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  • 5 Tips for Surviving Nursing School

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    Nicole Bent
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    The first year of anything in life is hard, but nursing school takes stress to a whole new level. We all expect some level of anxiety getting an education, but there are ways you can reduce it while in nursing school. Here are five ways to keep stress in check while pursuing your passion to work in nursing. Organize everything! Start your year with a plan and stay organized by getting a good planning tool. Depending on what you prefer, use a wall calendar or a calendar app on your smart phone to track important tests, papers, presentations, and events for school and your personal life. Plan…
  • US ranks 25th in international physician count

    Beckers Hospital Review
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    25 countries with the most physicians per capita
  • Massachusetts Hospitals’ Discharge Trends Exceed Other States

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    Cassandra Dowell
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Massachusetts has a higher rate of discharge from hospitals to other health care facilities relative to the national average, indicating an opportunity for better management of post-acute care, according to the state’s Health Policy Commission’s supplemental report released this month. The recent analysis is based on the state’s 2013 cost trends report. Massachusetts hospitals are 2.1 times as likely as the national average to discharge patients to either nursing facilities or home health agencies, the researches estimate, noting that 98% of nursing facility beds in…
  • Americans Pay Far More for Medications Than Anywhere in the World (VIDEO)

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    Anthony Cirillo
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Americans Pay Far More for Medications Than Anywhere in the World The post Americans Pay Far More for Medications Than Anywhere in the World (VIDEO) appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • How to Have a great Sexual Experience

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    24 Jun 2014 | 6:29 am
    Getting into the bed or just jumping on the couch will not always help you in getting the sexual satisfaction you desire. Having sex is also an art and there are some rules of it that has to be followed to. It starts from getting close with each other, undressing to the climax of orgasm. There are many stages you have to cross to gain the ultimate physical pleasure. Otherwise it will be more of a mechanical or else end up in a disaster. So follow these golden rules to have a great time with your partner on bed. Know your and your partners body: Before unveiling your sexual tools, you should…
 
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  • Hospital seek innovative ways to ease patient "scanxiety"

    Ilene MacDonald
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    An increasing number of hospitals try to reduce the extreme fear that patients often have from the thought of being enclosed inside scanning equipment, a condition that healthcare professionals refer to as "scanxiety," according to SFGate.read more
  • Judge rules St. Luke's-Saltzer partnership can continue during appeal

    Zack Budryk
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:08 pm
    A federal appeals court ruled St. Luke's Health System in Idaho can continue to operate Nampa-based Saltzer Medical Group while fighting a ruling that found the acquisition in violation of antitrust laws, according to the Associated Press.read more
  • 4 essential steps for population health management

    Zack Budryk
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Healthcare providers that orient themselves toward a population health-based model are better prepared for shifts in reimbursement, according to Hospitals & Health Networks Daily.read more
  • The ultimate patient experience: High-quality care plus free Wi-Fi and 42-inch televisions

    Ilene MacDonald
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    A newly opened hospital in Texas bets that the facility designed by physicians to provide patients with the ultimate patient-centered experience will give it an edge in the marketplace, Healthcare Finance News reportsread more
  • Hospitals waste $11 billion a year on inefficient communication

    Katie Sullivan
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    As care coordination gains popularity in the healthcare industry, especially within accountable care organizations, healthcare leaders must ensure their teams of doctors, nurses and staff use the most efficient communication processes possible to protect their patients and organizations' bottom lines.read more
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  • More Evidence That Sugar May Be Bad For The Brain

    Alice G. Walton
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Young rats given HFCS-sweetened drinks had memory problems. Would the same be true for human teens?
  • Dutch Investigation Finds Serious Flaws In Influential New England Journal Of Medicine Study

    Larry Husten
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    Erasmus Medical Center says it has wrapped up its investigation of Don Poldermans, the disgraced cardiology researcher who was fired for research misconduct. The full extent of the misconduct has never been known, and from an examination of the Erasmus report it appears likely that it never will be known.
  • Health Care Is "The New Oil" Says Bush-Family Entrepreneur

    Leah Binder
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    I’m sitting on Amtrak distracted by a passenger two rows back, yakking on the phone to her doctor’s office. She’d like to transfer her records to another doctor down the street, and alas, such an enormous undertaking cannot be completed in only two days. “Please,” she begs, “Could you make an exception?” After half an hour of this, she succeeds. Hallelujah.
  • Wellpoint, Humana Obamacare Enrollment On The Rise

    Bruce Japsen
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    Wellpoint (WLP), parent of several Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans across the country, enrolled more Americans than it thought via public exchanges under the Affordable Care Act and expects even more people to sign up to its Medicaid plans for the rest of the year.
  • 'Do Drug Companies Make Drugs, Or Money?'

    John LaMattina
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    As crass as it may sound, the companies responsible for discovering and developing the next medical breakthroughs have to do so in a way that generates significant profits. If they don’t do that, investors will turn to other places to invest their money , and the companies will shrivel up and either be sold to another company or die. So the answer to the Sorkin/George question is “both”. A pharma company’s business is making drugs – and, in doing so it had better make profits.
 
 
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  • High frequency of potential entrapment gaps in hospital beds

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    A survey of beds within a large teaching hospital in Ireland has shown than many of them did not comply with dimensional standards put in place to minimize the risk of entrapment. The report therefore emphasizes the need for careful selection of patients for whom bedrails are to be used, as well as the need for monitoring and maintenance of hospital bed systems.
  • Acupuncture provides significant quality of life improvements among breast cancer patients taking drugs to prevent recurrence, study shows

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:34 am
    Use of electroacupuncture (EA) – a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles – produces significant improvements in fatigue, anxiety and depression in as little as eight weeks for early stage breast cancer patients experiencing joint pain related to the use of aromatase inhibitors (AIs) to treat breast cancer. The study is the first demonstration of EA’s efficacy for both joint pain relief, as well as these other common symptoms.
  • Time of arrival at hospital impacts time to treatment and survival of heart attack patients

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Study shows heart attack patients who arrive at the hospital during weeknights, weekends and holidays have a 13 percent increased risk of dying compared with those arriving during regular business hours. On average, time to receive angioplasty was 16 minutes faster for people who arrived during business hours. Time of day was not associated with delays in aspirin administration, imaging tests or intravenous clot-busting medications. Compared to previous reports, the researchers observed lower in-hospital deaths and improved door-to-needle times.
  • Making cancer glow to improve surgical outcomes

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    The best way to cure most cases of cancer is to surgically remove the tumor. The Achilles heel of this approach, however, is that the surgeon may fail to extract the entire tumor, leading to a local recurrence. With a new technique, researchers have established a new strategy to help surgeons see the entire tumor in the patient, increasing the likelihood of a positive outcome.
  • $15 billion annual public funding system for doctor training needs overhaul, say experts

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    The US should significantly reform the federal system for financing physician training and residency programs to ensure that the public's $15 billion annual investment is producing the doctors that the nation needs, says a new report.
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  • Home Visits for the High-Risk: Targets, Timelines and Training

    Patricia Donovan
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Many patient-centered medical home (PCMH) initiatives have added home visits to care transition management to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions and ER utilization. Jessica Simo, program manager with Durham Community Health Network for the Duke Division of Community Health, describes likely candidates for home visits, the structure of a typical home visit and recommended staff training. HIN: Which diagnosis or patient profile benefits most from a home visit? (Jessica Simo) As a general rule for the patient population we serve, the people who get the most home visits are middle-aged…
  • Infographic: Care Teams Help Fill Gaps in Care

    Melanie Matthews
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Without the help of a care team, physicians would not have enough hours in the day to adhere to all the protocols for chronic care patients, according to a new infographic by Phase Space. The infographic looks at the number of individuals with chronic conditions, the capacity of providers to care for these patients appropriately and how care teams fill these gaps. With the advent of the medical neighborhood, care coordination is no longer the sole domain of the primary care practice (PCP) but a responsibility shared among all providers that touch the patient. But how to formalize…
  • Infographic: Physician Social Media Use

    Melanie Matthews
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Physicians have mixed opinions about leveraging social media use in their practices, according to a new infographic by MedData Group. The infographic looks at the top two social media channels that physicians use, the top five physician specialties that engage in online physician communities and the top concerns preventing physicians from using social media for professional reasons. The growth of social networking has been dramatic, and the applications are quickly finding their way into healthcare organizations. This expanded best-seller provides an overview of the social media tools…
  • 7 Ways to Stratify Patients for Health Coaching

    Cheryl Miller
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
    Recruiting patients for health coaching is a multi-faceted process, says Alicia Vail, RN, is a health coach for Ochsner Health System. Health coaches can enlist the services of physicians, case managers and transition navigators for referrals to those patients who would benefit from coaching post hospital or physician discharge. There are several ways we recruit patients. First, we have created health coach referral criteria to help physicians and staff identify patients who would benefit from health coaching. These patients would need coaching on self-management of chronic health problems…
  • Infographic: Daily Drug Use in the United States

    Melanie Matthews
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Every day in America millions of young adults use illicit substances, ranging from marijuana, heroin, and cocaine, to hallucinogens and inhalants. Out of the 35.6 million young adult population (from 2012) in the United States, one fifth used an illicit drug in the past month, and the percentage of those users has increased from 2008. The infographic below shows how often drugs are used daily in the United States and the number of first-time illicit drug users on an average day. Bringing the most comprehensive research and information available today to the mental health field, the Dartmouth…
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  • Hacker charged with stealing HHS employee info

    Dan Bowman
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    Personal information for more than 100,000 employees of several federal agencies--including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services--was obtained illegally by an alleged British hacker, indicted late last week by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia for conspiracy, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft, among a bevy of charges.read more
  • Hospitals increasingly plan to outsource coding efforts

    Dan Bowman
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    Hospitals increasingly plan to outsource coding efforts in the coming year, according to a new survey published today by Black Book Rankings.read more
  • Kaiser Permanente implements testing as part of ICD-10 transition

    Susan D. Hall
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    Kaiser Permanente is testing nearly 200 applications with a range of external trading partners and providers as part of its preparation for the transition to ICD-10.read more
  • Carolinas HealthCare embraces new data initiatives

    Katie Dvorak
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    Using data and analytics, physicians at Carolinas HealthCare System are undertaking many new initiatives, including ones on community health.read more
  • OIG audit criticizes HHS access controls

    Susan D. Hall
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    The Department of Health and Human Services must improve its security procedures for granting access to physical facilities as well as computer applications and files, according to an audit from the HHS Office of Inspector General that found security controls inadequate.read more
 
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  • Many More Halbigs to Come

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    By SAURABH JHA, MD “Then you should say what you mean,” the March Hare went on. “I do,” Alice hastily replied; “at least–at least I mean what I say–that’s the same thing, you know.” “Not the same thing a bit!” said the Hatter. “You might just as well say that “I see what I eat” is […]
  • Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO to Keynote Health 2.0

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Announcing Wearables Health Tech Runway Show and New Companies, Panels, Sessions and Speakers! Health 2.0 announces Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, as a keynote alongside visionary physicians Eric Topol, Patrick Soon-Shiong, and Samsung’s President Young Sohn at the Health 2.0 8th Annual Fall Conference this coming Sept. 21-24 in Santa Clara, CA. This year, Health 2.0 is set to host […]
  • Narrow Networking

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    By DAVID DRANOVE and CRAIG GARTHWAITE The Affordable Care Act is premised, at least in part, on the notion that competition can be harnessed to reduce healthcare costs and improve quality. This explains why insurance in the individual market has not been nationalized. Instead, consumers go to an online exchange where they customers can easily […]
  • Hyping Cancer Genotyping

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm
    By NORTIN HADLER, MD It was 1970. I was in my laboratory at the NIH sequencing a murine myeloma protein in order to define the structure of its antibody combining region. Studies of protein conformation were at the cutting edge of science then; enthusiasm abounded. But it was clear to me that this work, in […]
  • Using Big Data to Manage Medical Expectations

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    By CYNTHIA RUDIN For all the advances in both medicine and technology, patients still face a bewildering array of advice and information when trying to weigh the possible consequences of certain medical treatments. But a hands-on, data-driven tool I have developed with some colleagues can now help patients obtain personalized predictions for their recovery from […]
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  • Actually, there are clinical trials for health information technology

    David Williams
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    HIT research: Has to be in there somewhere! The New York Times Bits blog (The Lessons Thus Far From the Transition to Digital Patient Records) concludes its post on the ups and downs of health information technology by asserting the following: In health information technology, there are no clinical trials or tests with randomized controls, as there are for drugs, for example. True, digital data does not go into the body, but it can increasingly guide what does. Actually, high-quality studies of medical decision support tools are quite common. For example, here’s the abstract of a…
  • Narrow networks: Get used to it

    David Williams
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Narrow but workable Many health plans unveiled “narrow network” plans recently as part of the Affordable Care Act. These plans cover a limited number of doctors, hospitals and other providers and often pay nothing for out-of-network coverage. Predictably, some members are upset as documented today by Kaiser Health News (Limitations of New Health Plans Rankle Some Enrollees.)  Some consumers are upset that they can’t see specific doctors who they may have seen in the past and that the list of available providers isn’t terribly long. Insurance commissioners and…
  • ACA rollout hits some Massachusetts businesses harder than expected

    David Williams
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    Like many, I’ve been surprised that the rollout of the Affordable Care Act has had such an impact on Massachusetts. After all we already had near universal coverage, an exchange/marketplace, lots of mandates, guaranteed issue and community rating. Obamacare is based on Romneycare. But somehow Massachusetts screwed up the rollout of the Obamacare exchange, which is costing $100 million to fix, and at least some Massachusetts small businesses are getting hit with big rate hikes as they renew. One small business I know got hit with a 29 percent premium jump, almost all due to the ACA.
  • Cavalcade of Risk is up at Healthcare Economist

    David Williams
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    Healthcare Economist Jason Shafrin hosts the latest Cavalcade of Risk blog carnival, featuring a roundup of posts on health insurance, democracy, workers comp and more.
  • Medicaid: Program for the poor should not impoverish doctors and hospitals

    David Williams
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Medicaid beneficiaries deserve the same access to healthcare services and products as people with commercial insurance or Medicare. But since Medicaid pays doctors and hospitals 27 to 65 percent less than commercial health plans (according to a new GAO report), it makes it awfully difficult for providers to be payer agnostic. Sure enough, we see even supposedly mission-driven non-profit healthcare systems looking to maximize their share of the commercial population by catering to that group. That’s a real public policy problem as the proportion of patients with Medicaid increases,…
 
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    Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review

  • Halbig Decision Puts Obamacare Back on the Front Burner and Will Give Republicans a Huge Political Headache

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Today's 2-1 decision by the DC Court of Appeals striking down federal premium subsidies, in at least the 27 states that opted for the feds to run their Obamacare insurance exchanges, has the potential to strike a devastating blow to the new health law. The law says that individuals can get subsidies to buy health insurance in the states that set up insurance exchanges. That appears to exclude
  • "Biggest Insurer Drops Caution, Embraces Obamacare"

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Kaiser Health News is out with that headline today reporting that UnitedHealthcare is expanding its Obamacare exchange presence planning to sell polices "in nearly half the exchanges next year." The story goes on to report that United's leadership is saying the new public marketplaces look sustainable. There may be more to it than that. Consider: A carrier laying back the first year will have
  • Kaiser Family Foundation Survey Finds Most People Who Bought Health Insurance on the Exchanges Are Happy With It and That 57% Were Previously Insured––No One Should Be Surprised On Either Count

    20 Jun 2014 | 6:53 am
    Let's take a look at both of these headlines: Most People Are Happy But Kaiser only asked the people who bought health insurance on the exchanges if they were happy with what Obamacare offered them. As I have said before on this blog, two out of three subsidy eligible people did not buy a health insurance plan in the first open-enrollment. This week the administration also reported that 76%
  • Obamacare: What About the Working Class and the Middle Class?

    18 Jun 2014 | 9:17 am
    The administration issued a report yesterday that says individuals who selected plans in the federal health insurance exchanges have a post-credit premium that is on average 76% less than the full premium for the plans they selected. And, 69% are paying less than $100 after the subsidies––46% are paying $50 or less. The administration also pointed out that 65% of individuals selecting the Silver
  • With the November Election Six Months Away Obamacare is Up For Grabs

    13 May 2014 | 12:34 pm
    House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans seemed surprised last week when representatives of the insurance industry reported that they didn't have enough data yet to forecast prices for next year's health insurance exchanges, the market was not about to blow up, and that so far at least 80% of consumers have paid for the health insurance policies they purchased on the exchanges. The
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  • New Direction for Health Reform Book

    Michael D. Miller MD
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    In 2005 I started writing a book about health reform.  As I was working on it, the structure and framework of the U.S. healthcare system kept shifting. I am now returning to work on this book, with the new working title, “Pivoting the U.S. Healthcare System: A Guide to Making Health Reform Work.” Below is a brief overview of the background about the book, which can also be found on my main website. Comments, suggestions, and general inquiries about this project are welcome. Overview – “Pivoting the U.S. Healthcare System: A Guide to Making Health Reform Work” In my very first…
  • Medicare Trust Fund Solvency Projections (History Of)

    Michael D. Miller MD
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    The 2014 Medicare Trustees’ Report was released yesterday.  Amidst all the reporting was how the revised projections for the Medicare Trust Fund (for Part A) increased by 3 years from last year’s report. The Kaiser Family Foundation has a great summary of Medicare financing and projections for future spending, but below is another chart that shows the actual number of years of projected solvency for the Part A Trust Fund in the years since 1970 – in the years when the Trustees’ Report included such projections: Two things to note about this chart: The dramatic leap up in…
  • Medicaid and State Level Health Transformations

    Michael D. Miller MD
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    I recently guest lectured on Medicaid and state level health transformation at a George Mason University public policy class. To start, I led the class through a discussion of how states differ from each other around 14-plus factors related to healthcare delivery, financing, policy, and politics. In this discussion we talked about the importance of policy makers appreciating those factors as they consider how to improve health, and the different routes states have taken for Medicaid improvements and expansion. (See picture of white board below.) We had a great discussion, and I emphasized the…
  • Now on Twitter @HealthPolCom

    Michael D. Miller MD
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:26 am
    I’m now on Twitter @ @HealthPolCom. Consistent with the goals of this blog, I’ll try to only tweet items and information of substance and analysis, and to keep “look here” items to a minimum.  I recognize the challenge of doing that with only 140 characters, so I might try haiku formats. In any case, feel free to Follow and Retweet. Thanks, Mike
  • Sovaldi® and Curing Hep C – Myths and Other Facts

    Michael D. Miller MD
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    The introduction of new oral medicines that can cure chronic hepatitis C infections (including Sovaldi®) have led to some intense discussions permeated with misleading information about the pricing of new medicines, how such medicines are “game changers,” and the implications for budget-crunched payers.  Below I summarize some key points about those issues. 1.  Myth #1: How Medicines are Priced One of the perpetuating myths about biopharmaceuticals is that medicines are priced to recoup research and development costs.1 It’s a myth. As I’ve written about elsewhere prescription…
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    Healthcare Economist

  • Disparities in Schizophrenia Care

    Jason Shafrin
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Do African Americans and Latinos receive the same quality care as Caucasians?  This is the question asked by Horvitz-Lennon et al. (2014). Quality of Care Before one can answer this question, one first has to define what “quality care” means.  The authors use the following definition for pharmacological indicators: Any use of antipsychotic drugs, Conditional on antipsychotic use, any use of long-acting injectable antipsychotics, Two indicators of antipsychotic drug adherence (full adherence, defined as ≥80 percent medication possession ratio (MPR), and low adherence, defined…
  • What is Reference Pricing?

