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  • When Health Coverage Expansion Means Longer Waits for a Doctor

    Medicare News Blog
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    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    With more patients seeking care and the same number of providers, the outcome seems obvious. Yet research points to possible solutions. Related NewsFive ways to squeeze MedicareSLU Hospital cuts Medicare heart transplantsPushing more doctors to ditch the prescription pad
  • How To Conduct An Effective Focus Group
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:16 am
    Whether you’re trying to raise public awareness, change behaviour, test new products and services, or gauge the strength of your brand, market research is a must – and focus groups are a great way to gather intelligence. Ideally these are organized and facilitated by professionals, but smaller organizations with a do-it-yourself budget can still benefit from this tool, if they proceed with caution.
  • Researchers explore effectiveness of inpatient psychotherapy in Germany

    News-Medical.Net Healthcare News Feed
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:55 am
    Sarah Liebherz (Department of Medical Psychology, University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf) and Sven Rabung (Institute of Psychology, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt) have examined 59 studies conducted between 1977 and 2009, to determine the effectiveness of inpatient psychotherapy - which is widely available in Germany - with regard to the reduction of the psychiatric symptoms and impairments in the interpersonal sphere.
  • Tracking The Flu Via The Cloud

    Forbes - Pharma & Healthcare
    Zina Moukheiber
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention became unable to monitor flu outbreaks in the midst of a government shutdown a year ago, athenahealth, an electronic health record and billing management company volunteered to do the job. Nearly 60,000 medical professionals use its platform, and the company can monitor
  • 35 years – respect the learners’ time

    db's Medical Rants
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Students, residents and attending physicians will all agree that in medicine time has great value. Our daily activities depend on having adequate time. Students and residents have work that must be done for good patient care. Since my days as a student, I quickly understood how valuable time management was. As an attending physician I always try to respect the learners’ time. Rounds are important, but we must always do our best to use their time wisely. More specifically, we must make time efficient rounds. We must adjust our teaching to fit the residents’ time constraints. When…
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  • Researchers set up innovative project to monitor physical activity of patients with haemophilia

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    The research group Intelligent Data Analysis Laboratory from the School of Engineering Universitat de València (UV) and a team of scientists at the Faculty of Physiotherapy led by Professor Felipe Querol have set up an innovative project for monitoring the physical activity of people with haemophilia through individual devices with the purpose of developing patterns which help to improve their quality of life and treatments.
  • Consumers make more healthful choices of foods using nutrition labels

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    A recent study by Professor Monique Raats of the University of Surrey's Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, in conjunction with the European Food Information Council in Brussels, has shown that consumers do take into account reference amounts displayed on front of pack nutrition labelling when making their judgements of healthfulness, thus highlighting their importance for the effective presentation of nutrition information.
  • National Spine & Pain Centers opens new pain management center in Cumberland, Maryland

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    Over 100 million adults suffer from chronic pain and about half of those suffer from this pain daily. Chronic and acute pain dramatically impacts quality of life. The specialty of pain management is born to fulfill the need for non-surgical, interventional solutions and medication management to treat all types of pain.
  • Philips announces expanded availability of diagnostic X-ray solutions

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:28 am
    Royal Philips today announced expanded availability of its portfolio of diagnostic X-ray solutions, including DuraDiagnost, DigitalDiagnost, MobileDiagnost wDR, MobileDiagnost Opta, ProGrade and PrimaryDiagnost.
  • Researchers explore effectiveness of inpatient psychotherapy in Germany

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:55 am
    Sarah Liebherz (Department of Medical Psychology, University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf) and Sven Rabung (Institute of Psychology, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt) have examined 59 studies conducted between 1977 and 2009, to determine the effectiveness of inpatient psychotherapy - which is widely available in Germany - with regard to the reduction of the psychiatric symptoms and impairments in the interpersonal sphere.
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  • U.S. demand for Ebola protection leaves Africa short

    Zack Budryk
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    American demand for personal protective equipment to treat Ebola is leaving the West African countries affected by the outbreak in short supply, according to the Wall Street more
  • Demographic trends help hospitals plan for the future

    Zack Budryk
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    Hospitals must pay closer attention to demographics and trends among their patients to provide the most appropriate care, according to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton CEO Richard Freeman, more
  • Boom market continues for nonclinical healthcare jobs

    Leslie Small
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    Demand remains sky-high for nonclinical and frontline jobs in the healthcare industry due to a host of factors including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a new report more
  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Ilene MacDonald
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    FierceHealthcare will not publish on Thursday, Nov. 27, in observance of Thanksgiving. We will resume publication on Friday, Nov. 28. We wish all our readers a safe and happy more
  • CDC: Emergency departments saw record visits in 2011

    Katie Sullivan
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    Emergency departments across the country saw a record number of patients in 2011, with more than 136 million people visiting, and experts only expect the demand to increase, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and more
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  • FDA Approves New Noninvasive Technology To Assess Heart Vessels

    Larry Husten
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:24 pm
    The FDA said today that it had granted approval to a novel technology that noninvasively measures fractional flow reserve (FFR) using data obtained from a CT scan of the heart. In recent years interventional cardiologists have been using an invasive, catheter-based form of FFR to measure the pressure gradient in partially blocked coronary arteries in order to identify lesions that are suitable candidates for a stent.
  • From Hollywood To Healthcare IT: 3 Key Lessons From My Career Leap

    NetApp Guest
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
    After spending 15 years in the entertainment business at Warner Bros., I now have an opportunity to experience the surprising similarities between healthcare and what goes on "behind the scenes." Though the business goals and customer base differ, it's the human factor that remains common…
  • How Smart Was That Turkey And Ham Before It Became Dinner?

    David DiSalvo
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    For much of the U.S., there are only four words that will be worth repeating the rest of the week: "Please pass the turkey" (maybe seven if you add "...and the ham"). As we begin devouring sloppy portions of holiday meats, I thought it might be interesting to find out a bit about the relative intelligence of the beasts on our plates.
  • Tracking The Flu Via The Cloud

    Zina Moukheiber
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention became unable to monitor flu outbreaks in the midst of a government shutdown a year ago, athenahealth, an electronic health record and billing management company volunteered to do the job. Nearly 60,000 medical professionals use its platform, and the company can monitor
  • The U.S. Death Rate Spikes On Thanksgiving. Here's Why.

    Dan Diamond
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Thanksgiving might be the nation's happiest holiday. It might be the nation's deadliest, too.
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  • Infographic: 3 Cornerstones for Healthcare Analytics Success

    Melanie Matthews
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Healthcare analytics has the potential to provide the insight to help reduce operational costs, optimize IT systems and help clinicians make the best decisions for their patients. The following infographic produced by Dimensional Insight, "3 Cornerstones for Healthcare Analytics Success," shows three areas that healthcare organizations must consider when looking at analytics solutions. Health risk stratification is scalable—whether grouping diabetics in a single practice without an EMR or drilling down to an ACO's subset of medication non-adherent diabetics with elevated HbA1cs who lack…
  • Infographic: Healthcare Transparency

    Melanie Matthews
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Increased transparency in the healthcare industry will change how providers compete in the marketplace, according to a new infographic from the Patient-to-Consumer Revolution. Health plans will either enable transparent consumer shopping, or be by-passed by a consumer technology company that will offer this type of comparison shopping. Greater cost transparency and consumer engagement are front-and-center in the health insurance revolution that is underway, and the use of data is driving these monumental changes. Data Sources for Rate-Setting in ACOs, Exchanges and Narrow Networks examines…
  • CMS Chronic Care Management Medicare Reimbursement: Sizeable Revenue, Health Outcome Opportunities

    Cheryl Miller
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Beginning January 2015, Medicare will pay a flat, monthly chronic care management (CCM) fee to providers coordinating care for beneficiaries with more than one chronic condition. This change will expand the current Medicare payment policy to include non face-to-face management services previously included within payments for evaluation and management (EM) services, amount to about $40 a beneficiary, a sizeable new source of revenue for eligible providers. The targeted population is also substantial; as recent news story reported by the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN), 87 percent of U.S.
  • Infographic: Getting Paid for the New Chronic Care Management Code

    Melanie Matthews
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Under CMS' new Chronic Care Management (CCM) program, which takes effect in 2015, physician practices can receive reimbursement for non-encounter based follow up care to coordinate care for those with chronic conditions. A new infographic by HealthFusion provides details on the physician practice and patient responsibilities for practices to be eligible for this reimbursement. Starting January 2015, physician practices will be eligible to receive reimbursement for chronic care management services provided by physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, clinical nurse…
  • 11 Statistics about Stratifying High-Risk Patients

    Cheryl Miller
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    Healthcare organizations use a range of tools and practices to identify and stratify high-risk, high-cost patients and determine appropriate interventions. Most critical to the stratification process is clinical patient data, say an overwhelming 87 percent of respondents to the Healthcare Intelligence Network’s (HIN) inaugural survey on Stratifying High-Risk Patients. However, obtaining and verifying patient data remain major challenges for many respondents. Following are 10 more statistics from our survey. „„Hospital readmissions is the metric most favorably impacted by risk…
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    The Health Care Blog

  • RIP Meaningful Use Born 2009 – Died 2014???

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    BOB WACHTER, MD The policy known as Meaningful Use was designed to ensure that clinicians and hospitals actually used the computers they bought with the help of government subsidies. In the last few months, though, it has become clear that the policy is failing. Moreover, the federal office that administers it is losing leaders faster than American Idol is losing […]
  • Health Care for Dummies (and Innovators): In search of a practical definition of health

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    By LESLIE KERNISAN, MD For a while now, I’ve been working on an ebook about making digital health more useful and usable for older adults. (Don’t hold your breath, I really have no idea when it will be done. I can only work on it for about an hour every weekday.) In reflecting on the […]
  • MyFitnessPal Works If You Use It

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    By MIKE LEE You may have seen some news regarding a study MyFitnessPal recently did with UCLA. I wanted to take a minute to address this study, since we participated in it directly. We are excited that we got to work with some very smart people to answer a question we also wanted to know the […]
  • HIT Newser: The CommonWell Alliance Gets More Common

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    MICHELLE RONAN-NOTEBOOM The CommonWell Alliance Gets More Common Aprima and CareCloud join Allscripts, Cerner, McKesson, athenahealth, Greenway, and RelayHealth in the CommonWell Alliance, a nonprofit consortium of HIT vendors focused on fostering interoperability. Coalition Says Stick to ICD-10 Schedule CHIME, AHIMA, HFMA, and a dozen more industry organizations send a letter to Congressional leaders urging no further delays to […]
  • Is Deborah Peel up to her old tricks?

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:45 am
    By Matthew Holt Long time (well very long time) readers of THCB will remember my extreme frustration with Patients Privacy Rights founder Deborah Peel who as far as I can tell spent the entire 2000s opposing electronic health data in general and commercial EMR vendors in particular. I even wrote a very critical piece about […]
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  • The making of a moron

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:22 am
    A dose of Idiocracy When I read Automation Makes Us Dumb in the weekend Wall Street Journal it immediately made me think of a blog post I wrote a few years back: Are decision support tools turning doctors into idiots? The basic premise is that we are de-skilling ourselves as we turn over more and more tasks to computers. We forget how to do things we used to know –like landing a plane or diagnosing an illness– and are left as virtual slaves to the machines, pressing buttons and generally following the road trod by skilled factory workers who largely lost their jobs and…
  • Health Wonk Review is up at Healthblawg

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    David Harlow has stuffed the Turkey Edition of the Health Wonk Review with tons of enticing and informative posts. Help yourself!  
  • Chicken or egg: Do family dinners lead to health or vice versa?

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    No class warfare at breakfast, please! We’ve heard for a long time that families that eat dinner together experience all sorts of benefits: better physical and mental health, better diet, more satisfaction. According to today’s Wall Street Journal (No Time for Family Dinner? Try Breakfast), the same benefits may be available to families that eat breakfast together instead. But deep down in the article we find the dirty little secret about the relationship of family mealtimes with all those wonderful things: Children’s suppertime leg up on life may have more to do with the types…
  • Healthcare data in Massachusetts: Interview with CHIA’s Áron Boros

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:32 am Áron Boros, CHIA Executive Director Massachusetts needs reliable, detailed, and accessible healthcare data to make health reform a success. The Center for Health Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) provides data and reports that are used by health systems, health plans, researchers and other government agencies. Popular resources include the all-payer claims database, acute hospital case mix databases, and hospital financial performance reports. This information has become…
  • Medicaid for all?

    14 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    “As More Join Medicaid, Health Systems Feel Strain.” That’s the striking and counterintuitive headline on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. The Affordable Care Act is injecting billions upon billions of dollars to provide Medicaid to previously uninsured people. More money should help healthcare providers’ finances, not hurt them. So what’s going on? To summarize, Medicaid reimburses for services at only about half the rate of what commercial health plans pay. A doctor in the article receives just $80 to see a Medicaid patient compared to $160 for a…
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  • How Many People Have Enrolled So Far in Obamacare's Second Open Enrollment?

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    Undoubtedly I will hear that question many times in the coming weeks. The answer is that this enrollment process is so screwed up we will have no earthly idea how many new people have enrolled and how many 2014 enrollees remained on the program until at least April 2015. Let me try to illustrate. Let's say George is now enrolled in Obamacare. He is happy to have subsidized and guaranteed
  • Is the Administration Low-Balling Their 2015 Obamacare Enrollment Estimate?

    10 Nov 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Well, with an estimate of only 9 million to 9.9 million, apparently they are. But I will suggest the focus should not be on anybody's estimate for 2015 but rather on how many people need to enroll in Obamacare to make it sustainable. A few points: The Kaiser Family Foundation estimated that when Obamacare launched in 2014, 17.2 million people were eligible for subsidies. The only place you can
  • Supreme Court Takes the Obamacare Subsidy Case--Justices Will Rule Before July 1

    7 Nov 2014 | 3:02 pm
    In a Wow moment, the Supreme Court announced Friday that they will take one of the four pending "Halbig" cases––specifically King v. Burwell. The issue is over whether the new health law actually authorizes the payment of premium subsidies in the 37 states that will rely upon the federal government to run their exchange in 2015. This effort is being made on a number of fronts but has been
  • Obamacare: Death By a Thousand Votes?

    4 Nov 2014 | 10:17 pm
    We didn't see a Republican tide on election night. We saw a Republican tsunami. A year after Obamacare went into effect and Democrats said people would come to support it voters gave one Republican candidate after another, who made Obamacare a big part of each of their campaigns, one victory after another. So, how will the Republicans use their convincing result on Obamacare? Republicans will
  • Health Insurers "Expect at Least 20% Growth" From 2015 Enrollment

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    That was the lead in a Reuters story this morning saying, "health plans expect at least 20% growth in customers and in some states anticipate more than a doubling in sign-ups" from the 2015 Obamacare open-enrollment. Well they better do a hell of a lot better than that! The CBO has estimated that 13 million people will ultimately be covered in the Obamacare insurance exchanges in 2015. The
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    Healthcare Economist

  • Why isn’t there more consumer med tech?

    Jason Shafrin
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Robert Pearl’s MedX keynote address gives some reasons. Many New Technologies Don’t Address The Real Problem.  Tech entrepreneurs often take a backward approach to invention. They start by discovering a nifty technology. Later, they figure out how people can use it…Alan Cooper, considered by many to be the father of modern user experience design (UXD), said the ideal approach is “goal directed.”  Meaning, innovators should start with the goals of the end-user. The solutions come next. When the order is reversed, the results usually disappoint. No one wants to pay for it.
  • Friday links

    Jason Shafrin
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    Diagnose 100s of diseases with 1 drop of blood $2.6 billion. Medicare to update ACO rules. Does size matter? Higher cost burden: obesity vs. substance abuse?
  • HWR: Turkey Edition

    Jason Shafrin
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    David Harlow has posted a most excellent Health Wonk Review: The Turkey Edition at HealthBlawg – great substantive content and fun, too! Even a video of Gruber Gate is there if you’re interested.  
  • Does International Development Work?

