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  • How to Get More Good Brown Fat

    Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips
    Dr. Weil
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    Unlike white fat cells that store calories for energy and expand as we gain weight, brown fat cells burn calories and generate heat to maintain body temperature. The trouble is, we don’t have many of them. If we had more of these metabolically active cells, we might be slimmer and healthier. A newly published study suggests that sleeping in a chilly room might boost our individual supplies of brown fat. This strategy worked in five healthy young men who agreed to sleep in climate-controlled chambers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for four months. By day, the men went about…
  • Is Becoming a Doctor Worth $2.6 Million?

    The Health Care Blog
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    By RICHARD GUNDERMAN, MD      Each year, over 20,000 US students begin medical school.  They routinely pay $50,000 or more per year for the privilege, and the average medical student graduates with a debt of over $170,000.  That’s a lot of money.  But for some who pursue careers in medicine, the financial cost has been […]
  • The Dangers of Driving While Drowsy – an Infographic

    Safety un-Limited
    27 Feb 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Many people have heard of the dangers of “Driving Under the Influence” (DUI) or “Driving While Intoxicated” (DWI). There have been many campaigns to bring awareness to this danger. But there is another danger on the road. A danger that … Continue reading →
  • Pittsburgh Steelers' Antonio Brown Joins Athletes Pumping Nutritional Supplements

    Forbes - Pharma & Healthcare
    David Lariviere
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:52 am
    Another high-profile athlete became a spokesman for a leading nutritional supplement as Steelers Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown backed a Pittsburgh-based company.
  • 10 New Weight Loss Supplements You Need To Know About

    Forbes - Pharma & Healthcare
    David Lariviere
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:52 am
    Supplements can help boost metabolism, decrease appetite, and cut fat absorption, but which ones work? Here are 10 with at least some scientific cred.
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  • Healthcare should focus less on innovation, more on imitation

    Katie Sullivan
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    Hospitals should focus less on innovation and more on imitating proven approaches that actually work and adapt them for industry use, according to a Harvard Business Review more
  • Medication adherence: Research finds no easy way to get patients to take prescribed drugs

    Ilene MacDonald
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    Half of patients don't take their medications as prescribed, but despite efforts to encourage patients to take the necessary drugs, new research published in The Cochrane Library indicates there is no effective interventionread more
  • Older adults sicker in U.S. than other countries

    Zack Budryk
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:36 am
    Older American adults are sicker than those in 10 other countries, with nearly seven in 10 dealing with at least two chronic conditions, according to an international survey published in Health more
  • Hand-hygiene strategies for healthcare workers--what really works?

    Debra Beaulieu-Volk
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
    The problem of inadequate hand hygiene has persisted in hospitals partly because traditional strategies, such as awareness posters, have "grown stale," while inherent flaws in other initiatives, such as urging patients to remind clinicians to wash their hands, have limited their effectiveness, according to a research article from BMC Infectious more
  • Optimize patient flow: The key to reducing readmissions

    Ilene MacDonald
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:08 am
    Despite many hospital's efforts to reduce readmissions, penalties for excessive readmissions reached an all-time high this year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid will levy fines to 2, more
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  • How Obamacare Lowers Your Property Taxes

    Bruce Japsen
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:58 pm
    The Affordable Care Act, which is reducing the number of unpaid hospital bills, is also mitigating the property tax burden for counties and cities that subsidize care for the uninsured at publicly-owned health facilities. A snapshot of this trend can be seen in Cook County, Illinois, where the public hospital system
  • How Obamacare Lowers Your Property Taxes

    Bruce Japsen
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Affordable Care Act, which is reducing the number of unpaid hospital bills, is also mitigating the property tax burden for counties and cities that subsidize care for the uninsured at publicly-owned health facilities.
  • How the Swasthya Slate is Revolutionizing Healthcare, and Why It Steers Clear of the USA

    Stephen Wunker
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:51 am
    The Swasthya Slate is a remarkable device.  Crammed into the footprint of an Android tablet, the Slate's electronics monitor electrocardiogram measures, blood pressure, blood sugar, urine protein, and several other biometrics.  The data is reported to be within 99% of the accuracy of far more complex machines.  Furthermore, the Slate collects data input by users and communicates this to a central server, both creating a reliable record of patients' health and enabling download of recommended therapies.  With all of its sensors included, the Slate is being manufactured for…
  • 10 New Weight Loss Supplements You Need To Know About

    David Lariviere
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:52 am
    Supplements can help boost metabolism, decrease appetite, and cut fat absorption, but which ones work? Here are 10 with at least some scientific cred.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers' Antonio Brown Joins Athletes Pumping Nutritional Supplements

    David Lariviere
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:52 am
    Another high-profile athlete became a spokesman for a leading nutritional supplement as Steelers Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown backed a Pittsburgh-based company.
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  • Georgia's 'Coverage Gap' Leaves Many Uninsured

    Jim Burress
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    The state did not expand Medicaid so many of their target audience — African-Americans and Latinos — may make too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to get subsidies.» E-Mail This
  • In The Hospital, There's No Such Thing As A Lesbian Knee

    Kelli Dunham
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    People in the LGBT community often have a hard time getting appropriate health care. But the problems aren't unique to them. Doesn't everyone want to have a doctor call them by their preferred name?» E-Mail This
  • The 2 Things That Rarely Happen After A Medical Mistake

    Marshall Allen
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    When patients are harmed by a medical error, they rarely are told about it or given an apology, according to a study based on ProPublica's Patient Harm Questionnaire.» E-Mail This
  • White House Acknowledges Over-Counting Obamacare Signups

    Scott Neuman
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    The administration said some people who had dental plans separate from their health care coverage were mistakenly counted twice. The GOP says it was a deliberate attempt to inflate the numbers.» E-Mail This
  • A Worry In Theory, Medical Data Privacy Draws A Yawn In Practice

    Scott Hensley
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    Nearly three-quarters of Americans say their doctors use electronic records. The overwhelming majority of people aren't particularly concerned about the privacy of the information, an NPR poll finds.» E-Mail This
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  • Anti-HIV medicines can cause damage to fetal hearts, research shows

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    New research raises concern about potential long-term harmful impact of 'antiretroviral therapy' on in-utero infants whose mothers are HIV-positive, but who are not infected with HIV themselves. The study shows that while the HIV medications have been successful in helping to prevent the transmission of the virus from mother to infant, they are associated with persistently impaired development of heart muscle and reduced heart performance in non-HIV-infected children whose mothers received the medicines years earlier.
  • In landmark study of cell therapy for heart attack, more cells make a difference

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    Physicians from 60 sites treated 161 heart attack patients with their own bone marrow cells, selected for their healing potential and then reinjected into the heart, in an effort to improve the heart's recovery. Their conclusion? Patients who receive more cells get significant benefits.
  • Update on new treatments for liver diseases

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    Cirrhosis and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease are two serious liver conditions with limited pharmacological treatments. The December issues of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Gastroenterology highlights important updates into treatments for these two debilitating diseases.
  • Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation studied for stroke rehab

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Researchers are trying to help patients who have suffered a stroke to improve arm movement by stimulating the brain using a device called a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator (TMS). The idea is that when one side of the brain is damaged by a stroke, the healthy side tends to generate much more activity to compensate, but that may actually prevent the injured side from recovering, explains the principal investigator.
  • Possibilities for personalized vaccines

