you lead. You have someone with you…your better half, and you heed to her necessities too. There is a demand from both the end, but one thing that ties you both in the common thread is love. When love occurs between you two, then no boundaries can stop you. And the most significant thing that makes the love strong is SEX.
  • Things you should never do while using Sildenafil citrate

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:58 am
    Sexual problem is quite a botheration for the man especially when he is married. The love and lust both jumps out of the window due to this problem. What left behind is the worry and tension in the mind and frequent disputes between the man and the woman in the house over this issue. In search of resolve, often a medication called Sildenafil citrate, commonly known as Viagra is taken by the man to cope with the problem of erectile dysfunction. This medicine surely helps him to attain penile erection required for having sex. But there are certain things you should never do when you take this…
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    Survive55.com: the Baby Boomer Guidebook - BLOG

  • Humility and Growing Old

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    Baby Boomers...................... We are getting older. Our eyesight isn't what it was. Our hands hurt. We are not as strong as we once were. We are not as agile as we were when we were younger. We fall down. We forget things. We drop things. Our “naughty bits” don’t work like they used to. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Do you ever get tired of the world telling you how broken down and dysfunctional we have all become in our advancing years? You need a motorcycle that won’t fall over, ergonomic gloves to help you golf and garden, shoe stabilizers so you don’t…
  • WHY BABY BOOMERS SHOULD BE THANKFUL

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    Hey Have your ever lived the old adage: "Some Days You Are the Bug and Some Days You Are the Windshield?"Well, yesterday was one of those days for me.Having actually learned something over the past 2 years studying aging and Baby Boomers and how meaningful our lives can truly be, I decided to step back and contemplate what happened in an objective manner instead of making any rash decisions.I asked myself and I ask you as well:Are you doing the right things?Do you love what you are doing?Has it been a good year?Are you happy?Have you improved yourself?Do you make others happy?After…
  • What Do You Call Your Girlfriend?

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Doc Baby Boomers...........OK, I'm just not satisfied, comfortable or excited about referring to my girlfriend Doc as my "girlfriend".Do you know what I mean?At 57 years old it just doesn't sound right.Girlfriends are for high school and college.Doc is not a girl anymore.She's a woman.................and what a woman.Every sexy inch of her exudes woman.But I digress.Doc is in her 50's as well and I'm sure she struggles with calling me her boyfriend.So what are Baby Boomers supposed to call their "mates" now-a-days?Do men call their woman woman?Or is "lady friend" better?That sounds too…
  • Top 10 Baby Boomer "Must Know" Life Skills

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    Baby Boomers, don't you agree that it feels good to give?Today, the instruction and guidance I have to give is "home grown."I realize that I have been semi-retired for a couple of years now and I have found myself tackling many new and interesting life skills that I normally paid others to do.Lately, it seems like I am working on my certification to become a "Master Plumber"Get this.....................In the just the past couple of months I have:Replaced the entire underground manifold of anti-siphon valves (5 of them) for my front lawn sprinkler systemReplaced the entire underground…
  • Joan Moran - "Beatnik" Baby Boomer 

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    Baby Boomers........Are you ready for another "Fervid Friday?"Today is all about inspiration and motivation.It's also about putting you directly in front of your passion by showing you that other Baby Boomers, just like you, have successfully re-invented their lives and actually lived to tell their stories.I hope you are ready because I am bringing to you a compelling story of a women I just discovered.One of the most satisfying benefits in my line of work (blog master of the universe and Baby Boomer expert extraordinaire) is the wonderful people I "virtually" connect with by constantly…
 
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  • Estro Flavone Review: Does This Supplement Really Work?

    Doris Mburu
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    Estro Flavone (formerly known as Estro Complex) is a natural health supplement that gives support for women undergoing hormonal imbalance, especially when it comes to the hormone estrogen. It is a product of Premier Research Labs. It sells for 19.95 USD per bottle (60 capsules). Here are ten essential things that a woman should know […]
  • Living with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis – Chad Fisher Story

    Churchill Otieno
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:19 am
    For some people life is an all way uphill journey with many hurdles to face. Still some never give up fate in God. They believe that God has good plans for you. All you need is to trust and build your faith with God. On such person, I meet online is- Chad Fisher (@Hope4Arthritis) who […]
  • Q-Urol Review: Is It Effective Prostatitis Treatment?

    Dr. Ahmed Zayed
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    Q-Urol Introduction Chronic prostatitis is a debilitating condition that can affect men of any age. Studies have confirmed that chronic prostatitis has extensive consequences causing mental impairment in addition to the physical manifestations of the disease. As such, this condition can greatly alter a man’s quality of life. Q-urol is a specially designed nutritional supplement […]
  • Natrol Prostate Care Review: Is It Effective Prostatitis Treatment?

    Dr. Ahmed Zayed
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    Prostate Care Description PC Care Prostate Formula is a nutritional supplement manufactured by Natrol Inc., an American company that markets a wide variety of dietary supplements. This proprietary formula is aimed at providing nourishment to the prostate glands; thus, helping in the prevention of the prostate diseases that are common in aging men. Prostate Care […]
  • ProSolution Plus Review – Is It A Best Male Enhancement Pill?

    Carlo Adrian Cañon
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:07 am
    ProSolution Plus Overview ProSolution Plus is a male enhancement supplement that claims to be clinically proven to deliver a 64% improvement in premature ejaculation, 67% improvement in erectile quality, 48% improvement in overall sexual function and 78% improvement in sexual satisfaction. It is a re-formulation of the original ProSolution supplement now offering to help with […]
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  • Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Showed a 30% Reduction in Heart Attack and Stroke

    Digital Health
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    A study conducted by University of Sydney that was published in Diabetologia looked at 10,000 people with Type II Diabetes and used the drug fenofibrate to treat the disease and examine the impact on the range of lipoprotein’s and triglycerides (circulating blood fat) which is known to increase cardiovascular events and stroke. In women that were studied fenofibrate reduced the amount of triglycerides and increased the good cholesterol, HDL which demonstrated a 30% reduction of heart attacks and stoke in women and 24% in men. It’s important to note that a smaller study that was conducted…
  • Results From a 15 Year Diabetes Prevention Program-Lifestyle is Key!

    Digital Health
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:57 am
    In the Diabetes Prevention Program study that was published in the 2002 New England Journal of Medicine participants that were at a risk of developing diabetes were randomized to three groups: lifestyle intervention, preventative metformin (this is a medication used to reduce blood sugar in diabetics), and the placebo group. The results are as follows: Lifestyle intervention group reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 58% versus placebo. Metformin group reduced developing diabetes risk by 31% versus placebo. At the end of the study patients were given the option to extend the study and at…
  • Are your Daily Habits Making you a Diabetic?

