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  • The Most In-Demand Healthcare Career Specialties 2015

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    27 Jul 2015 | 7:01 am
  • Medical Bills are Bad for Your Health: Lack of Sleep

    20 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    A 2015 Gallup poll revealed that healthcare costs are a primary concern for Americans. The majority of U.S. adults who were polled stated that the most important financial problem facing their family was healthcare costs, tied with lack of money and low wages. Other top answers included the amount of debt they have, retirement savings and the high cost of living in the U.S. It’s easy to see how any of these issues could cause an individual or a family stress. While financial burdens are a part of most people’s lives, the stress of such can have an enormous impact on a person’s…
  • How Big Data Can Help Healthcare

    Healthcare In India
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:19 pm
    Of the many advantages of technology since the arrival of computers is the ease with which data can be analyzed to predict probable challenges as well solutions across various industries. By observing the prevalent trend and drawing comparisons, data analysis has the ability to greatly improve efficiency and decision-making capacity, based on solid statistics and research.   However, when faced with large data sets that include various patterns and trends, traditional analysis procedures often fall inadequate. This is why more and more industries are increasingly moving towards Big Data,…
  • Getting Stains Out of Your Scrubs

    The IV League
    10 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    If you are like me, sometimes when you get home there are stains on your scrubs and you have no idea where they came from. Then you get to play a little game I like to call “Name That Stain.” That is followed by the question “is that mine or my patient’s?” I have compiled a list of various stains and the best treatment for each, as treatments vary for different stains and even the amount or time set of each type of stain. Coffee – If you work in the hospital, you most likely could bring a few pots of coffee a week. Spills happen. I am not a coffee drinker…
  • Majority of healthcare workers in Allentown vote to be represented by Teamsters

    News-Medical.Net Healthcare News Feed
    25 Jul 2015 | 5:51 am
    A majority of janitorial workers working for Crothall Healthcare at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Penn., have recently voted to be represented by Teamsters Local 773. There are 233 total employees in the group which consists of staff members assigned in the cleaning crews, room preparation and as floor technicians.
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  • Majority of healthcare workers in Allentown vote to be represented by Teamsters

    25 Jul 2015 | 5:51 am
    A majority of janitorial workers working for Crothall Healthcare at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Penn., have recently voted to be represented by Teamsters Local 773. There are 233 total employees in the group which consists of staff members assigned in the cleaning crews, room preparation and as floor technicians.
  • UMass Amherst toxicologist hopes US regulatory agency may acknowledge hormesis hypothesis soon

    25 Jul 2015 | 5:39 am
    When environmental toxicologist Edward Calabrese in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst heard recently that the U.S. National Regulatory Commission has opened a new docket on proposed rule changes and standards for radiation protection, he felt it as "a vindication of my 30-year career, in many ways."
  • Study reveals impact of patient navigator program on no-show rates for cervical cancer screening

    25 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital reported a 20% decline in the rate of missed appointments for cervical cancer evaluation following a Pap smear when a patient navigator program was initiated at the referral center.
  • ADA celebrates 25 years of changing lives

    25 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Hailed as the Bill of Rights for individuals with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 has fulfilled much of its promise since it went into effect 25 years ago, according to a survey of disability leaders, released on July 23 in Washington, D.C. But the findings also reveal ongoing and emerging challenges and areas of opportunity.
  • Healthfirst notifies data privacy incident

    25 Jul 2015 | 4:24 am
    Healthfirst, 100 Church Street, New York, New York 10007, is notifying approximately 5300 affected members and past members that their personal information may have been compromised in the course of a criminal fraud scheme perpetrated against Healthfirst. Social Security numbers and credit card information were not affected.
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    Healthcare Intelligence Network

  • Infographic: Business Associate Risks in Healthcare

    Melanie Matthews
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Many healthcare covered entities feel that their business associates' inadequate security precautions pose one of the top threats to their organizations, according to new study by ISMG, "Healthcare Information Security Today." A new infographic by CynergisTek, Inc. highlights the risks associated with business associates as well as examples of recent breaches that have occurred at a business associate. Business Associate Manual is a template-style manual that can be easily adapted to align with your compliance needs as a business associate (BA). All content complies with the Omnibus Rule.
  • Infographic: Meeting 2015 Healthcare Goals with Mobile Technology

    Melanie Matthews
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    While the use of mobile technology can improve healthcare systems, healthcare organizations are still evaluating the ROI and whether they can overcome key barriers to mobile patient engagement, according to a new infographic by CGS. The infographic looks at the top priorities for healthcare organizations and the role mobile can play in addressing these priorities. Encouraged by early success in coaching 23 patients to wellness at home via remote monitoring, CHRISTUS Health expanded its remote patient monitoring (RPM) enrollment to 170 high-risk, high-cost patients. At that scaling-up…
  • Infographic: Social Media’s Impact on Health Literacy

    Melanie Matthews
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Healthcare costs attributed to wasteful spending are estimated to be $800 million each year, according to a new infographic by iTriage. Half of that total can be attributed, directly or indirectly, to low health literacy, including missed prevention opportunities; preventable errors; and unnecessary services or patients going to the ER when less expensive yet appropriate care could be obtained at another facility. The infographic examines the opportunities for social media to improve health literacy. Advancing Health Literacy: A Framework for Understanding and Action addresses the crisis in…
  • ACO Evolution from 2011-2015: 8 Year-Over-Year Trends

    Patricia Donovan
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am
    Today's ACOs are larger, busier and better staffed than they were four years ago, according to a HIN year-over-year analysis.Adoption of accountable care organizations (ACO) has more than tripled in four years and clinical integration continues to challenge non-adopters, according to a Healthcare Intelligence Network analysis of accountable care organization benchmarks from 2011 to 2015. According to year-over-year ACO metrics published in 2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Accountable Care Organizations, the percentage of healthcare organizations in ACOs has climbed from 14 to 50 percent in the…
  • Infographic: Telemedicine Comes of Age

    Melanie Matthews
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Sixty-seven percent of healthcare professionals use some form of telemedicine or plan to in the next few years, according to a new infographic by Vidyo. The infographic looks at current telehealth trends, future projections and regulatory advances. Real-time remote management of high-risk populations curbed hospitalizations, hospital readmissions and ER visits for more than 80 percent of respondents and boosted self-management levels for nearly all remotely monitored patients, according to 2014 market data from the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN). Remote Monitoring of High-Risk…
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  • Cholesterol Drugs: New Studies Could Spur Even Wider Use. Is That a Good Thing?

    suchandan roy
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:39 am
    By STEVEN FINDLAY Chances are that a third of you reading this sentence take a statin, the ubiquitous cholesterol-lowering drugs. I do. Is it a good or bad thing that so many of us are taking these meds? Two studies out this month advance the long-running debate about the widespread use of statins—and they could propel doctors to prescribe the drugs to millions more people. The cholesterol/statin story starts in the early 1980s. Here’s a quick summary: By 1985, studies showed conclusively that statins (the best known one then was Mevacor/lovastatin) substantially reduced the risk of…
  • Death By Meeting

    suchandan roy
    26 Jul 2015 | 12:03 pm
    By JEFF GOLDSMITH It comes as no news flash that the baby boomers in health care leadership are starting to retire. I believe the generational transition in health care managers will bring profound changes. Specifically, it will bring a marked quickening in the pace of decision-making, but it is also going to pose new challenges. A Consensus Management Style Boomer health care managers brought a demonstrable professionalization to the field. Some early boomers remember that when they started out, there were hospital job titles like “superintendent,” conveying the whiff of a prison…
  • The ProPublica Report Card: A Step In the Right Direction

    John Irvine
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:52 am
    By ASHISH JHA, MD Last week, Marshall Allan and Olga Pierce, two journalists at ProPublica, published a surgeon report card detailing complication rates of 17,000 individual surgeons from across the nation. A product of many years of work, it benefitted from the input of a large number of experts (as well as folks like me). The report card has received a lot of attention … and a lot of criticism. Why the attention? Because people want information about how to pick a good surgeon. Why the criticism?Because the report card has plenty of limitations. As soon as the report was out, so were the…
  • Avoid ICD-10? Yes, You Can!

    suchandan roy
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:57 pm
    By JACOB REIDER, MD Lots of news/talk about ICD-10 these days.  Most organizations are spending time and money training care providers on it.  Software developers are busy implementing it – often by changing diagnosis selection search menus from ICD-9 to ICD-10. They’re missing a fantastic opportunity. ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM are administrative coding systems.  They’re used to code diagnoses. Clinicians have (unfortunately) been forced to learn many ICD-9 codes and are being told that we need to shift to ICD-10.  Some of our colleagues are hoping that they can just use…
  • Who Are Patient Portals Really For?

    suchandan roy
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:46 am
    By ADAM BAKER The icon one health system uses for its patient portal. It pretty much says everything that is wanting about patient portals. I already know my blood type, what conditions and allergies I have, and when my last appointment was. And I don’t know what to do with the millilitre-by-millilitre values from my last blood workup. It’s important information for my doctor, but it’s not material to my day-to-day health. Nevertheless it’s front and center in my provider and insurance-company patient portals. Besides a couple of critically useful tools—like appointment…
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  • Four reasons Praluent is not Sovaldi

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:04 am
    Watch out budget busters! From the New York Times (New Drug Sharply Lowers Cholesterol, But it’s Costly) Praluent, which analysts project will become a huge seller, is expected to become the next flashpoint in the growing controversy of escalating pharmaceutical prices, and health plans are expected to put in place strict measures to control which patients can use the drug and prevent it from becoming a budget buster. This story and similar ones say Praluent may be like Sovaldi, an expensive Hepatitis C drug that has driven up healthcare costs over the past year or so. According to…
  • par8o and IRCDA team to automate clinical assessment with SCAMPS

    24 Jul 2015 | 9:57 am
    Scamp meet SCAMP par80 and the Institute for Relevant Clinical Data Analytics (IRCDA) have teamed up to enable sophisticated clinical decision support at the point of care using SCAMPS. I asked Dr. Adam Sharp,  par80’s cofounder, president and chief medical officer to explain. What are SCAMPs? How do they differ from evidence-based protocols? SCAMPs are Standardized Clinical Assessment and Management Plans. SCAMPs outline a data-backed, consensus-based, care pathway for a diverse patient population with a particular diagnosis or condition. Data is collected on the treatment and…
  • Fast progress on transgender benefits

    22 Jul 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Bruce Jenner’s transition to Caitlyn Jenner has brought transgender issues quickly to the fore. What I had not realized is that major employers and the federal government are well on their way toward providing coverage for transition-related health care. I’m not in a position to comment on the adequacy of the coverage, but just want to make the point that it’s advanced faster than I thought. According to Business Insurance (Transgender benefits gain attention of employers), the Office of Personnel Management recently required Federal Employee Benefit Plan providers to cover…
  • Follow-on biologics: Another ho-hum assessment

    20 Jul 2015 | 5:12 am
    Do you like my new idea? Proponents of follow-on biologics are invariably surprised that their hopes for product introductions and price competition outpace reality. Instead of stepping back and asking whether the whole concept of biosimilars makes any sense from a cost reduction standpoint they persist in recommending tweaks to the existing regime and asking for patience as we await results. The New England Journal of Medicine published a Perspective on the topic last month (Progress and Hurdles for Follow-on Biologics), which followed the usual script. Rather than blog about it I wrote a…
  • An inspiring product development tale

    17 Jul 2015 | 5:10 am
    Just do it The times they are a changing, and in some ways for the better. Nike is releasing a new sneaker designed for people with disabilities who have trouble putting regular shoes on by themselves. The idea for the shoe came from a teen with cerebral palsy who wrote a letter to Nike that ended up with the CEO. A related request came from a Nike employee who had suffered a stroke. The company then spent three years to design a sneaker with what USA Today calls “an elongated wraparound zipper system to allow a wearer to open close the show with one hand.” They collaborated with the teen…
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    Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review

  • Health Insurer Merger Mania -- Muscle-Bound Competitors And A New Cold War In Health Care

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
    It is doubtful that the dramatically escalating consolidation in both the health insurance industry and among hospitals and doctors will make our health care system either more efficient or more competitive. This reminds me of the Cold War. Each side gets more powerful so that the other side can’t come to dominate it. The two sides finally get so big and powerful they reach a point of détente
  • California Senate Votes To Open Up Obamacare To 2.5 Million Illegal Residents

    21 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    King V. Burwell Opponents Said Killing Subsidies Would Blow Up Obamacare­­––Now They Want To Open Up Unsubsidized Care To Illegal Californians And consider this. Passage of the California legislation that has already cleared the Senate (SB 4) could be a real boon to the business of health care delivery in California. California’s impressive medical system could be the leader in international
  • Could Humana Grovel Any More To Get the Aetna-Humana Merger Approved By the Obama Administration?

    7 Jul 2015 | 11:38 am
    See my post at Forbes
  • Why The Affordable Care Act Isn't 'Here to Stay'­­­­--In One Picture

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    Why is Obamacare still so unpopular? Why aren’t the working class and middle-class signing up for it? Why is the Obamacare population sicker and causing so many big rate increases a year earlier than expected? Is Obamacare financially sustainable in its present form? Is it politically sustainable as it is? Here is one picture that tells you just about everything you need to know to
  • The King V. Burwell Decision

    25 Jun 2015 | 8:12 am
    First, as any of us who know the market can appreciate, the Court just saved the Republicans from themselves. They were in no way ready to avoid the crisis that would have engulfed the individual market––half of those people on the exchange who would have lost their subsidies and the other half off-exchange that would have seen 30% to 50% rate increases––on top of the big increases already
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  • Friday Links

    Jason Shafrin
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:14 pm
    Paying for primary care. Is marijuana ‘medical’? Why rent control is bad. Minimum wage. Health insurance and cable.
  • Basket vs. Umbrella clinical trials

    Jason Shafrin
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:41 pm
    How do you determine if a drug is effective?  Typically, biostaticians rely on a randomized control trial where half the patients receive the treatment of interest and the remaining half receive either a placebo or the current standard of care depending on the trial design. Recent advances in cancer, however, call for more sophisticated designs.  Some cancer treatments are only effective for patients with specific biomarkers; this treatment heterogeneity complicates the trial design.  Further, some new treatments–such as immuno-oncology therapies–may improve health for…
  • International Reference Pricing

    Jason Shafrin
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:49 pm
    What is international reference pricing (IRP)? IRP is system whereby a country states that they will pay no more than the price paid by another country or a basket of countries. In theory, countries could also regulate drug prices by saying that they would not pay more than X% of country A’s price or X% of the reference basket of country A, B and C. How does this work in practice? A paper by Houy and Jelovac (2015) repots: In 2010, all EU countries except Germany, Sweden, and the UK extensively use IRP [international reference pricing]. This policy leads to an interdependence of prices…
  • Quotation of the Day

    Jason Shafrin
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:49 pm
    The human mind is generally far more eater to praise and dispraise than to describe and define.  It wants to make every distinction of value; hence those fatal critics who can never point out the differing quality of two poets without putting them in an order of preference as if they were candidates for a prize. C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves.
  • Half a trillion dollars

    Jason Shafrin
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:35 pm
    Clearly, the care family members provide for sick relatives add significant value to the life of the infirm. Many non-economists may consider the cost of this care as “free” because family members typically are not paid for this services.  However, nothing could be further from the truth.  If family members were not caring for their elderly relatives, the cost to care for elderly patients would be increased nursing home admissions and additional home health visits.  Further, adults often must give up on their own careers to help out with their elderly parents. Thus, it is not…
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    Age with Quality not in Crisis

  • Eating Nuts & Peanuts Associated with Reduced Overall, Cardiovascular Death

    Anthony Cirillo
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Eating Nuts & Peanuts Associated with Reduced Overall, Cardiovascular Death Eating nuts and peanuts was associated with a reduced risk of overall death and death from cardiovascular disease across different ethnic groups and among individuals with low socioeconomic status, which suggests that peanuts, because of their affordability, may be a cost-effective measure to improve cardiovascular health, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. Xiao-Ou Shu, M.D., Ph.D., of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, and coauthors sought to examine the…
  • Our Friday Song of the Week – Come Fly With Me

    Anthony Cirillo
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Our Friday Song of the Week – Come Fly With Me The post Our Friday Song of the Week – Come Fly With Me appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Turn Down the Music I Can’t Think; Background Music Hinders Memory

    Anthony Cirillo
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Turn Down the Music I Can’t Think; Background Music Hinders Memory A Georgia Institute of Technology study challenged younger and older adults to listen to music while trying to remember names. College-aged participants had no problems – the music didn’t affect their performance. But the older adults remembered 10 percent fewer names when listening to background music or musical rain as compared to silence. The findings could have implications for senior living centers and people who prefer to hold meetings away from the office. The Georgia Tech researchers wanted to replicate…
  • Mindfulness Meditation Appears to Help Improve Sleep Quality

    Anthony Cirillo
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Meditation helps you sleep better. Mindfulness Meditation Appears to Help Improve Sleep Quality Mindfulness meditation practices resulted in improved sleep quality for older adults with moderate sleep disturbance in a clinical trial comparing meditation to a more structured program focusing on changing poor sleep habits and establishing a bedtime routine, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. Sleep disturbances are a medical and public health concern for our nation’s aging population. An estimated 50 percent of individuals 55 years and older have some sort of…
  • Hot Flashes, Night Sweats Last for 7+ Years in Many Midlife Women

    Anthony Cirillo
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    You’ll need this to cool off for seven years. Hot Flashes, Night Sweats Last for 7+ Years in Many Midlife Women Frequent menopausal vasomotor symptoms (VMS), including hot flashes and night sweats, lasted for more than seven years during the transition to menopause for more than half of the women in a large study and African American women reported the longest total VMS duration, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. VMS are the hallmark of the menopausal transition and they can affect the quality of women’s lives. Up to 80 percent of women experience VMS…
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    Health Affairs Blog

  • Most States Lag On Delivering Valuable, Preventive Dental Care To Low-Income Children

    Bob Russell
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    As our health system moves to pay for value, highly-effective but low-cost preventive medicine becomes increasingly vital. Dental sealants provide a low-cost intervention to prevent tooth decay, a health condition with serious consequences. A $48 sealant placed on a permanent molar of a child at the right time can reduce decay by 80 percent in the first two years and continue to block decay for nearly five years. In the world of public health, these outcomes are stunning. Despite this compelling evidence, in 2010 less than one-third of five- to 19-year-olds had sealants on any of their teeth.
  • Measuring What Matters: Using Data To Drive Action

    Alonzo Plough
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:36 am
    Editor’s note: This article is part of a series of blog posts by leaders in health and health care who participated in Spotlight Health from June 25-28, the opening segment of the Aspen Ideas Festival. This year’s theme was Smart Solutions to the World’s Toughest Challenges. Stayed tuned for more. @alonzoplough we do not have a shortage of data. We have a shortage of action. #CultureofHealth #AspenIdeas #SpotlightHealth — Dan McKenna (@danmcken) June 27, 2015 No data shortage-need data that engages individ, orgs, sectors to take action on problems. @alonzoplough…
  • Health Spending: The $2 Trillion Question—Or Questions

    Stuart Guterman
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
    Editor’s note: This is one of several posts Health Affairs Blog will publish stemming from sessions at the June 2015 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (ARM) in Minneapolis. Watch Health Affairs Blog for additional posts on topics raised at the ARM. Author’s note: This post was inspired by an ARM session that I had the privilege of moderating. The policy roundtable included Melinda Buntin and David Stevenson of Vanderbilt University, discussing work they’ve done primarily under a grant with the Commonwealth Fund, and Michael Chernew of Harvard University, discussing work he’s done…
  • New Narrative Matters: Across State Lines, A Family Navigates Medical Complexity And Medicaid Hurdles

    Lucy Larner
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:25 am
    In Health Affairs’ July Narrative Matters essay, a medically complex child and a military family navigate Medicaid coverage challenges as they travel from state to state. Anthony Putney’s article is freely available to all readers, or you can listen to the podcast. Don’t forget to visit the free Narrative Matters essay archive, which offers written and oral versions of current and past essays. Narrative Matters is published with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
  • Reducing Practice Variation At Crystal Run Healthcare

    Scott Hines, Jonathan Nasser and Linda Green
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Research has shown wide variation in per capita spending among different states and among different counties within the same state. Some of this variation can be explained by the health status of the population, local pricing, patient cultural and demographic factors, and the local liability environment. However, the vast majority of variation in spending is unexplained and likely due to a failure of health care providers to follow established best practice guidelines. This type of variation is associated with unnecessary over-utilization, while reducing variation leads to reductions in…
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  • Zombies Against Medicare

    medicare poster
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Arguments that have already been shown to be false are still used by conservatives to attack a program that has done rather well. Related NewsZombies Against MedicareZombies of 2016
  • Zombies Against Medicare

    medicare poster
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Arguments that have already been shown to be false are still used by conservatives to attack a program that has done rather well. Related NewsZombies Against MedicareZombies of 2016
  • Choosing How We Die

    medicare poster
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A new federal rule could help patients decide on care at the end of their lives. Related NewsSeniors won’t die sooner under proposed Medicare cuts, Grassley saysMedicare 2012: Guide to choosing the best drug planGrassley: Seniors won’t die sooner because of Medicare cuts
  • Disability Benefits Face Cuts in 2016, Trustees Say

    medicare poster
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Eleven million people face a deep cut in benefits next year if Congress fails to replenish Social Security’s disability trust fund, the administration said. Related NewsTrustees: Medicare Will Go Broke in 2016, If You Exclude Obamacare’s Double-CountingTrustees: Medicare Will Go Broke in 2016, If You Exclude Obamacare’s Double-CountingTrustees: Medicare Will Go Broke in 2016, If You Exclude Obamacare’s Double-Counting
  • Medicare to Try a Blend of Hospice Care and Treatment

    medicare poster
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Randomized trials of patients with terminal cancer point to a new approach on palliative care, one that Medicare will test more widely. Related NewsSenior Advocate: Hospice care is covered by Medicare Part AMedicare policy may account for growing length of hospice stays in nursing homesRules Change Could Increase Hospice Use
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  • Long distance runners beware of hyponatremia

    24 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    As physicians, if we know that our patients plan marathon running (or longer), we have a responsibility to warn them about fluid intake.  Alex Hutchinson writes regularly about the science of running in a column called Sweat Science.  Today his publication – How to Avoid Overdrinking: Researchers release new guidelines on preventing and treating hyponatremia. appeared on the Runner’s World website. I have had a great interest in teaching about hyponatremia for many years. In my standard lecture I mention the problem of hyponatremia occurring in long distance…
  • A complex acid-base problem

    23 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    Patient had been feeling poorly for a few days with progressive dyspnea and weakness. Denied fever, chills or sweats. No past medical history – had avoided physicians for more than 40 years. 141 96 36 105 2.8 20 1.5 On 2 liters nasal oxygen pH 7.45 pCO2 29 pO2 55 HCO3 20 Your task is to glean as much information from these numbers as possible.
  • Diagnostic accuracy – not a simple computer problem

    19 Jul 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Danielle Ofri wrote a very nice piece in the NY Times this week – Getting the Diagnosis Right. In it she refers to this BMJ article – Evaluation of symptom checkers for self diagnosis and triage: audit study . Results The 23 symptom checkers provided the correct diagnosis first in 34% (95% confidence interval 31% to 37%) of standardized patient evaluations, listed the correct diagnosis within the top 20 diagnoses given in 58% (55% to 62%) of standardized patient evaluations, and provided the appropriate triage advice in 57% (52% to 61%) of standardized patient evaluations. Triage…
  • Maximum frustration – opiate “demands”

    14 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Ask any primary care physician or hospitalist (and many subspecialists) and I wager that patient opiate demands represent their most frustrating recurrent issue. We are clearly caught between those who demand that we relieve pain and those who point fingers at us for excessive opiate prescribing. Many people like how opiates make them feel. Many people become addicted easily to opiates. It seems that they use knowledge of the pain imperative to ask us for more opiates. We clearly have a conundrum. We can receive criticism when we do not address the patient’s pain to the patient’s…
  • On feedback and deliberate practice

    13 Jul 2015 | 10:11 am
    Medical learners often complain that they receive inadequate feedback.   Most programs develop solutions of “formal feedback” sessions.  To that I say, “Bah Humbug”. As a devotee of deliberate practice, I understand that formal feedback does not do the intended job.  Rather we need to provide immediate feedback and then repeat the practice session with another immediate evaluation. This quotation from a blog post (Deliberate Practice: What It Is and Why You Need It) should help: The Four Essential Components of Deliberate Practice Research into the…
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  • Born to run (slowly) and to loaf-The Leiberman hypothesis?