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    Medical researchers are considering the possibilities for personalized vaccines in all types of cancer. The first vaccine will be prepared from a warehouse of 72 targets previously identified by the researchers as relevant for treatment in glioblastoma.
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    Healthcare Intelligence Network

  • CMS Chronic Care Management Medicare Reimbursement: Sizeable Revenue, Health Outcome Opportunities

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

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

    Cheryl Miller
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    Healthcare organizations use a range of tools and practices to identify and stratify high-risk, high-cost patients and determine appropriate interventions. Most critical to the stratification process is clinical patient data, say an overwhelming 87 percent of respondents to the Healthcare Intelligence Network’s (HIN) inaugural survey on Stratifying High-Risk Patients. However, obtaining and verifying patient data remain major challenges for many respondents. Following are 10 more statistics from our survey. „„Hospital readmissions is the metric most favorably impacted by risk…
  • Healthcare Trends 2015: Transparency, New Players Narrow Payor-Provider Divide

    Patricia Donovan
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    To paraphrase Bob Dylan: Healthcare roles, they are a' changin:' For example: Providers are moving into payor spaces, assuming care coordination roles. Payors are expanding into provider businesses. Hospitals are being repurposed as post-acute care centers. Empowered consumers are diving into data analytics for cost and quality information. Innovators launching new care models abroad are poised to test them on U.S. soil, turning healthcare into a global market. Given these role reversals and emerging players, the challenge of distinguishing oneself organizationally in the marketplace is a…
  • Infographic: Motivational Interviewing

    Melanie Matthews
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Motivational interviewing (MI) is a standardized, evidence-based approach for facilitating behavior change, according to a new infographic by Health Sciences Institute. The infographic explores the four key phases of MI and evidence to support MI's impact. To succeed in a value-driven system, healthcare organizations will need to shift primary responsibility for health management to the individuals it serves. Evidence-based health coaching supports these population health goals by aligning best practice care with patients' needs and values. Evidence-Based Health Coaching: Patient-Centered…
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    FierceHealthIT News

  • 3 reasons for provider moderation in health IT use

    Dan Bowman
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    While digital tools enhancing communication between physicians and patients has been proven an effective method for boosting medication adherence for some patients, their use should be approached with caution, according to Esther Choo, an assistant professor at Warren Alpert Medical School in Providence, Rhode more
  • 2015 healthcare predictions: Growth in analytics, mobile, security risks

    Susan D. Hall
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    Big data continues to dominate the 2015 predictions for health IT from IDC Health Insights, though security plays a major role as more
  • Digital health records: Toss them out and start over?

    Susan D. Hall
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    Despite the millions they've spent on digitizing medical records, many hospitals would be better off just scrapping their systems, according to an article at Hospitals & Health more
  • Telemedicine effective for PTSD treatment of rural veterans

    Dan Bowman
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    Telemedicine-based collaborative care was shown to be an effective means for providing psychotherapy care to veterans in rural areas suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to research published this week in JAMA more
  • HHS proposes more transparency for clinical trials process

    Katie Dvorak
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health have proposed new rules for clinical trials that clarify requirements for registering the trials and submitting trial results online at more
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    The Health Care Blog

  • Is Deborah Peel up to her old tricks?

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

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    By ACA DATABASE Unlucky in Coverage writes from the Southwest: I am self-insured. I was quite pleased last year when I had a chance to purchase health insurance through the Federal Marketplace because my new plan was significantly less expensive and more comprehensive than the coverage I had previously. However, I just learned that my […]
  • Preparing for Updates to the Medicare Shared Savings Program

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    By FARZAD MOSTASHARI, MD and TRAVIS BROOME Later this month – perhaps as early as this week – the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is poised to release a proposed rule to update to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). MSSP is the national program which allows providers to create ACOs, and it […]
  • Why You Should Ditch Your IT System

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:49 pm
    By JOE FLOWER So you spent millions to billions of dollars on information systems over the past few years, right? How’s that working out for you? For a large percentage of you, whether or not you admit it, not so well. What you bought needs some serious tweaks, re-engineering, re-thinking, re-vamping. For an even larger […]
  • Is Becoming a Doctor Worth $2.6 Million?

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    By RICHARD GUNDERMAN, MD      Each year, over 20,000 US students begin medical school.  They routinely pay $50,000 or more per year for the privilege, and the average medical student graduates with a debt of over $170,000.  That’s a lot of money.  But for some who pursue careers in medicine, the financial cost has been […]
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  • Health Wonk Review is up at Healthblawg

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

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

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

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

    12 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    Charlie Baker (R), Governor-elect of Massachusetts Early in 2014 I interviewed Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker (and all the other candidates) about healthcare policy. Now that he’s won the election I have re-posted the interview. I hope to interview him again in the coming months. Baker has tremendous, relevant experience in healthcare. He was CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Secretary of Health and Human Services before that.
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  • How Many People Have Enrolled So Far in Obamacare's Second Open Enrollment?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jason Shafrin
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Which states have decided to receive additional federal funds to expand the share of people they cover under Medicaid?  The Kaiser Family Foundation has the answer. Alabama Not Moving Forward at this Time Alaska  Not Moving Forward at this Time Arizona Implementing the Medicaid Expansion  Arkansas Implementing the Medicaid Expansion California  Implementing the Medicaid Expansion Colorado Implementing the Medicaid Expansion Connecticut Implementing the Medicaid Expansion Delaware Implementing the Medicaid Expansion District of Columbia Implementing the Medicaid Expansion…
  • Psych Boarding in the ER

    Jason Shafrin
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:53 pm
    The president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Michael Gerardi, was recently interviewed about his plans for the organization.  One of his key initiatives will be to stop the practice of housing psychiatric patients in the ER. According to Dr. Gerardi: It is inhumane that a lot of patients, especially adolescent patients, sometimes live in an emergency department for days. We have stories of patients in the emergency department waiting for a bed, a patient bed, for over a week. That’s got to stop. In fact, there are models out there now where you can take a person in…
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  • Implementing Health Reform: 2016 Benefit And Payment Parameters Proposed Rule, Consumer Provisions; Hardship Exemptions

    Timothy Jost
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    On November 15, 2014, the marketplaces reopened for 2015.  Anecdotal reports indicate that in most places enrollment and reenrollment are running smoothly.  But the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is looking forward to 2016.  On November 21 CMS published its massive 2016 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (BPP) Proposed Rule  with accompanying fact sheet.  It also published the draft 2016 actuarial value calculator and draft actuarial value calculator methodology for 2016.  Finally, CMS published a guidance on…
  • Sovaldi, Harvoni, And Why It’s Different This Time

    Laura Fegraus and Murray Ross
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:18 am
    With the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s approval of Harvoni, the successor to Gilead Science’s Sovaldi, the alarm bells have officially rung on breakthrough hepatitis C treatments. One can’t open a newspaper or scan a Twitter feed without stumbling on at least one reference to either of the these two drugs for hepatitis C — an often debilitating viral infection impacting the liver that affects somewhere between 3 to 5 million Americans and several hundred million people worldwide. Hepatitis C infection is often asymptomatic and can have long latency periods. In up to 20…
  • New On GrantWatch Blog

    Lee-Lee Prina
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    Health Affairs GrantWatch Blog brings you news and views of what foundations are funding in health policy and health care. Here are the most recent posts: “Game Changers: Philanthropy’s Role in Eliminating Mental Health Disparities,” by Christie McElhinney, independent consultant (November 17) “Oral Health: How a Foundation in New York State Is Working to Prevent Cavities in Young Children,” by Bridget Walsh of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy and Kara Williams of the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York (November 5) “What Is…
  • The Latest Health Wonk Review

