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  • A super EMR?

    Healthcare Economist
    Jason Shafrin
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Sources of health care data are proliferating.  The previous standard–medical charts–are being augmented with information from digital sensors, patient reported outcomes, and genetic information. Wouldn’t it be nice to have all that information in one place?  That is what Salesforce is thinking.  Fortune reports: Salesforce announced on Wednesday a new patient relationship management platform that it calls Salesforce Health Cloud…Salesforce Health Cloud combines data from multiple sources—electronic medical records, medical devices, even wearables—into a single…
  • Salesforce.com charges in to healthcare with Health Cloud — interview with CMO Joshua Newman

    Health Business Blog
    dewe67
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:47 am
    Joshua Newman, MD –Salesforce’s Chief Medical Officer Salesforce.com announced its move into healthcare this week with Health Cloud, which aims to help providers manage patient relationships, not just patient records. I asked Joshua Newman, MD, MSHS, who is Salesforce’s Chief Medical Officer and GM of Healthcare and Life Sciences to comment in more detail. 1) I think of Salesforce as a platform for sales teams to manage their leads. But it sounds like you have gone beyond that. Please explain. Yes, that’s correct. We started in sales force automation (SFA) and are now…
  • Einstein Student Shares the Power of Patient Data in Uganda

    The Doctor's Tablet
    Dariusz Hareza
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:27 am
    Editors’ Note: This summer, six students from Albert Einstein College of Medicine traveled to Soroti, Uganda, as part of Einstein’s Global Diabetes Institute (GDI), to treat diabetes in a part of the world where 693,200 cases of diabetes were reported in 2014. This is the latest in our series of posts detailing the students’ challenges and progress. [...]
  • Communication between primary care (outpatient) and hospitalists

    db's Medical Rants
    rcentor
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:40 am
    This past weekend I spent 2 days in Greenville, SC as a guest lecturer. During that trip I had time to chat with some hospitalists. During our conversations I explored a classic problem – the inpatient-outpatient handoff. Talk with hospitalists and you will discover their angst about getting outpatient information on their admitted patients. Talk with primary care physicians and they echo the angst when seeing recently discharged patients. Personally, I have experienced both sides of this conundrum. It would seem to the average person that this problem would have an easy answer. Here is…
  • Patient Centricity Pioneers

    Professional Patient Perspective
    Michael A. Weiss
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    The group of 12 “patient leaders” brought together by a global healthcare company in July, 2015 at a beautiful rustic setting outside of Washington, DC to contribute our respective experiences toward the establishment of a working definition of a “Patient Centricity” healthcare standard.       This title of this picture is misleading because it only depicts the twelve (12) patients, patient advocates, activists, caretakers, health care professionals, rare disease advocates, health advocates and community leaders (collectively, “patient leaders”) who recently…
 
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  • AHRQ announces new patient safety grants

    Zack Budryk
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:47 am
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will offer a series of grants up to $1.5 million to develop patient safety initiatives for ambulatory care and long-term care facilities, the agency announced this week.read more
  • How a California health system's holistic approach prevents unnecessary admissions

    Fran Matso Lysiak
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:40 am
    Heritage Medical System's "holistic" approach to care is "not driven by a hospital" but by what's "right for the patient," according to the chief innovation officer at the Northridge, California-based health system.read more
  • Misdiagnosis: National movement afoot to address diagnostic errors

    Ilene MacDonald
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:35 am
    A misdiagnosis can be devastating. In the case of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient in the United States, it led to his death. He was initially diagnosed with sinusitis by an emergency...read more
  • What went wrong in first U.S. Ebola case--and how to fix it

    Zack Budryk
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:57 am
    A Texas hospital must make several changes and improvements to avoid the mistakes that led to a patient with Ebola infecting two nurses prior to his death, according to an independent report released by Texas Health Resources, the hospital's parent companyread more
  • VA enrollment system has backlog of close to 900,000 healthcare applications

    Fran Matso Lysiak
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:50 am
    Although the Veterans Health Administration has a backlog of nearly 867,000 healthcare applications in pending status, 35 percent of the backlog contain applications for deceased veterans, according to a new report from the VHA's Office of Inspector General.read more
 
 
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  • Infographic: Healthcare Information Security

    Melanie Matthews
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
    Improving regulatory compliance and security awareness and training are among the top concerns of healthcare information security professionals, according to a new infographic by ISC2. The infographic also drills down on the competencies and certifications that healthcare organizations look for when hiring information security professionals. Covered Entity Manual is a template-style download manual that can be easily adapted to align with your compliance needs as a covered entity. All content complies with the Omnibus Rule. Covered Entity-Specific Manual provides you with a generic,…
  • Infographic: Electronic Health Records – Where Do You Stand?

    Melanie Matthews
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
    Facing Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services' penalties, some 92 percent of eligible hospitals received a meaningful use reimbursement as of September 2014, according to a new infographic by Logicalis. The infographic also examines physician readiness for meaningful use, the impact of data breaches on the healthcare industry and what's most important to healthcare organizations as they select EHR vendors. While widespread adoption of electronic health records has generated new streams of actionable patient data, John C. Lincoln has taken data mining to new levels to enhance performance of…
  • 5 Reasons for Post-Acute Care to Participate in Bundled Payments

    Patricia Donovan
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:07 am
    Bundled payment participation put Brooks Rehabilitation on the forefront of healthcare payment reform. Having completed more than 1,000 bundled episodes for total hip replacements, total knee replacements and hip fractures, Brooks Rehabilitation has achieved significant savings through Model 3 of the CMS Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Model 3. Here, Debbie Reber, MHS, OTR, vice president of clinical services for Brooks Rehabilitation, explains Brooks' rationale for participating in episode-based payment models. Why would post-acute care be responsible for bundled payments, as…
  • Infographic: The Mobile Health App Evolution

    Melanie Matthews
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    As the adoption rate of mobile medical applications is increasing by healthcare professionals and consumers, medical apps are changing they way patient care is delivered. From improved patient safety to better access to care, healthcare apps are revolutionizing the way patients are engaged in their health, according to a new infographic by Vigyanix. The infographic looks at the types of apps available to patients, how healthcare professionals use apps and the benefits of healthcare apps to both patients and healthcare professionals. Transformational patient-centered models emerging post-ACA…
  • Infographic: eHealth Silver Surfers

    Melanie Matthews
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Silver surfers, digital-savvy seniors who use technology in their everyday lives, want to use ehealth for health management—a preference that makes them a desirable group for Medicare plans, according to a new Accenture infographic. The infographic examines how silver surfers are using technology to manage their health and how health plans can take advantage of these opportunities. The world of digitally enabled care is exploding: the number of patients using telehealth services will rise to 7 million in 2018, according to IHS Technology; healthcare apps and 'wearables' are trending in…
 
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  • The Measure of a Physician: Albert Schweitzer

    Simon Nath
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:37 pm
    By RICHARD GUNDERMAN, MD There are different ways to take the measure of a life.  John Rockefeller, the richest person in the history of mankind, once asked a neighbor, “Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure?  It’s to see my dividends come in.”  Television magnate Ted Turner once said, “I don’t want my tombstone to read, ‘He never owned a network.’”  And musical artist Lady Gaga has described her quest as “mastering the art of fame.”  But wealth, power, and fame are not life’s only metrics, and September 4 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of one…
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    John Irvine
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
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  • Are Studies Overestimating the Cost of EHRs?

    Simon Nath
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:53 am
    By TOM GIANNULLI, MD On August 6, this article was posted, Are Electronic Medical Records Worth the Costs of Implementation?, in the American Action Forum. The article stated that there is value in the use of EHRs but the cost is significant. They estimated nearly $164,000 for a single physician and over $233,000 for a five provider practice. I was surprised in 2015 to see this piece. Why? Because they used data from 2009 to 2011 on practices largely using server-based EHRs. The landscape of the EHR market has radically changed in the last 5 years. There are a wide range of more affordable,…
  • The Phonemic Path: A Way to Measure Health That Can Lead to Health Improvement

    Simon Nath
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:36 am
    By ANDY ORAM We know what improves health–but we’re simply years away from having the tools to achieve it. We know that we can reduce the chronic conditions plaguing the world’s populations by a subtle combination of: Closely monitoring the behavior of individuals Linking health goals to treatments and behavior changes Upgrading the problems in communities that contribute to disease Such activities call for supple and sophisticated ways to link together disparate types and sources of information–the subject of this article. Doing such linking requires a new way of…
  • Clinical Research Rebooted

    Simon Nath
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    By SCANADU RESEARCH The traditionally conducted clinical trial model requires increasing amounts of time, cost, and resources for both sponsors and sites. In fact, fewer than 10% of clinical trials are completed on time  due to poor patient recruitment, retention and protracted budget negotiations. And since 2008 per-patient, clinical trial costs in the US have risen an average of 70% across all development phases. In March 2015, however, BLOOMBERG BUSINESS reported “Stanford University researchers were stunned when they awoke Tuesday 10 March to find that 11,000 people had signed up…
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    Health Business Blog

  • Salesforce.com charges in to healthcare with Health Cloud — interview with CMO Joshua Newman

    dewe67
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:47 am
    Joshua Newman, MD –Salesforce’s Chief Medical Officer Salesforce.com announced its move into healthcare this week with Health Cloud, which aims to help providers manage patient relationships, not just patient records. I asked Joshua Newman, MD, MSHS, who is Salesforce’s Chief Medical Officer and GM of Healthcare and Life Sciences to comment in more detail. 1) I think of Salesforce as a platform for sales teams to manage their leads. But it sounds like you have gone beyond that. Please explain. Yes, that’s correct. We started in sales force automation (SFA) and are now…
  • Deloitte’s Harry Greenspun on the ‘bright future’ of connected care (podcast)

    dewe67
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:52 am
    https://healthbb.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/hbdew0038-david-williams-interviews-harry-greenspun.mp3 Harry Greenspun, MD I enjoyed Dr. Harry Greenspun’s talk at Qualcomm Life’s Connect2015 yesterday in San Diego, so asked him to expand on his remarks in this podcast interview. Harry directs Deloitte’s Center for Health Solutions, which provides insights on the evolving environment for healthcare stakeholders. Here’s what we covered: (0:12) What is the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions? (0:46) You said patients care about service levels, not the quality of care. Is…
  • Computer aided diagnosis for mental health: two important strides

    dewe67
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Advancing the state of the art Researchers are using modern technologies to develop advanced tools to assist with the assessment of mental health problems. We hear a lot about “big data” and genetic sequencing, which can be expensive and complex, but there are also promising tools that are not so pricey or complex, even if they do employ components of big data and genetics. Two examples caught my eye this week: A speech analysis program that predicted with 100 percent accuracy who would develop psychosis A blood test and app combo that predicts suicide risk with 90 percent…
  • Massachusetts hospitals are making money — I’m quoted

    dewe67
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    The Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis has released its 2014 profile of hospital financial performance. Profits are up moderately overall by various measurers, despite drops in inpatient stays, outpatient visits, and emergency department utilization. What’s going on? As I told the Boston Globe (State hospitals report $1.2 billion in earnings): “The health care system as a whole and the state’s biggest hospitals in particular have gotten the message that they need to control expenses.” Hospitals saw this coming and have been making serious efforts to increase…
  • Wal-Mart provides evidence Obamacare is working

    dewe67
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:31 pm
    What’s in your basket? From a Wall Street Journal blog: Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s took a hit from the Affordable Care Act during the second-quarter. The Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer said its pharmacy business had reduced margins, which hurt earnings at the U.S. business. What does this mean? It means that Wal-Mart’s core customers, lower middle class families with median household income of around $45,000, are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act. Some have gained Medicaid coverage under the ACA’s expanded eligibility requirements, others have purchased policies on…
 
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    Healthcare Economist

  • Convenience improves adherence

    Jason Shafrin
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:30 pm
    This is one of the goals of Appointment-based medication synchronization (ABMS).  These systems vary in their implementation but they have three common features: Allmedications refills come due on the same day of the month. Pharmacies place regular call to remind the patient to fill their prescription, typically 5 to 7 days before the scheduled pharmacy visit Patients schedule appointments to pick up medications (or have them delivered). Medication therapy managment and/or disease management programs can be integrated into this appointment. The question is, does it work?  Using…
  • A super EMR?

    Jason Shafrin
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Sources of health care data are proliferating.  The previous standard–medical charts–are being augmented with information from digital sensors, patient reported outcomes, and genetic information. Wouldn’t it be nice to have all that information in one place?  That is what Salesforce is thinking.  Fortune reports: Salesforce announced on Wednesday a new patient relationship management platform that it calls Salesforce Health Cloud…Salesforce Health Cloud combines data from multiple sources—electronic medical records, medical devices, even wearables—into a single…
  • Mid-week Links

    Jason Shafrin
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:24 pm
    Accounting and Obamacare Blood test for cancer relapse. Short titles Cause of RA illness severity Harvard’s health plan
  • Medicare spending surges again

    Jason Shafrin
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:18 pm
    The August update to the Congressional Budget Office’s 10-year economic outlook is fairly rosy.  The deficit will ‘only’ be $426 billion, which is $59 billion less than the deficit last year and would represent 2.4% of GDP, the smallest deficit as a share of GDP since 2007.  Nevertheless, CBO still products overall US debt to rise as a share of GDP by 2025. In health care, the news is more worrisome, even in the short-run. In 2015, spending for Medicare (net of premiums and other offsetting receipts) will rise by $35 billion, or about 7 percent, CBO expects—the fastest…
  • The Cons of Restrictive Prior Authorization Policies

    Jason Shafrin
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Dr Dana Goldman, a USC professor and partner at my employer–Precision Health Economics–explains how restrictive prior authorization policies can adversely affect the care patients with schizophrenia receive. 
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    Age with Quality not in Crisis

  • Our Friday Song of the Week – The Summer Wind

    Anthony Cirillo
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Our Friday Song of the Week – The Summer Wind The post Our Friday Song of the Week – The Summer Wind appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Heavy Snoring, Sleep Apnea May Signal Earlier Memory and Thinking Decline

    Anthony Cirillo
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Heavy Snoring, Sleep Apnea May Signal Earlier Memory and Thinking Decline Heavy snoring and sleep apnea may be linked to memory and thinking decline at an earlier age, according to a study published in the online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The research also suggests that treating the disorders with a breathing machine may delay the decline. “Abnormal breathing patterns during sleep such as heavy snoring and sleep apnea are common in the elderly, affecting about 52 percent of men and 26 percent of women,” said study author Ricardo…
  • Middle Aged and Underweight? You’re a Third More Likely to Develop Dementia

    Anthony Cirillo
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Middle Aged and Underweight? You’re a Third More Likely to Develop Dementia Middle-aged people who are underweight (with a Body Mass Index [BMI] less than 20 are a third more likely to develop dementia than people of similar age with a healthy BMI, according to research published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal. The findings, which come from the largest ever study to examine the statistical association between BMI and dementia risk, also show that middle-aged obese people (BMI greater than 30 kg/m2) are nearly 30% less likely to develop dementia than people of a…
  • Depression, Diabetes Associated with Increased Dementia Risk

    Anthony Cirillo
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Depression, Diabetes Associated with Increased Dementia Risk Depression and type 2 diabetes were each associated with an increased risk for dementia and that risk was even greater among individuals diagnosed with both depression and diabetes compared with people who had neither condition, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. Diabetes and major depression are common in Western populations and as many as 20 percent of people with type 2 diabetes also have depression. Dimitry Davydow, M.D., M.P.H., of the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, and coauthors…
  • For Men Only – Staying Well After 50

    Anthony Cirillo
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    In the United States, the average life expectancy of a woman is about 81 years while men are expected to live on average until age 76. While there are many reasons why this may be the case, here’s one to consider – proactive disease prevention. Compared to women, men make only half as many preventive care visits to the doctor and are significantly more likely to suffer from things like heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Preventive visits are critical once you hit the age 50. Check out this list of five key tests that health experts recommend for men after age 50. Thanks to GoHealth…
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    Health Affairs Blog

  • Health Affairs Event Reminder: The Growing Burden Of Noncommunicable Diseases

    Lucy Larner
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:21 am
    While growing wealth has reduced the burden of infectious diseases both globally and here at home, it has increased the risk factors for some chronic diseases. Heart disease, respiratory disease, cancer, diabetes, mental illness, and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) demand our attention. The September 2015 issue of Health Affairs, “Noncommunicable Diseases: The Growing Burden,” takes a broad look at the global impact of NCDs and responses to them. You are invited to join us on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at a forum featuring authors from the new issue at the Capital Hilton…
  • Implementing Health Reform: HHS Proposes Rule Implementing Anti-Discrimination ACA Provisions

    Timothy Jost
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:53 am
    On September 3, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a notice of a proposed rulemaking intended to implement section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The Department also provided a summary of the rule and a set of questions and answers regarding the rule. Section 1557 of the ACA provides that an individual shall not, on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any health program or activity of which any part receives federal financial…
  • Physician Payment Reform In A Post-SGR World: Challenges Remain

    John O'Shea
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:20 pm
    On April 16, 2015 President Barack Obama signed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) which, among other things, finally repeals the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) mechanism of updating fees to the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). The SGR had been blamed for causing instability and uncertainty among physicians for over a decade and led to 17 overrides of scheduled fee cuts, at a cost well in excess of $150 billion. The passage of MACRA, however, raises new questions about where the U.S. health care system is headed in the post-SGR world of payment and delivery reform. In…
  • The Time Is Now For A Consumer Health Movement

    Karen Wolk Feinstein
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Throughout history, social movements have galvanized wide-scale improvements in population health and quality of life. HIV/AIDS activists banded together to strengthen social services for patients, educate the public about the disease, and compel research and treatment investments that have relegated the condition to a chronic, manageable disease. The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (now called simply Susan G. Komen) brought the issue of breast cancer out of the shadows, raising billions of dollars and saving lives by making whole families aware of the importance of prevention and…
  • The Pathway To Sustainability: Aligning Ambulatory Patient Experience Survey Implementation

    Dale Shaller, Carla Zema and Fatema Salam
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:08 am
    Across the United States health care system, there is a growing imperative to deliver more patient-centered care. Listening to the voice of the patient is increasingly recognized as an essential part of this transformation. Health care is late to the game; soliciting and incorporating consumer feedback is commonplace in most other industries. However, the use of patient surveys as a measure of the patient care experience is expanding rapidly in public reporting and value-based purchasing programs. The Clinician and Group Survey (CG-CAHPS) has become the national standard for assessing patient…
 
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    Medicare News Blog

  • New Health Care Rule Offers Key Protections for Transgender Americans

    medicare poster
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:03 pm
    The rule would bar insurers and health care providers from discriminating on the basis of gender identity, greatly expanding health care access for transgender people. Related NewsNew Health Care Rule Offers Key Protections for Transgender AmericansProgress on Transgender Rights and HealthThe key changes and impacts of the Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System Final rule
  • New Health Care Rule Offers Key Protections for Transgender Americans

    medicare poster
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:03 pm
    The rule would bar insurers and health care providers from discriminating on the basis of gender identity, greatly expanding health care access for transgender people. Related NewsNew Health Care Rule Offers Key Protections for Transgender AmericansProgress on Transgender Rights and HealthThe key changes and impacts of the Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System Final rule
  • Tracking People Like Packages: Republicans’ Inhumane Immigration Ideas

    medicare poster
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:52 am
    Chris Christie’s latest proposal is just one of many Republican strategies that treat immigrants like objects, diseases or invaders. Related NewsImmigration: Could it solve Social Security, Medicare woes?Tracking Your Taxes: Medicare Waste Goes UncheckedTracking Your Taxes: Medicare Rip-Off
  • With Mergers, Concerns Grow About Private Medicare

    medicare poster
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    An analysis of market share of insurance companies offering private Medicare plans found that nearly all American markets were already “highly concentrated.” Related NewsWith Mergers, Concerns Grow About Private MedicareMedicare official sees Medicare Advantage enrollment continuing to growMedicare Problems Only Grow Worse
  • With Mergers, Concerns Grow About Private Medicare

    medicare poster
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    An analysis of market share of insurance companies offering private Medicare plans found that nearly all American markets were already “highly concentrated.” Related NewsWith Mergers, Concerns Grow About Private MedicareMedicare official sees Medicare Advantage enrollment continuing to growMedicare Problems Only Grow Worse
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  • A philosophical query concerning performance measurement

    rcentor
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:58 am
    Insurers increasingly use performance measurement (often mislabeled quality measurement) to impact physician pay.  The idea behind performance measurement follows from the belief that we can measure quality and therefore pay physicians for delivering quality.  On the surface, many experts believe that without external motivation physicians will not put enough effort into improving their performance. On further consideration, we must reframe performance measurement.   Performance measure schemes represent a new type of  paternalism.  Performance measurement lays out exactly how we should…
  • Make the past medical history more meaningful

    rcentor
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:18 am
    I listen to around 10 presentations each week. Students, interns and residents present patient histories and I often have to interrupt. My expectations are, apparently, different from how they were taught. Here are some of my pet peeves – please feel free to expand the list: Diabetes – please tell me what type and how long the patient has had diabetes.  A 1-year history of diabetes has very different implications than a 15-year history CHF – systolic, diastolic, valve related – what is the ejection fraction – what is their current function COPD – on home…
  • Communication between primary care (outpatient) and hospitalists

    rcentor
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:40 am
    This past weekend I spent 2 days in Greenville, SC as a guest lecturer. During that trip I had time to chat with some hospitalists. During our conversations I explored a classic problem – the inpatient-outpatient handoff. Talk with hospitalists and you will discover their angst about getting outpatient information on their admitted patients. Talk with primary care physicians and they echo the angst when seeing recently discharged patients. Personally, I have experienced both sides of this conundrum. It would seem to the average person that this problem would have an easy answer. Here is…
  • Thinking, physiology and medical education

    rcentor
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:06 am
    I have written this many times. Medical students and residents want their educators to model the thought process. Yesterday I spent some time with a colleague discussing this concept. We agreed that data are retrievable, but using data is the key to good doctoring. Medical education, at least in the first two years of medical school, does not focus enough on the thought process. Jerome Kassirer in a very important paper proposed that we actually teach clinical reasoning throughout medical school. He emphasizes that we should focus our efforts on understanding actual case presentations –…
  • Do physicians lead in adopting health behaviors?

    rcentor
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    While in medical school during the 70s, we still had many physicians and students who smoked. I remember a fellow intern who would smoke in the nurse’s station with the nursing staff. He did stand out a bit, but he was not alone. These days very few physicians or medical students smoke. We live and work in a culture that disdains all smoking. Is the same thing starting with obesity and exercise? My anecdotal observations suggest that an increasing number of physicians are attacking their own weight and increasing their personal exercise. We clearly know that weight control and exercise…
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  • George Soros's Open Society Institute and ABIMF programs,strange bedfellows or birds of a feather?