    21 Jul 2015 | 10:42 am
    Harvard Professor David E. Leiberman  has taken Theodosius Dobzhansky's maxim to heart; "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution."Leiberman,also known as the barefoot professor for his interest and advocacy of barefoot running ,expounded his thesis along with co author Dennis Bramble in a 2004 article in Nature entitled " Endurance running and the evolution of the genus homo."Quoting from the above article ;" The fossil evidence of these features [features that facilitate endurance running] suggests that endurance running is a derived capability of the genus Homo,…
  • Bob Wachter's defense of ABIM's shenanigans and Mel Brooks

    14 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    Dr. Bob Wachter,former chair of the ABIM, has spoken out in defense of ABIM and , of course, of himself.Several medical bloggers have offered their critique of his comments including Michel Accad,  ,Walter Bond. and Dr RW..In my opinion all make  some good points with which I agree.But I think Med Brooks' comments  may be the most appropriate.
  • Can Dr. Cassel and her collaborators at the National Quality Forum repeal Goodhart's Law?

    10 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    In the December 4, 2014 issue of the NEJM, Dr. Chistine K.Cassel et al expound on performance measures.She freely admits there have been some problems but also apparently some successes.It is just a matter of learning from the mistakes and  leveraging the successes. We just have to work harder and be smarter. "Getting More Performance from Performance Measurements" Cassel, CK et al , NEJM 371,23 2014)She offers her explanation of  why the notorious "four hour pneumonia rule" did not work out well. That particular clinical situation was "not the right place to intervene". .."There…
  • There are some amazing octogenarians out there

    17 Jun 2015 | 4:09 am
    Some  know-it-all-officious-busybodies   medical progressive elite presume to know when various medical procedures should be limited on the basis of age. Some even presume to know how long someone will live as in recommendations regarding limiting of medical procedures for those deemed to have less than ten years life expectancy or using 75 as a cut off date for certain type of screening tests.My pathology professor in medical school was fond of saying when you tell someone how long he has to live they may piss on your grave.Spock's "live long and prosper" butts up against…
  • do you need a physician to order your blood tests?

    16 Jun 2015 | 3:36 am
    There are a number of folks who want to eliminate at least one aspect of  gate-keeper role of the physician  or at least allow people  to order blood tests without getting a physician's order.To name a few: Dr Eric Topol,Elizabeth Homes,and apparently the governor of Arizona.Elizabeth Holmes is founder and CEO of a company named Theranos,which has developed a technology to enable a very large number of blood tests to be done from a few drops of blood,less than the tube drawn on a standard veni- puncture.In April 2015 , the governor of Arizona signed a statute "allowing"…
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  • What’s Latest in the Healthcare Trends?

    24 Jul 2015 | 4:19 am
    Identifying the latest in the healthcare trends! Among the latest development within the health care delivery model is that continuing care is highlighted. The main experts are not just dealing with patients for his or her health issues, but they …The post What’s Latest in the Healthcare Trends? appeared first on MedBlogger Code.
  • Aspects That Could Influence Your Salary as Certified Nursing Assistant

    21 Jun 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Regardless of whether you acknowledge it or not, when you are right in front of the job interviewer, it will always reflect that income is significant to stimulate you in giving your best when it comes to work. Your salary …The post Aspects That Could Influence Your Salary as Certified Nursing Assistant appeared first on MedBlogger Code.
  • Nurses’ Guidelines For Taking Care An Elderly

    1 Jun 2015 | 12:14 am
    When a nurse takes care of an elderly, it is important that a nurse can fully understand the details concerning the elderly patient. You have to to meet up with members of the family or anybody which is close to …The post Nurses’ Guidelines For Taking Care An Elderly appeared first on MedBlogger Code.
  • 10 Critical Facts about CNA Certification

    John Hammond
    14 May 2015 | 7:52 am
    10 Critical Facts about CNA Certification Are you interested in becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant? In the USA, a CNA is a certified medical professional who provides healthcare to both ill and disabled patients. They perform a wide variety of …The post 10 Critical Facts about CNA Certification appeared first on MedBlogger Code.
  • Basic safety Procedures Nursing Assistants Must Learn

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:51 pm
    Being a Nurse Assistant is a rewarding vocation for those who decide on going into the healthcare industry and commit to help those that are in need. In most cases, when you do your training in nursing assistant classes, they …The post Basic safety Procedures Nursing Assistants Must Learn appeared first on MedBlogger Code.
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    Health Care Renewal

  • What They Really Think of Us, UK Version - Health Secretary Derides NHS Doctors for Not Working Enough on Weekends

    26 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
    A new story from the UK suggests what top leaders of health care really think about health care professionals.  I realize that I risk showing my shallow understanding of UK politics when I comment on this, but I believe that the story is straightforward enough for someone from the US to understand, and has  lessons for the US and other countries.UK Health Secretary Says Doctors Do Not Work Enough on Weekends The story started earlier in July, 2016, when the current UK Health Secretary within the current Conservative government told National Health System (NHS) doctors they must work…
  • Turn, Turn, Turn - from Columbia/ HCA Executive, to Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources, to Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), to America's Healt Insurance Plans (AHIP)

    16 Jul 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Marilyn Tavenner's career continues to revolve, er, evolve.Columbia/ HCAMarilyn Tavenner worked for Columbia / HCA, now HCA, although details of her job there are sketchy.  Apparently she worked there for a long time, according to a 2015 article in the Nashville Business Journal,Tavenner work [sic] in a variety of roles for Nashville-based HCA Holdings Inc for 25 years.She worked long enough to earn a fairly generous pension.  As a 2012 a Washington Times article stated,In a recent filing with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, she reported that through a supplemental executive…
  • Who Benefits? - Rising Generic Drug Prices and the Case of Mylan's Conflicted Property Purchases

    8 Jul 2015 | 6:29 pm
    Rising Generic Drug PricesHealth care costs in the US continue their seemingly inexorable rise.  Even the parts of health care that used to seem reasonably priced now are affected.  As Ed Silverman discussed on PharmaLotprices for many generic drugs have been climbing, prompting concerns that a low-cost staple of the U.S. health care system might soon strain budgets.Generic drugs, like practically every other part of US health care, have become big business.  As a Forbes article pointed out, the industry is becoming more consolidated, and more likely to suffer from…
  • Bill Clinton, Paid to Speak to Biotech Conference, Extolled $1000 Pill to Prevent "Liver Rot," Despite Lack of Evidence that It Does

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:08 pm
    What were they thinking?Former President Clinton Talkes to Pharma and Biotech Executives In mid June, 2015, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that former US PresidentClinton was the keynote speaker at Klick Ideas Exchange, sponsored by Klick Health, a Toronto-based digital marketing agency, along with Veeva Systems and the Biotechnology Industry Organization. BIO, the Washington-based trade association, is holding its annual convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center this week, attracting 15,000 people.For his troubles he was apparently paid, howeverhis foundation did not respond to a…
  • How Institutional Conflicts of Interest Exacerbate the Anechoic Effect - the Example of ASCO Fearing "Biting the Hand that Feeds You"

    26 Jun 2015 | 12:42 pm
    As we recently discussed (here, here, here and here), in May, 2015, the New England Journal of Medicine, arguably the world's foremost medical journal, published an editorial and a three-part commentary arguing that current concerns about the effects of financial conflicts of interest (COI) on health care are overblown(1-4).  On June 1, the Wall Street Journal published a report on the 2015 meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) that provided a vivid example of why these concerns should not be dismissed.Questioning Drug Prices at the ASCO MeetingThe main issue in the…
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    Global bioethics blog

  • Postmodernity and global polio eradication

    23 Jul 2015 | 7:59 pm
    Polio is getting closer to being eradicated. If it happens, it would join (along with smallpox among humans and rinderpest among cattle) that very rare class of pathogens that have been taken literally out of circulation by conscious human efforts.  That sounds good, but in the case of polio it also shows just how long it takes medical advances to deeply penetrate resource-limited and politically volatile settings: a safe and effective vaccine has already been around for half a century. In any case, due to the collective efforts by charitable organizations, civil society,…
  • The bioethics of austerity

    20 Jul 2015 | 10:12 pm
    One of the more depressing aspects of the crisis in Greece is the cartoonish way the plight of the Greek people has been portrayed. It is as if ordinary Greeks had all taken out massive and reckless loans, and when asked to pay them back, they stubbornly refused. The nerve of such people! Do they want money for nothing? Can't they pay off their debts like us, i.e. hard-working sensible people? How lazy and irresponsible of them.Africans may view all this with a sense of dja vu. In the years after independence, the ruling class of African countries brought their economies into debt, while…
  • Penile transplants and ritual male circumcision in Africa

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    It should not be going to too far out on a limb to say that ritual male circumcision is not, and never has been meant to be, a medical intervention. Certainly in sub-Saharan Africa, where it has generally been understood as part of a larger rite of passage from boyhood to manhood, questions of safety, hygiene, pain relief or psychological trauma are typically not concerns central to the ritual. If they were, the use of unsterile instruments by non-surgeons on the un-anesthetized would have led to the disappearance of the practice long ago. The ritual is about risk, not safety; it is about…
  • Whose risk/benefit ratio is this, anyway?

    4 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
    It's a good question. An analysis of risks and benefits for study participants is considered central to the ethics of research, but how risks and benefits are determined remains tricky. Part of the job description of research ethics committees is to make such determinations, and the Belmont Report encourages use of quantitative risk data whenever possible, but it is unclear how often that actually happens. Anecdotally, there is a lot of eyeballing and back-of-the-envelope estimation of risks, if not outright speculation and magnification. And as for benefits, there is much disagreement as to…
  • Big Pharma feeling misunderstood

    10 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    The CEO of Bayer, Marijn Dekkers, was last month reported to have said the following:"We did not develop this [cancer] drug for Indians. We developed it for Western patients who can afford it."What Dekkers said was in response to a question about a decision by an Indian government official to grant a compulsory licence to patents on said cancer drug, on the grounds that Bayer's price for it ($65,000) was far too expensive for Indian patients. Dekkers added that he thought the move towards a compulsory licence -- permitting low-cost generic equivalents to be produced and sold by companies…
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    HealthBlawg :: David Harlow's Health Care Law Blog

  • The Operating System for Value-Based Care

    David Harlow
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:43 am
    In my role as counsel to Flow Health, I sat down with Neil Versel at the MedCity ENGAGE 2015 patient engagement conference in Bethesda to discuss the current environment: Meaningful Use, interoperability and the Flow Health philosophy of creating an operating system for value-based care that enables collaboration among patients, caregivers, providers and payors, by creating a longitudinal health record of complete EHR data – and tools to interact with that record – in order to drive improvements in health, in health care and in the health care system. Here are some highlights from that…
  • Pan Mass Challenge 2015 – Please Support My Ride

    David Harlow
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    It’s that time again – the Pan Mass Challenge is coming up the first weekend of August, and this will be my twelfth year as part of the PMC. Every year, riders along the 2-day, 200-mile route are part of a village on wheels that comes together to fight cancer.  The 5000+ riders, and the volunteer bike mechanics, massage therapists, folks who prepare and serve food and drink, folks who come out in droves to cheer us on, and say “Thanks for riding,” all join together in support of a cause.  We need your help to support this cause — the Jimmy Fund at the Dana Farber Cancer…
  • Whither Interoperability? The 21st Century Cures Act

    David Harlow
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:40 am
    Tucked into the FDA innovations of the 21st Century Cures Act recently passed by the House of Representatives and sent over to the Senate is a subtitle on interoperability. (Link goes to bill summary and status page. See Title II – Delivery, Subtitle A – Interoperability, pp. 244-298 of the PDF of the bill as sent from the House to the Senate. H.R. 6, 21st Century Cures Act.) Your faithful HealthBlawger will highlight some interesting points; it is worth reading the whole subtitle. ONC issued a draft ten-year interoperability roadmap earlier this year. While it represents a…
  • On Making Patient Reviews of Physicians More Useful

    David Harlow
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:50 am
    I recently hosted a Google Hangout on Air entitled Patient Reviews of Physicians: The Wisdom of the Crowd? (presented by The Harlow Group LLC in association with The Society for Participatory Medicine). I spoke with Niam Yaraghi (Center for Technology Innovation, The Brookings Institution) and Casey Quinlan (Mighty Casey Media) following their interesting back-and-forth online on the question of whether and how patient reviews of physicians can add value. Please take a look at the posts that preceded the hangout. Here are the initial post and reaction: Niam’s post and Casey’s post – as…
  • Appointment Reminders, Patient Marketing, HIPAA and You

    David Harlow
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:54 am
    Thank you to PatientPrompt for hosting a webinar I gave last week entitled Appointment Reminders, Patient Marketing, HIPAA and You. In case you missed the webinar, here are my slides: Appointment Reminders, Patient Marketing, HIPAA and You from David Harlow You should also check out Colin Hung’s livetweeting of the presentation, and a guest post I wrote in the days before the webinar, Health Care Marketing Communications in the Face of HIPAA. If you contact the good people at PatientPrompt they will be able to hook you up with a recording of the webinar and some other goodies. David…
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    HealthLawProf Blog

  • Payments to Egg "Donors"

    David Orentlicher
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Interesting article in today’s Wall Street Journal about a lawsuit over limits on payments by fertility clinics to women who supply eggs for infertile couples. Under influential, though not mandatory, guidelines issued by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, payments...
  • Section on Law, Medicine & Health Care Session on Medicaid at the AALS

    22 Jul 2015 | 8:08 pm
    A reminder that a call for papers has been issued for the session of the Section on Law, Medicine and Health Care at the 2016 AALS meeting. Here's the information about the session: Our section program for the 2016 meeting...
  • Junior Scholar Workshop at the AALS

    22 Jul 2015 | 8:03 pm
    The Section on Law, Medicine & Health Care will be holding a workshop session for junior scholars at the upcoming AALS meeting in New York, Jan 6-10, 2016. Here's the call--please circulate widely: Call for Papers AALS Section on Law,...
  • Hobby Lobby Fall Out

    David Orentlicher
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:32 am
    For those who feared that the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision would open the door for employers to block contraceptive access for women in the workplace, welcome reassurance has come this week from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...
  • King vs. Burwell: Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Tax Subsidies

    Katharine Van Tassel
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    Today, in King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, handing a major victory to the Obama administration. The decision was 6-3, with Chief Justice John Roberts delivering the court's majority opinion. Roberts...
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  • QPR to wear Alzheimer’s Society logo on shirts for Stan Bowles Day

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:25 am
    Bowles was an integral player in the club’s best ever side during the 1975/76 season and was a prolific goal scorer.  In recognition of the contribution he made to the club, QPR will hold a ‘Stan Bowles Day’ when they host Rotherham United at Loftus Road on Saturday 22 August, to be attended by his […]
  • Nottingham Memory Walker inspired by report on benefits of exercise in fighting dementia

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:25 am
    Marion Sharp, whose husband Jeff was diagnosed with the condition almost five years ago, called on people to take the message to heart by signing up for the Alzheimer’s Society’s Memory Walk in the city. She said: ‘We will be doing Nottingham Memory Walk for the third time this year – it raises awareness of […]
  • Study seeks newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients and caregivers to measure impact of evidence-based educational materials

    24 Jul 2015 | 1:08 pm
    A study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and conducted by researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center seeks participants to determine the effectiveness of educational materials for newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients and their caregivers. “Newly diagnosed patients are flooded with information and we hope to determine in what way of delivering that information […]
  • Exercise can have a positive effect on Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia, studies find

    23 Jul 2015 | 7:01 am
    According to research presented today (Thursday July 23 2015) at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Washington – three new trials of aerobic exercise in people with Alzheimer’s disease, vascular cognitive impairment and mild cognitive impairment are all reported to have shown positive results. One trial showed that doing regular exercise helped people with Alzheimer’s […]
  • First hints that amyloid therapies may slow down Alzheimer’s

    22 Jul 2015 | 6:59 pm
    The findings, taken from industry studies of three alternative antibody therapies, were presented today (Wednesday, 22 July) at the Alzheimer’s Association International conference in Washington. Interim results from a safety study of aducanumab (Biogen Inc) in people with very early stage Alzheimer’s disease show that the drug reduces the amount of the amyloid plaques in […]
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    News from Scott & White Healthcare

  • Forty Fingers and Forty Toes in One Delivery

    Deontrea Jones
    18 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    On Wednesday, July 15, Trent and Niki Pride from College Station became proud parents of quadruplets – three boys and one girl. Forty precious fingers and forty precious toes were welcomed at Scott & White Memorial Hospital – Temple. The post Forty Fingers and Forty Toes in One Delivery appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Baylor Scott & White – Round Rock Welcomes New Section Chief of Primary Care

    Katherine Voss
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    Baylor Scott & White – Round Rock welcomes Suneel K. Vallabhaneni, M.D., as Section Chief of Primary Care Services to lead a growing team of primary care and family medicine physicians. “We’re excited that Dr. Vallabhaneni has joined us,” said Rob Watson, M.D., chief medical officer for Baylor Scott & White – Round Rock Region. […] The post Baylor Scott & White – Round Rock Welcomes New Section Chief of Primary Care appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Scott & White Healthcare – Round Rock Offers Integrative Medicine Services

    Katherine Voss
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    Scott & White Healthcare – Round Rock is now offering integrative medicine services to Central Texans that include massage therapy and acupuncture at two of its regional clinics: Scott & White Clinic – Avery Ranch and Baylor Scott & White Clinic – Round Rock South. “What’s unique about this service in the greater Austin metro […] The post Scott & White Healthcare – Round Rock Offers Integrative Medicine Services appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Scott & White Hospital – College Station Earns Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center

    Scott Clark
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    Scott & White Hospital – College Station has achieved new status of Chest Pain Center from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international organization that focuses on improving care and ending heart disease. Scott & White Hospital – College Station is a part of the Baylor Scott & White Health system. Heart attacks […] The post Scott & White Hospital – College Station Earns Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
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    RDS Services - Subsidy Recovery Specialists

  • Most Common Reasons to Pursue a Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) Reopening

    17 Jul 2015 | 12:12 pm
    RDS programs, by their very nature, are complex. They require sufficient resources and analytics to ensure accuracy and efficiency within your organization. Each year thousands of Reopenings are submitted to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). These Reopenings are an opportunity to increase subsidy dollars and run a smarter program. Below is a list of the most common reasons Plan Sponsors might submit a Reopening. Insufficient Staff and/or Resources to Administer RDS Program Activities Having inexperienced or insufficient staff can result in errors to your reporting,…
  • RDS Program Helpline No Longer Available

    Chelsea Cummings
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:40 pm
    On March 27, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) discontinued telephone support through CMS' RDS Center Help Line. Plan Sponsors will still be able to contact CMS' RDS Center through a new “Request Support” option or via email to Please read on for highlights of the communication process changes listed on the CMS RDS Website. How to contact CMS RDS Centers RDS Request Support: RDS Program users may ask questions and report issues directly to CMS' RDS Center through the RDS Secure Website. In order to do this, log into the RDS Secure Website, and…
  • RDS Reopening: Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:53 pm
    We get quite a few questions about Retiree Drug Subsidy Reopening.  If you're unclear about an aspect of it, there's a very real possibility that your question has been asked before.  We've compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions to help clear up the most common inquiries. Q.  What is a Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) Reopening? A.   It’s a process that allows Plan Sponsors to go back and “reopen” past reconciled plan years to see if they captured all eligible members and eligible prescription drugs that qualify for Retiree Drug Subsidy under the CMS RDS Program. Q.  Why…
  • Important Information for RDS Plan Sponsors Completing 2013 Calendar Year Reconciliations

    16 Feb 2015 | 9:19 am
    A Mandatory Reconciliation Payment Reduction Will Affect Your Final Payment Request The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS’) Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) Program is subject to the mandatory reductions in Federal spending in accordance with the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (BBEDCA), as amended. This process of payment reduction is referred to as sequestration. Mandatory Payment Reduction Applied to Reconciliation Payment Request All Plan Sponsors with an RDS Application with a plan month of April 2013 and beyond will have a 2% mandatory payment…
  • The IFEBP Annual Conference is almost here!

