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  • Non-clinical care coordination process improves discharge process, reduces readmission

    Ilene MacDonald
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    In case you missed it, this week FierceHealthcare ran a story about the success of a pilot program at three Pennsylvania hospitals that had non-clinical patient navigators help patients gain access...read more
  • Patient-centered medical homes lower costs, reduce healthcare overuse

    Leslie Small
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    The evidence is clear that the use of patient-centered medical homes can reduce healthcare costs, overuse of the emergency department and overall inpatient hospitalizations, according to a new, comprehensive report from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative.read more
  • 5 optimistic healthcare trends for 2015

    Sean West
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:52 am
    After the initial apprehension and uncertainty in the wake of the Affordable Care Act, optimism is taking hold among healthcare leaders, according to research from the Aegis Health Group, which identified several positive trends within the industry.read more
  • Obama to request $215M for precision medicine plan

    Leslie Small
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:36 am
    The Obama administration is set to reveal Friday that it will earmark $215 million in the 2016 budget to power the Precision Medicine Initiative that the president first introduced in his recent State of the Union address.read more
  • 'Ebola czar' Klain to leave post Feb. 15

    Zack Budryk
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:22 pm
    President Barack Obama's "Ebola czar" Ron Klain will return to his job as president of Case Holdings upon departing the White House but will continue to advise the administration about the deadly virus, the Washington Post reports.read more
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  • X2 Bio's Concussion Platform Gives Clinicians The Information They Need On Superbowl Sunday

    Robert Glatter, MD
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:19 pm
    In 2007, when Rich Able’s son, Kyle, suffered a severe concussion in a high school football game, the 14-year medical device industry veteran decided to change the course of his life’s work.
  • Anti-Vaccine Doctors Should Lose Their Licenses

    Peter Lipson
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    Vaccination is a medical no-brainer, a public health home run, up there with clean water. Doctors can help save individual patients, but public health measures can save whole populations. When doctors promote public health, such as vaccination and water fluoridation, we get to improve both individual and public health goals.
  • Top Tips To Improve Your Memory

    David DiSalvo
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
  • Your Memory Is Like A Camcorder -- Here's How To Turn It On

    David DiSalvo
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    According to a new study, memory is a lot like a camcorder.
  • First Hand Account: The White House Precision Medicine Announcement

    David Shaywitz
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
    As an executive at a relatively young and decidedly ambitious company, it’s hard to describe the excitement and sense of remarkable possibility you experience sitting in the East Room hearing the President of the United States emphasize the fundamental importance of exactly what it is you believe you and your colleagues are doing. Entrepreneurs are perennially encouraged to follow hockey great Wayne Gretzky’s advice, and skate to where you think the puck will be going. Now, imagine feeling that the President has just fired the puck in your direction.
 
 
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  • Ethicists question impact of hospital advertising

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    Ethicists question the impact of health information that is available online, specifically hospital advertisements, and argue that while the Internet offers patients valuable data and tools -- including hospital quality ratings and professional treatment guidelines - that may help them when facing decisions about where to seek care or whether to undergo a medical procedure, reliable and unbiased information may be hard to identify among the growing number of medical care advertisements online.
  • 'Vast Majority' of Neurosurgeons Practice Defensive Medicine

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:16 am
    More than three-fourths of US neurosurgeons practice some form of defensive medicine--performing additional tests and procedures out of fear of malpractice lawsuits, new research reports.
  • Fluorescent dyes 'light up' brain cancer cells

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:16 am
    Two new fluorescent dyes attracted to cancer cells may help neurosurgeons more accurately localize and completely resect brain tumors, suggests a new study. Removing all visible areas of cancer (gross total resection) significantly improves survival after brain cancer surgery.
  • New software analyzes human genomes faster than other available technologies

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:26 am
    Investigators have developed an analysis 'pipeline' that slashes the time it takes to search a person's genome for disease-causing variations from weeks to hours.
  • Can Lean Management improve hospitals?

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:29 am
    Waiting times in hospital emergency departments could be cut with the introduction of Lean Management and Six Sigma techniques according to research.
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    Healthcare Intelligence Network

  • Infographic: Inefficient Health Communications

    Melanie Matthews
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    Inefficient communication in the healthcare setting can waste healthcare providers' precious time during all facets of a patient encounter, according to a new infographic by imprivata. The infographic looks at the average time wasted with inefficient communication tools during the patient admission and transfer processes and for an emergency response team, as well as the annual cost of this inefficiency. While addressing the needs of individual patients, a medical neighborhood also encompasses population health and overall community health needs. Almost 31 percent of healthcare organizations…
  • Healthcare Payor Strategies for Co-Located Case Management

    Cheryl Miller
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    How to best strategize the co-location of case managers at points of care? The key is to understand the population you’re serving, be very targeted, and direct your services appropriately, says Dorothy Moller, managing director in the government healthcare solutions business unit of Navigant Healthcare. Question: New market data on embedded case management found that two-thirds of respondents have co-located case managers at points of care, including primary care practices, hospital ERs and patients’ homes. What are some payor strategies for matching case managers with providers, and how…
  • Majority Back Medicare Timeline for Value-Based Reimbursement

    Patricia Donovan
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    For the first time in Medicare history, HHS has set explicit goals for alternative payment models and value-based payments.The healthcare industry took notice earlier this week of Medicare's ambitious timeline for moving Medicare payments from volume- to value-based models—an agenda validated by the majority of respondents to HIN's eleventh annual Healthcare Trends and Forecasts survey. Ninety-two percent of respondents to the December 2014 survey endorsed healthcare’s transition to rewarding healthcare value and quality over volume of services, noting the trend has boosted…
  • Infographic: Telehealth Index

    Melanie Matthews
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    Sixty-four percent of Americans would be willing to have a physician visit over a video platform, according to a new survey conducted by Harris on behalf of American Well. An infographic by American Well drills down into the survey results, including details on consumer perceptions of telehealth. Real-time remote management of high-risk populations curbed hospitalizations, hospital readmissions and ER visits for more than 80 percent of respondents and boosted self-management levels for nearly all remotely monitored patients, according to 2014 market data from the Healthcare Intelligence…
  • 9 Hospital Discharge Communications Tactics to Curb Readmissions

    Cheryl Miller
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    For heart failure patients making the transition from hospital to home, an effective discharge summary can mean the difference in whether the patient recovers quickly or returns to the hospital, according to two new studies from Yale School of Medicine researchers. To be effective, discharge summaries must have three key factors: they must be timely, be quickly forwarded to the outside physician, and contain detailed and useful information. We asked the 116 respondents to the fourth annual Healthcare Intelligence Network’s (HIN) Reducing Hospital Readmissions Survey, conducted in December…
 
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  • How the Advent of Propofol Changed the Meaning of the term “Sedation”

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:52 pm
    By KAREN SIBERT, MD “Twilight! She has to have twilight,” insisted the adult daughter of my frail, 85-year-old patient. “She can’t have general anesthesia. She hasn’t been cleared for general anesthesia!” We were in the preoperative area of my hospital, where my patient – brightly alert, with a colorful headband and bright red lipstick – […]
  • Tele Taking Off

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:16 am
    By CECI CONNOLLY In Washington, sometimes the most significant developments quietly creep up on you. No epic debate or triumphant bill-signing ceremony, but rather a collection of seemingly small events begin to tip the scales. That’s what is happening today with telehealth. Almost under the radar, federal and state officials have been giving a much-needed push […]
  • You Owe Me a BMW

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:06 pm
    By ROBERT McNUTT, MD During a move necessitated 20+ years ago by my change from a “private practice of medicine” life to a “back to school” life, I decided to undertake the move on my own using a rented van. I also had to affix a small trailer packed with furniture to the van. As […]
  • Medical Necessity and Unnecessary Care

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:53 pm
    By PAUL KECKLEY Unnecessary care that’s not evidence-based—usually associated with excess testing, surgical procedures or over-prescribing—accounts for up to 30% of what is spent in healthcare. In recent months, enforcement actions against physicians and hospitals have gained increased attention. But unnecessary care and over-utilization is not a new story or one that’s easy to understand. […]
  • A Tale of Two Sore Throats: On Retail Clinics and Urgent Care

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:11 pm
    By LESLIE KERNISAN, MD Six years ago, just after arriving in Baltimore for a winter conference, I fell sick with fever and a bad sore throat. After a night of feeling awful, I went looking for help. I found it at a Minute Clinic in a CVS near the hotel. I was seen right away […]
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  • Do health plans have a future?

    dewe67
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Not to be cynical but in the insurance business the best way to make money is to discourage risky people from becoming policyholders and to exclude from coverage anything that a policyholder is likely to file a claim for. In the real world, insurance regulations temper these strategies, but don’t eliminate them completely. Health insurers in particular now have to operate within a narrow corridor. Under the Affordable Care Act they can’t discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions and must offer a fairly standardized set of benefits. Their profitability is also…
  • Health Wonk Review is up at Healthcare Economist

    dewe67
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Check out the Super Bowl edition of the Health Wonk Review. Healthcare Economist is our gracious host.
  • Nonprofit CEO compensation: Much ado about not much

    dewe67
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:57 am
    The Sunday Boston Globe (Leading nonprofit jobs hold big perks) was as predictable as it was misguided. Here’s the juicy lead: They are not only well-paid, but many receive an array of generous perks — housing allowances, home loans, club dues, and free travel for spouses. One was awarded a quarter-million dollars in retention bonuses. Another is reimbursed for his children’s college tuition. Exhibit A is the president of the Museum of Science. He’s the one who’s reimbursed for his kids’ tuition. But wait, it turns out he worked for 10 years as a dean at Tufts,…
  • Health equity and total cost of care: Any connection?

    dewe67
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:09 am
    I recently interviewed Minnesota Community Measurement’s Jim Chase about two new reports: Total Cost of Care and Health Inequities based on race, ethnicity, language and country of origin. As Jim mentioned when I asked, these are two separate projects with no explicit linkage. But after some further pondering, he and I both think that the intersection of the two topics raises interesting questions. In particular: Are the poor outcomes of certain groups associated with high costs or are poor results driven by some populations accessing fewer services? This would be a very interesting…
  • The urban asthma myth

    dewe67
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    Everyone knows that asthma rates are highest among low-income urban populations, right? Turns out that conventional wisdom may just be wrong. Michael Segal MD PhD pointed me to the following LA Times article (Researchers debunk the idea that asthma is more common in inner cities) For more than 50 years, the conventional wisdom about asthma has been that it thrives in poor, densely populated urban areas. Researchers have even gone so far as to declare an “inner-city asthma epidemic.” But they’ve never actually checked whether asthma is more common in city centers than in suburbs or rural…
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  • Rethink "Repeal and Replace" and Consumer Friendly Obamacare Fixes - Two Op-Eds in USA Today

    14 Jan 2015 | 7:44 pm
    I have no doubt Republicans will insist on proposing their own complex plan to reform the health insurance system that will include repealing and replacing Obamacare. But I think it is going to get them into more political trouble than it's worth. Here's the first of my two of op-eds in Thursday's USA Today: Rethink "Repeal and Replace" Of course that begs a question, Just what should we do
  • Will Tax Season Be Obamacare's Next Big Challenge? Is There Really an Individual Mandate?

    6 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    Will tax-filing season be the next reason for consumers to complain about the new health law? Come tax time, will the Obama administration really enforce the individual health insurance mandate? The IRS is out with a 21-page publication––Publication 5187––describing what taxpayers need to know about Obamacare in order to file their 2014 taxes. On page six you will find this: So, if the
  • The Single-Payer Health Insurance Failure in Vermont

    5 Jan 2015 | 3:50 pm
    For 25 years I've been saying that I wished a little state like Vermont would implement a single-payer Canadian-style health insurance system––"Medicare For All." My argument has always been that such a small and limited experiment would give us the opportunity to see the ideological arguments for such a system play out in the face of fiscal reality and the stakeholders fighting it out in the
  • The Letter You Never Want to Get on Christmas Eve

    29 Dec 2014 | 1:40 pm
    I was reading the December 18th issue of Inside Health Insurance Exchanges and came across an article entitled, "New Kids on the Block Come Out Swinging; Co-Ops Lower Rates for Many Health Plans." The gist of the article had to do with the success a number of Obamacare insurance co-ops have had in charging lower rates and getting lots of market share by "[underpricing] more established players
  • How Many People Have Enrolled So Far in Obamacare's Second Open Enrollment?

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

    Michael D. Miller MD
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    The cost of so-called specialty drugs has become a major health policy issue largely because of spending projections for new medicines for chronic hepatitis C infection and cancers.  Having worked on issues related to the development, approval, availability, use, and cost of medical treatments for more than 25 years, I’ve noted with concern and bemusement how cost and value issues are being discussed and presented in public debates and policy circles. The Intense Debate About New Biopharmaceuticals Was Predictable The introduction of significant new specialty medicines is reasonably…
  • New Direction for Health Reform Book

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

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

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

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

    Jason Shafrin
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:17 pm
    I have spilled much ink on this blog discussing the pros and cons of pay-for-performance approaches to medicine.  Incentivizing high quality care is good in theory, but in practice changes in quality have been modest and providers may be able to readily game the system.  Despite these challenges, Medicare announced this week that it would being  tying 30 percent of “traditional, or fee-for-service Medicare payments to quality or value through alternative payment models, such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) or bundled payment arrangements by the end of 2016.” To…
  • Health Wonk Review: Super Bowl Edition

    Jason Shafrin
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:32 am
    You have been studying the the teams, getting the snacks, and reading up on “Deflate-gate.”  You’re ready to grab a beverage and watch some commercials football.  The Super Bowl is almost upon us. Before you turn on the TV for the game, however, an even more exciting event is upon us: the Health Wonk Review!  So get ready for this weeks the best health policy posts on the wonk-o-sphere. Healthcare cost Of course, as an economist, I have to start off talking about money and cost. Does the ACA increase or decrease you health care costs? InsureBlog‘s Patrick Paule…
  • Does your FitBit need to be FDA approved?

    Jason Shafrin
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    Right now, the answer is no, but in the near future, this may no longer be the case. The FDA has released a draft guidance on how it will regulate the new generation of wearable technology.  This guidance  says it will not regulate “general wellness” products like the FitBit. However, if the wearable cites health benefits for a specific disease, then the wearable would be subject to FDA regulation. For instance, if the wearable states it can improve specific disease symptoms or improve functional status due to a specific deformity, those claims would require FDA approval. On…
  • In Memoriam: Willard G. Manning, 1946-2014

    Jason Shafrin
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:24 pm
    In November, Willard Manning passed away.  I met Dr. Manning as he was a lecturer at the European Science Days summer school in Steyr, Austria.  iHEA has put together a nice in memoriam article and I have an sample of that below.  I will echo that although Dr. Manning was best know for his work on the RAND Health Insurance Experiment, his most lasting contributions to the health economics field are likely in his work as a leading health econometrician.   Will was probably best and most widely known for his work on the RAND Health Insurance Experiment (HIE). Not only has this work…
  • Friday Links

    Jason Shafrin
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    What is precision medicine? Medicaid fees and access to care Potentially practical, in a world without fraud. The graveyard shift. Ebola turning point?
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  • Our Friday Song of the Week – Stay with Me

    Anthony Cirillo
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Our Friday Song of the Week – Stay with Me The post Our Friday Song of the Week – Stay with Me appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Waistlines of U.S. Adults Continue to Increase

    Anthony Cirillo
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Waistlines of U.S. Adults Continue to Increase The prevalence of abdominal obesity and average waist circumference increased among U.S. adults from 1999 to 2012, according to a study in JAMA. Data from 32,816 men and non-pregnant women ages 20 years or older were analyzed. The overall age-adjusted average waist circumference increased progressively and significantly, from 37.6 inches in 1999-2000 to 38.8 inches in 2011-2012. Significant increases occurred in men (0.8 inch), women (1.5 inch), non-Hispanic whites (1.2 inch), non­-Hispanic blacks (1.6 inch), and Mexican Americans (1.8 inch).
  • Can Librium/Valium Promote Alzheimer’s? Read on.

    Anthony Cirillo
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Can Librium/Valium Promote Alzheimer’s? Read on. A study published by the journal BMJ suggests that benzodiazepine use may promote the development of dementia. A benzodiazepine sometimes colloquially “benzo“; often abbreviated “BZD“) is a psychoactive drug. The first such drug, Librium, was discovered accidentally by Leo Sternbach in 1955, and made available in 1960 by Hoffmann–La Roche, which has also marketed the benzodiazepine diazepam (Valium) since 1963. Benzodiazepines are useful in treating anxiety, insomnia, agitation, seizures, muscle spasms, alcohol…
  • People Who Get Migraines in Middle Age May Be More Likely to Develop Parkinson’s

    Anthony Cirillo
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    People Who Get Migraines in Middle Age May Be More Likely to Develop Parkinson’s People who experience migraine in middle age may be more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, or other movement disorders later in life according to a study published in the online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Those who have migraine with aura may be at double the risk of developing Parkinson’s. “Migraine with aura” is a relatively new name for the less common type of migraine headache. Aura refers to feelings and symptoms you notice shortly…
  • Our Friday Song of the Week – Chasing Cars

    Anthony Cirillo
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Our Friday Song of the Week – Chasing Cars The post Our Friday Song of the Week – Chasing Cars appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
 
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  • The Latest Health Wonk Review

    Chris Fleming
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:33 am
    On January 29, Jason Shafrin at Health Care Economist published a “Super Bowl” edition of the Health Wonk Review. Jason’s round-up contains no hot air, but it’s not at all deflating — it includes two Health Affairs Blog posts on the present and future of Medicare ACOs by Mark McClellan and coauthors and Scott Heiser and coauthors. We also want to give a delayed shout-out to the nice “shake the winter blahs” Health Wonk Review that Vince Kuraitis published at e-CareManagement on January 15. Vince included a Health Affairs Blog post by Uwe…
  • Beyond Wellness ROI Part II: The Case Study Of A Major Self-Funded Employer

    Harris Allen and Raymond Fabius
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    In a recent post, we agreed with Goetzel et al. about the advisability of moving away from a preoccupation with the return-on-investment (ROI) of wellness programs and toward the more systemic, iterative view required to make progress toward workplace “cultures of health.” At the same time, we acknowledged Lewis et al. and others for helping to usher in a new and needed scrutiny of the fairness and effectiveness of employment-based wellness programs. But, we also cited peer-reviewed evidence that counters Lewis et al.’s conclusion that there are no conditions under which employer…
  • Exhibit Of The Month: California’s Hospital Fair Pricing Act Reduces Amount Paid By Uninsured

    Tracy Gnadinger
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Editor’s note: This post is part of an ongoing “Exhibit of the Month” series. Readers who’d like to highlight other noteworthy exhibits from the same issue are encouraged to make their pitch in the comments section below. This month’s exhibit, published in the January issue of Health Affairs, looks at the proportion of hospital charges to and collections from uninsured patients in California from 2003 to 2012. In the article, “California’s Hospital Fair Pricing Act Reduced The Prices Actually Paid By Uninsured Patients,” author Ge Bai of the Williams School of Commerce,…
  • Innovation In Health Care Education: A Call To Action

    Regina Herzlinger, Vasant Kumar, Kevin Schulman, and Karen Staman
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Health care administration educators are at a crossroads: the health care sector is rife with inefficiencies, erratic quality, unequal access, and sky-high costs, complex problems which call for innovative solutions. And yet, according to our content analysis of top U.S. health administration schools and a recent article in the Lancet, our educational systems focus their curricula on isolated, theoretical subjects, such as analytics and quantitative problem solving, rather than the team-oriented, practical problem-solving skills required for innovation. All too often, when graduates of these…
  • Health Affairs Web First: Do Low-Income Consumers In Medicaid Opt-Out States Pay More Out Of Pocket?