    Jason Shafrin
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:19 pm
    In a well thought out piece in the New Republic, Michael Hobbes argues the answer isn’t ‘yes’ or ‘no’, but the expectations for aid programs to completely reinvigorate an economy or improve health care dramatically are often overestimated.  Consider the case of a program that distributes food to individuals who are malnurished. In Udaipur, India, a survey found that poor people had enough money to increase their food spending by as much as 30 percent, but they chose to spend it on alcohol, tobacco, and festivals instead. Duflo and Banerjee interviewed an…
  • Medicaid Expansion States

    Jason Shafrin
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Which states have decided to receive additional federal funds to expand the share of people they cover under Medicaid?  The Kaiser Family Foundation has the answer. Alabama Not Moving Forward at this Time Alaska  Not Moving Forward at this Time Arizona Implementing the Medicaid Expansion  Arkansas Implementing the Medicaid Expansion California  Implementing the Medicaid Expansion Colorado Implementing the Medicaid Expansion Connecticut Implementing the Medicaid Expansion Delaware Implementing the Medicaid Expansion District of Columbia Implementing the Medicaid Expansion…
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  • Structured Physical Activity Program Can Reduce Risk of Losing Ability to Walk Unassisted

    Anthony Cirillo
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    National Institute on Aging Structured Physical Activity Program Can Reduce Risk of Losing Ability to Walk Unassisted A carefully structured, moderate physical activity program can reduce risk of losing the ability to walk without assistance a new study has found. Older people who lose their mobility have higher rates of disease, disability, and death. A substantial body of research has shown the benefits of regular physical activity for a variety of populations and health conditions. But none has identified a specific intervention to prevent mobility disability. In this large clinical study,…
  • 65+ in the United States – Census Report Paints Challenging Picture (Video)

    Anthony Cirillo
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    65+ in the United States – Census Report Paints Challenging Picture (Video) The post 65+ in the United States – Census Report Paints Challenging Picture (Video) appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Our Friday Song of the Week – Smooth Operator

    Anthony Cirillo
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Our Friday Song of the Week – Smooth Operator The post Our Friday Song of the Week – Smooth Operator appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • One Third of Knee Replacements Inappropriate (Video)

    Anthony Cirillo
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
      One Third of Knee Replacements Inappropriate (Video) The post One Third of Knee Replacements Inappropriate (Video) appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Cocoa-extract May Prevent Alzheimer’s (Video)

    Anthony Cirillo
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Cocoa-extract May Prevent Alzheimer’s (Video) The post Cocoa-extract May Prevent Alzheimer’s (Video) appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
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  • Takeaways From Health Affairs’ Twitter Chat With PCORI

    Tracy Gnadinger
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:08 am
    Recently, we at Health Affairs hosted our first Twitter chat with the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) on patient engagement in research. The chat was a follow-up to the Health Affairs patient engagement issue and the recent release of three videos, produced in partnership with PCORI, on the ways patients and practitioners are incorporating patient engagement in health care decisions. The videos are hosted and reported by journalist John Dimsdale. During the Twitter chat, we moderated a question-and-answer session with PCORI’s director of patient engagement, Sue…
  • Exhibit Of The Month: Maps Tell Powerful Stories About Children, Neighborhoods, And Possible Policy Solutions

    Larry Wheeler
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Editor’s note: This post is part of an ongoing “Exhibit of the Month” series. Readers who’d like to highlight other noteworthy exhibits from the same issue are encouraged to make their pitch in the comments section below. Maps and health have been powerfully intertwined since nineteenth-century British physician John Snow produced a hand-drawn map that famously showed a correlation between the locations where cholera was killing hundreds of Londoners during an 1854 epidemic and the Broad Street pump where locals unknowingly drew water contaminated with the deadly bacterium.
  • Workplace Wellness Produces No Savings

    Al Lewis, Vik Khanna, and Shana Montrose
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    During the last decade, workplace wellness programs have become commonplace in corporate America. The majority of US employers with 50 or more employees now offer the programs. A 2010 meta-analysis that was favorable to workplace wellness programs, published in Health Affairs, provided support for their uptake. This meta-analysis, plus a well-publicized “success” story from Safeway, coalesced into the so-called Safeway Amendment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That provision allows employers to tie a substantial and increasing share of employee insurance premiums to health…
  • What Is The Future For Community Health Workers?

    Alan Weil
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    I recently attended a symposium entitled “Community Health Workers: Getting the Job Done in Health Care Delivery(My concluding remarks begin at the 6:00:40 mark in the video.) Speakers examined the evolving role of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in the current era of delivery system reform. Health Affairs has published work documenting the importance of this part of the workforce, and our November issue is dedicated to the topic of “Collaborating for Community Health.” I was asked to summarize some key points from the day-long conversation. In this post I highlight some of the themes…
  • Recalling To Err’s Impact — And A Small But Telling IOM Mistake

    Michael Millenson
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Institute of Medicine (IOM)’s To Err is Human report, which famously declared that from 44,000 to 98,000 Americans died each year from preventable mistakes in hospitals and another one million were injured. That blunt conclusion from a prestigious medical organization shocked the public and marked the arrival of patient safety as a durable and important public policy issue. Alas, when it comes to providing the exact date of this medical mistakes milestone, the IOM itself is confused and, in a painful piece of irony, sometimes just plain wrong.
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  • When Health Coverage Expansion Means Longer Waits for a Doctor

    medicare poster
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    With more patients seeking care and the same number of providers, the outcome seems obvious. Yet research points to possible solutions. Related NewsFive ways to squeeze MedicareSLU Hospital cuts Medicare heart transplantsPushing more doctors to ditch the prescription pad
  • Private Sector in Health

    medicare poster
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Robert I. Field of Drexel University writes that “the symbiosis between the government and private insurers under the Affordable Care Act should come as no surprise.” Related NewsPrivate sector auditors to root out fraud in Medicare and Medicaid: CAGW lauds decisionDoctors’ group prescribes private health careMedicare passes on big profits to insurers
  • Tip on Medicare Spurs Insider Trading Investigation

    medicare poster
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Federal regulators are looking into whether a report by Height Securities that led to stock price jumps among health insurers was based on information obtained illegally. Related NewsHigh cost of shingles vaccine spurs painful choice for someDebt deal puts Medicare, Medicaid up for cutsI-Team: Seniors Beginning To Patrol Medicare Fraud
  • In Control, Republican Lawmakers See Budget as Way to Push Agenda

    medicare poster
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Congressional Republicans have plans to transform Medicare and Medicaid and to cut taxes for high earners, measures once out of reach with Democrats controlling the Senate. Related NewsThe Republican threat to MedicareRepublican budget proposal reopens debate over Medicare reformRepublican budget proposal reopens debate over Medicare reform
  • 1964: Medicare Foe Says He’ll Act

    medicare poster
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    From the International Herald Tribune archives: A Republican opponent agreed to usher through the Medicare bill in 1964. Related NewsSPIN METER: Once Medicare’s foe, GOP now boosts itMedicare’s Lessons for the Affordable Care ActMedicare recipients benefit from the Affordable Health Care Act
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  • Physician satisfaction in health systems

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    Yesterday I wrote this tweet – When will health systems start measuring physician satisfaction? Unhappy physicians = worse care, burnout and leaving the system.. Never have a received as many retweets. And this occurred on a Sunday evening. I was merely channeling this article – From Triple to Quadruple Aim: Care of the Patient Requires Care of the Provider. My tweet was actually an homage to that article. Too often I hear about health systems restructure, often using “consultants”, in a way that frustrates the physician workforce. In 2014, rather than privately owned…
  • 35 years – respect the learners’ time

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Students, residents and attending physicians will all agree that in medicine time has great value. Our daily activities depend on having adequate time. Students and residents have work that must be done for good patient care. Since my days as a student, I quickly understood how valuable time management was. As an attending physician I always try to respect the learners’ time. Rounds are important, but we must always do our best to use their time wisely. More specifically, we must make time efficient rounds. We must adjust our teaching to fit the residents’ time constraints. When…
  • 35 years – thoughts on feedback

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    Attending physicians owe their learners growth. Our responsibilities to the learners include feedback. But it has taken me many years to really understand what feedback is, and how to give it. An important educational concept is that we should consider formative processes rather than summative processes. Too many attending physicians think of feedback only as a summative process. At the end of the rotation they sit down with each learner and give their impressions to the learner. But does this type of feedback really help? I would submit that too often our feedback is too non-specific. You…
  • Lessons learned – 35 years of ward attending

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:08 am
    My first time was January 1980. I remember where and remember one patient. Like many new attendings I overestimated my skills. Over the years I have learned much about ward attending success. Now I plan a series of posts that share some thoughts. The overriding principle of ward attending seems obvious, but apparently evades many who become ward attendings. We have several responsibilities. First, we must try to have the team deliver the best possible care for our patients. Second, we must help all of our learners grow into excellent physicians. These responsibilities have changed from the…
  • Show your work – what my algebra teacher taught me

    5 Nov 2014 | 4:48 am
    The most valuable lesson about teaching that I ever learned occurred in high school. I took my first algebra test. The questions were easy, and I wrote down the answers. All my answers were correct, but I got a B. After each answer, she wrote “show your work”. She explained that while algebra questions start out easy, they become more complex over time. Only through careful understanding of ones thought process could we make progress through the more difficult concepts. We had to have a very solid foundation on which to build our algebra house. In my journey as a clinician…
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  • Eight high school football deaths from head or neck injury in 2014 equaling the number in 2013.

    14 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    The Annual Survey of Football Injuries 1931-2013 (first author Kristen Kucera)l was published in March 2014.See here for the full report.The report distinguishes between direct death (basically brain or neck injury) and indirect death which includes a cardiac cause or heat stroke among others. In 2013, there was 8 directs deaths ,all in high school, and nine indirect deaths seven of which were related to high school football. Of the direct deaths 6 were from brain injury and 2 were from neck injuries.There are approximately 1.1 million participants in high school football. So there were 16…
  • The Great Health Information Technology Flim-Flam explained in plain english

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    Margalit Gur-Arie has hit another out of the park on her blog "Health Care Technology". Everyone should read her recent entry entitled "Technology for Onesies-Twosies". See Here.Her comments are aimed at the almost one half of U.S. physicians who are still in private practice, most of which are in medium or smaller groups.The topic the government program to "help"private docs obtain and use electronic health records (EHRs) and its "Meaningful Use" Program which is a carrot and stick approach to get  recalcitrant physicians on the program.Quote:"Case in point: Meaningful Use is a…
  • 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 into myofibers when signaled by damage…
  • 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 (place a stent in ) the other…
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    The Alan Katz Health Care Reform Blog

  • No on Proposition 45

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:29 pm
    As you know, this blog has been—and remains—on hiatus. I’m playing around with reviving it down the road, but before I could even think that idea through, a California issue has arisen that compels me to write something now. That issue is Proposition 45. There’s a long and storied history in California of great sounding initiatives that harbor devastating impacts. Proposition 45 is one of those and that’s why it needs to be defeated on November 4th. Proposition 45 is Unnecessary Proposition 45 supporters claim it will lower costs by simply requiring the California Department of…
  • Initial Response

    28 Jun 2012 | 8:22 am
    It’s going to take some time to dive into the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision on the constitutionality of provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The opinion is now online for those who wish to wade through it. Here’s my initial take: 1. As noted in my first post today, the individual mandate isn’t much of a mandate, but the principle of a mandate could have brought down the entire health care reform package. It didn’t, but that doesn’t mean the individual mandate, as written, will have the impact supporters of the PPACA intend. The only…
  • And the Winners Are … Maybe

    28 Jun 2012 | 7:15 am
    According to SCOTUSblog, the winners are the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the administration of President Barack Obama and the individual mandate … as a tax. But as Amy Howe of that blog notes “It’s very complicated, so we’re still figuring it out.” Chief Justice Roberts joined with the more liberal members of the Court to find the individual mandate (such as it is) constitutional. So, bottom line: the PPACA is upheld. Yes, the Medicaid provision that allows the federal government to terminate state’s Medicaid funds if they fail to expand…
  • I’m Just Sitting on a Fence

    28 Jun 2012 | 7:03 am
    Hello. As you may have noticed, this blog has been dark a lot longer than the month or two I thought it would be. But what’s 10 months among friends? I haven’t made it back to regular blogging because things at SeeChange Health have simply been too busy. We’ve launched statewide in California back in September, have grown very consistently since then (thanks to all of you supporting our approach to health insurance) and we’re waiting on regulators in Colorado to begin selling there. All of which has kept me away from this blog. But how can I ignore what’s…
  • Where the Heck Have I Been?

    9 Aug 2011 | 9:40 pm
    My apologies. It’s been too long since I wrote a post here and I haven’t left word as to why and what’s up. First, my absence is not because there isn’t a lot to write about. On the contrary, what’s going on with health care reform is both fascinating and diverse. Rather, I simply haven’t had a chance to carve out the time necessary to write about the many things that are happening. I’ve tried, often unsuccessfully, to make this blog a resource that provides a perspective on health care reform developments, a perspective that takes what’s…
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    Health Care Renewal

  • Is this why Abington Memorial Hospital tried to censor this blog - so they could shop around for a favorable ruling on Certificate of Merit attacks in future malpractice cases?

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    On the increasing corporatization of medicine and the conduct that results:As I wrote on August 11, 2013 at "Who Would Have Thought That The Most Severe Form of Attempted Internet Censorship Could Originate in a Community Hospital, Abington Memorial?" (, a community hospital whose EHR-related error led to my mother's injury and death tried to censor my writing through a Motion for Prior Restraint in the local courts in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania:... I would not have thought such an attempt at abridgement of…
  • Public Relations and the Obfuscation of Management Errors - Texas Health Resources Dodges its Ebola Questions

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Our last posts about how revenue focused, generically managed US health care (non) system would have difficulty handling the threat of the Ebola virus were in mid-October, 2014.  Yet since then we have learned little about what went wrong when a single hospital dealt with the first Ebola patient to present de novo in the US, and two of the hospital's own nurses who acquired the infection caring for him.  So since we have not learned all we should about our first brush with Ebola, there is still reason to worry that things may not go better should another person be unlucky enough to…
  • How Many Straws? - After $60 Million Settlement for Poor Manufacturing Quality, Hospira Warned by FDA, Then Assessed Punitive Damages for Firing Whistle-Blower

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    How many legal cases suggesting failures of leadership of large health care corporations will it take to break the back of health care?  $60 Million Settlement of Class Action Alleging Cost Cutting Led to Poor Manufacturing of Drugs and DevicesEarlier this year, we posted about the $60 million settlement of a class action lawsuit brought by investors in Hospira Inc,  a drug and device manufacturer.  The plaintiffs had contended that "cost cutting aimed at boosting short-term profitability," and ostensibly "shareholder value" lead to "gutting quality control efforts," and…
  • Even Crazy Eddie Knows "Corporations Don't Commit Crimes, People Commit Crimes" - But Biotronik Settles

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    The deals the government gives are INSANE!!!  Just ask Crazy Eddie's former Chief Financial Officer. The Former Crazy Eddie CFO on Impunity Those of a certain age who were in or near the New York area remember Crazy Eddie, a discount appliance and electronics retailer with insane advertisements.As reported by CNN, Sam F Antar, the former Chief Financial Officer of Crazy Eddie, was a speaker on a conference on financial fraud,The U.S. government is losing the war against white collar crime.That's the message from Sam E. Antar, one of the masterminds of the massive Crazy Eddie fraud of the…
  • The Bigger They Come, the Softer They Fall - the Size of Pharma Companies and How Vigorously they are Prosecuted

    14 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    After we found lessons to be learned from even  relatively small legal cases involving medical device companies, we reviewed some relatively small cases involving pharmaceutical companies made public in 2014.  Again, we had an index case that linked to larger issuesMerck Settled Fraud Allegations for $31 MillionThis case got very little coverage in October, 2014.  A very short story by Reuters included these essentials,A subsidiary of Merck & Co has agreed to pay U.S. states $31 million to settle claims that it overcharged their Medicaid programs for an antidepressant it…
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    Bioethics Discussion Blog

  • Patient Modesty: Volume 70

    14 Nov 2014 | 1:44 pm
    The consensus of what is written here about the medical system's behavior toward attention to patient modesty  including the ability of patients to select the gender of those who attend to patients is that IT IS TIME TO CHANGE and respond to their serious concerns. Changing a system requires education of the system regarding the need. This education can occur at the level of the single provider who is attending to the patient and may lead to specific changes for that patient but it is doubtful if such limited education unless done by millions of patients will make any significant…
  • Is Pregnancy a Disease?

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Here is a topic hot off the September-October 2014 Hastings Center Report, a bioethics journal, that should raise a few eyebrows of agreement or rebuttal.The point of the article is if pregnancy is NOT a disease then healthcare providers who refuse to perform abortions need not claim "conscience" as the basis for their refusal but claim that pregnancy and abortion are not part of what medicine has always been defined. The premise: "the scope of the very concept of medicine and disease circumscribes the scope of proper medical practice.  Procedures and activities that fall…
  • Patients Killing Doctors

    4 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    A discussion starting on a bioethics listserv to which I subscribe. The opening of the thread and followed by 2 responses.  Would you want and are you in favor for your physician to have a gun available in his or her office accessible for self-protection?  ..Maurice. The current issue of the New Yorker (Aug. 25, 2014) has a man-bites-dog story "Under the Knife" (pp. 30-35) about an epidemic of doctor-killings by Chinese patients Physicians, of course, have been (mostly inadvertently) killing patients throughout the history of medicine. With a few notable exceptions (…
  • Patient Modesty: Volume 69

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

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

  • Ebola and the ethics of research design

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:36 pm
    A couple of recent articles stimulated my interest on the ethics of conducting ebola research, particularly with those conducted in low-resource settings and having a randomised controlled design. It interested me enough to write a letter to JAMA, where it got bounced.  I thought about submitting to Lancet, but hip replacement surgery got in my way: just too much work. So it goes. Part of what is fascinating about the topic are the underlying issues regarding whether doing anything other than the 'gold standard' of clinical trials is justified. I am diverting this piece to…
  • 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…
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  • The influence of biological and technical factors on quantitative analysis of amyloid PET: Points to consider and recommendations for controlling variability in longitudinal data

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:23 am
    This site uses cookies to improve performance. If your browser does not accept cookies, you cannot view this site. Setting Your Browser to Accept Cookies There are many reasons why a cookie could not be set correctly. Below are the most common reasons: You have cookies disabled in your browser. You need to reset your […]
  • Christmas Carols at Maidstone Mall

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Staff, volunteers and people affected by dementia in Kent will be singing Christmas carols at The Mall in Maidstone to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s Society. The singers hope to raise more than £1,000 by entertaining shoppers with their spirited singing and colourful Christmas jumpers.   Now, Alzheimer’s Society wants more people to hit […]
  • Two Alzheimer’s Society supporters win Best Bravest Women Awards 2014

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    The awards, which took place at St James’ Court Hotel, London on Monday 17th November, celebrated the achievements and courage of ten inspirational women. Gina, who is currently the face of the Dementia Friends campaign, was diagnosed with early-onset dementia at just 61. Viv is a full-time carer for her husband Bill who has Alzheimer’s […]
  • Resources for People Who Care for Someone with Parkinson’s

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    Taking care of someone with Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a journey. It is natural to have a lot of concerns and questions, and to look for outside support. Whether your loved one’s diagnosis is recent or you are a seasoned care partner, the National Parkinson Foundation has resources to help you navigate the various challenges […]
  • Pain care and management for older Americans

