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  • Who elected the ACP as the"conscience" of medicine?

    retired doc's thoughts
    26 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    In a embarrassing display of  self congratulatory praise , in this  commentary Bob Doherty ,senior vice president of the American College of Physicians office of government affairs and public policy, makes the assertion that internists and particularly  the ACP are the "conscience of medicine".How does he support that claim? First, he cites the advocacy that ACP has provided for universal health care and for other causes..He also quotes from a commentary from Lancet which declared that internists and ACP were the conscience of medicine.Further, he makes the claim that the ACP…
  • What You Need to Know About Medication Management

    Recent Blog Posts
    13 May 2015 | 1:40 pm
    There are many reasons why your elderly loved one might require in-home care in Milwaukee. Many families turn to an elderly caregiver when a loved one begins to have mobility problems, for example, while others work with a home health aide when seniors need assistance with medication management. Medication management involves the proper handling, storage, and administration of medications, along with obtaining refills in a timely manner and monitoring the individual for signs of adverse effects from the drugs. Many seniors have difficulty managing their own medications for various reasons.
  • Ebola 15 minute test approved

    Healthcare Today - Health News
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:49 am
    The World Health Organisation has approved a first rapid blood test for Ebola which would allow patients to be identified, isolated and cared for as quickly as possible.The Ebola outbreak has killed more that 9,300 people. The blood test is less accurate than conventional tests and works without electricity so can be used in remote regions.Trials in West Africa suggest it correctly identifies about 92% of ...
  • Call For Papers - AALS Section on Law & Mental Disability

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    Katharine Van Tassel
    23 May 2015 | 1:56 pm
    AALS Sections on Law and Mental Disability and Disability Law (co-sponsor) Call for Papers/Presentations for 2016 Annual Meeting Call for papers and presentations, up to 2 papers to be published: The AALS Section on Law and Mental Disability hereby issues...
  • Treatment for Eczema

    Dr Rajesh Shah's Blog
    Life Force
    22 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    Eczema, also called dermatitis, is an inflammation of the skin, most commonly seen in people with allergic tendencies. Dust allergies, pollution, diet, infections, stress and changes in climate are factors which are known to trigger eczema. Non Medicinal Treatment for Eczema: If your eczema has just started and is very mild, making a few changes in your lifestyle and altering your skin care routine will play a major, sometimes the sole role. It is best to avoid strong soaps as they tend to dry out your skin. Olive oil, coconut oil, petroleum jelly, aloe vera gel and vaseline jelly are some…
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  • How ERs can improve their relationship with police

    Leslie Small
    27 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    Emergency departments deal frequently with high-risk patients and victims of violence, and as a result they often face heightened security concerns. Therefore, it's imperative that they strive to cooperate with the police without compromising patient privacy, according to a recent paper published in the Canadian Journal of Emergency more
  • WHO releases international antibiotic resistance plan

    Zack Budryk
    27 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    The World Health Organization has unveiled a new global strategy to tackle antibiotic more
  • Echoes of Ebola in N.J. patient's death from Lassa fever

    Leslie Small
    27 May 2015 | 7:59 am
    While the controversy over the international response to the Ebola outbreak has yet to fully subside, a deadly case of Lassa fever in New Jersey has brought back still-fresh memories of how health officials and a Dallas hospital handled the first Ebola patient on U.S. more
  • ACA, better economy spark surge in use of traveling nurses

    Leslie Small
    26 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    Declining unemployment in the U.S. and an uptick in the number of Americans who have health coverage have increased demand for healthcare, which in turn has sparked a surge in employment opportunities for traveling nurses, Kaiser Health News more
  • California health department fines 12 hospitals $775K for patient deaths, injuries

    Zack Budryk
    26 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    The California Department of Public Health fined 12 Golden State hospitals nearly $800,000 for causing or risking death and serious injuries to patients, San Jose Mercury News more
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  • How Private Equity Investors Can Win In The Crowded Healthcare Arena

    Bain Insights
    27 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    The allure of the healthcare sector for private equity investors continues to grow. Many of the sector’s dynamics—rampant fragmentation, accelerating pressure to reduce costs, new purchasing patterns and robust exit channels—make it a perfect fit for classic private equity strengths. One sign of that appeal: private equity firms nearly doubled their investments in healthcare-related assets last year to nearly $30 billion.
  • Infections Can Lower Your IQ, Study Finds

    David DiSalvo
    27 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    To the already long list of reasons to avoid a hospital stay, a new study adds one that will make you think – or potentially impair your ability to think. Researchers have uncovered a strong correlation between hospitalized infections and lower IQ scores.
  • This Wearable Prototype Can See Through Skin To Scan Your Blood

    Parmy Olson
    27 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Echo Labs uses light and a clever algorithm to measure oxygen and CO2 in the blood stream.
  • An American Self-Made Woman: Mary West And Her Quest To Lower Healthcare Costs

    Zina Moukheiber
    27 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    Every month or so at a community center in downtown San Diego, Mary West gives a cooking lesson, and serves lunch to a crowd of seniors. “It’s my favorite place to visit; I light up when I go in there,” said West to a gathering of employees at her San Diego-based, non-profit organization West Health. West, who’s 69, opened the center with her husband Gary five years ago, after seeing elderly people line up for more than a block to get a meal at a community center. Having cared for her mother in old age, she wanted to offer less fortunate seniors a bright place where…
  • America's Biggest Health Insurance Providers

    Bruce Japsen
    27 May 2015 | 5:39 am
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  • Medical, magnetic millirobots offer hope for less-invasive surgeries

    27 May 2015 | 9:47 am
    Seeking to advance minimally invasive medical treatments, researchers have proposed using tiny robots, driven by magnetic potential energy from magnetic resonance imaging scanners. The potential technology could be used to treat hydrocephalus and other conditions, allowing surgeons to avoid current treatments that require cutting through the skull to implant pressure-relieving shunts, the researchers say.
  • Telemedicine exams result in antibiotics as often as regular exams, study finds

    27 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    Telemedicine is growing rapidly, yet there is relatively little research about the quality of such services. A new study finds that patients treated for an acute respiratory infection by a doctor on a telephone or live video are as likely to be prescribed an antibiotic as patients who are treated by a physician face-to-face. The report is the first to assess quality of direct-to-consumer telemedicine as compared to in-person care for common acute respiratory infections.
  • New online tool to predict genetic resistance to tuberculosis drugs

    27 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    A new TB-Profiler tool analyses and interprets genome sequence data to predict resistance to 11 drugs used for the treatment of TB. This rapid tool means that sequence data can now be used without delay, so that finding which drugs to use for a patient with TB can be sped up by days or even weeks, increasing the likelihood of a cure.
  • Study identifies brain regions activated when pain intensity doesn't match expectation

    27 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    Picture yourself in a medical office, anxiously awaiting your annual flu shot. The nurse casually states, "This won't hurt a bit." But when the needle pierces your skin it hurts, and it hurts a lot. Your expectations have been violated, and not in a good way.
  • Flood aftermath linked to post-traumatic stress, study shows

    27 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    Brisbane flood victims suffered more psychological distress during the rebuilding phase than as waters inundated their homes and businesses, a study has found. The lead researcher notes that while the flood was frightening on the day, the most difficult aspect for many people was the aftermath including the clean-up, the re-building process and dealing with insurance companies.
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  • Healthy Infrastructure Support: Infographic

    Melanie Matthews
    27 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    The state of a healthcare organization's data center has a domino effect on all the infrastructures and networks that depend on its "health," according to a new infographic by CDW Healthcare. The infographic examines infrastructure optimization, software-defined data centers, infrastructure for cloud enablement, power/cooling, backup/disaster recovery and networking requirements. The increased role of IT in the healthcare sector has led to the coining of a new phrase "health informatics," which deals with the use of IT for better healthcare services. Health informatics applications often…
  • Driving Quality Care Transitions: Infographic

    Melanie Matthews
    25 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    When transitions of care are poorly coordinated, both the patient and the healthcare organization suffer. Without proper education, timely follow-up and tools to self-manage, patient complications and readmissions increase significantly. Healthcare organizations need effective and scalable ways of engaging and empowering patients to take active roles in their health post-discharge. A new infographic by Emmi Solutions examines the importance of patient engagement for care transitions. Management of patient handoffs—between providers, from hospital to home or skilled nursing facility, or SNF…
  • What Will Drive Healthcare Wearable Use?: Infographic

    Melanie Matthews
    22 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    Given the potential for healthcare wearables to improve outcomes and reduce costs for patients with chronic conditions, healthcare organizations are examining what would motivate consumers to use these devices to track their health, according to a new infographic by iTriage. The infographic examines why consumers are hesitant to use wearables and what might sway consumers to adopt their use. From home sensors that track daily motion and sleep abnormalities to video visits via teleconferencing, Humana's nine pilots of remote patient monitoring test technologies to keep the frail elderly at…
  • ROI and 12 More Rewards from Stratifying High-Risk, High-Cost Patients

    Patricia Donovan
    21 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    Health risk stratification—for example, grouping diabetics in a single physician practice or drilling down to an ACO's subset of medication non-adherent diabetics with elevated HbA1cs—followed by risk-appropriate interventions can significantly enhance a healthcare organization's clinical and financial outlook. For 9.4 percent of respondents to HIN's 2014 Health Risk Stratification Survey, risk stratification resulted in program ROI of between 3:1 and 4:1, while 6.3 said return on investment was greater than 5:1. Stratification and targeted interventions also generated a healthy…
  • Challenges of Chronic Care Management in Senior Populations: Infographic

    Melanie Matthews
    20 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    Eight million of the 40 million older adults in the United States have multiple chronic conditions and receive help with activities of daily living (ADLs), according to a new infographic by the GRACE Team Care (Geriatric Resources for Assessment and Care of Elders) program at Indiana University School of Medicine. This 20 percent of the senior demographic comprises 40 percent of healthcare spending, and the per capita healthcare spending for these seniors is about double than for those without the need for help in ADL. Medicare hospitalization collective cost to the healthcare system is more…
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  • Organizations vary in ability to use CDS to cut malpractice risk

    Susan D. Hall
    27 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    Healthcare providers vary widely in their ability to use clinical decision support tools to assess malpractice risks, according to research published online Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics more
  • Hospitals expand monitoring to catch subtle warnings

    Zack Budryk
    27 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    Healthcare providers are expanding their methods for 24-hour patient-monitoring, factoring in subtle but important signs of worsening more
  • Independent researcher discovers infusion pump security flaws

    Katie Dvorak
    27 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    Through an independent investigation on medical infusion pumps, security researcher Billy Rios found security vulnerabilities in the devices, which prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue a warning on the more
  • ICD-10 will cause various problems for EDs

    Katie Dvorak
    27 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    Emergency departments will feel negative impacts from the changeover to the new ICD-10 coding system, according to a paper published this month in the American Journal of Emergency more
  • USDA taking grant applications for telemedicine projects

    Susan D. Hall
    27 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the $19 million it plans to award through its Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant more
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  • The Smoking Gun: How U.S. Health Care Came to Cost Insanely More

    John Irvine
    27 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    By JOE FLOWER Cost is the big factor. Cost is why we can’t have nice things. The overwhelmingly vast pile of money we siphon into health care in the United States every year is the underlying driver of almost every other problem with health care in the United States from lack of access to waste to fragmentation to poor quality. We can’t afford to fix the problems, cover everyone, do real outreach, build IT systems that are interoperable and transparent and doc-friendly — or so it seems, because at least on weak examination every fix seems to add even more cost. And in the old ways of…
  • Life Is Complicated

    John Irvine
    27 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    By ROB LAMBERTS, MD “I want to tell you my story now,” a patient recently told me, a woman who suffers from many physical and emotional ailments.  She had the diagnosis of PTSD on her problem list, along with hospitalizations for “stress,” but I never asked beyond that. “OK,” I answered, not knowing what to expect.  “Tell me your story.” She paused for about 30 seconds, but I knew not to interrupt the silence.  “I killed my husband,” she finally said. OK.  Unexpected. She went on to explain a horrible set of circumstances…
  • A Shout Out For Our Sponsors: Health Catalyst

    John Irvine
    27 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    By MATTHEW HOLT THCB would literally not exist without the support of our generous sponsors. This blog and the work we do is made possible by the forward-thinking people at companies like HealthCatalyst who have come on board as flagship sponsors.   Love THCB? Want to send a message of support? Head over and take a look at what they’re up to for a few minutes.  Today’s online boot camp (Health Catalyst Academy) is a great intro. Quality improvement is a tough, bloody fight.  Many enter the contest. Not everybody survives. If you’re a hospital administrator, this…
  • Free Our Health Records: Get your health records and help save lives

    John Irvine
    27 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    By BOB RAWLEY and DAVID HARLOW What if a million patients ask for their health records all at once? Keep in mind that each person would not be submitting a single request. We get our care from multiple health care providers, often across different health systems, with electronic health record systems that don’t really talk to each other. The older we are, the more chronic conditions we have, the greater that number of different providers.   What would the records look like? Where would they go? How would they line up with each other?  Request your medical records and find out. A day of…
  • Is Healthcare Designing the Wrong Patient Experience?

    John Irvine
    26 May 2015 | 11:38 am
    By CANCER GEEK Patient experience. It what’s in. It’s what’s vogue. It’s all the rage. There is a not a day that one cannot open a paper, a medical journal, Twitter, FaceBook, email, or a conference brochure and not see something about patient experience. In the U.S. its healthcare’s new version of a best practice. It’s another way to share best practices across an industry. It provides another bandwagon to hop on and spread across the great plains. But are we scaling mediocrity? In 1998 Joseph Pine II and James Gilmore wrote a paper published in the…
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  • ResearchKit webinar today

    27 May 2015 | 4:46 am
    Curious about Apple’s new #ResearchKit and its potential for outcomes research? Digital healthcare consulting firm Medullan (where I’m an advisory board member) is hosting a free webinar from 2-2:30 today, EDT. Topics will include: The Current State  What the Apple ResearchKit is and is not  Apple software development kit overview  FDA guidance and latest IRB ruling  Implications for the Outcomes Researcher  Challenges that Research Kit addresses Getting started If you miss it you can still catch the recording. So it’s worth visiting the registration page. — By…
  • Health Wonk Review is up

    22 May 2015 | 6:24 am
    Check out the Pre-Memorial Day edition of the Health Wonk Review. Workers’ Comp Insider takes over the wheel this week.
  • Hang up and dial 911

    21 May 2015 | 10:51 am
    The easy button American consumers are used to fast access to service: Check the web to see when an Amazon package is arriving (sometimes same day now), speak to a customer service rep at Fidelity 24 x 7. If anything, convenience is increasing as pain points are being addressed. For example, I experienced frustration and poor service from the local cab company for 25 years, but now I can just press a button and summon an Uber in minutes, watching the driver’s progress on the map as the car approaches. Healthcare sort of understands that it needs to change, but access to care is…
  • Call to action: America’s Health Rankings Senior Report

    20 May 2015 | 5:45 am   Dr. Reed Tuckson Rankings reports are a great way to spur the public and policymakers to pay attention to important issues. The 2015 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report from the United Health Foundation, released today, is a case in point. It combines a holistic approach to the definition of health with detailed information for each state. I had an opportunity to interview Dr. Reed Tuckson, senior medical advisor to the Foundation, about the report. (0:12) What is the…
  • Payer-provider collaboration: Podcast interview with NaviNet CEO Frank Ingari

    19 May 2015 | 4:41 am Frank Ingari, NaviNet CEO Frank Ingari is CEO of NaviNet, which positions itself as a “real-time healthcare communications network leading the transformation of payer-provider collaboration…” The payer/provider collaboration theme seems a little utopian, but I’m open minded and gave Frank a chance to explain why it’s real. Have a listen and let me know what you think.  (0:10) How will value based healthcare change the relationship between payers and…
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    Healthcare Economist

  • Medicaid Expansions and Crowd Out

    Jason Shafrin
    26 May 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Most previous research into Medicaid expansions focus on extending coverage to pregnant women or children. However, a recent Section 1115 waiver allows for researcher to examine what happens when Medicaid coverage is extended to a larger share of adults. This is exactly what a paper by Atherly et al. (2015) examines: …prior to ACA adults generally have not been eligible for Medicaid. One exception is the Health Insurance Flexibility and Accountability (HIFA) initiative, which extended Medicaid coverage to a variety of typically ineligible populations and explicitly allowed the inclusion…
  • What are “conditions specific to military service”?

    Jason Shafrin
    25 May 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Just before Memorial Day, a Maryland congressman recently proposed shrinking the scope of services the VA provides to veterans.   How would he do this? He proposes a model: …where the VA is not the place of general health care for the veterans, but the place of highly-specialized care where skilled professionals are particularly well-equipped to deal with issues that veterans have based on their service. But then for routine care, the veterans might prefer to just access the general health care system,” Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) said on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin. The…
  • End of week links + HWR

    Jason Shafrin
    21 May 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Apple Watch and chemotherapy. Globalization of healthcare. #YoTambienMeDormi. $2 billion needed for antibiotics research? Out-of-pocket costs as a side effect? …plus a pre-Memorial Day Edition of Health Wonk Review at Workers Comp Insider.  
  • The Placebo Blocker

    Jason Shafrin
    20 May 2015 | 10:51 pm
    Courtesy of xkcd.
  • Depression Among the Elderly & Medicare Part D

    Jason Shafrin
    19 May 2015 | 8:10 pm
    How did the enactment of Medicare Part D affect the mental health of the elderly? This is the question Ayyagari and Shane attempt to answer in their recent JHE paper. The authors use data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) between 2010 and 2010 to measure changes in depressive symptoms among patients aged 60-70. The key endpoint of interest is an abridged version of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies (CESD) scale. HRS has detailed measures of mental health, demographic, and socioeconomic variables, it does not include detailed information on prescription drug use or spending. To…
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  • Training Elderly in Social Media Has Health Benefits

    Anthony Cirillo
    27 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Training Elderly in Social Media Has Health Benefits Training older people in the use of social media improves cognitive capacity, increases a sense of self-competence and could have a beneficial overall impact on mental health and well-being, according to a study carried out in the UK. A two-year project funded by the European Union and led by the University of Exeter in partnership with Somerset Care Ltd and Torbay & Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust gave a group of vulnerable older adults a specially-designed computer, broadband connection and training in how to use them. Those…
  • Feeling Younger Than Actual Age Meant Lower Death Rate for Older People

    Anthony Cirillo
    25 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Feeling Younger Than Actual Age Meant Lower Death Rate for Older People Turns out, feeling younger than your actual age might be good for you. A research letter published online by JAMA Internal Medicine found that older people who felt three or more years younger than their chronological age had a lower death rate compared with those who felt their age or who felt more than one year older than their actual age. Self-perceived age can reflect assessments of health, physical limitation and well-being in later life, and many older people feel younger than their actual age, according background…
  • Our Friday Song of the Week – The Lady is a Tramp

    Anthony Cirillo
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Our Friday Song of the Week – The Lady is a Tramp   The post Our Friday Song of the Week – The Lady is a Tramp appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Dementia Risk Quadrupled in People with Mild Cognitive Impairment – Video

    Anthony Cirillo
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Dementia Risk Quadrupled in People with Mild Cognitive Impairment – Video The post Dementia Risk Quadrupled in People with Mild Cognitive Impairment – Video appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Running Better Than Walking for Older Adults – Video

    Anthony Cirillo
    20 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Running Better Than Walking for Older Adults – Video The post Running Better Than Walking for Older Adults – Video appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
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  • Competitive Harm From State Licensing Boards: First North Carolina Dentists, Now Texas Physicians

    William Sage
    27 May 2015 | 11:38 am
    What should be a new era of medical board governance has begun with what looks more like a finger to the eye of the U.S. Supreme Court. On May 22, a federal district judge in Austin, Texas heard arguments to determine whether a rule adopted earlier in the month by the Texas Medical Board should take effect on June 3. No decision on a temporary restraining order has yet been issued, but the hearing offered a preview of litigation likely to arise under federal antitrust law as it was recently clarified by the nine justices. In February 2015, the Supreme Court decided North Carolina State Board…
  • The Post-Launch Problem: The Affordable Care Act’s Persistently High Administrative Costs

    David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler
    27 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    Last year we, and many others, drew attention to the chaotic and costly roll out of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) exchanges. The chaos is mostly over (unless King prevails over Burwell), but the costs will linger on. The roughly $6 billion in exchange start-up costs pale in comparison to the ongoing insurance overhead that the ACA has added to our health care system — more than a quarter of a trillion dollars through 2022. Bloated Administrative Costs We calculated these new overhead costs from the official National Health Expenditure Projections for 2012-2022 released by the…
  • Health Affairs Event: The Medi-Cal Waiver: Perspectives On Promoting Health System Improvement In California