    Chelsea Cummings
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    The countdown is on as the IFEBP 60th U.S. Annual Employee Benefits Conference is quickly approaching!  Mark Manquen, President of RDS Services, and Jayne Brown, RDS Program Director, will be in attendence and are looking forward to attending conference events, along with seeing old and new friends.  If you are interested in learning more about our services before or after the conference, follow the links below to view informational documents on our company and services we offer.  We hope everyone enjoys the IFEBP Conference! RDS Services Administration Brochure RDS Services Reopening…
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    Schwartz MSL

  • IT Security Pros Primed for Black Hat Videos & RSA Speaking Submissions

    Ross Levanto
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:41 pm
    This week, RSA Conference will open its speaking submission process for next year’s event, scheduled for late February in San Francisco. And not too far from now in early August, Las Vegas will play host to the Black Hat USA conference. At MSLGROUP, we’re busy on both fronts. For RSA Conference, we’re analyzing accepted abstracts […]
  • MSLGROUP Interviews ReadWrite Editor-in-Chief Owen Thomas

    Merrill Freund
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:17 am
    Owen Thomas has been writing about technology since the birth of the Internet. That’s not as long as it sounds but it is still a long time, especially when measured by smartphone generation years. Owen has worked for (and in several cases outlived) great publications like Red Herring, Business 2.0. Venture Beat and Business Insider. […]
  • The key to improving healthcare: It’s about the data

    Davida Dinerman
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:47 pm
    To conclude MSLGROUP Boston’s HIMSS15 video series, Senior Media and Content Strategist Don Fluckinger spoke with three clients about what they were showcasing at their booths, and what problems they solved en route to improving healthcare. While these vendors work across very diverse areas of healthcare IT spectrum, the one focus they have in common […]
  • PR Lessons Learned In 1H 2015: Part One

    Kiley Nichols
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:45 pm
    With the end of the first half of the year approaching, MSLGROUP decided to take a look back at the PR lessons learned thus far in 2015 and what they mean for our industry and our clients. Without further ado: 1. In times of crisis, early, frequent, honest communication that provides next steps is best. […]
  • Health Data Interoperability: Report from the trenches

    Don Fluckinger
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:13 pm
    U.S. healthcare isn’t as seamless as, for example, the banking industry when it comes to data exchange. But it’s getting there, say the CIOs and experts we interviewed at HIMSS15. New standards such as Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR, pronounced “fire”) could get us there in two to three years. There is another vexing piece […]
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    World of DTC

  • A frustrating DTC campaign to get off the ground

    Richard Meyer
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:39 am
    KEY TAKEAWAY: It’s essential, when preparing groundbreaking DTC campaigns, that you bring your regulatory and legal people up to speed as to the “why, how and where”.  Failure to do... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Biogen’s Growing Pains

    Richard Meyer
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:18 am
    KEY TAKEAWAY: Your company’s stock price bears little correlation to success in today’s complex healthcare marketplace.  You still have to execute and have the right mix of talent to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Thoughts on biopharma news this week

    Richard Meyer
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    KEY IDEA: Despite all the media coverage on high drug prices there are still a lot of very good people working in biopharma to deliver great products that help patient live the quality of life they... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sigh; drug pricing is THE hot issue in healthcare

    Richard Meyer
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:20 am
    KEY TAKEAWAY: Via the NY Times “as complaints grow about exorbitant drug prices, pharmaceutical companies are coming under pressure to disclose the development costs and profits of those... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Patients, shareholders take aim at Vertex

    Richard Meyer
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    KEY TAKEAWAY: Vertex, who is based in downtown Boston, got the kind of headlines that pharma has been trying to avoid.  Three stories, talk about the high price of their new CF drug and the urges... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Custom Health Plans » Blog

  • How to find the best Family Health Insurance Plan in Texas

    Richard Monello
    10 Jul 2015 | 2:03 am
    Navigating the world of modern day health insurance is a difficult proposition. The recent additions of the Affordable Care Act can make understanding even the most simple of features a frustration. Trying to work through the enrollment process alone can also be a hassle given many of the problems with Internet slowdowns and vague terms […] The post How to find the best Family Health Insurance Plan in Texas appeared first on Custom Health Plans.
  • Obamacare and Short Term Health Insurance

    Richard Monello
    21 Jun 2015 | 11:25 pm
    Just because you missed the deadline for Obamacare doesn’t mean you can’t have Texas short-term health insurance. Custom Health Plans, Inc. can help you get covered immediately at a lower cost, so unpredictable medical expenses don’t derail your life. GET FREE QUOTES We understand that keeping track of Obamacare and temporary health insurance in Texas […] The post Obamacare and Short Term Health Insurance appeared first on Custom Health Plans.
  • The Supreme Court Nears its Decision on ObamaCare

    Richard Monello
    18 Jun 2012 | 12:23 pm
      The Supreme Court will be issuing its decision on the fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act any day now. The decision will dictate whether Obama’s far-reaching legislation will remain in place or be overturned. It’s no secret that we think ObamaCare should be overturned, especially given its adverse affects on health […] The post The Supreme Court Nears its Decision on ObamaCare appeared first on Custom Health Plans.
  • High Deductible Plans Equal Lower HealthCare Spending

    Richard Monello
    30 May 2012 | 2:41 pm
    There may finally be some good news on the Texas health insurance front. In a recent study, researchers determined that total U.S. healthcare costs increased 3.8 percent in 2009 and 3.9 percent in 2010. Yes, that’s an increase, but it’s the slowest annual growth rate in 50 years! Much of the credit for this slowdown […] The post High Deductible Plans Equal Lower HealthCare Spending appeared first on Custom Health Plans.
  • Employers May Drop Millions from Health Insurance Rolls

    Richard Monello
    18 May 2012 | 9:05 am
    Here’s some startling news on the Texas health insurance front. A new poll that surveys some of America’s largest companies shows that the health care legislation passed in 2009 creates incentives for employers to drop workers from company insurance plans. This is because it’s better financially for companies to drop workers from those plans rather […] The post Employers May Drop Millions from Health Insurance Rolls appeared first on Custom Health Plans.
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    Practice Manager Solutions

  • I think I may have a breach but I’m not sure what to do

    Rebecca Morehead
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:41 am
    It’s early morning at the office and you’ve just discovered a possible breach of unsecured PHI.  Do you know what to do?  To begin with, the definition of a breach changed with the Omnibus Final Rule:  “… an acquisition, access, use, or disclosure of protected health information in a manner not permitted under subpart E is presumed to be a breach unless the CE or BA, as applicable, demonstrates that there is a low probability that the PHI has been compromised based on a risk assessment of at least the following factors…” The nature and extent of the PHI involved, including the…
  • Meaningful Use Changes for 2015

    Rebecca Morehead
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
    Today’s video blog provides a summary of the proposed Meaningful Use changes for 2015. Watch it here: Additionally, I wanted to share with you slides from my recent presentation. This first slide is a summary of the proposed new rule:     If you’re not demonstrating Meaningful Use, then this next slide shows you the deductions proposed over the next few years:
  • Transform Your Healthcare Practice with These 3 Lighting Tips

    Rebecca Morehead
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:37 am
    I want to thank Cheryl Janis of Cheryl Janis Designs for today’s lovely guest post. You can find information about Cheryl at the end of the post.  Back in the 1970’s and 80’s (when I was growing up), every public building I can remember spending a significant amount of time like my elementary school, junior high, high school, a few hospitals, public offices, the grocery store, the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles), the dentist’s office and my pediatrician’s office, all had one thing in common—glaring overhead fluorescent lighting. And it never felt…
  • Making Your Practice Appealing to Patients Using Interiors that Create Healing

    Rebecca Morehead
    11 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
      Today, I am pleased to present my recent interview with interior designer, Cheryl Janis, about evidence-based design for your practice to attract and appeal to patients. Cheryl designs healing spaces for medical, dental, holistic and integrative wellness practices.  She helps to make them appealing to patients and staff.  Listen in to hear her six tips that you can implement today to make positive changes in your work environment. Note: Please bear with us during the first few minutes of this Google hangout – we encountered a few technical glitches that we’re able to…
  • A Simpler Way to Manage Your HIPAA Compliance

    Rebecca Morehead
    4 Jun 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Earlier this year, we asked you to take a survey about what tools would make your job as a Practice Manager easier. We received an overwhelming response that managing your practice’s HIPAA compliance is something you want help with.  You recognize that keeping up with HIPAA compliance is important, but so is managing your staff, accounts payable/receivable, submitting claims, processing payroll and providing a great patient experience.  HIPAA compliance is time-consuming requiring that you have a process for: Keeping your staff updated with security reminders Getting notification of…
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    Georgia Health News

  • Health data breach affects thousands

    Andy Miller
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:08 pm
    About 3,000 Georgians have been told that some of their health information was inadvertently disclosed. The data breach affected clients in the Community Care Services Program, which helps people at risk of nursing home placement to remain in their communities. The program is managed by the Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services, in partnership with Georgia’s 12 Area Agencies on Aging. Overall, CCSP serves about 9,500 people. The problem involved the unintentional disclosure of certain health diagnoses of program participants through an email to a contracted provider.
  • Music during surgery: Just what the doctor ordered

    Katja Ridderbusch
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:07 pm
    This article is reprinted with permission from WABE. The last patient of the day lies on the operating table of Dr. Kenneth Neufeld. Time to play some hip-hop. “Oftentimes we change the music at the end of the day to give every one in the room a little bit of an energizing boost just to get through the last case or two,” he says. Dr. Kenneth Neufeld Neufeld is a plastic surgeon for eyes at the Thomas Eye Group in Atlanta. On this day, he reconstructed a woman’s eyelid that was destroyed by cancer; removed a metal piece from a little boy’s eye socket after a shooting accident; and…
  • Lowering prices for cancer drugs

    25 Jul 2015 | 8:23 am
    Cancer drugs can cost a $120,000 a year, and out-of-pocket expenses for the insured can run $25,000 to $30,000. By NPR for Georgia Health News, 2015. | Permalink | Comment |
  • Mega-merger would bolster Blue Cross here

    Andy Miller
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Anthem’s agreement to buy Cigna for $48 billion, if consummated, would cement the dominant position of Georgia’s leading health insurer. The insurer deal, announced Friday, follows the merger agreement announced earlier this month between two other insurance heavyweights, Aetna and Humana. And both fit into the picture of fast-paced consolidation across the health care industry, partly driven by changes from the Affordable Care Act. If both consolidations are approved by regulators and shareholders, the national effect would be huge, with the number of large, for-profit health…
  • WellStar in talks to buy Tenet’s hospitals in state

    Andy Miller
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    (Updated at 2:15 p.m.) WellStar Health System, fresh from abandoning a proposed deal with Emory Healthcare, has now landed a new potential partner. The Marietta-based WellStar is beginning negotiations with Tenet Healthcare to buy Tenet’s five hospitals in Georgia — all in greater metro Atlanta. North Fulton Hospital The two organizations issued a statement Thursday confirming the start of “exclusive, non-binding discussions’’ about a potential sale of Tenet’s Atlanta-area hospitals and other facilities to WellStar. “This is to ensure that these hospitals and facilities…
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  • 3 essential tools for optometric staff management

    Chad Fleming
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    The phrase “work smarter, not harder,” certainly applies to successful CEOs of optometry practices. Since many of us are doctors first, we may not be the number one draft pick for leading a business. Working smarter is knowing how to find resources that others have used in successful businesses. This is the primary reason that OptometryCEO makes downloads available. Here are three resources that can be downloaded from OptometyCEO: Employment Manual – This is not optional for an optometry owner. An employment manual is a working document that is available on your website for…
  • Three reasons to offer health insurance to your optometric staff

    Chad Fleming
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    The hottest topic for optometrists in the past few years has been health insurance and the Obama administration’s impact on ODs as providers. But what about the optometrist and staff as patients? Should you as the employer offer health insurance for all of your staff members? In our parents’ generation many employees working in optometric offices were married and covered under their spouses’ insurance policies. Today, the majority of employees are single and don’t have another source of health insurance. Through the new state exchanges, health insurance can be an…
  • Defining “Standard of Care” for your Optometrists

    Chad Fleming
    8 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    As the owner of a multi-doctor clinic, you must define the standard of care for your practice. When optometry owners bring in an associate OD to work as a long-term associate or future owner, they often assume the new OD is familiar with the standards of care the existing doctors are using. This is usually not the case. Communicating boundaries and guidelines to your new optometrists will help the transition to your practice. As the leading optometrist, you must decide if the standard guidelines published by the American Optometric Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Wills…
  • Build your Optometry Practice to Sell

    Chad Fleming
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Have you been thinking about retirement? If you have graduated from optometry school and you currently own your practice, you should be. It’s never too early to begin the process of preparing your practice to sell. Many optometry practices do not sell for reasons that could have been prevented if the CEOs would have had the mindset that someday they would sell. If you plan to someday sell your optometry business, then avoid these four costly mistakes that have left many optometrists holding a business they cannot sell. Aging Technology – Some optometry practices still use outdated…
  • Oh baby! Surviving an Associate OD’s maternity leave

    Chad Fleming
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    The birth of a baby is one of the most exciting events a human can experience. When one of our associate ODs informed me she was pregnant, I was happy for her. As a CEO of our optometry practice, I also recognize scheduling her maternity leave will bring some challenges. Overcoming these hurdles and coming out stronger post-maternity leave is what all successful optometry practices do. The great management advantage of pregnancy and maternity leave is you most likely will be aware of it seven or eight months in advance, so you will have plenty of time for planning. Here are a couple of tips…
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    GeriPal - Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog

  • Fifteen minutes of fame? Aging policy’s big week

    GeriPal Guest Author
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Last week was a huge week in aging policy. On Monday, the White House hosted the once-a-decade Conference on Aging, an event that featured both new announcements and longtime advocates. And then on Thursday, the Senate passed the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act by unanimous consent. It’s probably the most attention that aging issues have received in… well, in a very long time.While advocates have a lot to cheer over the recent events, there is still much to be done. And without the bright, shiny spotlight of the White House Conference on Aging, aging advocates will be competing…
  • A strategy to improve cardiac arrest survival: Do it less on those who don't want it or won't benefit from it

    Eric Widera
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:57 am
    On June 30, 2015, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report titled "Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Time to Act”. The aim of the report was to focus on ways to improve outcomes follow a cardiac arrest, and to the reports credit, the outcome of interest was not just survival but also function. However, if there was one sentence that best summarizes my take home from this 459 page report, it would be this one from page 219:In some ways, these cultural shifts have been built on the belief that the system should do everything possible to save every cardiac arrest…
  • Secondhand Antibiotic Exposure in Nursing Homes

    Eric Widera
    9 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Antibiotics are some of the most commonly prescribed medications in nursing homes. Past studies have shown that around 2 out of 3 nursing home residents receive an antibiotic every year, mostly for urinary tract and respiration infections. While there are benefits to antibiotic use when used appropriately, there are also significant downsides to the person being prescribed these drugs: Clostridium difficile infection and diarrhea, polypharmacy, medication side effects, and the potential for future development of antibiotic-resistant organisms. But what about those living in the nursing home…
  • A Giant Thank You to CMS: Advance Care Planning Has Value

    Paul Tatum
    8 Jul 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Today it is time to celebrate!Today the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is taking a tremendous step to improve the care of Medicare beneficiaries and ensure that patients receive care that matches their goals and values. CMS proposing to begin payment for advance care planning!!! The advance care planning codes appear in the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) manual as 99497 and 99498. These consultations are voluntary on the part of the patient and the patient’s preferences are key to the process. Look for more details…
  • ePOLST: It's about damn time!

    Alex Smith
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:42 pm
    By: Alex Smith, @AlexSmithMDThe following is a quote from an Emergency Medicine physician I interviewed for a study about palliative care in the emergency department:I had 2 or 3 instances that involved a very angry phone call from a primary care physician or an oncologist, who understandably had had a several month conversation with this patient, finally getting him to move to this DNR/DNI comfort measure state, and then they come in and now we have them intubated in the ICU, you know largely through miscommunication. Part of the problem involves being able to communicate effectively with…
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    Healthcare Today - Health News

  • Pharmacists to give flu vaccine

    22 Jul 2015 | 12:32 am
    NHS Employers announce participating community pharmacies will vaccinate patients aged 18 and over from September 2015.This was agreed after negotiations between NHS England and Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, in return for a funding package of £2.8 billion for 2015/16, and additional flu funding.
  • Irregular sleep patterns linked to cancer

    21 Jul 2015 | 12:14 am
    Study reported in Current Biology, finds irregular sleep patterns lead to cancer in tests on mice.This recent study lends weight to concerns about the damaging impact of shift work on health. Researchers say women with a family risk of breast cancer should never work shifts, however, further tests in people are needed.
  • Head teachers worried about pupils' mental health

    20 Jul 2015 | 12:09 am
    Survey finds head teachers more concerned with pupils' mental health.Management support service, The Key, conducted the survey of 1,180 school leaders. Two-thirds of head teachers named mental health as their top concern.Domestic violence and cyberbullying were the next biggest concerns, named by 58% and 55% of heads respectively.
  • Findings of public perceptions of the NHS

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:33 am
    Standout findings from latest government survey on public perceptions of the NHS.Please click here to be redirected.
  • Prescriptions to display how much contents cost taxpayers

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:20 am
    A new government plan will see all packets of prescription medication displaying the cost of its contents to the taxpayer.All packs costing more than £20 will display "funded by the taxpayer".This is part of an effort to try and reduce waste and remind people of how much their medication costs.
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    Professional Patient Perspective

  • Patient Centricity Pioneers

    Michael A. Weiss
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    The group of 12 “patient leaders” brought together by a global healthcare company in July, 2015 at a beautiful rustic setting outside of Washington, DC to contribute our respective experiences toward the establishment of a working definition of a “Patient Centricity” healthcare standard.       This title of this picture is misleading because it only depicts the twelve (12) patients, patient advocates, activists, caretakers, health care professionals, rare disease advocates, health advocates and community leaders (collectively, “patient leaders”) who recently…
  • The Walking Gallery of Healthcare

    Michael A. Weiss
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    My ridiculous pose is a byproduct of being exhausted as I had to show the front part of the Jacket and it was late at night. :) July 7, 2015       I am INCREDIBLY HONORED to be officially included in the “Walking Gallery of Healthcare”  (which has representatives on five continents) by my receipt of Jacket 387, in Year 4 of its existence (as of June, 2015, there were 392 unique Jackets).  The artist and healthcare advocate behind the Walking Gallery is the extraordinary Regina Holliday.  I can’t explain her innovative concept better than her so below are some quotes of hers which…
  • “Patient Centricity” & treating the entire Person

    Michael A. Weiss
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:19 pm
          On Friday, July 5, 2015, I conducted this Video Interview with the WINNERS of the “Doctors 2.0 & You” annual Start-up Contest in Paris, France. “Can Surround,” the 1st place finisher, is a company which focuses on treating the emotional aspects of cancer patients for the purposes of healing and/or improving the effectiveness of the different medical treatments. Having spent a significant time editing this video, at some point I began to think this could be a significant development in global healthcare because it at least illustrates, and may ultimately demonstrate, that…
  • Crohn’s & The CDWP

    Michael A. Weiss
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:26 pm
    That’s me in the spotlight at “Doctors 2.0 & You” in Paris, France, explaining I formed the IBD Charity “Crohn’s Disease Warrior Patrol” because “Patients helping other Crohn’s patients is often the best medicine.”      This picture is of me presenting the logic behind my formation of the 501 (c)(3) Charity, “Crohn’s Disease Warrior Patrol” [CDWP], at the recent 2015 “Doctors 2.0 & You” in Paris, France. More specifically, after reading seemingly repetitive healthcare social media (hcsm) posts by frustrated, scared or…
  • Crohn’s – “Should I stay or should I go” to the Hospital?

    Michael A. Weiss
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:10 am
    Crohn’s Disease – Should I stay at home or should I go to the hospital?        It’s been a while since I’ve posted but that’s because I had some opportunities to speak about Crohn’s Disease in some very cool places around the world and then, ironically, I had a very serious Crohn’s flare-up and was hospitalized at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City for a week or so.  I am better now so I thought I’d take advantage of this rainy-Sunday to address a VERY important issue which seems to come up every day on the different health care social media platforms.  That is,…
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    Healthy Debate

  • Faces of Health Care – Nina

    Andreas Laupacis
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:26 am
    The post Faces of Health Care – Nina appeared first on Healthy Debate.
  • Are patients being informed about prostate cancer screening risks?

    Wendy Glauser, Jill Konkin & Maureen Taylor
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:11 am
    Get screened. It could save your life. Don’t get screened. There’s no evidence that screening saves lives. Get tested in your 40s. Wait until you’re 55. Get the test every year. Every four years is enough. When it comes to screening for prostate cancer, the messages from doctors, major medical organizations and media campaigns are all over the map. While not a new rift among the medical community, the prostate cancer screening debate has recently reignited. Healthy Debate looks at the evidence and ethics behind the mixed messages. The evidence for and against PSA screening The biggest…
  • Faces of Health Care: Peter

    Andreas Laupacis
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    The post Faces of Health Care: Peter appeared first on Healthy Debate.
  • Introducing Faces of Health Care

    Jeremy Petch & Andreas Laupacis
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    “Ballads, bons mots and anecdotes give us better insights into the depths of past centuries than grave and voluminous chronicles.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) Health care, maybe more than any other industry, is about people. Yet human contact is on the decline in health care. As technology proliferates, health care providers and patients spend ever less time together. At the same time, policy makers and managers of the health care system are often far removed from the realities of giving and receiving care, and so rarely see the human consequences – both good and bad – of their decisions.
  • Should Canadian communities continue to fluoridate water?

    Wendy Glauser, Sachin Pendharkar & Timothy Caulfield
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Water fluoridation has been hailed as one of the top ten great public health achievements of the 20th century by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Yet, in the past five years, dozens of Canadian communities have stopped adding fluoride to the municipal water supply, including Calgary, Waterloo, Windsor and Saint John. Inspired by online campaigns like Canadians Opposed to Fluoridation, vocal community groups say new science shows fluoride isn’t as effective as previously thought, and that fluoride causes harms. Health Canada reported in 2010 that around 45% of Canadians lived in a…
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    Home Health Care News

  • Home Health Dramatically Shifts Away from Post-Hospital Care

    Tim Mullaney
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:48 pm
    While home health agencies are crucial post-hospital care providers, they have seen a huge uptick in patients who are not coming out of that setting, recently released Medicare data shows. Between 2001 and 2012, the number of home health episodes not preceded by a hospitalization or a stay in a post-acute setting increased by 116%, according to figures from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). The commission is an expert panel that advises the U.S. Congress on how the Medicare program can be more efficiently administered, but legislators are not obligated to act on its…
  • Major Workforce Overhaul Needed for Home Health Care Coordination

    Jason Oliva
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:17 pm
    As health care transformation gets underway, requiring greater care coordination between hospitals and home- and community-based settings, a number of significant challenges threaten to undermine the coordination and care management provided by health care staff, particularly among the home health labor force, a recent report finds. To overcome obstacles associated with job training, recruitment and retention problems, policymakers must make a “major workforce investment” to ensure that successful care coordination and care management can occur, according to the report “Who’s Going to…
  • Home Health Owner Faces 80 Months In Prison for Fraud

    Cassandra Dowell
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:47 pm
    A home health care owner and operator has been sentenced to 80 months in prison for his role in a $12.6 million Medicare fraud and tax fraud scheme, according to the Department of Justice. Eleven other individuals have also been convicted in this case. Mohammed Sadiq, 67, of Oakland County, Mich., owned and directed two home health care companies in Detroit. Sadiq pleased guilty on March 13, 2015, to one count of health care fraud and one count of filing a false tax return. He was sentenced on Friday. In addition to imposing the prison term, U.S. District Judge Denise Page Hood of the…
  • Almost Family Acquires Health Assessment Company for $2 Million

    Jason Oliva
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:19 am
    Almost Family, Inc. (NASDAQ: AFAM) is acquiring a Florida-based technology company that provides in-home clinical assessments for $2 million in cash plus 260,000 shares of AFAM stock. The company announced last week its planned acquisition of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Ingenios Health Co., a provider of tech-enabled in-home and in-facility health risk assessments on behalf of payers such as Medicare Advantage, Managed Medicaid, Commercial Exchange and long-term care.  With the acquisition, Almost Family gains entry into growing health assessment market as well as the nurse practitioner…
  • Amedisys CEO: Creative Deals, Private Duty Services Could Follow Nashville Move

    Tim Mullaney
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:19 am
    Amedisys Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) is moving key members of its executive team to Nashville, in an effort to forge deeper connections with major health care players and potentially expand into new areas, including private duty services, according to CEO Paul Kusserow. “The general theme is, I need my executives in a market with good, knowledgeable players to hire and deal with,” Kusserow told Home Health Care News in an interview Friday, after the company publicly announced its plans for Nashville. Amedisys has been based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana since its founding in 1982, and the major home…
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    referralMD | Medical and Dental Referral Network Management

  • Top 6 Reasons Why Physicians Join ACOs

    Jonathan Govette
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:13 pm
    While some physicians might be skeptical about joining an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), others are following in the footsteps of the 19 out of 32 Pioneer ACOs who have seen notable economic success. Why? Because these participants understand that being part of an ACO isn’t just another fruitless attempt to transform managed care, but rather an intelligent business strategy that includes a few government incentives. Here are six simple reasons why physicians join ACOs and the incentives they receive. 1. Reduced costs and increased savings Like any business, it’s important for…
  • The Shocking Truth about Medical Malpractice

    Frank Kurnik
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    We are presently in the midst of another medical malpractice insurance crisis, not unlike the crisis that occurred in the late 1970s. The availability of medical malpractice insurance is diminishing; insurance premiums are soaring; insurance carriers are going bankrupt or refusing to write malpractice insurance policies. In some areas, the cost of malpractice insurance is prohibitive, causing physicians to leave medicine. The most concerning effects are felt among patients, whose access to care is being compromised. It is easy to blame insurance companies, plaintiff lawyers, and runaway…
  • 7 Medical Marketing and Dental Media Strategies That Really Work

    Jonathan Govette
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:33 pm
    In today’s modern age, marketing and media has becoming an essential part of organizational growth – even for medical practices. The truth is, more and more people have transitioned to seeking information on the web, including health information. A 2013 Pew Research Center Report states that “72% of internet users said they looked online for health information within the past year”. That means doctors, practices, and hospitals need to “get with the times” and establish an online web presence. If not, you might be out of a job in no time.  Marketing platforms like referralMD…
  • Healthcare Emergency: Overcrowding in the ER [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Emily Newhook
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:04 am
    Everyone is just one wrong step away from requiring emergency care. No one likes to go to the emergency room (ER), but we are all glad the services are there when we need them. From 1995 through 2010, annual visits to ERs swelled from 97 million to 130 million, an increase of 34 percent. During the same period, the total number of ERs dropped by 11 percent countrywide. In this environment, ER overcrowding and drawn-out wait times are becoming the norm and represent an obstacle for the future of healthcare delivery. ER Wait Times at a Glance From 2003 through 2009, the mean wait time in U.S.
  • 7 Recommendations to Get In On a Money-Making Referral Network As a New Doctor

    Jonathan Govette
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:59 am
    Setting up a new practice, whether you’re fresh out of med school or are settling in a new location, comes with it’s own set of unique challenges. After securing a space and a qualified support staff, you need to build up your patient list quickly to avoid closing your doors. Speaking strictly in business terms, referrals are one of the single best ways to grow your practice: Nielsen’s statistics show that 84% of people trust their friends’ referrals, and trust recommendations seven times more than they trust what they see in traditional ads. When Harvard Business Review studied bank…
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    The Doctor's Tablet

  • Lowering Bad Cholesterol: Understanding the New Class of LDL-Lowering Drugs

    Anna Bortnick, M.D., Ph.D.
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    In June, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee overwhelmingly recommended approval of two new drugs for cholesterol lowering, alirocumab (brand name Praluent, manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis) and evolocumab (Repatha, manufactured by Amgen). A final FDA decision is still pending, but is expected to take into account the advisory committee’s recommendation and should come [...]
  • Fasting for Healthy Adults and Kids?

