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  • 3 HUGE Healthcare Trends Impacting the Future of Medical Coding

    Rasmussen School of Health Sciences Blog
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    ICD-10 has 23 times more procedure codes than its predecessor, ICD-9. This is just one of the striking healthcare trends new medical coders face. Read more to find out the others.
  • OK, The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Worked. Now Where Will The Dollars Go?

    Forbes - Pharma & Healthcare
    Dan Diamond
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:26 pm
    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?or as many social media users know it, the #ALSIceBucketChallenge?is everywhere. It's annoying. But it's working. Bill Gates dunked himself in ice water to raise awareness and donations for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research; Mark Zuckerberg did too. LeBron James accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from the deck
  • Uber's 3 innovation lessons for healthcare

    Beckers Hospital Review
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:49 pm
    If you near a large metropolitan area, you've no doubt heard a lot about Uber, the ride sharing/taxi competitor, recently. Uber, which launched in 2010 in San Francisco, allows users to book a private — "black," the terminology used by the company — car through a smartphone app. In 2012, it began to allow users to book taxis through the app, and in 2013, it launched uberX, which lets users to book rides from regular Joes and Janes in Joe and Jane's personal vehicles (they've been pre-screened by the company). The taxi industry hasn't been the same since. Uber is significantly changing the…
  • How Not to Help Young Girls Lose Weight

    Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips
    Dr. Weil
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    Telling a young girl that she’s fat may backfire on your good intentions and put her at risk of obesity in her teens. A new study from UCLA checked the weights of more than 2,300 10-year-old girls in California, Washington, D.C. and Cincinnati. The researchers noted that at the start of the study 58 percent of the girls reported that they had been told they were too fat by a parent, sibling, teacher, classmate or friend. When the researchers went back to check the girls at age 19, they found that the ones who had been told they were too fat years earlier were 1.66 times more likely to…
  • What would happen if Choosing Wisely became the medical "law of the land"?

    retired doc's thoughts
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Choosing Wisely (CW) is an initiative or campaign lead by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation (ABIMF) to change the thinking of physicians and patients so that the choice of  medical tests and treatments are chosen  wisely in such a way as to greatly reduce waste of resources and harm to the patient.It began as an apparent low-key program to simply have the physician and her patient sit down together and have conversation about what needed to be done in a particular patient's case and it continues in part to be marketed as such. So, if for example that a given test,…
 
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  • Hospital ICUs should reconsider use of harmful patient restraints

    Katie Sullivan
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Hospitals should reconsider whether physical restraints are a good tool to use, especially in the intensive care unit as they could be ineffective or harmful in some situations, writes author Ravi Parikh in an article in The Atlantic.read more
  • The power of art: Hospitals use paintings, sculptures to improve patient health, satisfaction

    Ilene MacDonald
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Hospital leaders frequently incorporate design when they remodel facilities in order to improve population health and community wellness. But many organizations now try to prominently display works of art to reduce patient stress and boost satisfaction, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital took the concept to a whole new level, commissioning 19 artists to decorate its newly opened facilty in Indianapolis.read more
  • How healthcare executives can take the lead in population health management

    Zack Budryk
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Going above and beyond in risk analysis is key to manage population health, Steven C. Linn, M.D., CMO & vice president of academic affairs for New Jersey-based Inspira Health Network, said in a video interview with Hospitals & Health Networks.read more
  • Health execs offer advice on leadership, ACOs

    Zack Budryk
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    In one of the most dynamic eras ever for healthcare in the United States, many hospital and health system executives wonder what skills they need to lead their organizations in general and accountable care organizations in particular.read more
  • Patient safety incident could cost Texas hospital government funding

    Katie Sullivan
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    A Texas hospital could lose government funding going forward as a result of putting a patient in "immediate jeopardy" of harm, although the details of the case weren't released, The Dallas Morning News reported.read more
 
 
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    Today's Healthcare News -- ScienceDaily

  • Hospital superbug breakthrough: Antibacterial gel kills Pseudomonas aeruginosa, staphylococci and E.coli using natural proteins

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Scientists have made a breakthrough in the fight against the most resistant hospital superbugs. The team have developed the first innovative antibacterial gel that acts to kill Pseudomonas aeruginosa, staphylococci and E.coli using natural proteins. The gels have the ability to break down the thick jelly-like coating, known as biofilms, which cover bacteria making them highly resistant to current therapies, while leaving healthy cells unaffected.
  • Selective therapy may improve artery repair after interventional cardiovascular procedures

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:26 pm
    A new therapy may help reduce the life-threatening complications of interventional cardiovascular disease treatment. The researchers demonstrated in a rat model that the novel molecular therapy could selectively inhibit blood vessel re-narrowing and simultaneously promote vessel healing following a medical procedure using a balloon catheter to open narrowed or blocked arteries.
  • Why aren't pregnant women getting flu vaccine?

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Both mother and fetus are at increased risk for complications of flu infection during pregnancy. And prenatal care providers say they're advising women to get the flu vaccine, in line with recommendations from various organizations. But many pregnant women don't understand the importance of this advice -- and don't get the vaccine.
  • Quasi-legal drug 15 times stronger than heroin hides in plain sight

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    Emergency physicians should expect 'an upswing in what on the surface appear to be heroin overdoses,' but are actually overdoses tied to acetyl fentanyl, an opiate that is mixed into street drugs marketed as heroin, a new study suggests.
  • Blood pressure medication does not cause more falls, study shows

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    It's time to question the common belief that patients receiving intensive blood pressure treatment are prone to falling and breaking bones. A comprehensive study in people ages 40 to 79 with diabetes found no evidence supporting this belief.
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    Healthcare Intelligence Network

  • Benchmarking Embedded Case Management Across the Population Health Continuum

    Patricia Donovan
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    With care coordination by healthcare case managers driving clinical and financial outcomes in population health management, the industry continues to see an increase in case managers—not just in newly launched initiatives but co-located in nursing homes, long-term care (LTC) and assisted living settings. We wanted to see which organizations are embedding or colocating case managers at care sites. Co-location of healthcare case managers alongside providers continues to be a trend in population health management. As demonstrated by the above figure, HIN's 2013 Healthcare Case Management…
  • Infographic: Healthcare and Big Data

    Melanie Matthews
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Over 63 percent of stakeholders in the United States believe big data has a positive impact on healthcare, according to a new study by APCO. The study results, highlighted in the infographic below, also found that most United States respondents do not believe big data can improve individual health outcomes either by monitoring patient or by provider behavior, but believe that it can expand new product development by analyzing research data and improve healthcare transparency. Healthcare organizations employ a variety of tools and analytics to identify high-risk, high-cost patients for…
  • Infographic: Behavioral Health Service Utilization Among Foster Children

    Melanie Matthews
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Nearly one in three children within the United States' foster system use behavioral health services, representing only three percent of all children in Medicaid, but 15 percent of those using behavioral health services and 29 percent of Medicaid expenditures for children’s behavioral health services. This infographic from the Center for Health Care Strategies compares behavioral healthcare use and expense for Medicaid-enrolled children in general versus those in foster care. In this innovative and reader-friendly guide, Implementing Evidence Based Practices in Behavioral Health, leading…
  • Yale Online Forum Helps Teens with Diabetes “Not Look Like a Jerk”

    Cheryl Miller
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    Being a teenager is hard enough; when it’s complicated by a chronic disease like type 1 diabetes, it’s even harder. Enter telehealth, in the form of a monitored discussion board for teens with the disease. Margaret Grey, DrPH, RN, FAAN, Dean and Annie Goodrich Professor at the Yale School of Nursing, has spent the majority of her career helping patients and families manage chronic conditions, and helping kids — teenagers in particular — manage their diabetes through their teen years so they can reduce their risk of long-term complications. “I’ve been studying these kids…
  • Infographic: Telehealth Benefits, Delivery, and Outcomes

    Melanie Matthews
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Deficiencies in access to healthcare, combined with physician shortages is driving growth in telehealth, according to a new infographic from Excalibur Healthcare. The infographic examines predicted physician shortages and demand over the coming years, along with how telehealth can improve care coordination and telehealth delivery models and benefits. Recent market data on telehealth in general and the patient-centered medical home in particular identified remote monitoring as a key care coordination strategy for individuals with complex illnesses as well as a host of vulnerable populations.
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    FierceHealthIT News

  • The tall task of patient engagement

    Dan Bowman
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    Government leaders, healthcare providers and patient advocates alike have made it clear that engaging patients in their own care will continue to a top priority in the health industry going forward, particularly as payment models shift to reward improved outcomes over volume. Not everyone in the health industry, however, believes that more engagement equals better results.read more
  • Net neutrality and healthcare: Providers must take a stand

    Susan D. Hall
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    Healthcare needs leaders in the network neutrality debate who can bridge the needs of clinical practice and technology to ensure the Internet continues to serve the public good, according to a blog post at Health Affairs.read more
  • How providers use telemedicine to expand care delivery

    Katie Dvorak
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    For people who live in rural areas, getting needed access to healthcare can be a hassle, but facilities across the U.S. and Canada are using telemedicine to solve that problem.read more
  • Data to be withheld from Open Payments database at launch

    Susan D. Hall
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    About a third of data won't be published when the Open Payments database, meant to disclose potential conflicts of interest among doctors, first launches to the public.read more
  • Why 'prevention security' isn't enough in healthcare

    Katie Dvorak
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Data security is one of the healthcare industry's biggest obstacles, and the key to addressing that is understanding and identifying areas of risk, says Blair Smith, Ph.D., dean of Informatics-Management-Technology at American Sentinel University.read more
 
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    The Health Care Blog

  • An Open Letter to Primary Care Physicians

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    By JACK COCHRAN, MD and CHARLES KENNEY Dear Doctor, The future is in your hands. You have the opportunity to make primary care better. More efficient. More accessible. And more affordable. We know you and other primary care doctors have more responsibilities than ever. But you also have great influence, along with the ability and […]
  • Help Bring Health 2.0′s Panel to SXSW!

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Its that time of year again! Time to choose your favorite panels for South by Southwest (SXSW) and we need your help again to get us into the select few! In case you’re wondering what a panel at SXSW means, let us fill you in. Panels are a chance for companies to share ideas and […]
  • How Much Market Power Do Hospitals Really Have?

    17 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    By JEFF GOLDSMITH  Orginally published June 6th 2014, back by popular demand. – The Eds Sometimes big game hunters find frustration when their prey moves by the time they’ve lined up to blast it. That certainly appears to be the case with the health policy target de jour: whether providers, hospital systems in particular, exert […]
  • Why I Am Still Optimistic About the Future of HIT

    17 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    By JEROME CARTER MD MU stage 2 is making everyone miserable.  Patients are decrying lack of access to their records and providers are upset over late updates and poor system usability. Meanwhile, vendors are dealing with testy clients and the MU certification death march.  While this may seem like an odd time to be optimistic about […]
  • Why Doctors Shouldn’t Be Healers

    16 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    By ROB LAMBERTS, MD It’s a seductive idea. We doctors possess knowledge and experience which can not only help people, but can save their lives. We get opportunities to be the right person at the right time to offer the right help that makes all of the difference. It’s one of the greatest things about our […]
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    Health Business Blog

  • Patient portals: Hiding in plain sight

    David Williams
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Many physician offices have patient portals, since they’re a requirement for Meaningful Use Stage 2. But a new survey from Software Advice confirms what we knew intuitively – these portals don’t get much use. Patients don’t know they exist and doctors don’t use them a whole lot. That’s kind of odd considering that portals can be useful and efficient. They’re good for checking lab results, asking non-urgent clinical questions, renewing prescriptions, managing appointment schedules, patient education and paying bills. Why then is uptake so low? I have…
  • Health Wonk Review is up at Wright on Health

    David Williams
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Check out the latest Health Wonk Review blog carnival at Wright on Health. It’s the August Recess Edition.
  • Consumer Reports lets us down with attack on Zohydro ER

    David Williams
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Guess who’s got acetaminophen? Readers like me trust Consumer Reports to provide objective, unbiased recommendations on products and services. That’s why I’m so disappointed in the September cover story, The dangers of painkillers. The story rails against two products –Zohyrdo ER and acetaminophen– yet fails to mention that what differentiates Zohydro ER is that it is the only extended release version of hydrocodone that doesn’t contain acetaminophen. The article urges readers to contact the FDA to ask that Zohydro ER be banned and acetaminophen be…
  • FICO blows off medical debt for credit score. It’s about time

    David Williams
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    I owe how much for what? FICO, the company that measures credit risk, just made two important changes to the way it calculates the FICO Score. First, debt consumers repay after it goes to collection won’t count against them. Second, FICO will downgrade the importance of medical debt, so that people with unpaid medical bills won’t be lumped in with those who don’t pay their mortgage or credit card. I called for this change a year and a half ago (Should medical debt count against your credit rating?) Here’s what I wrote at the time: As far as I’m concerned, a lot of…
  • Whining about the thousand-dollar pill

    David Williams
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Medicine is too expensive! When I saw Paying for the Thousand-Dollar Pill, an anti-Sovaldi op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by the health plans’ head lobbyist, it brought back memories from my childhood when I toured the FBI headquarters in Washington, DC. The tour guide started off by showing us a wall with pictures of the 10 most wanted fugitives in the country and asked for our help in tracking them down. “If that’s their plan for catching these guys,” my dad whispered to me, “we’re in more trouble than I thought.” The author, Karen Ignagni,…
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    Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review

  • Average California Obamacare Rate Increase Only 4%––Success!!!

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The weighted average increase for plans being sold on the Obamacare California public exchange in 2015 will be 4%. So, that means Obamacare is working really well, right? Well, wait a minute. Let's consider a few things: This week the California insurance commissioner reported that the average unsubsidized 2014 rate increase carriers charged going into Obamacare was between 22% and 88%. That
  • Halbig Decision Puts Obamacare Back on the Front Burner and Will Give Republicans a Huge Political Headache

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Today's 2-1 decision by the DC Court of Appeals striking down federal premium subsidies, in at least the 27 states that opted for the feds to run their Obamacare insurance exchanges, has the potential to strike a devastating blow to the new health law. The law says that individuals can get subsidies to buy health insurance in the states that set up insurance exchanges. That appears to exclude
  • "Biggest Insurer Drops Caution, Embraces Obamacare"

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Kaiser Health News is out with that headline today reporting that UnitedHealthcare is expanding its Obamacare exchange presence planning to sell polices "in nearly half the exchanges next year." The story goes on to report that United's leadership is saying the new public marketplaces look sustainable. There may be more to it than that. Consider: A carrier laying back the first year will have
  • Kaiser Family Foundation Survey Finds Most People Who Bought Health Insurance on the Exchanges Are Happy With It and That 57% Were Previously Insured––No One Should Be Surprised On Either Count

    20 Jun 2014 | 6:53 am
    Let's take a look at both of these headlines: Most People Are Happy But Kaiser only asked the people who bought health insurance on the exchanges if they were happy with what Obamacare offered them. As I have said before on this blog, two out of three subsidy eligible people did not buy a health insurance plan in the first open-enrollment. This week the administration also reported that 76%
  • Obamacare: What About the Working Class and the Middle Class?

    18 Jun 2014 | 9:17 am
    The administration issued a report yesterday that says individuals who selected plans in the federal health insurance exchanges have a post-credit premium that is on average 76% less than the full premium for the plans they selected. And, 69% are paying less than $100 after the subsidies––46% are paying $50 or less. The administration also pointed out that 65% of individuals selecting the Silver
 
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    Health Policy and Communications » Blog

  • 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
  • Sovaldi® and Curing Hep C – Myths and Other Facts

    Michael D. Miller MD
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    The introduction of new oral medicines that can cure chronic hepatitis C infections (including Sovaldi®) have led to some intense discussions permeated with misleading information about the pricing of new medicines, how such medicines are “game changers,” and the implications for budget-crunched payers.  Below I summarize some key points about those issues. 1.  Myth #1: How Medicines are Priced One of the perpetuating myths about biopharmaceuticals is that medicines are priced to recoup research and development costs.1 It’s a myth. As I’ve written about elsewhere prescription…
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    Healthcare Economist

  • CoR #215 is up

    Jason Shafrin
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Paul Dzielinski of The DEC page makes his CavRisk debut with an excellent round-up of interesting posts, and his own helpful insights on each one. 
  • How much are you willing to pay to live an extra year?

    Jason Shafrin
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Health Economists often use the cost per quality-adjusted life year (QALY) metric to answer this question.  QALYs are used to measure not only the additional years of life from a treatment, but also the quality of life.  For instance, you may prefer to live 1 year in perfect health to two years in a coma.  A QALY of 0.5 can indicate that the patient lived for 6 months in perfect health or for 1 year at a 50% health level. Two popular methods to evaluate the value of a statistical life are stated preference and the value of a statistical life methods. A first and direct approach is to ask…
  • Does poor mental health decrease your job prospects?

    Jason Shafrin
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Conventional wisdom holds that individuals with serious mental illenesses will have more difficulty acquiring and retaining a job.  Measuring the magnitude of the effect of any mental illness on employment empirically is difficult because of a dual-causality problem.  People with mental illnesses may have difficulty gaining employment, but losing employment also has an adverse effect on mental health.  How can we solve this problem? A paper by Frijters, Johnston and Shields (2014) uses data from 10 waves (2002 2011) of data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia…
  • Friday Links

    Jason Shafrin
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:06 am
    FDA and device regulation. Ebola cards. Drugs and workers comp. Mentorship vs. MOOC. Automate vs. Innovate.  
  • HWR is Wright this week

    Jason Shafrin
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    Brad Wright has posted Health Wonk Review: August Recess Edition at Wright on Health.
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    Age with Quality not in Crisis

  • Cynics More at Risk for Dementia

    Anthony Cirillo
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    You might be a cynic if….you looked like this! Cynics More at Risk for Dementia A study in Neurology, the journal of the of the American Academy of Neurology, found that cynical people have a higher likelihood of developing dementia. The study tested 1,449 people with an average age of 71. The study participants took a test for dementia. A separate test measured their level of cynicism. The cynicism test asks if the person agrees with statements like “Most people will use somewhat unfair reasons to gain profit or an advantage rather than lose it”; “I think most people…
  • Our Friday Song of the Week – Brown Eyed Girl

    Anthony Cirillo
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Our Friday Song of the Week – Brown Eyed Girl The post Our Friday Song of the Week – Brown Eyed Girl appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Physical Activity May be Best Option for Middle-aged Women Who are Overweight or Obese to Avoid Heart Disease

    Anthony Cirillo
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Avoid heart disease with physical activity, yes, even walking can help. Physical Activity May be Best Option for Middle-aged Women Who are Overweight or Obese to Avoid Heart Disease That was the conclusion of a study that followed nearly 900 women for seven years. Findings were reported in a paper led by authors at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital for Einstein, and published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. “Being overweight or obese increases a person’s risk for developing…
  • E-Cigarettes Can Help Smokers to Quit

    Anthony Cirillo
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Could help but it’s not the total answer for quitting smoking. E-Cigarettes Can Help Smokers to Quit People attempting to quit smoking without professional help are approximately 60% more likely to report succeeding if they use e-cigarettes than if they use willpower alone or over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies such as patches or gum, reveals new research published in Addiction. The study surveyed 5,863 smokers between 2009 and 2014 who had attempted to quit smoking without the aid of prescription medication or professional support. 20% of people trying to quit with the aid…
  • Merrill Lynch Clear™ Living Your Best Life in Retirement Through Exploration of Life Priorities

    Anthony Cirillo
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Merrill Lynch Clear™ Living Your Best Life in Retirement Through Exploration of Life Priorities You have heard the statistics about aging and the litany of lectures, including from me, about preparing for aging. During a recent webinar, Merrill Lynch demonstrated a new tool that you might be interested in exploring. By the way, this is not an endorsement. My wife and I actually use Fidelity for retirement planning. Nonetheless, here goes. Merrill Lynch Clear™ modernizes the process of preparing for retirement through: An exploration of seven distinct life priorities – including health,…
 
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    Health Affairs Blog

  • Whither CHIP?