    Jason Shafrin
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:16 pm
    To reduce utilization of pharmaceutical products, many countries have opted to use reference pricing. Reference pricing is a system where patient coinsurance payments depend not only on the price of the drug but also the price of alternatives therapies.  As the name indicates, reference pricing sets patient coinsurance rates as the difference between the drug’s retail or list price and the price of the “reference” product.  Often a reference product will be a generic version of a product, or the most cost-effective molecule available in a class.  Patients pay some portion of the…
  • Did Hospital VBP work?

    Jason Shafrin
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    How can Medicare improve quality and reduce cost? One idea is to introduce value-based purchasing (VBP). For instance, Medicare’s hospital value-based purchasing (HVBP) system increases payment rates for hospitals that demonstrate high quality. A paper by Ryan et al. (2014) explains the program in more detail. Under HVBP, acute care hospitals—those paid under Medicare’s Inpatient Prospective Payment System—received payment adjustments beginning in October of 2012 based on their performance on 12 clinical process and 8 patient experience measures from July 1, 2011 through March 31,…
  • Weekend Links

    Jason Shafrin
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Can wireless technology replace nurses? Social media and physician complaints. Oligopoly that is academia. Inappropriate uses of HIPAA. A Dearth in Innovation.
  • First biosimilar hits the market

    Jason Shafrin
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Making a generic version of a single molecule drug is fairly straightforward.  Making a replica of a biologic treatment, however, is not.  Nevertheless, Congress signed into law the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCI Act) to create a fast-track approval process for biological products that are demonstrated to be highly similar an FDA-approved biological product.  These products are known as biosimilars. Today, this legislation has bore fruit.   FierceBiotech reports: The FDA accepted Novartis’ application to sell a knockoff of…
 
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  • Saving for Retirement – Yes Millenial This Means You

    Anthony Cirillo
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    I came across William J. Bernstein, an investment adviser and author on financial subjects in a New York Times article a few months ago. And it occurred to me that we have a similar platform. I talk about Educated Aging, that we need to plan for our aging sooner in life – physically, financially, emotionally. In a previous post, I shared information about how Millenials are already behind the eight ball when it comes to saving. Bernstein has authored “If You Can,” a concise, no-nonsense instruction manual on saving and investing for retirement. He occasionally makes it available…
  • Americans Pay Far More for Medications Than Anywhere in the World (VIDEO)

    Anthony Cirillo
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Americans Pay Far More for Medications Than Anywhere in the World The post Americans Pay Far More for Medications Than Anywhere in the World (VIDEO) appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Our Friday Song of the Week – All Right Now

    Anthony Cirillo
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Our Friday Song of the Week – All Right Now – Free The post Our Friday Song of the Week – All Right Now appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Is There a Cancer Risk When Going to the Nail Salon? (VIDEO)

    Anthony Cirillo
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Is There a Cancer Risk When Going to the Nail Salon? The post Is There a Cancer Risk When Going to the Nail Salon? (VIDEO) appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Concerts for Caregivers

    Anthony Cirillo
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Many in the aging services professions are aware of the power of music in healing and particularly with dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. Many Alzheimer’s patients can remember and sing songs even in advanced stages, long after they’ve stopped recognizing names and faces. Dementia care homes often use music as recreation, since it brings patients pleasure. There’s growing evidence that listening to music can also help stimulate seemingly lost memories and even help maintain some cognitive functioning. In an Alzheimer’s Association newsletter, John Carpenter, founder of…
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    Health Affairs Blog

  • Exhibit Of The Month: A Big Data Understanding Of Health Care Trends

    Matthew Richardson
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    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. This month we look at two exhibits from “Four Health Data Networks Illustrate The Potential For A Shared National Multipurpose Big-Data Network,” published in the July issue of Health Affairs. These exhibits demonstrate how the effects of expanding health data availability and processing have the potential to dramatically alter our understanding of trends in the…
  • Taking Stock Of The ACA: The Latest Data From The Health Reform Monitoring Survey

    Sharon Long
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    Editor's note: In addition to Sharon Long, this post is coauthored by Genevieve Kenney, Stephen Zuckerman, and Katherine Hempstead.  Since early last year, the Urban Institute’s Health Reform Monitoring Survey (HRMS) has been collecting relevant, timely data that is providing insights on the implementation of the ACA and changes in health insurance coverage and related outcomes. (An article describing the survey was published in Health Affairs last December.) Beginning in late 2013, the HRMS set the stage by exploring adults’ understanding of key ACA provisions, their level of health…
  • Revisiting Primary Care Workforce Data: A Future Without Barriers For Nurse Practitioners And Physicians

    Joanne Pohl
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    Editor's note: Debra Barksdale and Kitty Werner also coauthored this post.  With the full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), there have been major concerns about the looming primary care provider shortage. The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis predicts shortages as high as 20,400 physicians by 2020, and increases in medical school graduates entering primary care residencies have been anemic. Physician shortages can be addressed by the rapid growth of nurse practitioners (NPs), trained in primary care, along with the redesign of primary care to…
  • Recent Health Policy Brief: Site Neutral Payments

    Tracy Gnadinger
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    A new Health Policy Brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) describes the different proposals designed to eliminate differences in Medicare’s payment systems that depend on where care and services are delivered. Currently, services that can be provided in a variety of clinical settings may sometimes be paid for at dramatically different payment rates. Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee (MedPAC) proposed eliminating this differential payment for certain services. This brief explains the…
  • Implementing Health Reform: What Makes A State Exchange? (Updated)

    Timothy Jost
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    One question that has arisen in the wake of the Halbig/King decisions is what exactly is a state exchange? The D.C. Circuit in Halbig and the Fourth Circuit in King seemed unclear as to the answer to this question. The D.C. Circuit counted 14 state exchanges, the Fourth Circuit 16. A great deal, however, may turn on the answer. Two of the eight federal judges that have ruled on the question so far have held that only state exchanges and not federally facilitated exchanges can issue premium tax credits. Were this conclusion to be adopted in the end by the Supreme Court, which exchanges would…
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    Medicare News Blog

  • Good News and Gloom for Medicare, Wrapped in a Mystery

    medicare poster
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Health care experts can’t explain the encouraging spending slowdown, but the long-term outlook remains bleak. Related NewsA Mystery Doc’s Billing Patterns Holds Clues to Curbing Medicare CostsOf Medicare fraud, the mystery doc and campaign mudCORRECTED: Test tells source of mystery cancers-researchers
  • Outlook for Medicare Trust Fund Improves, Though Shortfall Looms, Report Finds

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    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Spending on hospital care was lower than expected, but trustees say Medicare and Social Security funds need shoring up. Related NewsMedicare Trust Fund Solvency Extended By 12 YearsMedicare’s Hospital Trust Fund Will Be Insolvent By 2019, According To Trustees ReportMedicare trustees: Repealing Obamacare cuts would hasten insolvency
  • Paul Ryan and the Party of Ideas

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    24 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Notes on the House Budget Chairman’s latest proposals. Related NewsRousing G.O.P., Ryan Faults ‘Missing’ LeadershipRousing G.O.P., Ryan Faults ‘Missing’ LeadershipRep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan, with Medicare changes, is back
  • Medicare Advantage Is Not Efficient, but It Can Be

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    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Modeling a Medicare plan on the Affordable Care Act could save taxpayers money by forcing plans to compete on price rather than unnecessary benefits. Related NewsMedPAC Chair Says Medicare More Efficient In Delivering Benefits Than Medicare Advantage PlansKHN column – Tomorrow’s Medicare: The efficient hybrid?Medicare Spending Isn’t Out of Control
  • The Fiscal Fizzle

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    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The deficit scolds are still going at it, even though the whole panic turned out to be a false alarm. Related NewsInsurers warn Medicare perks will fizzle with health bill; subsidies have also fueled profitsThe Real Fiscal Risks in the United StatesLETTER: Use ‘pooling’ for universal health coverage
 
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  • Get off your butt and move!

    rcentor
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    Sunday I played golf in Philadelphia and fortunately was able to walk the course with a caddy. During the round, after finding out that I was a physician, he asked me about health risks. My answer was quick – obesity and cigarettes. But in retrospect, even though they are conflated, I should have separated weight and inactivity. Increasingly we are learning that movement itself has positive health benefits. Many readers have heard of the 10,000 step program. While there is nothing magic about that number, I believe it is a reasonable goal. The Truth about 10,000 steps. “We just…
  • Running – lessons learned after 1 year of dedicated running

    rcentor
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    I started running around 1 year ago. I cannot pinpoint the day, because I slid into becoming a runner starting with walk run walk, and then moving to run walk run, and now mostly running. My friends, colleagues, students and residents all know that I admit to obsession. Running has greatly helped my weight loss, but it also makes me feel much younger. I am an obnoxious runner, and that is fine with me. I am not a great runner, but I am decent for a 65-year-old man. But that is not the point. I enjoy my daily runs. Here are my thoughts as an older runner. 1. It really is about the shoes.
  • What hinders patient physician time together

    rcentor
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    Sandeep Jauhar has this wonderful sentence in a NY Times op-ed (Busy Doctors, Wasteful Spending) : There is no more wasteful entity in medicine than a rushed doctor. And yet physicians are rushed. Dr. Jauhar writes about the payment system driving shorter visits. That problem represents an important component of undesirably short visits, but it is not the only problem. The electronic health record adds documentation time, as do the billing documentation requirements. The bureaucratic requirements of CMS, insurance companies and meaningful use criteria all force physicians to spend more time…
  • Burnout in primary care – administrative burdens to blame

    rcentor
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    I spent this past weekend at a wonderful wedding in Richmond, where I lived for over 20 years. At the reception I had an important conversation with one of my former residents (I was an intern and he was a 2nd year). I knew him before medical school, and have kept in touch for the past 37 years during which he worked in a classical internal medicine practice. He quit primary care this year. He loved his patients, and his patients loved him. He has a wonderful bedside manner, and is thoughtful and refuses to rush through his patients. He cannot do it anymore. If this story was unique, then I…
  • How and when is the physical exam useful?

    rcentor
    12 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Dr. Danielle Ofri has an important piece in the NY Times – The Physical Exam as Refuge . As an outpatient physician, she makes the case that the physical examination provides a special time for the physician to focus entirely on the patient. Is examination time the refuge for the harried physician, and the opportunity to engage the patient in extended conversation about their condition? While I did outpatient medicine for almost 20 years, for the past 15 I have focused only on inpatient medicine. As some comments suggest, the physical examination yields more information when the patient…
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  • Population medicine approach meets Public Choice theory and practice

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

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

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    Eliminating dangerous and unnecessary medical tests and treatments is the ostensible aim of the "Choosing Wisely" ( CW) initiative that is being promoted by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation (ABIMF).I submit that is is not only unnecessary to evoke the principle of physicians as stewards of society's medical resources to accomplish that goal but it is a dangerous concept and promotes the idea that the individual exists to further the welfare of the collective or " society" Even the most cursory study of world history in the 20th century should disabuse one of the notion that…
  • The population medicine approach does not respect the separateness of the individual,traditional or Rawlsian social justice nor evidence based medicine

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:31 am
     The population medicine approach disrespects the separateness and sanctity of the individual and individual liberty. It is antithetical to not only traditional medical ethics but also to the ethics of classic liberalism. Further it violates a major element in the concept of evidence based medicine, patient autonomy. It is not compatible with the social justice concepts as formulated by John Rawls and does not conform with the generally accepted meaning of social justice as redistribution from the less to the more needy.The population medicine approach is basically utilitarianism which…
  • Does the concept of "value based payments" make any sense at all?

    13 Jun 2014 | 4:48 am
    Greg Scandlen at the Health Policy Blog comments on the term "value based" quoting from a worth- reading article by David Carr writing on the site Information Week. Here is link to Scandlen 's thoughts. Scandlen deftly takes apart a widely quoted article by Michael Porter that appeared in the NEJM in 2010 .The concepts  of professor Porter are widely quoted and for him value is defined as "health outcome per dollar spent" but he spends considerable effort in explicating how elusive and difficult that is to put into meaningful operational use.A number of the concepts that Porter has made…
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  • New Allegations About Universal Health Services Inc - Why We Should Not be Surprised

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Current Allegations of Poor Treatment and Threats to a Whistle Blower This month, a Boston Globe article reported trouble at a local hospital,Arbour HRI, a Brookline psychiatric hospital in recent trouble with regulators, disciplined a mental health worker for talking to the Boston Globe about problems there — an action the employees’ union is fighting.The hospital also required all staff to sign a policy forbidding them from speaking with the media about Arbour — or risk losing their jobs, according to the union.An article that appeared in the Globe on May 30 described findings of…
  • Sovaldi, a Quantum Leap... Backwards to the Days Before Randomized Controlled Trials?

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    The Sovaldi (sofosbuvir - Gilead) media circus is continuing.  The New York Times just reported that sales of the new drug for hepatitis C were about $3.5 billion for the last quarter, which should intensify the kerfuffle over its US price ($1000 per pill, $84,000 for a 12 week course of medication).Meanwhile, reports of its wondrous properties continue to appear in medical journals.The latest was announced this way in Bloomberg, Gilead Science Inc Solvadi, controversial because of its price, helps cure hepatitis C in people with HIV, according to researchers who say the drug has the…
  • Money vs Mission - How Generic Managers vs Physicians Think

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    On Health Care Renewal, we emphasize problems in leadership and governance in large health care organizations, and how they affect health care professionals' attempts to carry out their mission, and ultimately how they affect patients' and the public's health.  Large health care organizations are increasingly lead by people trained in business, not health care professionals, thus generic managers.  The stewards of these organizations, the members of their boards of directors or boards of trustees, are also increasingly current or former managers without direct health care…
  • For Hospital CEOs, Retirement May Mean Never Having to Lose Your Paycheck

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
     Dr Herbert Pardes was once one of the best paid CEOs of a US non-profit hospital system.  A new New York Times article reported that the hospital system continued to pay him millions after his retirement.  Introduction - the Best Paid Non-Profit Hospital System CEO in 2008In 2009, we first discussed the compensation given to Dr Herbert Pardes, the CEO of New York - Presbyterian Healthcare System, which appeared to make him one of the best paid, if not the best paid non-profit hospital system CEO in the US.  His total compensation for 2008 was $9.8 million, according to…
  • When Money Talks, the Sick Will Walk, or Crawl - Three Illustrations of the Brave New World of Health Care

    15 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    In the quaint days of yesteryear, there were those health professionals who thought of what they did as a calling.  The best care of the individual patient was supposed to come first, especially ahead of maximizing one's own income.  Now in the brave new world of neoliberalism, economism, unregulated, laissez faire capitalism - call it what you want - health care has become a business, an industry.  Protests that it still should be a calling are anechoic.For example, who noticed when a very famous person wrote this in 2012?Hospitals and other facilities 'must rethink their…
 
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  • Patient Modesty: Volume 67

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

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

    12 Jun 2014 | 11:19 pm
    I was visiting a well known botanic garden in Southern California today, taking pictures of all the beautiful flowers when I saw this tree shown above in the pictures I took.  Honestly, what I saw, a tree apparently being pulled by straps out of its normal posture, pained me as I projected myself as if I were that tree.  Of course, I am not that tree but then this got me thinking about the bioethics of what had been done to the tree.  (First of all, I want to admit that I have no idea how long the straps were in place or for what future duration and what the gardeners were…
  • Patient Modesty: Volume 66

    9 Jun 2014 | 9:30 pm
     The inattention to patient physical modesty in the medical system is just one part of a whole system-wide issue of inattention to the patient.  A good example of such inattention in another area is that of the behavior of the medical system to a physical injury is told by a physician who was injured and describes her experience in a hospital emergency room and later on the wards. While this physician's story is not strictly about medical staff ignoring her modesty, I think it does show major causes for inattention in many areas of medical practice: putting more emphasis to attend…
  • "This is Mine!": Property and Ethical Rights of Your Body by Yourself and Others

    8 Jun 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality, 1754  wrote "The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said 'This is mine,' and found people naïve enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society."  Of course, property rights has continued through the ages and their defense has let to law suits as well as wars.  The question in recent years as applied to the human body is how property rights are applied to the body or tissues or cells or the genetic DNA of the cells themselves.  I found a very interesting discussion of this issue…
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  • Bring out your infected!

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

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

    2 May 2014 | 8:17 am
    Now here is a piece of shameless promotion. I am currently co-Principal Investigator (along with Dr. Joseph Tucker) of a NIH-funded research grant exploring the ethical and social implications of research currently taking place on a cure for HIV. As part of this project, our working group -- with generous support from the Brocher Foundation and the UNC Center for AIDS Research -- are holding a workshop next week on this topic at Brocher's swanky conference center on the shores of Lake Geneva. Roughing it, I know. We will even have a Tweetmeister (or whatever they are called), sending real…
  • Physician involvement in legal amputations and lethal injections

    30 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    The government of Kelantan, a state within Malaysia, is considering the implementation of hudud, a particularly strict form of Islamic law. Under hudud, the punishment for crimes such as theft, robbery,  adultery, rape and sodomy would be flogging, death by stoning or amputation. The prospect of amputation, in particular, being considered as a form of legal punishment has medical authorities in Kelantan cringing and objecting. After all, who else but doctors are in a better position to perform safe and effective amputations? And who is in a worse position to perform such non-medical…
  • Truvada: the political pill

    16 Mar 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Perhaps it is not good form for one bioethics blog to refer to a discussion taking place on another bioethics blog, but this one is hard to resist. Truvada is an antiretroviral drug originally designed for treatment of HIV infection. But a few years ago, studies showed that use of the drug (as 'pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP) could help reduce the risk of getting HIV infected among serodiscordant couples, heterosexual men and women, injection drug users, and transgender women and men who have sex with men. The success -- even if it is only partial reduction of risk dependent on appropriate…
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  • Border Crisis: Fictions v. Facts (Part 2 of “Children from Central America”)

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

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

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

    Maggie Mahar
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Shocked by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s defeat in last week’s Virginia primary, many in the media have decided that this “earthquake” has re-shaped the political landscape. Immigration reform is dead, they say, and tea party radicals are far stronger than many suspected. Meanwhile, the alarmists warn, political polarization has divided the country, poisoning our democracy. On that last point they are half-right; Republican voters have moved to the far right, while politically active Democrats are beginning to shift toward the left. But polarization is not necessarily a threat…
  • The “Cholesterol Con”–Eggs

    Maggie Mahar
    15 Jun 2014 | 2:43 pm
    In the past, I have written about the “cholesterol con” (part 1), the widespread  belief that high levels of “bad  (LDL)  cholesterol” can cause heart attacks. As I have explained (part 2), the myth has generated enormous profits for many commercial interests, including companies that peddle statins. (Please read both parts of the post.)   No surprise, manufacturers  have poured millions of dollars into perpetuating the myth, and  thus have succeed in convincing a great many Americans that they should avoid high-cholesterol foods–including eggs.
 