    Digital Health
    28 May 2014 | 6:04 am
    Chances are your daily habits are making you diabetic. Type II diabetes is when your body does not produce enough or effectively use insulin that is made by your pancreas. Insulin is a hormone that allows the body to convert glucose for energy and glucose comes from the foods that you eat. Obesity is usually associated with diabetes as 90% are overweight. The American Diabetes Association predict that 1 out of 3 Americans will be diabetic by 2050. Currently there are 26 million diabetics and 7 million of those don’t even know it. But what’s alarming is that 79 million people are…
  • Are you Still Eating High Sugar and High Refined Processed Foods?

    Digital Health
    19 May 2014 | 6:18 am
      Research is consistently coming back and saying that eating foods that are high in sugar or products that are highly processed and refined will dramatically impact the quality of your health. Here are some recent studies and information that just might change your behavior: Diets high in added sugar increase cardiovascular risk according to a study done by Central for Disease Control and Prevention the article published in American Medical Association Internal Medicine in 2014. Researchers looked at 30,000 people by using data from the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey…
  • Does Type II Diabetes Shrink the Brain?

    Digital Health
    5 May 2014 | 5:37 am
    Type II Diabetes Shrink the Brain A recent study published in Radiology on April 29, 2014 suggests that for every 10 years a person has diabetes it looks as if the brain is about two years older than the brain of someone without diabetes. The study, led by Dr. R. Nick Bryan, looked at MRIs of 614 people with type II diabetes and the study subjects had diabetes for an average of 10 years. From the MRIs they found that patients that had diabetes lost more brain volume particularly in gray matter. Gray matter is associated with activities such as; muscle control, seeing and hearing, memory,…
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  • An Overview of Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome of the Leg

    daveman
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Chronic compartment syndrome, also called chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS) of the leg is an underdiagnosed cause of exertional leg discomfort. This syndrome most often occurs in elite athletes, recreational runners, and military recruits. It is often overlooked by physicians as a cause of muscle pain, leading to a two-year delay in diagnosis. This diagnosis delay combined with frequent occurrence may affect a person’s participation in physical activity. Causes of CECS CECS is caused by a marked increase in tissue pressure within the closed fascial space during physical…
  • Treating Damage To The Medial Collateral Ligament

    admin3
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is a part of the knee joint that is frequently injured. Not all of the injuries suffered by this ligament require surgery, but some of the best orthopedic surgeons may recommend surgery if you are continually spraining your MCL. That can catch people off guard as we are used to sprains being treated with ice, rest and anti-inflammatory medications. There are some very valid reasons why this may be suggested as a treatment. Best Orthopedic Surgeons In Arizona Why would you get surgery for a sprain? Spraining the medial collateral ligament most often occurs…
  • Arthritis And Hip Replacement

    admin3
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis your orthopedic surgeon has probably talked to you about the potential of a hip replacement. While that can be frightening for people to hear about, it is a good discussion to begin. Understanding the treatments that your orthopedic surgeon will recommend before deciding that a hip replacement is right for you will help you give them a real chance to see if they will relieve your pain and improve your mobility too. Why don’t they just replace the hip and skip the other therapies? Your orthopedic surgeon may have talked to you about…
  • Diagnosing, Treating And Preventing Meniscal Tears

    admin3
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    One of the things that a knee specialist can help you with is treating and preventing meniscal tears. Meniscal tears are one of the most common of the knee injuries. You can tear the meniscus by playing sports, getting up out of a chair or even walking. If you have a sudden twisting motion of your knee joint during any motion, the meniscus can tear. Knee Specialist Phoenix What is the meniscus? The shinbone and thighbone meet at the knee joint. There are two meniscuses that act to cushion the bones to prevent them from grinding against each other. These two “C” shaped meniscuses are made…
  • 10 Myths about Plantar Fasciitis

    daveman
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:12 pm
    There are many myths concerning the condition of plantar fasciitis. The wrong information can result in lack of treatment, or worse, the wrong type of treatment, which will make your plantar fasciitis worse over time. Learn the myths and the realities so you can get the relief you deserve for your foot condition. Myth #1: Plantar fasciitis is caused by heel spurs. Approximately 10 percent of people have heel spurs, but only 5 percent actually experience pain from the spurs. Heel spurs are not associated with plantar fasciitis, but many people have both conditions. Heel spurs and plantar…
 
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  • National Vaccine Information Center Calls for Removal of Vaccine Safety Oversight from Department of Health and Human Services

    none
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Barbara Loe Fisher On Aug. 27, 2014 a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control1 publicly admitted2 that he and other CDC officials, including the current CDC’s Director of Immunization Safety,3, 4 published a study about MMR vaccine safety in 20045 that “omitted statistically significant information” and “did not follow the final study protocol. “ He said the study “omitted relevant findings in a particular study for a particular sub group for a particular vaccine” and added that “there have always been recognized risks for vaccination” and “it is the…
  • Monsanto Draws Outrage Over "Bee-Friendly" Facebook Post

    Dr. Mercola
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Last month's National Honeybee Day (August 16) marked the sixth annual event – a day started by beekeepers to build community awareness of the bee industry. This year's theme, "Sustainable Gardening Begins with Honey Bees," showed that concerned citizens are increasingly getting involved in efforts to save the bees. While beekeeping is most often thought of in regard to large farms and agriculture, bees are important to each and every one of us. The bees pollinate one-third of the food we eat – without which their help we would suffer catastrophic consequences! Meanwhile,…
  • 7 Underrated Medicinal Plants

    Dr. Mercola
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Before there was modern-day medicine and its pharmacopeia of synthetic drugs, there were plants, and ancient civilizations knew how to use them strategically to treat common ailments and even life-threatening diseases. The ancient Egyptian Ebers Papyrus, a scroll from 1550 BC that’s over 100 pages long, details 700 medicinal herbs and how to use them. The Greek Corpus Hippocraticum from the 16th century BC also details the use of herbal medicine.1 Later, during the 1800s and early 1900s, the knowledge of herbal medicine was passed down from one generation to the next.
  • Do You Really Want to Eat Hot Dogs After Knowing This?

    Dr. Mercola
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola The hot dog is one of America's most popular foods, with the average person consuming 50 of them per year. Hot dogs are one of the most nutritionally bankrupt foods. Yet for decades, they've been given a free pass, granted one pardon after another thanks to their towering status in American culture. But when you look at what they are giving you in return, you will want to seriously reconsider their status. The hot dog's gustatory glow took a significant hit in 2009 when the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) issued its landmark report1 about hot dogs and cancer risk,…
  • What Makes This Healthy Breakfast Recipe Good for You?