    Chris Fleming
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    In the twenty-three states currently not expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), uninsured adults who would have been eligible for that program and have incomes at or above poverty are now generally eligible for subsidies to purchase health coverage in their state’s Marketplace exchange. How would out-of-pocket costs in the Marketplace compare with Medicaid coverage for this group of low-income Americans living in states not expanding Medicaid? This study, being released by Health Affairs as a Web First, estimated these costs under two simulation scenarios: calculating…
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  • Medicare Payments Surge for Stents to Unblock Blood Vessels in Limbs

    medicare poster
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Some cardiologists are reaping huge reimbursements for operating to relieve blockages in peripheral veins and arteries, a treatment many may not need. Related NewsCMS Likely Will Not Restrict Coverage For Drug-Coated StentsStudy Finds Medicare Savings From New Stents, but Skeptics Are Not Necessarily ConvincedTreatments for blocked carotid arteries vary by US region
  • Industry Group to Back Results-Focused Care

    medicare poster
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The new coalition said it is committed to finding a way to change financial incentives, moving the bulk of payments to so-called “value-based” arrangements by 2020. Related NewsNation’s Foremost Health Care Leaders Kick Off Summit Focused on Zero-Tolerance Approach to Hospital-Acquired InfectionsConsumer Group Testifies That CMS’ Lax Oversight Of Medicare Private Health Plans Results In Much More Out-of-Pocket …Industry groups seek delay in Medicare payer rules
  • Accountable Care Organizations: Like H.M.O.s, but Different

    medicare poster
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    New payment models seek to put more responsibility for cost control and quality improvement on health providers, and more, but not all, of the risk. Related NewsNew Regulations Proposed for Accountable Care OrganizationsHHS Says 89 New Accountable Care Organizations Serving MedicareBenchmarks for Medicare accountable care organizations
  • Head of Medicare and Medicaid Agency Is Stepping Down

    medicare poster
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Marilyn B. Tavenner, the administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, helped preside over the rollout of sweeping changes in the nation’s health care system. Related NewsGeisinger president denies move to Medicare agencyGeisinger chief may lead Medicare agencyUPDATE: White House Nominates Berwick To Head Medicare Agency
  • Clinic That Treated Joan Rivers Will Lose Federal Funding

    medicare poster
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Yorkville Endoscopy, on the Upper East Side, has failed to correct the deficiencies implicated in Ms. Rivers’s death, according to a letter released by the government Monday. Related NewsKnoxville nursing home may lose federal funding for Medicaid/Medicare residentsMore Than 180,000 Medicare Advantage Members in Michigan Would Lose Coverage If Funding Cut, According to New StudyHeart Transplant Programs In Three States Could Lose Federal Funding For Failing To Meet Medicare Standards
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  • The anti-vaxxer push back movement

    rcentor
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    The Disneyland associated measles outbreak has highlighted a major problem. As Rahm Emmanuel famously said, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste” While infectious disease experts, the CDC and most physicians understood the potential problem of inadequate vaccinations and “herd immunity”, the non-medical public likely needed to see this crisis to better understand the consequences of even 8-10% of children not receiving vaccinations. This morning on my favorite news show – Morning Joe – devoted almost 6 minutes to this topic. Dr. Howard Dean had…
  • Do patient satisfaction ratings counteract the high value care initiative?

    rcentor
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:11 am
    All physicians know the scenario. You want to reassure the patient; the patient wants another (usually expensive) test. In our new metric age, we may have a conflict between overuse and patient satisfaction. The article provides some hospitalist data – Hospitalists know guidelines but overuse tests to reassure selves, patients How do we balance making our best evidence based decisions with patient “demands”? Some experts will tell us that we really have a communication problem. If we were just better at explaining the data, the patient would agree. Those experts do not take…
  • Resident burnout – not fixed

    rcentor
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    An article in the current Academic Medicine has this conclusion: Job burnout and self-reported sleepiness in IM resident physicians were unchanged after the 2011 DHRs at three academic institutions. Further investigation into the determinants of burnout can inform effective interventions. This conclusion shows that the authors of the regulations and of this study do not understand the determinants of burnout. Burnout generally follows a lack of control. Changing work hour rules, if anything, worsens lack of control. To decrease burnout we need a more fundamental residency reform. We need to…
  • The diagnosis project – another 3 admissions

    rcentor
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Today we had three new admissions. One was very routine, but the other two raised some significant diagnostic questions. Diagnosis generally dominates the first few admission days. We cannot really develop a good treatment plan until we solve the diagnostic dilemma.
  • Performance measurement has major problems

    rcentor
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:10 pm
    I started writing about performance measurement and associated problems for 10 years. For the first few years, we in the blogosphere seemed to be shouting in the wilderness. When I first joined the ACP Board of Regents, the general consensus favored P4P. We who questioned the value of performance measures were told that “the train has left the station”. Over the past 7 years, many leaders in medicine have seen what the blogs saw first, we have too many bad measures, and too often performance measurement has significant unintended consequences. Now even MedPac has major concerns…
 
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  • As the destroy fee for service movment ramps up just remember there is no perfect compensation mechanism

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
     The Obama administration is ramping  up the campaign against medical  fee for service and claiming they want to pay for quality not quantity of care. See. Dr.Paul Hsieh (of the blog We Stand Firm)  remarks about that issue here. It is really about cost control.Quoting the economist, Arnold Kling: "Keep in mind that there is no perfect system for compensating doctors. For example, if you pay them a fixed amount of money per patient, then their incentive is to see a lot of healthy patients and avoid the sick ones. If you pay them a fixed salary, their incentive is to work…
  • Are patients pawns on the chess board of population medicine?

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:13 am
    They would seem to  be at least so it appears to be in the presentation of the "population medicine approach" of by Dr. Harold Sox,former editor of the Annals of Internal Medicine, former president of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and former chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, offered in the November 13 ,2014 issue of  the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).Here is my thumbnail summary of what Dr. Sox wrote in describing how the population medicine approach would work.The major important diseases would be identified as would methods for their…
  • Maybe the health care supply curve slopes upwards and more ACA bait and switch

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:50 am
    See here for a review of a recent NEJM article that supplied data indicating that the temporary increase in Medicaid fees which was part of ACA  may have increased access to medical care.So as Medicaid professional fees increase more services are supplied.From Nov 2012 to July 2014," [t]he availability of primary care appointments in the Medicaid group increased by 7.7 percentage points, from 58.7% to 66.4%, between the two time periods. The states with the largest increases in availability tended to be those with the largest increases in reimbursements, with an estimated…
  • Is Maintenance of Certification (MOC) part of ACA and who put it there?

    15 Jan 2015 | 4:19 am
    The short answer is :Yes, MOC  has been implanted into the legislative structure of ACA and for many (most?) practicing physicians this is really breaking news and for those of us who oppose the ABIM's MOC program, may mean  bad news. Dr. Wes explicates how the Maintenance of Certification has been made part of Obamacare in his recent blog entry in which he questions the viability of an alternative "Board" to challenge and hopefully replace the ABIM's widely criticized MOC program.Does the letter of the law with its establishment of MOC in some aspects of Medicare preclude the…
  • If you wondered what the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation was all about...

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:33 pm
    I have asked more than once on this blog why does the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) have a foundation ( the ABIMF).Why did one non-profit set up another one? Dr. Westby Fisher, writing  on his blog "Dr. Wes"  provides an eye-opening and in my opinion, shocking narrative about what is happening at the ABIM and ABIMF.This detailed expose about the ABIM and the ABIMF should be required reading not just for internists but for all physicians .This entire article should be read and shared with colleagues.Here are some highlights and excepts as well as some of my…
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    MedBlogger Code

  • Principles within Medical Ethics

    StephenM1234
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:51 pm
    The framework for medical ethics is composed of set of principles. One is active goodness or beneficence. This principle is about deciding on what is good for the patient. The other one is doing no harm, non-maleficence. While the second …
  • CNA Students Beware of Online Practice Tests

    StephenM1234
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    As the Internet expands, so does the content. However, in the medical world, the expansion of information is a double-edged sword. Although it is nice to have more information to help people make better medical decisions, the ease in which …
  • How to Write a Good CNA Cover Letter for The Best Results

    StephenM1234
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:16 pm
    What is a CNA Cover Letter? A certified nursing assistance letter holds the key to your success. Why do we say that this is the key to your success? This is because it works as a primary marketing tool of …
  • Medical Malpractice: Things that you should know

    StephenM1234
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:31 am
    Medical malpractice is lawfully defined as expert’s carelessness by exact act or omission by a health care provider in which the treatment being given falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical society resulting to patient’s injury or …
  • Understanding Ethics And Bioethics Of Medical Assistants

    StephenM1234
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:42 pm
    In Wikipedia, ethics is described as the “science of morality”. A branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct. In the field of medical assistants, a certain medical association known as AAMA or …
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    Health Care Renewal

  • Time to "Look for the Union Label?" - "First US Doctors' Strike in Decades," at University of California Student Health

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:40 am
    The First US Doctors' Strike in Decades A few news media outlets in California have reported on what has been up to now a very rare event - a strike by physicians.  An initial summary was in an article in the San Diego Union - Tribune, whose title wasFirst U.S. Doctors' Strike in DecadesA handful of doctors providing medical services to students at UC San Diego — and their colleagues at nine other University of California campuses — went on strike Tuesday.It's the first time in 25 years that fully licensed doctors are picketing a U.S. employer, according to the Union of American…
  • CMS: Millions of patients across the nation are benefiting from the - um - potential - of Health IT?

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    I presume this is, in part, a response to the Jan. 21 letter from AMA and the other medical societies as I wrote about two days ago at http://hcrenewal.blogspot.com/2015/01/meaningful-use-not-so-meaningul.html:CMS intends to modify requirements for Meaningful Usehttp://blog.cms.gov/2015/01/29/cms-intends-to-modify-requirements-for-meaningful-use/January 29By Patrick Conway, MDToday, we at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are pleased to announce our intent to engage in rulemaking to update the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs…
  • None Dare Call It Health Care Corruption

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    ... even when allegedly a prominent academic physician's traded referrals of cancer patients to a law firm, resulting in referral fees to a prominent politician who worked for the firm, for government research grants to the physician's foundation and another foundation on whose board he sat, and a job for his son at yet another non-profit organization.***Health care corruption, remains a largely taboo topic, especially when it occurs in developed countries like the US.  Searching PubMed or major medical and health care journals at best will reveal a few articles on health care…
  • "Meaningful Use" not so meaningul: Multiple medical specialty societies now go on record about hazards of EHR misdirection, mismanagement and sloppy hospital computing

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:02 am
    The "Meaningful Use" program for EHRs is a mismanaged boondoggle causing critical issues of patient safety, EHR usability, etc. to be sidestepped.This is on top of the grossly mismanaged and unregulated U.S. boondoggle which should probably be called "the National Programme for IT in the HHS" - in recognition of the now-defunct multi-billion-pound debacle known as the National Programme for IT in the NHS (NPfIT), see my Sept. 2011 post "NPfIT Programme goes PfffT" at http://hcrenewal.blogspot.com/2011/09/npfit-programme-going-pffft.html.The complaints are not just coming from me now.As of…
  • Logical Fallacies in Defense of Aggresive Screening for and Treatment of Hepatitis C

    21 Jan 2015 | 12:37 pm
    And the hepatitis C follies continue... As we have frequently written, most recently last week, the hepatitis C screening and treatment bandwagon keeps rolling along.  There is constant public argument about the prices of treatment regimens, which approach $100,000 per patient in the US.  However, nearly all the public chatter, which seems mostly to come from corporate public relations people and marketers, investors and investment advisers, physicians with financial conflicts of interest, and pundits with little background in clinical epidemiology, seems never to question the…
 
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    Bioethics Discussion Blog

  • Patient Modesty: Volume 71

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

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

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

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

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

  • Big Pharma feeling misunderstood

    10 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    The CEO of Bayer, Marijn Dekkers, was last month reported to have said the following:"We did not develop this [cancer] drug for Indians. We developed it for Western patients who can afford it."What Dekkers said was in response to a question about a decision by an Indian government official to grant a compulsory licence to patents on said cancer drug, on the grounds that Bayer's price for it ($65,000) was far too expensive for Indian patients. Dekkers added that he thought the move towards a compulsory licence -- permitting low-cost generic equivalents to be produced and sold by companies…
  • New Year ruminations on global bioethics

    7 Jan 2015 | 1:52 pm
    The New Year is a good time to reflect on where one has been and where one is going. What have I accomplished or failed to accomplish? What can I do better? It is hard to know whether Julian Savulescu wrote his recent essay in the Journal of Medical Ethics (‘Bioethics: why philosophy is essential for progress’) in a bit of a fin d’annee funk. But it certainly sounds like it: his conclusion is that bioethics and medical ethics as fields have largely failed, and he seriously doubts that he as a bioethicist has made much of a positive impact over the past two decades. What is the malaise,…
  • Ebola and the ethics of research design

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

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

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

  • Obamacare Fines: Everything You Need to Know About How to Escape a Hefty Penalty If You Don’t Buy Insurance

    Maggie Mahar
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Already, the fear-mongers are sounding the alarm: If you don’t purchase exactly the type of health insurance that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires, come tax-time the IRS will slap you with a stiff penalty. As I explain in the post below, the ACA mandates that if you’re not already covered, you must buy insurance that includes “essential benefits” such as hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, and mental health services. Ignore the mandate this year, and you will be fined when you file your taxes next year.                                  How Much Would…
  • It’s not too late to sign up for Obamacare- But if you wait much longer you could face a fine

    Maggie Mahar
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Note to HealthBeat readers: I have recently begun writing posts about healthcare and healthcare reform for Consumer Reports. Below, an excerpt from my latest post. M.M It’s still not too late to sign up for insurance in your state’s marketplace. Open enrollment for Obamacare continues until Feb. 15. Meet that deadline, and you will be insured on March 1, with no penalty. And if the plan you purchased in 2014 was automatically renewed on Jan. 1, you can still change your mind, comparison shop, and pick a new policy in February. There are lots of good reasons to shop around, as plans change…
  • Obamacare Enrollment 2015: How Many People Will Sign Up Next Year? (Public Support for Obamacare Is About to Turn a Corner) Part 1

    Maggie Mahar
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, some 10 million previously uninsured adults gained coverage during the open enrollment period that began on October 1, 2013. Last month, the New England Journal of Medicine reported that the share of Americans who are “going naked” has plummeted from 21 percent in September of 2013 to 16.3 percent in April of this year. Even though open enrollment officially ended on March 31, 2014, people are continuing to sign up. Anyone who experiences a major life change (getting divorced, losing a job, having a baby) can still purchase insurance on the Exchanges…
  • OBAMACARE ENROLLMENT (part 2) Who Will Remain Opposed to Obamacare in 2015? “Zero-Sum Thinking”

    Maggie Mahar
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In 2015, I predict that Obamacare enrollment will soar, matching 2014’s success This may seem counter-intuitive. After all, inrecent months, the public’s perception of Obamacare seems to have soured. The Henry J. Kaiser Foundation’s health care tracking poll for July reveals that 53% of those surveyed last month said they view the Affordable Care Act unfavorably—a jump of 8 percentage points since June.  July’s results mark the first time since January, that more than half of all Americans opposed the health reform law Is this because people who have enrolled in the Exchanges are…
  • Border Crisis: Fictions v. Facts (Part 2 of “Children from Central America”)

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

  • Published This Week

    Katharine Van Tassel
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    Darren S. Tucker, Gregory F. Wells, Emerging Competition Issues Involving Follow-On Biologics, 29 Antitrust Mag. 100 (2014). Paul F. Rothstein, Ambiguous-Purpose Statements of Children and Other Victims of Abuse under the Confrontation Clause, 44 Sw. U. L. Rev. (Forthcoming 2015)....
  • Health Care Policy by Common Sense?

    David Orentlicher
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:44 pm
    In announcing the federal government’s approval of Indiana’s Medicaid expansion, Governor Mike Pence invoked common sense in defending his insistence that beneficiaries shoulder a share of their health care premiums. According to Pence, “It’s just common sense that when people...
  • Raising the King v. Burwell Stakes

    Nicolas Terry
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Cross-Posted from Bill of Health Today, the Washington Post ran an interview with Laurence Tribe about the King v. Burwell subsidy litigation (recall that oral arguments are scheduled for March 4). Tribe speculated that Chief Justice Roberts will once again...
  • 2012 All Over Again

    N Huberfeld
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:13 pm
    In 2012, the Supreme Court heard two important Medicaid cases, one in January of 2012 pertaining to payment rates (Douglas v. ILC), and the other in March 2012 pertaining to the ACA's Medicaid expansion (NFIB v. Sebelius). In Douglas, the...
  • D.D.C. rejects DOL regulations requiring minimum wage and overtime for many home health aides

    Francisl
    17 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    In a pair of recent decisions, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has struck down Department of Labor (DOL) regulations designed to provide wage protections for home care workers. Challenging the regulations were the Home Care Association...
 
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    Emergency Medicine Blog

  • Atrial Fibrillation in Emergency Department

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

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

    24 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    Below are my notes prepared for the intensive course revision for the year 1 emergency medicine postgraduate trainees. Sepsis from Chew Keng Sheng
  • Funnel or tapered shaped pediatric airway - where does this concept come from?

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

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

  • Research shows young carers are worried and stressed, but proud of what they do

    Newsdesk
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    As the UK’s largest carers’ charity Carers Trust launches a new website and online community for young carers, new research has shown the shocking effect needing to care for parents or siblings has on the wellbeing of young people who care for others. The research with over 350 unpaid young carers from carers groups around […]
  • Alzheimer’s Society wins award for best communications

    Newsdesk
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:49 am
    ‘We are absolutely delighted to receive this award. It is fantastic news for Alzheimer’s Society and recognises the hard work and achievements of the Society’s staff, volunteers and supporters across Wales.  ‘Dementia Friends aims to increase public understanding of dementia. The initiative has been extremely well received in Wales, with thousands of people signing up […]
  • Communication is key when dealing with aging parents

    Newsdesk
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Headstrong elderly parents and their adult children may be able to find common ground with proper intervention, according to researchers in human development. Recent findings suggest that both adult children and their aging parents identify stubbornness in the parents, and that a new approach to conversation may be the answer. Aging parents may respond to […]
  • Low influenza vaccination rates among nursing home employees put residents at risk, study finds

    Newsdesk
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
    These tabs require JavaScript to be enabled. Influenza vaccination rates and beliefs about vaccination among nursing home employees, Jill D. Daugherty, MPH, PhD, Sarah C. Blake, MA, PhD, Jessica M. Grosholz, MA, PhD, Saad B. Omer, MBBS, MPH, PhD, LuMarie Polivka-West, MS, David H. Howard, PhD, American Journal of Infection Control, DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2014.08.021, Vol. 43 […]
  • Low influenza vaccination rates among nursing home employees put residents at risk, study finds

    Newsdesk
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
    These tabs require JavaScript to be enabled. Influenza vaccination rates and beliefs about vaccination among nursing home employees, Jill D. Daugherty, MPH, PhD, Sarah C. Blake, MA, PhD, Jessica M. Grosholz, MA, PhD, Saad B. Omer, MBBS, MPH, PhD, LuMarie Polivka-West, MS, David H. Howard, PhD, American Journal of Infection Control, DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2014.08.021, Vol. 43 […]
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    News from Scott & White Healthcare

  • Community Donors Honored At Blood Donor Appreciation Banquet

    Deontrea Jones
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Central Texans helping save lives through blood donations Baylor Scott & White Health officials honored more than 400 individual blood donors and several community blood drives at its Annual Blood Donor Appreciation Banquet on January 29 at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center. “Community blood drives account for half of our blood supply,” […] The post Community Donors Honored At Blood Donor Appreciation Banquet appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock First In Central Texas Region to Offer Patients Same-Day Direct Anterior Total Hip Replacement

    Katherine Voss
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock, a hospital within Baylor Scott & White Health, is the first hospital in the Central Texas region to perform a same-day joint replacement discharge on a patient who underwent a direct anterior total hip replacement surgery. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than […] The post Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock First In Central Texas Region to Offer Patients Same-Day Direct Anterior Total Hip Replacement appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock Offers Acid Reflux Screening