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  • Thank You to June's Guest Bloggers

    Katharine Van Tassel
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    HealthLawProf Blog would like to thank our June guest bloggers Associate Dean and Professor Alicia Ouellette, Professor Erin Fuse Brown, Professor Seema Mohapatra, and Professor Wendy Mariner. Here is a short recap of their posts: Associate Dean and Professor Alicia...
  • Health Care Decisions in the New Era of Health Care Reform (North Carolina Law Review Symposium)

    Katharine Van Tassel
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    HealthLawProf Blog is pleased to post the following introduction to a very interesting Symposium published by the North Carolina Law Review entitled "Health Care Decisions in the New Era of Health Care Reform:" Optimal decision making in health care often...
  • Guest Blogger Professor Leslie E. Wolf: Lessons from the Facebook “Emotional Contagion” Experiment

    Katharine Van Tassel
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Having spent a good part of my career focused on research ethics issues, I have read with interest the reports and fallout about Facebook’s “emotional contagion” experiment. It’s not often that you get an example of research gone awry that...
  • Antibiotics in Animal Feed and Thin Statutory Interpretation: NRDC v. EPA

    Katharine Van Tassel
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    An early post from our Guest Blogger of the Month for September, Professor Diana Winters: Legal commentators have spent a lot of time this week sparring over statutory interpretation and the contrasting readings of the ACA by the Halbig and...
  • Health Law Clinic Faculty Position Announcement

    Katharine Van Tassel
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Law invites applications for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Clinical Professor to teach in and direct the School’s Health Law Clinic. While this position is not in...
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  • Medicare modifies hospice drug rule

    Susan Jaffe
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    In response to strong criticism, Medicare officials are modifying rules intended to prevent the agency from paying twice for the same prescriptions for seniors receiving hospice care. read more
  • Redesigning EDs for patient experience

    Anthony Brino
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    At a time when emergency care is increasingly viewed as inconvenient, overcrowded and overpriced, and possibly losing ground to urgent care clinics, some health systems are trying to make their ERs a place where people actually want to go and spend their time and money. Aria Health, a three-hospital network in north Philadelphia, has opened a new $37 million emergency department at its Torresdale campus, on the northern city-suburb border. It’s an investment for growth and in a new approach to emergency care trying to put the patient experience front and center. read more
  • Catholic health system ups its game

    Anthony Brino
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation's largest health systems, is keeping its eye on the future by launching a new health brand that will compete with established health insurers. The 93-hospital system based in Denver has renamed the small insurance unit it has quietly built Prominence Health. The subsidiary will oversee a growing portfolio of commercial and Medicare Advantage health plans, along with delivery networks and other insurance products and services. read more
  • Condition-based reimbursement key to healthcare payment reform

    Harold D. Miller
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    Economists and policy-makers have been trying to determine whether the growth in healthcare spending has slowed and, more importantly, whether it will be slower in the future than the past. read more
  • Insurer making progress in move to value

    Anthony Brino
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are making progress in its transition from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursement models. Over the past several years, Blue Cross insurers have been designing and implementing programs that emphasize primary care and try to curtail avoidable acute hospital treatment by reimbursing physicians and hospitals on pre-set, non-fee-for-service contracts. read more
 
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  • Modeling the future physician workforce

    Stephanie Bouchard
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    A new tool for modeling the physician workforce is now available for free to hospital and health system administrators, policy makers and others. The Physicians Foundation is making its FutureDocs Forecasting Tool available online beginning July 30. The tool is an open source, interactive physician projection model created with help from researchers from the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. read more
  • Giving doctors real-time technology may save money for hospitals

    Kurt Ullman
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    Getting physicians to cut costs is one of the biggest challenges in healthcare and has become more important as hospitals purchase more practices. Putting technology in the hands of doctors that can provide real-time data can help cut costs, but such technology can be expensive for health systems. The question then becomes is it worth it economically? read more
  • Medicare solvent through 2030

    Julie Rovner
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:34 am
    Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, which finances about half the health program for seniors and the disabled, won’t run out of money until 2030, the program’s trustees said Monday. That’s four years later than projected last year and 13 years later than projected the year before the passage of the Affordable Care Act. read more
  • Passed-on cut sparks lawsuit

    Anthony Brino
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:28 am
    A Pennsylvania provider is suing a health insurance company for passing on its 2 percent reimbursement cut required by sequestration. Central Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna Health System is suing American Progressive
Life and Health Insurance Company of New York, alleging that the insurer’s 2 percent reimbursement reduction in a Medicare Advantage PPO violated the terms of their contract. read more
  • Hawaiian CFO digs deep to mine revenue

    Mary Mosquera
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    Money Atwal, who is both CFO and CIO at Hilo Medical Center in Hilo, Hawaii, is digging deeper into hospital operations to extract more revenue in the face of lower provider reimbursements and declining resources. The rural nature of Hawaii Island adds to the challenge. read more
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  • Modeling the future physician workforce

    Stephanie Bouchard
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    A new tool for modeling the physician workforce is now available for free to hospital and health system administrators, policy makers and others. The Physicians Foundation is making its FutureDocs Forecasting Tool available online beginning July 30. The tool is an open source, interactive physician projection model created with help from researchers from the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. read more
  • Medicare solvent through 2030

    Julie Rovner
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:34 am
    Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, which finances about half the health program for seniors and the disabled, won’t run out of money until 2030, the program’s trustees said Monday. That’s four years later than projected last year and 13 years later than projected the year before the passage of the Affordable Care Act. read more
  • Passed-on cut sparks lawsuit

    Anthony Brino
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:28 am
    A Pennsylvania provider is suing a health insurance company for passing on its 2 percent reimbursement cut required by sequestration. Central Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna Health System is suing American Progressive
Life and Health Insurance Company of New York, alleging that the insurer’s 2 percent reimbursement reduction in a Medicare Advantage PPO violated the terms of their contract. read more
  • Assessing the new 340B interpretive rule

    Debra A. McCurdy
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    On July 21, 2014, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released an “interpretive rule” reiterating that 340B-covered entities affected by the orphan drug exclusion may purchase orphan drugs at 340B prices when those drugs are used for indications other than the rare disease or condition for which the drug received an orphan designation. read more
  • On the Move: Finance

    Richard Pizzi
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    Alameda Health System in Oakland, Calif., has appointed David Cox as its new chief financial officer. Cox served most recently as CFO of Marin (Calif.) General Hospital and Marin Healthcare District. Lynn Krutak has been promoted to chief financial officer at Mountain States Health Alliance, based in Johnson City, Tenn. Krutak has served as the CFO for Mountain States' Blue Ridge Medical Management Corporation for more than 10 years. read more
 
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    News from Scott & White Healthcare

  • Baylor Scott & White Clinic – Georgetown Central Opens

    Katherine Voss
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    GEORGETOWN, Texas – Scott & White Healthcare, a part of Baylor Scott & White Health, has opened a new primary care clinic at 1507 Rivery Boulevard, Georgetown, TX, which was built and leased by Highline Realty of Dallas. The new clinic replaces the clinic previously located off University Blvd in Georgetown. Our Scott & White […] The post Baylor Scott & White Clinic – Georgetown Central Opens appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Scott & White Hospital – Taylor Achieves Re-designation as a Level IV Trauma Center

    Katherine Voss
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    TAYLOR, Texas  — Scott & White Hospital – Taylor, a part of Baylor Scott & White Health, has achieved re-designation as a Basic Level IV trauma Facility in Trauma Service Area-O by the Texas Department of State Health Services.  As part of the redesignation process, Scott & White Hospital – Taylor was commended for its […] The post Scott & White Hospital – Taylor Achieves Re-designation as a Level IV Trauma Center appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Scott & White – Round Rock Neurology Laboratory Receives Accreditation Status from the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine

    Katherine Voss
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    ROUND ROCK, Texas – The Scott & White Round Rock Neurology Laboratory has just received accreditation with exemplary status from the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM). “We’re honored to receive this recognition and I am very proud of our team,” said Jeffrey Tramonte, MD, Neurologist at Scott & White– Round Rock. The […] The post Scott & White – Round Rock Neurology Laboratory Receives Accreditation Status from the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine appeared first on Scott…
  • Scott & White honored for “Most Improved” health IT

    Scott Clark
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    American Hospital Association Award recognizes patient-centered improvements TEMPLE, Texas –  Baylor Scott & White Health has been honored by the American Hospital Association for being among the “Most Improved” U.S. health-care systems in use of information technology. The designation is part of the “Most Wired” list published annually by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. The […] The post Scott & White honored for “Most Improved” health IT appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • Wilson Co. (TN) County Commission District 16 Race - Brockman vs. Weathers

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

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

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Early voting for Tennessee's August Primaries begins this Friday, July 18. Bill Haslam is up for re-election as governor. I've made no secret that I am no fan of his in previous posts on this blog. A few months ago, I even posted a series of videos from a NewsChannel 5 Investigation into the wheelings, dealings, and crony capitalism within his administration.English: Knoxville mayor and Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam addressing supporters before the Highlands Town Hall Debate at Tennessee Tech University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Prior to his election in 2010, I said Haslam…
  • Happy 4th of July!!

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    4 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    As you gather with family and friends today in celebration of another Independence Day, take a moment to remember all the men and women who have fought, and many died, over these last 238 years to protect you, your family, and your freedom. Besides the Lord's blessing, they are the reason we can still celebrate this day.
  • A Second Chance for District 17

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Do you live in the Tennessee counties of Wilson, Macon, Clay, Cannon, DeKalb, or Smith? If so, you are in Tennessee State Senate District 17 and are currently represented by an entrenched, incumbent, career politician who's been in the Tennessee Legislature for the last 20 years (8 years in the House and the last 12 in the Senate). Prior to that, she was on the Wilson Co. Commission for 4 years. In other words, she has held some political office for 24 consecutive years. Do you realize that is 6 presidential terms? In fact, she's been in office since early in George H.W. Bush's only term in…
 
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  • Know Your Audience: Best Practices for Doing PR in China

    Darah Roslyn
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Given its fast growing economy, China attracts businesses of all sizes, and many companies believe that they need to compete in the Chinese market if their company is going to be a leader in their industry. It is a country that is developing at a rapid pace—and it’s the uniqueness of its culture and history […]
  • #ICYMI: PRSA Boston’s The Digital Agency Event

    Caitlin Mahler
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    By Caitlin Mahler and Antonia Rutter Facebook and Twitter and YouTube, oh my! Welcome to the world of the digital agency where these platforms aren’t a faux-pas, they’re a big piece of business. Last week PRSA Boston held a panel discussion on the changing face of agencies in the digital era. Peter Panagopoulos, director of […]
  • When B2B Tech Memes Go Bad

    Mark McClennan
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    We spend a lot of time celebrating the great work we do for our clients, and the industry honors the best campaigns of the year through awards such as the PRSA Silver Anvil and Holmes Report Sabre Awards. But not everything all PR professionals do is a home run, particularly if you try to insert […]
  • Boston TechJam 2014

    Samantha Stenbeck
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Take your finger off the pulse of the world of technology for one minute, and you quickly fall behind, left in the dark about the latest cloud services, gadgets and trends. I discovered this the hard way at Boston TechJam 2014. Updates, advancements, and new trends were all around me as I joined co-workers at […]
  • Facebook Advertising: The Key to Building Brand Presence

    Chelsea Robie
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    It’s hard to imagine a world today without Facebook. It seems that more and more of our time is spent on this all-encompassing social networking site. Most of us would never remember a birthday without it! This is no different for companies; it is becoming a necessity for brands to have a presence on Facebook. […]
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    World of DTC Marketing.com

  • More layoffs in pharma

    Richard Meyer
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    POST SUMMARY: Amgen said it plans to reduce its global workforce by 12% to 15% and close facilities in two states as part of a restructuring that aims to focus resources on developing new drugs. In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • FDA out of touch with eHealth consumers

    Richard Meyer
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    POST SUMMARY: Consumers today are not going to make a healthcare decision based on any one piece of advertising or information. Healthcare decisions are made by collecting information, mostly online,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why are people leaving pharma?

    Richard Meyer
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    POST SUMMARY: It was suggested, in a recent survey, that the primary reason people are leaving the industry is because of compensation, but my informal survey among those currently inside the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • DTC marketing is slow to change

    Richard Meyer
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    POST SUMMARY: The news this week that more than half of all biopharma employees are looking to leave the industry should be a wake-up call for senior managers, but it may be too late as both digital... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Health apps and websites are no substitute for a visit to the doctor

    Richard Meyer
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:59 am
    At its annual shindig in Chicago, physicians in the American Osteopathic Association over the weekend agreed to warn patients that health apps and websites are no substitute for a visit to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    FierceHealthPayer News

  • How to cover palliative care in health plans

    Dori Zweig
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    The median length of time Medicare patients spent in hospice care in 2012 was only 19 days, according to a report from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Yet for patients with serious illnesses to receive extra care, they must agree to forgo receiving treatment for their disease.read more
  • 3 ways to enhance payer-provider collaboration

    Dina Overland
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:16 pm
    As payers and providers increase their collaboration to launch more value-based care programs, they must establish strong partnerships to ensure the relationships, reported Health Data Management. Paul Taylor, an internal medicine physician at Mercy Health, shared three steps payers can take to enhance providers' performance in value-based programs. read more
  • Who and where are the uninsured consumers?

    Dina Overland
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Almost 14 percent of the American adult population remains uninsured since open enrollment closed three months ago, according to the Health Reform Monitoring Survey from the Urban Institute. The survey parsed out various characteristics of the remaining uninsured, which can help insurers target their outreach and education efforts as they focus on the 2015 enrollment period.read more
  • Payers should jump on private exchange train

    Dori Zweig
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    As private health insurance exchanges grow in popularity, they could catch up with public exchange's enrollment success. About 3 million Americans enrolled in plans through private exchanges this past year, and that number is expected to surpass 10 million by 2015, Healthcare Payer News notes.read more
  • What auto-enrollment for exchanges means for insurers

    Alicia Caramenico
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Changes to the health insurance exchange renewal process could lead to "painful" repercussions for insurers, according to a new report from Milliman.read more
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    Practice Manager Solutions

  • The Element of Surprise For The Independent Practitioner

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

    Ecoughlin
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:41 am
    Dwight Franklin, Acupuncture Physician and owner of Franklin Family Acupuncture, will be telling our listeners how alternative therapies are fitting into traditional practices to meet patient needs and help providers with a variety of solutions for patients who might be suffering from ADD, ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome and other health issues.   
  • Five Element Philosophy and the Workplace

    Ecoughlin
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:06 am
    As an Oriental Medicine physician who specializes in helping families achieve a healthier lifestyle I have seen the tremendous value of Oriental Medicine philosophy on the family dynamic. A wonderful friend of mine recently asked me if I had ever thought of incorporating these philosophies into the workplace to achieve a healthier and happier work environment. Honestly, it has always been a goal of mine since starting my own practice to introduce these philosophies into the corporate world. We spend so much time at work that co-workers become almost a second family. So here are a few…
  • Motivational Speaker Gabe Howard Inspires People who Suffer from Mental Illness

    Ecoughlin
    19 Jun 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Gabe Howard, is a dynamic motivational speaker who has lived through many struggles with mental illness. On More For Your Practice, he discusses his own experiences and how it’s helped him to motivate others who are dealing with mental illness and to spark change.  Learn more about Gabe on his website, Gabe Howard. Download and listen to the podcast below.
  • Discussing Mental Illness in the Workplace

    Ecoughlin
    17 Jun 2014 | 5:59 am
    Discussing mental health in the workplace is a tricky maneuver. Unlike diabetes, you can’t just walk up to someone and point out they might be sick. There are many reasons for this, such as the stigma in the workplace, denial, or fear of discrimination. Lack of education plays a factor as well. The average person thinks of a mentally ill person as violent, psychotic, uncontrollable, scary, catatonic, rambling nonsense, etc. In short, they see people as stereotypically crazy. This means the person suffering from a potential mental illness may think this way as well. Since they probably…
 
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    Georgia Health News

  • Cutting coal power will save many lives, EPA says

    Andy Miller
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:54 pm
    While opponents say the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to reduce carbon emissions will cost jobs and bring higher electric bills, supporters of the proposal have a counter-argument: beneficial health effects. Dr. LeRoy Graham The EPA is holding hearings in Atlanta and three other cities this week on its plan for reducing power plants’ carbon emissions. Those in favor of the changes say that as coal plants shut down or are replaced with cleaner natural gas, there will be fewer conventional pollutants in the air. Specifically, that means fewer lung-damaging particulates and less…
  • Teens still lag on HPV vaccinations

    NPR
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    The number of preteens and teens getting the HPV vaccine is still dismally low. By NPR for Georgia Health News, 2014. | Permalink | Comment |
  • The PA pipeline: More trained to fill Georgia’s growing need

    Andy Miller
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Members of the PA program at Georgia Regents University, including Timber Wages, wear blue to raise awareness of diabetes Her 27 months at physician assistant school was an intense experience, says Timber Wages. “It’s like trying to drink water from a fire hydrant,’’ says Wages, 31, who attended the PA program at Georgia Regents University in Augusta. A fire hydrant? “The volume of information is overwhelming,’’ she explains, adding with a chuckle, “but not impossible.’’ Timber Wages Wages, originally from Calhoun in northwest Georgia, weighed several job opportunities…
  • How well does a drug work?

    NPR
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    Experts push the FDA to get useful quantitative data about drugs to doctors and patients. By NPR for Georgia Health News, 2014. | Permalink | Comment |
  • The dangers of caffeine powder

    WebMD
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Experts urge larger warning labels on caffeine powder stressing the dangers of overdose. By WebMD for Georgia Health News, 2014. | Permalink | Comment |
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  • 5 Tips for Surviving Nursing School

    Nicole Bent
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    The first year of anything in life is hard, but nursing school takes stress to a whole new level. We all expect some level of anxiety getting an education, but there are ways you can reduce it while in nursing school. Here are five ways to keep stress in check while pursuing your passion to work in nursing. Organize everything! Start your year with a plan and stay organized by getting a good planning tool. Depending on what you prefer, use a wall calendar or a calendar app on your smart phone to track important tests, papers, presentations, and events for school and your personal life. Plan…
  • 5 Steps to a Great Online Job Posting

    Nicole Bent
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Recruiting candidates to fill positions in your company is never easy. The first step is to write a great job posting, and that can be a challenge. Creating a job post that explains what the job, your company, and culture are all about requires careful planning. It’s important to first know exactly what you want in a candidate before you draft a job posting. Use this list to draft effective job postings. Job Title: The job title is the first thing someone sees when searching for a position. They may see it in a Google search, HEALTHeCAREERS search or on other job boards. A job title…
  • How to Search Using a Job Board

    Nicole Bent
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Is your job search stuck in a rut, frustrated by the lack of results you see when searching for jobs? Do you keep searching for your dream position in healthcare and come up empty? Searching online through job boards and social platforms is like looking for a needle in a haystack with the many options and types of listings. You may be searching one way, but that may not be the same way employers are posting jobs.  I know, it’s very frustrating, and I am here to help with a few search tips when searching sites like HEALTHeCAREERS. We want you to be successful and find the position…
  • Why Healthcare Employers Depend on HEALTHeCAREERS

    Nicole Bent
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    We all know that finding the best candidates is one of the hardest challenges companies face today. Professionals have more avenues for searching than ever before.  You need to recruit where potential employees are looking for their next opportunity.  HEALTHeCAREERS is the only true single source healthcare recruiting solution for all your healthcare and medical staffing needs. We offer reach across the entire healthcare audience and target job applicants for your specific needs. Gone are the days of posting positions on your website and in the local newspaper.  Today people…
  • What is HEALTHeCAREERS?