    Lucy Larner
    26 May 2015 | 9:47 am
    California’s five-year federal waiver to help revamp the state’s $95 billion Medi-Cal program is set to expire on October 31, 2015. While crucial changes have been made to the program in terms of flexibility and accountability, and coverage has been vastly expanded, much work remains to be done before Medi-Cal can be considered truly transformed. With support from Blue Shield of California Foundation and California HealthCare Foundation, the editors of Health Affairs invite you to join us for an important briefing on Thursday, June 11, in Sacramento. At this event, “The…
  • The Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, And Pharmacist Pipelines: Continued Growth

    Edward Salsberg
    26 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    The debate as to whether the nation is facing a physician shortage in the future is continuing. When assessing the likely adequacy of the future workforce to meet the health care needs of the nation, a critical factor to consider is the supply and availability of clinicians other than physicians who can make an important contribution to access and efficiency. In this posting, I report updated numbers on the pipeline of nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), and pharmacists. If these practitioners are fully integrated into the delivery system and allowed to practice consistent…
  • Implementing Health Reform: Court Won’t Rehear Challenge To Contraceptive Coverage Accommodation (May 26 Cost-Sharing Update)

    Timothy Jost
    22 May 2015 | 9:36 pm
    May 26 update: Cost-sharing FAQs. On May 26, 2015, the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services released a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) addressing limitations on cost-sharing in self-insured and large group employer plans as well as the ACA’s prohibition on health plan discrimination against providers. The ACA prohibits insurers and group health plans from imposing cost sharing above specified out-of-pocket limits ($6,600 for self-only and $13,200 for other than self-only for 2015; $6,850 for self-only and $13,700 for other than self-only for 2016). The 2016…
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  • Bernie Sanders Challenges Hillary Clinton at His First Rally

    medicare poster
    26 May 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont played the liberal purist in an event in Vermont, drawing implicit contrasts with Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday. Related NewsSen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Jim Clyburn: Provide Primary Health Care, Save MoneyDemocratic Presidential Candidate Clinton Says She Would Improve Health Care Quality, AffordabilitySheldon Richman: By what right does Hillary force us all to buy health insurance?
  • Obamacare’s Big Gamble on Hospital Productivity

    medicare poster
    25 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    An influential theory says productivity growth in health care is inherently low, but a new study offers reason for hope. Related NewsTough medicine for MedicareThe Big KludgeThe Obamacare We Deserve
  • On Medicare and Assessing the Value of Lung Cancer Screening

    medicare poster
    11 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Even after Medicare has promised to begin covering the test, it will not help everyone who’s eligible, experts warn, and will subject some to harm. Related NewsScreening Smokers for Lung CancerA Cancer Battle We Can WinIs Medicare Ignoring Cheaper Lung-Cancer Test?
  • Soaring Drug Prices

    medicare poster
    10 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Edith A. Rosato of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy writes that “the blunt instrument of government price negotiations” may be neither “necessary nor wise.” Related NewsSoaring Drug PricesMedicare Part D Drug Prices Jumped 3.7% in Last Five MonthsAllowing Federal Government To Negotiate Medicare Prescription Prices Would Hurt VA, Op-Ed States
  • Soaring Drug Prices

    medicare poster
    10 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Edith A. Rosato of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy writes that “the blunt instrument of government price negotiations” may be neither “necessary nor wise.” Related NewsSoaring Drug PricesMedicare Part D Drug Prices Jumped 3.7% in Last Five MonthsAllowing Federal Government To Negotiate Medicare Prescription Prices Would Hurt VA, Op-Ed States
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  • The affect heuristic and conflicts of interest

    25 May 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Understanding the affect heuristic leads one to expand their understanding of the term “conflict of interest”. My simple explanation of the affect heuristic follows: If you like something, you overestimate the benefits and underestimate the risk. The contrary holds also. If you dislike something, you underestimate the benefits and overestimate the risks. This concept helps us understand that we should consider multiple conflicts of interest. Clearly the pharmaceutical and device industries have taken advantage of this concept. They hire very likable representatives. This…
  • EBM, Guidelines – intended and unintended consequences

    23 May 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Who can argue against evidence based medicine? Who can argue with using evidence to develop guidelines? The key to practicing great medicine must involve using the best evidence to guide our protocols. My son, while in college, was an English major. I remember reading his papers. He often used the phrase “on further reflection”. I often recall that phrase when considering these complex issues. Frederick Nietzsche wrote “There are not data, only interpretations.” The problem with evidence based medicine is that medical decisions involve values. Studies give us important…
  • A P4P story

    21 May 2015 | 5:26 am
    During my India trip, one physician told me this story. I will try to get the gist of the story correct. He told the story in response to my lecture on the dangers of guidelines and performance measures. He was practicing in England at the time this incident occurred. England had just started their P4P project. An older woman was going to see her physician. She was having symptoms of uterine prolapse. Her daughter accompanied her, but she did not let the daughter come into the examination room because of embarrassment. The physician comes into the room and starts reviewing each of her known…
  • Final thoughts on my India tour

    17 May 2015 | 8:35 pm
    I spent 9 days in India, giving 13 talks in 6 days in 3 cities – Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Cochin. India is a country of contrasts and extremes. When it is modern, the modernity equals anywhere in the world. When it is not, the poverty is striking. I spent much time with physicians, especially internists. Internists are the same wherever I travel. We have the same concerns about patients and interference from the government or insurers. Internists find the diagnostic process interesting and most important. Indian physicians as well as American physicians understand this. Patients…
  • Medical talks in India part 4 – Dangers of guidelines

    15 May 2015 | 6:12 am
    Visiting India, I have given several talks. Three times the hospitals asked for my “Dangers of guidelines” talk. The talk starts with a famous quote from the Pirates of the Carribean – The Code is more what you call guidelines, than actual rules. This talk resonates with all physicians. In it I talk about the guideline movement, why it started, and what has gone wrong. And much has gone wrong. We have too many guidelines, conflicting guidelines and “guidelines” without adequate evidence. The worst part of guidelines is their transformation into rules, i.e.,…
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  • Who elected the ACP as the"conscience" of medicine?

    26 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    In a embarrassing display of  self congratulatory praise , in this  commentary Bob Doherty ,senior vice president of the American College of Physicians office of government affairs and public policy, makes the assertion that internists and particularly  the ACP are the "conscience of medicine".How does he support that claim? First, he cites the advocacy that ACP has provided for universal health care and for other causes..He also quotes from a commentary from Lancet which declared that internists and ACP were the conscience of medicine.Further, he makes the claim that the ACP…
  • Can a regular exercise program improve cardiac function in asymptomatic diastolic dysfunction with and without heart failure?

    19 May 2015 | 9:51 am
     Well ,at least one recent research paper answered that question in the affirmative. Dr. Nole and colleagues  (see below for reference) did a detailed study on the effects of endurance and resistance exercise on a small group of patients, some of who only had diastolic dysfunction (DD) and others who in addition had heart failure (HF) with preserved ejection fraction. For purposes of the study normal diastolic function was defined as having: the following echocardiographic findings 1) E/A greater than one,2)E/e prime less than  10 and 3) preserved E/A greater than one…
  • Summertime running in the south, quicker glygogen depletion and possible value of ice slurries

    13 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    You don't have to be an exercise physiologists to know you cannot run as fast or as long in the summer.One of the reasons that long training runs don't work out as well is the mater of glycogen depletion occurring sooner in hot weather. .This seems to be a fairly well demonstrated physiological fact.See here. Of course volume depletion is a more dominant limiting factor. First a brief taste of stylized "glycogenology". The classical 70 kilogram person of physiology textbook lore carries around about 100 grams of glycogen in the liver and about 500 grams in muscles.Liver glycogen can be…
  • The U.S. medical care boondoggle depends on hookwinking the physicians

    7 May 2015 | 1:58 pm
    The terms hoodwink and boondoggle are so appropriate. My comments here were inspired in large measure by Dr Michel Accad's Jan 2009 insightful  blog entry from which I quote:'... beyond ignoring the obvious tension between the individual and the group,hoodwinking physicians into practicing "population medicine" is of course the essential  means to confuse practitioners into thoughtlessly carrying out sweeping intervention whose primary benefit is the profit of third parties." to this I add and the profit-not necessarily in monetary terms-of the academics whose writings give a…
  • endurance exercise and the right ventricle-some thoughts

    4 May 2015 | 5:43 pm
    The issue of the effect(s) of endurance exercise on the right ventricle bothers me from time to time and I have blogged about it before.(see here)A number of studies have shown that endurance exercise marathons,triathlons, etc,  may result in transient changes in right ventricular function  (increased volume , decreased ejection fraction), while such changes in the left ventricle are typically not the case although some transient changes have been documented..But an important question is- do repeated episodes of prolonged exercise lead to some deleterious changes in the right …
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    MedBlogger Code

  • 10 Critical Facts about CNA Certification

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

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

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s a well documented medical fact that those affected with Diabetes are at a much higher risk for foot problems. That’s why it’s so important to take proper care of your feet if you have Diabetes. Failure to take care …The post The Importance of Foot Care for Diabetics appeared first on MedBlogger Code.
  • Scholarship For Nursing Students

    24 Feb 2015 | 7:20 am
    If you are considering a scholarship program in nursing, then this is your first venture to accomplishing your goal. Figure out what sorts of grants are out there. You can use the internet as your number one source of finding …The post Scholarship For Nursing Students appeared first on MedBlogger Code.
  • LPNs and Its Worth

    17 Feb 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Nursing is most often understood as registered nurses the frequently encountered in hospitals, clinics, and private doctor workplaces, one more group of nurses basically has more immediate contact with patients on a daily base. Actually, if you are curious in …The post LPNs and Its Worth appeared first on MedBlogger Code.
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    Health Care Renewal

  • Lahey Health: hospital jobs lost, but computer vendors prosper

    26 May 2015 | 2:03 pm
    At numerous posts on this blog I link to stories of health IT expense putting hospital financial stability at risk, e.g., "Monetary losses and layoffs from EHR expenses and EHR mismanagement" (,  "Financial woes at Maine Medical Center: Reading this blog might have saved them millions of dollars, and prevented massive 'cost saving initiatives'" (, "In Fixing Those 9,553 EHR "Issues", Southern Arizona’s Largest Health Network…
  • Say It Ain't So: Logical Fallacies in Defense of Conflicts of Interest ... in the New England Journal of Medicine?

    21 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    IntroductionWe have been viewing with alarm the web of conflicts of interest draped over medicine and health care since we started Health Care Renewal.  We have been particularly concerned about how conflicts of interest may have led to threats to the integrity of clinical research, especially due to manipulation and suppression of clinical research studies.  We have also been concerned about how COIs have led to threats to the integrity of medical education, especially given how health care corporate marketers have paid influential health care professionals and academics to be "key…
  • 18 May 2015 | 1:59 pm

    18 May 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Why is the New England Journal of Medicine Scolding "Pharmascolds"?I, a normally quiet blogger on this site, was disquieted by what may be a backlash aimed at quashing the anti-conflict-of-interest movement.Lisa Rosenbaum just published her second of three treatises in the highly prestigious New England Journal of Medine, scolding "pharmascolds" (see Conflicts of Interest: Understanding Bias — The Case for Careful Study). "Pharmascolds" is the term Rosenbaum and others use for those of us at Health Care Renewal, the Institute of Medicine, and…
  • BLOGSCAN - New England Journal of Medicine Scoffs at "Pharmascolds"

    17 May 2015 | 9:18 am
    The venerable New England Journal of Medicine has now published an editorial,(1) and two commentaries(2-3), with one more promised, hailing physician industry "partnership," as per NEJM editor Jeffrey Drazen,(1) and deploring the "pharmascolds,"(3) who might question the glorious innovations that could arise when industry pays academic and practicing physicians.    In a tweet, Dr Harlan Krumholz said he was "shocked" that a NEJM commentary would "give credence to the 'pharmascold' narrative.   So far, the only more detailed questions about this new direction for the…
  • Apologies to All - Sitemeter Forced Redirect Problem Now Fixed

    15 May 2015 | 1:52 pm
    My apologies.  Starting yesterday I discovered that anyone attempting to view this blog was involuntarily transferred to a non-working URL,  The problem seemed to result from the Site Meter widget, which was originally meant to keep track of our blog hits.  I have removed Site Meter, and I believe the problem is solved.   
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    Bioethics Discussion Blog

  • "Commercial Surrogacy": Women'$ Bodie$ as Container$

    23 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    The title of this blog thread " 'Commercial Surrogacy': Women's Bodies as Containers" with the plural expressed with dollar signs may be a bit over descriptive but yet it emphasizes a commerce present today which is utilizing local women or bringing foreigners into the United States and elsewhere to directly participate in the pregnancy and delivery another family's genetic child.  The question is whether this is a fair utilization and commercialization of a woman and her body and whether, after delivery and she is no longer a container for the pregnancy, she should be allowed to…
  • Patient Modesty: Volume 72

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    What has been written throughout all these now 72 Volumes of Patient Modesty has been descriptions after descriptions of the "bad", thoughtless behavior of the medical system with regard to the dignity of the patients under the system's care.  I have repeatedly voiced on this thread the need for my visitors now, beyond simply writing here about the problem, to make an effort to change the way the medical system "thinks" and "works".  I have found today evidence that the system is looking for ways to make changes in teaching, practice and behavior. The Association of American Medical…
  • Patient Modesty: Volume 71

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    I would like to start out this Volume 71 with a basic question to help define what is understood as physical modesty and how it applies to this issue as experienced by patients within the medical system. Is modesty of an individual only related to how the individual feels about their own personal exposure to others or does it also includes how the individual reacts to the exposure or "immodesty" of others? For example, is a patient expressing modesty when they see and react to a woman breast feeding her baby in public? or finding someone on the beach with a "bikini"?  Does every patient…

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    In case you didn't know, a woman's breast milk is a commercially but also a nutritionally valuable commodity at least as an example supported by Medolac Labs and Mother's Milk Cooperative.  This milk is said to be needed by hospitalized pre-term infants whose mothers are not yet lactating.  I read about it in an article in the  Michigan State University Bioethics website  on lactation and  the laws and actions which have been taken including commodification of the woman's milk.A scholarly article on the subject of the sale of mother's milk was written in the Winter…
  • Patient Modesty: Volume 70

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

  • N of 1 – Reflections on Extracting Knowledge from Data

    David Harlow
    18 May 2015 | 10:43 am
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  • An avalanche of unnecessary medical care

    David Harlow
    11 May 2015 | 6:05 am
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  • Locked Down or Blocked Up? ONC Report on Health Information Blocking

    David Harlow
    6 May 2015 | 6:14 am
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  • Privacy and Security Guide released by ONC

    David Harlow
    5 May 2015 | 4:19 am
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  • Medicare Part D payments: A little more sunshine

    David Harlow
    4 May 2015 | 5:13 am
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    HealthLawProf Blog

  • Developments of Interest on the Health IT Front Part 3: the 21st Century Cures Act

    26 May 2015 | 3:45 pm
    The CURES bill, HR6,, was introduced in the House of Representatives on May 19 and referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Ways and Means Committee. The bill received unanimous support two days later in the...
  • Developments of Interest on the Health IT Front Part 2: EHR Certification 2015 NPRM

    25 May 2015 | 3:20 pm
    HHS published the NPRM for the 2015 edition of certification for EHRs on March 30, 2015, Comments are due May 29, 2015. The goals of this rulemaking are supporting interoperability with new vocabulary and content standards for structured recording...
  • Developments of Interest on the Health IT Front Part 1: Meaningful Use NPRM

    24 May 2015 | 3:19 pm
    The NPRM on Meaningful Use (MU) stage 3 is out and comments are due shortly (May 29), MU-3 is the final stage of the program and although it contains some very real progress it continues the current approach to...
  • Call For Papers - AALS Section on Law & Mental Disability

    Katharine Van Tassel
    23 May 2015 | 1:56 pm
    AALS Sections on Law and Mental Disability and Disability Law (co-sponsor) Call for Papers/Presentations for 2016 Annual Meeting Call for papers and presentations, up to 2 papers to be published: The AALS Section on Law and Mental Disability hereby issues...
  • Call for papers for the section on Law, Medicine, and Health Care session at the 2016 AALS meeting

    23 May 2015 | 1:01 pm
    I'd hoped by now that King v. Burwell, argued March 4, would have been decided by now (but unsurprisingly it has not). Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center was decided in late March. InArmstrong, the Court rejected the 9th Circuit's approach...
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    Emergency Medicine Blog

  • Recommended Web Educational Resources Related to Emergency Medicine - To Get You Started!

    13 May 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Recommended resources from Chew Keng Sheng In today's hyper-connected world, content is almost a non-issue. When we click on the web, tons of educational resources can be found in websites, blogs, YouTube and in medical education, a recent crowd-sourcing, crowd-sharing concept has emerged - FOAM (Free Online Access Meducation). In recent years, I've got caught up with the FOAM virus
  • The Use Of adrenaline in anaphylaxis

    29 Apr 2015 | 6:08 pm
    IM vs SC - which is preferred? According to the AHA 2005 on CPR & ERC, it says:"Absorption and subsequent achievement of maximum plasma concentration after subcutaneous administration is slower and may be significantly delayed with shock. Thus, intramuscular (IM) administration is favored."Thus, although it does not mention that SC route cannot be used, this is not the preferred route.IV
  • Mechanical CPR Devices - What is the scientific evidence so far with regards to its effectiveness in real life clinical settings?

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:09 am
    There are two types of CPR devices: 1. Load-distributing band CPR devices (LDB) Provide circumferential thoracic compression 2. Piston-driven CPR device (PD) Provide sternal compressions In preclinical settings, CPR devices improve coronary perfusion, cardiac output, ROSC. But how effective are these in real-life clinical settings? What’s the evidence so far? Let's look at three latest
  • Atrial Fibrillation in Emergency Department

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Listen to a podcast on the presentation, etiology, precipitants, management and disposition of Atrial Fibrillation in the Emergency Department from the Emergency Medicine Cases. Click on the link for the podcast. And listen to another podcast (click here) on interview with Ian Stiell Some of my take-home points and additional highlights from the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) AF
  • Key Feature Questions: An Introduction

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

    27 May 2015 | 1:09 am
    ‘Integration of health and social care is vital to providing personalised care fit for an ageing population with increasingly complex needs. Yet strikingly absent from the speech is any reference to social care funding. If the government continues to treat social care as the poor cousin to the NHS, genuine integration can only remain an […]
  • A long walk from Liverpool to London

    22 May 2015 | 12:46 am
    After injuring himself just six days before he was due to run the Brighton Marathon for Alzheimer’s Society, Dave decided that he had to do something extraordinary so as not to let his sponsors down. So, he set off to walk from Liverpool to London to apologise to the charity’s staff in person at their […]
  • Seaford Choral Society raises £540 for Alzheimer’s Society

    22 May 2015 | 12:45 am
    The Seaford Choral Society took to the stage to sing an ‘Almost Instant’ Faure’s ‘Requiem’ to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society on Good Friday. They gave the incredible performance for a large audience at St Leonards Church in Seaford.  Each year on Good Friday, Seaford Choral Society performs a short Easter related piece when all singers […]
  • Kent travel company celebrates year of fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society

    22 May 2015 | 12:45 am
    Staff at Albatross Travel in Larkfield, Kent, took on a year of fundraising activities to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society and other local charities. From bake sales to fancy dress nights, the whole team joined in. Georgia, Senior Group Administrator said: ‘We enjoyed every fundraising activity in 2014 from bake offs and cake sales to […]
  • Care Boss Prepares To Get On His Bike For Charity Ride

    19 May 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Charles Folkes, Managing Director of Caremark (Redcar and Cleveland) will ride 1,000 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End in September this year. He is joining seven other colleagues from the national Caremark network to tackle the grueling ride, which will see the team covering 100 miles a day over ten days. They are aiming […]
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  • The Deaf Mafia Bookkeeper

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    A Mafia Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper, Guido, has cheated him out of $10,000,000.His bookkeeper is deaf, which was the reason he got the job in the first place. It was assumed that Guido would hear nothing and would therefore never have to testify in court. When the Godfather goes to confront Guido about the missing $10 million, he takes along his lawyer, who knows sign language.  The Godfather tells the lawyer, "Ask him where the money is."The lawyer, using sign language, asks Guido, "Where's the money?"Guido signs back, "I don't know what you are talking about."The…
  • Tennessee Lawmaker Thinks Deer Are A "Nuisance", But Poachers Not So Much

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Did the title of this post get your attention? Did it have "shock value"? Did you think, "what the heck", or something similar? Well, good. Those are the exact reactions I wanted you to have. If you're a Tennessee hunter, I'll bet your reaction will be even more intense by the time you finish reading the article.State Seal of Tennessee. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Hunting is one of my hobbies and one of my passions. My health situation doesn't allow me to hunt as much as I'd like, but I'm always thankful for the opportunities I do have. Every year, I look forward to spring and the start of…
  • How Would The Sheepdog Deal with ISIS?