    Keith-Thomas Ayoob, ED.D.
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    The typical dictionary definition of fasting is 1) to abstain from all foods or 2) to eat only sparingly or of certain kinds of food, especially as a religious observance. Few practice the former, at least not for any significant length of time. The second definition, however, has taken many forms, though in modern times [...]
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research: Passing the “Grandma Test”

    Jessica Peña, M.D.
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    As I flip through the short stack of medical journals I’ve accumulated each week, I often ask myself whether the research studies I am reading would pass the “grandma test.” Could I explain these studies to my grandmother in a way she could understand? Would she think they were important? Physicians, patients­—all of us—are inundated [...]
  • Uganda Dispatch: Einstein Med Student Sees Different Way of Practicing Medicine

    Jeannie Tran
    10 Jul 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Editors’ Note: This summer, six students from Albert Einstein College of Medicine have traveled to Soroti, Uganda, to treat diabetes as part of Einstein’s Global Diabetes Institute (GDI). During this period, we will run a series of posts detailing their challenges and progress. In this post, second-year M.D. student Jeannie Tran shares her thoughts about [...]
  • Personalizing Medicine: Considering Preferences and Values

    Paul Marantz, M.D., M.P.H.
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:52 am
    If you’re interested in heart disease—and who over the age of 40 isn’t?—you may have read an excellent series of articles by reporter Gina Kolata recently published in the New York Times. If you haven’t seen it, the series includes pieces on blood pressure, stents, heart attack treatment and a new approach to aortic valve [...]
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    BrokerFish International Health Insurance Blog

  • Making New Friends in a New Place

    Andrew Kasimir
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:51 am
    Making new friends in a new country can be a bit scary. It will make you want to go back inside and continue watching television or surfing the web but that is not the way to experience a new life in a new country. Making friends with the locals and other expats is the best way to learn about your new home and make your experience that much richer. But where do you start? Give one of these a go! 1. Look for events/activities happening nearby Meeting up with your colleagues after work to have a few drinks doesn’t count. Instead, get an account with or or both!
  • Top 5 Countries to Retire Abroad

    Andrew Kasimir
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:07 am
    Retire Abroad Cheaply, is it for me? It depends. Many choose to retire abroad for many reasons, and the cost of living is only one factor considered. Yes you can lower your cost of living, but can you adapt to a new way of life? With increasing age it can be more difficult to adapt to a new culture, where you may miss familiar things like your favorite groceries, or find some items are far more costly abroad than in your home country. It is important to have patience when living abroad and to perhaps lower your expectations in some circumstances, and also to have a sense of humor to help deal…
  • 3 Things You Can Do During a Layover

    Andrew Kasimir
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:24 am
    Would you rather spend more money on a direct flight or go for a cheaper one which includes a layover? Both have their pros and cons so it really depends if you have time or money to spare. For those that groan at the thought of going through a layover, here are a few reasons that might change your mind. Explore the Layover Airport Take a walk around the airport and see what it has to offer. Some have interesting shops or restaurants and cafes for you to sample. If you are lucky, you might find yourself in an airport with a museum! The Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio has an…
  • Make a Yearly Disposable Income of up to $23000 a Year Teaching English

    Andrew Kasimir
    7 May 2015 | 1:11 am
    With the right qualifications and a good command of the English language, you can find yourself teaching English in some of the most beautiful and exotic countries in the world! Did we mention that it pays well also? Each country has something different to offer. For example, if your intention is to experience new cultures and have fun, then Asia (especially Southeast Asia) is for you. Otherwise, if you’re looking to save money as much as you can, countries like Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and UAE where you pay 0% income tax are where you want to go. To get you started, we compared 36 cities and…
  • Beautiful Cities Around Europe; an interview with Reidl Romeo

    Andrew Kasimir
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:43 am
    Reidl Romeo took some time to speak to us about the beautiful cities he has been to and how he managed to capture such stunning pictures. He also shared interesting stories from his travels, some of which include proposing to his wife at one of the most romantic places in the world! Which are your favourite city pictures from your collection? This is a hard question to answer because I have many favourites. At the top of my list would be the foggy pictures from Budapest which is my hometown. Liberty Bridge, Budapest The fog gives the picture a unique mystical feeling. Combine it with good…
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    DC Medical Malpractice & Patient Safety Blog

  • Heartburn Drugs and Osteoporosis — A Dubious Connection

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:36 am
    Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are drugs widely prescribed for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In recent years, concerns have arisen over a perceived association with PPIs and increased risk of bone fractures. Commonly referred to as acid reflux, symptoms of GERD include burning in the chest, neck or throat caused by stomach acid moving up into the esophagus. PPIs are prescribed for it, as well as stomach and intestinal ulcers and inflammation of the esophagus. The medicine, whose brand names include Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid and Protonix, reduces the amount of acid in the stomach.
  • The Potential Cost of Waiting to Name the Baby

    26 Jul 2015 | 11:15 am
    Of all the medical mistakes that could be made in the first hours of a newborn’s life, few lay people would think to attribute any of them to a delay in naming the infant. But neonatologists (doctors who treat ill or premature newborns) know that the unnamed wee ones under their care are more likely to be on the receiving end of a medical error. When a baby is born and the parents are still dithering about what to call him or her, hospitals use a generic gender descriptor on the patient bracelet — Babygirl Smith, for example. Once the kid is entered into hospital records with that ID,…
  • Patient Deaths at NIH Lead to Blood Banking Reforms

    24 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    July 25 marks the anniversary of a blood transfusion error between two federal health agencies in 2011 that was implicated in the deaths of two patients at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md. Two patients being treated at NIH received transfusions of platelets from a single donor that were contaminated with the dangerous gram negative bacteria Morganella morganii. Both patients died, one within a few days and the other after six weeks of intense treatment, which never overcame the shock to the patient’s system of receiving a direct injection of bacteria into his…
  • Medical Considerations for Buying Travel Insurance

    23 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    At this time of year, many people are in vacation mode, and some purchase travel insurance. But if you don’t have pre-existing medical conditions, should you insure your trip with medical coverage? According to, “Most comprehensive travel insurance policies cover pre-existing conditions if you buy coverage within 14 to 21 days of making your first trip payment, says Lynne Peters, insurance product manager at, a website that offers plans from 25 companies.” But if you’re traveling sooner than that, you can still get coverage if you haven’t needed…
  • Doctor Who Defrauded and Disabled Is Sentenced to Prison

    22 Jul 2015 | 1:32 pm
    In a particularly offensive and harmful misuse of professional authority, a doctor in Detroit was sentenced earlier this month to 45 years in prison for defrauding insurance companies of millions of dollars and poisoning hundreds of patients with chemotherapy treatments when they didn’t even have cancer. Those weren’t the only crimes committed by Dr. Farid Fata, whose sordid tale was recounted by the Detroit Free Press last week. Rather than helping terminal patients die peacefully, he ordered unnecessary treatments that prolonged their suffering. And rather than treating true cancer…
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    strategy+business: HEALTH CARE

  • Staking Your Claim in the Healthcare Gold Rush

    19 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Revolutionary changes in the delivery, financing, and management of healthcare present a choice: Do you want to be a gold miner or a bartender?
  • The Future of Management Is Teal

    5 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Organizations are ready for their next evolutionary step: a step toward self-management, wholeness, and a new sense of purpose. Companies are developing a new form of organization -- a soulful workplace where talents are nurtured and the deepest aspirations are honored.
  • Mark Bertolini's Preventive Disruption

    12 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The chairman and chief executive officer of Aetna -- one of the largest health insurance companies in the U.S. -- talks about the disruption affecting his industry, the resulting impact on cultural evolution, and why he just raised the wages and improved the medical benefits of Aetna's lowest-earning employees.
  • From Fee-for-Service to Fee-for-Value

    11 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Medicare's big announcement on payment models is an inflection point in the transition from volume to value.
  • The Future of Health Is More, Better, Cheaper

    1 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    As healthcare becomes more democratized, new companies entering the industry from other sectors, as well as established players, are racing to provide consumers with medical products and services they can use at home.
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    Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips

  • 5 Ways to Minimize Cough and Cold

    Dr. Weil
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Don’t let a cough or cold ruin your day – try these five natural suggestions to minimize their effects. If you are looking for effective, safe herbal treatments for coughs and congestion, I recommend the following natural treatments. All can be used safely by both adults and children: 1. Echinacea: The adult dose is one teaspoon of tincture in water four times a day or two capsules of freeze-dried extract four times a day. Give children half those amounts.   2. Garlic: The best home remedy I have found for colds is to eat one or two cloves of raw garlic at the first…
  • Is Cooking with Aluminum Harmful?

    Dr. Weil
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Aluminum pots and pans are inexpensive and lightweight – but when using them, are you doing harm to your body? See what Dr. Weil says. Aluminum is all around us - it is widely distributed in soil, plants and water, including our food and drinking water, where it is always bound to other substances. But there is no known need for pure aluminum - the kind found in cookware - in human nutrition. Because it is so chemically reactive, it is probably not good for us, and evidence suggests that ingesting aluminum can be harmful to the kidneys and may weaken bones by depleting the body of…
  • Grocery List: Healthy Lunches

    Dr. Weil
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    When shopping for the upcoming week, add ingredients for these healthy lunch suggestions to your list. All are convenient, cost-effective meal ideas! Want a noon meal that will cost less, taste better and provide more nutrition than most dining-out options? Try the following - each is easy to make and will fill you up without emptying your wallet. (For the chili and soup options, invest in a wide-mouth vacuum container, preferably lined with stainless steel.) Vegetarian chili - beans and fresh vegetables provide protein and fiber. Top with natural cheese for an extra serving of calcium.
  • 6 Things to Know about Sunscreen

    Dr. Weil
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Protecting yourself from the sun is vital to minimizing the risk of melanoma, as well as premature skin aging. Use these guidelines for buying and applying sunscreen. If you want protection from the sun, avoid its rays (particularly between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. standard time from April through September in the Northern Hemisphere); wear a wide-brim hat and sunglasses (make sure your sunglasses block at least 99 percent of UVA and UVB radiation); and use sunscreen. When it comes to the latter, consider these six guidelines for getting the most out of your sunscreen:  Choose sunscreens that…
  • What Makes Turmeric So Healthy?

    Dr. Weil
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Turmeric is a spice that may help lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease – so why not add it to your diet? Find out more about this healing spice, and get the recipe for Golden Milk featuring turmeric! The principal ingredient in mild yellow prepared mustard and in some exotic curries, turmeric has excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Turmeric may have a specific preventive effect against Alzheimer's disease, as the population of rural India has one of the lowest rates of this disease in the world; daily consumption of turmeric may be a factor. Turmeric may…
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    School of Health Sciences Blog

  • The Lingering Problem of Retained Surgical Items

    26 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Despite advancements in medicine and surgical techniques, retained surgical items continue to be a problem in the medical community. Read on to learn how items get left behind, what the cost is for the community and what you can do about it.
  • Medical Assisting Skills: What You Need to be Confident in Your Career

    19 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    For MAs, it’s all about job-specific tasks and great people skills. We used government information and real-time job analysis data to identify the medical assisting skills in highest demand.
  • 6 Benefits of Working a Holiday in Healthcare

    12 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Obviously spending holidays away from your family is not ideal, but it’s an unfortunate reality of the profession. Before you turn your back on the idea, we have some insight that might change your mind. We polled the pros to identify some little known benefits of working on a holiday.
  • Pharmacy Technician Requirements: Is Certification Worth it?

    5 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Pharm tech jobs are expected to increase by 20 percent through 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With the right training, one of those jobs could be yours. We’ve scoured job postings and spoken to industry experts to bring you the trifecta of skills, education and certification you need to be a marketable pharmacy technician.
  • Health Informatics vs. Health Information Management: Making a Choice

    21 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Both careers fall under the umbrella of health IT, but they require different skills, offer different opportunities and employ different types of people. This is why it’s important to research both options before making a decision. You came to the right place. Below you’ll find a side-by-side comparison of health informatics and health information management. Review the information to get a better idea of which career is better suited to you and your career aspirations.
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    Catching Health with Diane Atwood

  • What Brought You Joy This Week?

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:30 pm
    I got to stroll through Treworgy Garden in Gorham Sunday morning. The grass was wet, but I wore my trusty rubber boots. Thank you, Linda Faatz, for being a gracious hostess. Your hard work in the garden shows at every turn. I even discovered some delicious just ripe blueberries! What brought you joy this week?Click […]
  • A Maine woman who helped write the ADA celebrates its 25th anniversary

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:25 am
    When the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law 25 years ago, a woman from Maine was there to bear witness to the historic event. She even had a front row seat. That’s because Kathy McInnis Misenor, who is now 56, was one of the bill’s authors. In an interview Kathy recorded two years […]
  • Picking blueberries: On the Morning Report

    22 Jul 2015 | 12:32 pm
    I did a little blueberry picking at Orchard Ridge Farm in Gorham (Maine) this week and then baked a delish blueberry cake. Nothing’s too good for the Morning Report team! I also shared some blueberry wisdom that was passed on to me by blueberry experts. In my opinion, it was a lucky day for Cindy […]
  • Bladder infections: The older you get, the more you need to pay attention

    20 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    As we get older, unfortunately, we become more susceptible to infections. That’s because, with age, the immune system doesn’t work as well as it used to. It gets even more difficult if you’re also dealing with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD or emphysema), heart problems or cancer. Infectious diseases account for […]
  • What Brought You Joy This Week?

    19 Jul 2015 | 4:30 pm
    I followed through on something. That’s what brought me joy this week. I’ve mentioned before that I’m an art student at USM. When I started two years ago, I also set up a blog to chronicle my adventures. It’s called mylatestart (which, if you look closely, you’ll see also reads my latest art — unintentional cleverness.) […]
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  • Beta-Flo

    Joshua Jerry
    12 Jul 2015 | 9:29 pm
    Beta-Flo Overview The product Beta-Flo is a brand of health supplement that is made to help men protect and support their prostate. According to the official website for the product, problems with the prostate can affect a large number of men, particularly those over the age of 50, and are responsible for several uncomfortable and, in some cases, painful symptoms. Frequent urination, problems with urine flow and a burning sensation can all be caused by an unhealthy or enlarged prostate. Beta-Flo addresses all these issues and, additionally, can improve* the libido and overall general health…
  • Prosta-Sentials

    Joshua Jerry
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:09 pm
    Prosta-Sentials Overview The product Prosta-Sentials is a brand of supplement that is targeted towards men who want to protect the health of their prostate as they age. It is made by the company ‘Food Science of Vermont’, a manufacturer who makes a large number of health and wellness supplements that are sold under a variety of different brands both online and in retail stores. According to the manufacturer’s website, approximately 1 in 2 men experience problems with their prostate after the age of 50, which includes difficulty in urination and frequency of urination…
  • Prosta Response

    Joshua Jerry
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Prosta Response Overview Prosta Response is a product that is made by Source Naturals, a trusted manufacturer that sells their brands of supplements online and in retail stores. Prosta Response is their supplement that is designed to help support a healthy prostate gland in men. The prostate gland can become enlarged as men age, particularly after the age of 50, and it can cause many different problems, including frequency in urination and interruption of the urine flow. More severe issues with the prostate can lead to prostate cancer, which is why it is important to keep the gland as healthy…
  • ProstAdvance

    Joshua Jerry
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:54 pm
    ProstAdvance Overview ProstAdvance is a supplement that is made by the company Futurebiotics, an established and reputable manufacturer who makes a number of high quality, organic goods. ProstAdvance is for men who need to maintain the health of their prostate, something which can decline as they age. Poor prostate health can lead to trouble with urination (frequency and difficulty in urination), and in some cases can cause Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (enlargement of the prostate gland). The Futurebiotics website includes ProstAdvance and there is a separate page with information about the…
  • ProstActin

    Joshua Jerry
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:48 pm
    ProstActin Overview ProstActin is a supplement that is made by the company Nature’s Plus, a very established manufacturer with a reputation for producing high quality goods for a range of different health conditions. ProstActin is their brand that is targeted towards men in their 5o’s and older who may require extra prostate support. After the age of 50, most men experience some prostate enlargement which, if not treated can lead to frequent urination, usually disturbing their sleep, and difficulty in urinating. ProstActin provides a number of natural herbs, vitamins and mineral…
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    Healthcare In India

  • How Mobile Health is improving the health of mother and child in rural India

    16 Jul 2015 | 9:49 am
      Technology in the healthcare sector can be a boon in more ways than one. More recently, in the Field Practice Area (FPA) of Kasturba Medical College, Manipal the health facilities for mother and child are witnessing a welcome change. This is even more personal considering the 5 years I spent at Manipal while pursuing my degree in Dental Surgery… Spread over 11 villages in the Udupi taluk, the FPA covers over 56,000 people and a network of seven rural maternity and child welfare homes (RMCW Homes) across various villages extend services to women, children and the elderly. Apart…
  • 5 super foods to keep you healthy

    27 Jun 2015 | 9:47 am
    (The following is a guest post by content writer Neha Chaudhary) Today we are surrounded by pollution, dust, smoke, unhealthy water and in general our diets are unbalanced owing to long hours of work where we tend to skip meals and thrive on junk food for daily survival. We often forget the harm we do to our bodies in the process. Incorporate these foods in your diet to improve your overall health: Salmon Salmon is a renowned source of vitamins and Omega-3 fatty acids which is excellent for soft and radiant skin. It contains selenium which acts as a natural sun protector and is also a good…
  • How Big Data Can Help Healthcare

    16 Jun 2015 | 9:19 pm
    Of the many advantages of technology since the arrival of computers is the ease with which data can be analyzed to predict probable challenges as well solutions across various industries. By observing the prevalent trend and drawing comparisons, data analysis has the ability to greatly improve efficiency and decision-making capacity, based on solid statistics and research.   However, when faced with large data sets that include various patterns and trends, traditional analysis procedures often fall inadequate. This is why more and more industries are increasingly moving towards Big Data,…
  • Tweet Your Way to Good Health

    10 Jun 2015 | 9:44 pm
    The previous post on the blog was about an app that helps people keep a watch on their calorie and nutrition intake. A smart idea backed by solid research and a dedicated team of nutrition experts. But what is truly interesting is the manner in which the team has now taken the idea to the next level turning it into an initiative of sorts. The #TweetToTrack campaign was launched on June 2, 2015 with an aim to make health and nutrition a way of life. Simply tweet the name of the food item along with the hashtag #TweetToTrack to @HealthifyMe and have the nutrition and calorie count sent to you…
  • Nutrition First: How an App Seeks to Make People Aware of Their Food Habits

    2 Jun 2015 | 9:19 pm
      How often do you check the cover of packaged food items for their nutritional value? Most people usually toss it in the shopping cart without thinking twice about what they are about to consume. Given that Indian food is generally high on carbs and there is increasing preference for fatty junk foods, the nutritional value of a meal is not only diluted but the required daily nutrient intake too suffers leading to various lifestyle disorders such as diabetes and hypertension. The awareness of nutrient intake and calorie count is relatively low in India than perhaps other countries. This…
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  • Investigative Report: Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Fish Antibiotics for Humans

    21 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    I asked the editor of The Survival Doctor, Leigh Ann Hubbard (a professional journalist and my daughter), to investigate fish antibiotics for use in humans. Here’s her in-depth report. by Leigh Ann Hubbard When you’re in a pinch, everyday items can substitute for many traditional medical supplies: honey for cough syrup, vodka for rubbing alcohol, a T-shirt and safety pin for a sling. But there are a few must-have lifesavers nothing can replace. One is oral antibiotics. When antibiotics came on the scene in the 1940s, they changed the world. Suddenly, with one little medicine—penicillin…
  • Coming Next Week: Everything You Want to Know About Fish Antibiotics

    14 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH There will be no post this week because we’re putting the final touches on a special investigative report we’ve been working on for weeks. It’s about a topic that’s often speculated about in the survival community: the possibility of using fish antibiotics in humans. Are these medicines safe for people? Are they effective? We found some surprising, never-before-reported information. Stay tuned for more. (And if you’re not subscribed, sign up to the left to get a reminder when it’s published!)   Subscribe for Free!Never miss a…
  • 8 Lifesaving Treatments That Should Be a Reflex

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH If you’ve been reading The Survival Doctor for a while, you’ve learned a lot about survival medicine. Yet all the long-term treatments in the world are useless if the victim dies in the first few minutes. So it’s important to continually return to the basics, to reinforce those quick, life-saving skills I believe are most important to remember. After all, saving a life or limb in the short-term is often as simple as taking one easy step—but doing it quickly enough to make a difference. People die all the time just because no one around them knew the fix that…
  • What’s So Bad About Moving a Broken Bone?