    Chris Fleming
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    In this week’s “turkey edition” of the Health Wonk Review, David Harlow of HealthBlawg provides a veritable smorgasbord of health policy posts, including a Health Affairs Blog essay by Jordan Paradise on biosimilars and patent disclosures.  The next Health Wonk Review will be hosted by Hank Stern at InsureBlog on December 4.
  • Adverse Events In Older Adults: The Need For Better Long-Term Care Financing And Delivery Innovation

    Anne Tumlinson
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:01 am
    Evidence mounts that a major disconnect exists between the services most frail older adults need and what they get. The vast majority of frail older adults (around 75 percent) who face challenges in taking care of themselves live at home. According to new research from Vicki Freedman and Brenda Spillman, published in the most recent issue of The Milbank Quarterly, almost a third of these older adults report having an adverse consequence as a result of not getting the help they need. These consequences are pretty grim – the most frequently reported event being wet clothes associated with an…
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  • Private Sector in Health

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

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

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

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

    medicare poster
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A draft decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would extend coverage for CT scans to Medicare beneficiaries who smoked at least a pack a day for 30 years or the equivalent. Related NewsScreening Smokers for Lung CancerIs Medicare Ignoring Cheaper Lung-Cancer Test?Marci’s Medicare Answers September 2010: Prostate cancer screenings… emergency ambulance calls… Hepatitis B shots… and …
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  • 35 years – respect the learners’ time

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

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

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

    5 Nov 2014 | 4:48 am
    The most valuable lesson about teaching that I ever learned occurred in high school. I took my first algebra test. The questions were easy, and I wrote down the answers. All my answers were correct, but I got a B. After each answer, she wrote “show your work”. She explained that while algebra questions start out easy, they become more complex over time. Only through careful understanding of ones thought process could we make progress through the more difficult concepts. We had to have a very solid foundation on which to build our algebra house. In my journey as a clinician…
  • The absence of evidence is not the same as evidence against

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    We have a huge dilemma in this era of evidence based medicine.  We expect an evidence review to help us make clinical decisions.  But sometimes the evidence does not exist.  We always have new clinical situations that we must address, before anyone has accumulated evidence. Of course the example that I use is the approach to possible Fusobacterium necrophorum pharyngitis.   In a paper we published a few years ago we established clearly that some patients with F necrophorum pharyngitis develop bacteremia.  We know that around 80% of Lemierre syndrome results from that…
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  • Eight high school football deaths from head or neck injury in 2014 equaling the number in 2013.

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

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    Margalit Gur-Arie has hit another out of the park on her blog "Health Care Technology". Everyone should read her recent entry entitled "Technology for Onesies-Twosies". See Here.Her comments are aimed at the almost one half of U.S. physicians who are still in private practice, most of which are in medium or smaller groups.The topic the government program to "help"private docs obtain and use electronic health records (EHRs) and its "Meaningful Use" Program which is a carrot and stick approach to get  recalcitrant physicians on the program.Quote:"Case in point: Meaningful Use is a…
  • Does much of the blame for sarcopenia rest on the satellite cells of the fast twitch muscle fibers?

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

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

    26 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    The American College of Cardiology recently retracted one of its magic five "Choosing Wisely" recommendations.In 2012 ACC had advised that in the setting of an acute coronary event one should only revascularize the "culprit artery".This is the artery thought to be responsible for the event and if other obstructions are detected the ACC said that there was evidence that the fix everything approach might be harmful.This advice was based on non randomized trials. Here is ACC's official statement.Now apparently two randomized trials  suggest one should fix (place a stent in ) the other…
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    The Alan Katz Health Care Reform Blog

  • No on Proposition 45

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

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

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

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

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

  • How Many Straws? - After $60 Million Settlement for Poor Manufacturing Quality, Hospira Warned by FDA, Then Assessed Punitive Damages for Firing Whistle-Blower

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

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

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

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:51 am
    This story about a  UK hospital that recently "went live"with an American electronic health record/enterprise command-and-control system (EPIC) was not only predictable, but expected considering the sorry state of the health IT industry in terms of clinical leadership and regulation.(It appears this was a "big bang" rollout, see, an implementation method better suited for warehouses and widget suppliers than major hospitals.)Addenbrooke’s staff blame blood shortage on new eHospitalBy CambridgeNews  |  Posted:…
  • Promises, Promises - Dendreon Bankrupt, Steward Healthcare Closes Quincy Hospital

    11 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    Physicians and other health professionals are trained to attempt to make realistic, unbiased predictions, most frequently of the prognoses of individual patients.  Thus physicians may not question apparently authoritative predictions, claims, and promises made in the health care context.  They may not question, for example, predictions about the efficacy and safety of drugs and devices, even by people working for drug and device companies; predictions of the benefits of health care services, even by people working for the hospitals that provide them; and predictions of the benefits…
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    Bioethics Discussion Blog

  • Patient Modesty: Volume 70

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ebola and the ethics of research design

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

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

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

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

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

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:10 am
    The first issue of a new publication series from The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) called From Policy to Practice explores pain as a public health problem and takes a look at how various policies impact the care provided to patients in a range of practice settings. It also provides readers with an overview of […]
  • Transcranial direct current stimulation in mild cognitive impairment: Behavioral effects and neural mechanisms

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    This site uses cookies to improve performance. If your browser does not accept cookies, you cannot view this site. Setting Your Browser to Accept Cookies There are many reasons why a cookie could not be set correctly. Below are the most common reasons: You have cookies disabled in your browser. You need to reset your […]
  • Intimacy in care homes

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:01 am
    ‘Everyone has the right to express their sexuality without fear of judgment. This is no less the case for people with dementia. Where sexual difficulties do arise, it’s important to remember that there is no single ‘normal’ way of dealing with this very personal issue. In the end what it comes down to is mental […]
  • Dementia carers’ mental health improves with coping strategies therapy

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Worldwide, 35.6 million people have dementia, a group of cognitive disorders characterized by memory impairment, language difficulty and disturbance of executive function. This cluster of disorders, which includes Alzheimer’s disease, causes many of its sufferers to rely on carers, who in turn may face depression and anxiety as a result. Now, a new study shows […]
  • Therapy programme significantly improves carers’ mental health and quality of life

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:56 am
    The START (STrAtegies for RelaTives) trial, led by Professor Gill Livingston at University College London, randomly assigned 260 family carers of people with dementia who were free from depression to receive either the therapy programme (173 carers) or standard care (87 carers). Those who took part in the therapy sessions were seven times less likely […]
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    News from Scott & White Healthcare

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

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

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

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

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

  • Medical Device tax impact: negligible

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

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

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

    Richard Meyer
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:53 am
    POST SUMMARY: The media has done  a bad job in reporting on the high costs of drug prices, but a recent article in HBR finally sheds some common sense on drug pricing According to Michael Rosenblatt... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A decade of restructuring and transformation efforts has taken a toll in pharma

    Richard Meyer
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:57 am
    POST SUMMARY: the pharmaceutical industry has been under stress for several years.  Data suggest that many pharmaceutical workers crave clearer direction as they try to cope with rapid change. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • How To Conduct An Effective Focus Group

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

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

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

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

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

  • Former HHS official calls for smarter narrow networks

    Brian Eastwood
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    Narrow insurance networks have come under fire for offering a limited list of participating physicians and facilities--but one former White House official says they can, in fact, more
  • Executive order stops short of insurance for immigrants illegally in U.S.

