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  • Ethical Considerations Of Price Displays For Physicians

    Forbes - Pharma & Healthcare
    Robert Glatter, MD
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:45 pm
    The Ethics of Cost-Saving Price Displays and Disclosure to Patients
  • Is Partners HealthCare charting a new course? I’m quoted

    Health Business Blog
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    I’m quoted in today’s front page Boston Globe article (Partners HealthCare chief met a trail of resistance), which dissects the tenure of outgoing Partners CEO, Gary Gottlieb. It should be no surprise that the continued expansion of the biggest and strongest healthcare system in Massachusetts under Gottlieb has led to friction and controversy. The reporter asked me about whether a new CEO would change the company’s strategy. Here’s what I said: Partners executives have said bolstering their network of hospitals is critical to coordinating patient care and keeping…
  • Brain abnormalities found in chronic fatigue patients

    Today's Healthcare News -- ScienceDaily
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    An imaging study has found distinct differences between the brains of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and those of healthy people.
  • Four ACS members named recipients of ACS/Pfizer Surgical Humanitarian and Volunteerism Awards

    News-Medical.Net Healthcare News Feed
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    Earlier this evening, four members of the American College of Surgeons were named recipients of the 2014 ACS/Pfizer Surgical Humanitarian and Volunteerism Awards in recognition of their selfless efforts as volunteer surgeons who provide care to medically underserved patients, domestically and abroad.
  • Checklist can improve surgical patient handoff

    FierceHealthcare News
    Ilene MacDonald
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    A surgical checklist can improve communication and reduce potential errors during patient handoffs, Medscape more
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  • Checklist can improve surgical patient handoff

    Ilene MacDonald
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    A surgical checklist can improve communication and reduce potential errors during patient handoffs, Medscape more
  • MGMA speaker makes business case to innovate healthcare communication

    Ilene MacDonald
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    The healthcare industry's recent focus on patient satisfaction and HCAHPS scores don't go deeply enough into repairing the core breakdowns in the way organizations help patients heal, according to M. Bridget Duffy, M.D., chief medical officer at Vocera Communications in San Francisco, who spoke at this week's Medical Group Management Association's annual more
  • 3 reasons why U.S. Ebola patients recover faster than those in West Africa

    Zack Budryk
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Medical experts have several theories on why, despite Ebola's devastating body count in West Africa, only one patient with the virus, Thomas Eric Duncan, has died in the United States, with all eight other patients treated in U.S hospitals either recovering or still alive, CNN more
  • Barriers prevent complete shift from master's to doctor of nursing practice degrees

    Katie Sullivan
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    Nursing schools made progress in transitioning to the practice doctorate and the importance of the Doctor of Nursing Practice in preparing people for advanced nursing practice, according to a study by the RAND Corporation released by the American Association of Colleges of more
  • Don't toss unused surgical supplies; donate them

    Julie Bird
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Large U.S. hospitals throw away $15 million in sterile, unused surgical supplies annually that easily could be donated to hospitals and clinics in developing countries, a Johns Hopkins University study published online in the World Journal of Surgery more
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  • Brain abnormalities found in chronic fatigue patients

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    An imaging study has found distinct differences between the brains of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and those of healthy people.
  • Fewer women than men receive hemodialysis treatment

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    Fewer women than men are treated with dialysis for end-stage kidney disease, according to a new comprehensive analysis of sex-specific differences in treatment.
  • Improving breast cancer chemo by testing patient's tumors in a dish

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    A technique that monitors the response of 3D chunks of a patient's tumor has been developed to determine how effective different anti-cancer drugs will be before starting chemotherapy. In a new article, the engineers describe applying the technique to the three major forms of breast cancer. They report that the test can detect significant drops in the metabolic activity levels of all three types of tumors within 72 hours when exposed to an effective drug whereas tumors that were resistant to a drug show no change.
  • Breathe easier: Get your vitamin D

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    Asthma, which inflames and narrows the airways, has become more common in recent years. While there is no known cure, asthma can be managed with medication and by avoiding allergens and other triggers. A new study points to a convenient, free way to manage acute asthmatic episodes -- catching some rays outside.
  • Baby boomers and scoliosis: Osteoporosis a risk factor

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    For many adults, the word scoliosis conjures up childhood memories of lining up in gym class for an examination by the school nurse. But scoliosis isn't just a pediatric condition. Curvature of the spine can develop in adults too, and the osteoporosis that can accompany menopause is a risk factor. An orthopedic surgeon explains how scoliosis develops, prevention and treatment options and a trend he is seeing in Baby Boomer women.
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    Healthcare Intelligence Network

  • Infographic: Assessing the Affordable Care Act

    Melanie Matthews
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    There are a number of measures that could be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act, according to the Commonwealth Fund. To date, the ACA's implementation has been associated with significant progress, reflected in a new infographic by the Commonwealth Fund. The infographic looks at the ACA marketplaces and health insurance enrollment and uninsured trends since the ACA's implementation. Pursuing the Triple Aim: Seven Innovators Show the Way to Better Care, Better Health, and Lower Costs shares compelling stories that are emerging in locations ranging from Pittsburgh to…
  • 5 Requirements for Highmark Pay-for-Performance Participation

    Patricia Donovan
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Highmark Inc.'s well-established physician pay for performance program, Quality Blue, continues to evolve, providing its 6,300 enrolled primary care physicians the opportunity to earn bonus payments across a variety of measure sets. Here, Julie Hobson, RN, BSN, manager of provider engagement, performance and partnership at Highmark Inc., describes minimum requirements for physician participation in the program. Our program is open to all the primary care providers (PCPs) in our network. However, there are some participation requirements. The incentive payment is rewarded to the practices…
  • Infographic: Telemedicine Enhances Health Care Delivery

    Melanie Matthews
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Telemedicine is becoming a mainstay in the healthcare delivery system, according to a new infographic by Accenture. While in its early stages, telemedicine is expected to grow rapidly and could provide alternatives for some physician office visits and urgent care and ER visits. Accenture released an infographic on the topic that looks at the potential of telemedicine, the role of employers in telemedicine adoption and where telemedicine fits into the telehealth spectrum. More than 10 million Americans directly benefited from a telemedicine service during the past year, according to American…
  • Guest Post: Living Better, Not Just Longer: Worksite Wellness at Any Age

    Tanja Madsen
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Living healthier, more productive years is the goal of population health management.Just 20 years ago, about one in 10 workers was over the age of 55; today, it's one in five. We are aging as a nation. We are living longer than our forebears a century ago, but can effective population health management push back the serious effects from chronic disease so we can live healthier, more productive years? In the typical lifespan, there is a point at which an individual first becomes chronically ill or disabled, and a further point at which a person dies. On average, the time between those two…
  • Multi-Specialty Telehealth Collaborative Offers One-Stop Healthcare for Underserved, Remote Patients

    Cheryl Miller
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    It’s all about the patient. That’s what prompted Blue Shield of California and Adventist Health, both not-for-profit organizations, to collaborate on a telehealth program that could afford quality care to all Californians, when and where they need it, says Lisa Williams, senior director of strategic integration and execution, healthcare quality and affordability, Blue Shield of California, during Creating a Virtual Multi-Specialty Physician Network: A Payor-Provider Telehealth Collaborative, an October 15th webinar, now available for replay. The presentation also featured Robert Marchuk,…
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    FierceHealthIT News

  • Cleveland Clinic releases list of top medical innovations for 2015

    Katie Dvorak
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    January is only a few months away but the Cleveland Clinic is already looking to the New Year with today's release of its list of top medical innovations for more
  • Peer-to-peer HIE successful for Southeastern Minnesota Beacon Community

    Susan D. Hall
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    The Southeastern Minnesota Beacon Community demonstrated that it's possible to bring together hospitals, physicians, public health workers and school nurses for data sharing and targeted population health initiatives, according to a paper at eGEMS (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes).read more
  • CCHIT to end operations by Nov. 14

    Katie Dvorak
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology started the process of closing its doors more
  • Karen DeSalvo to 'maintain leadership' at ONC, agency says

    Dan Bowman
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Just call Karen DeSalvo the once and future National Coordinator for Health IT. ONC, in a Health IT Buzz blog post published Tuesday afternoon, said that DeSalvo, in fact, will not step down as National Coordinator--as the agency announced Oct. 23-- but instead will "maintain her leadership of ONC" while also serving as acting assistant secretary of health with the U.S. Department of Health and Human more
  • Report: Health IT market moves to more powerful care delivery method

    Katie Dvorak
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    As venture capitalists pump more money into healthcare tech and innovation, and companies make more valuable contributions to the field, the industry is entering Health Market 2.0, according to a report by global consulting firm Oliver more
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  • The Self-Health Era

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    By CECI CONNOLLY If you’re wearing a wristband that counts your steps, a patch that monitors your vital signs or a watch that tracks your heart rate, you are in the minority. And if you paid $300 or more for any of those items, you are among the nation’s quantified self-health elites. Judging by the […]
  • Health 2.0 Announces Agenda Highlights for WinterTech

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Health 2.0 announces the inaugural event, WinterTech: The New Consumer Health Landscape on January 15th, 2015 during JP Morgan Week in San Francisco, CA. Industry leaders Walmart, Samsung, Target, Qualcomm Life, MyFitnessPal and many others will discuss major digital health themes in the marketplace such as: investing in consumer health, the new role of retail […]
  • Ebola and the Information Flow Challenge

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    By TODD ROTHENHAUS The Ebola crisis in Texas has tested our nation’s health care system in many ways, exposing weaknesses and potential breakdowns. In particular, the incident with the first diagnosed Ebola patient at Texas Health Presbyterian underscores a fundamental issue with information liquidity between providers, their care teams, and across the continuum of care. The ability […]
  • A Shout Out To Our Sponsors

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    THCBist THCB thanks our corporate supporters InterSystems. Our technologies enable healthcare organizations to rapidly connect processes, applications and people – and clinicians to make decisions with complete information. Learn more:  visit Stop by today at #CHIME14 BPI showcase for @InterSystems & @NorthShoreLIJ whitepaper on #caremanagement!  Send a message of support to THCB’s community: […]
  • The Promise of Informatics-Enabled Research: The California Mastectomy Study

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    By KATHLEEN ALLER Like far too many women, I know what it means to confront the prospect of breast cancer. I spent the better part of a year in watchful waiting for what eventually proved to be a benign lump. Some of my friends participate in randomized clinical trials in hopes of being among the […]
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  • Cavalcade of Risk is up at Colorado Health Insurance Insider

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Check out the latest Cavalcade of Risk blog carnival at Colorado Health Insurance Insider. It’s the All Treats No Tricks edition.
  • Is Partners HealthCare charting a new course? I’m quoted

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    I’m quoted in today’s front page Boston Globe article (Partners HealthCare chief met a trail of resistance), which dissects the tenure of outgoing Partners CEO, Gary Gottlieb. It should be no surprise that the continued expansion of the biggest and strongest healthcare system in Massachusetts under Gottlieb has led to friction and controversy. The reporter asked me about whether a new CEO would change the company’s strategy. Here’s what I said: Partners executives have said bolstering their network of hospitals is critical to coordinating patient care and keeping…
  • Telehealth at Mercy Health: Podcast interview with CFO/EVP Strategy Shannon Sock

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm Shannon Sock, Mercy Health CFO & EVP of Strategy Today’s Center for Connected Health Symposium #cHealth14 featured a high-powered panel discussion with top executives from Wellpoint, American Well, and the VA along with Shannon Sock, CFO and EVP of Strategy at Mercy Health. The topic: Large Scale Connected Health Interventions –Lessons Learned. After the panel, I sat down with Shannon to talk about Mercy’s 10-year journey in telehealth. The big, midwestern integrated delivery system has made telehealth a strategic…
  • Health Wonk Review is up at Colorado Health Insurance Insider

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    Check out the latest Health Wonk Review blog carnival at Colorado Health Insurance Insider. Try it, you’ll like it!
  • Innovation at Aetna: Podcast interview with Michael Palmer, Chief Innovation & Digital Officer

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am Michael Palmer, Aetna’s Chief Innovation & Digital Officer Michael Palmer, Chief Innovation & Digital Officer at Aetna, will deliver a keynote address (Leading Innovation in a Connected World) tomorrow at the Partners Connected Health Symposium in Boston. I caught up with him today to get his perspectives on the following topics: What innovation means for Aetna and how that differs from what it means for small companies or other industries The extent to which…
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    Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review

  • Figures Don't Lie But Liars Figure––Will There Be Some Obamacare Rate Shock in 2015?

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Hanging around actuaries as long as I have one of the old sayings I picked up was, "Figures don't lie, but liars figure." I have read one story after another this summer and fall about the modest Obamacare rates increases––or decreases––for 2015. On this blog you have also seen me write about the complex way the 2015 Obamacare rates will hit people particularly because of the impact the changes
  • Obamacare is in Hiding Until After the Election

    13 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    How our government is obstructing facts about your health insurance until after the election. Read my op-ed in Monday's USA Today
  • The Most Transparent Administration Puts a Gag Order on Testing

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    With the second Obamacare open-enrollment beginning on November 15th, the enrollment system's testing begins with insurance companies this week. Of course, last year the enrollment system testing was a real mess resulting in a humiliating Obamacare launch for the administration. Up until now I wasn't expecting any major problems with's consumer enrollment system given all of the
  • One Year Later: The Affordable Care Act's Launch on October 1, 2013––So How Did it Go?

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    Here unedited is what I posted on September 29, 2013: The Affordable Health Care Act's Launch On October 1st––So How Did it Go? Unavoidably, that will be the big question come Tuesday. But there will be much more to it than that. A 180-Day Open Enrollment––Not a One-Day Open Enrollment What happens on the first day, for good or bad, will constitute only a tiny percentage of the open
  • The "7.3 Million"

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    The administration finally released the Obamacare enrollment count this week. Like everything else about their scorekeeping we got a number. Just one number. A number that was conveniently better than we had expected. And, we got no real context for the number or any of the back-up information. I thought this quote in a Politico article was telling: The figure is complex to unravel. The number
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    Healthcare Economist

  • Halloween CoR

    Jason Shafrin
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Head over to Colorado Health Insurance Insider to take a look at the All Treats No Tricks edition of the Cavalcade of Risk.
  • Quotation of the Day

    Jason Shafrin
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:27 pm
    We adore chaos because we love to produce order. – M.C. Escher.  
  • CEA for EBP

    Jason Shafrin
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:01 pm
    How do you implement a cost effectiveness analysis (CEA) for the implementation of evidence-based practices (EBP)?  This is the topic Fortney et al. (2014) address.  They review four types of CEAs. Trial based CEA. Relies on traditional randomized controlled trials (RCT).   Because RCTs are expensive, they are typically run on a small sample of the population of interest. Policy CEA. This approach combines the results of a previous RCT to measure benefits but measures cost using the results of an implementation trial. This approach improves the cost estimates for the manner in which the…
  • Friday Links

    Jason Shafrin
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:16 am
    Ebola vaccines will come too late. Grades for your doc. 15 years for Medicare fraud. Asimov on creativity. Is the scientific method dead? Plus be sure to check out this week’s health wonk review over at Colorado Health Insurance Insider.
  • Regulatory Tsunami?

    Jason Shafrin
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:19 pm
    Medicare is working hard to make sure that doctors are efficiently providing high-quality care. Programs such as the Physician Quality Reporting System (PRQS) and the Value-Based Payment Modifier all are aimed to improve quality and lower cost. The downside of such programs, however, is that the impose reporting burdens on physicians. For instance, Medicare can adjust a physician’s base payment rate based on: Whether or not they are able to electronically prescribe medication whether or not they fulfill “meaningful use” criteria of electronic medical records the PQRS…
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    Health Affairs Blog

  • Health Affairs Briefing: Collaborating For Community Health

    Chris Fleming
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Policymakers are paying increasing attention to the relationship between the characteristics of communities and the health of the people living in them. The November 2014 issue of Health Affairs, “Collaborating For Community Health” examines new possibilities created by alignment of the fields of health and community development. These possibilities come from both sides, including recent changes in the community development field that have set the stage for the new focus on improving health, as well as new approaches to health care financing that create incentives for improving…
  • Grand-Aides And Health Policy: Reducing Readmissions Cost-Effectively

    Arthur Garson
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Hospital readmissions for the same condition within 30 days likely should not occur, and most often indicate system failure. Readmitted patients are either discharged too early, should be placed into palliative care or hospice, or most often are victims of a failure in transition of care from hospital to home. Most hospitals and physicians would like to eliminate such readmissions, particularly now that payers like Medicare are penalizing hospitals for high rates of readmission. Numerous approaches have been tried to reduce readmissions, with recent published improvements between a 2 percent…
  • Ebola And EHRs: An Unfortunate And Critical Reminder

    Lara Cartwright-Smith, Jane Hyatt Thorpe, and Sara Rosenbaum
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    The Dallas hospital communication lapse that led to the discharge of a Liberian man with Ebola symptoms is an example of the failure of the American health care system to effectively share health information, even within single institutions. It is not possible to know whether a faster response would have saved Thomas Eric Duncan’s life or reduced risk to the community and health workers. What is clear is that rapid sharing of information is one of the elements critical to halting the spread of Ebola. Had all members of the initial care team known of the patient’s recent arrival from an…
  • Lessons from Ebola: The Infectious Disease Era, And The Need To Prepare, Will Never Be Over

    Jeffrey Levi
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    With the wall-to-wall news coverage of Ebola recently, it’s hard for many to distinguish fact from fiction and to really understand the risk the disease poses and how prepared we are to fight it. Fighting infectious diseases requires constant vigilance. Along with Ebola, health officials around the globe are closely watching other emerging threats: MERS-CoV, pandemic flu strains, Marburg, Chikungunya and Enterovirus D68. The best defense to all of these threats is a good offense — detecting, treating and containing as quickly and effectively as possible. And yet, we have consistently…
  • Adult Conversation On High-Priced Drugs? Don’t Hold Your Breath (But Hang In There) …

    Rob Cunningham
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    The benevolent identity of the health care enterprise tends to moderate disagreements and keep them under a big tent of shared goals. In the case of very high prices for powerful new drugs, however, the commons gets stretched painfully thin. Drug companies which see themselves as pioneers are accused of being merely greedy. Cost-conscious payers and regulators are impugned for depriving patients of life-conserving treatment breakthroughs. A divisive political undercurrent often threatens to obtrude. Altogether, a tough environment for rational policy assessment. Credit is due, accordingly, to…
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    Medicare News Blog

  • U.S. Finds Many Failures in Medicare Health Plans

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    12 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Federal audits found many coverage denials for medical services and prescription drugs are poorly explained or unjustified. Insurers usually do not deny it, but pay a penalty and carry on. Related NewsOne-fourth of drug plans failures, Medicare saysMedicare payment audits criticized in GAO reportFailures in Medicare’s Competitive Bidding System for Home Medical Equipment Revealed by Caltech Study and Published …
  • Extendicare Agrees to Pay $38 Million Over Inadequate Nursing Home Care

    medicare poster
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The company settled after it was accused of inappropriate billing and providing care to residents that was effectively worthless. Related NewsMedicare won’t pay nursing home careTulare hospital agrees to pay $2.4 million for Medicare schemeNew Study Spotlights Growing Role of Medicare in Propping Up Nation’s Medicaid Program
  • Easier Time in Health Marketplace Is Promised

