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  • A Respected Surgeon Says Get A Second Opinion

    Forbes - Pharma & Healthcare
    Leah Binder
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Recently, I interviewed Dr. Marty Makary, author of Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care, one of the most influential recent health policy books. He has some fresh views on the ethical importance of transparency, and challenges his medical colleagues on more open and honest ways to communicate with patients. Here is Part One of my interview with him. Leah Binder: You’ve become a regular on the media and the speaking circuit. What many people don’t realize is that you’re also still a busy practicing surgeon at Johns…
  • How "Bundles" Are Transforming Healthcare

    strategy+business: HEALTH CARE
    30 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A somewhat radical proposal: all-inclusive treatment for a specific condition or procedure, at a preset price.
  • You're on the clock: Doctors rush patients out the door

    Healthcare Purchasing News Daily Update
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    Patients — and physicians — say they feel the time crunch as never before as doctors rush through appointments...
  • Cook Medical's Instinct Endoscopic Hemoclip now available to gastroenterologists

    News-Medical.Net Healthcare News Feed
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    The Instinct Endoscopic Hemoclip is now available to gastroenterologists in major global markets. The clip is used to stop gastrointestinal (GI) tract bleeding, which is a condition that can be challenging to treat because of the variations among bleeds.
  • States debate docs' physician assistant supervision limit

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    Katie Sullivan
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Florida's House of Representatives passed a measure that would allow doctors to increase the number of physician assistants they supervise from four to eight, despite concerns from some lawmakers that it would result in less physician oversight and supervision, according to the Newsobserver.comread more
 
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  • States debate docs' physician assistant supervision limit

    Katie Sullivan
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Florida's House of Representatives passed a measure that would allow doctors to increase the number of physician assistants they supervise from four to eight, despite concerns from some lawmakers that it would result in less physician oversight and supervision, according to the Newsobserver.comread more
  • Female doctors get smaller share of Medicare money

    Zack Budryk
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    Female doctors make about half as much as their male counterparts in the Medicare system, according to a study by the finance site NerdWallet. read more
  • Court rules ProMedica must dissolve Ohio hospital merger

    Zack Budryk
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    A federal court this week denied ProMedica Health System's petition to overturn a 2011 ruling by the Federal Trade Commission prohibiting a merger with St. Luke's Hospital in Ohio.read more
  • HIT data breaches top patient safety concern

    Katie Sullivan
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    Data integrity failures within health IT systems and care coordination top the list of this year's patient safety concerns, according to the ECRI Institute's "Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations."  read more
  • Rural hospitals equal in outcomes, ahead in ED care

    Zack Budryk
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Rural hospitals are equal to their urban counterparts in care quality, patient safety and outcomes, and their emergency departments are more efficient and less expensive, according to a new study by iVantage Health Analytics.read more
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  • A Respected Surgeon Says Get A Second Opinion

    Leah Binder
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Recently, I interviewed Dr. Marty Makary, author of Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care, one of the most influential recent health policy books. He has some fresh views on the ethical importance of transparency, and challenges his medical colleagues on more open and honest ways to communicate with patients. Here is Part One of my interview with him. Leah Binder: You’ve become a regular on the media and the speaking circuit. What many people don’t realize is that you’re also still a busy practicing surgeon at Johns…
  • Should Amgen Break Itself Up?

    Matthew Herper
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    In the wake of yesterday's pharma-deal madness (Novartis swapping assets with GlaxoSmithKline and selling its animal health division to Eli Lilly; Valeant and Bill Ackman making a hostile bid for Botox-maker Allergan), Bernstein analyst Geoffrey Porges sent a note out to investors asking what it might all mean for biotech stocks.
  • Alnylam Strikes Back: Comments From CEO John Maraganore

    John LaMattina
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:36 am
    Maraganore admits that RNAi drugs will be limited to diseases where delivery of the drug as well as the costs of making these materials will be acceptable. “Yes, it’s a specialized technology. But it doesn’t have to cure cancer to be of value.” Fair point.
  • Acting Out Your Dreams Linked To Brain Disease

    Melanie Haiken
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:43 am
    A sleep disorder that causes you to act out your dreams predicts Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, dementia and other brain diseases.
  • Concord Medical's China Growth Plans

    Benjamin Shobert
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:47 am
    When Concord Medical Services (NYSE: CCM), the largest private provider of radiotherapy and diagnostic imaging centers in China, first applied in January 2011 to the local Chinese government for its project in Guangzhou, approval took three years.  In early April this year, Concord announced they had received approval in only six months from the Chinese government for the company’s new Shanghai Concord Cancer Hospital in the Shanghai New Hongqiao Medical Zone.  While some might want to explain these differences based on the hospitality of Shanghai versus Guangzhou towards this…
 
 
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  • Clinics not bogged down by red tape can ease health cost burdens

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    Health clinics that can provide primary care for low-income patients may ease the financial burden on both hospitals and insurance companies while improving patient health, researchers have concluded. A study of hospital admissions suggests that health clinics that avoid costs associated with insurance administration can help hospitals save money by lowering hospital admission rates and emergency room visits.
  • Applying math to biology: Software identifies disease-causing mutations in undiagnosed illnesses

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    A computational tool has successfully identified diseases with unknown gene mutations in three separate cases. Sequencing the genomes of individuals or small families often produces false predictions of mutations that cause diseases. But this study shows that a new unique approach allows it to identify disease-causing genes more precisely than other computational tools.
  • Management of elderly patients with lung cancer

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    An expert opinion on managing treatment for elderly patients with non-small cell lung cancer has been recently published. This update includes recommendations for screening, surgery, adjuvant chemotherapy and radiotherapy, treatment of locally advanced and metastatic disease as well as new data on patient preferences and geriatric assessment.
  • Turoctocog alfa in patients with hemophilia A: Added benefit not proven

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    As no relevant studies and no valid data are available, the added benefit of turoctocog alfa over other blood-clotting agents is not proven, a publication concludes. Turoctocog alfa (trade name: NovoEight) has been approved since November 2013 for the prevention and treatment of bleeding in patients with hemophilia A.
  • Drug-related morbidity in more than 10 percent of adults, Swedish study finds

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    Twelve percent of adults in Sweden have diseases related to their use of medicines. But in four cases of ten it would have been possible to avoid the undesired effects, research shows. Two effects were most commonly reported: side effects, and insufficient effect of the drug. "The studies show that both those treating outpatients and those treating inpatients must become better at recognizing drug-related morbidity. Further, new studies should be carried out by scientists, experts in safety and healthcare personnel together to develop preventative strategies," says the researcher.
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  • Infographic: How the Healthcare Industry Is Reacting to the ICD-10 Delay

    Jackie Lyons
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    On April 1, 2014, President Obama signed a law that included the delay of ICD-10 implementation until at least October 1, 2015. Fifty-eight percent of respondents to the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions Live from the Center Webcast Poll expressed disappointment because their organizations wanted the shift to occur as scheduled, according to a new infographic from Deloitte. This infographic also provides responses from approximately 1,250 healthcare industry professionals regarding optimal ICD-10 scenarios, areas most impacted by the delay and actions that will be taken in response to the…
  • 6 Criteria for Evaluating Vendor Partners for Remote Patient Monitoring

    Patricia Donovan
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    Just as there are guidelines for identifying individuals most likely to benefit from remote monitoring, healthcare organizations must also choose remote monitoring vendor partners with care, advises Gail Miller, vice president of telephonic clinical operations in Humana's care management organization, Humana Cares/SeniorBridge, who shared lessons gleaned from vendor selection for Humana's nine separate pilots of remote patient monitoring. I want to share how Humana chose the partners that we work with in these programs, because there are so many potential vendors to work with in the remote…
  • Infographic: In-Network Vs. Out-of-Network Provider Healthcare Costs

    Jackie Lyons
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Consumers typically pay significantly less for in-network providers and more for out-of-network providers. Furthermore, approximately one in 10 Americans goes out of network for care, according to a new infographic from Excellus BCBS. This infographic also provides comparative examples of the different costs for in-network and out-of-network procedures, as well as how choosing a health plan and provider can affect these costs. Learn more about health plans and coverage in AIS’s Health Insurance Exchange Directory and Factbook. The new health insurance exchange marketplaces, public and…
  • Infographic: Healthcare Spending in America

    Jackie Lyons
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    America spends 2.5 times more on healthcare than other developed nations, despite using it less than these other nations, according to a new infographic from Vitals. This infographic also shows specific price tags for healthcare procedures and tests, as well as results and life expectancy in America versus other countries. Looking to drive value-based reimbursement without sacrificing quality of care? In Driving Value-Based Reimbursement with Integrated Care Models, Julie Schilz, director of care delivery transformation for WellPoint, and Terry McGeeney, MD, MBA, director of BDC Advisors,…
  • 3 ACO Opportunities to Improve Patient Engagement

    Cheryl Miller
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Patients are 30 percent more likely to enroll in care management during or immediately after an acute event if they are contacted directly and introduced to a program and services, as opposed to being contacted via telephonic outreach, says Colin LeClair, executive director of ACO for Monarch HealthCare, which was a top performer in year one of the CMS Pioneer ACO program. Through trial and error we found three opportunities to identify opportunities to yield patient engagement. First, getting the principal caregivers’ endorsement or that of the physician staff was by far the most effective…
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  • State HIE helps providers pinpoint ER 'super-users'

    Ashley Gold
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    Technology--ranging from data analytics tools to geomapping software--is helping officials from the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services connect "super-users" to the right kind of medical care.read more
  • Rand: Stress value with new medical technology

    Susan D. Hall
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:41 am
    The federal government should provide incentives for pharmaceutical companies and device makers to produce products that help cut spending and ensure that the benefits of costlier advances justify their added expense, according to a new Rand Corp. report.read more
  • Analytics use in healthcare still 'immature'

    Dan Bowman
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    While a growing number of health providers are turning to data analytics to help improve care and lower costs at their facilities, the use of analytics in healthcare remains relatively immature, according to a recent survey from HIMSS Analytics.read more
  • OCR levies $2 million in HIPAA fines for stolen laptops

    Susan D. Hall
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights has levied combined fines of nearly $2 million against two healthcare organizations to settle potential HIPAA violations from unencrypted laptops that were stolen.read more
  • HIT data integrity failures top patient safety concerns

    Ashley Gold
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    While data integrity failures within health IT systems only ranked fourth on the ECRI Institute's list of top healthcare technology hazards published last fall, when it comes to patient safety concerns, they rank No. 1.read more
 
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    The Health Care Blog

  • Moore’s Law in Healthcare – Three Predictions

    Nick Dawson
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:17 am
    By Nick Dawson Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte. —Blaise Pascal Translation: I have made this longer than usual because I have not had time to make it shorter. As Appley as it gets. A while ago I was challenged to write […]
  • Obamacare Observations from the Marketplace

    Robert Laszewski
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:15 am
    By Robert Laszewski A few observations from my travels and conversations in the marketplace: About half of the enrollments are coming from people who were previously insured and half are not. When I try to gauge this, I go to carriers who had high market share before Obamacare and have maintained that through the first open […]
  • Make Sense? Competition, Not Higher Premiums, May Turn Out to Be the Biggest Threat to Obamacare Buyers

    J.K. Wall
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:31 pm
    By J.K. Wall There have been lots of news reports, including some from me, about insurers raising premiums 10 percent or more on the Obamacare exchanges next year. But for most people who bought health coverage in the Obamacare exchanges, that’s not really a concern. That’s because the vast majority of Obamacare buyers so far have […]
  • Would You Get a Brain Implant if It Could Make You Smarter?

    Hillary Schaub
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    By Hillary Schaub Yesterday the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project released the findings of their survey on the future of science. 1,001 participants were read a list of scientific innovations that may or may not happen in the next 50 years. The respondents reported how likely these innovations were to occur, whether […]
  • Diagnosis Is Not Therapy

    Alan Spiro, MD
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    By Alan Spiro, MD We all know “that patient” – the one we may dismissively label “noncompliant.” The person with diabetes whose HA1C is consistently above normal limits – the one who swears, when confronted with the numbers (yet again) he’ll start eating right and using his insulin as prescribed. And yet, month after month, […]
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  • Душевное здоровье, вправду душевная болезнь

    admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    Для начала немного фактов о соотношении здоровых и больных людей. Цифры, которые приводятся в соответствующей литературе, просто ошеломляют. Так, недавнее обследование посетителей районных поликлиник Москвы показало, что каждый третий из них мог бы значительно улучшить состояние своего психического здоровья,…
  • Из-за вредных продуктов человек становится ленивым – ученые

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    22 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    http://www.segodnya.ua/img/article/5141/41_main.jpg http://www.segodnya.ua/img/article/5141/41_tn.jpg 2014-04-20T06:55:58+03:00 Здоровье Эксперимент проводили на мышах Неправильное питание может сделать человека ленивым. К такому выводу пришли ученые, пишет УНН со ссылкой на издание The Los Angeles. В результате мыши, которые употребляли вредную пищу, набрали лишний вес. А через 6 месяцев…
  • СМИ и ты, малыш в целом популярный блоггер

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    22 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    В минувшую пятницу Госдума одобрила поправку в законопроект из «антитеррористического пакета», согласно которой блоги приравняют к СМИ. Ее внесли не сразу, а ко второму чтению законопроекта. Авторами выступили председатель Комитета по информполитике Алексей Митрофанов и члe-ны ЛДПР — Андрей Луговой и Вадим Деньгин. С чем…
  • предварительно хочу гулять, а с кем((( | форум Woman.ru

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    22 Apr 2014 | 5:54 am
    Пользователь сайта Woman.ru понимает и принимает, что он несет полную ответственность за все материалы частично или полностью опубликованные им с помощью сервиса Woman.ru. Пользователь сайта Woman.ru гарантирует, что размещение представленных им материалов не нарушает права третьих лиц (включая, но не ограничиваясь авторскими…
  • NEBOLEI | Что нужно делать, чтобы позвоночник был здоров Не болей: медицинские новости,профилактика болезней,лечение,психология,красота,медицинский…

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    22 Apr 2014 | 1:53 am
    От здоровья позвоночника зависит не только осанка и красота спины, но и здоровье всего человека. Современный образ жизни губительно сказывается на его состоянии. Сам по себе позвоночник начинает стареть приблизительно с 20 лет, когда его подвижность начинает постепенно уменьшаться. Но этот процесс может наступить и раньше и…
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    Health Business Blog

  • Three lesser known Democrats for Governor speak on healthcare

    David Williams
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:52 am
    Three in contest for governor striving hard for visibility in today’s Boston Globe trains the spotlight on Don Berwick, Juliette Kayyem, and Joe Avellone. They are serious contenders for the Democratic nomination in Massachusetts but remain less well known than Attorney General Martha Coakley and State Treasurer Steve Grossman. I interviewed all five of them (plus the two Republicans and two Independents) about healthcare policy for the Health Business Blog. If you’re interesting in learning more about where they stand, check out the summary post, which links to all the…
  • Physician ratings edge closer to the mainstream

    David Williams
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    Doctor ratings and reviews have gotten a bad name, especially from doctors. There are concerns about their validity and usefulness. And while I share these worries I also believe ratings and reviews are important and have the potential to become much more prominent and useful over time. I’m encouraged that some healthcare providers are reversing course and starting to publish ratings and reviews on their own websites. University of Utah is doing it, the Cleveland Clinic is considering following along, and others are also starting to think about it (Hospitals get into doc rating…
  • ObamaCare signups: More than just the exchange numbers

    David Williams
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    All that hyperbole for nothing! President Obama just announced that 8 million people signed up for coverage on federal and state health insurance exchanges during the initial open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare. That’s higher than originally projected, and much higher than how things looked when the glitch-filled healthcare.gov sputtered out of the gate. Cynics will pick at that accomplishment, claiming that it overstates the law’s impact by counting people who already had insurance, and those who don’t end up paying their premiums. ObamaCare is…
  • Zohydro ban: Disagreeing with Governor Patrick

    David Williams
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is trying to ban Zohydro ER, a new prescription painkiller, under a state of emergency he’s declared to combat opiate abuse. I agree with the Governor that opiate addiction is a huge problem in Massachusetts (and many other places) but the attempt to ban sales of Zohydro is a bad idea that’s likely to have a negligible impact on the addiction crisis while potentially harming one of Massachusetts’ most important industries. The argument against Zohydro ER (the ER stands for “extended release”) is that it promotes abuse by…
  • Health Wonk Review is up at Healthcare Lighthouse

    David Williams
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    Healthcare Lighthouse makes its hosting debut with an April Fools’ edition of the Health Wonk Review. You’ll definitely want to check it out.  
 
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  • Obamacare Observations From the Marketplace

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A few observations from my travels and conversations in the marketplace: About half of the enrollments are coming from people who were previously insured and half are not. When I try to gauge this, I go to carriers who had high market share before Obamacare and have maintained that through the first open enrollment. Some carriers have said only a small percentage of their enrollments had
  • Virginia Should Take the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Money and So Should All Republican States

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    In a September 2012 post on this blog, I said that Republican governors should be expanding their Medicaid programs under Obamacare. I argued that Republicans have long called for state block grants and the flexibility to run their own Medicaid programs in what are the state "laboratories of democracy." I made the point that, given the then recent Supreme Court decision enabling states to opt
  • Mission Accomplished?––7.1 Million––Will the Obama Administration Come To Regret Today's Obamacare Enrollment Announcement?

    1 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Politics is about expectations. The Obama administration blew the doors off Obamacare's enrollment expectations this week and scored big political points. But in doing so, they may have set Obamacare's expectations going forward at a level that can only undermine their credibility and that of the new health law. What happens when the real number––the number of people who actually completed
  • Was Obamacare Worth It? How Many of the Previously Uninsured Have Really Signed Up?

    30 Mar 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Health insurance reform was long overdue. But did it need to be done the way the architects of the Affordable Care Act did it? Obamacare was enacted, and the private health insurance market fundamentally changed, so that we could cover millions of people who previously couldn't get coverage. Are enough people getting coverage who didn't have it before to justify the sacrifices the people who
  • The One Thing That Could Save Obamacare––And The Obama Administration Needs To Do It In the Next Month

    25 Mar 2014 | 2:21 pm
    To properly price the exchange health insurance business going forward the carriers have to sharply increase the rates. A senior executive for Wellpoint, which sells plans in 14 Obamacare exchanges, is quoted in a Reuters article telling Wall Street analysts there will be big rate increases in 2015, "Looking at the rate increases on a year-over-year basis on our exchanges, and it will vary
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    Healthcare Economist

  • Mid-week Links

    Jason Shafrin
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    Moore’s Law in healthcare. Retiree health insurance and early retirement. Knowing how to work the system. Deal or No Deal. Is the toilet free?
  • I’d rather have HIV than diabetes

    Jason Shafrin
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:27 pm
    This is what a provocative article in the Spectator concludes. A recent large epidemiological study showed that, for those diagnosed with HIV now, life expectancy is similar to someone who does not have the virus. The medical profession now considers HIV a chronic disease; it’s regarded in public health terms in the same category as, for example, type 2 diabetes. As a doctor I can tell you that, medically speaking, I’d rather have HIV than diabetes. While this might sound shocking or surprising, the facts speak for themselves: the prognosis for those with type 2 diabetes is much worse…
  • How much should you bet?

    Jason Shafrin
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:58 pm
    This is an interesting question to ask.  If you are going to the casino, in most cases, the answer is $0.  The odds are stacked against you.  But what if the odds are in your favor, or you believe that your own predicted probability of winning differs from that of the bet? The easy answer would be to bet all your money since your expected value is positive.  However, if this is a repeated game, the chances of you losing at some point will likely be high.  Thus, betting 100% is typically suboptimal.  Thus how much should you bet? One popular criterion for making bets is the Kelly…
  • End-of-week links

    Jason Shafrin
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Suicide and cancer treatment. Hospital consolidation in France. Mini CoR. Exchanges doing just fine. Amazon and wellness.
  • “The medical marketplace is broken”

    Jason Shafrin
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:19 pm
    This quote is from David Blumenthal, a physician and former Harvard Medical School professor, who was the national coordinator for health information technology between 2009-2011.  He describes in an interview for the Atlantic why adoption of electronic medical records has been so slow in the U.S. From the patient’s perspective, this is a no-brainer. The benefits are substantial. But from the provider’s perspective, there are substantial costs in setting up and using the systems. Until now, providers haven’t recovered those costs, either in payment or in increased satisfaction, or in…
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    The Blog

  • Nurses Stand Up to Chevron with Richmond, California Residents

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:23 pm
    By: DeAnn McEwen, RN Power without Pollution! It’s not just a slogan, but an urgent call put forth by nurses who are committed to the health, well-being, and safety of our communities! A day after the nurses hosted a "Main Street Campaign Environmental Justice Workshop" at their headquaters in Oakland, they turned out in nearby Richmond, California at the Planning Commission hearing to bear witness to the life-threatening health impacts of Chevron’s planned expansion project of it’s coastal refinery. RNs outside of Richmond, CA City Hall. The Chevron project would send our…
  • Honor Dr. King’s fight for economic justice with tax on Wall Street

    4 Apr 2014 | 2:48 pm
    From Maine to California, nurses, students, HIV/AIDS and community activists, took to the streets today calling on Congress to fulfill the quest of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight for economic justice by enacting a tax on Wall Street speculation to fund efforts to reverse inequality.  "The Inclusive Prosperity Act would make Dr. King proud," said Rep. Keith Ellison at a kick off press conference in Washington against the backdrop of the U.S. Capitol. National Nurses United Vice President Sandy Falwell, RN Rep. Keith Ellison, author of HR 1579 "This is a holy day, a sacred day,"…
  • NNU Nurses Win Historic Victory at MedStar Health!