    Brian Eastwood
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration reform stopped short of offering healthcare coverage to people who are in the U.S. illegally, but the action should make it easier for them to obtain more
  • White House overstated Obamacare enrollment

    Brian Eastwood
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    The Obama administration inadvertently added 380,000 standalone dental subscribers to its total count of Affordable Care Act healthcare subscribers, dropping the number of Americans who obtained healthcare through state and federal exchanges to roughly 6.7 million as of Oct. 15--well short of the original Congressional Budget Office projection of 13 million enrolleesread more
  • Highmark: Insurers should embrace telemedince

    Dori Zweig
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    Pittsburgh-based Highmark recognizes the importance of technology. That's why the insurer decided to cover online visitis via Iagnosis, a telemdermatology solution, for 5.2 million of its members. FierceHealthPayer spoke with Donald R. Fischer, M.D., Highmark senior vice president and chief medical officer, about the insurer's deicision to cover this service, as well as some of the obstacles that may plague insurer's to follow in Highmark's more
  • Insurers raise 2015 premiums to make up for under-priced exchange plans last year

    Dina Overland
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Insurers have increased premiums for the most popular plans sold on the health insurance exchanges after under-pricing the policies last more
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    Practice Manager Solutions

  • Patient Portal Adoption – A Case Study

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

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

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

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

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

  • Essentials for surviving cold weather

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    Some tips to help you prepare ahead of time and keep you safe in a cold snap. By WebMD for Georgia Health News, 2014. | Permalink | Comment |
  • Voices from the front lines: How nurses feel about Ebola

    Judi Kanne
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Dr. Kent Brantly is congratulated by Emory University Hospital nurses and staff as he is discharged in August after receiving treatment for Ebola. Photo credit: Samaritan’s Purse When the first Ebola patient to be treated in the United States was headed for Emory University Hospital this past summer, two of the hospital’s nurses canceled their vacations to be there. That’s how registered nurse Barbara Ribner described the dedication of the Emory nurses who deal with Ebola. Her husband, Dr. Bruce Ribner, is the medical director of the Serious Communicable Diseases Unit, which…
  • State panel meets over ailing rural hospitals

    Andy Miller
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Struggling to stay afloat financially, a northwest Georgia rural hospital has opted to file for bankruptcy protection from its creditors. Officials at Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe said Wednesday evening that the filing would allow it to continue operations, restructure debt, and help protect it from a Chattanooga system’s effort to foreclose on the hospital’s property. Erlanger Health System has tried to recoup about $20 million it loaned Hutcheson as part of a management agreement. Hutcheson Medical Center The bankruptcy action came just hours before Gov. Nathan Deal’s…
  • Big doings in state’s booming health IT industry

    Andy Miller
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    Greenway Health may not be a household name outside of Carrollton, its headquarters city, though many sports fans may have noticed that professional golfer Jason Dufner wears its logo on his golf shirts. But in the medical field, Greenway Health has created a major profile. It’s among the leaders in the business of electronic health records and digital services for physicians. The company announced Wednesday that it is establishing an IT development center in Cobb County in metro Atlanta that will create 150 new jobs. Also Wednesday, other health IT companies in Georgia announced…
  • Possible pitfalls for employer health plans

    Kaiser Health News
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    Employer medical plans,  which cover most working-age folks, are changing too. By Kaiser Health News for Georgia Health News, 2014. | Permalink | Comment |
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  • 3 essential survival tools for your optometry business

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Five of Your First Aid Questions, Answered

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mental health trusts ranked

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

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

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

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

    14 Nov 2014 | 12:10 am
    An investigation by a privacy campaign group, Big Brother Watch, has found there are nearly 2,500 breaches of confidentiality by the NHS each year.They found instances of private data being stolen and accidentally sent by post or fax.In total there were 7,255 recorded incidents between April 2011 and April 2014. As a result of the investigation, Big Brother Watch found:50 cases of data ...
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    Professional Patient Perspective

  • Entire 9/15/2014 Video Interview w/ Dr. Mark L. Chapman re: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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

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

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

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

    Michael A. Weiss
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    While this video was created from a recent interview with a top gastroenterologist to shed light of the Diagnosing Difficulties involved with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis, it is directly relevant to the current Ebola Outbreak because it reveals the diagnostic importance of taking a simple, but extensive, “Patient History.” In a technological time of seemingly pin-point medical diagnostic testing, I found this doctor’s candid revelation and productive “Patient History” technique to be comforting since I will…
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  • How often should you communicate with your Clients?

    Chandresh Shah
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    Sprint has an app for my smartphone called ‘Sprint Zone’. I frequently get push notifications from the app. Early on, I found they were promoting a deal or an app that I was not interested in. I started ignoring the notification completely. This went on for several years. I’m happy with Sprint overall, nothing against them. This morning I don’t know why but I decided to look at the ‘Sprint Zone’ notification. To my surprise, I found it was a very good app. It showed me at a glance everything about my account – my bill, minutes used, data and text…
  • Which healthcare startups did Harvard shortlist for finals in acceleration contest? (video)

    Stephanie Baum
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    A Harvard Healthcare Acceleration Challenge launched a competition in October to speed up availability of healthcare technologies earlier this year. About one month later, it has selected four healthcare startups spanning how hospital blood banks bid on blood from blood centers to predictive analytics for palliative care. Four finalists were selected from 500 applicants in 29 countries and 43 states in the U.S. as part of the challenge. For the next year they’ll pursue their dissemination plans. In April, they will makes presentations at a conference on the Harvard Business School…
  • Wow of the week: A gel that can stop bleeding instantly

    Nicole Oran
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    What if you were in the military, shot, and the bullet hit an artery? Blood loss from a wound like that could kill you in just minutes. What medics would generally have in that situation (in addition to the application of pressure) wouldn’t be able to stop the bleeding in time. Fellow Joe Landolina talks about his invention, a medical gel, which uses an understanding of the Extracellular Matrix to help quickly address a severe wound by taking advantage of the human body’s own ways of healing. The product will be available for use by veterinarians by early 2015, and Landolina says,…
  • Only 12 percent of $5B invested in digital health is for companies focused on older adults

    Stephanie Baum
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:15 pm
    By all accounts digital health funding is hitting new highs with companies in this sector accounting for $5 million in investments through the third quarter of this year. But digital health companies with solutions dedicated to the 70 million seniors who will account for 40 percent to 45 percent of the population next year account for only 12 percent of that investment. A new report by StartUp Health highlights these investment trends. So what are some of the companies focused on the 50+ market that StartUp Health is referring to? In response to an emailed query, StartUp Health co-founder…
  • Why Reaching Diabetic Populations Is Still A Challenge

    James Calder
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:06 pm
      At Wound Care Advantage our team is focused on the every growing challenge to reach patient populations to educate them about our specialty of wound healing. Unfortunately, forever linked with the wound care industry is the deadly disease of diabetes. Since November is diabetes awareness month and we are always interested in helping spreading diabetes awareness, we have joined forces and resources with the American Diabetes Association to bring greater awareness of this horrible disease to our patient populations across the country. Hutson Morris-Irvin, is Director of Marketing &…
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    Healthy Debate

  • Is Canada’s medical malpractice system working?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • NAHC Recaps CMS Open Door Forum for Home Health, Hospice and DME