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH If you’ve only ever seen a dried-up old bone on a skeleton, you’ve gotten the wrong idea about bones. Bones are very dynamic, and that fact impacts how we treat broken ones. Last week, I wrote that it’s important to immobilize most fractures. Splint them, and don’t walk on them. (Make a cane or crutches if you have to travel for safety or to get help.) But learning why this immobilization is so important will help you remember to do it. The reasons are multifold. Initially, if you do use the broken bone, besides increasing the pain, you may move the bone…
  • When You Don’t Want to Set a Broken Bone (Read: Most of the Time)

    22 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH It’s getting hot out there, so let’s cool off a little: It’s winter. You’re at your homestead, miles from the city. A severe ice storm has frozen your area. Large branches have crashed from the weight of the ice. The road is impassible, and there’s no phone service. You venture outside, just a bit, to survey the damage. Wouldn’t you know it; you slip backward. Your outstretched arm braces your fall. Immediate, intense pain. To your horror, your forearm is now crooked. You know you won’t be able to get professional help for at least another 24 hours. The…
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  • New Themes: Libretto, Lovecraft, and Publication

    sarah semark
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday! Today we’re introducing three new free themes to our collection: Libretto, Lovecraft, and Publication. Libretto Featuring big, bold drop caps and oversized images, Libretto is ideal for showcasing longform writing or stunning imagery. Its classic design and typographic details will give your blog a sophisticated, elegant look. Fully responsive, the theme adapts easily to tablets and other mobile devices, ensuring that your content is easy to see. Libretto is a fork of Readly, originally designed by WPShower. Get to know Libretto in the Theme Showcase, or give it a…
  • Four Food Blogs to Follow Now

    15 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    From sweet to savory, these four fantastic food blogs will satisfy your appetite. If you enjoy eating (and who doesn’t?!), check them out and follow them in your Reader so you won’t miss a dish. The Dinner Party Collective The Dinner Party Collective is a collaborative blog dedicated to “reinvigorating the delicious lost art of dinner parties.” The DPC features seasonal full-course menus, photos, and recipes from apéritifs to dessert (complete with wine pairings, no less!) ideal for dinner groups of six to eight. Blogger Margot leads an international troupe of food and wine lovers…
  • Reader Refresh

    Ben Lowery
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:19 am
    Today, we’re proud to present an improved version of the Reader. We’ve made the Reader faster, with shorter load times and smoother scrolling. We’ve also improved the way we display posts, so you can now see the highlights of each story at a glance. The new interface works just as well on a mobile device as it does on your computer, so it’s simpler and faster for you to catch up on blogs while on the go. Keeping track of recent posts from the blogs and sites you follow is now both easier and more fun. Our new cards — which preview each post’s…
  • Heading to BlogHer ’15? So are we!

    Michelle W.
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Note: we’ve just updated the workshop times slightly — see below for the final schedule. BlogHer ’15, one of the biggest and best annual conferences for bloggers, lands in New York City later this week, from July 16th through the 18th. You’ll find hundreds of passionate bloggers, workshops to hone every aspect of your blogging, incredible keynote speakers like Ava DuVernay and Gwyneth Paltrow — and us! At our Happiness Lounge in the expo hall, you’ll be able to get one-on-one help with your WordPress sites. Staff from across Automattic will also be leading…
  • New Themes: Baskerville and Edda

    Laurel Fulford
    9 Jul 2015 | 10:12 am
    Happy Theme Thursday! Today I’m excited to introduce two new free themes to our collection. Baskerville Baskerville was designed by Anders Norén, and it displays writing, photos, and videos in a dynamic, grid-based layout. It features unique layouts for different post formats, to make different kinds of content pop. Baskerville’s design adapts to any screen size, big or small, so your posts always look their best. Get to know Baskerville on the Theme Showcase, or give it a spin by activating it from Appearance → Themes. Edda Edda, designed by…
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  • Free Credit Report

    16 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    Baby Boomers, Did you know, as a citizen of the United States, you have the right to receive a FREE credit report from That's Right !!! If you do a quick "Google" search you will quickly discover there are thousands of internet sites that provide you with your credit score for a fee.   For a fee?  Why pay a fee?  It's your credit score right? Well let me tell you folks, by law, you also have the right to FREE credit reports from or by calling 877-322-8228, which is the authorized source under Federal Law for free credit…
  • Choose the Right Sunscreen - Part 2

    15 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    Baby Boomers....... We come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, constitutions, muscularity, complexions, skin tones and levels of hardiness.  Some of you do well in the sun and may even flourish in it.  Others can be strongly affected by the UV rays after only a short stay outside. Yesterday, we talked a little about why baby boomers need sunscreen to block the UVA and UVB rays and the basics of SPF  in making your product selections.   The bottom line is that selecting the proper sunscreen can be a chore. Before diving into the sea of choices let me make it completely clear…
  • Choose the Right Sunscreen 

    14 Jul 2015 | 8:16 am
    Baby Boomers........ Do you remember the song “Dancing in the Street” by Martha and the Vandellas? Sure you do. “Callin' out around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat? Summer's here and the time is right for dancin' in the street. Oh it doesn't matter what you wear, just as long as you are there” It’s a great song but I beg of you don’t listen to what the words are telling you.  Yes, it’s summertime but if you are going to be out in the street dancing then please take some precautions. Wear some sunscreen people……and…
  • Are You a "Plugged In" Boomer?

    9 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am is "Plugged In" Baby Boomers, Are you "plugged in?" Do you spend at least 27 hours per week on the internet? Why would I use such a specific number? Because in a 2012 research study by WSL Strategic Retail, they found that Baby Boomers spend 2 hours more a week online than the 25 hours Millennials (ages 16 to 34) do on average. Who would have thought? Do you have a Google+ and/or Facebook profile? I bet you do. Once thought to be the bastion of the fast paced youth of what I like to call the "microwave" generation, Twitter is quickly becoming second nature to…

    15 Jun 2015 | 10:10 am
    SURVIVE 55 - SAVE MONEY Baby Boomers, Don't you agree that today is another magnificent day in paradise? Sometimes, I am amazed at how blessed we are to wake up each and every day on this wonderful planet with all of it's beauty and stunning opportunities just waiting for us to take advantage of them. So, let's get something right out in the open first.   My friends think I am strange, my family thinks I'm a bit peculiar, people I do business with think I'm a little bit offbeat and the reaction of people on the street that I meet for the first time is: "this guy is a really unusual…
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    FXRX Orthopedic Surgery Blog

  • What to Expect During your Orthopedic Consultation

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:19 pm
    When you are experiencing severe pain in your joints , particularly pain associated with repetitive athletic movements, you should attempt every nonsurgical option you have at your disposal. However if these failed to amount to anything positive it might be … Continue reading →
  • Cartilage Regeneration Procedures with a Phoenix Knee Surgeon

    15 Jul 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Cartilage Regeneration Most people suffer from knee pain and almost half of them have pain due to damaged cartilage. Individuals who suffer from this disorder find it difficult to move their joints. This may result in decreased function of the … Continue reading →
  • Shoulder Instability Information from an Arizona Orthopedic Surgeon

    13 Jul 2015 | 9:37 pm
    What is shoulder instability? Shoulder instability is a common condition that leads to loosened connective tissue in the shoulder joint. Your shoulder joint is made up of a socket and a ball. Around this joint you will find connective tissue. … Continue reading →
  • Stellate Ganglion Block Injection By Arizona Orthopedic Surgeon

    6 Jul 2015 | 4:51 am
    What is a stellate ganglion block? A stellate ganglion block is an injection of anesthetics into the sympathetic nerve tissues located in your neck performed by the top orthopedic surgeons in Phoenix. These are the nerves which function as part … Continue reading →
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  • Why Is Spicy Food Good for You?

    Dr. Mercola
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola About half of Americans (54 percent) enjoy spicy foods, which is considerably less than in some other areas of the world, like India, Asia, and Central America, where chili peppers and other spicy foods are considered staples.1 If you’re one of those people who love a bit of heat with virtually any meal, you’re in luck, as spicy foods are among the best for your health. They contain potent plant compounds called capsaicinoids, which have been found to prevent chronic diseases and are also what give peppers their heat. This, coupled with their high concentrations of vitamins…
  • 10 Superfoods for Digestive Health

    Dr. Mercola
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola The digestive process seems simple on the surface. You put a food in your mouth, chew it up, and swallow. Then your body breaks down your food into components your body can utilize and absorb. Whatever’s left gets excreted as waste. In reality, however, digestion is a complex process that can be easily sidelined by a number of factors, from not chewing your food enough to lacking enzymes, stomach acid, or the right balance of microbes to properly digest your food and absorb its nutrients. The foods you eat can also make or break your digestive health, with heavily processed,…
  • Obesity Will Soon Overtake Smoking as Principal Cause of Cancer

    Dr. Mercola
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola More than 2.1 billion people, or close to 30 percent of the global population, are overweight or obese, and obesity is responsible for about five percent of all deaths each year, worldwide.1 In the US, nearly one in five deaths is now associated with obesity. That obesity factors into your mortality risk isn't so surprising when you consider just how many chronic and serious disease it's associated with. In the US, just eight obesity-related diseases account for 75 percent of all healthcare costs! Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease…
  • Raw Sauerkraut Recipe

    Dr. Mercola
    25 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    One way of optimizing the bacteria in your gut is by adding fermented foods to your wholesome diet.   There are a lot of fermented foods that you can indulge in, such as kefir, tempeh, kimchi, and miso. You can also easily make fermented vegetables at home.   One of my personal favorites is sauerkraut, which is rich in beneficial bacteria and at the same time tastes so good. So if you love cabbage, this raw sauerkraut recipe is a must-try.     Ingredients:   1 whole green cabbage 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger 2 carrots, grated Celery juice Starter culture  …
  • How to Quickly and Easily Optimize Your Garden’s Growth Potential

    Dr. Mercola
    25 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Nutrient-dense food is key for optimal health, and for this you need healthy soil. More specifically, without the proper minerals in the soil, the plants cannot reach their genetic potential. Dr. August Dunning is chief science officer a company that specializes in mineral products for hydroponics and home gardens. He’s also associated with one of the premiere technical universities in the world, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and has developed some truly groundbreaking ionic mineral products, extracted from ocean water, for use in sustainable agriculture.
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    Pain Management Las Vegas

  • Solution to Back Pain by Pain management clinics

    22 Jul 2015 | 5:25 am
    Pain can be dealt with when it is a mild pain. However when it’s a back pain even a mild pain can make you highly uncomfortable. Now as we know pain are of two types, namely acute pain and chronic pain, back pain can be acute and if not cured can lead to chronic pain which can be severe. There are several factors which causes back pain. An unsupervised exercise can cause you back pain. Pain Specialistsays even if you simply crawling in bed for a good night sleep can cause you back pain, sitting at your office desk for straight 9 hours can cause you back pain, any simple chore of lifting…
  • Common Procedures Followed to provide Pain Management Solution

    14 Jul 2015 | 5:39 am
    It is not easy to deal with a pain and more so when it is a chronic pain. Pains are common and they are more common in lives of people who are active and are into a lot of manual labor or exercises. A serious pain can bring your life to a standstill and hence, it is important that you treat it before it comes too late. Pain management clinic offer you relief from pain by offering you the right pain management solutions. Most people resort to painkillers and this is vehemently opposed by pain doctors and other places as pain killers do more harm than good to your body. It is said that an…
  • Celiac Plexus Block Injection at Las Vegas Pain Clinic

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:15 am
     What is the celiac plexus block? The celiac plexus block is an injection into or around your celiac plexus nerves, which surround the main artery inside of your abdomen. These nerves are responsible for controlling nerve function and in some cases, they carry pain information from your abdominal organ tissues to your brain or spinal cord. What is the purpose of this block? The celiac plexus block is performed at a pain clinic in order to block the nerves which move pain signals to various organs from the abdomen. This can be done by pain management doctors in an effort to reduce pain…
  • Pelvic Pain Treatment With Pain Doctors In Las Vegas

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:58 am
    What is Pelvic Pain? Pelvic pain is always experienced in the lower part of the abdomen and pelvis. This condition is more common in women than men. In women, pelvic pain can be explained as symptoms that arise from urinary. Pelvic pain can be described as either dull or sharp; it might be steady now and again. Also, and it might be mellow, direct or serious. Pelvic pain can at times emanate to the thigh, lower back or thighs. Pelvic pain can occur abruptly, strongly, quickly, with intense and over a long period of time. Incessant pelvic pain alludes to any consistent pelvic pain that has…
  • Joint Injections Effects Described By Las Vegas Pain Clinic

    4 Jul 2015 | 5:15 am
    Joint injections Joint injections can be used to reduce inflammation in your joints. They are injected into the site of the problem to offer faster relief. Prior to injecting your joint, your joint fluid might be removed for testing. If your diagnosis is uncertain testing will take place. The use of immediate injections can reduce inflammation while simultaneously helping to preserve joint function and joint structure. The use of a joint injection helps to avoid any need for increased doses of an oral steroid which is particularly beneficial because oral steroids in high doses bring with them…
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    Medifast Arizona

  • The Link Between Obesity and Chronic Pain

    David Greene
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Obesity and pain are typically items that go hand in hand. And if obese people are otherwise healthy, they still seem to suffer from pain. So why does that happen? Because each extra pound, whether it is a pound of muscle or a pound of fat, hurts the body. It is important to note that pain is a response sent out by your body. It is an important protective feature which is designed to help you. You often experience pain when something goes wrong, and the pain receptors in your body send messages to your brain that something is unpleasant or bad, and that it must be avoided or fixed. For…
  • 5 Reasons You Probably Have Diabetes and Don’t Know It

    David Greene
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Diabetes is a very common disease and a great number of people suffer from it. However, experts believe that the number is a lot higher than reported. There are three types of diabetes namely (1) Type-I Diabetes, (2) Type-II Diabetes, and (3) Gestational Diabetes. Diabetes, also known as diabetes mellitus, is a life-threatening disease killing thousands of people every year in the US alone. Like any other disease, this one too should be taken seriously; however, many people fail to realize this mainly because they don’t even know they suffer from this disease. You also might be one of the…
  • Top 5 Things To Know About Metabolism

    David Greene
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:04 pm
    If you are trying to lose weight or you want to maintain your current weight, your mind is probably filled with things like calories, carbs, fats, or when you will next be able to fit in a workout into your busy schedule… or even how great a chocolate bar would taste right now. One thing that is important to consider when you are trying to lose weight or stay healthy is your metabolism. Not many adults understand what the metabolism is all about. Here are the top 5 things to know about metabolism. 1. Your metabolism is the way that your body processes the things that you consume, and how…
  • How Hydration Helps you Lose Weight

    David Greene
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Hydration is one of the key elements to staying healthy and losing weight. Far too many people who are searching methods for quick and easy weight loss don’t truly appreciate that the body is almost entirely made up of water. Without water, not only can your brain not function, but your body cannot digest the food that you have. This means that you are unable to process what you ingest, burn off the fat when you exercise, and lose any of the weight that you were trying to lose. One thing that people should understand is that weight fluctuates on a daily basis. Many people are concerned…
  • How Does Your Body Deal with Excess Calories?

    David Greene
    25 May 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Many people today focus on the idea of calorie equilibrium. This is a concept that in order to be healthy you have to count calories and keep the calories you intake to the same as the calories you burn. But the catch is this: a calorie burned whether through sleep or exercise is a calorie burned. But not all calories are the same. Some have large repercussions on your body compared to others, and many people are unaware of the differences or what they can do to prevent the serious ramifications of harmful calories. When your body has excess calories, in general, it deals with it by…
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    Phoenix Shoulder and Knee

  • Surgery for Shoulder Instability

    Adam Farber
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:53 am
    Patients who suffer from a throwing condition might occasionally feel their shoulder pop when they try to complete certain exercises. They might find that with time they feel less powerful in their shoulder and they are not as strong as they once were. Some people might experience pain in the front of their shoulder or the back if it is touch. In only the most severe cases do partial dislocations or full dislocations take place after the initial trauma. The feeling of having a dead arm for minutes at a time or regular shoulder pain can also be associated with shoulder instability. When you…
  • What Shoulder Instability Really Means

    Adam Farber
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:02 pm
    Shoulder instability is something which is best defined by the actual name. Shoulder instability is a condition where your shoulder is unstable. It is something where the connective tissue surrounding your shoulder joint starts to loosen or is traumatically damaged. Your shoulder joint is actually constructed of a ball and socket joint. The tissue which holds your shoulder joint together is a strong connective tissue including ligaments and cartilage along with the rotator cuff. This tissue has a group of muscles call the rotator cuff muscles which actively hold your shoulder joint in place…
  • How to Prepare for Knee Arthroscopy in Phoenix AZ

    Adam Farber
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    If you have damage to your knee joint you may be indicated to undergo an arthroscopic surgery. Arthroscopic surgery can be used to repair most damage to the knee except for complete joint replacement. If you have damage to your tendons, cartilage, or your ligaments you can turn to a orthopedic surgeon to get the surgical assistance that you need. If you are scheduled for orthopedic surgery you might be able to have an arthroscopic surgery. An arthroscopic surgery is a surgical procedure which is minimally invasive, involving tiny incisions through which a fiberoptic camera is placed. It has…
  • What to expect when going into arthroscopic surgery

    Adam Farber
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Shoulder arthroscopy is a surgical procedure used by Arizona orthopedic surgeons to not only inspect the shoulder joint but to diagnose your condition and to repair the problem. When you undergo shoulder arthroscopic surgery, the first thing that happens is that you meet with a surgeon.  This meeting is set up in order to determine whether or not you qualify for shoulder arthroscopic surgery. The hospital where the surgery takes place will contact you prior to your scheduled surgery. The purpose of them contacting you is to discuss with you what you need to do in preparation for the event.
  • What to Expect With a Rotator Cuff Procedure in Arizona

    Adam Farber
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:09 pm
    If you have injured your rotator cuff, you more than likely have an issue such as a SLAP injury, torn ligament, or severe inflammation leading to bone spurs. All of these issues can be treated with non-surgical options initially, but if they are left untreated it can lead to severe complications and the need for surgical options. If you have a damaged rotator cuff your doctor might recommend surgery in which case you will have to meet with an orthopedic surgeon to discuss your qualifications for surgery. What causes the rotator cuff injury? The shoulder consists of a ball and socket joint.
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  • And then there were THREE …

    Mike Scott
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:10 am
    That’s THREE really big, globally active, generic pharmaceutical companies. As of this morning, Teva has agreed to acquire the Actavis global generic pharmaceutical division of Allergan — for a massive $40.5 billion (give or take a few hundred million here or there still under discussion). It’ll take (more…)
  • Cancer drug pricing … into the pressure cooker

    Mike Scott
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:34 am
    Whatever one happens to believe about the issue of drug prices and the profitability and viability of the U.S. biopharmaceutical industry, it is clear that pressure is increasing to seek drug pricing mechanisms that make valuable treatments more accessible for the patients who need them (more…)
  • On becoming a doctor …

    Mike Scott
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    There is a new and interesting 34-slide data set on the Medscape web site this morning that deals with what current medical residents think about the long process of actually “becoming a doctor” — including everything from salary levels while (more…)
  • Monitors & Migraines

    Ryann Shaffer
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    With a long list of potential triggers for migraines, including certain foods, anxiety, and/or loud noises, technology has now made the cut. In an article on the Mashable website, Dr. Audrey Halpern, a neurologist and clinical assistant professor at New York University provides (more…)
  • What America thinks about Medicare … and drug prices …

    Mike Scott
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:51 am
    According to an article from Reuters and based on data from a new poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation … 87% of Americans now believe that Medicare should have the authority to negotiate with drug-makers for (more…)
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    Infinit Healthcare

  • How Outsourcing Helps the Practice of ‘Continuous Healthcare’

    Jeff De Jesus
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Outsourcing healthcare management solutions can assist various healthcare organizations in providing better continuous care.
  • What Benefits Can Hospitals Get from Healthcare Automation?

    Infinit Healthcare
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Even as automation has become part of our daily lives and an integral part of operations in various industries, it is still lagging significantly when it comes to healthcare. As staffing outages continue to grow significantly each year along with an aging population that increasingly needs health care, applying automation to some health care operations is going to be a necessity.
  • Doc Mellhorn and the Pearly Gates ‘He was Just a Good Doctor and He Knew Us Inside Out’

    Robert McEwan
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:57 pm
    The doctor, in this case reminded me of 'ol Doc Frazier,' our family physician who was like Doc Mellhorn in every respect, including the occasional house call. It was at a time when there weren't many prescriptions to give and Doc Frazier's words and hands conveyed all the confidence we needed to get better.
  • Top 5 Blogs for the Business of Healthcare

    Infinit Healthcare
    26 May 2015 | 10:34 pm
    The article contains a list of reliable healthcare blogs that inform, entertain, and inspire both students and professionals in becoming more active participants in the ongoing healthcare debates.
  • Pharmaceutical Outsourcing Market May Reach $215 Billion by 2020

    Infinit Healthcare
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:37 pm
    For a complete overview of the pharmaceutical outsourcing market, Research and Markets recently produced an in-depth report called "Outlook of Global Pharmaceutical Outsourcing Market".
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  • Medical Bills are Bad for Your Health: Lack of Sleep

    20 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    A 2015 Gallup poll revealed that healthcare costs are a primary concern for Americans. The majority of U.S. adults who were polled stated that the most important financial problem facing their family was healthcare costs, tied with lack of money and low wages. Other top answers included the amount of debt they have, retirement savings and the high cost of living in the U.S. It’s easy to see how any of these issues could cause an individual or a family stress. While financial burdens are a part of most people’s lives, the stress of such can have an enormous impact on a person’s…
  • Is Transparency in Healthcare Costs Possible?

    19 Jun 2015 | 6:45 am
    Healthcare costs are not an easy thing to analyze. Even for the insured, the cost for a procedure can vary greatly. You might be at risk of encountering out-of-network physicians within an in-network facility. It’s not unusual for a facility to have contracted physicians working within their facility who are not employees. These contracted physicians are not bound by any discounts negotiated between healthcare facilities and health insurance companies. Rather, these physicians are able to charge a patient whatever they deem necessary. Many consumers are caught off guard when they receive a…
  • The Unethical Practice of Balance Billing

    Pat Palmer
    26 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    If you’ve ever received an outrageous medical bill, you may be a victim of a practice called balance billing. Many doctor’s offices and hospitals balance bill patients. What is it? Why is it so common? How does it make your bills higher? Is there anything you can do about it? Definition of Balance Billing Balance billing is also called extra billing. It is a practice in which a medical provider bills a patient for the difference between the fee the doctor charges and the amount paid by the insurance company. For example, if a doctor charges $5000.00 for a procedure, the health insurance…
  • How the Affordable Care Act is Changing Our Healthcare System

    Pat Palmer
    5 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    The Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare as it is popularly known, is one of the most widely talked about new laws in decades. Nearly every time you watch the news, there is at least one story on the topic. And, if by some strange chance there isn’t any ObamaCare coverage on the news, you’ll at least see a commercial about it. Even with all of this coverage, many Americans are completely confused about exactly what the Affordable Care Act is, and how it affects our healthcare system. Some feel it’s going to burden people:others think it’s going to make healthcare prices go up. What Is…
  • The Affordable Care Act and the Small Business

    Pat Palmer
    5 May 2015 | 9:47 am
    One of the most talked about media stories during the past couple of years has been the topic of how the Affordable Care Act is affecting small businesses. Opponents of the Affordable Care Act say that small businesses could actually have to close their doors or reduce their number of employees. So, what else are opponents of the Affordable Care Act saying? What are the counterarguments of the ACA supporters? What ACA Opponents Are Saying Small businesses will have to pay a lot of money they dont have. The main argument of ACA opponents is that small business owners will not be able to…
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  • Dilnot Report on Adult Social Care Published

    11 Jul 2101 | 3:42 am
    With our elderly population ever increasing, the Government commissioned Sir Andrew Dilnot to make recommendations regarding the future of the social care system in England. The long-awaited report was published this week. It comes at a time when local authorities are slashing their own social care budgets, and the private care sector has had to accept lower fees, although the true cost of care is steadily rising. With a population that is growing at a rapid pace, social care funding needs a radical overhaul so that it will be fit for purpose in the future.  Many people find themselves…
  • A fairer society?