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    8 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Officials said that the revamped would not crash, and that most signing up for the first time would visit much fewer screens. Related NewsHealth Site Is Changing SupervisionClipboard: Patients enlisted to fight Medicare fraud using easier-to-read billsClipboard: Patients enlisted to fight Medicare fraud using easier-to-read bills
  • Care at the End of Life

    medicare poster
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    All too often, such care for Americans is shoddy or contrary to a patient’s wishes. Related NewsMedicare patients to get end-of-life counselingMedicare covers end-of-life discussionsThe Real Issues of End-of-Life Care
  • Care at the End of Life

    medicare poster
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    All too often, such care for Americans is shoddy or contrary to a patient’s wishes. Related NewsMedicare patients to get end-of-life counselingMedicare covers end-of-life discussionsThe Real Issues of End-of-Life Care
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  • F. Nietzsche

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    There are no facts, only interpretations.
  • The problems with evidence

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    We all want to practice “evidence based medicine”.  Yet that phrase is so overused that one must always question the true meaning underlying the use of the phrase. The first assumption that many make is that evidence is a solid structure without nuance.  Yet we can have different experts look at the same evidence and develop different conclusions!  Why else would we have competing guidelines. Consider this quote: There are no facts, only interpretations. – Nietzsche. So what is evidence-based medicine. What proof do we need that a diagnostic…
  • Burnout – an important potential measure for med schools and residencies

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    We in medicine too often burnout.  The same characteristics that lead to our academic success likely put us at increased risk for burnout.  When working conditions become worse, we just work harder. Unfortunately burnout starts in medical school, often continues in residencies, and then strikes too often during our careers. Do we in medical education contribute to the burnout cycle?  Do we pay enough attention to the working conditions of our trainees (both students and residents)? Does medical school have to lead to depersonalization?  Does residency have to lead to so much burnout? So I…
  • American College of Physicians Expresses Concern About Mandatory Quarantines of Clinicians Involved in Care of Ebola Patients

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Attributable to: Robert M. Centor, MD, MACP Chair, Board of Regents,  American College of Physicians (ACP) The American College of Physicians is strongly concerned about the approach being taken by some state health departments to impose strict, mandatory quarantines for all physicians, nurses, and other health professionals returning from West Africa, regardless of whether they are showing symptoms of Ebola virus infection. ACP agrees that physicians and other health professionals must take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of others and prevent the spread of infection.
  • Rounding – one attending’s style

    26 Oct 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Our published research suggests that rounding structure is not a key factor for defining successful attending rounds. Nonetheless most successful attendings are happy to defend their rounding structure. Over the years I have developed a style that I believe melds the “card flipping” style with the bedside style. Many residents and students have complimented this style, but then they might just be “sucking up”. Each day starts sitting down for “pre-rounds”. During this time we review each old patient, discussing the events of the previous 24 hours and the…
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  • Does much of the blame for sarcopenia rest on the satellite cells of the fast twitch muscle fibers?

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Well, at least some of the blame anyway.Dr. LB Verdijk and coworkers at the Masstricht University in The Netherlands have published several articles contributing insights into at least some of what goes on with the age related loss of muscle size and strength.See here and here.Their work deals with satellite cells (SC), so called because in their resting form they hang out on the periphery of skeletal muscle cells, wedged between the basement membrane and the sarcolemma.They are the muscle's stem cells. They are poised to multiply and to differentiate in myofibers when signaled by damage to…
  • Can long standing endurance exercise training mitigate the loss of age related compliance of left ventricle?

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    With more evidence available to generate legitimate concern about an increased risk of atrial fibrillation with  many years of endurance exercise and papers about long time endurance athletes and the  much less likely risk of developing arrhymogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD), some good news for the crazy, old long distance runners was very welcome.Here is a link to summary of the paper by Dr. Paul Bhella et al. entitled "Impact of Lifelong Exercise "dose" on Left Ventricular Compliance and Distensibility"Here is the authors'conclusion : Low doses of casual, lifelong…
  • Another chapter in "were you wrong then doctor, or are you wrong now?" this time regarding stenting of non culprit lesions.

    26 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    The American College of Cardiology recently retracted one of its magic five "Choosing Wisely" recommendations.In 2012 ACC had advised that in the setting of an acute coronary event one should only revascularize the "culprit artery".This is the artery thought to be responsible for the event and if other obstructions are detected the ACC said that there was evidence that the fix everything approach might be harmful.This advice was based on non randomized trials. Here is ACC's official statement.Now apparently two randomized trials  suggest one should fix the other obstructions. Here is…
  • Are pediatric football concussions different from high school and college head trauma?

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    It would be nice to think so and a 2012 study by Maugans et al provides some data ( see here for full text) which suggests it may be the case. Eight young football players  (in a study of 12 athletes ) were studied early post concussion and at two subsequent times.The football players ages were : two 12 year olds,one thirteen year old,three 14 years olds and 2 aged 15.Multiple Imaging techniques were used . The diffusion tensor imaging (TDI) tests were normal  as were conventional MRIs,and proton Magnetic resonance spectroscopy. This is in contrast to two studies in college and…
  • Is the "triple aim of health care" analogous to the dual mandate of the Federal Reserve

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    Well, it can be argued that they are both unachievable and the execution of their aims and goals will require wise men such as the "Men of system" discussed by Adam Smith.In 1977,  Congress, having accepted at least part of the theory of Keynesian economics, amended The Federal Reserve Act, with the passage of the Humphrey-Hawkins Act, stating the monetary policy objectives of the Federal Reserve as:"The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Open Market Committee shall maintain long run growth of the monetary and credit aggregates commensurate with the…
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    Health Care Renewal

  • "The tragedy of electronic medical records"

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Indianapolis Business Journal has published this article, citing former head of Indiana University's Regenstrief Institute, a world leader in EHR research, Dr. Clem McDonald:The tragedy of electronic medical recordsOctober 23, 2014J.K. Wall wasn’t supposed to work out this way.Digitizing medical records was supposed to transform health care—improving the quality of care and the service provided to patients while helping cut out unnecessary costs. Just like IT revolutionized all other…
  • A "Bag of Money," but Executive Says Don't "Give Me Any of that Ethics Cr*p" - DaVita's Latest Settlement for $400 Million

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    A striking story of a large recent legal settlement, with reminders of previous related settlements, quietly slipped out in the midst of the ruckus about the Ebola virus.A $400 Million Settlement The basics were in a news release by the US Department of Justice.DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc., one of the leading providers of dialysis services in the United States, has agreed to pay $350 million to resolve claims that it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to induce the referral of patients to its dialysis clinics,...This amount was augmented by  a Civil Forfeiture in the…
  • InformaticsMD in Podcast by Neil Versel

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    Neil Versel is a journalist specializing in health IT, mobile health, patient safety, quality of care and the business of healthcare.  He is a prolific writer of the web site Meaningful HIT News and others ( interviewed me recently for a podcast on health IT safety.The podcast can be accessed here: of this blog will recognize many familiar themes. 1:10 How this interest came about3:05 His blogging3:45 His 11 points…
  • Judy Faulkner and EPIC, Show us your EHR screens

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    At "Congressional committee releases timeline detailing how Presbyterian treated Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan", Dallas News, Oct. 17, 2014 there is a link that provides acccess to documents released by the U.S. House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee.These documents address the EHR issues in the care of Ebola patient Thomas Duncan I wrote of at my Oct. 2, 2014 post "Did Electronic Medical Record-mediated problems contribute to or cause the current Dallas Ebola scare?" ( and others:…
  • Are Million Dollar Plus Business Trained Managers the Right People to Lead Health Care in the Time of Ebola?

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    You can guess my opinion on the answer.Introduction News and opinions about Ebola virus are swirling around the US, fueled by a tragic epidemic in West Africa, and fears that more infections could appear here.  On October 6, 2014, I posted my concerns that despite a tremendous amount of confidence expressed by government officials and health care leaders, our dysfunctional health care system might have trouble containing Ebola virus.  Less than two weeks later, my concerns do not seem so extreme.  The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola virus in the US has died.  Two…
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    Global bioethics blog

  • Has global health become medicalised?

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Many people have heard of ‘global health’. In fact, it is hard to get away from it, particularly on the medical side of college campuses, in health policy discussions, or the media when a newsworthy epidemic breaks out somewhere. Global health is generally code for (unfair) health disparities and the unhappy tendency of health crises walk or fly across national borders. Perhaps less familiar is the concept of ‘medicalization’. Roughly speaking, it is the process by which human problems are understood as (or ‘reduced to’) medical problems. For example, one could view diabetes as a…
  • Responsibility for collateral ebola damage

    10 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    I guess that as far as bioethics and Ebola goes, resistance is futile. As someone interested in bioethics, right now you apparently have three choices: ignore that the Ebola epidemic is happening, join the noisy crowd of disease control bioethicists clamouring for attention, or point out ethical issues that are neglected or lie on the margins of the mayhem. The first option seems irresponsible. The second option seems superfluous: how much of that do we need, really? The third option, on the other hand, might have something to it. So in that vein ...Those infected by an infectious disease…
  • A raging epidemic of bioethical commentary

    4 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    I don't think I have seen so much bioethics commentary about a single topic -- in such a short span of time -- since I got interested in the field. Talk about Ebola is spreading and multiplying far faster and wider than the virus. It is definitely flavour of the month, and as for how many infectious disease bioethicists there are out there, who knew?  Even the ones I thought were more into enhancement or face transplants or some other shiny object of bioethical curiosity are getting in on the action. Decent analyses are being written, it's not that. It is more about where they all were…
  • Living large, living long and just getting by

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    Ezekiel Emanuel has written a controversial piece in The Atlantic entitled Why I Hope to Die at 75: An argument that society and families -- and you -- will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly. I never thought that I would write about it on this blog, given its developing world focus. And yet, as I read Emanuel's piece, it was hard not to wonder how his thoughts would be regarded from the Global South.Let's jump to the punch line. Emanuel's conclusion is that he does want to live beyond the age of 75 and, when he reaches that age, he will forgo all medical…
  • Susceptible to Ebola, immune to criticism

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

  • Published This Week

    Katharine Van Tassel
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    Steven P. Grossman, Using the DNA Testing of Arrestees to Reevaluate Fourth Amendment Doctrine, 49 Valparaiso U. L. Rev. (Forthcoming). Elissa Philip, Learning About Ineffectiveness: Physicians’ Prescription Decisions Regarding Off-Label Drug Uses, SSRN. Anna B. Laakmann, The New Genomic Semicommons,...
  • Guest Blogger Research Fellow and Lecturer in Law Tara A. Ragone- State Quarantines: Balancing Public Health with Liberty Interests

    Katharine Van Tassel
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Nurse Kaci Hickox is a powerful reminder that states must carefully balance patient’s liberty interests when crafting appropriate, reasonable responses to potential threats to public safety. Beginning with New York and New Jersey last Friday and now continuing with Illinois,...
  • Hot off the press!

    N Huberfeld
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    In this article, published today at the Illinois Law Review online, Jessica Roberts and I argue why the Medicaid expansion is a matter of social justice that must be taken seriously in the upcoming gubernatorial elections. Here's the blurb from...
  • Call for papers

    N Huberfeld
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Feel like you just need to get a manuscript out by the end of the academic year? Worried that your paper didn't get a fair look during the August submission window? I may have the solution for you! Consider this...
  • Ebola: A Problem of Poverty rather than Health

    David Orentlicher
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Undoubtedly, the death toll in West Africa would be much lower if Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone had better health care systems or if an Ebola vaccine had been developed already. But as Fran Quigley has observed, Ebola is much...
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  • 10 ways to boost patient satisfaction

    Richard Pizzi
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    There are at least 30 ways to grow patient satisfaction at your healthcare facility, but 10 key service standards should do the trick. read more
  • Better denials management strategies

    Frank Irving
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Commercial insurers inaccurately process about 20 percent of claims filed by medical practices. It's an industry standard that has weathered the test of time — though not in a good way. read more
  • The medical practice evolves

    Madelyn Kearns
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Operating costs, ICD-10, keeping pace with new technologies and surviving in a world of changing payment models — those are just some of the challenges of running a modern medical practice. So it’s fitting that they are also among the topics slated for discussion at the Medical Group Management Association annual conference Oct. 25-29 in Las Vegas. read more
  • The ROI of mobile stroke units

    Ashley Rekem
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    In stroke care, swift treatment is key to preventing death and disability, and health systems looking to get ahead on incentives for population health might consider new investing . The Cleveland Clinic and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston are using the nation’s first mobile stroke units to treat stroke patients sooner, and both show promise in preserving patients’ quality of life and saving a great deal of money for the U.S. healthcare system. read more
  • Improved revenue outcomes start with the patient

    Monte Sandler
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    Improved revenue starts with the patient Daily Feature As reimbursements shrink and value-based payment models take shape, healthcare providers are realizing they must create and sustain a more effective revenue cycle to ensure long-term viability. read more
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  • Urgent care M&A brings retail focus

    Anthony Brino
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Hospital Corporation of America is acquiring CareNow, an urgent care clinic network in greater Dallas-Fort Worth, for an undisclosed sum. It’s the latest evidence of health systems facing an urgent need to improve and diversify their overall customer experience. read more
  • 10 tips for maximizing cash flow

    Frank Irving
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Cash flow is one of the best indicators of the overall health of a medical practice. If your accounts receivable are sitting at a reasonable number, you're probably doing a solid job of running your business. read more
  • Preventative care programs can help limit health system risk

    Ashley Rekem
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:46 pm
    In coming years, health systems will likely take on more risk for the health outcomes of their patient populations. If they are looking to prepare for the inevitable, support programs for Type 2 diabetes may be a good place to start. Diabetes currently costs the U.S. around $245 billion annually in treatment, complications and lost productivity, according to the American Diabetes Association. On average, diabetics have medical expenditures about 2.3 times higher than they would in the absence of the disease. read more
  • Coordinated care and patient engagement

    Frank Irving
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    The healthcare breakthrough of the 21st century may not come in the form of a miracle drug from the pharmaceutical industry. Rather, it's more likely to emerge from the ways caregivers interact and motivate patients. Characterizing patients as non-compliant has long been an excuse for physicians not fully engaging people, but that needs to change, according to Bruce Bagley, MD, CEO of TransforMED, an organization devoted to helping medical practices transition to the patient-centered medical home model. read more
  • Analytics drive physician productivity

    Frank Irving
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:20 am
    What propels a group practice to fifteen-fold growth? At Westmed Medical Group, in New York's Westchester County, such growth can be attributed largely to care transformation driven by analytics. Westmed’s achievement is extraordinarily impressive. The group practice grew from 16 physicians at the start in 1996, to 250 physicians caring for more than 250,000 patients today with $285 million in annual revenue. read more
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  • Preventative care programs can help limit health system risk

    Ashley Rekem
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:46 pm
    In coming years, health systems will likely take on more risk for the health outcomes of their patient populations. If they are looking to prepare for the inevitable, support programs for Type 2 diabetes may be a good place to start. Diabetes currently costs the U.S. around $245 billion annually in treatment, complications and lost productivity, according to the American Diabetes Association. On average, diabetics have medical expenditures about 2.3 times higher than they would in the absence of the disease. read more
  • Physician practices critique Medicare quality reporting programs

    Richard Pizzi
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:48 pm
    More than 83 percent of physician practices do not believe current Medicare physician quality reporting programs enhanced their physicians’ ability to provide high-quality patient care, according to new research released Monday. read more
  • Primary care docs hope to boost profile, improve reimbursement

    Lisa Gillespie
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:06 am
    Family medicine physicians are joining forces to win a bigger role in healthcare – and be paid for it. Eight family-physician-related groups, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, have formed Family Medicine for America’s Health, a coalition to improve the public perception of what they do and advance their interests through state and federal policies. read more
  • Building a new health system

    Richard Pizzi
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Two major healthcare organizations in eastern Massachusetts are joining to build a new health system, creating what they term a "unique model" intended to improve care coordination and enhance the affordability of care. Tufts Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital have finalized their agreement to establish the new health system, to be called Wellforce. The new system has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and reviewed by the Health Policy Commission. read more
  • Anti-kickback settlement targets joint venture, referral model

    Anthony Brino
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    The federal government is clamping down hard on some profit-focused patient referral and healthcare joint venture practices, in the latest flex of anti-kickback law muscles. read more
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    Emergency Medicine Blog

  • Key Feature Questions: An Introduction

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The postgraduate degree in emergency medicine in Malaysia, i.e., MMed (Emerg Med) has recently introduce the component of Key Feature Questions (KFQ).  This short presentation on the rationale and types of KFQ was given to some prospective candidates. This presentation is based on an original article by Page and Bordage (1995). Key Feature Questions - An Introduction from Chew Keng Sheng
  • Pathophysiology of sepsis

    24 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    Below are my notes prepared for the intensive course revision for the year 1 emergency medicine postgraduate trainees. Sepsis from Chew Keng Sheng
  • Funnel or tapered shaped pediatric airway - where does this concept come from?