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

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

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

    Cassandra Dowell
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:09 pm
    While the number of people age 65 and older in West Virginia is expected to increase by 1.5% by 2025, the amount of workers available to take care of that population is expected to decline by 9%, a home care service expert told state lawmakers on Monday. About 16% of people in the state are over 65 years old, he said, adding that by 2025, as many as 25% of West Virginians will be 65 and older.  Representing the Home Care Association of West Virginia, Eric Hicks said lawmakers need to continue to focus on elderly in-home care services, local media report. West Virginia currently has four…
  • Move Over Angie’s List, New Startup is Home Health One-Stop Shop

    Jason Oliva
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    A new startup in Louisville, Kentucky is tackling an age-old dilemma: providing community-based services to seniors still living at home, reports Louisville Business First. Myliance plans to go beyond just providing private-duty skilled nursing services to seniors in their homes. The startup company, which is participating in a program with business incubator XlerateHealth, has its sights set on the long-term. The company is interested in providing skilled nursing and concierge services at home. That means is a senior wants someone to mow their lawn every week or needs digital…
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    The Doctor's Tablet

  • Why Mentoring Makes a Difference to Medical Students and Faculty

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

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

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

    The Doctor's Tablet Editors
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    Editors’ Note: When she heard about dearth of rehabilitation facilities for children in war-torn Iraq, Dr. Huma Naqvi, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an attending physician at Montefiore Medical Center, Einstein’s University Hospital, decided that she had to find a way to help, even if she couldn’t physically [...]
  • Motoric Cognitive Risk Syndrome and Dementia: A Q&A with Einstein and Montefiore’s Dr. Joe Verghese

    The Doctor's Tablet Editors
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    Editors’ Note:  An Einstein-led study with an average follow-up of nearly four years found that 26 percent of initially healthy people over age 60 met criteria for a predementia condition known as Motoric Cognitive Risk Syndrome (MCR). The research was published last week in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. MCR [...]
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    Mimic Simulation » Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • FDA Reminds Consumers that Nonprescription Drugs Can Impair Driving

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

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

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    The use of robots in the surgical suite has a checkered history and a fat file of lawsuits by patients who suffered burns, bleeding and other serious harms. Another study has added to the record of woe: robot-assisted surgery to remove ovaries or ovarian cysts had more complications than more traditional and less invasive procedures, such as laparoscopy, and also was more expensive. For these procedures, laparoscopy involves making a small incision into which surgical tools are inserted; robotic surgery involves the vaginal insertion of instruments controlled by the surgeon using a joystick.
  • Hospital Settles with Ebola Victim’s Family

    16 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    Last week Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital settled the malpractice claims brought by the family of Thomas Eric Duncan, the man who died of Ebola because of serial mistakes the Dallas facility made. Although the terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed, the family’s attorney, according to the Los Angeles Times, said it was comparable to what a jury might have decided in a civil lawsuit. In Texas, of course, that’s not much — it’s one of many states that cap malpractice judgments. In the Lone Star state, the maximum a harmed party may receive for pain and suffering against a…
  • Judge Smacks Down Nursing Home For Trying to Force Arbitration on Customers

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
    A judge in Pennsylvania did the right thing last week in tossing out a mandatory arbitration clause in a lawsuit concerning neglect at a nursing home. Readers of this blog know that forcing people into arbitration when there’s a dispute that rightfully belongs in a court of law is never good for the aggrieved party. (See our blog, “Arbitration Agreements: Bad for Consumers, Good for Nursing Homes”.) Forced arbitration not only deprives you of your right to be heard in a court of law, often it’s demanded of people when they’re in a vulnerable, helpless state. Arbitration, which is…
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    Dr. Pierre's Blog

  • Why Mentorship Works..

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

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

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

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

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

  • Solving the Medicaid Mystery & Long Term Care Planning

    Dr G
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:43 am
    Caregiving for an elderly parent is one of the most challenging duties we are called upon in our lifetime. Oftentimes, caregiving is needed when many things are going on in our lives that require, demand- rather, our attention. The caregiver usually has a fulltime job, may have a child in school or college, needs to […] The post Solving the Medicaid Mystery & Long Term Care Planning appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • How To Plan for Health Crises and End of Life Care

    Dr G
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:33 am
    This post is part of a new series, “Making an Impact80: Empowering & Supporting Caregivers“ The series will feature some of the educational reference that will be presented during #Impact80 Virtual Summit, Nov 18th, 2014 for caregivers, home care providers, elder care providers and health care advocates. By Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH Geriatrician & Caregiver […] The post How To Plan for Health Crises and End of Life Care appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Gluten Free – Food List for A Healthy Brain

    Guest Contributor
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:29 am
    For the longest time now, science has been telling us that a human being needs proteins, vitamins and carbohydrates for healthy development. This trio is now being challenged by nutritionists everywhere who have found out that our bodies don’t really need carbs. The use of carbohydrates is usually to create fat in the body and […] The post Gluten Free – Food List for A Healthy Brain appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • 4 Simple Tips on How To Fight Off Caregiver Fatigue

    Guest Contributor
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Caregiving can be tiring and lead to fatigue. Guest contributor provides 4 simple tips on how to fight the fatigue. There’s a level of tire that comes with any undertaking, but caregiver fatigue, aka Caregiver Burnout, is no passive manner. The symptoms are chronic and sometimes it’s difficult to see a way out. As a […] The post 4 Simple Tips on How To Fight Off Caregiver Fatigue appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • $522 – 642 Billion: Cost of Informal Caregiving for Elderly in the US

    Dr G
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    $522 billion dollars? This is the new price tag for informal caregiving of elderly people by friends and relatives in the United States according to a new RAND Corporation study. Across America, people spend an estimated 30 billion hours every year providing care to elderly relatives and friends. The cost is measured by valuing the […] The post $522 – 642 Billion: Cost of Informal Caregiving for Elderly in the US appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
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    CareNovate Magazine

  • Solving the Medicaid Mystery & Long Term Care Planning

    Dr G
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:43 am
    Caregiving for an elderly parent is one of the most challenging duties we are called upon in our lifetime. Oftentimes, caregiving is needed when many things are going on in our lives that require, demand- rather, our attention. The caregiver usually has a fulltime job, may have a child in school or college, needs to […] The post Solving the Medicaid Mystery & Long Term Care Planning appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • How To Plan for Health Crises and End of Life Care

    Dr G
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:33 am
    This post is part of a new series, “Making an Impact80: Empowering & Supporting Caregivers“ The series will feature some of the educational reference that will be presented during #Impact80 Virtual Summit, Nov 18th, 2014 for caregivers, home care providers, elder care providers and health care advocates. By Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH Geriatrician & Caregiver […] The post How To Plan for Health Crises and End of Life Care appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Gluten Free – Food List for A Healthy Brain

    Guest Contributor
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:29 am
    For the longest time now, science has been telling us that a human being needs proteins, vitamins and carbohydrates for healthy development. This trio is now being challenged by nutritionists everywhere who have found out that our bodies don’t really need carbs. The use of carbohydrates is usually to create fat in the body and […] The post Gluten Free – Food List for A Healthy Brain appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • 4 Simple Tips on How To Fight Off Caregiver Fatigue