    3 Apr 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Management Finally Agrees to Reimburse Nurses for Increased Healthcare Costs for 2012 and 2013 After three arbitration decisions by two separate arbitrators and a federal judge’s order, hospital management has entered into a settlement agreement with nurses represented by National Nurses United to repay nurses for nearly all increases in out-of-pocket costs and premium increases for calendar years 2012 and 2013. The reimbursements will be applicable to NNU members at Washington Hospital Center who enroll in the company’s Care First healthcare plan. This settlement comes after…
  • TELL YOUT REPS: RNs Oppose Right to Work’ and Support Safe Patient Handling (HB 2612)

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    Tell Your State Representative RNs Oppose Right to Work’ and ‘Paycheck Protection and RNs Support Safe Patient Lift Legislation (HB 2612) Missouri nurses, patients and unions are under attack in Jefferson City! We need to oppose such attacks, while fighting for the Safe Lift legislation that our patients deserve. Opposition to ‘Right to Work’ and ‘Paycheck Protection’ This week RNs from across MO mobilized to Jefferson CIty to meet with legislators over the course of the day and joined with unions from around the state for a noon rally to send the message…
  • TROUBLE ON THE HORIZON: Top five things nurses must know about where healthcare is heading

    21 Mar 2014 | 6:21 pm
    It’s 2014, which means the bulk of the Affordable Care Act is now in effect. While most of the mainstream media has focused on whether patients will finally be able to find affordable health insurance through the programs it creates (or not), very little attention has been paid to discussing how the wide-ranging law is being capitalized upon by healthcare corporations, and how some of its other incentives and provisions change the registered nurse’s scope of practice, speed up the computerization of healthcare, and encourage fundamental changes to healthcare delivery and systems.
 
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  • Added Sugar Associated with Increased Risk for Death from Cardiovascular Disease (VIDEO)

    Anthony Cirillo
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Added Sugar Associated with Increased Risk for Death from Cardiovascular Disease (VIDEO)   The post Added Sugar Associated with Increased Risk for Death from Cardiovascular Disease (VIDEO) appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Caring.Com Names “Caring Stars of 2014″ (VIDEO)

    Anthony Cirillo
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
      Caring.Com Names “Caring Stars of 2014″ The post Caring.Com Names “Caring Stars of 2014″ (VIDEO) appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Our Friday Song of the Week – Drive By

    Anthony Cirillo
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Our Friday Song of the Week – Drive By The post Our Friday Song of the Week – Drive By appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Caregiver Stress – Think You Know the Cause? Think Again. (VIDEO)

    Anthony Cirillo
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
      Caregiver Stress – Think You Know the Cause? Think Again. The post Caregiver Stress – Think You Know the Cause? Think Again. (VIDEO) appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Drug Take Back Day April 27

    Anthony Cirillo
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and participating local law enforcement are coordinating a nationwide drug “take-back” day on April 26th.  This one-day event will provide residents with no cost anonymous collection of unwanted and expired medicines. Click here to find a DEA collection site near you. It’s a great time to clean out your medicine cabinet! Medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning and flushed or trashed medicines can end up polluting our waters. Rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high – over half of teens…
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  • Travels In Hyperreality: What If Bipartisan ACA Fixes Were Possible?

    Billy Wynne
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:47 am
    Since enactment of the Affordable Care Act in March 2010, a strange, relatively unnoticed phenomenon has occurred: Congress has passed bipartisan changes to it. These amendments were generally to such esoteric components of the law that they dodged the political block-aid that otherwise surrounds it. But what would happen if things were different? If Congress could act to change the ACA in a meaningful way, what would it do? Here we briefly review the previous sub rosa changes to launch into a broader examination of macro ACA reforms that have a fighting chance of enactment in the not too…
  • Connected Health Opportunities For Medicaid’s Most Vulnerable Patients

    Rachel Davis
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    The February issue of Health Affairs features a series of articles on connected health and highlights the potential for telehealth and telemedicine to reshape how health care is delivered, consumed, tracked, and even paid for. With funding support from Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) recently conducted a series of focus groups that showed how one key Medicaid population -- medically and socially complex, low-income individuals -- stands to gain from these advances. The four focus groups were designed to better understand the issues driving…
  • For High-Risk Medicare Beneficiaries: Targeting CMMI Demonstrations On Promising Delivery Models

    Karen Davis, Christine Buttorff, Bruce Leff, Quincy Samus, Sarah Szanton, and Jennifer Wolff
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions, certain types of serious conditions (e.g. heart disease, pulmonary disorders, mental disorders, cancer), and functional limitations have higher health and long-term care costs and more adverse outcomes than other beneficiaries. One of the biggest opportunities for savings for Medicare, Medicaid, and beneficiaries themselves, is through reducing hospitalizations, readmissions, and institutional care, especially for these high-risk beneficiaries. Achieving these savings and serving this population will require innovative delivery models…
  • Return Of The Repressed: Spending Growth Is Back, But What To Do?

    Rob Cunningham
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    The sheer magnitude of the Affordable Care Act and its implementation seems to have briefly preempted the attention of the health policy community, distracting it from its perennial and inescapable preoccupation with spending growth. Everyone knew, of course, that when the dust settled, access and insurance market reforms would set off in ever starker relief the menace of the spending dragon. But in the meantime, an eerie 4-year lull in growth seemed to dull the edge of the problem. There was research suggesting that structural changes, some in anticipation of payment and delivery system…
  • Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood, The ACA, And The Corporate Person: A Historical Myth Bedevils The Law

    Malcolm Harkins
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    On March 25, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments in two cases—Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius—challenging the validity of the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) mandate that employer-sponsored health plans cover all FDA-approved contraceptives (the “Contraceptive Mandate”). In each case, closely held plaintiff corporations contend that the Contraceptive Mandate illegally infringed upon the corporations’ freedom to exercise religion. The cases attracted attention because the Supreme Court had agreed to hear yet…
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  • Health Care Quality, and Cost

    medicare poster
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The chief executive of a medical data website emphasizes the importance of information about quality of services. Related NewsMedicare moves to tie doctors’ pay to quality and cost of careMedicare moves to tie doctors’ pay to quality and cost of careMedicare to tie doctors’ pay to quality, cost of care
  • Cost of Treatment May Influence Doctors

    medicare poster
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association said they would use cost data to rate the value of treatments. Related NewsCost of Treatment May Influence DoctorsA Rule on Eye Treatment Is Likely to Cost MillionsWhite House Wants More Influence Over Medicare Rates
  • Cost of Treatment May Influence Doctors

    medicare poster
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Some of the most influential medical groups in the nation are recommending that doctors weigh the costs, not just the effectiveness of treatments that they recommend for patients. Related NewsCost of Treatment May Influence DoctorsA Rule on Eye Treatment Is Likely to Cost MillionsWhite House Wants More Influence Over Medicare Rates
  • Obamacare, Deficits and Empirics

    medicare poster
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Assessing yet another potential metric for the health care law’s success. Related NewsMedicare Trustee: Obamacare Will Increase the Deficit by As Much As $527 BillionMedicare Trustee: Obamacare Will Increase the Deficit by As Much As $527 BillionMedicare Trustee: Obamacare Will Increase the Deficit by As Much As $527 Billion
  • Medicare and Eye Doctors

    medicare poster
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery responds to a news article, “Sliver of Medicare Doctors Get Big Share of Payouts.” Related NewsLas Vegas eye doctors settle over Medicare fraud claimsDoctors Grow Wary of Avastin for Eye TreatmentHealth Column: What eye care does Medicare cover?
 
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  • I still love being an internist

    rcentor
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    Many internists feel frustration over administrative burdens, a payment system that encourages you to decrease visit length (could we just ban productivity measures forever), MOC, the possibility of MOL and numerous regulations. A recent Daily Beast article provides a very slanted view – How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession. Multiple friends have sent me this article. I can only describe this article as hyperbolic. This wonderful counter post expresses my feelings – Sorry, being a doctor is still a great gig. I think physicians complain far more, and far more…
  • On becoming a runner

    rcentor
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:40 am
    Sometime in my weight loss journey I became a runner. Unlike many, I did not plan this, it just happened. When I started my journey walking dominated my movement strategy. I had a personal goal of 4-5 miles walking each day. This was easy and enjoyable. Then one day, I got to a slight downhill stretch and decided to jog. That felt good. So I started doing it more and more. But I had a recurrence of my knee pain. Actually I get pes anserine bursitis. I kept running and walking, but the bursitis was threatening to limit my progress. One day last August, visiting my son in SF, I stopped into a…
  • Becoming Chair of the Board of Regents of the ACP

    rcentor
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    Later today Chuck Cutler will officially hand over the position of Chair to me. Six years ago I joined the Board of Regents (BOR). This coming year seems like a dream at this point. Readers know my love for internal medicine. Forty years ago, during my medicine clerkship I realized that I am an internist. Like many other internists I am so lucky that internal medicine found me. The American College of Physicians is THE internal medicine organization. I could never imagine having this opportunity to pay back the field and the organization. The BOR is the policy body for the ACP. We are the…
  • The distraction diagnostic delay

    rcentor
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:25 am
    One should assume that cognitive psychologists have a better name for this phenomenon. This patient’s story reveals a 2 day delay in making the correct diagnosis and the errors involved. The patient comes to the emergency department for dyspnea. The dyspnea began about 5 days ago, and while starting with exercise now occurs at rest. The patient denies fever, rigors, or productive cough. She has a history of asthma, but is not sure if the current symptoms are her asthma. On physical exam, the estimated BMI is 45. The patient is mildly tachycardic, afebrile, mildly tachypnic. Heart sounds…
  • Since knowledge evolves, what implication for performance measures

    rcentor
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    A few nights ago, we had a wonderful reception at the Internal Medicine 2014 site. The conference starts tomorrow, but we have many business meetings prior to the conference. Sitting with leadership colleagues we had a wonderful conversation about how medicine changes. One colleague gave the example of ulcer disease. Those who trained in the 1960s and 1970s know most of this history, but it actually goes back to the early part of the 20th century. Consider the Sippy diet, the Bilroth 2, highly selective vagotomy, the introduction of H2 blockers, the introduction of PPIs, and then the crazy…
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  • Another chapter in the never endling clash between the collective and the individual regarding health care

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:03 pm
    The following comments were inspired by this insightful and very well written commentary by Margarit Gur-Arie entitled "Is the Nuremberg Code Obsolete?" After reading about where the cronies at IOM and the ideologues at Hasting Institute want to take us, I have to shout "It sure as hell better not be obsolete and do you people even know anything about the events that took place in Europe (or Macon county,Alabama for that matter)  in the 20th century and why we have the Code in the first place." One of the more troubling developments in recent years in medical care is the seemingly…
  • More internists are failing the MOC exam-why could that be? Resistance to ABIM's MOC grows.

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    Why are more internists failing the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) exam? Kevin Pho on his medical blog offers two suggestions. See here. One reason is what I call the economically driven bifurcation of internists into hospitalists and officists and the disuse atrophy of hospital care skills in the office bound docs and the lack of familiarity with the preventive care changes and routine treatment of non acutely ill patients on the part of the hospitalists. If you don't treat respiratory failure,sepsis and acute heart failure on a regular basis you might just not do as well on the boards.
  • Adam Smith's Men of Systems and the progressive medical elite

    21 Mar 2014 | 4:05 am
    Adam smith spoke of the men of system- men with a dangerous mixture of hubris and naivete  who presumed to know what is best for every one  and how to plan to bring that optimal state into being.The following commentary highlights the views of some physicians who might be considered the medical men of system.The following quote from Drs Don Berwick and Troyen Brennan in their appropriately named book, "New Rules" captures the essence of the fundamental nature of how men of system would arrange medical care. "Today, this isolated relationship[ he is speaking of the physician…
  • Breaking news-OBM discovers economics prinicple of "incentives matter"

    6 Mar 2014 | 7:27 am
    Several of my favorite economists have said that the real good stuff in economics is revealed in the econ 101 courses. One of the secrets revealed is that "incentives matter". Milton Friedman said most of economics could be boiled down to two thoughts; 1) there is no free lunch 2)demand curves slope downwards which simply means people tend to buy more if something costs less and tend to buy less if something costs more.Another principle is that generally supply curves slope upward which means that someone will tend to supply more of something if the price increases and tends to supply less if…
  • Are the Choosing Wisely leaders becoming impatient with the rank and file docs?

    5 Mar 2014 | 1:35 pm
     At least one of them seems to be according to this commentary by the former CEO of ABIM and ABIMF., Dr. John Benson Jr. who is referred to by some as the "father of ABIM". With the respect that designation would imply I think it prudent to take what he has to say seriously.Basically what he had to say was that the rank and file docs do not seem to be getting the message and more forceful "educational" methods need be employed.Such as : "...hard choices and penalties must go beyond training the next generation"  and" ABIM could require candidates to achieve a perfect score on…
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    Health Care Renewal

  • A Tangled Web of Perversity by a Healthcare Company Owner - Subpoenaing Emails of Law Student Critics at NYU Law School, Where He is a Trustee

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:22 pm
    At Healthcare Renewal, we are largely calling for removal from healthcare of perverse managers and perverse management practices.  One of those practices is the attempted silencing of critics.I have first hand experience with a perverse but unsuccessful attempt myself, where the apparently (and IMO, and as protected by the 1st Amendent) megalomaniacal management of a once-reasonable hospital (I did my residency there 1985-7) sought to abridge my 1st Amendment rights regarding care of my late mother.  See my August 11, 2013 post "Who Would Have Thought, Comrades, That The Most Severe…
  • Knee Deep in the Hoopla - "A Triumph of Medical Technology" Sans Evidence of Superiority from Published Randomized Double Blind Controlled Trials

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    With the publication of several new articles in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, the buzz about Sovaldi (sofosbuvir - Gilead), a new oral treatment of hepatitis C, has become feverish.  The drug had been hailed as near miraculous, and the only debate has been about its near stratospheric cost (look here).  This week, of all weeks, however we should be extremely skeptical about expensive drugs promoted as the cures of our most feared ills.  This week a series of articles appeared in the British Medical Journal showing that there was no evidence to support the…
  • CMS does not have any information that supports or refutes claims that a broader adoption of EHRs can save lives?

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    If this is true, the EHR hyper-enthusiasm problem is even worse than I believed.From the April 2014 newsletter of the American Association for Physicians and Surgeons (http://www.aapsonline.org/index.php/about_us/), an organization that is dedicated "to preserving the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship and the practice of private medicine":CMS Claims to Have No Information on EHRsOn Mar. 14, 2014, the Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services replied to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request sent Apr. 4,…
  • Planned Obsolescence Disguised as Innovation, Oligopoly Disguised as a Free Market, and the Enrichment of Oligarchs

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    The New York Times published another article in its series on the high cost of US health care.  This one, focused on the care of type 1 diabetes mellitus and other chronic diseases, shines some light on the business management practices that now determine how our health care system functions, or not, and implies who benefits the most from them.Planned Obsolescence Disguised as InnovationThe article first discussed the brave new world of type 1 diabetes treatment.  The introductory theme was:Today, the routine care costs of many chronic illnesses eclipse that of acute care because…
  • Healthcare IT Amateur Kathleen Sebelius Resigns - Good Riddance

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is resigning.Press reports say she is resigning in large part due to the Exchange Website debacle.   This from the New York Times:Health Secretary Resigns After Woes of HealthCare.govhttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/11/us/politics/sebelius-resigning-as-health-secretary.html?_r=0... Officials said Ms. Sebelius, 65, made the decision to resign and was not forced out [Yeah, right - SS]. But the frustration at the White House over her performance had become increasingly clear, as administration aides worried that the…
 
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    Bioethics Discussion Blog

  • Patient Modesty: Volume 65

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:18 pm
    And the discussion continues.  From Paul writing to Volume 64:I wonder what women in general, as well as female nurses ,female techs, and other female providers would think if the gender numbers were reversed?Imagine you go in for a routine exam with your female doctor because you don't want a male doctor. A male chaperone or student is brought in to the room to observe.You either ask for him to leave or because you were blind sided by it you say nothing and go through it. Only to be angry about it later.During your exam the doctor finds something and recommends a vaginal ultrasound. You…
  • A Doctor's First Words to a Patient

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:29 pm
    “Interesting belt — where did you get that?”“I see you are from Youngstown. The key question is, are you a Steelers fan or a Browns fan?”Daniel R. Wolpaw, M.D., and Dan Shapiro, Ph.D. writing a Perspective article titled "The Virtues of Irrelevance" in the April 3 2014 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine present these as examples of possible opening remarks by a physician to a patient who appears with a medical problem.  The authors suggest that remarks such as these serve 4 "key purposes"  from the physician's point of view which, in establishing the…
  • Patient Modesty: Volume 64

    18 Mar 2014 | 9:30 pm
    In this and the following Volumes, there is no need to go into more detail (and I will not allow that to be published here!) about "unprofessional behavior" if it amounts to describing prurient sexual interest and acts or frank sexual crimes by professionals. This behavior is clearly wrong for a physician or nurse behavior and requires notification of state professional boards in the United States and law enforcement as necessary. That is the solution for that behavior. To educate the patient to ask their provider "are you planning to manipulate my breast or genitals for your own pleasure or…
  • Doctors May Guess Your Diagnosis and Why They May Be Wrong

    9 Mar 2014 | 2:30 pm
    This thread is all about heuristic clinical reasoning which means a doctor's mental shortcuts to come to a diagnosis. Heuristic is defined in Wikipedia as:Heuristic (/hjʉˈrɪstɨk/; Greek: "Εὑρίσκω", "find" or "discover") refers to experience-based techniques for problem solving, learning, and discovery that give a solution which is not guaranteed to be optimal. Where the exhaustive search is impractical, heuristic methods are used to speed up the process of finding a satisfactory solution via mental shortcuts to ease the cognitive load of making a decision.
  • Patient Informed Consent from Partially Uninformed Physicians

    5 Mar 2014 | 9:51 pm
    The title of this thread clearly sets the topic to be discussed.  Informed consent by a patient for an examination or medical-surgical procedure is an established ethical and legal act which has been even more focused throughout the medical profession in the recent decades when previous professional paternalism behavior dissolved to patient autonomy.  However established the practice is preached, the act still depends on several factors. With regard to the patient becoming informed about the details of the examination and procedure, it requires the patient or patient's surrogate…
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    Health Care Organizational Ethics

  • Why I've Been Silent for Several Months

    Jim Sabin
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    I recently received an email from a college roommate who periodically visits this blog. Finding that I'd made no posts since November he wrote to find out if I'd been ill or, perhaps, was no longer extant in terrestrial life. He noted that at our age (college class of 1960), no news is not necessarily good news!The reason for my silence on this site is not illness or mortality. Rather, it's that I've been editing and writing for Over 65, a blog about aging issues published by the Hastings Center. Between seeking posts from other writers, editing what comes in, and writing my own posts, Over…
  • The Right Kind of Love Between Doctors and Patients

    Jim Sabin
    8 Nov 2013 | 2:30 pm
    Yesterday I attended a remarkable educational session at the Brigham & Women's Hospital - "Love Stories: Deconstructing and Learning from Successful Doctor-Patient Relationships."The stars of the session were Doris Bunte, who turned 80 this year, and Dr. Chuck Morris, her primary care physician. The large audience of medical students, residents, and staff, were transfixed by their description of their first appointment, the building of trust, and Dr. Morris's presence as a "guest of honor" at a large 80th birthday celebration.Here's how Ms. Bunte spoke about her relationship with Chuck…
  • Talking about Suicide

    Jim Sabin
    5 Oct 2013 | 11:53 am
    Earlier this week my friend Steve Moffic wrote a powerful post about his experience as a psychiatrist dealing with suicide. He presents a moving discussion of how difficult it was to think and talk about the suicide of a patient he treated in residency. Here's the concluding paragraph of Steve's post:Legal fears, confidentiality concerns, shame, and stigma are formidable obstacles. But talk we must, for talking—and listening—is a key to prevention and treatment. Any clinician knows that most who survive serious suicide attempts end up being glad they did, if they receive the help…
  • From Faith to Atheism

    Jim Sabin
    21 Sep 2013 | 8:00 am
    What would you think was being talked about if you read the following:"I got to come out...It used to terrify me, what people's reactions would be. But it's been so long now...I don't even care...I slept like a baby last night because I knew I wasn't going to have to live a lie any more..."This isn't a young gay or lesbian person coming out to the family - it's Teresa MacBain, a Methodist pastor, telling NPR about "confessing " to her congregation that she has lost her faith and is now an atheist.I interpreted the NPR interview and an article in today's New York Times in light of my Rosh…
  • Religious Ethics and Medical Ethics

    Jim Sabin
    4 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am
    The Jewish New Year - Rosh Hashanah – starts this evening, and the New York Times featured a front page article on “Bar Mitzvahs Get a New Look to Build Faith.” The article touched a very personal nerve for me. Both my parents and all of my grandparents were Jewish, but the family I grew up in was very non-observant. We didn’t belong to a synagogue and didn’t celebrate the Jewish holidays, other than a very perfunctory Seder at my father’s ailing mother’s home in Brooklyn. But at 11 or 12 I asked my parents to send me to Sunday School, an almost unheard of request for a…
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    Health Beat by Maggie Mahar

  • Health Care Spending Spikes: Why?