    Nicole Bent
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    HEALTHeCAREERS Network is the only single source healthcare recruitment company that provides unprecedented access to healthcare jobs across all specialties, latest healthcare recruiting news, career advice, education and job search needs. HEALTHeCAREERS hosts over 38,000 job postings each month across all healthcare specialties, making your healthcare job search painless.  Over 6,800 employers around the country and 100 Association partners provide the highest quality positions. These partnerships work to help both job seekers and employers. Employers can recruit from a wide spectrum of…
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    OptometryCEO

  • Four ways to increase your net before selling your optometry practice

    Chad Fleming
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Selling an optometry practice involves two major steps. The first is deciding it is time to sell the practice that you have spent your life building. The second step is executing a well-laid plan for getting maximum dollars for your life-long investment. When I coach buyers to successfully analyze an optometry practice, we look at the cash flow generated and the net dollars kept after expenses.  Buyers are keenly aware of the financial benefits of an optometry practice that keeps $0.40 for every dollar collected. If you desire to sell your practice and are currently keeping $0.26 for every…
  • Alleviate the fear of your first Optometry Associateship

    Chad Fleming
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Congratulations on one of the biggest accomplishments of your career–graduating from optometry school. Your professional journey has just begun, and starting in the right direction will ultimately determine your destination. As you prepare for your first associateship you may be a little nervous, a little hesitant, and possibly a little scared. It is perfectly normal to be fearful about your new position. As a practicing optometrist, I can safely say the majority of optometrists were fearful when they were first starting out. Overcoming fears is primarily preparation and…
  • Selling an optometry practice? Start with this

    Chad Fleming
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Are you thinking about selling your practice? If you are an optometrist who owns a practice then you should be. You may not be planning to retire for 15 years, but you should still entertain the thought of selling, as many decisions you make now will impact your ability to sell later. When optometrists are ready to sell, they are often stuck at where to start. One key document that you must have to set yourself apart from other sellers is an executive summary of your practice. An executive summary is a “teaser” for those who may be considering buying into a practice or…
  • Asset or Stock Purchase: Optometry Practice Sale

    Chad Fleming
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    To be a great CEO of your optometry practice it is imperative that you have the right individuals on your team.  The best leaders of optometry practices are surrounding themselves with people who collectively make everyone better.  The examples and education below comes from J.R. Armstrong, a CPA at May & Company, LLP, in Mississippi, who works with optometrists throughout the United States in the transitioning of their practices. ASSET PURCHASE: Tax advantage buyer The purchaser has the ability to depreciate the assets purchased, including the ability to take $179 on qualified assets.
  • Take Control of Your Reputation on Social Media

    Chad Fleming
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    “iMatrix is a website development company that specializes in optometry.  From personal experience, I highly recommend them for any optometry practice wanting to maximize their online real estate.” – Chad Fleming, OD (founder OptometryCEO) Guest post by Rachel Cunningham is a Marketing Content Writer at iMatrix. Did you know that people are talking about your optometry practice on social media? Even if you don’t have a social media presence, people are discussing your practice on social media. You need to get involved and take part in the conversation. 85% of consumers…
 
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    GeriPal - Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog

  • A Letter to My Geriatric Patients

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

    Eric Widera
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    What do the following three things have in common: The Paris Air ShowThe World Table Tennis Championships The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification ExamThey all happen once every two years! And guess what, this is the year for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine certification exam. Two things to consider to get prepared for the test: 1.  Whether you are preparing to take the hospice and palliative medicine subspecialty board exam or just want to get up to date with the field, then considering joining us at AAHPM’s Intensive Board Review Course. The organizers have created…
  • Life and Death After Hip Fractures in Older Nursing Home Residents

    Eric Widera
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Any who has had a loved one who sustains a hip fracture knows that these are life changing if not life-limiting events in the lives of older adults. A recently published article in JAMA Internal Medicine gives further credence to this, as well as giving us evidence to guide our prognostic estimates when caring for someone who sustains a hip fractures in a nursing home setting.The study by Neuman and colleagues looked at survival and functional outcomes after hip fracture in 60,111 long-term nursing home residents who were hospitalized with an acute hip fracture between July 1, 2005, and…
  • Hospice patients should have access to physical therpay to improve function

    Alex Smith
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    by: Alex Smith, @alexsmithMDI'm going to acknowledge up front that this is a rant.  One of the skilled nursing facilities I work with has a hospice unit.  We occasionally have patients on the hospice unit who might benefit from physical therapy.  The physical therapists that see patients in the skilled nursing facility say they will talk with the patient about their goals, and if their goals are to maintain their current level of functioning, they will work with the patient.  If the goals are to improve their physical function, they cannot offer that type of support.This…
  • Never Stop Dancing: Breaking Stereotypes of Disability in Older Adults One Step at a Time

    Eric Widera
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    We have written a lot about disability in older adults here on GeriPal.  Here are just a couple of examples:Successful Aging Does Not Equal Aging without DisabilityPreventing Disability vs. Improving Quality of Life for Elders Living with Disability: Both are ImportantMany Disabled Seniors Have a Good Quality of LifeThoughts on DisabilityLife Space: Living Well Despite DisabilityIf I had to sum these posts up in a couple words, it would be that successful aging does not equal aging without disability.   If I had to sum these posts in a video, it would be this: Post by Stanton…
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    Healthcare Today - Health News

  • Children's teeth not being looked after

    15 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    Tooth decay is the leading cause of hospital admittance for children in England, according to NHS figures.The British Dental Health Foundation said some parents needed to pay more attention to the importance of their child's teeth.Nearly 26,000 between the ages of five and nine were admitted for decaying teeth. This figure is a 14% increase on 2010 and has been blamed on sugar-filled drinks, sm...
  • Guidelines on safe nurse numbers

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Following the public inquiry into the Stafford Hospital scandal, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) were asked to look at the issue of staffing levels.NICE have issued strict guidelines on safe staffing levels for nurses, but have not set an absolute minimum.The guidelines state that any more than eight patients to one nurse on a ward should lead to a check to see if care was...
  • Alzheimer's preventable

    14 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    According to research from the University of Cambridge, one in three cases of Alzheimer's disease worldwide is preventable through lifestyle changes.The team analysed population-based data which suggested the onset of Alzheimer's can - in part - be linked to lifestyle choices, such as lack of exercise or smoking.The research, published in the Lancet Neurology, corroborates with previous resear...
  • HIV in 'cured' Mississippi girl reappears

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:26 am
    The Mississippi girl born in with HIV was believed to be cured after very early treatment. However, tests last week on the four-year-old child show that she still has the the virus.She had not received treatment for nearly two years and appeared free of HIV in March.The news represents a setback for hopes that very early treatment of drugs may reverse permanent infection.Dr Anthony Fauci, dir...
  • NHS to offer a million more people obesity surgery

    11 Jul 2014 | 12:34 am
    The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued new guidelines aiming to tackle the rising issue of type 2 diabetes.As is stands, 10% of the NHS budget is spent on diabetes and the overall number of patients with diabetes is on the rise.One of the proposed solutions is to increase the number of gastric bypass surgeries.NICE are exploring the option of increasing the frequen...
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    Professional Patient Perspective

  • Stanford Medicine X, Quantified Self & Connected Health at Doctors 2.0

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

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

    Michael A. Weiss
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    I’ve heard many smart technologically-obsessed healthcare professionals speak at Conference after Conference about how Google Glass will revolutionize the practice of medicine for both patients and doctors but it’s hard to take them seriously when they look like Jacques Cousteau wearing some custom-made contraption just before submerging to explore the depths of some faraway ocean which I will never visit. However, my mind was recently changed at “Doctors 2.0 & You” in Paris, France, when Google Glass Surgeon and “Explorer,” Dr. Rafael Grossmann, was…
  • Crohn’s Disease Patient Reporter back from “Doctors 2.0 & You” in Paris, France

    Michael A. Weiss
    22 Jun 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Healthcare “Serious Games” & “Simulation” at Doctors 2.0 & You 2014 Anderson Cooper, look out! It’s no secret that I try to “cope” with the comprehensive and systemic life-changing effects of 30-years with Crohn’s Disease by advocating for raising global awareness about this auto-immune, chronic, “broad spectrum severity” and often misunderstood disease.  I even started a 501 (c) 3 Charitable Foundation called the “Crohn’s Disease Warrior Patrol” [CDWP] to organize and implement a Patient Care Strategy to help newly diagnosed patients based on the simple…
  • The EVENT that is “Doctors 2.0 & You” in Paris, France

    Michael A. Weiss
    24 May 2014 | 6:21 pm
      To encourage attendance at a Healthcare Conference or Event, especially one which requires substantial travel and represents itself as “THE international event in Healthcare Social Media, Mobile Apps & Web 2.O,” the Organizer must ensure it: informs and inspires attendees; provides meaningful and reasonably intimate discussion forums pertaining to new and/or more effective, efficient healthcare delivery and access methods and modalities; and organically generates a comfortable networking environment and a cerebral spectacle which at the same time both validates one’s…
 
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  • 5 Tips for Surviving Nursing School

    Nicole Bent
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    The first year of anything in life is hard, but nursing school takes stress to a whole new level. We all expect some level of anxiety getting an education, but there are ways you can reduce it while in nursing school. Here are five ways to keep stress in check while pursuing your passion to work in nursing. Organize everything! Start your year with a plan and stay organized by getting a good planning tool. Depending on what you prefer, use a wall calendar or a calendar app on your smart phone to track important tests, papers, presentations, and events for school and your personal life. Plan…
  • 5 Steps to a Great Online Job Posting

    Nicole Bent
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Recruiting candidates to fill positions in your company is never easy. The first step is to write a great job posting, and that can be a challenge. Creating a job post that explains what the job, your company, and culture are all about requires careful planning. It’s important to first know exactly what you want in a candidate before you draft a job posting. Use this list to draft effective job postings. Job Title: The job title is the first thing someone sees when searching for a position. They may see it in a Google search, HEALTHeCAREERS search or on other job boards. A job title…
  • How to Search Using a Job Board

    Nicole Bent
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Is your job search stuck in a rut, frustrated by the lack of results you see when searching for jobs? Do you keep searching for your dream position in healthcare and come up empty? Searching online through job boards and social platforms is like looking for a needle in a haystack with the many options and types of listings. You may be searching one way, but that may not be the same way employers are posting jobs.  I know, it’s very frustrating, and I am here to help with a few search tips when searching sites like HEALTHeCAREERS. We want you to be successful and find the position…
  • Why Healthcare Employers Depend on HEALTHeCAREERS

    Nicole Bent
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    We all know that finding the best candidates is one of the hardest challenges companies face today. Professionals have more avenues for searching than ever before.  You need to recruit where potential employees are looking for their next opportunity.  HEALTHeCAREERS is the only true single source healthcare recruiting solution for all your healthcare and medical staffing needs. We offer reach across the entire healthcare audience and target job applicants for your specific needs. Gone are the days of posting positions on your website and in the local newspaper.  Today people…
  • What is HEALTHeCAREERS?

    Nicole Bent
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    HEALTHeCAREERS Network is the only single source healthcare recruitment company that provides unprecedented access to healthcare jobs across all specialties, latest healthcare recruiting news, career advice, education and job search needs. HEALTHeCAREERS hosts over 38,000 job postings each month across all healthcare specialties, making your healthcare job search painless.  Over 6,800 employers around the country and 100 Association partners provide the highest quality positions. These partnerships work to help both job seekers and employers. Employers can recruit from a wide spectrum of…
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    MedCity News

  • 23andMe, government play nice with $1.4M NIH grant to grow the company’s gene database

    NewsCred
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    WASHINGTON D.C. (Reuters) - Home genetics startup 23andMe has secured a $1.4 million two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to build survey tools and expand its gene database. With these funds from NIH, an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the company intends to use its stores of genetic data for various research projects. External researchers will be able to access information on thousands of diseases and traits for more than 400,000 people. The grant "enables researchers from around the world to make genetic discoveries," Anne…
  • Humana blames lower Q2 profits on pricey new hepatitis C drugs, investments in exchanges

    NewsCred
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    (Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Humana Inc said on Wednesday that second-quarter profit fell due to investments in the insurance exchanges created under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law as well as costly new hepatitis C drug treatments. Humana said membership growth and share buybacks had helped offset some of the new costs. The company said net income fell to $344 million, or $2.19 per share, from $420 million, or $2.63 a share, a year earlier. That was in line with analysts' estimates. Copyright (2014) Thomson Reuters. Click for restrictions
  • AstraZeneca builds up its portfolio of lung drugs in Almirall deal worth up to $2.1B

    Ben Hirschler
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca (AZN) took a major step to build up its respiratory medicine business on Wednesday by striking a deal worth up to $2.1 billion for the rights to Spanish group Almirall's (ALM) lung drugs. The British drugmaker, which resisted a $118 billion takeover attempt by Pfizer (PFE) in May, said it would pay an initial $875 million and up to $1.22 billion more if the drugs meet development and sales targets. The tie-up boosts a key therapeutic area for AstraZeneca, whose Chief Executive Pascal Soriot is determined to show his company has a strong independent future.
  • Cloud-based EHRs for behavioral health get a boost with new funding for Qualifacts

    Larry Zhou
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    You probably have heard about hospitals adopting electronic health records for patients. But what about mental health institutions or substance-abust facilities? Qualifacts, a provider of cloud-based electronic health record software, is expanding in this direction, thanks to recapitalization it announced today. Qualifacts provides an online service called CareLogic Enterprise, which enables behavioral health institutions to manage operation, clinical, and financial workflows such as patient intake, authorization, and billing. Behavioral health is a huge market, with more than 18,000…
  • 9 late-stage trials show Sanofi, Regeneron drug cuts ‘bad’ cholesterol more than existing drugs

    Natalie Huet
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    PARIS (Reuters) - A new drug being developed by French drugmaker Sanofi and U.S. partner Regeneron cut "bad" LDL cholesterol more than placebo and existing treatments in nine late-stage clinical trials, the companies said on Wednesday. The injectable drug, called alirocumab, is from a promising new class of medicines, called PCSK9 inhibitors, also being developed by Amgen Inc and other drugmakers. If approved, these drugs could reap annual sales of $3 billion or more, according to some industry analysts. The Phase III ODYSSEY trials showed that after 24 weeks, the mean percentage reduction in…
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    Healthy Debate

  • The surprising science behind evidence-based hospital design

    Vanessa Milne, Sachin Pendharkar & Gord Winkel
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Rahel Yetbarek sits with her feet up, looking out onto the city and the large swath of treed land that surrounds the freeway below her. The nurse is taking in the view over her lunch break, from the 10th floor rooftop garden at Bridgepoint, a Toronto hospital. Nearby, a few patients do the same. The drone of the highway in the background doesn’t detract from the peacefulness she gets from coming up here. “I love the view, especially the bridge,” she says, referring to the Bloor Street viaduct. “It’s quiet, relaxing. Most of the time I come here, to read, to eat…
  • Patient flow: Why was my mom left in the hospital hallway?

    Paul Taylor
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Personal Health Navigator is available to all Canadian patients. Questions about your doctor, hospital or how to navigate the health care system can be sent to AskPaul@Sunnybrook.ca Question: My mother was recently in the hospital recovering from surgery. When I arrived to take her home, I found her on a stretcher in the hallway outside of her room. A nurse said she had to be moved to the hallway to complete her discharge because the room needed to be prepared for the next patient. This seems ridiculous. There’s no privacy in the hallway and, in my opinion, it was demeaning for my…
  • Despite Ontario’s Northern Health Travel Grant, some still pay out of pocket

    Vanessa Milne, Joshua Tepper & Gord Winkel
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    When Nan Normand’s husband had quintuple bypass surgery, it cost them $1,500. It wasn’t the operation that was pricey, but the travel. The couple went from Kenora, a small city near the Ontario-Manitoba border, to Hamilton for the surgery. The trek included flights and a multiple-night stay. Normand was unlucky: Manitoba had temporarily stopped accepting most Ontario heart patients, so they couldn’t go to the much closer Winnipeg, and they were delayed by about three days by an ice storm once they hit Hamilton. But the Normands aren’t the only ones paying significant…
  • Breast cancer patients need more access to reconstruction surgery

    Paul Taylor
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Personal Health Navigator is available to all Canadian patients. Questions about your doctor, hospital or how to navigate the health care system can be sent to AskPaul@Sunnybrook.ca Question: I have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. I don’t know what all my treatments will be yet, but I expect I will be losing part of my breast. I’m in my mid-50s. What options will I have for reconstruction surgery? Answer: Most women would be considered candidates for some type of reconstruction surgery following either a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. In fact, there are only a few…
  • Should patients be told about incidental findings from genetic testing?