    Guest Contributor
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Caregiving can be tiring and lead to fatigue. Guest contributor provides 4 simple tips on how to fight the fatigue. There’s a level of tire that comes with any undertaking, but caregiver fatigue, aka Caregiver Burnout, is no passive manner. The symptoms are chronic and sometimes it’s difficult to see a way out. As a […] The post 4 Simple Tips on How To Fight Off Caregiver Fatigue appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • $522 – 642 Billion: Cost of Informal Caregiving for Elderly in the US

    Dr G
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    $522 billion dollars? This is the new price tag for informal caregiving of elderly people by friends and relatives in the United States according to a new RAND Corporation study. Across America, people spend an estimated 30 billion hours every year providing care to elderly relatives and friends. The cost is measured by valuing the […] The post $522 – 642 Billion: Cost of Informal Caregiving for Elderly in the US appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
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    Musings on Medicine and the Health Care System

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Trees Could Save Your Life

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

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

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

    Dr. Weil
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    Unlike white fat cells that store calories for energy and expand as we gain weight, brown fat cells burn calories and generate heat to maintain body temperature. The trouble is, we don’t have many of them. If we had more of these metabolically active cells, we might be slimmer and healthier. A newly published study suggests that sleeping in a chilly room might boost our individual supplies of brown fat. This strategy worked in five healthy young men who agreed to sleep in climate-controlled chambers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for four months. By day, the men went about…
  • Sitting is Unhealthy … Unless You’re Physically Fit

    Dr. Weil
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:41 am
    Here’s some good news for a change about the health risks of prolonged sitting: a new study has found that it’s not so bad for you if you’re physically fit. Prolonged sitting at your desk, on your couch and in your car has previously been linked to obesity, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer and premature death. The study, at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Texas, enrolled 1,304 men between 1981 and 2012. The participants reported on how much time they spent watching TV and sitting in their cars and took a treadmill test to…
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    Rasmussen School of Health Sciences Blog

  • What Can You Do With a Health Sciences Degree?

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

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

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

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    An internship is like a new job - both are a little scary on the first day, when you have no idea what's going to happen. Knowing what to expect from your medical assistant internship can be helpful.
  • Choosing the Right Professional Healthcare Organizations for Your Career

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Professional healthcare organizations can be great resources for many things, including jobs, networking, continuing education and professional conferences. The healthcare industry encompasses many professions and you'll find a professional organization for most of them. Learn about each one and decide which is best for your career.
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    Mimic Simulation » Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • I’m Not Your Mother, But …

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

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

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

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

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    If you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes, it means your blood sugar is higher than it should be, but not high enough to be considered diabetes. It’s not inevitable that you’ll eventually develop diabetes, but it increases your risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one-third of the adults in this […]
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    Viewpoints of Innovative Healthcare Leaders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    7 Nov 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Public Healthcare Healthcare in India has been a mixed bag. There is a rich history with surgeons like Sushruta and physicians like Charaka who healed many in the ancient history. Then there was the creation and growth of Ayurveda who many still claim has answers to most of the incurable diseases. As a matter of fact recent article in Asian age talked about how an college is claiming that they might have the cure for the disease.   But somewhere in the middle we lost our path. As the village system gave way to the cities, many Indians were actually left without care. A good case in…
  • Philips Healthcare to set up 700 Automated External Defibrillators in 2015

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

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

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

  • Transform Your Look with a Rhinoplasty Procedure

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

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

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

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

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    If you’ve always wanted larger breasts but don’t like the idea of getting implants, talk to Dr. Ortegon about a natural breast augmentation with the fat grafting technique. Dr. Ortegon can use a special technique to increase the size of your breasts by transferring fat from other areas of your body to your breasts. Not only will your breasts look and feel more natural, but you won’t have to worry about some of the complications associated with breast implants, such as rupturing or capsular contracture. How Natural Breast Augmentation Works Only some plastic surgeons around the world are…
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  • Why Winter Heart Attacks Are More Common No Matter the Weather (and What You Can Do)

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

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

    3 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH It’s disaster time and you have a problem. Maybe pain from an injury or headache or misery from indigestion or a cold. You delve into your stash of over-the-counter medications you’ve saved for times just like this and take one you’ve taken many times before. Two hours later, you have a rash or stomach pain or some other odd new problem. Is it related to the medicine? I mean, you’ve taken it so many times in the past. Remember this: Any medication, herb, supplement, oil, or food that can work on your body in a positive way has the potential to affect it in a…
  • Readers Respond: 11 More Winter Supplies to Keep in Your Car

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    10 Sep 2014 | 1:38 am
    The morning after having a wonderful sex in the night feels so delightful. You get a sound sleep at night post sex and you feel very fresh and rejuvenated from inside. There is a feel good factor in you and there is sense of accomplishment that gives you the satisfaction mentally. And when your woman gives you a naughty smile after waking up, you feel like loving her again and again and never getting out of the bed. Just lie naked with her and continue this blissful physical intimacy with her. That is my most of the couples engage in having sex in the morning hours too. And the sexual…
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  • Explore Longform with Writing 201

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

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

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

    David A. Kennedy
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    Today, we have two new free themes ready for you! Editor Meet Editor, a new addition to our theme collection designed by Mike McAlister at Array. Geared toward personal bloggers and photo bloggers, Editor features big typography and images and a tab-based sidebar with a spot for featured posts, a site logo, and a social links menu. Editor makes it easy to put a personal stamp on your site or blog. Learn more about the free Editor theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Sequential Crafted by Thomas Guillot, Sequential is a contemporary, clean, and…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 8

    Mike Dang
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    We’re back with a new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. 1. Books for the Broken-Hearted Hannah Richell Hannah Richell’s husband Matt was killed in a surfing accident in July. In a recent post, Richell writes about finding comfort in reading words written by people who have also experienced the shock of losing a loved one — people like Joan Didion, C.S. Lewis, and Cheryl Strayed. 2. The Shame of Poor Teeth in a Rich World Sarah Smarsh, Aeon An essay about growing up poor in America, and the role of teeth as a class signifier. 3. Giving Up the Ghost…
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  • Most Popular Funeral Song

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

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

    14 Nov 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Baby Boomers,An incredibly unique event is happening this weekend in Phoenix.Have you heard about the "Undy Run 5000" yet?This is a family-friendly event created by the Colon Cancer Alliance, which encourages participants to run in underwear/boxers to bring attention to colon cancer. Hey, a fun event that brings attention to a great cause.Sounds like a win-win to me.Face it, there is nothing delicate about the subject of colon cancer.This disease is intrusive, the testing is awkward, a colonoscopy is a test of your humility and just talking about the…
  • Are You a "Plugged In" Boomer?

    13 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am is "Plugged In" Baby Boomers,Are you "plugged in?"Do you spend at least 27 hours per week on the internet?Why would I use such a specific number?Because in a 2012 research study by WSL Strategic Retail, they found that Baby Boomers spend 2 hours more a week online than the 25 hours Millennials (ages 16 to 34) do on average.Who would have thought?Do you have a Google+ and/or Facebook profile?I bet you do.Once thought to be the bastion of the fast paced youth of what I like to call the "microwave" generation, Twitter is quickly becoming second nature to…
  • Baby Boomer Events - East Valley Healthy Living Expo

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    Baby Boomers,Do you live in or near the Phoenix metropolitan area?Then here's an event for you.EVENT: East Valley Healthy Living ExpoWEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2014 8:00AM to 12:00PMLocation: Mesa Convention CenterAddress: 201 N Center St, Mesa, AZ 85201Admission: FreePhone: 480-964-9014Venue: Mesa Convention CenterVisit WebsitePresented By: East Valley Adult ResourcesHandicapped Accessible: YesFacebook: If you are looking for the latest in healthy living products catered to the Senior Citizen…
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    FXRX Orthopedic Surgery Blog

  • The Basics of Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

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

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

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

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

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

    Dr. Mercola
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Bone broth has a long history of medicinal use. It's known to be warm, soothing, and nourishing for body, mind, and soul... Physicians harkening as far back as Hippocrates have associated bone broth with gut healing. And while the importance of gut health is just now starting to fill our medical journals, this knowledge is far from new. In fact, you could say modern medicine is just now rediscovering how the gut influences health and disease. Many of our modern diseases appear to be rooted in an unbalanced mix of microorganisms in your digestive system, courtesy of a diet that…
  • What Are Eggplants Good For?