    Stan Barker
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    The Government in Scotland has embarked on an ambitious (and welcome) program, asking the country how it can become a fairer and more equal place to live. Increasing improvements in people’s lives in terms of employment rates, health outcomes and better educational outcomes are pointed to as welcome achievements. However, the Government now wants the people to help in tackling ‘the scourge of intergenerational poverty, and create fairer opportunities for all.’ This is an ideal opportunity for services providing advocacy, support or direct care to disadvantaged groups to have…
  • DSE: Display screen equipment management

    Stan Barker
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 gives a definition of DSE as “display screen equipment” means any alphanumeric or graphic display screen, regardless of the display process involved. The person who uses the computer is the user which means an employee who habitually uses display screen equipment as a significant part of their normal work. DSE Risk Assessment – Analysis of Workstations In accordance with the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 the employer should perform a suitable and sufficient analysis of the…
  • From DoLS to providing Protective Care

    Stan Barker
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:15 am
    The journey to get to where we are on the operation of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (or DoLS) is a long and tortuous one. New proposals released by the Law Commission earlier this month offer new hope in making them more streamlined and easier to operate, and to hopefully protect the interests and rights of vulnerable people. I want to discuss those proposals here. First a reminder that the issues around unlawful deprivation did not start recently. We could go back to Magna Carta in 1215, with the historic principle “No Freeman shall be taken or imprisoned, or be disseised of…
  • Chaperone Update: Why is it important to have a chaperone?

    Stan Barker
    19 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    A couple of circumstances occurred in my practice this week, which called our chaperone policy and procedure into play. Having chaperones and a policy was previously one of those QOF targets that we had to meet but there are times when you’ll be glad it’s there. We know that some patients find examinations, investigations or procedures particularly difficult and may prefer to have a chaperone (or impartial observer) present in order to support them. Any consultations or procedures involving the need for patients to undress may make a patient feel vulnerable, particularly those procedures…
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  • Top Tips For Preventing Bed Bugs In Hostels

    21 Jul 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Bed bugs are tiny insects that like warm places and feed on human blood. They are commonly found underneath the mattresses, couches and cushions, between sheets, and on carpeted floor in residential areas, hotels and these days, even hostels. They can move from room to room and even city to city by latching on to your luggage or your person. In this guide, we will discuss ways of preventing bed bugs in hostels. What do bed bugs look like For preventing bed bugs in hostels, you should know what to look for. Bed bugs are really tiny-as small as an apple seed; they have six legs, a small…
  • Homeopathic Remedies For Bed Bug Bites

    7 Jul 2015 | 11:49 pm
    Bed bugs are insects that infest warm areas like couches and beds. They latch on to their hosts and are transmitted from infested apartments and hotels on to other clean areas. They feed on human blood but, unlike mosquitoes, usually do not transmit diseases such as malaria etc. However, they do cause irritation, itching, and inflammation of skin apart from many psychological symptoms such as fear, sleeplessness, anxiety and, among the vulnerable, even anaphylactic shock. Remedies Homeopathic remedies for bed bug bites The patient who experiences fever and rash (that is thick and…
  • How to Get Rid Of Bed Bugs in Carpets

    25 Jun 2015 | 11:04 pm
    Getting rid of bed bugs from carpets can be a tricky matter; you need to do it right to ensure that you are actually removing the bugs and not just spreading them to other areas of your home. In this guide, we will give you a detailed account of how to get rid of bed bugs in carpets. How to get rid of bed bugs in carpets the right way Before we tell you the right way of getting rid of bed bugs in carpets, you must also educate yourself about what the wrong methods are: Never sweep or wipe a floor having bed bugs. This will only spread their eggs and larvae over a larger area. The key is to…
  • How To Repel Bed Bugs From Skin

    8 Jun 2015 | 10:05 pm
    There are many EPA approved drugs and repellents that can be used by people suffering from bedbug infestations; ideal for use when one hasn’t had a decent night’s rest thanks to the annoying critters. How to repel bed bugs from skin is also a primary concern for travelers who have no choice but to spend a night or two in an infested motel room.In this guide, we will consider some of the best bedbug repellent products that can help repel bed bugs from skin and clothes. EPA approved bedbug repellents The Environmental Protection Agency has approved several products containing following…
  • Questions To Ask Your Bed Bug Pest Control Company

    31 May 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Choosing a bed bug pest control company is the most important decision you will be making in your fight against bed bugs. The company should use the right techniques, and, at the same time, should also use safety measures and environmental-friendly products for the job. Naturally; most people dealing with a bedbug infestation want to get rid of it as soon as possible. However, one must be pragmatic: having bed bugs is not the nicest thing to happen to you but, at the same time, the sky is not falling down. It is important to take the time and really research the company well even if it means…
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    Dr Rajesh Shah's Blog

  • Menopause or Underactive Thyroid ?

    Life Force
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:36 am
    45 years old Mrs. Patel had been experiencing tiredness, sleeplessness and weight gain. She had seen her mother struggling with similar symptoms during menopause and naturally attributed all her own symptoms to menopause too. A couple of years passed by before Mrs. Patel sought out an appointment with her Gynaec doctor. Her doctor noted that her complaints were common underactive thyroid symptoms in women, much to the surprise of Mrs. Patel. Underactive Thyroid Symptoms in Women: The thyroid gland has an effect on various systems like our brain, heart, reproductive system, muscles etc. An…
  • Signs Of Under Active Thyroid Disease

    Life Force
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:47 am
    Underactive thyroid disease is also called Hypothyroidism.  In this condition, there is under-production of thyroid hormones. The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland in our neck which secretes hormones that have effects on almost every organ of our body. There are various signs of Underactive Thyroid disease that can help one identify it. The thyroid hormones regulate how our body’s cells convert food into energy. This conversion is what is called as our metabolism. Our metabolism has an effect on many things in our body – eg. our heart rate, our digestion, our weight gain/loss, our…
  • Symptoms of Eczema

    Life Force
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:59 am
    Eczema or Dermatitis is a type of skin condition in which the skin becomes swollen, red, rough (inflamed) due to multiple causes. The cause may be in the body (Endogenous Eczema) or in the environment (Exogenous Eczema). Symptoms of Eczema have a varying character in various phases of the disease. These phases may be acute, sub-acute or chronic. Acute Phase (Eczema that has a recent onset) Redness, Swelling, Formation of Blisters that ooze moisture and become crusted. Sub-acute Phase: Redness, Dark coloured patches with scale formation and crusting. Chronic Phase (Long lasting eczema)…
  • Nephrotic Syndrome Treatment

    Life Force
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:14 am
    What Is Nephrotic Syndrome? Nephrotic Syndrome is a disease of the kidney. It is derived from the two words ‘Nephros’ meaning kidney and ‘Syndrome’ denoting a group of symptom. It is characterized by loss of proteins in the urine. It can affect children and adults of any age, male and female. It is more common in males. Nephrotic Syndrome shows symptoms like swelling of face, abdomen, eyes, feet or hands. Alternately, one may notice an unusual gain in weight. There may be reduction in the quantity of urine. Lack of appetite, fever, diarrhea and raised blood pressure may be other…
  • Nephrotic Syndrome Treatment for Children

    Life Force
    18 Jul 2015 | 2:13 am
    Nephrotic Syndrome in Children is a condition of the kidney in which more protein is lost through the urine. Depending on the cause, this may just be temporary or may be a sign of kidney damage. Children below the age of 5 years are more likely to develop Nephrotic Syndrome. Girls are less likely to develop Nephrotic Syndrome as compared to boys. What are the signs and symptoms of Nephrotic Syndrome in Children? The following signs and symptoms are commonly seen in children suffering from Nephrotic Syndrome: Swelling of feet or ankles may be noticed. Rarely, swelling may also be noticed on…
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  • Top Ten Interview Questions for Nurses

    Angie Best-Boss RN
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:37 am
    You want to recruit the best possible nurse for your company. The job is a demanding one, and you need a smart, capable, and effective nurse who can navigate the tricky waters of meeting the needs of patients, families, team members, and administration. After weeding out a handful of candidates, it’s time for a face-to-face (or at least a telephone) interview. You can always fall back on traditional interview questions (tell me your strengths and weaknesses, for example), but try asking questions that your applicants may not expect, and you might get more compelling answers that reveal more…
  • Where Can You Find Work in Physical Therapy Today?

    Brooke Chaplan
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    Physical therapy is one of the fastest growing careers today. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts this occupation will increase by 36 percent in the next 10 years, opening up thousands of positions in a career field that is both challenging and rewarding. If you want to join the ranks of professional physical therapists, you may wonder where you can find employment after you finish your formal training. These places commonly hire physical therapists to care for patients of all ages. Rehabilitation Hospitals Rehabilitation hospitals rank high on the list of locations that frequently employ…
  • Staying Healthy in Healthcare

    MaryAnn DePietro
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    If you work in healthcare, you know what an interesting and rewarding career it can be. Doctors, paramedics, technicians and nurses all play a part in making people’s lives better. They have an opportunity to make a difference, sometimes during the most difficult time in a patient’s life. But with all the benefits of a career in medicine, there can also be a few negatives, such as an increased risk of getting sick. A 2012 study conducted by Truven Health Analytics found that hospital workers are less healthy than the general workforce. Becoming ill more often is also costly for medical…
  • Interview Tips for Shy People

    Susan Gulliford
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:55 am
    How Shy People Can Achieve Interview Success Books on job interviewing often instruct candidates to “sell themselves” during a job interview. If you become irritated when you hear this cliché, you may be one of the 40%+ of Americans who suffer from shyness ( Because shy people are deeply self-conscious, and because an interview is a situation where people evaluate you, this can be a seriously uncomfortable process that can have a negative effect on the outcome of their job searches. Fortunately, there are steps to take…
  • Support Organizations for Minorities in Healthcare

    Angie Best-Boss RN
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Blacks, Hispanics and American Indians make up almost a quarter of the U.S. population, yet as a group account for only 6 percent of physicians, 9 percent of nurses and 5 percent of dentists. According to the Sullivan Commission on Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce, the lagging rate of minorities in the health profession places the health of the nation — and particularly the health of people of color — at risk. A report from the Institute of Medicine recommended increasing the number of minority professionals as a means of eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities…
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  • [Infographic] 10 “must-have” tips for using tea tree oil for acne & skin

    Sheikh Ovais
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:56 pm
    The inspiration for this infographic came when I was writing an in-depth post on this subject, Exploiting tea tree oil for acne (do check it out if you haven’t already, you’ll love it!). Tea tree oil is a versatile essential oil. It’s proclaimed health benefits are literally endless. It could easily fill out dozens of pages and still lack some important points. An article alone on Medline includes over 30 different ailments in which tea tree oil can be used as a remedy. So, I decided only to concentrate on its benefits for acne or skin care in general and create…
  • Apple cider vinegar for acne: 10 proven methods that really work

    Sheikh Ovais
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:01 am
    No doubt, apple cider vinegar is a tasty addition to your pickles, salads, drinks or marinades. But can it be a medicine? You’ll hardly ever find a doctor who would suggest you to try apple cider vinegar for acne. Neither you can readily find studies supporting this thought. But yet you hear celebrities like Scarlett Johansson or Hilary Duff singing praises of apple cider vinegar. In case you’ve missed, the odds of which are quite low, they consider ACV as one of their ultimate skin care secrets. Moreover, Megan Fox, Heidi Klum, Jessica Alba, and Katy Perry have been taking…
  • Exploiting tea tree oil for acne: 15 recipes, top 3 products, studies, & safety precautions

    Sheikh Ovais
    24 May 2015 | 2:15 pm
    “On a Sunday, I noticed a pimple right in between my eyes and nose. I immediately started to pinch it, hoping that it’ll get lost that way. But no luck. The next day, it was even worse. More huge, inflamed, and pus-filled. And then I started applying a liquid directly on that pimple. Things started to get better. Each day, that pimple got smaller and smaller. And By Friday, it was COMPLETELY GONE. Not even a tiny mark was left!” This is a real life story from a real world acne sufferer like you. Truly dramatic and inspirational – from a huge, ugly, and inflamed…
  • Foods that cause acne – A research-backed, myth-busting answer

    Sheikh Ovais
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    We’ve all heard of the tales from our elders about pizzas, chocolates, burgers, and French fries causing our acne. But those tales were only able to fascinate us till the mid 60s. It was then, when several experts evidently concluded that all these ‘often blamed’ foods have nothing to do with the development of acne. Time Magazine reports that an unpublished study that took place in 1966 was the first one to evidently debunk this myth. It compared more than 1,000 teens with acne with 5,000 of those without it. Although, the study did find an association…
  • How to get rid of rosacea effectively – Top treatments and products

    Sheikh Ovais
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:57 pm
    More intimidating than it sounds, Rosacea is a severe skin disorder that can leave deep physical and psychological impact on your overall life. It is different from traditional acne because it mostly targets adults, which is why it is also referred sometimes as “adult acne.” People having a fairer skin and those belonging to the Caucasian region mostly become its victims. Steven R. Feldman, in his meta-analysis of 17 different studies on rosacea, says: Patients with rosacea have higher incidences of embarrassment, social anxiety, depression, and decreased quality of life compared…
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    Market Research Report: Ken Research

  • India Spice and Spice Mixes Market Outlook to 2020 – Ken Research

    21 Jul 2015 | 10:05 pm
    The India Spice and Spice Mixes Market Outlook to 2020 – Rise in Exports and Initiation of Spice Parks to Shape Future Growth provides a comprehensive analysis of the spices and spices products in India. The report covers various aspects such as market size of overall India spices market, segmentation on the basis of chilly, garlic, […] The post India Spice and Spice Mixes Market Outlook to 2020 – Ken Research appeared first on Market Research Report: Ken Research.
  • Asia Pacific Cardiac Pacemaker Market Outlook to 2019 – Rise in Cardiac Disorders and Growing Awareness among People to Drive the Demand

    20 Jul 2015 | 11:14 pm
    Asia Pacific Cardiac Pacemaker Market Outlook to 2019 – Rise in Cardiac Disorders and Growing Awareness among People to Drive the Demand provides a comprehensive analysis of cardiac pacemaker market in Asia. The report covers various aspects such as market size of cardiac pacemaker market, segmentation on the basis of therapeutic specification, implantability, number of chambers, […] The post Asia Pacific Cardiac Pacemaker Market Outlook to 2019 – Rise in Cardiac Disorders and Growing Awareness among People to Drive the Demand appeared first on Market Research Report: Ken…
  • India Used Car Market Outlook to 2020 – Growing Preferences and Emergence of Online Web Aggregators

    20 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
      –India Used Car Market is estimated to record around INR 1.5 billion revenues by FY’2020. -Future Growth of Used Car Market is expected to be led by emergence of web aggregators and rise in preferences towards used car -In the Used Car Market, the market has been dominated by Maruti True Value, while in […] The post India Used Car Market Outlook to 2020 – Growing Preferences and Emergence of Online Web Aggregators appeared first on Market Research Report: Ken Research.
  • China Dominated The Asian Online Jewellery Market In 2014 By Generating Revenue Over USD 4,000 Million

    14 Jul 2015 | 5:18 am
    China has accounted its first position in terms of online jewellery sales in Asia during 2014. The Chinese market has grown at a brisk pace primarily due to rapid economic expansion in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. Additionally, the relatively lower number of traditional retail stores in these cities has given rise to online […] The post China Dominated The Asian Online Jewellery Market In 2014 By Generating Revenue Over USD 4,000 Million appeared first on Market Research Report: Ken Research.
  • India Dairy Food Market Grew at a CAGR of 9% During the Period FY’2009-2014

    14 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
    The growth of Ice Cream Industry in India has provided impetus to the growing presence for international and regional players which are foraying into the Industry. The modes of distribution used in the Ice Cream Industry are largely retail channels which include Mom and Pop stores, departmental stores and vending channels that incorporates street vendors. […] The post India Dairy Food Market Grew at a CAGR of 9% During the Period FY’2009-2014 appeared first on Market Research Report: Ken Research.
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  • How Exercise Benefits Seniors

    22 Jul 2015 | 1:40 pm
    As your senior loved one grows older, you may notice that he or she becomes less physically active. Reduced activity among seniors is often attributable to health limitations and concerns about home safety for the elderly in Racine. For example, your loved one may be worried that he or she will fall. This is unfortunate because staying active offers numerous health benefits for seniors, including a reduced risk of memory loss, chronic diseases, and mental illnesses. This brief video discusses a new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that demonstrates that it’s…
  • How Occupational Therapy Can Help During Stroke Recovery

    15 Jul 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Each year, hundreds of thousands of adults in the U.S. suffer a stroke. Since stroke results in damage to brain tissue, stroke survivors face a wide range of challenges. Post-stroke senior rehabilitation typically begins well before the patient is discharged from the hospital. However, continuing to work with an occupational therapist after discharge is essential for the best possible outcome. If your senior loved one will be returning home after suffering a stroke, you can support his or her rehabilitation by contacting a home health care agency serving Milwaukee that provides occupational…
  • What Conditions Can Physical Therapy Treat?

    8 Jul 2015 | 1:20 pm
    When you contact a home health care agency serving Racine, consider asking whether senior care services such as physical therapy are available. Physical therapy is often an important component of a home health care plan because it can support a senior’s independence, overall health, and ability to perform daily activities. Many seniors work with a physical therapist from a home health care agency after undergoing surgery, or after recovering from an injury or illness. For example, conditions such as stroke can significantly affect an individual’s muscle strength, tone, and…
  • Diabetes Management for Seniors

    1 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    The risk of diabetes is typically elevated among the elderly, in part because senior citizens may be less likely to be physically active and more likely to gain weight. Although diabetes places seniors at an increased risk of numerous health complications, it is possible to live life well with diabetes. Skilled nursing services from a home health care agency serving Milwaukee can help seniors manage their condition properly. Blood Glucose Monitoring Blood glucose monitoring is crucial for diabetes management. Unfortunately, many seniors have problems with this. Some seniors may have dexterity…
  • Do Vitamins Help Seniors Stay Healthy?

    24 Jun 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Seniors tend to face more health problems related to nutritional deficiencies than younger adults, so vitamin supplements may be recommended by your doctor in addition to a healthy diet. As this video explains, there are several common nutritional deficiencies in seniors such as low levels of calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium. Vitamin supplements can help to boost these nutrients and ensure good health for independent seniors. If nutrition is a problem for you or an elderly loved one, consulting a home health care professional can facilitate healthier eating at home along with personal care…
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  • 10 Bladder Infection Remedies Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About! (They Really Work!)

    24 Jul 2015 | 1:26 am
    Ahhh the pain! The smell! The discomfort! How may pain killers can you really take before giving in and going to the doc? You end up getting an antibiotic prescription-which you take religiously- (you are even relieved it works since your pain is gone and you can start living your life again)….only to experience the pain and discomfort all over. UTI or bladder infections keep recurring and most women experience them at least 2-3 times a year. If you are tired of taking antibiotics for reliving bladder infections, then do read the following remedies – which really work. Some of…
  • Honeymoon Cystitis Symptoms And Relief

    14 Jul 2015 | 9:04 pm
    If lingering cystitis (also known as honeymoon cystitis) is bothering you, then this article is a must read! What is honeymoon cystitis? What causes it? What are its symptoms? Honeymoon cystitis is a bladder infection that results from sexual activity. It occurs when the bacteria travels in the upward direction from the urethra to the bladder. The bacteria mainly responsible for such infections are Escheria Coli which are found, in small quantities, near the vagina as well as around the anus. Urinary tract infections affect nearly 30% of women and are second to Honeymoon vaginitis.Honeymoon…
  • Homeopathic UTI Remedies That Work!

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:08 pm
    Urinary tract infection presents many symptoms and a homeopathic cure must be based on those symptoms. Homeopathic medicines are made from naturally occurring elements and minerals in their unaltered form and they not only cure the infection but also eliminate their source. In homeopathy, symptoms are the only means of identifying the source of an infection. All homeopathic medicines are made from vegetables, fruits, flowers, minerals and metals that are naturally occurring. No chemical formulas are used or new substances created during the manufacture of these medicines. Since the medicines…
  • Are UTIs Seasonal? What You Need To Know About Preventing Summertime UTIs

    28 Jun 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Women often get the worst as far as health is concerned: from puberty to child birth to menopause, their bodies undergo various biological changes. They have to wrestle these discomforts at nearly every stage of their lives ; not only do these tend to age them faster than men, their chances of getting cancers, typically, cancer of the breast, are also greater than those in men. As if all this weren’t enough, women also have to deal with painful Urine infections (also called UTI or bladder infections) several times in their lifetime. If statistics are to be believed, then nearly every woman…
  • Top Tips To Keep Your Urinary System And Kidneys Healthy

    19 Jun 2015 | 12:58 am
    The best way to prevent urinary tract infection complications is to keep the kidneys and the entire urinary system healthy. This can be done through proper diet and nutrition. In this guide, we will cover the steps to keep the entire urinary system and kidneys healthy through home remedies, herbs and proper lifestyle changes. The urinary system and kidneys-keeping them healthy The complex urinary system and especially our kidneys are responsible for a lot more than simply filtering out waste products. The system is connected to our blood circulatory system and also maintains a harmonious…
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    Health & Discount Dental Plans

  • The Dental Healthcare Crisis

    Ed Harrison
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:09 am
    Over 140 Million Americans Have No Dental Insurance Did you know that over 140 million Americans don’t have dental insurance? Even those who have some form of dental coverage, have dental insurance plans with low annual maximums and high deductibles and massive coverage restrictions, making them far too expensive and limited to really be of much use. The majority […] The post The Dental Healthcare Crisis appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • Health Insurance Costs Rise In The U.S.

    Ed Harrison
    10 Jul 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Health Insurance Costs Rise Consumers can control what they pay for some items while some items are totally out of their control. Health insurance costs are among the items where the customer has very little or no control at all. Yes, it can be controlled to some extent by raising the deductible or changing to […] The post Health Insurance Costs Rise In The U.S. appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • TriCare Military Dental

    Ed Harrison
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:51 am
    About TriCare Military Dental Whether you are currently serving in the armed forces, or have already left with a good standing record, you need to make certain that you have good dental coverage in order to keep your oral health maintained. The TriCare Military Dental program choices can assist you in this endeavor. After all, your […] The post TriCare Military Dental appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • Ways To Pay For Braces

    Ed Harrison
    4 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    Ways To Pay For Braces So You Won’t Break The Bank It can be tough to find ways to pay for braces if you aren’t sure of where to start. That is why you should take a few minutes to go through these tips. When you are able to get a good deal on braces […] The post Ways To Pay For Braces appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • Is TriCare Dental Insurance Worth It?

    Ed Harrison
    12 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    TriCare Dental Insurance Bernard Harris, a retired active duty service member talks about the TriCare Dental Insurance – is TriCare Dental worth it? In short – no. Bernard says that the TriCare health insurance for retired military members does offer fine health care, the dental insurance is not in that league. Monetary caps and limits […] The post Is TriCare Dental Insurance Worth It? appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
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  • How you should decide about the Liposuction Procedures?