    9 Feb 2014 | 1:31 am
    Pediatric airway, especially for those 2 years of age, has often been described as a funnel-shaped with its narrowest part at the level of the cricoid cartilage (in contrast with the cylindrical adult larynx). But where does this concept originate from? Ríos Medina et al (2012) in a review article (click here to download in pdf) stated that it was way back in 1951 when Eckenhoff wrote about
  • Some updates from the 2013 ACCF/AHA Guideline for the Management of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI)

    1 Jan 2014 | 8:10 am
    Some salient updates relevant to the emergency physicians from the 2013 ACCF/AHA Guideline for the Management of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI): The criteria  for STEMI 1) ST elevation, of course with, of     ≥2 mm (0.2 mV) in men or     ≥1.5 mm (0.15 mV) in women for leads V2–V3 and     for other leads, remember as usual,     ≥1 mm (0.1 mV) in at least 2 contiguous chest leads
  • Updates on Asthma and COPD 2013

    1 Dec 2013 | 9:55 am
    Updates on Asthma and COPD from Chew Keng Sheng Presented during the 1st National Emergency and Critical Care Symposium in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, Nov 2013 Updates on asthma It is important to remember that there are two separate classifications for any asthmatic patient that admits to the emergency department - one is with regards to the level of control of asthma over a prevailing
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  • November 2014 Tennessee Governor's Race

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Back in July, I posted a brief synopsis on the Republican and Democratic nominees for Tennessee governor. I also promised to briefly review those nominees and the 3rd party candidates who would be on the ballot prior to the November general election. Since early voting in Tennessee begins tomorrow, here is a brief overview of all seven candidates.Republican NomineeEnglish: Knoxville mayor and Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam addressing supporters before the Highlands Town Hall Debate at Tennessee Tech University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As expected, Tennessee's incumbent…
  • Why ESPN Needs You to Hate Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    *** Source ---> article titled "Why ESPN Needs You to HATE Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles"It has been a wild and crazy past week for the Florida State Seminoles. Their QB, a magnet for controversial news ever since his stint as quarterback for the reigning national champs began last year, once again was at the top of the headlines after being suspended by FSU for a half, then a whole game, for being spotted in the student union yelling a vulgar popular online meme. While we have seen the outrage on TV and on social media forums, and even the anger…
  • Clark Boyd and the 2nd Amendment

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Last week I received, as did many of you, a fundraising letter from the Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA). The letter seems to portray Clark Boyd as an anti- gun, pro-gun control candidate who is unsupportive of the Second Amendment. At the same time, it makes current, incumbent 24-year career politician State Senator Mae Beavers out to be some kind of 2ndAmendment savior. Unfortunately, for them, they are wrong on both accounts.Wanna guess what the TFA is basing their “portrayals” on? It’s based on their candidate survey that I destroyed in a previous blog post. Remember it? It’s…
  • Wilson Co. (TN) County Commission District 16 Race - Brockman vs. Weathers

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    A little over four years ago, I ran an article about Jason Brockman, a newcomer to Wilson Co. (TN) politics. At the time, he was running for County Commission in the 16th District hoping to upset the long-time incumbent, Gilbert Graves, who had held the seat for 40 years. Brockman shocked everyone upsetting Graves with 60% of the vote (see the results here). Now, four years later, Graves' daughter, Diane Weathers, is challenging Brockman in his re-election bid.  Even though he is a first-term commissioner, Brockman has accomplished much during the last four years including :Jason…
  • Tennessee's Voting Gunowners Deserve Better

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In early July, the Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA) released the results of its "2014 Legislative Candidate Survey." I first saw it on the organization's Facebook page on July 1st and then received a copy of the results in my e-mail inbox a few days later on the 4th. The survey's purpose was to identify the pro- and anti-gun members of the Tennessee State House and Senate, as well as their challengers, in advance of the 2014 elections. TFA wanted its members and other voters to be informed in regards to which candidates support their gun rights when they vote this year. Source -…
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    RDS Services - Subsidy Recovery Specialists

  • 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…
  • IFEBP 60th Annual Employee Benefits Conference!

    Chelsea Cummings
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Mark Manquen, President of RDS Services and Cornerstone Municipal Advisory Group, along with Jayne Brown, RDS Program Director will be attending the IFEBP 60th U.S. Annual Employee Benefits Conference!  The conference will be held in Boston from Sunday, October 12 - Wednesday, October 15, 2014.  Mark and Jayne are looking forward to seeing everyone there! The post IFEBP 60th Annual Employee Benefits Conference! appeared first on RDS Services - Subsidy Recovery Specialists.
  • Follow us on Facebook!

    Chelsea Cummings
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:34 am
    RDS Services will be posting news and valuable information to you on our Facebook page at  Like our page to stay up to date on all things related to the Retiree Drug Subsidy world! The post Follow us on Facebook! appeared first on RDS Services - Subsidy Recovery Specialists.
  • 59th Annual Employee Benefits Conference Presentation

    Chelsea Cummings
    25 Nov 2013 | 11:00 am
    Our President, Mark Manquen, recently had the opportunity to hold a workshop at the 59th Annual Employee Benefits Conference provided by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP). The workshop titled "Health Care Reform (ACA) In the Public Sector" describes the PPACA Employer Mandate rules on tracking, compliance, and how to avoid penalties. Specific topics covered in Mark's presentation include: The Delay Applicable Large Employers The Employer Mandate Affordable and Minimum Value Full Time vs. Variable Hour Employees IRS Safe Harbor - Look-back Measurement Rules Juse…
  • ERRP Sunset Date and Website Phase-Down on Horizon

    25 Jun 2013 | 11:22 am
    CMS (Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services) has issued a notice with upcoming deadlines in regard to ERRP (Early Retiree Reinsurance Program).  As part of ending the program, CMS is planning for the ERRP Secure Web Site to eventually be taken offline and archived and to conclude the remaining operational processes.   The Notice issued sets the termination dates for several operational processes, including those that involve plan sponsors' reporting and submitting of information, in preparation for implementing the January 1, 2014 sunset date. Five operational processes will be impacted…
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  • Survey: What Do You Think About Telemedicine?

    Jeff, Freelance MD
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    Take our 2 minute survey and share your thoughts and opinions about the future (or lack thereof) of telemedicine! Telemedicine is gaining at least a toe-hold in health care at both ends of the health care spectrum. For some large hospital groups and insurers it offers an ability to scale with significant cost savings, and on the other end individual physicians like those in concierge practices are using telemedicine to stay in touch with patients and offer services on-demand. We're asking you for a few minutes of your time to take this survey an answer a couple of simple questions to see what…
  • Become A Key Opinion Leader & Sought After Speaker

    Julie Silver, MD
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Putting yourself in a postion of opportunity. Yesterday I was leading a conference call with two physicians, two publicists, a literary agent and an editor. The goal of the call was to launch a new book and raise the profiles of the two physicians. They are already well known in their fields, but with a new book coming out they can reach broader audiences. Their message is honed from months of work, and they are ready to share it. This call was about helping them to do just that. If you were on the call, you would have heard quite a few "insider secrets" about how physicians can become key…
  • The Non-Traditional Pre-Med Student Effect

    Jeff, Freelance MD
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Guest post by Christopher A. Perez Pre-medicine as we currently know it has to change. I’m not talking about the required courses that have to be completed or the ultra-important MCAT. I’m referring to the notion that pre-med students must carry a full load of classes every semester in order to demonstrate to medical school admissions committees that they can “endure a rigorous schedule of classes”. Commonly, pre-med counselors advise students that they must take 16-18 credits a semester and for many students it’s just not possible. The traditional student who…
  • The Statistics Of Medicine

    Jeff, Freelance MD
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Guest post by Aaron Schenone MS IV As medical students, future residents and physicians we’re used to the statistics. Whether it’s to assess for appropriate screening tools, treatments, or patient outcomes, we have experienced the positive impact evidence based practice has and will continue to have in medicine. But are statistics an absolute in patient care, and if so what are we in jeopardy of leaving behind? As we move forward in a world with greater chronic disease prevalence, diminishing medical resources, and a financial reimbursement system incentivized by statistical…
  • TruClinc - A telemedicine platform that is gaining acceptance with providers.

    Jeff, Freelance MD
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Telemedicine is finally getting off of the ground with TruClinic. Very different from the doc-in-a-box model of other telemedicine players, TruClinic is the first truly embedded technology that closely fits how providers already work. TruClinic has been built into a full telemedicine platform with a knack for tackling hard integrations, bottom-up user growth, and jaw-dropping uses. TruClinic’s cloud-based portal gives providders and patients access to each other from anywhere. All they need is a computing device, Internet connection, and a webcam, smart phone or tablet. From…
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  • Pharma CEO’s: R&D versus pleasing shareholders

    Richard Meyer
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    POST SUMMARY: When it comes to investing in R&D “Wall Street cares about the business model. We care less about changing the world,” said Laura Martin, an analyst with Needham & Company. Can... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Emerging mHealth

    Richard Meyer
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mobile healthcare (mHealth) is “the biggest technology breakthrough of our time [being used] to address our greatest national challenge”, said US Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Doctors are not technologists

    Richard Meyer
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    In the past, when we bought new software, you would receive thick instruction books included with your purchase.  There was just one problem, users rarely read the manuals and only referred to them... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Content and innovation for pharma marketers

    Richard Meyer
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    POST SUMMARY: If you want to excel as an innovator in the future, don’t set out to copy and improve what someone else has already done. Focus on your audience and deliver a great online brand... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why Facebook health won’t work

    Richard Meyer
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    POST SUMMARY: Online communities can be a valuable patient resource, but safeguards have to be in place.  Using patient data for retargeting or other monetary reasons is going to turn patients off. I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Plan for Increased Volunteer Engagement by Measuring Impact

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Redbird’s Volunteer Engagement Planning Process
  • Social Media: A Must for Healthy Marketing

    7 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    With so much great content available and so many great, healthy causes to support -- not to mention the many organizations forming “cause marketing” coalitions that lend money and visibility on one hand and social responsibility creds on the other -- it’s increasingly essential that your social media not be an afterthought, or delegated to an unpaid intern.
  • How to Get Results from Digital Health Promotion Campaigns

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    To paraphrase (or completely distort) a great Wayne’s World moment: “Your cause is worthy, your cause is worthy!” Plus, you have the best experts and the most up-to-date information. So why aren’t your website and other digital efforts paying off?
  • How to Optimize Fundraising & Volunteer Management with Marketing Automation

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    As you may know, Redbird recently began offering marketing automation as a service with our partner SharpSpring. Marketing automation is often set up and presented in a way that appeals to businesses whose bottom line is sales, sales and more sales. But marketing automation does so much more than help you optimize sales conversions through your pipeline.
  • The Pros, Cons and Costs of Video Marketing

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:37 am
    Recently a client asked us to advise him on the advantages and disadvantages of using video to market his services. Here’s what we told him: The Pros
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    FierceHealthPayer News

  • Proposed copper plan making headlines

    Dori Zweig
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Seven Democrats continue to push for Affordable Care Act reform by introducing a new bill, entitled the Expanded Consumer Choice Act, which introduces copper plans, reports more
  • Study: Individual market customers pay higher premiums after ACA

    Jane Antonio
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Individual market enrollees are paying higher monthly premiums on average after Affordable Care Act implementation, according to results of a new HealthPocket more
  • Insurers figure out ways to cover pricey treatments

    Dina Overland
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    To help defray the high costs of certain treatments and prescription drugs, like hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, insurers are figuring out different ways to cover the drugs and services by limiting who can have access to them, reported Kaiser Health more
  • Aetna CEO: Mixed feelings leading into open enrollment

    Dina Overland
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    It's going to be a long time before insurers start seeing healthy consumers enroll in the health insurance exchanges, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said in an interview with more
  • Trial-run for small-employer health plans opens

    Dori Zweig
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    After a year-long delay of the healthcare reform law's online marketplace for small-employer health plans, the exchange went live in five states over the weekend, reports the Wall Street more
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    Practice Manager Solutions

  • EMBEZZLEMENT: IS YOUR PRACTICE AT RISK? – Podcast episode with Jeff Holt

    Carey Green
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Chances are two out of three people in the industry are being, have been, or will lose funds through embezzlement. The median loss for small businesses, is about $150,000 through embezzlement alone. Healthcare practices lose $25 billion annually from the combination of fraud and embezzlement. Alarmingly, there are more than 1,000 ways to embezzle money from a practice but PNC is here to help. PNC Healthcare Banker Jeff Holt can help you learn how to protect themselves. On this show we are discussing just how embezzlement happens in a medical practice, ways to avoid it and what to do if you…
  • A Tool to Use E-Visits for Non-Acute Problems, Save Time Documenting and Provide Reimbursement

    Rebecca Morehead
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Last week I interviewed Cindy Rader from Go Go Health ( about new technology that is providing a way for patients to interact with doctors when they have minor health issues without going to the office.  It is also creating revenue for the physician without stacking patients in the waiting room.  Using an asynchronous technology by utilizing our smart phones or computers, we can now communicate with our physician directly, access the website and answer the questions that begin the note for the physician.  For a quick recap of the benefits for both patients and…
  • Does Your EHR Allow for Easy Customization?

    Rebecca Morehead
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    We want to thank Mark Shriro, Marketing Director of Jag Products, LLC  for providing us with this very valuable and interesting article. As your medical or behavioral healthcare practice evolves, your EHR software must adapt to changes in your workflow and documentation.  With most software solutions, that process can take many months because it relies on the vendor’s programmers to understand and implement your requests – often at considerable expense to you.   Some programs even restrict users to predefined templates and terminology. If it’s almost impossible for you to tailor…
  • GoGoHealth’s new technology that will change the way providers treat patients – Podcast episode 105

    Carey Green
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today we are talking about new technology presented by GoGoHealth that will change the way providers treat patients.  It is revolutionary concept that increases patient encounters without taxing the staff or physician. Cindy Rader is a senior healthcare executive and entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in the medical, legal and insurance industries. Ms. Rader has repeated successes starting up, growing and turning around medical group practices within and independent of hospital organizations and healthcare systems. Presently Cindy serves as a director for and…
  • A Technique to Dramatically Increase Patient Satisfaction

    Rebecca Morehead
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    We want to thank Susan Keane Baker for providing us with this very valuable post. You can dramatically increase your patient satisfaction scores by finding out what’s important to your patient. People value experiences in which their unique preferences are identified and respected. That’s the key driver of patient loyalty. The value of learning patient preferences is that when you honor what’s most important to a patient, you create a bit of a halo for yourself. If Mrs. Dearing most values a clinician washing his or her hands upon entering the room, when that’s…
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    Georgia Health News

  • Medicaid expansion: How it has worked in other Southern states

    Charles Craig
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center has seen its number of uninsured patients drop since the state expanded Medicaid. The University of Kentucky’s Chandler Hospital has seen its inpatient numbers rise by 5 percent and its outpatient numbers rise by 10 percent since July. But its number of uninsured patients has dropped, from about 9 percent to 2.5 percent. Prior to this year, says Chandler’s Dr. Michael Karpf, “we were getting paid 10 cents on the dollar” serving low-income patients. “Now we are getting 40 cents on the dollar, so the cost of care for these…
  • More millenials going to the doctor

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    After an ACA provision took effect, the number of young adults using preventive services rose. By NPR for Georgia Health News, 2014. | Permalink | Comment |
  • Free of Ebola, nurse discharged from Emory

    Andy Miller
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Texas nurse Amber Vinson was discharged Tuesday from Emory University Hospital, becoming the fourth patient with Ebola to be successfully treated at the Atlanta facility. Amber Vinson “I’m so grateful to be well,” Vinson said in a statement to reporters. “With God, all things are possible.” Vinson, 29, and fellow nurse Nina Pham, 26, contracted Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas while caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, a recent arrival from West Africa who died of the disease early this month. The two women remain the only people known to have been…
  • Commentary: This is not Europe

    Andy Miller
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Socialized, European-style health care. That’s one of the descriptions of the Affordable Care Act offered by critics of the health reform law. Katja Ridderbusch In a new GHN Commentary, a German journalist says the issue is not that simple. She notes how health care systems in Europe differ from one another and how they differ from the U.S. system under Obamacare. Many Americans view the government requirement to buy insurance as “a constraint on their personal freedom,’’  Katja Ridderbusch writes in her Commentary. But she adds that “most Europeans view mandatory insurance as…
  • Obamacare through European eyes

    Katja Ridderbusch
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    It’s been about a year since the United States fully implemented the Affordable Care Act – called by friends and foes “Obamacare.” It’s been about a year since curiosity rose in Europe about the highly contested milestone reform, and since my editors got hungrier by the day for stories about healthcare in America. Katja Ridderbusch And it’s been about a year since people started calling me a socialist – neighbors, interviewees, even friends who are working in the health care arena. Sometimes with a wink, sometimes dead serious.  For one, because I think that Obamacare,…
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    Gesundheit über alles ....

  • Mit dem Hausboot auf Reisen – macht es möglich!

    Flavio Steffan
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    Reisen wie es alle Schönen und Reichen dieser Welt zu tun pflegen, denn es gibt eigentlich nichts Schöneres, als mit einem eigenen Segelboot, Hausboot oder einer Motoryacht entlang der Mecklenburgischen Seenplatte zu schippern, Bootsurlaub Mecklenburger Seenplatte. Moderne Yachten können heutzutage schnell ein kleines Vermögen kosten, so reicht ein Blick in Richtung Monaco, um einen Eindruck davon zu bekommen, welches Vermögen allein im Yachthafen des Fürstentums vor Anker liegt. Doch auf MyCharterScout lautet nicht kaufen, sondern chartern die Devise. Ein wunderschönes Hausboot…
  • Zwillingskinderwagen

    Flavio Steffan
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    Ein Zwillingskinderwagen (Geschwisterwagen) wurde dafür konzipiert, mit zwei Kindern gleichzeitig unterwegs sein zu können. Hierfür gibt es Zwillingskinderwagen, welche für zwei Säuglinge als Liegewagen entwickelt wurden und zudem sind Geschwisterwagen erhältlich, die als Sportwagen verwendet werden können. Eine weitere Möglichkeit sind Kinderwagen für Zwillinge, welche sich kombinieren lassen. Hierbei liegen die Babys erst komfortabel im Wagen und nach neun Monaten können sie dann sitzend unterwegs sein. In diesem Kombi-Zwillingskinderwagen sitzen sich die Zwillinge entweder…
  • Alles, was man über Pflanzensamen wissen sollte

    Flavio Steffan
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Pflanzensamen werden oft als kleine Wunderwerke angesehen, da sie das gesamte genetische Material einer Pflanze enthalten. Samen können außerdem über Jahrzehnte überlegen, ganz egal welche Witterungsbedingungen herrschen. Darüber hinaus können sie fliegen, schwimmen und durch einen Verdauungstrakt wandern. Nicht einmal starke Hitze oder Kälte kann ihnen was anhaben. Normalerweise befindet sich in jedem Samen ein kleiner Embryo, der ruht, bis er schließlich irgendwann zum Leben erweckt wird. Die Samenschale ist sehr widerstandsfähig und schützt den kleinen Embryo vor allen…
  • Private Backlinks

    Flavio Steffan
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Der Begriff Backlinks dürfte mittlerweile jedem etwas sagen, doch worum handelt es sich bei privaten Backlinks eigentlich? Eigentlich kann man sich fast denken, worum es hier geht. Private Backlinks sind einfach gesagt Links, die von Familienmitgliedern, Freunden oder Bekannten im Internet gesetzt werden. Natürlich kann man auf diese Weise nicht so erfolgreich werden, als wenn Backlinks bei einer professionellen Agentur gekauft werden, allerdings bringt es gerade am Anfang viel, wenn Backlinks von allen Bekannten und Helfern im Netz verstreut werden. Geschäftspartner und Arbeitskollegen…
  • Die richtige Zahnpflege

    Flavio Steffan
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Das tägliche Putzen der Zähne ist wichtig, um auch später noch gesunde und weiße Beißer zu haben. Das lernen bereits Kinder im Kindergarten, doch viele Erwachsene nehmen es mit der Zahnpflege nicht so ernst, was sich recht schnell bemerkbar macht. Es ist außerdem gar nicht so einfach die richtige Zahnpflege zu finden. Soll man ohne Ende Bürsten, Zahnseide verwenden oder doch lieber ein gutes Mundwasser? Fest steht, dass eine gute Zahncreme nicht teuer sein muss. Wichtig ist nur, dass man gerne damit putzt. Etwa 30 Cent am Tag sollte eine gute Zahnprophylaxe am Tag kosten. Wenn man…
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  • Three reasons to fire a patient

    Chad Fleming
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    As optometrists, we have to make many decisions, both clinical and business-related. One of the hardest decisions is whether to fire a patient. Ironically, early in our careers we were willing set up any living body with an exam. As our careers advance, we see in rare instances that keeping every patient is not beneficial. With our core principles of practice in mind, I have personally had to request three patients see other providers. Below are three real-life examples of habitual patient behavior that signal it is time for that patient to be fired.   Irrational requests –…
  • Easy Tips for Using Online Video for Your Practice

    Chad Fleming
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Don’t be intimidated by video marketing. With the advancements and popularity in smart phones, making online video is a snap. Before your start recording video on your smart phone or tablet, check out these 5 easy tips for creating online video. 1. Have a Plan Create a general strategy for your optometry online video efforts by answering a few questions. Who is your audience? What is your goal? What resources can you draw on to record, edit, and publish the video? Determine if you are trying to reach potential patients or educate existing optometry patients. Next, set goals for your videos.
  • Your Ideal Online Video Promotion Strategy

    Chad Fleming
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The facts don’t lie. Not only is YouTube the second largest search engine after Google, research has shown that 80% of online visitors prefer to watch videos rather than read text on a website.* Online videos for optometrists have a range of benefits including: Increasing new patient appointments Reaching a broader audience Increasing brand awareness Building trust in viewers Becoming an authority in optometry Enhancing patient education Once you have recorded an online video for your optometry practice, it’s time to publish and promote it. Start by publishing the video on YouTube, Vimeo,…
  • It’s My Fault. . . . Please forgive me.