    Dr. Mercola
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola If you’re looking for a healthy breakfast, you’ll want to bypass much of the traditional fare in the US. Cereal, bagels, pancakes, waffles, muffins, and doughnuts all have one thing in common… They’re refined carbohydrates that will quickly break down to sugar, increase your insulin levels, and cause insulin resistance, which is the number one underlying factor of nearly every chronic disease and condition known to man, including weight gain. Highly processed carbohydrates stimulate brain regions involved in reward and cravings, promoting excess hunger, which means when…
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  • The Use Of Stem Cell Therapy To Treat Degenerative Arthritis

    admin2
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis, is the most common form of the disease and the source of pain for many people. As the cartilage breaks down in the joints, such as the knee, ankle, neck and shoulders, bone rubs against bone during movement and causes pain. Damage can also occur to the surrounding soft tissue. Unlike other pain clinics that limit their treatment options to medications or surgery, we believe that stem cell therapy is an excellent option that addresses the damage caused by the disease instead of just providing a quick fix. Pain Clinics in Las Vegas…
  • Managing The Pain Of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

    admin2
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a condition that causes chronic pain, and typically occurs following trauma or an injury to an arm or leg. The primary symptom is pain which can be constant and ranges from very uncomfortable to severe. Many people who suffer with CRPS describe it as a feeling of pins and needles or severe burning and it often radiates to the entire affected limb. In some people, the area becomes increasingly sensitive to the degree that any touch, no matter how light, results in pain. Due to the differences in treatment effectiveness among patients, pain management…
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation For Chronic Pain

    admin2
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    You may have some reservations about any treatment that involves electric stimulations. However, electrical nerve stimulation is a relatively simple procedure that may help alleviate chronic pain issues. If you do not want to take many medications to get your pain under control, using a TENS unit is a great option to use. Electrical nerve stimulation is also known as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). TENS is a therapy that uses an electric current to interfere with the nerve impulses that produces the pain sensation. The electrodes are placed on or near the area of pain. It…
  • Fibromyalgia And Treatment Options For You

    admin2
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    Fibromyalgia is a condition that has been a fairly new diagnosis but many people have suffered with it for many years. It is a musculoskeletal disorder that is known to bring about chronic pain in the individual who has it. Fibromyalgia patients are apt to have pain and tender points in certain areas of the body, such as the neck, back, shoulders, hips, arms, and legs. These tender points may present themselves in other parts of the body, too. Pain Doctors Las Vegas Causes It is believed that a miscommunication between the brain and the body and it results in chronic pain. The patients with…
  • What You Need To Know About Trigeminal Neuralgia

    admin2
    22 Jun 2014 | 2:35 am
    A patient who presents with facial pain when the face is touched, putting makeup on, or even brushing teeth, could have trigeminal neuralgia (TN). The condition is affects the trigeminal nerve that carries nerve impulses from the facial area to the brain. If there is something aggravating this nerve, it will cause abnormal pain sensations to the person affected. The attacks may be short and mild initially, but the longer it progresses, it could become very painful and frequent. Patients describe it as a searing pain. Trigeminal neuralgia affect women more than men, and people who are older…
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  • Food Pyramid and Weight Loss

    Arizona Medifast
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:22 pm
      When trying to lose weight, it can be difficult to know the proper and healthy way to go about it. There are so many weight loss programs that try to convince you that skipping meals will create the weight loss you desire, but these options are not healthy. It’s also important to understand that if you want to lose weight, and keep it off, learning how to change your lifestyle is the best option.   Changing your lifestyle begins first  with altering your food habits. One of the things to understand about healthy eating is the food pyramid, which is a great tool to use while…
  • 8 Great Weight Loss Tips for Busy People

    Arizona Medifast
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Many people believe that losing weight is a time consuming and difficult process that can only be accomplished if you have lots of time and effort. While it is true that losing weight can often be a difficult task, that doesn’t mean that busy people cannot shed pounds. Losing weight while running a household or adhering to a busy schedule is easier to do than you think. These 8 weight loss tips for busy people will show you how to lose weight, while you are also keeping up with your hectic life.   Number 1: Limit Cola and other Sugary Drinks   As someone on the go, it’s often so…
  • Healthy Diet and Weight Loss Habits

    Arizona Medifast
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Trying to lose weight can often times be a frustrating and difficult experience for many people.  Healthy weight loss is essential when trying to lose weight, because not only will you be making lifestyle changes that will enable you to remain at your goal weight, but you will also improve your overall health. Here are some healthy diet and weight loss habits to help you reach your goal weight. Realistic Weight Loss Goals   Healthy weight loss habits should begin with setting a reasonable goal weight–one that is at a healthy body mass index (BMI), along with a goal for the right…
  • Weight Loss: Why Realistic Goals Matter

    Arizona Medifast
    10 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Trying to lose weight can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. With a healthy weight loss plan it can be quite simple to shed unwanted pounds. However, it will usually take some dedication and patience. The most important thing to remember when creating a weight loss program is to set realistic goals. Many people set goals for themselves that are unrealistic, and this distorts their perception of how weight loss really works. Here are some things to remember about creating a weight loss routine for yourself that is realistic. Don’t Fall Victim to Fad Celebrity Diet Gimmicks Most of…
  • 6 Scientifically Proven Weight Loss Tips

    Arizona Medifast
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:41 pm
    It seems like these days there is a new diet out every week, such as the one that promises to help you lose 10 pounds in only one week, as long as you only eat cabbage soup for nine days. While it is understandable why these new fad diets can seem tempting, they hardly provide the long-term results most people are seeking. Instead of using a new celebrity diet, try implicating these 6 scientifically proven weight loses tips into your diet plan.   1. Avoid Fat Diets   All over the news, there is often talk about the new discovery of some kind of fruit or berry that has been shown to…
 
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    Phoenix Shoulder and Knee

  • Will a Meniscal Tear need Surgery?