    Dr. Mercola
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Eggplant is a popular part of Indian, Middle Eastern, and Chinese cuisines, but in the US the average American eats less than one pound per year.1 They are, perhaps, the least popular member of the Solanaceae family, which includes tomatoes, pepper, and potatoes, as well as some poisonous plants like Deadly Nightshade. For centuries, in fact, especially in Europe, eggplant was regarded as a bitter plant more suited for decorating the garden than eating, and many believed it was unhealthy or even poisonous. It was even blamed for causing insanity, leprosy, and cancer.2 Early on,…
  • Documentary, “Poison on the Platter”: GE Foods Are Spreading Across India

    Dr. Mercola
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola The corporate and regulatory forces that are out to get genetically engineered (GE) foods onto your dinner plate by any means possible are not confined to the United States. In his documentary, Poison on the Platter, Indian filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt examines from a unique non-Western perspective how multinational corporations and government regulators have conspired to spread GE foods across India. The film provides an insightful perspective about the world impact of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as discussed by scientists on the other side of the globe. If you don’t…
  • Do You Know What's in Your Nail Polish?

    Dr. Mercola
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Painting your nails may seem like an innocent part of your beauty routine, but inside those colorful bottles are some not-so-pretty secrets. Toxic chemicals are common in nail polish, and there’s often no way for you to know exactly what’s lurking inside. Some might argue that occasional application of nail polish is only going to expose you to trace amounts of chemicals in levels too low to raise concern, but nail polish is just one beauty product that many women use on a regular basis. When you add up the toxic exposures from nail polish, however “small” they may (or…
  • New Report Will Reveal Which Yogurts Are Healthy, and Which Are Best Avoided

    Dr. Mercola
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Mark Kastel, co-founder of The Cornucopia Institute, about their long-awaited and much-needed Yogurt Report. The interview took place at the recent Heirloom Seed Festival in Santa Rosa, CA, where we both had the honor of speaking. The idea for the Yogurt Report was seeded about two years ago. I was out of town and a friend requested yogurt, so I went out looking for some in a local grocery store. To my dismay, I couldn't find a single healthy yogurt. They were all junk food disguised as "health food." Previous to this experience, I…
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  • Five important questions about the Medifast weight loss program

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

    Arizona Medifast
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    If you’re obese or overweight, then you should know that you’re at a great risk of having type 2 diabetes. According to International Diabetes Foundation, obesity and diabetes are the major health problems of the 21st century. According to a supporting statistics, a person is diagnosed with diabetes every three seconds. The modern lifestyle has a major role in developing type 2 diabetes. Sedentary lifestyle of people leads to high fat accumulation in the body. People having a BMI (body mass index) of above 25 are considered as overweight or obese. Obese people have 80% more chances of…
  • Top 7 Ways to keep off weight after losing it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fred Pelzman’s putative “revolution”

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

    Mike Scott
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    An op-ed in today’s New York Times by Pamela Hartzband and Jerome Groopman (two physicians at Harvard Medical School) is entitled “How medical care is being corrupted.” The authors basically suggest the following: That financial drivers are starting to (more…)
  • What it costs to “develop” a successful new drug

    Mike Scott
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    Every so often, one of a very small and select number of organizations issues a report that provides an estimate of the cost to develop a new drug — from scratch — and gain approval to market this drug from the U.S. Food and Drug (more…)
  • Accountable Care Organizations: A Rapidly Evolving Model

    Philip P. Gerbino, PharmD
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    The centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was the formation of innovative healthcare delivery designs. Among them were the accountable care organizations (ACOs). These were anticipated to be the key drivers of healthcare savings and innovation. Their goal was to improve quality, adjust (more…)
  • Are the costs of generic drugs really going up?

    Mike Scott
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    As the sheer size of the generic pharmaceuticals industry has increased over the past 20 years, it was inevitable that there would come a serious consolidation of that industry. What had been a somewhat “Mom and Pop” type of business, in which the majority of (more…)
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  • HIPAA Security Rule Compliance: Using Risk Analysis to Understand and Manage Risks

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

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

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Social media is the New and Most Trending Communication Tool, and Healthcare Industry is using it too. However, you should be Compliant to HIPAA Standards in Your Usage. Learn How. It seems everyone is signing up for social media and wants to use it in all the incredible ways it can be used, including for health care purposes.  Social networ ...
  • Peripheral Cardiology 2015 Updates

    7 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Peripheral Cardiology Updates for 2015 Are Here. Know what they are. This conference by expert speaker Terry A. Fletcher BS, CPC, CCC, CEMC, SCP-CA, ACS-CA, CCS-P, CCS, CMSCS, CMC, Healthcare Coding and Reimbursement Consultant will explain how to maximize your Peripheral Cardiology revenues by at least 20%, while being compliant and followin ...
  • 2015 OIG Work Plan: Hospital & Physician Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Key Reasons to Consider Outsourcing Your Medical Billing

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

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

    Infinit Healthcare
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Healthcare organizations have much to look forward to in the coming year in terms of new trends. They have to keep themselves up-to-date in order to cope with the developments.
  • Could Big Data Be the Secret Weapon Against the Ebola Crisis?

    Infinit Healthcare
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Time is of the essence in the war against the Ebola crisis, and Big Data has the ability to move fast enough to provide real solutions in mitigating the spread of the disease.
  • What’s Up in Healthcare (October 18-25, 2014)

    Infinit Healthcare
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:49 am
    Is healthcare burning a hole in your pocket? It would be great to know why it costs that way, right? And have you ever noticed how Canada’s healthcare system is structured to succeed in all its objectives? Here’s the newest and most interesting on healthcare.
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  • Disputes Ensue over High Out-of–Network Costs

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

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

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

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

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

  • What to Wear

    Sarah Riley
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    Recently questions have been asked about the need to wear that traditional business uniform: the suit. At QCS we have just reviewed the Policy and Procedure on Employee’s Appearance. A good juncture, perhaps to look at the pros and cons of uniforms in the care sector. These and other appropriate work-wear are accepted or even required in some health areas of work, but in residential homes or domiciliary care this can be less so. Therefore what are the pros and cons? The “pros” of uniforms at work Uniforms create a corporate image of professionalism. They engender…
  • Take care? Take risks!