    Sophia Ikura, Timothy Caulfield & Terrence Sullivan
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Genomics is moving at a lightning pace. Whole genome sequencing, a special type of genetic test, can produce much more information about a person’s genes than ever before. However, this rapid advance in technology has outpaced our ability to understand what to do with all of this additional information. As a result, patients and clinicians are faced with difficult decisions. Whole genome sequencing grows as a clinical tool Genetic testing has traditionally been used for genetic abnormalities that are highly predictive of specific diseases and conditions. For example, women who have the…
 
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    Home Health Care News

  • Massachusetts Hospitals’ Discharge Trends Exceed Other States

    Cassandra Dowell
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Massachusetts has a higher rate of discharge from hospitals to other health care facilities relative to the national average, indicating an opportunity for better management of post-acute care, according to the state’s Health Policy Commission’s supplemental report released this month. The recent analysis is based on the state’s 2013 cost trends report. Massachusetts hospitals are 2.1 times as likely as the national average to discharge patients to either nursing facilities or home health agencies, the researches estimate, noting that 98% of nursing facility beds in…
  • Kindred Reiterates Offer to Buy Gentiva

    Jason Oliva
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    The ever-persistent Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:KND) has yet to be deterred in its ongoing quest to purchase Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTIV), as it reiterated its offer to buy the company Tuesday. As previously announced last week, Kindred is willing to enter into a negotiated agreement to acquire all of Gentiva’s outstanding shares for a price of $17.25 per share in cash. The company also stated that is prepared to enter into appropriate confidentiality and standstill agreements in order to facilitate such discussions. “We are as committed as ever to reaching…
  • CMS-Reviewed E-Signature Tool Increases Home Health Efficiencies

    Emily Study
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    The controversial face-to-face encounter requirements have been the subject of concern for many home health care organizations, whose staff and physicians must complete hours of “burdensome” paperwork to comply with the new regulations, industry professionals say. But with a surge in the use of electronic health records, a product has emerged that is helping physicians and home health agencies navigate the Affordable Care Act’s murky waters. SutureSign, developed by Suture Health, Inc., is an electronic signature platform that, at its core, allows physicians to sign orders and fill out…
  • Home Health Care Industry a Draw For Less Educated Workers

    Emily Study
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:45 pm
    The home health care industry has become a draw for less educated workers, who account for nearly 49% of the total health care workforce in the nation’s largest metro areas, according to a new report by research firm Brookings Institution.  While individuals with less than a bachelor’s degree (“pre-baccalaureate”) work in multiple health care occupations, they are heavily concentrated in a subset of positions including nursing, psychiatric and home health aides, registered nurses, personal care aides and licensed practical nurses, Brookings says.  Workers with less than a…
  • Medicare, Social Security Still to Go Broke Now at Slower Rate

    Cassandra Dowell
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:43 pm
    The Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees annual review of the programs finds Medicare is projected to have sufficient funds four years longer than what was projected last year; and reports no change from the 2013 report’s projection that Social Security funds will be exhausted in 2033. The new projection for the Medicare Hospital Insurance (HI) Trust Fund says the program will have enough to cover its obligations until 2030, 13 years later than was projected in the last report issued prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act, according to “Fact Sheet: Social Security and…
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  • Spurring High School Students to Medical Careers

    Shoshana Leftin
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    What do you picture when you think of a doctor or scientist? We imagined that ninth graders at the Pelham Lab High School in the Bronx might see doctors and scientists as we do: altruistic, hard-working, smart, hip and even fun. We were wrong. Instead, according to these students asked to draw their impressions, doctors [...]
  • Gaining Knowledge to Fight Lung Cancer

    The Doctor's Tablet Editors
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    For Einstein scientist Yiyu Zou, Ph.D., the struggle against lung cancer and the crusade to find better treatments are deeply personal. In a recent Einstein magazine article, Dr. Zou explained what it was like in China watching his father, a heavy smoker, lose 80 percent of his lung capacity. He eventually died from lymphoma. “I [...]
  • Comforting Hospitalized Kids with Science

    Elisa Karp
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    When a child is admitted to the hospital, you can usually count on three things. Time seems suspended. There’s often apprehension. And there’s seldom enough to keep a child’s curious mind occupied and his or her spirits lifted. Family members are present and the hospital’s medical staff is focused on providing medical care—both of which [...]
  • Why Are There No Drugs for Ebola Virus?

    Kartik Chandran, Ph.D. and John M. Dye, Ph.D.
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    The deadly outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa is the worst on record, with over 603 deaths reported as of July, 12, 2014 (according to the CDC Ebola outbreak update). The virus is confirmed in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone ─ and the crisis appears to be far from over. The geographical complexity of the [...]
  • The High Cost of Vaccines

    Ruth Macklin, Ph.D.
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    Few medical interventions have been as successful as vaccines in improving public health. Whether they are childhood vaccinations, vaccines to prevent healthy adults from contracting influenza or the more recent HPV vaccine for adolescents, these preventive methods have resulted in dramatic benefits for individuals and the public. We have only to think of the eradication [...]
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    BrokerFish International Health Insurance Blog

  • Unbelievable and Funny Stories from Travels Abroad

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

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

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

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

    The BrokerFish!
    24 Aug 2012 | 2:20 am
    Photo: ralph and jenny Living abroad after college can be a wonderful experience for young adults. Once that diploma or degree is in hand, you have the means to countless employment opportunities. Multiple cities around the world are enjoying economic booms, which necessitate bright and eager employees. Moreover, many of these countries are affordable and have exciting and vibrant cultures. If you are considering living abroad after college, the following cities offer great professional prospects: 1. São Paulo, Brazil Photo: Diego3336 São Paulo is not only Brazil’s financial capital; it…
 
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    Mimic Simulation » Blog

  • 3D Artist Steve Rowse on “Designing the Original Robotic Surgery Simulator”

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

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

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

    hollyberkley
    25 Jun 2014 | 2:23 pm
    With the development of augmented reality operating platforms, the way surgeons use imaging as a real-time adjunct to surgical technique is changing. A recent survey distributed to the European Robotic Urological Society (ERUS) mailing list included a questionnaire with three themes: surgeon demographics, current use of imaging, and potential uses of an augmented reality operating environment in robotic urological surgery. According to the June 2014 study published in The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery, 87% of the ERUS survey respondents felt there was…
  • Procedure-Specific Simulation Training: From the OR to the Classroom

    hollyberkley
    20 Jun 2014 | 10:45 am
    The following blog post is a transcript of a speech Andrew J. Hung, MD (Director, Surgical Simulation & Education at USC Institute of Urology) gave during this year’s American Urological Association Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. “Existing robotic virtual reality simulators have been focused on basic surgical skills. This has been a very appropriate entry point for surgeons who want to adopt robotic surgery into their practice. Procedure specific simulation is the next frontier. In developing Procedure-Specific Simulations we have learned the following: First, the collaboration…
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    DC Medical Malpractice & Patient Safety Blog

  • Hospital Settles Case of Doctor Who Photographed His Patients

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    There’s no doubt that Dr. Nikita A. Levy was a creep of the highest order, a gynecologist who secretly recorded his patients’ intimate body parts during routine exams. Last week, the hospital where practiced agreed to pay $190 million to more than 7,000 women. Although Levy killed himself last year during the investigation of his actions, spurred by the observations of his colleague, Johns Hopkins Hospital was responsible as the facility where Nikita’s gross violation of doctor-patient trust unfolded. According to the New York Times, it was one of the largest medical malpractice cases…
  • Explaining the Mixed Legal Decision on Health Insurance Subsidies

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Two U.S. courts of appeal last week issued conflicting rulings about the government subsidies many people need to enable them to buy coverage under the health-care law. The mixed messages heaped confusion — and fear — onto the government-sponsored health-insurance market. Survey after survey shows that Americans support the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”), and according to a study explained by KaiserHealthNews.org, this year more than 10 million Americans got health insurance they didn’t previously have, thanks the government exchanges. And since 2011, according to the…
  • Senate Hears Testimony About Woeful Record of Patient Safety

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Medical experts told a Senate subcommittee earlier this month that the health-care community’s efforts to monitor and prevent patient harm are insufficient. They implored Congress to do more to prevent deaths and injuries in hospitals and other health-care settings. "Our collective action in patient safety pales in comparison to the magnitude of the problem," Dr. Peter Pronovost, senior vice president for patient safety and quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine said. "We need to say that harm is preventable and not tolerable." "We can't continue to have unsafe medical care be a regular part of…
  • Do We Have a Winner in the Overtesting Games?

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    We’ve seldom seen a more shocking example of overtesting than the one identified by Harriet Hall on ScienceBasedMedicine.org. In an article called “An Egregious Example of Ordering Unnecessary Tests,” Hall describes the adventures in primary care experienced by a friend’s healthy 21-year-old son who sought a routine physical. He had no complaints, no past history of significant health problems and no family history of disease. His doctor ordered lab tests, did not explain what they were for and the patient didn’t ask, assuming they were part of the physical. When the insurance…
  • Texas Might Decide Radiologic Techs Don’t Need a License

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Texas has about 28,000 licensed X-ray technicians, but if the state follows the recommendation of an advisory commission, the piece of paper that certifies that they’re qualified to dose you with radiation won’t be necessary. The state, according to the Texas Tribune, might decide that radiologic technologists, as well as several other categories of health professionals, no longer need a license to do their jobs. What the members of the Department of State Health Services’ Sunset Advisory Commission don’t seem to understand is that licensing the people with the potential to cause…
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    Dr. Pierre's Blog

  • 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…
  • And I'm out

    Dr. Pierre
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    What seemed like an eternity has finally come to fruition..By the time this post goes live online I should be walking out West Palm Hospital for the last time as an Internal Medicine Resident. It is fitting that on my last night as a resident just about everything thing bad that could happen just about did. For starters the sick bug hit my intern like a ton of bricks so I had to send her home before I could even get sign out, the nurses were bothering me all night for calls that I had been able to avoid the past two years with my senior status & of course one of the busier nights in the…
  • Homestretch

    Dr. Pierre
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:30 am
    By the time this goes live online, I will have about three days left of residency & with officially two more night shifts to go EVER. The light at the end of the tunnel has never been this bright. I remember starting this journey 3 years ago thinking it would never come & now things are moving so fast I barely have time to remember what happened. As the last of the seniors to finish I can't wait to hand in my pager, name badge & monthly paper work for the last time. I probably am going to leave my white coat there as well just solidify the transformation from resident to…
  • Who motivates the motivators?

    Dr. Pierre
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:33 am
    This was a discussion brought up to me recently by a colleague of mines, which I found extremely interesting. We both are very familiar with serving the role of primary motivator/mentor for people in our lives, so the question came down to who gets people like us motivated when we are down. I started asking several friends of mines who are in similar positions & was met with the same bewildered face as I had when it was asked to me. Being in the position where people always come to you for help sometimes leaves you high&dry when you're the one looking for advice. People usually…
  • Keep Jotting Down

    Dr. Pierre
    14 Jun 2014 | 9:39 am
    Last night while trying to erase all some old files off my laptop I came across a vision statement I wrote to myself right before starting residency. I always make a habit of writing down my goals because in my mind once it's on a sheet of paper I am more obligated to do them [dont know why]. I'm just glad to see I'm still on the path." At the completion of my residency I hope to establish a practice in either Palm Beach or Broward County. I plan to serve the underserved and geriatric community. The plans for my practice include a 6-8-room office as well as a separate area where my…
 
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    CareNovate Magazine

  • Attending #Impact80 Virtual Summit? Grab a Badge for Your Blog!

    Dr G
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    #Impact80 Virtual Summit is about four months away. We’re getting excited as we continue to confirm amazing speakers and supporting organizations and ambassadors. If you’re excited as we are, grab a badge for your blog. Feel free to save the image to your own computer and upload it as you want, or simply copy the code […] The post Attending #Impact80 Virtual Summit? Grab a Badge for Your Blog! appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Impact80 Caregiving Summit: Ozioma Egwuonwu

    Dr G
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Impact80 Caregiving Summit: Ozioma Egwuonwu Visit Ozioma’s website for BurnBright Lifeworks, Inc. Visit International Day for Dreamers Read more about Ozioma Egwuonwu here       Watch Ozioma’s segment of the Impact80 Virtual Summit below, entitled “How to Keep Your Dreams Alive While Taking Care of Others”. The post Impact80 Caregiving Summit: Ozioma Egwuonwu appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Dementia Mentors

    Dr G
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you ever wondered what goes through the mind of someone who has just been diagnosed with a dementia related disease? As I have pondered this through the years, I have also asked many people who have been living with the symptoms;  99.9 percent of them say that fear is the first thing that grips […] The post Dementia Mentors appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Silicon Valley On Supportive Technology for Family Caregivers

    Dr G
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    A new report from the National Alliance for Caregiving (the “Alliance”) identifies key steps to better support family caregiving through the use of mobile, online, and in-home technologies. The report, Catalyzing Technology to Support Family Caregiving, follows an April 2014 roundtable featuring experts from government, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, caregiving advocates and researchers. The roundtable developed […] The post Silicon Valley On Supportive Technology for Family Caregivers appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Fall #Impact80 Virtual Summit For Patients & Caregivers – Save The Date 11/18/14

    Dr G
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Impact80 Virtual Summit – A Global Event for Patients & Caregivers  is designed to engage, educate, empower & support family caregivers & women juggling work and caring for both young and aging loved ones globally via interactive dialogue with caregiving, health literacy, medication safety experts & health care professionals. Where will 2014 Fall Summit Take Place? […] The post Fall #Impact80 Virtual Summit For Patients & Caregivers – Save The Date 11/18/14 appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
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    CareNovate Magazine

  • Attending #Impact80 Virtual Summit? Grab a Badge for Your Blog!

    Dr G
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    #Impact80 Virtual Summit is about four months away. We’re getting excited as we continue to confirm amazing speakers and supporting organizations and ambassadors. If you’re excited as we are, grab a badge for your blog. Feel free to save the image to your own computer and upload it as you want, or simply copy the code […] The post Attending #Impact80 Virtual Summit? Grab a Badge for Your Blog! appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Impact80 Caregiving Summit: Ozioma Egwuonwu

    Dr G
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Impact80 Caregiving Summit: Ozioma Egwuonwu Visit Ozioma’s website for BurnBright Lifeworks, Inc. Visit International Day for Dreamers Read more about Ozioma Egwuonwu here       Watch Ozioma’s segment of the Impact80 Virtual Summit below, entitled “How to Keep Your Dreams Alive While Taking Care of Others”. The post Impact80 Caregiving Summit: Ozioma Egwuonwu appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Dementia Mentors

    Dr G
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you ever wondered what goes through the mind of someone who has just been diagnosed with a dementia related disease? As I have pondered this through the years, I have also asked many people who have been living with the symptoms;  99.9 percent of them say that fear is the first thing that grips […] The post Dementia Mentors appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Silicon Valley On Supportive Technology for Family Caregivers

    Dr G
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    A new report from the National Alliance for Caregiving (the “Alliance”) identifies key steps to better support family caregiving through the use of mobile, online, and in-home technologies. The report, Catalyzing Technology to Support Family Caregiving, follows an April 2014 roundtable featuring experts from government, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, caregiving advocates and researchers. The roundtable developed […] The post Silicon Valley On Supportive Technology for Family Caregivers appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Fall #Impact80 Virtual Summit For Patients & Caregivers – Save The Date 11/18/14

    Dr G
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Impact80 Virtual Summit – A Global Event for Patients & Caregivers  is designed to engage, educate, empower & support family caregivers & women juggling work and caring for both young and aging loved ones globally via interactive dialogue with caregiving, health literacy, medication safety experts & health care professionals. Where will 2014 Fall Summit Take Place? […] The post Fall #Impact80 Virtual Summit For Patients & Caregivers – Save The Date 11/18/14 appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
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    Musings on Medicine and the Health Care System

  • Welcome to the Roller Coaster Ride of the Affordable Care Act

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

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

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

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

    Debra Gordon
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:41 am
    I’m writing this from the airport awaiting a flight to New York for a business meeting. My flight is delayed 90 minutes, but that’s ok, because before I even left for the airport I received two texts from Delta updating me on its status so I could time my departure accordingly. Compare that to the friend I wrote about in yesterday’s blog. She waited more than two hours to see the doctor . Another friend spent an hour past her gyn appointment time in the waiting room, then another hour naked, in the cold examining room with only a paper gown for warmth, waiting to be seen. If…
 
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    Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips

  • Getting Enough Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Video)

    Dr. Weil
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial to optimal brain and nervous system development in the fetus. Dr. Weil discusses how we have an imbalance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids due to our diet. Dr. Weil also suggests taking an omega-3 supplement derived from molecularly distilled fish oils that are naturally high in both EPA and DHA and low in contaminants. Want new videos from Dr. Weil? Subscribe to his YouTube channel for weekly videos!
  • Can Vitamin A Prevent Breast Cancer?

    Dr. Weil
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Sweet potatoes and carrots provide us with carotenoids, including beta-carotene. Our bodies convert these naturally occurring compounds to vitamin A, and new research suggests that one form of these derivatives, retinoic acid, may help protect against breast cancer. A study from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia showed that exposing pre-cancerous cells to retinoic acid turns them back into normal cells with a normal genetic signature. No such effect was seen when the researchers exposed cancerous and aggressive breast cancer cells to retinoic acids, which the researchers said…
  • Beans for Bad Cholesterol

    Dr. Weil
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    How often do you eat lentils, kidney beans, hummus (made with chickpeas) or split pea soup? These are all examples of “pulses” or foods based upon them. Each pulse is part of the legume family, but the term refers only to dried, low-fat seeds, so it excludes both fresh beans and fatty seeds such as peanuts. New research from Canada shows that one ¾ cup daily serving of pulses could lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by as much as five percent. And that drop would result in a five to six percent reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to study…
  • How Often Do You Use Sunscreen? (Poll)

    Dr. Weil
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    A recent Q&A discussed sunscreen and the best forms of sun protection while outside: Sunscreen Snafu? Check out the article and let us know when and how often you use sunscreen. How often do you use sunscreen?
  • Female Fertility: The Stress Factor

    Dr. Weil
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    When pregnancy just isn’t happening, the problem could be a stressed-out prospective mother. A new study from Ohio State found that an enzyme that signals stress shows up more often in the saliva of women who fail to conceive after 12 months of trying than in women who have less trouble getting pregnant. The researchers followed 500 American women age 18 to 40 who had no known fertility problems when they began trying to conceive. The women were followed for 12 months or until they became pregnant. Researchers took saliva samples when the study began and again in the morning after the…
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    MedicareWire

  • Signs Obamacare is Weakening Medicare Advantage

    David Bynon
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    While it got off to a humiliating start, 8.1 million people ultimately enrolled in a healthcare plan through the Affordable Care Act’s (aka, “Obamacare”) state and federal health exchanges, surpassing the Department of Health and Human Services expectations for 2014. As impressive as this figure may be, enrollments are just one piece of a puzzle […]
  • New Bill Protects Seniors with Medicare Advantage Plans

    David Bynon
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Last fall, UnitedHealthcare (UHC) told thousands of primary care doctors and specialists in the UHC network they would be dropped in early 2014. New legislation submitted by two members of Congress, called the Medicare Advantage Participant Bill of Rights Act, would require Medicare Advantage plans to finalize their physician networks 60 days before the Medicare […]
  • What Gaps in Medicare Mean To You

    David Bynon
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:20 am
    In dictionaries the word gap means a break, a separation, an incompleteness or deficiency. In Medicare it means the same thing, but it refers specifically to something that is missing from your health insurance coverage. Many seniors make a critical mistake when they buy into government literature that explains how Medicare pays for eighty percent […]
  • Physicians United Medicare Advantage Plan TERMINATED!