    Adam Farber
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:59 pm
    When deciding how to treat a torn meniscus, there are numerous things to consider, such as your activity level, age, the location and extent of the tear, the doctor’s preference, and when the injury occurred. Treatment options include conservative measures, such as rest, ice therapy, compression and elevation, physical therapy, and a temporary knee brace. Also, there is surgical repair (sew the pieces together), partial meniscectomy (removal of the torn section), and total meniscectomy (removal of the entire meniscus). Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair When possible, the orthopedic…
  • An Overview of Cartilage Procedures for the Knee

    Adam Farber
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:37 pm
    There are many surgical procedures for problems with knee cartilage. Articular cartilage is a white, smooth tissue that covers the bone ends at the area where bones come together to form joints. If cartilage is not healthy, the joints become stiff and painful. Healthy cartilage is necessary for bones to glide across each other without friction. Articular cartilage is damage from normal wear and tear, injury, trauma, and certain medical conditions. Phoenix orthopedic specialists have perfected many surgical techniques to stimulate the growth of new knee cartilage or to restore cartilage…
  • About Your Shoulder Pain ~ How Shoulder Pain Develops

    Adam Farber
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:21 am
    The shoulder joint may feel like a sturdy joint, but it’s actually relatively unstable in construction. The joint trades stability for mobility, allowing both arms to move in almost all directions to lift objects of various weights. The shoulder joint, as a ball and socket joint, is supported by the four rotator cuff muscles—the teres minor, subscapularis, infraspinatus and supraspinatus. The group of muscles provide the shoulder joint stability and help move the joint.   Orthopedics Phoenix As stable as the construction of the shoulder joint seems, it also makes people prone to…
  • About Your Shoulder Pain ~ Shoulder Pain Statistics And Risk Factors

    Adam Farber
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:18 am
    The shoulder consists of a ball and socket joint, which forms at the head of the humerus, also known as the arm bone, and the glenoid labrum, the socket of the scapula’s shoulder joint. This construction makes the shoulder joint incredibly mobile, allowing the arm to move in most directions. However, this freedom of mobility also makes the shoulder rather unstable. The rotator cuff muscles more or less control the shoulder joint’s stability. It consists of four muscles, known as the teres minor, subscapularis, infraspinatus and supraspinatus. These muscles reside around the…
  • Top 5 Things to Know About Tennis Elbow

    Adam Farber
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Tennis elbow, also called lateral epicondylitis, is inflammation of the outer tendon of the elbow. Usually, this condition causes pain and occurs from a strain injury to the tendon during backhand tennis hitting. The inflammation occurs at the outer aspect of the humerus bone at the elbow joint, called the epicondyle. When the inflammation occurs to the inner portion of the tendon, it is called golfer’s elbow or medial epicondylitis. Golfers often injure this body region when striking the grown to take a deep divot. 1. What Causes Tennis Elbow? The most common cause of lateral…
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  • Freemake Video Converter – Free Software

    Admin
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:59 am
    There are many video converters but this converter was tested by us, now a days every person have their own device and all devices have their own demands the problem is mostly peoples don’t know technical specifications about a video and they don’t know how to convert and what is original bit-rate frame rate etc. But with this converter you don’t worry it will deduct your video original format and you just need to set its bit-rate to control video load or size. Freemake Video Converter is designed without any limitations and hidden costs. This is freeware of new level, which…
  • EagleGet Easy Your Downloads

    Admin
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    EagleGet is light weight software for downloads and you can you use as download accelerator as well. Till now its completely charge free. EagleGet is a very nice download manager with a clean, pleasingly sparse interface and convenient browser integration, it’s a fairly solid downloader and definitely is worth keeping if you want a simple and reliable downloader for Windows. You can say EagleGet Download Manager: Best IDM alternative This Software few highlights: Accelerate downloads by up to 6 times, resume broken download. EagleGet saves your time, nerves and money. Download video…
  • Line is Another App. For Free Calls & Text Messages

    Admin
    28 Jun 2014 | 9:05 am
    Line is another smartphone application for free calls and text messages. There are a lot of app.is using for free calls and text messages like viber , Line making its new ranking in the line of application and we can easily use it and easily instal in our smartphone for free calls, text messages, sharing videos,photos and a lot of more fun.This app.is available in all kind of platforms like iPhone, Android,BlackBerry,Windows Phone,Nokia Asha.You will find more comprehensive like never before.Its just ease for your smartphone. LINE is a new communication app that allows you to make FREE voice…
  • How the Menopause Symptoms are Impacting Your Daily Life

    Admin
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:12 am
    What is Menopause Menopause is the natural end to menstruation (monthly periods). Most American women experience this around the age of 50. However, some women can experience menopause as early as 40 years old or as late as 60 years old. If menopause occurs prior to age 40, this is thought to be abnormal and is called premature menopause. However, there are a number of simple lifestyle changes that you can make to help you cope with the post-menopause stage. Try these 5 low impact menopause exercises that will help your body. 1-Swimming Swimming is an advantageous sport to practice as you go…
  • Makes it Easy to Type in the Language You Choose-Google Input Tools

    Admin
    8 Jun 2014 | 6:46 am
    Google Input Tools for Windows is an input method editor which allows users to enter text in any of the supported languages using a Latin (English / QWERTY) keyboard. Users can type a word the way it sounds using Latin characters and Google Input Tools for Windows will convert the word to its native script. Available input tools include transliteration, IME, and on-screen keyboards. Google Input Tools for Windows is currently available for 22 different languages: Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Persian, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Russian,…
 
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  • ICD-10-CM for Burns & Corrosions of the External Body Surface

    11 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    ICD-10-CM guidelines for coding and reporting burns & corrosions of the external body surfaces It is important to have a proper understanding on ICD-10-CM coding guidelines for reporting burns and corrosions to the external body as it may be a tricky subject to some. The major focus of this session would be to understand the reporting requirem ...
  • Analyzing and Negotiating PPO Contracts

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Know what is your Expected vs. Actual Rate of Reimbursement and How Critical is it to your Revenue Stream? You need to understand the expected vs. actual reimbursement rates as it is critical to your revenue stream. Prerna Marwah, MBA, a successful PPO contracting expert would be discussing the reimbursement rates in the session by analyzin ...
  • Modifiers Matter: A Modifier Overview for All Physician Practices

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Learn Some Common Pitfalls for Each Modifier and How to Overcome or Avoid Them Every coder needs to know modifiers inside and out—or you’re risking denials, slashed reimbursement, and even fraud charges every time you code a service. Choosing the proper modifier for the documented procedure can get tricky. But don’t worry! This m ...
  • HIPAA and Patient Access of Records, New Rules and New Enforcement

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Discussion on Patients Rights of Access under the New HIPAA Rules Recently patient rights under HIPAA have been expanded to include several new rights of access, and new guidance has been issued on access of mental health records.  These changes must be respected by entities subject to the HIPAA rules through modifications to policies and not ...
  • ICD-10-CM for Respiratory Conditions

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Discussion on ICD-10-CM Respiratory Changes for Asthma, Tonsillitis, COPD, and more! The guidelines and rules in ICD-10 for the reporting of respiratory system codes (J00-J99) are contained in Chapter 10, where the major changes involve reporting asthma specificity and tobacco use. In this audio session, expert speaker Dorothy D. Steed will focus ...
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    Foods4BetterHealth

  • The Diabetes Complication You Didn’t See Coming

    Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    The number of people living with type 2 diabetes is increasing at a rapid rate. And it isn’t just about the diabetes. There are complications that can arise from this disease which are more serious than you may realize. Get informed! One complication you may not have considered is kidney disease. People who suffer from type 2 diabetes may also develop a dangerous form of kidney disease that can leave them without a well-functioning renal system. When this happens, blood isn’t filtered properly and you won’t manufacture urine well enough to excrete body waste. The … Read MoreThis…
  • How Do Popular Diets Stack Up?

    Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    There are literally hundreds of different diets out there and they all claim to improve your health. It could be weight loss, decreased risk factors for chronic disease or an anti-aging diet to make you live longer and better, wrinkle-free. Below you will find a few of the more popular diets, and my grade for each one. Atkins Diet Coined from the same name as the noted cardiologist, Robert Atkins, this diet is a low-carbohydrate diet that can certainly be helpful to some people. This is considered a “ketogenic” diet because it forces the body … Read MoreThis article How Do Popular…
  • Why the Humble Sweet Potato is My Favorite Health Food

    Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    I love a variety of healthy foods, but if I was to plug a certain food, this would be it—the sweet potato. I eat this amazing food almost every day and continue to enjoy it with my meals, it never gets old. Yes, sweet potato is still a potato, but it’s very different from the white variety most people eat. The sweet potato still has some similarities to your run-of-the-mill potato. It’s high in fiber, nutrients and starchy carbohydrates. But the carbohydrates in sweet potatoes take more time to digest. The net effects are lower … Read MoreThis article Why the Humble Sweet Potato…
  • The Next Great Superfood: Broccoli

    Foods4BetterHealth
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Broccoli is a humble vegetable. Its green and tree-like appearance has given it such a strong association with good health ever since you were a child. Maybe you didn’t grow to love it until you were an adult, or maybe you always did. It always seemed to be a staple at mealtime. And you likely know broccoli is good for you, but it’s not just good for you. It is a versatile superstar veggie that is a real cornerstone to your health. We’ve rounded up some great news on how broccoli can impact your health … Read MoreThis article The Next Great Superfood: Broccoli originally published…
  • No More Greasy Burgers: Fast-food Image New and Improved?

    Foods4BetterHealth
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    The iconic golden arches have brought smiles to millions from children to seniors. With a friendly clown as the mascot and play areas to keep the younger ones entertained, we all have fond memories of McDonald’s. And although we know that fast food isn’t the best meal option for us, we all have those moments that lead us back to the glowing “M” for a Big Mac and fries. Over the years, McDonald’s has been trying to change its fast-food image with the start of McCafe, a more welcoming restaurant with couches and fireplaces. Then … Read MoreThis article No More Greasy Burgers:…
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  • Why Kaiser Permanente’s Health Care Model Works

    Infinit Healthcare
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:55 pm
    We give you reasons why Kaiser Permanente’s integrated health care system, known as the Health Care Model, is a structure that even European countries are closely looking into as a model for their own healthcare systems.
  • 10 Ways Technology Boosts Healthcare Services

    Jeff De Jesus
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:43 am
    Technology has made it possible for breakthroughs in research and medicine to happen at a very fast rate. We have had more innovations in information gathering, research, treatments and communication between patients and the healthcare providers in the past decades than ever before. We came up with 10 ways technology boosts healthcare services. Take a look.
  • How the Affordable Care Act Affects Small Businesses

    Infinit Healthcare
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    With the Affordable Care Act stating mandated healthcare for everyone, most small business owners are confused and don’t know how to start providing healthcare coverage for their employees. Does the Affordable Care Act hurt or help small business?
  • Is Big Data Just a Trend in Healthcare?

    Infinit Healthcare
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Google Co-Founder Larry Page made a controversial statement that 100,000 lives could be saved next year if Big Data of healthcare information was used. And while there has been much debate surrounding its usage, there is no doubt that Big Data is causing a revolution in the US healthcare industry.
  • Big Data in Healthcare and How Kaiser Permanente Uses It

    Infinit Healthcare
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Even if big data faces much controversy and open data still has so many hurdles to go through in the healthcare industry, there is no doubt that this progress has pushed the industry straight into the information age and California's Kaiser Permanente is showing what can be done with the huge influx of data they are receiving.
 
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    Casual Clinic

  • I have a viral ear infection i feel dizzy, lightheaded and my head hurts

    Westin Childs
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Q: Subject: 22 Female Message Body: Hello im 22 yrs old and I been to the doctors who told me i have a viral ear infection i feel dizzy, lightheaded and my head hurts. I also been feeling some fatigue in my left and right arms but its short and usually passes but im not sure as to why im feeling like this. I also have a history of migraines that would only occur on my left side, my blood pressure was 109/68 and my pulse was 78. I have sometimes tension all over my head but i suspect thats due to stress . A: Thanks for the question.  It sounds like you may have a couple of issues going on. …
  • I am on my second cycle of 50mg of Clomid

    Westin Childs
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Q: Subject: 33 Female Message Body: Hello, I am on my second cycle of 50mg of Clomid.  I believe I ovulated late in this cycle.  My last menstrual period was on July 28th and now I am currently two days late.  There were acts of intercourse throughout the month of August.  More specifically on the 9th, 10th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 21st, 25th and 28th.  However, last night on Aug. 28th after intercourse I had very light pink streaks show up on the toilet paper and I never saw it again.  I took a pregnancy test this morning and it was negative.  I do not know if this is the beginning of my…
  • I am having pain just above my waistline on the front left side of my body

    Westin Childs
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Q: Subject: 21, Male Message Body: I am having pain just above my waistline on the front left side of my body. The pain started after a week of drinking too much alcohol. The pain will come and go but has become more constant and painful. Sometimes the pain accompanies diarrhea. The pain dissipates over time, but returns (the next day) when I drink minute amounts of alcohol. I feel like the area may be swelling and have made an appointment to see a doctor, but I am afraid of an emergency situation.   A: Thanks for the question. With your history I would be concerned for pancreatitis. If…
  • I noticed some blood come out of my penis hole

    Westin Childs
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Q: Yesterday night I came home and urinated and after getting up I noticed blood on the inside of the front part of the toilet. I was worried something really went wrong. This morning I go to urinate again and no blood comes out but I squeezed my penis head to make sure there was none and I noticed some blood come out of my penis hole. Not a lot just a little drop. Could this be a busted blood vessel or something serious? A: Thanks for the question.  So long as you are not having any pain/burning sensation with urination, feeling like you need to urinate all day long, and as long as you…
  • My right ear feels deaf’er than my left

    Westin Childs
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Q: Subject: 14 male Message Body: My right ear feels deaf’er than my left. It started about 5 days ago… and i can hear the difference when i speak or watch TV.I was in the car and i started to hear the difference even when i talk there is a significant amount of difference… But when i cove up one ear to try to test they sound the same. Its like not muffled and my ears pop easily. I’m really scared I’m going deaf in one ear… any suggestions? my mother thinks its just water because e went to the beach/pool 2 weeks ago but i can’t feel water. A: Thanks…
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    Innovation Institute