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    I’m not gonna sugarcoat it or pull punches – ISIS is straight up a scourge in the Middle East. It needs to be eliminated. They are barbaric and have no respect for human life, even the lives of their own people. They are like rabid dogs, and there is only one way to deal with such an animal – you put it down. Source : - NearEast.pngObama, Congress, and the rest of the civilized world are currently debating what the best course of action is. Is it bombing? Is it troops on the ground? Or, is it a combination of both? Considering that our military has been fighting…
  • 8 Years .... and Counting

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I celebrated the 8th anniversary of my heart transplant. It amazes me how fast the last 8 years have flown by. It seems more like only 8 days. However, I'm thankful for every one of the last 2900+ days. I haven't taken any of them for granted.The last 8 years have given me an opportunity to spend additional time with my wife, friends and family, and more time doing the things I enjoy. It has now dawned on me that I am not alive today because of anything I have done. I'm still here because of the love of friends and family who supported and prayed for me during my long…
  • A Different Approach

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    It's been interesting the last few weeks listening to folks talk about this Fifty Shades of Grey movie. My fellow Christians and other groups are calling for boycotts for various reasons. From what I've heard the movie contains explicit sexual situations and promotes violence against women. Personally, I cannot speak to any of this as I have not seen the movie and have no intentions of doing so. I'm more of an action and sci-fi movie guy. For my $10-$11 movie admission I want to see shooting and stuff getting blown up. I think the folks who are clamoring for boycotts of the movie are taking…
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    Schwartz MSL

  • How to put the “social” in healthcare IT social media: Experts weigh in

    Davida Dinerman
    19 May 2015 | 10:35 am
    Continuing our post-HIMSS reporting, MSLGROUP Boston’s senior media and content strategist Don Fluckinger asked a few of the most influential social media leaders in the health IT space (they converse on Twitter with the #HITsm hashtag) what it takes to stand out in the crowd and become a thought leader, no matter your specialty topic. […]
  • HIMSS15: All the trends you need to know in less than four minutes

    Don Fluckinger
    12 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    It’s not every day you get to witness a movie’s world premiere, but that’s exactly what’s happening here. We interviewed some of the top movers and shakers at the week-long, 43,000-attendee Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) convention in Chicago – including MSLGROUP clients – to learn about the hottest topics at the biggest health […]
  • Video: What Everyday People Know About Encryption

    Dara Sklar
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:18 pm
    “Where the world talks security” was the tagline at this year’s RSA conference where 30,000 IT vendors and technology professionals exchanged ideas about security threats and products. A week later as media headlines continue to report the latest security breaches and privacy debates, it seems the security conversation has extended beyond the aisles of Moscone […]
  • RSA 2015: Into the Woods: Protecting Our Youth from the Wolves of Cyberspace

    Kendra Dorr
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:50 pm
    When talking cybersecurity, it’s far more common to be thinking about malware than social issues. However during this year’s RSA Conference, information security and child safety crossed paths for a discussion on how to protect children from becoming victims of cybercrime. As technology has gotten increasingly more sophisticated, unfortunately so have the potential threats facing […]
  • RSA 2015: Quantitative Security: Using Moneyball Techniques to Defend Corporate Networks

    Kendra Dorr
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:57 am
    When Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane embraced an analytic approach to building the dream team, he revolutionized baseball. What if organizations embraced a similar approach to choosing security solutions? The current method is more of an art than a science, Amit Mital, CTO, Symantec noted in his keynote at RSA. By adopting a quantitative […]
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    World of DTC

  • Shareholders vs patients

    Richard Meyer
    27 May 2015 | 3:06 am
    KEY TAKEAWAY: When shareholders are prioritized patients usually find themselves on the short end of the stick.  Can the two ever live together? On Feb. 10, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Drug companies are acting much like a cartel

    Richard Meyer
    26 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    KEY TAKEAWAY: American medicine is heading into new terrain, a place where a year’s supply of drugs can come with a price tag that exceeds what an average family earns.  Pharmacy benefit... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 10 tips for hiring pharma digital agencies

    Richard Meyer
    22 May 2015 | 12:39 am
    KEY TAKEAWAY: A good digital agency can provide great leadership in digital marketing, but a poor agency can drain resources and your budget. Finding the right digital agency is more about their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What do patients want?

    Richard Meyer
    21 May 2015 | 5:08 am
    KEY TAKEAWAY: There are two things that today’s patients’ want in health care; empathy and to be heard.  Pharma has to find a way to take a more empathetic approach to DTC marketing if we... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The 5 big myths of pharma, can we trust the messenger?

    Richard Meyer
    20 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    KEY TAKEAWAY: In this age where everyone with Internet access can be a journalist fighting the five big myths about pharma is more than “just the facts”, it’s scrutinazation and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Digital Marketing: Do It Yourself or Outsource To Others?

    12 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    There is much to learn and master when it comes to digital marketing. If you’re a small- to medium-sized business owner, understanding and deriving value from your digital marketing efforts can be one of your biggest challenges.
  • It's National Volunteer Week In Canada! How Are You Celebrating?

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    National Volunteer Week is now in its 74th year. Begun in Canada in 1943, National Volunteer Week was started to honour the important work of women who contributed on the home front during World War II. Since then, it has evolved, gained popularity and expanded to become the largest celebration of the vital contributions of Canadian volunteers. National Volunteer Week is a great time to evaluate and improve upon your organization’s volunteer engagement plan.
  • Branding Your Medical Practice

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    Our president, Carol Vincent, was recently asked to do an expert interview on branding medical practices for the Practice Suite blog. Practice Suite is a cloud-base medical practice software company that provides specialized scheduling, billing and EHR systems to private practices across the United States.
  • How to take advantage of the ‘Fresh Start Effect’ in your communications

    15 Jan 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Researchers at the Wharton Business School (Dai et al., 2013) have found that people are more likely to engage in aspirational behaviours following temporal landmarks. In other words, we are more likely to try to improve ourselves (by exercising, eating better, or quitting smoking, for example) at the beginning of a new week, month, or year, or immediately following a birthday or holiday.
  • 4 Holiday Fundraising Gimmicks That Everyone Hates: Advice for Campaigners

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:04 pm
    The holiday season can be the best time of the year for retailers and fundraisers alike -- or it can yield disappointing results that will affect your entire fiscal year. Non-profit fundraisers are in fierce competition for available donations -- but not all fundraising campaigns are equal. Here are four tactics that we think are the worst, and may in fact drive potential donors away.
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    FierceHealthPayer News

  • Supreme Court to decide on all-payer claims database challenge

    Dori Zweig
    27 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    King v. Burwell isn't the only healthcare reform case the Supreme Court will rule on next month. At issue: Whether state laws requiring insurers to submit information to all-payer claims databases supercede federal more
  • MCO rule under fire for introducing medical loss ratio

    Brian Eastwood
    27 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released its proposed rule to update Medicaid managed care organization regulations yesterday, and the rule is already under fire for proposing a medical loss ratio of 85 percent for managed care more
  • How healthcare CEO salaries hurt consumers

    Dori Zweig
    27 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    The healthcare industry had the highest level of median pay for CEOs last year--$13.6 million--beating out other top industries such as basic materials, consumer goods and financial. read more
  • ACA to add $274B in admin costs to healthcare system through 2022

    Dina Overland
    26 May 2015 | 4:53 pm
    The Affordable Care Act will add hundreds of billions of dollars in administrative costs to the nation's healthcare system through 2022. Private insurers will bear the brunt of this more
  • CMS updates Medicaid managed care organization rules

    Brian Eastwood
    26 May 2015 | 1:41 pm
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released its long-awaited proposed rule that updates its Medicaid managed care organization more
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    Practice Manager Solutions

  • Practice Managers, know your retirement and fiduciary responsibilities for your practice with David Hoshour – Episode 22

    Carey Green
    27 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    David Hoshour, MBA, MA, AIF is the President and Principle of Cornerstone Investment Services and a registered investment advisor specializing in retirement plans and fiduciary compliance. In today’s podcast you will learn some things you might not have known before about your retirement and fiduciary responsibilities as a Practice Manager. David also discusses how to gain knowledge and expertise when planning your practice retirement packages. David began his career in 1984 with Merrill Lynch and founded Cornerstone Investment Services, a fee-only investment advisory firm in 1995. He…
  • Submission Deadline for Meaningful Use Hardship Applications

    Rebecca Morehead
    20 May 2015 | 6:39 am
    Eligible professionals and hospitals may be exempt from Medicare payment adjustments resulting from failure to attest to Meaningful Use by the October 1, 2014 deadline. To be eligible you must be able to show that demonstrating meaningful use would result in a significant hardship. You must complete a Hardship Exception form and provide proof of the hardship. The deadline to submit your application is July 1, 2015. Instructions and applications for hardship exceptions, as well as a complete list of acceptable hardships, are available on the CMS website. A confirmation email will be sent when…
  • Healthcare Law – HIPAA Requirements, FIPA and Regulations – Episode 21

    Carey Green
    13 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today we’re talking with attorney Daniel Whitehouse about healthcare law as it relates to HIPAA requirements, FIPA and regulations for practices. Daniel is an attorney with Whitehouse & Cooper and practices Business and Technology Law. Prior to attending law school, he worked for one of the largest international IT service providers and managed IT infrastructures of some of the world’s largest companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). He earned his law degree from Stetson University, where he was the…
  • Top 5 Tips to Boost the Effectiveness of Patient Collections

    Lynne Leslie
    6 May 2015 | 10:26 am
    We want to thank Manny Oliverez for providing today’s blog post.  Remember the good ol’ days when collecting co-pays from patients was relatively cut-and-dried? And, insurance companies paid a generous share of the claim to boot? Unfortunately, those days are long gone. But, the patient collection process doesn’t have to be overly burdensome either. Here are 5 tips to make your collection process more effective. Obtain Updated Patient Demographics. Your medical practice’s collection process really begins upfront. If you don’t obtain accurate demographic information – like…
  • Dishing Up Nutrition with Darlene Kvist, MS, CNS, LN – episode 20

    Carey Green
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    We’re excited to have Darlene Kvist, MS, CNS, LN of Weight and Wellness on our show today. ( Darlene is the host of her own radio show on FM 107 in Minnesota called Dishing Up Nutrition. Join us as we talk about helping your patients with nutritional counseling for weight loss, the effects of medication-related nutrient deficiencies and improving patients’ health through simple lifestyle changes.
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    Georgia Health News

  • Danger under the sun: Taking skin cancer seriously

    Ruobing Han
    27 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    People who work outdoors are at high risk of skin cancer. Danny Sanders, who operates Oglethorpe Feed & Farm Supply, has been dealing with farmers and cattlemen in Oglethorpe County for more than 16 years. He’s seen them come and go with all sorts of injuries and ailments, including skin cancer. “A couple of farmers that I knew had places burned off their skin” by doctors, Sanders says. “You know, for small skin cancers.” Oglethorpe County People who work outdoors are at high risk for skin cancer related to sun exposure. Fortunately most of these cases are basal or squamous cell…
  • Official who ‘helped stabilize’ DCH finances retiring

    Andy Miller
    26 May 2015 | 7:13 am
    When he took over as finance chief for the state Department of Community Health, Tim Connell assumed oversight of a $13 billion budget. Tim Connell The agency administers Medicaid, a highly complicated, vital health program, as well as the benefits plan for state employees and teachers. Connell didn’t have health care experience when he took the job. What he did have was years of state government financial work, including as president of the Georgia Student Finance Commission. He spent two years as director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, and also was deputy commissioner…
  • MS patients hit by high drug costs

    26 May 2015 | 6:57 am
    The cost of multiple sclerosis drugs averages $60,000 a year, compared to $8,000 to $11,000 in the 1990s. By NPR for Georgia Health News, 2015. | Permalink | Comment |
  • Cancer survivors teaming up to help others

    Andy Miller
    25 May 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Fourteen years ago, corporate executive Angie Patterson had breast cancer, undergoing a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Angie Patterson That yearlong process was harrowing, but she calls it “an enlightening time.” Patterson, now 58, discovered as a patient that she “had a real passion to help others diagnosed with cancer.’’ In recent years, she has been working with cancer survivors as vice president of the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (Georgia CORE). Now Patterson will be teaming up with health care providers and other stakeholders, along…
  • Eating less salt can save millions

    24 May 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Georgians could save more than $600 million a year in health care costs by eating less sodium. By WABE WABE for Georgia Health News, 2015. | Permalink | Comment |
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  • Tattoos – Practical application to staff non-compliance

    Chad Fleming
    27 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    When a staff member is not following office guidelines, as the CEO and staff manager, I believe having protocols in place for consistently and fairly restating expectations is important. For example, we have a staff tattoo policy that addresses how tattoos can (or can’t) be displayed for patients. Neither I nor Dr. Yarrow, the other owner, have any issues with tattoos. However, we know many of our patients may view tattoos as unprofessional. Based on this, we have implemented a policy that all tattoos should be covered during office hours when patients are present. I have been surprised…
  • Training Camp – Reaching your optometric staff’s full potential

    Chad Fleming
    20 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    One of my favorite podcasts is ManagerTools. I enjoy hearing the two experts’ ideas about effectively leading and managing employees in a small business. After years of listening, I recall most strongly their assertion that managing is not for everyone. I feel that is why so many optometrists struggle with leading their staff. Most practices are too small to afford a highly-compensated office manager, so, like everything else, the task of training lands in the lap of the optometrist. Unfortunately, when this happens “managing” is merely a term used to denote a hierarchy of…
  • What to look for in a potential buyer of your optometry practice

    Chad Fleming
    13 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    The ease of selling a product is inversely proportional to the cost of the product. If a patient at your practice wants to buy a bottle of ophthalmic lens cleaner, no one is concerned whether the individual can pay for the $5 bottle. However, if a patient is buying three pairs of sunglasses with all the additions, some may be concerned about the patient’s ability to pay for the total bill. Now let’s take that to extremes and look at a potential buyer of your optometry practice. Most optometrists who own a practice assume when they are ready to sell, a qualified buyer will come along…
  • Five ways to tell staff “I appreciate you”–and have them believe it!

    Chad Fleming
    6 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Have you ever given all your staff members bonuses, and then wondered why it seemed to make no impact on their loyalty or productivity? Did only a few even thank you for their bonus? Contrary to popular belief, the number one reason good staff members leave a practice is not for more money. Numerous experts have determined the main reason good people leave is they do not feel appreciated. At work, people express and receive appreciation in different ways. If you try to express appreciation in ways that aren’t meaningful to your staff members, they may not feel valued at all. This is…
  • The #1 Reason Staff Leave your Optometry Office

    Chad Fleming
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    I think the most difficult aspect of being the CEO of my company is staffing. Like all optometry graduates, I was highly trained for the clinical work, and I enjoy it. I’ve also found the business development and growth to be fun, like a calculated game of chess that rewards those who think ahead. Managing the staff, however, seems to me at times like having 10 wives with unpredictable moods, needs, and expectations. But I want them all to show up for work, because an early-morning text saying someone can’t make it in never bodes well for the day. Managing a staff is draining, and…
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    GeriPal - Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog

  • New guidelines address conflicts over "potentially inappropriate" treatment in the ICU

    Laura Petrillo
    26 May 2015 | 9:51 pm
    By: Laura Petrillo, @lpetrillzSummaryDecisions about life-sustaining treatment in the intensive care unit are among the most ethically fraught decisions in medicine, and disagreements between clinicians and families are not uncommon. To provide guidance to clinicians, the American Thoracic Society (ATS) collaborated with the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and other critical care societies to create a policy statement on "Responding to Requests for Potentially Inappropriate Treatment in the Intensive Care Unit," to be published on June 1st in the American Journal of Respiratory…
  • Decision aids in serious illness: dissemination strategy, anyone?

    Alex Smith
    24 May 2015 | 1:25 pm
    An example decision aid in serious illness: Prepare, www.prepareforyourcare.orgby: Alex Smith, @AlexSmithMDI was fortunate to be part of a really nice systematic review of decision aids for patients with serious illness by Adrian Austin (senior author Laura Hanson).  This manuscript was published online ahead of print in JAMA: Internal Medicine last week.For this study, Austin reviewed nearly 10,000 titles to identify 38 rigorous studies that meet inclusion criteria.  Seventeen were randomized controlled trials.I'm not going to summarize the article here - suffice it to say there…
  • Insights into Geriatrics by Cartoonist Roz Chast

    23 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Roz Chast, a beloved and well known cartoonist for the New Yorker, has written a brilliant book that should be required reading for the geriatric curriculum. It is entitled “Can't we talk about something more PLEASANT,” and the title comes from her parents’ refusal to discuss their advancing years and the prospect of death. As I read it I literally saw my entire field flashing before my eyes. Known for her nervous looking pen and hilarious observations of urban life, she presents a starkly realistic portrayal of the last years in her parents’ lives and their progressive physical…
  • Outcomes of In-Hospital CPR in Patients Receiving Dialysis

    Eric Widera
    22 May 2015 | 2:51 pm
    We’ve talked a lot about the prognosis after receiving in-hospital CPR in this blog (here, here, and here to name a few). In a recent issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, Susan Wong and colleagues looked at what happens to individuals on maintenance dialysis when they receive in-hospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).  The results are summarized in the infographic above, and discussed in a little more detail below.The Study The authors used data from the US Renal Data System (USRDS) registry that enrolls patients after the onset of end stage renal disease, identifying all…
  • Yes, There is a Medical App for That

    Eric Widera
    20 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    At this years AGS Annual Meeting, Manuel Eskildsen, Alice Pomidor, Amit Shah, Niharika Suchak, and I led a session aimed teaching how to integrate mobile applications and other emerging technologies into clinical education and patient care. As part of this session, we created a brief handout for attendees describing some of the apps and resources we use in our own teaching and clinical practice.  We thought it may also be helpful to share this with our GeriPal audience.  We also would love to hear from you on what apps you use in your teaching or clinical practice (please add to the…
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    Healthcare Today - Health News

  • Future health in the palm of your hand

    14 May 2015 | 12:10 am
    A study suggests chances of heart attack, stroke or dying young is hidden in palm of hand.The Lancet published the trial on nearly 140,000 people in 14 countries. It suggests grip strength is better than blood pressure at predicting risk.However, experts argue more study is required to determine the link between grip and the heart.
  • Memory problems linked to sleep apnoea

    16 Apr 2015 | 12:41 am
    According to a study in the journal Neurology, people with sleep apnoea are more likely to develop memory loss.A database of 2,400 people aged over 55 was used by US scientists. The people who reported suffering from sleep apnoea also said they had problems with their thinking a decade earlier than those who slept well.More research is under way to clarify the link.
  • Increased funding is not the answer for mental health

    24 Feb 2015 | 12:35 am
    Lord Crisp, who is heading up the new inquiry into mental health services, says the solution may not be to increase funding and beds.Lord Crisp gave an exclusive interview to the HSJ and says he believes solutions to capacity pressures would vary and involve a range of factors. He said it is too easy to blame lack of funding for the problems.The inquiry, which is not looking at children’s services or s...
  • Ebola 15 minute test approved

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:49 am
    The World Health Organisation has approved a first rapid blood test for Ebola which would allow patients to be identified, isolated and cared for as quickly as possible.The Ebola outbreak has killed more that 9,300 people. The blood test is less accurate than conventional tests and works without electricity so can be used in remote regions.Trials in West Africa suggest it correctly identifies about 92% of ...
  • Drug-resistant malaria a huge threat

    20 Feb 2015 | 12:05 am
    Experts say resistance to artemisinin, that has saved millions of lives from malaria, has been detected over a wider area than previously thought.The malaria parasite has been able to shrug off the effects of the drug since it emerged in South East Asia. This resistance is on the verge of entering India accordingly to tests published in the ...
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    Professional Patient Perspective

  • My IBD British Brethren in London

    Michael A. Weiss
    24 May 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Dear London-based IBDers:        I will be staying in a downtown London hotel from June 7th to June 10th and if you are interested in being interviewed for a Documentary my non-profit is producing on raising global awareness of the potential severity and pervasiveness of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, I would very much like to make your acquaintance and I encourage you to contact me.  My Twitter Handle is @HospitalPatient and you can email me directly from this Blog at      “Patients helping other IBD patients is often the best…
  • Doctors who don’t LISTEN

    Michael A. Weiss
    22 May 2015 | 7:52 pm
    The fallacy of trusting some Doctors      I had a horrible doctor appointment today with a local well-respected Ophthalmologist.  In order to see her, I had to complete a PRE-APPOINTMENT 30-Page “Patient Information Packet.”  It included all the typical information but also demanded precise details regarding the medications I was taking, the eye surgeries I have had, CDs of any recent Head or Brain CTs or MRIs and a most accurate/succinct description of the reason I sought her expertise.  I complied even though it was time-consuming and somewhat costly. But, I assumed my diligent…
  • When Doctors disappear, Crohn’s Disease Patients ONLY have each other

    Michael A. Weiss
    18 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The grim reality for Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis patients, especially on weekends and holidays.      Another weekend went just went by during which I encountered a very experienced and intelligent patient with Crohn’s Disease posing the following question to a well-trafficked Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)-dedicated “Group” within a health care social media platform: “Do you think I should to the hospital?”  The question was followed with his symptoms following recent Bowel Resection Surgery during which his terminal ileum was removed. That vital…
  • Crohn’s Disease “Q & A”

    Michael A. Weiss
    4 May 2015 | 9:35 pm  “Patients helping other IBD patients is often the best medicine.” Q & A re: Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome                        During my various daily interactions in the different health care social media (hcsm) platforms, I try to answer at least a few Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis or Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) questions each and every day.  As a result, many people reach out to me privately, either through my Blog, CDWP Facebook,…
  • Better Medicine thru Better Medical Histories

    Michael A. Weiss
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:44 am
    “When you live with a life-altering health condition – like an autoimmune disease, chronic illness or developmental disorder – there are bad days and good days without hows or whys. Maybe there’s a pattern to what hurts and what helps, but you haven’t found it.   Yet. Betterpath is a free service that combines what’s happened in your medical history with what’s happening in your life, so you can find connections between what you do and how you feel.” BETTERPATH.COM APRIL 17, 2015 “OUR PAST AND PRESENT [PATIENT] DATA IS A FOUNDATION FOR…
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    Healthy Debate

  • How should doctors decide when a senior driver’s license should be reviewed?