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:50 am
    Medical Professionalism for the new Millennium; A Physician's Charter was published in 2002 both  in the Annals of Internal Medicine and in the Lancet reflecting an international authorship. In 2003, George Soros's Open Society Institute founded a think tank, advocacy organization called Institute on Medicine as a Profession. (IMAP) with a 7.5 million dollar grant.Later two grants ($350,000 in 2003 and $ 60,000 in 2008) was  given to IMAP by the ABIMF.ABIMF is chiefly funded by the ABIM and has a common leadership roster.In turn ABIM makes its money by testing internists and…
  • Still more data linking endurance exercise and atrial fibrillation

    6 Aug 2015 | 2:37 pm
    A number of  studies have shown a relationship between long time endurance exercise and increased  risk of atrial arrhythmias. and there is a growing consensus that this is a causal relationship. As a long time marathoner I don't welcome the news but I cannot no longer ignore it and have to worry about it. One of Bradford Hill's classic  criteria for assessing if a relationship between variables is causal is the dose response principle also referred to as biological gradient. This simply means that a larger dose or exposure should lead to a greater incidence of the…
  • Born to run (slowly) and to loaf-The Leiberman hypothesis?

    21 Jul 2015 | 10:42 am
    Harvard Professor David E. Leiberman  has taken Theodosius Dobzhansky's maxim to heart; "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution."Leiberman,also known as the barefoot professor for his interest and advocacy of barefoot running ,expounded his thesis along with co author Dennis Bramble in a 2004 article in Nature entitled " Endurance running and the evolution of the genus homo."Quoting from the above article ;" The fossil evidence of these features [features that facilitate endurance running] suggests that endurance running is a derived capability of the genus Homo,…
  • Bob Wachter's defense of ABIM's shenanigans and Mel Brooks

    14 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    Dr. Bob Wachter,former chair of the ABIM, has spoken out in defense of ABIM and , of course, of himself.Several medical bloggers have offered their critique of his comments including Michel Accad,  ,Walter Bond. and Dr RW..In my opinion all make  some good points with which I agree.But I think Med Brooks' comments  may be the most appropriate.
  • Can Dr. Cassel and her collaborators at the National Quality Forum repeal Goodhart's Law?

    10 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    In the December 4, 2014 issue of the NEJM, Dr. Chistine K.Cassel et al expound on performance measures.She freely admits there have been some problems but also apparently some successes.It is just a matter of learning from the mistakes and  leveraging the successes. We just have to work harder and be smarter. "Getting More Performance from Performance Measurements" Cassel, CK et al , NEJM 371,23 2014)She offers her explanation of  why the notorious "four hour pneumonia rule" did not work out well. That particular clinical situation was "not the right place to intervene". .."There…
 
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  • Assisted Living – Signs Why Your Parents Need Help

    StephenM1234
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:15 pm
    When your parents get old, their overall body system will start to weaken, including their memory, physical strength and they will often experience mood swings. This is a normal case among elders and although they might deny the fact that …The post Assisted Living – Signs Why Your Parents Need Help appeared first on MedBlogger Code.
  • Overview on the Responsibilities of a Military Nurse

    StephenM1234
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:40 pm
    Nurses aren’t just found in the standard hospital facility but can also found even in the military field. These days, military and nursing career are united into one brave profession. Although being a military nurse and the typical nurse profession …The post Overview on the Responsibilities of a Military Nurse appeared first on MedBlogger Code.
  • Mental Health Nurse – Understanding their Duties and Responsibilities

    StephenM1234
    13 Aug 2015 | 2:19 am
    Nurses have one common responsibility in the health care industry, and that is to take care and give support to sick people and their family members. Mental health nurses, as the name implies, refers to the nurse who works with …The post Mental Health Nurse – Understanding their Duties and Responsibilities appeared first on MedBlogger Code.
  • What makes a nurse healthy and happy at work?

    StephenM1234
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:52 am
    Nurses are there to take care of sick people. They’re the ones who give physical and emotional care to patients and makes sure that every patient is well taken care of until they get better from their illnesses. As a …The post What makes a nurse healthy and happy at work? appeared first on MedBlogger Code.
  • What’s Latest in the Healthcare Trends?

    StephenM1234
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:19 am
    Identifying the latest in the healthcare trends! Among the latest development within the health care delivery model is that continuing care is highlighted. The main experts are not just dealing with patients for his or her health issues, but they …The post What’s Latest in the Healthcare Trends? appeared first on MedBlogger Code.
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    Health Care Renewal

  • Round and Round It Goes - Former US Secretary of Health and Human Services Joins Humacyte Board

    4 Sep 2015 | 9:17 am
    The latest example of the health care revolving door was made barely public just before the US Labor Day holiday.  Per the Triangle Business Journal,Humacyte Inc., a biotechnology company based in Research Triangle Park, has beefed up its board of directors by adding former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and life sciences industry veteran Dale Sander.The 11-year-old Humacyte develops novel human tissue-based investigational products that are being developed for potential commercialization for applications in regenerative medicine and vascular surgery.
  • Northwestern Upholds its "Brand," Never Mind Free Speech and Academic Freedom

    2 Sep 2015 | 11:35 am
    Threats to free speech and academic freedom in health care were a major concern when we started Health Care Renewal.  Such threats may now be less anechoic, but do not seem to have diminished.Censorship and the Resignation of Alice Dreger The latest example was at Northwestern University. The basics of the case appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Alice Dreger just resigned her position of 10 years as "a clinical professor of medical humanities and bioethics."What prompted her departure was the fallout over an article by William Peace, who at the time was a visiting professor…
  • You Can Check Out Any Time You Like, But You Can Never Leave - Duke and UNC Allegedly Agreed Not to Hire Each Other's Faculty

    27 Aug 2015 | 12:11 pm
    We have intermittently discussed the worsening plight of physicians trying to provide clinical care as employees of large organizations.  Such corporate physicians are likely to be squeezed between professional values that put the patient first, and management that puts revenue first.   Physicians employed by large corporations may find their values increasingly at risk as these organizations adapt the tactics of the robber barons.Now it appears that even ostensibly genteel academic medical institutions may be adapting these tactics.Allegations of Anti-Competitive Faculty…
  • The Real Dark Side of Health Care: Health Care Corruption

    25 Aug 2015 | 2:35 pm
    The editors of the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine just stated they they were shocked, shocked to find out that physicians occasionally express disrespect for patients when the patients cannot hear or see them.  The occasion was an editorial signed by three editors whose title included the phrase, "shining a light on the dark side of health care."(1)  The editorial referred to an anonymous narrative that recounted two incidents from the past.(2)Two Alleged Incidents of Physicians' Expression of Disrespect for Patients The first incident, discussed second hand, was of a…
  • Once More with Feeling - Amgen Again Settles Allegations of Misbranding, But Why Bother?

    20 Aug 2015 | 12:21 pm
    The Latest Settlement Biotechnology giant Amgen has just reached another settlement of allegations that it unfairly, deceptively or misleadingly marketed its drug. Per the Los Angeles Times,Amgen Inc. has agreed to pay $71 million to settle allegations by 48 state attorneys general that it improperly marketed two of its blockbuster drugs.That is,The states, including California, alleged that Amgen violated consumer protection laws by promoting the use of its anemia drug Aranesp for longer periods than the Food and Drug Administration had approved and by encouraging its use to treat anemia…
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    Bioethics Discussion Blog

  • The "Dark Side" of Medical Education?

    24 Aug 2015 | 9:32 am
    It is rare that a medical journal would publish an essay by a physician anonymously which describes the "dark side of medicine" and perhaps including the "dark side" of medical education.  The article is in the August 18 2015 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine and in an editorial  in the same issue, the following:We hope that medical educators and others will use this essay as a jumping-off point for discussions that explore the reasons why physicians sometimes behave badly and brainstorm strategies for handling these ugly situations in real time. By shining a light…
  • Patent Modesty: Volume 72: NOTICE

    9 Aug 2015 | 2:06 pm
                                                             NOTICE    "PATIENT MODESTY VOLUME 72" HAS BEEN CLOSED TO NEW COMMENTS  SINCE AUGUST 5 2015 AND IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING COMMENTS.YOUR COMMENTS ARE STILL WELCOME.  PLEASE GO TO "PATIENT MODESTY: VOLUME 73"   ..Maurice.
  • Patient Modesty: Volume 73

    5 Aug 2015 | 9:21 am
    So the issue now with regard to patient modesty and patient dignity issues in the care of patients is whether there is "broken" trust in the doctor-patient relationship, particularly with regard to the patient not trusting their physician or nurses.  Or, one might argue, was there any trust from the very beginning of the relationship? If so, was the absence of trust because the physician or nurse did not offer evidence which would support trust by the patient or that patients enter or put into the relationship with the mindset that "all professionals in medicine are considered…
  • "Commercial Surrogacy": Women'$ Bodie$ as Container$

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

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

    David Harlow
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:07 am
    Many covered entities and business associates would like to “shoot the tube” when it comes to HIPAA compliance — ride it out and hope for the best. As the federales have been saying for some time now, the day of reckoning is coming for more covered entities — and now for business associates, too. OCR is inching closer to conducting more HIPAA audits — including audits of business associates. We’ve seen signs of the next round of HIPAA audits brewing, and covered entities started receiving questionnaires this spring seeking in part to identify business…
  • Accountable Care Organizations: The Show So Far

    David Harlow
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:34 am
    The Medicare Shared Savings Program is intended to lower costs and improve quality. If program participants succeed in meeting these goals, they are able to share in the savings — calculated by comparison to expected Medicare FFS expenditures for the same population if folks were not enrolled in an ACO. Many program participants have complained that the criteria for being able to share in the savings were too tough. and the latest version of the MSSP (ACO) regulations adding some flexibility in that department were finalized earlier this year. (See my post on the proposed ACO…
  • Pan Mass Challenge 2015

    David Harlow
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:27 pm
    [View the story “Pan Mass Challenge 2015” on Storify] David Harlow The Harlow Group LLC Health Care Law and Consulting You should follow me on Twitter: @healthblawg                
  • The Operating System for Value-Based Care

    David Harlow
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:43 am
    In my role as counsel to Flow Health, I sat down with Neil Versel at the MedCity ENGAGE 2015 patient engagement conference in Bethesda to discuss the current environment: Meaningful Use, interoperability and the Flow Health philosophy of creating an operating system for value-based care that enables collaboration among patients, caregivers, providers and payors, by creating a longitudinal health record of complete EHR data – and tools to interact with that record – in order to drive improvements in health, in health care and in the health care system. Here are some highlights from that…
  • Pan Mass Challenge 2015 – Please Support My Ride

    David Harlow
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    It’s that time again – the Pan Mass Challenge is coming up the first weekend of August, and this will be my twelfth year as part of the PMC. Every year, riders along the 2-day, 200-mile route are part of a village on wheels that comes together to fight cancer.  The 5000+ riders, and the volunteer bike mechanics, massage therapists, folks who prepare and serve food and drink, folks who come out in droves to cheer us on, and say “Thanks for riding,” all join together in support of a cause.  We need your help to support this cause — the Jimmy Fund at the Dana Farber Cancer…
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    HealthLawProf Blog

  • A Very Special 'The Week in Health Law' Podcast

    Nicolas Terry
    15 Aug 2015 | 6:28 am
    By Nicolas Terry TWIHL presents its first Back to School Special. We asked some wonderful health lawyers what were the compelling additions to this Fall’s health law curriculum. The answers are diverse and fascinating. To hear their explanations look for...
  • Abortion and the Fetal Personhood Fallacy

    David Orentlicher
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:39 am
    Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, and other politicians continue to assert a common fallacy about abortion—because human life begins at conception, fetuses are persons, and abortion must be prohibited. Indeed, Huckabee and Rubio claim that the U.S. Constitution requires such a...
  • Faculty Hiring--University of Tennessee College of Law

    David Orentlicher
    5 Aug 2015 | 1:06 pm
    THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF LAW invites applications from both entry-level and lateral candidates for as many as two full-time, tenure-track faculty positions to commence in the Fall Semester 2016. The College is particularly interested in the subject areas...
  • The US 2020 HIV/AIDS Strategy and the Limits of ACA

    Francisl
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    On July 30, the White House announced the updated 2020 HIV/AIDS strategy. The admirable vision of the strategy is that “The United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare, and when they do occur, every person,...
  • Payments to Egg "Donors"

    David Orentlicher
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Interesting article in today’s Wall Street Journal about a lawsuit over limits on payments by fertility clinics to women who supply eggs for infertile couples. Under influential, though not mandatory, guidelines issued by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, payments...
 
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    Emergency Medicine Blog

  • Life Threatening Asthma - Some Pearls and Pitfalls

    15 Aug 2015 | 8:47 pm
    My talk on Life Threatening Asthma talk in 2nd NECCS Ipoh Life Threatening Asthma - Some Pearls and Pitfalls from Chew Keng Sheng Some may not agree with the ventilation strategy I borrowed from Scott Weingart's, i.e., a PEEP of 0 or zEEP.  I guess if you are familiar on how to play around with the PEEP in severe airway obstruction without causing a disaster in barotrauma, then go
  • Five Compelling Reasons Why New or Presumed New LBBB (without any other qualification such as Sgarbossa’s or Smith’s criteria) Should NOT be treated as STEMI

    8 Aug 2015 | 12:08 am
    My presentation (contra-argument) during the "debate" with Prof Dr. Rashidi Ahmad from UMMC during the 2nd National Emergency and Critical Care Symposium 2015 in Ipoh (08 August 2015)   New or Presumed New LBBB To Be Treated As a STEMI Equivalent? A Debate from Chew Keng Sheng The 6-page companion notes below can also be downloaded at: http://tinyurl.com/pern38t OR at the following
  • Giving Oxygen in COPD - A Goldilocks Principle Is Required

    15 Jun 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Effects of hypoxia in COPD The most dangerous effects of hypoxia in COPD are sudden cardiac arrest and irreversible damage to the vital organs. Significant hypoxia for more than 4 - 6 minutes is already enough to cause sudden cardiac arrest. (Murphy et al, 2001) A number of studies recommend keeping a PaO2 of 50 mmHg in COPD to prevent sudden death of hypoxia (Hutchison et al, 1964; Smith et
  • Recommended Web Educational Resources Related to Emergency Medicine - To Get You Started!

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

    29 Apr 2015 | 6:08 pm
    IM vs SC - which is preferred? According to the AHA 2005 on CPR & ERC, it says:"Absorption and subsequent achievement of maximum plasma concentration after subcutaneous administration is slower and may be significantly delayed with shock. Thus, intramuscular (IM) administration is favored."Thus, although it does not mention that SC route cannot be used, this is not the preferred route.IV
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  • Nearly two thirds of Britons (64%) not aware exercise could help reduce risk of dementia

    Newsdesk
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:25 pm
    This is according to a survey carried out by Alzheimer’s Society to mark the start of Memory Walks on Saturday. Research shows that taking regular exercise is one of the best things that can be done to reduce the risk of getting dementia, yet 64% of people surveyed (67% men, 62% women) didn’t know that […]
  • Awareness of memory loss may decline before a diagnosis of dementia, study suggests

    Newsdesk
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Published on Wednesday 26 August in the online issue of Neurology, the analysis included 2,092 participants from three ongoing studies that followed older adults for more than 10 years. At the beginning of the study, the participants were an average of 76 years old and showed no signs of memory or cognitive impairments. They were […]
  • The costs of dementia in Europe have increased by 25 per cent to $300 billion in 2015

    Newsdesk
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:24 pm
    In Europe there has been a significant increase in the costs expected for 2015, up from $240 billion in 2010 to $300 billion today (£191 billion). If dementia care were a country, it would be the world’s 18th largest economy – more than the market value of companies such as Apple ($742 billion/ £472 billion) […]
  • Home-based treatment is cost-effective alternative for heart patients

    Newsdesk
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:09 am
    Post-discharge disease management provided in their own homes could be a cost-effective alternative for recently-hospitalized elderly patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) Just published in the International Journal of Cardiology, this is the finding of a recent economic evaluation conducted by Griffith University using data from a randomised controlled trial (The WHICH Study). In collaboration […]
  • Spouses of stroke survivors face lingering health issues

    Newsdesk
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:09 am
    Caregiver spouses of stroke survivors are at an increased risk of mental and physical health issues that may continue for years, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. Swedish researchers evaluated 248 stroke survivors, below age 70 (average mid-sixties), and their spouses at stroke onset and compared the results with 245 non-stroke […]
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    News from Scott & White Healthcare

  • Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock Now Offering Mohs Surgery To Treat Skin Cancer

    Katherine Voss
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:32 am
    Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock welcomes fellowship-trained Mohs physician Dominic Ricci, MD, a board-certified dermatologist specializing in the surgical treatment of skin cancer.  Mohs surgery is an outpatient procedure used to treat squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas, the two most common types of skin cancer, and is the most precise method of this […] The post Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock Now Offering Mohs Surgery To Treat Skin Cancer appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Last Baby in Rare Set of Triplets Goes Home from the Hospital

    Deontrea Jones
    10 Aug 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Unique delivery at Scott & White Memorial Hospital estimated to be one in a million Today, the third and final baby in a set of rare triplets was released from the McLane Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Scott & White Memorial Hospital – Temple. Back in March, doctors there delivered a set of […] The post Last Baby in Rare Set of Triplets Goes Home from the Hospital appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Warriors Research Institute Aims to Help Military Veterans and Emergency Responders

    Deontrea Jones
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Event showcases completed and ongoing research helping our heroes who experience traumatic events The Warriors Research Institute (WRI), part of Baylor Scott & White Health, hosted an open house event today to showcase its latest research accomplishments and ongoing research projects. The aim of the WRI is to improve care for veterans and emergency responders. […] The post Warriors Research Institute Aims to Help Military Veterans and Emergency Responders appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Forty Fingers and Forty Toes in One Delivery

    Deontrea Jones
    18 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    On Wednesday, July 15, Trent and Niki Pride from College Station became proud parents of quadruplets – three boys and one girl. Forty precious fingers and forty precious toes were welcomed at Scott & White Memorial Hospital – Temple. The post Forty Fingers and Forty Toes in One Delivery appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
 
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • Case Closed

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Football season is finally here. The college football season starts Thursday night, the NFL pre-season wraps up Thursday night, and then the NFL regular season opens the following Thursday night, the 10th. I am ready. I'm tired of the only sports news being about tennis, golf, soccer, etc. Blah. Let's just go ahead and have the first coin toss and get this party started. Shall we?ESPN (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Over the last couple of years, many of us have written articles (including a few by me - here and here), had debates, and rendered our opinions about what we believe is a pro-SEC bias by…
  • Hillary's Hero

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Hillary Clinton is running for president in 2016. I thought she might challenge Obama in 2012, but she didn't. Unfortunately, I think she'll probably win, too, even though she has more baggage than a Boeing 747 flying to Europe. Americans love the Clintons. They always have, and I guess I'll never understand why.Before you walk into the voting booth and push the button, pull the lever, etc. beside Hillary's name, allow me to show you what you will be voting for that you may not be aware of. It has nothing to do with taxes, healthcare, or guns, either. This is way more…
  • Do You Love Your Husband?