  • Superhydrophobic Materials

    Matthew Prather
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Superhydrophobic materials are surfaces that repel water to such an extent that it can actually cause water to bounce off of it.  Formerly hydrophobic surfaces were attained by substances like car wax, which does a reasonably good job of causing water to bead up and roll off of a surface.  However, mechanical engineers at MIT and BYU created a technology that uses microscopic posts or ridges to allow what you see in the below video. If you watched the video, you’ve just seen more than a dozen potential applications for this incredible technology.  One of the more amazing to me was…
  • Combination therapy for bipolar disorder

    Rebecca Millar
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Combination therapy for bipolar disorder is a common method of treatment.  So what is combination therapy, and how can it help you manage your illness? What is combination therapy? Combination therapy is tried when a single drug does not work to control mood swings and another drug of the same type is added.  For example, if the individual is on one mood stabiliser and it is not working to control all symptoms, another mood stabiliser can be added in order to control the other symptoms of the disorder and provide relief for the individual. What are adjunctive medications? Adjunctive…
  • Ebola situation update July 18

    Rebecca Millar
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:51 pm
    The West African Ebola Outbreak death toll now stands at 603 persons since the virus was first confirmed in the region on March 24, 2014. The outbreak began in Guinea and has since spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone and is the largest Ebola virus (EBOV) outbreak on record since EBOV first came to the attention of health officials in 1976.  Previously the largest outbreak was in Uganda in 2000 which affected 425 persons and had a death toll of 224 persons. Cases of EBOV were also suspected in Gambia, Ghana, and Mali in April and May of this year; though the samples sent for laboratory testing…
  • Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson

    Matthew Prather
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Cognitive Cooking is an application that utilizes IBM’s Watson, the supercomputer that won Jeopardy in 2011, to generate novel recipes.  Watson was programmed with about 35,000 recipes and 1,000 chemical flavor compounds in order to create food combinations that are unusual, and that humans are unlikely to consider themselves. The user can input ingredients, a type of cuisine, and dietary restrictions, and Watson will create recipes that conform to the inputs. One such example was a BBQ sauce that was made out of butternut squash.  Watson’s understanding of chemistry allows it…
  • Psychological testing to diagnose bipolar disorder

    Rebecca Millar
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:16 pm
    There are several psychological tests that can be evaluated and used to make a tentative diagnosis of Bipolar disorder. Often a definitive diagnosis is not made unless the patient shows signs of responding to treatment options and all other factors such as life events, hormonal or other physical factors have been ruled out. The Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (known as the K10), which was developed in Australia, is the primary diagnostic tool general practitioners will use in all cases of suspected mental illness. The ten question test evaluates an individual’s level of psychological…
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    CQC Compliance » Blog

  • Hand hygiene – the beginning

    Sarah Riley
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    This is the first of a series of articles over the coming weeks reviewing the importance of hand hygiene in the reduction of the transmission of pathogenic microorganism. Some of the key facts globally, as outlined within the WHO Health care-associated infections fact sheet are as follows: Healthcare-associated infections, or infections acquired in healthcare settings, are the most frequent adverse event in healthcare delivery worldwide. Hundreds of millions of patients are affected by health care associated infections worldwide each year, leading to significant mortality and financial losses…
  • Asking questions about depression

    Sarah Riley
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    The death of Robin Williams a few weeks ago has prompted a big debate about mental health awareness. Because he was so well-known, the discussion about depression has taken place across the world. It has also been a chance to challenge some myths about depression. These are the sorts of questions people are asking: How could someone who seemed so cheerful do something like this? Why do so many comedians seem to suffer from depression? Is the cliché about the tears of a clown based on truth? How can someone who was so well-liked, and loved by his family, lose all of this? Why…
  • Risky Business

    Sarah Riley
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    I can almost hear the audible sigh of relief from care providers as the summer holidays draw to a close. Getting through each summer period unscathed is surely a miracle in itself. Care staff’s holidays and sickness have such a huge impact on a provider’s ability to provide a decent safe service. So, as we take time to sit and reflect on lessons learnt, our thoughts naturally turn to those who have worked extra hard and helped out at the toughest of times. Most care staff work tirelessly and for very little praise or monetary reward They are the SAS equivalent of the health and…
  • Involving People

    Sarah Riley
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    In my work, I am often asked, ‘How can I involve the people we support in the work of providing care and support?’ It is a legitimate question, sometimes brought on by the fact that care services in Scotland are graded, and participation and involvement are major elements in the assessments of grades, during formal inspections by the Care Inspectorate. There are many ways to involve people, and good sources of advice on how to do it. At first though it is important to investigate why we should involve people. There might be many reasons, including getting higher grading as I said.
  • To Snack or not to Snack – Older Adults may Benefit

    Sarah Riley
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    Snacking is generally defined as ‘eating outside of main meals’, and is a very common eating behaviour. Many people including children, adolescents and adults from Europe and America snack at least once and often several times a day. However, with no specific guidelines on snacking in the UK, it may be unclear whether snacking has positive or negative effects on health, and what the best food and drink choices are to have between meals. Some experts believe that snacking in addition to meals could be a factor in the present obesity ‘epidemic’ (as well as established…
 
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    Slice of Life

  • “Medcest” – dating and relationships in medicine

    sliceoflifesurg
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:16 pm
    You see 100-200 other young, intelligent, and passionate new medical students and can't help but think...some of them are hot! Continue reading →
  • Aug. 23, 2014 First laparotomy and overnight ORs

    sliceoflifesurg
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    I was really looking forward to this past week for a number of reasons.  First, my girlfriend (who lives in a different city now) is here visiting.  We actually “couples matched” during the residency application process but seeing as we … Continue reading →
  • Aug. 19, 2014 Weekend Call Update

    sliceoflifesurg
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    It's definitely a rush though when you're the one holding the instruments! Continue reading →
  • Five Essential Skills for Surgical Clerks

    sliceoflifesurg
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Here are some essential skills needed if you want to look like a stud during your surgical clinical elective.  You may not get a lot of opportunities to practice or demonstrate these skills. But, when the time comes, if you are … Continue reading →
  • Getting to Operate

    sliceoflifesurg
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:39 pm
    I’m now on a new rotation – Vascular Surgery.  The way the team is setup is a little different than my last rotation.  There are multiple junior residents now and one senior.  The person who is on call for the night … Continue reading →
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    BedBugsBites.net