    Wendy Glauser, Michael Nolan & Christopher Doig
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Doctors are expected to report people who have a medical condition that prevents them from being able to drive safely. But the line between fit and unfit to drive is difficult to define, especially for seniors with multiple cognitive, sensory and/or physical issues. And as baby boomers age, doctors will increasingly have to weigh the safety of their patient and others, with their patient’s desire for independence and mobility. Joe Saltarski, an 89-year-old who lost his license earlier this year, thinks the current way doctors test senior drivers is unfair. A former bus driver, he’d only…
  • Lack of safety standards for home cancer treatment puts patients at risk

    Wendy Glauser, Debra Bournes & Joshua Tepper
    14 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Ten years ago, almost all chemotherapy drugs were delivered intravenously at a hospital. Today, many cancer treatments are taken orally by patients, in their homes. The trend means patients enjoy the comfort of being in their own homes and avoid parking and transportation costs.  It is also much less costly for hospitals. But taking oral chemotherapy at home can be risky and some question whether health systems are doing enough to protect cancer patients. When patients take powerful medications like chemotherapy outside of the hospital, it’s more difficult to ensure they take the correct…
  • Wearable technologies – expensive toys or the future of health?

    Wendy Glauser, Sachin Pendharkar & Michael Nolan
    7 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Ali Edwards is a little obsessed with her Fitbit, a wearable device that tracks her steps, miles and floors. “I’ve been known to walk around the bedroom at night so that I reach my goal,” laughs the Edmonton-based 79-year-old. The Fitbit contains an accelerometer that measures movement and a tiny altimeter to measure barometric pressure and thus the floors one climbs. When she hits 10,000 steps, Edwards feels a satisfying buzz. “I think, ‘Yippee, I’ve made it!’” Edwards is part of a growing trend, one that came to the fore this past March with the much-hyped release of the…
  • Why can’t you email your doctor?

    Meera Rayar, Joshua Tepper, Michelle Stasiuk, Wendy Glauser & Jeremy Petch
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Email may be the preferred communication method with clients in many industries, but many health care clinics are still relying on phone and fax to connect with patients. Only about 11% of Canadian primary care doctors communicate with their patients through email. In comparison, 35% of doctors email patients in the United States and United Kingdom, and in Switzerland, 68% communicate electronically with patients. Some countries, such as Denmark, even have national mandates that all individuals have the ability to email their primary care physician. Currently, the regulations and…
  • Are breast cancer screening programs justified?

    Wendy Glauser, Maureen Taylor & Michael Nolan
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Millions of Canadians happily sign up for breast cancer screening every year. After all, we’re told that it “saves lives” for women aged 50 to 74. Yet, there is no evidence that it does. Most – but not all – studies conclude screening mammography reduces a woman’s chance of dying of breast cancer. But in randomized controlled trials on breast cancer screening tests, those who received the screening didn’t live longer than those who weren’t screened. There could be many reasons for this. One is that there are many, many causes of death. It’s extremely…
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    Home Health Care News

  • ‘Power of Attorney’ Has New Meaning in $2.6 Million Home Health Scheme

    Emily Study
    27 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    In the latest instance of home health care fraud, the former in-house counsel of an Ocean County, New Jersey-based home health care company has admitted to stealing more than $2.6 million from his former employer, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).  Matthew S. Neugeboren pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper in Trenton, N.J., federal court to one count of wire fraud and one count of subscribing to a false tax return. Both charges carry a maximum fine of $250,000, and are punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison and three years in prison, respectively.
  • Major New Medicaid Proposal Promotes Home Care

    Tim Mullaney
    26 May 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Enhanced home- and community-based care is one goal of sweeping new regulations governing the Medicaid managed care system, proposed Tuesday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The much-anticipated proposed rule sets forth more detailed requirements for Medicaid managed care plans that cover long-term services and supports, which can include in-home care. Under Medicaid managed care, states typically contract with private insurers to administer benefits. These insurers, sometimes known as managed care organizations (MCOs,) often operate on some version of a…
  • Home Health Fraud: Small-Time Crooks Get Oversized Sentences

    Jason Oliva
    26 May 2015 | 12:31 pm
    When it comes to prosecuting large corporations and small-time offenders for Medicare fraud in Florida, it’s a “Tale of Two Justices,” writes one Orlando Sentinel columnist is a recent opinion piece. A discrepancy exists, argues the Sentinel’s Scott Maxwell, between the penalties handed to big-time fraudsters such as hospitals and large nonprofits, compared to smaller perpetrators like home health providers, private nurses and small nursing home operators. Maxwell lists several instances where smaller offenders are “prosecuted with zeal,” whereas when big…
  • Home Health Business Briefs: Nonprofits Merge, New Hospice Staff

    Emily Study
    26 May 2015 | 11:10 am
    As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with activity — from acquisitions and partnerships to new leadership appointments and promotions. Here’s the latest news buzzing around the industry: Wisconsin Hospice Adds 4 New Staff Members Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin-based Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, which provides in-home hospice care, recently hired four new staff members, according to HTR News. Lisa Falk has joined the team as the social worker for patients and families in the hospice center. She is also responsible for the…
  • Black Caregivers Banned From White Client Lose Appeal

    Emily Study
    25 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    Months after two black home health care workers filed a lawsuit against Spectrum Health System alleging race discrimination, an appeals court upheld a federal judge’s decision that the women had waited too long to take action, according to an Associated Press article. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids, Mich., alleges that the two workers, Tywana Pittman and Tatanisha Smith, were reassigned because a client’s guardian did not want black workers caring for the white patient, previous articles state. Attorney Julie Gafkay, who had represented clients in similar…
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    The Doctor's Tablet

  • Triumph in the Face of Adversity: Reflections of a Graduating Einstein Medical Student

    Mary A. Gomez
    26 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    She still calls me, even though it is a long-distance call from Jamaica. She feels much better after a lifetime of unexplained feelings of panic, racing heart and sweating. The former nurse I helped care for at Jacobi on my third-year medicine rotation had finally been diagnosed and treated for a pheochromocytoma (a tumor of [...]
  • Einstein Medical Students Fight Diabetes in Uganda

    Anneka Wickramanayake, M.P.H.
    21 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    Editors’ Note: This summer, six students from Albert Einstein College of Medicine will travel to Soroti, Uganda, to treat diabetes as part of Einstein’s Global Diabetes Institute (GDI). During this period, we will run a series of posts detailing their challenges and progress. In this post, the institute’s program manager, Anneka Wickramanayake, explains the missions and [...]
  • Chris Borland’s Early Unexpected NFL Retirement: A Message for the Rest of Us

    Michael L. Lipton, M.D., Ph.D.
    19 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    “I feel … as sharp as I’ve ever been,” remarked a pensive 24-year-old Chris Borland. Having barely begun his NFL career, the San Francisco 49ers linebacker looked back on his two prior concussions and saw a future devastated by degenerative brain disease and an end before his time. On Monday, March 17, 2015, the promising [...]
  • Medical-Student Volunteers: Lessons from Patients

    Annemieke Wilcox
    14 May 2015 | 7:44 am
    For many students, volunteering at the Einstein Community Health Outreach (ECHO) Free Clinic is the first time we get to palpate an abdomen, listen to abnormal heart sounds or even learn to draw blood. These are skills required for us to become physicians, but learning these skills isn’t the reason that most Albert Einstein College [...]
  • Shedding the Stigma of Miscarriage

    Zev Williams, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.O.G.
    11 May 2015 | 11:03 am
    Thankfully, many medical conditions that once were never discussed in public, such as cancer, AIDS and even infertility, have largely shed their stigma and sense of secrecy. Miscarriage holds an unusual place in medicine in being both common and something that many in society thinks is rare. One in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage and there [...]
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    BrokerFish International Health Insurance Blog

  • Make a Yearly Disposable Income of up to $23000 a Year Teaching English

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

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

    The BrokerFish!
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Annelies takes a look at a new insurer that we recently signed up called Swisscare and their Expatline range of international health insurance products. Swisscare’s page:
  • Stunning Beaches from Around the World; an Interview with Heico Neumeyer

    Andrew Kasimir
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:48 pm
    We had the privilege of speaking with German photographer Heico Neumeyer about his travels and the beautiful beaches he has been to. He also shared with us some tips on how to take and compose good beach pictures! How were you lucky enough to travel to what must be some of the most amazing beaches in the world? I’m a freelancer based in Germany. During winter over here it gets terribly cold and dark so I try my best to travel to places that are sunnier. This includes parts of Southeast Asia, India, and West Africa. Krabi, Thailand You might think I spend lots of time on beaches but you’ll…
  • 50 Most Amazing Pig Out Foods on Earth (Photos)

    Andrew Kasimir
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:42 am
    Have you ever had one of those days where you tell yourself that “enough is enough” and you proceed to throw out all the junk food in your kitchen, motivate yourself to eat clean indefinitely, purchase an expensive gym membership, gym clothes, and a 10kg bag of whey protein? Well today is not that day. Here are 50 scrumptious and sometimes artery-clogging foods that will make you ditch that diet…again. 1. Grilled Cheese Sandwich Photo: Sam Craig One of the quickest meals you could make at home. If you’re feeling fancy, use several different types of cheeses in your…
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    DC Medical Malpractice & Patient Safety Blog

  • Depression and a Higher Risk of Stroke

    25 May 2015 | 1:29 pm
    People with depression know that it can be frustratingly persistent, requiring various kinds of treatment, often more than once. Now, a new study suggests that people with long-term depression face another possible challenge — a higher risk of stroke. The research, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, not only showed a doubled risk of stroke for middle-aged adults with depression, but that reducing its symptoms might not reduce the elevated risk immediately. So as the study’s lead author said in a news release from the heart association, “Our findings suggest that…
  • Superior Reporting on a Complicated Topic — Lung Cancer Screenings

    24 May 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Earlier this month, the New York Times wrestled with the thorny issue of lung cancer screenings, and whether people who are entitled to certain screenings through their Medicare coverage should get them. As the paper pointed out, “… screening will not help everyone who is eligible, experts warn. Like any medical test or procedure, it will subject some patients to harm.” According to (HNR), which rates media on how well they cover health and medicine news, The Times did a superior job of explaining why a yearly computed tomography (CT) scan is a good idea for some…
  • Tread Carefully on Treadmills

    22 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    A couple of weeks ago, renowned Silicon Valley executive Dave Goldberg died of severe head trauma and blood loss after a gym accident involving a treadmill. His untimely death at 47 raised the profile of a device whose risks had previously gone mostly unnoticed. Treadmill accidents, according to the Boston Globe, injure thousands of people in the U.S. every year. They’re very popular for maintaining fitness, but they also pose a risk of injury if you’re not paying attention or if the machine isn’t maintained properly. In 2014, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 24,400…
  • The Mediterranean Diet Might Be Good for an Aging Brain

    20 May 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Like every other body part, the aging brain isn’t as proficient as it used to be; it’s not as adept at learning, reacting and remembering. But like other lifestyle choices, what you eat might have an effect on how well your brain continues to remember things. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), shows an intriguing connection between eating what’s commonly known as the “Mediterranean” diet and holding off those “senior moments” somewhat longer. As explained in a story on NPR, a Mediterranean diet, or one rich in vegetables, fish, whole…
  • ‘Performance’ Supplement BMPEA Linked to Strokes

    19 May 2015 | 1:07 pm
    In April, the FDA sent warning letters to five nutritional supplement companies demanding that they stop selling products containing BMPEA, an amphetaminelike stimulant. This month, a report in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that this dangerous compound might cause a stroke. We blogged last month about BMPEA-containing supplements promoted for weight-loss and sports performance, and how that ingredient often is disguised as a plant extract. Last week, a CBS News report recounted how a woman who took BMPEA before exercising suffered a stroke that might have been caused, said the…
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    Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips

  • Hair Growth Hope

    Dr. Weil
    27 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Here's some good news for men (and for women) worried about hair loss. Researchers in Japan have zeroed in on a substance that may turn out to be an effective treatment to address thinning hair, although so far, it has worked only in mice and has not yet been tested on humans. The substance is propolis, which honeybees use to seal small gaps in their hives. Humans have used propolis and honey from ancient times as treatments for tumors, inflammation and wounds, and these natural substances contain compounds that fight fungal and bacterial infections. More recent research has found that…
  • Yogurt Consumption Might Help Diabetes

    Dr. Weil
    25 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Eating yogurt regularly may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health followed nearly 200,000 adults ages 25 to 75 for up to 30 years, checking in on them regularly through food questionnaires. After adjusting for age, smoking, body mass index and other risk factors, the team concluded that consuming 12 ounces of yogurt daily - three times the usual four-ounce serving - was linked to an 18 percent reduction in the risk for Type 2 diabetes. The study also found that consumption of other dairy products didn't seem to make a difference to the risk of…
  • Pregnancy: Eating for Two Not a Good Idea

    Dr. Weil
    21 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    Gaining some weight during pregnancy is healthy, but a new study shows that one-third of new mothers whose weight was normal before pregnancy were overweight or obese a year after childbirth. The investigators from the University of Chicago drew on data from 774 low-income women. The participants were interviewed three times in the year following childbirth, and the women's height and weight were measured at six and 12 months after delivery. The researchers reported that their study participants gained an average of 32 pounds during pregnancy and that about 75 percent of the women remained…
  • Less Weight for More Life

    Dr. Weil
    19 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you've been thinking about your New Year's resolutions and have put weight loss at the top of your list, take it seriously. A Canadian research team examined the relationship between body weight and life expectancy and calculated that being overweight or obese can steal up to eight years of your life. Worse, they concluded that because those excess pounds often lead to diabetes or cardiovascular disease earlier in life, they could deprive you of nearly two decades of good health. The team used data from 4,000 people included in the 2003 to 2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination…
  • Why Soy for Hot Flashes Works for Some, Not All

    Dr. Weil
    15 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Adding whole soy foods to your diet may quell hot flashes, but it's only likely to help if you're one of those women whose bodies produce equol, a soy metabolite. A study published online on November 6, 2014 by the journal Menopause concludes that 20 to 50 percent of North American and European women produce equol. Seattle area researchers surveyed women in a local health care system to identify those who didn't use hormone replacement therapy and who also consumed soy foods at least three times a week. The women who agreed to participate in the study were asked to report on the number and…
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    Catching Health with Diane Atwood

  • Men, follow this simple advice. It could save your life

    25 May 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Guest post by retired dermatologist J. Michael Taylor, MD, MPH According to a recent survey by the Skin Cancer Foundation, men over age 50 are twice as likely as women to die from malignant melanoma. This difference increases with age. Men are also much more likely to develop the more common, but less threatening, basal […]
  • Out of the mouths of babes. What it’s like to have a disability

    22 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    For what seemed like an eternity, but was barely a minute, Shannon Grady’s third graders at Small School in South Portland had to pair up and stare at each other. There was a little a lot of fidgeting and giggling and glancing around. More to staring than rudeness Kelly Corbin, the adult in the pink […]
  • Strokes kill people we love. You need to know the risks

    19 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Thirty years ago, my beloved grandmother — her name was Joanna Tenney, but we called her Nanny — had a massive stroke and died a few days later. She had congestive heart failure and had been under treatment in the hospital for about a week when she had the stroke. I didn’t know it at […]
  • Want a good excuse to nap? Here’s all you need to know

    17 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Now that the sun is out, so is my hammock. Fortunately, my boss (me) thinks napping is ok — healthy even. A 20-minute power nap swinging under a blue sky between the birch trees. Doesn’t that sound heavenly? Check out this infographic from Patio Productions to see what kind of nap might fit into your day. […]
  • A lifetime of headaches became one woman’s worst nightmare

    15 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    For nearly 30 years — ever since she was about 10 years old — Michelle Spencer endured headaches. Migraines said doctors.  When she was pregnant with her second child, she passed out cold on a visit to Santa’s Village with her husband and toddler daughter. It can happen during pregnancy she was told. About four […]
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    Becker's Hospital Review

  • The states where people work out the most

    27 May 2015 | 11:28 am
    Even people who use fitness apps to record and track their exercise don't meet the minimum recommended amount of weekly exercise, according to the Wall Street Journal.
  • California becomes first state to cap specialty drug prices

    27 May 2015 | 11:26 am
    Covered California, California's health insurance exchange under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, has announced a new cap on costs to patients for high-priced specialty drugs, according to The Hill.
  • How social forces can negate health IT's cost-reducing potential

    27 May 2015 | 11:24 am
    Even in an era of political gridlock, EMRs have garnered bipartisan support, indicating a collective belief that such technology yields efficiency and cost-saving benefits — an important goal in the healthcare arena.
  • Inside UW Medicine's non-compete: 30-mile radius, $50k fine

    27 May 2015 | 11:21 am
    Non-compete clauses have become a growing problem for Washington state physicians. Many say restricting where physicians can practice amid a physician shortage and deficiency of services in rural areas can mean patients' options for attaining necessary medical care are increasingly limited, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.
  • Shriners Hospitals joins Mayo Clinic network

    27 May 2015 | 10:56 am
    Tampa, Fla.-based Shriners Hospitals for Children has announced it is joining the Mayo Clinic Care Network, established by Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic.
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    Healthcare In India

  • Bridging the Doctor- Patient Gap in India

    20 May 2015 | 9:17 am
    One of the many deterrents in visiting a doctor is often the unpleasant experience of having to wait in queue for your turn along with other patients, carry files full of past medical records and basically spend time in a dull environment full of disease. Saurabh Arora, CEO of Lybrate was quick to identify this gap. “There is a demand and supply gap between doctors and patients; an inertia among people to visit doctors,” observes Saurabh. Having worked with Facebook, connecting small businesses with people through technology, Saurabh returned to India two years ago connecting patients…
  • Medical records on the cloud with Healthmemo

    8 May 2015 | 3:02 am
    Almost all of us have that one cupboard at home dedicated to storing documents and files of importance- a major chunk of it, medical. Each paper contributes to the building of one’s medical history but physically managing them all is a painstaking task. Almost every doctor’s visit today, calls for showing of past records. Every annual health check brings with it a fresh pile of reports. In case of a medical emergency, finding the right document can be a challenge with the papers themselves aging, yellowing or tearing. And of course, there’s also that exasperating possibility when you…
  • Know Your Lab: How an Online Service Seeks to Revolutionize the Indian Diagnostic Setup

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:56 pm
    The internet has revolutionized consumer choices like never before. Traditional retail stores have discovered the potential of online shopping. Taxis are booked through apps and food is ordered over a click of a button. One can compare products, prices and the best stores in a blink. And in Bengaluru, services such as Medyog are extending the consumer experience from everyday lifestyle choices to critical sectors such as affordable healthcare. Last week I had written about Hospital Ratings, but did you know that you can rate diagnostic labs as well ? How often have we been advised tests to be…
  • India Hospital Reviews: Helping People Make the Right Healthcare Decisions