    Billy Wynne
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    TweetIn a day all but lost to Affordable Care Act prehistory, on November 7, 2009, the House of Representatives passed the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Among the bill’s many differences with its Senate counterpart, it would have allowed the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to expire at the end of 2013, with children covered under that program enrolled in either Medicaid or commercial Exchange plans. On December 24, the Senate passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Their bill extended CHIP through fiscal year 2015 while, curiously, enhancing the…
  • It’s Hard To Be Neutral About Network Neutrality For Health

    Mark Gaynor, Leslie Lenert, Kristin Wilson, and Scott Bradner
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    TweetNote: In addition to Mark Gaynor, this post is also coauthored by Leslie Lenert, Kristin Wilson, and Scott Bradner.  Network Neutrality (NN) has been in the news because the FCC is considering two options related to a neutral Internet: either regulation forcing NN, or an approach that creates a “fast lane” on the Internet for those content providers that are willing to pay extra for it. Network Neutrality reflects a vision of a network in which users are able to exchange and consume data, as they choose, without the interference of the organization providing the network basic data…
  • Spokane County: A Community Comes Together To Improve Health And Education For Every Child

    Ben Small
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    TweetEditor’s Note: This post is part of an ongoing series written for Health Affairs Blog by local leaders from communities honored with the annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize. In 2014, six winning communities were selected by RWJF from more than 250 applicants and celebrated for placing a priority on health and creating powerful partnerships to drive change. Interested communities are encouraged to apply for the 2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize. Applications are due September 17, 2014. Spokane County is a metro area of more than 470,000 people, yet it’s still…
  • The Latest Health Wonk Review

    Chris Fleming
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    TweetAt Wright on Health, Brad Wright offers some health policy insight in his August recess edition of the Health Wonk Review. Brad highlights the Health Affairs Blog post by Jon Kingsdale and Julia Lerche on the “one-two punch” threatening the ACA’s second open enrollment period, as well as a variety of other great posts.  The next Health Wonk Review will be hosted by David Williams at Health Business Blog on September 11.
  • Remembering Jessie Gruman

    Amy Berman
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    TweetJessie Gruman, founding president of the Center for Advancing Health, died on July 14 after a fifth bout with cancer. Jessie was a hero to patients, families, and health care providers for her selfless work to help people better understand their role and responsibilities in supporting their own health. Jessie was an extraordinary soul and a pioneering activist in the person-centered care movement. She used her personal experience with illness to inspire a life’s work aimed at developing practical resources that support peoples’ engagement with their health care. She improved…
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    Medicare News Blog

  • Medicare Advantage Is More Expensive, but It May Be Worth It

    medicare poster
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    New research raises complicated questions about the value of an alternative to traditional Medicare. Related NewsChanges to Medicare Advantage are worth any hasslesIt Costs More, but Is It Worth More?It Costs More, but Is It Worth More?
  • Medicare to Start Paying Doctors Who Coordinate Needs of Chronically Ill Patients

    medicare poster
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Starting in January, Medicare will pay monthly fees to doctors who manage care for patients with two or more chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes and depression. Related NewsSaving Medicare Money by Treating Chronically Ill at HomeMedicare Pilot Project Aims To Reduce Hospital Readmissions For Chronically Ill BeneficiariesMedicare’s policy on therapy comes under attack
  • Contractors Faulted as Medicare Fraud Foils Enforcers

    medicare poster
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Only a fraction of an estimated $60 billion in fraud and overcharging was recovered last year, and the system to combat fraud may be largely to blame. Related NewsStudy: Medicare Contractors Vulnerable to ConflictProblems persist with Medicare fraud contractorsReport shows federal health officials struggle to monitor myriad of Medicare fraud contractors
  • The Obscure Drug With a Growing Medicare Tab

    medicare poster
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Experts question the effectiveness of H.P. Acthar Gel, a drug made from pigs’ pituitary glands. Yet it cost Medicare more than $141 million in 2012, up from $7 million in 2008. Related NewsDrug spending fuels health care tabDrug spending raises US health care tabDrug spending fuels spike in U.S. health care tab
  • Top Medicare Prescribers for Acthar Have Links to Its Maker

    medicare poster
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The top four prescribers of the drug were promotional speakers, researchers or consultants. Related NewsMedicare fraud taints California device maker and New Jersey clinicMedicare pilot project links hospital payments to qualityMedicare Can’t Identify Top Prescribers Of Addictive Drugs
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  • Interpreting the evidence is the fly in the ointment

    rcentor
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Several days ago I questioned the term “evidence-based” and implied semantic drift. A regular commenter provided this wonderful link to support my hypothesis – What statins tell us about the mess in evidence based medicine The problem is actually a straightforward one. Rarely does the evidence provide a clear answer to our question. We can all think of exceptions – rapid percutaneous intervention for STEMI, ACE-I and beta blocker for decreased systolic function, anticoagulation for acute pulmonary embolus, etc. But often the evidence does not provide a definitive…
  • Do we model good lifestyle choices for our students and residents?

    rcentor
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:26 am
    The Wall Street Journal has a very interesting Expert Panel comment on What Is the Most Common Piece of Advice Doctors Give—But Don’t Take?. Their opinions are worthy of a quick read, but I would like to challenge us in a different way. Charles Barkley famously once said, “I am not a role model”. In our position (clinical educators), we are role models. Our students and residents aspire to become like us. Do we role model good health behaviors? We do better than average. I almost never see physicians who smoke in 2014. We have accepted this advice in far greater numbers…
  • Has the term “evidence based” lost its meaning?

    rcentor
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    During my career, evidence based medicine has become a rallying cry for quality. Experts exhort us to use evidence to make better treatment and diagnostic decisions. This movement’s founders had and have pure intentions. They champion a careful dispassionate analysis of data to answer important clinical questions. They critically evaluate the literature and work diligently to apply the data to the individual patient. Unfortunately, EBM theory too often trumps EBM practice. Since the concept seems so pure and desirable, one might predict that some would use the term incorrectly. Of…
  • Touching all the bases

    rcentor
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    Internal medicine requires knowledge, deduction, and many skills – history taking, physical examination, analyzing diagnosis tests. When confronting a new patient problem, we use our brains to work on finding a diagnosis. Much like police detectives, we would like to have brilliant diagnostic epiphanies, but often we make our diagnoses by painstakingly collecting all the clues and doing the necessary boots on the ground work. We had a woman admitted to our service with confusion, decreased appetite and weight loss. In the ED, they diagnosed CKD Stage V – creatinine > 5 and BUN >…
  • Unintended consequences – we need to think like chess masters

    rcentor
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    After 12 years of blogging, I wonder if I should have titled this blog “unintended consequences”. So many rants focus on the unintended consequences that follow from health care policies. The aphorism (falsely attributed to Samuel Johnson) states “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”. Too often our policy makers, be they bureaucrats in government, insurance company managers or guideline creators, think like a chess beginner. They see the problem, and take the obvious solution. As H.L Mencken did say, “For every complex problem there is an answer that…
 
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  • What would happen if Choosing Wisely became the medical "law of the land"?

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Choosing Wisely (CW) is an initiative or campaign lead by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation (ABIMF) to change the thinking of physicians and patients so that the choice of  medical tests and treatments are chosen  wisely in such a way as to greatly reduce waste of resources and harm to the patient.It began as an apparent low-key program to simply have the physician and her patient sit down together and have conversation about what needed to be done in a particular patient's case and it continues in part to be marketed as such. So, if for example that a given test,…
  • The crusade to change medical ethics,custom and practice gains momentum

    6 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The mega-thought leaders,the established leadership of some of the major,influential professional medical organizations, and an alarming numbers of fellow travelers are on a quest to change the thinking of the worker-bee physicians,and the general public (who are either now patients or potential patients) from the long established model of the physician as an advocate and fiduciary to the patient to one in which the physician is a steward  of "scarce medical resources" which are characterized as being owned by society.But the physicians who are tricked into acting in that way are not…
  • Is "low value [medical] care like Justice's Stewart's definition of pornography?

    1 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    In a 1964 obscenity case, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart admitted that he might not be able to specifically define the parameters of pornography but " I know it when I see it".I wonder if a similar situation exists with the concept of low value medical care (LVC) which is  a main talking point in a campaign spearheaded by the American Board of Medicine Foundation (ABIMF).Surely this term is not just a floating abstraction. I thought I had  simply missed the definition in reading about LVC. Off to Google to enter "definition of Low value care". Neither Google nor Bing lead me…
  • Population medicine approach meets Public Choice theory and practice

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    What happens with the population medicine approach (PMA) when one considers how thing really work according to the insights of public choice theory (PCT). Spoiler alert-you get much more cronyism,favoritism,and focused benefits and diffused costs with certain special interest groups profiting greatly.Considering what went on with the writing of ACA what groups would be likely to profit from a governmental run PMA? Big Pharma,big health care insurance , big hospital system,big prescription drug management companies,and lots of consultants who will claim to be able to explain it all.Recall some…
  • Dr. Gruber-were you wrong then or are you wrong now?

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    The "were you wrong then.." question is a classic attorney question thrown at an expert witness who has been caught in a contradiction. It seems that would be an appropriate one for Dr. Jonathan Gruber, a MIT economist who is often cited as an architect of Obamacare.Actually he was the architect of the Massachusetts health care law on which Obamacare is said to have been crafted.In remarks recorded and played repeatedly on the web Gruber make it clear that he believed that only states could issue the subsidies.His comments indicated that states who did not sign on to Obamacare would be doing…
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  • Yet another health IT "glitch", that warm, fuzzy euphemism for life-threatening malfunctions: Internet outage left doctors without records for hours

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Up to 112,000, in fact.Nobody seemed to be listening when I and other "Health IT iconoclasts" warned years ago of issues like this regarding the blind-faith abandonment of paper and lack of truly robust local computing redundancy. When you're a patient, especially one in extremis, you do NOT want this to happen:Internet outage left doctors without records for hoursHuffington Post8/19/2014http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/19/internet-outage-doctors-records_n_5689260.htmlFor several hours last week, doctors at PIM Associates, a primary care practice in Philadelphia, couldn’t see patients'…
  • Merging Finance and Health Care Leadership - Robert Rubin Proteges Running DHHS, Spouse of Hedge Fund Magnate Running the FDA

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    Hidden between the lines of some not very prominent news stories were reminders of how close health care and financial leadership have become in these times of continuing economic unrest after the global financial collapse/ great recession.After the events of 2008, it became more apparent that the dysfunction in academics and health care  paralleled that seen in finance.  One reason may have been the overlapping leadership of finance and health care.  For example, in 2008 we first posted about how Robert Rubin, who was then a Fellow of the Harvard Corporation, the top group…
  • Don't worry, your information's safe. Community Health Systems says data stolen in cyber attack: just a mere 4.5 million people affected this time.

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    I have often written about my observations of the generally unimpressive qualifications and capabilities of IT personnel, up to and including the CIO's, in healthcare settings (e.g., baccalaureate-level education in a doctoral and post-doctoral setting, usually no clinical or biomedical experience, no computer science background, no medical informatics background, and sometimes not even a formal management information systems education) compared to other sectors such as pharma and academia.  I've written about this as an impediment to health IT progress and to healthcare IT safety.Now, I…
  • Desperate, Vulnerable Research Subjects, Cost-Cutting Contract Research Organizations and Threats to the Integrity of Clinical Research

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    Introduction - Clinical Research Done by Contract Research Organizations Dr Carl Elliott seems to be one of the few people willing to investigate how modern medical research may threaten vulnerable research subjects.  His book, White Coat, Black Hat, opened with a chapter on vulnerable "guinea pigs," people willing to be clinical research subjects for money.  Such people may be desperate for money, and further may be homeless, and have psychiatric problems, including psychosis or drug or alcohol problems.  Dr Elliott just wrote another important article on the plight of…
  • Retrospective on the Blumsohn - Procter and Gamble -Sheffield University Affair: the Unhappy Lives of Whistleblowers and the Anechoic Effect

    8 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Introduction - the Unhappy Lives of Whistleblowers The UK Times Higher Education Supplement just published a feature on the unhappy fate of academic, including academic medical whistleblowers.Whistleblowers in universities can hit the national headlines for shining light on issues of public interest, only for their careers to end up in very dark places.Some of higher education’s most prominent whistleblowers paint a bleak picture about the impact on their subsequent careers. They talk about being persecuted by colleagues after coming forward. But even after leaving their jobs, some believe…
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  • Patient Modesty: Volume 68

    3 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    As I have previously noted on this long running thread, there appears to be a metamorphosis from repeated descriptions in various details of personal physical modesty experiences and injuries to more generalized conversations with a philosophical, ethical or legal point of discussion. It is these latter postings which will be more directed toward discussing ways to actually change the medical system, either piecemeal or overall, to prevent or mitigate the possibilities that such personal experiences as noted in previous Volumes will happen.  It is my opinion now, whether or not the…
  • Patient Modesty: Volume 67

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
     So with Volume 66 reaching some 170 postings, we should move on to this Volume 67.  What is special on starting this new Volume is the fact that Artiger  joined us in Volume 66.  Artiger is a male physician (surgeon) verified by the Medscape medical website, where we both participate, who has provided us  with the long-needed professional input and education from the outside of this blog.  It appears that those writing to this thread have found his comments of interest and has accepted his presence here.  I have no idea how long Artiger will stick around…
  • "P in a Pod":(Physician Owned Distributorship): Physicians as Investors and Distributors in the Gadget Placed in Your Spine

    17 Jun 2014 | 3:36 pm
    If you have chronic back pain and your doctor refers you to an orthopedic surgeon who tells you that he or she can relieve the pain by inserting an appliance in your spine, there is a worry that the surgeon may be offering the surgery mainly for the surgeon's financial interest in that very appliance.  What is "Physician Owned Distributorship" (POD) and what is its significance to medical practice and the ethical and lawful behavior of the profession?  To get some insight into the POD and its current status, what follows is an explanation as copied from an investigation published by…
  • Can a Tree Experience Hurt?: If It Can, Do Ethics and Law Apply?

    12 Jun 2014 | 11:19 pm
    I was visiting a well known botanic garden in Southern California today, taking pictures of all the beautiful flowers when I saw this tree shown above in the pictures I took.  Honestly, what I saw, a tree apparently being pulled by straps out of its normal posture, pained me as I projected myself as if I were that tree.  Of course, I am not that tree but then this got me thinking about the bioethics of what had been done to the tree.  (First of all, I want to admit that I have no idea how long the straps were in place or for what future duration and what the gardeners were…
  • Patient Modesty: Volume 66

    9 Jun 2014 | 9:30 pm
     The inattention to patient physical modesty in the medical system is just one part of a whole system-wide issue of inattention to the patient.  A good example of such inattention in another area is that of the behavior of the medical system to a physical injury is told by a physician who was injured and describes her experience in a hospital emergency room and later on the wards. While this physician's story is not strictly about medical staff ignoring her modesty, I think it does show major causes for inattention in many areas of medical practice: putting more emphasis to attend…
 
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  • Ebola ethics

    7 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Interesting to see the kinds of attention that has been given to the most recent Ebola outbreak in Africa. Part of the reason is that it is a serious epidemic, causing nearly a thousand deaths so far, and it is occurring in West Africa, rather than its usual stomping ground of the Democratic Republic of Congo and thereabouts. Another reason is that some Americans overseas have been infected, and medically evacuated back home, so the story involves not only the familiar 'death exoticism' of faraway anonymous Africans, but has a US domestic component as well.Perhaps because it involves American…
  • Bring out your infected!

    2 Jul 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Public health emergencies reveal a brutal survivalist ethic within societies that normally lies suppressed. Normally, we are supposed to care about the individual choices of fellow citizens and protect their rights, but when an easily transmissible, life-threatening and incurable disease spreads in communities and exceeds our control efforts, rights and choices are transformed into dangerous niceties. That is when the sharper tools in the public health toolbox get pulled out: the involuntary interventions for the common good, the isolation, the quarantine, the mandatory testing. This all…
  • CIA-sponsored vaccination programs: spin and tailspin

    20 May 2014 | 10:55 am
    According to Wikipedia, the concept of 'spin' in public relations circles refers to "... a form of propaganda, achieved through providing an interpretation of an event or campaign to persuade public opinion in favour or against a certain organisation or public figure. While traditional public relations may also rely on creative presentation of the facts, 'spin' often implies disingenuous, deceptive and/or highly manipulative tactics."It might be worth adding a related concept to the public health vocabulary: tailspin. Tailspin is when, in the attempt to massage facts to persuade the public,…
  • Workshop on ethical and social science implications of HIV cure research

    2 May 2014 | 8:17 am
    Now here is a piece of shameless promotion. I am currently co-Principal Investigator (along with Dr. Joseph Tucker) of a NIH-funded research grant exploring the ethical and social implications of research currently taking place on a cure for HIV. As part of this project, our working group -- with generous support from the Brocher Foundation and the UNC Center for AIDS Research -- are holding a workshop next week on this topic at Brocher's swanky conference center on the shores of Lake Geneva. Roughing it, I know. We will even have a Tweetmeister (or whatever they are called), sending real…
  • Physician involvement in legal amputations and lethal injections

    30 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    The government of Kelantan, a state within Malaysia, is considering the implementation of hudud, a particularly strict form of Islamic law. Under hudud, the punishment for crimes such as theft, robbery,  adultery, rape and sodomy would be flogging, death by stoning or amputation. The prospect of amputation, in particular, being considered as a form of legal punishment has medical authorities in Kelantan cringing and objecting. After all, who else but doctors are in a better position to perform safe and effective amputations? And who is in a worse position to perform such non-medical…
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  • 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…
  • Children from Central America Surge Across Our Border: Congress Must Now Decide Whether to Change the Immigration Law that George W. Bush Signed in 2008

    Maggie Mahar
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    If you think fertilized eggs are people but refugee kids aren’t, you’re going to have to stop pretending your concerns are religious– Syd’s SoapBox News reports have been filled with conflicting theories explaining why tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, have been streaming into the U.S.  Some observers say that their parents are sending them here, so that they can take advantage of the social services and free education available in the U.S. Others argue that they are not coming here willingly, but that they have been forced to…
  • Polarized Politics Led To Cantor’s Defeat– and Cochran’s Victory. Why the “Uncommitted Center” Is So Important (Cantor part 2)

    Maggie Mahar
    26 Jun 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Please scroll down for Part 1 of this post.  When House Majority leader Eric Cantor lost his seat to ultra-conservative David Brat, the Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus summed up the majority view among political pundits: “The episode offers a disturbing commentary about the poisonous, polarized state of American politics.”   I cannot agree. I don’t think “polarization” is toxic.  To the contrary, as the poet William Blake once wrote “Without Contraries, No Progress.”  Conflict can clarify issues, and help us move forward.  Indeed, the clash of opinions is a time-honored way…
  • Cantor’s Defeat—What It Does Not Mean– Part 1

    Maggie Mahar
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Shocked by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s defeat in last week’s Virginia primary, many in the media have decided that this “earthquake” has re-shaped the political landscape. Immigration reform is dead, they say, and tea party radicals are far stronger than many suspected. Meanwhile, the alarmists warn, political polarization has divided the country, poisoning our democracy. On that last point they are half-right; Republican voters have moved to the far right, while politically active Democrats are beginning to shift toward the left. But polarization is not necessarily a threat…
  • The “Cholesterol Con”–Eggs

    Maggie Mahar
    15 Jun 2014 | 2:43 pm
    In the past, I have written about the “cholesterol con” (part 1), the widespread  belief that high levels of “bad  (LDL)  cholesterol” can cause heart attacks. As I have explained (part 2), the myth has generated enormous profits for many commercial interests, including companies that peddle statins. (Please read both parts of the post.)   No surprise, manufacturers  have poured millions of dollars into perpetuating the myth, and  thus have succeed in convincing a great many Americans that they should avoid high-cholesterol foods–including eggs.
 