    Maggie Mahar
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    You may have read that health care spending in the private sector picked up both in the fourth quarter of 2013, and during the first two months of this year. Recent data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) show that during the last three months of 2013 spending on health care rose at an annual rate of  5.3%  The trend continued this year, with spending climbing 6.2%, on a year-over-year basis in January, and 6.7% in February. This came as a surprise. Since December of 2007, after adjusting for inflation, health care outlays have been rising by only 2.6%  As former CBO director…
  • How Much Will You Pay for Health Care in 2015? What You Need to Know About Healthcare Inflation-Part 1

    Maggie Mahar
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
      Probably you have seen headlines like this one: “O-Care premiums to skyrocket.” The warning, which was posted on The Hill, seemed designed to cheer conservatives distraught by Obamcare’s enrollment numbers. It began by announcing that next year, “premiums will double in some parts of the country. The sticker shock will likely bolster the GOP’s prospects in November and hamper ObamaCare insurance enrollment efforts in 2015.” Where did the reporter get her information?  The story is based on interviews with “health insurance officials.” Why would they issue…
  • How Many of Obamacare’s New Enrollees Were Uninsured Last Year? Why It Doesn’t Matter

    Maggie Mahar
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Charles Gaba, the enrollment guru who has been tracking Obamacare sign-ups since October, now estimates that by April 15, some 17 million Americans will have purchased their own insurance policies either in the Obamacare Exchanges (8 million) or off-Exchange (9 million) But how many of them were uninsured and how many were simply replacing policies that Obamacare had forced insurers to cancel?  This is the question conservatives ask.  After all they argue, if most of these folks already had coverage, we have just wasted a great deal of time and money moving them from a policy they chose to…
  • Obamacare Enrollment, Including Medicaid, Heads for 14-20 Million

    Maggie Mahar
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Revised: April 12 Charles Gaba, who has become the go-to-guru for Obamacare enrollment numbers, now predicts that by April 15, 7.09 to 9.75 million Americans will have purchased health insurance in the Exchanges.  This is in line with the back-of-the-envelope estimate that he offered a week ago: “a nice round 8 million.”  (In parentheses, he suggested:  Perhaps a little higher (1M even?)., and then struck that thought.  “As always,” he noted, “I’ll be more than happy to be proven wrong, as long as I’ve undershot the mark.”   To that 7.09 to 9.75 million, he now…
  • Obamacare Enrollment Hits 7 Million, Putting Downward Pressure on 2015 Premiums; Word-of-Mouth Spreads the Truth

    Maggie Mahar
    30 Mar 2014 | 5:11 pm
    (Updated March 31) As the “train wreck” called Obamacare pulls into the station it’s becoming clear that some 7 million Americans are signing up to purchase insurance in the Exchanges. Ten days ago I went out on a limb and predicted that we would hit 7 million, if not by March 31, by early summer. Now it appears that we’ll break through that target by midnight. Seven million was the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO’s) initial estimate, but when the roll-out proved rocky, the administration lowered its expectations to 6 million. Reform’s opponents groused that…
 
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    HealthBlawg :: David Harlow's Health Care Law Blog

  • HIPAA Marketing Rule Guidance: Better Than Nothing

    David Harlow
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:26 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.healthblawg.com/healthblawg Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. http://feeds.healthblawg.com/healthblawg
  • HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance: Should You Care?

    David Harlow
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
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  • FDASIA Health IT Report Issued; Comments Welcomed on Three-Agency Approach

    David Harlow
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:09 pm
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  • Unlocking the Power of Health Data

    David Harlow
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:46 am
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  • Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts: Is the Application Process Broken?

    David Harlow
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:05 am
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    HealthLawProf Blog

  • Guest Blogger Professor Gaia Bernstein: Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing and the Over-Production of Genetic Information

    Katharine Van Tassel
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    23andMe, the Internet genetic testing company, which offered genetic testing for health conditions and ancestry, has received extensive publicity in recent months. In November 2013, the FDA ordered 23andMe to stop marketing its health-related genetic test results to customers because...
  • The Delay of ICD-10

    Francisl
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:01 pm
    As part of the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014,” Congress provided that DHHS may not set ICD-10 as the code standard before October 15, 2015. October 15, 2014 had been the day set by DHHS for ICD-10 implementation....
  • Guest Blogger Professor Deborah L. Forman: Introducing The ABA's Draft Model Act Governing Assisted Reproductive Technology Agencies

    Katharine Van Tassel
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:46 pm
    The use of assisted reproductive technology to create families is often described as collaborative reproduction. Intended parents, gamete donors and surrogates can all play a role in the process. Assisted reproduction typically involves collaboration among various professionals as well, including...
  • The Game of Succession

    Nicolas Terry
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    It is almost always dramatic when a well-known figure resigns. So it was this week, one leader gone and another swiftly nominated. Almost inevitably the process and new nominee were subject to conservative sniping. Then, Secretary Sebelius resigned! While the...
  • Health Insurance, Socioeconomic Status, and Health

    David Orentlicher
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Earlier this week, I wrote about the link between health insurance and health and suggested that socioeconomic factors such as education and wealth can be much more important for health than access to health care. There are some interesting studies...
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    Most Popular Items from healthcarefinancenews.com

  • 4 common mistakes in leading cost reduction initiatives

    Liz Kirk
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    Cost reduction initiatives mistakes Daily Feature $40 million, $100 million, $220 million, $300 million. These figures do not represent recent Powerball jackpots or the contracts of star athletes. They are the annual cost reduction targets that CFOs of major health systems have recently shared with me.   read more
  • UnitedHealth reports mixed bag in Q1

    Anthony Brino
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    UnitedHealth Group reported a mixed bag in its first quarter financial report. UnitedHealth Group posted first quarter net earnings of $1.1 billion, or $1.10 per share, down a bit from $1.16 per share in first quarter 2013, but in line with guidance forecasting some $0.35 per share being consumed by the ACA insurance tax and other reform changes. read more
  • Hospitals adjusting billing and collections practices to meet ACA changes

    Chuck Green
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    The Affordable Care Act has created some new realities for hospitals when it comes to billing and collecting from patients. Hospitals are adjusting by instituting a variety of processes. At Omaha’s Children's Hospital & Medical Center, the focus is on helping those newly insured under the ACA navigate their responsibilities. read more
  • New entrants into the healthcare market threaten traditional businesses

    Anthony Brino
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    New entrants in the healthcare market could snatch billions of dollars of revenue from traditional healthcare companies if the traditional companies do not move faster to provide services in the setting consumers want. read more
  • 4 key measures of patient engagement

    Wendy Lynch,Kristen Perosino
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    Engagement is a big buzzword in healthcare these days. Every program seeks to achieve it; every provider wants to enhance it. We know that being engaged in our own health can lead to better outcomes. But what is engagement exactly? Does it mean following a doctor's advice? Does it mean eating five servings of vegetables each day? Or is it more complex? read more
 
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  • Accessing capital in growth mode

    Jennifer Zaino
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    Over the last decade, Metro Health – an integrated health system based in and around Grand Rapids, Mich. – has been able to set itself apart from other community hospital systems in part by its ability to access and leverage capital. The health system has used fixed-rate bonds to support new primary and specialty-care facilities, build a replacement acute care hospital, and create an electronic health records system that is fully integrated between the hospital and its ambulatory sites. read more
  • Readmissions penalties may be unfair

    Anthony Brino
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:17 am
    Hospitals may have less control over readmissions than clinicians, administrators or federal regulators would like to believe, new research suggests, meaning that the readmissions penalties imposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services may be inappropriate. read more
  • Bringing in donations requires personnel

    David Weldon
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:45 am
    Hospitals are dependent on donations to help offset huge operating expenses. And in this turbulent time of rising costs and shrinking reimbursements, they need all the financial kindness they can get. That’s why investing in philanthropy personnel is important. When the 2008 recession hit, many hospitals downsized their fundraising staffs, including their biggest money chasers, and lost ground maintaining donation levels, said William C. McGinley, president and CEO of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. read more
  • Investing for value-based care

    Diana Manos
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:45 am
    To quickly make the transition from fee-for-service to value-based care, accountable care organizations must figure out where to invest and take cues from those which have mastered the model. read more
  • Hospitals rethink community benefit

    Paul Cerrato
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    With new reporting requirements from the Affordable Care Act and increasing scrutiny of community benefits programs, executives of hospitals are taking a more critical look at their programs to make sure they’re on target and creating a solid financial strategy. read more
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  • Investing for value-based care

    Diana Manos
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:45 am
    To quickly make the transition from fee-for-service to value-based care, accountable care organizations must figure out where to invest and take cues from those which have mastered the model. read more
  • On the Move: Finance

    Healthcare Finance News Staff
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    Greg McCulloch is joining California’s Sonora Regional Medical Center as vice president of finance/chief financial officer effective May 5. McCulloch joins Sonora from Walla Walla General Hospital, where he has served as CFO since 2011. read more
  • The future of healthcare spending

    Kelsey Brimmer
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:45 am
    As lawmakers try to understand the ultimate causes of the recent slowdown in healthcare spending growth, their determinations will eventually translate into policies that will impact healthcare businesses of all types. During a Brookings Institution webcast last week, healthcare industry experts discussed what they believe to be the causes behind the spending slowdown and possible strategies to keep spending in check. read more
  • Highmark eyes caregiver market

    Anthony Brino
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    The growing ranks of adults helping their aging and ill parents, relatives and friends is a business opportunity that health insurer Highmark is not passing up. The Pittsburgh-based insurer recently announced it is starting a new “comprehensive caregiver support system” available to members and non-members on a subscription basis for $79 per month. read more
  • New health system forms in Massachusetts

    Stephanie Bouchard
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:41 am
    Boston’s Tufts Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital in Lowell, Mass. announced Monday that they are creating a new health system. The two organizations will align under a new parent company, yet to be named. Each organization and their physician groups will operate under local governance and have equal representation on the parent company’s board. The new parent company's chief executive officer will be Normand Deschene, Lowell’s CEO, and its chairperson will be Ellen Zane, vice chair of Tufts Medical Center’s Board of Trustees. read more
 
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  • Emergency Medicine Digest

    26 Mar 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Selected publications of interest 1. Does a higher MAP target in septic shock confer lower mortality target? No. A target mean arterial pressure of 80 to 85 mm Hg conferred no mortality benefit over the standard 65 to 70 mm Hg target. Reference:  Asfar P et al. High versus low blood-pressure target in patients with septic shock. N Engl J Med 2014 Mar 18; [e-pub ahead of print]. (http://
  • Funnel or tapered shaped pediatric airway - where does this concept come from?

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

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

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

    20 Nov 2013 | 10:00 pm
    The American College of Medical Toxicology, in their positional statement on Salicylate Toxicity, mentions that: Clinical deterioration, even in the setting of a falling serum concentration, is ominous, and suggestive of increasing central nervous system (CNS) salicylate concentration. As blood pH falls, there is an increased proportion of nonionized salicylate that more readily
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  • Video surveillance improves understanding of essential hygiene behavior

    Newsdesk
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:30 pm
    One of the best defenses against infectious disease is one of the most simple – hand washing. Still, despite years of global public awareness campaigns, hand washing rates remain low. Caregivers of young children in low-income, developing world settings are found to wash their hands only 17 percent of the time after using the toilet. […]
  • The National Review of Commissioning for Social Care in Wales 2013-14

    Newsdesk
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    The review which took place between July 2013 and January 2014, looked at how well local authorities were implementing the statutory guidance on commissioning published by the Welsh Government in 2010. The report identifies that the current arrangements for commissioning services are not sustainable in the face of projected future demands and financial pressures. The […]
  • The National Review of Commissioning for Social Care in Wales, 2013-14

    Newsdesk
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:47 am
    The review which took place between July 2013 and January 2014, looked at how well local authorities were implementing the statutory guidance on commissioning published by the Welsh Government in 2010. The report identifies that the current arrangements for commissioning services are not sustainable in the face of projected future demands and financial pressures. The […]
  • Record store organises concert to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society

    Newsdesk
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:47 am
    ‘My mother has had Alzheimer’s for 12 years and just this week was discharged from hospital, after bouncing back once again. All the girls in my mum’s side of our family circle who have lived beyond the age of 55 have developed this disease. ‘Although we do everything we can in my shop to help […]
  • LaingBuisson report highlights new ‘top up’ market in care homes

    Newsdesk
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Published 14 April 2014 There could be an increase in ‘top-up funding’ paid by care homes residents, according to a new report by healthcare experts, LangBuisson, published today (Monday 14 April 2014). The report found that the fees paid by councils have decreased by 5% in real terms over the last five years, which means […]
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    News from Scott & White Healthcare

  • Memorial Hospital Receives Award and Honors for Stroke Care

    Deontrea Jones
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    Scott & White Memorial Hospital, a part of Baylor Scott & White Health, 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. “As a certified stroke center in Central Texas, we are dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Gold Plus Quality AchievementAward helps us achieve that…
  • Chief Nursing Officer Appointed for Scott & White’s Hill Country Region

    Katherine Voss
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    MARBLE FALLS, Texas – (April 16, 2014) – Betsy Patterson, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, has been selected to serve as chief nursing officer for Scott & White Healthcare – Hill Country Region, a part of Baylor Scott & White Health, effective May 1.  Patterson came to Scott & White from the former Johns Community Hospital in Taylor, now Scott & White Hospital – Taylor, where she currently serves as chief nursing officer.  Patterson brings over 25 years of progressive nursing and leadership experience to her new role in the Hill Country. Media contact: Katherine Voss at…
  • Nancy Birdwell, head of Scott & White Healthcare Foundation, retires

    Scott Clark
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:48 pm
     Alfred Knight, MD, named as interim CEO – TEMPLE, Texas (April 14, 2014) – Nancy Birdwell, who has led the philanthropic and development efforts at Scott & White Healthcare for the past 12 years, will retire June 1, 2014.  Birdwell, who serves as executive vice president and chief executive officer of the Scott & White Healthcare Foundation, has been instrumental in increasing annual contributions to the Foundation fifteen fold and in doubling its endowment. “Nancy has brought tremendous success to the Foundation by elevating all aspects of our philanthropic efforts, from…
  • Scott & White – Cedar Park West Clinic First in Central Texas to Offer Computerized ADHD Testing

    Katherine Voss
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    Innovative tool helps with diagnosis/tracking in both children and adults Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood condition characterized by more than normal difficulty with focus, behavior control, impulsivity and hyperactivity. It affects nine percent of children younger than 18 and about approximately four percent of American adults, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with the condition as girls but after adolescence, males and females are diagnosed in equal numbers. Some kids grow out of it,…
  • April 7, 2014 1 pm update on Fort Hood shooting victims

    Katherine Voss
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    1:00 pm CST UPDATE: April 7, 2014:  We currently have three patients who continue to receive care at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas. All three patients are listed in fair condition and are continuing to improve. All three are expected to remain in the hospital for the next several days. Unless warranted, there will not be any additional updates on patients until tomorrow. Please follow us on Twitter: @swhealthcare
 
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 7 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    As promised on Tuesday, today, on Freedom Friday, I am wrapping up sharing the video series, "Questions of Influence", NewsChannel5 ran concerning the questionable dealings of the Haslam Administration. Part 7 is basically a summary of the first 6 parts, but it does add some new information, too. The video for Part 7 is embedded below, or can be watched by clicking here.Below today's video, I review what we've learned.NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather NewsChannel5 brought out the following in this investigative report :The state's motor pool was turned over to Enterprise Rental Car…
  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 6 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Today, we're into the stretch run of the video series detailing the questionable dealings of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's Administration. Part 6 is about five-and-a-half minutes long and can be summarized with one simple question - "What's the big secret?"I plan to wrap the series up on Friday. So, don't miss it. Segment 6 is embedded below or can be watched by clicking here.NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather Source - www.NewsChannel5.com investigative report titled "Questions of Influence".Related articlesThe Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide -…
  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 5 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    "Unfair advantage"? Competiveness? Bids?We don't need no stinking competitive bids! Fuhgeddaboutit.Today is Part 5 in the series about the dealings of The Haslam Administration. The video is embedded below or can be watched by clicking here.NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather Source - NewsChannel5.com's investigative report titled "Questions of Influence".Related articlesThe Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 4 of 7 (thesecondchancesheepdog.blogspot.com)The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 3…
  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 4 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    Today's video segment is Part 4 of NewsChannel5's investigative report, "Questions of Influence", about the questionable wheelings and dealings of Bill Haslam's Adminstration. I plan to run Part 5 later in the week and wrap the series up next week.The interesting thing about this segment is that, like in Part 3, I find myself once again agreeing with someone, Steve Gill, that I'm not a fan of. When he says that if a Democrat was in the governor's office with this sort of stuff going on, the Republicans would "be pitching a hissy fit," he's absolutely right. They would. So why are they…
  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 3 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Today is Part 3 of the video series on the "dealings" of the administration of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, and the series starts picking up some steam. The segment shared today is just under six minutes and will likely get your blood pressure up a bit.Normally, there is very little that I agree with Democratic Tennessee State Representatives Sherry Jones and Mike Turner about. However, this is one of those times. Rep. Jones nailed it on the head when she referred to these real estate dealings as "conflicts of interest."Part 3's video is embedded below or can be watched by clicking…
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    Alter Inspire

  • The Facts of Inequality

    John Driscoll
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Once in a while, an economist comes along who puts out a disarmingly simple concept that seems to cut through the miasma of misinformation that is cable news. Once such person may be Thomas Piketty, a French economist  whose “Capital in the Twenty-first Century” looks at income equality in a striking way. His big thesis?  The reason so many people live so poorly is that G.D.P. growth (which impacts wages) has flagged while the rate of return on capital (things like dividends, capital gains) has soared. John Cassidy , the terrific writer at the New Yorker, has done a good job of…
  • Bad News for Jobs Due to ObamaCare? Take the Long View.

    John Driscoll
    12 Feb 2014 | 10:52 am
    So, it’s been a rough January — a second month of anemic job creation, a new CBO report saying that ObamaCare could cost 250,000 jobs and continuing blasts of arctic froideur that have shut down even the redoubtable Alter Group offices for days. This is when perspective matters: Cassidy Turley takes a 6-month long view in the US Employment Tracker to find good news: Taking this approach, the U.S. economy is creating a monthly average of 178,000 net new jobs, consumer spending is growing at an annual rate of 3.1% and the ISM manufacturing index has been a robust 60.6.” Also,…
  • The Consolidation Wave in Healthcare

    John Driscoll
    4 Feb 2014 | 10:48 am
    Remember the Telecommunications Act of 1996? This was one of the signature pieces of legislation by the Clinton administration. The 1996 Act was intended to transition our communications laws and regulations from the era of natural monopoly to an era of market competition by eliminating barriers to entry at the local level. At the signing ceremony, former President Clinton put it this way: “This revolution has been held back by outdated laws, designed for a time when there was one phone company, three TV networks, no such thing as a personal computer. Today, with the stroke of a pen, our…
  • Dr. Ari Robicsek on Big Data & Healthcare

    Tom Silva
    14 Aug 2013 | 11:23 am
    Big Data have become ubiquitous buzz words for the aggregation of information in data sets and the use of algorithms to define patterns. Overall, the growth of the sector is being driven by the trend towards backing up data in the proverbial cloud, online shopping (which grew 14% between 2011 and 2012 to $42.3b in sales), and all the time we spend posting content on social media. McKinsey & Company predicts a 40 percent growth annually in the data being generated. American healthcare providers currently have $300 billion invested in data, including GPS and mobile apps. With the adoption…
  • Primary Care Gets a Break

    Donna Jarmusz
    30 Jul 2013 | 11:29 am
    There’s no question that primary-care physicians have long been spurned by the fee-for-service model that doesn’t recognize or reimburse fully the time spent with patients. Well, internists had a pretty good summer. Firstly , the CMS “proposed creating new evaluation-and-management codes for non face-to-face activities relating to the coordination of care for patients with two or more chronic conditions”.  And, now a bipartisan draft bill from the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s health subcommittee extends that to care coordination between multiple physicians and other…
 
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    Schwartz MSL

  • Big Data Takes Big Steps into Healthcare – Part II

    Thea Lavin
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    In Part 1 , I introduced big data and explained the differences between structured and unstructured data. Today, I will discuss why big data is so important to healthcare and how the industry can squeeze value out of it. Is Big Data That Important to Healthcare? Yes. Ahem, let me say that again. YES!!! Healthcare now […]
  • Turbochargers, Search Engines and the Marketing Imperative

    Dave Close
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    Next time you’re stuck in traffic look at the car ahead of you. On the trunk lid it’s likely to have a badge that says “2.0T.”  That means it has a turbocharged, two-liter, four-cylinder engine.  It means the engine is small, light, powerful and efficient. All the brands are moving to that – VW, Audi, […]
  • Survey Implementation for Client Content Creation

    Brittany Boyer
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    At MSLGROUP, our mission as public relations professionals is to be our client’s most trusted advisor. Anytime a client wants to implement any type of new campaign or media outreach initiative, they look to us to give them the most valuable and honest advice on how to amplify their brand messages. One PR technique we […]
  • Big Data Takes Big Steps into Healthcare – Part I

    Thea Lavin
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The big data analytics market swelled to $18.6 billion in 2013 – a whopping 58 percent growth from the previous year.[i] And this data behemoth isn’t standing still. Its economic foot print will grow to $50 billion by 2017.[ii] Dollar signs that big means there is an unfathomable amount of data to be analyzed. And […]
  • The Wearable Wheel: Visualizing Wearable Tech

    Mark McClennan
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    The Wearable Wheel is a visual map of the wearable technology landscape. Innovation and investment in wearable technology is exploding. At CES 2014 and SxSW, wearables were one of the hottest topics for discussion. At MSLGROUP we have the pleasure of working with some of the most innovative wearable companies. We firmly believe wearable technology […]
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    About.com Assisted Living

  • Physicians Biggest Obstacle in Smooth Transitions of Care

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Maybe not a smooth transition! Poor communication between physicians is the No. 1 issue hurting patient transitions between hospitals and nursing homes, according to a recent survey of long-term care professionals. Researchers with the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing devised a survey to gauge problems with care transitions. They received responses from care teams at 178 nursing homes in Missouri. The teams included a variety of workers, including nurses, physicians, Minimum Data Set coordinators and administrators....Read Full Post
  • Medicaid Fraud Unit Issues 2013 Report - Home Health on Naughty List

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Office of the Inspector General Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU or Unit) issued its Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Annual Report highlights statistical achievements from the investigations and prosecutions conducted by 50 MFCUs nationwide. The Unit recovered $2 billion through its enforcement....Read Full Post
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital Patients Have Better Outcomes Industry Sponsored Study Claims

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Can dedicated rehabilitation hospitals reduce readmissions more effectively than nursing homes? This sponsored study suggests yes. What do you think? A study released at a meeting of the March meeting of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA) shows that patients treated in inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units had better long-term clinical outcomes than those treated in nursing homes....Read Full Post
  • The staff experience: employees have human needs too!