    21 Apr 2015 | 1:56 am
    In an age of apps, listings and instant ratings, it’s quite ironic that while we wouldn’t think twice before reaching for a Zomato to decide on the best coffee, we almost always blindly walk into a hospital without showing much concern for its credentials or past records. With several international players entering the healthcare market in India, customers have access to world class treatment but it often comes at sky high rates, even for basic consultation. Compare this with regular nursing homes and one is plagued with issues regarding hygiene and conduct. Given that most lifestyle…
  • Desi Brand Diabeto needs your support as it fights Diabetes

    1 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    Almost 3 years ago I met two very bright, young and enthusiastic entrepreneurs from Bombay. They had started a venture called Farasbee which had produced a Diabetes management solution called Diabeto. Srikanth Pawar and Himanshu Jain swore to get into Diabetes management due to the lack of engagement system that affected their family members.  I covered them in this blog at that time. We had worked on a case study that was paunched at a premier B school in Bangalore and they had even presented to a healthcare team at IBM.   3 years since a lot has changed with Diabeto, and it has…
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  • How the Brain Is Physically Changed With PTSD

    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Paratroopers from 3rd Platoon, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division prepare to load a CH-47 Chinook Helicopter in the Bermel District of the Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan, Oct. 13, during an air-assault mission to detain a known militant. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Andrya Hill, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs.) by James Hubbard, MD, MPH With Memorial Day just past, I thought I might write on a fairly common medical problem that affects many soldiers coming back from war:…
  • 4 Things I Learned From This Year’s CPR Course for Professionals

    18 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Every two years, to update my skills, I retake a basic CPR course sponsored by the American Heart Association, along with their Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support course for health care professionals. And it never fails, I always learn something new and remember things I shouldn’t have forgotten. Here are a few highlights from this year. CPR 1. Why has the advice changed to focus so much on chest compressions? As a The Survival Doctor reader, you already know that modern CPR usually only involves chest compressions, rather than additional artificial respirations.
  • Beyond Antihistamines: 5 More Allergy Meds That May Work Better for You

    11 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Part 3 in my three-part seasonal allergies series. Click here for part 1 (how allergies work). Click here for part 2 (how to choose an antihistamine). by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Have you chosen an antihistamine to try out or to store in your survival stash? Well, we’re not done yet. You may want to add an additional medication or two to your seasonal-allergies arsenal. That’s because antihistamines don’t do the trick for everyone. But there are other types of allergy medications that might. They can be used in addition to or instead of antihistamines (and each other). It’s a…
  • How to Choose the Best Allergy Medicine for You

    4 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH This time of year, allergy-medicine aisles see a steady stream of sniffling souls turning over box after box to figure out which of the million medications will give them the best relief. Despite their varied names and colorful labels, most of these boxes boast similar claims: They’ll fix your sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny nose. That’s because most of them contain one form or another of the same type of drug: an antihistamine. Antihistamines are the go-to medicine for most people with seasonal allergies. The different types of antihistamines all work in a…
  • How Allergies Work

    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Part 1 in my seasonal allergies series. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH For some of us, the spring season is a beautiful trap. It entices us outside with such great weather but hides an unseen danger—pollen. But truth be told, it’s not the pollen that’s the trouble. It’s the body’s reaction to it. In about 30 percent of people, the immune system goes way overboard to protect them from pollen, which their bodies see as an invader. This is called an allergic reaction. There are medicines that can combat the miserable symptoms, but to understand which ones you might want to store, it helps…
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  • Web Publishing for All! Introducing Community Translator Tools

    Julian de Bhál
    26 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Publishing tools for everyone Roughly half of the content and traffic on the internet is in English1, yet English is the mother tongue of only about a quarter of internet users2, and less than 5% of the world’s population.3 We believe that should be for everyone, not just English speakers — it’s why we already serve WordPress in 131 languages — but we want to make it even more accessible.4 To keep so many languages up to date we need to make it radically easier for non-English speaking communities to help with translation. We’re proud to announce…
  • Street Photography: Seven Photos

    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s no secret that I love to pore through the street photography tag in the Reader and share images that catch my attention. Join me on another trip around the world as seen through the eyes (and lenses!) of these seven skilled photographers. This arresting image of a bird in a car — juxtaposed against the unknowing elderly man passing by — mesmerizes me. Taken by Beirut photographer Ghaleb Cabbabé, there’s an element of the macabre about this photograph that I find intriguing. The odd bird and the filthy windscreen create a certain palpable sinister…
  • Eventbrite Now Available for All of

    Kirk Wight
    12 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    We’re excited to announce big updates to our Eventbrite integration: your events can now be displayed right on your site, no matter what theme you use! Enjoy Eventbrite, regardless of theme In 2013, we launched two Eventbrite themes to help you promote your events. Since then, we’ve gotten requests from users to extend that functionality more broadly on Today, we’ve rolled out our Eventbrite integration to all users, which means you are no longer limited to only using the Eventbrite themes to promote your events. You can now connect to…
  • New Theme: Gazette

    Thomas Guillot
    7 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    It’s Theme Thursday, and we’re happy to launch a brand new free theme. Gazette Gazette, designed by yours truly, is a clean and flexible theme perfectly suited for minimalist magazine-style sites, personal blogs, or any content-rich site. It allows you to highlight specific articles on the homepage, and to balance readability with a powerful use of photography — all in a layout that works on any device. Gazette also supports the following popular features: Custom Colors, Custom Header, Custom Menu, Social Links, Site Logo, Featured Images, and Widgets. Read more about Gazette on the…
  • New Themes: Nucleare and Afterlight

    Caroline Moore
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Nucleare Nucleare, by Cresta Project, is a classic blog theme with a crisp, elegant design and plenty of handy features. A built-in search box, links to your favorite social networks, four widget areas, and beautifully styled post formats make this an ideal theme for your personal blog. Check out Nucleare on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes. Afterlight Afterlight, designed by Takashi Irie, is a different take on his Cyanotype, featuring an option for a full-screen background image. Add your favorite background image or color to lend your personal…
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    26 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    MEMORIAL DAY  Baby Boomers, I hope you all had a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend. If you watched any television you saw that there were hundreds of ways and a hundred different reasons to celebrate over the weekend.  You have to love those 3 day weekends right? So how did you celebrate the Memorial Day holiday? Did you have a big get-together with your family and friends?  Attend a ballgame?  Have that big backyard bar-b-que? Did you watch old John Wayne movies? Did you celebrate the beginning of summer?  Buy a new car or maybe some new furniture? Did you catch up on…

    18 May 2015 | 8:33 am
    Baby Boomers, Have you ever noticed how some "stuff" just doesn't ever disappear from the internet? I admit that I am one of the happiest people on this planet because of the fact that the internet and everything it has to offer sprouted and has grown up in my generation. There has never been a more significant invention in the entire history of the human race as far as I am concerned. But with every great advancement comes the inevitable misfortune of corruption and misuse by the misguided, ignorant or uninformed percentage of our society. Here's a case in point. For probably the fifth time…
  • A Different Theory of Rock, Paper, Scissors

    15 May 2015 | 6:14 am
    Don't you wish there was some common sense like this left in the world today? Sometimes a rock to the face is all the inspiration some people need. If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too.  It's easy to tell them about it. Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!! Thanks for joining me and don’t forget to rate this blog below............................... Get free premium widgets for your blog and…
  • 5 Things Baby Boomers Miss Most - Part 5

    13 May 2015 | 11:57 am
    Baby Boomers. Today, as promised, I bring you the final episode of my 5 part series titled “The 5 Things Baby Boomers Miss Most.” The 5 Things That Baby Boomers Miss the Most: 1. Playing Competitive Sports 2. Having the Eyesight of a Young Person 3. Drinking without Lasting Side Effects 4. Eating Your Favorite Foods 5. ??? Today’s “thing” that I talk about today will probably be the “hardest” of the 5 to discuss. I am “hard-headed” yet "firm" believer in maintaining the most "rigid" standards of writing quality and I have always…
  • 5 Things Baby Boomers Miss Most - Part 4

    12 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    As a Baby Boomer, I realize that there are some things I just can’t do any more like I did in my youth. Yesterday,  we talked about how just a few drinks with your friends can knock you for a loop. It's no longer a case of "youthful alcoholic consumption"  when we could slug down a 12 pack of beer and two bottles of Boone's Farm and wake up the next day ready to conquer the world. The day before that, we touched on how much I miss having the sharp eyesight of my youth.  Things are getting foggy and slightly out of focus these days and it’s not always caused by the…
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    FXRX Orthopedic Surgery Blog

  • Carpal Tunnel Release Info with a Phoenix Orthopedic Doctor

    30 Apr 2015 | 8:53 pm
    Carpal Tunnel Release with a Phoenix Orthopedic Surgeon Carpal tunnel release surgery is done to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. Orthopedic specialists believe there is a congenital predisposition related to carpal tunnel syndrome, and it is associated with overuse injury and … Continue reading →
  • Shoulder Fracture Fixation with a Phoenix Orthopedic Surgeon

    27 Apr 2015 | 8:49 pm
    Shoulder Fracture ORIF (Open Reduction and Internal Fixation) with an Orthopedic Surgeon in Phoenix Shoulder joint fractures typically involve the upper region of the humerus bone (proximal humerus). These types of injuries occur more often in older adults due to … Continue reading →
  • Total Hip Replacement – What are the Latest Advancements?

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Also called hip arthroplasty, total hip replacement is a common orthopedic procedure that involves replacing the diseased hip joint with an implant, called a prosthesis. The procedure is done to relieve pain, improve hip range of motion, and allow the … Continue reading →
  • Knee Replacement – What are the Latest Advancements?

    22 Apr 2015 | 6:08 pm
    A total knee replacement is a common orthopedic procedure, done to replace the damaged, worn knee surfaces. The top orthopedic knee surgeon in Phoenix replaces damaged surfaces with a prosthesis (implant) to relieve pain, increase mobility, and allow the patient … Continue reading →
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  • Here’s What Eating Nothing But McDonalds for 10 Days Does to Your Gut Bacteria

    Dr. Mercola
    26 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola A professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, Tim Spector, wanted to find out what happens to your gut if you eat only fast food, specifically McDonald’s, for 10 solid days. His son, Tom, became the willing guinea pig and reported his symptoms, as well as sent stool samples to different labs, throughout the 10-day trial. If you watched Morgan Spurlock's documentary “Super-Size Me,” you probably have an idea of how the experiment panned out… Tom said that for three days he felt ok, but then started to become more lethargic and turned a slight gray color…
  • These 9 Common Products May Contain a Potentially Dangerous Chemical

    Dr. Mercola
    26 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) are so ubiquitous that many of them are now detected in humans—including children. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a dozen different types of perfluorinated compounds were detected in Americans tested.1 The two most talked about PFCs include PFOA, which was widely used to make non-stick cookware, and PFOS, which was a key ingredient in stain-resistant fabrics. These chemicals have been linked to so many health problems – cancer, miscarriages, thyroid problems, and more – that they’ve been phased out…
  • Antibiotic Use Can Have Adverse Short- and Long-Term Health Ramifications

    Dr. Mercola
    26 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Antibiotic overuse doesn't just make us vulnerable to minor infections that can become life-threatening when the bacteria have developed resistance against one or more antibiotics, antibiotic use in childhood also appears to be linked to a host of problems well into adulthood. This is more proof antibiotics needs to be reserved for life-threatening situations, and prescriptions for minor infections and use in animal husbandry must end immediately to curb this growing health threat. Antibiotic Use in Agriculture Must Be Stopped Meat raised in confined animal feeding operations…
  • Monsanto Bids to Take Over Syngenta—A Move to Assure a Pesticide-Saturated Future?

    Dr. Mercola
    25 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Monsanto recently made a bid to take over European agrichemical giant Syngenta, the world’s largest pesticide producer. The $45 billion bid was rejected, but there’s still a chance for a merger between these two chemical technology giants. Monsanto is reportedly considering raising the offer, and as noted by Mother Jones,1 “combined, the two companies would form a singular agribusiness behemoth, a company that controls a third of both the globe's seed and pesticides markets.” As reported by Bloomberg,2 the possibility of Monsanto taking over Syngenta raises a number of…
  • US Honeybee Losses Soar Over Last Year, USDA Finds

    Dr. Mercola
    25 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola A world without bees would be a very different place. Bees are pollinators – and critical ones at that. Of the 100 different crops that make up 90 percent of the world’s diet, bees pollinate 70. The crops that make up about one out of every three bites of food depend on bees to flourish. Without bees, the fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds that you may currently take for granted at your grocery store could cease to exist… and along with them, the many other species that depend on them for food. In an effort to show the critical importance of bees, one Whole Foods store…
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    Pain Management Las Vegas

  • All About Whiplash With Las Vegas Pain Management

    26 May 2015 | 5:04 am
    What is Whiplash? Whiplash, neck sprain or strain, is an injury to the neck. It mostly occurs due to acceleration or deceleration force that leads to unrestrained, forward and backward movement of the neck and head, which result from a motor accidents. As a result, the intervertebral joints (found between the vertebrae), cervical muscles, discs and ligaments, and nerve roots may become damaged. Normally, whiplash is not considered a life-threatening injury, but it may result in prolonged periods of partial disability. While many of those involved in minor car accidents recover quite quickly…
  • Pain Treatment Options For Arthritis

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

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

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

    Nevada Pain Clinic
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    Pain management doctors see a large number of patients suffering from neck pain, particularly cervical spine pain. This type of pain is often caused by certain cervical spine conditions. These include the following: 1.Foraminal Stenosis Cervical foraminal stenosis occurs when the cervical space is narrowed. This is usually caused by a joint becoming enlarged and pressing on the nerve root. Since the pain takes years to develop and tends to appear only during certain activities, it is easy for patients to ignore the issue. It can get worse over time, however. Traction may offer some relief,…
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    Medifast Arizona

  • How Does Your Body Deal with Excess Calories?

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

    David Greene
    22 May 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Joint replacement surgery is designed to replace a damaged joint with metal and plastic components. There are many diseases which may require joint replacement after long term wear and tear to the joints. These might include rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. When disease such as these cause significant disability and pain, joint replacement surgery may be the best remaining option. In order to reduce the risk for complications and increase the chance of a successful surgery, you might want to lose weight before you have your surgery. 1. Orthopedic surgeons are often concerned with…
  • What is the Link Between Various Cancers and Obesity

    David Greene
    10 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    Today there are many links between cancers and obesity. Over the last three decades the percentage of overweight and obese adults and children has increased tremendously, at shockingly high rates. The growth of obesity rates has led to diseases and increased risks of cancers including: Gallbladder cancer Thyroid cancer Colon and rectum cancer Breast cancer (post-menopausal) Esophagus cancer Kidney cancer Pancreas cancer Endometrium cancer (the lining of the uterus) And other types This has also increased secondary health concerns such as coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes,…
  • Why do Overweight Parents Often Have Overweight Children?

    David Greene
    6 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    There is a large correlation today between overweight parents and overweight children. The reasons for this are many: 1. Today minimum wage is no longer a wage which can support or sustain a family of three. In many states, minimum wage is not enough to rent an apartment let alone support a family. And yet, many families are faced with minimum wage jobs. As a result they take on as many jobs and as many hours as they can. In doing so, they are pressed for time. Being pressed for time means that time allotted for exercise disappears and the time allotted for buying foods, preparing meals, and…
  • The Facts on Body Mass Index (BMI) from an Arizona Weight Loss Clinic

    David Greene
    2 May 2015 | 8:21 am
    Having healthy weight is important because it decreases your risk for many negative health conditions or diseases. The more you weigh, the higher your chances of suffering from things such as: Heart disease High blood pressure Diabetes Gall bladder disease Sleep apnea High Cholesterol High Triglycerides And more Conversely, being a healthy weight will bring with it many health benefits including the following: Reduced risk of developing disease Increased energy Increased mood Reduced stress And more Many people worry about being overweight or obese, and how to tell what each one is and…
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    Phoenix Shoulder and Knee

  • Shoulder Replacements With Best Shoulder Surgeon Phoenix AZ

    24 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Total shoulder replacement is a form of surgery which is used to limit pain in patients who have a severe cuff injury to their shoulder. The replacements will limit overall motion in the shoulder but it is a last resort solution for patients who have exercised all other available options. Total shoulder replacement is a process that integrates a plastic cup into the shoulder socket joint and a metal ball into the ball of the ball and socket joint. The plastic cup and the metal ball replace the existing ball and socket joint. This surgical option offers better movement and functionality in…
  • Ankle Fracture Fixation with a Phoenix Orthopedic Surgeon

    Adam Farber
    1 May 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Ankle Fracture ORIF Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of an ankle fracture is a procedure done to fix the broken bones of the ankle. To hold the bones in place while they heal, the Phoenix orthopedic specialist inserts medical screws, wires, pins, and/or plates. Fractures of the ankle occur as a result of injury or trauma. A simple fall for an elderly patient could result in an ankle fracture. High impact trauma, such as a car accident, will result in fractures also. To diagnose an ankle fracture, the orthopedic specialist will need to take a complete history of the problem, conduct…
  • What Problems can Result after a Shoulder Dislocation?

    Adam Farber
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:58 pm
    The shoulder is a ball and socket joint, with the round portion of the upper arm bone (humerus) fitting into the socket, which is a groove in the shoulder blade. With a dislocated shoulder, the entire rounded ball comes out of the socket. A partially dislocated shoulder involves only part of the ball coming out of the socket, and this is called subluxation. Most shoulder dislocations occur following a fall or a sports injury. Tendons connect muscles to bones, and ligaments connect bone to bone. With a shoulder dislocation, muscles, tendons, and/or ligaments become stretched or torn. The…
  • All About Shoulder Arthroscopy from an Arizona Shoulder Surgeon

    Adam Farber
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:04 pm
    What is shoulder arthroscopy? Arthroscopic surgery is a surgical procedure used by Arizona orthopedic surgeons to inspect inside of your joint, diagnosed a condition, and repair the issue. The term literally translates from its original Greek to Maine looking within your joint. During shoulder arthroscopy, the Phoenix shoulder surgeon will make a small incision in your shoulder joint and insert a small camera connected to a thin tube. This camera will display pictures on a nearby screen, and the surgeon uses the pictures to guide the miniature surgical instruments inside of your joints.
  • Overview of Rotator Cuff Repair from an Arizona Orthopedic Doctor

    Adam Farber
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:51 pm
    What is rotator cuff repair? Rotator cuff repair is a surgical process used to repair a torn rotator cuff. The surgical process involves the reattachment of your tendon to the head of your upper arm bone. If you have a partial tear you may only require a smoothing procedure which is referred to as debridement. If you have a tear in the thickest part of your tendon it can be repaired by stitching the two sides of your tendon back together. When is rotator cuff repair surgery recommended? Your Arizona orthopedic doctor might recommend this surgical procedure if your rotator cuff is torn and…
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    Ayurvedic Home Remedies

  • Natural Remedies to Cure Urinary Tract Infection in Women

    5 May 2015 | 7:06 am
    Natural Remedies to Cure Urinary Tract Infection in Women Urinary tract infection, mostly addressed as UTI is one of the most common condition faced by women of all ages. Every woman may come across...
  • Shilajit – Best Anti Aging Natural Substance

    3 Apr 2015 | 1:28 pm
    What is Shilajit – Shilajit is a transude which oozes from rocks, especially Himalayan mountains. It is primarily obtained from humus, an organic compound of the soil and other organic compounds. The humus contains fulvic acid...
  • Neem Health Benefits

    27 Dec 2014 | 5:40 am
    Health Benefits of Neem Neem (Botanical Name: Azadirachta indica) is one main herbal plant with many medicinal uses. This Neem tree is growing very fast and occurs in extent in India and it surrounding...
  • Fitkari Alum Uses

    31 May 2014 | 3:58 am
    Fitkari Alum Fitkari is used in many home remedies and has many health benefits. Fitkari is a chemical compound and in English known as Potash alum/ Potassium alum/ Potassium aluminium sulphate with chemical formula...
  • Anal Fistula Treatment

    6 Jan 2014 | 9:12 am
    Anal Fistula Treatment Fistula-in-ano or anal fistula suffering many people around the world. This condition arises when a boil or abscess erupt in anal canal. It is very painful disease in all anal diseases...
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  • The Medical Wasteland or the Rush to “Low Value Care”

    Donald J. M. Phillips, PharmD
    19 May 2015 | 12:58 pm
    A must read for all concerned with rising healthcare cost is Atul Gawande’s article in the May 11th New Yorker, “Overkill”. In this lengthy but readable review, Dr Gawande, a surgeon at The Brigham and Woman’s Hospital discusses how “an avalanche of unnecessary (more…)
  • iPharma 2015: Adding Value Requires Taking Risk

    Caleb Freeman
    15 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    The courage to fail in order to innovate and ultimately succeed was a recurring theme at iPharma 2015—starting with former Olympian and Eagles football player Jeremy Bloom who talked about learning from his own failures to succeed in the world of athletics and business. Focus on (more…)
  • Using Relationship Marketing to Drive Patient Adherence