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  • Quiet company poised to shake up legacy healthcare companies

    Tammy Worth
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    For those who haven’t heard yet of Theranos, take note because it may be a business disrupter of huge proportions. Founded a decade ago by Elizabeth Holmes to address her fear of needles, Theranos says it has created equipment and processes that need only 1/1,000th the amount of blood that is normally needed for testing – something that none of the current legacy laboratories can do – and results are achieved typically within four hours instead of days. read more
  • Walmart wades into provider territory

    Anthony Brino
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:12 am
    Walmart is taking another, bigger step into the U.S. healthcare system that could prove disruptive to legacy providers locally and nationally. After years of selling prescription drugs, co-branding a Medicare drug plan and partnering with local hospitals and providers for some 100 walk-in clinics, Walmart is now going to be a quasi-provider itself. The retailer has opened six in-store Walmart Care Clinics in Texas and South Carolina, and has plans for at least several more this year. read more
  • 6 ways to use business intelligence in the supply chain

    Richard Pizzi
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:49 pm
    No Business intelligence is a popular buzzword in the healthcare industry, tapped as a cure-all for almost every faulty business or clinical process. But while BI is not a panacea, done properly it can translate raw data into actionable knowledge and help cut hospital costs. read more
  • Using cost transparency to change physician practice patterns

    Cliff Bleustein
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:45 am
    No Hospitals and health plans are using analytic data to scrutinize the cost effectiveness of physicians. They want to be sure that the doctors included in their risk-based contracting arrangements are providing good outcomes while holding down costs. read more
  • Giving doctors real-time technology may save money for hospitals

    Kurt Ullman
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    Getting physicians to cut costs is one of the biggest challenges in healthcare and has become more important as hospitals purchase more practices. Putting technology in the hands of doctors that can provide real-time data can help cut costs, but such technology can be expensive for health systems. The question then becomes is it worth it economically? read more
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  • Capital climate heats up

    John Andrews
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:19 am
    Attitudes toward healthcare financing have been fairly conservative ever since the general economy collapsed with the stock market in 2008. New construction projects were typically put on hold in the aftermath and loans for just about any building activity were hard to get, even for proven entities. Six years along, the investment community has gradually increased its interest in the sector and dollars are flowing steadily into healthcare projects of all kinds. read more
  • Hospitals rethink charity care

    Julie Appleby
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    As more Americans gain insurance under the federal health law, hospitals are rethinking their charity programs, with some scaling back help for those who could have signed up for coverage but didn’t. The move is prompted by concerns that offering free or discounted care to low-income uninsured patients might dissuade them from getting government-subsidized coverage. read more
  • On the Move: Finance

    Healthcare Finance News Staff
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    Susan Turney, MD, president and chief executive officer of the Medical Group Management Association is resigning from her position effective Sept. 1. Turney will become the CEO of the newly-formed Marshfield Clinic Health System in Marshfield, Wis. HealthSouth Corporation has named Timothy R. Patten as regional president for the company's northeast region. He will have operational responsibilities for 17 hospitals in Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. read more
  • Quiet company poised to shake up legacy healthcare companies

    Tammy Worth
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    For those who haven’t heard yet of Theranos, take note because it may be a business disrupter of huge proportions. Founded a decade ago by Elizabeth Holmes to address her fear of needles, Theranos says it has created equipment and processes that need only 1/1,000th the amount of blood that is normally needed for testing – something that none of the current legacy laboratories can do – and results are achieved typically within four hours instead of days. read more
  • WellPoint embraces Anthem brand

    Anthony Brino
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    One decade after WellPoint Health Networks and Anthem merged into the nation’s largest for-profit, publicly-traded Blue Cross company, the insurer is changing its corporate name to Anthem, Inc. read more
 
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  • Capital climate heats up

    John Andrews
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:19 am
    Attitudes toward healthcare financing have been fairly conservative ever since the general economy collapsed with the stock market in 2008. New construction projects were typically put on hold in the aftermath and loans for just about any building activity were hard to get, even for proven entities. Six years along, the investment community has gradually increased its interest in the sector and dollars are flowing steadily into healthcare projects of all kinds. read more
  • On the Move: Finance

    Healthcare Finance News Staff
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    Susan Turney, MD, president and chief executive officer of the Medical Group Management Association is resigning from her position effective Sept. 1. Turney will become the CEO of the newly-formed Marshfield Clinic Health System in Marshfield, Wis. HealthSouth Corporation has named Timothy R. Patten as regional president for the company's northeast region. He will have operational responsibilities for 17 hospitals in Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. read more
  • Quiet company poised to shake up legacy healthcare companies

    Tammy Worth
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    For those who haven’t heard yet of Theranos, take note because it may be a business disrupter of huge proportions. Founded a decade ago by Elizabeth Holmes to address her fear of needles, Theranos says it has created equipment and processes that need only 1/1,000th the amount of blood that is normally needed for testing – something that none of the current legacy laboratories can do – and results are achieved typically within four hours instead of days. read more
  • WellPoint embraces Anthem brand

    Anthony Brino
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    One decade after WellPoint Health Networks and Anthem merged into the nation’s largest for-profit, publicly-traded Blue Cross company, the insurer is changing its corporate name to Anthem, Inc. read more
  • Healthcare CEOs confident in the future

    Stephanie Bouchard
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    The healthcare industry may be going through a period of uncertainty and tremendous transformation, but some CEOs of healthcare companies are expressing confidence in the future. Twenty-eight percent of healthcare executives are “significantly more confident” than they were a year ago about growth in the healthcare industry and 41 percent are “somewhat more confident,” according to professional services company KPMG. read more
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  • Daughters ‘spend twice as much time’ caring for elderly parents than sons

    Newsdesk
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    A new study to be presented at the American Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting today in San Francisco, CA, suggests that daughters care for their elderly parents as much as they can, while sons help very little in comparison. The new study shows that daughters spend twice as much time each month caring for elderly parents […]
  • Thorough review of NHS Continuing Care needed

    Newsdesk
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:26 am
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  • Ruth Crowe launches Tyneside Memory Walk

    Newsdesk
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:26 am
    Ruth Crowe was joined on the Millennium Bridge by their daughter, Lesley Edmondson, and Alzheimer’s Society staff to launch Memory Walk which is the charity’s flagship fundraising and awareness-raising event. Ruth will formally open this year’s event, which starts at Gateshead’s Baltic Squre on Saturday 20 September 2014, and which will see hundreds of people […]
  • DNA modification linked to Alzheimer’s disease

    Newsdesk
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:24 am
    Two studies, one led by academics at the University of Exeter, looked at chemical markers on the DNA in the post-mortem brains of approximately 1,200 people who had died with dementia. In areas of the brain affected by Alzheimer’s disease, the DNA contained a different pattern of marks than in areas of the brain that […]
  • Help in choice of care facility after hospital discharge

    Newsdesk
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Twenty-first-century patients typically don’t stay in the hospital until they are completely well or totally healed. As hospitalization durations decrease, a significant number of older patients – about one in five – are discharged to skilled nursing facilities for continuation or closure of their care. Deciding on the right post-discharge rehabilitation destination is important to […]
 
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  • Temple survey finds interest in worksite health clinics

    Scott Clark
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:33 pm
    The chamber’s survey found 10 percent of businesses with more than 50 employees were considering offering health care at their place of business. Scott & White, a part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is using the data to help plan for the future. The post Temple survey finds interest in worksite health clinics appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Scott & White Memorial Hospital recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review

    Deontrea Jones
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    TEMPLE, Texas – Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, was honored in the 2014 edition of Becker’s Hospital Review’s 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs. According to Becker’s, organizations who made this year’s list are leading the way in quality patient care, cancer outcomes […] The post Scott & White Memorial Hospital recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Dr. William Rayburn to be honored by Texas A&M College of Medicine

    Scott Clark
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Dr. Rayburn will be honored at the College of Medicine donor recognition dinner at Traditions Country Club in Bryan. Mike Middleton, M.D, a College of Medicine Alumni Association trustee, will present the award. He was selected based on his community and medical education achievements. The post Dr. William Rayburn to be honored by Texas A&M College of Medicine appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • McLane Children’s clinics offer free tools to help parents this school year

    Deontrea Jones
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    TEMPLE, Texas – With the school year about to start, McLane Children’s clinics have new technology to help improve the patient experience. New kiosks, similar to those seen at airports, are now in three pediatric clinics in Temple as part of a pilot program. The kiosks allow parents to check-in for their appointments, update family […] The post McLane Children’s clinics offer free tools to help parents this school year appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
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  • 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…
  • Wilson Co. (TN) County Commission District 16 Race - Brockman vs. Weathers

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    A little over four years ago, I ran an article about Jason Brockman, a newcomer to Wilson Co. (TN) politics. At the time, he was running for County Commission in the 16th District hoping to upset the long-time incumbent, Gilbert Graves, who had held the seat for 40 years. Brockman shocked everyone upsetting Graves with 60% of the vote (see the results here). Now, four years later, Graves' daughter, Diane Weathers, is challenging Brockman in his re-election bid.  Even though he is a first-term commissioner, Brockman has accomplished much during the last four years including :Jason…
  • Tennessee's Voting Gunowners Deserve Better

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In early July, the Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA) released the results of its "2014 Legislative Candidate Survey." I first saw it on the organization's Facebook page on July 1st and then received a copy of the results in my e-mail inbox a few days later on the 4th. The survey's purpose was to identify the pro- and anti-gun members of the Tennessee State House and Senate, as well as their challengers, in advance of the 2014 elections. TFA wanted its members and other voters to be informed in regards to which candidates support their gun rights when they vote this year. Source -…
  • 2014 Tennessee Governors Race

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Early voting for Tennessee's August Primaries begins this Friday, July 18. Bill Haslam is up for re-election as governor. I've made no secret that I am no fan of his in previous posts on this blog. A few months ago, I even posted a series of videos from a NewsChannel 5 Investigation into the wheelings, dealings, and crony capitalism within his administration.English: Knoxville mayor and Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam addressing supporters before the Highlands Town Hall Debate at Tennessee Tech University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Prior to his election in 2010, I said Haslam…
  • Happy 4th of July!!

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    4 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    As you gather with family and friends today in celebration of another Independence Day, take a moment to remember all the men and women who have fought, and many died, over these last 238 years to protect you, your family, and your freedom. Besides the Lord's blessing, they are the reason we can still celebrate this day.
 
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  • Taking a Holistic View of Electronic Health Records

    Davida Dinerman
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    In my years of working with technology companies I have learned that even the best technology cannot overcome bad process. For technology to make an impact on healthcare efficiency and patient outcomes, computer systems must be interoperable, and must allow people to use data in a valuable way. These issues intersected recently, as reported in […]
  • Know Your Audience: Best Practices for Doing PR in China

    Darah Roslyn
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Given its fast growing economy, China attracts businesses of all sizes, and many companies believe that they need to compete in the Chinese market if their company is going to be a leader in their industry. It is a country that is developing at a rapid pace—and it’s the uniqueness of its culture and history […]
  • #ICYMI: PRSA Boston’s The Digital Agency Event

    Caitlin Mahler
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    By Caitlin Mahler and Antonia Rutter Facebook and Twitter and YouTube, oh my! Welcome to the world of the digital agency where these platforms aren’t a faux-pas, they’re a big piece of business. Last week PRSA Boston held a panel discussion on the changing face of agencies in the digital era. Peter Panagopoulos, director of […]
  • When B2B Tech Memes Go Bad

    Mark McClennan
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    We spend a lot of time celebrating the great work we do for our clients, and the industry honors the best campaigns of the year through awards such as the PRSA Silver Anvil and Holmes Report Sabre Awards. But not everything all PR professionals do is a home run, particularly if you try to insert […]
  • Boston TechJam 2014

    Samantha Stenbeck
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Take your finger off the pulse of the world of technology for one minute, and you quickly fall behind, left in the dark about the latest cloud services, gadgets and trends. I discovered this the hard way at Boston TechJam 2014. Updates, advancements, and new trends were all around me as I joined co-workers at […]
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    World of DTC Marketing.com

  • DTC marketers: Your search budget just went up

    Richard Meyer
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    POST SUMMARY: Google said that AdWords will no longer allow advertisers to prevent their ads from showing up on “close variants” of their keywords — i.e., ads will, by default, show up on both the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Health misinformation

    Richard Meyer
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    POST SUMMARY: In an era where people don’t trust the mainstream media and get their new via the Internet everyone with a computer is a journalist. Unfortunately, there are too many people... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • “We think” is not a strategy

    Richard Meyer
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    POST SUMMARY: The best digital marketing comes from a complete understanding of your audience through research, not through research that was intended for brand positioning. Not too long ago I met... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • DTC: Is social media really an option?

    Richard Meyer
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    POST SUMMARY:  I just received the preliminary findings from some qual research that was conducted this weekend in four cities within the US. The objective of the research was to determine if current... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Anger at drug costs but little talk about chronic conditions

    Richard Meyer
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:26 am
    POST SUMMARY: With articles entitled “Sticker Shock: How Big Pharma Gouges the American Public” authors point the finger of drug costs squarely at pharma but they forget that prescription... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    FierceHealthPayer News

  • Competition sparks payer-provider divorce

    Dori Zweig
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    The Affordable Care Act is sparking competition among healthcare insurers and providers, as insurers make moves to become healthcare providers, reports NPR.read more
  • 5 complex care management methods to boost ACO success

    Dina Overland
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:59 pm
    ​Accountable care organizations often involve high-need, high-cost patients, which can make for a very expensive and challenging program to manage. But a team of researchers has identified effective ACOs that successfully implement complex care management (CCM) interventions that insurers and providers can use to bolster their own programs, lower costs and improve care.read more
  • Covering all preventive tests leads to higher utilization, costs

    Dina Overland
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:54 pm
    As insurers are covering more preventive tests and screening, as required by the Affordable Care Act, two financial experts question whether such coverage actually incurs additional costs for the companies.read more
  • More young adults receiving mental health treatment

    Dina Overland
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:52 pm
    More young adults have been receiving treatment for mental health conditions since the ACA allowed them to remain on their parents' plans until they turn 26 years old.read more
  • For-profit insurers will diversify into data market, industry watchdog predicts

    Dina Overland
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Non-profit insurers will soon be the dominating type of insurance company due to competition fostered by the Affordable Care Act, says industry watchdog Wendell Potter. If for-profit insurers want to remain viable in the post-ACA market, the former Cigna exec says they must diversify by operating outside the United States and expanding their business lines.read more
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    Practice Manager Solutions

  • A 4-Point Plan for Extending Courtesy Through Your Clinic’s Calendar

    admin
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I want to thank Sue Jacques for providing this week’s blog post. Please enjoy! While most people struggle to some degree with punctuality, staying on time is particularly challenging for those who work in medical clinics. Why? Because health care professionals need to be prepared to adjust their agendas at the drop of a hat in order to handle unforeseen and urgent medical matters. But let’s face it; unexpected emergencies aren’t the only reason a practice’s timetable can go out the window.  Personal disorganization, poor communication, and unrealistic scheduling are other common…
  • Five Ways Ways Health Care Providers can Extend Courtesy through their Calendars, a conversation with Sue Jacques – podcast episode 100

    Carey Green
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Our show today discusses “Poor Planningitis” the big scheduling dilemma.  Even though health care is an unpredictable business, there are ways to manage schedules that work with, not against, the continual state flux in medicine. What matters most is that we treat time—our own and that of others—with respect. SUE JACQUES IS THE CIVILITY CEO, a uniquely qualified executive etiquette, professionalism, and corporate civility consultant. If you’ve ever wondered what to do, what to say, or what to wear, Sue can help. With over a dozen years of experience as a keynote speaker,corporate…
  • The Element of Surprise For The Independent Practitioner

    admin
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Wouldn’t it be a surprise to wake up one morning and everything had changed? What if you had a robot to fix you breakfast?  Now that doesn’t sound too bad.  Trends seem to come and go, and over time healthcare has stayed relatively the same. For so long we have made an appointment by calling, head to the appointment and wait in the waiting room to be called and seen by the doctor.  It is beginning to change though and now we are beginning to see the changes coming at lightning speed.  Here are some new trends: The way patients are seen will definitely be changing. Patients…
  • How Acupuncture and Non-traditional Therapies are Helping Patients

    Ecoughlin
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:41 am
    Dwight Franklin, Acupuncture Physician and owner of Franklin Family Acupuncture, will be telling our listeners how alternative therapies are fitting into traditional practices to meet patient needs and help providers with a variety of solutions for patients who might be suffering from ADD, ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome and other health issues.   
  • Five Element Philosophy and the Workplace

    Ecoughlin
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:06 am
    As an Oriental Medicine physician who specializes in helping families achieve a healthier lifestyle I have seen the tremendous value of Oriental Medicine philosophy on the family dynamic. A wonderful friend of mine recently asked me if I had ever thought of incorporating these philosophies into the workplace to achieve a healthier and happier work environment. Honestly, it has always been a goal of mine since starting my own practice to introduce these philosophies into the corporate world. We spend so much time at work that co-workers become almost a second family. So here are a few…
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    Georgia Health News

  • Commentary: A life-or-death issue for children

    Andy Miller
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:23 pm
    On the last day of the 2014 General Assembly session, political differences blocked legislation on medical marijuana for children with seizure disorders. Abe Hopkins The bill was introduced by Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), who was inspired by the plight of children with intractable seizures whose condition has been helped significantly by marijuana derivatives such as cannabidiol oil. In a new Commentary, Peake writes of the fate of Abe Hopkins, 6, who had a seizure disorder. “The Hopkins family worked to help pass the bill, and when it failed, they prayed that Abe would not have that final,…
  • Why legalize cannabis oil in Georgia? So children can live

    Allen Peake
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Rep. Allen Peake As the clock approached midnight on March 20, the final night of the 2014 Georgia legislative session, it became apparent that a final vote to send a medical cannabis oil bill to the governor’s desk for his signature was not going to happen this year. So I decided to avoid the usual “Sine Die” celebration in the House chamber because I knew I needed to be in the Senate gallery with the families that fought so courageously for the bill. The mood was obviously somber among the parents, some of whom had brought their children with them, hoping to watch as history was made.
  • Docs raise questions on statins

    WebMD
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    Doctors question if benefits of cholesterol-lowering statins are worth their risks. By WebMD for Georgia Health News, 2014. | Permalink | Comment |
  • Key activist group sees flaws in state health plan

    Andy Miller
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Last week, when upcoming changes in the state employee and teacher health plan were announced, they drew a generally positive response. Members learned that the 2015 plan would include an increased choice of insurers, which was welcome, and officials presented information showing that many members would see no premium increase. But after studying the proposed rates in greater detail, a group representing teachers, employees and retirees is voicing concern. It says many of the new options will be unaffordable for members looking to switch from their current plans. Most State Health Benefit…
  • Weight wars: Bake sale showdown set for Thursday

    Andy Miller
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    The battle over snack foods sold at Georgia school fundraisers will come down to a vote Thursday. That’s when the state Board of Education will decide whether to give schools a series of exemptions from a federal requirement that prohibits the sale of high-calorie sweets and high-fat and high-sodium foods during fundraisers held during school hours. The fundraiser rule is among federal standards required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which sought to make school foods healthier by reducing sodium and increasing whole grains and servings of fresh fruits and vegetables. The…
 
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  • 10 Important Things to Bring to Your Interview

    Nicole Bent
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    You put the time into making your resume perfect and completed all the application steps correctly. Now you have an in-person interview, and you don't know how to prepare.   Make sure you have these 10 things with you at every interview to help ensure you shine! Documents: Don’t think just because you provided information on an application or resume that an interviewer will have it. Always bring copies of your education certificates and proofs of employment with you to each interview. Interview Details: Make sure to write down all the details of the interview when you speak to…
  • 10 Interview Fashion Mistakes to Avoid