    David Bynon
    13 Jun 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Physicians United Plan, a Medicare Advantage HMO, received their court order to shut down at the end of the month.  The company will be liquidated on July 1st under the order signed by a Leon County judge. The ruling earlier this week affects affects approximately 39,000 members in Florida. Physicians United Plan was running a […]
  • What Medicare Out-of-Pocket Costs Mean to You

    David Bynon
    11 Jun 2014 | 9:21 am
    Out-of-pocket costs are those fees that you have to pay at the doctors office, hospital or pharmacy because they are not covered by your Medicare health insurance. Almost all healthcare plans have these expenses, but they vary according to what type of Medicare plan you choose. Your out-of-pocket costs are a financial risk. As with […]
 
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    iHomeRemedy

  • 8 Health Benefits Of Sea Buckthorn

    Mainul Kabir
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    You are reading this post from ihomeremedy.net. Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. The Latin name of sea buckthorn is ‘Hippophae rhamnoides’. It means the food that makes horses brighter. Sea buckthorn was famously used by the troops of notorious Genghis khan to keep their horses healthy. It is also called as ‘holy fruit’ by the dwellers of Himalayan mountains. Originated from the mountainside of China and Russia, this plant is full with various health beneficiary benefits. It can provide you vitamin and minerals of all kinds, including vitamin C, E, Omega…
  • 8 Health Benefits Of Jasmine Tea

    Mainul Kabir
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    You are reading this post from ihomeremedy.net. Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. Jasmine tea is famous for its unique aroma. It is a form of tea that has been consumed by the people of southeast Asia for a long time. It is made from the mixture of green tea and jasmine flower. Jasmine tea can made also by blending jasmine flower with other varieties of tea also. But people mostly consume it with green tea. This mixture of green tea and jasmine is not only famous for its aroma, but also for its enormous health benefits. In fact, it is one of the best health drinks out…
  • 8 Health Benefits Of Castor Oil

    Mainul Kabir
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    You are reading this post from ihomeremedy.net. Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. Castor oil is a vegetable oil in origin. Castor plant is also known as Ricinus communis. The oil is extracted from the crushed seeds of the castor plant. Africa and India are the origin place of the castor plant. Castor oil is full of various nutritional and health beneficiary elements. It is widely recognized for its antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties. There are many health benefits of castor oil. Here are top 8health benefits of castor oil: 1) Prevents tumors Recent studies have…
  • 6 Essential Oils For Weight Loss

    Mainul Kabir
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    You are reading this post from ihomeremedy.net. Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. Essential oils are not an obvious option to help you to lose your weight. But they can be very useful. You can use these essential oils rather than using drugs or supplements and there is no doubt that you will get more than enough good results. Besides these essential oils are purely natural and they will not bring any side effects or harm to your body. The amazing nutritional and health beneficiary properties of essential oils can keep you healthy and fit. Here are six essential oils that…
  • 11 Relaxation Techniques

    Mainul Kabir
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:41 am
    You are reading this post from ihomeremedy.net. Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. When you get home after a stressed out day at work what do you do? Jump on the couch, grab the TV remote and start surfing the TV channels until you are sleepy? Does that help you to be relaxed from the zombie feelings you get from a day long work period? Relaxing is all about getting out the stress of your mind. Watching TV can make you relax sometimes, but often it doesn’t help you to unwind fully. Here are 11 effective tips for you to relax. 1. Meditation Many will ignore this technique…
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    Mimic Simulation » Blog

  • 3D Artist Steve Rowse on “Designing the Original Robotic Surgery Simulator”

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

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

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

    hollyberkley
    25 Jun 2014 | 2:23 pm
    With the development of augmented reality operating platforms, the way surgeons use imaging as a real-time adjunct to surgical technique is changing. A recent survey distributed to the European Robotic Urological Society (ERUS) mailing list included a questionnaire with three themes: surgeon demographics, current use of imaging, and potential uses of an augmented reality operating environment in robotic urological surgery. According to the June 2014 study published in The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery, 87% of the ERUS survey respondents felt there was…
  • Procedure-Specific Simulation Training: From the OR to the Classroom

    hollyberkley
    20 Jun 2014 | 10:45 am
    The following blog post is a transcript of a speech Andrew J. Hung, MD (Director, Surgical Simulation & Education at USC Institute of Urology) gave during this year’s American Urological Association Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. “Existing robotic virtual reality simulators have been focused on basic surgical skills. This has been a very appropriate entry point for surgeons who want to adopt robotic surgery into their practice. Procedure specific simulation is the next frontier. In developing Procedure-Specific Simulations we have learned the following: First, the collaboration…
 
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    Catching Health with Diane Atwood

  • Heart Palpitations. What Are They? Ask Dr. T.

    dianeatwood
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    Palpitations are feelings that your heart is skipping a beat, fluttering or beating too hard or too fast. You may have these feelings in your chest, throat or neck. They can occur during activity or even when you’re sitting still or lying down. What causes palpitations? Many things can trigger palpitations, including: Strong emotions Vigorous […]
  • Why You Shouldn’t Use Hydrogen Peroxide on a Cut

    dianeatwood
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:27 am
    If one of the first things you do when you cut yourself is flood the wound with hydrogen peroxide, STOP! I know you think the bubbling action is awesome and proof that it’s doing what it was meant to do — killing all the bad stuff. Well, here’s what wound specialist Dr. Walter Keller has […]
  • If it’s the worst headache of your life and it’s sudden, it may be a brain aneurysm

    dianeatwood
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Amy Paquette was doing an exercise video with a friend when all of a sudden she felt dizzy and nauseous, had blurred vision and a headache — a bad, bad headache. After a night of agony, she went to the emergency room. “They said I was just dizzy and sent me home,” she says. “I […]
  • Enjoying Maine’s Fabulous Produce — Safely

    dianeatwood
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:14 am
    Maine-grown fruits and veggies are nature’s gift to us for surviving the winter. And for farmers, summer in Maine means growing what we can in the short time we have. Despite a growing season that is quite short, we have plenty of produce to pick from — from early spring onions to mid-season blueberries to […]
  • Stepfamilies and Caregiving: How to meet the challenges together

    dianeatwood
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:32 am
    Many people find love later in life. Studies have shown that married people experience health benefits and that being isolated or feeling lonely compromises health. Companionship can be a true blessing. For those who find a partner later in life, this also creates new relationships between their grown children. There are endless possibilities regarding how […]
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    Healthcare Solutions Team

  • The Power of Prevention

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

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

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    A report released Monday by a respected think tank ranks the United States dead last in the quality of its health-care system when compared with 10 other western, industrialized nations, the same spot it occupied in four previous studies by the same organization. Not only did the U.S. fail to move up between 2004 and 2014 — as other nations did with concerted effort and significant reforms — it also has maintained this dubious distinction while spending far more per capita ($8,508) on health care than Norway ($5,669), which has the second most expensive system. “Although the U.S.
  • Right Now…

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Right now, 36 states rely on HealthCare.gov, the federal exchange, to enroll people in health coverage. At least two more states are opting in next year, with a few others likely to follow. Only two states are trying to get out. That’s precisely the opposite of the Affordable Care Act’s original intent: 50 exchanges run by 50 states. The federal option was supposed to be a limited and temporary fallback. But a shift to a bigger, more permanent Washington-controlled system is instead underway — without preparation, funding or even public discussion about what a national exchange covering…
  • Healthcare Solutions Team Ranks 16th in Crain’s Fast Fifty

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:27 am
    We are tooting our own horn! Here is a link for you to click on and go to the wonderful article about our company Healthcare Solutions Team! Enjoy!  http://bit.ly/1lsf8Nu
 
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    Sudhir Polisetty's General Dermatology Blog

  • Airborne Contact Dermatitis in the USA

    Sudhir Polisetty
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    Greetings from Sudhir Polisetty! As evident by my Pinterest page, I am passionate about all things dermatology, especially those associated with psoriasis, dermatitis, skin lymphoma, melanoma, and pityriasis rosacea. This blog post in particular relates to a condition that I treat frequently: Airborne Contact Dermatitis (ABCD).According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, ABCD is an inflammatory reaction of the skin, most commonly affecting the hands. The condition is caused by exposure to irritants or allergenic agents. Irritant chemicals or physical…
  • The Causes of Acne

    Sudhir Polisetty
    29 Jun 2014 | 7:06 am
    Greetings! Sudhir Polisetty here. As a practicing General and Surgical Dermatologist with impressive credentials, I have been fortunate enough to treat many unique conditions. Over the course of my career at The Dermatology Center in New Albany, Indiana, one of the most common conditions patients sought treatment for is acne. According to an article on info.com, acne is a skin disease that involves the oil glands at the base of hair follicles, and is caused for several reasons. Oil Overproduction- As acne begins in the hair follicles, when the sebaceous gland produces too much sebum (oil)…
  • Free Dermatology Drug Samples Come at a Cost

    Sudhir Polisetty
    6 May 2014 | 8:05 am
    Greetings! Sudhir Polisetty here, back with another dermatology blog. According to a new U.S. study discussed in Reuters, dermatologists tend to prescribe more expensive medications when they give their patients drug samples. Unfortunately, while the samples are intended to be beneficial, this leads to an unnecessary increase in patients’ medical bills.Dr. Alfred Lane, the study’s senior author, addressed fellow dermatologists about this issue, stating,"You have to realize that these samples are making you write more expensive prescriptions."In an editorial accompanying the new study in…
  • AAD Speakers Address Future of Dermatology

    Sudhir Polisetty
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Hello and welcome back to my general dermatology blog. My name is Sudhir Polisetty and I am a practicing General and Surgical Dermatologist. Recently there has been discussion about the future of dermatology and the challenges facing dermatologists because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In fact, this was the subject of many speakers at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) annual meeting plenary session.At the meeting, associate professor and vice-chair of dermatology Jack S. Resnick Jr., MD, noted that often, our specialty is behind the curve when it comes to innovation and if we do…
  • Mobile Teledermatology Shows Potential for HIV Patients

    Sudhir Polisetty
    13 Mar 2014 | 11:56 am
    Welcome back to my general dermatology blog. My name is Sudhir Polisetty and I write this blog to help others stay abreast of interesting dermatology research and headlines. Today’s blog concerns a new study appearing in JAMA Dermatology about the potential to improve access to care for HIV-positive patients.Face-to-face evaluations by a board certified dermatologist is the golden standard of dermatology, so little research is available on the effectiveness of mobile teledermatology. The study’s authors note that few have investigated this format’s reliability and validity while none,…
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    Sudhir Polisetty » Blog

  • Nail Psoriasis

    Sudhir Polisetty
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Hey! It’s Sudhir Polisetty. Today we’re learning about nail psoriasis, its causes and symptoms. Psoriasis is a chronic condition of the skin and nails. There are over 250,000 new cases of nail psoriasis each year. Psoriasis can affect the fingernails, toenails, and skin. Many times the condition cause nail pitting and irregular contour of the nails. Psoriasis is not contagious. But the underlying cause for the condition is unknown. Currently, researchers believe the most recurring link between patients is family. Children are 25% likely to develop the condition is one parent is affected…
  • Experimental J&J Psoriasis Drug Shows Promise in Study

    Sudhir Polisetty
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    An experimental drug from J&J showed promise for treating psoriasis. Hello, this is Sudhir Polisetty, back with another psoriasis blog. In my field, I see a number of patients suffering from psoriasis, an immune-system related disease that causes cells to grow too quickly. In turn, this causes red or white thick, scaly patches of skin to develop. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this disease, but promising new therapies are being tested regularly. Recently, an experimental J&J psoriasis drug has shown promise for the 125 million people affected by this skin condition. Guselkumab is…
  • Steroids Often Wrongly Prescribed for Psoriasis

    Sudhir Polisetty
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:27 am
    Corticosteroids (above) are often wrongly prescribed to patients with psoriasis. Hello and welcome back to my dermatology blog. My name is Sudhir Polisetty and I write this blog to keep others up to date on the latest trends and breakthroughs affecting individuals with psoriasis. While there currently is no cure for psoriasis, there are many promising new therapies developing.  Unfortunately, a recent article from WebMD shares research that raises concern over the drugs that some dermatologists are prescribing to manage psoriasis. The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has conducted a study…
  • Experimental Psoriasis Treatment Shows Promise

    Sudhir Polisetty
    28 Feb 2014 | 8:55 am
    In this blog post, Sudhir Polisetty describes a promising new psoriasis treatment that has shown results in mice. Welcome back to my psoriasis blog. My name is Sudhir Polisetty and I am a general and surgical dermatologist with The Dermatology Center. An interesting recent article in LiveScience.com highlights a promising new treatment for people with psoriasis. The promising research has so far only focused on animals, although researchers believe it means a specific compound that targets a small piece of genetic material in cells could be effective. Recent studies found that blocking…
  • Elderly Psoriasis Patients More Likely to Develop NAFLD

    Sudhir Polisetty
    16 Jan 2014 | 8:23 am
    In this blog post from Sudhir Polisetty, elderly patients could be at greater risk of developing NAFLD according to a new study. Hello and welcome back to my psoriasis blog. A study published on December 26th, 2013 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD), led to some interesting findings that will help physicians select optimal treatment for those suffering with psoriasis. The study concluded that elderly patients with psoriasis are 70% more likely to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) than patients without psoriasis.  NAFLD occurs when fat is deposited in the…
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    Healthcare In India

  • Is Cornflakes for breakfast healthy for India?

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

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

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

    admin
    3 May 2014 | 9:43 am
    Chota Bheem is a phenomenon for the children of today. Some look at him as a role model. But is he affecting the health of your child? The thought first came to my mind, when my daughter asked me for a ladoo about 2 years ago. She said Bheem has ladoos and that’s why he is strong. Realizing that this was probably not such a bad thing, I did get her the ladoos. After a while this became the norm and she started consuming the sweets regularly.   I started analysing her diet one day after she had become hyper active after an evening of binge watching Bheem and eating ladoos. The Ladoo or…
  • Philips Healthcare Launches VISIQ Portable Ultra Sound

    admin
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    Did you know that almost 26 million babies are born in India every year. That’s like adding a new Venezuela to our population every year. As most of the population is based in the rural areas, almost 60-70 % of these babies and their mothers would not have access to proper care before birth. This includes the ultra sound scans that those of us in the urban areas consider apart of the pregnancy monitoring healthcare system. These ultra sound scans are important as they help monitor the condition of the baby and the mother. They also help identify birth defects in advance. For example a…
 
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    San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery Blog

  • Natural Breast Augmentation: Increase Your Breast Size without Implants

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

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

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

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

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    10 Mar 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Get Beautiful Cheeks Instantly When it comes to dermal fillers, many of them are very similar and often used for the same purposes. You have your hyaluronic acid (HA) based fillers like Juvéderm and Restylane, and then you have calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) fillers like Radiesse. These fillers are often used for the treatment of facial lines and wrinkles to restore a more youthful appearance of the face. However, a new type of filler has joined the facial filler family. What Makes Juvéderm Voluma in San Antonio Different than Other Fillers? Voluma is the newest hyaluronic filler by the…
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    thesurvivaldoctor.com

  • 12 Things You Must Know About Ebola

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    Ebola Facts, Risks, and Air Travel by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Ebola is highly contagious and kills nine out of 10 people infected. So, why do I think headlines like USA Today’s “Ebola only a plane ride away from USA.” paint the wrong picture? Now that I think of it, why does my first sentence do the same? It’s all about perspective. First, a little background. The current Ebola outbreak in Africa has been going on for several months. It hit the American news cycle big time on Monday because an American doctor contracted it while in Africa. And someone on a plane there was found to…
  • Ye Olde Childhood Rashes Chart: Quick-Reference for Today’s Outbreaks

    LAwordsmith
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
      by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Unless you’re of a certain age, you may have never seen some of the diseases in the chart on the next page. Join the crowd; many younger doctors haven’t either. Measles and rubella, which used to be so common, have been close to wiped out in the U.S. Chickenpox cases have come down to an estimated 80 percent of what they were in the 1990s. (Scarlet fever cases have remained about the same, but they’re still pretty rare compared with fifth disease and roseola.) So why should you care about them? The words “close to” are key. Measles and rubella are…
  • About That Recall: Tips to Tell If You Get Listeria (Even Months Later!)

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:49 am
    Nectarines and peaches are in latest listeria recall. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Listeria symptoms can sometimes take weeks to develop. Here are some tips on protecting yourself and your family—plus what to do if you get sick and can’t get expert help. Every so often, listeria gets in the news because of an outbreak found in commercial produce. The latest one  is in peaches and nectarines at certain grocery stores, including Kroger, Walmart, and Whole Foods. Recalls happen periodically, and you should take them seriously. The one in cantaloupes in 2011 killed 33 and caused one…
  • Lyme Disease: Tick Bites, Rash, Determining Your Risk

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Notice how tiny the tick that causes Lyme disease can be. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH When someone comes in my office for a tick bite, their main concern is usually, what’s their risk for Lyme disease. And I can’t blame them. Lyme disease from tick bite warnings are all over the media (one reason probably is New York is a high-risk state), and since the disease has only been recognized in the U.S. since 1975 (first suspected by a physician in Lyme, Connecticut, who was seeing kids with unusual symptoms) we’re still learning about it. This, and its rather general initial symptoms,…
  • 7 Truths about Tuberculosis and How They Affect You

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:51 am
    A chest X-ray from a person with tuberculosis (in right upper part of the photo) by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Lately I’ve had several interviewers ask me a question I haven’t been asked before: How contagious is tuberculosis? I’m guessing the reason is either the highly reported outbreak in a California classroom, a couple of publicized cases of multiple-drug resistant tuberculosis found in foreigners traveling here in the United States, or the news of camps of children—some reportedly with TB—at the U.S.-Mexican border. But then, I should never be surprised that people would…
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  • Keep your Gums Healthy with Periodontists

    Xee Malik
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    Gum  diseases  are  very  common  and  quite  often  found  in  adults  above  40 years. And, it is observed that it is because of the lack of knowledge among the individuals. Many people would not be even aware that they are having any dental problem, until the problem reaches peak and starts discomforting them. The untreated dental issue can adversely affect ones health. Almost  every  disease  is  surrounded  by  number  of  myths.  People  consider misconceptions in case of periodontal diseases as well, some of them are: • Neglects the periodontal disease,…
  • Choose Bamboo Towels and Enjoy the Advantages

    Xee Malik
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    Choose Bamboo Towels and Enjoy the Advantages The title of this write-up might raise a few eyeballs. There are chances that you haven’t ever heard of bamboo towels and wonder how a towel can be made from a hard grass. Yes towels can be made out of bamboo fibres and when you first come across a bamboo towel you would be surprised by its softness. Fluffy and soft cotton bamboo towels have become very popular all over the world. In fact people who have made the move from the traditional cotton towels would vouch for its quality. There are a number of benefits that you can enjoy with these…
  • Essential nutritional tips for baby

    Xee Malik
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:39 am
    A good nutrition is a key which ensures a healthy growth of the baby. Babies almost grow faster than moms expect. It’s quite natural that new moms are always more concerned about the diet of her baby. What to give and what not give becomes a gargantuan question in front of all moms. They search almost everywhere, make innumerable calls to other moms and enquire about the nutrition rich food. Babies can be picky as they grow and moms fret as this can hamper their baby’s development. Let’s have a look at some nutritional tips for babies. Iron Iron is an essential component which plays an…
  • 6 Tips To Enjoy Healthy Ramadan

    Xee Malik
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:16 pm
    The Holly month of Ramadan has come. People are so excited and keep fasting even it is very hot nowdays. This Ramadan is hottest  ever. But Muslims have courage to keep fast in this hot month of July and have great patience to bear hunger & thrust for 16 hours. Here are 6 pieces of advice which Doctors give for this Ramadan. Must Read: Health Benefits of Fasting 6 Tips To Enjoy Healthy Ramadan Usually Doctors advice to drink water maximum a day but in Ramadan we have to bear thrust for many hours so it is better to drink more water after IFTAAR which can fulfill lake of water in body.
  • Foot Care Tips For Diabetic Patients

    Xee Malik
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Diabetes is very bad disease which makes a man internally weak and cause of quick weight loss. Increase of sugar level in human body causes Diabetes. Some time it can be control by prevention but mostly it is cure by treatment. Diabetic patient must have great cleanliness because uncleanliness harms diabetic patient. A Diabetic patient should clean his feet and hands specially. If he doesn’t keep clean his feet they will get injury and at the end they should be remove from his body. It is very important to understand the connection between Diabetes and foot care. A patient with Diabetes…
 