    Kevin T. Dunn
    13 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    It has been stated in the pharmaceutical industry that the next big “blockbuster” might be patient adherence in a chronic condition. If pharmaceutical companies can drive adherence and improve patient outcomes, it will likely help reduce costs throughout the healthcare system and help create a (more…)
  • Off-label promotion of prescription drugs: it’s a date

    Mike Scott
    7 May 2015 | 6:58 am
    A story published yesterday by Reuters is about a public meeting to be held this summer by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). What’s the topic? It’s whether biopharmaceutical companies and their employees should be allowed to disseminate “truthful and (more…)
  • J&J Takes a Leadership Stance

    Mike Scott
    7 May 2015 | 6:24 am
    The question of whether patients with life-threatening disorders should be able to access treatment with investigational, unapproved, and unproven medications is a complex one, and I’m not going to try to get into all the details here. What is interesting, however, is
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  • The Unethical Practice of Balance Billing

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

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

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

    Pat Palmer
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:27 am
    What Is Medical Transparency? A popular word in healthcare billing these days is “transparency.” What does this mean and why is it so important? According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, transparency means: Free from pretense of deceit Easily detected or seen through; obvious Readily understood Accessibility of information, especially concerning business practices For years, medical billing practices have been anything but transparent. In fact, as time goes on it seems that billing procedures are becoming more murky than clear. Medical billing is so complicated, and at…
  • Healthcare Isn’t What It Used To Be: Medical Changes Over the Centuries

    Pat Palmer
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:21 am
    Children have many dreams of what they want to be when they grow up. Some common responses when you ask children what they want to be are: fire person, police officer, doctor, vet, or teacher. Of course, these are considered the more practical choices next to child favorites: clown, race car driver, and elephant trainer. As we grow older, we find that our tastes have changed and we want to be something different. One of the constants, though, is the occupation of a doctor, or some other healthcare provider. If you look back through history, wanting to be a physician has been the goal of…
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  • Dilnot Report on Adult Social Care Published

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

    Amanda Calberry
    22 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    Falls by people being cared for can occur for many reasons. The consequences can be very serious, life-threatening in some cases. Considerable work is being done through a partnership in Scotland on this problem. Highland, West Dunbartonshire and Dumfries and Galloway seconded staff to assist in developing practice in falls and fracture prevention, and have formed local networks to continue to support improvement work through these local links. A resource is being developed to assist carers and caring staff, which the project hopes to release in June 2015. Risk factors Among the many factors…
  • Patient safety alert – when inappropriate nutritional care may prove deadly

    Sarah Riley
    22 May 2015 | 4:56 am
    Whilst the detrimental clinical impact of malnutrition in care home patients is recognised, nutrition in itself is rarely considered a user safety issue in the same light as slips, trips and falls or risks from hazardous substances such as drugs or cleaning materials. However, earlier this year, a patient safety alert was issued by NHS England to raise awareness of the need for proper storage and management of thickening powder used as part of the treatment of people with dysphagia (swallowing problems). This was in response to an incident where a care home resident died following the…
  • Safe use of stand assist lifters and passive lifters

    Amanda Calberry
    22 May 2015 | 4:35 am
    The use of stand assist lifters or passive Lifters in a residential care home or other healthcare environment is required to support the movement of elderly residents who have restricted or no mobility. The active lifters or hoists, also known as stand assist lifters, support a person into a semi-standing position for transfers or for supported walking. The mobile lifter or overhead hoist known as a passive lifter is used in most residential care homes worldwide. Hazards and risks in using hoists and slings The risk associates with using hoists and slings are as follows: Death to the person…
  • Managing anxiety – a case for supervision

    Amanda Calberry
    22 May 2015 | 3:38 am
    When I’ve been involved in providing supervision training to health and social workers, I’ve used theory of how organisations work as the basis for understanding how supervision works. I have focused particularly on how organisations manage the issue of coping with anxiety in their work as a basis for seeing how supervision can help the worker, their team and the organisation. Russ Vince (2002) provides the source of this theory which can be found in an article about organisations where he says: ‘There is an unwritten rule in many organisations that it is inappropriate to bring emotions…
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  • How To Safely Remove BedBugs When Pregnant?

    26 May 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Many people want to know whether they can safely remove bed bugs when there is a pregnant woman living in the infested home. Commercially available bed bug sprays are usually toxic and could harm the pregnant woman and her unborn child. So, today, we will discuss some top natural remedies to safely remove bed bugs when one is pregnant and also discuss some effective natural remedies to treat bed bug bites on pregnant women. Is commercial bedbug spray okay to be used around pregnant women? “My wife is in her first trimester. We are dealing with a severe bedbug infestation. Is your pest…
  • Bed Bug Home Remedies: Ones That Do And Do Not Work!

    14 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Today, there are literally hundreds of products available on the market that claim to rid your home of bed bugs to help you regain control over your sleep and your life. The fact is: there is no silver bullet when it comes to ridding your home of bed bugs. A product might advertise itself as being the best one on the market in treating bed bug infestations at fraction of the cost charged by professional exterminators. However; one must think, if that were the case, why do these professionals have such expensive equipment, or undergo hours of training for combating such household pests? The…
  • The Return of Bed Bugs: Why Did The Bedbugs Come Back?

    3 May 2015 | 9:28 pm
    It might be hard to imagine; but the bed bugs were completely eradicated once. However; today, they are back with a vengeance and more American cities are dealing with a bed bug crisis than we care to admit. Many theaters and hotels in New York have had to be temporarily closed down due to the bed bug menace. Thus, bed bugs are causing not just psychological problems to sufferers; they are even harming the economy of great nations. Each year, millions of dollars are estimated to be spent on pest control companies for dealing with bed bug issues. Today, we will try and figure out why the…
  • Tips To Help You Get The Most Out Of Your Bed Bug Treatment Program

    22 Apr 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Bed bugs are extremely difficult to control and sometimes, the only option left for homeowners is to hire professional bed bug exterminators. If you have scheduled a bed bug treatment program, then the following steps will help you get the most out of it in order to rid your home quickly off these critters. Before the bed bug extermination Do not move your belongings to other areas- not to your office, or your neighbors before you follow certain precautions. Failure to do so will only spread the bugs to these areas. Moreover, the chances of re-infestation in the treated areas also go up once…
  • Bedbug Protocols: What They Mean And Why Should You Be Bothered

    14 Apr 2015 | 10:12 pm
    Bedbug resurgence is a matter of great concern, primarily due to the fact that they are being seen, increasingly, in hospitals, nursing homes as well as in schools. Given their alarming ability to spread rapidly, following certain protocols for their control is a must. These guidelines are even more important for people in the healthcare and hospitality industry; landlords, building managers, pest control service providers, school and housing authority supervisors and inspectors should strictly adhere to bed bug management protocols to maintain health of their multi-member housing units.
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  • Tips for Insomnia or Sleeplessness

    Life Force
    27 May 2015 | 4:43 am
    Insomnia or sleeplessness can be very frustrating especially if it is a recurring episode. This may include poor quality sleep, difficulty falling asleep or waking up too early or a feeling of not being fresh or sleep being disturbed. Here are some tips to deal with Insomnia or Sleeplessness: Tip 1: Maintain Regular Timings Try to maintain fixed hours of going to sleep and waking up on all days. This will help your body clock get accustomed to become sleepy and wake at fixed times. Tempting as it may be, avoid waking up late on weekends; even if you haven’t had great sleep the week before.
  • Vitiligo Treatment

    Life Force
    26 May 2015 | 5:39 am
    What is Vitiligo? Vitiligo is a disease of the skin in which there are white patches. A disease which is difficult and long lasting, patients have a number of options to choose from, for their vitiligo treatment. Let’s take a look at the various treatments for vitiligo that are available today. What happens in Vitiligo? Melanin is the pigment that is responsible for our skin colour. In Vitiligo, the skin cells that produce this pigment either die or are unable to secrete this melanin. Factors like heredity, exposure to chemicals, stress, sunburn and one’s own immunity attacking and…
  • Treatment for Eczema

    Life Force
    22 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    Eczema, also called dermatitis, is an inflammation of the skin, most commonly seen in people with allergic tendencies. Dust allergies, pollution, diet, infections, stress and changes in climate are factors which are known to trigger eczema. Non Medicinal Treatment for Eczema: If your eczema has just started and is very mild, making a few changes in your lifestyle and altering your skin care routine will play a major, sometimes the sole role. It is best to avoid strong soaps as they tend to dry out your skin. Olive oil, coconut oil, petroleum jelly, aloe vera gel and vaseline jelly are some…
  • Psoriasis Treatment

    Life Force
    21 May 2015 | 3:57 am
    Psoriasis is a skin condition in which the life cycle of the skin cells is accelerated which causes extra skin cells to build rapidly on the skin surface. This leads to red, dry, itchy, scaly skin patches. Treatment for Psoriasis in Modern Medicine: Local Applications: Steroid creams aim to slow down the quick growth of the skin cells and reduce the inflammation. These creams are quite dramatic in the initial response seen. However, in the long run, it puts you in a vicious cycle of temporary relief, increase in symptoms as soon as the creams are stopped and subsequent dependency. Vitamin…
  • IBS Treatment | Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment

    Life Force
    8 May 2015 | 3:20 am
    Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a digestive disorder, which could cause pain in the abdomen, cramps, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation. A sense of incomplete evacuation and urgency may also be present. This disorder is increasingly becoming common amongst young executives and go-getters. IBS is a disease, which is never life threatening, but tends to run for an irritatingly long time. Though the exact cause of IBS remains to be known, stress is a common triggering factor. Some individuals begin experiencing IBS symptoms after an infection or surgery of the abdomen. Whatever be the…
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  • How to Shine in a Group Interview

    Angie Best-Boss RN
    26 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Look for enough jobs, and it’s bound to happen – the dreaded group interview. It’s an intimate gathering of you, at least one hiring manager (and here’s the best part), and another one or two job seekers. Whether you are competing for one open position or for several, it can feel awkward. The worst part is that you probably won’t know beforehand to expect this type of interview. Nevertheless, most advice for traditional interviews is still in play, but you need to know a few more tips for a group interview – whether it’s a group of interviewers or interviewees – or both! Do…
  • Managing Conflict and Tension within a Healthcare Team

    Anya M.
    22 May 2015 | 9:47 am
    Workplace conflicts may be inevitable in all professions imbued with a hierarchical structure. However, the consequences may be especially dire when the healthcare team is rendered dysfunctional due to conflict. In today’s multidisciplinary healthcare systems, the physician is fortunately no longer perceived as an infallible authority, yet tensions may arise when senior members of the team fail to create a culture wherein junior members can voice important concerns and share critical insights that may affect patient care. When conflict permeates the workplace, the hierarchy jeopardizes…
  • Finding Your Niche – Choosing a Nursing Specialty

    Angie Best-Boss RN
    20 May 2015 | 1:01 pm
    From neonatal intensive care units to rural home health care, you will find nurses in a wide variety of settings. There are literally dozens of types of nursing, and each specialty boasts its own unique rewards and challenges. Therefore, nurses must decide just where they want to hone their craft. The good news is that even though you may start out in a chosen specialty, you don’t have to stay there. Nursing career consultant Donna Cardillo, RN, MA explains, “While a small number of nurses retire from the same specialty in which they first started out, most are likely to change…
  • 10 Tips for Surviving Night Shift in Healthcare

    MaryAnn DePietro
    18 May 2015 | 10:56 am
    Working in healthcare can be a great career choice for a variety of reasons. Whether you are working as a nurse, tech or physician assistant, you have the opportunity to make on impact on your patients, which can be very rewarding. A career in healthcare also often means working hours outside the traditional nine to five workday. Many medical professionals work night shift or rotating shifts. Even if you consider yourself a night owl, working the graveyard shift can be detrimental to your health. Your body has a natural circadian rhythm, which involves sleeping at night and being awake during…
  • Physician Satisfaction in Employed Settings

    Faith A. Coleman M.D.
    14 May 2015 | 12:21 pm
    The Medscape Physician Compensation Report 2015 was recently published, stating, “Last year saw some modest good news for most physicians.” More than 19,500 physicians, across 25 specialties, responded to Medscape’s compensation survey. The report addresses compensation, hours worked, changes in practice associated with healthcare reform, as well as satisfaction with individual circumstances. There was a time when there wasn’t even a concept of physicians as employees. The percentage of physicians as employees has grown rapidly, however, with employed physicians now…
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  • Exploiting tea tree oil for acne: 15 recipes, top 3 products, studies, & safety precautions

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

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

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

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

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

  • India Edible Oil Market Outlook to 2019 – Market Growth and Statistics

    26 May 2015 | 4:50 am
    India Edible Oil Market Outlook to 2019 – Growing Demand and Potential of Branded Players to Steer Growth provides a comprehensive analysis of the various aspects such as market size of India edible oil Industry, palm oil, soyabean oil, sunflower oil, mustard oil, rice bran oil, blended oil, groundnut oil and cottonseed oil market. The report also covers the market shares of major edible oil brands in India as well as the revenues of major players in the edible oil market. Edible oil industry in the India, which is hugely driven by import of edible oils, registered revenues of INR ~…
  • India Retail Automation Market Outlook to 2019 – Sector Research Report

    26 May 2015 | 4:21 am
    India Retail Automation Market Outlook to 2019 – Driven by increase in FDI, Elevated Local Production and Demand from Small-Scale Retailers provides a comprehensive analysis of the various aspects such as market size of the India retail automation industry, cash registers, point of sale terminals, barcode scanners, vending machines and automated fuel dispensers The report also covers the market dynamics of major retail automation hardware manufacturers in India. Retail automation industry in India, which is hugely driven by sale of cash registers and point of sale terminals, registered…
  • India Packaged Fruit-Based Beverages Industry Outlook to 2019 – 100% juices and Nectars to Drive Future Growth

    25 May 2015 | 3:06 am
    India Packaged Fruit-Based Beverages Industry Outlook to 2019 – 100% juices and Nectars to Drive Future Growth provides a comprehensive analysis of the various aspects such as market size of the India Packaged Fruit Based Beverages industry, packaged 100% Juices and nectars market, and packaged fruit drinks market. The report also covers the market shares of major companies in the overall fruit based beverage industry along with market share of major brands in the packaged 100% juices and nectars market and packaged fruit drinks market. The fruit based beverage market can be broadly…
  • India Pumps Market Outlook to 2019 – Driven by Government Investments and Technological Advancements

    25 May 2015 | 12:37 am
    India Pumps Market Outlook to 2019 – Driven by Government Investments and Technological Advancements provides a comprehensive analysis of various aspects such as market size and market segmentation of the pumps market by industrial pumps and agricultural and domestic pumps. The publication discusses major drivers and growth restraints accountable for change in the demand. Trade of pumps has also been highlighted along with industry recent developments. The report also covers the revenues and market shares of major pump manufacturers in India. Pumps market in India, which is hugely…
  • India Plywood Market Outlook to 2019-Increasing Households and Rising Commercial Space to Shape Future Growth

    11 May 2015 | 9:09 pm
    India Plywood Market is expected to reach INR 479.7 Billion by 2019 Future Growth of India Plywood Market is expected to be led by surge in commercial space and rise in number of households The market leader, Green ply is expected to maintain focus on emerging markets and global brands to compete with other players in the industry Ken Research announced its latest publication on “India Plywood Market Outlook to 2019-Increasing Households and Rising Commercial Space to Shape Future Growth” which provides a comprehensive analysis of the plywood market in India. The report covers various…
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    Recent Blog Posts

  • Comparing Physical and Occupational Therapy

    20 May 2015 | 1:45 pm
    As a loved one grows older, his or her ability to carry out various tasks can become impaired. This is especially true if he or she is diagnosed with a serious medical condition, such as one that inhibits mobility or cognition. These individuals can often benefit from home health services near Milwaukee that offer services such as physical and occupational therapy. When a family consults a senior services provider, the elderly loved one’s care plan will be customized to his or her unique needs. Assessments Although the goals of physical and occupational therapy are somewhat different,…
  • What You Need to Know About Medication Management

    13 May 2015 | 1:40 pm
    There are many reasons why your elderly loved one might require in-home care in Milwaukee. Many families turn to an elderly caregiver when a loved one begins to have mobility problems, for example, while others work with a home health aide when seniors need assistance with medication management. Medication management involves the proper handling, storage, and administration of medications, along with obtaining refills in a timely manner and monitoring the individual for signs of adverse effects from the drugs. Many seniors have difficulty managing their own medications for various reasons.
  • How Can a Personal Care Worker Help Your Loved One?

    6 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    When it’s time for families to start looking for a home health care agency serving Milwaukee, there are many factors to consider. One of the most important considerations is whether the elderly caregiver can provide the services your loved one may need, such as personal care services. Similarly to a home health aide, a personal care worker can help your loved one by improving the safety of the home environment and enhancing quality of life. Improving Safety and Comfort Falls are a leading cause of disability among seniors and quite often, falls occur when seniors are attempting to do…
  • How to Get Up Safely After a Fall

    29 Apr 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Given the prevalence of serious injuries resulting from falls, home safety for the elderly in Milwaukee often focuses on fall prevention. Although an elderly caregiver from an in-home care agency can greatly improve the safety of the home and reduce ER visits, accidents can still happen sometimes. Watch this video to see a demonstration of what you should do after a fall. After a fall, the first thing to do is to assess yourself for serious injuries such as fractures. Then, roll over onto your stomach if possible. If you experience significant pain, stop moving and call for help. If you are…
  • What Are the Benefits of Home Care for Seniors?

    22 Apr 2015 | 2:50 pm
    For many people, home is a sanctuary. Unfortunately, when an elderly family member can no longer perform self-care activities or when home safety becomes a concern, families often assume that the only choice is to move him or her to a nursing home. There is a more compassionate way to ensure elderly loved ones receive the care they need. In-home care near Milwaukee provides families with a range of senior care services to allow elderly loved ones to enjoy an enhanced quality of life in their own homes. In-Home Care Helps Seniors Maintain Their Independence Although home health care helps…
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  • Top Tips For UTI Prevention in Dogs

    19 May 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Many pet dogs (most of them of advanced years) tend to suffer from recurrent Urine infections. Typical signs and symptoms of UTIs in dogs include frequent urination accompanied by a foul smell. In majority of these cases, pet owners procrastinate taking their dog to the vet immediately, despite seeing these symptoms. However, it is vital to get such UTIs treated quickly since failure to do so could lead to serious complications. Let us study UTIs in dogs in greater detail and also study some tips for UTI prevention in dogs. What causes UTIs in dogs? As in case of humans, urine infections in…
  • Love Burns: The UTI and Sex Connection

    11 May 2015 | 11:53 pm
    UTIs or urinary tract infections are not STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). They are, on the contrary, bacterial infections of the bladder that affect not just sexually active women and men, but also young children, pets etc. That being said; there is a link between sex and UTI. So this guide is all about UTI prevention tips, particularly for sexually active women. Sex and UTI link: Causes of UTI in sexually active women Majority of the UTI patients are women in various age groups. UTI occurs when bacteria, generally E.coli, travel from the urine to the bladder and urethra causing intense…
  • Learn How To Stop UTI Pain Fast

    1 May 2015 | 3:07 am
    If you have experienced a bladder infection or UTI, you know how painful that can be. Naturally, a question foremost on your mind must be “how to stop UTI pain” and mainly “how to stop UTI pain within 24 hours”. In this guide, we will discuss essential home remedies to help your UTI stop hurting quickly. 13 Home remedies to stop UTI pain fast Take a diuretic- Diuretics help treat a variety of problems as they work by flushing out excess water as well as sodium from the body. As the level of fluid decreases from the bladder, there will be lesser pressure on your urinary system. Not…
  • How To Cure UTIs in 24 Hours

    24 Apr 2015 | 2:48 am
    A UTI or urine infection can be exceedingly unpleasant, not to mention, very painful. It is no wonder that anyone suffering from these infections wants to get rid of them fast. If you are wondering if there is a way to cure UTI within 24 hours, read on for important information. Cure UTI within a day the conventional way UTIs affect both men and women, though women seem to suffer more from them. UTI occurs when the body has an inherently poor immune system. The bacterium in the urine goes on into the urinary tract to reach the bladder, causing inflammation. The result of UTI is:intense pain…
  • Pediatric UTI Treatment Guidelines

    20 Apr 2015 | 2:13 am
    It is estimated that, by the age of 7 years, at least 8% of girls and 2% of boys are diagnosed with a bladder infection. The common reason behind such high occurrence of urine infection or UTI in kids is Escheria Coli bacterium (or E.Coli as it is popularly known). Nearly 85% of UTIs can be attributed to this pathogen. In some cases, underlying structural or functional abnormalities of the urinary tract can also lead to bladder infections. Many guidelines have been published regarding management of UTI in pediatric cases. These guidelines have established one very important thing: recurrent…
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  • Is TriCare Dental Insurance Worth It?