    Chad Fleming
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    These can be the hardest words to tell a staff member after you have made a mistake. We all hate making mistakes, and even worse is having to admit to those mistakes. As the leader of the optometry practice, you feel you are not supposed to make mistakes. However, we are human, and we all make mistakes–in clinic, in staff management, and in life in general. It is how we handle those mistakes that makes the difference between being a great optometry CEO leader and being someone people don’t care to follow. On a recent Wednesday afternoon I had just returned to the office after our…
  • 3 ways optometrists are getting patients to use the online patient portal

    Chad Fleming
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Frustrated at futile attempts to get your patients logged into your patient portal? As part of meeting Meaningful Use 2, our practice has been working to engage patients on the EHR (Electronic Health Record) patient portal. We have some patients who embrace it with enthusiasm, but I would say most are apprehensive–if not frustrated–that they have to comply with our requests. Professionals, like you, tend to embrace technology much sooner than the general public. If your patient population is not skewed toward technology-savvy individuals, transitioning your patients to interact…
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  • Don't just do something, stand there... why it's too soon for talk of physician aid in dying

    Laura Petrillo
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    by Laura Petrillo (@lpetrillz) When Brittany Maynard announced her plans to end her life on November 1st, the news rippled through social and national media like the foreshocks of an earthquake.  Ms. Maynard is a beautiful, relatable 29 year-old woman with a fatal brain tumor, who went public earlier this month with her decision to move to Oregon in order to obtain barbiturates via the Death with Dignity Act.  She has partnered with the organization Compassion and Choices to create a campaign to advocate for increased access to aid in dying legislation.  As bioethicist Arthur…
  • It's on! SF Giants and GeriPal vs. KC Royals and Pallimed

    Alex Smith
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:16 pm
    KC BBQ meal we look forward to receiving from PallimedChristian Sinclair of Pallimed and Kansas City has challenged us to a friendly wager.  As many of you know, many of the bloggers at GeriPal (including me and Eric) are based in San Francisco. The world series is the San Francisco Giants vs. the Kansas City Royals.  What an opportunity! The basic rules are simple:For each loss in the series, the losing blog must write a post for the opposing blog.  So, for example, after the Giants win Game 1 Tuesday night, a Pallimed blogger will owe GeriPal a post, to be published on…
  • GeriPal Hits 2 Million Pageviews

    Eric Widera
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Places Where GeriPal is ReadLast week GeriPal hit 2 million pageviews.  We celebrated quietly when the counter showed a whole line of 0's, but I thought it would be worth creating a list of the top 25 most read posts to commemorate the occasion.  Enjoy!The Dangers of Fleet EnemasLength of Stay in Nursing Homes at the End of LifeEnd Stage Dementia: A Terminal Disease Needing Palliative Care What to give Uncle Ernie, Grandma Mabel and Great Aunt Rose? Dying without Dialysis Beers Criteria Contest: Submit the Craziest Medication Combinations When Surrogates…
  • A Call for Maternalism in Medicine

    Laura Petrillo
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    by: Laura Petrillo @lpetrillzAfter a recent family meeting, I received a piece of feedback from a social worker that took me by surprise:  "You were very maternalistic in there, but it worked," she said.I reflected on the conversation we just stepped away from.  Our palliative care inpatient consult team had been asked to talk with the family of a patient who had been in the intensive care unit for weeks.  Mr. B* had severe vascular disease and a systemic infection that had caused his organs to shut down, and he was now being kept alive by a ventilator, vasopressors, dialysis,…
  • Atul Gawande, just what the doctor ordered

    Stephanie Rogers
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    by: Stephanie Rogers @SERogersMDAtul Gawande is expanding the conversation about care at the end of life with his new book, Being Mortal. Will people take notice?The introduction to his book came a few days ago in his opinion piece “The Best Possible Day,” in the New York Times. It fueled a series of emotions for me and I reread his 2010 New Yorker article “Letting Go: What should medicine do when it can’t save your life?”As a doctor who recently finished training in internal medicine, I had many stories like his from my time in the hospital. I saw patients and families who…
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  • Sport to improve lives of people with mental health problems

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:16 am
    Mental health charity, Mind, to run a £2m programme using sport to improve lives of people with mental health problems.It is hoped the scheme will help 75,000 people across eight areas of England.Funding will come from the National Lottery and money raised by Mind.
  • UK-wide strike Monday, 20 October

    10 Oct 2014 | 12:19 am
    Members of the Society of Radiographers are to take part in a UK-wide strike on Monday, 20 October.Emergency care will continue to be provided but pre-booked appointments and procedures may be affected. The strike will last for four hours.
  • World Mental Health Day 2014

    10 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    World Mental Health Day is to shine a light on schizophrenia.Schizophrenia affects 26 million people around the world which impacts their families and carers too. However, with the right assistance, half of people can make a full recovery. Unfortunately, many people have the impression that people with schizophrenia are dangerous, although this attitude is changing and moving in the right direction.Incre...
  • EHI survey on Windows XP

    9 Oct 2014 | 12:27 am
    EHI launch a short survey six months after Microsoft ended support for Windows XP.This survey is to assess how much of an issue this remains for trusts still using this operating system. Please access the survey here.
  • Mental health pilot launched

    3 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    Four pilot schemes have been launched by the government in England to help people with mental health problems find work.The £2m pilots will run for six months in: Durham & Tees ValleyShropshire / TelfordSussexWolverhamptonThe voluntary scheme will see some people on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) offered employment support and psychiatric help.Nearl...
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  • “Top-down” v “Bottom-up” Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatments

    Michael A. Weiss
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    This is Video 4 of 8 from my September 15, 2014 interview w/ Dr. Mark L. Chapman and focuses on the current contrasting styles of treating Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, i.e., “Top-down” v. “Bottom-up.”  Dr. Chapman also explains how he most effectively interacts with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis patients. © 2014 CDWP  /  Copyright 2014  /  CDWP  All Rights Reserved
  • The CCFA’s “Escape the Stall” IBD Campaign is INSULTING

    Michael A. Weiss
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:36 am
    Typical Crohn’s Disease Flare-up w/ PAINFUL Sacroiliitis & Mouth and Eye Sores I couldn’t sleep last night because my body is still coming down from the massive amounts of steroids it took last week to quiet my recent bout with Crohn’s Disease, an incurable, chronic,  autoimmune Inflammatory Bowel Disease, which simultaneously triggered, what for me, is a typical non-bowel related effect of my 30 years of Crohn’s Disease flare-ups, namely, incredibly painful episodes of Sacroiliitis during which the uncontrollable inflammation infiltrates my Sacroiliac Joint in my lower back…
  • Treating Pediatric Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis Patients

    Michael A. Weiss
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:32 am
    This is Video 3 of 8 from my September 15, 2014 interview w/ Dr. Mark L. Chapman and focuses on the definition of Diverticulosis and how if differs from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and then Dr. Chapman explains the nuances involved with treating Pediatric Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis. Coming soon: Video 4 of 8 in which Dr. Chapman explains the different IBD treatment theories of “Bottom-up” v. “Top-down.”  By way of brief background, I recently had the opportunity to interview a legitimate world-class physician, Dr. Mark L. Chapman of Mt. Sinai…
  • CDC’s ignorance of VITAL Role of Nurses & Ebola Dallas Debacle

    Michael A. Weiss
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    No mention of “Nurses” turned Ebola “worries” to Ebola “concerns” to Ebola FEAR After each Ebola and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital (“Dallas Hospital”)-related Press Conference held last week, I began to worry about the subtle, but vitally important, omission of the term “nurse” or “nursing” whenever authoritative proclamations were made by the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”), various Texas and Dallas politicians or by President Barack Obama’s staff about the United States’ readiness and ability to effectively treat, isolate and contain the Ebola virus…
  • Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis & Indeterminate Colitis – Video 2 of 8

    Michael A. Weiss
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    October 2, 2014 Below is Video 2 of 8 from my 90-minute interview with Dr. Mark L. Chapman of Mt. Sinai Hospital of New York City.  In this 11-minute video, Dr. Chapman explains Inflammatory Bowel Disease and then  the differences between Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Indeterminate Colitis. Video 3 of 8 will be released in 2 weeks and in it Dr. Chapman explains Diverticulosis and then he details the issues which make pediatric IBD and IBS cases unique. This is Video 2 of 8 from my recent 90-minute interview of Dr. Mark L. Chapman of Mt. Sinai Hospital re: Inflammatory Bowel…
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  • Stanford spinout developing surgical site wound care snags $6M

    Meghana Keshavan
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Prescient Surgical, a Bay Area wound care startup that aims to reduce surgical site infection, has raised about $6 million, according to a regulatory filing. The company’s staying pretty vague about the technology’s specifics, but president Jonathon Coe has said the company has “developed a platform technology that integrates fluid delivery with a novel wound retraction and protection system.” It’s undergoing clinical trials. Studies have shown that surgical site infection costs about $21,000 on average to treat, increasing hospital stays by about 10 days. While…
  • No doesn’t necessarily end the conversation and other investor tips for early stage companies

    Stephanie Baum
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    In a panel discussion geared to leaders of early stage companies, a mix of angel and venture investors offered some insights to give entrepreneurs some food for thought in different stages of their dealings with investors. The conversation at the IMPACT 2014 conference in Philadelphia this week included Ellen Weber of Robin Hood Ventures who recently became head of the Innovation and Entrepreneurs Institute at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. It also included David Bookspan of DreamIt Ventures, Bruce Luehrs of Rittenhouse Ventures,  Kevin Kleinschmidt of Gabriel Investments,…
  • CHIME launches two new trade groups for health IT execs

    Dan Verel
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, better known as CHIME, recently launched two new trade organizations that will serve healthcare execs in senior technology and application roles. According to the group, the newly formed Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Technology and the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Applications are the first such organizations representing chief technology officers and chief application officers in healthcare. They were formed to help educate and provide resources for such execs while promoting a…
  • Here’s a few of the health startups that stood out at HealthBeat

    Dan Verel
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    As HealthBeat drew to a close, ten digital health startups took to the stage in an attempt to convince healthcare techies (healthies? hechies?) that they were all the next big thing disrupting  the toughest problems with in an industry fraught technological hurdles. All have great ideas and intentions, undoubtedly, but a few stood out, in part because they already have customers, clients or partnerships. That never hurts. Others simply stood for the idea and execution. And judging from reactions on social media, the  following seemed to resonate a bit more. Doctor on Demand, which it…
  • When in cardiac arrest, a drone could be your best bet for survival

    Nicole Oran
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Graduate student Alec Momont from Delft University of Technology’s Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering in the Netherlands has created  an ‘ambulance drone’ fitted with defibrillator that can reach heart attack victims within minutes, and potentially help save thousands of lives. According to researchers, a device like this could help increase the chance of survival by 8-80 percent. When a call is made in response to a patient going into cardiac arrest, this drone, an autonomously navigating airplane, can quickly deliver a defibrillator to the emergency scene.
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    Healthy Debate

  • Canadian provinces take first steps towards lower drug prices

    Sidak Kaur, Terrence Sullivan, Andreas Laupacis & Jeremy Petch
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Prescription drugs provide important benefits to patients, and are an essential component of the health care system. They also have significant costs: Canadians spent roughly $35 billion on drugs in 2013, or about 16% of total health care spending. Drug costs have put significant strain on provincial budgets. In response, most of Canada’s provinces and territories have joined together to form the Pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (PCPA), with the goal of negotiating better prices on both brand name and generic prescription drugs. Payments for prescription drugs in Canada In Canada, the…
  • Are family doctors cherry picking patients?

    Vanessa Milne, Andreas Laupacis & Mike Tierney
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    When Anne Lyddiatt’s family doctor retired, she went looking for a new one.  The Ingersoll, Ontario resident thought she’d found one for herself, her two daughters, and her granddaughter, and they filled out application forms with their health information. But only one of the four was accepted: the daughter who had no chronic conditions. “When we went back [to hand in the forms], the receptionist said ‘I’m sorry, she’s the only one who fits our profile,” says Lyddiatt. “I knew [cherry picking] went on, but I didn’t realize the extent of it until then.” Family doctors are…
  • Changes to temporary foreign worker program have unintended impacts on doctors

    Vanessa Milne, Joshua Tepper & Christopher Doig
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Reports of low-skilled Canadian workers being replaced with those from other countries spurred changes earlier this year to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. But they’ve made it harder for areas in need of physicians as well. The system was overhauled this summer after reports that companies were misusing the program, with Canadian workers at RBC and at McDonald’s allegedly being pushed aside by international ones on the temporary program. A tip line to report such concerns got more than 1,000 calls, and the government subsequently announced a series of changes designed to make…
  • Controversy over closing rural hospitals

    Vanessa Milne, Jill Konkin & Terrence Sullivan
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Hymns, protests, and arrests – that’s what happened when the Fort Erie, Ont. community rallied against a planned conversion of their local hospital’s emergency room to an urgent-care centre. It didn’t work, and in 2009, it seemed their fears were realized when a teenager died after she was in a car crash and had to be transported to Welland – twice as far as it would have been to Fort Erie’s Douglas Memorial. At the time, then-health minister Deb Matthews defended the decision, saying the hospital had not been able to handle serious emergencies and had to send…
  • Widening the circle of care: adding legal and financial expertise to the health care team

    Sidak Kaur, Jill Konkin, Joshua Tepper & Jeremy Petch
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Grace (name and some details changed to protect her identity) is a nine year old girl who lives in the northern suburbs of Toronto. Her doctor diagnosed her with asthma last year, and developed a care plan and prescribed her medication. Grace’s family understands and agrees with the care plan. But Grace’s acute attacks have continued, and she has been to the Sick Kids’ Emergency Department repeatedly over the past few months. At first her doctor assumed that Grace’s family was not following the care plan, but after her most recent trip to the Emergency Department, Grace’s doctor…
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  • The human face of a health reform debate

    Charles Gaba
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    A few days ago I posted a widely read deconstruction of the baker’s dozen lies Mitch McConnell told about the Affordable Care Act in his debate with Alison Lundergan Grimes (plus another dozen or so confusing or downright bizarre points which came up during the five-minute exchange with the moderator). The major standouts were: The Kynect exchange is far more than “just a website” … with no better proof than the fact that Oregon managed to enroll a similar number of people (about a half a million) in healthcare coverage without a working exchange website. I’m not…
  • Don’t let $418 million of FUD fool you

    Wendell Potter
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Last November, I predicted that once millions of Americans were able to join the ranks of the insured, the public’s approval of Obamacare would start to go up. I, of all people, should have known not to go out on such an unstable limb. As someone whose responsibilities at work once included trying to get people to think, act and vote the way my employers wanted them to do, I should have realized that those who are opposed to the law out of economic self-interest or for political reasons would continue to spend millions to shape public opinion in ways that would benefit them. I would…
  • 87 percent of citizenship issues? Not issues after all.

    Charles Gaba
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Since last year’s open enrollment period, Charles Gaba has been intently monitoring Affordable Care Act enrollment numbers. In fact, his site,, is the only site that has consistently been posting enrollment updates … including not only enrollment in state in federal exchanges, but in off-exchange plans, Medicaid/CHIP, SHOP exchanges. Charles also holds the distinction of being the only analyst we’re aware of who has continued tracking and projecting enrollment outside of open enrollment. We’re thrilled to welcome him as a…
  • Health Wonk Review for October 9, 2014

    Steve Anderson
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:11 pm
    What could be better than a little health policy with a deep cup of coffee on Sunday morning? Perhaps the only thing would be a lot of health policy. Well, you’re in luck this week: Joe Paduda over at Managed Care Matters has put together an edition of Health Wonk Review that’s packed with great posts. He’s dubbed it “The Election is Coming” edition and though it isn’t clear why he labeled it as such, we’ll speculate that it’s because the dozen or so posts he reviewed should be required reading for voters as they prep for November 4. Voters…
  • Like your grandmothered health plan?