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here is an excerpt from my recent Hospital Impact blog. In essence, healthcare must heal itself before it can heal others. This month's blog post extends from both my January and February posts. In January, I shared how short-sighted financial decisions hurt patient experience. In February, I discussed my new role as primary caregiver to my mom, suggesting that instead of focusing on patient experience, we should look at the human experience....Read Full Post
  • Quality Indicators No Good If Staff Does Not Understand Them

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    A survey in the Journal of Research in Nursing shows that most nursing home staff do not fully understand the meaning and value of MDS 3.0. A survey was used to measure clinical leadership's perceptions of staff understanding of the minimum data set (MDS) quality indicators (QIs) and ways to improve staff understanding of this system, as well as specific perceived training needs among Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) nursing home care unit (NHCU) clinical leadership....Read Full Post
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    World of DTC Marketing.com

  • Why focusing on patients is the best DTC strategy

    Richard Meyer
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:07 am
    POST SUMMARY: Consumers today don’t want to be “sold”, they want credible, transparent health information to help them make healthcare decisions.  However, the online environment of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Effective DTC campaigns lead to the web

    Richard Meyer
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:43 am
    POST SUMMARY: With most pharma companies trying to balance budgets with the challenges of a new healthcare environment DTC marketers are being challenged to meet targeted KPI’s with less... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pharma: Converting terrible manangers one at a time

    Richard Meyer
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    POST SUMMARY: The era of pharma layoffs has led to a bad side effect:terrible managers. Terrible managers worry more about kissing up, being noticed, and getting ahead, than doing the right work at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • DTC Marketing: Time to show business people the door?

    Richard Meyer
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    POST SUMMARY: If DTC marketers focus more on patient needs and wants instead of the “science of marketing” than direct to consumer marketing will be a lot more effective argues this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pharma social media: forget ROI, focus on patients

    Richard Meyer
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    POST SUMMARY: While the pressure on pharma companies to maintain profit margins is high the industry needs a better focus on patients as consumers of healthcare.  Part of this focus should be using... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    FierceHealthPayer News

  • Jonathan Blum, CMS deputy administrator, resigns post

    Alicia Caramenico
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
    Jonathan Blum, Medicare director and principal deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will step dpwn on May 16, Reuters reported.read more
  • Study: Payers need access to Rx drug monitoring programs

    Dori Zweig
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    The use of prescription monitoring data could help reduce overdoses, deaths and healthcare costs, according to a new report issued by the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Center of Excellence.read more
  • Next reform challenge: Reducing uninsured rates

    Dina Overland
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 pm
    The first round of health insurance exchange enrollment is over, but the Obama administration and insurers have a new challenge on their plates: working to reduce the amount of uninsured and boosting support for the Affordable Care Act so the next enrollment period will bring in another surge of consumersread more
  • Majority of Americans support mandated contraception coverage

    Dina Overland
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:02 pm
    A large majority of Americans--69 percent--believe insurers should have to include contraception coverage in all health plans, according to a nationwide survey of 2,000 people published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.read more
  • Private Medicaid expansion a big hit among consumers

    Dina Overland
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Arkansas's Medicaid program, which is expanding through a private option the state pioneered, has proven quite popular--70 percent of the 225,000 Arkansans who are eligible for the federal-state program have signed up for coverage, the state Department of Human Services announced.read more
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    Practice Manager Solutions

  • Using Your Credit Card at Walmart May Cause Denial of Your Business Loan!

    Ecoughlin
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:34 am
    With recent changes in credit laws and lending guidelines, more and more doctors and dentists are asking questions regarding their credit scores and looking for solutions to obtain financing for their medical practice. The answer lies in optimizing their FICO credit score and developing business credit for their practice, separate from their personal credit. By optimizing their FICO credit score, doctors and dentists can not only increase their ability to get approved for financing, but also save money by lowering their interest rate. It’s important for practitioners to recognize that the…
  • Dr. Suzanne Gil and Calla Slimspa

    Ecoughlin
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    Dr. Suzanne Gil joins us to discuss her medical weight loss program, Calla Slimspa and her medical practice’s focus on preventative medicine. She’ll share about how their weight loss program differs from the popular programs you might see advertised in the media. She also discusses a new program they’ve started that includes a bio-identical version of a growth hormone that can help shrink fat cells in women.      
  • The Hidden Liability That Could Bite Your Physicians Hard

    Ecoughlin
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    Few practice managers are aware that their retirement plan could hold one of the largest personal financial risks in their practice. To understand why, you need to learn the term “fiduciary.” A fiduciary is someone in a special position of trust on whom others rely. On a qualified retirement plan like a 401(k), 403(b) or cash balance plan, fiduciaries are those involved in decisions on the plan, including the plan trustees, committee members and usually the CEO, CFO and head of H.R. As practice manager, you may also be a fiduciary. One fiduciary is always named in the plan document,…
  • Barbara Phillips – Nurse Practitioner Business Coach

    Ecoughlin
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Barbara Phillips is a business coach and consultant to nurse practitioners who want to start their own medical practice business. We will ask her how the Nurse Practitioner medical practice industry is faring under the new healthcare laws and regulations and what the future looks like for advanced practice clinicians. Please visit NPBusiness.org for more information.    
  • The Drive of Medical Scribes

    Ecoughlin
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    There is a lot of talk about medical scribes lately, but besides the unprecedented quotes by physicians, what is the driving force behind this mystic industry? It essentially is what the un-assisted physician has to deal with daily in their practice to keep their head above water. It’s a plethora of new government mandates for physicians and hospitals. Most of these mandates are coming in the form of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) beginning on Jan. 1. But the ACA is not alone; some other laws were supposed to take effect, the Two Midnight Rule governing the definition of an inpatient…
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    Georgia Health News

  • Microbial jungle in your wallet

    NPR
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    Each dollar bill carries about 3,000 types of bacteria on its surface, scientists have found. By NPR for Georgia Health News, 2014. | Permalink | Comment |
  • ‘Medical homes’ appeal to many doctors, patients

    Andy Miller
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Ronald Whitten, a licensed clinical social worker, is excited about the idea of being a patient in a “medical home.’’ A medical home, in this context, is not a residential institution. It’s a physician practice that aims to provide more comprehensive, patient-friendly treatment while also curbing health costs. Dr. Jennifer Zreloff Whitten, 70, a retired Emory faculty member who’s on Medicare, is convinced of the medical home’s benefits. He’s a patient of Dr. Jennifer Zreloff, an Emory Clinic internist. Care for Whitten’s chronic conditions are coordinated under one medical…
  • Ham radio: An ‘old’ technology is a lifesaver in the emergency field

    Kara Tarantino
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:06 am
    Ham radio operators working at the race center at the 2013 Publix Georgia Marathon Like a black-and-white movie, ham radio may evoke an image of how people communicated in the old days. In fact, Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney, who died this month at 93, starred in a classic film as a teenager in which ham radio was a key plot device. But ask someone in emergency management about ham radio, and you’ll find that this medium of communication is anything but outdated. In recent years, recognition of its importance has actually increased. A case in point occurred in March 2008, when…
  • Mental and physical toll of bullying

    NPR
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    Psychological and physical tolls, like anxiety and depression, can follow a person into adulthood. By NPR for Georgia Health News, 2014. | Permalink | Comment |
  • 2 insurers picked for university health plan

    Andy Miller
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    The contract for state employees and teachers has dominated the discussion of Georgia health benefits this year, because of widespread complaints that erupted over choice of plans and out-of-pocket costs. But almost drowned out by that uproar is another state health contract with a big impact for employees and the insurance industry. The Board of Regents this week approved two insurers to deliver medical services in 2015 to University System of Georgia employees. The two winners currently hold University System contracts. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia has been selected as a statewide…
 
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    John Goodman's Health Policy Blog

  • Headlines I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

    John R. Graham
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Why the disabled on Medicaid can’t afford to retire. Here’s how Chile solved that problem. ObamaCare pushes doctors and hospitals to consolidate; then the FTC and the DOJ claim they’ve violated anti-trust law. 30 percent fewer “young invincibles” enrolled in ObamaCare than expected; administration gets two Pinocchios. More than 1,100 IRS employees who owe back taxes received more than $1 million in bonuses and more than 10,000 hours in time-off awards.
  • When Working-Age People Consume Less Medical Care, Medicare Beneficiaries Consume More — but They Get Little, If Any Benefit

    John R. Graham
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    There has been a lot of discussion recently about how people who lost health insurance as a result of the post-2008 recession reduced their use of medical services. But when working-age people consume fewer medical services, Medicare patients take up the slack: Reductions in the demand for medical services among adults below age 65 are not associated with reductions in the total quantity of physician services supplied. The increased Medicare utilization that accompanies lower demand among those under 65 has few, if any, benefits for Medicare patients. (Sherry Glied, National Bureau of…
  • What If Premiums in the Exchange Go Down Next Year?

    John Goodman
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Everyone’s expecting them to go up. But what if they go down? Many families could be worse off. If a family of four headed by two adults in their mid-30s is making $59,625 per year, then the ObamaCare subsidies will make it so the second-lowest cost silver plan costs no more than 8.15 percent of its income, or $4,860. In Marion County, the two cheapest silver plans are sold by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The cheapest plan costs $7,700 a year and the second-cheapest costs $8,040. To make that second-cheapest plan cost only $4,860, ObamaCare applies a tax credit of $3,180. So that…
  • Can Anything Be Trusted in This Administration?

    Greg Scandlen
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    The new announcement that the Census Bureau is completely changing its Current Population Survey (CPS) questions about health insurance coverage (see previous post here) is devastating for those of us who do health research. We have all known for years — decades — that the CPS count of the insured isn’t especially accurate. The questions it asks are about full-year coverage but people tend to answer based on their current status. It chronically under-reports Medicaid enrollment — the actual head count from Medicaid programs is always higher than indicated in the survey. The same…
  • Hits and Misses

    John Goodman
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Three more states — Connecticut, Nebraska and New York — are in the process of allowing nurse practitioners to work without oversight from a doctor, in an effort to alleviate physician shortages. Tom Sargent summarizes economics in 335 words. Or is it 297 words? eHealth, Inc., an online insurance broker, is ObamaCare’s biggest winner. If we had a drug to delay Alzheimer’s by five years, annual treatment costs would drop by almost half a trillion dollars a year.
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  • Here is the key for optometrists to gain NEW PATIENTS online

    Chad Fleming
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    A successful online marketing strategy for your optometry business starts with a great website. What makes a website great? An informative and easy-to-use website provides a great user experience and enables you to get the maximum ROI from your online marketing budget. The Basics of a Great Website A successful website for an optometrist should provide current and potential patients with all the information they need to make decisions, schedule appointments, and educate themselves. When building a website for your optometry practice, start by making key information easy to find. Key…
  • 3 ways to build patient loyalty

    Chad Fleming
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Patients who are loyal will always return to your office for their regular exams instead of going elsewhere. Loyal patients will refer their friends and co-workers in need of eye care to your office. Loyal patients are key to a successful optometry practice. Loyalty cannot be purchased, it must be earned by connecting with patients beyond the exam room interaction and going above and beyond their expectations. Here are 3 ways to build loyalty in an optometry practice. Call patients – Calling patients on the phone is difficult for me. I would rather craft an email or send a short text,…
  • The #1 way to increase your production by $80,000 this year

    Chad Fleming
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Most business owners want to grow their businesses, and optometry practice owners are no exception. However, growing the bottom line in today’s economic climate is tough. Many optometrists are forced to sign with insurance companies that have negotiated rates that are 60 percent less than usual and customary fees, which means the reimbursement for that $100 exam will only be $40. Other optometrists feel pressured to offer discounts on glasses and contact lenses to keep up with online competitors. The optometrist who is also a savvy investor will look for ways to minimize marketing…
  • How to protect yourself in an optometry employment lawsuit

    Chad Fleming
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Letting go of an employee may be one of the hardest confrontations that a CEO of an optometry office will face. Telling someone that he or she no longer has a job is difficult, and the smaller the office, the closer the acquaintance and the harder it is. Along with this unpleasant task come other not-always-pleasant tasks, like going through the hiring process to replace the employee, and explaining to patients that a certain employee is no longer with the office. Although terminating an employee is difficult, if a staff member is not meeting expectations it may be one of the best decisions…
  • What all buyers and sellers of optometry practices need to know

    Chad Fleming
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    All sellers want to get top dollar for their optometry practice, but many of them are not.  One reason they are not getting 65 percent of gross or higher is because they have not taken the time to remove all their personal expenses from the income statement. Owners of optometry practices can take advantage of many tax benefits. For example, many owners take family vacations during the week of Optometry’s Meeting, which allows them to write off the trip as continuing education, but also enjoy time with family. If the owner is not planning on selling the business in the near future this…
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  • Just for Fun: a Les Misérables parody about hospitalists and ED docs

    Eric Widera
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Two weeks ago, Alex Smith and I gave a talk at the California Compassionate Care Coalition's 6th Annual Conference and Summit.  The topic focused on the top 10 reasons for health care providers to participate in social media (FYI - all the presentations from this meeting can be downloaded for free on the CCCC website).  The last reason we gave attendees to participate online was that it was just downright fun.  To prove out point, we showed some videos we created and uploaded on youtube, which can be found here. Paul Tatum sent me another video today that further confirmed my…
  • What to do when your patient is racist?

    Alex Smith
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:23 pm
    by: Alex Smith, @alexsmithMDI'd like GeriPal reader's help with an issue that has vexed me since medical school.  As a third year medical student, I cared for an elderly patient in a residential hospice facility with advanced cancer.  Unable to get up and about without assistance, he complained about feeling "trapped" in his room.  So I got him into the wheelchair and we went outside to enjoy the California sun.  Several nurses passed by on the other side of the street and my patient made horrible racist remarks about them.  I froze.  I didn't…
  • Medicare hospice payment reform: not seeing eye to eye

    Alex Smith
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:48 pm
    By: Alex Smith @alexsmithMDEye-popping numbers from the headlines of the New York Times today - 2% of doctors bill for one quarter of all Medicare payments.  At the top of the 2% is a Florida ophthalmologist who billed Medicare for $21 million in a single year.So what does this have to do with hospice payment reform, you ask?  Those 2% of doctors billed Medicare 14 billion dollars in 2012 for their services (note this doesn't include the cost of medications, but may include the costs of administering medications, like…
  • #Geriatrics and #Palliative Care Consults via #Twitter!

    Alex Smith
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    by: @AlexSmithMDHere at GeriPal, we have really tried to push the envelope with the use of social media in geriatrics and palliative care.  We're announcing here that we have taken things to a whole new level with our recent pilot study of geriatrics and palliative care consults via twitter.Here we publish our first ever geriatrics consult via twitter.  We have anonymized the identity of the caregiver and patient to protect confidentiality.Notice how using twitter leverages the strengths of twitter: namely, organizing the creativity and expertise of the whole twitter community…
  • 3 Blogs Waiting to be Started: PediPal, PalliTech, and GeriPal EM

    Alex Smith
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Every once and a while Eric and I are contacted by people hoping to start a blog.  Sometime people follow through and start a new blog.  One terrific example is GeriTech, a blog about technology to improve care of older adults, started by Leslie Kernisan, MD.  See her recent post about the need for a good blood pressure monitoring app.Here are 3 blogs that are just waiting for the right dedicated people to get started.  Some of these are ideas that have been talked about but haven't taken off yet.  Maybe you, dear reader, will be the one to get one of these blogs…
 
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  • Scarlet fever outbreak across England

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:18 am
    The health protection agency, Public Health England (PHE), has issued urgent guidelines for health professionals. Close to 1,050 new cases of scarlet fever have been confirmed between 31 March and 6 April.Since September 2013, there have been a total of 7,198 new cases.The guidance focuses on the public health management of scarlet fever outbreaks in schools, nurseries and other care settings.Recommendat...
  • People struggle to afford to eat healthily

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:51 pm
    The British Heart Foundation (BHF) asked 2,444 adults about their grocery shopping habits and found that 39% sacrificed health benefits for cost. One in four adults said they had not bought a single portion of fresh fruit or vegetables in the last week.

Two thirds said they wanted to eat more healthily and half of these said cost was a hindrance. The 

BHF have said that people can still ea...
  • Children who daydream are misdiagnosed with ADHD

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    Some may describe the behaviour of children who daydream as 'naughty' and others would blame the quality of the teaching. 

Some scientists have even extended the meaning of attention deficit disorder (ADHD) to apply to those who cannot concentrate.Now a group of researchers believe that millions of "daydreamers" are suffering with sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT).

This title has been give...
  • Skin cancer rates five times higher than 1970s

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:13 am
    Malignant melanoma is the most serious skin cancer in Great Britain. The number of people developing the cancer this year is five times more than it was in the mid-1970s.

Cancer Research UK’s statistics have shown that 13,000 are diagnosed with malignant melanoma each year.

They have attributed the increase, in part, due to the rising popularity of package holidays to Europe.Another large fac...
  • Bowel cancer screening warning

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:33 am
    The uptake of the bowel cancer screenings among the eligible 60- to 74-year-old age group is currently at a national level of 58%, which is lower than both cervical and breast cancer screenings (79% and 72% respectively). 

The charity, Beating Bowel Cancer, urged more people to come forward and for Public Health England to make it a priority to increase these numbers.One of the suggested reasons ...
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  • Contrasting Neurologists – The Ridiculous to the Sublime

    Michael A. Weiss
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:04 pm
    When stricken with a challenging medical condition, most people seeking the opinion of a referred-to medical specialist, such as a Neurologist, assume each will reach the same conclusions, conduct the same exams, and apply the same thoroughness and attention to detail in treating the patient with dignity, compassion and respect. Au contraire, as my recent experience proves with respect to Consultations with Two (2) Neurologists my Mom and I recently interacted with to treat my Mom’s condition of “Left Homonymous Hermianopsia” (“LHH”) which was correctly diagnosed by a…
  • Adjusting to Ostomy through physicality of playing Hockey

    Michael A. Weiss
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:48 pm
      April 4, 2014 I recently had the privilege to conduct a Video Interview with the soon-to-be-announced winner of the 2014 “IBD Heroes Award,” Mr. Andrew Berlack.  This Award is being funded by my Non-Profit Foundation, “Crohn’s Disease Warrior Patrol,” [The "CDWP"] because we want to highlight POSITIVE stories about people with Crohn’s, Colitis and any other Inflammatory Bowel Disease to provide much-needed INSPIRATION living with IBD requires on a daily, hourly and often minute-by-minute basis.  There will be more 2014 IBD Heroes because we want it to be dynamic so that…
  • 4 Tips for Helping You Cope with Breast Cancer

    Michael A. Weiss
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:38 am
    This guest blog on breast cancer help was written by ShareCancerSupport.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women facing breast and ovarian cancer. For more information, visit their website. A breast cancer diagnosis can be scary, and it rightfully should be. If you or someone you know just got this heartbreaking news, you may be wondering how you will go on, and what to do from here. Cancer and its correlating treatments can bring about both emotional and physical changes, and here are a few ways to help you cope with these changes and the thoughts, feelings and emotions…
  • My 1984-1985 “Diagnostic Journey” to Crohn’s Disease

    Michael A. Weiss
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:28 am
              Due to various painful ramifications of my recent successful Hip Replacement Surgery, “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”  Mark Twain  Mind, Body & Spirit vs. Damn the Torpedoes In my most recent Blog Entry I described the “Diagnostic Journey” as the necessary undertaking patients must initiate to make sense of their serious, abnormal, debilitating and unrelenting medical symptoms and doggedly pursue the proper diagnosis and successfully treatment pursuant to some CPT or HCPCS insurance…
  • Autoimmune & Rare Disease “Diagnosis Journey”

    Michael A. Weiss
    15 Mar 2014 | 7:48 pm
    It starts with a Primary Care Physician Based on the structure of the Healthcare System in the United States, for example, patients experiencing abnormal or unusual symptoms usually start their quest for a diagnosis with their “1st level” primary care physician to initiate various “baseline” diagnostic tests and to hopefully obtain medical advice as to their next move which they hope brings them closer to the correct diagnosis.  But quickly diagnosing even the most common autoimmune illnesses such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (“IBD”) (with Crohn’s Disease being an IBD),…
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  • Helping cancer patients make decisions in their care can reduce stress, study finds

    Allison Bond
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    (Reuters Health) Regardless of whether cancer patients sought to be involved in decisions about their treatment, those who were ended up more satisfied with their care, according to a recent study. On the other hand, patients who didn't get to share in the decision process were twice as likely to report feeling anxious, depressed and fatigued. "Now more than ever, we are really paying attention to the role of the patient in his or her own healthcare, and we are trying to make this more of a partnership (between physician and patient)," said Neha Vapiwala, an author of the study and a…
  • Y Combinator simplifies startup investment strategy

    Kia Kokalitcheva
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    After so many changes in the last few weeks, Y Combinator has announced yet another one. This time, it’s shaking up the investments its startups receive. The accelerator just announced that starting with the next batch of startups, it will be investing a total of $120,000 into each startup for 7 percent in equity. It was previously investing an average of $17,000 for 7 percent, plus a safe that converted at the terms of the next money raised for another $80,000, Y Combinator president Sam Altman said in a blog post today. The investment will come in two installments. And although the…
  • Talk crowdfunding in healthcare in this Google Hangout (#mhvf)

    Chris Seper
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    It’s your turn to join the 250 investors, entrepreneurs and other healthcare leaders at today’s MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum. More than a half-dozen authorities on crowdfunding in healthcare will take part in a panel session, “Crowdfunding and the Jobs Act in Healthcare” starting at 10:10 a.m. Central Time. The session is a series of one-on-one conversations on different aspects of crowdfunding – from its value as a way to test the market to reviewing the four kinds of funding to hearing from a startup that succeeded using crowdfunding in healthcare. Use…
  • Insulin startup Thermalin gets JDRF support for an ultra rapid-acting insulin for T1D

    Deanna Pogorelc
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Insulin startup Thermalin Diabetes has earned itself an esteemed new partner in its quest to develop formulations of insulin that will give people with diabetes tighter control over their blood sugar levels. Cleveland-based Thermalin said today that JDRF will provide it with up to $1 million for specific milestones related to identifying a clinical candidate insulin analog with a shorter tail of action. The company’s innovation is based on engineering advances made in the lab of Michael Weiss, the chairman of biochemistry at Case Western Reserve Medical School. The JDRF grant will allow…
  • Can Pfizer build a better psoriasis treatment with rheumatoid arthritis drug?