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:10 am
    The first issue of a new publication series from The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) called From Policy to Practice explores pain as a public health problem and takes a look at how various policies impact the care provided to patients in a range of practice settings. It also provides readers with an overview of […]
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    News from Scott & White Healthcare

  • Scott & White Health Plan Recognized by Texas Diabetes Council as Top in State

    Katherine Voss
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    The Scott & White Health Plan (SWHP) has been recognized for excellence in diabetic care by the Texas Diabetes Council in Austin. SWHP is the only Texas health plan that exceeded national and state standards for diabetes care in six categories. The award is based on SWHP’s performance against standardized Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information […] The post Scott & White Health Plan Recognized by Texas Diabetes Council as Top in State appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock receives recognition for stroke care

    Katherine Voss
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:49 pm
    For the second year, Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock, a part of Baylor Scott & White, has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients. According to the American Heart Association/American […] The post Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock receives recognition for stroke care appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • New Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Begins in Central Texas

    Scott Clark
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    UMHB DPT students will get the opportunity to interact with Baylor Scott & White Health physicians, therapists, and nurses on a daily basis. DPT faculty and Baylor Scott & White faculty will have the opportunity to collaborate on research projects and share ideas and innovations. The program will start on the UMHB campus while the university builds a permanent home for the DPT program on the Baylor Scott & White campus in Temple. The post New Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Begins in Central Texas appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Baylor student, Megan Ritzi condition update

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

  • Novartis lung cancer site get an F

    Richard Meyer
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:44 am
    If you want an example of just how far pharma is lagging in digital look no further than the Novartis Oncology lung cancer site. Today “A” for effort doesn’t mean a hell of a lot... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Physicians and social media

    Richard Meyer
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    64% of physicians use at least one of the types of social network while 36% do not use any, according to the Sources & Interactions Study, September 2013. This breaks down to 13% of doctors using... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Medical Device tax impact: negligible

    Richard Meyer
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:16 am
    The 2.3% medical device tax imposed by the Affordable Care Act in 2010 was one of a number of additional revenue-raising provisions to finance health reform. This tax, which took effect on January... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • We have to be the change we need…

    Richard Meyer
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
    I don’t think I have seen any industry that is in more dire need of change than pharma.  Report after report continues to point out how pharma is lagging in one area or another and yet year... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pharma lagging in digital…

    Richard Meyer
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    POST SUMMARY:  According to McKinsey&Company “unlike successful B2C companies in other industries— which offer mobile solutions, provide personalized product recommendations, and empower... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • How To Conduct An Effective Focus Group

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:16 am
    Whether you’re trying to raise public awareness, change behaviour, test new products and services, or gauge the strength of your brand, market research is a must – and focus groups are a great way to gather intelligence. Ideally these are organized and facilitated by professionals, but smaller organizations with a do-it-yourself budget can still benefit from this tool, if they proceed with caution.
  • 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.
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    FierceHealthPayer News

  • More than 450k consumers enrolled on during first week

    Dori Zweig
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    More than 450,000 individuals purchased health insurance on during the first week of open enrollment, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced during a phone conference more
  • Leading Senate Democrat calls ACA 'major political blunder'

    Brian Eastwood
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    A top U.S. Senate Democrat called the Affordable Care Act a "major political blunder" on Tuesday, saying that President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats should have focused on fixing the economy in 2009 instead.  read more
  • HHS uses holiday weekend to drive enrollment outreach

    Dori Zweig
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    In an effort to reach its goal of enrolling 9.1 million individuals on health insurance exchanges by the end of 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services is taking the healthcare reform law on the road on this busy holiday shopping more
  • Obama administration warns employers against shifting workers to exchanges

    Dina Overland
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Employers shouldn't incent employees who are costly to cover to buy coverage on the health insurance exchanges, the Obama administration said in a frequently asked question bulletinread more
  • Brokers divided on launching private exchanges

    Dina Overland
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Private health insurance exchanges are impacting the future of benefits and where consumers obtain their coverage, say leaders at some of the top insurance broker more
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    Practice Manager Solutions

  • Miscommunications, Myths and Misunderstandings about HIPAA Compliance – Episode 009

    Carey Green
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Rebecca and Donna discussing Miscommunications, Myths and Misunderstandings about HIPAA Compliance – the challenges we have faced with different practices and provider opinions about compliance and HIPAA Privacy and Security this year.  The topics highlighted on this podcast:   The Omnibus Rule changes and how they affected practices this year. Meaningful Use and HIPAA Security requirements for providers EHR vendors and HIPAA Compliance Medical and Dental Practice requirements for HIPAA Privacy and Security Workforce Training misconceptions Penalties and Fines as it relates to…
  • Patient Portal Adoption – A Case Study

    Rebecca Morehead
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:14 pm
    You might get some great ideas from one of my clients, an Endocrinology Specialist, from the experience they had with converting their patients to a patient portal. They were already using an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system, but were still mailing lab results to their patients. They were anxious to reduce expenses by implementing Secure Messaging through a patient portal. This case study has all the details including: Description of their process before the conversion Process they went through to convert their patients Results of the conversion Benefits of adopting a patient portal You…
  • Ebola Outbreak Triggers HIPAA Reminders

    Rebecca Morehead
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    In the wake of the Ebola outbreak, the Department of Health and Human Services has issued a bulletin reminding providers of HIPAA requirements in emergency situations. The bulletin outlines the proper balance of patient privacy against the needs of time sensitive treatment along with the need to protect national public health. In both of these cases, some of the HIPAA patient privacy requirements are superseded by the emergency nature of the diagnosis, and the need to act quickly for treatment and containment. Find the full bulletin on the HHS website.    
  • Lymphatic drainage and the importance of moving the garbage out of our bodies – Podcast 008 with MaryAnne Palumbo

    Carey Green
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today we are discussing lymphatic drainage and the importance of moving the garbage out of our bodies.  MaryAnne covers some unique techniques she is using as a licensed massage therapist to assist the body in lymphatic drainage, losing weight, removing cellulite, etc.  Perhaps these techniques could help your patients, or provide more services for your medical practice.  Everyone needs to hear about how our lymphatic system works and how it is related to disease in the body. MaryAnne Palumbo, LMT, CMP License#MA38837 is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Medi-Cupping Practitioner,…
  • Protecting Your Medical Practice

    Rebecca Morehead
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    There are two forms of protection that I want to share with you today that may not come readily to mind when you think about protecting your medical practice. The first relates to my interview with Jeff Holt on More 4 Your Practice last week – Embezzlement. The second concerns protecting your patients from one of the greatest threats to the public in our electronic age – Identity Theft. Embezzlement: How Can You Protect Your Practice? Jeff Holt, vice president and healthcare consultant for PNC Bank in Florida, shared some alarming statistics with me last week: Medical and dental…
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    Georgia Health News

  • Giving thanks — and timely advice

    Andy Miller
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    Thanksgiving makes me think of my wonderful family and friends. Being thankful for them, and for all GHN colleagues, readers and supporters. It’s also a time for many Georgians to think about safety when it comes to cooking. That means those of us who break out the turkey-frying equipment need to take extra care about safety. Georgia ranks seventh in the nation in Thanksgiving Day cooking fires, as Jim Thompson of the Athens Banner-Herald points out. His article gives tips for holiday cooks on how to fry a turkey safely. Here’s the link. And Happy Thanksgiving! By Andy Miller for Georgia…
  • Arthritis: An all too common and costly disease

    Andy Miller
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    Outwardly, Kerry Tucker of Atlanta looks perfectly healthy. But for the past 25 years, Tucker has battled constant stiffness and pain from psoriatic arthritis. Kerry Tucker “Mornings are the toughest,’’ Tucker said at an Atlanta arthritis conference last week. Then there are the flare-ups that leave her in bed for days. She’s among patients taking a breakthrough “biologic” drug – medications that have made a major difference in their ability to handle arthritis symptoms. Yet these specially engineered drugs have a hefty price tag for insurers, employers and patients. That cost…
  • Calorie counts required at restaurants

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    The new FDA rules even apply to movie theater popcorn and ice cream parlors. By HealthDay for Georgia Health News, 2014. | Permalink | Comment |
  • Grady, Blue Cross at impasse as contract expires

    Andy Miller
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Contract standoffs between hospital systems and health insurers typically have a way of being resolved — often right before a deadline. But high-stakes negotiations between Grady Health System and Georgia’s biggest insurer failed to produce a new contract before the midnight deadline Sunday. Grady Memorial Hospital That means Grady Memorial Hospital is now “out of network” for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia members. Patients with Blue Cross insurance will face higher out-of-pocket costs at the Atlanta hospital and its clinics. Both Grady and Blue Cross expressed…
  • Doctors’ upfront cost of going digital

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:31 am
    Many doctors with small practices say they can’t keep up with digitalization of health care. By NPR for Georgia Health News, 2014. | Permalink | Comment |
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  • Keep your best: tips for staff retention

    Chad Fleming
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    The sun is still rising on a Monday morning as you walk through the back door of your practice. As an experienced optometrist, you have a full schedule and you immediately prepare yourself for your first patient. Then your assistant takes this opportunity to let you know she is turning in her two weeks notice. She found a position in the ophthalmic field with greater benefits and higher pay. You take a deep breath. You try to say something congratulatory, but inside your mind is reeling: “How am I going to replace her?” you wonder. “I’m tired of going through the…
  • 3 essential survival tools for your optometry business

    Chad Fleming
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Optometry practices that survive in the future will be the ones that have made technology an integral part of their operations. Over the past five years optometry practices have gone through an excessive amount of change. The “wait and see” approach, which was successful for optometrists in the past two decades, is no longer a viable option for managing a practice. Technology turnover occurs at a rate of every three years or faster, and this pace will only increase. I’ve always had a passion for using the newest internet technology to improve our business, but lately I’ve…
  • Avoid a malpractice lawsuit by doing these 3 things

    Chad Fleming
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Worrying about possible lawsuits can take away the enjoyment of practicing optometry. Unfortunately, anyone can sue anyone for anything. Just because you have been sued or might be sued in the future does not make you a bad optometrist. Instead of letting anxiety become a chronic fear, wise optometrists have procedures in place to prevent litigation. Here are three things you should be doing now to avoid a malpractice lawsuit. Dilate routinely – When pupils have not been dialated, it’s easy to miss diagnosing common diseases like glaucoma, retinal detachments, and tumors. If you…
  • Patient Abandonment–How to avoid optometrist malpractice suits

    Chad Fleming
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Optometrists are less likely to be sued than other healthcare professionals, but it still happens. Lawsuits may even increase as optometrists embrace the medical model and its greater level of liability in patient care. Practicing ODs now have more situations to lose sleep over, like when a 20-year-old patient wearing contact lenses comes in with a white lesion in the cornea and a hot red eye. Many times malpractice cases are for occurrences outside of actual exam room care.   A surprising amount of litigation deals with a patient’s care being abandoned. Thankfully, a well-researched…
  • 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 –…
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    GeriPal - Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog

  • 6 tech innovations that will make you say "nifty!"

    Alex Smith
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Generally at GeriPal we focus on low tech, high touch interventions.  Like talking to people. But this week we had an inspiring visit this week from  David Atashroo, MD, from Stanford.  The title of his talk was "Innovation in Aging."  And some of the stuff he shared is really exciting, and worth sharing.  These are innovative technologies that can be used to help aging seniors.  Many of these are in the early stages of development or are at the startup level.1.  Check out this wheelchair.  Who says wheelchairs have to be, well, ugly?  This thing…
  • Lessons from the Stage: A Lesson About Patient Communication Learned in an Improv Class

    Dani Chammas
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    My husband and I took a beginner’s improv class not long ago. Two of the most fundamental rules they taught about performing improv with a partner were: (1) never say “no”—it kills the storyline that you should be working with your partner to build. And (2) never say “yes, but...”…. because you might as well have just said “no.” It plays out something like this: You and your partner get a prompt, such as pretending to be cops. Your partner has an idea for where the scene could go next. Little does your partner know that you have a brilliant idea for where you want to take…
  • Time to act! Urge your senators to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy for Surgeon General

    Alex Smith
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:16 pm
    by: Alex Smith @AlexSmithMDVivek Murthy was nominated for Surgeon General of the United States by President Obama in November of 2013.  A bipartisan group of Senators approved his nomination in February 2014 and pushed it forward for a full vote.A (not so) funny thing happened on the way to the vote.In his confirmation hearing, Dr. Murthy was asked by Senator Lamar Alexander about his tweet that gun control is a public health issue. Tired of politicians playing politics w/ guns, putting lives at risk b/c they're scared of NRA. Guns are a health care issue. #debatehealth— Vivek…
  • Some say Geriatrics is not glamorous, but I say it is.

    Stephanie Rogers
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Tonight I was having a discussion with some close friends.  I’ve got to brag here, I have some very smart, passionate physician friends from residency.    One of the hospitalists asked for our collective advice about a recent difficult clinical encounter: “How would you handle a 90 year-old patient in the hospital who refuses to let the nurses change her until we let her go home?  She’s been sitting there in her own urine for 24 hours, and I just don’t know how to help.”Five months into my geriatrics fellowship, I thought maybe I could handle this…
  • Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine: Partners in a Common Mission

    ken covinsky
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Over the past decade, the disciplines of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine have become intellectual cousins.  Within Palliative Medicine, the recognition that Palliative Medicine is not just about end of life care has been a paradigm shift.   There is now recognition that core skills of Palliative Medicine, including symptom management, communication, and caregiver support are needed throughout the course of serious illness.  While these needs of seriously ill patients transcend age, it is a demographic fact that older persons will be the bulk of persons with these…
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  • Five of Your First Aid Questions, Answered

    Tony Howarth
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Sometimes we take a look through the search terms that bring visitors to this site and sometimes they are first aid questions looking for an answer. Hopefully these people got the information they wanted already, but if not…. here goes. … Continue reading →
  • Pain assessment using OPQRST

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

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

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

    27 Feb 2014 | 7:12 am
    Let’s go back to the prairie land. Back before motorized vehicles existed. Remember The Little House on the Prairie or John Wayne westerns? If you took note of the time era entertainment depictions, you may have noticed that transportation was … Continue reading →
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  • Mental health trusts ranked

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:10 am
    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has produced a report ranking almost all mental health trusts in England.The purpose of the CQC report is to highlight the risk of a mental health trust providing poor care. The report found 12% have been rated in the highest risk band, but majority are of low concern.Please check ...
  • Avastin should be used for eyes

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:08 am
    The Royal College of Ophthalmologists says Avastin should be routinely available on the NHS.They have found Avastin is safe and effective  for patients with wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration.The Royal College says switching to this cancer drug could save the NHS £100m.
  • Worldwide cost of obesity same as smoking

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:02 am
    Research suggests the worldwide cost of obesity is about the same as smoking and greater than alcoholism and climate change.According to McKinsey Global Institute obesity cost the UK £47bn. Researchers say 2.1bn people, about 30% of the world's population, are overweight or obese.
  • GP surgeries ranked by risk

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:15 am
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  • Nearly 2,500 NHS data breaches each year

    14 Nov 2014 | 12:10 am
    An investigation by a privacy campaign group, Big Brother Watch, has found there are nearly 2,500 breaches of confidentiality by the NHS each year.They found instances of private data being stolen and accidentally sent by post or fax.In total there were 7,255 recorded incidents between April 2011 and April 2014. As a result of the investigation, Big Brother Watch found:50 cases of data ...
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  • How Anti-TNF Biologic agents treat Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis

    Michael A. Weiss
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I recently posted this on Facebook as a “layperson’s” answer to someone with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) who asked if Anti-TNF drugs are basically analogous to chemotherapy and people seemed to respond extremely favorably to it as they indicated it provided them with a better understanding of this common but fairly complex issue.  Therefore, I thought I’d post it on my Blog to document my explanation for anyone in the future who seeks similar information. While I am your ordinary 30-year Severe Crohn’s Disease patient who has been on all currently available medicinal therapies…
  • Entire 9/15/2014 Video Interview w/ Dr. Mark L. Chapman re: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    Michael A. Weiss
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:12 am
    Inflammatory Bowel Disease Expert The people responsible for making this project a reality It has been my pleasure to share the wisdom and experience of this brilliant Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) expert who is one of the few gastroenterologists still practicing who was trained by Dr. Burrill  Bernard Crohn at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.  The wonderful and encouraging comments I’ve received from diverse Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Indeterminate Colitis patients from around the world has completely validated all the hard work necessary to bring this…
  • A Pain Management Doctor who should be a Radiologist!!