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:27 pm
    A group of women were at a seminar on how to live in a loving relationship with their husband. The women were asked, "How many of you love your husband?"All of them raised their hands. Then, they were asked, "When was the last time you told your husband you loved him?" Some of the women answered today, a few yesterday, and some couldn't remember.The women were then told to take out their cell phones and text their husband: "I love you, sweetheart." The women were then told to exchange phones with another person and to read aloud the text received in response.Here are some of the replies:Who…
  • Flag Day Music Monday

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:44 pm
    I'm not an NBA fan, but I am a Metallica fan. So, when I ran across today's video of Metallica playing "The Star Spangled Banner" prior to last night's NBA Finals Game 5, I knew it was perfect for today's Music Monday, which happens to be Flag Day.I've embedded the video below or you can watch it by clicking here. Crank up the volume, because the National Anthem never sounded so good.Occasionally, I'm asked, "Sheepdog, why a metal fan?" This is why. There's just something about the sound of a screaming 6-string. 
  • The Deaf Mafia Bookkeeper

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

    Richard Meyer
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:07 am
    KEY THOUGHT: As we approach another Labor Day it’s a good time to realize that working within pharma can be very rewarding if we put good medicine and patients first. There are a lot of very... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Novartis Chief targets high drug prices

    Richard Meyer
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:39 am
    KEY TAKEAWAY: Via the Finacial Times “Pharmaceutical companies must move towards new pricing models based on outcomes for patients if cash-strapped health systems are to remain solvent,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Want to help patients? Go beyond the Rx

    Richard Meyer
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:58 am
    KEY TAKEAWAY: DTC marketing’s objective has always been to generate new Rx’s but that model is broken.  To maximize revenue per patient DTC marketers need to go beyond the Rx and help... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bernie Sanders attacks pharma

    Richard Meyer
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:05 am
    KEY TAKEAWAY: Drug prices, and big pharma, are going to be squarely in the crosshairs of big pharma in the next general election. He echoes the sentiments of a lot of the American Public and you can... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Afrezza a failure? Not according to these diabetics

    Richard Meyer
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:12 am
    KEY TAKEAWAY: Afrezza, the inhaled insulin, is being held up as a failure because of dismal sales, but as diabetics on Twitter reminded me there is a market for the product if Sanofi and MannKind can... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Custom Health Plans » Blog

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Eliminating PPO Health Plan Covering 367,000 Texans

    Richard Monello
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:05 pm
    The health insurance carrier Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas recently announced it will be eliminating the PPO health plan next year. If you’re one of the 367,000 consumers in Texas who depend on this PPO, it is in your best interest to start making arrangements to secure a new health carrier and/or plan […] The post Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Eliminating PPO Health Plan Covering 367,000 Texans appeared first on Custom Health Plans.
  • How to find the best Family Health Insurance Plan in Texas

    Richard Monello
    10 Jul 2015 | 2:03 am
    Navigating the world of modern day health insurance is a difficult proposition. The recent additions of the Affordable Care Act can make understanding even the most simple of features a frustration. Trying to work through the enrollment process alone can also be a hassle given many of the problems with Internet slowdowns and vague terms […] The post How to find the best Family Health Insurance Plan in Texas appeared first on Custom Health Plans.
  • Obamacare and Short Term Health Insurance

    Richard Monello
    21 Jun 2015 | 11:25 pm
    Just because you missed the deadline for Obamacare doesn’t mean you can’t have Texas short-term health insurance. Custom Health Plans, Inc. can help you get covered immediately at a lower cost, so unpredictable medical expenses don’t derail your life. GET FREE QUOTES We understand that keeping track of Obamacare and temporary health insurance in Texas […] The post Obamacare and Short Term Health Insurance appeared first on Custom Health Plans.
  • The Supreme Court Nears its Decision on ObamaCare

    Richard Monello
    18 Jun 2012 | 12:23 pm
      The Supreme Court will be issuing its decision on the fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act any day now. The decision will dictate whether Obama’s far-reaching legislation will remain in place or be overturned. It’s no secret that we think ObamaCare should be overturned, especially given its adverse affects on health […] The post The Supreme Court Nears its Decision on ObamaCare appeared first on Custom Health Plans.
  • High Deductible Plans Equal Lower HealthCare Spending

    Richard Monello
    30 May 2012 | 2:41 pm
    There may finally be some good news on the Texas health insurance front. In a recent study, researchers determined that total U.S. healthcare costs increased 3.8 percent in 2009 and 3.9 percent in 2010. Yes, that’s an increase, but it’s the slowest annual growth rate in 50 years! Much of the credit for this slowdown […] The post High Deductible Plans Equal Lower HealthCare Spending appeared first on Custom Health Plans.
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  • Increasing Patient Engagement with Barbara Gaines

    Rebecca Morehead
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:36 am
    Today I’m talking with Barbara Gaines, President of Sense of Etiquette, about patient engagement. Barbara’s definition of customers includes both external (patients) and internal (your co-workers and other medical professionals). Barbara defines differing levels of patient service which create the difference between good and extraordinary patient care. Achieving a level of exceptional customer service in your medical practice keeps your patients loyal and coming back to your practice.  Join us as we talk about how you can make small changes that make a huge impact on your…
  • Medical Practice Billing Tips with Manny Oliverez

    Rebecca Morehead
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:58 pm
    I want to thank Many Oliverez for ‘hanging out’ with me this week on a Google hangout. Manny shared with me so many insightful billing tips that are sure to help your medical practice with revenue cycle management.   Manny Oliverez is a 20 year healthcare veteran. He manages medical practices, as well as advises physicians and administrators on how to maximize their medical billing and revenue cycle management. Manny posts articles and videos on his award-winning healthcare blog, Capture Billing  
  • Did your IACS profile migrate to EIDM correctly?

    Rebecca Morehead
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    Thank you to Leslie Witkin, President of Physicians First, for providing us with important information for today’s guest post. On 7/13/15 CMS migrated existing IACS profiles to the new EIDM system; but did things go well? It is time for you to find out; and the news may not be good! The IACS system is now disabled and all profiles have been migrated to the new Enterprise Identity Management System (EIDM). These accounts, with working logins and appropriate roles, are vital to practices for making GPRO elections for PQRS reporting, obtaining interim and final PQRS Feedback Reports,…
  • I think I may have a breach but I’m not sure what to do

    Rebecca Morehead
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:41 am
    It’s early morning at the office and you’ve just discovered a possible breach of unsecured PHI.  Do you know what to do?  To begin with, the definition of a breach changed with the Omnibus Final Rule:  “… an acquisition, access, use, or disclosure of protected health information in a manner not permitted under subpart E is presumed to be a breach unless the CE or BA, as applicable, demonstrates that there is a low probability that the PHI has been compromised based on a risk assessment of at least the following factors…” The nature and extent of the PHI involved, including the…
  • Meaningful Use Changes for 2015

    Rebecca Morehead
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
    Today’s video blog provides a summary of the proposed Meaningful Use changes for 2015. Watch it here: Additionally, I wanted to share with you slides from my recent presentation. This first slide is a summary of the proposed new rule:     If you’re not demonstrating Meaningful Use, then this next slide shows you the deductions proposed over the next few years:
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    Georgia Health News

  • Commentary: This shouldn’t happen to women

    Andy Miller
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:47 am
    A northwest Georgia hospital, in financial peril, shut down its labor and delivery services this week. Dr. Carla Roberts Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe joined many other Georgia hospitals that have given up obstetrical services, citing costs. In a new GHN Commentary, Dr. Carla Roberts, a founding partner of Reproductive Surgical Specialists at Northside Forsyth Hospital, argues that these obstetrics closures, coupled with a high maternal mortality rate, constitute a “war on women.’’ She doesn’t use this controversial term to make a partisan point, but she…
  • Poverty and pregnancy should not be fatal in Georgia

    Dr. Carla Roberts
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:42 am
    Recently the Department of Community Health decided not to move forward with a plan to improve health care access for the uninsured people of the state. Georgia officials said the plan was just “too costly, with administrative costs alone estimated at $3.5 million.” Dr. Carla Roberts Georgia has among the highest rates of uninsured people among the 50 states, and many of Georgia’s uninsured live in rural areas, where access to care is already somewhat limited. The plan that was scrapped by the state would have included federal matching of Medicaid dollars to set up pilot sites that…
  • Adult biking injuries on the rise

    NPR
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:12 pm
    More adults are hopping on bikes to get to work, but that also means more visits to the emergency room. By NPR for Georgia Health News, 2015. | Permalink | Comment |
  • Cancer in Waycross: A search for answers

    Andy Miller
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:48 am
    Lexi Crawford with her mother, Cristy, in their Waycross home Lexi Crawford, 14, began complaining of back and abdominal pain and fatigue earlier this year. “She was too tired to do anything,’’ says her mother, Cristy Rice. The pain got so bad that Lexi was taken several times to a Waycross emergency room. At first, she was diagnosed with urinary tract and kidney infections. Finally, when Lexi wound up back at the ER in late May, a doctor ordered a CT scan. He found spots on her spine, Rice says. Lexi was taken to Jacksonville, Fla., about 90 minutes away, where she was diagnosed June 1…
  • Northside, Gwinnett Medical talk giant merger

    Andy Miller
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:15 am
    Up until now, Northside Hospital has stayed relatively quiet in the almost frantic rush by metro Atlanta hospital systems to seek mergers or acquisitions. But Northside is now jumping into the fray,  with a Wednesday announcement that it and Gwinnett Medical Center will begin talks to merge operations. Northside Hospital in Sandy Springs If an agreement is reached, the resulting system would build a strong arch from the northern Atlanta suburbs eastward into populous Gwinnett County. Northside operates hospitals in Canton and Cumming as well as its flagship hospital in Sandy Springs, which…
 
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  • Leading your optometry practice with Core Values

    Chad Fleming
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    When his little brother knocks over his Legos, my five-year-old is inclined to feel sorry for himself and give up. I encourage him to see this negative situation as an opportunity to build something bigger and better. This principle is definitely true when leading your staff. Sometimes unhealthy cultures and frustrated staff can present you, the CEO, with an opportunity to knock the walls down and build back bigger and better. Starting the rebuilding process begins with knowing what the heart of your practice is, the core values. All successful business leaders have core values on which they…
  • Optometry Staff Compensation Averages

    Chad Fleming
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    How well do you pay your staff? Studies have shown that job satisfaction is key to keeping staff in your optometry practice, but money is a close second. Successful optometrists who are also the CEOs of their practice know the importance of compensating staff fairly and equitably for their market while continuing to be a profitable practice. The averages below are national averages of hourly rates that can assist you in analyzing how well you pay your staff and show you if increases are appropriate. It is also important to remember that smaller practices tend to pay 10 percent less. Based on…
  • Offer online scheduling for patients’ convenience

    Chad Fleming
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Some people love change–it’s part of their DNA and makes them who they are. Some people easily tire of the stress and frustrations that come along with change. If you are the latter, you may be ready for retirement. If you are an optometrist and CEO of your practice, you must embrace change–whether you love it or not–and constantly try to improve if you want to be successful. One area of change that makes many optometrists leery is online scheduling. Professions like cosmetology and massage have made this a norm for their clients, whereas healthcare professionals tend…
  • All optometry practices should have a “body piercings” policy

    Chad Fleming
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    What do you do with an employee who has a post through two sections of her ear and a quarter-sized gauge in her earlobe? The younger generation of staff members are more likely to have body piercings that may or may not be suitable for a healthcare facility, and, more specifically, your optometry practice. Unfortunately, many optometrists who own their practices are reactive instead of proactive. These individuals wait until a new hire shows up with a piercing before deciding it is time for a policy. At that point, the offending person will likely feel singled out and picked on. That’s…
  • Locum tenen is a good solution for the busy optometrist

    Chad Fleming
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    When a doctor needs to take an extended leave from work, the remaining doctors in the practice may try to take on the additional patients among themselves. However, the level of patient care may suffer as they work longer hours or add an extra day each week. Under the increased workload they can become stressed and on the path to burnout. To protect all of the optometrists’ quality of life, a better solution needs to be found. Solution Hire a locum tenen for an extended period of time. Locum tenens is a Latin phrase that means “to hold the place of,” or, “to…
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  • ?s about Medicare payment for advance care planning

    Alex Smith
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:10 pm
    The Supreme Court case of Cruzan (Nancy Cruzan pictured) vs. Missouri established the right of individuals to make decisions in advance about treatment in future states of incapacity.by: Alex Smith, @alexsmithMDWill it finally happen?  After death panels and all that nonsense, will we finally reimburse physicians for the sensible conversations they have with patients to plan for future care - advance care planning?Maybe.I heard that it was easy to comment on the proposed CMS rule, but sadly found that this was not so.  The first link I used did not take me to the correct page. …
  • The experience of dementia OUTSIDE the nursing home: pain, weight loss, and transitions in care

    Alex Smith
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:38 pm
    by: Alex Smith, @AlexSmithMDAbout 4.5 million people have dementia in the US.  Thanks to the fantastic work of palliative care researchers like Joan Teno, Susan Mitchell, Jane Givons, and Laura Hanson we know a tremendous amount about the experience of dementia for people residing in nursing homes.  Although the nursing home is sometimes the final place of residence for persons with advanced dementia, many people reside in the community with dementia for years, including the end of life.  In fact, about 25% people with dementia live in nursing homes.  The…
  • Is work life balance a first-world privledge problem, or not?

    Alex Smith
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:35 pm
    by: Alex Smith, @AlexSmithMDIn geriatrics, and to a much greater extent palliative care, work/life balance is recognized as critical to finding meaning in your work, to being at your peak at work and at home, and to avoiding burnout.So last week I read with fascination a Washington Post story about pilot program at Stanford that supported physicians work/life balance.  Here's the brief story in bullets:The powers at Stanford realized that many women were dropping out of academic medicine, despite generous leave policies, benefits for part time work, etc. They wondered…
  • Why you got to be so rude: the impact of rudeness on the performance of medical teams

    Eric Widera
    22 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    A fascinating study came out in Pediatrics recently on the impact rudeness plays on the performance of teams that I just couldn't help but write about (partially because I cant get that song out of my head from the video at the bottom of this post). Enough about you Eric, tell me about the study Ok. Let’s break it down real quick. The authors took 72 Israeli NICU professionals organized into 24 teams and put them in a training simulation involving a preterm infant whose is getting sicker due to necrotizing enterocolitis. These teams were evaluated in their performance in the simulation by 3…
  • Lawmakers rush to reintroduce End of Life Options Act, but haste makes bad policy

    Laura Petrillo
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    By: Laura Petrillo, MD (@lpetrillz) The End of Life Options Act, which would legalize physician-assisted suicide, was stalled in the California legislature earlier this summer and seemingly shelved until next year. But in a surprise move, lawmakers introduced a new bill with the same purpose on Tuesday, during a special session on healthcare financing called by Governor Brown. The new bill would bypass the Assembly committee where SB128, the former bill, was stalled for lack of support. The issue that lawmakers are trying to rush through the legislative process is not a trivial one— the…
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    Professional Patient Perspective

  • Manipulation of Patients via FDA-approved Drug Commercials

    Michael A. Weiss
    14 Aug 2015 | 11:11 am
    The FDA recently made drug company Duchesnay, USA remove this Celebrity Endorsement by Kim Kardashian from her Instagram account for its morning sickness drug Diclegis because it did not list all the possible side effects and thus was “misleading.” A Drug Commercial Parody exposes an FDA policy as antiquated “Saturday Night Live” Season 33, Episode 5, February 23, 2008 – “Annuale” A 2-minute “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) parody commercial for the fictitious drug, Annuale, hysterically captures the absurdity of the U.S Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s)…
  • Patient Centricity Pioneers

    Michael A. Weiss
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    The group of 12 “patient leaders” brought together by a global healthcare company in July, 2015 at a beautiful rustic setting outside of Washington, DC to contribute our respective experiences toward the establishment of a working definition of a “Patient Centricity” healthcare standard.       This title of this picture is misleading because it only depicts the twelve (12) patients, patient advocates, activists, caretakers, health care professionals, rare disease advocates, health advocates and community leaders (collectively, “patient leaders”) who recently…
  • The Walking Gallery of Healthcare

    Michael A. Weiss
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    My ridiculous pose is a byproduct of being exhausted as I had to show the front part of the Jacket and it was late at night. :) July 7, 2015       I am INCREDIBLY HONORED to be officially included in the “Walking Gallery of Healthcare”  (which has representatives on five continents) by my receipt of Jacket 387, in Year 4 of its existence (as of June, 2015, there were 392 unique Jackets).  The artist and healthcare advocate behind the Walking Gallery is the extraordinary Regina Holliday.  I can’t explain her innovative concept better than her so below are some quotes of hers which…
  • “Patient Centricity” & treating the entire Person

    Michael A. Weiss
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:19 pm
          On Friday, July 5, 2015, I conducted this Video Interview with the WINNERS of the “Doctors 2.0 & You” annual Start-up Contest in Paris, France. “Can Surround,” the 1st place finisher, is a company which focuses on treating the emotional aspects of cancer patients for the purposes of healing and/or improving the effectiveness of the different medical treatments. Having spent a significant time editing this video, at some point I began to think this could be a significant development in global healthcare because it at least illustrates, and may ultimately demonstrate, that…
  • Crohn’s & The CDWP

    Michael A. Weiss
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:26 pm
    That’s me in the spotlight at “Doctors 2.0 & You” in Paris, France, explaining I formed the IBD Charity “Crohn’s Disease Warrior Patrol” because “Patients helping other Crohn’s patients is often the best medicine.”      This picture is of me presenting the logic behind my formation of the 501 (c)(3) Charity, “Crohn’s Disease Warrior Patrol” [CDWP], at the recent 2015 “Doctors 2.0 & You” in Paris, France. More specifically, after reading seemingly repetitive healthcare social media (hcsm) posts by frustrated, scared or…
 
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    Healthy Debate

  • Health care system is failing people with alcohol addiction, say experts

    Wendy Glauser, Joshua Tepper & Mike Tierney
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s one of the biggest health issues Canadians face. It’s responsible for 7% of all premature deaths in this country. The direct health system costs amount to three billion dollars a year. But its most devastating impacts are felt by those with the condition and their families. If excessive alcohol consumption didn’t jump to your mind, you’re not alone. In health care, alcohol use disorders are too often underdiagnosed and too often undertreated. “If you go to emergency departments at night, you will see that a large number of the admissions are alcohol related – people who are…
  • Faces of Health Care: Howard

    Jeremy Petch
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:34 am
    http://facesofhealthcare.ca/howard-f#howard-f-1 The post Faces of Health Care: Howard appeared first on Healthy Debate.
  • Healthy Debate on summer vacation

    Jeremy Petch
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    We’re taking our annual two-week summer break, but we will return with new articles, opinions and Faces of Health Care in September. See you soon, enjoy these last few weeks of summer, and don’t forget your sunblock! The post Healthy Debate on summer vacation appeared first on Healthy Debate.
  • Thank you for supporting Faces of Health Care – $15,000+ raised!

    Jeremy Petch & Andreas Laupacis
    13 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    In the four short weeks since we launched Faces of Health Care, we have received a tremendous response. The website has been visited more than 10,000 times, and we have raised more than $15,000 to help us grown and sustain the initiative. Thank you so much to everyone who has promoted and contributed to the campaign!   Here is some of the feedback we’ve received: “What a wonderful way to humanize health care policy. It reminds us that people are at the core of our shared effort and values.” -Harvey Thomson, board member, Cancer Care Ontario “These words are…
  • Faces of Health Care: Lucas

    Jeremy Petch
    12 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    http://facesofhealthcare.ca/lucas-s#lucas-s-1 The post Faces of Health Care: Lucas appeared first on Healthy Debate.
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    Home Health Care News

  • Editor’s Picks: Amedisys Eyes New Deals, HealthSouth’s $170 Million Acquisition

    Kourtney Liepelt
    4 Sep 2015 | 11:39 am
    Editor’s note: Home Health Care News will be observing the Labor Day holiday Monday, September 7, but we will return to our normal posting schedule Tuesday, September 8. In the meantime, all of us here at HHCN would like to wish our readers a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend! In case you missed them, here are the top headlines grabbing readers’ attention this week, plus some other notable stories from around the web that caught our eye here at HHCN: Most Read Amedisys Eyes More Than 200 Potential Acquisitions, Partnerships—Amedisys Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) has announced a list that…
  • NAHC Asks Court to Delay Home Care Wage, Overtime Regs

    Kourtney Liepelt
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Two motions have been filed in the case over the extension of minimum wage and overtime protections to nearly 2 million home care workers, one seeking to expedite implementation and the other aiming to delay the rule going into effect. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and two other associations filed a motion for stay with the U.S. Court of Appeals earlier this week in an effort to stall the Department of Labor’s rules to extend these wage and overtime protections. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice filed a motion for expedited issuance of the mandate on behalf…
  • LHC Group Acquires Halcyon Hospice for $59 Million

    Kourtney Liepelt
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:36 pm
    After posting strong earnings in the second quarter of 2015 and announcing its intentions to grow, LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) has followed through on its word, acquiring Halcyon Hospice LLC for $58.4 million in cash. The deal enables LHC to save $7 million in net present value taxes over the next 15 years, resulting in an adjusted purchase price of $51.5 million, according to a news release. The transaction, already approved by each company’s board of directors, is expected to close on or around Oct. 1. One of the nation’s largest home health and hospice providers, LHC will consist of…
  • BrightStar on Frontlines of Battle Against Minimum Wage Law

    Amy Baxter
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Home health care company BrightStar Care has joined the fight against Seattle’s newly enacted minimum wage law, which it says is discriminatory. Franchise owners have taken a stand against the city’s law, which they say places an unfair timeline on franchise companies—which unaffiliated small businesses do not have to comply with—to raise the minimum wage they are paying employees. The current law, which became effective April 1, 2015, increases the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, through incremental increases over several years. The International Franchise Association (IFA)…
  • Home Care Company Faces Lawsuit Over Brutal Attack

    Kourtney Liepelt
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:56 pm
    A New Jersey woman has filed a lawsuit against a home care company and its employee who she says badly beat and burned her last year. The home health aide, Christopher Iwaniuk, reportedly broke 11 of Joan Hughes-Slackter’s ribs when he punched her and kicked her during a routine visit for her husband, according to a complaint filed Aug. 17 in Essex County Superior Court. Iwaniuk, 48, of Lakewood, New Jersey, also poured boiling water on her head two separate times during the May 2014 attack, leaving her with severe burns, a concussion and chipped teeth, according to the lawsuit. The…
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    Physician Referral Management Software | referralMD

  • 6 Modern Rules of Healthcare Marketing

    Esther Lopez
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:36 am
    Let’s face it: healthcare marketing has changed. Modern times call for modern rules for marketing to healthcare professionals, and traditional media, while still effective, is slowly dying. With the rise of mobile health technology, more healthcare marketers are turning to mobile and social media advertising versus TV and radio, and email marketing versus direct mail. Why? Online marketing via the web and mobile media allows for greater reach, engagement, and ROI than traditional media. However, to attract and engage patients and healthcare professionals online, content must be readable,…
  • Succeeding At Hospital Marketing: The Award-Winning Example Of MedStar St. Mary’s

    Jonathan Govette
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    If the era of patient-centered care means anything, it’s that hospitals will be forced to take their marketing much more seriously. While much discussion in the industry has centered around turning clinical efforts toward patient needs, much less has been said about a patient population that has been conditioned to center its own needs — needs that are in turn being facilitated by new advancements in healthcare regulations and standards. While other industries have had services such as Expedia and RateMyProfessor, hospitals face an environment where their work is evaluated under the Press…
  • 30 Amazing Mobile Health Technology Statistics for Today’s Physician