    Katherine Voss
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Test offers improved diagnosis and treatment of reflux disease Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock, a hospital within Baylor Scott & White Health, is offering a diagnostic test to detect acid reflux in the throat. The near epidemic increase in the U.S. incidence of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (LPRD) has […] The post Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock Offers Acid Reflux Screening appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Autologous Stem Cell Transplant Making Difference for Cancer Patients

    Deontrea Jones
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    The Autologous Stem Cell Transplant program at Scott & White Memorial Hospital – Temple, which has transplanted stem cells in 118 patients, has received an internationally recognized accreditation by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The program is the only one with this accreditation between […] The post Autologous Stem Cell Transplant Making Difference for Cancer Patients appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
 
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • College Football's Epic Fail

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    After years of debate about the need for a college football playoff, 2014 saw it come to fruition. However, it was not without controversy involving the members of the playoff selection committee, the criteria used to select the teams, and which four teams should have have been selected. In my opinion, the inaugural playoff was at best a screw-up in regards to the teams selected and their rankings. At worst, it appeared to have had an agenda.In the interest of full disclosure, I am a Florida State (FSU) fan, and I wrote this article based upon what I as an FSU fan perceived happened in…
  • All Lives Matter

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    Photo of a police officer, Boston, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Incidents involving law enforcement officers and suspects have been prominent news stories during 2014. Recent incidents have brought protestors out into the streets blocking traffic and impeding the flow of commerce. In the Nashville area, protestors have even held "die ins" at local malls making it difficult for Christmas shoppers to navigate from store to store. The chants of, and signs proclaiming, "Black Lives Matter" are popping up everywhere.On Monday, I put forth a challenge to my Facebook friends. I challenged them to…
  • November 2014 Tennessee Governor's Race

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Back in July, I posted a brief synopsis on the Republican and Democratic nominees for Tennessee governor. I also promised to briefly review those nominees and the 3rd party candidates who would be on the ballot prior to the November general election. Since early voting in Tennessee begins tomorrow, here is a brief overview of all seven candidates.Republican NomineeEnglish: Knoxville mayor and Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam addressing supporters before the Highlands Town Hall Debate at Tennessee Tech University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As expected, Tennessee's incumbent…
  • Why ESPN Needs You to Hate Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    *** Source ---> secexposed.wordpress.com/ article titled "Why ESPN Needs You to HATE Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles"It has been a wild and crazy past week for the Florida State Seminoles. Their QB, a magnet for controversial news ever since his stint as quarterback for the reigning national champs began last year, once again was at the top of the headlines after being suspended by FSU for a half, then a whole game, for being spotted in the student union yelling a vulgar popular online meme. While we have seen the outrage on TV and on social media forums, and even the anger…
  • Clark Boyd and the 2nd Amendment

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Last week I received, as did many of you, a fundraising letter from the Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA). The letter seems to portray Clark Boyd as an anti- gun, pro-gun control candidate who is unsupportive of the Second Amendment. At the same time, it makes current, incumbent 24-year career politician State Senator Mae Beavers out to be some kind of 2ndAmendment savior. Unfortunately, for them, they are wrong on both accounts.Wanna guess what the TFA is basing their “portrayals” on? It’s based on their candidate survey that I destroyed in a previous blog post. Remember it? It’s…
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    RDS Services - Subsidy Recovery Specialists

  • Leader, Sergeant, and Business Analyst

    Chelsea Cummings
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:53 am
    RDS Services and Cornerstone Municipal are proud to honor one of our employees who has not only done a lot for our company, but has done a lot for our country.  Rick Dunkley, currently one of our Business Analysts, took a very honorable path before joining our company. Rick graduated from Ferris State University in 1993 with a Bachelors of Science degree in business.  From there he held multiple business positions, but decided to change paths in 2008.  Rick had always thought about joining the military, and decided it was time to do it in September of 2008 when he joined the Army National…
  • The IFEBP Annual Conference is almost here!

    Chelsea Cummings
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    The countdown is on as the IFEBP 60th U.S. Annual Employee Benefits Conference is quickly approaching!  Mark Manquen, President of RDS Services, and Jayne Brown, RDS Program Director, will be in attendence and are looking forward to attending conference events, along with seeing old and new friends.  If you are interested in learning more about our services before or after the conference, follow the links below to view informational documents on our company and services we offer.  We hope everyone enjoys the IFEBP Conference! RDS Services Administration Brochure RDS Services Reopening…
  • IFEBP 60th Annual Employee Benefits Conference!

    Chelsea Cummings
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Mark Manquen, President of RDS Services and Cornerstone Municipal Advisory Group, along with Jayne Brown, RDS Program Director will be attending the IFEBP 60th U.S. Annual Employee Benefits Conference!  The conference will be held in Boston from Sunday, October 12 - Wednesday, October 15, 2014.  Mark and Jayne are looking forward to seeing everyone there! The post IFEBP 60th Annual Employee Benefits Conference! appeared first on RDS Services - Subsidy Recovery Specialists.
  • Follow us on Facebook!

    Chelsea Cummings
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:34 am
    RDS Services will be posting news and valuable information to you on our Facebook page at facebook.com/rdsservices.us.  Like our page to stay up to date on all things related to the Retiree Drug Subsidy world! The post Follow us on Facebook! appeared first on RDS Services - Subsidy Recovery Specialists.
  • 59th Annual Employee Benefits Conference Presentation

    Chelsea Cummings
    25 Nov 2013 | 11:00 am
    Our President, Mark Manquen, recently had the opportunity to hold a workshop at the 59th Annual Employee Benefits Conference provided by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP). The workshop titled "Health Care Reform (ACA) In the Public Sector" describes the PPACA Employer Mandate rules on tracking, compliance, and how to avoid penalties. Specific topics covered in Mark's presentation include: The Delay Applicable Large Employers The Employer Mandate Affordable and Minimum Value Full Time vs. Variable Hour Employees IRS Safe Harbor - Look-back Measurement Rules Juse…
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    Schwartz MSL

  • Innovation Hits the Diagnostic Market

    Claire Baki
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:49 pm
    2015 will bring major changes to the diagnostic industry. From cholesterol screening to testing for cancer, we’ve entered a new era in how to test and monitor disease. Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a boom in diagnostics, as the science behind genetic and single-drop blood testing has finally reached the market. There […]
  • We All Travel. We All Write. Are We All Travel Writers?

    Angela Lestar
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    I travel often, am opinionated, love to share, and am socially connected on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Yelp accounts. With all of these social media tools at my disposal – I feel empowered – and so do many people in the same situation. And I mean MANY people. The proliferation of self-publishing tools seem to […]
  • How to Maximize Your PR Dollar While Waiting for Series B

    Shannon Weidinger
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    While MSLGROUP partners with both established and emerging growth companies, a number of our clients are in earlier stages of development and seek our public relations counsel and high-impact media exposure to help them achieve Series B funding. The Series B round is a crucial step for many businesses, as it brings them one step […]
  • What Can We Learn From the First Social Media Fail of 2015?

    Mark McClennan
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:51 pm
    I am asking all of my colleagues, friends, clients and acquaintances to make a simple New Year’s Resolution for 2015: Think before you tweet. It is common sense, yet it is so often the cause of spectacular social media failures and firestorms. The latest (and what I am calling the first social media failure of […]
  • Playing with FHIR: Health Data Interoperability’s Next Chapter

    Don Fluckinger
    23 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    Like explorers searching for the Northwest Passage, the U.S. healthcare industry has been searching for the key to unlock health data interoperability. Thwarting the quest are ice floes of governmental bureaucracy; free-market healthcare economics rewarding providers and EHR vendors who keep data proprietary; and legacy IT infrastructure slowly transforming itself into a more modern, cloud-based model. […]
 
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    World of DTC Marketing.com

  • What frustrates online health seekers on pharma websites?

    Richard Meyer
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    POST SUMMARY: While your web analytics might indicate that you are getting a lot of traffic to your product website upstream and downstream analysis indicates that visitors are also going to other... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The power of insurers to deny medication

    Richard Meyer
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    POST SUMMARY: This is a guest post that clearly demonstrates that insurers are having a bigger say in what medications patients need and want.  It’s a challenge and with new drug prices... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Do pharma marketers need “sales”experience?

    Richard Meyer
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:13 am
    POST SUMMARY: Too many pharma organizations still require sales force experience/management to qualify for senior marketing positions.  However, in an era when reps are less effective is this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Problems related to online health information seeking

    Richard Meyer
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:28 am
    POST SUMMARY:  As health care systems around the world shift toward models that emphasize self-care management, there is increasing pressure for patients to obtain health information online.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Having patient insights not enough….

    Richard Meyer
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:02 am
    POST SUMMARY: Having a patient insights person is not enough today, you need to execute on the insights, but expect bumps in the road along the way. Today, every organization should have a patient... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    redbirdonline.com

  • Branding Your Medical Practice

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

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

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

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

    jtatlow
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Redbird’s Volunteer Engagement Planning Process
 
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    Practice Manager Solutions

  • Coding Common Sense Tips for Medical Practices in 2015

    Rebecca Morehead
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    The importance of coding properly just took on a new relevance for the independent physician who strives to keep up with “big dogs” in the healthcare arena.  Medical practice managaement planning and application of techniques you can glean along the way will help you survive and possibly thrive throughout this year.  Here is some coding common sense to keep you moving forward this year: PQRS Reporting – Many providers received letters from PQRS indicating 1.5% penalty for this year due to not reporting quality measures in 2013. If you did not report PQRS in 2013, be aware that the…
  • True Health with Toni Crabtree – podcast episode 13

    Carey Green
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:58 am
    Toni Crabtree with Crabtree Healthy Living is an integrative nutrition health coach specializing in food and lifestyle. On today’s program we are discussing Toni’s definition of ‘true health’. Toni believes that true health is much more than the absence of disease. It must also include physical mental and social well-being.
  • Test Your HIPAA Compliance Knowledge

    Lynne Leslie
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    HIPAA Compliance is a critical issue that should be on the agenda for every medical practice in 2015. But, how do you know whether you’re covering all of the elements necessary to have a sound plan in place should auditors come knocking on your door? We have created a brief assessment called the Compliance Challenge that will test your HIPAA Compliance knowledge. It won’t take more than a few minutes to complete, but will give you insight on where your medical practice’s compliance challenges are. Simply fill out the information requested below, and we’ll send you the…
  • Top Questions About Evaluation and Management Coding with Lorri Tolliver – podcast episode 12

    Carey Green
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:43 am
    These are the talking points you don’t want to miss as we get answers to the top questions about Evaluation and Management coding from a seasoned coder, auditor and teacher on today’s podcast.
  • How to Use Social Media Marketing to Grow Your Healthcare Practice

    Rebecca Morehead
    31 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    I want to thank Quintin Gunn for his insightful article on social media marketing for healthcare practices. This is a follow up to our interview on December 24. You can hear a replay of that podcast on More 4 Your Practice.  The 21st Century has now unofficially become the age of recommendation — due to the phenomenal growth of social media. It is the top online activity in the United States where people share their thoughts, interests and give support to others. In fact, “40% of people polled said information found on social media affects how someone coped with a chronic…
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    Georgia Health News

  • Rise in measles ‘a wake-up call’

    NPR
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:01 pm
    So far this year there have been 84 measles cases — more than in a typical year. By NPR for Georgia Health News, 2015. | Permalink | Comment |
  • Is Tenet looking for deal on its Georgia hospitals?

    Andy Miller
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:02 pm
    State hospital industry officials say Tenet Health is seeking a buyer or a partner for its five Georgia hospitals. The five hospitals are all in greater metro Atlanta, and they include 460-bed Atlanta Medical Center and 202-bed North Fulton Hospital in Roswell. North Fulton Hospital A spokesman for the health care organization, based in Dallas, Texas, did not confirm or deny the Georgia hospital plan when asked by Georgia Health News. “We won’t be commenting on any possible corporate development activities, nor will we comment on what we may or may not have communicated internally to our…
  • Siblings reveal clues to autism

    WebMD
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    In families where two children have been diagnosed with autism, siblings don’t often share the same gene changes. By WebMD for Georgia Health News, 2015. | Permalink | Comment |
  • Study: Decline in deaths for some preterm babies

    Andy Miller
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Death rates for extremely premature infants decreased from 2000 to 2011, according to a newly published national study. The decline “was largely due to fewer babies dying from breathing complications of prematurity,’’ said Dr. Ravi Mangal Patel, lead author of the study, and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Patel, in this GHN video, discusses the reasons for the decrease in mortality for these infants, and about prematurity in general, which is still a leading contributor to newborn deaths in the United…
  • Latest snapshot of Georgia exchange enrollees

    Andy Miller
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:57 pm
    First-time enrollees, Medicaid-eligible individuals, and an influx of young people. That’s part of the picture that emerges from the data that federal officials released Tuesday about the more than 425,000 Georgians who have signed up for coverage in the health insurance exchange. The Department of Health and Human Services reported that 90 percent of enrollees in Georgia received financial assistance, or subsidies, to help them afford an exchange health plan. The report also said 36 percent were under 35 years of age. The high number of young people is important for insurers. Younger…
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    OptometryCEO

  • Are you 10-20 years in practice? What is your exit strategy?

    Chad Fleming
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you’ve been practicing optometry for more than 10 years, you should plan your exit strategy. Many optometrists put off thinking about their transition to retirement. Unfortunately, today’s practicing ODs will not have the luxury of seeing graduating optometrists lining up to buy their practices. Nor will they find many interested in working as associates with the goal of eventually becoming partners. The world of optometry practice mergers and acquisitions is evolving. Make sure you are positioning yourself for the new market by working towards a plan that is lucrative, but…
  • How do you find an optometrist who wants to be a partner?

    Chad Fleming
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Finding a partner can feel like searching for a misplaced, unnamed file on your computer. Which search criteria will bring up the right one? Associate optometrists who desire to own and manage their own practice are a dying breed. Over the past 10 years, more optometrists have decided they prefer employment over being the owner. Owning and managing a practice while still allotting time for patient care has also become much more difficult. So if you are an owner-optometrist looking to employ an associate who wants to buy in to the business, where do you look? And where do you look anonymously…
  • New Year’s Resolution: Update your CV

    Chad Fleming
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Maintaining a successful optometry career requires certain disciplines. An important yearly discipline for every optometrist is updating a curriculum vitae (CV). With the right planning, an update can be completed quickly with simple copying and pasting in editing software. Most ODs have some form of electronic note taking or record keeping. My chosen software is Evernote, which works like a traditional notepad. During the year, when I serve in a volunteer position or have an additional leadership position, I make a note. At the end of the year, I transfer all notes to my CV. LinkedIn, a…
  • Selling your practice may require mentoring a new OD

    Chad Fleming
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Selling an optometry practice is not like it once was. Decades ago, when a solo optometrist approached retirement he would put his office up for sale and within 12 to 18 months the practice would sell. The buyer might have requested the seller remain working in the practice for a year or two, but most likely the seller would hand the keys to the buyer and walk away. Welcome 2015 and the new normal. Most graduating ODs are looking to work as associates so they can maintain an active lifestyle outside of their optometry career. They are prime candidates for the employing OD, but they are not…
  • Which optometry practices will thrive in 2015?

    Chad Fleming
    31 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Let’s face it, optometry practices are a lot like different offerings on the stock market. Some stocks do well in both bull and bear markets, and others seem to perform poorly no matter what the climate. The similarities in the optometry business are shocking. Why do some optometry practices seem to grow year after year while others struggle to net 25 percent and seem to be dying a slow death? The optometry practices that will thrive in 2015 do not have a secret formula, nor have they cracked a code for generating new patients. Instead, they have become adept at self-evaluation. At the end…
 
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    GeriPal - Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog

  • Food is love, or The fundamentals of Long Term Care

    Theresa Allison
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Although I usually think with my stomach, I have been particularly preoccupied with how we feed our most vulnerable elders this week. That’s because my Home Based Primary Care team took up the #ThickenedLiquidChallenge in order to raise our awareness of what we put our patients through. The challenge is admittedly biased to make one hate thickened liquids. Participants have to thicken everything they drink with corn starch until it resembles honey in consistency. Those of us who have fed these products to our patients are well aware that “nectar-thick” liquids are much more palatable…
  • What is Reminiscence Therapy and does it work?

    Ravi Ramaswamy
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Ms. HR is an 84 year-old lady with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease (Mini Mental State Exam score of 22) and hypothyroidism for about 5 years, with gradual but steady worsening in her memory over past year. She takes levothyroxine and donepezil. Currently, she lives with her daughter and is independent in her ADLs (activities of daily living) and IADLs (instrumental activities of daily living). In light of the memory problems, her family wonders if in addition to her cholinesterase inhibitor (donepezil), using old photos or videos might help preserve some of her memories. One of our…
  • Pallimed-GeriPal Party at the Annual Assembly of AAHPM-HPNA-SWHPN

    Eric Widera
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Time to gather your peers and join fellow readers of Pallimed and GeriPal for our annual party at the Annual Assembly of AAHPM, HPNA, and SWHPN. Since the last two years were such a success with the progressive party we will be doing that again this year. We will begin at McGillin’s at 8pm. After that follow the hashtag #HPMparty or our Facebook event page where we will be posting updates on the next location.All are welcome, this is no exclusive crowd. There will be many writers from both websites at the party and we always like to meet readers and hear your feedback. McGillin’s is near…
  • Working with rather than against speech & swallow therapists #ThickenedLiquidChallenge

    Alex Smith
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Photo by Joan TenoBy Alex Smith @AlexSmithMD and Sarah Stranberg, Speech Pathologist, University of Pittsburgh Medical CenterConsider the following vignettes, common in both geriatrics and palliative care: 1. A 93 year old woman with advanced dementia is admitted to the hospital for the third time in the past 6 months for an aspiration pneumonia. The admitting team orders a speech and swallow consult. 2. A 68 year old man suffers a massive ischemic stroke. After 15 days in the ICU he has recovered minimal function.  The neurology team requests a speech & swallow consult to justify…
  • Do thickened liquids benefit people with swallowing problems? #ThickenedLiquidChallenge

    Eric Widera
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:44 pm
    There are a lot of people with swallowing difficulty who are currently getting thickened liquids.  For instance, in one study published in 2004 in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, one out of twelve nursing home residents in the U.S. were getting thickened liquids. Of these individuals getting thickened liquids, 30% were getting honey consistency thickened liquids and 60% were getting nectar thick (which is less viscous than honey thick).If this many individuals are on thickened liquids, there has to be some evidence to back it up, right? Evidence for Thickened…
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    Safety un-Limited

  • How to provide Workplace Safety Training

    Tony Howarth
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Before you do anything else, check your attitude. Do you believe safety training is important? If so, it will show. If your attitude makes staff think the training is boring or silly, that will show too. Make workplace safety training … Continue reading →
  • Workplace Safety Training FAQs

    Tony Howarth
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Why provide safety training and who needs it (including self-employed & contractors)? Considerations for staff who may need extra training. Continue reading →
  • Free eBooks on Safety Training

    Tony Howarth
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Free eBooks – really? Yes!! Sure you can sign-up-for-spam somewhere on the web and get “Ten Free Safety Tips” but our job is to help you stay safe, not email crap to you. We have written seven free eBooks for you and … Continue reading →
  • Slow Down, Move Over

    Tony Howarth
    31 Dec 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Got $173 to spare? Want to waste 3 points? Thought not… get wise to this new legal requirement in B.C. then. From 1st Jan 2015 drivers need to slow down and move over of all official vehicles. Currently the law … Continue reading →
  • Epi-Pen Misuse is Killing People

    Tony Howarth
    24 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Epi-pens and other epinephrine auto-injector devices are designed to be easy to use in the case of an anaphylactic reaction, but 4 out of 5 people who have one don’t use it correctly! As I’m writing this, it’s Christmas eve … Continue reading →
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    Healthcare Today - Health News

  • Lung cancer deaths in women has risen

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:40 am
    According to research lung cancer deaths in women are now higher than breast cancer.Latest figures show a prediction of a fall in breast cancer deaths by 10.2% while lung cancer deaths have risen by 9% between 2009-2015.The UK has one of the highest lung cancer mortality rates of 21 per 100,000.
  • Call for pharmacy teams to support drug drive campaign

    12 Dec 2014 | 12:46 am
    Transport Minister Robert Goodwill has today (11 December 2014) called on pharmacies to help customers understand the changes to drug driving legislation coming into force next year.The new offence has been introduced by the government to tackle the irresponsible few who continue to abuse drugs and drive by giving the police new powers to tackle the issue.The government has consulted widely with medical and pharmacy e...
  • Hospitals facing mounting pressure

    12 Dec 2014 | 12:04 am
    To see the NHS winter 2014-15, weekly A&E tracker click here
  • Plans in Somerset could see reduction in beds

    28 Nov 2014 | 12:24 am
    Somerset CCG is planning a major overhaul of its community services which will see a reduction in hospital beds.The CCG's governing body has approved plans that could mean up to 100 community hospital beds will be permanently closed. These changes are expected to take place over the next five years.
  • Mental health patients die waiting for beds

    28 Nov 2014 | 12:08 am
    The BBC has learned that seven people with mental health problems have committed suicide since 2012 whilst waiting for beds.It was also found another patient who had been denied a bed later killed his mother. Figures show more than 2,100 mental health beds have been cut in England since 2011. NHS England said spending on mental health was increasing in real terms.
 