    17 Jul 2015 | 12:33 am
    These days we mostly follow our favorite stars and celebrities and try to look like them. And liposuction and fat transfer to buttocks is a kind of procedure which is adopted by numerous people so that they can look like their favorite celebrities as they try to get such kind of bodies. In the procedure of liposuction with fat transfer to buttocks the fat is sucked out from the other parts of the body and added to the buttocks to give it a volume and the procedure is counted under the process of liposuction and the it is indeed a simple process where the fat is sucked out from the body to…
  • Dance to reap health benefits

    8 Jul 2015 | 10:06 pm
    Dancing is great fun but it can also be an excellent way to improve your physical health. Regular dancing can improve your overall quality of life and can ward off a number of common diseases. Dance also brings in the ability for self-expression and a great element of recreation. Here are few more benefits of dancing: Get you in fitness track Exercises can get boring, equally workout at gym too gets hectic. You really need big motivation when it comes to doing and continuing physical activities on a regular basis. With dancing, moving your body becomes fun and interesting which makes you…
  • The Informations for Liver Transplant Surgery

    22 Jun 2015 | 11:46 pm
    The description of Liver Transplant There are two different surgical ways to treat the liver transplant surgery such as the Heterotopic approach and the orthotopic approach. In the Orthotopic approach the liver of the patient is removed and the healthy liver is replaces at the place of diseased one. The time limit in which the liver is to be transplanted is within twelve hours to fifteen hours.  The Heterotopic approach involves transplanting the liver at the left side. At the ectopic side the healthy liver of the donor is sewed and this is that approach which is meant to be better for this…
  • Liposuction Ways to Make It Safe and Effective

    11 May 2015 | 12:47 am
    • Patients should only seek liposuction procedures from qualified surgeons and doctors. A background check of the surgeon and hospital is very important. Just because a hospital lists liposuction as one of their medical services does not mean they will do it safely and successfully. Patients should be thorough on their research and avoid relying too much on online promotions when choosing a hospital and doctor for their liposuction procedure. It helps to visit different hospitals and seek advice from different plastic surgeons before settling on one. • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle…
  • Face lift Procedures – Low Cost |India

    7 May 2015 | 12:16 am
    The basic concept of a facelift is merely to raise the tissues of the face to restore a more pleasing contour. As we aged, the face undergoes predictable changes, so that, in general, since the volumes of fat, muscle and bone decrease with age, there seems to be an excess of skin and muscle. Then we tend to acquire new features less than nice looking. We develop nasal and labial folds and lines of smiling deep. We also got a double chin and neck gobbler turkey. I suppose you’ve heard that our enemy is gravity, but some people say we should be grateful for gravity, and getting a bum rap.
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  • 5 Questions About Dental Coverage in the Marketplace

    22 Jul 2015 | 12:55 pm
    You’ve got questions; we’ve got answers. Read these 5 questions to learn more about dental coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Can I get dental coverage through the Marketplace? In the Marketplace, dental coverage is included in some health plans. You can also get a stand-alone plan and pay a separate premium. How do I add dental coverage to my Marketplace plan? You can buy a dental plan through the federal Marketplace only when you enroll in a health plan at the same time. If you’re already enrolled in a Marketplace plan, you can’t add on dental coverage.
  • 2015 Southern Summer Workout Playlist

    13 Jul 2015 | 7:10 am
    At we’re not just about selling insurance, but making sure you take good care of yourself as a whole.  Our headquarters are located in Music City USA (Nashville, TN), so our team naturally started compiling a list of our favorite workout jams. Now, you can enjoy our 2015 Southern Summer Workout Playlist during your next workout! What songs make up your workout playlist? Share with us in the comments below. Remember: you will need to download the free Spotify software or app to listen to our playlists. The post 2015 Southern Summer Workout Playlist appeared first on…
  • 5 Questions to Ask About Your New Doctor

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am
    Choosing a doctor is one of the most important decisions you’ll make about your health care. Finding the right one can take a little work, but is well worth it. If you’ve already had your first visit with a primary care doctor under your new plan, ask yourself these 5 questions to make sure your new doctor is the right one for you: Did you feel the doctor cared about your health and about you as a person? Did the doctor listen to you and address your needs? Did the doctor use words you could understand and talk to you in a way that made you feel comfortable? Was he or she…
  • Bronze vs. Catastrophic: Comparing the Cheapest Health Plans

    23 Jun 2015 | 2:14 pm
    The plans offered on the Health Insurance Marketplace are divided into five tiers: platinum, gold, silver, bronze and catastrophic. The “Metal Tiers” (Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze) are an option no matter your age but Catastrophic is only available to those under 30 years of age (or who cannot find coverage for less than 8 percent of their income). If you’re under 30, you’re probably more than likely still finding your place in life and may not have an expendable income to invest in a higher priced health plan. And that’s okay, you definitely have options.
  • 15 Preventive Care Benefits for Adults

    30 Apr 2015 | 11:40 am
    All Marketplace plans and many other plans must cover the following list of preventive care services without charging you a copayment or coinsurance. This is true even if you haven’t met your yearly deductible. This applies only when these services are delivered by a network provider. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm one-time screening for men of specified ages who have ever smoked Alcohol Misuse screening and counseling Aspirin use to prevent cardiovascular disease for men and women of certain ages Blood Pressure screening for all adults Cholesterol screening for adults of certain ages or at…
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    Other Options for Doctors

  • Why Every Doctor Must Use Linkedin

    17 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    While more and more professionals leverage the power of Linkedin, most medical doctors remain sceptical – at least in the UK. There are plenty of reasons for this, which I will explore in the near future. In this article, I’d like to share just a few reasons why every doctor should actively use Linkedin.   1) It’s massive and it’s FREE With over 347 million of registered users, Linkedin is the world’s largest professional networking platform to date. The basic (free) membership has so many features for career development that you can actively manage your career with…
  • How Every Medical Woman Can Shine at a Conference (Part 3 of 3) – Networking

    30 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    Networking For Doctors In this blog you will learn some great ways to make the best out of conference networking, as well as what you should do after attending the event. Although it is the third part of the article entitled “How Every Medical Woman Can Shine at a Conference”, networking (and following up) is something that both men and women should approach proactively when attending professional events. As a reminder, in the first part of the article you learnt about how to best prepare for the professional events, even if you are not a speaker. In second part, you discovered tips for…
  • How Every Medical Woman Can Shine at a Conference (Part 2 of 3) – Presentation

    30 May 2015 | 7:42 am
    How to Present From Stage and Interact From the Audience Women can feel like they are losing out at medical and leadership conferences, many of which are still dominated by men. In the first part you learnt about how to best prepare for the professional events, even if you are not a speaker. In this (second) part of the article you will discover tips for presenting from stage and interacting from the audience.   1. Presenting • Impostor Syndrome a) Feeling “like a fraud” is more common than you think (even Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep and Sheryl Sandberg get it). b) Ask a mentor or a…
  • How Every Medical Woman Can Shine at a Conference (Part 1 of 3) – Preparation

    29 May 2015 | 6:36 am
    Preparation Women can feel like they are losing out at medical and leadership conferences, many of which are still dominated by men. Have you ever left a conference with a sense that you could have got more out of it? – “I could’ve asked that question…” – “I could’ve met more people during breaks…” – “I could’ve approached that speaker…”   The barriers to stepping up and speaking out amongst women attending professional events are multifactorial. The good news is that you really can be in control of what you get out of any conference. By…
  • Stop Dreaming of Changing Your Life (Start Doing!)

    18 Apr 2015 | 12:09 pm
    The other day I watched “The King’s Speech”, which is based on the true story of King George VI of England. The movie shares much wisdom with us how to make difficult decisions and create positive changes in the face of uncertainty and adversity. After the death of his father King George V and the scandalous abdication of his brother King Edward VIII, “Bertie” (Colin Firth) reluctantly assumes the throne. He has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life and has lived in the shadow of his charismatic brother. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate…
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    Considering American Healthcare

  • Can “Agile Teams” Reform Healthcare Systems?

    10 Jul 2015 | 10:08 am
    I recently had lunch with an experienced physician executive from a large academic medical center.  He told me that his organization was trying to migrate from fee-for-service to risk, and that management had appointed a bunch of large committees to oversee everything from a new cost accounting system to the development of multiple external partnerships.   The going was slow.  The large committees were cumbersome.  Nobody felt empowered to make hard decisions.  Twenty major initiatives were all 10% complete one year into the migration. The problem, he said with a sigh, seemed to be…
  • A (Lower Cost) Healthcare Industry to Deal With a (Higher Cost) Healthcare Industry

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    I was recently on the phone with a medical device company executive who was describing his company’s efforts to develop a non-invasive diagnostic device that could quantify the degree of cirrhosis in a patient with liver illness.  It’s technology that his firm sees as timely given the recent introduction of Solavdi and other Hepatitis C therapies: the device will be offered as a way for healthcare systems (and insurers) to risk-stratify a bolus of patients who are waiting for hepatitis C antiviral therapy. As background: Sovaldi was really the first pharmaceutical…
  • The Pendulum Swings Between Individualism vs. Collectivism in US Healthcare. What Does the Next Decade Hold?

    12 Jun 2015 | 6:25 am
    Communities don’t think, don’t believe, don’t want, don’t have needs, don’t have interests and don’t make decisions. Only individuals have minds that generate desires and needs – and only individuals can make choices and decisions. Harry Browne- Libertarian Candidate for American President, 1996 and 2000 When I visit my European in-laws, some who work in healthcare, I’ll often regale them with American Healthcare Horror Stories. They’ve heard the one about the $25 Aspirin and the  $117,000 bill from the assistant surgeon in New York.  …
  • Humanizing the Healthcare Machine: On Not Getting Lost in the Warehouse

    31 May 2015 | 10:48 am
    One summer afternoon, when I was eight or nine, I impulsively chose to ride my bike down a steep hill near my childhood home.   From the top of the hill my bike accelerated at a frightening rate and I remember for brief moments somehow being airborne before landing in a pile of bent metal and bloody asphalt.  My adventure ended with a trip to the children’s hospital for a cast and a sling. After all of these years what I remember most from that visit was being in pain and almost vertiginously looking down a corridor into the massive, soaring atrium of a hospital packed with…
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    Law360: Health

  • House Votes To Exempt Vets From ACA Employer Mandate

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:21 pm
    The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday passed several bills related to military veterans, including measures to exempt vets from certain fees on U.S. Small Business Administration loans and to exempt them from calculations for the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate.
  • Embattled NJ Mayor Pleads Not Guilty To Bribery Charges

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:59 pm
    A doctor who serves as mayor of a northern New Jersey town pled not guilty in state court Monday to charges that he took cash bribes and other kickbacks for referring patients to a medical imaging company.
  • High Court Asked To Review New Fla. Medicaid Advice Rules

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:05 pm
    A financial planner and insurance agent has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Florida Supreme Court decision that advising Medicaid applicants on how to meet the program's asset rules and assessing their financial resources is an unauthorized practice of law and cannot be carried out by nonlawyers.
  • Health Care Companies To End Business In FTC Settlement

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    Three companies and their two owners have been permanently banned from selling health care-related products and services and must pay $35,000 after settling Federal Trade Commission allegations in Florida federal court that they stole hundreds of dollars from Medicare consumers through a telephone scheme, the agency announced Monday.
  • Aetna's $120M RICO Suit Against Texas Hospital Stays Alive

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:25 am
    A Houston-area hospital and CEO accused of bilking Aetna Life Insurance Co. out of as much as $120 million and offering kickbacks to physicians lost a bid to get rid of Aetna’s lawsuit Friday, though a Texas federal judge stayed the trial while other litigation between the parties proceeds.
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    The IV League

  • Getting Stains Out of Your Scrubs

    10 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    If you are like me, sometimes when you get home there are stains on your scrubs and you have no idea where they came from. Then you get to play a little game I like to call “Name That Stain.” That is followed by the question “is that mine or my patient’s?” I have compiled a list of various stains and the best treatment for each, as treatments vary for different stains and even the amount or time set of each type of stain. Coffee – If you work in the hospital, you most likely could bring a few pots of coffee a week. Spills happen. I am not a coffee drinker…
  • 10 Random Facts About Me!

    1 Jul 2015 | 11:15 am
    Hey guys! Come check out my latest video as I tell you 10 completely random facts about myself. I also have tagged NurseMurse, Nurse Bass, and JenLovesNursing to tell everyone 10 random facts about themselves. I cannot wait to see what they say!   The post 10 Random Facts About Me! appeared first on The IV League.
  • I’m related to Princess Diana!!

    20 Jun 2015 | 1:56 pm
    So….yeah. There’s this. I won’t spoil it by telling you how I am related to Princess Diana, but go and watch. Do it! Crazy right? The post I’m related to Princess Diana!! appeared first on The IV League.
  • Summer Giveaway Winners

    17 Jun 2015 | 9:14 am
    The Summer Giveaway is over and 3 gorgeous gals have won some Badge Blooms! Thanks so much to everyone who participated (over 635 entries) and a big thank you again to Melissa of Badge Blooms for providing these adorable badge holders. I will be in touch with each of you to get your addresses and get your Blooms mailed out to you by Saturday ladies! Congrats and a big thank you to everyone! The post Summer Giveaway Winners appeared first on The IV League.
  • Lunch at School

    10 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
      The best part about the little lunch GoPicnic kits is they are only ~300 calories for the entire box!! I got mine from Target on sale, but they definitely have them on Amazon and will ship directly to your door. I may try that next time! I have included some photos of the items that I went over in the video. Underneath each photo is the link to where you can purchase them or the store that I purchased mine from, or if you want to order them from, I have made it super easy! All you need to do is click on the photo of the item and it will take you right to the site so you can…
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  • How Digital Health is Affecting Doctor-Patient Relationship [Infographic]

    Vigyanix WP
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Innovations in healthcare is becoming paramount in revolutionizing patient engagement, physician time management and improving overall quality of care. It is estimated that over sixty million patients flock to the internet instead of a physician for healthcare related information. Patients now have access to all the information at their fingertips […] The post How Digital Health is Affecting Doctor-Patient Relationship [Infographic] appeared first on Vigyanix.
  • Doctor? Nope, Technology will Save You in Future [Infographic]

    Vigyanix WP
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Technology is surely transforming healthcare like never before but what if it could save your life? We belong to an era wherein healthcare is thriving with all the technological advancements taking place, from wearable technology that can help patients take prescriptions on time to aiding patients with chronic diseases to […] The post Doctor? Nope, Technology will Save You in Future [Infographic] appeared first on Vigyanix.
  • Can Internet of Things Solve Biggest Problems in Healthcare?

    Vigyanix WP
    17 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    The concept of Internet of Things has revolutionized today’s landscape. The term used to describe  the communication between Internet enabled devices has connected the entire world in a single rope, simplifying lives to a great extent. The latest smartphones, gadgets, security systems, smart  home appliances, cars and vending machines are […] The post Can Internet of Things Solve Biggest Problems in Healthcare? appeared first on Vigyanix.
  • Twitter & Healthcare: Conversations, Communities, and Care [Infographic]

    Vigyanix WP
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    How does twitter benefit healthcare? Twitter is one of the most popular social media platforms available, providing lots of scope for communication, sharing news, updates and discussions. Healthcare adoption of twitter remains fairly low since healthcare is governed by strict HIPAA regulations, but it still remains a viable option to […] The post Twitter & Healthcare: Conversations, Communities, and Care [Infographic] appeared first on Vigyanix.
  • Delivering Quality Healthcare Services With Remote Patient Management (RPM) [Infographic]

    Vigyanix WP
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) technology is highly rated by the Healthcare fraternity. Substantial investments have been made by the leading names in the business such as Phillips Healthcare and Cerner. An overview of this breakthrough technology with its possibilities and threats are portrayed below: RPM adoption will improve the quality […] The post Delivering Quality Healthcare Services With Remote Patient Management (RPM) [Infographic] appeared first on Vigyanix.
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    Hospital Jobs and Careers Blog | Job Tips & Resources for Hospital Jobs

  • What Healthcare Jobs Will Be Big in 2016?

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
      If switching careers is on your “to do” list for 2016, you may want to spend a little time doing some homework on the employment projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. These projections are updated every two years and give the jobs that are projected to show the most growth in the covered period. Some jobs grow at a faster rate than others, of course. And some jobs are never out of demand. We combed through the projections for 2016 to cull out the employment opportunities in the health care and services industry that have the best prospects of growth. So, if you’re…
  • Top Cities for Health Care Jobs

    24 Jul 2015 | 6:46 am
      Regardless of which profession you’re in, or what type of job you’re looking for, we all want basically the same thing: the most compensation bang for our employment buck. But there are other things that must be considered when deciding on which job is right for you. One of the main factors to consider is where this dream job is located. What good is it to pull in this awesome salary if your rent and living expenses are just going to eat it up? Deciding which job to take, especially if relocation is involved, is a big decision. You can do a little research on occupational outlook…
  • Don’t Ignore Non-Clinical Health Care Jobs

    22 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
      When we think of hospitals, we think of sick people, and getting shots, and nurses sticking needles in our arms. But, you may be surprised to learn that a large portion of the jobs available in the health care field are considered “non-clinical” – meaning you’re not directly involved with patient care. These are the jobs that require not just health care knowledge, but a big chunk of business savvy. Educational requirements for these non-clinical positions can vary from an associate degree to a master’s degree, or higher. One of the major features that make these jobs…
  • Nursing Specialties: Which Is Right for You?

    20 Jul 2015 | 7:53 am
      There is a nursing shortage in the United States. That is not great for those of us needing medical care, but it can make life interesting for those in the nursing profession. A shortage generally means increased salaries and opportunities. As the baby boomer generation continues to age, and the nurses who fall in that generation retire, the demand for nurses to fill vacant positions will increase. Nurses who specialize in a particular area are frequently in higher demand anyway. Couple that with a generalized shortage, and the job prospects get really interesting. So, is now the time…
  • Why You Should Be Considering a Career in Healthcare

    17 Jul 2015 | 10:43 am
    “What do you plan to do with your life?” It’s a question literally every student remembers all too well from conversations with guidance counselors and parents alike. It’s also one of the most difficult questions in the world to actually answer. It’s only natural to want a career that will cover all the bases when it comes to what most people want in life. You want something that will support you financially, that will come attached to a bright future, and that will provide room for plenty of upward advancement as the years roll on. Of course, you also need your…
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  • Donate Cord Blood: Your Awareness Can Give Life to Others.

    Doctors Immediate Care
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:23 am
    The month of July is dedicated by the National Health Information center (NHIC) as Cord blood awareness month. Most of you might be familiar with the Umbilical cord of a baby that is discarded after a baby is born. Along with this the cord blood that remains in the attached umbilical cord of the baby gets wasted. Cord blood contains most precious and life saving stem cells. These stem cells can be extracted and stored for the future use. Why the stem cells are so important? Stem cells have great importance in tissue regeneration and treatment of different life threatening diseases. Cord blood…
  • Cut Extra Calories with Smart Food Choices This Summer

    Doctors Immediate Care
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:06 am
    The summer heat is on. It’s time to celebrate the day with cocktails at the pool or refreshing yourself with the frozen ice cream. Live this summer on your way, but keep in mind not to enlarge your waistline by adding calories in your diet. Here are a few guides to have your better choices at a backyard barbecue or beach boardwalk. Barbecue choices for meat lovers: If you’re planning to celebrate the summer firing up the grill, think about your waistline and stay away from food that can ravage it. A wise selection of food on the BBQ arming yourself with the calorie count can help stay in…
  • Beat the Heat of Summer with Some Simple Tips

    Doctors Immediate Care
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:54 am
    The summer is finally here. The annoying heat of the sun means you’re more exposed to several troubles like skin burn, allergy, sunstroke, heat boils and other infections. But no need to worry as you can make the summer experiences pleasurable while taking care of your health at the same time. Just follow some tips to beat the heat of summer without being prone to it.   Your skin and eye health: Spending long hours under the direct heat of the sun can cause your skin to turn red or sunburn. The ultraviolet radiation of the sun doesn’t only burn your skin, but it causes several…
  • Common Sports Injuries That Can Be Treated at an Urgent Care

    Doctors Immediate Care
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:52 am
    Games and sports are common part of life. Besides teaching discipline and teamwork sports help stay in shape. It’s a way life through which every child expresses their physical potential. Even sports are also considered as a great way for mental development. But the physical activity involved in sports coupled with the risk of injuries. From normal sprains to severe head injuries it can be of varied types. Fortunately, urgent care facilities are capable of treating several sports injuries. At Doctors Immediate Care, we’ve every modern facility available for treating any kind of non-life,…
  • Are You Getting Ready with Sports and School Physicals Season?

    Doctors Immediate Care
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:25 am
    Are you bothering about your child’s school or sports physicals? As the new school year approaches, many parents get busier to perform the sports and school physicals of their children. As we all know it’s a mandatory task to be completed before getting admitted into school and taking participation in any sports activity. Why anyone needs sports physicals? Sports build teamwork and instill discipline in your child. It’s the great way to stay in shape and healthy, avoiding an overweight body. But there’s some risk involved in sports activity that ranges from normal strains or sprains…
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  • ACP Releases Wiser Cancer Screening Techniques

    Meghann Kiernan
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Regular screening increases the chances of detecting certain cancers early, when they are most likely to be curable. However, screening strategies vary in intensity and value. Many people have a lack of understanding about the trade-offs of screening. Studies report that patients and many physicians overestimate the benefits and are unaware of and/or downplay the potential harms of cancer screening. High intensity screening strategies are not necessarily high value care. In a paper published recently in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the American College of Physicians (ACP) issued advice…
  • Exercise Can Help Manage Fibromyalgia Pain – Finds Study

    Natalie Tornese
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:52 pm
    Fibromyalgia is a long term condition characterized by widespread pain in the muscles and soft tissues surrounding the joints throughout the body. Reports from the National Fibromyalgia Association show that about 10 million people in the United States suffer from this condition. Even though this condition affects both men and women, about 80-90 percent of cases account for women (mostly middle-aged women). The most common symptom associated with this condition is widespread pain that may initially begin in one area of the body such as the neck or shoulders and eventually spread to the entire…
  • Medical Coding for Burns in the Emergency Department

    Julie Clements
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:22 pm
    It is very important to remain very cautious when coding for burns in an emergency setting. This is mainly because the medical coding rules and regulations for burn care are complex, are subject to change often and errors can cause big revenue loss to your practice. When it comes to proper coding, you should use the right diagnostic codes, CPT codes and evaluation and management (E/M) codes with the correct modifiers. ICD-9 Diagnostic Codes 940: Burn confined to eye and adnexa 941: Burn of face head and neck 942: Burn of trunk 943: Burn of upper limb except wrist and hand 944: Burn of…
  • Tomosynthesis More Effective to Detect Breast Cancer

    Rajeev Rajagopal
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:31 pm
    According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer can save thousands of lives every year. Most of the practices rely on screening to find cancer before the patients start to show symptoms. Several billable screening techniques used for women include mammograms, clinical breast exam, breast-self exam and even MRI screening. However, a new screening study from Lund University, Sweden has revealed that digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) can detect 40% more breast cancers than traditional mammography. Researchers claim this as the first…
  • Remote CV Imaging and Tele – Consultation to Improve Diagnosis

    Meghann Kiernan
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Cardiovascular imaging plays an essential role in the practice of cardiology. Technological advancements in ultrasound imaging have allowed the miniaturization of ultrasound units, making them portable enough to be carried to remote communities. Echocardiography enables visualization of the heart directly in real time using ultrasound, providing instantaneous assessment of the myocardium, cardiac chambers, valves, pericardium, and great vessels. Two research studies were published recently in JACC (Journal of the American College of Cardiology): Cardiovascular Imaging that provides a…
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    Life Sciences Market Research Reports

  • Skin Cancer Treatment Drugs Markets in China

    26 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    China's demand for Skin Cancer Treatment Drugs has grown at a fast pace in the past decade. In the next decade, both production and demand will continue to grow. The Chinese economy maintains a high speed growth which has been stimulated by the consecutive increases of industrial output, imports & exports, consumer consumption and capital investment for over two decades. This new study examines China's economic trends, investment environment, industry development, supply and demand, industry capacity, industry structure, marketing channels and major industry participants. Historical data (200…
  • Respiratory Drugs Markets in China

    26 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    China's demand for Respiratory Drugs has grown at a fast pace in the past decade. In the next decade, both production and demand will continue to grow. The Chinese economy maintains a high speed growth which has been stimulated by the consecutive increases of industrial output, imports & exports, consumer consumption and capital investment for over two decades. This new study examines China's economic trends, investment environment, industry development, supply and demand, industry capacity, industry structure, marketing channels and major industry participants. Historical data (2004, 2009 an…
  • Emerging Pharmaceuticals Markets in China