    Jonathan Govette
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:44 am
    Since the iPhone’s launch in 2007, mobile health technology has become a growing trend among populations all across the globe. According to an mHealth survey, 33% of people own an iPhone. This rise in smartphone ownership means that more and more people are going online to find information on a mobile device. Whether it’s information about their personal interests or the latest in healthcare news, they’re online; they’re mobile; and they’re looking. 52% of smartphone users gather health-related information on their phones. That includes information about a specific…
  • Top 6 Reasons Why Physicians Join ACOs

    Jonathan Govette
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:13 pm
    While some physicians might be skeptical about joining an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), others are following in the footsteps of the 19 out of 32 Pioneer ACOs who have seen notable economic success. Why? Because these participants understand that being part of an ACO isn’t just another fruitless attempt to transform managed care, but rather an intelligent business strategy that includes a few government incentives. Here are six simple reasons why physicians join ACOs and the incentives they receive. 1. Reduced costs and increased savings Like any business, it’s important for…
  • The Shocking Truth about Medical Malpractice

    Frank Kurnik
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    We are presently in the midst of another medical malpractice insurance crisis, not unlike the crisis that occurred in the late 1970s. The availability of medical malpractice insurance is diminishing; insurance premiums are soaring; insurance carriers are going bankrupt or refusing to write malpractice insurance policies. In some areas, the cost of malpractice insurance is prohibitive, causing physicians to leave medicine. The most concerning effects are felt among patients, whose access to care is being compromised. It is easy to blame insurance companies, plaintiff lawyers, and runaway…
 
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    The Doctor's Tablet

  • Einstein Student Shares the Power of Patient Data in Uganda

    Dariusz Hareza
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:27 am
    Editors’ Note: This summer, six students from Albert Einstein College of Medicine traveled to Soroti, Uganda, as part of Einstein’s Global Diabetes Institute (GDI), to treat diabetes in a part of the world where 693,200 cases of diabetes were reported in 2014. This is the latest in our series of posts detailing the students’ challenges and progress. [...]
  • A “Perverse” Marketplace for Prescription Drugs

    Harry Shamoon, M.D.
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:06 am
    Recent attention by the medical profession, Congress and the media has focused on the rising costs of new drugs, particularly for treatment of cancer and hepatitis C. This crisis is widespread, and is threatening any gains in healthcare savings in the U.S. and, more importantly, the health of patients who are unable to afford co-pays [...]
  • Challenging the Ice Bucket: A Toxic Blend of Science and Marketing

    Paul Marantz, M.D., M.P.H.
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    Everyone, it seems, knows about the Ice Bucket Challenge, the viral phenomenon that raised record-breaking sums for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association. This feel-good movement was critiqued by many, but no one can claim it was a bad thing: it raised lots of money, the overwhelming majority (96 percent) of which was used to [...]
  • Why Incarceration Is Not the Solution to the Opioid-Addiction Epidemic

    Aaron Fox, M.D., M.S.
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Finally, Democrats and Republicans have agreed that reducing prison sentences should be a priority, especially for nonviolent drug offenses. It’s common sense that people with substance-use disorders should be offered addiction treatment as an alternative to incarceration. But what if they can’t stop using drugs? They still don’t belong in prison. Incarceration Undermines Recovery Incarceration [...]
  • A Shocking Lack of Support for Early Autism Screening

    Lisa Shulman, M.D.
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    Many people recall precisely where they were and what they were doing when a shocking event took place. Time seems to stop as if to allow us the opportunity to process the unthinkable, and the details appear clearly, as if on a screen in your mind. Two weeks ago I experienced such a moment, when the [...]
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    BrokerFish International Health Insurance Blog

  • Medical Tourism: Malaysia

    Andrew Kasimir
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:41 am
    Is it worth it to travel across the world for medical treatment? Depending on where you’re based, several factors such as rising costs and crowded hospitals could make all the difference. Malaysia specifically has one of the best healthcare systems in the world. Medical tourists looking for high-quality medical treatment can consider making their way to either Penang or Kuala Lumpur where the best healthcare facilities are situated. As a top medical tourism destination, Malaysia offers affordable and good healthcare coverage to their citizens as well as expats. Medical facilities Dental…
  • Relocating to Hong Kong

    Andrew Kasimir
    21 Aug 2015 | 3:46 am
    Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated regions in the world but still manages to be one of the most liveable cities in Asia. Proclaiming itself to be Asia’s World City, it is no wonder young families and entrepreneurs flock to Hong Kong to start a new life or business venture but is it anything like home? Relocating to a new place can either be really stressful or a breeze. Here’s a small peek into what you as an expat can expect during your stay in Hong Kong.   Over the counter medicines You don’t need to worry too much about stocking up on over the counter…
  • Expat Jobs in Thailand

    Andrew Kasimir
    14 Aug 2015 | 2:54 am
    Considering a move to Thailand? It’s definitely possible and something many expats dream about. Most expats in Thailand work in the teaching and tourism industries and these jobs do pay quite well. Do take note that expats who get transferred or hired before they arrive usually get higher salaries compared to those that get hired in Thailand.   1. Scuba Diving Instructor Before applying to be a scuba diving instructor you’ll need to be fully accredited and qualified. You can do this at PADI which is one of the more well-known scuba diving training organisations. Expect to…
  • Cost of Living in Dubai

    Andrew Kasimir
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:17 am
    Dubai is one of the most attractive expat destinations with its prosperous economy, hot climate, and lucrative tax-free salaries. You can also expect to be part of the massive number of expats residing in Dubai where over 90 percent of the population are expats. Many expats arrive in Dubai with the notion that they will be able to save up a lot of money in a short amount of time but sometimes it can be quite the opposite. This is because of the sudden realisation that they can afford more products and services that they wouldn’t have been able to back home. Here are a few things to keep…
  • Making New Friends in a New Place

    Andrew Kasimir
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:51 am
    Making new friends in a new country can be a bit scary. It will make you want to go back inside and continue watching television or surfing the web but that is not the way to experience a new life in a new country. Making friends with the locals and other expats is the best way to learn about your new home and make your experience that much richer. But where do you start? Give one of these a go! 1. Look for events/activities happening nearby Meeting up with your colleagues after work to have a few drinks doesn’t count. Instead, get an account with InterNations.org or Meetup.com or both!
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    DC Medical Malpractice & Patient Safety Blog

  • Even an Orthodontist Wouldn’t Apply His Own Braces

    3 Sep 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Orthodontic work is expensive and often not covered by medical insurance, so it’s understandable that some people might entertain the idea of do-it-yourself braces using tiny rubber bands. Don’t even think about it. A report that recently aired on WTHI TV in Indianapolis featured orthodontists cautioning against such a DIY project in response to videos circulating on social media inviting people to improve their smiles all by themselves. One video, viewed more than 400,000 times, featured a girl using an elastic rubber band to close a gap in her front teeth. But doctors said the results…
  • Cellphones in the OR Can Distract from Vital Tasks

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:17 pm
    If any work places should be distraction-free, a short list would include the command post for launching nuclear arms, the control tower of a busy airport and the operating room. We have no information about the first two, but a recent study shows that the people working in the surgical suite might be monitoring their smartphones instead of monitoring you. As KaiserHealthNews.org (KHN) and the Washington Post reported, “Cellphone use is not generally restricted in the operating room, but some experts say the time for rules has come. In interviews, many described co-workers’ texting…
  • Cancer and Fertility — What Aren’t They Telling You?

    1 Sep 2015 | 3:15 pm
    When you're diagnosed with cancer, fear of death can overwhelm any other issues. Which is too bad, because cancer treatment can -- but doesn't have to -- take away your ability to have children. There are ways to preserve fertility, but providers too often don’t inform patients of their options. A study in the journal Cancer showed that young women particularly don’t get enough information, before their treatment begins, to enhance their chances of conceiving. Depending on the kind of cancer, how advanced it is and the medical profile of the patient, a range of treatments might be…
  • Stanching the Flow of a Dangerous Drug for Kids

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:03 pm
    For years it’s been known that acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, poses risks of overdose, particularly in children. Finally, the FDA has endorsed using a safety device to restrict the drug’s flow from bottles of the children’s medicine to prevent them from accidentally getting too much liquid. As explained by ProPublica.org, the feds took action nearly two years after ProPublica and Consumer Reports explained how a flow restrictor could prevent the overdoses that can cause liver damage and, in some cases, death. Every year, about 10,000 children visit an emergency…
  • The Soundtrack for Surgical Healing

    30 Aug 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Research into the healing properties of music isn’t new, but the field of study recently was launched a bit farther with substantial evidence that listening to music before, during or after a surgical procedure helps patients by reducing pain, anxiety and the need for pain medication. The results of the research published in Lancet involved about 7,000 subjects, and is considered the most comprehensive review so far of how music helps people cope with medical adventures. The meta analysis (in which the results of multiple studies are reviewed and analyzed) included 72 published, randomized…
 
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    Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips

  • Minimize Blisters this Sandal Season

    Dr. Weil
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Sandal weather means no more socks – and the possibility of blisters caused by friction between your feet and your shoes. Learn how to prevent blisters, and treat them when they occur.While not usually a major health concern, blisters can be annoying and painful. Whether on your feet or hands, blisters caused by friction or chronic irritation can be prevented by keeping skin dry, wearing sock liners or work gloves, protecting areas where blisters tend to form with moleskin, gel-pad dressing or blister plaster, and addressing an irritated area as soon as symptoms arise.

However,…
  • Make Your BBQ Healthier in Five Steps!

    Dr. Weil
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Grilling is a fun way to cook foods – but isn’t always the healthiest preparation method. Learn how to make your BBQ habits healthier, while still delivering the taste that makes grilling so delicious! It's delightful to grill outdoors when the weather is warm. Unfortunately, grilling meats can lead to the production of carcinogenic (potentially cancer-causing) chemicals called heterocyclic amines (HAs) as well as unhealthy polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The good news is it is simple to reduce both of these, making your BBQ healthier yet still as tasty for you, your…
  • Want a Nontoxic Garden this Spring?

    Dr. Weil
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:01 am
    Creating a garden that is free of pests but does not rely on pesticides is simple – and better for your family and the planet! Try these three techniques for a safe, thriving garden this year!If you are planting a garden, try natural, nontoxic approaches to pest control: Pyrethrum. This mixture of insecticidal compounds found in some species of African chrysanthemums controls aphids, whiteflies, stinkbugs and mites. You should be able to find pyrethrum products in your local garden center (some will say they contain "pyrethrins.") Check labels carefully to make sure you choose the…
  • Feeling Anxious? Try This Herb

    Dr. Weil
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:37 am
    Anxiety your mental can wreak havoc on and physical health. If physical exercise and mind-body therapies such as breathing aren’t providing sufficient relief, consider this herb.Feeling anxious is stressful for our bodies and minds. Instead of taking a pharmaceutical to help quell anxiety, consider Kava. Extracted from a tropical plant (Piper methysticum), kava is related to black pepper and native to islands of the South Pacific, where it has a long history of use as a social and recreational drug. Kava is an excellent anti-anxiety remedy - it works quickly to relieve…
  • 7 Ways to Prevent Gallstones

    Dr. Weil
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Gallstones are unpleasant, to say the least, and their presence often requires surgical removal. Use these tips to minimizing the risk of developing gallstones. Every year, more than one million Americans discover that they have gallstones - hardened, pebble-like deposits in the gallbladder that can range in size from a grain of sand to a golf ball. Roughly 50 percent of people diagnosed with gallstones end up in surgery for the removal of the gallbladder.

So how can you prevent gallstones? Since most stones are composed of cholesterol, diet plays a role in their formation. If you are at…
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    School of Health Sciences Blog

  • Medical Assistants vs. Licensed Practical Nurses: Diagnosing the Differences

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    A medical assistant (MA) and a licensed practical nurse (LPN) fall into the same category and perform several of the same duties; however, there are slight differences between the two jobs. Learn more to find out which is the right fit for you!
  • 3 Thriving Healthcare Jobs for Introverts

    18 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Luckily there are as many career paths in the healthcare industry as there are personality types, which means you have options even if you prefer working alone. Get the scoop on three ideal healthcare jobs for introverts like you.
  • What Does a Medical Lab Tech Do?

    2 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It’s important to know that not all healthcare careers involve direct patient care. There are in-demand opportunities in the field that allow you to work behind-the-scenes while still having a positive impact on people’s health. Becoming a medical lab tech (MLT) is one of those opportunities.
  • The Lingering Problem of Retained Surgical Items

    26 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Despite advancements in medicine and surgical techniques, retained surgical items continue to be a problem in the medical community. Read on to learn how items get left behind, what the cost is for the community and what you can do about it.
  • Medical Assisting Skills: What You Need to be Confident in Your Career

    19 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    For MAs, it’s all about job-specific tasks and great people skills. We used government information and real-time job analysis data to identify the medical assisting skills in highest demand.
 
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  • Does Virtual ‘Warm-up’ Improve Surgical Performance?

    rebecca
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    Researchers at University of Washington Medicine will lead a three-year multicenter study to see whether the practice leads to faster, more effective work — and fewer errors.   Below is an excerpt from the UW Health Sciences News Beat written by Michael McCarthy: Dr. Thomas Lendvay demonstrates the virtual reality program surgeons will use to ‘warm up’ before operating.  photo credit: Clare McLean The study will enroll surgeons operating with robotic surgery systems, through which surgeons manipulate surgical instruments remotely with computer assistance. This…
  • Back to School Fall Robotic Surgery Simulation Training Courses

    rebecca
    7 Aug 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Don’t wait to start thinking about Fall training courses, register today! Mimic will be supporting the following Fall hands-on robotic surgery simulation training courses: SLS Master Class #1 – Wednesday, September 2nd, New York, NY ERUS HOT Courses – Tuesday, September 15th, Bilbao, Spain AAGL Postgraduate Course Robo-604 – Sunday, November 15th, Las Vegas, NV Can’t make it to a conference?  You can earn CME credits through MimicMED at the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center.  Click here to learn more about full day training courses and personalized one-on-one…
  • Hands-on Training in Robotic Surgery Growing More Popular in Europe

    rebecca
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:11 am
    Mimic Technologies supports hands-on training courses at EAU 2015 in Madrid Mimic announced recently the beginning of a new partnership with the internationally acclaimed ORSI – OLV Robotic Surgery Institute that will jointly deliver new innovative training for robotic surgeons in Europe.  This year at the annual European Association of Urology in Madrid, Mimic provided dV-Trainers for the robotic surgery hands-on training courses. EAU TV went along at EAU 2015 to check out the hands-on training courses. Watch the video below to hear how some of the trainees enjoyed the course: “We…
  • New Maestro AR™ 3D augmented reality brings procedure-specific content to robotic surgery simulation training for Gynecology

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

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

  • Where You Can Pick Apples in Maine

    dianeatwood
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Some people consider apples a superfood, so one a day just might help you stay healthy. There are thousands of varieties to choose from, many of them right here in Maine. I’ve put together a list of some Maine orchards that let you pick your own apples — a great way to spend a late […]
  • What a recent DCIS study does and doesn’t tell us : On the Morning Report

    dianeatwood
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Every year, 60,000 women in this country are diagnosed with DCIS or stage 0 breast cancer. In a recently published study, researchers analyzed the medical data of 100,000 women with DCIS to see what happened to them 10 and 20 years after they were diagnosed.  Sharon Vaznis and I discuss their findings on the Morning […]
  • The shoes fit, but are they safe to wear at “my age?”

    dianeatwood
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:17 pm
      A while ago, I was browsing in the shoe section at TJ Maxx when a friend spotted me and came over to say hello. But before she offered a loving greeting, she exclaimed, “OMG, you’re NOT going to get those are you?” I was holding a pair of high heels. Eyes glazed over with […]
  • Lost your appetite? It could be your age!

    dianeatwood
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Eating nutritious meals is important no matter what stage of life you’re in. In fact, the older we get, the more important the quality of our diet becomes. That’s because as we age, getting adequate amounts of certain nutrients from our food becomes more difficult and the need for calories decreases. In addition, our bodies […]
  • Stage 0 Breast Cancer (DCIS). Does it need to be treated?

    dianeatwood
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:57 pm
    I am one of 60,000 women in the United States diagnosed every year with Stage 0 breast cancer. At that stage, the cancerous cells are confined to the insides of a milk duct and are not considered dangerous. The question is, what are the chances the cells will break through the walls of the duct and […]
 
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    menshealthwire.com

  • Formula 41 Extreme

    Joshua Jerry
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Formula 41 Extreme Overview There are many reasons as to why men can experience a decrease in their sexual performance, although age and a decrease in hormones is usually to blame. This decrease doesn’t just affect their sexual performance in terms of erectile difficulty but can also lower their sexual libido and desire, increase fatigue and generally reduce sexual stamina and endurance. Formula 41 Extreme is one brand of male enhancement product that promises to help men increase the strength and size of the penis while also boosting* libido, energy and stamina. The product is sold…
  • Zorexus

    Joshua Jerry
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Zorexus Overview Zorexus is a brand of natural supplement that is specifically targeted toward men who want to improve* the quality of their sexual performance. With more people turning to natural products as opposed to prescription medications, there has been an increase in the amount of male enhancement products available, particularly online, as is the case with Zorexus. There is an official website for Zorexus that helps consumers learn about the product and what it does in terms of supporting male sexual health. The site contains information about the physiology of the erection, which…
  • Testosterol

    Joshua Jerry
    16 Aug 2015 | 11:39 pm
    Introduction Testosterol is the name of a Polish-made male sexual support supplement. It is available in North America via the internet but there is not a lot of information for consumers regarding the product. There is an official website from the manufacturer, Megabol, but it is not very informative and the translation is poor. Testosterol is sold by independent retailers online but the actual cost is not clear, although it seems to be affordable, costing in the region of $10-$15 per packet. No money back guarantee* is shown and there is no offer of a risk free trial. None of the sites…
  • Nugenix Prostate

    Joshua Jerry
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    Nugenix Overview Nugenix Prostate Health Support is a supplement that improves* and maintains the health of the prostate in men. As men age, their prostate health can often decline which leads to many problems, the most common being frequent urination. The company that makes Nugenix Prostate Health Support produces one other supplement, a testosterone booster, and both products can be bought directly from the manufacturer or from popular retail stores such as GNC. The Nugenix Prostate Health Support website is not very informative: there is a FAQ section but it only contains information about…
  • Vasoplexx

    Joshua Jerry
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Vasoplexx Overview Vasoplexx is a supplement that is marketed for men who wish to improve* certain aspects of their sexual performance, specifically the size of their penis. The formula is said to not only do this, but also increase the hardness of the erection – by as much as 84% according to the manufacturer – and boost* the libido. As men age, sexual desire and ability to achieve a hard, long lasting erection can decline and in recent years there has been an increase in sales of prescription medications to treat* these conditions. Vasoplexx is one of a number of natural supplements…
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    Healthcare In India

  • How the Digital Revolution is Impacting the Field of Surgery

    admin
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Elaborating upon a previous post, a brief chat with co-founder of the Touch Surgery app- Jean Nehme, takes us through the what, when, how and why story behind the creation of this novel idea. Bridging the gap between conventional surgical training and newest surgical practices is this remarkable app that fuses technology, domain knowledge and experience in bringing together doctors from around the world. “Learning to operate in the OR is inefficient, variable and not in the best interest of the patient,” observes Jean, “Touch Surgery allows a surgeon to simulate and rehearse the steps…
  • Touch Surgery: How an App is Changing Surgical Practices

    admin
    8 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    It isn’t uncommon nowadays to hear of doctors consulting over Skype or even guiding surgeries long distance thanks to the internet. Touch Surgery, therefore, seems to be a very natural extension of the digital knowledge sharing phenomena across the world. Specially designed by surgeons for surgeons, this app is available for both, iOS and Android platforms. Created with the intention to share best practices in the world of surgery, Touch Surgery is the largest and fastest growing community of surgeons learning and rehearsing operations with over a quarter of a million users. It has a…
  • Philips Innovation center launches Healthsuite Digital Platform

    admin
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:11 pm
    It’s interesting to see the constant innovation in the field of healthcare. From apps for sorting out your health records to platforms for finding the right doctor, there’s not only ample scope but providers of unique solutions as well. Like the Philips Heathsuite Digital Platform- an open cloud-based platform which collects, compiles and analyzes clinical and other data from multiple devices and sources. A quick chat with Vijayananda J, Senior Director, Analytics at Philips Healthcare gave a better insight into the platform and its benefits. “The HealthSuite digital platform represents…
  • How Mobile Health is improving the health of mother and child in rural India

    admin
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:49 am
      Technology in the healthcare sector can be a boon in more ways than one. More recently, in the Field Practice Area (FPA) of Kasturba Medical College, Manipal the health facilities for mother and child are witnessing a welcome change. This is even more personal considering the 5 years I spent at Manipal while pursuing my degree in Dental Surgery… Spread over 11 villages in the Udupi taluk, the FPA covers over 56,000 people and a network of seven rural maternity and child welfare homes (RMCW Homes) across various villages extend services to women, children and the elderly. Apart…
  • 5 super foods to keep you healthy

    admin
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:47 am
    (The following is a guest post by content writer Neha Chaudhary) Today we are surrounded by pollution, dust, smoke, unhealthy water and in general our diets are unbalanced owing to long hours of work where we tend to skip meals and thrive on junk food for daily survival. We often forget the harm we do to our bodies in the process. Incorporate these foods in your diet to improve your overall health: Salmon Salmon is a renowned source of vitamins and Omega-3 fatty acids which is excellent for soft and radiant skin. It contains selenium which acts as a natural sun protector and is also a good…
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    San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery, PA » Blog

  • Laser Genesis: A Beautifully Vibrant and Healthy Complexion

    s3p_adm1n
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:56 pm
    For many, the struggle of teenage acne will not be soon forgotten—unfortunately, for some of us, the perils of an imperfect complexion are still all too real. Many patients come to San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery in search of clear skin. In hopes of helping, we often recommend Laser Genesis. Promoting vibrant and healthy-looking skin, Laser Genesis offers relief from often distressing adult skin ailments. How Does Laser Genesis Work Utilizing advanced laser technology, Laser Genesis is able to work deep into the skin—penetrating into the skin’s cellular layer. Warming the upper dermis,…
  • CoolSculpting Wins NewBeauty Award in 2015

    s3p_adm1n
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:07 am
    If you have been considering liposuction to lose those extra inches and reshape your body, you may not have to undergo surgery just yet. CoolSculpting is an innovative alternative to liposuction, a nonsurgical body contouring procedure that freezes the fat cells to get rid of unwanted fat permanently. CoolSculpting recently won an award from NewBeauty magazine and was named “Best Fat-Reducing Treatment” for 2015. It has become one of the most in-demand treatments around the country and is especially popular among patients who are at an ideal weight and just want to slim down by a few…
  • Enhance Your Figure with Breast Implants

    admin
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:34 am
    Are you ready for a spring or summer makeover? Now is a great time to consider undergoing breast augmentation surgery, a popular procedure among women who want to enhance their figure and maintain more feminine body proportions. If you are noticing your breasts are sagging or shrinking with age, or you have always been self-conscious about your breast size and want shapelier breasts, you may be the perfect candidate for a breast augmentation procedure. Restore Volume Loss with Breast Implants If you have deflated breasts after pregnancy or weight loss, or you are losing volume in the breast…
 
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    thesurvivaldoctor.com

  • 48-Hour Sale on Survival Training, Starts Now! Click to See the Deals

    LAwordsmith
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Thank you for your interest! This sale is now over, but you can still get the course for a great price. Click here.   48-hour SALE! by James Hubbard, MD, MPH It’s been almost a year since I launched The Survival Doctor’s video-based Emergencies Training Course, and the feedback has been amazing. Students have learned some of the most important techniques I believe you need to know. They’ve watched me demonstrate lifesaving procedures; they’ve quizzed their knowledge, stored premade cheat sheets in their first-aid kits, and downloaded on-the-go audio training. But I’ve also…
  • Assign Me a Post: What’s Your Biggest Survival Medicine Worry?