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  • 5 Tips To Get The Best Liposuction Results

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

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

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

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

    Matthew Galumbeck
    5 Feb 2014 | 9:03 am
    The most common non-surgical cosmetic procedure today is injection with Botulinum Neurotoxin type A to minimize facial wrinkles. Last year over 6 million injections were performed for cosmetic facial rejuvenation. The products approved for cosmetic use in the US are Botox (Allergan, Inc.) and Dysport (Medicis, Inc.) and Xeomin (Merz, Inc.). In 1992, an ophthalmologist used Botulinum toxin to treat a patient for eyelid twitching. He noted, as a side effect, the facial wrinkles around the injection site were diminished. The start of injecting for facial rejuvenation was born. While Dysport,…
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  • Get the sexual delight with Sildenafil citrate

    admin
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:28 am
    Is sex nibbling your mind continuously? You are not able to control yourself whenever you see the woman you love and you want to get your hands on her. The lust comes in like a storm making you restless to ooze out the passion locked in you. And when the fire of intimacy is lit on both the sides, it really becomes very hard to control yourself and all you want to do is take your clothes off, grab her close, feel her body and make love like there is no tomorrow. Sounds very delightful, doesn’t it?  But all this can go down in drain if you have any sexual disorder. It can hit really hard on…
  • The do’s and don’ts while using Modvigil

    admin
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:51 pm
    When you buy anything from the market, it comes with its instruction manual of how to use it correctly and safely. And in order that product works fine, you have to follow the guidelines given by it. Because, any deviation from following the rules given with the object might harm you or damage the product itself. The same story is with the medication. Needless to say, it is more stringent in this case. As medical drugs are used to rectify the problem or reduce the problematic symptoms caused by any illness, so following its directives becomes very vital. And so it is very important to known…
  • Sildenafil Citrate Can Help You to Save Your Relationship

    admin
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:58 am
    Many of us think that sex is just meant for physical pleasure. It is an act where man and woman comes together, strip down their clothes, hit the bed and have sexual intercourse for joy. It does give you gratification and there is no doubt about it. But it also works as an adhesive between the couple as the intensity of the sex fuels the flame of love and passion that a man and a woman share when they are in a relationship. It just doesn’t bring them physically close but emotionally as well. To maintain a healthy sex life it is necessary that your sexual organ also works in proper manner.
  • How to Have a great Sexual Experience

    admin
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:29 am
    Getting into the bed or just jumping on the couch will not always help you in getting the sexual satisfaction you desire. Having sex is also an art and there are some rules of it that has to be followed to. It starts from getting close with each other, undressing to the climax of orgasm. There are many stages you have to cross to gain the ultimate physical pleasure. Otherwise it will be more of a mechanical or else end up in a disaster. So follow these golden rules to have a great time with your partner on bed. Know your and your partners body: Before unveiling your sexual tools, you should…
  • 7 Foods that help to keep your eyes healthy

    admin
    17 Jun 2014 | 1:37 am
    You do a lot of things to take care of your eyes. You apply drops, wear sunglasses, and apply cream around the eyes and lot of other things. That is important because eyes are the most precious thing of your body. It is the gateway through which we can see and perceive the world. There are also several food items that you can use for adding nutrient for your eyes health. Carrots : Carrots are very beneficial for your eyes health. The beta-carotene content in the carrots will help reduce your risk of both macular degeneration and cataracts. Leafy vegetables: Leafy vegetables like spinach, kale…
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    My mission is helping Baby Boomers in their 50's + to enjoy life; be physically, mentally and financially healthier and be current on news and global information that affects them. - BLOG

  • Red Lobster Sale

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    So, Baby Boomer "Seafood Lovers"...........................Have you seen this letter yet?Darden Restaurants, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Red Lobster business and certain other related assets and assumed liabilities to Golden Gate Capital for $2.1 billion in cash.   Red Lobster has decided to rebuild its company image and stand on its own.Looks like they are aiming for a higher class image and you know what that means - higher prices !!I'm sure they are going to "catch" some grief over this.I can't wait for the complaints to start "streaming" in.Sounds…
  • Lock Up Your Guns !!

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:33 pm
    If this video wasn't so scary, it would be incredibly funny.Please, lock up your "guns."
  • Top 10 Greatest Business Books of All Time

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    Go ahead and Google or Bing the phrase “Top 10 Business Books” and you get nearly 1.8 Trillion returns. That in itself leads you to realize that this is an extremely important subject on this planet.  Everybody who is somebody from Forbes and Huffington Post to bloggers like Fernando Biz and Nicola Cairncross have chimed in at one point over the past few years to list for you what they feel are the pivotal reads in the world of success and entrepreneurship. There is definitely no shortage of websites that have found it important to let the world know that there are at least…
  • Social Security Benefits Made Easy - Part 5

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    OK, Baby Boomers, we are now at day 5 of our deep dive into the Social Security System and its benefit programs.Does everything seem relatively clear to you so far?If you need a refresher, just follow this link to the START so you can be ready for today's breakdown of benefits available to you beyond just those offered after you retire.Today, I will try to unravel and uncover the inner secrets of:Disability BenefitsSurvivor's BenefitsDisability BenefitsMedicare Benefits         and Supplemental Security IncomeThese are all part and parcel programs, like your…
  • Social Security Benefits Made Easy - Part 4

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    So, Baby Boomers, I have a pretty good feeling that after the past 3 days you have a good grasp on working the "ins" and "outs" of your primary Social Security benefits program. But, everyone’s family life and structure can be a little different, so why don’t we start today by taking a quick look at your "Beneficiaries" and how your PIA (Primary Insurance Amount) is handled in different scenarios. Let’s see what different eligibility requirements are needed for your loved ones (or maybe not so loved ones in the case of a divorce) to receive your retirement benefits.Please…
 
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    consumerhealthdigest.com

  • MenoChange: Does MenoChange Deals with All Menopausal Issues?

    Doris Mburu
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    MenoChange Overview MenoChange is a dietary supplement formulated specifically to relieve the different discomforts women experience during and after menopause. It is made with herbal and other natural extracts to address the various physical and emotional issues menopausal women suffer from. The supplement is from Planetary Herbals which is not a well-known supplement manufacturer. One […]
  • Higher Nature Menophase: Is It a Best Formulation for Women?

    Doris Mburu
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    Menophase Overview Menophase is a dietary supplement designed especially for women in their menopause years. It combines vitamins, minerals and botanical extracts to relieve the various discomforts during this critical stage of a woman’s life. It contains antioxidants that help, protect and strengthen the body to maintain health, wellbeing, vitality and energy production. The supplement […]
  • Xiadafil Review: Is It A Legitimate Male Enhancement Product?

    Carlo Adrian Cañon
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    Xiadafil Overview As a male grows older, there are several health concerns they need to deal with and that includes erectile disorders and uncontrollable premature ejaculation. Needless to say, most of these men do not visit and consult their doctors for some reasons. However, there are several male enhancing supplements that are already available in […]
  • Exercise Tips to Maintain Your Healthy Weight

    Loic Cobbina
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:54 am
    So you’ve finally reached with weight loss goal huh. I bet you are happy to finally fit into those skinny clothes you’ve been starring at all day long. You now don’t feel embarrassed when looking at the mirror, right? But does that really mean you can now throw away your jogging shoes and stop going […]
  • Zyatropin Review – Is This The Revolutionary Male Enhancement Product?

    Carlo Adrian Cañon
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Zyatropin Overview For men who are suffering from sexual deficiencies, Zyatropin provides a solution. It gives harder erections and longer lasting too. Vitality for sex is increased and recovery time is shortened, which equals to an overall improvement in sexual performance. This supplement is also unique because it can be stacked with other medications without […]
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    FXRX Orthopedic Surgery Blog

  • Meniscus Transplant Offered By Knee Specialist Phoenix

    admin3
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    The meniscus of the knee is a very important structure to maintain. It provides the cushion for the knee and without it, a person would experience persistent knee pain and develop arthritis in the joint. Steps are taken to preserve the meniscus if at all possible but if it is badly damaged where it cannot be repaired, it may need to be removed. Knee Specialist Phoenix Knee joint replacement surgery is an option with older patients over the age of 55. However, patients younger than this may be eligible for a different type of treatment called meniscal transplant surgery. A transplant of the…
  • Stress Fractures And What Orthopedics In Phoenix Az Do To Manage Them

    admin3
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    Stress fractures are very common among athletes. They are caused when muscles become fatigued and unable to absorb any added shock. The worn-out muscle eventually transfers the overload of stress to the bone. A stress fracture result from the athlete increasing the intensity of an activity too quickly. They can also be the result of the impact of a different surface from where the athlete used to playing. For instance, a tennis player going from a soft clay surface to a hard one. A runner using worn shoes or increasing the running distance without breaks in between risk getting a stress…
  • FAQs on Common Knee Injuries – Info from a Phoenix Orthopedic

    daveman
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:38 pm
    What are the structures of the knee? The knee is one of the primary load-bearing joints of the body. It is a hinge joint that connects the femur, tibia and fibula, and the patella. The ends of the tibia and femur are covered by a smooth layer of connective tissue known as articular cartilage. This allows motion of the knee joint by providing smooth surfaces for the knee to glide across, reducing friction from contact. Two C-shaped, rubbery pads of cartilage known as menisci (singular: meniscus) serve as shock absorbers for the impact the knee bears. The knee is stabilized by four major…
  • FAQs on Shoulder Instability from a Top AZ Orthopedic Doctor

    daveman
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:17 pm
    What is shoulder instability? The shoulder derives its mobility from its ball and socket joint configuration. The round head of the humerus (upper arm bone) is centered within the glenoid fossa. The humeral head rotates freely, and is stabilized by the rotator cuff muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, subscapularis) and tendons. Shoulder instability occurs when there is excessive laxity in the shoulder joint, leading to the humeral head slipping out of place. The muscles and tendons of the shoulder are unable to keep the humerus in place, which leads to excessive movement in…
  • What To Know About Hip Fractures

    admin3
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    Many people think that the elderly are the only ones susceptible to hip fractures. Though it is a common injury among elderly individuals, it is more about their bone density, or lack of it, that plays a part in injury. The culprit is osteoporosis; this condition increases the likelihood of fractures, no matter how minor a fall. Hip fractures are the most common broken bone requiring hospitalization. The younger patients that are hospitalized with hip fractures are victims of high energy injuries like car accidents. Other causes can be from the bone being weakened from a tumor or infection.
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  • 6 Food Industry Tricks You Don’t Know About

    Dr. Mercola
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola If you shop in a typical US supermarket or big-box store, there may be more to your food purchases than meets the eye. Even the simplest of foods – apples, oranges, and chicken, for example – are commonly altered, treated with chemicals, or even injected with artificial coloring. If you value pure real food, there's no getting around the fact that buying your food directly from a farm (or via a farmer's market), or, alternatively, growing it in your own backyard, are among the last remaining ways to secure such unadulterated food for your family. 6 Food-Industry Tricks That…
  • In the Wake of CDC Anthrax Release, Even More Errors Involving Deadly Pathogens Are Discovered

    Dr. Mercola
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Earlier this month, we ran a report on the CDC anthrax blunder. As if that weren't bad enough, there have been additional exposures since we posted that report. This time, it involved the shipment of live, highly contagious, and deadly H5N1 avian influenza samples. As previously reported, as many as 841 scientists and staff members at a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) biolab were exposed to live anthrax in June. The live pathogen had been sent from a higher-security facility. Biosafety protocols were apparently not followed at either of the facilities. The…
  • Metal Fillings in Your Mouth Could Make You Really Sick

    Dr. Mercola
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola The dangers of amalgam fillings, which are composed of about 50 percent mercury, are becoming widely known. Even conventional news outlets, like NBC affiliate WCNC News in Charlotte, are featuring stories with headlines reading "Metal fillings in your teeth could make you sick." This would have been controversial even a few years back, and although health agencies like the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Dental Association (ADA) still remain staunch advocates of dental amalgams, the evidence is quickly being stacked against them. US FDA Is Long Overdue in…
  • New Analysis Concludes Organic Food Really Is Healthier

    Dr. Mercola
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This is a Flash-based audio and may not be playable on mobile devices. By Dr. Mercola Are organic foods healthier, and therefore worth the extra expense? The scientific debate over this issue has raged on for many years now. I believe the answer is clear-cut, at least if you believe that toxic chemicals have the capacity to harm your health... Two years ago, meta-analysis by Stanford University1 received widespread media coverage, and with few exceptions, conventional media outlets used it to cast doubt on the value of an organic diet. This despite the fact that the analysis—which looked at…
  • 7 Food Swaps That Will Make You Healthier

    Dr. Mercola
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Pre-packaged processed foods may be convenient, but cooking from scratch using fresh unprocessed ingredients is a must if you want to improve your health. Remember, if you fail to plan you are planning to fail. While this means that someone – you, your spouse, or someone else – needs to spend regular time in the kitchen, it typically does not require nearly as much extra time as people imagine. One of the most important strategies is to make the appropriate food swaps. For example, does it take more time to use real butter instead of margarine? Of course it doesn’t! The…
 
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  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation For Chronic Pain

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

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

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

    admin2
    20 Jun 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Diabetic neuropathy is essentially the nerve damage that occurs because of problems associated with diabetes mellitus. About 60% to 70% of diabetic patients have some degree of neuropathy. The complications occur in both diabetic populations: type 1 and type 2 patients. The most common type of neuropathy is sensory neuropathy where sensations to the lower extremities decrease. This can lead to loss of protective sensation and results in the worse-case scenarios, lower leg amputation. Sensory neuropathy is sometimes referred to as “stocking-glove neuropathy.” Characteristics include:…
  • 5 Things You Should Know About – Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

    admin2
    22 May 2014 | 12:35 pm
    What is CRPS? Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is where chronic pain presents itself in the following locations: an arm, hand, foot, or leg). This occurs after the area had been injured or there has been trauma. There is damage or malfunctioning of the peripheral and central nervous centers with a CRPS diagnosis. This means there will potentially be brain and spinal cord involvement as well as the nerves of the body. What results is pain that is prolonged and unbearable, with changes in the skin color, temperature, and possible swelling in the affected extremity. Symptoms are variable in…
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  • A Sedentary Lifestyle Makes you Overweight

    Arizona Medifast
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    With the birth of technology came the long string of inventions designed to simplify our lives. Now more than ever people have turned away from making a living with their two hands and the strength of their backs. Desk jobs are more and more abundant, affording people a confortable living. While this is great for professional lives and our quality of living, it has been detrimental to the average American waistline. The sedentary lifestyle most of us have become accustomed to is affecting our weight, and can cause several health complications as well. Sedentary lifestyle has been linked to…
  • How Women Get Weight Loss Results with Strength Training

    Arizona Medifast
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    There is a place in every gym where most women dare not go (not just the men’s locker room). It is the testosterone zone; the padded black mat area where the free weights, benches, and barbell racks are located is almost exclusively a male domain. This is not due to some policy put in place by the staff at the gym, but rather a self-imposed exile on the part of the female clientele. In most gyms around the country, women avoid the weight floor and head straight to their treadmills or their classes, all with the same mantra on their lips: “I don’t want to bulk up”. The truth of the…
  • How to Get the Best Weight Loss Results

    Arizona Medifast
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    Getting weight loss results can seem as difficult and unrealistic as magic. With a flood of miracle weight loss pills and fad diets (none of which work), taking the step towards weight loss can be confusing and unsatisfying. But there is a simple way to get weight loss results, one so simple that most fitness professionals repeat it like a mantra to their clients. The key to weight loss can be summed up in one equation: Calories (energy) In < Calories Out = Weight Loss Simply put, you need to burn more calories than you consume in order to lose weight. While this seems like an elementary…
  • Cardio for Weight Loss

    Arizona Medifast
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    In order to help with your weight loss, you may want to integrate cardio into your weight loss plan. This has led to what we like to call the ‘mass migration’ of women from the gym floor to the elliptical. This is a problem because although cardio does have its place in the fitness community, there is more to fitness than a daily devotional on the treadmill. Doing cardio the right way will produce faster and long lasting results. When planning your workout regimen: Mix it Up Cardiovascular exercise can be a very effective tool when trying to shed some extra pounds, but people often over…
  • 8 Tips to a Healthy Work Setting

    Arizona Medifast
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    If you have an office job or a job that requires sitting for eight hours or more, you could be jeopardizing your own health. What is wrong with sitting environments and what tips can we learn to avoid the risk of hurting our own bodies? For example, most people will experience headaches, neck, shoulder, back, and even leg pain. Some will get numbness in the arms, wrist, legs and feet. A few reasons for the above aches and pains in the office include: The most obvious is being non-active for long periods of time. Using the computer typing can cause straining or carpal tunnel syndrome. Sitting…
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  • FAQs on Shoulder Dislocation – Info from an AZ Sports Doctor

    Adam Farber
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:47 pm
    What is shoulder dislocation? The shoulder joint follows a ball and socket configuration, where the humeral head is centered within the glenoid fossa. Shoulder dislocation occurs when the humeral head is displaced from its normal position. Dislocation is considered partial when the humeral head is not entirely out of the glenoid fossa. A complete dislocation occurs when the humeral head is completely displaced from the socket.   What causes shoulder dislocation? Dislocation occurs when an excessive external force displaces the humeral head from its position. This typically occurs…
  • Phoenix Orthopedic Surgeons Will Treat Your Shoulder Pain

    Adam Farber
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Shoulder pain affects everyone from time to time. Sometimes the shoulder can be overextended or fatigued from overuse. However, there can be times when shoulder pain may not go away or becomes worse over time. This is when you should see your orthopedic Phoenix physician to have it diagnosed and treated, so you can get on your way to doing the things you love. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, but it is also the most unstable. This makes it susceptible to dislocations and degeneration. Pain, stiffness, and weakness can be experienced when the shoulder becomes compromised.
  • PRP And Stem Cell Therapy At Phoenix Orthopedics Clinic

    Adam Farber
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    As of recent years, there has be a number of technological breakthroughs that have changed the way athletes and others rehabilitate after injury or surgery. The use of medicine that helps the body regenerate its tissues more effectively has been used by high profile athletes for the past few years with encouraging results. This type of technology is being applied to other areas of medicine in hopes of offering patients an alternative to surgery or lengthy rehabilitation. The two types of which are known are platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy. What is PRP? Platelet-rich plasma…
  • FAQs on AC Joint Injury Treatment

    Adam Farber
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    What is injury to the AC joint? The acromioclavicular (AC) joint refers to the meeting point of the clavicle (collarbone) and the scapula (shoulder blade). This is held together by ligaments, and stabilized by the surrounding muscles and tissues. Injury to this joint is referred to colloquially as “shoulder separation”. This is actually a misnomer, as it is not the shoulder joint (humeral head within the glenoid fossa) itself that is separated, but the AC joint. Damage can cause the ligaments holding the joint together to separate, causing the bones to misalign. Patients will complain of…
  • FAQs on ACL Reconstruction Answered by a Top Phoenix Knee Surgeon