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    MedCity News

  • Barack Obama’s precision medicine plan a $215M publicity play – and that’s A-OK.

    Meghana Keshavan
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    What’s the best thing about Obama’s new, $215 million precision medicine initiative? While a database of genomic and phenotypic data is great, it’s really all about buzz that could be transformative for biological research – and for business. Just like the 2013BRAIN Initiative worth $100 million (a scant sum, really, when it comes to medical research), this effort’s more about ponying up presidential publicity than doling out cash. But what’s wrong with that?  “It’s a gimmicky grab for budget money that’s scant on details – barely a sketch of…
  • Shark Tank investors learn about PhoneSoap, and one bites

    Nicole Oran
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    It’s not really surprising that our cell phones have 18 times more bacteria than a bathroom surface, when you really think about it. But do consumers really care to fix that? Two cousins from Provo, Utah pitched their product PhoneSoap, a sanitizer/charger for cell phones that uses UV light to clean phones, to the Shark Tank investors. At first the idea doesn’t seem to appeal to most of the investors, but then Mark Cuban takes a shift and approaches it as a good potential option for hospitals. Lori Greiner, on the other hand, jumps at the chance for this device to be more for…
  • Interoperabil-wha?? An HIT junkie’s lament

    Dan Verel
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:10 am
    The ONC announced its efforts to achieve interoperability by 2017. It’s ambitious, intelligent and potentially a huge boon to patients and the healthcare system as a whole. With that caveat established, let us  (or me) begin the official rallying cry to find a more consumer-friendly word than “interoperablity.” Seriously, the life sciences crowd gets “precision medicine” to describe its major public-private effort to improve the healthcare system — easy to grasp, even fun to day; the health IT crowd gets “interoperablity,” which , as anyone…
  • The early reaction to ONC’s plan for interoperability

    Dan Verel
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:34 pm
    As the news traveled across healthcare circles on The ONC’s ambitious goal for full-scale interoperablity by 2017, reaction was largely positive and of encouragement from several stakeholders, although what much of the private sector thinks remains unclear. Prominent groups such as CHIME and the Healthcare Leadership Council were supportive of the draft, which will now go under public comment for the next 60 days. “The benefits that will accompany full interoperability are undeniable,” Mary Grealy, president of the Healthcare Leadership Council, said in a statement.
  • Mayo Clinic to jointly operate concussion test with King-Devick

    Dan Verel
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:28 pm
    In an effort to highlight the importance of screening for concussions among professional and student athletes, the Mayo Clinic is partnering with King-Devick Test, Inc to use its sideline test that can be used by parents, coaches and medical personal alike. The partnership means the test will now formally be known as the King-Devick Test in Association with Mayo Clinic, giving it further prestige and main-stream recognition. Under the agreement, Mayo Clinic said it will provide ongoing medical consultation in future development of the test. Research has shown the test to be particularly…
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    Healthy Debate

  • Should hospital staff satisfaction survey results be public?

    Wendy Glauser, Debra Bournes & Joshua Tepper
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Patients and their families were treated with “callous indifference.” Water was left out of reach. Soiled bed sheets weren’t changed, sometimes, for months. The abuses that took place between 2005 and 2008 in an England hospital shocked the country. A 139-day public inquiry revealed that there were many signs leading up to the abuse. If acted on, they could have prevented hundreds of deaths, according to media accounts. The staff satisfaction survey at the Mid Staffordshire National Health Service (NHS) Trust was among the red flags. The trust ranked in the worst 20% for team work,…
  • Can sports psychology help surgeons score better outcomes?

    Vanessa Milne, Joshua Tepper & Gord Winkel
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Stepping up to the free throw line, Toronto Raptors basketball players may find Dana Sinclair’s advice on their minds: to control their self-talk and lower tension. “The pressure shifts – the skills don’t,” says the sports psychologist, who has worked with the team, along with others, from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Canadian Olympic team. “Under pressure, people tend to get tense, and then their thinking shifts to distraction, negative thinking, fear of failure,” she says. Sports psychology helps them practice and perform better, especially under stress. These techniques…
  • Decision aids: why hasn’t this proven, patient-centred practice caught on?

    Sidak Kaur, Maureen Taylor, Sachin Pendharkar & Jeremy Petch
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Health care has supposedly entered an era of patient involvement, where important medical decisions are shared between doctors and patients. But many believe that the reality in Canadian health care falls well short of this ideal. Complex medical decisions can prove difficult for patients, who are often faced with dizzying amounts of information about benefits and risks, frequently presented in inaccessible, academic formats. At other times, they don’t feel they get as much information as they want. This leaves many patients feeling that they are less informed about their options than…
  • Regulators grapple with Canada’s first generic biologic drug

    Vanessa Milne, Andreas Laupacis & Mike Tierney
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Biologic drugs have revolutionized treatments for diseases from cancer to multiple sclerosis. But because they’re developed out of living organisms, they’re more expensive than conventional drugs, adding to the strain on publicly funded drug plans. Fortunately, a new shift should make them cheaper. Many biologics will soon have their patents expire. That means Subsequent Entry Biologics (SEB) – which are similar to generic drugs, and called biosimilars in other countries – are about to enter the Canadian market. These SEBs offer the chance to save money, but questions…
  • Free e-book: A patient’s guide to navigating Ontario’s health care system

    Jeremy Petch
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ontario’s health care system can feel like a maze. The system has become so complex that even people who work in it every day often struggle to navigate it. So for members of the public – who often encounter the system at a time of crisis – it can be hopelessly confusing and frustrating. In response, some hospitals have introduced patient navigators, who act as guides through the labyrinth of health care services. They help connect patients with the right doctors, access available resources and therapies, improve continuity of care and get answers to patients’ questions about their…
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    healthinsurance.org editors comment ...

  • For many ACA beneficiaries: ‘Ivy League’ benefits?

    Andrew Sprung
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    In an amusing troll of the most polished of ivory towers, The New York Times’ Robert Pear reports that much of the Harvard faculty is up in arms because the university health plan has been altered to include modest deductibles and copays: The plan has an annual deductible of $250 per individual and $750 for a family. For a doctor’s office visit, the charge is $20. For most other services, patients will pay 10 percent of the cost until they reach the out-of-pocket limit of $1,500 for an individual and $4,500 for a family. In highlighting the generosity of this plan, however, Pear…
  • Why enrollment deadlines could be cause for alarm

    Charles Gaba
    23 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated twice since December 15, when a number of state exchanges announced application deadline extensions. The most recent updates are as of December 23. When I posted my official 2015 Open Enrollment Period Projection of around 12.0 million total QHP enrollments as of February 15th, I also threw in my assumptions for how I expect the flow of those enrollments to go for each month as well. That is, I’m assuming it’ll play out roughly as follows: 7 million by Dec. 15; 8 million by Jan. 15 and 12 million by Feb. 15. On Tuesday, I even went…
  • Santa, please fix the ‘family glitch’

    Editors
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:28 pm
    EDITOR’S NOTE: It just wouldn’t be the holidays if kids of all ages weren’t putting together lists of their most wanted gifts. Not to be left out, healthinsurance.org’s blog contributors have this year put together their own wish list, but with a special twist: In a series of video “letters,” our blog contributors explain to Louise Norris the one gift they’d ask Santa – or in Charles Gaba’s case, Hanukkah Harry – to deliver that would build on recent health reform gains and extend Americans’ access to comprehensive, affordable coverage. In this…
  • Hanukkah Harry, enrollment transparency, please

    Editors
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:31 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: It just wouldn’t be the holidays if kids of all ages weren’t putting together lists of their most wanted gifts. Not to be left out, healthinsurance.org’s blog contributors have this year put together their own wish list, but with a special twist: In a series of video “letters,” our blog contributors explain to Louise Norris the one gift they’d ask Santa – or in Charles Gaba’s case, Hanukkah Harry – to deliver that would build on recent health reform gains and extend Americans’ access to comprehensive, affordable coverage. In this…
  • Santa, we need CSR subsidies for Bronze plans

    Editors
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:41 pm
    EDITOR’S NOTE: It just wouldn’t be the holidays if kids of all ages weren’t putting together lists of their most wanted gifts. Not to be left out, healthinsurance.org’s blog contributors have this year put together their own wish list, but with a special twist: In a series of video “letters,” our blog contributors explain to Louise Norris the one gift they’d ask Santa – or in Charles Gaba’s case, Hanukkah Harry – to deliver that would build on recent health reform gains and extend Americans’ access to comprehensive, affordable coverage. In this…
 
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    Home Health Care News

  • D.C. Home Care Case Could Swell to $150 Million Class Action Suit

    Jason Oliva
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:35 pm
    A class-action lawsuit filed this week by several Washington, D.C. home care workers could ultimately balloon into a $150 million case with as many as 6,000 plaintiffs as they seek reparation for alleged backpay owed to them by their former employers.  The bid for class-action status, filed Tuesday in D.C. Superior Court, arrives one month following the initial lawsuit filed in December, which included about 150 home care workers suing three D.C. area home care companies, including Nursing Enterprises Inc., Vizion One Inc. and Health Management Inc.  In the suit, workers claimed they were…
  • Miami Home Health Fraudster Sentenced to 106 Months in Prison

    Cassandra Dowell
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    The owner and operator of a Miami home health care agency was sentenced Monday to 106 months in prison for his participation in a $30 million Medicare fraud scheme, according to FBI reports. Ramon Regueira, 66, of Miami, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud on Nov. 13, 2014, according to FBI reports. In addition to the prison sentence, U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga of the Southern District of Florida ordered Regueira to pay $21 million in restitution, both jointly and severally with his co-conspirator. According to his plea agreement, Regueira was an…
  • Judge Dismisses Suit Aimed to Halt Minnesota Home Health Care Union

    Emily Study
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Five months after Minnesota’s historic home health care union election, a federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit aimed at halting the unionization. The suit, filed by attorneys with the National Right to Work Foundation represented six state health workers who provide home care services to disabled individuals and family members, according to a StarTribune report. U.S. District Judge Michael Davis on Monday dismissed the attorneys’ lawsuit, which was filed last year in an attempt to block implementation of a state law that paved the way for the unionization of Minnesota’s 27,000 home…
  • Home Health and Hospice M&A Activity Spikes 27% in Q4

    Emily Study
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Given the $1.8 billion merger of Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND) and Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: GTIV), it’s no surprise health care M&A activity broke records in 2014.  The home health and hospice sectors, alone, saw a 27% increase in deals — from 15 in the third quarter to 19 in the fourth quarter — while their year-over-year acquisition activity ticked up 6%, according to the latest M&A data compiled by Irving Levin Associates. The segments join the ranks of many within the health care industry as a whole, whose M&A activity shattered records in 2014…
  • Gentiva Shareholders Approve Merger With Kindred

    Cassandra Dowell
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND) is nearing the completion of its $1.8 billion merger with Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: GTIV). Gentiva recently announced the company’s stockholders have approved all necessary proposals for the merger with Kindred, which is expected to be complete Feb. 2, 2015. Kindred and Gentiva entered into a definitive agreement Oct. 9, 2014, under which Gentiva shareholders will receive $14.50 per share in cash and $5 of Kindred common stock, which equates to 0.257 shares of KND common stock, the company stated in a release. Kindred will acquire all of…
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  • Top 20 Most Embarrassing Health Care Statistics [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Jonathan Govette
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:02 am
    The healthcare industry is saturated with problems, and patients and medical staff are stuck in the middle.  With so much change in the world with technology, why is the American healthcare system still lagging behind? Here is a list of 20 of the most embarrassing healthcare statistics, feel free to share this with your colleagues.   Top 20 Most Embarrassing Health Care Statistics: The U.S. is ranked as the 37th country for the world’s best health systems and is 35th in regards to life expectancy, as reported by the World Health Organization. The U.S. is ranked as the No. 1…
  • How to Build a High-Performing Physician Referral Network from Scratch

    Chelsea Baldwin
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Patient referrals are the lifeblood of every healthcare organization.  But sadly most organizations still rely on the antiquated referral pad marketing strategies and fragmented relationship networks to outreach with other providers in their area. By setting up a referral network from scratch, you have the control over who you work with and how. And by creating mutually beneficial terms with regular meetings, you can ensure your network members will keep working for each other (and you) within the context your practice need the most. If you want to expand your clinic to include care for a…
  • Millennials and Healthcare: What is your Engagement Strategy on Social Media

    Jonathan Govette
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    It’s no surprise that the digital landscape has forever altered how people interact with their day-to-day health, especially when it comes to diagnosing an illness or seeking general treatment advice. For baby boomers, swinging by the physician’s office when feeling ill was the norm, but millennials turn to the Internet for health advice long before contacting a doctor.   As of September 2012, 77 percent of people are using a search engine as the forefront tool for medical advice, and more than 40 percent of consumers act on the health advice found via social media. Millennials are…
  • 3 Ways Health IT Can Help Prevent the Spread of Ebola

    Jennifer Olin
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Ebola is no longer a disease of distant shores and movie thrillers. It is a disease found on three continents, killing thousands of people, and challenging researchers, healthcare workers, and even information technologists worldwide. As the disease moves from country to country and person to person, information and misinformation about where it comes from, how it spreads, and how to avoid it or treat it scatters along the way. The Nidus, or “Where Does Ebola Come From?” Ebola is a disease of humans and other primates that was first identified in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now…
  • The Past, Present and Future of Healthcare Policy

    Jessica Socheski
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    The current healthcare system is in a state of transformation. We are moving from a very profit heavy system to a more widespread coverage system. Many people know that things are changing and many people are scared of change. Knowing the facts of where our current healthcare system is heading, can help foster a levelheaded opinion if not bring ease to your mind. Where Healthcare Has Been Like with any system, new or old, our past healthcare system had its flaws. Everyone knows that insurance is expensive. If you were not a part of a large company that offered healthcare, then your insurance…
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    The Doctor's Tablet

  • Bioethics Is Not About Technology

    Tia Powell, M.D.
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:40 am
    Bioethics is not about technology. This is a controversial statement, since bioethicists are often invited to comment on new issues at the interface of technology and health. We comment on gene therapy, on big data and medical research, on the use of advanced imaging techniques in the courtroom. But the questions we address are not [...]
  • The Nuances of Emotion and Language: A Snapshot through the Lens of Autism

    Noor Al Radi M.S., CCC-SLP
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:44 am
    I vividly remember my high school English teacher, standing impossibly erect with her hair tightly wound, exclaiming, “If you can’t articulate it then you do not know it.” This line has haunted me, and continues to do so in my profession as a speech-language pathologist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation [...]
  • “Evidence-Informed Practice” and Integrative Medicine

    Benjamin Kligler, M.D.
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:44 am
    What do we know? How do we know it? Evidence-based medicine…evidence-informed practice…patient-centered care…the art of medicine.… These terms fly around the landscape of integrative health and medicine with the potential to ultimately generate a meaningful consensus and a shared language for how we discuss clinical decision-making and clinical practice. With as clear a shared vision [...]
  • Parental Guilt and Children with Developmental Disabilities

    Lisa Shulman, M.D.
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    Recently, at a holiday meal with my extended family, it came to light that neither of my typically developing teenage children really knows how to tie his or her shoes. It seems that for the past decade or so, both have been using the “bunny ears” technique introduced to preschoolers for tying their shoes. My [...]
  • Teaching Students to Advocate for Patients and Communities in a Complex Health System

    Pablo A. Joo, M.D.
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:10 am
    Over a century ago, American educator Abraham Flexner established what would become a traditional curriculum structure for U.S. medical schools: two years of basic science education in the classroom followed by two years of clinical experience. Although medical schools have been successful at producing physicians, Flexner could not have imagined the modern practice of medicine [...]
 
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    DC Medical Malpractice & Patient Safety Blog

  • Suggested Reading: Why Politics Isn’t Good for What Ails You

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:21 pm
    A couple of years ago, Steven Brill published a series of articles in Time magazine called “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us.” Brill’s work on the subject has blossomed into his new book, “America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System.” We described the Time articles as an exhaustive examination of how the medical industrial complex inflates the cost of health-care treatment and how reform efforts don’t begin to address the problem. The book explores even farther into the dark corners of American health…
  • When Advanced Care Is a Step Back

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:06 pm
    America is a country of newer! Better! Now! More! But in medical care, as readers of this blog know, more is not always better, and the point was driven home recently in a New York Times commentary. “Doing More for Patients Often Does No Good,” by Dr. Aaron E. Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, explained how our desire to want the latest pharmaceuticals, medical devices and procedures “often does no good. Sometimes, it even leads to harm.” Carroll understands that when you’re sick, it’s difficult to do nothing. An example of the inability,…
  • More Evidence Not to Take Daily Aspirin If You’re Not at Risk for Heart Trouble or Stroke

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:45 pm
    About once a year, it seems, we caution readers about taking aspirin regularly to guard against heart problems, and now there’s more solid science to reinforce that advice. A study published this month in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed that a significant number of cardiology patients are receiving aspirin primarily to prevent heart disease, despite the risk that the drug outweighs the potential benefit for many patients. As interpreted by MedPage Today.com, too often aspirin is given to people for whom guidelines suggest no real benefit. The study examined a…
  • How to Get the Right Amount of Vitamin D

    25 Jan 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for maintaining bone health and strength. It also contributes to nerve, muscle and immune function, and helps to moderate inflammation. But ensuring that you get enough vitamin D is complicated by much public misinformation about it. There has been a lot of discussion lately about testing (well … overtesting) for levels of vitamin D, and whether people who have been diagnosed with a vitamin D shortage are truly deficient or just have doctors engaging in a trendy form of overtreatment. You can read about these issues here and here. Preliminary studies show…
  • Training IVs Used by Mistake Proved Fatal

    22 Jan 2015 | 3:32 pm
    A few weeks ago, the FDA learned that intravenous fluids intended to be used for training medical personnel in fact were given to patients as treatment. Last week, the agency announced that many people had gotten sick as a result, and one person died. This preventable situation occurred only because commercial, medical and government interests were not paying attention. As Reuters reported, the FDA initially instructed physicians not to use the products, manufactured by Wallcur LLC for simulating the administration of an IV, and had reported that serious adverse events had resulted from the…
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    strategy+business: HEALTH CARE

  • The Future of Health Is More, Better, Cheaper

    1 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    As healthcare becomes more democratized, new companies entering the industry from other sectors, as well as established players, are racing to provide consumers with medical products and services they can use at home.
  • Improving Employee Well-Being by Default

    9 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Brian Wansink explains how to help employees make healthy choices in Slim by Design.
  • How Engineering Principles Can Improve Healthcare

    17 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    As demand for ambulatory care grows, providers can unlock access using existing resources. But they'll need to redesign the way they operate--by putting the patient in the middle.
  • A Diagnosis for Personalized Medicine

    25 May 2014 | 10:00 pm
    New technologies, such as body measurement devices that link to your smartphone, are finally convincing physicians and insurers that personalized medicine can improve patient care and reduce costs.
  • s+b Trend Watch: The Coming Digital Healthcare Landscape

    11 May 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Doctors and patients are starting to use digital tools to manage healthcare more efficiently. Looking toward the future, pharmaceutical companies and other stakeholders will adopt existing technologies and develop new ones, creating a more connected digital healthcare ecosystem.
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    CareNovate Magazine

  • Mango Health Helps Patients & Caregivers Take & Manage Their Medications

    Dr G
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    By Goldina Erowele, PharmD Jason Oberfest is the CEO and co-founder of Mango Health. In this issue of CareNovate Q&A Series, he shares where why he started Mango Health and role of smartphones in medication adherence. 1. Tell us a bit about Jason. What is your background? Most of my career has been spent designing and building consumer products outside of [...] The post Mango Health Helps Patients & Caregivers Take & Manage Their Medications appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • #CareRx: Immunization & Vaccine Hesitancy – More Myths & Less Facts?