    LAwordsmith
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Picture the time you’re preparing for: you can’t get professional medical care for a few days—or longer. Maybe you’re hiking or homesteading off the grid. Or a snowstorm has shut down roads, or an earthquake has caused mass casualties. Or maybe you’re living in a long-term disaster situation that’ll keep society out of commission for a while. When you think of this scenario, what’s your number-one fear, survival medicine-wise? Next month marks four years since I started TheSurvivalDoctor.com. During that time, you and I have covered a lot of topics…
  • How to Help Your Kids Deal With Hot School Days

    LAwordsmith
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:17 pm
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH When I think of school starting, I still imagine red and orange leaves and cool temperatures; it wasn’t that long ago that we thought of fall as schooltime. Not so today. Many kids in the United States are meeting their new teachers right now, in early August—one of the hottest months of the year. If you have children, do they know how to deal with the heat on their own, on the playground, sports field, or school bus? Because it is downright hot out there. This week, a chunk of the Southeast has been under a heat advisory or excessive heat warning; temperatures…
  • Investigative Report: Do Antibiotic Expiration Dates Matter?

    LAwordsmith
    5 Aug 2015 | 12:12 pm
    This is part 2 in our special series about antibiotics controversies. See part 1, about fish antibiotics for humans, here. by Leigh Ann Hubbard The expiration date is not a magic number. This is one of the first things preppers (preparedness-minded people) learn when they start stockpiling. Shelf-stable products tend not to suddenly go rancid on the stamped date. Sometimes they last a long time after that. Their quality, however, may begin to decrease. A can of vegetables that’s a while past its date may not taste as good. A supplement may be less potent. An antibiotic may not work as well.
  • 2 Medical Procedures You Can Do at Home—and Avoid the ER

    LAwordsmith
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:47 pm
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH These two medical techniques are among the most popular I’ve ever shared here. They’re little-known but easy to master, and they often solve a couple of daunting, frustrating problems. Since I published them over two years ago, readers have told me again and again that these tips have allowed them to avoid expensive doctor visits. So I thought they were worth recapping, to make sure you have them in your back pocket. They could save you time, money, and lots and lots of frustration. 1. Use Floss to Get a Ring Off a Swollen Finger Most rings are pretty perfectly…
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    WordPress.com News

  • A Niche of Their Own: Five Sites to Check Out Today

    Ben Huberman
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    The blogging community is huge and diverse, with thousands of smaller clusters of sites built around shared interests, causes, and passions. It might seem daunting at first — like walking into a party where everyone already seems to know each other — but there are a number of ways to ease your entry into the community, from participating in a blogging event (or even starting your own) to taking one of our free blogging courses. As the bloggers we feature here demonstrate, there’s another way to find your place in the big, wide world of blogging: zoom in on one thing…
  • New Themes: Colinear and Franklin

    Ernesto Méndez
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    On this Theme Thursday, we have two new free themes for you: Colinear and Franklin. Colinear Colinear — our update to the older Coraline — is a squeaky-clean theme featuring a custom menu, header, background, and layout. Colinear supports featured images and six widget areas — up to three in the sidebar and three in the footer. Primarily designed for magazine-style sites, Colinear is a flexible theme that also suits any personal blog or content-rich site. Check out Colinear on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site. Franklin Franklin is a lightweight blogging theme,…
  • Introducing: Our New Action Bar

    Andy Peatling
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    We strive to make all aspects of using WordPress.com streamlined and intuitive, from following a great new blog to editing a post on the go. Today, we’re happy to present the new action bar, which allows you to do all this (and more) no matter what device you’re on. Following and more When you visit a site you’re not yet following, look to the bottom-right corner of the screen and you’ll see this: Clicking on Follow will make it so new posts from that site will appear in the WordPress.com Reader. Becoming a new follower has never been easier, whether you or your…
  • Get Up to Speed at learn.wordpress.com

    Krista
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you just started a spandy new WordPress blog or site and want to work on setup and configuration in your spare time, we’ve recently refreshed a resource that might be just the thing for you: learn.wordpress.com. Have you just created a blog or website to: Showcase a personal project? Maybe you’re working on a photo-a-day project, some short stories, poetry, or a memoir? Highlight your business’ offerings and attract new customers? Promote an organization and want to know how to get connected to potential supporters on social media? No matter the reason you created that…
  • Next Stop for Accelerate.LGBT: Dublin, Ireland

    Anne McCarthy
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, is committed to diversity: providing a platform for everyone to publish on the web and building a diverse, distributed workforce around the world. A collaborative effort between Accelerate with Google and Automattic, the Accelerate.LGBT conference series is designed to help diverse businesses and nonprofits optimize their web presence, empowering professionals through focused workshops and hands-on, one-on-one support from Automattic and Google employees. We held our first event in San Francisco this past April, which was a great success.
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    Survive55.com: the Baby Boomer Guidebook - BLOG

  • HOW TO FINE-TUNE TIME WASTING DECISIONS

    21 Aug 2015 | 9:46 am
    Baby Boomers, I am going to be brutally honest with everyone today. Not that I make it a point to lie to everyone, but today I am going to cut a little deeper and open up the door to my personal life a little wider giving you a chance to make fun of my vulnerabilities if you want. You wouldn’t do that would you? I’ll start by saying that last night I was having a hard time sleeping.   After I got up from my first late night “piss” (told you I was going there) I had trouble getting back to sleep because my mind started racing about the chance to celebrate another…
  • The Man Guide

    20 Aug 2015 | 5:26 am
    Baby Boomer Yesterday I ran across the incredible poem "IF" by Rudyard Kipling and felt compelled to post it on my blog for your enjoyment.  Probably 40 years have passed since I first read that poem.  It's amazing how much more the words mean now than they did when I read them as a younger man.   In fact, in some not so small way, this epic lyric has changed my life. Today, and going forward I will heed the advice offered by Mr. Kipling. Today, and going forward I will build my life with my "worn-out tools." Today, and going forward I will be a man. So, what does it mean…
  • What IF

    19 Aug 2015 | 6:42 am
    Baby Boomers,Sometimes you find the greatest advice in the strangest of places and when you least expect itThis morning I ran across this poem by Rudyard Kipling in a little coffee shop magazine and even though I had read it many times in the past, today it "clicked."Today, and going forward I will heed his advice.Today, and going forward I will build my life with my "worn-out tools."Today, and going forward I will be a man.Won't you join me?Ifby RUDYARD KIPLINGIf you can keep your head when all about you       Are losing theirs and blaming it on…
  • HOW THE SUN SEES YOU

    14 Aug 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Baby Boomers, A few weeks ago I posted a blog about preventing heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Hopefully, everyone took heed and are following the proper steps to stay healthy this summer.  In that article I asked everyone to wear a hat, loose fitting clothing and put on plenty of sunscreen when out in the sun. A few weeks before that, I posted an article on preventing sunburn.  Why all this caution about being out in the sun?  Because it's Summer people and it's 100 degrees outside and folks our age are forgetful and we have…
  • Humility and Growing Older

    12 Aug 2015 | 7:18 am
    Baby Boomers...................... Face it, we are getting older. Our eyesight isn't what it was.  What's that you say? Our backs hurt. Our hands hurt. Our feet hurt. We are not as strong nor agile as we once were. We forget things.  We lose things.  We drop things.  We fall down. Our “naughty bits” don’t work like they used to. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Do you ever get tired of the world telling you how broken down and dysfunctional you have become in your advancing years? You need suspenders to hold up your pants.  You need ergonomic gloves to…
 
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    FXRX Orthopedic Surgery Blog

  • All About Meniscus Repair from an AZ Orthopedic Surgeon

    Admin2
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Essentially, meniscus repair is a type of surgical repair of the C band, which can be found inside the cartilage and the knee joint and is known as the meniscus. The job of the meniscus is to act as a … Continue reading →
  • Treatment Options for Knee Cartilage Defects in Phoenix AZ

    Admin2
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Whether the articular cartilage is traumatically injured or has undergone degenerative changes due to arthritis, it is impossible for the damaged cartilage to heal on its own. It is due to the lack of vascularity and the absence of mature … Continue reading →
  • Some Myths About Shoulder Replacement Surgery

    Admin2
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Our shoulder joint is composed of mainly a ball and a socket. Hence, shoulder replacement surgery is recommended by orthopedic surgeons in Phoenix when these components become worn or damaged, as in the most extreme cases, the pain is almost … Continue reading →
  • Cure Procedure for Shoulder Pain from Calcific Tendonitis

    Admin2
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:12 am
    Calcific Tendonitis is a physical condition that causes the formation of calcium deposit, usually about 1-2 cm size, within the tendons of the rotator cuff and is usually found in patients who are between 30-40 years old. These calcium deposits … Continue reading →
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    Articles

  • Can Fish Oil Help Combat Schizophrenia?

    Dr. Mercola
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Omega-3 fats found in fish oil, krill oil, and oily fish like sardines and anchovies play an integral role in brain health. Sixty percent of your brain is made up of fat. The omega-3 fat DHA alone makes up about 15 percent to 34 percent of your brain's cerebral cortex, depending on your age (the older you are, the more DHA). It's found in relatively high levels in your neurons – the cells of your central nervous system – where it provides structural support. Because your brain is literally built from omega-3 fats, it makes sense that it would play an integral role in brain…
  • Friendship Fights Depression, Researchers Find

    Dr. Mercola
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Previous research shows that having a strong social network of good friends is a significant factor in longevity. If you're socially isolated, you may experience poor health and a shorter lifespan. Friendships can also be a significant factor in successful recuperation from depression. According to recent research,1 good mood and a positive outlook can actually spread like a contagion through social groups. Perhaps more importantly, this study refutes earlier claims that depression is "contagious," finding instead that only positive moods tend to spread among people in close…
  • Are Mutant Lice Headed Your Way?

    Dr. Mercola
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Only one thing sends more shivers down the spines of school-aged children’s parents than head lice… and that is mutant head lice. Research from 2014 of lice samples from the US and Canada showed almost all of the insects (99.6 percent) had developed gene mutations making them resistant to common over-the-counter lice shampoos.1 Such shampoos often contain the toxic pesticide permethrin… which should not be placed anywhere near a child’s scalp due to the health risks alone. But now it appears the chemicals will no longer be very effective either. Pesticide-Resistant Lice…
  • Coca-Cola Front Group Aims to Confuse You About Soda’s Influence on Obesity

    Dr. Mercola
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola The food, chemical, and biotechnology industries have all built up intricate and powerful systems designed to manipulate public and scientific opinion using false front organizations and industry shills posing as independent experts. The mission is to mislead people — including lazy reporters — about issues that threaten the corporate bottom line. So-called astroturfing techniques are frequently used to discredit the opposition and create the false appearance of scientific consensus on a particular issue. Astroturfing refers to the effort on the part of special interests to…
  • You Are What Your Microbes Eat

    Dr. Mercola
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola While it’s long been said that “you are what you eat,” a more accurate description might be “you are what your microbes eat.” There are more bacteria and other microorganisms in your body than there are human cells, and your unique microbial community is constantly changing in response to your environment. In fact, a new diet can rapidly reshape the microbes in your gut, which has implications not only for your digestive health but far beyond this to your weight, risk of chronic diseases, and more. According to research published in the journal Nature, such changes…
 
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    Pain Management Las Vegas

  • Importance of Physical Therapist in Pain Management

    admin4
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:09 am
    Physical therapy is an essential part of pain management. It involves blending physiology with exercises and applying these principles to the body to improve flexibility, balance, coordination, strength and endurance. Physical therapists are licensed medical officers who offer treatment for neck and back pain, sciatica, whiplash and wear and tear arthritis, neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions. When chronic pain strikes you hard, the only thing you wish to do is get curled up in bed with a heating pad and prescribed medication to lessen the aches. However, getting active and regular…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Learning to Live With Chronic Pain

    admin4
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:43 am
    It is unfortunate that there is no manual instruction to living a life with chronic pain and for coming with terms with the limitations and challenges ahead. While most people have been able to recover from the trauma of their past experiences, illness, surgery, injury, for some the pain is just an ongoing phase and doesn’t stop at all. Dealing and living with pain requires utmost active personal engagement to increase the motion of the body and gradually reducing the intensity of the pain. The process usually involves a combination of physical, psychological, medical methodology. With the…
  • Understanding Peripheral Neuropathy and Its Treatment

    admin4
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:08 am
    The peripheral nervous system connects the nerves from the brain and the spinal cord to the rest of the body in order to transfer signals about physical sensations back to the brain. When these nerves are damaged and malfunctioned, they disrupt the normal functioning and instead deliver false signals of pain and in some cases no signals at all. Such cases arise due to injury, systemic illness, infection and inherited disorder. The disorder though seem uncomfortable can be treated. The first thing to consider, however is determining the root cause of the condition. Symptoms: There are various…
  • Spinal Arthritis – Everything you needed to know

    admin4
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:20 am
    One common problem that pain management clinics have to face is spinal arthritis and spinal osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the wearing down and degeneration of the cartilage that protects and cushions of tops of the bones. The symptoms include pain and swelling and it can also lead to the development of bone spurs or osteophytes. What is arthritis of Spine? Credit: Getty Images This is the degeneration and wearing down of the cartilage of the discs joints present in the lower back and in the neck. This can sometimes produce spurs that in turn gives pressure on the nerves that are leaving…
  • How Pain Management Clinics Treat Back Pain

    admin4
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    Credit: Getty Img The treatment of back pain depends on its intensity and cause. Acute back pain usually gets better with treatment at home. Over-the-counter pain killers and heat or ice therapy can give relief from acute back pain. The matter of concern however is chronic pain – a pain that people in the past said that we have to ‘live with’. Thanks to the development in medical science, however, in recent years, researchers have come up with pain management therapies to treat chronic back pain and all other types of chronic pain. You can get chronic back pain treated in pain…
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    Phoenix Shoulder and Knee

  • What Are The Causes Of Exercise Induced Compartment Syndrome?

    Adam Farber
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Also known as exertional compartment syndrome, chronic compartment syndrome etc, this is a condition that causes people to experience muscle pain. Usually relieved by rest, patients suffering from the syndrome often complain of pain after undergoing a period of exercise or activity. Depending on the severity of the condition, patients run the chance of having their activity levels reduced or limited because of this. This condition cannot be confused with acute compartment syndrome, which requires surgical intervention to get better. Causes of Exercise-Induced Compartment Syndrome The main…
  • Problems Resulting From Shoulder Dislocation

    Adam Farber
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Mostly, shoulder dislocations occur following a sports injury or a fall. What happens when a shoulder dislocates is that the tendons that connect the muscles to the bone and the ligaments that connect bones together, become torn or stretched. The symptoms of shoulder dislocation are; Swelling Bruising Numbness Tingling Weakness in the fingers, arm, hand and shoulder Other than this, a number of other problems may occur with shoulder dislocation as well. Re-Injury: Dislocation or Subluxation The shoulder will most likely not require surgery if it has been dislocated for the first time.
  • An Overview of Tommy John Surgery

    Adam Farber
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:24 pm
    In medical practice, Tommy John Surgery is known as Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction or UCL. It’s a surgical graft procedure, in which the UCL located in the medial elbow is surgically replaced with a tendon found elsewhere in the body. Collegiate and professional athletes are the ones who more commonly face this procedure; in fact, the surgery is named after the first professional baseball player to ever have gotten UCL reconstruction. Although not all that common, there are times when the general population too, has to undergo this procedure. Over time, the use of the elbow, rare…
  • Return To Competition From ACL Injury and Surgery: How Likely Is It?

    Adam Farber
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:23 pm
    The biggest challenge that medical professionals in the field of sports, still face today regarding ACL injury, is how long it will take for the athlete in question to fully participate in the sport after the surgery. Injuries that are sports related, especially an ACL tear, is far more serious than people think and therefore, deciding whether or not an athlete can be cleared for full participation, even after a successful ACL surgical procedure can become a challenging decision to make. While surgical procedures and rehabilitation techniques have improved, with the expectation of athletes to…
  • Different Cartilage Restoration Procedures

    Adam Farber
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:53 am
    Cartilage restoration processes help you to replace damaged cartilage in your joints. Many athletes suffer from knee pain which can be the result of damaged cartilage. The cartilage around your joints is a rubbery material that covers the ends of each bone. This cartilage is designed to reduce friction inside of your joint and to absorb shock. As yourcartilage naturally deteriorates or becomes damaged it might result in limited movement and severe pain in your joints. If the damaged cartilage is not treated within a reasonable time frame, the condition can get much worse due to post-traumatic…
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  • Outsourcing vs In-Sourcing: Which is Cost Effective for Healthcare?

    Infinit Healthcare
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    One of the biggest challenges that HCOs face is to comply to cost regulations while maintaining quality of service. While outsourcing can provide feasible solutions, it isn’t not for every healthcare organization. Costs are not the only determining factor in making a decision on whether to outsource or leverage in-source.
  • How Healthcare Analytics Technology Can Improve Patient Care Quality

    Infinit Healthcare
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Healthcare Analytics is the change the medical industry needs to improve patient care and treatment. Through analytics, physicians and health care providers will be able to gather data they need to provide better prognoses of illnesses and therefore, provide better medical treatment and recommendations.
  • How Outsourcing Helps the Practice of ‘Continuous Healthcare’

    Jeff De Jesus
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Outsourcing healthcare management solutions can assist various healthcare organizations in providing better continuous care.
  • What Benefits Can Hospitals Get from Healthcare Automation?

    Infinit Healthcare
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Even as automation has become part of our daily lives and an integral part of operations in various industries, it is still lagging significantly when it comes to healthcare. As staffing outages continue to grow significantly each year along with an aging population that increasingly needs health care, applying automation to some health care operations is going to be a necessity.
  • Doc Mellhorn and the Pearly Gates ‘He was Just a Good Doctor and He Knew Us Inside Out’

    Robert McEwan
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:57 pm
    The doctor, in this case reminded me of 'ol Doc Frazier,' our family physician who was like Doc Mellhorn in every respect, including the occasional house call. It was at a time when there weren't many prescriptions to give and Doc Frazier's words and hands conveyed all the confidence we needed to get better.
 
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  • Contributors to High Healthcare Costs

    MRS
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Have you ever wondered what causes healthcare to be so expensive in the United States? An aging population is a major contributing factor, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services. Merck states that our high healthcare costs are due in great part to the use of expensive new technology and medications, as well as high administrative costs. Aging Population As you age, you will likely need to spend more money on healthcare due to ailments and conditions that can occur naturally with age. Certain conditions and diseases might also occur that can require costly and…
  • Medical Bills are Bad for Your Health: Lack of Sleep

    MRS
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    A 2015 Gallup poll revealed that healthcare costs are a primary concern for Americans. The majority of U.S. adults who were polled stated that the most important financial problem facing their family was healthcare costs, tied with lack of money and low wages. Other top answers included the amount of debt they have, retirement savings and the high cost of living in the U.S. It’s easy to see how any of these issues could cause an individual or a family stress. While financial burdens are a part of most people’s lives, the stress of such can have an enormous impact on a person’s…
  • Is Transparency in Healthcare Costs Possible?

    MRS
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:45 am
    Healthcare costs are not an easy thing to analyze. Even for the insured, the cost for a procedure can vary greatly. You might be at risk of encountering out-of-network physicians within an in-network facility. It’s not unusual for a facility to have contracted physicians working within their facility who are not employees. These contracted physicians are not bound by any discounts negotiated between healthcare facilities and health insurance companies. Rather, these physicians are able to charge a patient whatever they deem necessary. Many consumers are caught off guard when they receive a…
  • The Unethical Practice of Balance Billing

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

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

    xanderphil
    11 Jul 2101 | 3:42 am
    With our elderly population ever increasing, the Government commissioned Sir Andrew Dilnot to make recommendations regarding the future of the social care system in England. The long-awaited report was published this week. It comes at a time when local authorities are slashing their own social care budgets, and the private care sector has had to accept lower fees, although the true cost of care is steadily rising. With a population that is growing at a rapid pace, social care funding needs a radical overhaul so that it will be fit for purpose in the future.  Many people find themselves…
  • No care without me…?