    Michael A. Weiss
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    Recently I took my Mom to see her Pain Management Doctor.  As was the case the last few times she had an ordinary follow-up office visit, he was not there so my Mom was treated by a very thorough and kind Nurse Practitioner.  However, this time something was different about the office visit as it seemed the plan all along for the Nurse Practitioner to treat my Mom.  That probably would have been temporarily okay with my Mom had she been told this when she made the appointment with this doctor, who she is quite fond of.  But if my Mom knew she would only see this doctor during expensive…
  • Bullying of Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis patients

    Michael A. Weiss
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:03 am
    November 6, 2014 While I think health care social media is such a powerful, resourceful and life-changing patient medium, I can’t help but get depressed each time I check in at Facebook and review the desperate but VERY REAL posts from brave members of the various Crohn’s/Ulcerative Colitis “Groups” to which I subscribe and read about patient after patient who must “fight” simply to be treated with dignity by their own physician.  This “fight” is either an internal one whereby they are forced to stand their ground and trust their bodies despite skepticism and contempt so…
  • Discriminatory Hospital Patient Ebola Policies

    Michael A. Weiss
    3 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    November 3, 2014, West Orange, New Jersey.   This morning I took my Mom for routine blood work at the substantial outpatient facility of a top local hospital chain.  Coincidentally, she had to undergo some scheduled diagnostic tests which prevented her from eating or drinking for several hours prior to the tests.  Since a prescription for this blood work had been sitting on a “To-Do” pile for a few months and it also required several hours of fasting beforehand, I figured we would try to get everything done this morning at this facility. “Have you traveled to West Africa…
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  • Fast-growing telehealth kiosk maker HealthSpot raising $6M

    Dan Verel
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:55 pm
    HealthSpot, which recently announced a big collaboration with Xerox and a pilot with Rite Aid pharmacies in Ohio to use its telehealth kiosks, is looking to raise $6 million, according to a filing with the the SEC. The Ohio-based company develops fully enclose, 40 square-foot kiosks that can seemingly be implemented anywhere, from the Cleveland Clinic to Rite Aid to yet another recent partnership with Florida Blue and Miami Children’s Hospital. The kiosks are designed to quickly  diagnose non-emergency conditions and come equipped with interactive medical devices that customers are…
  • If you help portion, your kids might not totally stuff their faces on Thanksgiving

    Nicole Oran
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:23 pm
    If there is ever a day we go a bit overboard with portions and serving sizes, it’s Thanksgiving. Generally speaking, at least in my family, it always feels like we need a nap after feasting (definitely not because of the tryptophan, which I’m pretty sure isn’t even true). Instead of just accepting that everybody  is going to stuff their faces until they are sick, there are ways to have a little bit more self control, and Dayton Children’s Hospital in Ohio is helping out by providing a photo of what portion sizes should actually look like for a kid’s meal on…
  • Vital Connect launches heart monitoring patch with LifeWatch

    Dan Verel
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    Vital Connect, a Silicon Valley startup founded in 2011, and cardiac monitoring device developer LifeWatch have partnered to launch Vital Connect’s Healthpatch MD for patients with arrhythmia and other heart conditions, which transmit data directly to doctors. LifeWatch, based in Switzerland, will provide the platform for Healthpatch, an FDA-approved, CE-Marked device that transmits “medical-grade” data for analysis by the LifeWatch. The HealthPatch MD, which is quite literally a small adhesive patch, can be worn on a patient’s chest 24 hours a day, at home or work and…
  • Rural telemedicine programs receive $8.6M in grants to support doctors, patients

    Stephanie Baum
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:46 am
    About 31 telemedicine programs will receive $8.6 million in federal grant money for healthcare programs as part of a wider move by the government in support of telemedicine as a way to help patients see primary care physicians and specialists faster, especially in rural communities. The rural telemedicine grants are provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of an initiative with the ONC Department of Health and Human Services begun in June 2013.   As of October 2014, HHS expanded the initiative to doctors, clinics and hospitals caring for rural and poor communities across 13…
  • Why regular cancer screening might be overkill

    Meghana Keshavan
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    The number of cancer diagnostics companies these days seems innumerable, each hawking a new way to screen some subset of the populace for a grave disease. Their argument? Early diagnosis = early intervention = avoiding early death. But a great piece from FiveThirtyEight counters the idea of broad-scale cancer screening. It cites South Korea as a prime example: While cancer diagnoses have skyrocketed in that country, the number of cancer-related deaths has remained static. Why? Because these sensitive screenings pick up on cancers that likely won’t lead to any negative effect in the…
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  • Is Canada’s medical malpractice system working?

    Vanessa Milne, Sachin Pendharkar & Michael Nolan
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Starting next year, doctors’ malpractice insurance in most parts of the country will cost a lot more – more than doubling in many places. Fortunately for physicians, however, that will affect provincial health budgets more than their own practices. Most doctors are covered by the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA), a non-profit mutual defence organization that offers advice and legal representation to 91,000 physicians. The organization recently announced fee increases due to rising settlements and awarded amounts, growing legal costs, and a five-year push to recover from a…
  • Drug treatment courts offer an alternative to jail for people with addictions

    Vanessa Milne, Joshua Tepper & Christopher Doig
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s not a flashy place. The Toronto Drug Treatment Court, tucked away in a corner of Old City Hall, has plywood sheets on the walls, wires dangling where ceiling tiles should be, and a microphone that only works sporadically. Today is one of the days it doesn’t. Justice Mary Hogan promises to speak loudly so everyone can hear her from her seat above the crowd, and the clients come to the front, one by one, to report their progress over the previous week. Her judgments sound more like a speech from mom: “You can do it,” she says to a man who’s about to go to withdrawal…
  • Should pharmacies sell natural health products?

    Vanessa Milne, Mike Tierney & Timothy Caulfield
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Suffering from migraines, back pain, acne, diarrhea or constipation? Rexall pharmacies have a product that might help, but it’s not medication or an over-the-counter fix. Rather, it’s an IgG test called Hemocode that looks for 250 food intolerances – and costs $450. The test, which is done off-site, returns results that the pharmacist shares with the customer, who then talks to a naturopathic doctor about recommended foods to eliminate, and vitamins and supplements to add. The problem: the science behind it is lacking. IgG is believed to show exposure to foods, not an intolerance.
  • 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…
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  • Could Copper be ACA’s new precious metal?

    Louise Norris
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:32 pm
    As we head into the second round of open enrollment, there has been discussion in congress and in the media regarding the possibility of adding Copper plans to the ACA-approved health insurance lineup in 2016. The Expanded Consumer Choice Act was introduced in the Senate nearly a year ago, and it hasn’t gone anywhere since. But it’s been revived in the news recently as people discuss the pros and cons of adding a lower cost, lower benefit health plan to the mix. Higher deductibles, lower premiums The deductibles on Copper plans would be higher than those of plans currently on the…
  • Exposing ‘Zagruber film’ to light

    Harold Pollack
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:24 pm
    I’m a bit player in the health reform drama. But I have occasionally appeared in news stories because I’ve been an advocate for expanded coverage for many years now. Here at and at the Washington Post’s Wonkblog section, I often interview policy experts about various aspects of health reform. Avik Roy, Zeke Emanuel, David Cutler, Don Taylor, Michael Chernew, Henry Aaron, and others. Hidden in plain sight I’ve interviewed Jon Gruber within this series, too. It’s kind of embarrassing that reporter Keith Koffler from claims to have…
  • Supreme implications for subsidies and states

    Harold Pollack
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE:’s Curbside Consult is a periodic informal dialogue with medical and health policy experts about pressing issues of the day. Larry Levitt, of the Kaiser Family Foundation, left, and Curbside Consult host Harold Pollack Larry Levitt is one of the nation’s leading experts on health reform. He is Senior Vice President of the Kaiser Family Foundation, where he heads the foundation’s program that tracks implementation of the Affordable Care Act. We caught up just after election day to discuss how Republican victories might change the…
  • 2015 projection: 12 million will enroll in QHPs

    Charles Gaba
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:53 am
    Those familiar with my work know that I gained a reputation for pretty accurate ACA enrollment predictions last year, either by milestone (what day QHP enrollments would hit X million) or by time (the number of enrollments as of X date). Over the summer I was also pretty accurate with off-season estimates and so forth. This put a lot of pressure on to get the 2015 open enrollment period accurate as well. There’s a ton of differences, however, ranging from millions of people having to re-enroll to fewer “desperate” enrollees, to a tougher political landscape … but the…
  • puts focus on the bottom line

    Andrew Sprung
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:14 pm
    The enrollment this past year of more than 7 million Americans in private health insurance plans sold on exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act was a major accomplishment. At the same time, an estimated 8 to 12 million Americans are eligible for private plan subsidies – and remain uninsured. Reaching them will be a major challenge. The Department of Health and Human Services recently dialed down expectations for 2015, forecasting that between 9 and 9.9 million people will be enrolled in private plans via the exchanges by the end of the upcoming open enrollment season. If a subsidy…
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  • HealthSouth Agrees to Acquire Encompass Home Health for $750 Million

    Emily Study
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:24 pm
    HealthSouth Corporation (NYSE: HLS) has agreed to acquire privately held EHHI Holdings, Inc., the owner of Encompass Home Health and Hospice, for approximately $750 million. The transaction has been approved by both companies’  boards and is expected to close before the end of the year, HealthSouth announced Monday.  Previously, rumors suggested Cressey & Company, the current parent company of Encompass, was seeking a purchase price of $700 million for its home health arm. This deal follows other recent activity in the home health industry, namely Kindred Healthcare’s acquisition of…
  • Harvard Health Challenge Recognizes Home Health Tech Among Finalists

    Elizabeth Ecker
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Among four finalists in Harvard University’s Acceleration Challenge, a home health tech company—the only home health company on the list—has made the cut. Medalogix was recognized by the challenge for its Bridge solution; a technology that facilitates end of life care conversations with patients who would benefit from hospice care. The challenge received applications from close to 500 different health care solutions and recognized the top four finalists with cash prices from Harvard Business School, the administrator of the challenge. In addition to the prize, Medalogix will be the…
  • NAHC Recaps CMS Open Door Forum for Home Health, Hospice and DME

    Elizabeth Ecker
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Following the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recent open door forum for home health, hospice and durable medical equipment providers, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice published a recap of important items and updates covered during the event.  Among the issues currently at hand for CMS are home health conditions of participation, for which CMS proposed a rule in early October that is open for comments currently. CMS also covered the 2015 prospective payment system rate updates, the home health wage index, updates in face-to-face rules for providers,…
  • How Home Health was Vital to a Texas ACO’s Formula for Success

    Jason Oliva
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Physicians at a large practice in Amarillo, Texas, were able to slash hospital readmissions by 23% and realize millions in savings after forming an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) last year. The secret to the group’s success: a laser-like focus on home health care. Using a series of sophisticated algorithms, Amarillo Medical Specialists targeted the clinical and claims data of nearly 11,000 Medicare patients—the goal being to follow the money and identify gaps in care, specifically how often their patients were readmitted to the hospital post-discharge, according to a recent…
  • Employers Start to Tune in on Elder Care Topics

    Jason Oliva
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:59 pm
    The stresses on family caregivers are becoming more commonplace as the population ages, as are the mounting costs associated with care provided in home.  But there may be some relief for those who are employed and are seeking elder care for a loved one, writes The Washington Post. The share of employers providing information about elder care services to their employees has risen from 31% in 2008 to 43% in 2014, according to the 2014 Families and Work Institute’s National Study of Employers. Additionally, three-fourths of employers say they offer time off for elder care, though few offer…
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  • Ph.D. Training: Using Communication to Drive Critical Thinking and Collaboration

    Teresa V. Bowman, Ph.D.
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    The classic Hollywood depiction of a scientist is a person working in solitude. Nothing could be further from the truth, especially in today’s high-paced, highly connected, technology-driven world. Many novel discoveries are the result of the combined work of teams of scientists from diverse fields. Graduate school is a critical time to master the skill [...]
  • Why Mentoring Makes a Difference to Medical Students and Faculty

    Mary S. Kelly, Ph.D.
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    A recent post on this blog by Dr. Yvette Calderon, associate dean for diversity enhancement at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, described the importance of mentors and role models as she navigated her way through the unfamiliar territory of medical school and residency in the 1980s. Now, one of her central roles is to act [...]
  • Healing Through Art: Combining a Mirror with an MRI

    The Doctor's Tablet Editors
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    Like most 23-year-olds, Erica Sellers didn’t give much thought to an unexpected, life-changing event. On April 9, 2013, a routine bike ride from her Bronx studio production job to her former Upper West Side apartment changed all that. She was struck by an SUV at a Bronx intersection and thrown to the ground. She remembers landing with [...]
  • Teaching Maternal Fetal Medicine: Medical Problems in Pregnancy

    Chavi Eve Karkowsky, M.D.
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    I get an hour to teach Albert Einstein College of Medicine third-year students a formal lecture in obstetrics during their six-week rotations, so I cram in a lot of information during that session. Of course, I spend more time with them informally; we see patients together on labor and delivery, or in clinic at Montefiore [...]
  • From the Bronx to Baghdad: Helping Physicians Help Children

    The Doctor's Tablet Editors
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    Editors’ Note: When she heard about dearth of rehabilitation facilities for children in war-torn Iraq, Dr. Huma Naqvi, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an attending physician at Montefiore Medical Center, Einstein’s University Hospital, decided that she had to find a way to help, even if she couldn’t physically [...]
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  • New Maestro AR™ 3D augmented reality brings procedure-specific content to robotic surgery simulation training for Gynecology

    12 Nov 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Hysterectomy module debuts at AAGL, November 18-20, 2014 Maestro AR for Hysterectomy will be demonstrated at the Mimic Technologies booth (#330) during the Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology (AAGL) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on November 18-20, 2014. Mimic Technologies, Inc announces the launch of the Maestro AR Hysterectomy, a new augmented reality software module exclusively available on their dV-Trainer robotic surgery simulator. Maestro AR is the first robotic surgery simulation technology that allows trainees to manipulate 3D virtual robotic instruments as a way…
  • Augmented Reality, Other Trainers for Complex Disease

    5 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    Dr. Advincula is a leader in minimally invasive surgical techniques and one of the world’s most experienced gynecologic robotic surgeons who has published and taught extensively in the area of minimally invasive surgery as well as developed surgical instruments in use worldwide. He is a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Arnold Advincula, MD and Sarah Sherwood wrote “Augmented Reality, Other Trainers for Complex Disease” for the September issue of Below is an excerpt from the article. “A four-year residency is…
  • Augmented Reality: Perfecting and Preserving Surgical Skills

    4 Sep 2014 | 5:09 pm highlighted Mimic’s new augmented reality software, Maestro AR in their latest issue. Click to see the full article + to watch the video The following is an except from’s September article. ” An advanced, procedure-specific training software for physicians who perform robotic surgeries has been developed by Mimic Technologies. This new augmented reality software, Maestro AR, is to be used with the dV-Trainer and gives surgeons the look and feel of being in an actual surgery. This software is suitable for surgeons in training who want to master their…
  • SLS to Host the Robotic Olympic Games September 10-12, 2014

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Don’t miss this year’s Robotic Olympic Games taking place at the 2014 Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Annual Conference in Las Vegas. This year, some of the nation’s top surgeons will be competing for excellent scores for training for the daVinci Robot   Minimally invasive surgery is becoming the norm in a variety of areas of medicine, but it is  complex, causing a high percentage of surgeons to opt out, even though studies show less invasive surgeries are much better for the patient.  On Sept. 10-12, during the SLS Minimally Invasive Surgery Week / Annual Meeting and Endo…
  • Technology: The Great Gender Equalizer

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    Mimic’s robotic surgery simulation technology is featured in this month’s issue of Medical Dealer magazine. See this issue here. “One of the most powerful equalizers in any system is technology, and as medical equipment manufacturers work to improve their positions in an increasingly competitive and outcomes-based marketplace, some are considering the specific needs of women in their product development,” writes Matthew N. Skoufalos in his cover story for MedicalDealer Technology: The Great Gender Equalizer – A look at trends in women’s health. In the article,…
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  • FDA Delays Regulation to Restore Legal Rights for Consumers Hurt by Generic Drugs

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    For several years, a legal battle has waged over whether generic drug manufacturers may change warning label information if the brand name drugs they replicate have not done so. So, to protect consumers from court rulings that left them vulnerable, the FDA proposed a regulation allowing generic drug makers to update their labels before receiving the agency’s approval. But now, the feds have delayed that action. The problem with hamstringing companies that know their products might be harmful was described in our blog last year about a woman who took a generic drug for shoulder pain, and…
  • Hospitals Also Are Guilty of Overusing Antibiotics

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    Despite years of consciousness-raising about the overuse of antibiotics and the consequent difficulty of developing new, effective drugs to fight infection, hospitals continue to give too many patients too many kinds of antibiotics. A report recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) concluded that about half of all hospital patients receive antibiotics they don’t need, and that the drugs put them at risk of side effects that could make them even sicker. This careless practice contributes to the increasing resistance of pathogens to drugs. As we regularly…
  • Calling Out the Corruption in Medical Care

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    When physicians air their grievances on the New York Times op-ed page about how health care in the U.S. is undermined by dark forces, even skeptics should pay attention. In a commentary last week called “How Medical Care Is Being Corrupted,” Drs. Pamela Hartzband and Jerome Groopman declared that “financial forces largely hidden from the public are beginning to corrupt care and undermine the bond of trust between doctors and patients. Insurers, hospital networks and regulatory groups have put in place both rewards and punishments that can powerfully influence your doctor’s…
  • FDA Reminds Consumers that Nonprescription Drugs Can Impair Driving

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:03 am
    Although many people believe that any medicine you can buy without a prescription can’t hurt you if you follow the directions, that’s not necessarily true — all drugs have potential side effects, and some over-the-counter (OTC) meds can impair your ability to think and react quickly enough to perform common functions as you normally would. The FDA recently issued a warning to consumers that many common OTC drugs, including antihistamines, can make you drowsy, and compromise your ability to think and react quickly. People who take these drugs should ensure they’re functioning normally…
  • Too Few Women Are Screened for Cervical Cancer

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    Earlier this year, experts concluded that most women don’t need annual pelvic exams, but they also confirmed that regular Pap tests are still necessary to screen for cervical cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, recently concluded that millions of women are not getting this test. According to the CDC, 8 million women 21 to 65 years old haven’t been screened for cervical cancer in the last five years. Like all life-threatening cancers, early detection is the best way to prevent or treat cervical cancer. Every year, more than 12,000 U.S. women are diagnosed with…
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  • Why Mentorship Works..