    Dr G
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Join us Saturday, Jan 31 at 8am CST / 9 am EST for a new edition of #CareRx weekly chat, powered by CareNovate Magazine, moderated by Goldina Erowele, PharmD. Learn more about the mission & vision of #CareRx chat here Date: Saturday, Jan 31st Time: 8am CST / 9am EST Topic: Immunizations & Vaccines – More Myths and Less Facts? – perspectives [...] The post #CareRx: Immunization & Vaccine Hesitancy – More Myths & Less Facts? appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Clinical Ambassador on Clinical Trial Recruitment Among Minorities

    Dr G
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    By Goldina Erowele, PharmD The founder of Clinical Ambassador, Allison Kallo, MPH shares joins us in a new CareNovate Q&A Series. She shares with us what she’s learned in her varied roles, clinical trial recruitment among minorities and starting Clinical Ambassador. Allison is the founder of Clinical Ambassador, a patient recruitment platform that facilitate minority participation in clinical trials to [...] The post Clinical Ambassador on Clinical Trial Recruitment Among Minorities appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • App Feature: Lend Your Eyes with “Be My Eyes” App To Help The Blind

    Dr G
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:26 pm
    By Goldina Erowele, PharmD This app caught my eye via Facebook, why? Because my dear dad is visually impared/legally blind in both eyes due poorly diagnosed vision robbing disease, glaucoma, initially diagnosed in Nigeria as cataract. I wanted to see if it something he can use and also share with other caregivers who are caring for the blind or visually [...] The post App Feature: Lend Your Eyes with “Be My Eyes” App To Help The Blind appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • CareFest Monthly – Share Your Health, Caregiving & Wellness BlogPosts

    Dr G
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    Share Your Favorite Health, Wellness, Patient Care, Holistic BlogPosts/Tweetchat Takeaways/Video/Podcast at Carefest – Monthly – Jan 24th to Feb 24th   Caregivers, patients, patient care & health advocates Did you write an amazing patient care, medical, health related story? Do you an amazing resource or tips to make our lives easier – visit to doctors office, navigating the local pharmacy or [...] The post CareFest Monthly – Share Your Health, Caregiving & Wellness BlogPosts appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
 
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    CareNovate Magazine

  • Mango Health Helps Patients & Caregivers Take & Manage Their Medications

    Dr G
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    By Goldina Erowele, PharmD Jason Oberfest is the CEO and co-founder of Mango Health. In this issue of CareNovate Q&A Series, he shares where why he started Mango Health and role of smartphones in medication adherence. 1. Tell us a bit about Jason. What is your background? Most of my career has been spent designing and building consumer products outside of [...] The post Mango Health Helps Patients & Caregivers Take & Manage Their Medications appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • #CareRx: Immunization & Vaccine Hesitancy – More Myths & Less Facts?

    Dr G
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Join us Saturday, Jan 31 at 8am CST / 9 am EST for a new edition of #CareRx weekly chat, powered by CareNovate Magazine, moderated by Goldina Erowele, PharmD. Learn more about the mission & vision of #CareRx chat here Date: Saturday, Jan 31st Time: 8am CST / 9am EST Topic: Immunizations & Vaccines – More Myths and Less Facts? – perspectives [...] The post #CareRx: Immunization & Vaccine Hesitancy – More Myths & Less Facts? appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Clinical Ambassador on Clinical Trial Recruitment Among Minorities

    Dr G
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    By Goldina Erowele, PharmD The founder of Clinical Ambassador, Allison Kallo, MPH shares joins us in a new CareNovate Q&A Series. She shares with us what she’s learned in her varied roles, clinical trial recruitment among minorities and starting Clinical Ambassador. Allison is the founder of Clinical Ambassador, a patient recruitment platform that facilitate minority participation in clinical trials to [...] The post Clinical Ambassador on Clinical Trial Recruitment Among Minorities appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • App Feature: Lend Your Eyes with “Be My Eyes” App To Help The Blind

    Dr G
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:26 pm
    By Goldina Erowele, PharmD This app caught my eye via Facebook, why? Because my dear dad is visually impared/legally blind in both eyes due poorly diagnosed vision robbing disease, glaucoma, initially diagnosed in Nigeria as cataract. I wanted to see if it something he can use and also share with other caregivers who are caring for the blind or visually [...] The post App Feature: Lend Your Eyes with “Be My Eyes” App To Help The Blind appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • CareFest Monthly – Share Your Health, Caregiving & Wellness BlogPosts

    Dr G
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    Share Your Favorite Health, Wellness, Patient Care, Holistic BlogPosts/Tweetchat Takeaways/Video/Podcast at Carefest – Monthly – Jan 24th to Feb 24th   Caregivers, patients, patient care & health advocates Did you write an amazing patient care, medical, health related story? Do you an amazing resource or tips to make our lives easier – visit to doctors office, navigating the local pharmacy or [...] The post CareFest Monthly – Share Your Health, Caregiving & Wellness BlogPosts appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
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    Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips

  • Eat More Fish, Hold on to Hearing

    Dr. Weil
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:36 am
    Eating fish may help save your hearing, at least if you’re female. A new study from Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that consumption of two or more servings of fish per week was linked to a 20 percent lower risk of hearing loss compared to women who rarely ate fish. The researchers followed more than 65,000 women who participated in the long-running Nurses’ Health Study II from 1991 to 2009, during which 11,606 cases of hearing loss were reported. A lower risk of hearing loss was associated with eating all types of fish and shellfish, as well as with higher…
  • Brain Chemistry and Obesity

    Dr. Weil
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    Differences in brain chemistry between people who are obese and those who are not may help explain what triggers overeating in response to food cues such as the aroma of popcorn at the movies. To arrive at this conclusion, researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) looked at 43 men and women with varying amounts of body fat. The investigators found that, compared to the study’s lean participants, those who were obese tended to have more dopamine activity in the brain’s habit-forming region and less activity in the brain area controlling rewards. (Dopamine is a chemical…
  • Sitting Too Much? Do This.

    Dr. Weil
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    Spending the workday sitting can lead to higher cholesterol levels and greater waist circumference, both well-known risk factors for cardiovascular and metabolic disease. Researchers at Indiana University have found that simply taking a five-minute walk can help maintain the healthy function of leg arteries that could otherwise be compromised during hours of sitting. First, the team showed that even one hour of sitting can slow blood flow to the main artery in the legs by as much as 50 percent. That didn’t happen when study participants stood up and walked for five minutes for each hour…
  • Black Pepper: More Than a Spice

    Dr. Weil
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    Black pepper is perhaps the most popular spice in the world, and black, green and white peppercorns all come from the black pepper plant (Piper nigrum), native to Asia. Black pepper is the whole, partially ripened fruit; green is the unripe fruit; and white pepper is derived from the peeled seed. Some reasons to eat black pepper? It is a proven antibacterial agent. It contains compounds that help maintain the integrity of DNA, possibly providing some protection against cancer. It has been known to help calm digestive issues - it helps signal the stomach to produce more hydrochloric acid,…
  • What is Oil Pulling?

    Dr. Weil
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:42 am
    Oil pulling - swishing sesame or sunflower oil around the mouth without swallowing for 15 to 20 minutes every morning - is an Ayurvedic practice that is promoted as a way to prevent a host of health concerns related to the mouth. These include the prevention of: Tooth decay Bad breath Bleeding gums Dryness of the throat Cracked lips It is also touted as a way to cure a host of other health issues. Unfortunately, I’ve seen no compelling evidence that it works. The only study I found that had actual, positive results was from an Indian dental study that evaluated the effects of oil…
 
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    Catching Health with Diane Atwood

  • Cervical Cancer and HPV: Prevention is Possible

    dianeatwood
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
      Guest post by Chelsea Ginn, FNP-BC Cervical cancer is caused by a virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). Not only is it one of the few types of cancer for which the cause is known, but it’s also one of only two types of cancer that can be prevented with a vaccine. That’s […]
  • Tummy Troubles? Avoid These Common Digestive Health Mistakes

    dianeatwood
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Guest post by Patsy Catsos, MS, RDN, LD, courtesy of the Maine Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. Most people experience uncomfortable, but transient digestive symptoms at some point or another, and while it might not be something we want to chat about with others, it’s a good idea to remind ourselves of what we can […]
  • The Trouble with Blue Light: Catching Health on the Morning Report

    dianeatwood
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    The trouble with blue light is that it can interfere big time with our sleep. If you’re in the dark about blue light, watch this video of Sharon and I talking about the issue on the Morning Report. Catching Health In case you didn’t know, I send out a monthly Catching Health Newsletter that highlights […]
  • Blizzards and the Blues: Winter in New England

    dianeatwood
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:42 pm
    In the midst of winter — during a week in which three snow storms, one a possible blizzard, are predicted —  do you long for spring? Click To Tweet As I write this, it’s a cold, but beautiful day. The sun is shining and the sky is mostly blue with wispy strands of clouds. The […]
  • 100+ Women Who Care Southern Maine

    dianeatwood
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    I joined a fabulous group of women recently — 100+ Women Who Care Southern Maine. The concept behind the group is fairly straightforward. Four times a year, we meet and each of us writes a $50 check to a local charity or non-profit. (One we have voted on). All members are eligible to nominate an organization they […]
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    menshealthwire.com

  • Nitroxamin

    Joshua Jerry
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:28 pm
    Nitroxamin Overview Nitroxamin is the name of a product that is said to help men of a certain age feel younger, stronger and more sexually confident. It is sold via an official site that does not contain much useful information for the consumer. It is well-designed and professional in appearance, but only shows ordering information, a few customer testimonials and very little ingredient information. There is a section regarding the importance of Nitric Oxide, a naturally produced substance that it vital to the vasodilation process, which in turn, helps the male achieve and sustain a strong…
  • Tribuloid

    Joshua Jerry
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:23 am
    Tribuloid Overview The company Goliath Labs manufactures a number of different supplements that all appear to be largely aimed at body building males. Tribuloid is the name of one of their brands that promises to help the user build muscle mass and, according to the website, get ‘freaky big’ by increasing the amount of male sex hormone in the system. While the hormone does decrease in production with age, most men have a good amount in their body but it needs to be ‘freed’ so they can use it effectively. The Goliath Labs website is informative in terms of details about…
  • TestoMax200

    Joshua Jerry
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:23 am
    TestoMax200 Overview TestoMax200 is a brand of supplement that is made for men who need to improve the quality of their sexual performance. It is sold exclusively online although there doesn’t appear to be an official website for the product. However, some information can be gleaned from the sites that sell the brand which include customer testimonials, FAQ section and all ordering details. It is known that TestoMax200 is manufactured in the U.S. and marketed by the company Natural Breakthrough Research. They offer the product at a cost of $69.95 per one month supply and discounted prices…
  • Spartagen XT

    Joshua Jerry
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:23 am
    Spartagen XT Overview Spartagen XT is a brand of male sexual support supplement that is designed mainly for men suffering from andropause. This is a condition akin to the female menopause that can affect men as they age and cause a decrease in libido, sex drive, energy and in some cases, even confidence. The product is sold on an official website that contains customer testimonials, an FAQ section and full ordering section. The product is sold directly from the manufacturer, Edge Bioactives, who offer a 14 day free trial and discounts with multiple orders. A one month bottle of the product…
  • Prolongz

    Joshua Jerry
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:23 am
    Prolongz Overview The product Prolongz is a type of male sexual support supplement that is said to help delay ejaculation. This can be a real concern for many men and it is not only distressing but according to the product’s manufacturer, can cause rifts in relationships. The website for Prolongz contains information and facts about the problem and lists the ways in which the product can help, which is not only to allow the man to perform for longer sexually but to also increase the quality of the erection. The site contains a number of customer testimonials and different sections…
 
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    Healthcare In India

  • Muthoot healthcare striving towards a healthier central Kerala

    admin
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:12 am
      Healthcare in India continues to suffer from chronic infrastructure issues. The situation is far worse in rural areas which house almost 70 % of the country but have only 20 % of the infrastructure. This is both in terms of doctors as well as devices. The Indian government continues to work towards solving this problem and has planned to invest close to $ 11 billion to set up a universal healthcare system, one of the largest in the world. The annual cost of maintaining that system would be close to $ 8 Billion. Till then the country depends on public as well as private hospitals with…
  • Diabeto -­‐ a system to manage diabetes launches its pre-­‐ order campaign on Indiegogo

    admin
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:38 pm
      Three years ago I had met two young enthusiastic Mumbaikars and understood their vision for Diabetes management in India.The product was called Daibeto. We had gone on to build a case study and launched it at Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication Bangalore. I had even covered them in this very blog as an article – How an Indian start up was joining the global fight against Daibetes. Today I am very proud to announce that Diabeto is a reality and has been funded by an Angel Investor as well as Govt of Chile. The device is ready to ship and needs just one more boost, in terms…
  • Healthcare in India turns 5

    admin
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:01 am
    Happy New Year   It is a matter of intense pride that this blog has turned 5 this January. I started this blog with the intention of covering the healthcare sector in India with an emphasis on public health. Those who have been with us from the beginning would recall that the earlier name of this blog was “Public Health India Blog”. Soon with the following, comments and the suggestions the name was changed to Healthcare in India and it is one of the first private Indian blogs that is dedicated to the public health scenario in India. Over the last 5 years the blog has covered…
  • How the Indian education system is creating a nation of diabetics ?

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

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

  • Follow-Up Survey: What Will Help You Best Prepare?

    LAwordsmith
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Two weeks ago, I asked what you want to learn more about this year. The most popular answer was “advanced” techniques. Last week, I covered some really advanced questions about smoke inhalation—even ones experts have trouble answering. You responded by making that article the most popular post with subscribers in almost three months. Thanks. I’ll keep going in this direction. I have one more important set of questions for you, and then we’ll get back to survival medicine. This year, I want to create the products you need—things that fill gaps and help you…
  • Smoke Inhalation: What to Do If You’re Trapped

    LAwordsmith
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH The recent train disaster in Washington, D.C., reminded me that I haven’t covered smoke inhalation in my posts. Picture this. You’re on a subway going through a tunnel when you hear a loud pop. The train stops, the lights go out, and the air starts filling with smoke. And it’s getting worse. A voice comes over the intercom. “The train is not on fire. Please, everyone, sit on the floor and wait for help.” The voice orders you not to open the doors. You’re trapped. In the D.C. event, which resulted in one woman dying and dozens being hospitalized, I don’t…
  • The Survey Results Are In

    LAwordsmith
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Thank you for the wonderful response to last week’s survey. It will help me a great deal in focusing on what you’d most like to learn about. As promised, here are the results. 1. What type of information would you like me to focus on most this year? From this, it seems I have been going in the right direction, covering diseases in the blog and including advanced survival techniques in the blog, books and especially the training course. I would just add a note that it’s important to get the basics down first, as I’m sure you’d agree. In an emergency, if the…
  • Quick Survey: How Can I Help You Best?

    LAwordsmith
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH My resolution for 2015 is for The Survival Doctor to focus even more on your needs. I want to help you prepare easier and quicker—in the exact ways you want to. To that end, would you tell me how I can best help you by answering this five-question survey? It’ll only take about five minutes. I want to know how you like to learn new things and what you most want to learn about. I’ve been soaking up medical information for over 40 years, so there’s a lot I could share. Where do you want me to focus? After you take the survey, feel free to expound on your answers…
  • The Top 10 Most Popular Posts of the Year

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:07 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Thank you to for making 2014 another record year for The Survival Doctor. Compared to 2013 our viewership was up by over 10 percent (around 4.5 million visits total). And not surprisingly, our number one most-viewed post remained the same. Otherwise, the most popular posts really ran the gamut—earwax removal and fast heart rates, children’s rashes and knee injuries, eyelid infections and finger infections. What about you? Did you learn anything new from any of them? Or perhaps they helped refresh your knowledge a bit? Which did you find the most interesting?
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  • Press Publish Tickets

    Jen Mylo
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:53 pm
    It is with great excitement that I announce the opening of ticket sales for the Press Publish conference series we teased here earlier this month! After scouring the web for bloggers with inspiring stories, successful blogs, and unique voices, we’ve confirmed the speaker lineups, and are thrilled to be including popular WordPress.com bloggers like Katherine Fritz, Jerry Mahoney, Emily Austin, and Russ Crandall. Here’s our collection of featured blogger speakers: You can see who’s speaking where by checking the event pages for Portland and Phoenix. In addition to…
  • Google Analytics for WordPress.com Business sites

    Ran
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Stats on WordPress.com are a special favorite of many site owners — it’s our second-most visited screen. At a glance, you can see when you get the most traffic, which posts are making the biggest impact, who your most frequent commenters are, and more. It’s a great way to gain insights into your visitors and your site. To complement our built-in stats and to give you even more information about your traffic, you can now use Google Analytics with WordPress.com, as part of the WordPress.com Business plan. Add the Business plan to your site and get everything you need to…
  • One Theme, Three Ways: Customizing Twenty Fifteen

    Ben Huberman
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Our default theme this year, Twenty Fifteen, draws visitors’ eyes to what matters most — the text and images you publish on your site. Crisp typography, generous spacing, streamlined navigation: Twenty Fifteen shows that less can indeed be more (and that it can look great on any device). Keeping things simple and streamlined doesn’t mean you can’t make a theme your own, of course. From free custom color schemes (pictured in the gallery above) to a vertical header area with ample space to channel your (and your site’s) personality, Twenty Fifteen is a…
  • Notifications just got a boost!