    Stan Barker
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:45 am
    Taking note of every edict from Central Government or the Welsh assembly can often feel like entering a labyrinth, with seemingly little content that is relevant at the level of service delivery. Occasionally, however, they do say something actually worth listening too – and so it was with the Department of Health’s, ‘No Decision without Me’ (2012) initiative. Tying-in closely with the Social Care Induction Framework’s emphasis on Person-centredness and Active Participation, the very fact that the Department of Health was involved, however, in seeking ways of involving peopale more…
  • Skills Gap – an excuse to profit?

    Stan Barker
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:30 am
    Most care service managers will tell you that when it comes to nursing staff, there is a small pool of talent and a huge amount of competition. As a consequence of reductions in numbers of nurses being trained – among other factors – recruiting qualified nurses has become nigh on impossible. If your service is registered to deliver a high level of nursing care and you cannot fill vacancies, where do you go? Recently, I had cause to make enquiries of a number of agencies to put in some short-term emergency staffing cover. This was to provide a fixed term nursing resource to ensure safe…
  • End of Life Care – More care, less pathway

    Stan Barker
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:45 am
    As more of us live longer, the awareness of the greater complexity of need in the last days, months and years of life has increased. This, together with the projected rise in numbers of people dying over the next couple of decades, reinforces the importance that providing care and support to people with terminal illness should have in our thinking and actions. NICE produces new draft guidelines on caring for the dying We are reminded of this as the consultation period for the new National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) draft guidelines to improve the care of adults at the end…
  • First aid at work

    Stan Barker
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    First aid is a requirement in all work environments, and its initial objective is to preserve life and then to ensure the continuation of life. A person can suffer a heart attack or stroke or other serious life threatening illness whilst at work. Workers may have conditions or disease and choose to continue working whilst in a remission stage when they feel capable and want to continue working in their job. Incidents can also occur at work causing injuries to workers where first aid is the first response. The type of first aid provision is dependent upon the work environment: an office…
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  • Rest Easy Environmentally Friendly Bed Bug Spray Review

    dipa
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:36 am
    Bedbugs: if you got them, you know what a huge menace they can be. But help is available in the form of Rest Easy Environmentally Friendly Bed Bug Spray. This effective bed bug product is available in travel-friendly packs and spray-bottles, so you can easily carry them in your luggage to keep you and loved ones safe from being bitten in infested hotel rooms. The best part is that Rest Easy is completely eco-friendly and green-which means you won’t harm nature or your pets and kids with its use. Click here to buy the Rest Easy – Environmentally Friendly Bed Bug Spray All natural, non…
  • Just How Cold Does It Have to Be to Kill Bed Bugs?

    dipa
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:39 am
    Most people have heard about the freezing treatment to kill bed bugs. Naturally, a question foremost on their mind is: just how cold should it be to kill bed bugs? If you are planning to use such freezing treatment to get rid of bedbugs, then read on for important information. Latest research on bedbug freeze treatment Recent studies have shown that bedbugs are no longer susceptible to cold treatment. The freezing method is simply not as effective as it once was in killing these critters. The same research has proven that the blood sucking parasites have become immune and developed a high…
  • Bed Bugs Dry Cleaning: Does Dry Cleaning Kill Bed Bugs?

    dipa
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:14 am
    So, bed bugs huh! Being bitten by bed bugs is nasty business. Suppose you are not bit but simply found one crawling on your bedroom carpet a week after you got back from your road trip lodging at different hostels and hotels-scarier! This is because you know by now that even finding a single bed bug means you need to take action. Failure to do so would aggravate the situation leading to thousands of bed bugs in a short period. In this guide, we will discuss how dry cleaning can effectively kill bed bugs. There are several proven ways to get rid of bedbugs in an apartment and bed bugs dry…
  • Top Tips For Preventing Bed Bugs In Hostels

    dipa
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Bed bugs are tiny insects that like warm places and feed on human blood. They are commonly found underneath the mattresses, couches and cushions, between sheets, and on carpeted floor in residential areas, hotels and these days, even hostels. They can move from room to room and even city to city by latching on to your luggage or your person. In this guide, we will discuss ways of preventing bed bugs in hostels. What do bed bugs look like For preventing bed bugs in hostels, you should know what to look for. Bed bugs are really tiny-as small as an apple seed; they have six legs, a small…
  • Homeopathic Remedies For Bed Bug Bites

    dipa
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:49 pm
    Bed bugs are insects that infest warm areas like couches and beds. They latch on to their hosts and are transmitted from infested apartments and hotels on to other clean areas. They feed on human blood but, unlike mosquitoes, usually do not transmit diseases such as malaria etc. However, they do cause irritation, itching, and inflammation of skin apart from many psychological symptoms such as fear, sleeplessness, anxiety and, among the vulnerable, even anaphylactic shock. Remedies Homeopathic remedies for bed bug bites The patient who experiences fever and rash (that is thick and…
 
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  • Is it ADHD or Autism?

    Life Force
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:33 am
    Is your child hyperactive? Does he get on your nerves every time? Is it difficult for you and your family to make him sit and understand things? Is he repeating the same mistakes again and again? Your child’s errant behavior may be due to various conditions like learning disabilities, anxiety, hyperactivity, behavioural disorders or even something as simple as stress, a temporary phase due to change in situation, etc. Once it has been confirmed that there is a definite condition, comes the next question. My child’s symptoms don’t exactly fit into just one condition – So what is it,…
  • What is Frozen Pelvis and Frozen Pelvis Treatment?

    Life Force
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:15 am
    Frozen pelvis is a condition in where there are adhesions of all the organs in a female’s pelvic region especially her reproductive organs including the intestines. Adhesions are nothing but bands of scar tissue. This scar tissue develops between two organs and causes the two organ’s surfaces to stick together. This scar tissue is formed after any injury or inflammation or disease that affects the pelvis. Frozen Pelvis is caused by The adhesions in the pelvis can be caused after surgery. They may start to form a few hours after any abdominal surgical procedure. Endometriosis is the…
  • Prostatitis Complications – How Bad Can It Get?

    Life Force
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:52 am
    What is Prostatitis? Prostatitis is a condition in which there is an inflammation of the prostate gland. The prostate is small gland found around the neck of the urinary bladder of males. It is an important part of the male reproductive system.   What Are The Prostatitis Complications ? Many complications can occur if prostatitis is not diagnosed and treated within time. These complications include conditions, symptoms or other disorders caused as a result of Prostatitis: Chronic prostatitis Collection of pus in the gland (called Abscess) Sudden severe retention of urine Recurrent…
  • What is Acne Rosacea?

    Life Force
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:54 am
    Acne or pimples are affection of oil producing glands (sebaceous gland) of our skin. These pimples may be found on the face (cheek, forehead, nose, chin etc.) neck, back, chest arms and rarely on the forearms. How Acne is Formed: Our skin has tiny oil glands called sebaceous glands. These glands secrete sebum – which is like oil which gives protection to our skin, helps in maintaining elasticity of skin and acts as moisturizer. Due to certain causative factors, these sebaceous glands start overproducing sebum. This results in blockage of the duct of these oil glands. Consequently, this…
  • Top 5 GERD Homoeopathic Remedies

    Life Force
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:49 am
    GERD or Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease is a condition in which there is a back flow of the stomach’s contents up in to the food pipe. A mechanism at the end of the food pipe normally prevents the stomach’s acidic juices and food from coming back. When this mechanism becomes weak, the person suffers from symptoms like heartburn, pressure or pain especially after lying down or bending. Homoeopathy has very good medicines for GERD. Unlike modern medicine where the same antacid can be prescribed for all patients, homoeopathy believes in treating the individual and not just his disease. This…
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  • Top Ten Reasons Physician Assistant is a Great Career

    Michelle Boucher
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:33 am
    So many surveys and business journals come out each year to tell us what we already know in our hearts to be true – we are very lucky to be physician assistants. It’s a great profession. We are given the opportunity to impact the lives of others in a way that touches their lives and challenges ours. Rarely are people able to do that in their careers. If my relatives or friends ask for career advice, which they often do, knowing I am a physician assistant, I always can say with confidence that I don’t have any regrets in becoming a physician assistant. It was never a second choice to…
  • Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy: A Plea for Patience & Objectivity

    Rachel Ragosa
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSBP) has recently become a hot button topic, as the push for children’s safety has crossed the line into creating intrusive harm. Awareness of wrongful accusations of MSBP has increased ten-fold, thanks to a New York Times article by Maxine Eichner that adequately addresses the dangerous consequences that false allegations can have. Some medical professionals have even argued its very existence, drawing parallels between established mental illness diagnoses and familial history of abuse. Recently, MSBP accusations have soared, leading to a mistrust and decay…
  • How to Create Better Nursing Job Advertisements

    Angie Best-Boss RN
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:19 am
    Something isn’t working. You have a nursing job to fill, you post an ad, you get a huge number of applicants, but none of them seem to be the right fit. You end up hiring a so-so candidate that doesn’t exactly have everything you are looking for. The problem is, it’s not a hire you are confident will succeed, and you are about to spend thousands of dollars to train him or her. How do you create and post an ad for a nursing job in a way that positions you to have multiple excellent candidates from which to choose? Posting an ad for a nurse shouldn’t be that difficult, but employers are…
  • Medical Malpractice Guide for Physicians

    MaryAnn DePietro
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    With very few exceptions, most physicians do their best to provide quality care to their patients. However, while no one intentionally makes a mistake, errors do occur. The thing is, doctors are human, and everyone makes a mistake from time to time. Hopefully, medical errors do not result in any harm to the patients, and something can be learned from the situation. Still, few things strike more fear into a doctor than the thought of a medical malpractice suit. Understanding what constitutes medical malpractice, how it can be prevented, and what to do if a suit is filed can help ease concerns.
  • Resume Tips – One Size Does Not Fit All

    Susan Gulliford
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:34 pm
    When you are a job seeker, everyone has advice for you on how to write a résumé. Many advice columns, unfortunately, are extremely general and fail to account for the real differences in position requirements. A prime example of this phenomenon is the cliché that “everyone should have a one page résumé.” That generic statement is actually counterproductive for some candidates. When More Actually is Better A 2-page résumé demonstrates career progression. You do not need to remove certifications or use an odd format. Here are 3 instances where it is beneficial to use a longer…
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  • Attractive Discount on All available Market Research Reports by Ken Research

    KenResearch
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Ken Research is announcing sale on all its research publications for a period of 3 days. The reports will be available at a discount of flat 40%. The user can also pre-book a publication by adding the same in the wishlist after activating the account. The research publications will be available at a discounted price […] The post Attractive Discount on All available Market Research Reports by Ken Research appeared first on Market Research Report: Ken Research.
  • Ken Research is offering flat 40% discount on all market research reports for a flash sale for 3 days

    KenResearch
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Ken Research is pleased to announce the launch of the redesigned website, www.kenresearch.com. The new website offers extensive content and new features such as discount coupon schemes, pre paid client option, subscription services, market updates through newsletters and many others. For the very first time, a user will have an option to compare reports on […] The post Ken Research is offering flat 40% discount on all market research reports for a flash sale for 3 days appeared first on Market Research Report: Ken Research.
  • Ken research announced bumper sale flat 40% Off on all Market research reports

    KenResearch
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Ken Research is offering flat 40% off on all the license rights of market intelligence research reports in a 3 day flash sale from 8th to 10th September on the platform to every client. This is for the first time that a flash sale has been offered by any market intelligence company in a B2B  space.   […] The post Ken research announced bumper sale flat 40% Off on all Market research reports appeared first on Market Research Report: Ken Research.
  • Ken Research announces the Flash Sale discount of flat 40% on Research Reports available on kenresearch

    KenResearch
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:02 am
    Ken Research is offering flat 40% off on all the license rights of market intelligence research reports in a 3 day flash sales from 8th to 10th September on the platform to every client. This is for the first time that a flash sale has been offered by any market intelligence company in a B2B  space. The […] The post Ken Research announces the Flash Sale discount of flat 40% on Research Reports available on kenresearch appeared first on Market Research Report: Ken Research.
  • India Biopesticides Market Outlook to 2020- Trichoderma and Bacillus Thuringiensis (BT) biopesticides to Lead the Future Growth

    KenResearch
    7 Aug 2015 | 2:13 am
    The report titled “India Biopesticides Market Outlook to 2020- Trichoderma and Bacillus Thuringiensis (BT) biopesticides to Lead the Future Growth” provides a comprehensive analysis of the market size of India Biopesticides Market, Biofungicides market, Bioinsecticides market and segmentation on the basis of origin, organizational structure and crops.. The report also covers the market shares of […] The post India Biopesticides Market Outlook to 2020- Trichoderma and Bacillus Thuringiensis (BT) biopesticides to Lead the Future Growth appeared first on Market Research Report: Ken…
 
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  • AZO Standard UTI Pain Relief Tablet Review

    dipa
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:06 am
    If you know UTIs, then you know what pain is. You cannot rely on standard pain relieving medicines for UTI pain relief. The reason being; your regular fever reducers or pain killers are ineffective against UTI symptoms such as urgency of urination and accompanying burning pain and abdominal cramps. Common pain-relievers are also a waste of time in that; they do not show effect quickly. In most cases, the effect also does not last for more than a couple of hours which means you need to take the painkiller again. This is where AZO standard UTI pain relief tablet differs. This product targets…
  • NOW Foods D-Mannose UTI Prevention And Cure Remedy Review

    dipa
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:14 pm
    Note: this is not a paid review. It is an honest review of the NOW Foods D-Mannose powder and capsules that help “wash away undesirable products from the body” preventing infections and boosting immunity naturally. UTIs or urinary tract infections-also called bladder infections-send nearly 8 million people to the doctor’s office each year. Most people are prescribed antibiotics for treating such infections. These temporarily cure the symptoms which come right back once the drug is out of the system. Many women are even known to suffer from UTIs every month or following every…
  • Leaving UTI Untreated: Effects Of Untreated UTI

    dipa
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:10 am
    UTI or Urinary Tract Infection is more common in women than in men. Urinary system is the only sterile zone in the human body. In women, bacteria from the excretory system sometimes find their way to the urethra facilitated by the short length of the female urethra and its placement adjacent to the anus. Bacteria from the vagina could also easily enter the urethra. Once the bacteria lodged in the anus or the vagina infect the urethra, the infection spreads from the urethra to the bladder. In men, an enlarged prostate compresses the bladder, which prevents urine from completely passing out of…
  • 10 Bladder Infection Remedies Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About! (They Really Work!)

    dipa
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:26 am
    Ahhh the pain! The smell! The discomfort! How may pain killers can you really take before giving in and going to the doc? You end up getting an antibiotic prescription-which you take religiously- (you are even relieved it works since your pain is gone and you can start living your life again)….only to experience the pain and discomfort all over. UTI or bladder infections keep recurring and most women experience them at least 2-3 times a year. If you are tired of taking antibiotics for reliving bladder infections, then do read the following remedies – which really work. Some of…
  • Honeymoon Cystitis Symptoms And Relief

    dipa
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:04 pm
    If lingering cystitis (also known as honeymoon cystitis) is bothering you, then this article is a must read! What is honeymoon cystitis? What causes it? What are its symptoms? Honeymoon cystitis is a bladder infection that results from sexual activity. It occurs when the bacteria travels in the upward direction from the urethra to the bladder. The bacteria mainly responsible for such infections are Escheria Coli which are found, in small quantities, near the vagina as well as around the anus. Urinary tract infections affect nearly 30% of women and are second to Honeymoon vaginitis.Honeymoon…
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  • Link Between Oral Health And Wellness

    Ed Harrison
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:36 am
    There is a strong connection between oral health and your overall health and wellness which you may not be aware. The fact is that the health of your mouth can indicate a variety of concerns to your medical and dental teams. By understanding this connection, you will see how vital it is that you take proper care […] The post Link Between Oral Health And Wellness appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • How To Get Help With Medical Bills

    Ed Harrison
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:09 pm
    The cost of healthcare these days would be too much to bear if the patient did not have some form of health insurance. Unfortunately, many people are not even able to afford to pay the health insurance premiums, not to mention the out-of-pocket medical expenses and high deductibles that insurance doesn’t cover. If these people […] The post How To Get Help With Medical Bills appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • A Tricare Dental Retired Military Story

    Ed Harrison
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:27 am
    The following TriCare dental retired military story is actually a comparison between two well-known dental plans. The two dental plans are TriCare Dental Insurance and AmeriPlan Dental Plus. For most military retirees the TriCare plan has been the more popular choice. TriCare’s website claims that they have reasonable rates and will cover most of the […] The post A Tricare Dental Retired Military Story appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • Tricare Dental Insurance Vs. AmeriPlan Dental Plus

    Ed Harrison
    7 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    If you are currently with TriCare dental insurance, otherwise known as TRDP (click HERE to visit TRDP.org), you are likely a military retiree. This is one of the more popular plans out there that has reasonable rates that covers most of the basic reasons for going to a dentist, and has a large network of […] The post Tricare Dental Insurance Vs. AmeriPlan Dental Plus appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • 6 Tips To Negotiate Medical Bills

    Ed Harrison
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:06 am
    While most people are used to bargaining when buying products or hiring other sorts of service, very few people tend to negotiate medical bills – even though, according to statistics from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a third of the world’s population has problems paying their medical costs. Here are some great tips that’ll help you […] The post 6 Tips To Negotiate Medical Bills appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
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  • What are The Common Heart Problems, Symptoms and Possible Treatments?

    @missyou
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    Patients plagued with heart ailments suffer from a range of problems including heart rhythm concerns, problems related to the blood vessels, and even defects that one is born with which are known as congenital heart troubles. As far as the word heart disease is concerned, it’s used synonymously with cardiovascular disease. The condition results in blocked or constricted blood vessels leading to angina (chest pain), heart attack or stroke.   Stiffened or blocked blood vessels prevent the human brain and the heart from receiving sufficient blood. The problems and symptoms may vary…
  • What to Do After Your Angioplasty Is Over

    @missyou
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:43 pm
    A blocked artery can pose serious health problems because it prevents the passage of life-saving oxygen to a critical part of the human body-the heart. Angioplasty and stenting can save your life if done at the right time. It is one of the most effective treatments that an angina patient can undergo. Since time is little during such an emergency the effectiveness of the treatment procedure is weighed against the life risk and a decision is taken. Usually the procedure takes around 30 minutes if only one section of the artery is expanded. If the method is applied to other sections then the…
  • Liver Transplant Surgeon – Boon In Medical Sphere

    @missyou
    16 Aug 2015 | 11:03 pm
    With the increasing stress level in life the possibility of getting prone to diseases is also increasing frequently. Due to intense population and increasing ailment it has become very important for the world to have a large number of specialized and dedicated doctors so that medical treatment facilities can be availed to maximum patients. Prime anxiety arises when we need to look for super specialized surgeons or consultants in major high risk operation cases. These cases put life on stake and creates life and death situation for the patient. In such conditions an experienced, responsible…
  • Learn to Love Yourself – Learn to Exercise

    @missyou
    10 Aug 2015 | 11:35 pm
    That’s one of the main reasons why obesity is on the rise, younger people are complaining of heart ailments and the general health of the urban population is on a decline. One of the best ways to fight several health problems and live a more fulfilling life is to go out and exercise. The benefits of exercising are many and unlike what most of us believe, itisn’t only about losing weight or building muscles. Let’s take a look at 7 ways exercising is good. 1.    Improves Memory –Studies have proved that regularly exercising boosts the memory and helps us learn better. You…
  • Healthy Living- tips and tricks to improve your day-to-day routine

    @missyou
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:23 am
    Healthy living has become the mantra by which this generation is living. Food, exercise, mental peace, all form important pillars of our day in spite of our busy schedules. The society as a whole has taken this route, which is why healthy living philosophies are finding greater acceptance. Rather than meeting at a bar, youngsters are meeting up at health clubs and over morning walks on trekking trails. Technology has made it exciting to lead healthier lives, through connected apps and tracking activity on a social platform that is visible to all our friends. In this article, we’ll look…
 
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  • Turning 65 soon? How to transition from the Marketplace to Medicare coverage

    HealthTN
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Turning 65 soon? How to transition from the Marketplace to Medicare coverage – it’s not too soon to start planning for your coverage to switch. If you have a Marketplace plan now, you can keep it until your medicare coverage starts. Then, you can cancel the Marketplace plan without penalty. When to apply for Medicare Once Medicare eligibility begins, you’ll have a 7 month Initial Enrollment Period to sign up. For most people, this is 3 months before, the month of, and 3 months after their 65th birthday. It’s important to sign up for Medicare when you’re first…
  • 5 Questions About Dental Coverage in the Marketplace

    HealthTN
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:55 pm
    You’ve got questions; we’ve got answers. Read these 5 questions to learn more about dental coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Can I get dental coverage through the Marketplace? In the Marketplace, dental coverage is included in some health plans. You can also get a stand-alone plan and pay a separate premium. How do I add dental coverage to my Marketplace plan? You can buy a dental plan through the federal Marketplace only when you enroll in a health plan at the same time. If you’re already enrolled in a Marketplace plan, you can’t add on dental coverage.
  • 2015 Southern Summer Workout Playlist

    HealthTN
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:10 am
    At HealthTN.com we’re not just about selling insurance, but making sure you take good care of yourself as a whole.  Our headquarters are located in Music City USA (Nashville, TN), so our team naturally started compiling a list of our favorite workout jams. Now, you can enjoy our 2015 Southern Summer Workout Playlist during your next workout! What songs make up your workout playlist? Share with us in the comments below. Remember: you will need to download the free Spotify software or app to listen to our playlists. The post 2015 Southern Summer Workout Playlist appeared first on…
  • 5 Questions to Ask About Your New Doctor