    Dr. Pierre
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    Growing up with no mentors in the health field until I was a freshman in college really made me appreciate the importance of having a mentor/mentee relationship. Its been one of the reasons why I make it a point to mentor everyone in arms reach of me regardless of their future endeavors. I have had plenty of success stories but this one probably shoots up to the top. As a senior resident(PGY2) my goal for my interns was to get them acclimated with the transition from medical student to medical resident & make it as seamless as possible. One of my…
  • The Introduction

    Dr. Pierre
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:19 am
    So I am finally moved into the new practice & now the time comes where I have to start introducing myself to the neighborhood. I am in this weird dynamic now where I have to introduce myself to potential patients in the area and the other specialists as well. One of the comforts of residency I took for granted was that I grew to know all of the physicians in the area. I knew doctors in just about every speciality so my network was not an issue. But now even though I am only like 30 mins away from where I trained it is as if I moved to an entirely different state. In the hospital the…
  • Thank You Blessed & Honored

    Dr. Pierre
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    So yesterday I updated my Facebook TL with the latest news regarding my practice(see pic). It's been about 3 months with my company & for the most part I have been bouncing around at different partners' offices covering for their vacations & or learning the ropes of an outpatient physician. I figured I'd let my Facebook family know first that I was going to be opening up soon given that a few had been asking about it since I graduated residency. After almost 150 Facebook notifications, many phone calls & text messages I was floored with the amount of praise I received.  I had…
  • Finally here

    Dr. Pierre
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    I have been noticeably absent from my blog writing duties but with good reason. After graduation from residency it took about 2 weeks before it hit me that my board exams were around the corner.  Not having to study for boards since PGY1, it took a week(or 2) to shake off the rust before trying to get in form for intensive studying. Having to juggle the duties of my new job & past responsibilities was tough but I have been here before so making it work was just something I had to make work. I'll be knee deep in the test when this blog goes live so wish me & my other dream team…
  • Bottom of the barrel

    Dr. Pierre
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    After the spending last year atop the mountain as the senior resident the tables have again flipped as I start out a new chapter in my life as an attending. I've have spent the better part of the last two weeks getting acquainted with new colleagues in the practice as well as new EMR systems in both the hospital & outpatient clinics. The best thing about this go around is that the patients don't look as me as this student/resident when I get introduced so there isn't that awkward couple of minutes where they're deciding whether they won't to let me in the exam room as well. Being the new…
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    CareNovate Magazine

  • Senior Care Options Part 1: Adult Day Care Programs

    Dr G
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Senior Care Options Part 1: Adult Day Care Programs by Angil Tarach-Ritchey, RN, GCM In this article […] The post Senior Care Options Part 1: Adult Day Care Programs appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Solving the Medicaid Mystery & Long Term Care Planning

    Dr G
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:43 am
    Caregiving for an elderly parent is one of the most challenging duties we are called upon in […] The post Solving the Medicaid Mystery & Long Term Care Planning appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • How To Plan for Health Crises and End of Life Care

    Dr G
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:33 am
    This post is part of a new series, “Making an Impact80: Empowering & Supporting Caregivers“ The series […] The post How To Plan for Health Crises and End of Life Care appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Gluten Free – Food List for A Healthy Brain

    Guest Contributor
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:29 am
    For the longest time now, science has been telling us that a human being needs proteins, vitamins […] The post Gluten Free – Food List for A Healthy Brain appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • 4 Simple Tips on How To Fight Off Caregiver Fatigue

    Guest Contributor
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Caregiving can be tiring and lead to fatigue. Guest contributor provides 4 simple tips on how to […] The post 4 Simple Tips on How To Fight Off Caregiver Fatigue appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
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    CareNovate Magazine

  • Senior Care Options Part 1: Adult Day Care Programs

    Dr G
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Senior Care Options Part 1: Adult Day Care Programs by Angil Tarach-Ritchey, RN, GCM In this article […] The post Senior Care Options Part 1: Adult Day Care Programs appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Solving the Medicaid Mystery & Long Term Care Planning

    Dr G
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:43 am
    Caregiving for an elderly parent is one of the most challenging duties we are called upon in […] The post Solving the Medicaid Mystery & Long Term Care Planning appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • How To Plan for Health Crises and End of Life Care

    Dr G
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:33 am
    This post is part of a new series, “Making an Impact80: Empowering & Supporting Caregivers“ The series […] The post How To Plan for Health Crises and End of Life Care appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Gluten Free – Food List for A Healthy Brain

    Guest Contributor
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:29 am
    For the longest time now, science has been telling us that a human being needs proteins, vitamins […] The post Gluten Free – Food List for A Healthy Brain appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • 4 Simple Tips on How To Fight Off Caregiver Fatigue

    Guest Contributor
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Caregiving can be tiring and lead to fatigue. Guest contributor provides 4 simple tips on how to […] The post 4 Simple Tips on How To Fight Off Caregiver Fatigue appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
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    Musings on Medicine and the Health Care System

  • Why Repealing the Affordable Care Act Won’t Stop Healthcare Reform

    Debra Gordon
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    So the election is over. The Republicans now control both houses. And several are promising that one of their first jobs is to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I’m sure there are lots of people jumping up and down with glee. This reaction reminds me what one doctor told me a couple of weeks ago after I spoke to his group (abdominal surgeons) about healthcare reform (you can read more about the experience here). “This (the ACA) is going to go away and things will return to normal.” Um, not quite. Sure, if the ACA goes away we’ll return to more than 40 million…
  • Doctors Are Angry. I Get That. But . . .

    Debra Gordon
    2 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    I just finished speaking to a group of surgeons about healthcare reform. And, as we say here in the South, “Bless their hearts!” I knew this would be the toughest audience yet in my three years of teaching/speaking about the US healthcare system and healthcare reform. I even put on a flak jacket at the beginning of my talk as a way of breaking the ice (and protecting myself; I mean, these guys pack scalpels!). And I made it through the two-hour talk and their anger without losing my composure or my sense of humor (thank god for that sense of humor). Now I’m sitting in the…
  • 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…
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    Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips

  • Chili Peppers for Colon Health?

    Dr. Weil
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:33 am
    Capsaicin, a natural compound found in hot peppers (it's what gives them their heat), is an effective local anesthetic, and may be good for our hearts and blood vessels as well because it lowers cholesterol (although we don't yet know how). And now new research suggests that capsaicin can also reduce the risk of colorectal tumors, at least in mice. The compound seems to work by activating TRPV1, a receptor in cells that form the lining in mouse (and human) intestines, leading to a reaction that helps reduce risk from tumors. The study, from the University of California, San Diego, found that…
  • Run Five Minutes, Save Your Life?

    Dr. Weil
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:47 am
    If you can find even five to 10 minutes a day for running, a new study suggests your risk of premature death would be significantly lower than that of people who don’t run or engage in any type of strenuous exercise. These findings come from a review that examined data from 55,137 people between the ages of 18 and 100 who had check-ups at the Cooper Clinic and Cooper Institute in Dallas, during which they had fitness tests and responded to questionnaires about their exercise habits. The researchers found that the daily runners had a 30 percent lower risk of dying from any cause than…
  • Trees Could Save Your Life

    Dr. Weil
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:39 am
    Did you know trees help rid the atmosphere of contaminants and reduce air pollution? The effect isn’t great – trees only remove about one percent of airborne pollution – but a new study from the U.S. Forest Service concluded that trees in the U.S. save more than 850 lives a year by performing this important function. They estimate the reduction in pollution prevents 670,000 occurrences of acute respiratory symptoms, adding up to an impact on human health valued at nearly $7 billion. The investigation showed that while pollution removal by trees is higher in rural areas, the…
  • Breast Cancer Drug May Work Best in the Dark

    Dr. Weil
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    New research suggests that exposure to light at night may undermine treatment with Tamoxifen, a drug often prescribed to breast cancer patients after surgery to prevent recurrence of the disease. This finding came from a study with rats that demonstrated inadequate amounts of melatonin render breast cancer tumors resistant to the effects of Tamoxifen. The researchers noted that the same mechanism might be of concern in humans, and pointed out that even dim light in the bedroom can suppress production of melatonin, a hormone that influences sleep-wake cycles. The investigators didn’t…
  • Menopause and Caffeine

    Dr. Weil
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:48 am
    First the bad news: women who suffer from hot flashes may be making their symptoms worse if they drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages. The Mayo Clinic recently conducted the most comprehensive study ever to investigate the relationship between caffeine and menopausal symptoms. A total of 2,507 women seen at the Mayo Women’s Health Clinic in Rochester, Minn., participated. The women responded to a health questionnaire devised by the journal Menopause, which published the study online on July 21, 2014. Past studies have reached conflicting conclusions regarding a link between…
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    Rasmussen School of Health Sciences Blog

  • 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Medical Assisting Students

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If you have a medical assisting student on your shopping list and are stumped on what to buy, look no further! We narrowed down the best and most practical gifts for him or her. Spread the cheer with these medical assisting gifts perfect for the aspiring healthcare professionals in your life!
  • What Can You Do With a Health Sciences Degree?

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    With so many healthcare career options it can be easy to get confused or overwhelmed. That's why we're here to help you get acquainted with all of the career paths available in the health sciences industry.
  • Top Healthcare Companies Hiring Now [Interactive Map]

    12 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We used real-time market intelligence from to dig into 3.3 million healthcare-related job postings over the last 12 months and identify the top three companies in each state with the most vacancies.
  • Recognizing the Importance of Customer Service Skills in Healthcare

    5 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Medical Assisting is no longer just about the ability to effectively perform physical tasks associated with the job. It is now more than ever about customer service. It's the reason my family decided to leave our pediatrician of 14 years; one of the most difficult and distressing choices we've ever made.
  • What to Expect in Your Medical Assistant Internship

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    An internship is like a new job - both are a little scary on the first day, when you have no idea what's going to happen. Knowing what to expect from your medical assistant internship can be helpful.
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    Mimic Simulation » Blog

  • New Maestro AR™ 3D augmented reality brings procedure-specific content to robotic surgery simulation training for Gynecology

    12 Nov 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Hysterectomy module debuts at AAGL, November 18-20, 2014 Maestro AR for Hysterectomy will be demonstrated at the Mimic Technologies booth (#330) during the Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology (AAGL) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on November 18-20, 2014. Mimic Technologies, Inc announces the launch of the Maestro AR Hysterectomy, a new augmented reality software module exclusively available on their dV-Trainer robotic surgery simulator. Maestro AR is the first robotic surgery simulation technology that allows trainees to manipulate 3D virtual robotic instruments as a way…
  • Augmented Reality, Other Trainers for Complex Disease

    5 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    Dr. Advincula is a leader in minimally invasive surgical techniques and one of the world’s most experienced gynecologic robotic surgeons who has published and taught extensively in the area of minimally invasive surgery as well as developed surgical instruments in use worldwide. He is a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Arnold Advincula, MD and Sarah Sherwood wrote “Augmented Reality, Other Trainers for Complex Disease” for the September issue of Below is an excerpt from the article. “A four-year residency is…
  • Augmented Reality: Perfecting and Preserving Surgical Skills

    4 Sep 2014 | 5:09 pm highlighted Mimic’s new augmented reality software, Maestro AR in their latest issue. Click to see the full article + to watch the video The following is an except from’s September article. ” An advanced, procedure-specific training software for physicians who perform robotic surgeries has been developed by Mimic Technologies. This new augmented reality software, Maestro AR, is to be used with the dV-Trainer and gives surgeons the look and feel of being in an actual surgery. This software is suitable for surgeons in training who want to master their…
  • SLS to Host the Robotic Olympic Games September 10-12, 2014

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Don’t miss this year’s Robotic Olympic Games taking place at the 2014 Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Annual Conference in Las Vegas. This year, some of the nation’s top surgeons will be competing for excellent scores for training for the daVinci Robot   Minimally invasive surgery is becoming the norm in a variety of areas of medicine, but it is  complex, causing a high percentage of surgeons to opt out, even though studies show less invasive surgeries are much better for the patient.  On Sept. 10-12, during the SLS Minimally Invasive Surgery Week / Annual Meeting and Endo…
  • Technology: The Great Gender Equalizer

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

  • SeeingME: Profiles of Resilience

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Take a moment and look at this portrait. Try to come up with a story about the woman. I’ll give you a few prompts. Her name is Aimee. She’s 41 and the mother of three daughters. Source: Frannie Peabody Center I met Aimee at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, where her portrait […]
  • I’m Not Your Mother, But …

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    A wellness tip from Catching Health with Diane Atwood with a little help from Charlotte. Do you have a wellness tip to share? Write it in the comment box below or send me an email.Thank you! Google
  • Bath Salts: What are they and why are they so dangerous?

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
      In Maine news this week there was a sad and disturbing story about a teenager arrested on charges of burglary, theft, criminal mischief and criminal trespass. According to an article in the Bangor Daily News, he was found naked in one of two homes he allegedly broke into. This is not a blog post […]
  • Why Sleep is Important: Catching Health on the Morning Report

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    What goes on in our brains while we sleep? Housekeeping, for one thing. Sharon and I talk about the latest sleep research, sleep disorders and insomnia. She also tells me what time she has to get up to do the Morning Report. It’s wicked early! Don’t miss Catching Health on the Morning Report — WCSH […]
  • Can’t Sleep? Avoid These Foods

    16 Nov 2014 | 7:15 pm
    It’s coffee that will rob me of sleep. Even a cup at one in the afternoon can pack a wallop of caffeine. I learned my lesson the hard way. I know I’m not the only one who has figured out that coffee can lead to a sleepless night. If you’ve been suffering from insomnia, maybe […]
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    Beckers Hospital Review

  • Giving thanks for these 9 medical pioneers

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Happy Thanksgiving! Here at Becker’s Healthcare, we’d like to give thanks to a few of the many men and women whose pioneering work underpins modern medicine. Medicine is one of the most collaborative disciplines, and without the contributions of these individuals medical care today would be very different. The following individuals are a selection of those responsible for some important firsts in medicine, from the discovery of “germs” to the foundation of molecular biology. 1. Edward Jenner (1749-1823): VaccinesBritish surgeon and naturalist Edward Jenner developed the first vaccine,…
  • Northwestern Memorial becomes GE center of excellence

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    General Electric, one of the largest employers in the United States, has designated Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago as one of its centers of excellence for total hip and knee replacement surgeries, according to a recent Business Insurance report.
  • Are wellness programs working? 4 observations

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:58 am
    Under the assumption that improved employee health could reduce the burden of healthcare costs to employers, workplace wellness programs have become increasingly popular in U.S. businesses. However, recent analysis has determined wellness programs actually increase employer spending on healthcare with no net health benefit, and can even pose additional health risks, according to a recent article in Health Affairs.
  • 20 hospitals with great hand hygiene programs

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly one in 25 patients will contract a healthcare-associated infection. Physicians and healthcare workers, however, have the ability to reduce the number of HAIs by adhering to basic hand hygiene protocols.
  • Insurers' lists of in-network physicians often outdated

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    The array of in-network physicians insurers offer patients may be narrower than they seem, because the lists often include erroneous or out-of-date names or addresses, according to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal.
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  • Urevive Testosterone Booster

    Joshua Jerry
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Urevive Testosterone Booster Overview Urevive Testosterone Booster is a product that is made to help men improve their levels of sex hormones which in turn can have a positive effect on many aspects of their lives. The product is sold online from the official Urevive website which is well designed but quite limited in detail. There is a separate page of information for the product which features customer testimonials and a short description of how the sex hormone can diminish as men age and the effect this can have. Urevive Testosterone Booster is sold directly from the manufacturer at a cost…
  • Trinoxid

    Joshua Jerry
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:55 am
    Trinoxid Overview The product Trinoxid is made for men who wish to improve the quality of their erection. It is made by the company Promax Pheromone Labs and sold both on their official website and from online retailers. However, there is very little information provided about this product on the official site and in fact, more can be gleaned from the retailer’s sites. Promax Pheromone Labs only gives a brief description of the product, claiming that it makes the male erection harder and bigger, and provides one customer testimonial. There is a section of FAQs but these pertain largely to…
  • Testo XL

    Joshua Jerry
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:48 am
    Testo XL Overview Testo XL is a product that is designed for men, mainly athletes and body builders, who want to improve various aspects of their physical and sexual health. According to the manufacturer, Testo XL can help the user get a ‘ripped’ body, become more muscular, increase levels of the male sex hormone and even make them feel younger and more virile. The product is sold via the internet and there is an official Testo XL website. The site is somewhat informative but the overall appearance is not very professional. There is no information about the manufacturer nor is there an…
  • Testogenix

    Joshua Jerry
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:44 am
    Testogenix Overview Testogenix is a product that is made for men who have noticed a decrease in certain areas of their sexual performance. According to the official website for the brand, Testogenix has the ability to increase the levels of the male sex hormone which can have many benefits for the consumer. Not only will their sexual performance become better, they may also increase their muscle mass, lose weight more easily and gain stamina. The site that markets Testogenix is reasonably professional in appearance but is basically just one page of information. There are a few testimonials…
  • Libinex

    Joshua Jerry
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:39 am
    Libinex Overview Libinex is a product that sold online by the manufacturer Vitamin Boat. It is an all-natural supplement that helps men to improve their sexual performance in several ways, but particularly by increasing the intensity of their erection. The Libinex website is reasonably informative, providing information about the manufacturer and their quality standards plus all contact details. However, there are no customer testimonials or FAQ section. Libinex is available at a cost of $39.95 but consumers can receive discount prices I they purchase the product in bulk. All purchases have a…
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    Viewpoints of Innovative Healthcare Leaders

  • Robin Newhouse - Solutions to reduce research to practice time gap

    The Ohio State University College of Nursing
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dr. Newhouse is a prominent author and researcher, who has published extensively on health services improvement interventions, acute care quality issues, and evidence-based practice. Her research focus is on health system interventions to improve care processes and patient outcome. In 2014, she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Dr. Newhouse was appointed to the Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and is currently serving as the committee’s chair. She was also appointed to the…
  • Robin Newhouse - Improvements or challenges in research that is conducted with the inclusion of patient review by PCORI

    The Ohio State University College of Nursing
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dr. Newhouse is a prominent author and researcher, who has published extensively on health services improvement interventions, acute care quality issues, and evidence-based practice. Her research focus is on health system interventions to improve care processes and patient outcome. In 2014, she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Dr. Newhouse was appointed to the Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and is currently serving as the committee’s chair. She was also appointed to the…
  • Robin Newhouse - Clinical research improving health care quality and patient outcomes

    The Ohio State University College of Nursing
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dr. Newhouse is a prominent author and researcher, who has published extensively on health services improvement interventions, acute care quality issues, and evidence-based practice. Her research focus is on health system interventions to improve care processes and patient outcome. In 2014, she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Dr. Newhouse was appointed to the Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and is currently serving as the committee’s chair. She was also appointed to the…
  • Joe Selby - General Overview of PCORI

    The Ohio State University College of Nursing
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
  • Joe Selby - General Overview of PCORI

    The Ohio State University College of Nursing
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
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    Healthcare In India

  • How the Indian education system is creating a nation of diabetics ?