    Louise Norris
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Policy cancellations have been in the news again recently, with reports of another round of cancellations for grandmothered health plans that were allowed to extend last fall. As was the case last year, it appears that the policy cancellation situation is being stirred up into more of a frenzy than it deserves. The majority of the states have opted to allow grandmothered plans to renew again rather than be cancelled, although carriers in those states must make a business decision as to whether or not they want to continue their grandmothered policies. Grandmothered – or transitional –…
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  • No Wheels, No Problem: Uber Expands into Senior-Friendly Ride Services

    Jason Oliva
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Seniors and people with disabilities can now benefit from Uber’s carriage services in one more U.S. city with the company’s newly expanded ride platform that launched this week. Tuesday, the more than $18 billion San Francisco-based ride service company announced San Diego is the latest city to provide transportation services specifically for the elderly and individuals living with disabilities as part of its UberWAV and uberASSIST ride offerings. The platform allows those needing an “extra hand or access to wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAV) to request safe and reliable rides…
  • Pill-Popping Tech is Google’s Next Big Play in Aging Health Care

    Jason Oliva
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    A pill and wearable device combo that can detect serious health issues like cancer or heart attacks is Google’s (Nasdaq: GOOG) next big thing for the health care technology space. Known as the “Nanoparticle Platform,” Google is developing a new technology in the form of a pill and wearable device pair, that when in effect, could identify certain health conditions within a person’s body, said Andrew Conrad, head of life sciences for the company’s Google X research lab, during the Wall Street Journal Digital conference in Laguna Beach, Calif. on Tuesday, according to various…
  • Caregiving Costs Americans $522 Billion Annually

    Cassandra Dowell
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
    The price tag for informal caregiving of elderly people by friends and family in the United States amounts to $522 billion annually, a new study finds. The new RAND Corporation study, published online by the journal Health Services Research, improves on earlier estimates about the value of informal caregiving. RAND is a nonprofit research organization. “Our findings provide a new and better estimate of the monetary value of the care that millions of relatives and friends provide to the nation’s elderly,” said Amalavoyal V. Chari, the study’s lead author, in a written…
  • Federal Contractor Buys Texas Home Health Care Agency

    Emily Study
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Anchorage, Alaska-based federal contractor Chenega Corporation has purchased AQTS Home Health in San Antonio to expand into the commercial home health care market, the San Antonio Business Journal reports. The purchase price was not disclosed. AQTS Home Health, part of the Access Quality family of companies, has 75 full-time employees in San Antonio that provide nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy inside clients’ homes. Chenega provides a range of professional services to government departments and agencies in 48 states, the District of Columbia, three U.S. territories…
  • VA Home Care Program Could Revolutionize Healthcare

    Jason Oliva
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    A program from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that not only provides in-home care to veterans but support for their caregivers as well could revolutionize healthcare, says a recent blog post from The Hill.  The VA’s Caregiver Support Program is having far-reaching effects Iraq and Afghanistan veterans living with physical and mental injuries, as it takes the fight for improving vets’ and their family’s lives into the home, writes retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Keith Bartley. “Having caregiver support coordinators visit the home per program guidelines is…
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  • 3 Ways Health IT Can Help Prevent the Spread of Ebola

    Jennifer Olin
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Ebola is no longer a disease of distant shores and movie thrillers. It is a disease found on three continents, killing thousands of people, and challenging researchers, healthcare workers, and even information technologists worldwide. As the disease moves from country to country and person to person, information and misinformation about where it comes from, how it spreads, and how to avoid it or treat it scatters along the way. The Nidus, or “Where Does Ebola Come From?” Ebola is a disease of humans and other primates that was first identified in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now…
  • The Past, Present and Future of Healthcare Policy

    Jessica Socheski
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    The current healthcare system is in a state of transformation. We are moving from a very profit heavy system to a more widespread coverage system. Many people know that things are changing and many people are scared of change. Knowing the facts of where our current healthcare system is heading, can help foster a levelheaded opinion if not bring ease to your mind. Where Healthcare Has Been Like with any system, new or old, our past healthcare system had its flaws. Everyone knows that insurance is expensive. If you were not a part of a large company that offered healthcare, then your insurance…
  • Where Social Media and Health Informatics Intersect

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

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

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

  • Global Health Partnerships: Beyond “Best Intentions”

    Jennifer Hatfield, Ph.D.
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Editor’s Note: On November 10, 2014, Jennifer Hatfield, Ph.D., associate dean for global health & international partnerships at the University of Calgary, will speak at Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Global Health Conference. She’ll address ethics in global health partnerships. We asked her to share some of her thoughts on the subject in advance of [...]
  • Research Ethics and Ebola

    Ruth Macklin, Ph.D.
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Every day we learn of new suspected cases of Ebola infection in the United States, causing worries among the population and renewed efforts by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to contain the epidemic. A student in the postgraduate course in research ethics that I teach at Einstein recently asked whether we could discuss [...]
  • Exploring the Roles of Emotion and Bias in Caring for Patients

    Nancy McNaughton, M.Ed., Ph.D.
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    How we think about emotion affects not only the meanings we ascribe to situations, events or people but also our possible future actions. In medicine, emotion is central to the work carried out by health professionals daily. Understanding, reflecting on, engaging with and expressing emotion are important aspects of practice. That healthcare professionals need to [...]
  • Medical Librarians: Improving Research Quality, Reducing Bias

    Nancy R. Glassman
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    A recent Viewpoint column by Melissa L. Rethlefsen et al. in the Journal of the American Medical Association, “Engaging Medical Librarians to Improve the Quality of Review Articles,” examined the value medical librarians bring to the research process. Librarians’ expertise includes selecting databases, employing advanced search skills, refining topics, developing search strategies and managing results. [...]
  • From Einstein Medical Student to Einstein’s Associate Dean of Diversity

    Yvette Calderon, M.D.
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    It was the fall of 1984 when I interviewed at Einstein to become a medical student. I can still remember the jitters I felt. I was the first person in my Puerto Rican family who was born in the U.S., the first to pursue a graduate degree, the first to attempt to become a physician. [...]
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    DC Medical Malpractice & Patient Safety Blog

  • Expensive Proton Beam Technology Booms as Its Potential Remains Unclear

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    For years we’ve been writing about the overuse of proton beam therapy for cancer patients. But manufacturers and the doctors who use the massive, expensive equipment it requires remain head-scratchingly gung-ho. Proton therapy is radiation that uses high-energy beams to shrink tumors. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Proton therapy has shown promise in treating several kinds of cancer. Research of proton therapy continues, as doctors try to determine who may benefit from proton therapy treatment.” Clearly, it’s in the development stage, so why are so many providers so keen to grow the…
  • Congress Imposes Greater Oversight of Hospice Care

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    A recent wave of media attention to the shortcomings of hospice care — and the dangers they produce for patients — has prompted Congress to approve legislation subjecting such facilities to more frequent inspections. As the Washington Post showed in a series this year, blogged about here and here, the hospice industry has grown significantly in recent years, and it doesn’t always uphold the original ideal of hospice care — minimizing patient pain and discomfort at the very end of life. It’s about comfort, not treatment. Too often, hospice facility priorities are about quantity, not…
  • How "Tort Reform" Is Hurting Medical Care for Everyone

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    It's bad enough that damage caps and other so-called "reforms" punish patients who have suffered preventable injuries from medical malpractice. But new research says it's much worse: These reforms actually worsen quality medical care for all patients. And they don't have any desirable tradeoffs like making care more affordable or attracting more doctors to a state. Blogger Joanne Doroshow of the Center for Justice and Democracy, a patient rights advocate, reviews the evidence in a new piece on Huffington Post.
  • Independent Report Shows Hypocrisy of Attacks on Medical Malpractice Claims

    26 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    When the conversation turns to public policy, and how to protect individual rights, the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization Public Citizen calls itself “the people’s voice.” This month it has been particularly articulate on the state of medical malpractice lawsuits and claims. They're low, and there is no reason to cut back on patients' rights to bring claims for preventable injuries. The group’s new report concluded that although medical malpractice payments rose slightly last year, payouts remained at an historic low. Public Citizen analyzed data from the federal government’s…
  • Big Pharma Lawsuit Threatens Program That Is the Only Hope for Many Patients

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhARMA) is unhappy with the billions of dollars the drug industry rakes in every year, so it has filed another lawsuit to stop needy medical facilities from getting certain drugs at discount prices. As reported by the Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ) Pharmalot blog, the lawsuit is just the latest punch in an ongoing feud between Big Pharma and the federal government over a discount drug program that enables “safety net” hospitals to get “orphan” drugs at a discount. Safety net hospitals and clinics serve low-income, uninsured and…
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    CareNovate Magazine

  • Latest Hearing Equipment For Senior Hard Of Hearing

    Guest Contributor
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Latest Hearing Equipment For Senior Hard Of Hearing Hearing loss is far more common than many have suspected with the majority of causes linked to age related changes that the body undergoes. In 2005, over 80,000 members of the National Family Opinion (NFO) panel participated in a unique study designed to quantify the number of […] The post Latest Hearing Equipment For Senior Hard Of Hearing appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Financial Aid for Delayed-Onset Adulthood

    Guest Contributor
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Financial Aid for Delayed-Onset Adulthood “You’ve heard of ‘boomerang kids”? You try to throw them out, but they come right back.” If you’re a parent of a 20-something, that one-liner might strike you as funny, and possibly true. By many accounts, children are taking longer to become adults; they can drive, vote and drink, but […] The post Financial Aid for Delayed-Onset Adulthood appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Caregiver Interview with Regina

    Dr G
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
     Caregiver Interview with Regina I connected with this wonderfully ambitious young lady via social media. I learned she has been the caregiver of her parents all while managing her home, being a single mom of a 12 year old son and running a successful business. Here is her transparent story as a caregiver. Regina first […] The post Caregiver Interview with Regina appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Baby Boomers Embrace 5 Technologies For Health Information

    Dr G
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Baby Boomers Embrace 5 Technologies For Health Information A recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, showed that boomers are more likely than those age 64 and up to embrace five technologies: 1. websites (84.5 percent), 2. email (81 percent), 3. call centers (52 percent), 4. video conferencing (49.6 percent) and 5. […] The post Baby Boomers Embrace 5 Technologies For Health Information appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Shedding New Lights on Sunscreen

    Dr G
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Shedding New Lights on Sunscreen With the FDA decision to change the rules for sunscreen labels, I thought it was a good time to go over some facts on the sun, skin cancer, and protection. The American Cancer Society has estimated that One American dies every hour from skin cancer More than 3.5 million new […] The post Shedding New Lights on Sunscreen appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
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    CareNovate Magazine

  • Latest Hearing Equipment For Senior Hard Of Hearing

    Guest Contributor
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Latest Hearing Equipment For Senior Hard Of Hearing Hearing loss is far more common than many have suspected with the majority of causes linked to age related changes that the body undergoes. In 2005, over 80,000 members of the National Family Opinion (NFO) panel participated in a unique study designed to quantify the number of […] The post Latest Hearing Equipment For Senior Hard Of Hearing appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Financial Aid for Delayed-Onset Adulthood

    Guest Contributor
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Financial Aid for Delayed-Onset Adulthood “You’ve heard of ‘boomerang kids”? You try to throw them out, but they come right back.” If you’re a parent of a 20-something, that one-liner might strike you as funny, and possibly true. By many accounts, children are taking longer to become adults; they can drive, vote and drink, but […] The post Financial Aid for Delayed-Onset Adulthood appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Caregiver Interview with Regina

    Dr G
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
     Caregiver Interview with Regina I connected with this wonderfully ambitious young lady via social media. I learned she has been the caregiver of her parents all while managing her home, being a single mom of a 12 year old son and running a successful business. Here is her transparent story as a caregiver. Regina first […] The post Caregiver Interview with Regina appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Baby Boomers Embrace 5 Technologies For Health Information

    Dr G
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Baby Boomers Embrace 5 Technologies For Health Information A recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, showed that boomers are more likely than those age 64 and up to embrace five technologies: 1. websites (84.5 percent), 2. email (81 percent), 3. call centers (52 percent), 4. video conferencing (49.6 percent) and 5. […] The post Baby Boomers Embrace 5 Technologies For Health Information appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Shedding New Lights on Sunscreen

    Dr G
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Shedding New Lights on Sunscreen With the FDA decision to change the rules for sunscreen labels, I thought it was a good time to go over some facts on the sun, skin cancer, and protection. The American Cancer Society has estimated that One American dies every hour from skin cancer More than 3.5 million new […] The post Shedding New Lights on Sunscreen appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
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    Musings on Medicine and the Health Care System

  • Why You Need a Second Opinion

    Debra Gordon
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Early in the summer I wrote about a good friend who was diagnosed with ovarian cysts and endometriosis. She saw a gyn oncologist because there was a small chance it was cancer (thankfully, it wasn’t). The doctor drained the cyst and started my friend on  oral contraceptives to control the hormonal shifts that contribute to endometriosis (which contributes to the cysts). A couple of weeks ago, however, my friend texted me to say that her leg/foot was really hurting. She thought she might have a deep vein problem. I immediately told her to go to urgent care because it might be a blood…
  • Should You Listen to Your Doctor?

    Debra Gordon
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    When I speak about the US healthcare system, I always like to tell the story of my mother. A couple of years ago, she emailed my sisters and I. “Good news!” she wrote. “My nuclear stress test was normal!” (The test  involves injecting a radioactive dye into a vein after which a special camera scans the heart to determine if there are any blockages). At the time, my mother was 70 and, with the exception of very-well-controlled high blood pressure (that she’d had all her life), extremely healthy. No sign of heart disease. No angina. No shortness of breath. In…
  • How Much is Three Extra Months Worth?

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

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

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

  • Mustard - Spices in the Kitchen (Video)

    Dr. Weil
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    Dr. Weil discusses mustard seeds and the various types available for culinary use. There are three species for mustard that are most-commonly used: black, white, and brown. Black mustard is the most pungent and originated in the Middle East. Brown mustard is used to make Dijon mustard and is native to the Himalayas. White mustard is the mildest, native to the eastern Mediterranean, and is used to make traditional yellow mustard. Medicinally, mustard is used to treat gastrointestinal issues as well as joint-related aches and pains. Want new videos from Dr. Weil? Subscribe to his YouTube…
  • Menopause Can Give You a Headache

    Dr. Weil
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    Here’s some news that will vindicate every woman who blames menopause for migraine headaches. A new investigation suggests that the headaches can begin or worsen in the years just before menopause and, according to the researchers, can now be considered a symptom of menopause, right up there with hot flashes. The monthly decline of estrogen before menstruation has long been blamed for menstrual migraines. Now, the low estrogen typical of menopause, as well as other hormonal fluctuations as menopause approaches, may be the trigger for migraines that occur at this time of life in some…
  • Less Sleep, Faster Brain Aging

    Dr. Weil
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    This troubling finding comes from a Singapore-based study showing that losing sleep with advancing age elicits changes in a region of the brain that is a marker for faster cognitive decline. The 66 Chinese seniors who participated had MRIs to measure their brain volume in conjunction with an evaluation of their cognitive function every two years. They also reported how many hours they typically slept. The researchers, from Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore, reported that study participants who slept fewer hours showed evidence of brain ventricle enlargement and declines in cognitive…
  • How Do You Store Your Food? (Poll)

    Dr. Weil
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    A recent Q&A discussed the health concerns and safety of using food packaging to store food: How Safe is Food Packaging? Check out the article and let us know what you use when storing food. How do you store your food?
  • Having Baby “Late” in Life May Signal Longevity

    Dr. Weil
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    Here’s some good news for women who have had babies after the age of 33: odds are they’ll live longer than women whose last child was born before they reached 30. The age at last childbirth can indicate the rate of biological aging, according to a study of families with members who lived exceptionally long lives. “The natural ability to have a child at an older age likely indicates that a woman’s reproductive system is aging slowly, and therefore so is the rest of her body,” researcher Thomas Perls, M.D., M.P.H. explained in a press release. The genetic variants…
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  • 8 Foods that You Must Consider If You Are a Diabetes Patient

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    You are reading this post from Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. Diabetes is one of those diseases that cannot be cured totally. Rather, you need to control your blood sugar to remain healthy. Many of the diabetic live a complete life still having diabetes- even TYPE-2 diabetes. So don’t be disheartened. But you have to live in a much disciplined way. Only this can make you healthy and fit. You have to take exercise and live a tension free life. But the most important thing is that you need to be aware with the food you take after identified as a…
  • 6 Proven Ways to Get Rid of Burn Scars

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    You are reading this post from Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. Are you afraid of standing before the mirror for your scars given by burning? It is indeed a nightmare that whenever you stand before the mirror not only the scars you can see, but also the whole accident that happened to you appears lively. Many avoid their scars at the primary stage thinking about the medical cost and as a result scars becomes permanent on the skin. Actually, most of them are healed by the natural processing of our body. But for rapid removal you just have to ignite the…
  • 14 Health Benefits Of Dandelion Tea

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    You are reading this post from Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. Dandelion is a great source of healthy ingredients like carotene, fiber, minerals, beta carotene, vitamin C and many more. It is a legendary component of famous Chinese herbal medicine. Dandelion has many benefits for health. From roots to leaves and flowers- the whole body of the dandelion plant is used in herbal medicines. Dandelion can also be consumed with tea and it enhances the beneficiary sides of the dandelion plant to a whole new level. Some benefits of the dandelion tea are as…
  • 10 Home Remedies For Clear Skin

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    You are reading this post from Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. A picture perfect, flawless , clear and beautiful skin is a thing that all women want. These characteristics of skin depict mostly a person’s beauty. A healthy skin also makes you feel beautiful. Doesn’t it? But it is quite difficult to maintain the fairness of our skin. The busy daily life around us makes our skin prone to pollution, dirts, sun exposure besides giving ourselves various stresses and anxiety. All these things make the health of our skin vulnerable and in no time, we start…
  • 14 Essential Oils To Relieve A Migraine

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    You are reading this post from Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. Migraines can make you endure so much pain and distract you from your regular activities. Too much working sitting in front of a computer, sleeplessness, problems with digestion can be the cause of a severe migraine attack. It can make the easiest task difficult for you. Essential oils can be a good weapon to fight and get relief from the excruciating pain of migraine. Here isthe list of 14 essential oils that can help you to get rid of migraines: 1) Lavender essential oil: Lavender essential…
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    Rasmussen School of Health Sciences Blog

  • Choosing the Right Professional Healthcare Organizations for Your Career

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Professional healthcare organizations can be great resources for many things, including jobs, networking, continuing education and professional conferences. The healthcare industry encompasses many professions and you'll find a professional organization for most of them. Learn about each one and decide which is best for your career.
  • Work-From-Home Healthcare Jobs: Do They Exist?

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Who says you have to choose between stability and flexibility? There are a handful of work-from-home healthcare jobs that allow you to enjoy the best of both worlds! Learn about some of your options and the pros and cons of telecommuting.
  • 9 Reasons to Become a Medical Assistant Now

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The idea of working in a medical field may be a dream that's always lingered in the back of your mind. Or maybe it's a new interest that you've recently discovered. Either way, becoming a medical assistant can be a great place to start.
  • 4 Reasons Why Becoming a Surgical Tech is Worth it

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Are you interested in becoming a surgical tech? Learn about four reasons pursuing a career in this field is definitely worth your time!
  • 6 Qualities of a Successful Pediatric Medical Assistant

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    As a parent, you're a pro at making youngsters feel happy and at ease. Becoming a pediatric medical assistant is the perfect opportunity for you to extend that passion from your personal life into your professional life. But what does it take to be a successful PMA?
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    Catching Health with Diane Atwood

  • Where Whole Grain and Gluten-Free Meet

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Guest post by Kit Broihier, MS, RD, LD Courtesy of the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Lots of folks are more tuned in to whole grains these days, and one would think that those who follow a gluten-free lifestyle would naturally favor whole grains as well. After all, there are plenty of whole grains […]
  • Flu Season: Catching Health on the Morning Report

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    Sharon and I talk about flu shots and other vaccinations recommended for adults. Stay in touch. Sign up for the Catching Health newsletter right now!  
  • Six Numbers You Should Know and Why

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:14 am
    If you’re like most people, you keep track of a lot of numbers — important numbers — not to mention passwords. I’ll apologize up front because I’m going to tell you about some more numbers you should know. They’re important because they tell you something about the state of your health. Body Mass Index (BMI) […]
  • Mast Cell Disease: When Your Immune System Becomes the Enemy

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Three years ago, Crystal Goodwin, who just turned 30, lived a fairly normal life. She had a fulltime job and enjoyed hanging out with friends, working out at the gym and going on trips with her sister. A rare disorder called mast cell activation syndrome changed Crystal’s life almost overnight. It all began in September, […]
  • Did You Know? Adults Need Their Shots, Too!

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Are you up to date on your shots?  Oh, you thought those were only for kids. They’re not, and a lot of adults haven’t had the shots they need to keep them from getting and spreading certain diseases. Vaccine preventable diseases Chicken pox Diphtheria Flu Hepatitis A Hepatitis B Human Papillomavirus Mumps Pneumococcus Rubella Shingles […]
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    Healthcare In India

  • Philips Healthcare to set up 700 Automated External Defibrillators in 2015

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    A few days I was watching a video on You Tube which showed the callous attitude among commuters towards ambulances on the roads. Many drivers don’t give way to an ambulance that might be speeding away to save someone’s life. As a matter of fact in India Sudden Cardiac arrest is almost 99% fatal as health workers never reach in time. The first 5 minutes is very critical for a sudden cardiac arrest patient. In India we have 660,000 deaths due to sudden cardiac arrest and if help reaches in time we can save almost 95 % of these patients. But then who can save such a patient and what…
  • Why India needs the Rice Bucket Challenge ?