    Adam Farber
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:34 pm
    What is the ACL? The knee is a hinge joint formed by three main bones: the femur (thighbone), tibia (shinbone) and the patella (kneecap). The knee is held together by four bands of connective tissue that prevent the knee from moving about. These are the four major ligaments of the knee, namely the Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL), Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL), Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), and the Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL). The ACL runs diagonally in the middle of the knee, preventing the tibia from sliding out in front of the femur, as well as providing rotational stability…
 
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  • Digital Engagement for Physicians

    Alison Lentz
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    A recent report from ZS Associates found that sales reps are faced with less physician access than a year ago. This is no surprise, and is largely attributed to consolidation in the payer/provider space. Faced with these challenges, sales and marketing teams must
  • The Rise of Digital Video Ads

    Eric Falasco
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    When most people think of a video advertisement they think of TV, and most likely the Super Bowl. Until recently, video ads have been synonymous with television. Explosive Growth The fastest growing segment in paid digital media is video advertising.
  • The SEM Brand Lift

    Kelsey Malone
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    The ads we love to hate When people ask what I do, I say Search Engine Marketing. Then I usually get a blank look and I explain. “You know when you Google something and those ads show up at the top and on the sides?
  • A Look Back on New Year Predictions

    Star Life Sciences Correspondent
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    Back in December 2013, we surveyed our in-house mediocre mediums for predictions on what changes in healthcare we’d see in 2014. Now that you’ve had plenty of time to break your New Year’s resolutions, let’s see how they did.
  • Healthcare Bizzaro Land (Part 2): The home away from home

    Donald J. M. Phillips, PharmD
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    This our first look at the various strategies, schemes and legislative ventures being put forth to help control healthcare cost. The subject for today is the medical home, more specifically the patient-centered medical home (PCMH). This is not a new idea. The notion that one
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  • ICD-10-CM for Burns & Corrosions of the External Body Surface

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

    11 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Documentation Is The Key To Survive New HIPAA Audit And Avoid Fines The random HIPAA Compliance Audit program had a year of trial audits in 2012.  The US Department of Health and Human Services has reviewed the results of that work and the HIPAA audit program is being restarted in 2014 based on what was learned from the 2012 audits.  Are ...
  • Merging Practices - Strategies to Remain Independent

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Learn all the Key Strategies to Manage a Successful Merger As the new era of healthcare progresses, there are various effects that consolidation practices exert on economies of scale, reduction of overhead, increased power in contracting, increased net income etc. It also affects the ability to recruit new partners and partner’s ability to r ...
  • HIPAA Program Administration: Practical Tips for Workforce Education and Risk Reduction

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Non-Legalistic and Practical Way to Understand HIPAA and Its Exceptions A straightforward and practical approach for understanding the HIPAA Rule and its exceptions has become paramount now.  Pro-active planning and implementation leads to an effective compliance program.  Register for this session by John E. Steiner, Jr., Esq., CHC, to ...
  • Physician E/M Coding: The OIG and RACs

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Action Steps Necessary to Address Proper E/M Coding Do you have enough knowledge of E/M codes? Or have you experienced a nerve-wracking experience in estimating if undercoding and overcoding occur with E/M Levels? If yes, no need to fret anymore. This power-packed session with Duane C. Abbey, Ph.D., will equip you with sufficient knowledge to hand ...
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  • Why You Will Gain Weight This Summer (food traps to avoid!)

    Foods4BetterHealth
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    With the warmer weather comes fresher ingredients. Produce like tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce are in season and can easily be grown in your own backyard or found in abundance at grocers and road-side stands. It’s easier to eat fresh and locally grown produce, which should mean sticking to your weight-loss plan should be easier, too, right? Wrong. You can still gain weight in the summertime by hidden traps that may seem like a great idea, but not when it comes to your waistline. If keeping your weight in check and working on your beach body … Read MoreThis article Why You Will Gain…
  • Myths and Facts About Processed Foods

    Jon Yaneff
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I grew up in the dark. I only knew what I was told. I considered processed foods to be part of my diet because the foods simply tasted good, and they are affordable, so that’s what my family ate. Before I started my studies in holistic nutrition, I would occasionally eat processed foods. Now I rarely have them unless I trust the company and the ingredients. Nearly 90% of what I eat is a whole food. The number is probably greater for the couple of months I’ve been changing my diet with a transformation program … Read MoreThis article Myths and Facts About Processed Foods originally…
  • Why I Eat Dessert for Breakfast

    Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    I try to be as health-conscious as they come, but I love baked goods. Now, I know that these food items are not usually nutritionally sound, but I do have an exception in my dietary repertoire. I love fresh pies, especially if they are homemade with loving care. And what could be better than your grandmother’s apple pie? Well, my answer is pumpkin pie. The taste, the mouth-feel, the smoothness, warmth and satisfaction I get from eating this pie is simply magnificent. I will eat this pie cold, hot and with or without ice cream. … Read MoreThis article Why I Eat Dessert for Breakfast…
  • Why Eating Apples Is an Aphrodisiac

    Karen Hawthorne
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Just when you thought oysters and candlelight might lead to something pleasurable under the sheets, a certain common fruit has made headlines for sexual arousal and satisfaction. Eve in that biblical garden knew a thing or two after all. A new study published in Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics finds that eating more apples leads to better sex for women. For the most part, I do crunch on an apple every day—it’s easy, portable and perfect in the car en route to work or the playground with my son—but now I’ll aim for two and … Read MoreThis article Why Eating Apples Is an…
  • Processed Food Can Make You Sick (really sick)

    Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Everything your body does, every biological process, enzyme reaction, the formation of new proteins, even how your chromosomes repair themselves requires the nutrients you receive from what you eat or drink. Every thought, movement and cellular process depends upon the nutrients that you have to get from your diet. So it all comes down to your food choices. Just as excellent health can be attributed to a superior diet, so can poor health, sickness and disease. Let me ask you, do you suffer from diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke, dementia, poor wound healing, high blood … Read…
 
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    Infinit Healthcare

  • How the Affordable Care Act Affects Small Businesses

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

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

    Infinit Healthcare
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Even if big data faces much controversy and open data still has so many hurdles to go through in the healthcare industry, there is no doubt that this progress has pushed the industry straight into the information age and California's Kaiser Permanente is showing what can be done with the huge influx of data they are receiving.
  • 215 New York-Presbyterian Hospital Physicians Among New York Magazine’s Best Doctors in New York List

    Infinit Healthcare
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Each year, the peer selection survey produces the top 10% of doctors in the New York metropolitan area – 6,448 physicians among about 50,000 medical professionals. This year, 215 physicians from the New York-Presbyterian Hospital made it to the list, published in the latest issue of New York Magazine last June 10th.
  • Patient Engagement: Using Technology to Fill the Gap

    Infinit Healthcare
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:53 pm
    The health industry - hospitals, doctors and public health officials - are encouraging patients to keep track of their medical information, go big on preventive care and stay on top of chronic conditions. By rolling patient engagement strategies, they predict a rise on healthier patients that are more in control and aware of their conditions. And to bridge the awareness gap, technology is going to help.
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  • dealing with hip pain for over a year

    Westin Childs
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Q: Subject: 17 Male Message Body: Hi, I am a 17 year old male and have been dealing with hip pain for over a year.  It is mostly in the front of my hip (hip-flexor area), but I have had pain in the inside groin area at some points in the past year.  It is worst after squatting regardless of the weight.  I also have pain after sitting, but it usually begins to feel better after walking for 10+ steps.  I also have pain bending down to pull weeds or collect things from the floor of my room.  I play football and I have pain when I make breaks out of my back-pedal.  I have been doing…
  • I have been having severe gastrointestinal problems

    Westin Childs
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Q: Subject: 25 year old male Message Body: I have been having severe gastrointestinal problems including nausea, diarrhea, extreme feeling of fullness, and acid reflux for several weeks. I have not been able to eat anything in more than 2 days. I have an appointment with my doctor towards the end of the week but am trying to identify what might be causing this before then as I know I desperately need to eat something.   A: Thanks for the question.  Do you have a history of any other abdominal issues, such as a history of reflux, irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel syndrome?
  • I felt a squishing pain below(not behind) my ribs

    Westin Childs
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Q: Subject: 27 Male Message Body: On Friday the 25 of July, while bending over to put on my show, I felt a squishing pain below(not behind) my ribs. The pain was only moderate. Though the area was a little sore afterwards, it didn’t stop me from a 45 minute walk workout at the gym. The next morning I woke up with the pain renewed an nagging ever since. However, the pain is remedied with Aleve.  My temperature has been normal and I maintain a normal hunger pattern with no nausea. Tonight, deep breaths were accompanied by a gurgling pain in the diaphragm area- a symptom which was since…
  • I recently noticed the lymph node in my neck

    Westin Childs
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Q: Subject: 20, female Message Body: Hi, I recently noticed the lymph node in my neck was very swollen and painful… accompanying it is this weird little dry spot on my earlobe (nowhere near piercing) that STINGS so much if I touch it, and sometimes even when I don’t. What is this? A: Thanks for the question. A swollen, enlarged and tender lymph node is typically reactive and due to an infection. Usually a reactive lymph node is normal and not something to be worried about. If the lymph node you are referring to has been present for more than 2 months then I would suggest you have…
  • I have genital herpes

    Westin Childs
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    Q: Subject: 28 F Message Body: I have genital herpes. I urinated in toilet and forgot to flush it, about 2 hrs later my 15 month old son was playing in the toilet and touched his lip. Will he get herpes? A: Thanks for the question.  It’s unlikely that your son will get herpes from the incident you just described. It would be even less likely if you were not having a flare up of your condition or if you are currently taking suppressive therapy.  The other important thing to remember is that many people have herpes but do not show the physical signs or symptoms of traditional herpes. So…
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  • We’ve Moved!

    Mercy Ships Canada
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Thank you so much for following and reading our blog. From now on you can find us HERE.
  • Why one Nurse Chose to Follow her Heart to Africa

    Mercy Ships Canada
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    I don’t recall how I first learned of Mercy Ships, I first applied to work with the charity in 2008, but my call to missions started when I was about 12 years old. I was listening to some missionaries speak at church, I heard their accounts of interactions with people in foreign lands, I saw photo after photo of the needy, hurting, poor, desolate, and broken. I heard tales of how God had transformed the lives of people in remote tribal villages. I heard the missionaries speak about the rustic environment they lived in, where there was no running water, no air conditioner, bugs so big they…
  • Professional Development Opportunities Offered onboard the Africa Mercy

    Mercy Ships Canada
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    We love hearing about crew enhancing their career with Mercy Ships! Change gives individuals a chance to stretch their ability and gain confidence in what they do. The great staff morale onboard the Africa Mercy continues to create a positive, committed and motivated team! On June 16th, 2014 our friend Frederick (Fred) Darko received a provisional Rating certificate and was promoted to a Deck Rating position. Originally from Ghana, Fred Darko joined Mercy Ships in May 2012 as a project assistant engineering doing welding. In August of the same year he was transferred to the Deck Department…
  • Ride for Refuge: Ride for Mercy Ships

    Mercy Ships Canada
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    There’s always a bike in our national office in Victoria. Both Natasha, our Crew and Admin. Coordinator, and Lia, our Development Assistant, are great bikers, and frequently take advantage of the great Victoria weather to ride their bikes to and from work. I, on the other hand, am a terrible biker. I have poor balance, terrible endurance, and embarrassingly weak legs. I’m ignoring all of these facts, however, to participate in the Ride for Refuge on October 4th. The Ride for Refuge is a fantastically fun, family-friendly bike-a-thon supporting charities serving the displaced, vulnerable,…
  • Meet our Crew: Marina Priolo

    Mercy Ships Canada
    23 Jun 2014 | 11:55 am
    After years of trying to figure out what I am supposed to be doing, trying to find some sort of joy in what I do, and having many doors closed, this one stayed wide open. I have come to realize that I love to serve, in every way. 24-year-old Marina Priolo said goodbye to her home in Toronto on June 7th and boarded a plane to Garden Valley, Texas where she began the Mercy Ships onboarding program, which will prepare her to spend two years volunteering as Human Resources Facilitator onboard the Africa Mercy! The On Boarding Program is designed to better educate, equip and empower our…
 
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    MRS

  • Falsified Applications Approved for Obamacare and Subsidies

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

    Pat Palmer
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Coverage Accuracy: Consumer Woes No one wants to leave the comfortable neighborhood feel of what they know to be familiar. With the new healthcare law, however, many people have been forced to leave their long-time doctors and insurance plans because either it became too costly to stay or because the plan was no longer available. Once change has occurred, the least consumers expect is to get accurate information when looking for a new provider so they can choose a new one based on factors such as location and ratings. Unfortunately, the lists of in-network providers offered by the insurers…
  • MRS Holds Open House Events at Their New Facility

    MRS
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Open House Medical Recovery Services, founded by Salem, Virginia’s Pat Palmer, has outgrown yet another facility – this time more quickly than ever. The company has resided at 500 E 4th Street for less than two years and is already needing to double its building space. MRS, along with its sister company, Medical Billing Advocates of America, will open its new facility doors on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 3715 Brandon Avenue SW, 2nd Floor, Roanoke, VA 24018. To celebrate the opening of the 12,000 square foot location, Pat and her team will be hosting a three-day Open House Event for the…
  • How Healthcare Billing has Changed in 20 Years

    MRS
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    When Pat Palmer began reviewing medical bills more than 20 years ago, there were numerous problems in healthcare billing. She found errors from double-billing and erroneous charges for items, supplies and procedures never performed on the patient while fighting for fair and reasonable prices once she brought medical bills down to their “True & Accurate” charges. As the years have passed, Pat has found that the medical over-charging crisis has grown to one of monstrous proportions. Not only are the original problems in medical billing still present in most bills reviewed by Pat’s…
  • Why Are Pharmaceuticals so Expensive?

    Pat Palmer
    27 Jun 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Price tags on pharmaceutical drugs continue to provide sticker shock to an already financially struggling market. When a person is suffering with a condition that no available medicine can effectively treat, the idea that a new drug is on the way can be exciting. Unfortunately, with the monopoly pricing that often accompanies new drugs, the cost can be too far out of reach for the patient and has the potential to drive up insurance premiums for everyone. The idea that money shouldn’t determine whether or not a person gets the proper care is prevalent here. Most “regular people” simply…
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  • Combination therapy for bipolar disorder

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

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

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

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

    Rebecca Millar
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Work related stress can create a risk to both the individual experiencing it, as well as overall workplace health and safety. Short term physiological responses to work related stress include increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, increased levels of cortisol as well as muscle tension, changes to eating and sleeping patterns, and an increase in the severity or frequency of tension headaches. Studies have shown that prolonged periods of stress can result in long term consequences as well, such as gastrointestinal problems, heart disease, cardiovascular disease and even type 2…
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  • Health and Safety in Care Homes – What Providers and Managers Need to Know About Risk Management

    Sarah Riley
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    All places of work have risks associated with their business operations, however, care homes are both a place of work and a place where residents live. Having a warm welcoming environment in which both staff and residents are safe by having effective and sensible risk management systems in place is at the heart of a new publication by the HSE called “Health and safety in care homes” (HSG220 – 2nd edition). Published in June 2014, this 72 page document presents the main health and safety risks associated with care homes offering practical guidance to protect both staff and…
  • Will Compulsory Registration of Support Workers Improve the Quality of Care in Care Homes?

    Sarah Riley
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is responsible for registering all Social Service workers and regulating their education and training. With the majority of Social Service workers already registered, including social workers, social work students, managers, supervisors and practitioners, the deadline is fast approaching for the compulsory registration of support workers in care home services for adults. There are over 191,000 social service workers in Scotland today working across a variety of settings. In order to register the large volume of care home support workers, estimated…
  • Whistleblowing Matters

    Sarah Riley
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    At our last CQC inspection a colleague of mine was interviewed by the inspector. The inspector asked her what she would do if I (as her Manager) attended work drunk. My colleague replied ‘I would tell the Company Director’. The inspector shared with my colleague that her reasons for asking were that a small number of whistleblowing concerns had been raised with the CQC directly relating to Registered Managers attending work intoxicated. When she recounted the experience later we laughed about the scenario (I am teetotal) but it was a good question which got me thinking, would…
  • Dementia Care: A Basic ‘Primer’ on the Symptoms of Dementia

    Sarah Riley
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last week we began to look at some of the biological aspects of a dementia. In particular we singled out the primary dementias and looked at memory; memory systems and the processes by which memories are made – and lost. This week we look at some of the other distinguishing features of the primary dementias. We consider some of the other most prominent effects of dementia related to my observation last time that the assumption of many people, including that of some paid professionals, is that the only ‘symptom’ of a primary dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, is…
  • Welsh Government Unveils £50 Million Care Fund to Support Older People

    Sarah Riley
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    In October 2013 the Welsh Government set out plans for an Intermediate Care Fund as part of their 2014/15 budget. The drivers behind these plans were stated as follows: Helping older people maintain their independence and live in their own home. Ease the pressures on the NHS and residential care homes caused by unnecessary admissions. Prevent delayed transfers of care from hospital to other care settings, particularly for the frail elderly person. As a result of this investment the Welsh Government stated that: “it is hoped that health, housing, social service and third independent…
 
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    Slice of Life

  • Top 5 Tips for Surgical Electives: What you need to do to succeed.

    sliceoflifesurg
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Here are some useful tips for a successful surgical elective.  These really apply to any medical elective, but I would say even more so to surgery.  Remember that your elective is essentially a job interview – so give 100%.   … Continue reading →
  • Fostering efficiency

    sliceoflifesurg
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:36 pm
    But, during the whole case all I could think about was how many pages would be listed on my pager when I un-scrubbed and all the pending ward work and consults I would have to do. Continue reading →
  • Sink or swim – first week of residency

    sliceoflifesurg
    4 Jul 2014 | 9:58 pm
    Right now it’s 9:30 pm on a Friday and I am sitting in a call room waiting to be paged to go to the OR.  For the past few days I’ve been waking up at 4:30 am to make it … Continue reading →
  • T-minus 24 hours

    sliceoflifesurg
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:46 am
    Less than 24 hours before residency begins and I’ll be starting with a bang.  Much like my clerkship, which started with General Surgery and a call shift, I will be starting on my home service (the busiest) and with call.  On … Continue reading →
  • The truth behind “We need more doctors.”

    sliceoflifesurg
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Often when you tell someone you are a doctor, or becoming a doctor, their first response goes something like, “Good for you! We really need more doctors!” This is a widely held public belief that stems from long wait times … Continue reading →
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  • Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling By Following These Easy Steps

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

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

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

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

    Jacob
    15 May 2014 | 2:55 pm
    People often wonder where bed bugs live, how they spread and the ways to prevent this. So, in this guide, we will mainly study how bed bugs spread from place to place and the important steps one can take to prevent this from happening. Where are they commonly found? Bed bugs are found throughout the world. The most common type of bed bug, the Cimex Lectularius, lives in cooler regions, and one can find it in many parts of North America, Europe as well as some parts of Asia. Similarly, the tropical bed bug (the Cimex Hemipterus) is found in tropical or warmer regions like Africa, Asia, South…
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