    Amanda Calberry
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    I have noticed that with each passing year people rather subtly begin to speak differently to me. One striking difference is that people often now say to me as we part, “Take care”. They never used to say that, and I wonder why. Could it be that I am approaching an age when most people stop work, or the lightening colour of my hair? Does it mean I am getting to be an older person? What bothers me when I sit and think about this is that it might reflect a certain stereotype about age, and about older people. Instead of the exclamation “Break a leg!”, which used to be…
  • Infection control courses and the importance of training

    Amanda Calberry
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:21 am
    Employers have a duty of care to their healthcare workers and need to provide suitable and sufficient instruction, information and training. This is to ensure that the workforce are competent to carry out the activities of their role. The employer also has to ensure that healthcare workers remain competent by providing refresher training at appropriate intervals. Prevention of infections is the common primary aim of healthcare workers, regardless of which service they work in. Healthcare workers need an understanding of how infections occur, how different micro-organisms spread, and the role…
  • Can medication given to those with learning difficulties have an impact on nutrition?

    Amanda Calberry
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:42 am
    The impact of medication on people with learning disabilities is often overlooked despite this client group often taking a large number of different drugs, both those prescribed by medical practitioners and over-the-counter medicines. Medication is regularly taken on a daily basis, as well as when required (sometimes known as rescue medication). For example, anti-psychotic medication is given for treating mental illness; anxiolytic medication for helping with challenging behaviour; and anti-depressants for reducing anxiety and depression. Changes in appetite and food intake The actions or…
  • Music and Mental Health

    Sarah Riley
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:40 am
    I read an interesting news item recently, about how psychiatrists in Cambridge have developed a project that uses hip-hop music to connect to people suffering from depression. So what’s the connection? I suppose on a simple level listening to music can help improve your mood, especially if you can feel emotionally connected to the music. However Becky Inkster, Professor of Psychiatry at Cambridge University, is taking this one step further using the particular qualities of hip-hop music. She has just had an article titled ‘A Hip-Hop State of Mind’ published in the esteemed…
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    Dr Rajesh Shah's Blog

  • Colon cancer

    Life Force
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:42 am
    Colon cancer is common in both males and females. This term signifies the cancer of the large intestine. Cancer of the rectum is termed as rectal cancer. Rectum is the last part of the large intestine. Most of the cases of colon cancer start with the development of non-cancerous (benign) polyp in the walls of colon. When these polyps are left untreated, they turn cancerous. Causes of the colon cancers: The exact cause of development of the colon cancer is not known. Cells in our body grow and divide in a particular order. This helps in the normal functioning of all the systems of the body.
  • What if your homeopath fails to give you relief?

    Life Force
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:38 am
    Sometimes, in some disease conditions, in spite of trying very hard, the doctor or a homeopath is not able to give good results to the patient. In such conditions what should a patient do? Shall he switch over to another doctor? Or shall he stop taking medicines from any doctor thinking that his disease condition will never improve? We will discuss this in our blog today. It is very important for a patient to understand that all the diseases are not curable by all the systems of medicines and by all the practitioners. So, any doctor can fail to give the desired results regardless of his…
  • Use of homeopathic medicine after surgery

    Life Force
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:23 am
    Homeopathy and surgery are not against each other. Surgery is a part of homeopathy. All homeopathic doctors in India are trained (at undergraduate level) and called as “Physicians and Surgeons”. Homeopathy complements surgery. There are some diseases for which the allopathic science has only one option called as surgery, but homeopathic medicines can heal them. Here, is the list of such conditions. Polyps Warts Fibroadenoma Small cysts Fissure Hemorrhoids or piles etc. There are some conditions which are not treated by homeopathy. They are as follows. Cataract Glaucoma Tumors Hernia…
  • Impetigo and homeopathic treatment

    Life Force
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:07 am
    Impetigo is a highly contagious skin condition seen mostly in children who are between 2-6 years of age. It presents itself with red sores on face, around the nose and lips or fluid filled eruptions on limbs and trunk. The red sores ooze out yellowish fluid and form a brown crust. Homeopathic Treatment: Homeopathy offers a very good scope in treating this condition. It is a recurrent skin condition. Taking homeopathic medicines from a qualified and experienced homeopath will not only heal the sores but also prevent the appearance of new sores on the body. Why should parents go for homeopathy…
  • How to manage Asthma in rainy season?

    Life Force
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways or bronchioles resulting in difficult breathing. The inflammation of airways results in constriction and narrowing of the smooth muscles of airways causing difficult breathing, sputum production, cough and increased mucus secretion. Triggering Factors: Allergens: the substances like pollens, molds, fungi, pet dander and dust act as a major triggering factors for Asthma. Bronchial irritants present in the air: This includes smoke from vehicles, cigarette smoke, wood fire and pollution added by factories. Indoor bronchial irritants include…
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  • Advanced Practice Nursing Career Analysis

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

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

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

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

    The Job Doctor
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Pharmacist Job Search in Charlotte Not Working Out Jenny, Pharmacist from Charlotte, NC: I’ve been searching for a pharmacist job in and around Charlotte, NC for the past 6 months, and I’m not really making any progress.  I am coming off of a 6 month sabbatical, which was a planned extra-long vacation that I took at the conclusion of my training. I don’t know if the gap is hurting my job search, or why I’m having such problems. I’ve already started looking for options within a commutable distance from Charlotte, 30 miles or so, but still no luck.  Any advice for me? Job Doctor: …
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  • top 9 famous quotes of chanakya

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

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

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

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

    2 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The post Top 10 secrets of happy people appeared first on Palchoice. Why some people are naturally happier than others? Whatever be the circumstances they seem to adjust well and successfully search reasons for happiness. It’s not that they don’t suffer like others or that they never get sad in life. But they still look happier than others around them. Do they know any secret? If yes, [...] The post Top 10 secrets of happy people appeared first on Palchoice.
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  • 10 of the Best Acne Soaps and How to Use Them Effectively

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

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

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

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

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

  • Russia Seed Industry Outlook to 2018 – Cost-Effective Non-Hybrid Seeds to Drive Market Growth

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

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

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

    13 Nov 2014 | 11:08 pm
    India Alternative Medicine and Herbal Products Market Outlook to 2018 – Surging Demand of Herbal Skincare Products to Impel Growth presents a comprehensive analysis of the industry covering aspects including market size by revenue, segmentation on the basis of herbal medicines and herbal products, by types of herbal products such as ‘herbal hair care’ including herbal shampoo, hair oil and other herbal hair care products including herbal hair color, conditioners, by ‘herbal skin care’ comprising herbal face wash, herbal skin creams and others including face pack, face…
  • India Hosting Infrastructure Services Market Outlook to 2019 – Driven by Internet Penetration and IT Adoption by SMBs

    11 Nov 2014 | 1:33 am
    India Hosting Infrastructure Services Market Outlook to 2019 – Driven by Internet Penetration and IT Adoption by SMBs provides a comprehensive analysis of the market size of the Indian hosting infrastructure services industry, cloud storage market in India and Data center market in India. The report also covers the market shares of major hosting service providers in India as well as the revenues of major players along with the latest trends, growth drivers, entry barriers and future prospects of the hosting infrastructure sector. The hosting infrastructure services industry in India is on…
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  • Preventing Falls in the Elderly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    10 Nov 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Sometimes in life, it just seems like nothing can go our way. At times, it seems as though the weight of the world has been put on our shoulders. Stress does a body bad, increasing inflammation, increasing free radicals and affecting our moods. This article will show you some ways that you can reduce the amount of stress in your life, which in turn helps with weight loss. If you are suffering from a lot of stress, one of the best things that you can do is mediate, pray, have quiet time (whatever you want to call it). This will reduce the amount of tension in your body, allowing the bodies…
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  • 5 Things to Know About Marketplace Open Enrollment

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

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

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

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

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