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    A lot has been written about the Indian “Rice Bucket Challenge” Started by Journalist Manju Kalanidhi, the challenge involves you donating a Kilo of Rice to a needy person. Then just like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, you have to nominate someone else for it. Now so far in Hyderabad itself, many people have taken on this challenge. A college in Kaminnagar actually  had the highest donations as more than 2000 students donated almost 2000 kgs of rice. Many local Hyderabad celebrities have joined the challenge and there were plans to rope in Satya Nadella and Jwala Gutta. The…
  • Why India needs something like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to drive health awareness ?

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

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

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

  • How to Get the Best Results from Your Tummy Tuck Procedure

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    For many women, tummy tuck surgery is the only way to achieve a sleek and sculpted midsection. If you have tummy flab or extra skin after pregnancy or have always had a protruding stomach, no amount of diet and exercise is going to change your body shape. Dr. Ortegon can reshape your midsection with tummy tuck surgery to create the flat and contoured look you’ve always wanted. You will need to make some lifestyle changes and follow the post-procedure instructions carefully to get the best results. Here are some tips for getting the best results with your tummy tuck procedure: Don’t try to…
  • Take Years Off Your Appearance with a Facelift in San Antonio

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
    Is it time for a makeover? Freshen up your look and say goodbye to those telltale signs of aging with a facelift in San Antonio. This is one of the most popular procedures for patients who are concerned about loose or sagging skin around the face and neck. Facelift surgery can completely transform your appearance and could be just what you need to boost your self-confidence. Should I Get a Facelift? Even though there are many non-surgical treatment options available for rejuvenating the skin, a facelift can be very effective for tightening the skin and restoring your youthful appearance…
  • Surgeon General Warning: Stop Tanning to Protect Your Skin

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

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

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    10 Jun 2014 | 10:12 am
    When your usual diet and exercise routine isn’t helping take off those extra inches around your waist, hips, and thighs, a body contouring procedure may be your only option. However, you may not have to go under the knife to improve your figure. CoolSculpting in San Antonio is a non-surgical procedure designed to freeze away fat cells and get rid of stubborn fat permanently. The procedure is performed in about an hour in our office and patients can return to regular activities right after their treatment. CoolSculpting has proven to be an effective method for reducing body fat by up to 25…
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  • Readers Respond: 11 More Winter Supplies to Keep in Your Car

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH You let the dog out one last time before bed, and you hear a yelp. Somehow she’s managed to cut her leg pretty deep. Being a fan of The Survival Doctor, you know to apply pressure to stop the bleeding, but she just keeps crying. You know of a vet clinic that stays open until 11, and it’s 10 right now. You tie a rag around the wound and head out the door. After a couple of miles, you hear a bump, bump, bump. It gets louder. You pull over and dig out your flashlight from the glove compartment. The batteries are dead. You get out and see the flat tire. And suddenly…
  • Sensation-Free Ebola Facts: What We Know and What We Don’t

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH In the medical field, other than death, nothing is absolute. One radio interviewer told me recently he would never be comfortable about the Ebola risks until we knew absolutely everything about it and there was zero risk for everyone. Guess what. He’s never going to be comfortable. Part of the Ebola fear fuel in America right now is the fact that we don’t know everything about this disease. And when questions arise, people come out of the woodwork with answers, whether they know what they’re talking about or not. Often, their answers boil down to: Well, we…
  • Update on My Hands-Only CPR Post: The AHA’s Response

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH If you read my post about Hands-Only CPR Monday, you know that I believe the American Heart Association’s guidelines leave room for interpretation. So my team emailed them to see if they could officially clarify some points. Here’s part of their response. It addresses some issues related to Hands-Only CPR, a trademarked term for doing chest compressions only (no mouth-to-mouth), but doesn’t clarify completely. First, the AHA explained the rationale for not doing respirations (mouth-to-mouth) in most teens and adults: … when a teen or adult suddenly collapses…
  • Hands-Only CPR and When to Add the Breathing

    6 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH A child collapses; there’s no sign of life. You call for help and start CPR. But wait. Didn’t you hear somewhere that they say now not to do the respirations part? Just do Hands-Only CPR? Or are kids one of the exceptions? Well, whatever you do, do something, and do it quick. When to Add the Breathing These days, Hands-Only CPR is the way to go in most situations for people who aren’t medical professionals. It’s easier; it works as well as adding respirations, at least most of the time. And the feeling is, it’ll help more people act and act quicker. But…
  • For You: Special 48-Hour Bonuses With My New Online Training Course

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:35 pm
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I’m really excited. Today, my new online training course is finally available to you! It’s taken me over a year to put together this professionally produced project, and I think it has turned out fantastic. In The Survival Doctor’s Emergencies Training Course, you’ll learn some of the lifesaving knowledge that I’ve amassed over 30 years of practicing medicine. I cover some of my readers’ most-often-worried-about questions, and I teach you how I’d handle common life-threatening medical problems, in easy-to-understand language and with minimal medical…
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  • Things You Need to Know about Semi-permanent Makeup

    Xee Malik
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    The introduction of permanent makeup to the world of cosmetics was quickly followed by the rise of semi-permanent makeup. The idea of permanent makeup came up soon after the art of body tattooing, and was made popular among women who wanted to look gorgeous all day long. Very soon, people started seeing the adverse effects of permanent tattooing and that brought about a change in the ideology.   People started to get bored with the experience that they initially felt was best for them. As trends evolved, they couldn’t bring a difference to their facial skin due to the permanent…
  • 4 Major Resources to Help You Lose Weight

    Xee Malik
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    While there are many things individuals can do to improve their appearance and gain greater confidence, losing weight is typically near the top of the list. Unfortunately, however, many people lack the knowledge necessary to implement strategies that will help them start shedding unwanted pounds in a safe, healthy way. If you are attempting to learn how to lose weight and facilitate general wellness or increased self-confidence, you should know that there are a plethora of great resources that can help you accomplish this objective. Here are four of them. Read This Before Going Ahead: Fast…
  • Five Problems That Could Be Causing You Heel Pain

    Xee Malik
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Pain in any part of your body isn’t pleasant, but it can be particularly annoying and debilitating in a body part that gets daily use. Recurring or chronic heel pain can make day-to-day activities uncomfortable and challenging. If you’re having heel pain, you may be wondering about its underlying cause. The following are some common reasons underlying heel pain. Achilles Tendonitis or Achilles Tendon Rupture The Achilles tendon connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. You may experience aching in the heel and/or back of your leg, especially after exercising. The tendon can become…
  • Top 10 Best Precautions to Avoid Blood Pressure

    Xee Malik
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    According to research conducted t in 4 Americans has high blood pressure. Many are not aware that they have. It is necessary that one gets tested if necessary as blood pressure can lead to serious diseases such as stroke, heart attack and kidney problems. No matter your physical condition or age you should be aware of different precautions. If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure EHIC is the best way to get state medical care for free or at a reduced price. Lose weight See a doctor to guild you on a healthy weight and maintain it to prevent high blood pressure. Blood pressure usually…
  • 4 Ways to Manage Dental Hygiene during Pregnancy

    Xee Malik
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:21 am
    Being pregnant changes your body—from increasing pressure on the veins in your legs to causing red and swollen gums in your mouth. Here are four things you can do to combat the latter issue: pregnancy gingivitis. Practice Good Habits You brush your teeth twice a day, and you at least know you should be flossing regularly, but good dental hygiene doesn’t stop there. Here are some more habits to either develop or avoid while you are pregnant: Brush your teeth 30 minutes after each meal, and don’t eat in between. Avoid sugary drinks like soda. Don’t sip juice all day—it will expose…
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  • Mommy Makeover Before and After | Virginia Beach

    Matthew Galumbeck
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    Transformations: Mommy Makeover Before and After Kids are great but having children can produce changes to a woman’s body that no amount of diet and exercise can improve. This post will focus on one patient’s transformation from a mommy makeover before and after pictures are shown as well. After having three children, this Virginia Beach mom was unhappy with excess fat and loose skin around her tummy. While she was happy with the size of her breasts, she was unhappy with her breast droop. Despite diet and exercise, this active woman couldn’t get her shape back. After talking…
  • Liposuction Before After Pictures and Video | Virginia Beach

    Matthew Galumbeck
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Over 350,000 liposuction procedures were performed last year. This video shows liposuction before and after pictures of patients operated on by plastic surgeon Matthew Galumbeck at his accredited facility, Galumbeck Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach. Dr. Galumbeck discusses many options for liposuction, including laser liposculpting. Liposuction is the cosmetic surgery procedure to permanently remove areas of fat. In addition to having fat removed, these areas of the body can be sculpted to give a more definition and improved proportion. While it is not a weight loss procedure, liposuction…
  • Galumbeck Beauty – Relax and Give Back Blog Contest

    Matthew Galumbeck
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Spa Phoenix and Galumbeck Plastic Surgery are having specials and events all month to support Samaritan House in their efforts. In October 1981 the National Coalition Against Violence created The Day of Unity. The intent was to bring together advocates who were working to end violence against women and their children. Annually these advocates sponsored programs mourning those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrating those who have survived, and connecting those who work to end violence. In October 1987, the first Domestic…
  • Breast Augmentation With Before And After Pictures | Video

    Matthew Galumbeck
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Over 300,000 breast implants were performed last year. This breast augmentation video shows breast implant before and after pictures of patients operated on by board certified plastic surgeon, Dr.  Matthew Galumbeck. Dr. Galumbeck discusses the many options for women to achieve the size and shape they want. Options for breast augmentation include the choice of saline or silicone breast implants as well as the size of the implant. Other options for patients considering breast augmentation include incision site, implant shape, implant projection, and implant placement. This video also…
  • FDA Approves New Breast Implant

    Matthew Galumbeck
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    The FDA has approved a new implant for breast augmentation and breast reconstruction manufactured by Mentor. The implant has a sloping profile, with more projection at the base than at the top. The breast implant is filled with a cohesive silicone gel, so that it will maintain it’s shape. The Mentor MemoryShape breast implants allow women yet another option to obtain the look and proportion that they want when undergoing breast augmentation. The Implant is covered with a textured shell. This allows the body’s tissues to adhere to the implant so that the breast will maintain its shape.
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  • Blogging U.’s Photo 101 Course: Post a Photo a Day

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    On The Daily Post, we host the popular Weekly Photo Challenge each Friday, and we’re always excited to see your snapshots from all over the world. We thought a free photoblogging course mixing the spirit of these photo challenges with bite-sized shooting tips would be a fun way to get you taking pictures and meeting your daily posting goals. Introducing Blogging U.’s Photography 101 course Photography 101 is an intro-level course, open to all. You might be a totally new blogger, an amateur photographer, a veteran photo challenge participant, or a pro-shooter. Or, you may be…
  • 2014 Midterm Elections, Get Out The Vote!

    Peter Slutsky
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Since 2004, WordPress has set out with an ambitious goal in mind — to democratize publishing and put state-of-the-art tools in front of publishers both large and small across the planet. We believe strongly in this vision because when more people have access to powerful tools on the web, that in-turn empowers them to do great things and publish amazing content. We feel the same way when it comes to democratizing, well, democracy — and in just a few weeks, citizens across the United States will have a unique opportunity to flex their political muscle and vote in the 2014 Midterm…
  • The NaMos are Coming! The NaMos are Coming!

    Michelle W.
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    November is one week away, and that means NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are, too! If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great events (and communities) can give you the jolt of motivation you need. NaMo what now? NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are short for “National Novel Writing Month” and “National Blog Posting Month,” respectively. In the first, writers commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30; in the second, to…
  • New Themes: Minnow and Cols

    Tammie Lister
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re happy to introduce two brand new free themes today! Minnow Designed by Mel Choyce, Minnow is a light, simple theme that puts your social presence front and center. A social links menu is displayed prominently below the site title and logo, so readers can easily find you on your favorite social networks. When activated, the optional Custom Menu or Widget area appear in a slide-out sidebar, making secondary content accessible while keeping the focus on your content. Learn more about the free Minnow theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Cols…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 7

    Mark Armstrong
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Here it is! A new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. As always, you can find our past collections here. You can follow Longreads on for more daily reading recommendations, or subscribe to our free weekly email. Publishers, writers, you can share links to your favorite essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and on by tagging your posts longreads. 1. What Happens When a Veteran High School Teacher Becomes a Student for the Day Grant Wiggins “I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my…
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  • Top 10 Greatest Business Books of All Time

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    Go ahead and Google or Bing the phrase “Top 10 Business Books” and you get nearly 1.8 Trillion returns. That in itself leads you to realize that this is an extremely important subject on this planet.  Everybody who is somebody from Forbes and Huffington Post to bloggers like Fernando Biz and Nicola Cairncross have chimed in at one point over the past few years to list for you what they feel are the pivotal reads in the world of success and entrepreneurship. There is definitely no shortage of websites that have found it important to let the world know that there are at least…
  • Are You OK With Tax Hikes To Protect Social Security?

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Baby Boomers,About 3 months ago I brought you a 5 parts series on the basics of the Social Security system.It was my rather feeble attempt to simplify and uncomplicate this massive and complex government program for you.At the time, I made reference to the dismal future of Social Security finances, especially the state of the funds available to retirees starting in 2030.In it's current state and at the present rate of depletion, the financial platform will reach a point where the system will only be able to handle 75% of claims.That's a disparaging thought especially to the generations…
  • HealthCare 2015 Open Enrollment News

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Baby Boomers,I promised everyone I would keep them up to date on the progress of the Federal Healthcare program.Well, I just received this email notice and it's time to start planning your healthcare needs for 2015.It's the sophomore year for "Obamacare."Will we see the same turmoil and lack of direction we experienced with it's roll out?Or will there by the "sophomore jinx" and we'll see the entire program implode under it's own mismanagement?Your guess is as good as mine.Make sure to mark your calendars.There are 4 important dates to know.Come back and apply for 2015 coverage on or…
  • Producer Seeks Funding for Film on Singer-Songwriter John Stewart

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    The ProjectThis project is envisioned as two films: (1)        A documentary feature entitled, “The Ghost of Daydream Believer: John Stewart’s American Spirit” and (2)        A concert film entitled, “Daydream Believer’s 50th Anniversary: John Stewart’s American Spirit Celebration”.  “The Ghost of Daydream Believer” looks at the long shadow the song, “Daydream Believer” cast over singer-songwriter John Stewart’s life and his music and how he ultimately…
  • Best Silly Jokes Ever

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Today is "Silly Saturday" Baby Boomers.It's time to be silly.It's time to be really silly.It's time to be really, really, really silly.It's time to be so silly that after you get done with this blog you are going to say to yourself:"Damn, that was really silly."Below is a little slideshow of 15 of the simplest "silly" jokes I have ever heard.I found them in a post on one of my favorite websites "StumbleUpon."The caption read:A Reddit user that goes by the name “xHOLEx” asked the Reddit community: “What’s a joke that’s so stupid it’s actually…
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    FXRX Orthopedic Surgery Blog

  • The Basics of Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

    26 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Every year, many conventional total shoulder replacements are done in the U.S. on people who suffer from shoulder arthritis. However, this type of surgery is not helpful for patients who have large rotator cuff tears. For patients with this type injury, a total reverse shoulder replacement is an option. Total reverse shoulder replacement is very effective in treating rotator cuff tear arthropathy, as well as pseudo paralysis cases, which have massive rotator cuff tears. This type of arthroplasty is limited to patients over the age of 70, due to the decreasing survival rates, which are…
  • The Basics of Patellofemoral Replacement

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    When a person has worn out the smooth cartilage that lines the knee joint, he or she is left with exposed bone-on-bone surfaces. This loss of cartilage leads to stiffness, pain, and loss of mobility, as seen with severe osteoarthritis. A knee replacement procedure is done for patients who suffer from this form of knee arthritis. The patellofemoral replacement is a surgery done to replace the undersurface of the kneecap, called the patellofemoral compartment. The grove is on the end of the femur (thigh bone), on the other side of the undersurface of the patella. Implants are used to replace…
  • Five Things To Know About Foot And Ankle Fractures

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    The feet and ankles have large amounts of smaller bones packed tightly together, rather than single larger bones as is the case in other parts of the limbs. Fractures in these bones are often treated using the same principles as fractures in other parts of the body, but size and placement sometimes make the process a little bit different. These facts will help you understand the specifics of this type of fractures. Orthopedics In Phoenix Az Most ankle fractures are treated with screws: Depending on which bone has been broken, screws or plates are often surgically implanted to connect the…
  • How Does Cartilage Regeneration Work?