    Lee Howard
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Pfizer Inc. announced Tuesday that a drug discovered and developed at its Groton laboratories has proven effective enough against plaque psoriasis that it plans to formally request regulatory approval for the remedy next year. Pfizer said results from two late-stage trials of tofacitinib, which has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under the name Xeljanz as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, show that the drug greatly reduces psoriasis outbreaks. Earlier studies, however, had shown mixed results, with the most effective psoriasis dosage set higher than was approved for…
 
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  • Diagnosing pneumonia can be difficult

    Paul Taylor
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Personal Health Navigator is available to all Canadian patients. Questions about your doctor, hospital or how to navigate the health care system can be sent to AskPaul@Sunnybrook.ca Question: My grandmother was in a hospital intensive care unit where she was being treated for complications from heart failure. During the first part of her hospital stay, she seemed to be getting worse. One doctor thought she had developed pneumonia and prescribed antibiotics. A few days later, another doctor concluded she didn’t have pneumonia and stopped the antibiotics. I found this unnerving, and it…
  • Paying for plasma – Canada’s double standard?

    Meera Dalal, Christopher Doig & Andreas Laupacis
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Sandra Duvlock was 58 when she was diagnosed with dermatomyositis. The gradual inflammation of her muscles had gotten to the point where she was unable to walk, clean or feed herself. When this relatively rare disease was diagnosed, Duvlock was prescribed intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) treatment and long-term physical rehabilitation. IVIG is a blood product that uses plasma proteins to boost the immune system of patients like Duvlock. Plasma is the liquid component of blood that holds red blood cells in suspension. At 66, Duvlock’s dermatomyositis is finally under control and she is…
  • What is the TAVI minimally-invasive heart surgery procedure?

    Paul Taylor
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Personal Health Navigator is available to all Canadian patients. Questions about your doctor, hospital or how to navigate the health care system can be sent to AskPaul@Sunnybrook.ca Question: I have been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis in a heart valve. I am now having more symptoms, such as chest pains and shortness of breath. I’ve heard about a minimally-invasive procedure called TAVI. How does it compare to heart surgery to replace the valve. Answer: The TAVI (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation) procedure is currently being performed on only those patients who are not…
  • How far along are we in making hospitals more ‘senior friendly’?

    Karen Born, Verna Yiu & Mike Tierney
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Being hospitalized can have dramatic impacts on seniors’ wellness, and time spent in hospital contributes to loss of important functions such as strength and mobility – critical to their independence and wellbeing. Camilla Wong, a geriatrician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto says “hospitalization robs us of the things that are really important for older people.” A tale of two patients Margaret Young, who is 85 years old, was admitted to a general medicine unit at a downtown Toronto teaching hospital for ‘failure to thrive’. A geriatrician assessed her and diagnosed…
  • Breast cancer: how long does it take to get results after a lumpectomy?

    Paul Taylor
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Personal Health Navigator is available to all Canadian patients. Questions about your doctor, hospital or how to navigate the health care system can be sent to AskPaul@Sunnybrook.ca Question: I had a breast lumpectomy at an Ontario hospital on March 7th. My follow-up appointment was on March 25th. At that appointment, the surgeon told me I have two breast tumours and one is invasive. I took the pathology report home and noticed that it was written on March 13th. If it only took six days to analyze the lump and write the report, diagnosing cancer, why did it take another 12 days after…
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  • Reports of ACA demise: greatly exaggerated

    Harold Pollack
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
      Will health reform still be a ‘BFD’ in 2014? Previous editions of Curbside Consult Like this?Follow us for more. Follow @EyeOnInsurance       EDITOR’S NOTE: Healthinsurance.org’s Curbside Consult is a periodic informal dialogue with medical and health policy experts about pressing issues of the day. For this edition, I Skyped with Dr. Jonathan Gruber, who is the Ford Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and director of the health care program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also the most famous…
  • Obamacare: Irreplaceable, irrepealable

    Wendell Potter
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
      2014: A very good year for health coverage The elephant in the room March ACA enrollment madness? Like this?Follow us for more. Follow @EyeOnInsurance       The Obama administration and supporters of the Affordable Care Act were able to breath a sign of relief when the health plan numbers came in this week. The original goal of getting 7 million Americans signed up for coverage on the newly created exchanges not only was met but exceeded. I’m willing to go out on a limb and predict that the number of people moving into the ranks of the insured will continue to go…
  • Health Wonk Review for March 27, 2014

    Steve Anderson
    30 Mar 2014 | 1:19 pm
      Read back editions of Health Wonk Review. Read this week’s HWR edition. Like this?Follow us for more. Follow @EyeOnInsurance       Sorry this is a little late – and a little shorter than usual. But it’s still Sunday, and we know many of our readers are still surfing around for some of the best health policy blogging on the Web. If you’re one of those health policy diehards, definitely head over to the Health Affairs Blog, and check out Chris Fleming’s “March Madness Edition” of Health Wonk Review. No, it’s not (thankfully) more…
  • March ACA enrollment madness?

    Wendell Potter
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:59 pm
      ‘I don’t need health insurance!’ Just how bad are junk health policies? Help paying for insurance? Not interested. Like this?Follow us for more. Follow @EyeOnInsurance       We’re now in the single digits in our countdown to the end of being able to buy health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges, but that doesn’t mean that those exchanges are the only way to sign up for coverage before March 31. In fact, millions of Americans have been enrolling “off exchange” since last fall and will continue to be able to do so until the end…
  • Flushing away $10,000 to ‘just say No’

    Louise Norris
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:18 pm
      ‘I don’t need health insurance!’ Just how bad are junk health policies? Help paying for insurance? Not interested. Like this?Follow us for more. Follow @EyeOnInsurance       My husband and I own a health insurance brokerage, and in the early days of open enrollment, we worked with a couple from a small town in eastern Colorado. They were both in their early 60s, and their income was right around $60,000, making them eligible for a subsidy of roughly $830 a month. That’s great news, right? Except to them, it wasn’t. Their position was that…
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  • NY Times: House Calls in Vogue for Hospital Care Programs

    Jason Oliva
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Some hospitals are dusting off an old practice from the past—house calls—for components to their palliative care programs, reports The New York Times.  House calls are returning to favor primarily for the goals they set out to achieve in providing better person-centered treatment and reducing costs. Though palliative care also occurs in hospitals, an added emphasis on home care has been a “selling point” for both health care providers and patients, the article notes.  “Home care is general cheaper than hospital care, and for more than a decade, government programs such…
  • Home Health M&A Takes Quarterly Hit to Start 2014

    Alyssa Gerace
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Home health and hospice M&A activity took a hit in the first quarter of 2014, dropping 40% from the previous quarter, according to an Irving Levin report on M&A in the health care industry.  The sector’s six deals marks a decline from 10 in the fourth quarter of 2013, along with a 33.3% decrease from one year prior.  Deal volume for the nine health care services sectors tracked in The Health Care M&A Report, released in April, declined 8.1% overall on a quarterly basis but increased by 3.8% from 2013′s first quarter. In dollar volume, health care services logged…
  • Celtic Healthcare Acquires Home Care Agency in Midwest Expansion

    Elizabeth Ecker
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Pittsburgh-based Celtic Healthcare has acquired a Missouri-based home care and hospice provider that will expand its footprint beyond Pennsylvania and Maryland into Missouri and Illinois. The company announced this week it has acquired VNA-TIP Healthcare, a HomeCare Elite agency that has a longstanding history of nearly 100 years and has growth through acquisition of the Visiting Nurse Association of Illinois in 1999 and TIP Home Health Services in 2001 among other smaller acquisitions.   Celtic Healthcare will operate in more than 50 counties across Missouri and Illinois through the…
  • Philips Lifeline Launches New Home Health Solution

    Alyssa Gerace
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:58 pm
    In early April, Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG) launched a new solution that expands access to its existing medical alert service, Lifeline. HomeSafe Wireless System enables seniors without a home phone line to still utilize Lifeline. More than a quarter of U.S. households do not have landlines, concurrent with increasing usage of cellular phones, according to Census Bureau data.  The new HomeSafe system was introduced to address this shift and leverages a wireless communicator that connects users to Philips’ 24-hour emergency response center.  The wireless system encompasses the standard…
  • ViaQuest Acquires Home Health and Hospice Operations to Drive Presence, Growth

    Elizabeth Ecker
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:57 pm
    An Ohio health services company is ramping up its home care and hospice presence with the acquisition of Indiana-based operations this week. It will target new growth through partnerships with local communities and long term care providers.  ViaQuest, based in Dublin, Ohio, announced it has acquired the Indiana operations of TriStar Home Health and Hospice—a division of Trilogy Health Services based in Louisville Kentucky. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.  Among the acquired operations, TriStar’s Indiana operations known as Vibrant Home Health Care serve 22 Indiana counties,…
 
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  • Is the Cloud the Answer to your Hospital’s Challenges? [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Fred Pennic
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    Hospitals are currently struggling to deal with Electronic Medical Record (EMR) upgrades, figuring out Health Information Exchange (HIE) compatibility, Meaningful Use mandates, and the upgrades required for International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, (ICD-10) Click image to enlarge Image courtesy of: www.innotas.com The post Is the Cloud the Answer to your Hospital’s Challenges? [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on referralMD | Medical, Dental Physician Referral Network.
  • How to Use #Hashtags to Increase Your Online Presence [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Jonathan Govette
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    Why are #Hashtags important? Here is a great infographic detailing why tweets with hashtags get more engagement. Need some examples of healthcare hashtags? Read our 2 articles below: Top 30 Healthcare Twitter Hashtags to use while Tweeting  How to Use Twitter for Healthcare Effectively (4 Tips) Click image to increase size  Image courtesy of www.quicksprout.com The post How to Use #Hashtags to Increase Your Online Presence [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on referralMD | Medical, Dental Physician Referral Network.
  • The Painful Reality of the ICD-10 Delay

    Fred Pennic
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Congress is on the verge of delaying healthcare’s new diagnosis code system for another year — a relief to doctors, but a pain for CIOs.  If the implementation of ICD-10 diagnosis codes is delayed by an act of Congress, as seems likely, doctors may be spared a headache — but healthcare CIOs will gain one. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid had set forth a firm October 1 deadline for the implementation of a new and vastly expanded system of diagnosis and insurance billing codes, a transition that has been in the works since the 1990s and had been pushed back repeatedly.
  • How to Reduce Patient Referral Leakage and Increase Revenue [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Jonathan Govette
    18 Mar 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Patient referrals are an integral revenue generator for every hospital, clinic and caregiver.  Yet most facilities require the patient to hand-deliver referrals and do not adequate track the originating provider of said referral.  This leads to many issues including reduced coordination of care, loss of revenue, and a poor patient experience. So why is this happening? 1. Excessive Specialization Options Over the last 40 years, specialties and sub-specialties for doctors have dramatically increased from 11 in 1970 to over 145 in 2014.   Primary care providers have to spend more time…
  • The Top 50 Google+ Tips that will Make you an Expert

    Jonathan Govette
    16 Mar 2014 | 8:34 am
    Wanted to say thanks for +Rick Eliason for putting these tips together.  It will take  you a while to get through them all but the concepts will help your practice excel both online and with your patients. 50 Google+ Tips 1. Create A Killer Hovercard: goo.gl/ifDhJW 2. Sharing to Circles vs. Publicly: goo.gl/1qr0YO 3. Google+ Communities: goo.gl/NC21Ly 4. Share Your G+ Posts on Other SM : goo.gl/QeefiD 5. Report Issues With G+ or Suggest Ideas: goo.gl/FywX2c 6. Create A “Save For Later” Circle: goo.gl/PmBRWf 7. Add A Large Image To Your Post: goo.gl/lVr3yj 8. The…
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  • Vegetative States and PET Scans: Is More Information Better?

    Ruth Macklin, Ph.D.
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    One typically thinks of advances in medical science and technology as having unalloyed benefits. The ability to cure illness, the mitigation of pain and the possibility of making diagnoses that are more accurate are some of the uncontroversial results of medical progress. Yet as a new study of vegetative states demonstrates, such advances can raise [...]
  • Why Hepatitis C Is Vastly Underreported

    Kristina R. Chacko, M.D.
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    Hepatitis C virus (HCV) continues to be the number one cause of cirrhosis and liver cancer and the primary indicator for liver transplantation in the United States, yet it remains vastly underdiagnosed. More than three million people in the U.S. are infected. Guidelines support widespread screening for HCV, and excellent treatments are now available. So [...]
  • Just the Fats: What’s New? What’s Old?

    Keith-Thomas Ayoob, ED.D.
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    With the Mediterranean diet all the rage, not only because consumers like its tasty composition but because of research touting its health benefits, experts have had to become more specific about recommendations for fats. There’s a steady drumbeat these days—from everyone from chefs to food writers to health gurus—criticizing nutritionists and the “diet police,” who, [...]
  • E-cigarettes: Is Liquid Nicotine Safe?

    Ruth Macklin, Ph.D.
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    The debate over e-cigarettes has been heating up. Are the smokeless, battery-powered, nicotine-dispensing devices a gateway to smoking for young people or a helpful way for smokers to quit? Public health experts can be found on both sides of the debate. An article in the New York Times on February 22 cited two leading figures, [...]
  • Perspective on CDC Autism Findings

    Lisa Shulman, M.D.
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    The recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on increasing autism prevalence has created concern among parents, headlines in the media and enough questions to warrant additional exploration. The findings from 2010 data show that autism now affects 1 in 68 children, up 30 percent from the last analysis, released two years ago, [...]
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  • Improved Training Is Key to Better Outcomes for Robotic Surgery

    hollyberkley
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:58 pm
    The data is in! A new study demonstrates that surgeons who followed its training protocol on a simulator perform at a much higher level than those who use the more traditional means of training for the da Vinci robot. (Photo: Florida Hospital Nicholson Center) The following article written by Sarah Sherwood was published on OBGYN.Net da Vinci training is taking on new meaning. For those who prefer using the robot over traditional laparoscopic surgery, the news over the past year has been less than positive. Unreported adverse effects, the cost of the robot, and doubts about surgical skill…
  • SOLD OUT! Robotic Surgery Hands-on-training courses at ESU/ERUS 2014

    hollyberkley
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    This year’s 29th Annual EAU Conference will be held in Stockholm. The European School of Urology (ESU) and the EAU Robotic Urology Section (ERUS) are offering intensive hands-on training courses during the annual meeting in Stockholm this Sunday, April 13 and Monday, April 14. These will be the 3rd courses MimicMED has developed in conjunction with EAU. Courses are limited to 6 participants and allow hands-on training using Mimic’s dV-Trainer, the robotic surgery simulator for the da Vinci Si Surgical System, and  serve as an introductory level course. Mimic’s proprietary MSim™…
  • Opportunity for RN First Assistants to Experience new Simulation-based Training at 2014 AORN Surgical Conference & Expo

    hollyberkley
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:22 am
    Now, for the first time, RNFAs can use simulation training to develop skills specific to their role in robotic surgery. By Todd Larson, RN, BSN, MSIT, CNOR andDirector of MimicMED Many RNFAs have undergone training that focuses on hand eye coordination and psychomotor skills in a lab setting using dry lab models and being subjectively evaluated. This is commonplace not only in advanced practice nursing, but in medicine as well. The Halstedian Apprenticeship model (see one, do one, teach one) has long been the model for training surgeons. It is no surprise that institutions that facilitate…
  • Mimic Joins Dr. Vipul Patel at the 2014 Celebration of Life Gala in Support of Prostate Cancer Research

    hollyberkley
    10 Mar 2014 | 4:24 pm
    The International Prostate Cancer Foundation Board Mimic Technologies was proud to join Dr. Vipul Patel and The International Prostate Cancer Foundation during the annual Celebration of Life Gala benefiting the International Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Florida Hospital Prostate Cancer Program. Dr. Vip Patel, a recognized leader in the field of robotic prostate- cancer treatment. Dr. Vipul Patel’s dream of creating a prostate cancer foundation to promote research, educate men and encourage prostate screening was realized this year at the inaugural International Prostate Cancer…
  • Opportunity for Surgeons to Improve their Robotic Surgery Skills at the Upcoming World Symposium on Endometriosis

    hollyberkley
    28 Feb 2014 | 11:37 am
    Dr. Ceana Nezhat, M.D., is a recognized world leader in the field of minimally invasive surgery and Symposium Chair of the 2nd World Symposium on Endometriosis The 2nd World Symposium on Endometriosis: Endometriosis, Cancer, and Fertility is happening March 27-29, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s theme: “Fertility Sparing Technology from Molecules to Robotics,” focuses on the latest research and treatment strategies in the fields of endometriosis and oncofertility. The event promises three days of innovative, cutting-edge presentations, live surgeries, and open discussions as…
 
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    Oregon Clinic Center for Aesthetic Medicine

  • CO2 Laser Resurfacing

    Deb Beers
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Have you ever retouched a photo? Do you remember how easy it was to erase the imperfections and fine lines? That is what CO2 laser resurfacing can do for your skin; resurface and smooth your skin so that make-up, serums and moisturizers can glide on smoothly and effortlessly. There are other treatments you can do to get smooth skin, but for the time and money involved, there is nothing like having it done in one fell swoop with the fractionated CO2 laser. This treatment works very well for not only face, but neck, décolletage, and hands. Face it: as we get older we want our skin to age as…
  • Commit to a skincare regimen

    Deb Beers
    8 Jul 2013 | 1:50 pm
    Commitment issues? Yeah well me too…but that’s another story. What about committing to a regular skincare regimen? That is one commitment that if you stick to it, you will see positive results in about a month’s time. Our skin is essentially a barrier keeping out pathogens and external forces while keeping in the good stuff; think blood, lymph and our vital internal organs. Without it our health and well being would be seriously compromised. Throughout our life, we will expose our skin to environmental forces such as wind, sun, heat, and cold as well as internal forces such as stress,…
  • Follow the “Rules of Sun” to Save Your Skin

    Dr. Mansouri
    6 Jun 2013 | 8:59 am
    A friend of mine who is careful with her health was recently in Hawai’i but burned herself playing in the sun with her kids. She told me, “I wore SPF 30 the entire time! What did I do wrong?” Her glowing (red-hot glowing) skin reminded me that it is time for a sun safety primer. The sun has two types of damaging radiation: UVA and UVB.  UVA is responsible for tanning, wrinkling, and photoaging, but also increases your risk of skin cancer and melanoma.  UVB is a key player for development of sunburns, skin cancer, and to a lesser degree, wrinkling. Sunscreens work to chemically absorb…
  • Correct the gummy smile with botulinum toxin

    Dr. Ghaheri
    9 Mar 2013 | 5:57 am
    Many people are unhappy with the position of their upper lip when they smile. In some patients who have overactivity of certain muscles, the upper lip overelevates when they smile and shows excessive gums (the “gummy smile”). There are two separate muscles (adjacent to each other) that are responsible for this overelevation of the lip: the levator labii superioris alaeque nasi and the alar nasalis muscles. The elevation tends to be symmetric although occasionally, one side elevates more than the other. In my opinion, the levator is the more dominant of the two muscles for this…
  • Rhinoplasty or Nasal Surgery in Portland

    Bradley VanDyke
    2 Feb 2013 | 2:17 pm
    According to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the single most important feature in mammals is symmetry.  Facial symmetry is said to be one of the traits that impacts a person’s judgment of how aesthetically appealing a potential partner is.   A person’s nose can help or hinder facial symmetry.  Thankfully for individuals who are unhappy with the symmetry of their nose, there is rhinoplasty or nasal surgery. Individuals who elect to have nasal surgery do it for a variety of good reasons.  Some people may be uncomfortable with the shape of their nose (size,…
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    DC Medical Malpractice & Patient Safety Blog

  • Making the Most of Medicare’s Doctor Pay Report

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    Last week, we introduced readers to the new, searchable federal database (“How Much Did Your Doctor Make From Medicare?”) showing what doctors were paid in 2012 by Medicare. It’s an important new tool showing your tax dollars at work, and how practitioners in your area might be using (and possibly abusing) this important health-care program. But like every other informational resource, the database is most useful only when you put its data into context; when you understand how different practices and specialties demand different use of medical resources. Naked numbers aren’t very…
  • Cost of Drugs Depends on Where You Live