    14 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
      Well congratulations ‘acche din’ have come to diabetes in India. We have successfully crossed 60 Million diabetics and now stand at 67 million. By 2030 we would reach 100 million diabetics. Now the rate of growth of diabetes in India has grown tremendously. According to a report by the ‘Indus Health Plus’, in Bangalore for example, there has been an increase of 7 % diabetes cases among females and 9% increase in males as compared to last two years. It is alarming that around 25 % of IT / BPO professionals are under threat of diabetes because of stress and…
  • Do we need 2 different healthcare programs to effectively cover India ?

    7 Nov 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Public Healthcare Healthcare in India has been a mixed bag. There is a rich history with surgeons like Sushruta and physicians like Charaka who healed many in the ancient history. Then there was the creation and growth of Ayurveda who many still claim has answers to most of the incurable diseases. As a matter of fact recent article in Asian age talked about how an college is claiming that they might have the cure for the disease.   But somewhere in the middle we lost our path. As the village system gave way to the cities, many Indians were actually left without care. A good case in…
  • 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…
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    San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery Blog

  • Transform Your Look with a Rhinoplasty Procedure

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
    If you are ready for a new look and want to change the shape of your nose, talk to Dr. Ortegon or Dr. Baumholtz about the rhinoplasty procedure. Rhinoplasty, otherwise known as nose reshaping surgery or simply a nose job, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures among men and women. Even a subtle change in the size of the nose, the shape of the tip, and contouring of the bridge can completely transform your look and create a more balanced facial profile. If you want to treat yourself to a makeover for the upcoming new year, consider getting nose reshaping surgery to start 2015 feeling…
  • 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…
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  • Holiday Survival Sale, On Now!

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:58 pm
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Today, I’m launching my first ever big holiday survival sale. There are personalized gifts for under $20 plus deep discounts on training. Has taking a great first aid or wilderness survival course been on your to-do list? Why not make 2015 the year of getting it done? With these specials, you could even take my course with a friend. If some of The Survival Doctor products are on your own Christmas list, now’s the time to tell friends and family about them. They can get them for you at a discount, so, you know, you’d be doing them a favor by letting them…
  • Why Winter Heart Attacks Are More Common No Matter the Weather (and What You Can Do)

    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Part 2 in a two-part series on cold weather and your heart. See part 1 here. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH In my last post, I talked about the effects of cold weather on your heart. But there are other possible reasons winter is prime time for heart attacks even when it’s warm out. So there are even more steps than the ones I mentioned that may help lower your risk. Beyond the Cold: More Ways the Winter Affects Your Heart We’re not really certain how much any of the following factors increase your risk for a heart attack. But for now, it’s a best guess that they do at least to some…
  • How Cold Weather Affects Your Heart (and What to Do About It)

    10 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Part 1 in a two-part series on snowy weather and your heart. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Every year people have heart attacks shoveling snow. Your heart attacking you is never good, but a slick road may make quick emergency transport harder than ever. And since the first few minutes can be crucial, that could make a difference in life or death. Simple solution: Don’t shovel snow, correct? Well, maybe. Maybe not. There are suggestions that it’s not only the exertion that puts you at risk. Just getting a bit too cold can also. And it doesn’t have to be freezing. There’s evidence that risk…
  • The Most Common Side Effects I See From OTC Meds—and How to Avoid Them

    3 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH It’s disaster time and you have a problem. Maybe pain from an injury or headache or misery from indigestion or a cold. You delve into your stash of over-the-counter medications you’ve saved for times just like this and take one you’ve taken many times before. Two hours later, you have a rash or stomach pain or some other odd new problem. Is it related to the medicine? I mean, you’ve taken it so many times in the past. Remember this: Any medication, herb, supplement, oil, or food that can work on your body in a positive way has the potential to affect it in a…
  • 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…
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    Health Blushon

  • Method To Get Rid Of Blackheads & Whiteheads

    Xee Malik
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    BlackHeads and WhiteHeads are very common in people. They Have many reasons but also have many solutions to get rid of them. You can get rid of Black head and white heads with help of our method which is specially made by a Dermatologist for every person who is suffering form this problem. Methods To Get Rid Of Blackheads & Whiteheads Use these following methods to get rid of blackheads & whiteheads from your skin and get a fresh skin. Cleanser: Take a bowl of warm water and mix one spoon turmeric powder, little bit Zaafran, some leaves of Hina and large quantity of Peppermint Oil.
  • Five Qualities To Look For In Your Orthodontist

    Xee Malik
    2 Nov 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Investing in orthodontic services is a major decision. That’s why it’s crucial to know how to find the right orthodontist. Discover the top five qualities you should look for in an orthodontist below: A Certified Specialist When you’re searching for an orthodontist, always make sure he or she is certified according to Abougoush Professional Corp., a orthodontist in Calgary. Certification shows that the orthodontist has passed requirements to perform orthodontic services on patients. Also, you don’t have to go to an orthodontist to get orthodontic services. Dentists can…
  • 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…
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    Galumbeck Plastic Surgery Blog

  • Lets Talk Turkey

    Matthew Galumbeck
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    The holidays are fast approaching. Thanksgiving is just under 2 weeks away and then The frenzy and stress of the holidays begin. Our family hasn’t decided on what to have with the turkey for our Galumbeck Thanksgiving. So that makes this month’s contest easy. While so many contests this time of year ask you to recount what you are thankful for, we just want to know What Is your Favorite Thanksgiving Food ? (If you say turkey, you have to let us know how you like to prepare it!) Here are the contest rules: 1. During the month of November, comment below and tell us: “Your Favorite…
  • Blepharoplasty Surgery and Video | Virginia Beach

    Matthew Galumbeck
    2 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
    Blepharoplasty Surgery Eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty, is one of the top five cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States. Last year, over 200,000 eyelid surgery procedures were performed. In this video, Virginia Beach Plastic Surgeon, Matthew Galumbeck, discusses blepharoplasty surgery. The causes of eyelid bags and wrinkles will be discussed. The eyelid surgery procedure will be reviewed and blepharoplasty before and after pictures of one of Dr. Galumbeck’s Virginia Beach patients will be shown. Blepharoplasty surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that can…
  • 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…
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    Mens Health Blog

  • The dilemma of the Insomnia disorder

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:41 am
    Are you having trouble to get a good night sleep? Do your eyes refuse to doze off? Do you keep awake throughout the night or getting insufficient sleep?  Well if your answer is yes, then you are probably suffering from a sleep disorder known as insomnia. In this condition, an individual is not able to sleep properly or gets inadequate amount of sleep. This problem may vary person to person. Even after putting all your effort, the sandman just doesn’t shows up, resulting into long sleepless nights. Here are few symptoms that indicate that you are suffering from insomnia and the consequences…
  • Open up your heart of love when you have Sildenafil citrate

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:17 am
    It is a true fact that from the moment you step into your teenage years, the inquisitiveness relating to sex starts developing in you and you want to know what exactly lies on the other side of the line. For that you sometimes turn to science books, at times some raunchy magazines or on top of that some spicy videos as well to cool off your inquisitiveness. At that period it is nothing less than an adventure. You either do it alone or try to explore that territory along with your buddies who share the same enthusiasm along with you. By the time you are adult, the inquisitiveness turns into…
  • Home remedies you can use for dandruff problem

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:58 pm
    “DANDRUFF!” a sound of horror comes out of you no sooner you see them on your head or on your shoulder. Naturally it does not look good to spot the white flakes on your head. It gives a very bad impression and sometimes causes lot of embarrassment as well. It hurts one self esteem too if you are spotted with the problem of dandruff on your head. Plus the constant itching because of the dandruff really makes us lose our mind. It is fungal infection on the scalp which gives rise to the problem of dandruff in us. But there are some home remedies that you can use in order to get rid of the…
  • You don’t have to stay lonely when Sildenafil Citrate is with you

    16 Nov 2014 | 10:57 pm
    The relationship between the man and a woman is very special, mainly if they are in love.  It is most pure and the most pleasurable form of relation you can have. But all of us are not so lucky enough to have such relationship. Sometimes our whole lifetime passes by, but we still not get the girl we want neither we are able settle down with anyone. Loneliness becomes an inseparable part of our life and we just cannot do any rather than accepting it as a fate of ours and spend the rest of our life like that. It almost reminds of a famous dialogue from the movie inception “one day you will…
  • Play a play boy’s role with Sildenafil Citrate

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:34 am
    Well there is always one guy in around you or it could be you who is always with ladies every time. He is surrounded with the pretty chicks and they are just onto him whenever he is around. He works something like a chick magnet and the ladies hover around him like the bees hover over the flower to get the nectar. Surely you will say these guys are the luckiest lads on the planet. When sometimes some of us have difficulty to have even one woman, these guys list goes on endless and they have no difficulty in finding good ladies. In fact, the girls find them out instead of them pursuing girls.
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  • Black Friday Special: A Year of Unlimited Premium Themes

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Our Black Friday special is a great way to get your blog ready for the new year. This weekend, every purchase of Premium will include a free year of unlimited access to all our premium themes — a $120 USD value — so you can use any theme at no extra cost. The special sale starts just after midnight on Friday, November 28th, and ends just before midnight, on Monday, December 1st, for all time zones. That’s right: this year, our offer will go live on Black Friday and remain in effect through Cyber Monday, and will be available on these dates across the globe,…
  • Explore Longform with Writing 201

    Michelle W.
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    We often think of blog posts as being just a few paragraphs long, or being a “less serious” kind of writing. Not so! In this challenge, we’ll focus on writing longform pieces that are equally at home on your blog or in a magazine. Whether you have trouble organizing your thoughts in longer pieces of writing or simply want to challenge yourself as a blogger, Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post can help. What is Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post? Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post is a four-week course to help those beginning to explore longform writing (or who are frustrated…
  • Just Released: New Blogging U. Ebooks

    Ben Huberman
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Our recent Writing 101 and Writing 201 Blogging U. courses were a huge success — so we thought you should be able to enjoy them even if your schedule didn’t allow you to take them in real time. We’re happy to announce that both courses are now offered as free ebooks, available for download in .pdf, .mobi (Kindle), and .epub (iBooks) formats. While conceived with nonfiction writers in mind, fiction writers (we know you’re out there, NaNoWriMo participants!) could find both courses just as useful. Which ebook should you choose? Writing 101: Build a Blogging Habit…
  • Emoji Everywhere 🎃

    Marcus Kazmierczak
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Emoji? What are they? “Emoji” is a Japanese term meaning “picture character.” It’s a standard for showing smileys and other little symbols inside text. But unlike traditional smileys that are made up of a sequence of letters like , every emoji has its own letter. Emoji blossomed on smartphones, where quickly picking out an emoji is often faster than typing out a long sentence. Today we’re rolling out hundreds and hundreds of emoji across — 872 to be exact. Do they look familiar? That’s because Twitter has graciously decided to open-source their entire set,…
  • New Themes: Editor and Sequential

    David A. Kennedy
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    Today, we have two new free themes ready for you! Editor Meet Editor, a new addition to our theme collection designed by Mike McAlister at Array. Geared toward personal bloggers and photo bloggers, Editor features big typography and images and a tab-based sidebar with a spot for featured posts, a site logo, and a social links menu. Editor makes it easy to put a personal stamp on your site or blog. Learn more about the free Editor theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Sequential Crafted by Thomas Guillot, Sequential is a contemporary, clean, and…
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    26 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    Baby Boomers,As the "Big Turkey" here at I just want to wish you and your friends and your families a very..........."Happy Thanksgiving"
  • Nils Lofgren - The Sun Hasn't Set On This Boy Yet

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    Baby Boomers, I think I finally had the opportunity to experience, for the first time in my life,  true genius. When I say true genius, I mean something that alters the way you look at things, appreciate life and especially the talents of others, what a human being is capable of. It came in the form of music, live music. I got the chance, after 50+ years, to see Nils Lofgren live, up close in concert. Nils hosted an incredibly intimate and ingenious  show at Talking Stick Resort, which happens to be in his hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona. Some of you are probably saying to…
  • Most Popular Funeral Song

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    Baby Boomers,What's more intriguing than the plan President Obama has for Immigration Law, the global effect of Ebola and how big Kim Kardashian's butt truly is?As far as I am concerned, the top news story of the day comes from The Independent UK news website.According to a study by "The Co-Operative Funeralcare," the most popular song chosen to be played at loved ones final resting ceremonies is "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life."Yes, folks, Baby Boomers are rocking the classic Monty Python song at funerals, once again proving that we are having a…

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:51 am
    Baby Boomers,It has obviously been one of those months that leaves you scratching your head.Maybe it's the change of seasons, but, the news headlines the last couple of weeks have been really weird.Some stories are wonderful, some stories are depressing, some are despicable and some are downright deviant.Not only do we still have the sophomore rebirth of the boiling pot issues of the website malfunctions, but we also have to deal with:1.  The European Space Agency landed a probe on a comet 300 million miles from Earth.2. ISIS (The Islamic State of Isreal and Syria)…

    14 Nov 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Baby Boomers,An incredibly unique event is happening this weekend in Phoenix.Have you heard about the "Undy Run 5000" yet?This is a family-friendly event created by the Colon Cancer Alliance, which encourages participants to run in underwear/boxers to bring attention to colon cancer. Hey, a fun event that brings attention to a great cause.Sounds like a win-win to me.Face it, there is nothing delicate about the subject of colon cancer.This disease is intrusive, the testing is awkward, a colonoscopy is a test of your humility and just talking about the…
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  • Americans Have More Toxic Flame Retardants in Their Bodies Than Previously Thought... Free Test Can Determine if You’re Sitting on Toxic Furniture

    Dr. Mercola
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola While odorless, flame retardants like polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, are far from innocuous. They were recently identified as one of 17 "high priority" chemical groups that should be avoided to reduce your breast cancer risk,1 for instance. Previous studies have shown that an estimated 90 percent of Americans already have flame-retardant chemicals in their bodies, making this an issue well worth considering—especially if you have young children, or are of child-bearing age. Worse yet, recent tests2 have revealed that many Americans have no less than six different…
  • EWG Releases Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives

    Dr. Mercola
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola When you eat processed foods, you can virtually guarantee that you’re also consuming any number of questionable food additives. More than 10,000 such additives are allowed in food when you factor in those that are added directly to your food as well as those in the packaging (which can migrate to your food). Additives are used in food processing to slow spoilage, prevent fats and oils from going rancid, prevent fruits from turning brown, and fortify or enrich the food with synthetic vitamins and minerals to replace the natural ones that were lost during processing. They’re…
  • Starbucks Supports Pro-GMO Company

    Dr. Mercola
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Starbucks has an image of being a socially responsible, environmentally friendly company. In 2013, 95 percent of their coffee was ethically sourced, and their goal is to reach 100 percent by 2015.1 Other goals include reducing water consumption by 25 percent in their company-operated stores by 20152 and mobilizing their employees and customers to contribute 1 million hours of community service per year.3 They even removed all the high fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, flavors, and dyes from their entire menu… so the news that this forward-thinking company might…
  • Shocking Facts About the Meat Industry

    Dr. Mercola
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola There are many reasons to switch to grass-fed beef.1 For example, I've discussed the nutritional differences between organic pastured beef2 and that from animals raised in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) on many occasions. Here, I will focus more on the current farming model, which is what makes CAFO beef such an inferior product in the first place, and the regulatory restrictions that sometimes make grass-fed meats hard to come by in the US. Our food system is in dire need of change in order to protect human health, but it's a system that is difficult to change.
  • Common Mistakes That Can Ruin the Health Benefits of Your Salad

    Dr. Mercola
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Salads are most people’s first encounter with raw foods. Quick and easy to make, they are an easy and delicious way to get live, biodynamic foods into your diet. Mistakes abound however, that could turn an otherwise healthy meal into something less than ideal. As noted by nutrition editor Cynthia Sass in a recent article for Time Magazine,1 “imbalances can either prevent a salad from being slimming, or lead to missing out on key nutrients.”   She points out five common salad mistakes that many people make. These are certainly valuable pointers. Here, I will address a…
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    Medifast Arizona

  • Top reasons to lose weight the Medifast way

    Arizona Medifast
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    There are many options on hand in the market for weight loss programs which promise to help people lose excess weight. While a number of them can be scams, a vast variety of them have also proven to live up to their claims. The question that then arises is what makes the Medifast weight control program stand out from amongst the crowd and what makes it a lifestyle change to keep the weight off? There are several reasons why one would prefer to lose weight the Medifast way. Let us take a closer look at some of them: The Medifast weight control program is a carefully developed scientific…
  • Five important questions about the Medifast weight loss program

    Arizona Medifast
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
    Q1. Is the Medifast weight control program safe to use? The Medifast weight control program has been developed by physicians and clinically proven at major teaching hospitals.  Several studies concerning the safety of Medifast have also been conducted and thousands of patients have used Medifast safely and continue to do so to date. The Medifast weight control program does not use any substances that may be dangerous to human consumption in any way. Q2. How does the Medifast weight control program work? The basic concept behind the Medifast weight control program is a reduction in caloric…
  • The Link between Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