    HealthTN
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am
    Choosing a doctor is one of the most important decisions you’ll make about your health care. Finding the right one can take a little work, but is well worth it. If you’ve already had your first visit with a primary care doctor under your new plan, ask yourself these 5 questions to make sure your new doctor is the right one for you: Did you feel the doctor cared about your health and about you as a person? Did the doctor listen to you and address your needs? Did the doctor use words you could understand and talk to you in a way that made you feel comfortable? Was he or she…
  • Bronze vs. Catastrophic: Comparing the Cheapest Health Plans

    HealthTN
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:14 pm
    The plans offered on the Health Insurance Marketplace are divided into five tiers: platinum, gold, silver, bronze and catastrophic. The “Metal Tiers” (Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze) are an option no matter your age but Catastrophic is only available to those under 30 years of age (or who cannot find coverage for less than 8 percent of their income). If you’re under 30, you’re probably more than likely still finding your place in life and may not have an expendable income to invest in a higher priced health plan. And that’s okay, you definitely have options.
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    Considering American Healthcare

  • On Getting Burned by Population Health Thinking (aka the “Vitamin C Problem”)

    mdmunk
    22 Aug 2015 | 10:23 am
    In our house we take a lot of fizzy vitamin C to prevent colds in the winter.  We take it even though we know the data from the Cochrane folks, who after doing meta-analyses of the available research report that vitamin C supplementation has no effect on preventing colds.   We also know the risk of overdose and kidney stones and diarrhea and how one woman lost her (albeit transplanted) kidneys from taking too much.   We’re squarely people of science and we take it anyway. Daily.  In bulk. From Whole Foods.   Why? I think that, honestly, we’d feel stupid if we didn’t…
  • More Thoughts on Segmenting Healthcare: Who’ll Serve the “High End” of the Market?

    mdmunk
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:02 am
    In a few previous blog posts I’ve written about market segmentation in US healthcare.  I’ve made the observation that healthcare delivery companies which once targeted geographies (we are a nation of “XYZ Regional Hospitals” after all) now target demographies.  Witness, for example, Walmart’s bold move into $40 primary care visits ( with a goal of being America’s largest provider of primary care“) and companies like One Medical that offer concierge service to members only. Luxury brands in healthcare: polish over some fundamental problems…
  • Can “Agile Teams” Reform Healthcare Systems?

    mdmunk
    10 Jul 2015 | 10:08 am
    I recently had lunch with an experienced physician executive from a large academic medical center.  He told me that his organization was trying to migrate from fee-for-service to risk, and that management had appointed a bunch of large committees to oversee everything from a new cost accounting system to the development of multiple external partnerships.   The going was slow.  The large committees were cumbersome.  Nobody felt empowered to make hard decisions.  Twenty major initiatives were all 10% complete one year into the migration. The problem, he said with a sigh, seemed to be…
  • A (Lower Cost) Healthcare Industry to Deal With a (Higher Cost) Healthcare Industry

    mdmunk
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    I was recently on the phone with a medical device company executive who was describing his company’s efforts to develop a non-invasive diagnostic device that could quantify the degree of cirrhosis in a patient with liver illness.  It’s technology that his firm sees as timely given the recent introduction of Solavdi and other Hepatitis C therapies: the device will be offered as a way for healthcare systems (and insurers) to risk-stratify a bolus of patients who are waiting for hepatitis C antiviral therapy. As background: Sovaldi was really the first pharmaceutical…
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    Law360: Health

  • Allied Denied $8M Refund Of St. Luke's FTC Defense Costs

    4 Sep 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Allied World National Assurance Co. can't get reimbursement from St. Luke's Health System Ltd. for nearly $8 million in defense costs in a Federal Trade Commission antitrust suit, an Idaho federal judge ruled Friday, saying a policy exclusion doesn't apply because no court found that St. Luke's obtained any financial gain.
  • Ga. Hospital Inks $35M FCA Deal Over Doc Pay, Billing

    4 Sep 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Columbus Regional Healthcare System Inc. will pay up to $35 million to resolve a former executive’s False Claims Act suits accusing the Georgia hospital chain of overpaying a referring oncologist and overcharging Medicare and Medicaid, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.
  • Birth Control Waiver No Burden On Faith Orgs: 7th Circ.

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:33 pm
    The Affordable Care Act's mandate to provide contraceptive services doesn't pose a substantial burden on organizations that object on religious grounds, and neither does filing a waiver stating those objections, the Seventh Circuit said on Friday, reversing an injunction barring the government from enforcing the mandate.
  • Atty In NJ Gov.'s Office Departs For Hospital Exec Job

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:15 pm
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's deputy chief counsel is leaving the governor's office after nearly six years to join University Hospital in Newark as its senior vice president and general counsel.
  • Fortis Nabs $107M Loan For Long Island College Hospital Buy

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Fortis Property Group LLC has scored $107.25 million in first mortgage financing for the initial phase of its purchase of the Long Island College Hospital real estate portfolio in Brooklyn, financing provider Madison Realty Capital said Friday.
 
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    The IV League

  • The Illumivein Review and Giveaway | Nursing Student & Nurses

    ivleague
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:05 pm
    So the very cool people over at 4aNurse.com sent me a vein finder to give away! I am sure you are thinking…”What’s a vein finder?” Well a vein finder is a specialized light that lets you see exactly where the veins are underneath the skin. It will even go through adipose tissue.  And one lucky nurse or nursing student is going to get one of these awesome tools to have in your nursing bag. I have one and I absolutely love mine! Watch the video below, then enter to win your own right underneath that! There are so many chances to win! I know that the winner is going to…
  • Study Sessions – Dosage Calculations – For Nursing Students

    ivleague
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:37 pm
    Today’s vlog is another Study Session with the IV League for nursing students. The topic today is dosage calculations. You can work along with me by pausing the video and seeing if you got the answers right. So, go on and check out my dosage calculation instructional video! If there is any topic you would like to see covered, just leave a note for me in the comments or on the YouTube video and I will make a video for you! The post Study Sessions – Dosage Calculations – For Nursing Students appeared first on The IV League.
  • Study Sessions with the IV League – ABG Interpretation

    ivleague
    13 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Today kicks off the start of something great! The start of the Study Sessions with the IV League Series! We are kicking things off in grand style with ABG interpretation. And just a reminder….this is the system that worked for me. After seeing it this way, things “clicked.” Make sure you subscribe to the YouTube channel (click to open in a new window) to get updates when the other Study Session videos come out! Also, make sure you click on the link below to get an ABG practice PDF (with answers of course!). IV-LEAGUE-ABG-PRACTICE-L.pdf (9 downloads)   Make sure you stay…
  • Coming Soon…. For Nursing Students – IV League

    ivleague
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:46 am
    I am so excited about the new series that is going to be shared soon!     The series will start out with 4 different topics for nursing students, and if there are any special requests I will cover those too! The first topic will be ABG interpretation, the second is dosage calculations, the third is heparin dosage and calculations, and the fourth is IV dosing calculations. I am so excited about these videos guys! These are tips and tricks that I have learned to help me, and I hope they help you too! Make sure that you subscribe to the YouTube channel (click to open the channel in a…
  • RN Crush App Review

    ivleague
    6 Aug 2015 | 4:37 pm
    The amazing Jon Haws over at nrsng.com has created an amazing NCLEX-RN preparation app that I had the pleasure of checking out. If you are into games on your iPhone and you are in nursing school or waiting to take your boards….this is the game for you! I took some screen captures below (with permission from Jon of course) of some of the features of the game. You can see that there are several choices for game play. Free play gives you the option to choose with categories you want to study. Once you choose an answer for the question you get, you get immediate feedback on the answer as…
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    myTomorrows » Blog

  • Hemispherx Enters Into an Agreement With myTomorrows for an Early Access Program for Rintatolimod in Europe

    myTomorrows
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:09 am
    PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 10, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hemispherx Biopharma, Inc. (NYSE MKT:HEB) (the “Company” or “Hemispherx”), reported today that it has executed an agreement with Impatients, N.V., a Netherlands based company doing business as myTomorrows, for the commencement and management of an Early Access Program (EAP) in all of Europe and Turkey. myTomorrows, as Hemispherx’ exclusive service provider in Europe and Turkey, will perform EAP activities in Europe and Turkey to include the supply of rintatolimod for the treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome…
  • What Are My Health Risk Factors?

    myTomorrows
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:31 am
    Most people live past age 65, at which point the top cause of death is heart disease, followed by cancer, according to a tally of all 2.6 million deaths in the U.S. in 2013 CHILDREN Drowning is the top cause of accidental death for the youngest children. From ages 5 to 24, motor-vehicle accidents are the leading cause. ADULTS Of the 630,887 people ages 25 to 64 who died, 28,655 committed suicide, most commonly using a firearm. ELDERLY The most common cancer after age 55 is lung cancer, followed by lymphoid and blood cancers. Nearly 75% of people who died in 2013 were over 65; today the life…
  • Regels frustreren revolutie in farmacie

    myTomorrows
    12 Jun 2015 | 2:45 am
    Ontdek myTomorrows. Maak een gratis account Risicovrees en cententellerij zijn fnuikend voor farmaceutische innovaties, betogen de hoogleraren Van Deventer, Girbes en Singer. We staan aan de vooravond van grote innovaties op het gebied van medische behandelingen. Europa speelt een belangrijke rol bij de doorbraak van nieuwe medicijnen en de ontwikkeling van genen celtherapie. Helaas worden deze inspanningen gefrustreerd door hindernissen in de regelgeving. In plaats van het enorme potentieel van innoverende middelen in te zien, zijn regulerende autoriteiten, zorgverzekeraars en politici…
  • Antisense Therapeutics and myTomorrows ATL1102 Early Access Program for Patients with Multiple Sclerosis

    myTomorrows
    2 Jun 2015 | 2:10 am
    Antisense Therapeutics Limited (“ANP” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that it has signed a global agreement with innovative expanded access provider myTomorrows (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) to implement an Early Access Program (EAP) for ATL1102 for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). This program will initially be established in selected countries within the European Union (EU) including the 4 major pharmaceutical markets in that territory. Early Access Programs allow biopharmaceutical companies to provide eligible patients with ethical access to investigational…
  • Makelaar in medicijnen (Dutch)

    myTomorrows
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:49 am
    Een nieuw medicijn ontwikkelen, duurt vijftien jaar en kost een miljard euro. De eerste pilletjes zijn peperduur. Maar dat hoeft niet. Het kan goedkoper en sneller. Alleen loopt de farmaceutische industrie hopeloos achter als je dat vergelijkt met moderne technologieën als de iPhone. Ronald Brus zet met myTomorrows een breekijzer in de medicijnkast. Tekst: Rien Floris Ronald Brus is arts en voormalig CEO van het Leidse biotechnologiebedrijf Crucell. Bij de verkoop van Crucell aan het Amerikaanse Johnson and Johnson maakte hij zijn miljoenen waarmee hij nu onbereikbare medicijnen bereikbaar…
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    PlusGuidance Community

  • Is Online the Future of Psychotherapy?

    Nathaniel Smithies
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:03 am
    A brand new podcast has just been published by Clinton Power of Australia Counselling, in which he interviews the world’s leading expert in mental health technology Dr. Kate Anthony. In the interview they go in-depth into the implications and subtleties of delivering psychotherapy online, give recommendations for counsellors and therapists who want to or are already working online, and discuss the future of the psychotherapy profession. This is a must-listen for anyone practitioner of psychotherapy/counselling who wants to keep up with trends in the profession. Skip to minute…
  • Dr. Kate Anthony Endorses PlusGuidance

    Nathaniel Smithies
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:21 am
    The PlusGuidance team works very hard to bring value to online practitioners and their clients. But we’re not the only ones who believe that PlusGuidance is the safest pair of hands when it comes to online therapy. In fact we’ve just had a fantastic endorsement from the world’s leading online therapy expert, Dr. Kate Anthony. Click here to read the full article. Dr. Anthony is a Fellow of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and international expert on the use of technology in mental health. In her article she describes why Skype is not appropriate for…
  • Using PlusGuidance to Reach Out to School Children in Need

    Jeanette Hennigan
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    When I first began training as a counsellor 11 years ago, there was so much that I learnt that I wished I had known before and also that I thought the average person in the street might benefit from. I have since been a believer in not only bringing the skills, knowledge and experience of counsellors outside of the counselling room as well as inside of it as much as possible, but also to try to meet people where they are at – where people’s actual complicated lives are taking place. I’ve been a face-to-face (f2f) counsellor for the majority of those years, my main role being in a…
  • A Brave New World

    Sarah Worley-James
    9 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    Counselling online is a way of working that more and more counsellors are venturing into. For many it is an exciting concept; an opening of new avenues to communicate with clients, and creative ways of working therapeutically. For others the thought of counselling online feels daunting and full of challenges, particularly regarding confidentiality and working safely (both for counsellor and client). I want to share with you my journey into online therapy; the questions and challenges, and resulting learning and growth. I hope to enthuse and awaken your own passion for counselling online, as…
  • PlusGuidance Review by Viola Nicolucci

    Viola Nicolucci
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:05 am
    My name is Viola Nicolucci and I am new here on PlusGuidance. I am a registered psychologist and psychotherapist in Italy and also a chartered psychologist in the UK. I’ve been working online since 2011 as a free lance for both national (Italian) and International telehealth services. I live and work from Italy where I am a member of the Italian Board of Psychologists (Consiglio Nazionale dell’Ordine degli Psicologi). Although, in Italy and Europe there are not great concerns in using Skype as a video-consulting platform for clinical purpose, when I started my online practice I searched…
 
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    Vigyanix

  • Google’s Transition to Alphabet: A Strategic Step Towards Healthcare Reform

    Vigyanix WP
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    Just recently, the Co-Founder of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin announced the formation of a new corporation named Alphabet. The Google’s Life Sciences team of 150 employees under this new name will now aim to expand its footprints into the healthcare industry. It’s no secret that Google has always […] The post Google’s Transition to Alphabet: A Strategic Step Towards Healthcare Reform appeared first on Vigyanix.
  • Why Wearable Technology is the Future in Personalized Medicine [Infographic]

    Vigyanix WP
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Lisa is an executive who travels for her work constantly. Lisa has a very important meeting tomorrow but she is not feeling right so she decides to rest. While she is asleep, her body sensors detects some pathogens in her body. Sensors do a full body scan to measure her […] The post Why Wearable Technology is the Future in Personalized Medicine [Infographic] appeared first on Vigyanix.
  • From Watch to Smart Health Watch: Healthier lifestyle or fad? [Infographic]

    Vigyanix WP
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Wearables are almost becoming extension to our body.  From obtrusive wearables i.e. Google Glass  to almost invisible sensors, they are penetrating our lives like never before. Smartwatches have enjoyed tremendous adoption than the other wearables devices, primarily because they mesh rights into our everyday life. Who would have thought that […] The post From Watch to Smart Health Watch: Healthier lifestyle or fad? [Infographic] appeared first on Vigyanix.
  • Welcome ICD-10 with a smile : 8 Tips for Smoother Transition

    Vigyanix WP
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    ICD – The International Classification of Diseases is a diagnostic codes, maintained by World Health Organization and is used for health management, epidemiology and other medical purposes. From October 1st, 2015, the entire US Healthcare industry is all set to make the leap from a 35-year-old coding system into a […] The post Welcome ICD-10 with a smile : 8 Tips for Smoother Transition appeared first on Vigyanix.
  • Wearable Technology: An Extension to Human Body

    Vigyanix WP
    11 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    With the advent of Internet of things, technology has crossed the boundaries of imagination and is leading to a new era where nothing would be impossible for humankind. There was a day when a wrist watch was used merely for the purpose of knowing time but currently we are living […] The post Wearable Technology: An Extension to Human Body appeared first on Vigyanix.
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    Hospital Jobs and Careers Blog | Job Tips & Resources for Healthcare

  • Making a Career Change in Healthcare: Transitioning to Your True, True Calling

    admin
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:46 am
    Most of us spend 8+ hours a day toiling away alongside our coworkers, so deciding on the right career is imperative to our futures and the satisfaction we feel with our lives. It is no secret that the healthcare field often experiences widespread growth in career openings and job trends.  Technology seems to bring us into the future faster with each passing year, and with these advances come new methods of performing old tasks and new opportunities to fill roles that were inconceivable just a little while ago. Rapid technological advancement, the aging baby boomer population, increased…
  • Tips for Nursing School

    admin
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:48 am
    Getting into nursing school is a great accomplishment and, while you are probably excited and nervous all at once, there are certain strategies you can take to ensure your transition into the program is as smooth as possible. Self-Care Above all else, take care of yourself. Make sure you get plenty of rest at night, exercise daily, and drink lots of water. It’s easy to get stressed and forget to about your health when worried about clinicals and exams, but, if you practice a healthy lifestyle, you will be able to better handle what comes at you during school. Plus, if you want to be a…
  • How to Deal with Stressful Work Relationships

    admin
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
    In a busy hospital environment, the last thing you need is a team member, supervisor, doctor, etc. with whom you cannot get along. When you’re spending anywhere from eight hours or more with your co-workers, these people will have a significant impact on your daily life. Stressful work relationships not only cause drama in the workplace, but also outside of the hospital. Nurses, in particular, don’t want a quarrel or miscommunication with coworkers to hinder them from taking care of patients. However, when mixing different generations, cultures, and personalities in the workplace,…
  • Mental Healthcare Jobs and What They Mean

    admin
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
    We’ve already told you why a career in healthcare is a smart move, but if you are unsure of what part of the industry to work in, consider the mental-health side of healthcare. This side of the healthcare industry has many positions that are fulfilling, and it is rapidly growing. Before narrowing down your choices, you need to consider the type of environment in which you want to work, and the services each field provides. As a mental health professional, you will be responsible for the treatment and therapy of your patients, and this could consist of a generalized practice or something…
  • How to Maintain Healthy Habits for Nurses on Shifts

    admin
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:26 am
      Nurses who work shifts know all too well that it’s hard to eat regularly during your action-packed 12-hour days. Patients need you, sometimes the hospital may be short staffed, and you rarely get more than five minutes alone to sit down and eat. On top of this, if you work alternating shifts, it’s hard to keep a regular schedule for your eating habits. Nurses are more active, and constantly on their feet, which is better than sitting at a desk for eight-hour days, but which leaves little room for healthy meal times. It is all too tempting to grab some candy out of the vending…
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    doctorsimmediatecare.com

  • Why You Need To Fill Half of Your Plate with Fruits and Veggies

    Doctors Immediate Care
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:15 am
    Do you remember the recommended nutrition you need to take every day? Are you troubled with the dilemma of what to eat and avoid to reduce the risk of diseases. Make it easier by making a simple replacement in your each meal or eating occasion. Fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables and make you perfectly fit for a busy life. Your meal plate filled with fruits and vegetables means to you a great source of energy and key nutrition. By replacing high calorie foods, fruits and vegetables help you not to look bloated. You can find more interesting reasons to have fruits and veggies on…
  • How to Get Rid Of Rashes from Poison Ivy and Oak

    Doctors Immediate Care
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:32 am
    Stay away from the skin irritants or simply say “leaves of three, let it be. This commonly heard advice should adhere well in your memory to get rid of some itchy and irritating days during summer. It’s not only in summer, but the nasty family of ‘three leaves’ poison Ivy and poison oak, strike year around to aid the itchy and uncomfortable days. To save yourself from the blisters and severe itching it’s important to spot the poisonous plant and learn what to do if you get exposed to it. How to identify if a plant is poison ivy or oak? One common trait of any poison ivy is it has…
  • Gear Up For the Sports Season with Five Simple Tips

    Doctors Immediate Care
    13 Aug 2015 | 4:17 am
    Sports are really fun. Who can understand this better than a sport person? If you’re a competitive sportsman and gearing up for the new season, probably you’re going through a busy practice schedule. Being a little nervous about the performance is quite common among the beginners. Get relax and feel at ease as there is nothing much to worry about. You can follow some simple tips and fully immerse yourself in the fun of sports. Starts with setting a goal: Goals are great motivators. Before gearing up for the new season set goals of your own. It can be anything like the area you want to…
  • Let’s Empower Every Mother to Breastfeed Their Child in This World Breastfeeding Week

    Doctors Immediate Care
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:01 am
    “Mother’s Milk is the best for babies”. Supporting the quotation the world breastfeeding week is celebrated aiming at a concerted global action to support and encourage women to breastfeed their child. Perhaps breastfeeding is the most incredible gift you offer to your child during his lifetime. In addition to all the vitamins and minerals required for your baby’s healthy growth, mother’s milk contains several substances that help him keep illness out of the way. Here are a few points describing how a child gets the most incredible gift from his mother through breastfeeding.
  • World Hepatitis Day Let Us Take Better Action to Prevent the Viral Diseases

    Doctors Immediate Care
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:52 pm
    July 28, 2015 is observed as World hepatitis day by WHO for encouraging awareness among the people and take better action to prevent the viral diseases that takes the life of millions across the world every year. Irrespective of your age and sex hepatitis can affect anyone. Hepatitis can be of different type like A, B, C, D and E. If not vaccinated or treated earlier Hepatitis B or C can lead to advance stage when its effect could be more vicious. Nearly 80% Hepatitis causes of lever cancer death. The only way to fight for a hepatitis free world is to generate awareness about the disease and…
 
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    Healthcare Demystified

  • How Telemedicine Will Revolutionize Healthcare

    Imran Cronk
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Recall, for a moment, your last trip to the doctor’s office or hospital. How long did it take you to get there? How long did you have to wait before being seen? How long did you delay that visit, which may have been important but not that important, because you had trouble finding two or three hours in your busy schedule? You are not alone – that is the reality most of us experience when interacting with the healthcare system. Telemedicine, where patients are able to telephone or video conference with their doctor or nurse practitioner, eliminates the logistics of traveling across town,…
  • Cost-Sharing Reductions: A Little-Known Part of Obamacare that Could Save Thousands