    21 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    Now that the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”) is in full force, insurers no longer can exclude you from coverage because of pre-existing conditions. And, under the act’s provisions, certain preventive services are free. But that doesn’t mean the cost of care doesn’t vary -- a lot. One reason, according to a recent story on the Washington Post’s Wonkblog, is because what you pay for drugs depends on where you live. The Post used the example of drugs to treat wet macular degeneration, a chronic, age-related eye disease that can lead to blindness. “There is no evidence…
  • Choosing Wisely Campaign Protects Its Own

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    We’ve been champions of the Choosing Wisely campaign, an initiative by several medical specialties to call out procedures they advise doctors and patients to view with skepticism. But now it looks like there's a big "Not in My Back Yard" problem with the program. Last year, for example, our blog “Orthopedic Treatments You Should Reject” outlined five treatments the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons said appeared to have little worth. So it’s disappointing to realize, as a story by KaiserHealthNews and the Chicago Tribune recounted last week, that some of the largest medical…
  • Another Careless Promotion of C-Sections

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:13 pm
    No matter how hard medical experts and other promoters of good, safe health care try, it seems, there are always loud voices chiming in from the fringes of ignorance to offset their message. A few weeks ago, in a blog about obstetricians recommending that women not be rushed into induced labor and also calling for fewer cesarean sections, we revisited the dangers of unnecessary C-sections, and noted that nearly 1 in 3 U.S. women give birth via C-section. But when Dan Murphy, second baseman for the New York Mets, missed the first two days of the Major League Baseball season, he was berated,…
  • Suggested Reading: Coming to Grips with End-of-Life Decisions

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Sometimes, we read an article that’s important, moving and, we hope, illuminating, but too long to summarize fairly in a blog post. Last year, one such story, written by Charles Ornstein, a Pulitzer Prize-winning health journalist, was published by ProPublica.org, a nonprofit investigative news site. It perfectly captures the emotional turmoil involved in making end-of-life decisions for someone else — in this case, his mother. Even though Ornstein is an expert consumer when it comes to health care, he wasn’t prepared for the complex reality of his family’s situation. You must be…
 
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    CareNovate Magazine

  • AHHQI Teams Up With Carenovate Magazine, Medication Management Education for Home Health

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    On April 22nd, Carenovate Magazine will cohost the popular tweetchat #HomeHealthchat cordinated by the Alliance for Home Health Quality & Innovation (AHHQI). The “Healthy At Home” monthly Twitter chat intends to bring together various stakeholders in the home health policy community, including home health associations, providers and caregivers, patients and clinicians. … Continue reading The post AHHQI Teams Up With Carenovate Magazine, Medication Management Education for Home Health appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • What Can I Do With All The Unused, Expired Medications in My Medicine Cabinet?

    admin
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Do you have your medicine cabinet filled with expired medications, over the counter (OTC) drugs or medicines you no longer have any use for? Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show … Continue reading The post What Can I Do With All The Unused, Expired Medications in My Medicine Cabinet? appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Be Prepared. Caregiving in African American Families

    admin
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:17 pm
    About 65.7 million Americans provide care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged. According to AARP’s Public Policy Institute, they provide unpaid care which would otherwise cost $450 billion. Caregiving can impact families with financial hardship, emotional stress and job-related strain. A recent AARP survey of voters age 50 … Continue reading The post Be Prepared. Caregiving in African American Families appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Spring Issue – Brain Health, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, TBI, Gele Tea & More

    admin
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    Spring Issue of CareNovate Magazine is LIVE! Inside Issue #3, Gele Tea raises awareness of Alzheimer’s disease & dementia in minority groups, Traumatic brain injury IQ – what every parent, caregiver must know, Learn more about Hospital Wrist Band Project for hospitalized dementia patients, Autism numbers continues to increase, Impact80 … Continue reading The post Spring Issue – Brain Health, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, TBI, Gele Tea & More appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Six Tips For Caring For Your Aging, Elderly Loved Ones

    admin
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:16 pm
    One of the most important parts of our lives is caring for elderly parents. Children have a responsibility to look after those wonderful individuals who gave them the gift of life. However, there are many aspects of caring for elderly parents that can be stressful for both parents and their … Continue reading The post Six Tips For Caring For Your Aging, Elderly Loved Ones appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
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  • AHHQI Teams Up With Carenovate Magazine, Medication Management Education for Home Health

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    On April 22nd, Carenovate Magazine will cohost the popular tweetchat #HomeHealthchat cordinated by the Alliance for Home Health Quality & Innovation (AHHQI). The “Healthy At Home” monthly Twitter chat intends to bring together various stakeholders in the home health policy community, including home health associations, providers and caregivers, patients and clinicians. … Continue reading The post AHHQI Teams Up With Carenovate Magazine, Medication Management Education for Home Health appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • What Can I Do With All The Unused, Expired Medications in My Medicine Cabinet?

    admin
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Do you have your medicine cabinet filled with expired medications, over the counter (OTC) drugs or medicines you no longer have any use for? Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show … Continue reading The post What Can I Do With All The Unused, Expired Medications in My Medicine Cabinet? appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Be Prepared. Caregiving in African American Families

    admin
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:17 pm
    About 65.7 million Americans provide care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged. According to AARP’s Public Policy Institute, they provide unpaid care which would otherwise cost $450 billion. Caregiving can impact families with financial hardship, emotional stress and job-related strain. A recent AARP survey of voters age 50 … Continue reading The post Be Prepared. Caregiving in African American Families appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Spring Issue – Brain Health, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, TBI, Gele Tea & More

    admin
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    Spring Issue of CareNovate Magazine is LIVE! Inside Issue #3, Gele Tea raises awareness of Alzheimer’s disease & dementia in minority groups, Traumatic brain injury IQ – what every parent, caregiver must know, Learn more about Hospital Wrist Band Project for hospitalized dementia patients, Autism numbers continues to increase, Impact80 … Continue reading The post Spring Issue – Brain Health, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, TBI, Gele Tea & More appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Six Tips For Caring For Your Aging, Elderly Loved Ones

    admin
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:16 pm
    One of the most important parts of our lives is caring for elderly parents. Children have a responsibility to look after those wonderful individuals who gave them the gift of life. However, there are many aspects of caring for elderly parents that can be stressful for both parents and their … Continue reading The post Six Tips For Caring For Your Aging, Elderly Loved Ones appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
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    Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips

  • Turmeric - Spices in the Kitchen (Video)

    Dr. Weil
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    As a medicinal herb, turmeric is prized for its natural, non-toxic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Its chief active component is curcumin, which has the ability to neutralize free radicals. Orally, turmeric may lower the risk of inflammatory disorders including arthritis and joint pain, stimulate appetite, and reduce the symptoms of hepatitis, liver and gallbladder conditions, and jaundice. It may also be useful in addressing headaches, depression, and symptoms of the common cold. Want new videos from Dr. Weil? Subscribe to his YouTube channel for weekly videos!
  • Surprising Migraine Trigger

    Dr. Weil
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    New research demonstrates that lightning might be a possible trigger for migraines and severe headaches. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati found a 31 percent increased risk of headache and a 28 percent increased risk of migraine among individuals who suffer from chronic headaches on days lighting struck within 25 miles of their homes. This study was the first to show a potential link between lightning and headaches. Previous studies have reported conflicting links between headaches and other weather-related changes such as humidity and barometric pressure. The researchers recruited…
  • Is Sugar the New Tobacco?

    Dr. Weil
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    That surprising notion – from the statement of a British health expert - was the lead story splashed across the front page of the British tabloid the Daily Mail, on January 8. The eye-catching headline heralded a new global campaign to stem the epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes. The strategy begins by heightening public awareness of the amount of sugar hidden in processed food and drinks and inducing producers to slash the amount of added sugar in their products by 20 to 30 per cent within three to five years. That reduction would eliminate 100 calories a day from the typical…
  • Vitamin D: Are You Deficient?

    Dr. Weil
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    Vitamin D deficiency is common in the developed world, and according to at least one study, people with very pale skin are most likely to be seriously deficient. Researchers at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom took the vitamin D levels of about 1,200 people. They found that 730 had lower than optimal levels, and those with fair skin had significantly lower levels. The possible reason? People with very fair skin tend to avoid the sun because they burn easily, making it difficult for their bodies to make sufficient "D" from sun exposure. This suggests that if you have fair skin and…
  • How Do You Use Cinnamon? (Poll)

    Dr. Weil
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    A recent Q&A discussed cinnamon potentially posing a health risk: What's Wrong with Cinnamon? Check out the article and let us know how you typically use cinnamon.   How do you use cinnamon?
 
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    MedicareWire

  • Doctors Fighting Public Accountability Paid Millions By Medicare

    David Bynon
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    Leaders of the California Medical Association, who are fighting a ballot measure to increase public accountability for dangerous doctors, received nearly $5 million from taxpayers in Medicare payments, according to data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A database at the Wall Street Journal website reveals that Medicare paid 34 of the […]
  • Medicare Doc Fraud or Something Else?

    David Bynon
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:40 am
    The headline news today is awash with stories about the release of Medicare data from 2012 detailing payments to doctors around the nation: “Small Slice of Doctors Account for Big Chunk of Medicare Costs.” — The Wall Street Journal “Release of Medicare doctor payments shows some huge payouts.” – Los Angeles Times “Sliver of Medicare Doctors […]
  • Medicare Home Health Population is Older, Poorer, Sicker and Mostly Women and Minorities

    David Bynon
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    New analyses completed by Avalere Health and Dobson DaVanzo & Associates released by the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare find that the majority of Medicare home health beneficiaries and caregivers, both skilled and informal, are women and that Medicare home health beneficiaries are among the most vulnerable of all Medicare beneficiaries. The newly-released data show […]
  • Value Base Health Care Shows Little Signs Of Success

    David Bynon
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    According to a new RAND Corporation report, after ten years of experimentation with reforms that give health providers financial incentives to improve performance, relatively little is known about how to best execute such strategies or judge their success.  Value-based health care payments are the mechanism the Obama administration is counting on to reduce Medicare spending […]
  • What To Do About Dry Mouth

    David Bynon
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Xerostomia, more commonly called dry mouth, is the sensation of not having enough saliva in the mouth to be comfortable. Most of us get dry mouth from time to time, but when it becomes chronic, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your dentist or doctor to have it checked. It’s not a problem to […]
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  • Top 10 Home Remedies for Hangover

    jessy
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:46 pm
    You are reading this post from ihomeremedy.net. Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. Having a hangover can make one feel not so good. This is why it is good to have some treatments for them on hand. There are a lot of awesome home remedies that can help to make a hangover better. The following is a list of some of them that are available for use. 1. Bananas Bananas can be one of your very best friends when you have a hangover. This is because when you are drunk, your body is subject to losing potassium, and this is because you are constantly urinating. Bananas can help to…
  • How to Get Rid of Morning Sickness: 13 Ways

    jessy
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    You are reading this post from ihomeremedy.net. Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. Pregnancy should be an amazing and memorable time for every woman. Unfortunately for some, this wonderful time can be spoiled by morning sickness, typically during the first trimester. While it is called morning sickness, it can occur at any time of the day. It can be very debilitating. The good news is that there are home remedies that are safe for you and your baby that will make the first trimester a little more bearable. 13 Ways to Get Rid of Morning Sickness #1-Vitamin B-6 Supplements…
  • How to Get Rid Of Gas Pains: 18 Ways

    jessy
    24 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    You are reading this post from ihomeremedy.net. Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. When gas doesn’t properly pass through the body by belching or by flatulence, then it will build up in the stomach and intestines, causing bloating. Bloating cause gas pain, which can be mild or intense. The gas within the body is made of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, sulfur, hydrogen, and sometimes methane. The bad odor of gas is caused by harmful bacteria that lies in the large intestine and the in the colon tract. The main causes of gas build up is inaccurate swallowing of air or…
  • How to Get Rid Of a Hangover: 13 Ways

    jessy
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    You are reading this post from ihomeremedy.net. Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. Most people, at sometime in their life, have suffered from a hangover. While they were drinking, they were having fun and they felt good, but the next day reality sets in as they sat there feeling nauseated with a pounding headache. At this point as they sit there holding their head in their hands, telling themselves that they are not going to do this again, they are wondering how to get rid of a hangover so they can feel better. While nursing your hangover you may find yourself wondering how…
  • How to Get Rid Of a Bad Cough Using Home Remedies

    jessy
    3 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    You are reading this post from ihomeremedy.net. Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. An occasionally brief cough can be caused by daily air we breathe such as cold air, fumes, dust, or simply eating. However a persistent cough is generally the result of mucus or other irritant secretions from a cold, asthma, bronchitis, the flu, the virus or tuberculosis. By keeping the throat lubricated with plenty of fluids, relieves a persistently bad cough. Granted, coughing is our body’s way of clearing out airway irritants, but a bad cough can be caused by varying reasons. Home…
 
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    Mimic Simulation » Blog

  • Improved Training Is Key to Better Outcomes for Robotic Surgery

    hollyberkley
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:58 pm
    The data is in! A new study demonstrates that surgeons who followed its training protocol on a simulator perform at a much higher level than those who use the more traditional means of training for the da Vinci robot. (Photo: Florida Hospital Nicholson Center) The following article written by Sarah Sherwood was published on OBGYN.Net da Vinci training is taking on new meaning. For those who prefer using the robot over traditional laparoscopic surgery, the news over the past year has been less than positive. Unreported adverse effects, the cost of the robot, and doubts about surgical skill…
  • SOLD OUT! Robotic Surgery Hands-on-training courses at ESU/ERUS 2014

    hollyberkley
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    This year’s 29th Annual EAU Conference will be held in Stockholm. The European School of Urology (ESU) and the EAU Robotic Urology Section (ERUS) are offering intensive hands-on training courses during the annual meeting in Stockholm this Sunday, April 13 and Monday, April 14. These will be the 3rd courses MimicMED has developed in conjunction with EAU. Courses are limited to 6 participants and allow hands-on training using Mimic’s dV-Trainer, the robotic surgery simulator for the da Vinci Si Surgical System, and  serve as an introductory level course. Mimic’s proprietary MSim™…
  • Opportunity for RN First Assistants to Experience new Simulation-based Training at 2014 AORN Surgical Conference & Expo

    hollyberkley
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:22 am
    Now, for the first time, RNFAs can use simulation training to develop skills specific to their role in robotic surgery. By Todd Larson, RN, BSN, MSIT, CNOR andDirector of MimicMED Many RNFAs have undergone training that focuses on hand eye coordination and psychomotor skills in a lab setting using dry lab models and being subjectively evaluated. This is commonplace not only in advanced practice nursing, but in medicine as well. The Halstedian Apprenticeship model (see one, do one, teach one) has long been the model for training surgeons. It is no surprise that institutions that facilitate…
  • Mimic Joins Dr. Vipul Patel at the 2014 Celebration of Life Gala in Support of Prostate Cancer Research

    hollyberkley
    10 Mar 2014 | 4:24 pm
    The International Prostate Cancer Foundation Board Mimic Technologies was proud to join Dr. Vipul Patel and The International Prostate Cancer Foundation during the annual Celebration of Life Gala benefiting the International Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Florida Hospital Prostate Cancer Program. Dr. Vip Patel, a recognized leader in the field of robotic prostate- cancer treatment. Dr. Vipul Patel’s dream of creating a prostate cancer foundation to promote research, educate men and encourage prostate screening was realized this year at the inaugural International Prostate Cancer…
  • Opportunity for Surgeons to Improve their Robotic Surgery Skills at the Upcoming World Symposium on Endometriosis

    hollyberkley
    28 Feb 2014 | 11:37 am
    Dr. Ceana Nezhat, M.D., is a recognized world leader in the field of minimally invasive surgery and Symposium Chair of the 2nd World Symposium on Endometriosis The 2nd World Symposium on Endometriosis: Endometriosis, Cancer, and Fertility is happening March 27-29, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s theme: “Fertility Sparing Technology from Molecules to Robotics,” focuses on the latest research and treatment strategies in the fields of endometriosis and oncofertility. The event promises three days of innovative, cutting-edge presentations, live surgeries, and open discussions as…
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    Catching Health with Diane Atwood

  • A Taste of the Mediterranean: Herb Baked Fish and French Potato Salad

    dianeatwood
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Several weeks ago, I decided to try cooking some Mediterranean style meals for me and my husband. I’m not sure how it happened, but over the years he became the family chef and I admit it, I took him and his cooking skills for granted! He was more than happy to get out of the kitchen […]
  • Catching Health on Newscenter’s Morning Report April 22

    dianeatwood
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    On the Morning Report today we talked about Ellen Munson, a woman I profiled in the late 80s when I was Newscenter’s health reporter. Ellen had a kidney transplant in 1986 and needed a second one 18 years later. You can read the details of her story here on the Catching Health Blog or watch […]
  • Thirty-three years and two kidney transplants later …

    dianeatwood
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    Ellen Munson got her first donated kidney in 1986. Her own kidneys had been destroyed, presumably by a serious infection called polynephritis, and she had been on dialysis for five years. Every day, Ellen was grateful to the family who had lost a beloved child and chose to donate her kidney to a stranger. She had […]
  • Health Events in Maine April 21 to May 5

    dianeatwood
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Monday April 21 Stress relief group Community Partners space 56 North Street Portland, ME Monday April 21 2:30 to 3:30 Join board-certified music therapist Kate Beever for an hour of relaxation, discussion, and joy based in music (no musical experience necessary). Go home with simple tools for your own stress relief. Only $12 a session, […]
  • How telemedicine helps some elderly people stay home longer

    dianeatwood
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    Rita, who is 79 years old, has congestive heart failure, a chronic health condition that lands many people in the hospital or nursing home. Telemedicine has allowed her to closely monitor important vital signs and stay in her own home. According to the CDC, approximately 5.1 million people in the United States have congestive heart failure. […]
 
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    Healthcare Solutions Team

  • How Much Will Obamacare Cost You?

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:43 am
    This past April 15, filers and accountants alike are finding a new array of taxes resulting from the president’s health care legislation. These include at least 20 ObamaCare-related tax increases totaling $409 billion over the next ten years, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation. The new taxes are especially irksome to ObamaCare opponents, because they are imposed by a law that passed on a straight party-line vote and are being enforced by an agency that some accuse of party favoritism. “I think it’s rather unfortunate that the IRS has this huge role in the Affordable…
  • The BIG Summit

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is coming under renewed attack as some of the nation’s leading conservatives gather for a New Hampshire summit thick with presidential implications. Several potential Republican White House contenders — among them Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — headline a conference Saturday in Manchester, N.H., hosted by the conservative groups Citizens United and Americans for Prosperity. Scheduled speakers also include real estate mogul Donald Trump, former House Speaker Newt…
  • Are You Educated on Obamacare?