    Arizona Medifast
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    If you’re obese or overweight, then you should know that you’re at a great risk of having type 2 diabetes. According to International Diabetes Foundation, obesity and diabetes are the major health problems of the 21st century. According to a supporting statistics, a person is diagnosed with diabetes every three seconds. The modern lifestyle has a major role in developing type 2 diabetes. Sedentary lifestyle of people leads to high fat accumulation in the body. People having a BMI (body mass index) of above 25 are considered as overweight or obese. Obese people have 80% more chances of…
  • 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…
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    Phoenix Shoulder and Knee

  • An Overview Of Runner’s Knee

    Adam Farber
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Unlike most medical terms, “Runner’s Knee” refers to a blanket term that actually includes a number of disorders that differ in cause. Although each of these conditions may result in seeking treatment from an orthopedic doctor, they also vary in severity. It may result from any of the following: •    Overuse, more specifically from repeatedly bending the knee, resulting in irritated nerves beneath the kneecap. •    Direct trauma, including a fall or blow to the area •    Misalignment resulting from any of the bones becoming even slightly outside their correct position.
  • An Overview Of Tennis Elbow

    Adam Farber
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    Tennis elbow is a painful condition that is frequently trivialized by those who do not have it. The condition is basically a soreness or pain in the elbow that results from damage to tendons in this area that results from repeated actions such as those made when playing racquet sports. The pain may be localized or it may extend down the arm toward the wrist. The formal name of tennis elbow is “lateral epicondylitis”. Orthopedic surgeons use anti-inflammatories and other treatments to reduce the characteristic swelling and pain associated with the condition. Who Gets Tennis Elbow In spite…
  • Autograft Hamstring ACL Reconstruction

    Adam Farber
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
    The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is often torn during blunt trauma to the knee. Surgery is often required to replace the ACL. One of the ways the surgery is done is to take a piece of the hamstring tendon from behind the knee and replace the damaged ACL with it. This is known as an autograft hamstring ACL reconstruction. The ACL is positioned in the center of the knee joint and runs from the posterior region of the thigh bone (femur) to the front of the shin bone (tibia). Ligaments are tough bands of tissue that connect the ends of the bones together, and the ACL runs through a notch in…
  • 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.   What happens? Osteochondritis dissecans is thought to involve loss of blood supply to the underlying joint bone. As the bone…
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    Afshi Speaks

  • To Make Easier & Organize Your Life With These Free Apps

    9 Nov 2014 | 2:48 am
    By downloading these free apps, which can help your life easier & comfortable and staying healthy. 1. Dropbox: Dropbox is a free app that serves as a personal cloud storage service. This means you can store your documents, photos, and videos with the app, and then access them from any computer or app-supporting device. Not only is it very convenient, but this app also makes file sharing and collaborating with a team a cinch. (Google Drive is a similar – and also free! – app which allows you to do essentially the same thing, but all files must be Google Documents.) Free, available for…
  • 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…
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  • Turnip for What? Be the Gravy

    Altay Akgun
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    I remember childhood Thanksgiving dinners with my family, the enormous spread, the bounty and variety of foods on offer. There was something for everyone. And for some reason, there was always turnip. “Turnip for what?” is a question we started asking, my brother (more…)
  • Pharma Marketers: Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Social Media

    Kelsey Malone
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Here’s an interesting pharma social media stat. Out of the top 50 pharma companies only 10 do the top three social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. (source: Fierce PharmaMarketing) There are two types of pharma marketer: one that finds that stat (more…)
  • Mobile Health Technology: Great Opportunities; few data (as yet)

    Mike Scott
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:56 am
    Although a significant number of medical and technology researchers see smartphones as “health’s next frontier” — and they may well be right — to date we have limited data that allow us to make declarative statements about the value of the health apps people are (more…)
  • Fred Pelzman’s putative “revolution”

    Mike Scott
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    I don’t know him personally, but Fred Pelzman has struck me for a while as a sensible, patient-oriented primary care physician who understands the profound difference between practicing medicine and providing “care” to his patients while dealing with the expanding range of administrative “hoopla” that (more…)
  • The alleged “corruption” of U.S. medical care today

    Mike Scott
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    An op-ed in today’s New York Times by Pamela Hartzband and Jerome Groopman (two physicians at Harvard Medical School) is entitled “How medical care is being corrupted.” The authors basically suggest the following: That financial drivers are starting to (more…)
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  • HIPAA Security Rule Compliance: Using Risk Analysis to Understand and Manage Risks

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Manage Risks and Be Compliant with HIPAA Security Rules – Use Risk Analysis. Being in compliance with HIPAA involves not only ensuring you provide the appropriate patient rights and controls on your uses and disclosures, but also that you ensure you have the right policies, procedures, and documentation, and have performed the appropriate an ...
  • Patient Rights and the HIPAA Privacy Officer: Making Compliance Decisions and Avoiding Violations

    11 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Be Compliant with Patient Rights under HIPAA as A Privacy Officer, Learn to Avoid Penalties and Violations of Non-Compliance. With the recent changes to HIPAA and increasing focus on patient information, patient rights, and HIPAA enforcement – now is the time for the HIPAA Privacy Officer to review and update their organization's policies a ...
  • HIPAA and Social Media: Using New Communications Tools within the Rules

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Social media is the New and Most Trending Communication Tool, and Healthcare Industry is using it too. However, you should be Compliant to HIPAA Standards in Your Usage. Learn How. It seems everyone is signing up for social media and wants to use it in all the incredible ways it can be used, including for health care purposes.  Social networ ...
  • 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 revenues by at least 20%, while being compliant and followin ...
  • 2015 OIG Work Plan: Hospital & Physician Review

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Know More about the Audit Activities OIG is Going to Undertake in 2015, that Target Hospitals and Physicians. The Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) Work Plan for the upcoming year 2015 will be summarizing ongoing as well as new reviews to be pursued in the fiscal year. There will be various changes and updates in hospitals and physician re ...
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  • Top 5 Foods To Live Longer And Stay Away From Severe Diseases

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:24 am
    In today’s hectic lifestyle, the nutritional value of our food is getting worse day by day. Everyone wants to live longer and better, and the only way for this is to change the way you eat the foods. After all, the foods you’re eating right now are going to affect your longevity. If you compare the diets of various regions of the globe with the rates of commonly occurring diseases, a few things become quite obvious. In this post, we’ll be discussing about 5 foods that you should include in your daily die to improve … Read MoreThis article Top 5 Foods To Live Longer And Stay Away…
  • 5 Superfoods To Ward Off Depression and Enhance Your Mood

    13 Nov 2014 | 12:47 am
    Depression is one of the major contributors to the development of disability, decreased productivity, lost time from work, and reduced quality of life. Stress, depression, and anxiety are the leading causes why people see their doctor and receive prescription medications. On a daily basis, many people are faced with stressful situations. Add everyday stress to the already hectic pace of our own lives, and you can end up frazzled and anxious. When you’re stressed out, you tend to eat poorly, like making a quick and fast snack which is just nutritionless. But it’s exactly when … Read…
  • 4 Amazing Foods That Lower High Blood Pressure Naturally

    Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Blood pressure, sometimes referred to as arterial blood pressure or hypertension, is the pressure exerted by circulating blood upon the walls of blood vessels. The blood pressure in your circulation is principally due to the pumping action of the heart as well as cell salt content. You can greatly reduce your risk for high blood pressure through some lifestyle changes and your food intake. A healthy diet high in fruits such as berries and fresh apples, green vegetables and good fats such as olive oil – that can reduce the risk of developing high blood … Read MoreThis article 4 Amazing…
  • 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…
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    Infinit Healthcare

  • What’s Up in Healthcare (Nov 16 – 22, 2014)

    Infinit Healthcare
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:49 pm
    What does the future hold for healthcare? We saw a glimpse of the incoming years with the articles we have today, and we are extremely excited for the future. Here are the newest articles you need to read regarding healthcare.
  • Why Outsourcing Makes Sense for Healthcare IT

    Infinit Healthcare
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:16 pm
    The changes in the healthcare industry will drive healthcare institutions to rethink their IT strategies. Engaging outsourcing services will help them keep up with these changes and provide a better standard of care.
  • 5 Key Reasons to Consider Outsourcing Your Medical Billing

    Infinit Healthcare
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:12 am
    If you are on the verge of deciding whether to retain your medical billing in-house or outsource it, here are some important reasons to consider in favor of outsourcing. These could be your leeway to finally improve your billing systems, minimize cost and increase your revenues.
  • What’s Up in Healthcare (Nov 2 – 8, 2014)

    Infinit Healthcare
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:55 pm
    What does the future hold for healthcare? We saw a glimpse of the incoming years with the articles we have today, and we are extremely excited for the future. Here are the newest articles you need to read regarding healthcare.
  • Top 5 Healthcare Trends Emerging in 2015

    Infinit Healthcare
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Healthcare organizations have much to look forward to in the coming year in terms of new trends. They have to keep themselves up-to-date in order to cope with the developments.
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  • Disputes Ensue over High Out-of–Network Costs

    Pat Palmer
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Health insurance companies negotiate cheaper rates with certain healthcare providers (called “in-network” providers) in a simple relationship that benefits their customers: By encouraging its members to bring their business to certain hospitals and specialists, those healthcare providers get a boost in business. Those healthcare providers may get less money per visit, but they make up for it because of the quantity of customers coming through the doors. It generally is a win-win-win for insurers, customers and healthcare providers. But not every healthcare provider is considered…
  • Americans Still Worried About Medical Bills Despite Reform

    Pat Palmer
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    President Obama sought to make healthcare more accessible and affordable to all Americans with the Affordable Care Act. The question remains, though, if the care is affordable, why are Americans reporting both difficulty paying for medical treatments and concern about paying for an unexpected illness or injury? According to survey results from Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs, one in four adults with health insurance are not sure if they can afford any major medical expenses. This is supportive of the fact that the cost of medical care is a major concern for both the insured…
  • What Will the Second Year of the ACA Bring?

    Pat Palmer
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:03 am
    It has been one year since the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Despite countless Republican attempts to repeal all or part of the new law, it is still with us and shows no sure signs of disintegration. The rollout of the government’s healthcare exchanges experienced significant growing pains right from the beginning. Time has fixed many of these technical glitches, but has done little to quell the debate over the affordability and viability of the law.     A Rocky Start for the ACA On October 1, 2013, people began shopping…
  • Medical Debt: It’s Worse than You Thought

    Pat Palmer
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Up-front pricing, predictable bills and a knowledge of pricing practices definitely aren’t the tenets that the medical system is built on in America. Prices vary greatly from doctor to doctor and hospital to hospital, and because of insurance, a lot of patients never bother to analyze bills and charges after getting medical treatment. Research has shown that the lack of attention may be allowing a load of errors (potentially costly ones) to get passed on to customers and insurance companies alike. Analyzing a medical bill is something that most Americans simply are not proficient in, and as…
  • 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…
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  • Workplace safety inside the reception area

    Amanda Calberry
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    The reception areas in any building are the first point of contact for visitors and service users. In the last blog we reviewed controlling the access and exit of people in and out of a building. This blog is a continuation of advice and recommendations on health and safety aspect as we take a tour of a building. The first stopping point is the reception area. Reception area Once they are inside the building the receptionist has the important role of managing people who may have appointments or are making enquiries. In addition, the receptionist has to manage the contractors who are providing…
  • Should we all be following a Mediterranean diet?

    Amanda Calberry
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    Over the past 50 years, it has been hard to escape reports about the benefits of a Mediterranean diet, embodied perhaps by consumption of olive oil. Historically the diet entered mainstream medical literature following publication of research showing low incidence and mortality from heart disease in Mediterranean countries. This was associated with lower consumption of saturated fat, but not total fat in the diet. What exactly is the Mediterranean diet, does it have any health benefits and should we be encouraging this type of dietary approach for our service users? There is in fact no one…
  • Outcome based care

    Amanda Calberry
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    I have been working recently with rehabilitation services, and I am struck by the very effective outcome based approach to support they use. This is perhaps because of the very clear objective for service users of dealing with their dependency or addiction and leaving it behind if they can. This objective is easily measured as a target to be aimed for, within an agreed timescale. Increasing motivation There are several toolkits available for measuring outcomes. The star diagram is common to several of these, allowing each person to regularly grade their own progress on specific measures of…
  • A ‘common sense’ guide to Ebola for GP practices

    Amanda Calberry
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:58 am
    About Ebola Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a rare but severe infection caused by the Ebola virus. Since early this year there has been a large outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa, with widespread and intense transmission in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Ebola virus is currently not found in the United Kingdom. Although the risk of imported cases is low, it is not impossible that travellers or returning healthcare workers, infected in Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone, could arrive in the UK while incubating the disease, developing symptoms after their return and turning up in GP…
  • Is your workplace hitting the right notes?

    Amanda Calberry
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:31 am
    Music can be such a huge part of people’s everyday lives. Recent research has shown that music has a very positive effect on employees and boosts workplace productivity. The study showed that, from 2,000 people surveyed, ‘over 75% of respondents stated that music was a definite mood enhancer and the best way to boost your eagerness’. Would you know which genre music to choose for your employees? The report found that that pop music is the best genre for motivating people, whilst classical music was found to focus the mind, as well as being the best music to use when…
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  • Got Bed Bugs in your Car? Here’s What You Need to Do

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:41 pm
    If you are dealing with a bad bed bug infestation, then you probably know by now how difficult they can be to eliminate. And if you thought your home is the only place they infest, you couldn’t be more mistaken. Bed bugs in the car are a common problem in majority of the bed bug infested cities in US. But worry not; you have come to the right place. In this guide, we will discuss everything you need to know in order to take care of your ‘bed bugs in the car’ situation. Products to use when you have bed bugs in car If you go to any of the big stores selling pest control products, you…
  • 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…
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  • Residency Training Challenges for International Medical Graduates

    Christiana Davis, MD
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    Because of the healthcare reform (also known as the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare), an additional 32 million Americans are insured. Despite such an increase in demand, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there continues to be a shortage in primary care physicians (and other specialties). The physician supply is expected to increase only by 7% in the next 10 years (according to Kaiser Health News). Without increases in residency training, physician shortages will only worsen. To ensure an adequate physician workforce, many agree that there must be an end to the…
  • Advanced Practice Nursing Career Analysis

    Sharon A. Takiguchi, RN, MS, APRN, DrPH
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:16 am
    Advanced Practice Nurse with patient chart Who comprises the definition of an Advanced Practice Nurse? Registered nurses with a minimum of a Master of Science degree with a clinical focus in one of four categories can function as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). The APRN role categories include the clinical nurse specialists (CNS), nurse practitioner (NP), certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) or certified nurse midwives (CNM). Each of the APRN categories treats clients in different areas beyond the level of care rendered by a registered nurse (RN). How is the APRN…
  • Ebola – A Musical Parody by ZDoggMD

    Michael Jones
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    Ebola | Parody of The Kinks’ “Lola” | Editors note:  ZDoggMD does it again, educating the masses about ebola with humor and music. After you check out this new tune, have a look at ZDoggMD’s blog,, if you want more physician comedy.  Videos from are re-posted at with permission. Find more medical humor at here.     Browse Advanced Practitioner, Allied Health, Nursing, and Physician Jobs at  
  • Balancing Your Lifestyle in Healthcare: Eating Your Way to the Top

    Victor Peña-Araujo
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    There is no way around it; a clinical job requires one to be on-the-go from the moment one walks into work until he or she leaves the hospital. For centuries, and in most cultures, feeding oneself has been considered an important opportunity to relax, slow down, stop working, and sit down for a fulfilling and nourishing meal. But the modern hospital lifestyle conspires to eliminate all of that. Most clinicians do not have protected rest and/or meal times. Consequently, we begin to eat poorly, we skip meals, we grab what we can when we can, we attend meetings for the free pizza, and end up…
  • Family Medicine – Evolution and Rewards

    Faith A. Coleman M.D.
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    Surgery was my passion. I worked very hard to earn a position with a surgical residency at a top-100 hospital. Six months before I was to start my own odyssey (a la Grey’s Anatomy), I learned that my first child (unplanned) would arrive at the same time. I couldn’t give both my all. It was a no-brainer; I chose my son and family medicine, and I found more fulfillment and adventure than I’d imagined. In many ways, more than I would have found in surgery. There was a time when family medicine was the poor and battered stepchild of the “real” specialties. The medical establishment…
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  • top 9 famous quotes of chanakya

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:39 am
    The post top 9 famous quotes of chanakya appeared first on Palchoice. Chanakya was an acclaimed Indian teacher, philosopher, and royal advisor. A professor of economics and political science at the ancient Takshashila University, Chanakya is widely credited for having played the most important role in the establishment of the Maurya Empire. Maurya empire was the first empire in archaeologically recorded history to rule most of the Indian subcontinent. [...] The post top 9 famous quotes of chanakya appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    The post 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies appeared first on Palchoice. Do you find it difficult to motivate yourself for studies? Or do you want to find the ways to motivate your children for studies? If your answer is yes to above questions then I think you are landed on the right place. In this article, I am going to share some of the practical things [...] The post 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Walking lesson: learn to walk really?