    Fred Cheng
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    If you’ve been tuning in to Hot Off the Press, you’ll know about recent updates to the WordPress.com interface along with some fantastic technical upgrades. To continue the momentum, we’ve introduced more interactive and robust notifications throughout WordPress.com. (Coming soon to a Jetpack blog near you.) Keep an eye on the new interface and let us know what you think! Why the change? We care about giving our users a streamlined and consistent experience across their devices. Unlike the old design, our new notifications look practically identical whether you are…
  • New Themes: Cubic and Wilson

    David A. Kennedy
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    It’s Theme Thursday and today I’m happy to present two new free themes: Cubic and Wilson. Cubic Designed by WordPress.com’s own Thomas Guillot, Cubic is a clean, simple, and responsive theme. With its single-column, grid-based design crafted around large featured images, Cubic is the perfect fit for photobloggers. Read more about Cubic in the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your blog by going to Appearance → Themes. Wilson Designed by Anders Norén, Wilson is minimal yet bold. It’s a clean and simple theme for personal sites and blogs — make it your own with a…
 
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    Survive55.com: the Baby Boomer Guidebook - BLOG

  • Free Kids Clinics at Lowe's Home Improvement

    31 Jan 2015 | 7:16 am
    Hey Baby Boomer Grandparents - Do you want to be a hero to your budding carpenter grandkids?Did you know there are FREE upcoming "Kids Clinics" at your local Lowe's Home Improvement Stores?That's right !!!You can sign up on the Lowe's.com website and register your grandkids for future events where they not only can build great wooden projects but they also get a free apron, goggles, patches and much more !!!Coming up on Valentine's Day, February 14th, they are building Sweetheart Picture Holders.How cool is that?
  • Free Lego Space Shuttle

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:48 am
    Hey Baby Boomer Grandparents - Do you want to be a hero to your budding astronaut grandkids?Did you know there is an upcoming Mini Model Build?That's right !!!Take your Grandkids to the nearest LEGO store to get a FREE LEGO® Space Shuttle kit.Tuesday, February 3 beginning at 5:00 pm until supplies last.In fact, you can visit your local LEGO Store on the first Tuesday of every month and you can learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it home – for free! Quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last only. Models are not for sale and cannot be purchased.
  • IF

    29 Jan 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 TO TRUST AND STRENGTHEN YOUR INTUITION

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    Baby Boomers,Yesterday, we talked about your intuition and how important it is to make sure it is properly developed and nurtured.Hopefully, you took the little quiz- "20 QUESTIONS TO EXPLORE YOUR INTUITION" that was provided and have your total number ready to analyze.If you want to take the quiz CLICK HERE. There is a great business article written by the mastermind Warren Buffett called:"The Importance of Intuition and Trust in Personal and Business Success". It was published on March 8, 2011 in Warren Buffett in the News. I highly recommend that you read it.Here is a short…
  • 20 QUESTIONS TO EXPLORE YOUR INTUITION

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    Baby Boomers,Do you know what I am going to talk about today?OK, maybe some of you do and some of you don't.At the very least, you know it's going to be something good right?That is your intuition talking to you.What is your intuition?Before you learned to utter your first goo goo,  gaa gaa or piercing cry you relied on your intuition to get what you needed.Intuition is your first language.Just like animals have their instincts hunting for food and avoiding danger, we human beings are born with intuitive abilities which navigate us to the best choices that we can make in our lives.Can…
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    FXRX Orthopedic Surgery Blog

  • What are Surgical Options for Frozen Shoulder with a Phoenix Orthopedic?

    davidlgreene1969
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Frozen shoulder syndrome is a debilitating, painful condition that affects up to 5% of the general population. This condition is characterized by shoulder stiffness, loss of range of motion, and considerable pain. For some patients, the condition is self-limiting, resolving … Continue reading →
  • An Overview of Triceps Tendon Tears from a Phoenix Orthopedic

    davidlgreene1969
    2 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    The triceps brachii is the main muscle that allows elbow to open, whereas the biceps brachii allow the elbow to bend. The triceps has three parts: the long, lateral, and medial heads. The long head comes from the shoulder blade … Continue reading →
  • What are the Indications for a Meniscal Repair?

    davidlgreene1969
    30 Dec 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Meniscal tears are very common knee injuries, occurring in 6 patients per 10,000 people. This knee injury is more likely to occur in athletes and active persons. Acute trauma (macrotraumatic injuries) to the meniscus commonly occur in men between 21 … Continue reading →
  • The Basics of Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

    FXRX Orthopedic
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Every year, many conventional total shoulder replacements are done in the U.S. on people who suffer from shoulder arthritis. However, this type of surgery is not helpful for patients who have large rotator cuff tears. For patients with this type … Continue reading →
 
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  • Do You Need a Vitamin D Supplement to Maintain Ideal Levels?

    Dr. Mercola
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Vitamin D is a profoundly important nutrient that provides a vast array of health benefits. The question is, do we really need to supplement, and if we do, what's the proper dosage? Dr. Robert Heaney is a professor and one of the most well-respected researchers in the field. He has studied osteoporosis, vitamin D, and calcium physiology for over 50 years. Trained as a physician and endocrinologist, he’s been working at the Creighton University’s Osteoporosis Research Center, which he founded, since the late 1960s, with a focus on bone biology. "Inevitably, when you deal…
  • Super Energy Kale Soup

    Dr. Mercola
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Eating kale and other cruciferous vegetables two to three times a week or, even better, four to five times a week, is an easy way to significantly boost your health. Just one cup of kale will flood your body with disease-fighting vitamins K, A, and C, along with respectable amounts of manganese, copper, B vitamins, fiber, calcium, and potassium. With each serving of kale, you’ll also find more than 45 unique flavonoids, which have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.1 In terms of green leafy vegetables, you really can’t go wrong… but kale is definitely worthy…
  • Does Smiling Cause Wrinkles?

    Dr. Mercola
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola If you develop deep smile lines in old age, consider yourself lucky. It’s a visible sign that you’ve been blessed with a life full of smiles. Of course, not only smiles will be revealed. Any time you make a facial expression, whether that be a smile, a frown, or a scowl, it causes movement in underlying facial muscles, which will form a groove perpendicular to the movement. In the case of smiles, two grooves known as the nasolabial folds form. These are the two skin folds that run down from your nose to the corners of your mouth. When you’re young, your skin’s…
  • Killing Off the Monarchs

    Dr. Mercola
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola The Monarch butterfly population in North America is in serious trouble. Their numbers are shrinking at a staggering rate because so much of their habitat, the milkweed plant, has been destroyed by destruction of grasslands for the purpose of growing pesticide resistant corn and soy. Milkweeds are critical to the Monarch’s survival because they’re the only food source for Monarch larvae. The Monarch and the milkweed plant evolved together over the centuries.1 Not only are milkweeds the primary source of food for these butterflies and their young, but a bitter toxin in the…
  • Road Salt Leading to Rising Chloride Levels in Streams, Study Finds

    Dr. Mercola
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Every winter, the US spends more than $2 billion to remove snow and ice from roadways, a cost that includes over 15 million tons of salt.1 Salt is effective and efficient, as it lowers the freezing temperature of water, making it more difficult for ice to develop and accelerating melting. Research has shown that de-icing roadways with salt reduces accidents by 88 percent and injuries by 85 percent.2 It also helps states to mitigate the estimated $700 million in daily losses that can occur if roads become impassable.3 At least 26 states currently use salt to de-ice roads, a…
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    Medifast Arizona

  • Five Top Weight Loss Myths Brought to you by Arizona Medifast

    David Greene
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:20 pm
    In today’s world, there is an unlimited source of information for mostly any topic on the Internet. This includes one of the most popular topics out there today: weight loss. All you have to do is search “weight loss” on Google, and you’ll get over 250 million results, meaning a “ton” of information. However, not all of these tips and tricks you’ll find online are true or even helpful. Bad tips not only have the potential to keep you from losing weight, but they can also cause you to gain weight. To avoid this mistake, here are some common weight loss myths to consider.
  • How is Type 2 diabetes different than Type 1?

    David Greene
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Type 1 Diabetes Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease as it affects the immune system of the body by destroying the beta cells that help in insulin release. The destruction of insulin cells negatively impacts the production of insulin in the body. Since glucose cannot be absorbed by the body without insulin cells, the level of blood glucose gradually increases. As this condition is mainly seen in children, the disease is often known as juvenile onset or insulin dependent diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is also associated with heredity of the person. Even though it is considered as a genetic…
  • Things You Shoulder Consider when Choosing a Weight Loss Program

    medifastadmin
    11 Jan 2015 | 8:59 pm
    A weight loss program is a plan that facilitates you in getting rid of all your unwanted or extra body fat. Whenever you decide to lose weight, you may decide to select a weight loss program. This program should consist of meals that enhance your metabolism, helping you to burn calories quicker. Choosing an appropriate weight loss program is vital for you to lose weight easily and effectively. Here are some things that you should always consider when selecting a weight loss program for yourself. Safety of the Program If you are considering choosing a weight loss program that consists of…
  • Six Daily Steps to Effective Weight Loss

    medifastadmin
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Losing weight can often seem like a huge challenge and most people end up thinking about what they can do to make the process just a little bit easier and, of course, a little bit faster. What many people fail to realize is that weight is not something that will dramatically change over a short period of time or simply because a person has skipped a few meals. Losing weight requires commitment and willpower, both of which cannot be practiced consistently unless one makes an effort to incorporate them into everyday life. Medifast offers a weight loss program with Weight Control Centers at 5 AZ…
  • You Probably Have Diabetes and Don’t Know It

    medifastadmin
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Diabetes affects millions of people in the world, but 50% of them don’t know about their condition. Most of the people tend to ignore the symptoms of diabetes as the symptoms are usually not very obvious. Blood sugar test and urine sugar test are the best ways to identify the blood sugar level in the body. Various symptoms of diabetes are frequent urination, feeling thirsty, weight loss or weight gain, hunger pangs, skin problems, slow healing, yeast infections, fatigue, blurred vision, and numbness or tingling. If diabetes is left untreated for long, then it can cause organ failure,…
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    Phoenix Shoulder and Knee

  • An Overview of Tommy John Surgery from a Phoenix Orthopedic

    Phoenix Shoulder And Knee
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Tommy John surgery involves repair of an injured elbow ligament. The surgery is named after Tommy John, a former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher who had the first procedure of this kind in 1974. Often called ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction, Tommy John surgery is done to repair the injured UCL elbow ligament following an injury, which often occurs in college or professional baseball pitchers. In 1974, when Dr. Frank Jobe performed the first UCL reconstruction, a torn UCL was considered to be a career-ending injury. Now, however, more than 85% of patients who have Tommy John surgery…
  • How should Labral Tears in the Shoulder be Treated?

    Phoenix Shoulder And Knee
    2 Jan 2015 | 7:07 pm
    A superior labrum anterior and posterior (SLAP) tear is an injury to the labrum, which is a cartilage ring that surrounds the shoulder joint socket. The shoulder is made of three bones: the humerus (upper arm bone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the clavicle (collarbone). The head of the humerus fits into a round socket near the scapula, which is called the glenoid. The labrum surrounds the outer edge of the glenoid, and it helps to stabilize the shoulder joint. In a SLAP injury, the top portion of the labrum is torn along with the upper area of the biceps tendon. These injuries are…
  • Treatment for a Distal Biceps Tear with a Phoenix Orthopedic Doctor

    Phoenix Shoulder And Knee
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:52 pm
    A distal biceps rupture occurs when the tendon that attaches the biceps muscle to the elbow tears from the bone. This injury occurs most often in middle-aged men who do heaving lifting and labor work. The biceps muscle extends from the shoulder to the elbow on the front region of the upper arm. Two separate tendons attach the upper biceps muscle to the bone, and one tendon connects the lower biceps muscle to the elbow, called the distal biceps tendon. The most common cause of a distal biceps rupture is lifting a heavy item with the elbows bent. The heavy load forces the elbow to straighten,…
  • An Overview Of Runner’s Knee

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

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

  • Best Free Window App For Solving Maths Problems

    Admin
    4 Jan 2015 | 10:25 pm
    The world’s first camera calculator is PhotoMath. Just point the camera towards a mathematical expression, and PhotoMath instantly displays the correct result. By pressing the steps button, you can see the full step-by-step solution. Use it to get help when you’re stuck solving a math problem. Children can use it as a tool which helps them to learn Math, while parents can use it to check their children’s homework. With PhotoMath, you can have a Math teacher in your pocket. PhotoMath currently supports basic arithmetics, fractions, decimal numbers, linear equations and…
  • World Best & Famous Forex Trading Websites

    Admin
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:55 pm
    In the last few years, online forex trading has turned out to be one of the best modern ways of trading. But what exactly is forex trading? I’m sure many of you people would be thinking. What are its benefits? How is it good for me? First of all. Forex market which is also commonly known as ‘Forex’ or ‘FX’, is the exchange of one currency for another at an agreed exchange price on the over-the-counter (OTC) market. Forex is the world’s most traded market, with an average turnover in excess of US$4 trillion per day. The trading takes place between the financial institutes of a…
  • To Make Easier & Organize Your Life With These Free Apps

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

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

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

  • The Top Recommended Health & Medical Apps- Doctor Approved.

    Gina Gattis
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Health Tap recently released a report of the top health and medical apps that have been tested and approved by doctors. The report divides the apps into 30 different categories. It covers apps that deal with health and wellness to the top apps to use (more…)
  • Is a mobile health app a medical device? It depends.

    Alison Hoskinson
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    The FDA issued draft guidance on January 20, 2015, will help app developers and marketers understand what’s regulated and what’s not. While the guidance is not specific to apps, it provides a framework for brand teams and their partners to assess whether a (more…)
  • Tim Garde Speaks on Digital Video at ePharma ‘15

    Calcium Correspondent
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    Calcium COO Tim R. Garde will speak on Feb. 24 at ePharma 2015, the premiere event for healthcare marketers who want to up their digital game. The conference is in New York City, February 24-26, 2015. Registration is still open, and special offers may (more…)
  • A Healthy Dose of New Year’s Resolutions

    Calcium Correspondent
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    January is almost gone but we thought we would share some of our New Year resolutions! Tim Garde Be happy. Smile. Say thank you. Be healthy. Remember that life is short. Mike Scott Try harder: To share with others what I think I have (more…)
  • A New Shift Towards Orphan Diseases

    Andrew Lyle
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
    In today’s pharmaceutical market, it is becoming cluttered with the similar products for the same diseases. Depression, weight-loss, diabetes, COPD/Asthma, and hyperlipidemia are just a few examples of low-hanging fruit in the market place. At the same time, the FDA is making it harder for (more…)
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  • HIPAA Security Rule Compliance: Using Risk Analysis to Understand and Manage Risks

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Manage Risks and Be Compliant with HIPAA Security Rules – Use Risk Analysis. Being in compliance with HIPAA involves not only ensuring you provide the appropriate patient rights and controls on your uses and disclosures, but also that you ensure you have the right policies, procedures, and documentation, and have performed the appropriate an ...
  • 2015 Update to Injuries in ICD-10-CM

    16 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Demystifying Chapter 19 and 20 in the ICD-10-CM Manual to Clarify the Guidelines for Coding Injuries. Chapter 19 in the ICD-10-CM manual is related to injuries.  Although there is a freeze on changes to ICD-10-CM, there have been some updates for 2015 that include clarification on how to assign the 7th character extension and other updates re ...
  • Basic Steps to Improve Compliance with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Key Elements of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, and Hands-On Advice for Your Employees to Reduce the Risk of Legal Exposure. As you must be aware, the HIPAA Privacy Rule aims to protect the privacy of individually identifiable health information, while the HIPAA Security Rule is responsible for setting national standards to secure electronic ...
  • Benchmarking Your Practice: Key Financial Ratios to Improve Profitability

    17 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Learn Critical Skills in Analyzing & Benchmarking Practice Profit, Accounts Receivable Ratios & Cost Accounting. Today’s physicians and office managers need a high level of business management skills particularly in the financial area.  Join expert speaker Debra Phairas in this informative session to learn critical skills in a ...
  • Patient Rights and the HIPAA Privacy Officer: Making Compliance Decisions and Avoiding Violations

    11 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Be Compliant with Patient Rights under HIPAA as A Privacy Officer, Learn to Avoid Penalties and Violations of Non-Compliance. With the recent changes to HIPAA and increasing focus on patient information, patient rights, and HIPAA enforcement – now is the time for the HIPAA Privacy Officer to review and update their organization's policies a ...
 
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    Foods4BetterHealth

  • Infertility Issues: Simple Diet Tips To Boost Your Fertility

    Foods4BetterHealth
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Do you know that in the U.S. every one in seven married couples struggle with infertility issues. And, 50% of the time the problem is with the woman, 20% with the man, 18% with both, and 12% of the time it’s duet to some unknown issues. Some of the most common contributors to the infertility in women include: Endometriosis Polycystic ovarian syndrome Blocked fallopian tubes Rare or irregular ovulation And, lack of progesterone production. It’s also becomes difficult for a woman to conceive a baby once she crosses age of 34. When it comes to … Read MoreThis article Infertility…
  • Dining Out? Consider These 5 Healthy Eating Tips

    Foods4BetterHealth
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    North Americans love dining out. I know it’s just great to have food with your loved ones and share some thought-provoking conversations over the drinks with your friends. Dining out is a great pass of time, but how do you know that anything you’re eating is healthy for you. Well, if the restaurant is renowned or family-owned, then there’s less to worry about the quality of food. On the other hand, the fast foods and average restaurants do not merely care about your health. Most of them use processed foods and GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms … Read MoreThis article Dining…
  • Healthy Diet Options to Lower High Blood Pressure

    Foods4BetterHealth
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    High blood pressure or hypertension is one of the leading causes of stroke, heart attack, kidney disease and blindness. It is a most common disease which is also associated with the aging process and does not have any specific pattern of symptoms. There are a lot of treatment options available for high blood pressure, including many types of drug and lifestyle intervention. And, amongst all these treatments, a healthy diet has received quite a good attention in the recent period. Best Diets to Lower High Blood Pressure There are numerous different diets that can … Read MoreThis article…
  • Weight Loss Diet: Best Foods To Help You Lose Weight

    Foods4BetterHealth
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Well, there are lots of foods you typically eat on daily basis and which can promote weight gain. Even if there are several causes of obesity, your daily diet play an important role in how much weight you put up or lose. There is a common misconception that avoiding specific foods can be a great natural way for reducing the extra body weight. Yes, avoiding certain foods is good way to start with, but if you’re serious about losing few pounds in less time, you need to think beyond this. In this article, we’ll be … Read MoreThis article Weight Loss Diet: Best Foods To Help You Lose…
  • Natural Ways To Prevent Acne: Eat These Healthy Foods to Avoid Acne Attacks

    Foods4BetterHealth
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Acne vulgaris, generally known as acne, is a kind of inflammatory superficial skin condition that affects the oil-secreting glands of your skin. Most of the youngsters experience intense acne attacks and struggle a lot to get rid of those whiteheads, blackheads, and the redness of the face and skin. A recent Breakthrough in Acne Research Reveals that over three-quarters of people between the ages 11 and 30 will get acne, and it affects every race as well as both men and women. Young adults and adolescents are the most common people to get acne; … Read MoreThis article Natural Ways To…
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    CQC Compliance » Blog

  • Improving services

    Amanda Calberry
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    I think the Government can draw much-needed lessons from two healthcare topics currently in the news. They seem different, but they show a worrying trend in how care support and healthcare support are imbalanced. Firstly, hospital trusts in England are putting their foot down and refusing to agree to new funding arrangements intended to come into effect from April. NHS providers is an organisation representing the interests of hospital trusts. They say that the current plan to axe a further £1.7 billion from funding would put patient safety at risk, and so reduce the number of people who can…
  • Should we audit nutritional care in care homes?

    Amanda Calberry
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:37 am
    A range of policies and guidance documents have been produced in the UK highlighting the need to ensure people in hospital or residential care receive good quality, nutritious foods and fluids. Despite this guidance, there are still reports that suggest the experiences of service users are variable. People living in care homes may not always receive the best nutritional care, from the provision of nutritionally adequate and enjoyable meals to the implementation of nutritional support pathways for those at risk of malnutrition. Concerns over nutritional care, coupled with the increasing amount…
  • Are you missing a trick with recruitment?