    Nicole Bent
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    One of my favorite sayings about dressing for an interview is, “Dress for the job you want … not the job you have.”  This statement sums up the importance of dressing to make a great first impression at your interview. You never get a second chance at a first impression, so make sure you don’t make these fashion mistakes at your next interview. Wild Nail Polish: Long and unkempt nails for men and brightly colored, designed nails for women draw an interviewer’s attention away from your skills and to your nails. With long nails the question in that…
  • 5 Ways to Deal with Nursing Stress

    Nicole Bent
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Healthcare is one of the most rewarding fields in which to work, but it’s also one of the most stressful. Large caseloads, short staff, long hours, difficult patients and co-workers all increase stress levels that a nurse deals with every day. We all expect some level of stress in our jobs, and there are ways to help keep that stress manageable. High levels of stress for long periods of time can negatively affect your health, job satisfaction and patient care.  Try some of these tips to help decrease your daily stress levels at work. Remember, you need to take care of yourself…
  • Nursing Career Options

    Nicole Bent
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    Nursing careers are rewarding in so many ways including financially and personally.  Everyone knows it takes a special kind of person to be a nurse, but did you know you have different choices of what do to with your nursing degree? Even if you are just starting or looking for a change, you have many different career options. Case Management Quality Improvement Health Information Technology (HIT) Healthcare Recruiting Teaching Medical Writer Patient Advocacy Nursing Administrator Legal Consulting Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Sales Forensic Nurse Specialties Work-at-Home Options…
  • Student Loan Repayment Tips for Nurses

    Nicole Bent
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Congratulations, you are a nurse! You survived nursing school and are now working. It is six month after you finished school, and you are bombarded with letters from student loan lenders.  Don’t panic, you can manage your student loan repayments by following these simple suggestions. Locate all your loans You may be saying, “I have all my bills right here,” but that may not be all you borrowed while in school. The good news is you can view all of your federal loans in one place at the National Student Loan Data System. Log in to print this list and cross check it with…
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    OptometryCEO

  • A business plan is the key to funding your optometry dream

    Chad Fleming
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Many young, ambitious optometrists live with the dream of becoming the CEO of an optometry practice. Making the dream a reality takes money. Since most young, ambitious optometrists don’t have the necessary cash on hand to start or purchase their own practices, they will need to find ways to fund their dreams. Today’s tough financial environment has deferred or derailed many dreams of owning a practice. Fortunately, it does not have to be this way. Taking the time to prepare a winning proposal can open the doors to the bank vault. Just like you want to hear your 15-year-old son tell…
  • 3 reasons the trendy iPad is not efficient for practice workflow

    Chad Fleming
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    As previous users of Officemate/Examwriter, the other doctors at our practice and I used iPads through a terminal server. This means we used iPads in the exam room with Officemate/Examwriter. When we first got them we were excited, and our patients were too. Seeing the doctor documenting the exam on the iPad gave the impression that the doctor was up-to-date. The cool factor was so high that many patients commented on it. We have since transitioned to RevolutionEHR, which currently does not have an iPad application, but is in the process of developing one. As the IT leader at our practice, I…
  • How to change patient behavior in 2 minutes

    Chad Fleming
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    In a world full of information, psychologists claim we are learning less. Technology today puts a wealth of information at our fingertips, yet we are not internalizing it. In Focus by Goleman, studies show that if people want to actually learn new things that can lead to positive life changes they must choose one or two things in which to go deeper. For example, reading a book requires a person to process at a much deeper level than skimming Facebook. Being aware of this is hugely important to the practicing optometrist. If you do not intentionally focus their thoughts on one or two…
  • Four ways to increase your net before selling your optometry practice

    Chad Fleming
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Selling an optometry practice involves two major steps. The first is deciding it is time to sell the practice that you have spent your life building. The second step is executing a well-laid plan for getting maximum dollars for your life-long investment. When I coach buyers to successfully analyze an optometry practice, we look at the cash flow generated and the net dollars kept after expenses.  Buyers are keenly aware of the financial benefits of an optometry practice that keeps $0.40 for every dollar collected. If you desire to sell your practice and are currently keeping $0.26 for every…
  • Alleviate the fear of your first Optometry Associateship

    Chad Fleming
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Congratulations on one of the biggest accomplishments of your career–graduating from optometry school. Your professional journey has just begun, and starting in the right direction will ultimately determine your destination. As you prepare for your first associateship you may be a little nervous, a little hesitant, and possibly a little scared. It is perfectly normal to be fearful about your new position. As a practicing optometrist, I can safely say the majority of optometrists were fearful when they were first starting out. Overcoming fears is primarily preparation and…
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    GeriPal - Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog

  • What books inspired you to go into #geriatrics or #palliative care?

    Alex Smith
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    by: Alex Smith @AlexSmithMDI just read a wonderful categorization of books about aging on Lousie Aronson's blog.  She categorizes books about aging into five types: informational, memoirs, wellness and longevity books, general non-fiction, and literary works.  My favorite category are the wellness and longevity books, you know the ones, about how if you eat enough "blueberries and kale" you will not "have to age or die."  Louise graciously declines to state the names of such books, only noting that the authors initials are often followed by the letters "M" and…
  • Surgical decision-making for elders: GeriBoards, prehab, and other great ideas

    Alex Smith
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    by: Alex Smith, @alexsmithMDA while back people realized that outcomes of surgery in older people were probably better than previously believed. This led to a widespread perception that we were being ageist by not being aggressive enough in offering surgery to older adults.  We started operating on more older adults. We identified new ways to operate on increasingly elderly and frail patients.  If you look into geriatric surgery now, you will mostly find a bunch of stuff about how to optimize surgery for elders.  (Example - I was recently asked to review the…
  • Potpourri from clinical work VII

    Alex Smith
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    by: Alex Smith, @alexsmithMDThe following are some reflections from being on service recently.  Not enough time to develop these into full posts.  If these issues tickle you, please respond in the comments!  To see previous potpourri's from clinical work follow the links to I, II, III, IV, V, and VI.David Reuben wrote a terrific perspective describing "The Hospital Dependent Patient."  These are patients who, usually elderly, who have chronic illness exacerbations that frequently land them in the hospital.  In the hospital they have a high quality of life, when…
  • A Letter to My Geriatric Patients

    Megan Rau
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    I would like to send my deepest thanks to every one of you for teaching me so much during my Internal Medicine residency. With every lesson, you touched my heart. I have been an internal medicine resident the last two years and each day you accepted me into the most vulnerable period of your life. I have been there as you face a scary new cancer diagnosis, when you realize your independence may be lost forever, and when your mind has felt shaky and unstable. I have been there as you navigate the trials of watching your child, your life partner, your sibling or loved one as they face death. I…
  • Preparing for the hospice and palliative medicine board certification exam

    Eric Widera
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    What do the following three things have in common: The Paris Air ShowThe World Table Tennis Championships The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification ExamThey all happen once every two years! And guess what, this is the year for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine certification exam. Two things to consider to get prepared for the test: 1.  Whether you are preparing to take the hospice and palliative medicine subspecialty board exam or just want to get up to date with the field, then considering joining us at AAHPM’s Intensive Board Review Course. The organizers have created…
 
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    Safety un-Limited

  • Pain assessment using OPQRST

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

    sea2skyguest
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:15 pm
    If there’s one product that’s created a stir before its public launch, it’s Google Glass. The search engine giant has an innovative, high-tech product in its beta program (which means it’s still in the testing phase) that looks like a … Continue reading →
  • The Dangers of Driving While Drowsy – an Infographic

    sea2skyguest
    27 Feb 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Many people have heard of the dangers of “Driving Under the Influence” (DUI) or “Driving While Intoxicated” (DWI). There have been many campaigns to bring awareness to this danger. But there is another danger on the road. A danger that … Continue reading →
  • Seat Belt Awareness

    sea2skyguest
    27 Feb 2014 | 7:12 am
    Let’s go back to the prairie land. Back before motorized vehicles existed. Remember The Little House on the Prairie or John Wayne westerns? If you took note of the time era entertainment depictions, you may have noticed that transportation was … Continue reading →
  • Swimming With Sharks? Five Tips for Driving Safely Around Big Rigs

    sea2skyguest
    26 Feb 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Cars and tractor trailers on the highway are sometimes like oil and water: They don’t mix. Car drivers do whatever they can to pass big rigs that they believe are moving too slowly down the road. At the same time, truck … Continue reading →
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    Healthcare Today - Health News

  • Elderly better protected with high-dose flu jab

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:13 am
    A new study has found the elderly benefit better from a high-dose of the flu vaccine compared to the standard jab. Researchers reported about one in four flu cases in older people could be prevented if the high-dose vaccine was used instead.
  • Rise in CT scans

    14 Aug 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Experts who have assessed the risks of radiation on health have found a sharp rise in the number of people having CT scans. The number of scans on children has doubled in a decade. Children are the most at risk.Radiation has been linked to cancer, however, the government-appointed Comare group have said the benefits of the scans outweigh the harms.
  • Daily aspirin can cut bowel cancer deaths

    6 Aug 2014 | 12:13 am
    A review of evidence suggests daily aspirin can reduce chance of developing or dying from bowel and stomach cancers.Scientists predict some 122,000 deaths could be prevented if everyone aged 50 and over in the UK took the drug for 10 years. However, medical advice must be sought before using it as aspirin can cause internal bleeding.
  • Doctors to be paid to work weekends

    5 Aug 2014 | 12:34 am
    In a bid to clear waiting list backlog doctors and nurses are to be paid for working weekends and evenings.Waiting times will get worse for some patients according to health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, as NHS staff try to clear backlog of patients who have been waiting a year or more.  For the first time since March 2008 the total number of people waiting for treatment has hit 3 million which is 5% of the popu...
  • Ebola test on UK passenger

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:32 am
    A female passenger who died after arriving in the UK from The Gambia has been tested for the deadly Ebola virus.The test on the elderly woman came back as negative. The risk to the UK remains very low according the Public Health England.
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    Professional Patient Perspective

  • Crohn’s Disease: 3-year old talks about his Dad’s illness

    Michael A. Weiss
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:31 pm
    “I can handle things! I’m smart! Not like everybody says… like dumb…” It’s two (2) more years till Kindergarten, and I am already SO over Fisher-Price toys and smiling on-command every time one of my Mom’s friends talks gibberish to me just to make me like her.  Everyone does that to me; even my aunts and uncles.  I don’t get these people; just because I don’t talk, doesn’t mean I don’t understand everything they say.  Still, people visiting my house have more interesting conversations with our dog, “Lucky,” than they do with me.  Do they think I…
  • Stanford Medicine X, Quantified Self & Connected Health at Doctors 2.0

    Michael A. Weiss
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    Here’s a few more Video Interviews I was able to conduct at the recent “Doctors 2.0 & You” in Paris, France.  They run the gamut from chatting with the Executive Director of the “sister conference” of Doctors 2.0, namely Stanford Medicine X (Dr. Larry Chu) to gaining a hands-on understanding of Connected Health and Quantified Self (Christian Funk), the two (2) “hottest” fields in “disruptive healthcare.”  In that context, “disruptive” is a POSITIVE TERM in that it represents efforts aimed at changing and improving the…
  • Crohn’s Disease & IBD – Interview w/ an Expert

    Michael A. Weiss
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Chronic patients must adapt to different doctors As a 30-year Crohn’s Disease patient, I’ve met every conceivable type of physician and encountered them on probably their (and my) best and worst days.  With such a complex and seemingly “personalized” disease, I’ve learned there’s rarely a doctor-patient “comfort zone” such that they “take you at your word” when you articulate your symptoms, as rare or strange as they may be, or when you convey your surgical scarred-substantiated veteran thoughts.  But that’s the gig with a…
  • Google Glass & Surgery, Medicine & Healthcare Innovation

    Michael A. Weiss
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    I’ve heard many smart technologically-obsessed healthcare professionals speak at Conference after Conference about how Google Glass will revolutionize the practice of medicine for both patients and doctors but it’s hard to take them seriously when they look like Jacques Cousteau wearing some custom-made contraption just before submerging to explore the depths of some faraway ocean which I will never visit. However, my mind was recently changed at “Doctors 2.0 & You” in Paris, France, when Google Glass Surgeon and “Explorer,” Dr. Rafael Grossmann, was…
  • Crohn’s Disease Patient Reporter back from “Doctors 2.0 & You” in Paris, France

    Michael A. Weiss
    22 Jun 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Healthcare “Serious Games” & “Simulation” at Doctors 2.0 & You 2014 Anderson Cooper, look out! It’s no secret that I try to “cope” with the comprehensive and systemic life-changing effects of 30-years with Crohn’s Disease by advocating for raising global awareness about this auto-immune, chronic, “broad spectrum severity” and often misunderstood disease.  I even started a 501 (c) 3 Charitable Foundation called the “Crohn’s Disease Warrior Patrol” [CDWP] to organize and implement a Patient Care Strategy to help newly diagnosed patients based on the simple…
 
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  • 10 Important Things to Bring to Your Interview

    Nicole Bent
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    You put the time into making your resume perfect and completed all the application steps correctly. Now you have an in-person interview, and you don't know how to prepare.   Make sure you have these 10 things with you at every interview to help ensure you shine! Documents: Don’t think just because you provided information on an application or resume that an interviewer will have it. Always bring copies of your education certificates and proofs of employment with you to each interview. Interview Details: Make sure to write down all the details of the interview when you speak to…
  • 10 Interview Fashion Mistakes to Avoid

    Nicole Bent
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    One of my favorite sayings about dressing for an interview is, “Dress for the job you want … not the job you have.”  This statement sums up the importance of dressing to make a great first impression at your interview. You never get a second chance at a first impression, so make sure you don’t make these fashion mistakes at your next interview. Wild Nail Polish: Long and unkempt nails for men and brightly colored, designed nails for women draw an interviewer’s attention away from your skills and to your nails. With long nails the question in that…
  • 5 Ways to Deal with Nursing Stress

    Nicole Bent
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Healthcare is one of the most rewarding fields in which to work, but it’s also one of the most stressful. Large caseloads, short staff, long hours, difficult patients and co-workers all increase stress levels that a nurse deals with every day. We all expect some level of stress in our jobs, and there are ways to help keep that stress manageable. High levels of stress for long periods of time can negatively affect your health, job satisfaction and patient care.  Try some of these tips to help decrease your daily stress levels at work. Remember, you need to take care of yourself…
  • Nursing Career Options

    Nicole Bent
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    Nursing careers are rewarding in so many ways including financially and personally.  Everyone knows it takes a special kind of person to be a nurse, but did you know you have different choices of what do to with your nursing degree? Even if you are just starting or looking for a change, you have many different career options. Case Management Quality Improvement Health Information Technology (HIT) Healthcare Recruiting Teaching Medical Writer Patient Advocacy Nursing Administrator Legal Consulting Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Sales Forensic Nurse Specialties Work-at-Home Options…
  • Student Loan Repayment Tips for Nurses

    Nicole Bent
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Congratulations, you are a nurse! You survived nursing school and are now working. It is six month after you finished school, and you are bombarded with letters from student loan lenders.  Don’t panic, you can manage your student loan repayments by following these simple suggestions. Locate all your loans You may be saying, “I have all my bills right here,” but that may not be all you borrowed while in school. The good news is you can view all of your federal loans in one place at the National Student Loan Data System. Log in to print this list and cross check it with…
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  • Healthcare hackers see increasing value in patient data

    Dan Verel
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:57 pm
    At this point, data breaches at health systems are not a new issue, but news of Community Health System‘s breach was striking not just for its sheer size, but because it demonstrates alleged Chinese hackers’ understanding of the value of patient data in the global marketplace. That’s according to John Gomez, CEO of sensato, a HIT software company based in New York, responding to MedCity News’s inquiry from HIT experts. Tennessee-based CHS reported that Social Security numbers and other patient information for some 4.5 million patients was stolen by sophisticated…
  • A step-by-step tutorial: Approving targeted therapies for cancer

    Meghana Keshavan
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Ever forget the difference between an IND, a Phase I and  Phase II trial? The difference between protein expression and gene expression profiling? The National Cancer Institute has a nifty tutorial that breaks down the development process of new, targeted therapies in cancer. It’s a good resource for anyone – be it you, a friend, a colleague, a client – who needs a refresher course on the basics of personalized medicine in cancer therapy. There’s a video, too: How are Targeted Therapies Linked to Personalized Medicine? The targeted therapy approval process…
  • Nano-diamonds for early cancer detection shine at Y Combinator demo day

    Kia Kokalitcheva
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:18 pm
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Y Combinator’s Demo Day for its Summer 2014 batch is in full swing, and a few startups have already impressed us, for various reasons. Take a look: Checkr Checkr is a API for background checks, and we’re pretty sure Uber (and Lyft) wish it existed a long time ago. The company aggregates information from various sources including credit bureaus, DMV, third party national criminal databases, sex offender registries, OFAC, criminal record state repositories, and county courts, co-founder Daniel Yanisse told VentureBeat in an email. Currently, Checkr’s customers…
  • FDA drug approvals: Genzyme OK’d to market enzyme replacement pill for Gaucher disease

    NewsCred
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:42 pm
    (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it has approved Sanofi SA's drug Cerdelga to treat patients with type 1 Gaucher disease, a rare genetic disorder. The drug was developed by Sanofi's Genzyme unit, which also developed the Gaucher disease drug Cerezyme. Cerdelga, known also as eliglustat, is a pill, while Cerezyme must be infused. Gaucher disease is caused by deficient levels of an enzyme needed to break down certain fats, leading to enlarged liver and spleen. Symptoms include bone pain, osteoporosis, anemia and fatigue. Dr. David Meeker, Genzyme's chief…
  • Makerspace at Tennessee children’s hospital makes a lot of sense

    Dan Verel
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Given the opportunity and the right technology to improve their surroundings and daily quality of life, young patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Tennessee came up with some interesting inventions. One patient, fed up with being awoken every four hours, made a night light for nurses, so they could enter rooms without flicking on the overhead lights, in turn jolting everyone from their sleep. Another patient, tired of constantly being asked how they were feeling and what their mood was, created a simple but effective mood necklace, with a red light that…
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    Healthy Debate

  • Hospital parking: health care’s controversial cost

    Vanessa Milne, Andreas Laupacis & Mike Tierney
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Shalimar Novak is sick of paying for parking. The social worker has been to Toronto’s Mount Sinai once or twice a week recently for appointments related to her pregnancy, and paid about $15 every time. “It definitely adds up,” she says. “And when you have a kid coming, you’re thinking in diaper dollars. It would be nice if that money could go towards things you need, instead of going towards parking.” She and her husband have decided they’ll probably take a taxi to the hospital when she goes into labour, rather than dealing with the hassle and cost of…
  • Options limited when second shoulder surgery fails

    Paul Taylor
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Personal Health Navigator is available to all Canadian patients. Questions about your doctor, hospital or how to navigate the health care system can be sent to AskPaul@Sunnybrook.ca Question: I am a 60-year-old female. I have had two rotator cuff shoulder surgeries, both failed. I was told it couldn’t be repaired again because there’s not enough tissue to hold the joint in place. But is it possible to take muscle and tendons from another area to help rebuild the cuff? And what about the theory of keeping the joint immobilized for up to six weeks post surgery? The day after my last…
  • Physician-assisted death and euthanasia in Canada: should it be legal or banned?

    Vanessa Milne, Jill Konkin & Terry Sullivan
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    When Canadians saw the video from Donald Low pleading for physician-assisted death, it sparked a nationwide conversation on the issue. The public had grown used to seeing Mount Sinai Hospital’s microbiologist-in-chief at press conferences, poised and  explaining how Toronto was battling the SARS outbreak. But in this video, he is terminally ill with a brain tumour. Almost deaf and with one eye closed, he talks calmly about his own, imminent death. “What the end is going to look like, that’s what’s bothering me the most,” he says. He asks for Canada to introduce assisted…
  • What you need to know before consenting to medical treatment

    Paul Taylor
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Personal Health Navigator is available to all Canadian patients. Questions about your doctor, hospital or how to navigate the health care system can be sent to AskPaul@Sunnybrook.ca Question: I had a major operation at an Ontario hospital. At an appointment before the operation, the doctor told me about what to expect from the surgery and the possible risks. Then he asked me to sign a consent form. I didn’t really understand everything he said, but felt pressured into signing the form.  As it turned out, the operation was successful.  However, the whole signing process still really…
  • Does non-celiac gluten sensitivity really exist?