  • Top 10 Products for Bed Bug Treatment

    Jacob
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    What are the best bed bug products that really work? This is the most common question asked by users looking for DIY pest management options for treating bed bugs. Naturally, hiring professional exterminators is not only expensive; it is also a big hassle. Additionally, when there are great products for bed bugs available readily in the market, why not make use of them? In this guide, I will show you the top 10 bed bug remedies and products available today. 1. Bed Bug Sprays Bed bug sprays are one of the top DIY bed bug remedies. They may be alcohol based, insecticide or Pyrethroid based or…
  • Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling By Following These Easy Steps

    Jacob
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:12 am
    In this guide, we will study some important ways to avoid bed bugs while travelling so that you not only enjoy a pest-free vacation but also avoid bringing them back into your home. First: let us consider how bed bug infestations occurred over the years. Bed bugs: A brief history Bed bugs are back, and they are bigger and more annoying than ever. And if you are one of those who believe that bed bugs are found only in dirty, crowded or low-income residential areas; think again. Bed bugs have very little to do with cleanliness. They are found even in five star hotels and motels. The last two…
  • 6 Bed Bug Signs and Symptoms to Watch Out For

    Jacob
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    The only clear indication that you have bed bugs is to watch out for bed bug signs and symptoms which we will be discussing in this guide. Often, people assume that a bite on the human skin is due to the presence of bed bugs. However there are many explanations for such bites and several species of insects can cause similar ones. Hence, it is important to educate yourself about the exact signs and symptoms of a bed bug infestation. This can help you alert the right authorities, especially if you are suffering from bed bug infestations when living in a motel or rented condo or apartment. Top 6…
  • 10 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

    Jacob
    8 Jun 2014 | 11:42 am
    Often, homeowners having a bed bug problem feel embarrassed about their situation and naturally wish to know the easiest and most hassle-free ways to address it. Hence, we are presenting 10 easy ways to get rid of bed bugs. Do note that, if you are living in a rented apartment, it is important to notify the property manager/landlord. The sooner everyone is made aware of the situation, the better it will be in making the bed bug treatment more successful. A bed bug infestation is not easy to deal with as often, when we feel we are completely rid of them, they come right back. Many DIY bed bug…
  • Diatomaceous Earth for Bed Bugs – Get Rid of Bed Bugs Permanently

    Jacob
    17 May 2014 | 11:31 am
    Diatomaceous earth for bed bugs is a slow but surefire way of getting rid of bed bugs permanently. Diatomaceous earth is also known as chinchilla powder, diahydro, kieselguhr, kieselgur or Celite. It is a non toxic, chemical free insecticide that dehydrates the bugs from within without causing major harm to humans or pets. What is Diatomaceous Earth? Diatomaceous Earth is a dust-like powder that contains beneficial algae. These algae are actually crushed and fossilized, so when you take some of the product in your hands it will feel like a soft, chalk-like sedimentary powder to you. However,…
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    Yempl.com

  • The Importance of Medical Procedure Reviews

    YEMPL
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    #Yempl In the modern digital marketplace, online consumer reviews can have a major impact on a business’s reputation, and either drive new clients to it or away from it. A business can have overwhelmingly positive reviews, but consumers can be a fickle bunch, and just a handful of negative online reviews can drastically affect business. Often, […] The post The Importance of Medical Procedure Reviews appeared first on Yempl.com.
  • How Can Medical Providers Increase Cash Flow?

    YEMPL
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:15 pm
    #Yempl In the current health care environment, one of the most important concerns health care providers are dealing with is determining how to increase the cash flow into their practice. Insurance providers can take months to pay claims, and in the interim health care providers have to make sure they are bringing in enough cash payments […] The post How Can Medical Providers Increase Cash Flow? appeared first on Yempl.com.
  • Medical Cost: Procedure Price Comparison | Yempl.com

    YEMPL
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    #Yempl Although the Affordable Care Act – popularly called Obama Care – promised to bring inexpensive insurance to millions of Americans, many consumers have found that the high cost of deductibles coupled with unaffordable monthly premiums are too costly for their budgets. Many Americans are currently living paycheck-to-paycheck, and even with federal subsidies designed to bring […] The post Medical Cost: Procedure Price Comparison | Yempl.com appeared first on Yempl.com.
  • How to Get More Patients into Your Medical Office

    YEMPL
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    #Yempl According to the U.S. Census Bureau, American adults visited their doctors an average of 3.9 times in 2010, which was less than the 4.8 recorded in the previous year. This was because they believed themselves to be quite healthy; in the Health Status, Health Insurance, and Medical Services Utilization: 2010 report, 63% said that they […] The post How to Get More Patients into Your Medical Office appeared first on Yempl.com.
  • Advertising on Major Medical Directories? Is it Worth the Effort?

    YEMPL
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:46 pm
    #Yempl In order to stay abreast of developments in the current health care marketplace, many private practices and health care providers consider advertising on large online medical directories. It’s not an uncommon belief that simply by listing your practice on one of these directories, you will see an increase in new patient business. The post Advertising on Major Medical Directories? Is it Worth the Effort? appeared first on Yempl.com.
 
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    Dr Rajesh Shah's Blog

  • Homeopathy for health problems in teenagers

    Life Force
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    It is evident that the age between 13 to 19 years is known as a teen age. This is the time when the boy or girl experiences pubertal changes. The height, weight, moods, emotions get affected drastically. There is a hormonal spurt in the body giving rise to problems like acne, eating disorders, and menstrual problems in girls and physical changes like ‘breaking of voice’, appearance of moustache and beard in boys. A teenager may become very sensitive, emotional, at times lonely, quarrelsome or rude depending on his surrounding and upbringing. It is also found that peer pressure makes them…
  • Role of homeopathy in menopausal disorders

    Life Force
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Menopause means complete and permanent cessation of menstrual cycle in a woman for about consecutive 12 months. The average age period for menopause is somewhere between 45 to51 years. But it may come as early as 30 years or as late as 55 to 60 years. Menopause is a gradual process which may last for 2-3 years. It never sets in suddenly or overnight. Menopause can cause variety of problems in women such as Irregular menstrual cycle Hot flashes Mood swings Constant or intermittent headaches Vaginal dryness Loss of libido Joint and muscles pain Insomnia or loss of sleep Menopause is a very…
  • Role of homeopathy in the treatment of flu (influenza)

    Life Force
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:45 am
    Influenza or flu is a viral infection caused by influenza A or influenza B virus. It is extremely contagious in nature and affects the respiratory system of the body. It can spread by coughing and sneezing by the person who is infected with influenza or flu. Symptoms of flu or influenza: Extreme exhaustion or weakness Severe body ache Cold and cough High or moderate grade fever Gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea, vomiting and pain in abdomen. Joints pain. In recent times world has experienced the flu outbreaks periodically. Mostly, the people over the globe has experienced Swine flu or…
  • Overcoming hangovers using homeopathy