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

    Ed Harrison
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    The Affordable Care Act was intended to help people on low incomes to cope with the cost of healthcare. In principle, Obamacare seems like a great idea, but the high deductibles of policies offered through the Affordable Care Act mean that many people are now opting to skip essential health care because they are concerned […] The post Are High Affordable Care Act Deductibles Deterring People From Getting Health Care? appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • Understanding Dental Insurance And How It Works

    Ed Harrison
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    Taking good care of your teeth now is the best way to avoid needing painful and expensive dental care in the future. Unfortunately, many people do not go to the dentist because they cannot afford to do so. With dental insurance, you can reduce the cost of care so that you can take better care […] The post Understanding Dental Insurance And How It Works appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • How To Save Money On Healthcare Costs

    Ed Harrison
    14 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    There is no denying that healthcare is becoming more and more expensive. For the most part it’s very difficult for people to afford doctor appointments, medication and several other tiny details that lead to huge payments. But there is some good news for those who are willing to take extra precaution and save on healthcare […] The post How To Save Money On Healthcare Costs appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • Understanding Tricare Supplemental Insurance

    Ed Harrison
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
    Most health insurance policies pay first for a person’s health care services. Tricare supplemental insurance is different in that after Tricare has paid its portion of your bill, the supplemental insurance will then reimburse you for out-of-pocket expenses associated with your medical care. Every supplemental insurance policy has slightly different rules. Tricare’s supplemental insurance comes […] The post Understanding Tricare Supplemental Insurance appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
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  • Liposuction Ways to Make It Safe and Effective

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

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

    28 Apr 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Your chest houses your 2 most important life-sustaining organs: your heart and your lungs. Heart problems and lung problems can result in life-threatening conditions. In some cases, surgery may be required to treat the problem. Cardiothoracic surgeons focus on both the heart and the lungs. Cardio surgery focuses on the heart, and thoracic surgery focuses on the lungs; therefore, cardiothoracic surgeons are qualified to diagnosis and surgically treat both heart and lung problems. Get to know a little but more about what cardiothoracic surgery in Seattle might entail. Common Surgical Heart…
  • Tummy Tuck reshapes the stomach and abdomen area

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:24 am
    The tummy tuck is often used by women who have had more than one pregnancy and by men with accumulated fat in the lower abdomen. Through the procedure, the belly gets remodeled and large amounts of fat are removed. The abdominal wall is formed by a series of layers that protect the human body. One of the thicker is the one that is called subcutaneous tissue, consisting mostly of fatty tissue. Below we have three layers of muscle tissue, which guarantee the abdominal contraction. Of all the areas of the body region of the stomach is the most fat accumulates and is also a very suitable place to…
  • Medical Tourism Deals & Packages: Luring Patients Worldwide

    20 Apr 2015 | 2:03 am
    Medical tourism industry in India as well as in several Asian countries has been registering a sky-high growth over the past few years. In India, it is reported to have been growing by 30% every year, with more and more patients from the West. Not just that, reports suggest that many fitness freaks are lured by the Indian Vedic way of life and are keen on rejuvenating their health through Ayurveda medication and therapies. People from the US, Europe and the Middle East are seeking the aid of Indian healthcare centers and hospitals as a cheap and reliable alternative. To top it all, medical…
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  • 15 Preventive Care Benefits for Adults

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

    8 Apr 2015 | 6:08 am
    All Marketplace health plans and many other plans must cover the following list of preventive care benefits for women without charging you a copayment or coinsurance. This is true even if you haven’t met your yearly deductible. This applies only when these services are delivered by an in-network provider. Anemia screening on a routine basis for pregnant women Breast Cancer Genetic Test Counseling (BRCA) for women at higher risk for breast cancer Breast Cancer Mammography screenings every 1 to 2 years for women over 40 Breast Cancer Chemoprevention counseling for women at higher risk…
  • Letters to the editor, April 6: Insure Tennessee

    6 Apr 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Governor should fight for his plan When Governor Haslam first introduced his Insure Tennessee proposal he said, “My faith doesn’t allow me to walk on the other side of the road and ignore a need that can be met – particularly in this case, when the need is Tennesseans who have life-threatening situations without access to healthcare.” I believe it’s time for Governor Haslam to have the courage to politically fight to have a bill passed and signed that will help those he spoke about so passionately. Three things that I think he could do are: First, call out…
  • Were you penalized for not having health coverage in 2014? You may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period

    1 Apr 2015 | 10:57 am
    Open enrollment for 2015 is over. But if you filed your taxes after Feb. 15th and were penalized for not having health coverage, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. In 2015, the fee for not having health coverage increases to $325 per person or 2% of your household income – whichever is higher. This fee generally applies if you can afford to have health coverage but choose to remain uninsured – although you may not have to pay the fee if you qualify for an exemption. If you don’t have coverage for the remainder of 2015, you’ll risk having to pay the fee…
  • How to Qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) in Tennessee

    13 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    For health insurance coverage in 2015, the Open Enrollment Period began November 15, 2014 and ended February 15, 2015. However, you can still enroll in health care for 2015 at any time of the year if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP). The rules about when you can make these changes and the kinds of changes you can make are different for each SEP, so please review carefully. Remember, we have local Tennessee health insurance agents to help review your Special Enrollment Period eligibility and answer any questions you may have. You can still enroll in health care for 2015 if…
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  • Memorial Day Quotes & Text Messages

    Deepak Rawat
    24 May 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Memorial Day Quotes & Text Messages Here is the best collection of Memorial Day best, messages, quotes and saying lines. This is the day that lets us to pay tribute to our brave heroes who fought for our freedom. Use these Memorial day inspirational quotes to celebrate with warm feelings and express how much you love our heroes. Previous Memorial Day was known as the Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women were died during the military service of […] The post Memorial Day Quotes & Text Messages appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • Cincinnati Memorial Day Weekend

    Deepak Rawat
    23 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Cincinnati Memorial Day Weekend Memorial Day Weekend unofficially marks the beginning of summer, and with temperatures rising and the sun out, Cincinnati is heating up with great activities for everyone. School’s out of session and it’s high time to get out and enjoy all the city has to offer. It’s another packed weekend with fun and things to do across the greater Cincinnati metro in celebration of Memorial Day. Cincinnati Memorial Day Weekend Things to do on Memorial day- Cincinnati […] The post Cincinnati Memorial Day Weekend appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • Houston Memorial Day Weekend

    Deepak Rawat
    23 May 2015 | 1:32 am
    Houston Memorial Day Weekend Memorial Day Weekend unofficially marks the beginning of summer, and with temperatures rising and the sun out, Houston is heating up with great activities for everyone. School’s out of session and it’s high time to get out and enjoy all the city has to offer. It’s another packed weekend with fun and things to do across the greater Houston metro in celebration of Memorial Day, from season to-do’s like the Summer Kick-Off party at Howl at […] The post Houston Memorial Day Weekend appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • San Antonio Memorial Day Weekend

    Deepak Rawat
    23 May 2015 | 12:37 am
    San Antonio Memorial Day Weekend Memorial Day Weekend unofficially marks the beginning of summer, and with temperatures rising and the sun out, San Antonio  is heating up with great activities for everyone. School’s out of session and it’s high time to get out and enjoy all the city has to offer. It’s another packed weekend with fun and things to do across the greater San Antonio metro in celebration of Memorial Day. San Antonio Memorial Day Weekend Missions vs. RoughRiders […] The post San Antonio Memorial Day Weekend appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • Memorial Day Weekend Houston

    Deepak Rawat
    22 May 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Memorial Day Weekend Houston Memorial Day Weekend unofficially marks the beginning of summer, and with temperatures rising and the sun out, Houston is heating up with great activities for everyone. School’s out of session and it’s high time to get out and enjoy all the city has to offer. It’s another packed weekend with fun and things to do across the greater Houston metro in celebration of Memorial Day, from season to-do’s like the Summer Kick-Off party at Howl at […] The post Memorial Day Weekend Houston appeared first on FestVent.Com.
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    Considering American Healthcare

  • A Few Thoughts on “Culture” in Healthcare

    16 May 2015 | 12:24 pm
    The big news in Boston healthcare last week was the announcement that Tufts and Boston University Medical Centers were calling off their proposed merger.  The Boston Globe wrote:  Although they did not specify why the deal fell apart, the hospitals were apparently unable to overcome differences in culture, mission, and strategies for the future, analysts said. “Culture always trumps strategy,” said Ellen Lutch Bender, president of the consulting firm Bender Strategies LLC. I don’t know any of the details about the proposed merger, and certainly can’t tell you if the deal…
  • Why Value Generation Doesn’t Grow Your Risk-Bearing Medical Group: On Being Foiled by the Middleman

    4 May 2015 | 11:13 am
    Imagine that you are an electronics manufacturer who has figured out how to build a superb stereo system at a far lower cost (20% less) than your competitors. Over time you’ve perfected the system, created a reputation for high quality and have a machine that sounds great.  Your manufacturing efficiencies position you to sell at a great price to consumers: that’s your major strategic advantage in fact. Provider groups need to translate their low cost position to the consumer. This is hard to do when the insurance company, who sits between consumers and providers can…
  • Spending Money to Save Money? Navigating Population Health “Hard-Dollar” Investments vs. Downstream “Unicorns and Rainbows” Medical Savings.

    21 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Most medical groups considering risk contracts usually understand that they’ll need to make significant investments in population health infrastructure for capitation to work out financially.  After all, capitation can only be profitable if the risk-bearing group has the ability to manage the use of expensive downstream healthcare services and minimize unneeded care. The problem is that the relationships between investments in population health and total medical expense (TME) savings are pretty complex. You’re going to need to spend some money to save even more money.  The…
  • Considering American Healthcare: Finalist for the 2015 NIHCM Foundation Digital Media Award

    3 Apr 2015 | 2:18 pm
    A Brief Note from Marc: Yesterday, I was delighted to hear that I was selected as a finalist for the National Institute of Healthcare Management Foundation’s Digital Medical Award based on several posts at Considering American Healthcare.  The prize, which “recognizes excellence in digital media that improves understanding of health care topics through analysis grounded in empirical evidence” will be awarded in June. I want to say that I am stunned that the committee would select CAH as one of 14 final entries. As a doctor who has been pounding out CAH in…
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    Law360: Health

  • Ex-Bryan Cave Client Can't Escape $1.5M Fee Row

    27 May 2015 | 7:19 am
    A California judge on Thursday rejected a bid by a former Bryan Cave LLP client to toss allegations that he hatched a secret plot to avoid paying the firm more than $1.5 million in fees, saying that the client’s arguments for dismissal left “loose ends” that need tying up at trial.
  • And Now A Word From The Panel: The MDL Lexicon

    27 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    As the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heads to Minneapolis, Minnesota — currently home to 10 MDL proceedings — for its post-Memorial Day hearing, this month’s column recaps the March session and explores the “MDL Lexicon,” says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.
  • Allergan Can't Duck Eye Docs' FCA Kickbacks Suit

    27 May 2015 | 6:39 am
    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday preserved a whistleblower suit accusing Allergan Inc. of violating the False Claims Act by shelling out kickbacks, rejecting the drugmaker’s argument that it isn’t liable because it didn’t directly bill Medicare and Medicaid.
  • NorthStar Pays $875M For Independent Living Portfolio

    27 May 2015 | 5:51 am
    NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc. said Wednesday it will purchase a portfolio of independent living facilities from Harvest Facility Holdings LP for $875 million, beefing up the health care holdings of two of its affiliates.
  • Could This Case Change The Cyberinsurance Landscape?

    27 May 2015 | 5:02 am
    With the emergence of stand-alone cyberinsurance policies, there was little doubt that courts would ultimately be called upon to weigh in on their scope of coverage. Now, that time may have finally come in an apparent case of first impression in Columbia Casualty Co. v. Cottage Health System, say Daniel Marvin and Robert Stern of Stern & Montana LLP.
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    The IV League

  • Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing

    24 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    The Ipsy GlamBag is an awesome subscription service that delivers full size beauty products directly to your doorstep. Watch the video below to see the unboxing of one of the Ipsy Glam Bags.   Follow this link to sign up or find out more about Ipsy. *Disclosure* – I am not receiving any compensation to discuss or review Ipsy. I have been a subscriber for over a year and a half and am reviewing because I love it! The post Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing appeared first on The IV League.
  • Summer Giveaway from the IV League and Badge Blooms!

    23 May 2015 | 4:15 pm
    In honor of summer break, I partnered up with Melissa of BadgeBlooms and we are doing a giveaway for the I.V. League fans. We are giving away 3 of Melissa’s awesome badge holders. Each one is separate so you’ll have tons of chances to win! Each badge is pictured below and the set of chances is below each photo, so if there’s one in particular you want….go for it! Entry opens Sunday, May 24th at 12:00am and closes on June 16th (my birthday!) at 12:00am. The winners will be contacted by 7pm on June 16th and must respond back within 48 hours or another winner will be…
  • Studying for the PAX-RN Exam

    17 May 2015 | 11:54 am
    This blog post comes by special request, from someone who asked what study tips I had for someone studying for the PAX-RN Exam. I know that some people are taking the TEAS test and some people are taking the PAX-RN exam, but these study tips should be relatable for each test. My Story First, I am going to give you some background information on my testing experience. I signed up for the PAX-RN exam one summer after I found out that I would need it to go to the community college I was intent on applying at. I purchased the study book from the bookstore that the school would be held at. The…
  • The First Day of Nursing School

    10 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    Check out this video where I talk about what happened during my first day of nursing school in my BSN program. Was it different than any other first day of school I’ve ever had? Did I meet any new people? Do I like my classmates? Come and see!       The post The First Day of Nursing School appeared first on The IV League.
  • End of the First Week of Nursing School

    10 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    I finished up my very first week of nursing school last Friday. Check out the video to see what crazy thing I did with this Sprite bottle for my clinical! The post End of the First Week of Nursing School appeared first on The IV League.
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    Plus Guidance Community

  • Secure Online Counselling

    Nathaniel Smithies
    22 May 2015 | 11:12 am
    If you’re a counsellor or therapist and you’re thinking about starting to practice online, it’s important that you choose a platform that takes security seriously. Secure online counselling options do exist, and you don’t have to settle for an option that does not provide confidentiality for you and your client (like Skype). PlusGuidance is a secure option, and has the very highest of standards when it comes to data security, confidentiality, and practicing in an ethical way online. For instance, PlusGuidance is HIPAA compliant, which means we meet the gold standard…
  • Tackling the problems as they emerge: Improving resources for mental health problems in children

    Catherine Lenain
    18 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    A new website,, has been launched to provide information and resources around children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing. The hope is that websites such as MindEd may help individuals in close contact with children, such as parents, teachers and carers, to spot the early signs of difficulties and take the appropriate action or offer the necessary support. Child psychiatrist Dr Raphael Kelvin, who led this project, voiced his thoughts in BBC’s ‘Scrubbing Up’ column last week about the need for more aid, especially in the classroom, if we are to really…
  • The antidote to anger: compassion

    Catherine Lenain
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    When you’re feeling frustrated, angry or resentful, trying to turn those feelings into loving kindness is probably the last thing on your mind. But it may be the most effective solution. Often it is just easier to be angry. We don’t have to think about anything much other than the fact that we have been wronged, and that things should not be this way. When your friend cancels on you for coffee for the third time, you probably don’t really care why, it’s just inconvenient. On the other hand, does it really get us anywhere, other than more wound up? Having compassion requires an…
  • Germanwings Crash: How can we better our workplaces?

    8 Apr 2015 | 3:28 am
    There has been a recent spiral of media speculation around the pilot, Andreas Lubitz who crashed the Germanwings plane into the Alps on the 24th of March. Speculation is a dangerous concept when it involves the unknown. There have been some assumptions made with regard to the pilots psychological fitness given a “depressive episode” he faced during his training as a pilot and whether the act in question was in fact suicidal. Having read a plethora of articles “exposing” the pilots past, it is clear to me as mental health advocates – we still have a long way to…
  • Have a break: Have a ‘check-in’.

    Catherine Lenain
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:07 am
    Do you ever notice, when someone asks you how you’re doing, that the response ‘I’m great thanks, how are you?’ comes out of your mouth before you’ve even thought to consider it?   Life is full of distractions, and it’s easy sometimes to avoid our own feelings. We switch onto autopilot to get through the day, and may rarely take the time to stop and ask ourselves how we are actually doing. In any resting moment alone, before we know it our Facebook news feed is on a screen in front of us, the earphones are in or we’re on the phone. You only have to look around any train or…
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  • 2015 Digital Health Progress and Adoption [infographic]

    Vigyanix WP
    22 May 2015 | 10:42 am
    Can innovations in digital health benefit healthcare? Digital health is empowering patients and helping them engage with their health in cost effective ways. Data from EHRs(electronic health records) and mHealth apps can help physicians personalize treatment, target conditions and engage patients in their care and monitor patient outcomes. Let’s explore through this […] The post 2015 Digital Health Progress and Adoption [infographic] appeared first on Vigyanix.
  • Velos eResearch Clinical Trials Implementation and Forms Customization

    15 May 2015 | 1:02 pm
    The Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LCRC) , a leading cancer research institute based in New Orleans partnered with Vigyanix to help them implement their clinical trials effectively in Velos eResearch Application. With our extensive knowledge of Velos eResearch application and a strong background in Clinical Trials Implementation, we were confident of […] The post Velos eResearch Clinical Trials Implementation and Forms Customization appeared first on Vigyanix.
  • Healthcare and Big Data: Match Made in Heaven? [infographic]

    Vigyanix WP
    13 May 2015 | 4:08 pm
    What is big data analytics? How can healthcare benefit from it? These & many more questions surrounding big data analytics can be answered by recognizing the increasing digitization of health in the recent times . Let us explore through this infographic how big data analytics is proving beneficial to health care and […] The post Healthcare and Big Data: Match Made in Heaven? [infographic] appeared first on Vigyanix.
  • Be Prepared or Get Penalized­ HIPAA Violation: An Expensive Deal [Infographic]

    Vigyanix WP
    1 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    Ever wondered how much will a HIPAA violation cost your Organization/You? The penalties for HIPAA noncompliance are huge; based on the level of negligence it can range from $100 to $50,000 per violation, with a maximum penalty of $1.5 million per year. Lets explore through this infographic types of HIPAA […] The post Be Prepared or Get Penalized­ HIPAA Violation: An Expensive Deal [Infographic] appeared first on Vigyanix.
  • The Doctor Will See You Now – Telemedicine: A Step Towards Better Patient Care [Infographic]

    Vigyanix WP
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    Will telemedicine explode in 2015? There are several factors that indicate that it will be the year that telemedicine takes off. The global telemedicine market in 2016 is expected to be $27 billion, with virtual health taking up $16 billion of this amount. It’s expected to reduce doctor visits by […] The post The Doctor Will See You Now – Telemedicine: A Step Towards Better Patient Care [Infographic] appeared first on Vigyanix.
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    Hospital Jobs and Careers Blog | Job Tips & Resources for Hospital Jobs

  • Joint Commission Accredited Health Care Institutions

    26 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Hospital Jobs at Joint Commission Accredited Health Care Institutions Joint Commission accreditation or certification is recognized nationwide as a prestigious symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. As the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, The Joint Commission, which is independent and not-for-profit, accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Accreditation can be earned by many types of health care organizations,…
  • Best Tips for Hospital Employment

    26 May 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Hiring Tips for Hospital Jobs While hospitals exist to serve the community, they’re still an operating businesses, and whether they’re for-profit or non-profit, these healthcare businesses still aim to find the best applicants to serve their community and work effectively with their existing employees. With that in mind, it’s important for applicants looking for hospital jobs to properly prepare for the application and interview process–just as if it were any other job. Along with the right credentials, certificates, and licenses, a prepared applicant will look that much better to…
  • Alternative Nursing Careers: Clinical and Clerical

    25 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    Alternative Nursing Careers: Clinical and Clerical Hospital Jobs  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are three different educational paths that can accredit a nurse: a diploma from an accredited nursing program or hospital, an associate’s degree in nursing, or a bachelor’s degree in nursing (which then qualifies an individual to study nursing or research at the master’s level and beyond). However, there are also other programs and advanced levels of accreditation that qualify an individual for nursing-like professions. In these nursing-like careers,…
  • Allied Healthcare Professions

    25 May 2015 | 10:18 am
    Allied Health Professions and Hospital Jobs  Allied health refers to a large variety of health-related professions and careers that can be found in the hospital and other health care settings. This part of the health care workforce provides support to physicians, dentists, and nurses by delivering a range of diagnostic, therapeutic, technical, and nutritional patient care to help prevent disease transmission, diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate people of all ages. Providers work directly and indirectly with patients in their specific field of expertise, which include, but are not limited…
  • Public Opinion and the ACA