    Amanda Calberry
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    A recent survey taken by the Recruitment and Employment Federation (REC) suggests that recruiters should ‘improve their hiring strategy to consider the most talented in the over 55s age group’. Employment Minister Esther McVey has said that ‘With 50 being the new 30 there are more and more older workers wanting to make the most of their skills and experience in a new career.’ If you completed a review of your workforce, just how many of your employees would fall into the category of 55 and over? Consider what you could be missing… This figure may be lower than you think as ageism in…
  • Keyboards and infection prevention

    Amanda Calberry
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:50 am
    Have you ever wondered when using your keyboard what happens to the crumbs of that tasty sandwich you are eating or the droplets after you sneeze or cough? Well, it is likely that they land on the keyboard and create an environment that microbes can thrive in. This article will give information on infection control and the use of keyboards, and highlight some recommendations to reduce, control and eliminate the spread of pathogenic microorganisms. Most work environments have some form of computer technology, including keyboards. Those keyboards may be used by different people throughout the…
  • Time to Talk again

    Sarah Riley
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:57 am
    Time to talk day is here again. This is a national campaign for one day each February where people are encouraged to have a conversation about mental health. The idea is that the more we talk about mental health, the less it becomes a taboo subject, and encourages people to seek help. Time to Talk day 2015 is Thursday 5th February, and as many people as possible are asked to talk about mental health for just 5 minutes. Support at work There are plenty of ideas on the Time To Talk website of what to talk about and how to initiate a conversation but one that struck me was the issue of promoting…
 
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  • Bed Bug Treatment Preparation Checklist: Steps to Prepare Your Home

    dipa
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:55 pm
    If you are reading this, then you are probably dealing with a bed bug infestation. The fact that you have decided to treat your premises means that you have taken the first step in waging a war against these critters. Naturally, it is important to follow some protocols prior to any bed bug treatment as these can ensure that you get the most out of it. Whether you are opting for a DIY bed bug elimination treatment or have called in the professionals; read and print this handy checklist to make the process most effective and also to protect your kids, pets and valuables throughout. Room…
  • I Found One Bed Bug On My Bed: Are There More?

    dipa
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:23 am
    If you have found even one bed bug on your mattress, then do note that there are bound to be many more of these pests lurking nearby. This is due to the simple fact that female bed bugs lay hundreds of eggs in cracks, crevices and other hard-to-access areas. These bugs also hide during the day and come out only at night to feed when they are attracted to the heat and carbon dioxide emitted by the human bodies. Let us take a look at what it means if you have found one bed bug on your bed. Bed Bugs: Are they present if there are no bites? Majority of homeowners who find out about bed bug…
  • Bed Bugs in the Mattresses: How To Remove Bed Bugs From Mattresses?

    dipa
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Bed bugs were once considered a great nuisance until the mid 20th century. However; they have now started making a comeback. More and more tenants and landlords of rental apartment units are facing bedbugs in their housing complexes. It is especially difficult to get rid of bed bugs from mattresses apart from the rest of the home. Homeowners often need to get rid of their mattresses on account of severe bed bug infestations. In majority of the cases, bed bugs come inside the apartments through infested discarded mattresses picked up from the roadside. Naturally; it is important to find and…
  • Bed Bug Bites vs. Body Lice Bites: How To Tell the Difference?

    dipa
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:57 pm
    Bite marks on the body are the first sign of a bug infestation. However; there are many species of bloodsucking mites and insects some of which typically include fleas, lice, ticks, bed bugs and so on. So how can you tell what is biting you? In this guide, we will mainly study the differences between bed bug bites vs lice bites in order to help you better understand what is biting you. Bed bug bites The first sign of a bed bug infestation is bite marks on your body as well as those of your family members. However, in many people, there is no significant visible reaction as they may have…
  • Movie Theater Bed Bugs: How to Avoid Bed Bugs in Movie Theater Seats?

    dipa
    28 Dec 2014 | 10:13 pm
    The bed bugs are back-and for a reason. Most of us are responsible for bringing bed bugs into our homes. Such infestations are not owing to unhygienic conditions (as most people tend to erroneously think); rather they occur due to one’s innocence and lack of knowledge. Most of us are unaware that today bed bugs can be found in the most unlikely places, including air planes, trains, buses, retail stores, libraries and even movie theaters. Thus, the innocent movie date night can actually end up ruining our sleep for days, even weeks to come. The topic of this article is to help movie goers…
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  • Top 15 Things I Wish I Knew Before Medical School

    Susan Kerrigan, MD
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:06 am
    Medical school is expensive! I went to an out-of-state school instead of staying at my in-state school for the prestige. You will learn the same knowledge and still be called a doctor once you graduate, no matter where you go. Don’t pay for an expensive apartment. Get a roommate and save your money. You will spend more time in the library anyway. Find several students with study habits like yours and form a regular study group. This is especially helpful in human anatomy class. You will be a human computer full of medical knowledge when you are done. Journals are constantly coming out…
  • Eight Mistakes to Avoid While Switching Career

    Ayesha Khan, MD
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:52 am
    According to a recent report published in the Wall Street Journal, an average American changes 5-7 careers in his or her lifetime. But is it always an easy choice to switch the career, job, and occupational responsibilities? Are all career transitions successful? Most importantly, what forces and agents drive you to switch your career? In my personal opinion, there is nothing wrong with pursuing new career choices. Here is why: Unlike old times, new careers and industries are emerging at an ever increasing pace. Most new career choices offer tremendous opportunities and scope to the early…
  • Respiratory Therapist Career Analysis

    MaryAnn DePietro
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    If you are looking for a job which combines a thorough understanding of human anatomy and disease management, along with the use of the latest technology, you may want to consider a career as a respiratory therapist. Why are Respiratory Therapists in Demand? Respiratory therapists are in demand for a variety of reasons. For example, advances in medicine have increased the chances of survival for babies born prematurely. The potential viability of premature babies has provided a need for RT”s to work in neonatal intensive care units, providing therapy to the youngest patients. In addition,…
  • NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program Application Cycle Now Open

    Angie Best-Boss RN
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:27 am
    If you have student debt and are working with an underserved population, the 2015 NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program might be exactly what you are looking for. You might qualify for the opportunity to erase thousands of dollars of debt with this federal loan repayment program. The application cycle is only open for a brief time every year, during which several thousand nurses compete for the coveted spots. The 2015 application cycle is expected to be very competitive, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. The application cycle closes Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET. According to the Health and…
  • A Doctor’s Advice on Rural Recruiting

    Faith A. Coleman M.D.
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Rural communities are attractive to physicians when the community’s selling points are presented in the right way Many people, those in rural communities, have, with their tireless labor and uncomplaining perseverance, created these remarkable United States. They are, still, people who keep the corners of our world tied down. These important people are also among those who are suffering the most from a lack of medical care. Rural communities are desperate to attract healthcare providers, especially physicians, and are stepping up their recruitment efforts. One factor making it more…
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  • Indonesia Thermal Power Market Outlook to 2018 – Led by Increasing Electricity Coverage and Private Producers

    KenResearch
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Indonesia Thermal Power Market Outlook to 2018 – Led by Increasing Electricity Coverage and Private Producers provides a comprehensive analysis of various aspects such as market size, segmentation and future projections of the thermal power market in Indonesia. This report also offers prevalent trends and developments in the industry, government regulations, SWOT analysis, STEEP analysis, Porter’s five force analysis and challenges in the thermal power industry in Indonesia. The report also covers the competitive landscape of the industry, complemented with the market share of…
  • Thailand Alcoholic Beverages Market Outlook to 2018 – Changing Consumer Preferences towards Spirits to Impel Growth

    KenResearch
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Thailand Alcoholic Beverages Market Research Report presents a comprehensive analysis of the alcoholic beverages aspects including market size of alcoholic beverages market in Thailand by revenue along with the market segmentation by different types of products such as beer, spirits, wine and others, by regional consumption, by on-trade and off-trade channels. The report also entails a detailed description on the recent trends and developments in the market, growth drivers and competitive scenario of major players in the alcoholic beverages market. The alcoholic beverages market in Thailand…
  • China Engineering Plastics Market Outlook to 2018 – Surging Growth Owing to Emergence of Global Players

    KenResearch
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:46 am
    China Engineering Plastics Market Outlook to 2018 – Surging Growth Owing to Emergence of Global Players  provides a comprehensive analysis of various aspects such as market size, segmentation and future projections of the PET resin, ABS resin, Poly-carbonate, Polyacetal and others which are the key segments of the market. The report also covers major end user industries for each engineering plastics product, prevalent trends and developments in China engineering plastics industry, government regulations, SWOT analysis, and entry barriers operating into the Industry. The report also…
  • Asia Pacific Engineering Plastics Market Outlook to 2018 – Growing Economy and Emergence of Global Players to Intensify the Demand

    KenResearch
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Asia Pacific Engineering Plastics Market Outlook to 2018 – Growing Economy and Emergence of Global Players to Intensify the Demand provides an in-depth analysis of the Asia Pacific engineering plastics industry. The report covers specific insights on the market size in terms of value, segmentation by geography & product wise segmentation by major countries, drivers and restraints, recent trends and developments, government regulations and future outlook of the engineering plastics industry in Asia Pacific region. The report also entails a detailed description of the prominent and…
  • India ATM Managed Services and Outsourcing Market Outlook to 2019 – Spurred by Expansion of the ATM Network

    KenResearch
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:03 pm
    India ATM Managed Services and Outsourcing Market Outlook to 2019 – Spurred by Expansion of the ATM Network presents a comprehensive analysis of market size by value of the ATM Managed Services and Outsourcing Market in India, market segmentation by number of ATMs existing in the country by different models and by value, Outsourced ATMs in India by different banks. The report entails the market share analysis and company profiles of major players in the market and market dynamics. Comprehensive analysis on growth drivers, issues and challenges in the market, recent trends and…
 
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  • Making Your Home Safe for Seniors

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    Home safety for the elderly is a significant issue, given that the average home is filled with hidden hazards that can easily send a senior to the ER. When your family signs up for in-home care near Milwaukee, you can work with long-term care providers to identify and eliminate safety hazards in the home. Tubs often pose a safety hazard for seniors because it's easy to trip and fall when lifting up the legs to climb in and out of the tub. You can make your tub more accessible by making a cut-out or by installing a specially made cut-out tub. Hear more safety tips by watching this video.
  • The Importance of Taking Medications Properly

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    Medications can help seniors live longer, more fulfilling lives despite medical conditions. Unfortunately, far too many seniors experience problems with medication management. Seniors may fail to take medications on time or they may take the wrong dosage. They may also have problems opening bottles, reading labels, and remembering instructions from healthcare providers. Family members of seniors can rely on senior care services to provide medication management solutions in Milwaukee. Managing Medical Conditions One of the most critical reasons why seniors should take their medications as…
  • How a Speech-Language Pathologist Can Help

    14 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    When it's time to arrange in-home care for your loved one, you can personalize his or her senior services to meet his or her unique needs. One home health care service your loved one may benefit from is speech therapy. Speech therapy is an important component of a comprehensive rehabilitation program that can help individuals communicate more effectively when they face challenges caused by dementia and stroke. Senior citizens may also develop swallowing problems. Other conditions that may necessitate speech therapy include Parkinson's disease, oral cancer, head injuries, and…
  • Reasons to Choose In-Home Health Care

    7 Jan 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Are you becoming concerned about an elderly loved one's ability to properly care for himself? You may have started thinking about nursing homes and retirement communities. However, most seniors prefer not to leave their own homes to stay in a strange environment with unfamiliar faces. There is a better option for your loved one: In-home care. By working with a home health care agency serving Milwaukee, you can help your elderly loved one enjoy better health and an improved quality of life. Customized Care One reason why in-home care has become increasingly popular over the years is that…
  • What Does an Occupational Therapist Do?

    25 Dec 2014 | 9:40 am
    An occupational therapist can be an important member of your loved one's home health care team. Occupational therapists help individuals regain the ability to carry out everyday activities. They frequently work with seniors as part of a senior care services team. Occupational therapists can also help those with physical, developmental, mental, and emotional conditions that affect their ability to perform daily tasks. The goal of occupational therapy is to help patients recover function, develop effective living and work skills, and maintain function. In doing so, occupational therapists…
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  • What Do White And Red Blood Cells in Urine Mean? Do They Indicate Urine Infections?

    dipa
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:48 pm
    Often, people with the frequent tendency of developing urine infections undergo routine urinalysis tests. These may be done in several different ways. The dipstick test is the most common method of Urinalysis which can indicate presence of sugar, proteins, acidity, ketones as well as bacteria in the urine. In case of microscopic Urinalysis, a few drops of urine may be examined under the microscope and these often indicate white (WBC) or red blood cells (RBC) in urine without bacteria. Such results often confuse people; in that they want to know why these cells are present, despite the fact…
  • Urine Infections in Babies and Toddlers: Symptoms and Treatment of UTI in Children

    dipa
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:28 pm
    A urine infection or bladder infection in babies can be attributed to bacterial growth in the bladder, and, in some cases, the kidneys. In approximately 30% of urine infection cases in babies and toddlers, the cause stems from an underlying structural error in the urinary system. Naturally, it can be downright scary for parents to watch their child suffer from miserable urine infection symptoms. In several cases, pediatricians might even recommend further tests such as an X-ray or ultrasound for determining the cause of frequent urine infection in babies. Let us study toddler urine infection…
  • UTI and Menstrual Cycle: Is It Normal To Get Urine Infections During and After The Periods?

    dipa
    3 Jan 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Urine infections are very common in women and majority of the sufferers tend to experience them during, or just after the menstrual cycle. Often gynaecologists are asked by their patients whether there is a correlation between urinary tract infections and menstrual periods. The answer, theoretically, is no. However, there are several factors that can contribute to UTIs in relation to one’s monthly periods. Let us study this correlation between periods and UTIs in detail. “I keep getting UTI symptoms after every menstrual cycle”. What does it mean? Ask any doctor the interrelation…
  • Check Your Symptoms: Dark Yellow Urine Might Indicate UTI

    dipa
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Symptoms such as dark yellow urine the first thing in the morning often causes one to panic into thinking that s/he might be suffering from a urine infection or UTI. Normal urine is colorless and if you have been drinking adequate quantities of water, you should not see dark urine at any point of the day. Needless to say, there are many reasons that could cause urine to turn dark yellow in color. Certain medications such as multivitamin-mineral supplements or even food dyes often get into the urine to cause a darkish color. However, if you also experience several other symptoms such as fever,…
  • UTI vs. Yeast Infections: Can UTI Cause A Yeast Infection?

    dipa
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:29 pm
    “What are the similarities and differences between UTI vs. yeast infection?” “Am I suffering from a urine infection or a yeast infection?” “Can bladder infections result in yeast infections as well?” “Can yeast and urine infections occur simultaneously?” These are some frequently asked questions that plague the minds of women suffering from recurrent bladder (or urine infections) and yeast infections. Urine and yeast infections often produce very similar symptoms. Both are characterized by painful, itchy and burning sensation and these symptoms often get worse with time.
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  • What is AmeriDoc by The AmeriPlan Corporation?

    Ed Harrison
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:28 pm
    AmeriDoc is AmeriPlan’s popular telemedicine program. The service is included in the Ameriplan Lifestyle, American MD Plus, and Ameriplan Healthcare discount health plans. Members who currently have any of these AmeriPlan discount medical plans will enjoy an affordable and convenient alternative to in-office doctor visits through the service at a fraction of the cost of […] The post What is AmeriDoc by The AmeriPlan Corporation? appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • Does Dental Insurance Cover Braces?

    Ed Harrison
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    If you have teenagers, you know how expensive braces and other orthodontic treatments can be. The cost of braces can easily run into the thousands of dollars, and if your child needs more involved treatment, the cost can be even higher. Finding a way to reduce these costs and save money is important, particularly if […] The post Does Dental Insurance Cover Braces? appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • What Is The Best Age For Children To Start Orthodontic Braces?

    Ed Harrison
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    Many parents today do have the question as to the age of children when it is best to begin considering orthodontic braces. It has been recommended by some orthodontists that the ages of 10 to 12 years are the best ages to begin, but the American Association of Orthodontists suggests that every youngster who is […] The post What Is The Best Age For Children To Start Orthodontic Braces? appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • Affordable Dental Plans For Good Oral Health

    Ed Harrison
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
    You should learn what you can about the affordable dental plans that are available so you know how to save money on dental services. This information will go over some of the plans you can utilize so you can get your dental health taken care of. Don’t wait and learn what is needed for you to have […] The post Affordable Dental Plans For Good Oral Health appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • Dental Discount Plans Reviews – AmeriPlan Dental Plus

    Ed Harrison
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:48 am
    For most of the American families, dental care remains the biggest out of pocket medical expense. Even the cheapest set of dentures costs approximately $450 today and if you need to save one of your molars, cost can easily run into a few thousands. Most of the insurance plans available today cost a lot and […] The post Dental Discount Plans Reviews – AmeriPlan Dental Plus appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
 
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  • Ten Great Benefits of Yoga

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Yoga is an ancient science that offers a broad range of physical, psychological, and wellness benefits. Practicing yoga regularly not only can help you stay healthy  and free of ailments, but can also help you relieve stress and stay fit. This is why a large number of individuals worldwide practice yoga to stay fresh and fit every day. Here are some prominent benefits of yoga. Better sleep Studies reveal that when individuals suffering from sleeping disorders practice yoga and meditation during the daytime, they enjoy sound sleep that night. If it’s not possible to practice yoga daily,…
  • Bariatric Surgery in India – why do so many patients go for it?

    admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:35 am
    There are a lot of people seeking for efficient ways to get rid of obesity. A significant part of them don’t afford the cost of having the obesity surgery done in their country. That’s why they find the solutions abroad – bariatric surgery India is among their first option.  Before finding out why is India a proper variant for so many people, let’s see two of the main threats that overweight people face. Besides the unpleasant aspect of one’s body, obesity comes with a series of important issues that affect your health. And we’re not talking only about…
  • How to choose your orthopaedic surgeon

    admin
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    There are many people in need of the help of orthopaedic surgeons. Hip and knee replacement surgeries have become quite common in the past few years, but this does not mean that you should not be confident with your choice of a Indian orthopaedic surgeon. Hip replacement surgery will definitely improve your lifestyle and with the help of an experienced surgeon, chances are that your recovery experience will also be very positive. Without further ado, probably the first thing you should look for when choosing a surgeon is his experience and qualifications. Feel free to ask as many questions as…
  • 6 Ways You Can Benefit from a Full Body Ayurvedic Massage Therapy

    admin
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:59 am
    A full body ayurvedic massage given by a professional therapist involves rubbing, kneading, pressing and manipulating of muscles, skin, tendons and ligaments. It is not confined to the walls of a spa anymore but has extended to hospitals and clinics as well. Rubbing your body parts or stressed muscles has a number of benefits – physically and psychologically. In this article, we are going to discuss about the benefits of ayurvedic massage therapy, especially full body rubbing and kneading by a therapist. 1. Relief from Pain and Stiffness If you are plagued with back or neck pain/stiffness,…
  • 10 Exercise You Can Do When You Travel

    admin
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:01 pm
    The disadvantage of travelling, whether it’s for work or vacation, is that your exercise routine is broken. You can’t go to the gym, do your DVD routine or run on your preferred routes, so it’s common for your health and fitness to glide while you’re away from house. Is on the rise and you should not be left behind. Travel but stay fit. Regardless of where you are; on the beach, in your resort, in the comfort of your house, at the gym or even 30,000 feet in the air, you can do these 12 exercises. 1. Shoulder Bridge Work out your returning and main with this excellent…
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  • 5 Things to Know About Health Insurance and Your Taxes

    HealthTN
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:47 am
    New Tax Information for your 2014 Federal Tax Return Did you know that your health insurance may affect your taxes? If anyone in your household enrolled in a Marketplace plan in 2014, you’ll need some new information when you file your federal income taxes this year. Here are 5 things to know about health insurance and your taxes: Watch your mail for Form 1095-A. It will help you file your 2014 federal taxes. If you enrolled in a Marketplace health plan in 2014, you’ll get this new form in the mail from the Marketplace by early February. This form includes important information…
  • 5 Things That HealthTN Wants You To Know About Health Insurance [Video]

    HealthTN
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    5 things that HealthTN wants you to know about health insurance: Different health insurance policies can offer different benefits, and some can limit which doctors, hospitals, or other providers you can use. You may have to pay coinsurance or a copayment as your share of the cost when you get a medical service. You may have to pay a deductible each plan year before your insurance company starts to pay for care you get. Staying in network is important. You might see products that look and sound like health insurance, but don’t give you the same protection as full health insurance. Don’t…
  • Find Low Cost TN Health Insurance | WSMV-TV Channel 4, Nashville [VIDEO]

    HealthTN
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    HealthTN.com sat down with More at Midday on Channel 4, Nashville, Wednesday, January 21, 2015, to discuss 2015 Open Enrollment. Q: Is there a way for those who may qualify to obtain financial assistance? Yes. Depending income and family size, those seeking insurance may qualify for financial assistance to lower costs through purchasing a plan on the Marketplace. In the first month of Open Enrollment this year, 4 out of 5 people got financial assistance to help lower their insurance costs. And what many don’t know is, due to a recent change in the Health Insurance Market, Government…
  • [Video] What to Know About Getting Your Prescription Drugs

    HealthTN
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’re unable to watch the video above, you may read the video transcript below. To find out which drugs your insurance plan covers, visit your insurer’s website to review a list of covered drugs, check your “Summary of Benefits and Coverage,” call your insurer directly to find out what’s covered, or review your coverage materials sent to you by your plan. Health plans help pay the cost of certain prescription drugs. Keep in mind, drugs on your plan’s “formulary,” or drug list, usually will be less expensive for you. So what happens if you’re at the pharmacy to pick…
  • How Much Would Santa Pay for Health Insurance?