    Jeff Smedsrud
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:28 am
    By now most consumers know that they can get premium subsidies to buy health insurance if their income is below 400% of the national poverty level. The less you make, the larger subsidy. If you earn too much, there is no subsidy at all. But for Americans with income between 100%-250% of the national poverty level, there is another way to reduce the cost of health care – Cost-Sharing Reductions (CSR). A new study released by Avalere Health points out that more than two million Americans could have saved money had they understood the true value of the rules surrounding CSR. The CSR allows…
  • How Startup Oscar is Leading the Charge Toward Consumer-Friendly Health Insurance

    Imran Cronk
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Founded in the summer of 2013 just before the launch of the Obamacare insurance exchanges, health insurance startup Oscar has earned a $1.5 billion valuation with 40,000 members across New York and New Jersey. Although its annual revenue is currently just about $200 million, Oscar plans to expand into other states this year. And while it faces entrenched regulations and barriers to entry that favor incumbent commercial insurers such as UnitedHealthcare and Aetna, Oscar is making a bet that the future of health insurance belongs to the company with the best customer experience. The different…
  • How New Health IT Will Change Your Relationship With Your Doctor

    Imran Cronk
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Do you know what information is in your electronic health record? Do you have access to it right now, or is it locked up in a computer somewhere? If you fall sick or get injured while traveling in a state across the country, or traveling in a country across the world, what will those doctors and nurses be able to learn about your medical history? Many people cannot answer those questions, and for most of those who can, the answers would be “not really,” “no,” and “nothing.” That is all about to change. The ways in which we record, transmit, analyze and make use of healthcare…
  • Millennials Are Poised to Forever Change the Way Healthcare is Delivered

    Imran Cronk
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:57 am
    The 75-million strong Millennial generation – people between the ages of 18 and 34 – will soon outnumber boomers and is already transforming how healthcare providers deliver care. Although Millennials are the most diverse group of people in American history, and must be recognized as having different backgrounds and opinions, they are united in their expectations from traditional healthcare institutions: make things more convenient, relevant, simpler, and less expensive than the convoluted, fragmented, bureaucratic and costly experience that exists today. Millennials have transitioned…
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    outsourcestrategies.com

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Increases Risk of Heart Attack – Finds Study

    Meghann Kiernan
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:22 am
    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disorder that primarily affects the synovial tissues in the joints. Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that about 1.3 million people in the United States suffer from this disease. Out of every 100,000 people, 41 are diagnosed with RA every year. It is estimated that the number of people with arthritis is expected to reach 67 million by the end of 2030.In most cases, women are about two-and-a-half times more likely to suffer from this condition than men. There are different signs and symptoms associated…
  • Coding for Alzheimer’s Disease – Important Considerations

    Natalie Tornese
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:58 pm
    Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys memory and thinking capabilities. This condition is irreversible and the most common cause of dementia (loss of thinking, remembering, reasoning and other cognitive functioning that affect a person’s daily life and activities) in older adults. If genetic mutation is often the cause for early-onset Alzheimer’s, the complex series of brain changes that occur over decades is the cause for late-onset Alzheimer’s. A combination of genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors are the most possible…
  • Osteoporosis Coding in 2015 – An Overview

    Julie Clements
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:19 pm
    Osteoporosis is the most common bone disease that involves abnormal loss of bony tissue resulting in fragile or porous bones. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), two million broken bones occur every year due to osteoporosis in the United States. The NOF also reports that around 9 million Americans have osteoporosis while 43 million have low bone density with increased risk of osteoporosis. With the increased number of people with coverage in 2015 following the Affordable Care Act (ACA), providers can definitely see more people with osteoporosis or low bone density in…
  • Reimbursement Barriers to Dental Screening

    Rajeev Rajagopal
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    According to healthcare experts, around 70 to 80 percent of bills for preventive or diagnostic dental care services such as preventive screenings, fluoride treatments and others can be covered with traditional fee-for-service plans or preferred-provider plans. While there may be co-payments and deductibles, dental care settings can claim their reimbursement from relevant carriers with correct dental coding. However, a 2014 qualitative study by a group of American researchers discuss the several barriers that exist as regards the reimbursement for oral rapid HIV testing and other preventive…
  • Preparations to Tackle Revenue Loss after ICD-10 Roll Out

    Meghann Kiernan
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:15 pm
    One of the most important considerations practices must have while preparing for ICD-10 is tackling the revenue loss expected to occur just after ICD-10 implementation. The biggest costs will come to practices from lost productivity and claim denials due to coding mistakes. Though bigger players may survive this sudden shortfall with their cash reserves, it may be disastrous for small practices that have already invested in ICD-10 preparations and are operating at a very tight margin. If you prepare well and employ accurate medical coding services for services provided to patients, you can…
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  • Global Human Immunoglobulin (pH4) for Intravenous Injection Industry 2015 Market Research Report

    4 Sep 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The Global Human Immunoglobulin (pH4) for Intravenous Injection Industry 2015 Market Research Report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Human Immunoglobulin (pH4) for Intravenous Injection industry. The report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure.The Human Immunoglobulin (pH4) for Intravenous Injection market analysis is provided for the international markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development statu ...Order / Buy a copy of…
  • Global Human Coagulation Factor VIII Industry 2015 Market Research Report

    3 Sep 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The Global Human Coagulation Factor VIII Industry 2015 Market Research Report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Human Coagulation Factor VIII industry. The report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure.The Human Coagulation Factor VIII market analysis is provided for the international markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status. Development policies and plans are discussed as well a ...Order / Buy a copy of this report…
  • 2015 Spain Clinical Chemistry and Immunodiagnostic Markets: Sales and Market Shares of Major Reagent and Instrument Suppliers

    2 Sep 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This unique report from VPGMarketResearch provides Spain sales and market share estimates for major suppliers of clinical chemistry and immunodiagnostic products. The report also presents strategic assessments of major suppliers and emerging market entrants, including their product portfolios, marketing tactics, technological know-how, new products in R&D, collaborative arrangements, and business strategies. Competitive Assessments - Abbott - AdnaGen - Agilent Technologies - Bayer Healthcare - Beckman Coulter/Danaher - ...Order / Buy a copy of this report @…
  • Global Plasma Fractionation Industry Report 2015

    2 Sep 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The Global Plasma Fractionation Industry Report 2015 is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Plasma Fractionation industry. The report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The Plasma Fractionation market analysis is provided for the international markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status. Development policies and plans are discussed as well as manufacturing processes and cost structures are also analyzed. Thi ...Order /…
  • 2015 France Clinical Chemistry and Immunodiagnostic Markets: Sales and Market Shares of Major Reagent and Instrument Suppliers

    2 Sep 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This unique report from VPGMarketResearch provides France sales and market share estimates for major suppliers of clinical chemistry and immunodiagnostic products. The report also presents strategic assessments of major suppliers and emerging market entrants, including their product portfolios, marketing tactics, technological know-how, new products in R&D, collaborative arrangements, and business strategies. Competitive Assessments - Abbott - AdnaGen - Agilent Technologies - Bayer Healthcare - Beckman Coulter/Danaher ...Order / Buy a copy of this report @…
 
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  • Could House Calls Reduce Hospital Admissions?

    Blog Administrator
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:41 am
    Receiving home healthcare these days can be as easy as ordering a pizza, notes Melinda Beck in a Wall Street Journal article. Entrepreneurial startups such as Heal in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Orange County, and Pager, which delivers healthcare...
  • Pharmacists Look to Play a Bigger Role in Healthcare – and Be Compensated for It

    Blog Administrator
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:41 am
    Although pharmacy students are educated in subjects such as counseling and administering certain therapies, most find themselves in a retail pharmacy dispensing pills after graduation. According to an article in International Business Times, there are signs of change as pharmacists...
  • News Corner: Meals on Wheels Reducing Readmissions With New Program

    Blog Administrator
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:22 am
    According to recent reports, over half of hospitals will receive Medicare reimbursement penalties for high readmission rates in 2015. As a result, hospitals across the country are looking for innovative ways to respond to the national mandate under the Affordable...
  • New Website Provides Free Drug Diversion Resources

    Blog Administrator
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    Headlines about drug diversion incidents are appearing with alarming frequency these days. In July, a nurse was accused of taking controlled substances away from patients at a skilled nursing facility in Mississippi. In August, a pharmacist working at two New...
  • News Corner: New Programs Incentivize Veterans and Others to Consider Nursing Careers

    Blog Administrator
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:28 am
    There is great concern among those in healthcare about the nationwide nursing shortage expected to occur as baby boomers retire or leave the field. In an effort to resolve the issue, various scholastic and healthcare institutions are stepping up with...
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  • Kidney failure from kidney disease may be treatable with TMIGD1 protein

    Bel Marra Health
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:30 pm
    A once unknown protein, referred to as TMIGD1 protein could help lower the rate of kidney failure from kidney disease, easing pain for millions and significantly slashing healthcare budgets. Researchers at Boston University discovered that TMIGD1 (transmembrane and immunoglobulin containing … The post Kidney failure from kidney disease may be treatable with TMIGD1 protein appeared first on Health News Online, Health Information and Breaking Health News.
  • Early flu treatment improves recovery time in seniors

    Emily Lunardo
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:17 am
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that seniors who receive flu treatment can minimize hospital time. In their latest press release, the CDC noted that seniors over the age of 65 are at the highest risk of … The post Early flu treatment improves recovery time in seniors appeared first on Health News Online, Health Information and Breaking Health News.
  • Insulin resistance boost due to gut bacteria and genetic factors

    Dr. Victor Marchione
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:54 am
    Researchers have found insulin resistant boost is due to gut bacteria in the digestive system and genetic factors. Insulin is a hormone created by the pancreas and has a large role in metabolism. When the food we eat is broken … The post Insulin resistance boost due to gut bacteria and genetic factors appeared first on Health News Online, Health Information and Breaking Health News.
  • Acupuncture: The answer to side effects of breast cancer treatment

    Emily Lunardo
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:40 am
    Women suffering from hot flashes because of breast cancer treatment side effects will welcome the news about acupuncture as a viable treatment. Scientists at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have found that hot flashes are … The post Acupuncture: The answer to side effects of breast cancer treatment appeared first on Health News Online, Health Information and Breaking Health News.
  • Asthma and allergies stopped by farm dust bacteria say researchers

    Bel Marra Health
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:18 am
    A link has been uncovered between farm dust bacteria and its ability to protect people from asthma and allergies. The findings were discovered by researchers at VIB (a life science institute in Belgium) and Ghent University. Previous research on … The post Asthma and allergies stopped by farm dust bacteria say researchers appeared first on Health News Online, Health Information and Breaking Health News.
 
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  • Mai shares her experience of the energy of the Trivedi Water....

    4 Sep 2015 | 4:15 am
    Mai shares her experience of the energy of the Trivedi Water. She used this water for some dying trees in the backyard of her house and seen tremendous growth in the plants. She says, “When this energy can give amazing results with plants and trees, then it can be beneficial the human too”. Know more about Mahendra Trivedi at http://trivedifoundation.org/mahendra-trivedi
  • Consciousness according to Mahendra Trivedi and Dahryn...

    17 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Consciousness according to Mahendra Trivedi and Dahryn TrivediMahendra Trivedi and Dahyn Trivedi are talking about the concept of consciousness; Dahryn says the consciousness is the level of alertness and awareness of the surroundings. It is the mental stress level and the level of your calmness. Stress and consciousness are inversely proportional to each other, the more you take stress, the less is your consciousness, it slows and retards your ability to grow consciousness. The advantage of higher consciousness is that you are able to get connected with the God of your understanding, make…
  • Trivedi Retreat- Part- 2 “Consciousness is Power” ...

    16 Jul 2015 | 4:34 am
    Trivedi Retreat- Part- 2 “Consciousness is Power” Watch this video to know, the views of Mahendra Trivedi about astrology & astrologers. To know more watch the video.
  • Virginia Overcomes from her Health...

    15 Jul 2015 | 4:31 am
    Virginia Overcomes from her Health Problem with The Trivedi Effect® Virginia shares her experience of changes in her health and the family after the energy transmission by Mahendra Trivedi. She was suffering from chronic cough due to smoking; and she start getting energy transmission by Mr. Trivedi. After, energy transmissions, her health improved. Moreover, her grandson’s injury also got better results with energy transmission and her elder child start working.
  • Mr. Robert shares his experience of The Trivedi Effect ...

    14 Jul 2015 | 4:58 am
    Mr. Robert shares his experience of The Trivedi Effect Mr. Robert from Chicago shares his experience about The Trivedi Effect. He was having lack of energy, depression, and muscle stiffness but after the energy transmission he didn’t have sickness, has positive energy, emotional wellbeing, improvement in Finances, upcoming in the present economy and he had started a beautiful relationship.
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  • Long-term Breast Feeding May Expose Babies To Toxic Chemicals-Harvard

    Megan Goldin
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Western mothers should not breastfeed their babies for more than three or four months as breast milk is a major source of toxic chemicals, a Harvard University study has found. The researchers found high levels of PFAS in the blood of breastfed babies, with the amounts increasing by at least 25 percent for each month the child is breastfed. They said the risks may outweigh the benefits if a baby is breastfed beyond three to four months in a location where clean water and healthy baby food is available. “We knew that small amounts of PFASs (perfluorinated alkylate substances) (could) occur…
  • Plague Outbreaks Raise Health Concerns

    Megan Goldin
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:31 pm
    When 16-year-old champion high school baseball player Taylor Gaes came home from school in Colorado in June complaining of fever and aching muscles, his parents naturally thought he had the flu. They put him to bed and gave him medication to get his temperature down. Two days later, he woke up coughing blood. His parents rushed him to the nearest hospital, but he died a few miles before they arrived. Gaes died of the plague, bitten by a flea carried most likely by prairie dogs near his Colorado ranch. A second person, an unnamed adult, has also died of the plague in Colorado this summer. At…
  • Is Medical Marijuana All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

    Megan Goldin
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:10 am
    Marijuana has never been more legit than it is today. If Bill Clinton was asked now whether he’d ever smoked a joint, he would have said “hell yeah” and wouldn’t have even bothered to suggest he hadn’t inhaled. Cannabis is comfortably middle class. These days, marijuana is more associated with ageing hippies and people with chronic illnesses than as a hip party drug for millennials. In fact, cannabis is so mainstream that the website Gawker recently published an article that said it was no longer “cool” to smoke weed as a recreation drug. Instead,…
  • The Real Paleo Diet Had Cooked Carbs: Study

    Megan Goldin
    13 Aug 2015 | 11:36 am
    The Paleolithic Diet has become more than a fad. It’s created an entire food movement followed religiously be adherents who believe that if we eat the way our ancient ancestors ate then we’ll stay slim and reduce our risk of getting a whole gamut of diseases from heart disease, to stroke, to cancer and diabetes. There are no cook books left by our ancient caveman ancestors but a team of scientists have turned to archaeology and genetics to figure out what they ate and how it affected human evolution. Their article published in The Quarterly Review of Biology suggests that paleo…
  • This Is What Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy Does To The Baby

    Megan Goldin
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:20 am
    Anyone who has read the latest blockbuster novel Girl On The Train will be horrified at the effect that drinking alcohol has on the life of the lead character Rachel Watson. Her husband left her for another woman, she lost her job and she takes the train in and out of London spending the day wondering aimlessly around the streets so that her flatmate doesn’t know she is unemployed. On the ride home, she drinks cans of gin and tonic and arrives home drunk. She suffers from memory blackouts and lives like a slob. She dreams of having a baby but can’t conceive. Rachel is an extreme…
 
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    HealthyLife | WeRIndia

  • Vitamin D may help prevent or treat all but one of the following. Which one?

    healthylife
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:38 pm
    high blood pressure hip fractures osteoarthritis osteoporosis   The post Vitamin D may help prevent or treat all but one of the following. Which one? appeared first on HealthyLife | WeRIndia.
  • Kootu vegetable curry

    healthylife
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:23 am
    A traditional kootu is a healthy curry and is a very delicious dish. The post Kootu vegetable curry appeared first on HealthyLife | WeRIndia.
  • Detrimental effects of Junk Food on children

    healthylife
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:39 am
    Junk food can most generally be described as those which contain empty calories and excessive amounts of substances known to cause harm to the body. The post Detrimental effects of Junk Food on children appeared first on HealthyLife | WeRIndia.
  • Undercover Investigator Reveals Footage McDonald’s Will Most Definitely Not Want To Go Viral

    healthylife
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:34 am
    As MercyForAnimals shares, a major chicken supplier for both McDonald’s and Tyson Foods has been caught on film deeply abusing chickens. The post Undercover Investigator Reveals Footage McDonald’s Will Most Definitely Not Want To Go Viral appeared first on HealthyLife | WeRIndia.
  • Home Remedies for Toothache

    healthylife
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:24 pm
    Tolerating toothache is impossible for most of us. The post Home Remedies for Toothache appeared first on HealthyLife | WeRIndia.
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    Respiratory Therapy Central

  • Roflumilast Reduces Allergen-Induced Airway Inflammation in Patients with Asthma

    RTcentral
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:07 am
    By Cassandra Perez New data indicates various doses of roflumilast reduced allergen-induced airway inflammation in asthma patients. “The studies presented here show that roflumilast has no acute bronchodilator actions in patients with mild to moderate asthma,” Philip Bardin, PhDthe director of the lung and sleep unit at Monash Health in Australia, and colleagues … READ MORE Via:: http://www.rtmagazine.com/2015/09/roflumilast-reduces-allergen-induced-airway-inflammation-patients-asthma/ The post Roflumilast Reduces Allergen-Induced Airway Inflammation in Patients with Asthma appeared…
  • Air Pollution Linked to Children’s Low Academic Achievement

    RTcentral
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:06 am
    By Cassandra Perez A study on children’s health revealed that fourth and fifth graders exposed to toxic air pollutants at home are more likely to have lower GPAs. University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) researchers analyzed academic performance and sociodemographic data for 1,895 fourth and fifth grade children living in El Paso, Texas … READ MORE Via:: http://www.rtmagazine.com/2015/09/air-pollution-linked-childrens-low-academic-achievement/ The post Air Pollution Linked to Children’s Low Academic Achievement appeared first on Respiratory Therapy Central.
  • Influenza Vaccines Provide Moderate Protection Throughout the Entire Flu Season

    RTcentral
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:05 am
    By Cassandra Perez A new study shows that individuals who received the flu vaccine were protected for up to 6 months after the vaccination. “Few studies have assessed how quickly protection against influenza declines within a year following vaccination, specifically among US populations,” said Dr. Jennifer Radin, at the Naval Health Research Center in … READ MORE Via:: http://www.rtmagazine.com/2015/09/influenza-vaccines-provide-moderate-protection-throughout-entire-flu-season/ The post Influenza Vaccines Provide Moderate Protection Throughout the Entire Flu Season appeared first on…
  • Study Shows Benefits for COPD Patients Using Digital Health Application

    RTcentral
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:05 am
    By Cassandra Perez Patients with COPD who used a digital health application to report symptoms and receive treatment recommendations experienced less severe COPD exacerbations, according to a new study. The Pennsylvania Study of COPD Exacerbations (PA-SCOPE), led by Gerard J. Criner, MD, FACP, FACCP, Founding Chair of the new Department of Thoracic Medicine and … READ MORE Via:: http://www.rtmagazine.com/2015/09/study-shows-benefits-copd-patients-using-digital-health-application/ The post Study Shows Benefits for COPD Patients Using Digital Health Application appeared first on…
  • Luminex Seeks US FDA Approval for NxTAG Respiratory Pathogen Panel

    RTcentral
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:03 am
    By Cassandra Perez Luminex Corporation has submitted a a 510(k) application to the FDA for its NxTAG respiratory pathogen panel, according to PharmaBiz. “With the FDA submission of the NxTAG respiratory pathogen panel, we are demonstrating our continued focus on delivering solutions that address our customers’ productivity needs,” said Homi Shamir, president and CEO … READ MORE Via:: http://www.rtmagazine.com/2015/09/luminex-seeks-us-fda-approval-nxtag-respiratory-pathogen-panel/ The post Luminex Seeks US FDA Approval for NxTAG Respiratory Pathogen Panel appeared first on…
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  • Corneal Transplantation Types, Needs, Surgery, Risks

    Jyotsna Bonu
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:02 am
    The clear, dome-shaped surface of the front of the eye which helps to protect eye from dust and germs is cornea. It also permits light to enter eye. It quickly ... The post Corneal Transplantation Types, Needs, Surgery, Risks appeared first on Lloyd Healthcare Pvt. Ltd..
  • Pancreas Transplantation Types, Needs, Riskfactors

    Jyotsna Bonu
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:49 am
    The chronic disease in which the cells in the pancreas make insulin are destroyed and the body is unable to make insulin is called type 1 diabetes. The exact cause ... The post Pancreas Transplantation Types, Needs, Riskfactors appeared first on Lloyd Healthcare Pvt. Ltd..
  • Lung Transplantation Types, Needs, Surgery, Risks

    Jyotsna Bonu
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:43 am
    The hardest working and essential respiratory organ in many air breathing humans and animals which allows to breathe in and out are lungs. They expand and contract up to 20 times a ... The post Lung Transplantation Types, Needs, Surgery, Risks appeared first on Lloyd Healthcare Pvt. Ltd..
  • Kidney Transplantation Needs, Surgery, Riskfactors, Facts

    Jyotsna Bonu
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    Most people know that a major function of the kidneys is to remove waste products and excess fluid from the body. These waste products and excess fluids are removed through ... The post Kidney Transplantation Needs, Surgery, Riskfactors, Facts appeared first on Lloyd Healthcare Pvt. Ltd..
  • How Does Pancreas Work ?

    Jyotsna Bonu
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Tucked away inside our abdomen there is an organ that is important for blood sugar regulation called pancreas. Though we always dont hear about the pancreas unless a problem arises, ... The post How Does Pancreas Work ? appeared first on Lloyd Healthcare Pvt. Ltd..
 
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