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tried to explain the Obama administration’s latest decision to extend a key Obamacare deadline by saying people just “are not educated on how to use the Internet.”  The explanation, which glossed over the myriad technical problems HealthCare.gov had for weeks after its October launch, came as the administration faced Republican criticism for a late-breaking decision to extend a looming deadline for some. Open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act federal exchanges is set to end March 31, but the Department of Health and Human Services will…
  • Healthcare.gov Goes Down On Last Day

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:19 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s health care website stumbled on deadline day for new sign-ups. Visitors to HealthCare.gov on Monday morning saw messages that the site was down for maintenance. At times the visitors were also directed to a virtual waiting room — a feature designed to ease the strain on the site during periods of heavy use. The site was working again at 8 a.m., according to CNBC. Administration spokesman Aaron Albright said the website undergoes “regular nightly maintenance” during off-peak hours and that period was extended because of a…
  • FOUR NEW MYSTERIES IN THE OBAMACARE ENROLLMENT NUMBERS

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:34 am
    The White House is heralding the news that 2.2 million people have signed up through state and federal health care marketplaces as evidence that Obamacare, which started as a disaster, is finally working. On Monday, Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that December alone accounted for 1.8 million new enrollees. In December, seven times more people enrolled through the federal exchange, and adults aged 18 to 34 signed up at eight times the rate they did in the first two months of the law. “Americans are finding quality affordable coverage in the Marketplace, and best of…
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    menshealthwire.com

  • Zhen Gongfu

    Joshua Jerry
    5 Apr 2014 | 12:50 am
    Zhen Gongfu Overview Zhen Gongfu is a brand of male sexual supplement that appears to be sold exclusively online, mainly through e-bay. It is manufactured in China and the information for the product is obviously translated and doesn’t give a professional image. However, there are details about how the product works which is to provide the male with sexual stamina, fight fatigue and replenish semen. Zhen Gongfu is available in several different package sizes starting at pills for $4.99. A money back refund is mentioned but no details are provided as to the terms of the refund. Zhen Gongfu…
  • Vixalis

    Joshua Jerry
    5 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Vixalis Overview The product Vixalis makes many claims, including the fact that it can result in penis growth while also increasing the male user’s sexual confidence. There is an official website for the brand and, while it is reasonably informative, it does make the product seem almost ‘too good to be true’. The website has several customer testimonials and information about the effects of the product which, in addition to the penis growth can also result in ‘monster orgasm’ and stronger erections. There is a comprehensive FAQ section for the brand and all…
  • Virility Ex

    Joshua Jerry
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Virility Ex Overview Virility Ex is a supplement that is made in the U.S.A and sold exclusively online. The web presence for the brand is professional in appearance but lacking in many areas. The official site contains some customer testimonials and information about the manufacturer, but fails to provide ingredient information which is obviously very important. Virility Ex is sold at a cost of $44.98 per bottle but consumers can get discounted prices if they purchase more than one bottle per order. In addition to the discounts they can also receive free gifts and membership to the…
  • Vikonon

    Joshua Jerry
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Vikonon Overview The product called Vikonon is manufactured by the company Savoy Laboratories and sold online from several independent retailers. There is very little information about this particular brand of male sexual supplement and unfortunately there is no official website for the product. In addition to this, the actual cost of the brand is not known although it is sold in different package sizes ranging from packs of 12 to 60. There is no apparent money back guarantee for the product and there doesn’t seem to be any free samples on offer. Vikonon Product Details Ingredients for…
  • Vigorexin

    Joshua Jerry
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Vigorexin Overview Vigorexin is a brand of male sexual supplement that is designed to make the user’s erection ‘bigger, stronger and harder’ according to the official website. The site is quite informative about the brand – there is an explanation as to how it works and several customer testimonials shown. Plus, all contact information is provided about the manufacturer and there are details of the 90 day money back guarantee. Unfortunately there are no details regarding any type of clinical studies that may have been performed on the formula although the manufacturer…
 
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    Sudhir Polisetty's General Dermatology Blog

  • AAD Speakers Address Future of Dermatology

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

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

    Sudhir Polisetty
    26 Feb 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Welcome back to my general dermatology blog. My name is Sudhir Polisetty and I am a dermatologist with The Dermatology Center in New Albany, Indiana. This week’s blog focuses on a major story concerning the future of dermatology, a shortage of general dermatologists.As the Star Tribuneexplains, the popularity of higher paying cosmetic procedures such as Botox, lip augmentation, and chemical peels is causing many medical students to shy away from general dermatology. Minnesota has 4.3 dermatologists for every 100,000 residents and the state’s medical school only graduates five…
  • FDA Warns of Wart Removers Catching Fire

    Sudhir Polisetty
    20 Jan 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Some freeze-away wart treatments pose fire hazard.Hello again and welcome back to my dermatology blog. A recent consumer report has shown some concern about the safety of in-home wart removal products, which are proving to be quite flammable. Warts are the result of human papillomavirus (HPV) and are very common. They are usually small and blister-like, resemble a cauliflower, and are most commonly found on the hands or feet. While they may disappear on their own, some may linger and require treatment. There are many over the counter products available that can aid in wart removal including…
  • Tips for Dry Winter Skin

    Sudhir Polisetty
    14 Jan 2014 | 9:11 am
    Welcome back to my blog. My name is Sudhir Polisetty and I am a dermatologist at The Dermatology Center in New Albany, Indiana. With record breaking cold temperatures and wind chills sweeping the country last week, I got a lot of questions about dry winter skin. It’s common for skin to dry out during the winter and this can lead to itching, cracking, flaking, and bleeding in certain cases. Fortunately the USNews and World Report recently shared a few tips for preventing and treating dry skin.Avoid Long, Hot ShowersOne tempting way to escape cold weather is to relax in a long, scalding hot…
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    Healthcare In India

  • Philips Healthcare Launches VISIQ Portable Ultra Sound

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

    admin
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Today, some of the apps that you download on your mobile turn your device into a more useful gadget, from being a handy interface for paying your bills, starting your car or functioning as your house alarm. It really makes your life easy and convenient. So, do not be surprised if you can also use your mobile to help you live a healthier life. Yes, check out below the best healthy lifestyle apps which are designed to make your life simple, easy and healthy. These apps will help you take care of yourself and can be one great source of inspiration and support.   (Image Source: Forbes.com)…
  • Can social networks help us understand health behavior ? A study from Altimetrik

    admin
    30 Mar 2014 | 6:20 am
    Of late social media data is being used in lots of meaningful ways. Though the movement started as one propagated by the youth, social media has found a permanent place in the board room of businesses and in the R & D labs of many innovation centers.   Recently I read a paper by one of the research analysts at Altimetrik, where the author Namrata Mishra discusses an algorithm that can be used to analyse the social network of a local area and give an assessment of the health standards of the region. For example analyzing the text and pictures shared my members of a particular…
  • Why Tuberculosis could be treated with better diagnostics ?

    admin
    10 Mar 2014 | 6:53 pm
    In my last piece I had discussed why TB was a social issue more than a medical issue. Today I wanted to put down my thoughts on the need for better diagnostics as means to catch the disease. Often the challenge in India is wrong diagnosis. This not only affects the patients but also leads to further complications for the medical services. TB is no exception to this problem. Today many patients suffer due to ineffective diagnosis which sets the patients on the wrong path. WHO has approved tests which are very effective. But these tests are expensive. The Indian Government does test for free…
  • Why Tuberculosis in India is a social problem…..

    admin
    25 Feb 2014 | 4:09 am
    As we complete yet another year, we continue to stare at a TB epidemic in India. As I mentioned in my post last year that we have done precious little and often we seem to be distracted by newer and cooler diseases like AIDS. I was talking to one of the health workers in Karnataka and came across a very interesting insight. She told me that Tuberculosis is a social problem in India more than health. When I asked her if she was referring to the social stigma attached with the disease, she just smiled and told me that the problem goes deeper. After an hour of our discussion I understood what…
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    San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery Blog

  • TRANSFORM YOUR SILHOUETTE WITH BODY CONTOURING SURGERY

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

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    10 Mar 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Get Beautiful Cheeks Instantly When it comes to dermal fillers, many of them are very similar and often used for the same purposes. You have your hyaluronic acid (HA) based fillers like Juvéderm and Restylane, and then you have calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) fillers like Radiesse. These fillers are often used for the treatment of facial lines and wrinkles to restore a more youthful appearance of the face. However, a new type of filler has joined the facial filler family. What Makes Juvéderm Voluma in San Antonio Different than Other Fillers? Voluma is the newest hyaluronic filler by the…
  • Why Liposuction in San Antonio Is Not For The Lazy

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    14 Feb 2014 | 9:49 am
    Let’s get one thing straight: Liposuction in San Antonio is not a form of weight loss. There are people who consider liposuction to be a way of cheating the system; losing the fat without the diet or exercise. However, this is not at all for what the procedure is intended. Liposuction in San Antonio is not a means to maintain a lifestyle of sitting on the couch watching Netflix all day while stuffing your mouth with junk food. You don’t simply wake up one day and think, “Hmm, I think it’s time to lose some of this fat.” Those who undergo liposuction often are already living a…
  • COULD A TUMMY TUCK IN SAN ANTONIO BE RIGHT FOR YOU?

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    9 Jan 2014 | 9:45 am
    A Tummy Tuck Can Be Highly BeneficialDelio OrtegonSan Antonio, TXJan 09, 2014Could a Tummy Tuck In San Antonio Be Right for You by Delio Ortegon If you’ve ever considered a tummy tuck, you’re not alone. In 2012, surgeons nationwide performed more than 155,000 tummy tucks, making it the third most requested plastic surgery procedure in the United States, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). A tummy tuck, also referred to as abdominoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure where loose, extra skin and fat cell deposits are removed. Depending on the type…
  • CHANGE UP YOUR NEWS YEAR’S RESOLUTION BY ACHIEVING YOUR IDEAL BREASTS

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    12 Dec 2013 | 2:00 am
    Breast Enhancement for a More Confident & Sexy 2014 For most of us, a New Year’s resolution can feel a bit like a punishment for the health-crimes we committed in the kitchen over the course of the year.  The snacking, savoring, and cocktailing all start to catch up to you and those jeans you normally live in may feel a bit too tight now. Committing to make it to the gym more often or eating more salads and less junk food seem like the appropriate response. But what if instead of punishing yourself, you treated yourself to a new look for 2014? This is how women are changing up their…
 
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    thesurvivaldoctor.com

  • Your Disaster Decontamination Guide: Step-by-Step Mega Cleaning

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH This is part 2 in the universal-precautions series. See part 1—your disaster fashion guide—here.  Imagine there’s a long-term disaster. An infectious disease has broken out. It could be something as common as a stomach virus or as devastating as Ebola. When medical care is scarce, either could be deadly … and both involve the expulsion of infectious fluids, such as diarrhea (and, in Ebola’s case, blood). Two of your family members have gotten the disease. It’s up to you to care for them. So you put on your “personal protective equipment” and…
  • Your Disaster Fashion Guide: The Outfit That Fights Diseases

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Back when I was growing up, I don’t think the phrase “universal precautions” was in a health care worker’s vocabulary. Now, we’re well-versed in such “precautions”—techniques that help prevent spreading diseases. But back then, people were more lax. We lived more like you might live at home with your family today—which is not like you’d want to live during a disaster. Back then, sure, people with highly contagious diseases were isolated, but few health care workers were afraid of getting a little blood on them from someone with no obvious…
  • Unprecedented Ebola Outbreak. Could It Spread Here?

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    A field technician demonstrates protective gear in Zaire during the first Ebola outbreak in 1976. This is the third post in my “Long-Term Disaster Diseases” series. See the rest here. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH A new outbreak of Ebola is going on in Africa, and Doctors Without Borders is calling it “an epidemic of a magnitude never seen before”—not because of the number of cases or deaths. There have been more in previous outbreaks. It’s because of how the disease is spreading. In the past, Ebola has always stayed confined to a small region. This time the same strain of the virus…
  • New! The Survival Doctor Store—All the Supplies I Recommend in One Place

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Many people have asked where to find all the medical supplies I’ve mentioned in my posts. Well, you find them all over the place—some in pharmacies, others in outdoors stores, some in health-food stores, and still more in survival outlets. Compiling an emergency medical kit can call for quite the time—and gas—commitment. So I set out to make life easier. I searched Amazon, eBay, and other sites and developed my new online “store and more”—a one-stop shop plus supplies guide. In it, you don’t just get what to buy but why. I even share my personal…
  • Why You Need to Start Allergy Treatment Early

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Sneezing You have to admit, the commercials are convincing: Your allergies are keeping you inside, virtually blocked from the outdoors. Otherwise you’re sneezing, have watery eyes, just miserable. You take a pill, and whammo, you can do what you wish. Want to roll in the grass, sniff a little ragweed? No worries. Pet a cat even if they usually make you break out in hives? No problem. Whatever you were allergic to before, you’re not anymore, as long as you take the pill. But do these allergy medicines actually work? If so, how well? And what about home remedies…
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    Health Blushon

  • American Have Lower Sex Drives

    Xee Malik
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    In Earlier Times the Issue of lower sex drives aroused in much older age but nowadays this problem is happen in age of 30 and 40. Males of 30-5o year old experiencing low libidos. Doctors are blaming economic problems like deflation, inflation and unemployment which causes depression, tension and Stress on men. In this condition they lack vitamin and have lower sex drives. Must Read: Unusual Sex Advice that Works America Is world power but their men are lacking their Sexual power because of too much stress and work burden. According to a study of 2010 there are 13 million men in USA may be…
  • Beauty Benefits Of Neem

    Xee Malik
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Hi Friends Today I’m sharing about beauty Benefits of Neem. Neem Is wonderful natural Product which is easily available  and you can get many beauty benefits. Neem Is a herb which is easily available and it is anti- bacterial, anti- parasitic, anti- fungal, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that is not only best for your health but it also help you to get rid of your beauty problems. Neem is anti fungal and anti bacterial so it is beneficial for acne problem, oily skin and prone skin. Here are some surprising beauty benefits of Neem. Lets take a look  Boil water with some…
  • Blood Groups and Their Details

    Xee Malik
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Everyone has different blood group according to his body and genetic order. Mostly members of one family have same blood group. My family also have same blood group and can easily donate blood to other family member. But some people don’t have same blood group and face difficulty in emergency. Now days fresh blood is very rare in blood banks and hospitals. Hospitals and Blood banks purchase unhealthy blood from drug addicted and from many stupid persons who have unhealthy blood. The main reason of purchasing blood from these kind of people is saving money. they purchase blood at low…
  • Electronic Cigarettes – Healthier Way to Smoke

    Xee Malik
    29 Mar 2014 | 8:26 pm
    The electronic cigarettes have really revolutionized the way you are smoking. The E- cigarettes are the ones without any smoke and they are operated by making use of battery and are devices that have the shape of cigarette. These kinds of products have gained much customers in the market due to the less damage that it prone to the individuals compared to the regular cigarettes. These cigarettes are much appealing because they do not have any kind of tobacco content in them. E liquid that is available in cartridges form the vapor that you inhale when you are using the electronic cigarettes. It…
  • 5 Dental Tips for a Youthful Smile and Look

    Xee Malik
    22 Mar 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Despite the old wives tales, people don’t have to lose their teeth as they age. Indeed, there are a few simple things you can do to make sure your teeth are healthy and youthful into old age and beyond. Yes, beyond. Archaeologists figure out a mummy’s age and state of health by looking at their teeth. Here are five dental tips to keep yours healthy and beautiful: Brush You should brush your teeth twice a day with a soft bristle brush. Though you may think a soft brush won’t get your teeth as clean as a brush with firm bristles, it will. It will also save your gums from…
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    Mens Health Blog

  • 5 Easy Steps to Take Care of Your Skin

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    Having a beautiful skin is a dream for all of us. A soft, radiant, skin tone which will not only make you beautiful but also makes you the centre of attraction wherever you go. But maintaining such skin texture is also quite a challenge. As pollution and stress has become a part of daily life, it directly or indirectly affects our skin structure to a great extent. It causes a substantial harm to our skin and over a period, it loses all its beauty and charm. But there is no need to get alarmed. There few ways through which you can retain your skin’s glory and beauty in a much simple way.
  • Home Remedies for Migraine Headache

    admin
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:44 am
    Migraine headache is quite painful and discomforting one. As of now the cause behind migraine headache is not known however it is believed that dilation of blood vessels in the brain causes this type of pain in the head. A person may feel nauseated and weak. It is said the some brain chemical when changes inside the brain, the vessels swells causing immense pain in the head. A sufferer gets this headache in the form of migraine attacks. They can develop at any time of the day or night and gets triggered by various factors. Various treatments are available for migraine. But no cure has been…
  • Bimatoprost: The safest way to a better vision

    admin
    13 Mar 2014 | 12:05 am
    Eyes are said to be the most sensitive part of every human body. Hence it invariably is our responsibility to make sure that we take utmost care of this part. Medicinal science has done an excellent job by making sure that they invent something so magical that every eye problem will be washed off. For now we can concentrate on Glaucoma and proudly say that Bimatoprost will treat Glaucoma. It works wonderfully by easing out the pain that a normal eye suffers because of an increased pressure that basically happens because of loss of internal eye fluid. It saves you a big deal from vision…
  • Energy drinks lead to dreaded diseases

    admin
    11 Mar 2014 | 11:55 pm
    The negative effects of energy drinks have always been spoken of and written about. But many countries even today sell these products on a high scale. The number of these side effects is vastly seen on teenagers. Their mental health seems to get low after a moderate consumption of these energy drinks. One of the major cause is because the presence of the high amount of caffeine. Many negative behaviour sin teenagers is said to be because of this fact too. There have been many steps taken in the past, however not much improvement has been witnessed. This surprising study was taken in the year…
  • Tips to help you fight upcoming summers!

    admin
    5 Mar 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Summers are around the corners. Heat can cause many problems. Too much of heat is problematic like it may cause dehydration, heat stroke, skin problems and many such issues. There is one fact that many are not aware of and that is depression caused specially in summers. Summer depression can be seen in many especially in children since there is a sudden change of schedule. Your daily routine gets disrupted and hence it causes depression in many people. At such times the best to do is engage you in any activity. But with the right tips you can fight any of the above problems. The first thing…
 
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  • 10 Useless Statistics That Could Change Your Life

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    Do you have an insatiable need to learn as much as you can about life?Are you also one of those people that always tries to stay "one step ahead" of everyone else?You know what I mean don't you?You always try to have the odds in your favor.You always enter a gunfight with the sun at your back.You're a risk taker but you know how to avoid danger and conflict because you see it coming a mile away.It's because you have a strong intuition.You're savvy.You have street smartsYou know "things." Today,  my fellow baby boomers is your lucky day.Even if you don't liken yourself to being a modern…
  • Palcohol - Powdered Alcohol

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    POWDERED ALCOHOLI couldn't think of a better technological advancement than "Powdered Alcohol" to kick off my new website page called " 50+ Cool Technology" for the Baby Boomer Generation.If you look at the very top bar on this page you will see the 4th tab over will direct you straight there.Keep an eye on it for future postings on new gadgets, devices, and select technologies that Baby Boomers need to make their lives better, simpler and more fun. There is breaking news yesterday April 21, 2014 from FoxNews.com.A powdery new way to get buzzed at Palcohol.com................Ever tried to…
  • How Long Do I Keep Important Paperwork?

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    You know what?All of the "tax time" discussion this month has gotten me wondering about and interested in knowing how long should I keep my files and important papers so I am ready if and when our helpful government decides it's time to look up my panties?I mean really, are there rules and/or a statute of limitations?If not, then what are the best recommendations?I think everyone, down to the very last Baby Boomer, is confused on this issue and has a tendency to save every last scrap of paper in case of a possible future reprisal (think financial colonescopy) by "Big Brother."Well, in the…
  • Best Smart Phone App 

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    TOOT TONE There are smart phone apps that you can't live without.And then there are thousands of cell phone apps out there that really do not serve any kind of purpose.Here is a smart phone app that really should be marketed to the general public.I see this device as having real world business applications well beyond the humorous social and personal etiquette possibilities.But that is just me.I hope you enjoy the little "Silly Saturday" video below called "Toot Tone." If you found my blog funny, interesting or even helpful (you sick bastard) I bet your friends would to. Please forward it to…
  • It's Tax Time !!!

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Is it a good morning Survive55 followers?Hopefully you all have successfully put  another April 15th behind you.Did you get your taxes in the mail by midnight last night?I wonder if everyone who reads this blog understands why I asked that question.Well, our younger followers may not realize that back in the day (when life was simpler and paper was king) before TurboTax online and the eponymous E-file option, the vast majority of hard working United Staters would wait until the very last minute to finish their tax returns and get them postmarked before the dawning of April…
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    consumerhealthdigest.com

  • SlimGum: Does This Chewing Gum Makes You Slim?

    Evan Jensen
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    SlimGum Overview There are many people out there that want to lose weight with the help of a supplement. Unfortunately the idea of having to swallow a capsule may turn them off certain weight loss aspriants. SlimGum is an innovative weight loss chewing gum put together to save the day. It is a weight loss […]
  • Secret Diet Drops: Are They Really Rapid and Effective to Lose Weight?

    Evan Jensen
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:29 am
    Secret Diet Drops Overview Secret Diet Drops is a weight loss supplement promoted as an aid that can help users lose up to 25 pounds with just one bottle. The manufacturer of this product claims that by taking a few drops a day and following a certain eating plan, you should be able to accelerate […]
  • Sanafil Reviews: Does Sanafil Aid Weight Loss?

    Evan Jensen
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    Sanafil Overview Sanafil is a brand new dietary supplement made with an ingredient that is not common in the weight loss world, which is Korean Pine Nut Oil. The campaign for this product started around 2011 and according to its manufacturer the supplement has won the heart of many people living in Ireland. Now the […]
  • 15 Skin Care Habits You Should Immediately Quit!

    Elizabeth
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
    Healthy habits can improve someone’s appearance and skin. Likewise, having bad skin habits can make skin appear older and more damaged than normal. For individuals who want a perfect glow, losing bad habits is necessary. Everything from staying up late to smoking cigarettes can cause harm to the skin. By following these simple tips, individuals […]
  • Get Healthy and Refreshing Skin Care Tips for Busy Working Women!

    Elizabeth
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    With increasingly busy lifestyles, the modern woman has too much on her plate. When it comes to juggling work and kids, skin care routines often slip through the cracks. To have a fast and effective skin care regimen, women should follow some of the following steps. These following tricks and techniques can help ladies to […]
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    Digital Health Technology

  • Diabetes complications continue to decline but the number of diabetics continues to increase in US

    Digital Health
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    A new study released in the New England Journal of Medicine this week showed that the rate of diabetes related problems over the last two decades such as heart attacks, stroke, and lower limb amputation continue to decline – more than a 60% decline! Researchers have shown five complications decline between 1990 and 2010: acute myocardial infraction a decline of 67.8, death from hyperglycemic crisis a decline of 64.4%, stroke and amputation declined by 50%, and end-stage renal disease by 28.3%. This is likely due to early detection, better screening, new advancements in medicine, and…
  • Childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic!

    Digital Health
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:20 am
    In a recent study that was published in JAMA pediatrics the study looked at 20,690 children between the ages of 2 to 19 from 1999 to 2012. The analysis showed not only is obesity on the rise but also extreme obesity. A child with a body mass index (BMI) that is 120 to 140 percent higher than their peers is considered to be extremely obese. Obesity and extreme obesity are associated with many health problems such as developing type II diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. The study showed that 17.3% of US children were obese in 2011 to 2012. At the same time, 5.9% met criteria for…
  • Is muscle strength important in adolescence to prevent any future diabetes or heart disease?

    Digital Health
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:49 am
    Visit our Facebook page and don’t miss any Health Updates from DHT. A recent study that published this month in the “Pediatrics” journal would suggest yes it may be an independent risk factor if you are not strong in your adolescence years. Early strength training activities can lead to a decrease in cardio metabolic diseases. The research involved 1,421 children (670 boys and 751 girls) and the result of the study showed that boys and girls with higher strength to body mass ratio had lower BMIs, lower percentage of body fat, and smaller waistline. The results were concluded by…
  • Can diabetes and high blood pressure in middle age lead to brain shrinkage and memory loss?