    Ashley Goddard
    23 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    How Much Would Santa Pay for Health Insurance? As a Health Insurance Agency we get hit with some strange questions about Health Insurance and this one came up in the office today, so we decided to see it through! We thought we would run Santa through our direct enrollment tool and see just how much Santa could expect to pay for Health Insurance. First, let’s take what we know of Santa’s Health.  We’ll have to do a bit of guesswork but judging by the all white beard we’re going to say Santa turned a youthful 61 years old this year. His health, however, has seen better…
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  • Propose Day Valentines Week

    Trilok Singh
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Propose Day Valentines Week Valentines Week is a special week for love birds around the globe as they celebrate each day before Valentine day with happiness and love. Propose Day is the next day 8th Feb of valentines week, 2015. You can propose to the young lady/ kid on Propose Day that you really like. […] The post Propose Day Valentines Week appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • Propose Day Date

    Trilok Singh
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:26 pm
    Propose Day Date Valentines Week is a special week for love birds around the globe as they celebrate each day before Valentine day with happiness and love. Propose Day is the next day 8th Feb of valentines week, 2015. You can propose to the young lady/ kid on Propose Day that you really like. This […] The post Propose Day Date appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • Propose Day Wallpapers

    Trilok Singh
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Propose Day Wallpapers Valentines Week is a special week for love birds around the globe as they celebrate each day before Valentine day with happiness and love. Propose Day is the next day of rose day 8th Feb of valentines week, 2015. You can propose to the young lady/ kid on Propose Day that you […] The post Propose Day Wallpapers appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • Propose Day Pictures

    Trilok Singh
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:33 pm
    Propose Day Pictures Valentines Week is a special week for love birds around the globe as they celebrate each day before Valentine day with happiness and love. Propose Day is the next day of rose day 8th Feb of valentines week, 2015. You can propose to the young lady/ kid on Propose Day that you […] The post Propose Day Pictures appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • Propose Day Pics

    Trilok Singh
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Propose Day Pics Valentines Week is a special week for love birds around the globe as they celebrate each day before Valentine day with happiness and love. Propose Day is the next day of rose day 8th Feb of valentines week, 2015. You can propose to the young lady/ kid on Propose Day that you […] The post Propose Day Pics appeared first on FestVent.Com.
 
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  • The Dangers of Alternative Careers Lists for Doctors

    admin
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    Before finally making my career transition, I regularly searched Google for “alternative careers for doctors”. There are multiple sites with lists of alternative options for those with a medical degree. Google search returns nearly nine million articles on this topic! But what if none of the options on these numerous lists seems “right”? Does it mean there is something wrong with you? I struggled “to find” an alternative career for several years. Many lists presuppose that doctors would necessarily want to use their medical degree in one way or another after leaving clinical…
  • Surgical registrar returning to work after career break (January 2015)

    admin
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:33 pm
    “I have so much more clarity, determination and direction for the future and even my family have noticed a difference in me, thank you”. The post Surgical registrar returning to work after career break (January 2015) appeared first on Other Options for Doctors.
  • Truth You’d Rather Not Hear About Your Career

    admin
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    When I was leaving Medicine, there were three types of reactions from others: (a) “Are you mad? After all those years of training? What’s wrong with you?” (b) “Mmm… I can see why… I wish I could do the same…” (c) “Amazing! Go for it!” One of the hardest things during my career transition was to make sense of how to handle my strong identity as a doctor. I didn’t know who I would be when I stop being a doctor. I feared that Dr W. Dyer was right when he said: “When you are what you do, then when you don’t, you aren’t”. I learnt that success does not necessarily…
  • 7 Reasons Why Some Doctors Will Never Start A Business

    admin
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:25 pm
    As a career advisor, I am regularly approached by doctors who are craving for changes in their personal and professional lives. Some of them are unfulfilled in the NHS and are considering alternative career possibilities. Others say they are OK practising medicine but would like a new challenge to bring a spark of excitement in their lives. Regardless of their individual circumstances and an apparent itch to change something in their lives and careers, most doctors are holding back from exploring the option of starting own business. I have previously written on the subject of why doctors can…
  • 6 Blocks Stopping Doctors From Exploring Alternative Careers

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    With the NHS being in the state of flux, there have been fears about a medical “brain drain” (12% Increase In The Numbers Of Doctors Considering Working Abroad and 5000 Doctors Considering Leaving the UK). Yet the NHS continues to survive thanks to the altruism of the frontline staff who put their patients first, often before their own needs and to the detriment of own health. I think there exists an element of conspiracy within the NHS that prevents doctors from expanding their horizons and learning more about their options. If doctors discover – heaven forbid – that a…
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  • What are the Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy ? Prevention and Treatment ?

    Gloria Sestito MSW
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    Cerebral Palsy is a group of problems affecting body movement and posture. It is related to a brain injury or to problems with brain development and is one of the most common causes of lasting disability in children. It is estimated approximately 8,000 to 10,000 babies born in the United States each year will develop cerebral palsy. Symptoms There are varying degrees of symptoms for people with this group of disorders. They may: Be mild to severe Involve one or both sides of the body Be more pronounced in either or both arms or legs. When cerebral palsy is severe, signs are often noted at…
  • Elevate your sense of self worth by exercising !

    Eric Clothier
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
    As a personal trainer people often ask me how I think they look. When prompted for a response I try to emphasize that how you think other people think you look is unimportant. Only you can determine what is good or bad, positive or negative. This type of reply typically elicits an eye roll of sorts coupled with a verbal dismissal of my response, which then prompts me further, time permitting, to tell a quick story… When I was a tween my cousins nicknamed me ‘Chubby Checker’. Part of me knew that this was a jab at my ‘Husky Boy Jeans’, but another part of me thought “Hey, at…
  • Avoid the penalty tax, get a health Insurance before the 15th of February

    Tommie
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Even if you aren’t thinking about the upcoming tax season you know that your local tax preparer is already in action. This year will create complications for many individuals because for the first time Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act is going to figure prominently in those tax form preparations. John Koskinen (IRS Commissioner) has gone on record by confirming that 2015 is going to be one of the most complicated tax years for almost everyone who is going to be filling out the forms. In all 50 states US tax preparers are attempting to get their offices ready to handle the…
  • What are the different symptoms and signs of Lyme disease

    Tommie
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:44 am
    There are different symptoms and signs of Lyme disease. The disease usually attacks different organs of parts of the body such as the nervous system, joints, as well as the skin. Early symptoms of Lyme Disease Here are some early signs of the disease, which usually occur within the first month of its infection: Rash, which is red bump spot that appears at the spot of the tick bite is one of the early signs. This bump is usually small and it normally appears after such a bite, but does not indicate it is a Lyme disease. If the redness increases after some days turning into a rash like the…
  • GoodScout is moving to Brooklyn and will more than double its footprint next month!

    Tommie
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:09 am
    Fast-growing GoodScout will more than double its footprint next month when it moves to a former Studebaker factory in Crown Heights from its present digs on West 54th Street in Manhattan. 1000 Dean St. Photo: CoStar Group Inc.An online health insurance broker is the latest company to take space at 1000 Dean St., the former Studebaker factory turned creative office space in Crown Heights that is doubling as the winter home of Brooklyn Flea. GoodScout signed a five-year lease for 3,187 square feet on the second floor of the building, where the asking rent was $26 per square foot. Since its…
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    Considering American Healthcare

  • The “Religion of Big Data” in Medicine: Will Getting More Granular Help Doctors Make Better Decisions?

    mdmunk
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    I’ve been thinking a lot about “big data” and how it is going to affect the practice of medicine.  It’s not really my area of expertise– but here are  a few thoughts on the tricky intersection of data mining and medicine. First, some background: these days it’s rare to find companies that don’t use data-mining and predictive models to make business decisions. For example, financial firms regularly use analytic models to figure out if an applicant for credit will default; health insurance firms can predict downstream medical utilization based on historic healthcare…
  • A Flood of Medical Information Has Overwhelmed the Craft Business of Medicine: What’s Next?

    mdmunk
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    If recent popular posts on the big physician blogs are any indication, some US physicians are beginning to crack. Three of the most read recent posts on KevinMD are on the topics of physician burnout, knowing when to quit medicine and—frighteningly– on the conditions that lead physicians to suicide. Along with my now quotidian experiences interacting with unhappy doctors, I’m suspicious that we may be reaching the end of physician professional practice as we know it. My sense is that external demands, adjacent innovations and a flood of new medical knowledge are pushing…
  • Pricing Risk: What Margin Should Risk-Bearing Healthsystems Reasonably Expect?

    mdmunk
    30 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    There is an old adage in the business world: reward follows risk. In other words, in an ideal market, investors are supposed to balance the potential returns of an investment against the possibility that they’ll lose their money. I’ve thinking a lot about risk recently as our organization came to the end of our budget process.  Philosophically, the question was this: what should the financial rewards be for a healthsystem that decides to take on medical risk? Are budgeted margins appropriate for the degree of exposure that groups assume when they migrate from fee-for-service? Here are…
  • $84,000 to Treat Hepatitis C: Making Hay While the Sun Shines

    mdmunk
    13 Dec 2014 | 4:09 pm
    There is an interesting angle to the ongoing tooth gnashing over the price of Sovaldi, Gilead Science’s breakthrough oral antiviral therapy for Hepatitis C. For those unfamiliar with the drug, Sovaldi is a recently approved treatment for chronic Hepatitis C that costs ~$84,000 and up for a course of therapy in the US (depending on duration of therapy and genotype of virus). It’s an impressive therapy: unlike earlier drugs, Sovaldi is well tolerated and highly effective.  It eradicates the virus in patients with chronic Hep C. Since Sovaldi was introduced, its cost has elicited howls…
 
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    Law360: Health

  • Insurer Off The Hook For Medical Malpractice Defense

    30 Jan 2015 | 1:06 pm
    An Illinois appeals court has held that Chicago Insurance Co. doesn't have to defend a doctor who formerly worked for its policyholder in a medical malpractice suit, agreeing with the insurer that the language of the relevant claims-made policy unambiguously establishes that the doctor isn't covered.
  • UAW Ponys Up $355M To End Row Over Retiree Plan Changes

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    The United Auto Workers agreed Friday to contribute about $355 million to a new employee health benefit plan to end a putative class action filed by a group of retirees accusing the UAW of making plan changes in violation of collective bargaining agreements.
  • Fla. Nursing Home Seeks To Nix US Appeal Of Ch. 11 Plan

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    A Florida nursing home targeted for lapses in patient care said Thursday that U.S. health regulators' appeal of its Chapter 11 plan should be dismissed, saying the issues presented are moot since the plan has been confirmed and substantially consummated.
  • UT Wants High Court Review In $11M Tax Refund Suit

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    The University of Texas has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Fifth Circuit decision that denied the school an $11 million refund for taxes levied on its medical residents under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act, arguing the decision conflicts with another circuit court over the definition of "students."
  • Some Insurers Use Drug Prices To Discriminate, Report Says

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:29 am
    Some health insurers are subverting the Affordable Care Act’s nondiscriminatory coverage requirements by employing pricing models that make it harder for those with chronic conditions to afford life-saving medications, according to an analysis published by The New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday.
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    The IV League

  • Diploma, Associate, Traditional, & Accelerated Nursing School Programs

    ivleague
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    When choosing a nursing school, there are many factors that should be taken into account. You have several options for nursing programs. We are going to talk about all of the options for obtaining a nursing license and pros and cons of each. The first option that’s out there is a diploma program. These tend to be for Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurses. The programs for these types of nursing licenses are considered to be non-degree programs and last around a year or so. These types of nurses are allowed to start IVs, initiate IV therapy, perform assessments, charting on patients;…
  • Christmas and Graduation Gifts

    ivleague
    17 Jan 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Obviously I have a little bit of a thing for gold dots. And for Kate Spade. Next time I will do some action shots with the cube and post my review of that, as well. Everything that I got was something that I wanted for nursing school, blogging, or because I thought it was darn adorable! So, you’ve seen my haul in the video. Want to grab some of my gear for yourself? Click on the photos below to be taken straight to Amazon, where you can purchase them directly from Kate Spade New York and Polaroid. I cannot wait to use these for school and blogging!       Unfortunately, I…
  • Nursing School Application Process

    ivleague
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:22 pm
    The post Nursing School Application Process appeared first on The IV League.
  • The World’s Best Gluten Free Mac and Cheese Recipe

    ivleague
    1 Jan 2015 | 4:15 am
    I’m the type of gluten free diet follower that would rather not eat something if it doesn’t taste as good as it possibly can. Truly, I hadn’t eaten bread for almost 2 years before finding the most absolutely perfect loaf of bread at Whole Foods 2 months ago. One of the things that’s lacking is the macaroni and cheese available at grocery stores. Since my sister was also diagnosed as having C.D. this past month, my Mom decided that she would make a Gluten Free Christmas feast. Everything was delicious, but her recipe for macaroni and cheese rally stood out! I wanted to…
  • Freebie Friday | Nursing School Grade Spreadsheet

    ivleague
    26 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    As I have progressed through school, I have learned something about myself. I am extremely type A when it comes to knowing what my grades are! It’s ok, I’ve totally come to terms with it. One thing I have created is a spreadsheet to keep track and analyze my grades, all the click of a few keys. So going into finals there are no surprises. I used this spreadsheet for my pharmacology and pathophysiology classes to know going into the final exactly what score I had to get. I know there are some people out there like me…..right? So to kick off the brand new Freebie Fridays I am…
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    myTomorrows » Blog

  • Celsion Corporation and myTomorrows Partner to Introduce ThermoDox

    myTomorrows
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:27 am
    January 20, 2015 Celsion Corporation and myTomorrows Partner to Introduce ThermoDox® Early Access Program in Europe for Patients with Recurrent Chest Wall Breast Cancer LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J., Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Celsion Corporation (NASDAQ:CLSN), a fully-integrated oncology company focused on the development of a portfolio of innovative cancer treatments,  today announced that it has signed a license and distribution agreement with myTomorrows to implement an Early Access Program for ThermoDox®, its proprietary heat-activated liposomal encapsulation of doxorubicin, in all…
  • Practical, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Expanded Access to Investigational Drugs

    myTomorrows
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    The New England Journal of Medicine Jonathan J. Darrow, S.J.D., J.D., M.B.A., Ameet Sarpatwari, J.D., Ph.D., Jerry Avorn, M.D., and Aaron S. Kesselheim, M.D., J.D., M.P.H. N Engl J Med 2015; 372:279-286 January 15, 2015 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMhle1409465 The authors review the FDA policies and procedures that permit some patients with serious conditions to receive investigational drugs before formal product approval and examine the legal and ethical issues associated with expanded access. Source: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMhle1409465 Disclosure forms provided by the authors are…
  • ‘The Uber Of Medicine’ Brings Experimental Drugs To Terminal Patients

    myTomorrows
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:25 am
    By: STEFANO POZZEBON If you are diagnosed with cancer and given six months to live, having to wait years for a new treatment to hit the market is not an option. But that is the situation for thousands of people, as new medicines take 15 years on average to get from the lab to formal approval. To speed up the process, Ronald Brus founded myTomorrows, a Dutch startup that provides development stage drugs for doctors and their patients who do not have any other options. These medicines are considered relatively safe, having passed a first wave of tests, but have not reached the stage of being…
  • A New Dallas Buyers Club: A Startup Helps Sick And Dying Patients Get Experimental Drugs

    myTomorrows
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    By: Jessica Leber myTomorrows is working with drug companies to get not-yet-approved treatments stuck in regulatory purgatory to patients—giving them one last chance to survive. When his father was diagnosed with a serious, difficult to treat lung cancer, Ronald Brus should have been the last person to feel helpless. Brus is a medical doctor and a long-time executive in Europe’s pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Although he quickly learned about a promising experimental drug to treat the cancer, after six months, he still hadn’t received the legal go-ahead for his father to get…
  • Orphan drug designation for TW001 for the treatment of ALS

    myTomorrows
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    Press Release Rotterdam, 1st December 2014 – Treeway B.V. is pleased to announce that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has granted orphan drug designation for TW001 for the treatment of ALS. ALS is a neurodegenerative disease causing death on average after 3 years of symptoms onset. Treeway accelerates ALS therapy development by patients involvement and TW001 is the lead compound within Treeway’s pipeline. “Obtaining orphan designation for TW001 in the European Union (EU) is an important milestone for Treeway”, said Ronald van der Geest, Chief Development Officer for Treeway.
 
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    Regdy

  • 4 Ways The Mind Kills Entrepreneurs

    regdyblog@gmail.com
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    Entrepreneurship is about the heart and stomach.  What I’m trying to say is entrepreneurs are passionate and hungry.  After working on my startup for some time, I lost my mojo.  I even took a hiatus from it because it felt like I was swimming through mud.  With some time to focus on myself, I learned that it was my mind preventing me from reaching success. Here’s 4 Ways the mind kills the Entrepreneur. Limiting Beliefs The mind makes you doubt your vision.  Your mind does whatever it can to protect itself from failure, but oftentimes it keeps you from achieving great…
  • The Shocking Truth About Doctors and Digital Health

    regdyblog@gmail.com
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:11 am
    I love and respect my doctors. But lately, I’ve been noticing digital health startups expecting super-hero like powers from doctors to somehow wave their tongue depressors and instantly assimilate new technology into their practice while making sense of a plethora of health data that the patients have diligently collected with their cool wearable device.  Maybe it’s the impact of all the melodramatic medical dramas on TV such as Grey’s Anatomy.  I’m going to call this the Doctor-Idolization-Phenomenon. Let’s bring it back down to reality. Being a Doctor is…
  • Digital Health, Wellness, mHealth, Health 2.0, Medical Technology, Medical Devices, Health IT, Wearables EXPLAINED

    regdyblog@gmail.com
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:38 am
    A slew of new words are being thrown around lately in the health tech space and I think it’s time to lay them all out on the table in clear sight and define them. I’ll keep it short n’ simple. Health Tech It’s the biggest umbrella in the healthcare niche. It includes everything from drugs, devices, organizational systems and procedures used in healthcare.  When in doubt, use “Health Tech” as a catch-all term to describe your product. Digital Health Within Health Tech, there’s Digital Health, the love child of digital technology and healthcare.
  • Digital Health Startup Tips: Ship Fast, Then Iterate? Not Worth It.

    regdyblog@gmail.com
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:48 am
    Bulldoze through and get that minimum viable product out into the market. After it’s released, iterate fast using market feedback.  Ok hold your horses for a second…. This “Ship Fast Then Iterate” approach has been the golden rule for Tech companies since the dawn of time.  Since Tech gave birth to Digital Health in the medical device field, I have noticed that many Tech folks apply this mindset to the health and medical device space but are realizing that it doesn’t work.  Tech companies like Apple, Samsung and Google, are venturing into the digital…
  • 3 Reasons Why Average Consumers are NOT Using Wearable Health Devices

    regdyblog@gmail.com
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:49 am
    Health and Fitness Trackers are adorning the bodies of the ambitious and affluent.  The novelty alone is creating a surge of profits and downloads, only to end up in a dusty shoe box also known as the “One-Hit-Wonder Gadget Graveyard”.  As a gadget geek and professional working in Mobile Health, I’m going to tell you why your average consumers are reluctant to jump on the wearables bandwagon. If It Aint Broke Why Fix It? Consumers were fine without wearable health tracking before, why do they need them now? Companies are trying to convince the consumers of…
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