    25 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    Public opinion concerning the Affordable Care Act is changing slowly, but it is changing, according to the April Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. And opinion seems to be shifting in favor of the act, after a 2.5-year stretch of predominantly low approval ratings. The poll found that 43 percent of Americans now say they approve of the ACA, as opposed to 42 percent who say they disapprove. That’s slightly better than the previous month, when 41 percent said they approve while 43 percent said they disapprove. And it’s the first time since November of 2012 that the number of people who…
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  • Five Facts You Should Know About Arthritis

    26 May 2015 | 4:46 am
    Arthritis affects the people of all ages. The common symptoms of arthritis include joint pain, swelling and stiffness that may vary over time. Arthritis makes life painful, causing trouble in physical activities and get worse with age leading to disabilities. Regardless of age or sex arthritis can cripple anyone. Although, nearly 53 million adults and 300,000 children have fallen victim to arthritis in America, most people are little aware about this disease and the type of arthritis they suffer. Osteoarthritis or degenerate arthritis: It is one of the most common forms of arthritis affecting…
  • Lose Weight, Get Free from Arthritis Pain Easily

    9 Apr 2015 | 4:33 am
    If you’re a victim of arthritis and your daily routine is contributing to your body weight, then it’s time to cut down on your calories. It may be surprising for you to know that being overweight not only make you prone to heart diseases or diabetes but affects the joints of bones as well. Arthritis cripples you with joint pain and stiffness because it causes the hard, slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones where they form a joint — to break down. How weight affects your joints: With every moving activity, we put three to five times of our body weight on the joint of knees, hips…
  • Symptoms and Treatment of Bronchitis

    1 Apr 2015 | 5:22 am
    Our lung comprises of some tubes called bronchial tubes that carry air to and from it. Sometime due to cold or infection it become inflamed or irritated, then it is called Bronchitis. There are two types of bronchitis, acute and chronic. Signs and symptoms of both the Bronchitis may include: Cough Production of Mucus, which can be clear, white, yellowish-gray or green in color Chess discomfort Fever Fatigue   Acute Bronchitis generally caused by viral or bacterial infection but exposure to pollution and chemical, use of other irritants like smoke, tobacco may cause it to occur. However…
  • Occupational Health Benefits

    9 Mar 2015 | 4:57 am
    Occupational health completely focuses on employee health and well being by treating occupational illnesses. Occupational illness generally develops over a period of time because of workplace conditions and is caused when the person is exposed to a physical, chemical or biological agent in the work premises. Occupational Health Benefits Some of the occupational health services that our doctors at Doctors Immediate Care provide include • Pre and Post employment physicals to determine the capability of an employee • Workplace injury or illness • EKGs • Dot and Non-Dot drug screening…
  • Have a Happy and healthy holiday season

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    It is the holiday season, you might have many plans running in your mind, but be cautious about your health. This holiday season can either gain you or put you down, everything is in your hands; Only you can make it a brighter one. Follow some of these tips and direct your family and friends to do so. Hold on Got vaccinated? First of all, get the flu vaccine to protect yourselves and your loved ones from the contagious flu. Find Your Nearest Clinic for $14.99 Flu Shots Resume Wash your hands Do it every now and then, to avoid the spread of germs or bacteria as it is a flu season. Scrub your…
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  • How Much Are You Paying in State Health Exchange Fees?

    Colleen McGuire
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    After the close of the 2015 health insurance open enrollment period, the federal marketplace boasted a 61% increase in sign-ups on But the 14 state exchanges had little to talk about, posting a meager 12% increase in enrollments – just 2.8 million new people.1 The lack of sign-ups means most states did not produce enough income to stay sustainable – if they were not living on federal grants or other funding to help keep the lights on. But federal aid ends in 2016, and state exchanges will have to survive on their own, or find alternative options. Cash flow is one of the…
  • What Millennials Think About Health Insurance Exchanges

    Colleen McGuire
    14 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    In a recent two-part survey organized by GenRe Life Corporation, researchers asked individuals about their thoughts and perspectives regarding health insurance exchanges. Consumers interviewed were required to have at least some knowledge of a health insurance exchange, although a majority of interviewees had a health insurance plan through their employer. The purpose of the study was to answer the following questions: Do individuals feel exchanges are here to stay, and are they willing to purchase health and non-health insurance through an exchange? Do individuals prefer a certain type of…
  • A Cause For Demanding Better Healthcare Data

    Jeff Smedsrud
    1 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    In a city too often polluted by political posturing, a new group recently formed in Washington D.C. is a rare breath of fresh spring air. The coalition for Clear Choices is a movement in support of healthcare transparency, striving for reduced costs and improved health outcomes for all Americans. is one of the founding members. Other members include groups as diverse as Aetna, seniors advocacy group AARP, Novo Nordisk, The National Consumer League and several national business groups. Clear Choices is demanding that Obamacare provide better data to consumers on price and…
  • Health Insurance Subsidies Won’t Go Away With Supreme Court Decision

    Jeff Smedsrud
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:49 am
    Subsidies won’t go away no matter what the Supreme Court decides, but they are on shaky ground — long term.  Supporters and critics of Obamacare share something in common: They are equally wrong when they say premium subsidies to buy Obamacare plans are in imminent danger of ending. The U.S. Supreme Court will decide in early June if premium subsidies are legal in the 37 states (and District of Columbia) that did not establish a state-based health insurance marketplace. The plaintiffs argue the language of the Affordable Care Act — in its narrowest interpretation — does not allow…
  • Little Known Rule Gives Millions Access to Healthcare Plans

    Colleen McGuire
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:05 am
    On Monday, April 20, 2015, over 68,000 individuals had taken advantage of the federal government’s extended open enrollment period, which allows individuals and families to enroll in an Obamcare healthcare plan to avoid paying a fine on their 2015 taxes.1 The standard open enrollment period was extended after it was determined approximately 6 million people were surprised to learn they had to pay a tax penalty for not having coverage when filing their 2014 income taxes. It appears, however, Americans are not aware of this little known rule if just over 1% of those eligible to enroll in a…
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    EPsych Blog

  • Telemedicine Changes the Game for Mental Health

    6 May 2015 | 7:31 am
      A report recently released by Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, highlighted the potential importance of telemedicine in mental health. A group of German investigators crafted a study measuring the impact of a telemedicine program comprised of telephone contacts and individualized text messages. The program was designed to act as a continuation of treatment following therapy in a psychiatric day hospital. The study was structured thusly: "All participants were recruited from psychiatric day hospitals. The study had a 3-armed, randomized design with 2 intervention arms…
  • Children Benefit from Telemental Health Services

    1 May 2015 | 1:32 pm
    As telemental health continues to gain momentum, it is increasingly being considered to help schoolchildren reach mental health professionals. Airian Marshall of CityLab found, “For overwhelmed professionals, it’s fast and efficient; for schools, it’s relatively inexpensive; for students and their parents, it's convenient (and oftentimes, research shows, easier on the child than meeting in person).” In urban areas the appointment follow-up rates were low, which compromises quality of the mental care provided. In Baltimore, where a University of Maryland program has been running for…
  • Which States Offer The Best Telehealth Coverage and Reimbursement?

    29 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
      The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has published a comprehensive report breaking down the status of telemedicine coverage and reimbursement in each state. Unsuprisingly, coverage for telemedical services ranks among the most important topics surrounding the field and has the ability to make or break telehealth initiatives. As excited as patients might be by the prospect of remote care, demand will suffer if Americans are expected to pay out of pocket for such services. The ATA analyzed the diverse landscape of telemedicine policy across all 50 states in order to ascertain the…
  • New Telemedicine Model Proposed for Hospitals

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
    In an article reported by MedCityNews, a new standard for hospital telemedicine services was introduced by Ernst & Young they are hoping will be adopted by the American Telemedicine Association and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). This system, they believe, will begin to define adoption standards for telehealth coverage. Dr. Bill Fera, a principal in the Health Care Advisory practice at EY says, “We wanted to create a standard way to communicate. We need to understand where people are. But no one defines what adoption means to this point.”…
  • The Lone Star State Stands Alone against Telemedicine

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
      Last week, Texas lawmakers ended a protracted battle between the state board and telehealth company Teladoc when they voted to restrict the practice of telemedicine, bucking the national trend of increased adoption. The move comes as a surprise at a time when many states in recent months have moved towards expanding telemedical practices and mandating insurance coverage for the services.  The momentum towards telemedicine can also be felt outside the confines of legislation, with national demand increasing exponentially with every passing year. In a New York Times…
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  • Arthritis Diagnosis and Treatment – Important Facts

    Julie Clements
    26 May 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Arthritis is recognized as one of the prominent causes of disability in the United States. As per reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in every 5 American adults, i.e. 50 million people, have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. It is estimated that this number will increase to at least 67% by the end of 2030. This condition affects the musculoskeletal system causing inflammation of one or more joints.It is regarded as the main cause of disability among people above 55 years of age. The most common signs and symptoms associated with arthritis are acute joint pain…
  • How to Distinguish Good Medical Billing Companies from Bad Medical Billing Companies

    Rajeev Rajagopal
    24 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Outsourcing medical billing tasks to a professional medical billing company is a great way for health care providers to ensure proper reimbursement and devote more time to patient care. However, to choose the right medical billing company, you need to compare service providers. Here are some important points that can help you distinguish between good and bad medical billing companies. Comprehensive Suite of Medical Billing Services: The right firm would provide end-to-end medical coding and billing services. This would include everything from receiving patient schedules, entering demographic…
  • Increase in Knee Replacement Surgeries Directly Linked to Obesity

    Meghann Kiernan
    21 May 2015 | 11:14 pm
    According to a new study, the total number of knee replacement surgeries performed in the United States shows a significant increase. The study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) (June 2014 edition) found that the total knee replacements (TKR) had tripled during 1993 – 2009, while hip replacement surgeries doubled during the same period. A higher prevalence of overweight and obesity in the US accounted for about 95 percent increase in these orthopedic surgical procedures, particularly with younger patients being affected to a greater extent. Data suggests that excess…
  • Obesity in Adults: Importance of Screening and Management

    Natalie Tornese
    19 May 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Obesity is considered as a leading public health problem globally. The rates of obesity have increased significantly over the past few years in the United States. It is estimated that more than two thirds of the US adults are overweight or obese. This condition is directly linked to other serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and respiratory problems. Recent research suggests that the risk of developing many cancers and dying from them is higher among people who are overweight. According to the 2014 Cancer Progress Report from the American Association for Cancer…
  • Legal Pitfalls of Social Media in a Healthcare Context

    Julie Clements
    17 May 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Social media has made a huge impact on the way the medical community communicates with the outside world, but the usage of social media within a healthcare context does pose certain risks to the physicians and practices. Legal Risks in Social Media HIPAA Contravention – Physicians need to remain HIPAA compliant when using social media. Special care must be taken to protect their patients’ identity and health information. It is also illegal to post Protected Health Information of patients on social media sites where it is visible to others without their consent. Inappropriate posting…
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  • Top 10 Tricks Diverters Use to Steal Medications: Part 2

    Blog Administrator
    26 May 2015 | 11:46 am
    By Kimberly New, JD, BSN, RN, Diversion Consultant and Educator This is the seventh in a series of posts about drug diversion. This continues the discussion of the top 10 most common methods diverters use to steal medications. The last...
  • Nurses Take Next Steps to Transform Healthcare

    Blog Administrator
    21 May 2015 | 11:25 am
    It’s no secret that nurses provide an invaluable service by taking care of patients during hospital stays.  What people don’t realize is that nurses can offer even greater value by sharing their knowledge and experience to address many aspects of healthcare...
  • News Corner: Is “The Internet of Me” Upon Us?

    Blog Administrator
    20 May 2015 | 11:29 am
    As the field of health information technology (health IT) continues to grow, attendees at the Information Week Conference noticed an increased push towards personalized medicine. According to speaker Adriana Karaboutis, Vice President of Technology at Biogen, health IT has evolved...
  • Top 10 Tricks Diverters Use to Steal Medications: Part 1

    Blog Administrator
    19 May 2015 | 2:21 pm
    By Kimberly New, JD, BSN, RN, Diversion Consultant and Educator This is the sixth in a series of posts about drug diversion. When auditing for drug diversion, it’s helpful to be aware of some typical methods employed by diverters. In...
  • Alternative Career Paths for Pharmacists: Part 2

    Blog Administrator
    14 May 2015 | 1:51 pm
    In our last post on alternative pharmacy career paths, we discussed a handful of diverse opportunities those trained as pharmacists could pursue, based on the article by Thora Jones in Pharmacy Times titled “Diversity in Pharmacy: Atypical Jobs for Pharmacists.”...
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    Wachler & Associates Health Law Blog

  • Bill Introduced to Reform the RAC Program

    20 May 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Recently, United States Representative Sam Graves introduced the bill HR 2156, otherwise known as the Medicare Audit Improvement Act of 2015. Currently pending, the Medicare Audit Improvement Act addresses the aggressive nature of recovery audit contractors ("RACs"). Since the beginning of the RAC program, contractors have been paid on a contingency fee basis, thus incentivizing them to find improper payments. The Medicare Audit Improvement Act is intended to curb such practices. The bill would eliminate the contingency fee for RACs and replace it with a flat fee rate--similar to other…
  • Senate Finance Committee Examines Medicare Appeals Backlog

    19 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    On April 28, 2015, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee held a hearing to address the rising Medicare appeals claims backlog. At the hearing, Nancy Griswold, Chief Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA), blamed the backlog on a lack of funding and an unprecedented amount of appeals. ALJ Griswold stated that the average processing time for each claim has soared to 550 days, more than quadrupling over the past five years. There are currently over 500,000 Medicare appeals pending review. While appeals continue to stack up, OMHA's budget was increased…
  • Proposed Stage 3 Meaningful Use Rules

    28 Apr 2015 | 2:19 pm
    On Friday March 20, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") announced the release of the new Stage 3 meaningful use proposed rules. Concurrently, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology ("ONC") released its new EHR certification requirements, which are linked to its previously released interoperability roadmap. CMS says that the new rules "will give providers additional flexibility, make the program simpler, and drive interoperability among electronic health records, and increase the focus on patient outcomes to improve care." With the…
  • OIG Advisory Opinion Clarifies that Excluded Providers May Receive Payments for Services Performed and Billed by Practice Prior to Exclusion

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:35 am
    On February 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) delivered an advisory opinion finding that a physician or provider previously excluded from participating in Medicare, Medicaid, and all other federal health care programs was permitted to share in federal payments with his former medical practice when the payments were based on services furnished prior to the individual's exclusion even though payment was received by the practice after the exclusion. The Petitioner sought guidance from the OIG as to whether sharing in these payments with…
  • FDA Gives Finalized Guidance on Medical Device Data Systems, Mobile Apps, and Medical Image Storage and Communications Devices

    17 Apr 2015 | 4:14 pm
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued non-binding guidance on February 9, 2015 finalizing its position on regulatory compliance of medical device data systems (MDDS), medical image storage and communications devices and mobile medical applications. In its recently issued guidance, the FDA explained that it will not enforce compliance with the regulatory controls that apply to MDDS, medical image storage devices and medical image communications devices because the devices pose a low risk to the patients and play an important role in the advancement of digital health care. Under FDA…
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  • 10 Tips for happiness

    Bel Marra Health
    27 May 2015 | 2:05 am
    Martha Washington, the first First Lady of the United States, once said, “I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” This may be easier said than done for ... Read MoreThe post 10 Tips for happiness appeared first on Natural Health Care Products | Nutritional Health Supplements | Belmarra Health.
  • 10 Tips and natural remedies to beat the bloat

    Bel Marra Health
    27 May 2015 | 2:03 am
    Your pants won’t button, your stomach has grown in size and you just feel so sluggish you barely want to leave the house. What are we talking about? Bloating. Maybe you ate too much or maybe something you ate just isn’t sitting right, whatever the cause, one thing is for sure – bloating is highly uncomfortable. What ... Read MoreThe post 10 Tips and natural remedies to beat the bloat appeared first on Natural Health Care Products | Nutritional Health Supplements | Belmarra Health.
  • The simple beverage swap to reduce risk of diabetes

    Dr. Victor Marchione
    27 May 2015 | 2:01 am
    We all know we should be drinking water throughout our day, but a lot of us are still grabbing a can or bottle of soda. It’s no secret that Americans like their soda. But sugary beverages – top-selling sodas included – have come under a lot of scrutiny in the last while because they’ve been linked to numerous ... Read MoreThe post The simple beverage swap to reduce risk of diabetes appeared first on Natural Health Care Products | Nutritional Health Supplements | Belmarra Health.
  • Unusual signs of stroke in women

    Bel Marra Health
    26 May 2015 | 2:05 am
    Let’s set the record straight: ... Read MoreThe post Unusual signs of stroke in women appeared first on Natural Health Care Products | Nutritional Health Supplements | Belmarra Health.
  • Mushrooms: Magical youth elixir?

    Bel Marra Health
    26 May 2015 | 2:01 am
    Magic mushrooms can do some amazing things. No, not just those kind of things! Some do contain natural psychedelic chemicals, but there are many mushrooms whose botanical magic lies in the amazing things they can do for your health. Even celebrities are using mushrooms as an anti-aging secret weapon in creams and facial peels. Sound far-fetched? Not really, ... Read MoreThe post Mushrooms: Magical youth elixir? appeared first on Natural Health Care Products | Nutritional Health Supplements | Belmarra Health.
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    Virtual Journal Club

  • Disclosing medical errors to patients: effects of nonverbal involvement.

    26 May 2015 | 5:01 am
    Related Articles Disclosing medical errors to patients: effects of nonverbal involvement. Patient Educ Couns. 2014 Mar;94(3):310-3 Authors: Hannawa AF Abstract OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to test causal effects of physicians’ nonverbal involvement on medical error disclosure outcomes. METHODS: 216 hospital outpatients were randomly assigned to two experimental treatment groups. The first group watched a video vignette of a verbally effective and nonverbally involved error disclosure. The second group was exposed to a verbally effective but nonverbally uninvolved error…
  • Pilot study to assess the influence of an enhanced medication plan on patient knowledge at hospital discharge.

    26 May 2015 | 5:01 am
    Related Articles Pilot study to assess the influence of an enhanced medication plan on patient knowledge at hospital discharge. Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 2014 Oct;70(10):1243-50 Authors: Send AF, Schwab M, Gauss A, Rudofsky G, Haefeli WE, Seidling HM Abstract PURPOSE: This study assessed the effect of providing an enhanced medication plan (EMP) to patients during patient-physician conversation at hospital discharge and evaluated its immediate impact on patient knowledge on pharmacotherapy. METHODS: We observed patient-physician conversations at hospital discharge in three internal medicine wards…
  • A population-based evaluation of severity and mortality among transferred patients with acute pancreatitis.

    26 May 2015 | 5:01 am
    Related Articles A population-based evaluation of severity and mortality among transferred patients with acute pancreatitis. Pancreas. 2014 Oct;43(7):1111-6 Authors: Anand G, Hutfless SM, Akshintala VS, Khashab MA, Lennon AM, Makary MA, Hirose K, Andersen DK, Kalloo AN, Singh VK Abstract OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to compare severity of acute pancreatitis (AP) and mortality rates between transferred and nontransferred patients and to determine the factors that influence the decision to transfer. METHODS: A retrospective analysis coding a statewide administrative database in Maryland was…
  • Association between weekend admission and in-hospital mortality for pulmonary embolism: An observational study and meta-analysis.

    26 May 2015 | 5:01 am
    Related Articles Association between weekend admission and in-hospital mortality for pulmonary embolism: An observational study and meta-analysis. Int J Cardiol. 2015 May 19;194:72-74 Authors: Coleman CI, Brunault RD, Saulsberry WJ PMID: 26005808 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
  • Longer Versus Shorter Duration Dual-Antiplatelet Therapy After Drug-Eluting Stent Placement: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.

    26 May 2015 | 5:01 am
    Related Articles Longer Versus Shorter Duration Dual-Antiplatelet Therapy After Drug-Eluting Stent Placement: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Ann Intern Med. 2015 May 26; Authors: Spencer FA, Vandvik PO, Chetan D, Zhou Q, Guyatt G Abstract Background: The appropriate duration of dual-antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) after drug-eluting stent (DES) placement remains controversial. Purpose: To summarize data on clinical outcomes with longer- versus shorter-duration DAPT after DES placement in adults with coronary artery disease. Data Sources: Ovid MEDLINE and EMBASE, 1996 to 27 March 2015, and…
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  • Secrets To A Healthy Diet With Shailja Trivedi

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

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

    9 Apr 2015 | 12:39 am
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    23 Mar 2015 | 5:37 am
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