    Vanessa Milne, Andreas Laupacis & Verna Yiu
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    When Linda Kerr’s son’s growth flatlined, a doctor suggested the teen might benefit from a gluten-free diet. In support, she tried the diet with him. Her son eventually decided he wasn’t going to follow it, but it did have an unexpected effect: after about a month, Kerr herself found her health improved. “I’d been struggling all of my life with irritable bowel syndrome [a chronic condition that causes cramping, pain and gas],” she says. “I felt so much better following a gluten-free diet.” The retired dietitian, who lives in Westerose, Alberta, has been on a gluten-restricted…
 
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  • 2014: The Year Apple Makes a Big Play in Health Care?

    Emily Study
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    With the rumored September release of Apple’s “HealthKit” service, the tech giant may soon be tapping into the $9 billion-plus mobile health care market, becoming a mainstay for big-name health providers, Reuters reports.  The Cupertino-based firm unveiled the service in June, announcing that it could collect and store a user’s fitness and health information all in one app, called “Health,” which will be available only through the iOS8 operating system — expected to be released with the iPhone 6 in less than a month.  Along with its Health rollout, Apple also previously…
  • NY Times: Health Care Fraud Proves Elusive for Medicare

    Jason Oliva
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Fraud has long blighted federal healthcare programs, but even as the government recovers billions of dollars from fraudsters each year, waste and abuse activity continues to elude authorities, reports The New York Times in a recent article.  Despite the Obama Administration’s war on health care fraud and the slew of task forces and outside contractors assigned to combat it, fraud continues to weigh on federal programs like Medicare, running up an estimated $60 billion, or 10%, of the program’s costs each year, the article notes.  Last year, the administration only recovered $4.3…
  • Eight in 10 Americans Oppose Medicare Cuts to Home Health

    Cassandra Dowell
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    More than eight in 10 registered voters support action to prevent cuts to Medicare Home Health, a recent national survey finds.  The cuts are estimated to directly affect more than one million seniors and nearly half a million home health professionals.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes July 1 that would reduce Medicare payments to home health agencies by 0.3%, or $58 million, in 2015. On Jan. 1, 2014, the Medicare home health benefit was subjected to a 14% cut in funding due to the four-year, 3.5% per year rebasing adjustment implemented as part of…
  • HME Industry Rallies Against Competitive Bidding

    Cassandra Dowell
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Home medical equipment (HME) providers say proposed changes to audit and competitive bidding programs for medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) suppliers should be implemented before the end of the year. As the August legislative recess is underway, industry stakeholders are voicing support for H.R. 5083, or the Medicare DMEPOS Audit Improvement and Reform (AIR) Act of 2014, and H.R. 4920, or The Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Improvement Act. Both bills were introduced earlier this summer; having 14 and 29 co-sponsors, respectively. Proposed changes to the…
  • Investigators Dismantle $60 Million Home Health, Pharmacy Fraud Ring

    Jason Oliva
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Federal investigators announced Friday the take down of a massive health care fraud scheme that involved more than $60 million of improper billing to Medicare and Medicaid and the convictions of 39 defendants in Michigan. Propagated by ringleader Babubhai Patel, 51, of Canton, Mich., the scheme involved 26 pharmacies, nine doctors and several home health agencies within the state, with charges ranging from bribes and kickbacks, to thousands of illegal doses for narcotic medications prescribed and millions of dollars billed to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) between 2006…
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    referralMD | Medical, Dental Physician Referral Network

  • Concerned about Patient Privacy? 7 Disastrous HIPAA Violations to Avoid

    Jonathan Govette
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    You have heard the statements. HIPAA violations happen all the time.  No one ever gets caught.  No one will ever discover the breach.  Don’t be so sure.  Privacy and Security have become huge social concerns.  It is big news.  HIPAA privacy and security breaches are discovered. People are caught, fined, sued and pay a lots of money for HIPAA violations.  You would be surprised by the varied ways that HIPAA violations can come to light: national news casts, police investigations, patient complaints, law suits, and public outcry.  Here are a couple of true stories. 1.  Drivers Notice…
  • Electronic Medical Records – Past, Present, and Future?

    Fred Pennic
    5 Jun 2014 | 8:50 am
    Dr. Donald Voltz, MD discusses how the electronic medical records of today is merely a duplication of the past and how future EMR systems must align medical professionals with data that needs to be collaborative.  The open question regarding Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) is what they now offer the medical community and what would medical professionals need and envision for the next generation. The Henry Ford adage: “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” This quote has been used to counter criticism from physicians with respect to EMR adoption…
  • Tackling the Heartbleed Bug in Health Care : Are you at Risk?

    Emily Newhook
    28 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    As word of the Heartbleed bug spread across the Internet, IT professionals across all industries have taken notice and are working tirelessly to resolve the issue. Public health officials, health care administrators and privacy advocates are concerned about the potential security implications for patients and medical providers, especially given the sensitivity of patient data such as Social Security numbers or treatment information. According to Healthcare IT News, Phil Lerner, chief information security officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, says responding to the bug is…
  • Is the Cloud the Answer to your Hospital’s Challenges? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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

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

  • Nutrition Lessons in the Bronx: “What Would LeBron James Eat?”

    Mathew Birnbaum
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    When I was a child, one of my favorite sugary snacks was basically a small vat of frosting. It came with cookies for dunking. I won’t lie; some of that stuff is delicious, but with help from my family and what I learned in school, I came to appreciate healthier alternatives. No question, it seems [...]
  • Medical School Orientation: A Third-Year Gives Advice to First-Years

    Jim Semple
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    To the incoming Albert Einstein College of Medicine Class of 2018, congratulations on your admission to medical school! Be prepared for an onslaught of information: advice, tips, good wishes, pointers, greetings, suggestions and introductions. This post is part of that mix, but it will be brief! If there is one thing I remember about the [...]
  • Welcoming Einstein’s M.D. Class of 2018

    Stephen G. Baum, M.D.
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    Med school orientation is here again! How can it be happening so soon? Even though I’ve been at this now for decades (yes, decades), the same questions play out in my head: Do we have everything ready? What will this class be like? How will it do academically? How will it adjust to life at med [...]
  • Chewing on a Farm-to-Table Dilemma

    Keith-Thomas Ayoob, ED.D.
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    In my pediatric nutrition practice, I often preach about getting more fruits and vegetables into the diets of the children I see at the Nutrition Clinic of Einstein’s Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center. Eating more vegetables is a proven way to fight obesity and promote better health. Sometimes the question of where and how to [...]
  • The Doctors Behind the Obstetrician

    Chavi Eve Karkowsky, M.D.
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    There are doctors that patients see. And there are the doctors that patients almost never see. Patients see me, an obstetrician, at prenatal visits, in the ultrasound unit, or on the labor floor. But they don’t see all the wise radiologists reviewing their imaging studies, or the educated pathologist assessing whether their biopsy is cancerous. [...]
 
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    BrokerFish International Health Insurance Blog

  • 20 Mouth-Watering Foods Craved by Expats

    Andrew Kasimir
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    Amidst all the preparation and packing for your move to another country, you would probably be looking forward to immersing yourself into the local culture and trying the local delicacies. However, home is still where the heart is when it comes to food. You could be missing the usual breakfast cereal that you have every morning or that particular dish that only your home country has. Below are some of the foods that expatriates are missing: 1. Blue Bell Ice Cream Photo: Jonny Hunter   2. Hot Pockets Photo: Mike Mozart   3. Poutine Photo: Joe Shlabotnik   4. Ceviche Photo:…
  • Unbelievable and Funny Stories from Travels Abroad

    Andrew Kasimir
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:28 am
    When travelling to a country you have never been to, you know you are going to be in for a trip full of adventure and maybe even culture shock. Along with all the experiences that you gain, you will also bring home interesting and sometimes not so pleasant stories that make for great conversation starters! Read on to find out what other people have gone through during their travels: 1. Travels and public toilets Photo: Eliza Smith Photo: Eliza Smith Eliza Smith, an avid traveller from Australia speaks about her experience with public toilets in Japan and compares it to the one she used (or…
  • 10 Most Interesting Toilets from Around the World

    Andrew Kasimir
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    Toilets have advanced from the simple hole in the ground to what we have in our homes and offices that involve complex drainage and water systems. The ancient Greek city of Ephesus which was founded in 1st century AD had pretty advanced public toilets for their time. However, this is not the kind of public toilet that you are probably thinking of.   Photo: Gary R. Caldwell Photo: Harvey Barrison These toilets were part of the Scholastica Baths and the seats were made of marble. Clearly it was not a problem for the people of Ephesus to ease themselves in front and next to each other.
  • 6 Tips for Living Abroad on a Budget

    The BrokerFish!
    5 Jun 2013 | 12:25 am
    Photo: Rodrigo_Soldon If you have plans to spend significant time abroad, be it for work or for pleasure, you’re in for quite a treat. Exploring different cultures and lifestyles, meeting interesting people, and sampling exotic cuisines are only part of the fun. For all its benefits, though, living in a new country can pose a daunting financial challenge. Whether you’re a seasoned international traveler or you’re living abroad for the very first time, there are several things you can do to keep your expenses in check. Read on for some helpful hints on how you can save money…
  • The Ultimate Checklist for Living Abroad in Singapore

    The BrokerFish!
    8 Oct 2012 | 1:01 am
    Photo: jjcb If you are considering living abroad in Singapore, you’re in good company. More than a third of all Singaporean residents are foreigners. Though little more than five million people inhabit this Asian nation, it boasts four national languages: English, Chinese, Malay, and Tamil. Moreover, the World Bank has named Singapore “the easiest place in the world to do business,” and its unemployment rate consistently hovers around a mere two percent. For all these reasons and more, living abroad in Singapore appeals to millions of people around the world, including Americans. Should…
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    Mimic Simulation » Blog

  • Technology: The Great Gender Equalizer

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

    hollyberkley
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    “I’m going to talk to you today about training, instruction and education. These are highly associative and overlapping terms but I use them to better describe our company’s approach to simulation and relate it to your function as communicators and educators.” – Art Director Gordon Nealy The following is a transcript from Mimic’s Art Director Gordon Nealy who spoke about Mimic’s approach to training, instruction and education during the recent Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) Annual Conference. In his speech, Nealy explains how Mimic has created new…
  • 3D Artist Steve Rowse on “Designing the Original Robotic Surgery Simulator”

    hollyberkley
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    This year’s  Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) Annual Conference brought together 400+ visual communication experts to share tales of cutting-edge medical procedures, newly discovered molecular processes, revealing scientific mysteries, and inspirational journeys that fascinate all of us. Mimic was honored to have three of our talented team members (Steve Rowse, Gordon Nealy and Emily Shaw) speak at the event, and even go on to win the prestigious “Charlotte Holt Award of Excellence” for the dV-Trainer, Mimic’s Robotic Surgery Simulator. The following is a…
  • Celebrating the Story of the “Original Robotic Surgery Simulator” at AMI 2014

    hollyberkley
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    “At the heart of our profession are compelling stories”  – AMI 2014 Mimic’s Steve Rowse, Gordon Nealy and Emily Shaw will speak about “Designing the Original Robotic Surgery Simulator” at this year’s Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) Annual Conference at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, July 23-26, 2014. This world-renowned event brings together 400+ visual communication experts to share tales of cutting-edge medical procedures, newly discovered molecular processes, revealing scientific mysteries, and inspirational journeys that fascinate all of us. Since 1945, AMI…
  • Live Stream of Robotic Simulation Olympics!

    hollyberkley
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:59 pm
      Lehigh Valley Health Network is hosting the third annual Robotic Simulation Olympics this weekend!  Participants are competing for the title “America’s Next Top Doctor” by trying their skills on Mimic’s simulation platform for the da Vinci Surgical System®, the same training system used by LVHN robotic surgeons. The final round is June 28 at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. Finals begin at 5 p.m., followed by the awards presentation and the closing ceremonies. Can’t make the event in person? Finals will be streamed live tomorrow from Coca Cola Park between 5 and 6:30PM EST…
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    DC Medical Malpractice & Patient Safety Blog

  • Pelvic Exam Debate Continues to Rage

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Early this summer, the American College of Physicians (ACP) said that for many women, there is no need for a routine, annual pelvic examination. Like many such sweeping conclusions about a longstanding clinical practice, it caused confusion among patients and disagreement in some medical corners. An article called “You don’t need that annual pelvic exam. So why is your doctor giving you one?” by Dr. Deepthiman Gowda on Reuters.com, reviewed the situation earlier this month. The revised guidelines for pelvic examinations were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and were based on…
  • The Wrong Thing to Say About Robin Williams’ Suicide

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:19 am
    Can words kill? Maybe not literally, but what happened on NPR in the aftermath of Robin Williams' suicide is a fresh reminder that certain choices of words, well meaning but still very wrong, can perpetuate a myth about suicide that can be deadly for vulnerable listeners. One NPR commentator referred to Williams’ role as the voice of the genie in the Disney movie “Aladdin.” When Aladdin frees the genie from his lamp, he pronounces him “free.” The NPR reporter ended his appreciation of Williams by saying, “[Williams] is, as his genie character in ‘Aladdin’ would have it,…
  • Suggested Reading — Dishing More Dirt About the Medicare Drug Program

    14 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    An investigative story by ProPublica and the New York Times is a troubling narrative about how Medicare spends shocking amounts of money on drugs to treat rare conditions that have not been shown to be superior than older, less expensive options. To add insult to injury, several of the doctors who most often prescribe these drugs have ties to the companies that make them. H.P. Acthar Gel is an obscure injectable medication made from pigs' pituitary glands that cost Medicare less than $7 million in 2008. By 2012, that tab had surpassed $141 million, and the cost for 2013 probably will exceed…
  • The Escalating — and Useless — Diagnosis of "Pre-Diabetes"

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    Like most chronic illnesses, diabetes is treated most successfully when diagnosed early. But too many people are being given a diagnosis of “pre-diabetes,” which not only subjects them to unnecessary treatment, but places unsustainable burdens on the health-care infrastructure. The title of a commentary published last month in the journal BMJ pretty much summed up the problem: “Too Much Medicine,” by Dr. Victor Montori, an endocrinologist who specializes in diabetes at the Mayo Clinic, and Dr. John Yudkin, an emeritus professor of medicine at University College London, calls a…
  • Feds Quietly Stop Reporting Some Hospital Errors

    11 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    We’ve long advised medical consumers to research hospitals they’re considering using for the kind and frequency of errors they make. But according to a story on USAToday.com, suddenly that’s more difficult than it used to be. “The federal government this month quietly stopped publicly reporting when hospitals leave foreign objects in patients' bodies or make a host of other life-threatening mistakes,” the paper reports. That’s contrary to what the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is supposed to do, which is making available to the public data on hospital-acquired…
 
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    CareNovate Magazine

  • Building A Culture Of Care Via Social Media Conversations

    Dr G
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:37 am
    Over 7 in 10 caregivers work while caregiving – 20% have had to take a leave of absence to provide care ... The post Building A Culture Of Care Via Social Media Conversations appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • CareNovate Magazine Issue 3: The Brain Health Issue

    Dr G
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    CareNovate Magazine Issue 3: The Brain Health Issue In this issue of CareNovate Magazine we are talking about brain health, traumatic brain injuries ... The post CareNovate Magazine Issue 3: The Brain Health Issue appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Impact80 Caregiving Summit: Kelley Conners

    Dr G
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Impact80 Caregiving Summit: Kelley Conners Kelley is the President of KC Health Kelley is the founder of Real Women ... The post Impact80 Caregiving Summit: Kelley Conners appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Suicide Is Public Health Issue: Robin William’s Death Reminds Us

    Dr G
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:04 pm
    We are all still baffled and saddened by the news of Robin William’s death, caused by act of suicide at the age of ... The post Suicide Is Public Health Issue: Robin William’s Death Reminds Us appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Impact80 Caregiving Summit: Barbara Ficarra

    Dr G
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Impact80 Caregiving Summit: Barbara Ficarra Visit Barbara’s website Health in 30. Follow Barbara on Twitter Like Barbara ... The post Impact80 Caregiving Summit: Barbara Ficarra appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
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  • Building A Culture Of Care Via Social Media Conversations

    Dr G
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:37 am
    Over 7 in 10 caregivers work while caregiving – 20% have had to take a leave of absence to provide care ... The post Building A Culture Of Care Via Social Media Conversations appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • CareNovate Magazine Issue 3: The Brain Health Issue

    Dr G
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    CareNovate Magazine Issue 3: The Brain Health Issue In this issue of CareNovate Magazine we are talking about brain health, traumatic brain injuries ... The post CareNovate Magazine Issue 3: The Brain Health Issue appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Impact80 Caregiving Summit: Kelley Conners

    Dr G
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Impact80 Caregiving Summit: Kelley Conners Kelley is the President of KC Health Kelley is the founder of Real Women ... The post Impact80 Caregiving Summit: Kelley Conners appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Suicide Is Public Health Issue: Robin William’s Death Reminds Us

    Dr G
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:04 pm
    We are all still baffled and saddened by the news of Robin William’s death, caused by act of suicide at the age of ... The post Suicide Is Public Health Issue: Robin William’s Death Reminds Us appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Impact80 Caregiving Summit: Barbara Ficarra

    Dr G
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Impact80 Caregiving Summit: Barbara Ficarra Visit Barbara’s website Health in 30. Follow Barbara on Twitter Like Barbara ... The post Impact80 Caregiving Summit: Barbara Ficarra appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
 
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    Musings on Medicine and the Health Care System

  • How Much is Three Extra Months Worth?

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

    Debra Gordon
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:24 am
    I’m behind in the blog, I admit it. Last week I was planning a blog on all the good news about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the 10 million people who signed up; the lower-than-expected premiums; the lower-than-anticipated medical inflation predicted for the coming year, the result of which is due, at least in part, to the ACA. Then came the ruling from a federal circuit court that the government could not provide subsidies for people to buy health insurance in states that did not set up their own exchanges. The ruling comes from a couple of sentences in the huge bill (about 900…
  • Help! I’ve Lost My Insurance and I Can’t Get Up!