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that severely affects joint cartilage. As time goes by, it will cause that cartilage to wear down, causing severe pain and potentially lack of function. The cartilage in your knees acts as a cushion that absorbs force from walking, running, and other movement. It also softens the connection between leg bones at the knee, keeping them from impacting or grinding each other. Loss of those functions in the knee can be severely harmful. There are a number of treatment options for knee osteoarthritis, depending on how severe the damage is. Eventually, you…
  • An Overview of Wrist Fracture Fixation

    18 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Wrist fractures are the most common type of fracture seen by doctors. This type of injury occurs when someone falls onto an outstretched hand. The lower aspect of the radius bone suffers the break, and when the fracture is not displaced, it can be treated with a cast for six weeks. However if the bone is not in proper alignment, the orthopedic specialist will reposition it in a procedure called a closed reduction before applying a cast. For severe fractures, the physician must perform surgical fixation to obtain optimal fracture position for healing and a better functional outcome. There are…
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  • 14 Ways to Be a Happier Person

    Dr. Mercola
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola For most adults, happiness doesn't just happen automatically. Yet, many of us expect it to be that way. You may dutifully plan out virtually every aspect of your life from your career to what to eat for dinner, and in so doing assume that it will bring you happiness. This assumption would be incorrect in most cases, however. Because unless you actively pursue it, happiness can be quite elusive. Part of the problem adults have is that, as a child, your parents will ensure your happiness by planning entertainment and making sure you have fun. Barbara Fredrickson, PhD, a social…
  • Obesity May Speed Aging of the Liver

    Dr. Mercola
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Obesity is associated with a significant number of health problems, including insulin resistance, cancer, and others, and now researchers may have uncovered a reason why. While most of your tissues and organs age at the same rate, certain factors may cause aging to accelerate. For this reason, you may be “older” than your chronological age indicates, or certain organs may be more aged than others – a measure known as “epigenetic age.” One such factor linked to an acceleration of epigenetic aging is obesity, particularly in your liver. Obesity Accelerates Aging in Your…
  • American Meat Production Uses More Antibiotics Than Ever, Despite Growing Threat of Antibiotic-Resistant Disease in Consumers

    Dr. Mercola
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola The featured Frontline News documentary investigates the roots and ramifications of the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance. The US uses nearly 30 million pounds of antibiotics each year to raise food animals.1,2 This accounts for about 80 percent of all antibiotics used in the US.3 The ramifications of this routine practice can be seen in hospital wards across the nation, as it is one, if not the primary driver of antibiotic-resistant disease in humans. According to CDC statistics,4 two million Americans are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year, and…
  • Skim Chocolate Milk: The Number One Beverage Served in the Federal School Lunch Program

    Dr. Mercola
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola In 2012, the National School Lunch Program received a $3.2-billion overhaul. The changes, which are being phased in over a three-year period and began during the 2012-2013 school year, are now appearing in lunchrooms across the US… While there were some notable improvements, like ensuring students are offered both fruits and vegetables each day of the week and increasing focus on reducing levels of trans fats, there were also some key failures. Among them, whole milk has been banished and only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties are now available. As naturally satiating and…
  • New, More Toxic Breed of Genetically Engineered Crops Gain Approval

    Dr. Mercola
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Two major categories of genetically engineered (GE) seeds currently account for 99 percent of all acreage dedicated to GE crops in the US: Those engineered to withstand high amounts of herbicide, such as Monsanto’s Roundup-Ready varieties Those engineered to produce their own internal insecticide (so-called Bt crops) The widespread use of these GE crops has led to chemical resistance among weeds and insects alike, despite initial assurances from the chemical technology industry that such an outcome was highly unlikely. Well, the results are now too evident to ignore—weed…
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  • Pain Treatment Options For Arthritis

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition, and osteoarthritis, caused by wear and tear, are common sources of joint damage. Pain management for either of these conditions can include a wide range of medications, depending on many factors. Pain Clinics In Las Vegas Weight loss: For many patients, this can help remove stress and pressure on damaged joints. Activity avoidance or adaptation: Avoiding or limiting particular activities will often provide a basic level of pain relief. It may be helpful to switch some or all exercise to a different type of activity from running to swimming, for…
  • Chiropractic Treatment After Car Accidents

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    A serious car accident can sometimes leave you with soft-tissue injuries that cause a lot of pain. Back and neck injuries, including whiplash, are common and might not become apparent until a few days after the actual accident. At that point, it’s important to get treatment to keep pain from becoming worse and turning into a chronic condition. There are different options you’ll have at pain management clinics for treating either new or long-term pain. What causes whiplash or back pain? Commonly, a rear-impact accident causes your head to snap forward and back sharply. This can cause…
  • Platelet Rich Plasma And Sports Injuries

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Pain management is typically an important component of healing from any injury. Of course, in the case of sports injuries, the concern isn’t necessarily just about returning to health. Athletes are more likely to be worried about being able to regain a high performance level. While controlling pain is by itselfhelpful in regaining joint function, it’s also important to look at treatments that promote genuine healing.One newer form of treatment, platelet-rich plasma, has gotten some attention in sports medicine for its potential to help restore tissue. Las Vegas Pain Management Doctors How…
  • 5 Causes Of Cervical Spine Pain

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    Pain management doctors see a large number of patients suffering from neck pain, particularly cervical spine pain. This type of pain is often caused by certain cervical spine conditions. Pain Management Doctor Las Vegas These include the following: 1.Foraminal Stenosis Cervical foraminal stenosis occurs when the cervical space is narrowed. This is usually caused by a joint becoming enlarged and pressing on the nerve root. Since the pain takes years to develop and tends to appear only during certain activities, it is easy for patients to ignore the issue. It can get worse over time, however.
  • 3 Ways To Treat Compression Fractures Of The Spine

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    Spinal fractures may occur for several reasons, including osteoporosis, cancer or trauma. No matter the original cause, back or neck pain is a main symptom. The pain is usually very sharp or stabbing and located in the lower to mid back, though it can also be felt at the front of the spine in some cases. Pain Clinics In Las Vegas Pain clinics can treat compression fractures with one of a few methods. While less invasive methods are attempted as a first resort, surgery is necessary in some cases. Most patients will have success with the methods mentioned here. 1. Pain medication and rest. This…
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  • Top 7 Ways to keep off weight after losing it

    Arizona Medifast
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Nothing feels better than being able to lose weight successfully. On the other hand, nothing feels worse than gaining it all back. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to keep the fat off after losing it. However, following the advice given in this article will help you make sure that the weight is kept off and the body can stay at the ideal weight. 1-     Chew your food as much as you can:Chewing each bite of food a few times can actually help keep the weight off your body. This is due to the fact that chewing more, helps in breaking down the food properly and can help release certain…
  • How Losing Sleep is Making You Fat

    Arizona Medifast
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:27 pm
    A surprising effect of sleep loss is weight gain, among other things. Sleep loss can be caused just because we live with all the stresses of the modern world. Our bosses ask for more and more of our time, families require trips to dance class or band practice, and our “always connected” lives keep us online and working at all hours. One of the more pernicious effects of weight gain is that it can cause sleep apnea, which can cause more weight gain. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the tissues of the throat close, causing a loss of oxygen and waking the sleeper, allowing them to breathe…
  • The 5 Most Common Questions about Losing Weight

    Arizona Medifast
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Are you planning to start a weight loss program? Are there any queries that you feel need to be answered? Here are 5 of the most common questions related to losing weight. They may just be the answers that you are looking for. 1-     Are several small meals better than 3 large ones? Experts on weight loss often recommend several smaller meals, as compared to larger ones. The reason is that smaller meals will help you cut down on the cravings. It is also known to help in regulating the blood sugar. On the other hand, some people argue that frequently eating will raise the insulin levels…
  • The Link between Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease

    Arizona Medifast
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Obesity is a major problem in the U.S. and other countries all around the world. Approximately 400 million adults are obese and one billion people are overweight worldwide. About 17.6 million children are considered overweight worldwide. Obesity is caused mainly because of an unhealthy lifestyle such as high-fat diets, animal-based diets, and physical inactivity. Several developing countries are also facing obesity and malnutrition as a great health problem. Obesity is considered as the major cause of insulin resistance, which leads to pre-diabetes or diabetes in obese people. Another risk…
  • How Does Type 2 Diabetes Occur?

    Arizona Medifast
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Diabetes is a lifelong disease in which the blood glucose level of a person becomes higher than the normal level. It is a progressive disease; hence, it is important to diagnose diabetes at an early stage as it become worse if not treated. The patient should be treated as soon as he or she is diagnosed with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder as the pancreas is not producing enough insulin or the body becomes insulin resistant. Insulin production is important for the body to maintain the glucose level in the bloodstream. Type 2 diabetes is seen mainly in people suffering from…
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    Phoenix Shoulder and Knee

  • The Basics of Articular Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI)

    Adam Farber
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Articular cartilage injuries do not self-repair easily. Luckily, there is new advanced technology that can be used for a wide variety of injuries and orthopedic problems to repair damaged cartilage and reduce permanent disability in the patient. The most advanced cartilage repair techniques is the articular chondrocyte implantation (ACI), which leads to a normally functioning articular cartilage and provides the stability to the joint. Articular Cartilage Injury Articular cartilage is made of hyaline cartilage, and this covers the bone ends and joint surfaces. The main function of this…
  • Treating Osteochondritis Dissecans In The Elbow

    Adam Farber
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    One of the important risks facing teenage athletes, osteochondritis dissecans is most likely in children between 10 and 16. It can affect either the knee or the elbow.This is a particular type of damage to the cartilage that pads and lubricates the bones meeting at these joints, which also affects the underlying bone. Although severe cases may require surgery, younger patients tend to have a promising outlook due to continuing growth and capacity for bone repair.   Orthopedics Phoenix What happens? Osteochondritis dissecans is thought to involve loss of blood supply to the underlying…
  • Autograft Bone-Tendon-Bone ACL

    Adam Farber
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    In the United States, there are around 200,000 ACL tears each year and 100,000 ACL repairs are performed on these tears annually. High school, college, and professional football players often experience ACL tears, which can greatly affect their athletic careers. Approximately eight percent of all football players of the National Invitational Camp have a history of ACL injury, with six percent requiring reconstruction. In a recent research study, experts found that 20 percent of wide receivers and running backs in the NFL who have an ACL injury are never able to play again. Also, women…
  • An Overview of Cartilage Regeneration

    Adam Farber
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Cartilage regeneration is an attempt to restore damaged joint cartilage. This can be done using several techniques. This new technique has been successfully performed in Europe for years, and is beginning to be used more in the United States. Every year, more than 12 million people go to the doctor with knee pain, and of these, half have damage to the articular cartilage. When the cartilage is damaged or deteriorates, the knee cannot go through regular range of motion, and without a knee replacement, this will worsen over time. However, there are new procedures available for cartilage…
  • Treating Achilles TendonInjuries

    Adam Farber
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    The Achilles tendon attaches three different calf muscles to the heel. It provides important stability for higher-speed walking and running as well as jumping. However, being close to the skin and confined in a narrow space behind the ankle, it can be vulnerable to injuries. Athletes in particular sometimes develop two main types of problems with the Achilles tendon: inflammation (tendonitis) or tearing (rupture). Achilles tendonitis tends to develop from overuse. While overuse can also increase vulnerability to rupture, this more severe type of injury is more likely to come from a sudden…
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  • Forex Tradaing Online With Small Capital

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Internet is rich with thousands articles about Forex Trading, but this article to help Pakistani peoples from where to take start and light and easy intro of Forex. Forex Trading means business of currencies buying and selling, and you can do it from your home as online trading. Pakistan is a loaded country with extraordinary peoples but problems is peoples don’t know their right direction. In daily life we seeing everybody taking costly smart phones and they buying phones from $250 to $500. If you can spend an amount on smart phone you can do forex trading with a capital equal to your…
  • HEC Pakistan Documents Attestation Through Courier Service

    20 Sep 2014 | 2:46 am
    Daily a lot of peoples travels from Pakistan to abroad for different destinations and some peoples in line to move abroad, they all need to verify their documents from HEC for different requirement like immigration, employment etc. If your at distance from Islamabad then its much hard to travel so early and stand in line and wait whole day in front of HEC office. So hassle free you need o submit your documents/transcript through OCS courier service. Steps for attestation through courier service: 1. Sign Up/ Sign In on HEC website 2. Fill Application Form i.e. Personal information, Educational…
  • Freemake Video Converter – Free Software

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

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

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

  • The Most Important Emerging Digital Trend In Healthcare

    Joshua Spiegel
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    I Learned it in Philadelphia at Digital Pharma East I strongly considered sharing a series of images showing my notes from my day at Digital Pharma East, Thursday, October 23. I used the entire complimentary Loews Hotel notepad, though I did not do so in an (more…)
  • What’s new and hot in wireless healthcare systems?

    Mike Scott
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    A slide set posted last week on the Medscape web site provides an interesting update on new and “soon to be new” wireless devices, apps, and services that the authors consider to be of significant or potentially significant value in oversight and management of a (more…)
  • A history of medicine in 8 quotations

    Mike Scott
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    A careful reading of historical and medical literature provides us with some interesting (and sometimes amusing) statements about the relationships between physicians, patients, and the care that the former provide to the latter. Here are just eight: “Healing is a matter of time, but it is (more…)
  • Create the Future of Healthcare

    Altay Akgun
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Create the Future of Healthcare “The world is digital,” proclaimed conference emcee Joe Shields, and who can argue with him? If you’re not building your campaign strategy around your customers’ media consumption habits—including digital, offline, and the increasingly broad overlap between these domains—you’re doing it wrong. (more…)
  • How far is too far? Data mining, privacy, and healthcare

    Mike Scott
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    About 10 days ago, Don Feiler, our EVP of digital development, wrote an article on this web site about data security in the Cloud. Data security is important. And, when it comes to healthcare, there is a strong correlation between data security and our (more…)
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    Hot Topics

  • Peripheral Cardiology 2015 Updates

    7 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Peripheral Cardiology Updates for 2015 Are Here. Know what they are. This conference by expert speaker Terry A. Fletcher BS, CPC, CCC, CEMC, SCP-CA, ACS-CA, CCS-P, CCS, CMSCS, CMC, Healthcare Coding and Reimbursement Consultant will explain how to maximize your Peripheral Cardiology revenue's by at least 20%, while being compliant and followi ...
  • Demystifying Medicare's Four New Modifiers Related to Modifier -59

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    CMS Has Deduced That Modifier – 59 is as commonly Used as It is Abused. Learn the Intent of CMS to Set Things Right with 4 New Modifiers. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is establishing four new HCPCS modifiers to define subsets of the modifier -59, a modifier used to define a “Distinct Procedural Service.” ...
  • Orthopedic Coding Updates 2015

    9 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Be Compliant with the New CPT Code Changes for 2015 During this audio session by expert speaker Margie S Vaught, you will find out the new, revised and deleted CPT codes relating to the Orthopedic specialty and those working in the Musculoskeletal section of the CPT manual as well as Nervous and Radiology sections. There are new intra-articular jo ...
  • HIPAA Breach Notification - How to Know What to Do and Avoid Penalties

    8 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Understand How to Avoid Penalties in HIPAA Breach Notification and What to do in Such Cases? The HIPAA Omnibus Update rules contain numerous changes to HIPAA regulations of which all HIPAA-related entities must be aware, and the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule has new standards for determining what qualifies as a reportable breach.  Failure t ...
  • E/M Coding Updates for 2015

    1 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Boost Your E/M Services in 2015 by Applying the Current CPT Changes to Your Practice Each year the AMA and CMS publish changes to CPT® and HCPCS for the New Year. 2015 is no different with CPT® adding two codes, revising two, and deleting one. This will be an expansion of the chronic care management section.  The 2015 CMS propose ...
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  • Lower The Risk of Breast Cancer With These Incredible Foods

    Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in females living in the U.S. today. It is a disease commonly associated with women over the age of 50. Although there are genetic forms of the disease which affect younger age-groups, most of the effort at controlling this disease have been placed upon early prevention. In this article, we’ll be discussing about 4 amazing foodstuffs that can help women lower the risk of breast cancer. 1.      Green Tea Recent evidence has indicated that green tea may be useful in the fight against various forms of … Read MoreThis article Lower…
  • Natural Arthritis-Fighting Foods You Should Include In Your Daily Diet

    Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    When we get right down to the foundation of your overall health and wellness, diet plays a big role. A lot of the time, what you eat has a direct impact on how you feel and how your body functions. The days are gone when arthritis was one of the hardly curable diseases. Today, we know more about the condition and how to deal with it. Now, while there might not be any specific “arthritis diet”, there are still some foods that are worth including in your daily diet to relieve your arthritis pain. If … Read MoreThis article Natural Arthritis-Fighting Foods You Should Include In Your…
  • Reduce Risk of Stroke with Dark Chocolate and Other Daily Foods

    Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:37 am
    Stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot, bursts, or ruptures. When this happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so it and the brain cells die. Over 800,000 people die each year in the U.S. from cardiovascular disease and strokes. The two main causes of strokes are ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic strokes comprise about 80% to 85% of all strokes. With an ischemic stroke, a blood vessel in the brain becomes clogged with a clot. … Read MoreThis article Reduce Risk of Stroke with Dark…
  • 5 Foods That Can Significantly Help You Reduce The Risk Of Diabetes

    Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    A healthy diet can be helpful in controlling diabetes. Once the symptoms of diabetes appear, it is possible to reduce your risk of complications caused by diabetes. A healthy diet with healthy recipes, good medical advice, and healthy weight loss regime can greatly help you reduce your diabetes in a long run. In addition to these, here are the top 5 foods that you should include in your diet to control your blood sugar and avoid major health complications caused by diabetes. 1. Coffee Coffee contains many complex chemicals which can act as antioxidants inside … Read MoreThis article 5…
  • The Diabetes Complication You Didn’t See Coming

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

  • What’s Up in Healthcare (October 18-25, 2014)

    Infinit Healthcare
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:49 am
    Is healthcare burning a hole in your pocket? It would be great to know why it costs that way, right? And have you ever noticed how Canada’s healthcare system is structured to succeed in all its objectives? Here’s the newest and most interesting on healthcare.
  • Is it Time to Outsource Revenue Cycle Management?

    Infinit Healthcare
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    When a healthcare organization decides to outsource their revenue cycle management, they are provided to reduce their business overhead and improve cash flow because of increased efficiency in data gathering and billing collection. This allows them to focus on delivering quality patient care.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Using Big Data in the Healthcare Industry [E-Book]

    Infinit Healthcare
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    If you are looking for a great resource to help you learn more about how Big Data is used in the Healthcare Industry, download and read this FREE e-book now!
  • National Cyber Security Awareness Month: How to Safeguard Against Healthcare Data Breaches

    Infinit Healthcare
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:29 am
    October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and with the recent shift towards electronic records and the use of big data, healthcare providers need to fortify data security to safeguard against data breaches. The recent web site hacking is an example of why healthcare organizations should not only have a data security plan but also a breach plan
  • What’s Up in Healthcare (October 5 – 11, 2014)

    Infinit Healthcare
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    This week, let’s focus on a very important advancement in healthcare that may literally prevent us from catching the most horrifying diseases, Big Data. How you ask? Can it prevent us from getting the notorious Ebola virus? Here’s the newest on Healthcare Data.
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  • Telemedicine – Future of Medical Care?

    Pat Palmer
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    Have you ever been so sick that you can’t even think about going to a doctor? Do you wish we still lived in the era of the “house call” performed by your friendly neighborhood physician? Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to get up and go somewhere when you just don’t feel like getting out of bed? Are you afraid of catching something horrific when you just have a few symptoms that need to be checked out by a healthcare professional? I’ve heard people say that they weren’t sick until they went to their doctor for a routine checkup and had to sit in a room full of coughing and…
  • Drive-by Treatment

    Pat Palmer
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:46 pm
    If you have ever been a patient in a hospital, you know that sometimes you are visited by different medical staff throughout any given day to check your status and generally make sure that you’re recovering within a reasonable time frame. Nursing assistants will check your vital signs, lab techs will draw blood, and nurses will bring you medications, change and check your IV bags and administer anything on your chart ordered by your attending physician. Sometimes you will be seen by more than one doctor, especially if your illness is more difficult to diagnose. You might be seen by a number…
  • Can America Afford the Affordable Care Act?