    Life Force
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:59 am
    Hangover simply means the aftereffects of drinking too much of alcohol. Symptoms of hangover: The hangover effect can show various symptoms. They are as follows. Headache Blood shot eyes Bad taste in mouth Severe weakness and fatigue Sensitivity to light and noise Bloating in stomach, diarrhea, vomiting Excessive thirst Irritability Management of hangovers: Best way to treat or avoid hangover is to stop drinking alcohol. Other measures which may ease off the intensity of hangover symptoms are as follows Drink plenty of water: Water helps to maintain hydration in the body and prevents symptoms…
  • Role of homeopathy in the management of morning sickness

    Life Force
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:59 am
    What is morning sickness? Morning sickness means nausea and vomiting experienced by the pregnant woman anytime during the day during the first three months (trimester) of pregnancy. Morning sickness usually sets in during the first month and stays till 3-4 months. After 4 months of pregnancy, the symptoms of morning sickness usually disappear. But there are few women who suffer from morning sickness till the end throughout the pregnancy. Treatment for morning sickness: The gynecologist prescribes conventional medicine for controlling the symptoms. Medicines are usually stopped once the…
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    HospitalRecruiting.com

  • Now you are graduated as a new nurse, what next…

    Sharon A. Takiguchi, RN, MS, APRN, DrPH
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    After enjoying 40 years of working full time as a nurse, I just want to pass on my thoughts to you as you walk out of the clutches of academia and into a job in a medical center. Your face beams with excitement, and you can’t wait to sign your chart notes with the title of “RN.” Now, your goal should be to hang onto this enthusiasm. When difficult days arise later on, take a moment to reflect back on this first day and recapture the passion and zeal displayed upon your entry to graduated nurse status. A new graduate nurse at bedside The first line of advice I pass on to new grad nurses:…
  • Introducing: The Job Doctor – Send In Your Job Search and Recruiting Questions

    The Job Doctor
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    Within the next week HospitalRecruiting.com will be unveiling a regular question and answer column we’re calling “The Job Doctor Mailbag.” We’ll be using this feature to answer questions about job searches, recruiting, job markets, interviewing, submitting applications, or anything else related to healthcare job searches or recruiting. Our experts will answer any job search questions, whether they are broad, highly specific, or personal in nature. The questions and answers will be published to this blog in an anonymous format; we will be editing out names and other…
  • Physician Interviews from the Employer’s Perspective

    Faith A. Coleman M.D.
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    You’ve researched a potential new position, figured out your needs and wants, rehearsed questions, and know what to look for at a site visit. Have you tried seeing this process through the eyes of the physicians and administrators doing the hiring? Before you are invited to visit the practice, there has already been considerable scrutiny of your CV. Of course prospective employers look at your medical school and where you did your residency. The future employer is also looking for misspelled words, inaccuracies, and typos in your CV. If you are careless about a document as important as…
  • The Physician Job Search as a Romantic Endeavor

    Michael Jones
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    A physician job search, executed correctly, is often times a very similar experience to dating. There is always an initial introduction (How did you two meet?), interviews (remember those first dates?), and hopefully a satisfying long term relationship at the end (a perfect match). Let’s take this analogy a few steps further and look at the job search experience through a romantic lens. This physician really loves his job! Initial Introductions: The initial introduction of a physician job seeker and a prospective employer is comparable to two strangers with a romantic attraction between…
  • Good Reason / Real Reason – A Lesson from Medical School

    Faith A. Coleman M.D.
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    Within the practice of medicine, there are what we call pearls, bits of knowledge that you don’t usually find in textbooks, or hear in lectures. It’s in the field where you understand them. Sometimes you know immediately that a phrase or idea is a pearl, but sometimes you don’t know that until later, sometimes much later. They’re easy to miss – especially when a doctor has been practicing for a while, lulled by repetition or fatigue or who-knows what. Only part of the doctor is in the examination room with a patient, the other part is wondering where to go for…
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    Heal City

  • 7 Important Reasons Why You Should Practice Good Oral Hygiene

    Hugo Massey
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    A number of studies have revealed a possible connection between oral health and an individual’s overall health in general. Just like some areas of the body, your mouth can be a potential breeding ground for bacteria. Fortunately, the body’s natural defence and proper oral care can help dramatically keep the presence of bacteria under control. Aside from contributing to a healthier mouth and a heightened self-confidence, a few more surprising advantages of good oral hygiene you ought to know. 1. Keeps Bad Breath at Bay Medically termed as halitosis, bad breath can be either a symptom of an…
  • How to Find a Right Physiotherapist to Soothe Your Pain?

    Harry Caesar
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    In the daily life there are a lot of things that we don’t want to compromise in, like Health, life, food, and many such things. We always want the perfect care and so we look for the best food items and the best doctor to take care of our health. Similarly, it is also true with the physiotherapist, you need to get the right one to take care of your aches and pains and keep you healthy. Physiotherapist is the effective way to get rid of any major or minor injury and also to keep you healthy in order to avoid any such pains. Just like any other professions there is a huge lot of…
  • 5 Tips to Overcome Awkward Social Situations

    Kelly Caprio
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    Feeling socially awkward is something that everyone goes through once in a while. For some, this is just a matter of getting into a new situation where they don’t feel like they can be themselves. For others, social awkwardness is a lifelong struggle that severely hinders relationships, friendships and just about every other aspect of human interaction. There are a number of social situations which lend themselves to more potential social awkwardness so learning how to become less socially awkward altogether can make these frequent occurrences seem less difficult. These social…
  • Eating Smart and Living Well After Foot or Ankle Surgery

    Chris Miller
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:19 am
    I am sure you heard of the expression that you are what you eat. Well it’s no myth. Think of your body as a machine and everything that you eat helps to keep it running. When we digest our food, the body breaks it up into many small molecules that are vital to our survival. The biggest of these are proteins, carbohydrates (sugars), and lipids (fats). Many vitamins, minerals, and other molecules are also available through the foods we digest. The body can generate some of these required nutrients on it’s own, but a lot of them are only accessible through our diet. Proteins for example are…
  • Skincare: Guide to Having Healthy Skin

    Lucy
    10 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    Our skin is the largest organ in our body. It goes without saying that it’s important to keep it looking and feeling as healthy as possible. After all, our skin is one of the first things that people notice about us, and it can say a lot about us. You would be surprised how sensitive your skin is to your lifestyle, your state of mind, and your environment. But taking good care of your skin isn’t easy, and when you get into a rut of suffering from dry skin and spots, it can be hard to climb out. With that in mind, here are five helpful tips for those looking to achieve healthier…
 
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