    Debra Gordon
    22 Jun 2014 | 4:44 am
    The serendipity of the universe never ceases to amaze me. A couple of days ago I gave the keynote speech on healthcare reform at the Texas Medical Association’s CME Association’s annual meeting in Austin. A physician in the audience brought up an issue that was trumpeted in the press when the health care exchanges rolled out for open enrollment; namely, that people had lost their insurance and couldn’t see their doctors. I knew that a very small minority of people had actually “lost” their insurance, and that, in most cases, that insurance provided pretty bad…
  • 74 and Counting. . . Why Gun Control is a Public Health Issue

    Debra Gordon
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:48 am
    This map shows every school shooting since December 14, 2012–the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Don’t bother counting — there are 74. The only reason the map won’t break 100 in the next two months is that school is out for the summer. Certainly, this is a moral issue. And a political issue. But first and foremost, the issue of gun control is a public health issue. As the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research notes: “More than 31,000 people a year in the United States die from gunshot wounds. Because victims are disproportionately young, gun…
  • Time for Healthcare Providers to Act Like La Guardia Airport

    Debra Gordon
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:32 pm
    You see the photo to the left? That’s a shot of a restaurant in Terminal D at La Guardia airport. In fact, the entire terminal looks like that, with iPads at every seat in every restaurant as well as most of the tables in the waiting area. So this morning, I sat down for breakfast, browsed through the electronic menu, placed my order electronically, swiped my credit card, and waited for my baked eggs and coffee. No fuss. No muss. Now, let’s imagine what it would be like if our doctors’ offices (and other healthcare facilities) were as technologically savvy. A week before my…
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    Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips

  • How Not to Help Young Girls Lose Weight

    Dr. Weil
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    Telling a young girl that she’s fat may backfire on your good intentions and put her at risk of obesity in her teens. A new study from UCLA checked the weights of more than 2,300 10-year-old girls in California, Washington, D.C. and Cincinnati. The researchers noted that at the start of the study 58 percent of the girls reported that they had been told they were too fat by a parent, sibling, teacher, classmate or friend. When the researchers went back to check the girls at age 19, they found that the ones who had been told they were too fat years earlier were 1.66 times more likely to…
  • This is Your Brain on Laughter

    Dr. Weil
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    Seriously, research suggests that a good laugh can boost memory, lower stress, protect against heart disease and even burn calories. The latest news on the health benefits of laughter comes from a small study at California’s Loma Linda University, where researchers investigated the effects of humor on 20 seniors. First, they tested short-term recall among all the participants and took saliva samples from them to measure levels of the stress hormone cortisol. They then showed comic videos to half the participants while the others were asked to sit silently elsewhere without talking,…
  • 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Eat Farmed Fish

    Dr. Weil
    16 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    Wild-caught Alaskan salmon is a favorite food of many, but when buying salmon and other fish, it is important to know its origins. Farmed fish is not a better option than wild-caught fish. Most farmed fish: Have unfavorable ratios of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids to pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids – meaning you get less of the good omega-3s and more of the less healthy omega-6s. Are raised in crowded conditions that are unnatural – and to help prevent infection they are given antibiotics. This means the fish are likely to contain residues of pesticides, antibiotics…
  • How Long Would You Like to Live? (Poll)

    Dr. Weil
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    A recent Q&A discussed living beyond 100 years old: Could You Live to Be 150? Check out the article and let us know how long you would like to live if you had a choice. How long would you like to live?
  • No Surprise: Massage Therapy Works

    Dr. Weil
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    In case you had any doubts, a new study from the University of Illinois at Chicago found that massage can relieve muscle soreness and improve general blood flow. The researchers noted that until now, no studies had actually validated what this investigation focused on – whether massage therapy is beneficial for aching muscles after exercise, and if the intervention improves circulation. For the study, healthy but inactive adults were asked to exercise on a standard leg-press machine until their legs were sore. Then half of the participants received massage on their lower extremities…
 
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    iHomeRemedy

  • 6 Proven Ways to Get Rid of Burn Scars

    jessy
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    You are reading this post from ihomeremedy.net. Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. Are you afraid of standing before the mirror for your scars given by burning? It is indeed a nightmare that whenever you stand before the mirror not only the scars you can see, but also the whole accident that happened to you appears lively. Many avoid their scars at the primary stage thinking about the medical cost and as a result scars becomes permanent on the skin. Actually, most of them are healed by the natural processing of our body. But for rapid removal you just have to ignite the…
  • 14 Health Benefits Of Dandelion Tea

    jessy
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    You are reading this post from ihomeremedy.net. Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. Dandelion is a great source of healthy ingredients like carotene, fiber, minerals, beta carotene, vitamin C and many more. It is a legendary component of famous Chinese herbal medicine. Dandelion has many benefits for health. From roots to leaves and flowers- the whole body of the dandelion plant is used in herbal medicines. Dandelion can also be consumed with tea and it enhances the beneficiary sides of the dandelion plant to a whole new level. Some benefits of the dandelion tea are as…
  • 10 Home Remedies For Clear Skin

    jessy
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    You are reading this post from ihomeremedy.net. Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. A picture perfect, flawless , clear and beautiful skin is a thing that all women want. These characteristics of skin depict mostly a person’s beauty. A healthy skin also makes you feel beautiful. Doesn’t it? But it is quite difficult to maintain the fairness of our skin. The busy daily life around us makes our skin prone to pollution, dirts, sun exposure besides giving ourselves various stresses and anxiety. All these things make the health of our skin vulnerable and in no time, we start…
  • 14 Essential Oils To Relieve A Migraine

    jessy
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    You are reading this post from ihomeremedy.net. Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. Migraines can make you endure so much pain and distract you from your regular activities. Too much working sitting in front of a computer, sleeplessness, problems with digestion can be the cause of a severe migraine attack. It can make the easiest task difficult for you. Essential oils can be a good weapon to fight and get relief from the excruciating pain of migraine. Here isthe list of 14 essential oils that can help you to get rid of migraines: 1) Lavender essential oil: Lavender essential…
  • 13 Health Benefits Of Cardamom

    jessy
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    You are reading this post from ihomeremedy.net. Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. Cardamom is one of the most famous Indian spices which also known as ‘Elachi’ in the Indian subcontinent. It is an essential spice in making of the Indian foods. The name cardamom is mentioned in almost all the ancient medicinal scriptures of Indian subcontinent. It was also used in the Roman and Greek civilization. No doubt that this spice is widely recognized for its health benefits and they are undeniable. Here are 21 health benefits of cardamom: 1) Blood pressure: Cardamom is rich in…
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    Mimic Simulation » Blog

  • Technology: The Great Gender Equalizer

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

    hollyberkley
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    “I’m going to talk to you today about training, instruction and education. These are highly associative and overlapping terms but I use them to better describe our company’s approach to simulation and relate it to your function as communicators and educators.” – Art Director Gordon Nealy The following is a transcript from Mimic’s Art Director Gordon Nealy who spoke about Mimic’s approach to training, instruction and education during the recent Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) Annual Conference. In his speech, Nealy explains how Mimic has created new…
  • 3D Artist Steve Rowse on “Designing the Original Robotic Surgery Simulator”

    hollyberkley
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    This year’s  Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) Annual Conference brought together 400+ visual communication experts to share tales of cutting-edge medical procedures, newly discovered molecular processes, revealing scientific mysteries, and inspirational journeys that fascinate all of us. Mimic was honored to have three of our talented team members (Steve Rowse, Gordon Nealy and Emily Shaw) speak at the event, and even go on to win the prestigious “Charlotte Holt Award of Excellence” for the dV-Trainer, Mimic’s Robotic Surgery Simulator. The following is a…
  • Celebrating the Story of the “Original Robotic Surgery Simulator” at AMI 2014

    hollyberkley
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    “At the heart of our profession are compelling stories”  – AMI 2014 Mimic’s Steve Rowse, Gordon Nealy and Emily Shaw will speak about “Designing the Original Robotic Surgery Simulator” at this year’s Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) Annual Conference at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, July 23-26, 2014. This world-renowned event brings together 400+ visual communication experts to share tales of cutting-edge medical procedures, newly discovered molecular processes, revealing scientific mysteries, and inspirational journeys that fascinate all of us. Since 1945, AMI…
  • Live Stream of Robotic Simulation Olympics!

    hollyberkley
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:59 pm
      Lehigh Valley Health Network is hosting the third annual Robotic Simulation Olympics this weekend!  Participants are competing for the title “America’s Next Top Doctor” by trying their skills on Mimic’s simulation platform for the da Vinci Surgical System®, the same training system used by LVHN robotic surgeons. The final round is June 28 at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. Finals begin at 5 p.m., followed by the awards presentation and the closing ceremonies. Can’t make the event in person? Finals will be streamed live tomorrow from Coca Cola Park between 5 and 6:30PM EST…
 
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    Catching Health with Diane Atwood

  • Taking Action Against Pancreatic Cancer

    dianeatwood
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:07 pm
    As far back as she can remember, Sarah Swanson liked to hang out at her mother’s jewelry store — G. Irwin Co. in Kittery. It’s closed now. Sarah’s mother Ann Pardoe died at the age of 62 on March 3, 2013, 11 months after she was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Eleven months is […]
  • Catching Health on the Morning Report

    dianeatwood
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Today on the Morning Report, Jackie Ward and I talked the risk of falling for people over 65 AND we talked about a significant brain aneurysm symptom. Have you signed up for the Catching Health Newsletter yet? Do it right now!   Google
  • Sex After Menopause

    dianeatwood
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:51 am
    You finally made it through menopause. The problem is along with no more periods you also seem to have no more desire for sex. Take heart. You’re not alone. Blame it on hormones Here’s a simplified medical explanation of why your libido may have hit a low point. In women, the sexual response is due […]
  • Which is Better — Sports Drink or Water?

    dianeatwood
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    No matter what you’re doing outside this summer, when the day is gloriously hot and sunny, it’s important to stay hydrated. The best beverage for the job is water — before, during and after physical activity.  Water may be the optimum choice, but it’s not always people’s first choice. Kids in particular often prefer brightly colored, flavored […]
  • Moving When You’re Elderly: How to make it a smooth transition

    dianeatwood
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Helen Livingston did not want to pack up her belongings and move out of her condo. “I wish I could have stayed,” she told me when we talked on the phone recently. “I was very happy.” But at 94 years old, there were some things about living alone that no longer suited Helen’s fancy. Cooking, […]
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    Beckers Hospital Review

  • Rising stars: 25 healthcare leaders under 40

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Becker's Hospital Review is pleased to honor the following 25 men and women who have demonstrated excellence in their organizations and professional lives before turning 40. Though they have reached great professional heights early in their careers, these healthcare leaders are poised for continued growth and considerable success for the rest of their careers.
  • Uber's 3 innovation lessons for healthcare

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:49 pm
    If you near a large metropolitan area, you've no doubt heard a lot about Uber, the ride sharing/taxi competitor, recently. Uber, which launched in 2010 in San Francisco, allows users to book a private — "black," the terminology used by the company — car through a smartphone app. In 2012, it began to allow users to book taxis through the app, and in 2013, it launched uberX, which lets users to book rides from regular Joes and Janes in Joe and Jane's personal vehicles (they've been pre-screened by the company). The taxi industry hasn't been the same since. Uber is significantly changing the…
  • Summa Health CEO Tom Strauss to retire by 2015

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    The president and CEO of Akron, Ohio-based Summa Health System, Tom Strauss, is retiring Dec. 31.
  • UMC Princeton at Plainsboro eliminates 19 jobs

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    The University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (N.J.) has recently cut 19 full-time positions, according to a Times of Trenton report.
  • 100 things to know about Medicare reimbursement

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    It's often said that where Medicare goes, private payers will follow. For hospitals, health systems and other providers, it has been the most influential healthcare program for the industry in recent decades.
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    Healthcare Solutions Team

  • Can Obamacare Succeed Without Subsidies?

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, faces new scrutiny in the courts, raising additional questions about the future of Obamacare. In late July, two federal appeals court panels issued contradictory rulings within hours of each other on the legality of one of the law’s key components: subsidies to help people pay for health insurance. At issue in both lawsuits was whether the wording of the law authorizes the government to make tax credits available to subsidize the cost of health insurance premiums for millions of qualifying middle- and…
  • The Power of Prevention

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    Benjamin Franklin once said that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” yet 279 years later his words still have not been successfully put into medical practice. It is estimated that 70 percent of deaths in America are linked to preventable conditions, including heart disease, stroke, chronic lung disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer. Yet the U.S spends 75 percent of its $2.8 trillion annual health care budget on treating disease but only 3-5 percent on prevention. [9] While health expenditures in the United States are more than double the average spent by…
  • Supreme Court Poised To Rule on Obamacare Birth Control Mandate

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is poised to deliver its verdict in a case that weighs the religious rights of employers and the right of women to the birth control of their choice. The court meets for a final time Monday to release decisions in its two remaining cases before the justices take off for the summer. The cases involve birth control coverage under President Barack Obama’s health law and fees paid to labor unions representing government employees by workers who object to being affiliated with a union. Two years after Chief Justice John Roberts cast the pivotal vote that…
  • Once Again U.S. Has Most Expensive, Least Effective Healthcare System!

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    A report released Monday by a respected think tank ranks the United States dead last in the quality of its health-care system when compared with 10 other western, industrialized nations, the same spot it occupied in four previous studies by the same organization. Not only did the U.S. fail to move up between 2004 and 2014 — as other nations did with concerted effort and significant reforms — it also has maintained this dubious distinction while spending far more per capita ($8,508) on health care than Norway ($5,669), which has the second most expensive system. “Although the U.S.
  • Right Now…

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Right now, 36 states rely on HealthCare.gov, the federal exchange, to enroll people in health coverage. At least two more states are opting in next year, with a few others likely to follow. Only two states are trying to get out. That’s precisely the opposite of the Affordable Care Act’s original intent: 50 exchanges run by 50 states. The federal option was supposed to be a limited and temporary fallback. But a shift to a bigger, more permanent Washington-controlled system is instead underway — without preparation, funding or even public discussion about what a national exchange covering…
 
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    menshealthwire.com

  • Viconan

    Joshua Jerry
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:55 am
    Viconan Overview Viconan is a brand of male enhancement product that is manufactured by the company Erotic Potions. It is sold exclusively online, directly from the manufacturer, who present the product on a well-designed and informative website. There is a full section explaining exactly how the product works, plus a lengthy FAQ section. There is also a video presentation and full details regarding the ordering process and money back guarantee, which is 60 days from time of purchase. The product is available in several different package options with a one month supply – one bottle –…
  • Orexis

    Joshua Jerry
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:50 am
    Orexis Overview Orexis is manufactured by Urban Nutritionals and sold on several online retail sites. Some of the information is presented in an exaggerated way, which gives the product a ‘too good to be true’ image. However, unlike some similar products, Orexis does not claim to actually increase the penis size but does state that it can improve overall sexual health, increase pleasure for both partners and support a stronger, firmer erection. While the sites that sell the brand are all positive about the product, there are some warnings to be found on other sites, regarding the…
  • Yangmax

    Joshua Jerry
    15 Jun 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Yangmax Overview Yangmax is the name of a product that is manufactured by the company Worldwide Herbals and sold on their website and through independent retail sites. The main purpose of the product is to improve male intimacy performance including increasing the quality of the erection, boosting libido and fighting sexual fatigue. There is limited information regarding this brand on the Worldwide Herbals site but more details can be found elsewhere online. While all contact information is provided for the company, there is no background details given, no FAQ section is offered and there are…
  • Xantho 5x

    Joshua Jerry
    15 Jun 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Xantho 5x Overview Xantho 5x is a product that is described on the official website as a ‘revolutionary’ male augmentation formula. It is made by the company Size Bionics as is designed to help men increase the size of their penis overtime while also improving several areas of their sexual performance. The website for the product is informative but certain sections, such as the section explaining the science behind the product, can be very confusing for the average consumer. There are diagrams showing how the product works, plus several customer testimonials and an FAQ section. Xantho 5x…
  • Testostrong

    Joshua Jerry
    15 Jun 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Testostrong Overview There are a number of products available on the market that are targeted towards male athletes, in particular body builders. Testostrong is one such product and is sold through the official Testostrong website. The site, while well-designed, does not contain much information about the product although there are customer testimonials and details regarding the effects of male hormones in the body. It is said that, as male sex hormones decrease overtime, it can affect several areas of male health including weight, mood and sexual function all of which are addressed by this…
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    Sudhir Polisetty » Blog

  • Psoriasis – Complementary and Alternative Medicine

    Sudhir Polisetty
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
      Sudhir Polisetty shares some complementary and alternative medicine for Psoriasis Sudhir Polisetty practices dermatology at The Dermatology Center in New Albany, Indiana. He specializes in dermatologic surgery and general dermatology, addressing conditions such as Melanoma, Cellulitis, and most commonly, Psoriasis. There are five types of psoriasis that can occur anywhere on the body. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the disease, which is also associated with other health issues including, heart disease, depression, and diabetes. Living with psoriasis presents unique challenges, but…
  • Nail Psoriasis

    Sudhir Polisetty
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Hey! It’s Sudhir Polisetty. Today we’re learning about nail psoriasis, its causes and symptoms. Psoriasis is a chronic condition of the skin and nails. There are over 250,000 new cases of nail psoriasis each year. Psoriasis can affect the fingernails, toenails, and skin. Many times the condition cause nail pitting and irregular contour of the nails. Psoriasis is not contagious. But the underlying cause for the condition is unknown. Currently, researchers believe the most recurring link between patients is family. Children are 25% likely to develop the condition is one parent is affected…
  • Experimental J&J Psoriasis Drug Shows Promise in Study

    Sudhir Polisetty
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    An experimental drug from J&J showed promise for treating psoriasis. Hello, this is Sudhir Polisetty, back with another psoriasis blog. In my field, I see a number of patients suffering from psoriasis, an immune-system related disease that causes cells to grow too quickly. In turn, this causes red or white thick, scaly patches of skin to develop. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this disease, but promising new therapies are being tested regularly. Recently, an experimental J&J psoriasis drug has shown promise for the 125 million people affected by this skin condition. Guselkumab is…
  • Steroids Often Wrongly Prescribed for Psoriasis

    Sudhir Polisetty
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:27 am
    Corticosteroids (above) are often wrongly prescribed to patients with psoriasis. Hello and welcome back to my dermatology blog. My name is Sudhir Polisetty and I write this blog to keep others up to date on the latest trends and breakthroughs affecting individuals with psoriasis. While there currently is no cure for psoriasis, there are many promising new therapies developing.  Unfortunately, a recent article from WebMD shares research that raises concern over the drugs that some dermatologists are prescribing to manage psoriasis. The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has conducted a study…
  • Experimental Psoriasis Treatment Shows Promise

    Sudhir Polisetty
    28 Feb 2014 | 8:55 am
    In this blog post, Sudhir Polisetty describes a promising new psoriasis treatment that has shown results in mice. Welcome back to my psoriasis blog. My name is Sudhir Polisetty and I am a general and surgical dermatologist with The Dermatology Center. An interesting recent article in LiveScience.com highlights a promising new treatment for people with psoriasis. The promising research has so far only focused on animals, although researchers believe it means a specific compound that targets a small piece of genetic material in cells could be effective. Recent studies found that blocking…
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    Healthcare In India

  • Why India needs more patient engagement and experience channels ?

    admin
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Patient engagement and experience in India continues to be a back burner despite our progress in healthcare and medical facilities. If one looks at the US, Canada , Europe or Japan there are many patient engagement portals that provide information, build communities and enhance the experience of patients suffering from a certain disease as well as the patient parties that are affected. A good example is the MD Anderson Cancer Survivors forum that brings all the Cancer survivors together to help foster a feeling of belonging and support these patients as they get their life together again.
  • Is Cornflakes for breakfast healthy for India?

    admin
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:49 pm
    India is facing an obesity epidemic. Currently an estimated 30 million people in India currently would fall under the obese category. With this market in place, many organizations have decided to make a play to help us lose weight and fight the obesity epidemic. There are gyms, specialty clinics, fitness diets and portions. Organizations like VLCC have made a huge bang of the buck selling weight loss solutions.   The latest entrant in this market is  Cornflakes. The firm has been trying to make in roads into India for a long time. Their initial entry did not work well as a breakfast…
  • Kill the joint pain with knee replacement surgeries

    admin
    8 Jun 2014 | 7:01 am
    India most joint pains can be attributed to either the Knee or the hip. Interestingly almost 70 % of these pains are due to the knee. Only 30 % due to the hip. In Europe on the other hand the percentages are just the reverse.     (Image Source: Medicine.net) Indians in general suffer from more knee problems due to the sedentary life styles and the proliferation of the services Industry has made things just worse. While looking for the actual numbers I found out that there were close to 80,000 knee replacement surgeries in India in 2012. The number today would have gone up…
  • Join the #AskNova Twitter chat on cosmetic surgery on May 29th 3-4 PM

    admin
    28 May 2014 | 9:54 am
    Cosmetic Surgery has been the fascination for many in recent times. For those who have been in a traumatic incident or a birth defect, it may be a life changer. But for those obsessed with their physical appearance it has also become a source of indulgence. To demystify Cosmetic Surgery and to answer queries around it, Nova hospital has arranged for a Twitter chat.. The chat would be around the Body Contouring Surgery with South India’s leading cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Karthik Ram on 29th May, 2014, between 3 – 4 PM, IST. You can join the chat at #AskNova. How can you participate?   To…
  • Why Chota Bheem may be negatively affecting the health of your child….