    Pat Palmer
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    The Affordable Care Act was constructed and implemented, among other quality and access objectives, to make healthcare more affordable for more Americans. But it seems as if many are complaining that it is actually costing more and is anything but affordable. Others say they haven’t seen much change in their rates; however, many of them are in plans that were set up pre-Obamacare and happened to already be compliant when the law was implemented. Of course, getting things up to the standard of the law is going to show an initial push, but now that we’re going into the second year of the…
  • Inflated Overhead and the Administrative Burden in Healthcare

    Pat Palmer
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    The United States has some of the most prestigious hospitals and physicians in the world. Life-saving medicine and procedures are carried out on a daily basis and research is making ailments that were once a death sentence treatable to the point that patients can go on and live healthy, vibrant lives. Yes, the U.S. system of healthcare is far advanced in its endeavors – and its costs. The Institute of Medicine reported that $200 billion of our wasted healthcare money is due to administrative waste. This is about 15 cents on the healthcare dollar. Inefficient, fragmented and burdensome…
  • Falsified Applications Approved for Obamacare and Subsidies

    Pat Palmer
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Another punch was thrown to an already wobbly-legged Obamacare last week just days after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled against the administration in the Halbig v. Sebelius case, cutting off subsidies to low-income healthcare consumers in 36 states. Now, according to a study done by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), there are serious inefficiencies in the process of enrollment and application acceptance for healthcare plans. The GAO reported that investigators who crafted false identities were somehow allowed to enroll in healthcare plans as well as receive…
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    Innovation Institute

  • Seeing the World Through Google Glass

    Matthew Prather
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Google Glass has been on the market for a little while now. When I first heard of it, I was intrigued and it made me think back to a TEDTalk I saw on the “sixth sense” device.  Glass lacks the projection element to do all that the sixth sense device promised to do, but it was interesting nonetheless. I was very surprised when the release fell flat amidst stories like the one I heard of a person being harassed for wearing them into a bar since they are a recording device, which seemed odd to me considering we carry cameras in our pockets all the time.  Was it really just the potential…
  • Superhydrophobic Materials

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

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

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

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

  • NHS funding – thinking the unthinkable

    Amanda Calberry
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Last week saw controversy over the NHS policy of now providing GPs with an extra payment of £55 for each diagnosis of dementia they make. The intention of this appears to be to reduce under-diagnosis of this condition, in the face of increasing pressure on frontline services. The controversy it arouses is understandable: shouldn’t GPs be carrying out these diagnoses effectively under current funding of their work anyway? Does it not introduce the danger of over-diagnosis of the problem, generating even more unnecessary work for an NHS service already creaking at the seams? These…
  • Honesty is the best policy

    Amanda Calberry
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Last week we heard the sad news that the beautiful, self-effacing and gracious Lynda Bellingham had passed away after a yearlong battle with colon cancer. In her final interview given before she died, Lynda said it was important to her that people trusted her words and actions and that she wanted to be remembered “just as an honest person”. What a simple but powerful statement, and a reflection of Lynda and her true character. New ‘Duty of Candour’ The CQC have recently been consulting on a statutory Duty of Candour as one of the new ‘fundamental’ standards…
  • The little things

    Amanda Calberry
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    It’s budget setting time again, and a manager’s thoughts turn to saving money. But how can we engage staff and service users in making sure costs don’t run away with us and we get the most out of every pound? I have become a little obsessed this week. To be honest, its not just this week; I have a reputation for being a tyrant over waste in the workplace and my regular bulletins to staff about saving money have resulted in some rather unfortunate nicknames being attached to me. However, I have the daunting task of setting my budgets for the next financial year and so need to…
  • Working with schizophrenia

    Amanda Calberry
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:34 am
    World Mental Health Day earlier this month had the theme of living with schizophrenia. I thought I would write something this week to discuss some of the thoughts that people have about this diagnosis, and some ideas about working with people who have schizophrenia. To celebrate World Mental Health Day, the World Mental Health Federation have produced a report on living with schizophrenia worldwide, and this includes a number of articles from different perspectives, all of which acknowledge schizophrenia is a serious disorder, with no cure, that affects 26 million people worldwide. The report…
  • Diet for a survivor

    Amanda Calberry
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    Nutrition research in diet and breast cancer has typically focussed on cancer prevention, but now studies are also looking at the links between diet and cancer survival. Breast cancer survivors in the UK In 2012, 50,748 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK and increasing numbers of women are surviving as methods of diagnosis and treatment improve. More than half a million (550,000) UK women are currently breast cancer survivors. Can dietary factors improve survival? Whilst we know that there are associations between lifestyle factors and the chance of surviving breast cancer…
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  • Bed Bug Bites Are Becoming an Increasingly Big Problem

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:21 am
    The last two decades have seen a resurgence of bed bugs and they are a big problem; a problem that should not be ignored. Lack of education among people regarding these critters is leading to their widespread. Additionally most home owners facing a bed bug problem tend to ignore it. They believe that simply using over the counter bed bug sprays, powders etc and/or discarding infested items, mattresses and furniture is enough to get rid of these pests once and for all. However; that is not true. Bed bug eggs and larvae can survive for many days, even months and years without a blood meal. They…
  • The Most Bed Bug Infested Cities in the USA – See How Bad It Is

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    The bed bug infestation which we thought was over post the Second World War era has actually made resurgence in the 1990s. Today, bed bug cities are a national problem in the United States. The bugs are everywhere: in five star hotels, movie halls, clothing centers and even our daycares and schools. Nearly 95% of pest control management agencies in the country claim to have encountered a bed bug issue. Bed Bugs: You can run but you cannot hide When it comes to bed bugs (known as Cimex Lectularius), the problem is twofold- not only are they extremely difficult to get rid of; the failure to…
  • Bed Bug Bites are Worse Than You Might Think

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    Are bed bug bites dangerous? Most people do not think so. The fact is: bed bugs can cause a great deal of harm than we thought initially. Not only do they give rise to itchy rashes, they also ruin a good night’s sleep. This in itself leads to many harmful health effects like irritability, increased anxiety, depression, fatigue etc. In some people, bed bug bites give rise to severe allergic reactions that could lead to intense scratching. Bed bug bites are worse for children and people with pre-existing health conditions or weaker immune systems. Babies and toddlers often cannot prevent…
  • Top 10 Products for Bed Bug Treatment

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

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

  • Are Vitamins homeopathic? Can Vitamins be used while on homeopathy?

    Life Force
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    A practicing homeopath gets to see variety of diseases depending upon his expertise. Most of the time the doctor notices associated symptoms like that of Vitamin deficiency or malnutrition or calcium deficiency etc along with the chief complaints of the patients. The chief complaints of the patients could be entirely different for which the patient wants to consult the doctor. He may not be even aware of the fact that his body is deficient in one or more Vitamins. It is the duty of the treating doctor to first of all diagnose such deficiency in the patients and treat them accordingly for the…
  • Diet in Hepatitis C

    Life Force
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:49 am
    Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver caused by viruses. The cause of spread of different types of Hepatitis is different with each variety Hepatitis C spreads through coming in contact with infected blood as in blood transfusion, medical and nursing staff coming in contact with blood during gynecological or surgical procedures etc. Diet in Hepatitis C: Diet plays a very important role when the liver is not working at its best as in Hepatitis. Here are the diet tips given for the patients of Hepatitis C. Food items which are allowed for the Hepatitis C patients Take plenty of fruits and…
  • Homeopathy for the diseases in senior citizens

    Life Force
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:39 am
    Generally, a person above the age of 60 to 65 years is termed as senior citizen. This is the age where a person can be suffering from variety of diseases like hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, coronary artery diseases or heart problems, osteoporosis, vision problems, hearing loss, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s Disease etc. Hypertension: Hypertension means high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a chronic and very common complain seen in the senior citizens. It is determined by the amount of blood pumped by the heart and amount of resistance offered by the arteries thorough which…
  • Hay Fever and Homeopathic Approach

    Life Force
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    What is hay fever? Hay fever is the inflammation of nasal cavity caused by exposure of an individual to the allergens such as dust, pollens, animal dander etc. What are the symptoms of hay fever? Hay fever produces almost similar symptoms as that of allergic rhinitis. Patient complains of runny nose, watery discharge from eyes and nose, frequent sneezing, redness of eyes, itching and irritation of eyes and generalized feeling of weakness and debility. Severe cases of hay fever present with sinus congestion, headaches and loss of sensations of taste and smell. How can I differentiate hay fever…
  • Primary treatment for epistaxis (nosebleed)

    Life Force
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Epistaxis or nosebleed: It means bleeding from the nose. The bleeding from the nose occurs most commonly from one nostril. Most of the cases of epistaxis can be managed at home. But, there are a few instances where the patient suffering from epistaxis has to be admitted in the hospital for its management. In this blog we will see how one should manage the patient of epistaxis at primary level. Do not panic: Sight of blood gushing through the nose is enough to make any person panicky. But, instead of becoming panicky one should know the ways of controlling the blood gushing thorough the nose.
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  • The Job Doctor Mailbag: Employment Gaps and Competitive Job Markets

    The Job Doctor
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Pharmacist Job Search in Charlotte Not Working Out Jenny, Pharmacist from Charlotte, NC: I’ve been searching for a pharmacist job in and around Charlotte, NC for the past 6 months, and I’m not really making any progress.  I am coming off of a 6 month sabbatical, which was a planned extra-long vacation that I took at the conclusion of my training. I don’t know if the gap is hurting my job search, or why I’m having such problems. I’ve already started looking for options within a commutable distance from Charlotte, 30 miles or so, but still no luck.  Any advice for me? Job Doctor: …
  • How to Fight Back Against Negative Reviews on Healthgrades

    Michael Jones
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    Love them or hate them, online physician review sites like, and all the reviews they contain, are not likely to go away anytime soon. These sites are promoted as a way for patients to select a quality physician, based on the reviews of prior patients. If these reviews are negative, they can be extremely problematic for a practicing physician, especially since Healthgrades will normally turn up at or near the top of Google search results for searches based on a physician’s name. There are many issues stemming from these sites that can negatively impact a physician’s…
  • What Direction should the Experienced Nurse in Mid-Career take?

    Sharon A. Takiguchi, RN, MS, APRN, DrPH
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    What direction to take? With a bachelor in nursing degree, you have worked as a staff nurse on a general medical-surgical unit for two to five years, and you find yourself wondering if you should make a change. There are many options available to you: continue in a structured, multifaceted, direct patient-care setting like a hospital unit, move to a fast-paced unit like emergency room or critical care, consider a more independent, community-oriented role as a home health nurse, or contemplate a managerial role as a pain management nurse. Over 100 different nursing specialties exist for an…
  • Balancing Your Lifestyle in Healthcare: Sleeping on the Job

    Victor Peña-Araujo
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    You have studied hard, pulled countless all-nighters, trained for years, and you’ve finally landed your dream job.  You are ready to work hard, to be dedicated, and to give it your all.  You are a caring professional and proudly put your patients’ interests first.  After all, that is the defining characteristic of an excellent clinician. So the last thing you would want is for someone to sabotage all the time, effort, and money you’ve invested in getting this position.  What if that someone actually meant well, had the best of intentions, but still managed to trip you up anyway?
  • Top 8 Ways to Find the Best Physician Jobs

    Michael Jones
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    Finding a good job as a physician isn’t usually a difficult task. However, accepting a physician job is normally a major commitment, with positive or negative repercussions that will last throughout the physician’s career.  That means that every physician job seeker will feel pressure to find the best possible position in order to achieve a long-term positive outcome.  Here are eight tips for how to go about finding your personal best physician job. Networking Finding the best physician jobs isn’t always easy… Networking remains, as it always has been, the number one way…
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  • 11 ways to become smarter not genius

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    The post 11 ways to become smarter not genius appeared first on Palchoice. I am not going to make any tall claims. By reading this article you are not going to become an instant genius. I am not going to use killer headline to promote this article either. The article is about the 11 ways to become smarter not genius. To succeed in life who says you need [...] The post 11 ways to become smarter not genius appeared first on Palchoice.
  • How to use post-it notes for creative idea generation

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    The post How to use post-it notes for creative idea generation appeared first on Palchoice. Can we use post-it notes for creative idea generation? Most of us use post-it notes to remember things in our daily life. You can find these small square shaped notes on people’s refrigerator, mirrors, doors or walls etc. they are very effective tool to remind you of friends birthdays, your marriage anniversary, important appointments etc. But do you [...] The post How to use post-it notes for creative idea generation appeared first on Palchoice.
  • The geeks 7 Secrets to learn anything

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    The post The geeks 7 Secrets to learn anything appeared first on Palchoice. You have to learn new things daily no matter whether you are a student or a professional. Learning new things will always increases your chance to succeed in life. Simple isn’t it? Everybody knows this… Yes but if you are a student new topic in school or college will make you run for cover. And [...] The post The geeks 7 Secrets to learn anything appeared first on Palchoice.
  • How to overcome terrific dip in motivation

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    The post How to overcome terrific dip in motivation appeared first on Palchoice. We sometimes get stuck half way in the project. Everything seems to go downhill. It seems like we can’t stand or survive anymore. We want to give up our work or project when it became harder to go on. Giving up the work seems the easiest way out. Is not it? I know many of [...] The post How to overcome terrific dip in motivation appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Sentences that successful people never use

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The post Sentences that successful people never use appeared first on Palchoice.   Thoughts play a very important role in our life. We are at a place today where our thoughts have taken us. They shape our destination as they are the reasons we do something in life. That’s why words we choose play such an significant role in our life. We all keep on communicating with [...] The post Sentences that successful people never use appeared first on Palchoice.
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  • 10 of the Best Acne Soaps and How to Use Them Effectively

    Sheikh Ovais
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Image credit: AdamKR If you’ve been wondering about choosing the right soap for your acne-prone skin, you’re finally at the right place. I know how daunting it can turn out to be when besides spending your hard earned money, all you’re left with is an awful soap that does nothing but worsen your acne. Now before moving on to evaluating the best acne soap for you, let me explain a few important things: Using an acne-fighting soap is not dumb! Perish all thoughts that suggest your hygiene has nothing to do with your acne. Choosing a right acne fighting soap is just as…
  • The Causes of Acne – An Offbeat Analysis

    Sheikh Ovais
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Having acne can be an agonizing experience for any person, regardless of age or gender. Studies have revealed that the annual cost of acne medications exceeds $2.2 BILLION in the U.S. alone, which clearly shows people’s eagerness towards treating this disease [source]. Though some of these acne medications simply cover up your acne and don’t really treat it, getting rid of acne should be from its roots—its causes. But the problem is that there’s no exact cause behind acne. There are several factors that doctors think bring on this problem for many people. Let’s briefly discuss…
  • Best Ways to Get Rid of Acne Scars – The Ultimate Analysis

    Sheikh Ovais
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Our frustration doesn’t stop even after getting rid of acne, because of acne scars. Now let me assume for a while your condition at this very moment you’re reading this guide. You’ve struggled a lot to defeat your acne. You’ve tried different treatments, therapies, or medications. And finally, after a fierce combat between you and your acne, you’ve become the winner. Maybe you have a different story, but the only sense, I believe, behind your reading of this article is that your acne has left some absolute weird scars behind it. They’re all over your face and even on the…
  • 10 Best Drugstore Acne Products that Won’t Empty Your Pocket

    Sheikh Ovais
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:10 am
    Finally, there’s an end to your quest for those products on your drugstore that are actually worth buying. It really is a great challenge to find the best products for acne at your nearest drugstore. It’s mainly because you don’t know how effective they are. You don’t know if they’ll suit your skin or not. And don’t have any idea whether or not they’re worth their price. So to get yourself out of this misery, in this article, I’ll show you all the best drugstore acne products, that aren’t very expensive, and yet highly effective. The precise assessment of these…
  • How to Get Rid of Blackheads and Embrace a Clear Skin

    Sheikh Ovais
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Don’t worry if this is your condition. This article will help you put an end to it. The title sounds promising, doesn’t it? Well, that isn’t a mere catchy headline just to grab your attention and hand over crappy information in return. Instead, I intend to provide you with ALL the information that is essential for you to get rid of blackheads and literally embrace a smooth and shiny skin. Because I know that you hate to see blackheads on your face. You feel disgusted when they seize your nose, your forehead, and any other area. And you try your level best to do whatever is in your…
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    Restore My Vision Today Info

  • Restore My Vision Today

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    Hey, Tre’von here. Thanks for waiting and it’s finally done. So, without further ado… “Here’s The Most In Depth Review Of Restore My Vision Today on the ‘Web” No fluff, no filler – Just everything you want and NEED to know before buying. Note: This is a review, Click Here to Visit The Restore My Vision Today Website. First things first,- What Exactly is Restore My Vision Today?     Restore My Vision Today The Restore My Vision Today Info is a program made by Dr. Sen and Samantha Pearson committed to helping people who are experiencing vision issues, including…
  • Restore My Vision Today Is Here…

    5 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    Hey I’m Tre’von, First of all, thanks for stopping by my latest website dedicated to Restore My Vision Today.What you’ll find here is the most in depth review of Restore My Vision Today on any site on the web, as well as my personal experience with it during my relatively short ‘trial’ period. It’s already here and this is one of many posts. Keep checking back for more news on the Restore My Vision Today’s  teams latest release, The ebook about Correcting Vision.
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  • India Online Insurance Outlook to 2019 – Driven by Internet Growth and Web Aggregators Industry

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    India Online Insurance Outlook to 2019 – Driven by Internet Growth and Web Aggregators Industry presents a comprehensive analysis of the online insurance industry covering aspects including market size by Direct Written Premium and number of policies sold. A detailed analysis of market segmentation along with the channels of distribution has been listed in the report. The report also entails a detailed description on the recent trends and developments, SWOT analysis; issues faced by online insurance industry, Comparison of Web Aggregators in the market and competitive landscape of major…
  • India Toiletries and Household Cleansing Market Outlook to 2019 – Aggressive Marketing Strategies and Growing Hygiene Awareness to Propel Growth

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:55 am
    India Toiletries and Household Cleansing Market Outlook to 2019 – Aggressive Marketing Strategies and Growing Hygiene Awareness to Propel Growth provides a comprehensive analysis of the market size of the toiletries and household cleansing industry in India, market segmentation on the basis of product type (dish washers, toilet cleaners, floor cleaners and liquid hand wash). The report also entails the market share and company profiles of the major players in the organized segment of toiletries and household cleansing products. An analysis of the future of toiletries and household…
  • India Recycling PET Market Outlook to 2019 – Growth Led by Inclining PET Bottle Availability and Production Capacity

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:11 pm
    India Recycling PET Market Outlook to 2019 – Growth Led by Inclining PET Bottle Availability and Production Capacity” provides a comprehensive analysis of the of the various aspects such as market size, segmentation by end uses and future projections of the Recycled Polyester staple Fibre, Polyester sheets/Films and Polyester straps. This report also offers prevalent trends and developments in India Recycling PET Industry, Government regulations, growth drivers and SWOT analysis of the Industry. The report also covers the market share of major players operating in India recycling industry…
  • India LED and OLED Television Market Research Report

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:17 pm
    The LED and OLED television market in India is expected grow at an estimated CAGR of 40% by FY’2019. Future Growth of LED Television market is expected to be led by the sales of 32 inch LED Televisions. The growing internet and mobile penetration in India likely to boost growth in the online LED and OLED television market. The market players such as LG, Samsung, Videocon, and Sony are focusing on developing new varieties of LED televisions catering to specific needs of the customers, in order to sustain in the highly competitive Indian LED and OLED Television market. Ken Research announced…
  • India LED Television Market Outlook to 2018 – Rising Price Competition With New Players Entry

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:53 am
    India LED Television Market Outlook to 2018 – Rising Price Competition with New Players Entry presents a comprehensive analysis of the industry covering aspects including market size by sales value, sales volume and market segmentation by mode of distribution, by LED television screen size, by geography, by structure and by application. The report also provides a comprehensive view on the online LED and OLED television market in India with a focus on the shares of players in the online LED television market in the country. The report also entails a detailed description on the recent…
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