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    The post Walking lesson: learn to walk really? appeared first on Palchoice. Since I was working continuously sitting in front of the computer my mother was forcing me to go for a walk in the park. I also needed a break so I decided to go for an evening walk and get refreshed. But this evening walk turn out to be very fruitful for me in more [...] The post Walking lesson: learn to walk really? appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 12 ways to increase your productivity

    5 Nov 2014 | 11:24 am
    The post 12 ways to increase your productivity appeared first on Palchoice. We all want to achieve success in our life. That’s why we are working so hard to be a part of top 1% of the population who are called success. So what is the secret of this top 1 % of the population? It’s hard work. I hope this has not shocked you. Everybody knows [...] The post 12 ways to increase your productivity appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Top 10 secrets of happy people

    2 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The post Top 10 secrets of happy people appeared first on Palchoice. Why some people are naturally happier than others? Whatever be the circumstances they seem to adjust well and successfully search reasons for happiness. It’s not that they don’t suffer like others or that they never get sad in life. But they still look happier than others around them. Do they know any secret? If yes, [...] The post Top 10 secrets of happy people appeared first on Palchoice.
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  • India Wound Care Market to 2019 – Driven by Rising Demand for Advanced Wound Care Products

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:19 pm
    India Wound Care Market to 2019 – Driven by Rising Demand for Advanced Wound Care Productspresents a comprehensive analysis of the wound care products aspects including market size of wound care market in India by revenue along with the market segmentation by different types of products such as traditional wound care products and advanced wound care products, by organized and unorganized market structure, by type of distribution channel and by major end users. The report also entails a detailed description on the recent trends and developments in the market, major challenges and…
  • Ukraine Seed Market Outlook to 2018 – Compelling Opportunities for Foreign Producers

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Ukraine Seed Market Outlook to 2018 – Compelling Opportunities for Foreign Producers presents a comprehensive analysis of the industry covering aspects including market size in terms of production volume and sales value. The report also entails a detailed analysis of the market segmentation by types of seeds such as winter and spring crop seeds, pre-basic, basic and certified seeds and vegetable and non-vegetable seeds on the basis of production volume and sales value. The report provides the company profiles of the major players operating in the seed sector in Ukraine along with market…
  • Russia Seed Industry Outlook to 2018 – Cost-Effective Non-Hybrid Seeds to Drive Market Growth

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Russia Seed Industry Outlook to 2018 - Cost-Effective Non-Hybrid Seeds to Drive Market Growthpresents a comprehensive analysis seed market in Russia. The report covers various aspects such as market size of Russia seed industry by sales value and production volume, segmentation on the basis of hybrid and-non-hybrid seeds, by vegetable and non-vegetable seeds, by domestic and export seed markets and by formal and informal industry structure. The report is useful for seed manufacturers, suppliers and wholesalers, and new players venturing in the market. Russia seed industry has been making…
  • India Car Rental Market Outlook to 2019 – Rising Online Booking to Drive the Future Growth

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:25 pm
    India Car Rental Market Outlook to 2019 – Rising Online Booking to Drive the Future Growth provides a comprehensive analysis of the various aspects such as market size of the Car rental industry, online car rental industry and Car sharing industry in India. The segmentation on the basis of organizational structure, by On and Off airport, by type of trips, by booking channels, by type of clients, by car sizes and by cities have been covered in the report. The report also includes the market shares and revenues of major car rental companies in India. The future outlook of the car rental…
  • Global Offshore Rig Construction Market Outlook to 2018 – Rising Energy Demand & Deepwater Drilling Activities to Intensify the Market

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    Global Offshore Rig Construction Market Outlook to 2018 – Rising Energy Demand & Deepwater Drilling Activities to Intensify the Market” presents a comprehensive analysis of the industry covering aspects including market size by offshore rig deliveries, active offshore rigs, rigs (or platforms) fleet, rigs (or platforms) contracted and value of working rigs and market segmentation by different types of offshore rigs, by geography including regions and countries for offshore deliveries and active offshore rigs; by offshore rig day rates, rig utilization rates and others. The report…
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  • Preventing Falls in the Elderly

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    If your elderly parents are living independently at home, falls may be a primary concern for their health and safety. Falls are the number one injury among elderly adults, so this should be an area of focus when you work on improving your parents' home safety. With the tips in this article, you can help your elderly loved ones avoid hospital visits and injuries caused by falls at home. Encourage physical activity Many older adults make the mistake of assuming that falls are caused by physical activity, but exercise actually helps to prevent falls. When elderly individuals maintain more…
  • All About ANS Home Health Services

    13 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    ANS Home Health Services is a home healthcare organization that is family owned and operated in Southeastern Wisconsin. ANS was founded in 1989 working with clients in nursing homes and hospitals, received its licensing as a home healthcare agency in 1995, and today they provide in-home case management and long-term care for more than 1,000 clients. With a professional, multilingual staff, ANS Home Health Services can provide the right care for a wide range of cases while exceeding patient expectations. ANS proudly maintains an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau in addition to…
  • In-Home Care vs. Assisted Living: Which Is Right for You? [INFOGRAPHIC]

    7 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    The vast majority of seniors say they wish to "age in place" in their own homes, but many also say they find it difficult or impossible to accomplish daily tasks without assistance. Fortunately, in-home care services allow seniors to get the individualized healthcare they need and maintain their independence at the same time. If you or a loved one is considering home healthcare in Milwaukee, you may be comparing it to other senior care services like assisted living. This helpful infographic shows some key differences between in-home care and assisted living. Many seniors and their…
  • Signs That Your Parent Needs Help at Home

    6 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    There is no single age at which home healthcare becomes necessary for older adults. The need will arise at different times depending on an individual's health, fitness, and willingness to accept care. If you are unsure of whether or not your parent needs professional healthcare at home, look out for these signs that can indicate a need for in-home nursing. Neglect of personal hygiene Because bathing and keeping clean can become more challenging as mobility declines, your parent may begin showering less frequently, wearing dirty clothes, or appearing disheveled. A parent may also neglect…
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  • Cranberry Juice Prevents Urine Infections and Improves Your Health

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:23 am
    Urinary tract infections or UTIs account for nearly 8 million doctor visits each year. The incidences of women suffering from UTIs are more than that in men mainly due to their shorter urethras (the tube between the genitals and the urinary bladder). Women suffering from frequent urine infections tend to experience various debilitating symptoms including cystitis which is characterized by pain in the lower back and stomach region, urgency to urinate (but not producing any urine) as well as burning and painful sensation during urination. Naturally, most sufferers want to know if there are any…
  • Treat Urine Infections Fast or Risk Life Threatening Kidney Infections

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Urine infections account for nearly 8 million doctor visits worldwide on an annual basis. It is now proven that nearly 40% of all women will experience a UTI at least once in their entire lifetime. It is essential to not just prevent but also treat urine infections as soon as they are diagnosed, using the right means. Failure to do so can cause various life threatening kidney infections. In this guide we will study common kidney infections and ways of treating and preventing UTIs. But first, let us understand why urine infections occur. How are UTIs caused? What kidney infections can they…
  • Your Urine Color Reveals Health Problems – See What Each Color Means

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:27 am
    Not many people might know this but the urine color varies greatly from person to person. It generally ranges from deep amber to honey color with several golden variations in between. The different colors of the urine actually tell us a lot about our health. With normal kidney functioning, one’s levels of hydration are indicated by the urine color. The pigment that gives urine its characteristic yellow color is known as Urochrome. However, some vitamins, medicines supplements or procedures like chemotherapy, certain diseases can all impact the urine color. Sometimes, small amounts of pus or…
  • 20 Quick Ways to Treat and Prevent Urine Infections

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    There is nothing pretty about urinary tract infections (UTIs) which tend to happen fairly commonly and more so in women. Naturally, if you are like hundreds of thousands of people suffering regularly from urine infections, you’d want to know quick ways to treat urine infections and also prevent them in the first place. What is a urine infection? A healthy urinary tract is mostly devoid of germs but microbes are almost always present in all parts of our body, even more in the skin surrounding the rectal region. These microbes sometimes travel upwards into the urinary tract and enter the…
  • Top 10 Products for Urine Infection Treatment

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    Urinary Tract Infections are increasingly common today. They are seen in pets, men and women as well as in children. In humans, they affect females more than males. Typical symptoms of UTIs include burning, pain and irritation while urinating. The sufferer also feels the desire to urinate more often than normal, but ends up producing very little or no urine. In some cases, UTIs cause fever, stomach aches and cramps. The cost of treating UTIs can be very high; naturally, patients without insurance wish to consider over-the-counter (cheaper) treatment options. While minor Urine infections can…
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  • What You Need To Know About Adult Braces – FAQ

    Ed Harrison
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    There are a few considerations to make before your final decision to spend money and time to have your teeth straightened with adult braces. You will also need to figure out how to pay for your braces. Keep in mind that traditional dental insurance rarely, if ever pays for braces.  If you have not already […] The post What You Need To Know About Adult Braces – FAQ appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • Affordable Care Act Dental Coverage Or AmeriPlan Dental Plus?

    Ed Harrison
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Have you applied for major medical insurance through the health reform website? In some states, you might have to visit the federal site at, but some states have established their own marketplace. Either way, applying for an account is the first step you need to take to find available health plans now. In any […] The post Affordable Care Act Dental Coverage Or AmeriPlan Dental Plus? appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • 9 Tips for Getting Affordable Dental Care

    Ed Harrison
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Are you trying to save money on dental care? Here are nine great tips proven to save money without compromising the quality of your dental care – how to get affordable dental care. 1. Volunteer for Medical Studies Do you live near a university town? Or, are you close to a research facility? If so, […] The post 9 Tips for Getting Affordable Dental Care appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • Prices of Dental Crowns Without Insurance

    Ed Harrison
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    Dental crowns are artificial teeth caps applied on teeth that have been weakened by cavities or by a root canal. If you don’t have insurance for this kind of treatment, you can expect to pay about $1,000 or even more. Since they aren’t cheap at all, it’s much better to get a discount dental service […] The post Prices of Dental Crowns Without Insurance appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • Questions About Discount Dental Plans and Discount Health Plans

    Ed Harrison
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Q: What exactly constitutes  discount dental plans or discount health plans? A: These terms don’t necessarily refer to one specific type or style of coverage but are a general term for health coverage and services that are offered at a discount. Normally a discount health or dental plan won’t offer you the same amount of coverage […] The post Questions About Discount Dental Plans and Discount Health Plans appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
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  • Free Your Mind… the Right Way!

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:50 pm
    What is your MINDSET? Everyone has one. It is the set of values and beliefs that make up our way of thinking. This mindset of ours seems to really reveal itself in difficult times, however. It reveals itself in the form of our will and emotions. It’s so easy to just say “free your mind,” but to free one’s mind is much more difficult a process than just saying it. It even takes more than believing it (meaning that we cannot believe our mind free.)  With a truly free mind, our potential for success is unlimited. Let’s take a look at the three…
  • The Reasons Why Women Would Want Cosmetic Surgery

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:09 am
    Many argue that using cosmetic surgery on the body is something sinful and you are doing something against God. Some religious people would say that but that will not apply to the millions of people especially women who want to undergo cosmetic surgery for various private reasons. This is why many still undergo this type of operation and do not mind the criticism that other people say. Still these reasons are fairly common for the women out there all over the world and in this article you will learn all of the different ones you hear from many beautiful women after they did cosmetic surgery .
  • Asia Medical Tourism Analysis & Forecast, 2014

    16 Nov 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Asia Medical Tourism Analysis & Forecast, 2014 Medical tourism is now a popular term globally and it has whole new different meaning to different countries. For Americans it means saving on medical expenses. Here the lower income group or middle income group not covered with medical insurance goes for medical tourism. For Canadians and Europeans it means a saving as well as getting rid of long waiting line in government hospitals. In these countries middle income group also goes for medical tourism; who do not want to wait endlessly for their turn in government hospital. For Africans it…
  • Medical Tourism Pricing Strategy|Wellness Destination India

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:33 pm
    How Our Medical Tourism Price Estimator Work:- a) Affordability is one of the driving forces behind Medical Tourism. b) Exact pricing is one of the most difficult things to pin down even at Health Vacations. c) Most hospitals don’t like to publish their prices online. d)There are still numerous other factors that make it difficult to determine how much specific procedures actually cost in individual countries • How advanced is your condition? • How old are you? • Will your operation require additional hospitalization? • Will you need an interpreter? • Will you require an…
  • Achieving Physical Fitness with Yoga

    12 Nov 2014 | 10:58 pm
    How to lead a healthy and happy life? This is the query of many. Let me tell you that the answer is there in the question itself. If you are content and happy with your life, is there anything that can stop you from living cheerfully? Leading a healthy life very much depends on the state of your mind and how active is your lifestyle. It is equally important to stay healthy from inside as the same it is from outside. Yoga can help one to have a calm mind, healthy body and happy soul. What are the physical problems cured by yoga? Yoga has lot more benefits to offer other than helping you to be…
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  • 5 Things to Know About Marketplace Open Enrollment

    Ashley Goddard
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    Marketplace Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) has begun! This is the time period when you can sign up for or renew a health plan through the Marketplace ( Infographic from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, depicting how 2015 Marketplace Enrollment Works Here are 5 important things to know: 2015 Open Enrollment is from November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015 You must enroll by December 15, 2014, if you want your coverage to begin January 1, 2015 If you don’t enroll in a health plan by February 15, 2015, the only way you can get health…
  • Understanding Cost-Sharing: Deductibles, Coinsurance and Copays

    Ashley Goddard
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:32 am
    “Cost-Sharing” has become a popular term in health insurance, but what does it mean exactly? Cost-Sharing is when you and your health insurance carrier both pay part of your medical expenses. When you’re comparing plans in your area on the Marketplace, you’ll see plans presented in the format below. All plans will show Estimated Monthly Premium, Estimated Deductible, Estimated Out-of-Pocket Maximum and a breakdown of Copayments/Coinsurance for the plan. Let’s break these items down using the example plan below to better understand our options. Our character in…
  • The ACA is Here to Stay: Senate Not Repealing Obamacare

    Ashley Goddard
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    US Capitol Building Dome in Washington D.C. The results from yesterday’s midterm elections are in – we have a new GOP Senate Majority. So, what will the Republicans do with Obamacare now that they’ve retaken control of the Senate? Will they try a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act (most commonly referred to as Obamacare)? It doesn’t seem likely. The ACA is here to stay. However, it is likely that our new Senate will fight to repeal two new taxes – one on medical devices and another on high-end insurance plans scheduled to take effect in 2018. In an interview this week with Time…
  • Timeline: 2015 Obamacare Open Enrollment Dates

    Ashley Goddard
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Obamacare Open Enrollment season began Saturday, November 1st. However, the enrollment period for Obamacare doesn’t begin for another two weeks. Review our Obamacare Open Enrollment timeline below. November 7, 2014 As of today, is open for window shopping. You may login to to view and compare healthcare plans in your network. November 15, 2014 Open Enrollment starts — the first day you can apply for 2015 coverage. December 31, 2014 Date when all 2014 Marketplace coverage ends, no matter when you enrolled. January 1, 2015 The date 2015 coverage…
  • Have a 2014 Health Insurance Marketplace Plan? Would you like "change" with that?

    Tyler Krause
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Obamacare is hoping you like change, because it’s likely coming to a health plan near you–again. This isn’t completely unexpected as the majority of these changes will be premium increases, something we have all become nice and familiar with, but along with the premium fluctuations, which can be expected in any health insurance system, another plan cancelling shakedown is on the horizon for the 2015 season. We can all remember the expansive coverage of health insurance policy cancellations during last years first open enrollment and the good news is, the number of plans that…
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  • Thanksgiving Day HD Wallpapers for I-phone, I-pad on Thanksgiving Day 2014

    Naveen Verma
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    Thanksgiving Day HD Wallpapers for I-phone, I-pad on Thanksgiving Day 2014: We are sharing the best collection of Thanksgiving day HD Wallpapers, Thanksgiving day Images, Thanksgiving day Photos, Thanksgiving day Messages, Thanksgiving day Wallpapers, Thanksgiving day HD Wallpapers on the Thanksgiving day 2014. If you are looking to download the best quality of the Thanksgiving […] The post Thanksgiving Day HD Wallpapers for I-phone, I-pad on Thanksgiving Day 2014 appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • Thanksgiving Day USA, Free Wallpapers, Images, Pics for Thanksgiving Day 2014

    Naveen Verma
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    Thanksgiving Day USA, Free Wallpapers, Images, Pics for Thanksgiving Day 2014: The Thanksgiving day is just 2 days away and we are here to share the Thanksgiving day wallpapers, free thanksgiving day wallpapers, best wallpapers on the Thanksgiving day 2014.  If you are looking to download the Thanksgiving Day USA Free Wallpapers, Images, Pics on […] The post Thanksgiving Day USA, Free Wallpapers, Images, Pics for Thanksgiving Day 2014 appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • Best Online Shopping Deals on Black Friday 2014

    Naveen Verma
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    Best Online Shopping Deals on Black Friday 2014: The Black Friday deals are the best way to enjoy the Black Friday 2014. The Black Friday is the day to get heavy deals online and have lots of shopping. The Black Friday Deals are provided by leading online shopping destinations like Amazon, Flipkart, Wallmart, best buy […] The post Best Online Shopping Deals on Black Friday 2014 appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • Black Friday XBOX 360 deals on Black Friday 2014

    Naveen Verma
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    Black Friday XBOX 360 deals on Black Friday 2014: The Black Friday 2014 is the best deals for the celebration for the Black Friday Xbox 360 deals, Top Deals on Black Friday. We are sharing the best Black Friday Deals on the xbox 360, free black friday xbox 360 deals. Black Friday Deals on the […] The post Black Friday XBOX 360 deals on Black Friday 2014 appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • Best Black Friday Deal to buy TV of Black Friday 2014

    Naveen Verma
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Best Black Friday Deal to buy TV of Black Friday 2014: The Black Friday Deals with heavy discounts are here. We are providing the best Black Friday deals on Black Friday 2014 here. We are sharing the best deals on the black friday 2014, Best Balck Friday Deals to Buy TV Online, Buy LCD online […] The post Best Black Friday Deal to buy TV of Black Friday 2014 appeared first on FestVent.Com.
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