    admin
    3 May 2014 | 9:43 am
    Chota Bheem is a phenomenon for the children of today. Some look at him as a role model. But is he affecting the health of your child? The thought first came to my mind, when my daughter asked me for a ladoo about 2 years ago. She said Bheem has ladoos and that’s why he is strong. Realizing that this was probably not such a bad thing, I did get her the ladoos. After a while this became the norm and she started consuming the sweets regularly.   I started analysing her diet one day after she had become hyper active after an evening of binge watching Bheem and eating ladoos. The Ladoo or…
 
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    San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery Blog

  • Surgeon General Warning: Stop Tanning to Protect Your Skin

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

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    If you’ve always wanted larger breasts but don’t like the idea of getting implants, talk to Dr. Ortegon about a natural breast augmentation with the fat grafting technique. Dr. Ortegon can use a special technique to increase the size of your breasts by transferring fat from other areas of your body to your breasts. Not only will your breasts look and feel more natural, but you won’t have to worry about some of the complications associated with breast implants, such as rupturing or capsular contracture. How Natural Breast Augmentation Works Only some plastic surgeons around the world are…
  • CoolSculpting Can Help You Lose the Bulge without Surgery

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    10 Jun 2014 | 10:12 am
    When your usual diet and exercise routine isn’t helping take off those extra inches around your waist, hips, and thighs, a body contouring procedure may be your only option. However, you may not have to go under the knife to improve your figure. CoolSculpting in San Antonio is a non-surgical procedure designed to freeze away fat cells and get rid of stubborn fat permanently. The procedure is performed in about an hour in our office and patients can return to regular activities right after their treatment. CoolSculpting has proven to be an effective method for reducing body fat by up to 25…
  • Treat Yourself to Our Mommy Makeover Special this May

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    22 May 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Having children can completely change your body and you might be left struggling to lose those extra pounds and inches. For many women, sagging breasts, a stomach pooch, and stubborn pockets of fat are some of the unwanted side effects of pregnancy. Undergoing a combination of breast and body procedures that can restore your pre-pregnancy figure could be just what you need to renew your self-confidence and feel good about your body again! We have created a mommy makeover package that includes a breast augmentation, a tummy tuck, and liposuction if needed. Book this package during the month of…
  • TRANSFORM YOUR SILHOUETTE WITH BODY CONTOURING SURGERY

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

  • Day After Disaster: 4 Scenarios to Test Your Basic Survival Medicine Skills

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I thought I’d have a little fun today and walk you through what to do in some scenarios to test your basic survival medicine skills. To get the most out of this post, wait for a minute after reading each scenario and think what you’d do in such a situation. Then you can see my answers. And maybe together, we can come up with a better plan. You know, two heads and all that. (In this case, thousands of heads.) I think if you really participate we’ll all be the better for it. Thanks to Sara Hathaway for providing the scenes from her new novel, Day After Disaster.
  • 4 Common Causes of Coughs in Kids—With a Printable Chart

    LAwordsmith
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH This is part two of my series about tips on recognizing childhood illness. Last time, I talked about illnesses with rashes. This time, it’s illnesses that come with bad coughs. If you can’t get expert help, you need to be able to recognize them so you’ll have an idea of how long they’ll last, what the most common complications are, and which can be helped with antibiotics in case you have them or can get to a doctor for them. If you wish, print out and store the chart, along with the one on rashes and the upcoming one on illnesses that can cause neck…
  • Disease-Scare Burnout? 4 Action Tips to Help Prevent Almost Any Infection

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:44 am
    Disease scares getting you down? 4 action-based tips you can take other than just worry. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Scares … can be quite scary. And the scarier the news, the more it sells. So headlines emphasize the worst scenario. A few years back, a producer of a popular television program told me their crew called this phenomenon of headlining the latest bad health news their “scare of the week.” Well, OK, they’ve scared us. Now what do we do? Just in the last few weeks I’ve read of MERS, multidrug resistant TB; listeria; plague; and the flesh-eating bacteria Vibrio vulnificus,…
  • 12 Things You Must Know About Ebola

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    Ebola Facts, Risks, and Air Travel by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Ebola is highly contagious and kills nine out of 10 people infected. So, why do I think headlines like USA Today’s “Ebola only a plane ride away from USA.” paint the wrong picture? Now that I think of it, why does my first sentence do the same? It’s all about perspective. First, a little background. The current Ebola outbreak in Africa has been going on for several months. It hit the American news cycle big time on Monday because an American doctor contracted it while in Africa. And someone on a plane there was found to…
  • Ye Olde Childhood Rashes Chart: Quick-Reference for Today’s Outbreaks

    LAwordsmith
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
      by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Unless you’re of a certain age, you may have never seen some of the diseases in the chart on the next page. Join the crowd; many younger doctors haven’t either. Measles and rubella, which used to be so common, have been close to wiped out in the U.S. Chickenpox cases have come down to an estimated 80 percent of what they were in the 1990s. (Scarlet fever cases have remained about the same, but they’re still pretty rare compared with fifth disease and roseola.) So why should you care about them? The words “close to” are key. Measles and rubella are…
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  • Easy Way To Get Rid Of Acne

    Xee Malik
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    Acne is very irritating problem and people use many remedies to get rid of it but mostly they failed to do so. Actually they don’t know what is best method to get rid of acne, they waste their money in useless products and waste their money. Here I’ll tell you the best method of getting rid of acne. Acne is not a very big problem which can’t be handled easily this is very common and controllable problem which can be handled by correct treatment. Use following methods to avoid this problem. Lets have a look.   Apple Cider Vinegar Dip cotton in apple cider vinegar and…
  • How To Get Rid of Feet Odor

    Xee Malik
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:50 am
    Feet odor is very disgusting and awful disease which embarace a person in front of people. This is very common problem which  mostly occur in summer and from wearing shoes with socks. People hate this odor and want to get rid of it, they also use different method to get rid of this problem but failed to do so. You can get rid of this problem easily with lemon. yes lemon is very beneficial for feet odor. some days ago I Posted Benefits of Lemon because lemon is best natural product for many diseases and many beauty problems. According to many researches lemon has anti bacterial …
  • Ways to Make Flossing Easier for the Kids

    Xee Malik
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    Teaching children the importance of oral hygiene can be a difficult task. A healthy mouth leads to a healthy body, so teaching them at a young age is key. Flossing is sometimes the most difficult task to impart to children, but luckily there are ways to make this easier and more fun as they learn good hygiene habits. Use a Flossing Chart Pick out a fun flossing chart (or even draw one yourself) that has every day of the week. Let your kids pick their favorite stickers to put on the chart for each day that they floss. This not only helps them to remember to floss, but it also motivates them to…
  • Keep your Gums Healthy with Periodontists

    Xee Malik
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    Gum  diseases  are  very  common  and  quite  often  found  in  adults  above  40 years. And, it is observed that it is because of the lack of knowledge among the individuals. Many people would not be even aware that they are having any dental problem, until the problem reaches peak and starts discomforting them. The untreated dental issue can adversely affect ones health. Almost  every  disease  is  surrounded  by  number  of  myths.  People  consider misconceptions in case of periodontal diseases as well, some of them are: • Neglects the periodontal disease,…
  • Choose Bamboo Towels and Enjoy the Advantages

    Xee Malik
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    Choose Bamboo Towels and Enjoy the Advantages The title of this write-up might raise a few eyeballs. There are chances that you haven’t ever heard of bamboo towels and wonder how a towel can be made from a hard grass. Yes towels can be made out of bamboo fibres and when you first come across a bamboo towel you would be surprised by its softness. Fluffy and soft cotton bamboo towels have become very popular all over the world. In fact people who have made the move from the traditional cotton towels would vouch for its quality. There are a number of benefits that you can enjoy with these…
 
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  • Spa Phoenix Summer’s Last Fling Contest

    Matthew Galumbeck
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    The Summer is almost over… Time sure does fly by. Spa Phoenix and Galumbeck Plastic Surgery are holding our end of Summer contest. Enter to win a Body Polish 60 minute Massage ($130 value)   How to Enter: 1.During the month of August, comment below and tell us: “Your Favorite Memory of Summer?” 2. Like, share or retweet this post. 3. You may enter through 11:59 pm August 31. 4. One lucky winner will be selected at random.
  • 5 Tips To Get The Best Liposuction Results

    Matthew Galumbeck
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    In 2013 over 360,000 liposuction procedures were performed in the United States, making it the most popular cosmetic plastic surgical procedure performed. 85% of those having liposuction were female and 15% were male. Over half of those having liposuction performed were between 35 and 50 years of age.1 With so many procedures being performed, I thought it would be a good idea to give some helpful tips for those thinking about undergoing liposuction. Do Your Research Have Realistic Goals and Expectations Follow Post Operative Instructions Ask Questions Feel At Ease With Your Doctor and The…
  • Spa Phoenix Makeover Contest

    Matthew Galumbeck
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    July is all about freedom and fresh beginnings. Galumbeck Plastic Surgery and Spa Phoenix are pleased to announce our Spa Phoenix makeover contest. Enter to win a Spa Phoenix Makeover which includes Shampoo and Style Makeup Application Phoenix Manicure ($105 value) JOIN THE REVOLUTION How to Enter: 1.During the month of July, comment below and tell us: “What freedom means to you?” 2. Like, share or retweet this post. 3. You may enter through 11:59 pm July 31. 4. One lucky winner will be selected at random
  • 3 Ways To Treat Gynecomastia

    Matthew Galumbeck
    29 Apr 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Summer is around the corner. At the pool or the beach, most men want to take off their shirts. But some don’t because they are too embarrassed of their chest size and shape. Gynecomastia is the benign enlargement of breast tissue in males. It most frequently occurs in adolescent boys and of these 75% resolve spontaneously. Gynecomastia is caused by an imbalance of testosterone and estrogen. Use of steroids, alcohol, marijuana, and amphetamines can lead to gynecomastia. Pseudogynecomastia, also known as lipomastia, is the enlargement of fatty tissue in the male breast. Many men have a…
  • Top 5 Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

    Matthew Galumbeck
    22 Mar 2014 | 12:24 pm
    The American Society of Plastic Surgery has recently released the top cosmetic surgery procedures for 2013. Over 1.6 million cosmetic surgery procedures and 13.4 million minimally invasive procedures were performed. The top 5 surgical procedures are Breast Augmentation Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Liposuction Facelift The total number of procedures remained about the same as in 2012. The top 5 non surgical procedures include Botox Soft Tissue Fillers Chemical Peels Laser Hair Removal Microdermabrasion Of the breast augmentations performed 72% were silicone and…
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  • Things you should never do while using Sildenafil citrate

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:58 am
    Sexual problem is quite a botheration for the man especially when he is married. The love and lust both jumps out of the window due to this problem. What left behind is the worry and tension in the mind and frequent disputes between the man and the woman in the house over this issue. In search of resolve, often a medication called Sildenafil citrate, commonly known as Viagra is taken by the man to cope with the problem of erectile dysfunction. This medicine surely helps him to attain penile erection required for having sex. But there are certain things you should never do when you take this…
  • Tips to be beautiful for people with dry skin

    admin
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:02 am
    Keeping yourself beautiful isn’t an easy task. You have to do so many things to keep your skin pretty and glowing so that you look charmful and becomes the major attraction wherever you go. But if the skin is dry, the hard work doubles up as your skin tends to lose moisture pretty fast and feels very dry and itchy at times. Ladies who have such kind of skin texture knows the brunt of it. So there are some tips which are there to maintain your dry skin and to keep it glowing every time. Moisturize: It is the most important factor when it comes to taking care of dry skins. Use appropriate…
  • Get the sexual delight with Sildenafil citrate

    admin
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:28 am
    Is sex nibbling your mind continuously? You are not able to control yourself whenever you see the woman you love and you want to get your hands on her. The lust comes in like a storm making you restless to ooze out the passion locked in you. And when the fire of intimacy is lit on both the sides, it really becomes very hard to control yourself and all you want to do is take your clothes off, grab her close, feel her body and make love like there is no tomorrow. Sounds very delightful, doesn’t it?  But all this can go down in drain if you have any sexual disorder. It can hit really hard on…
  • The do’s and don’ts while using Modvigil

    admin
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:51 pm
    When you buy anything from the market, it comes with its instruction manual of how to use it correctly and safely. And in order that product works fine, you have to follow the guidelines given by it. Because, any deviation from following the rules given with the object might harm you or damage the product itself. The same story is with the medication. Needless to say, it is more stringent in this case. As medical drugs are used to rectify the problem or reduce the problematic symptoms caused by any illness, so following its directives becomes very vital. And so it is very important to known…
  • Sildenafil Citrate Can Help You to Save Your Relationship

    admin
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:58 am
    Many of us think that sex is just meant for physical pleasure. It is an act where man and woman comes together, strip down their clothes, hit the bed and have sexual intercourse for joy. It does give you gratification and there is no doubt about it. But it also works as an adhesive between the couple as the intensity of the sex fuels the flame of love and passion that a man and a woman share when they are in a relationship. It just doesn’t bring them physically close but emotionally as well. To maintain a healthy sex life it is necessary that your sexual organ also works in proper manner.
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    Survive55.com: the Baby Boomer Guidebook - BLOG

  • Blurred Lines Grandma Dance

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    What do you think Baby Boomers?Does Grandma have her "sexy" on oris this just downright embarrassing?
  • PAY IT FORWARD

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Does everyone remember the "Pay It Forward" initiative I (we) joined back in January that began with a Facebook posting by my friend Paul Stanton and my blog below? Well, I have been calmly waiting for the right time and ideas to express my gratitude to my 5 friends and I got the chance to complete my 1st "Pay It Forward" this weekend to my good friend Deborah Brown.  She saw a piece of artwork, a glass statuette of a Kokopelli (I will post a picture on my Facebook page) I had listed for sale on the internet recently and immediately fell in love with it.  I was honored to…
  • ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    17 Aug 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Bill Gates, Justin Bieber, Mark Zuckerberg and now Jay Lickus have accepted and completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.I really didn't plan on taking part in what I consider a "media fad" but since my wonderful Nephew and Godson from Chicago, Steven Lickus put the challenge before me I felt that as a devoted Uncle, good citizen, baby boomer and all around crazy type of person it was my duty to meet his dare.What the heck, right.What harm could come of a little frosty shenanigans?At the very least I am doing my part to continue to draw attention to a worthy cause.Hopefully, I have brought…
  • LOVE and OLD AGE QUOTES

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    Baby Boomers....Do You remember this poem from our youth?"Thirty days have September, April, June, and November. All the rest have 31, Except February alone, And that has 28 days clear, And 29 in a leap year." Thirty days hath September is a traditional English mnemonic rhyme, of which many variants are commonly used in English-speaking countries to remember the lengths of the months in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. The version above is attributed to Mother Goose. What I want to know is what the hell happened to poor February. Man did this month get short changed.Only 28 days? Why not 5…
  • The Quickest Way to Wealth

    14 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    We are at an age when money uncertainties are probably at their peak.We no longer have Mom and Dad to fall back on if we get into financial trouble.In fact, we are Mom and Dad now and you probably find yourself adding to the financial stability of your children and grandchildren more and more.If you are still working when can you get off the corporate merry go round?Can you stop working to pursue a career that you would truly love?If you are no longer working you can never be sure if you have enough money to be "comfortable" for the rest of your retirement years. In my blog research I am…
 
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    consumerhealthdigest.com

  • Robitussin: Does It Help You To Get Pregnant?

    Peony C Echavez
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Robitussin is a medication that is given when people suffer from cough, sore throat and chest congestion. However, over the past years, women tend to believe that this alcohol-free syrup can help them get pregnant. Find out if Robitussin helping pregnancy is a fallacy or a reality. How Robitussin Helps Women Get Pregnant? One of […]
  • How Much Fish is Too Much Fish During Pregnancy?

    Peony C Echavez
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Fish is one of the healthiest foods. It is included in almost every diet, be it for losing weight, gaining muscles, endurance and strength training. Fish and sea food are the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids as well as protein, iron and zinc. This makes fish an excellent and healthy nutrient and crucial for […]
  • Jaime Sanders: A Fibromyalgia Warrior!

    Churchill Otieno
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:23 am
    Only a few people appreciate what God has offered with majority always wanting more. They are in pursuit of worldly satisfactions. Life can only be easy if you become content with whom you are. Someone by the name Virginia Sanders (@migrainediva), a resident of Virginia and a mother of three was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. She […]
  • 15 Foods That Naturally Detox And Cleanse The Body

    Donna Begg
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:18 am
    Cucumber: If mixed with water, it helps in the detoxifying of the body while at the same time giving plenty of nutrients. Whole Grains: They are rich in insoluble fiber which is very essential in the detoxification processes. Garlic: It stimulates your liver to produce more detoxification enzymes. Broccoli: They not only provide a wide […]
  • Grenade Black Ops Review – How Safe and Effective is This Fat Burner?

    Loic Cobbina
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:39 am
    Grenade Black Ops Overview Grenade Black Ops is a weight loss supplement advertised to be of an elite class. It is promoted as a weight management system offering a unique stimulatory effect that can improve the mental and physical performance of the user. This supplement is targeted at males willing to burn fat by doing […]
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    FXRX Orthopedic Surgery Blog

  • Top 6 Things to Know About ACL Reconstruction

    daveman
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:51 pm
    The knee is a hinge joint where the thigh bone (femur) meets the shin bone (tibia). This joint is held together by four main ligaments, which are made of fibrous tissue to join bones together. The four ligaments are the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the medial collateral ligament (MCL), the lateral collateral ligament (LCL), and the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). The ACL is a ligament that runs diagonally between the tibia and femur, and it keeps the tibia from slipping in front of the femur. Additionally, the ACL provides knee stability when it rotates from side to side. 1. ACL…
  • 8 Myths about Knee Replacement from a top Phoenix Knee Doctor

    daveman
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Every year around 600,000 people in the U.S. have knee replacement surgery. Unfortunately, there are many misunderstandings regarding this surgical procedure, the prognosis, the recovery, and rehabilitation. Here are 8 myths and realities concerning knee replacement. Myth #1: Knee replacements are only for people who are older than 50 years of age. While most older people suffer more from osteoarthritis of the knee, candidacy for a knee replacement is not based on the age of a person, but rather, it relies on the individual’s mobility status, pain level, and overall quality of life.
  • Meniscus Transplant Offered By Knee Specialist Phoenix

    admin3
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    The meniscus of the knee is a very important structure to maintain. It provides the cushion for the knee and without it, a person would experience persistent knee pain and develop arthritis in the joint. Steps are taken to preserve the meniscus if at all possible but if it is badly damaged where it cannot be repaired, it may need to be removed. Knee Specialist Phoenix Knee joint replacement surgery is an option with older patients over the age of 55. However, patients younger than this may be eligible for a different type of treatment called meniscal transplant surgery. A transplant of the…
  • Stress Fractures And What Orthopedics In Phoenix Az Do To Manage Them

    admin3
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    Stress fractures are very common among athletes. They are caused when muscles become fatigued and unable to absorb any added shock. The worn-out muscle eventually transfers the overload of stress to the bone. A stress fracture result from the athlete increasing the intensity of an activity too quickly. They can also be the result of the impact of a different surface from where the athlete used to playing. For instance, a tennis player going from a soft clay surface to a hard one. A runner using worn shoes or increasing the running distance without breaks in between risk getting a stress…
  • FAQs on Common Knee Injuries – Info from a Phoenix Orthopedic

    daveman
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:38 pm
    What are the structures of the knee? The knee is one of the primary load-bearing joints of the body. It is a hinge joint that connects the femur, tibia and fibula, and the patella. The ends of the tibia and femur are covered by a smooth layer of connective tissue known as articular cartilage. This allows motion of the knee joint by providing smooth surfaces for the knee to glide across, reducing friction from contact. Two C-shaped, rubbery pads of cartilage known as menisci (singular: meniscus) serve as shock absorbers for the impact the knee bears. The knee is stabilized by four major…
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  • Are You Allergic to Rain?