    Digital Health
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:43 am
    A recent study that published online in the journal Neurology studied this question. It defined middle age as people between the aged of 40 to 46 and old age was considered as 65 and older. The study concluded that people that develop diabetes and high blood pressure in middle age were more likely to have brain damage as well as problems with memory and thinking skills (referred to as mild cognitive impairment) versus their counterparts that never had diabetes or high blood pressure. In the study thinking and memory skills of 1,437 people with an average age of 80 were evaluated. The…
  • Do artificial sweeteners cause metabolic changes such as diabetes and obesity?

    Digital Health
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:01 am
    Artificial sweeteners are referred to as non-nutritive because they have no nutritional value. Sugar in its natural form tends to be highly nutritious such as whole fruit because it is also packed with fiber and low in glycemic load. But the debate continues as to whether artificial sweeteners cause metabolic changes. Diet drinks have been around since the early 1960s, if these “drinks” were effective we shouldn’t be seeing the epidemic rate of increase in diabetes and obesity. Recently there was a study conducted in Oita University in Japan that studied mice that were consuming sugar…
 
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  • Should I have a total shoulder replacement?

    daveman
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:52 pm
    The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints. It is essentially a ball and socket joint that connects the humerus (upper arm bone), clavicle (collarbone), and scapula (shoulder blade). This joint is stabilized by the rotator cuff muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, subscapularis) and their tendons. The shoulder can be damaged acutely, such as in accidents and other causes of direct physical trauma, or it can be damaged progressively, such as from progressive diseases and the wear and tear of overuse. Without treatment, the damage may progress and lead to loss of function,…
  • Current advancements in total knee replacement

    daveman
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:32 pm
    The knee bears the impact of body weight when standing, walking, running, and other activities of daily living. It is a hinge joint that joins the femur (thighbone), the tibia (shinbone) and the patella (kneecap), and allows flexion and extension of the lower leg. The contact surfaces of the bones are covered in articular cartilage, which is a smooth tissue that has the dual function of allowing the bones to glide over each other, as well as serving as a shock absorber against impact. As one of the primary weight-bearing joints, the knee absorbs a lot of wear and tear over time. The knee can…
  • FAQs on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    daveman
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:51 pm
    What is the carpal tunnel? The carpal tunnel is a structure that can be found in your wrist. It is a tunnel-like structure formed by your wrist bones and the transverse carpal ligament, which is a strong band of connective tissue. This tunnel contains the median nerve and flexor tendons of the fingers and the thumb. The median nerve is the one that innervates the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger. What is carpal tunnel syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition that affects many people. It typically presents and progressive pain, usually described as…
  • An Overview of Non-operative Meniscal Tear Treatment

    daveman
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    The knee is a hinge joint that is composed of three bones: the thighbone (femur), shinbone (tibia), and kneecap (patella). Two wedge-shaped pieces of cartilage, known as the menisci, are found between the femur and tibia. These are composed of cartilage that is tough and rubbery, allowing it to serve as a shock absorber, cushioning the joint and keeping it stable. Tears of the meniscus are among the most commonly found injuries to the knee, particularly for athletes in contact sports. Meniscal tears vary in their location and severity, and the treatment options will depend on the particular…
  • FAQs on ACL Reconstruction from a Phoenix Orthopedic Surgeon

    daveman
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:58 pm
    What injuries require ACL Reconstruction? The knee is a hinge joint that holds together the femur (thighbone), tibia (shinbone) and the patella (kneecap). There are four main ligaments that hold the knee together: the medial collateral (MCL), lateral collateral (LCL), anterior cruciate (ACL), and posterior cruciate (PCL) ligaments. The ACL runs diagonally in the middle of the knee, preventing the tibia from sliding out in front of the femur, as well as providing rotational stability to the knee. The ACL is one of the most commonly injured ligaments of the knee. In the United States, there are…
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  • FDA Fails to Protect Against Antibiotic Resistance, Guarantees More Needless Death and Suffering

    Dr. Mercola
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Antibiotic-resistant bacteria infect two million Americans every year, causing at least 23,000 deaths. Even more die from complications related to the infections, and the numbers are steadily growing. It's now clear that we are facing the perfect storm to take us back to the pre-antibiotic age, when some of the most important advances in modern medicine – intensive care, organ transplants, care for premature babies, surgeries and even treatment for many common bacterial infections – will no longer be possible. Experts have been warning about the implications of antibiotic…
  • Study Finds Tamiflu Not As Effective As Believed

    Dr. Mercola
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Anti-viral flu drugs like Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir) are conventional medicine's go-to option for treating the flu, despite their risk of serious side effects and unproven benefits. In fact, these drugs are stockpiled in many countries, including the US, for treating and preventing seasonal and pandemic influenza. The World Health Organization (WHO) even classifies Tamiflu as an “essential” medicine, which they say are “selected with due regard to public health relevance, evidence on efficacy and safety, and comparative cost-effectiveness.”1 Writing…
  • Toxic Herbicides Now Common in Pregnant Women’s Breast Milk, Placentas, and Umbilical Cords

    Dr. Mercola
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Agricultural chemicals are progressively making their way into your body whether you are trying to avoid them or not, according to several recent studies in the US and Canada. A prime offender is glyphosate, the main toxic ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup. Glyphosate is both an herbicide and a pesticide. Multiple scientific findings suggest that Monsanto and global regulatory bodies have been wrong about the lack of bioaccumulation of glyphosate-based agricultural chemicals. If you are eating processed foods or foods from nearly any restaurant, odds are very high you are…
  • Two Recent Cases That Demonstrate How Industry Is Trying to Eliminate Farm-to-Table Operations

    Dr. Mercola
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola In 2010, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued an Invasive Species Order1 (ISO) to "help stop the spread of feral swine and the disease risk they pose to humans, domestic pigs, and wildlife as well as their potential for extensive agricultural and ecosystem damage." While this sounds perfectly reasonable considering how much damage wild pigs can cause, the way this order is being used by the DNR is far from it. Hybrid or heritage swine, such as those raised by Bakers Green Acres,2 a family-run farm, are not feral in the sense that they run around in the…
  • Could Chocolate Help Prevent Diabetes and Obesity?

    Dr. Mercola
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Snacking on chocolate may be one delectable way to boost your health, provided you choose the right type of chocolate, that is. Certain types of chocolate, as well as cocoa powder and cacao, rank right up there among the most anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich foods known to mankind. It’s the antioxidant flavanols that are responsible for much of the health benefits, and recent research set out to determine which flavanols, in particular, may prevent certain health conditions, including type 2 diabetes and obesity. Which Chocolate Flavanols Best Protect Against Diabetes…
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    Nevada Pain

  • What are the various types of knee ligament injuries?

    Nevada Pain
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    The knee is a hinge joint that connects four main bones: the femur (thigh bone), the tibia and fibula (shinbones), and the patella (kneecap). The ends of the tibia and femur, as well as the posterior of the patella, are covered in tough connective tissue known as articular cartilage. This provides a smooth gliding surface that reduces friction between the bones of the knee joint, and facilitates smooth movement. The knee also has two C-shaped, rubbery pads of cartilage tissue covering the top of the tibia that are known as the medial and lateral menisci. The menisci serve as shock absorbers…
  • What to expect with a kyphoplasty procedure

    Nevada Pain
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    Kyphoplasty is a procedure for the treatment of spinal compression fractures. It is a minimally invasive procedure recommended if other conservative measures have already failed. Medication and physical therapy should be first line treatments prior to the consideration of surgical interventions. Osteoporosis, or weakening of the bone, is the most common reason for fractures that will require kyphoplasty. Other conditions that may cause spinal compression fractures include: Growth from malignancies Metastatic CA Vitamin D deficiency Menopause Chronic renal disease Rheumatoid arthritis Certain…
  • FAQs on Radiofrequency Ablation from a Las Vegas pain center

    Nevada Pain
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:27 pm
    FAQ Radiofrequency Ablation What is radiofrequency ablation? Minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopic surgery, shock wave lithotripsy, and radiofrequency ablation have allowed physicians to treat patients with minimal damage to tissues. These procedures are associated with better outcomes, faster recovery time, and improved patient satisfaction compared to traditional open-surgery techniques. Minimally invasive procedures are also preferred by hospitals and insurance corporations because of shorter in-patient stay. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive procedure that…
  • What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

    Nevada Pain
    15 Mar 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Spinal decompression therapy has been a revolutionary treatment offered by Las Vegas chiropractors. The treatment may help patients avoid surgery, achieve Pain Relief and get back to doing the things in life that have been put on hold. Anatomy of spinal disc disease Degenerative change in the discs of the spine is a normal consequence of aging. The discs become dehydrated which results in narrowing of the discs. The outer fibrocartilaginous ring of the disc (annulus fibrosus) may crack or rupture thus allowing the inner nuclear material to leak into the spinal canal (a condition known as a…
  • FAQs on Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty

    Nevada Pain
    6 Mar 2014 | 10:58 pm
    by Nevada Pain What are kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty? Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are procedures that have been developed to treat spinal compression fractures. Both of these procedures use bone cement, which is injected into the fracture site; this then hardens and stabilizes the broken vertebra. It also acts to prevent further injury or re-injury. What is the difference between kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty? Both vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty use medical-grade bone cement to repair fractured or compressed vertebrae. This is usually inserted under fluoroscopy (X-ray guidance) into the…
 
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    Medifast Arizona

  • Psychological Effects of Obesity on Adolescents

    Arizona Medifast
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Childhood obesity is a disturbing national epidemic which has increased in prevalence over the last three decades. According to the CDC, approximately 15 percent of children and teens are now obese, and many more are overweight for height range. Obese kids are more likely to go on to become overweight adults, with statistics suggesting that 30 percent of adult obesity begins during childhood. Childhood Obesity Definition Obesity is defined as an excessive amount of body fat in relation to lean body mass. This is generally calculated by physicians as body mass index (BMI), a formula that takes…
  • Supervised Weight Loss with an Arizona Medifast Center

    Arizona Medifast
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    A supervised weight loss program is a fantastic way to lose weight if you stick to a plan. Below are a few preparations that need to be done in order to lose weight effectively. The Mind The very first thing that you need to do when starting a weight-loss program is to have the right mindset. Prepare your mind to accept what it takes to lose the weight that you desire. Also, prepare yourself to know that it took months – maybe years – to put the weight on, and it may take that long to take and keep it off. Quick weight-loss programs are often times a let-down for people, and they…
  • Behavior Weight Loss Tools from a Phoenix weight loss clinic

    Arizona Medifast
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    You are finally tired of trying to lose weight by dieting, exercise, eating more, eating less, more vegetables and fruit, and less carbohydrates. It’s enough to make a person give up. What you need is a different approach to what you’ve been used to trying. You need weight loss tools – tools that you can work with that will work for you, and tools that turn negative attitudes into positive ones. In addition to utilizing the Medifast Weight Control Program for your weight loss regimen, here are a few different eating habits and strategies, to help achieve a new healthier and…
  • Tips on Losing Belly Fat from the Top Weight Loss Centers in Arizona

    Arizona Medifast
    29 Mar 2014 | 4:53 pm
    There are two types of body fats that we store. One is under the skin, and it is stored in the abdomen, thighs, hips, and buttocks. This fat is called “subcutaneous fat,” which means that it’s underneath the skin. The other fat is called “visceral fat.” This type of fat is stored deeper inside of our bodies, near or around the organs, such as lungs, digestive tract, liver, heart, chest, pelvis area, and abdomen. Belly fat is the most dangerous type of fat and it is a good indicator of health risks for cardiac disease. Visceral Fat and Why We Have It The hidden fat (visceral) is…
  • Losing Weight in your Hips and Thighs

    Arizona Medifast
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:11 pm
    In order to lose weight in your hips and thighs, you will have to lose weight all over your body. To make your hips and thighs appear slimmer, you will need to do the right exercises to tone them. Eating sensible meals and exercise will allow you to have slimmer hips and thighs. Some adipose tissue (fat) is harder to lose than other fat in the body. Everyone’s body is shaped and made different, so some will diet and lose more upper body fat, while others lose more weight on the lower body. 10 Weight Loss Steps that Work Step 1: Think about it – First of all, when trying to lose weight in…
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    Phoenix Shoulder and Knee

  • What Does Surgery for Tennis Elbow Entail?

    Adam Farber
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, refers to the inflammation of the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. Tennis elbow usually presents as pain and tenderness on the lateral side of the elbow, and may sometimes present with weakened grip. The pain is progressive, developing gradually from a mild ache to a persistent pain that worsens over time. The symptoms are aggravated by forearm activity such as gripping or rotating. This condition is not limited to tennis players, but can occur in any work or recreational activity that deals repeated stress to the elbow joint and…
  • The pros and cons of having an ACL reconstruction

    Adam Farber
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:36 pm
    The knee is a hinge joint made up of three main bones: the femur (thighbone), tibia (shinbone) and the patella (kneecap). Holding the knee together are four (4) bands of connective tissue known as ligaments that provide stability against forward, backward, and lateral movement of the knee. The ligaments that hold the knee together are the: the medial collateral (MCL), lateral collateral (LCL), anterior cruciate (ACL) and posterior cruciate (PCL) ligaments. The ACL runs diagonally in the middle of the knee, preventing the tibia from sliding out in front of the femur, as well as providing…
  • An overview of the Female Athlete Triad

    Adam Farber
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:33 pm
    The Female Athlete Triad, sometimes referred to as “the TRIAD”, is an often under-reported and unrecognized combination of three (3) interrelated conditions that can be seen in female athletes. These are: 1) disordered eating; 2) amenorrhea; and 3) osteoporosis. The exact prevalence of the female athlete triad is unknown, although studies estimate that the prevalence of disordered eating behavior can range anywhere from 15 to 62 percent of female college athletes, while amenorrhea occurs in anywhere from 3.4 to 66 percent of female athletes. The condition is often underreported because of…
  • Knee bracing – what are the indications?

    Adam Farber
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:35 pm
    The knee is one of the primary weight-bearing joints of the body. It is a hinge joint composed of the femur (thighbone), tibia (shinbone) and patella (kneecap). The knee is stabilized by numerous muscles and ligaments, in particular, the quadriceps and hamstrings. Aside from supporting body weight, the knee also absorbs the impact of walking, running, and other activities of daily living. Over time, the knee absorbs a lot of wear and tear. This may eventually lead to injury, weakening the stability of the joint and causing pain. There are numerous conditions that can affect the knee,…
  • Top 5 Ways to Avoid Surgery for Impingement Syndrome of the Shoulder

    Adam Farber
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:20 pm
    The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint that connects the humerus (upper arm bone) to the clavicle (collarbone) and the scapula (shoulder blade). The deltoid raises the arm to the level of the shoulder and slightly above. The rotator cuff muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, subscapularis) stabilize the humeral head, preventing it from moving around too much and keeping it centered in the shoulder socket. The two muscles exert opposite, or antagonistic, effects. When there is an imbalance between the two antagonists, particularly when the deltoid overpowers the rotator…
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    Afshi Speaks

  • Microsoft Closed The Doors For XP

    Admin
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    After 12 years, Microsoft ending Windows XP support and It’s the end of the line for Microsoft’s Windows XP from 8 April 2014. What Microsoft Says “Microsoft provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But the time came for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences. As a result, technical assistance for Windows XP is no longer available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft has also stopped providing…
  • Best Remedies For Face Open Pores

    Admin
    5 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    Large pores on the skin makes it looks unflattering. Despite all your efforts, do you fail to conceal the open pores on your face? A mask of your makeup does no good either? Most women face the irritant called ‘open pores’. These pores not only hamper your beauty but can also make your complexion look dull. There are some fabulous home remedies to get rid of your open pores permanently. 1-Tomato Juice The best way to shut down the open pores naturally is by using tomato juice. Tomato juice helps to fill in the pores and make the skin even again. The tomato juice should be applied on the…
  • Get Unlimited Free Online Storage & Cloud Backup- Symform

    Admin
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    Symform is easy to setup, with point-and-drag simplicity. You choose the files you want to store, as well as a drive or device from which you want to contribute. How it works: 1-Backup All Your Files Your files are important. We’ll protect them. Install Symform on all of your devices and we’ll make a mirrored copy of your stuff in the cloud. As you add, delete, and update files those changes are made to your cloud copy as well. No file size limitations or other restrictions. 2-Synchronize Devices Stop worrying about where your stuff is saved. With Symform you can sync your folders across…
  • Best App To See the Content of Cache Folder Of Chrome -ChromeCacheView

    Admin
    22 Mar 2014 | 12:48 am
    Google Chrome’s browser cache contains information from Internet sites you have visited. It may store images and videos, or the layouts for entire Web pages. Chrome uses these files to make websites load faster. You can access the cache on your Windows computer by navigating to the folder’s location. You may not be able to locate some folders because they are “hidden.” Therefore, you will need to make hidden files and folders visible on your system before browsing to the Chrome cache folder. It is ChromeCacheView app which helps you to get details about all the content saved in the…
  • Electric E-Bike With Awesome Design

    Admin
    20 Mar 2014 | 1:03 am
    FEDDZ will win you over with its esthetics and functionality, giving you a new attitude toward urban life. New electric mobility with a radically new design or Whatever you want to call it, an e-bike, e-scooter, electric cruiser. FEDDZ is a Epic Bike and delivers the ultimate in driving fun in the city. Silent, free from oil, gas and without smelly emissions….that is what your driving future should be. This bike also have space to bring your things, The removable battery is important for city use, allowing you to recharge the battery in your apartment or at any electric outlet, This bike…
 
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    Star Life Sciences Medical Monitor™

  • Why people care about your Twitter numbers

    Kelsey Malone
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    And why you should too Once upon a time, we started a Twitter advertising test after noticing some engaging and growing referral traffic. We had been building our healthcare marketing blog since last spring. And like anything built from the ground up (the right
  • No More Nike Wearables?

    Gina Gattis
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    Interesting news in the wearables world! Nike, one of the leaders in wearables has confirmed that they will be laying off people that work in their hardware department. Nike will supposedly be shifting its expertise to their software division, which includes the Nike+
  • Star Adds Strength with Calcium

    Tim R. Garde
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:52 pm
    In an unprecedented merger of Life Science agencies, Star Group combines Calcium NYC, Vox Medica, and Star Life Sciences to offer clients even greater resources to effectively market brands in today’s dynamic healthcare environment Star Group, the largest independently owned marketing communications firm in
  • The Autism (Non?)-Epidemic

    Anju Kanumalla
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    According to the CDC, the rate of autism among 8 year olds increased 30% between 2008 and 2010 to about 1 in 68 kids. That’s a startling statistic, and it leads to more questions than answers. But first let’s look at the figure
  • Patients Want Online Outreach from Pharma

    Joshua Spiegel
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    And Other Digital Support, Too Value-add digital services are common in nearly every other consumer-facing industry, so why not pharma? According to a survey from Accenture, patients don’t just want these services; they expect them. They are also, perhaps, not as prevalent as they should
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    Hot Topics

  • ICD-10-CM for Burns & Corrosions of the External Body Surface

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

    2 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Documentation Is The Key To Survive New HIPAA Audit And Avoid Fines The random HIPAA Compliance Audit program had a year of trial audits in 2012.  The US Department of Health and Human Services has reviewed the results of that work and the HIPAA audit program is being restarted in 2014 based on what was learned from the 2012 audits.  Are ...
  • HIPAA Omnibus Update - Required Changes To Medical Office Policies And Procedures

    21 May 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Get Insights on What Policies and Evidence You Need To Produce, If You Are Audited By the HHS Office of Civil Rights The new Omnibus Update to the HIPAA regulations now in effect and fully enforceable, containing numerous changes based, for the most part, on The HITECH Act passed in 2009. The amendments require changes in several areas of operatio ...
  • An Overview Of ICD-9 Diagnostic Coding Guidelines V/S ICD-10 - Similarities And Differences

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Know the Changes You Can Make Today To Help With The Transition To ICD-10-CM Understanding the ICD coding guidelines is imperative in ICD-10 transition. Many coders do not have a deep understanding of the ICD-9 guidelines. Their code selection is based on someone telling them what to choose and not necessarily from understanding that both the conv ...
  • HIPAA Business Associates - Expanded Rules And Requirements For Healthcare-Related Businesses

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Comprehend the New HIPAA Compliance Obligations for Business Associates New updates to the HIPAA regulations now being enforced contain numerous changes , for the most part, on The HITECH Act passed in 2009.  Some of the most significant changes have to do with how Business Associates of HIPAA covered entities are treated under the regulation ...
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    Embracing Civility

  • Survey: Tell Us about Your Bad Boss!

    Stacey Turnure
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    At some point, just about everyone experiences the agony of a bad boss. But what do you do about it? Sometimes it helps to know what others do in the same situation. Take this short survey. It’s completely anonymous! We’ll gather … Continue reading →
  • Are You Fed Up?

    Stacey Turnure
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:49 am
    If you are fed up with incivility in your healthcare workplace, watch this:
  • Today ONLY!

    Stacey Turnure
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    ITK is at it again! Check out their Deal of the Day! Today only, get a Complete Civility Training Program for up to 24 learners for under $10 per person This package was custom designed for organizations with 24 or … Continue reading →
  • UNLESS . . .

    Stacey Turnure
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:48 am
    In the legendary words of the Once-ler from Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not. The healthcare industry needs YOU to reverse the culture of incivility.  It … Continue reading →
  • Scrubs Magazine Explores Toxic Nursing Relationships

    Stacey Turnure
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:44 am
    The Fall 2013 issue of Scrubs Magazine began investigating the growing problem of incivility in the healthcare workplace.  We were interviewed and our Self Awareness Quiz was included in an article called “Build Emotional Resistance.” We’re happy to see Scrubs … Continue reading →
 
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