    26 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    China's demand for Emerging Pharmaceuticals has grown at a fast pace in the past decade. In the next decade, both production and demand will continue to grow. The Chinese economy maintains a high speed growth which has been stimulated by the consecutive increases of industrial output, imports & exports, consumer consumption and capital investment for over two decades. This new study examines China's economic trends, investment environment, industry development, supply and demand, industry capacity, industry structure, marketing channels and major industry participants. Historical data (2004,…
  • Digestive Remedies Markets in China

    26 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    China's demand for Digestive Remedies has grown at a fast pace in the past decade. In the next decade, both production and demand will continue to grow. The Chinese economy maintains a high speed growth which has been stimulated by the consecutive increases of industrial output, imports & exports, consumer consumption and capital investment for over two decades. This new study examines China's economic trends, investment environment, industry development, supply and demand, industry capacity, industry structure, marketing channels and major industry participants. Historical data (2004, 2009 a…
  • Blood Products Markets in China

    26 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    China's demand for Blood Products has grown at a fast pace in the past decade. In the next decade, both production and demand will continue to grow. The Chinese economy maintains a high speed growth which has been stimulated by the consecutive increases of industrial output, imports & exports, consumer consumption and capital investment for over two decades. This new study examines China's economic trends, investment environment, industry development, supply and demand, industry capacity, industry structure, marketing channels and major industry participants. Historical data (2004, 2009 and 2…
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  • News Corner: National Alert Calls for Uniform Medication Dosing to Reduce Errors

    Blog Administrator
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:41 am
    The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) recently released a national alert calling for uniform scales when measuring liquid medications. This alert followed a fatal incident when a nurse mistakenly administered an...
  • The Key to HCAHPS Ratings: Satisfied Nurses

    Blog Administrator
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:36 am
    Nurses play an important role in determining the level of satisfaction patients feel about the care they received while in the hospital.  With reimbursement by Medicare being tied to patient satisfaction through the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and...
  • News Corner: 21st Century Cures Act Part 3: Bill Advances to Senate

    Blog Administrator
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:58 am
    On July 10th, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the 21st Century Cures Act by a 344-77 margin. As outlined in previous Transform Healthcare posts, this bill looks to bring drugs to market quicker through advancing medical innovation and holds...
  • Medical Device Interoperability Plays Key Role in Patient Safety

    Blog Administrator
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:47 pm
    How important is medical device interoperability when it comes to patient safety?  The answer is very important.  According to a survey of 500 nurses from the Gary and Mary West Health Institute, half have witnessed a medical error due to...
  • Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns—And How to Address Them

    Blog Administrator
    9 Jul 2015 | 11:01 am
    ECRI Institute has released its most recent list of the top ten patient safety concerns facing healthcare institutions today. Many of these affect a broad spectrum of healthcare settings, including acute care hospitals, outpatient services, nursing homes and hospice care....
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    Wachler & Associates Health Law Blog

  • Office of Civil Rights Announces HIPAA Settlement Stemming from Use of Internet Applications

    22 Jul 2015 | 8:19 pm
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Civil Rights (OCR), recently announced a settlement with St. Elizabeth's Medical Center (SEMC) over violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). SEMC is a tertiary care hospital located in Massachusetts. OCR's investigation began in November 2014, when OCR alleged that SEMC violated HIPAA's Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules. As part of the settlement, SEMC agreed to pay $218,400 and adopt a corrective action plan to address the deficiencies in SEMC's HIPAA compliance…
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Rules on Stark Law Regulations

    20 Jul 2015 | 9:37 pm
    In June, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on two regulations implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under the federal Stark law (Stark) in 2008. Following a challenge by the Council for Urological Interests (the Council), a urology trade association, the court rejected CMS' prohibition on per-click equipment rental leases but upheld CMS' new interpretation of "entity furnishing designated health services" and thus the prohibition against "under-arrangement" transactions. Stark prohibits physicians from referring Medicare or…
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Upholds $237 Million Judgment Against Toumey Healthcare System

    16 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    On July 2, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a $237 million verdict against Toumey Healthcare System ("Toumey) for violations of the federal Stark law ("Stark") and, consequently, the federal False Claims Act. The verdict marks the latest decision in the government's longstanding legal battle against Toumey, a community hospital in South Carolina, and serves as a reminder to healthcare providers of the significant liability that can result from compensation arrangements that fail to comply with Stark's safe harbor requirements. In this case, the lower court…
  • Proposed Rule Shifts Medicaid Managed Care Enrollment Function to States

    9 Jul 2015 | 2:22 pm
    On June 1, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule revising the Medicaid managed care regulations. One of the key components of the proposed rule is the revision to the states' responsibilities relating to the screening and enrollment of network providers of managed care organizations (MCOs), prepaid inpatient health plans (PIHPs) and prepaid ambulatory health plans (PAHPs). Specifically, the proposed rule provides that the state must enroll all network providers of MCOs, PIHPs and PAHPS (collectively, managed care entities (MCEs)) that are not…
  • New York Attorney General Settlement Provides Guidance for Medical Practice Management Companies

    7 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    In June, the New York Attorney General announced a widespread settlement with Aspen Dental Management, Inc. ("Aspen Dental") based on the Attorney General's finding that the dental practice management company engaged in the unauthorized practice of dentistry and illegal fee splitting under New York law. The Attorney General's investigation evidences enforcement of the corporate practice of medicine doctrine, which exists in many states and prohibits corporations owned by non-professionals from employing or otherwise contracting with physicians to practice medicine and charging for…
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  • Brain health linked to rhythms of brain waves

    Bel Marra Health
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:35 pm
    The University of Berkeley has released a study that could help people suffering from brain disorders find better treatment. The amount of neurons firing in the brain can be fast and furious. Researchers have compared the rhythms of healthy brains … The post Brain health linked to rhythms of brain waves appeared first on Natural Health Care Products | Nutritional Health Supplements | Belmarra Health.
  • Study: Why small differences can be a big deal in gut infections.

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Scientists at Bart Deplancke’s lab, in collaboration with Bruno Lemaitre’s team at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federal De Lausanne), have made a huge leap in understanding what genetics have to do with gut immune-competence. Their study, which challenges the current views of … The post Study: Why small differences can be a big deal in gut infections. appeared first on Natural Health Care Products | Nutritional Health Supplements | Belmarra Health.
  • Retail meat products linked to klebsiella pneumoniae

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:15 pm
    A new study reveals how contaminated food could be an important source of human exposure to Klebsiella Pneumoniae. The results of the study have enough evidence that suggest this bacteria should be added to the list of risky disease causing … The post Retail meat products linked to klebsiella pneumoniae appeared first on Natural Health Care Products | Nutritional Health Supplements | Belmarra Health.
  • Cellular protein imbalances can cause cancer: Study

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:05 pm
    In a major leap in cancer research, researchers said they have figured out that cancer can be caused just by an imbalance of protein within cells. This is a clear departure from previous thinking where it was believed that almost … The post Cellular protein imbalances can cause cancer: Study appeared first on Natural Health Care Products | Nutritional Health Supplements | Belmarra Health.
  • Why Lyme disease is so hard to diagnose

    Dr. Victor Marchione
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:36 am
    You may have been hearing more and more about Lyme disease as the summer presses on. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently put out a report indicating cases of Lyme disease are on the rise in certain parts … The post Why Lyme disease is so hard to diagnose appeared first on Natural Health Care Products | Nutritional Health Supplements | Belmarra Health.
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  • Treatment with Dalteparin is Associated with a Lower Risk of Bleeding Compared to Treatment with Unfractionated Heparin in Patients with Renal Insufficiency.

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Related Articles Treatment with Dalteparin is Associated with a Lower Risk of Bleeding Compared to Treatment with Unfractionated Heparin in Patients with Renal Insufficiency. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Jul 25; Authors: Park D, Southern W, Calvo M, Kushnir M, Solorzano C, Sinnet M, Billett HH Abstract BACKGROUND: Low molecular weight heparins (LMWHs) have been cautiously used in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) due to fear of accumulation. Dalteparin, however, has shown minimal tendency to accumulate in patients with CKD and may be safe to use in this patient population. OBJECTIVE: We…
  • Gender difference in drug use in hospitalized elderly patients.

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    Gender difference in drug use in hospitalized elderly patients. Eur J Intern Med. 2015 Jul 22; Authors: Santalucia P, Franchi C, Djade CD, Tettamanti M, Pasina L, Corrao S, Salerno F, Marengoni A, Marcucci M, Nobili A, Mannucci PM, REPOSI Investigators Abstract PURPOSE: The aims of this study were to evaluate whether or not there are gender differences in drug use at hospital admission and prescription at discharge and to evaluate the effect of hospitalization on medication patterns in the elderly. METHOD: In-patients aged >65years included in the REPOSI registry during a recruitment…
  • Predictors of new onset atrial fibrillation during 10-year follow-up after first-ever ischemic stroke.

    26 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    Related Articles Predictors of new onset atrial fibrillation during 10-year follow-up after first-ever ischemic stroke. Int J Cardiol. 2015 Jul 14;199:248-252 Authors: Baturova MA, Lindgren A, Carlson J, Shubik YV, Olsson SB, Platonov PG Abstract BACKGROUND: Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) may be underdiagnosed in ischemic stroke patients but may be pivotal for initiation of oral anticoagulation therapy. We assessed clinical and ECG predictors of new-onset AF during 10-year follow-up (FU) in ischemic stroke patients. METHODS: The study sample comprised of 227 first-ever ischemic stroke…
  • Role of Coccidioides Antigen testing in the Cerebrospinal Fluid for the Diagnosis of Coccidioidal Meningitis.

    26 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Related Articles Role of Coccidioides Antigen testing in the Cerebrospinal Fluid for the Diagnosis of Coccidioidal Meningitis. Clin Infect Dis. 2015 Jul 24; Authors: Kassis C, Zaidi S, Kuberski T, Moran A, Gonzalez O, Hussain S, Hartmann-Manrique C, Al-Jashaami L, Chebbo A, Myers RA, Wheat LJ Abstract BACKGROUND:  Coccidioidal meningitis (CM), a common cause of chronic meningitis in endemic area, is usually diagnosed by detection of anti-Coccidioides antibodies in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which may be negative in up to 1/3 of cases. CSF cultures and cytology are infrequently positive.
  • Red blood cell distribution width [RDW] and long-term mortality after community-acquired pneumonia. A comparison with proadrenomedullin.

    25 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    Related Articles Red blood cell distribution width [RDW] and long-term mortality after community-acquired pneumonia. A comparison with proadrenomedullin. Respir Med. 2015 Jul 14; Authors: Bello S, Fandos S, Lasierra AB, Mincholé E, Panadero C, Simon AL, Gavin O, De Pablo F, Menendez R, Torres A Abstract Proadrenomedullin (proADM), a cardiovascular biomarker, has shown high prognostic power for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) outcomes. Red-blood-cell distribution width (RDW), linked to cardiovascular disorders, has been associated with short-term and medium-term mortality after CAP.
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    Shailja Trivedi

  • Earn Complete Fitness Through Yoga

    14 Jul 2015 | 6:17 am
    Yoga is a relaxing technique that enhances the lifestyle of an individual and is more than a physical exercise that works on the excess weight. It is true that yoga acts as an effective technique for reducing stress, enhancing the living standard, improving the relationship and many more. The first and the foremost advantage one can earn through practicing this outstanding technique yoga is developing mental calmness. People can gain inner peace through the marvelous, relaxing technique and constantly improve the relationships and even gain better relief from the disturbed mind.  Earn a…
  • Reduce Stress Through Regular Practice Of Yoga

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:31 am
    In the current scenario, people are undergoing stress and in a few cases, many are not able to handle the daily issues. Reducing stress becomes easy for a person after practicing the relaxation techniques which include meditation, music therapy, rhythmic exercises, and yoga. All these activities reduce stress and various other tensions of life and boost the essential energy as well as the mood of an individual. The relaxation techniques make a person earn various qualities that allow one to lead a smooth life handling the irritating troubles that are mostly caused due to stress. An effective…
  • Secrets To A Healthy Diet With Shailja Trivedi

    23 May 2015 | 12:59 am
    Busy lifestyle, poor eating habits, lack of sleep, no time for physical exercise and lots of unwanted stress – if you are experiencing all these, it’s high time you should reveal the secrets to a healthy diet. As the saying goes, we are what we eat. Eating habits go a long way in ensuring good physical, mental and psychological health. According to Australian dietary guidelines, there should be five serves of vegetables and two serves of fruits a day. These days we have a plethora of options to choose in a retail market. There is whole new range of food items from garden fresh, organic,…
  • Health Tips Useful When Suffering From Thyroid

    13 May 2015 | 3:23 am
    Diet can play an important role to relieve hardships caused by thyroidThyroid patients have problems like weight gain, joint pain, hair loss, sleepiness, fatigue, skin acrimony etc. To get relief from these, focus must be given on drugs as well as on diet.Coconut oil Coconut oil contains low fat and cholesterol. Consumption of coconut oil keeps the digestion good, so this oil is considered expedient for thyroid patients.Take Linseed Daily Daily intake of linseed wil provedl benefit. Eat a teaspoon of roasted linseed in the morning or make sauce of it.Fiber and water To get relief from…
  • Yoga And Mediation Classes- Shailja Trivedi

    9 Apr 2015 | 12:39 am
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  • Consciousness according to Mahendra Trivedi and Dahryn...

    17 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Consciousness according to Mahendra Trivedi and Dahryn TrivediMahendra Trivedi and Dahyn Trivedi are talking about the concept of consciousness; Dahryn says the consciousness is the level of alertness and awareness of the surroundings. It is the mental stress level and the level of your calmness. Stress and consciousness are inversely proportional to each other, the more you take stress, the less is your consciousness, it slows and retards your ability to grow consciousness. The advantage of higher consciousness is that you are able to get connected with the God of your understanding, make…
  • Trivedi Retreat- Part- 2 “Consciousness is Power” ...

    16 Jul 2015 | 4:34 am
    Trivedi Retreat- Part- 2 “Consciousness is Power” Watch this video to know, the views of Mahendra Trivedi about astrology & astrologers. To know more watch the video.
  • Virginia Overcomes from her Health...

    15 Jul 2015 | 4:31 am
    Virginia Overcomes from her Health Problem with The Trivedi Effect® Virginia shares her experience of changes in her health and the family after the energy transmission by Mahendra Trivedi. She was suffering from chronic cough due to smoking; and she start getting energy transmission by Mr. Trivedi. After, energy transmissions, her health improved. Moreover, her grandson’s injury also got better results with energy transmission and her elder child start working.
  • Mr. Robert shares his experience of The Trivedi Effect ...

    14 Jul 2015 | 4:58 am
    Mr. Robert shares his experience of The Trivedi Effect Mr. Robert from Chicago shares his experience about The Trivedi Effect. He was having lack of energy, depression, and muscle stiffness but after the energy transmission he didn’t have sickness, has positive energy, emotional wellbeing, improvement in Finances, upcoming in the present economy and he had started a beautiful relationship.
  • A Professional Psychologist Speaks...

    13 Jul 2015 | 12:53 am
    A Professional Psychologist Speaks About Trivedi Effect On Migraine! Kantita is a psychologist, shares her experience after the Energy Transmission. She was suffering from migraine from last eighteen years, after energy transmission from Guruji. She felt no pain in her head. After some time she had body pain and sore throat, she took Special Prayer and next morning and she felt like nothing happened to her, she is feeling more energetic than ever.
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    tonikal » Get Healthy

  • Is Your Phone Making You A Dangerous Driver?

    Megan Goldin
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:55 am
    If you get behind the wheel of a car and your phone rings or sends you an alert message then you are three times more likely to have a car accident even if you don’t answer your phone. “Even a slight distraction can have severe, potentially life-threatening effects if that distraction occurs at the wrong time,” said Cary Stothart, a psychology researcher at Florida State University. “When driving, it’s impossible to know when ‘the wrong time’ will occur. Our results suggest that it is safest for people to mute or turn off their phones and put them out…
  • Leprosy Outbreak Reminder Ancient Diseases Not All Dead

    Megan Goldin
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:08 am
    An outbreak of leprosy in Florida spread by spitting armadillos is a reminder that some devastating ancient diseases have not disappeared. All nine of the people infected in Florida this year had contact with armadillos which spit as a defence mechanism. The Center for Disease Control says some armadillos are naturally infected with leprosy and people should be cautious. “When possible, avoid contact with armadillos, so you’ll be more certain you’re not at risk for the disease,” the Center for Disease Control said in a statement.  Leprosy, known as Hansen’s Disease, is…
  • A Surpising Cure To Stay Healthy When You Travel

    Megan Goldin
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    If you’re flying on a long-haul flight then your risk of getting sick rises dramatically. It’s due to exhaustion from the jetleg, passengers sneezing in the tight confines of an airplane, and the sometimes less than hygienic airplane seat and tray covered with germs from previous passengers. Inevitably many people get the sniffles at best, or a full blow flu at worst after flying. Australian scientists might have found a treatment for airplane colds. It’s an elderberry, a berry that’s been used for centuries to treat colds in Western folk medicine and Chinese medicine.
  • Seaweed That Tastes Like Bacon May Solve Future Food Crisis

    Megan Goldin
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    There are a whole lot of people who might be celebrating at the discovery of a type of seaweed that tastes like bacon. Vegans, vegetarians, Jews, Muslims and people with high cholesterol may be chomping at the bit to get a taste of the seaweed known as dulse. However, the discovery of a seaweed that tastes like bacon is far more important than a culinary curiosity. Dulse is an excellent source of plant-based protein. One of the best. And what is getting experts salivating even more is that its rapid growth and ocean cultivation might turn it into a key food source in the future when the…
  • Surfers Butt Swabs Helping Fight Against Ocean Predators

    Megan Goldin
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:54 am
    Champion surfer Mick Fanning cemented the bad-ass image of surfers when he wrestled with a shark on live TV during a surfing competition in South Africa. The shark’s fin emerged out of no-where as the Australian surfer was waiting for a wave and he rammed the shark in the back before swimming to safety. It’s not just risking shark attacks, as well as surfing waves as high as multi-storey buildings, that give surfers their tough reputations. Surfers are being bad-asses in the fight against other predators in the ocean. They’re giving butt swabs to scientists in the battle…
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  • How Can You See Bed Bugs and Identify it

    8 Jul 2015 | 10:32 am
    How can you see bed bugs and Get Rid Of Them can you see bed bugs ? they are small insects that feed off the blood of humans and animals. They normally live in bed areas such as the mattress, headboard, posts, frames, as well as the cracks and crevices of walls near the bed in a home or even in an expensive hotel. They can even live in couches, assuming that there are those who tend to sleep in couches. It is just the fact that wherever a human would sleep, these Bed bugs will live there. can you see bed bugs Bed bugs don’t have wings but they are short and do not function so, they do…
  • can bed bugs fly

    6 Jul 2015 | 11:41 am
    Do Bed Bugs Fly  can bed bugs fly ? simple answer is no Bed Bugs usually spread and get around as people travel. Bed Bugs have extremely slim bodies (picture of a bed bug) which allow them to fit in small places and stay there for extended periods of time. These bugs are literally experts when it comes to hiding, you could have one in your shirt/pants and wouldn’t even realize it. Sounds crazy right? Crazy as it sounds, it’s true and this is how they tend to transport and infest households. do bed bugs fly How Bed Bugs Behave Bed Bugs usually come out just before dawn to feed,…
  • Bed Bug Bites Pictures on Skin

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    Bed Bug Bites Pictures On Humans Skin bed bug bites pictures : The common bedbug is a reddish-brown insect in color that gets to be only about .2 inches in length.  What bedbugs do is to inject an anticocoagulant to help keep your blood flowing while they suck, and additionally insert a numbing agent to keep you from feeling them.  Bedbugs are not known for spreading disease to humans but they have been host to other organisms that can cause hepatitis B and Chagas’ disease. bed bug bites pictures Symptoms: One sign that you have a bedbug bite is that you have small itchy red bumps. …
  • How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs Bites

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Best Ways to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Bites: How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs bites yourself naturally with home remedies fast: Bed bugs are the greatest travelers of the world and readily moved via mattress, clothes and furniture. So this getting rid of bed bugs has to be a proven method to be a complicated task intended for humans from many year. Bed bugs infestations are not physical attack on the body but a psychological attack that will cause insomnia, stress and anxiety & elevated stress. Many men and women describe obtaining bed bugs as one of the worst feelings they’ve experienced.
  • How To Check Bed Bugs in Hotels inspection methods

    5 Jul 2015 | 7:46 am
    Best Methods to Check Bedbugs In Hotels bed bugs in hotels : In the earlier article, we introduce A fast verify on the bedbugs inside the hotel, now we carry on to introduce motel inspection on the concrete technique of bed bugs in. bed-bugs-in-the-hotel If you happen to be on this hotel, you will begin to get ready detection bedbugs, You are searching for and hopefully not find, dark excrement spots/stains concerning the sizing of the little apple seed or smaller. inside the occasion of an infestation, you may well also find out some cast skins left at the rear of even though it is…
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  • Tips on Preventing Accidental Falls in Home Care

    Valerie Garcia
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Everyone is susceptible to falling. Younger people usually suffer no ill effects or if they do, the injury is minor and causes no long-term harm. Falls among older people, however, are a different story. Every year, one in three older adults falls but only less than half of them tell their healthcare providers about it. The low number of people who report falling is alarming because falls are the chief cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in older adults. In fact, more than 90% of hip fractures are caused by falling. The percentage of fractures related to falls is twice as high for older…
  • 10 Ways to Bring Positive Energy Into the Home

    Ashley Arcel
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    There are few settings where positive energy is more important than a home care environment. Home care sometimes involves great sadness and difficult situations and while it is important to respect those things as realities, it is also important to go to great lengths to magnify positivity on every level. Fortunately, there are many easy steps caregivers and residents can take to bring positive energy into the home. In addition to contributing to the overall health and well being of the home care patient, making a home brighter, cleaner and more positive also benefits caregivers and…
  • Natural Anti-Inflammatory Foods | Staying Healthy When Aging

    Esther Chen
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:43 am
    Inflammation provides a necessary function in the human body, as inflammation is a natural reaction of the immune system when battling infectious agents and removing damaged cells. Though inflammation is necessary for healing the body, too much inflammation can also pose a problem. Particularly, inflammation is a concern when the body “overreacts” or instigates inflammation even when there are no harmful pathogens present, as characteristic in many autoimmune disorders, such as celiac disease, type 1 diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Too much inflammation in the body can lead to…
  • Hydration: Why It’s So Important

    Brenda Schwartz
    19 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Your body depends on water to survive.  Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to work correctly.  Your body uses water to maintain temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints. It is important to drink throughout the day to replace the water your body loses.  Water makes up more than half your body weight.  You lose water when you go to the bathroom, sweat and even when you breathe.  You lose water even faster when the weather is really hot, when you are physically active, when you have a fever, if you are vomiting or have diarrhea.  If you don’t replace the water…
  • Celebrating National Anti-Boredom Month: 9 Steps to Help Remove Boredom in In-Home Care

    Guest Writer
    17 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    When we prepare for our retirement and old age, we worry about things like money, future living situation, kids, grand kids, friends etc. What many of us forget to take into account is how boring life age can become. In our older age, kids are busy in their own lives and our friends live in different parts of the city or country. Slowly, boredom and loneliness creep in. With in-home care, there are daily interactions between the caregiver and the patient and this somewhat alleviates the boredom. But slowly, caregiving also falls into a routine and we are back to square one. However, we can…
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