    Dr. Mercola
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Dust mites, animal dander, molds, and pollen are among the most common environmental triggers of asthma attacks and allergy symptoms. For some, however, a spring or summer thunderstorm may lead to a flare-up of symptoms. Research shows an association between thunderstorm activity and worsening of allergy and asthma symptoms; one study found a 3 percent increase in emergency-room visits for asthma attacks in the 24 hours following thunderstorms.1 As the researchers explained: While a three percent increase in risk may seem modest, asthma is quite prevalent… and a modest…
  • Data on Serious Hospital Errors Will Now Be Withheld from the Public

    Dr. Mercola
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Harm and death caused by medical errors are a huge problem, and a major reason why the current, fatally flawed medical paradigm is in such desperate need of transformation. Preventable medical mistakes are actually the third leading cause of death in the US, right after heart disease and cancer, claiming the lives of 210,000 Americans each year. When you add in diagnostic errors, errors of omission, and failure to follow guidelines, the number skyrockets to an estimated 440,000 preventable hospital deaths each year. According to the most recent estimates published last year,1…
  • Should You Worry About an Ebola Outbreak in the US?

    Dr. Mercola
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola For the third time in the history of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the agency has raised its level of emergency alertness to "Level 1"—this time in response to the Ebola virus, following outbreaks in West Africa.CDC Level 1 emergency response, reserved for the most dire health emergencies, was declared for the first time in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina, and again in 2009 for the H1N1 influenza outbreak.1On August 8, the World Health Organization (WHO) also declared the Ebola outbreak an international public health emergency.2The outbreak began…
  • More Pesticides Coming to Our Food

    Dr. Mercola
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola One of the “benefits” of genetically modified (GM) crops is supposed to be a significant reduction in the use of chemicals, such as highly toxic herbicides and pesticides. The idea, theoretically anyhow, was that herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant plants, which make up the majority of GM crops, would make it easier to kill weeds and diminish crop loss to harmful pests. They would require farmers to use far less chemicals to control weeds and pests, so the pesticide companies, like Monsanto, assured us. In practice, however, this “promise” has been consistently…
  • Eat More Baked Fish

    Dr. Mercola
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Fish is often described as “brain food,” and that is largely because it contains omega-3 fats. Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, an omega-3 fat, is an essential structural component of your brain. Approximately 60 percent of your brain is composed of fats — 25 percent of which is DHA. DHA is found in high levels in your neurons – the cells of your central nervous system, where it provides structural support. Low DHA levels have been linked to memory loss and Alzheimer's disease, and since your body cannot produce omega-3 on its own, you must get it from your daily diet.
 
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  • Weight Loss: Why Realistic Goals Matter

    Arizona Medifast
    10 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Trying to lose weight can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. With a healthy weight loss plan it can be quite simple to shed unwanted pounds. However, it will usually take some dedication and patience. The most important thing to remember when creating a weight loss program is to set realistic goals. Many people set goals for themselves that are unrealistic, and this distorts their perception of how weight loss really works. Here are some things to remember about creating a weight loss routine for yourself that is realistic. Don’t Fall Victim to Fad Celebrity Diet Gimmicks Most of…
  • 6 Scientifically Proven Weight Loss Tips

    Arizona Medifast
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:41 pm
    It seems like these days there is a new diet out every week, such as the one that promises to help you lose 10 pounds in only one week, as long as you only eat cabbage soup for nine days. While it is understandable why these new fad diets can seem tempting, they hardly provide the long-term results most people are seeking. Instead of using a new celebrity diet, try implicating these 6 scientifically proven weight loses tips into your diet plan.   1. Avoid Fat Diets   All over the news, there is often talk about the new discovery of some kind of fruit or berry that has been shown to…
  • 6 Metabolism Boosters for Weight Loss

    Arizona Medifast
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Many people in today’s world understand how important your metabolism is to losing weight. Those with fast metabolism understand the luxury they have, and those who have a slow metabolism are highly aware also. However, no matter if you have a fast or slow metabolism, losing weight can still be difficult. Along with the fact that age tends to even out the playing field and decrease the efficiency of one’s metabolism. These six metabolism boosters for weight loss are without a doubt valuable to everyone, even if you are lucky enough to have a fast metabolism. 1. Drinking Water   …
  • A Sedentary Lifestyle Makes you Overweight

    Arizona Medifast
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    With the birth of technology came the long string of inventions designed to simplify our lives. Now more than ever people have turned away from making a living with their two hands and the strength of their backs. Desk jobs are more and more abundant, affording people a confortable living. While this is great for professional lives and our quality of living, it has been detrimental to the average American waistline. The sedentary lifestyle most of us have become accustomed to is affecting our weight, and can cause several health complications as well. Sedentary lifestyle has been linked to…
  • How Women Get Weight Loss Results with Strength Training

    Arizona Medifast
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    There is a place in every gym where most women dare not go (not just the men’s locker room). It is the testosterone zone; the padded black mat area where the free weights, benches, and barbell racks are located is almost exclusively a male domain. This is not due to some policy put in place by the staff at the gym, but rather a self-imposed exile on the part of the female clientele. In most gyms around the country, women avoid the weight floor and head straight to their treadmills or their classes, all with the same mantra on their lips: “I don’t want to bulk up”. The truth of the…
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    Phoenix Shoulder and Knee

  • Top 5 Things to Know About Tennis Elbow

    Adam Farber
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Tennis elbow, also called lateral epicondylitis, is inflammation of the outer tendon of the elbow. Usually, this condition causes pain and occurs from a strain injury to the tendon during backhand tennis hitting. The inflammation occurs at the outer aspect of the humerus bone at the elbow joint, called the epicondyle. When the inflammation occurs to the inner portion of the tendon, it is called golfer’s elbow or medial epicondylitis. Golfers often injure this body region when striking the grown to take a deep divot. 1. What Causes Tennis Elbow? The most common cause of lateral…
  • What are the Outcomes of ACL Reconstruction?

    Adam Farber
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries often require reconstruction and repair of this fibrous structure. ACL reconstruction involves the use of a graft to replace the damaged ligament. The most common grafts used come from the patient’s own body, such as one of the hamstring tendons or the patellar tendon (from the kneecap region). A less commonly used graft is called an allograft, where tissue is taken from a deceased person. Repair of the ACL also is done in the case of an avulsion fracture, which involves separation of the ligament and a segment of the bone from the rest of the…
  • FAQs Shoulder Injury from a Top Arizona Orthopedic Surgeon

    Adam Farber
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:58 pm
    What is the anatomy of the shoulder? Your shoulder is a ball and socket joint that connects the humerus (upper arm bone) to the clavicle (collarbone) and the scapula (shoulder blade). Because of its configuration, you can freely move your shoulder across a wide range of motion. The shoulder has four rotator cuff muscles that provide stability to the shoulder joint as it moves. The four rotator cuff muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, subscapularis) keep the humeral head centered in the socket of the shoulder joint (called the glenoid fossa). Your shoulder also serves as an…
  • FAQs on Shoulder Dislocation – Info from an AZ Sports Doctor

    Adam Farber
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:47 pm
    What is shoulder dislocation? The shoulder joint follows a ball and socket configuration, where the humeral head is centered within the glenoid fossa. Shoulder dislocation occurs when the humeral head is displaced from its normal position. Dislocation is considered partial when the humeral head is not entirely out of the glenoid fossa. A complete dislocation occurs when the humeral head is completely displaced from the socket.   What causes shoulder dislocation? Dislocation occurs when an excessive external force displaces the humeral head from its position. This typically occurs…
  • Phoenix Orthopedic Surgeons Will Treat Your Shoulder Pain

    Adam Farber
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Shoulder pain affects everyone from time to time. Sometimes the shoulder can be overextended or fatigued from overuse. However, there can be times when shoulder pain may not go away or becomes worse over time. This is when you should see your orthopedic Phoenix physician to have it diagnosed and treated, so you can get on your way to doing the things you love. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, but it is also the most unstable. This makes it susceptible to dislocations and degeneration. Pain, stiffness, and weakness can be experienced when the shoulder becomes compromised.
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  • EagleGet Easy Your Downloads

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

    Admin
    28 Jun 2014 | 9:05 am
    Line is another smartphone application for free calls and text messages. There are a lot of app.is using for free calls and text messages like viber , Line making its new ranking in the line of application and we can easily use it and easily instal in our smartphone for free calls, text messages, sharing videos,photos and a lot of more fun.This app.is available in all kind of platforms like iPhone, Android,BlackBerry,Windows Phone,Nokia Asha.You will find more comprehensive like never before.Its just ease for your smartphone. LINE is a new communication app that allows you to make FREE voice…
  • How the Menopause Symptoms are Impacting Your Daily Life

    Admin
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:12 am
    What is Menopause Menopause is the natural end to menstruation (monthly periods). Most American women experience this around the age of 50. However, some women can experience menopause as early as 40 years old or as late as 60 years old. If menopause occurs prior to age 40, this is thought to be abnormal and is called premature menopause. However, there are a number of simple lifestyle changes that you can make to help you cope with the post-menopause stage. Try these 5 low impact menopause exercises that will help your body. 1-Swimming Swimming is an advantageous sport to practice as you go…
  • Makes it Easy to Type in the Language You Choose-Google Input Tools

    Admin
    8 Jun 2014 | 6:46 am
    Google Input Tools for Windows is an input method editor which allows users to enter text in any of the supported languages using a Latin (English / QWERTY) keyboard. Users can type a word the way it sounds using Latin characters and Google Input Tools for Windows will convert the word to its native script. Available input tools include transliteration, IME, and on-screen keyboards. Google Input Tools for Windows is currently available for 22 different languages: Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Persian, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Russian,…
  • Seven Awesome Homemade Conditioner For Healthy Hair

    Admin
    1 Jun 2014 | 9:30 pm
    There are also so many different homemade hair conditioners to try, it really makes it hard to choose! If you are looking to be a little more green and also create some homemade hair conditioners to try, why not take a look at my top 7 that I’ve tried and that I know work? I promise, they will make your hair shiny, beautiful and silky soft! 1. Mayo, Egg Whites & Yogurt Conditioner: I know that this homemade hair conditioner sounds disgusting, but it does really work! It’s also going to make your hair look beautiful from the inside out! You can swap out plain yogurt for…
 
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  • Virtual Assistants and Other Applications of Voice Search (and AI)

    Joshua Spiegel
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    The current applications of voice search, as explained in my last post, are fairly narrow considering the possibilities. But voice search can be used in concert with predictive search and Google, Microsoft, and Apple technologies to create something very valuable—a virtual personal
  • Now Your Devices Can Be Personal Assistants: Voice Search Comes of Age

    Joshua Spiegel
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    A Brief History The directory assistance model isn’t where voice search is headed, but it is where it started. We used to think of voice search as asking a question or stating a “magic” word aloud to help a computer program lead us down our desired
  • Healthcare Bizzaro Land (Part 3): Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

    Donald J. M. Phillips, PharmD
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    Last time we reviewed the Medical Home as a way to help better utilize resources and improve the cost of delivering healthcare services. We are now broadening the scope of that concept to describe a place or a landscape in which the concept of the
  • PRODUCT DESIGN: THE PHARMA CONNECTION

    Steve Hamburg
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    For the past decade or so, product design has been one of the hottest areas of marketing, owing, in no small measure, to the enormous influence of Apple. Apple has represented the state of the art in this field because of its almost fanatical devotion
  • The New Glucose Monitors: Contact Lenses

    Gina Gattis
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    You read correctly…the new healthcare “wearable” that’s in the works is a pair of… contact lenses. Google and Novartis have teamed up to create these new lenses that will monitor glucose levels in diabetic patients. How it works The lenses will use miniature
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  • ICD-10-CM for Burns & Corrosions of the External Body Surface

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

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Discussion on ICD-10-CM Respiratory Changes for Asthma, Tonsillitis, COPD, and more! The guidelines and rules in ICD-10 for the reporting of respiratory system codes (J00-J99) are contained in Chapter 10, where the major changes involve reporting asthma specificity and tobacco use. In this audio session, expert speaker Dorothy D. Steed will focus ...
  • Preparing for the New HIPAA Audit Program

    11 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Documentation Is The Key To Survive New HIPAA Audit And Avoid Fines The random HIPAA Compliance Audit program had a year of trial audits in 2012.  The US Department of Health and Human Services has reviewed the results of that work and the HIPAA audit program is being restarted in 2014 based on what was learned from the 2012 audits.  Are ...
  • Merging Practices - Strategies to Remain Independent

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Learn all the Key Strategies to Manage a Successful Merger As the new era of healthcare progresses, there are various effects that consolidation practices exert on economies of scale, reduction of overhead, increased power in contracting, increased net income etc. It also affects the ability to recruit new partners and partner’s ability to r ...
  • HIPAA Program Administration: Practical Tips for Workforce Education and Risk Reduction

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Non-Legalistic and Practical Way to Understand HIPAA and Its Exceptions A straightforward and practical approach for understanding the HIPAA Rule and its exceptions has become paramount now.  Pro-active planning and implementation leads to an effective compliance program.  Register for this session by John E. Steiner, Jr., Esq., CHC, to ...
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  • Don’t Ditch Those Veggie Tops!

    Jon Yaneff
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    You use the beets and carrots, but there could still be a great deal you throw away. It may surprise you, but there are many hidden gems right in your refrigerator. I may juice the beets or shred the carrots for a salad, but I still notice the compost bin gets full with unused food. It seems like a waste to me, not to take advantage of your favorite vegetables when there are still so many uses and benefits—for those “throw-away” parts like veggie tops. In 2010 alone, there was approximately 133 billion pounds of … Read MoreThis article Don’t Ditch Those Veggie Tops! originally…
  • 5 Foods to Fight Parasites

    Jon Yaneff
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Have you ever had an unwanted houseguest that just won’t leave? You know the type. They will eat all of your food, keep you up all night and overstay their welcome. They totally take advantage of the host. They are “parasitic” in nature. Intestinal parasites are like the unwelcome houseguests in your body. They are microorganisms that live off of their host and can cause damage as a result. There are some parasites that eat the stored food in your body which can make it difficult for you to gain weight. Other parasites will have … Read MoreThis article 5 Foods to Fight Parasites…
  • Weighing in on Weight Loss Programs: Help or Hype?

    Leah Shainhouse
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    It comes up often! People find out I am a dietitian and all of a sudden the questions start to flow regarding which weight loss plans are the best and which ones don’t work. Their doctor has told them they need to lose a significant amount of weight or risk potential complications. Everyone wants a little advice, and wanting to lose weight is all too common. I’m not surprised by their reactions when I start talking about weight loss. There is so much wrong information out there. People are overwhelmed and confused and they don’t … Read MoreThis article Weighing in on Weight Loss…
  • Nutrition Downfall: Why You Need More of These Vitamins Now

    Jon Yaneff
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The downfalls of having a diet too high in calories and low on nutrition can take their toll. Toss out the junk and bring in whole, healthy foods to give you a wide variety of essential vitamins and minerals—including one not talked about enough, vitamin B. Why You Need B Vitamins B vitamins play a crucial role, all eight of them: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12. Combined together, they are often referred to as vitamin B complex. And there are many ways your body can be depleted of B vitamins. For … Read MoreThis article Nutrition Downfall: Why You Need More of These Vitamins Now…
  • Get Energized! Top 10 Power Foods

    Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    I get a lot of questions about what I eat and the benefits that those foods have for my health. I’m all about eating healthy, but I do have a few favorites. Below is my Top 10 list of great power foods. 1. Salmon Fresh, wild salmon is hard to beat for taste, but it is also a great source of protein and healthy fat. Salmon is very high in vitamin D, selenium and zinc. The omega 3 fats in salmon can help you reduce your odds of having a heart attack or stroke and … Read MoreThis article Get Energized! Top 10 Power Foods originally published at Foods4BetterHealth by Dr. Kevin J.
 
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    Infinit Healthcare

  • 10 Ways Technology Boosts Healthcare Services

    Jeff De Jesus
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:43 am
    Technology has made it possible for breakthroughs in research and medicine to happen at a very fast rate. We have had more innovations in information gathering, research, treatments and communication between patients and the healthcare providers in the past decades than ever before. We came up with 10 ways technology boosts healthcare services. Take a look.
  • How the Affordable Care Act Affects Small Businesses

    Infinit Healthcare
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    With the Affordable Care Act stating mandated healthcare for everyone, most small business owners are confused and don’t know how to start providing healthcare coverage for their employees. Does the Affordable Care Act hurt or help small business?
  • Is Big Data Just a Trend in Healthcare?

    Infinit Healthcare
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Google Co-Founder Larry Page made a controversial statement that 100,000 lives could be saved next year if Big Data of healthcare information was used. And while there has been much debate surrounding its usage, there is no doubt that Big Data is causing a revolution in the US healthcare industry.
  • Big Data in Healthcare and How Kaiser Permanente Uses It

    Infinit Healthcare
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Even if big data faces much controversy and open data still has so many hurdles to go through in the healthcare industry, there is no doubt that this progress has pushed the industry straight into the information age and California's Kaiser Permanente is showing what can be done with the huge influx of data they are receiving.
  • 215 New York-Presbyterian Hospital Physicians Among New York Magazine’s Best Doctors in New York List

    Infinit Healthcare
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Each year, the peer selection survey produces the top 10% of doctors in the New York metropolitan area – 6,448 physicians among about 50,000 medical professionals. This year, 215 physicians from the New York-Presbyterian Hospital made it to the list, published in the latest issue of New York Magazine last June 10th.
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    Casual Clinic

  • I am having pain just above my waistline on the front left side of my body

    Westin Childs
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Q: Subject: 21, Male Message Body: I am having pain just above my waistline on the front left side of my body. The pain started after a week of drinking too much alcohol. The pain will come and go but has become more constant and painful. Sometimes the pain accompanies diarrhea. The pain dissipates over time, but returns (the next day) when I drink minute amounts of alcohol. I feel like the area may be swelling and have made an appointment to see a doctor, but I am afraid of an emergency situation. A: Thanks for the question. With your history I would be concerned for pancreatitis. If you are…
  • I noticed some blood come out of my penis hole

    Westin Childs
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Q: Yesterday night I came home and urinated and after getting up I noticed blood on the inside of the front part of the toilet. I was worried something really went wrong. This morning I go to urinate again and no blood comes out but I squeezed my penis head to make sure there was none and I noticed some blood come out of my penis hole. Not a lot just a little drop. Could this be a busted blood vessel or something serious? A: Thanks for the question.  So long as you are not having any pain/burning sensation with urination, feeling like you need to urinate all day long, and as long as you…
  • My right ear feels deaf’er than my left

    Westin Childs
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Q: Subject: 14 male Message Body: My right ear feels deaf’er than my left. It started about 5 days ago… and i can hear the difference when i speak or watch TV.I was in the car and i started to hear the difference even when i talk there is a significant amount of difference… But when i cove up one ear to try to test they sound the same. Its like not muffled and my ears pop easily. I’m really scared I’m going deaf in one ear… any suggestions? my mother thinks its just water because e went to the beach/pool 2 weeks ago but i can’t feel water. A: Thanks…
  • high fasting blood glucose readings about avg 110

    Westin Childs
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Q: Subject: Female 35 Message Body: I have been getting high fasting blood glucose readings about avg 110. My doc gave me a 1 hr gtt and my fasting blood sugar that day was 99 and then my blood sugar at 1 hour was52? What does this mean. Everytime I check my fbs is above 100 or close to 100 but every time I eat sugar or refined carbs my glucose drops suddenly to normal or below normal. My A1c was 5.5. I am 69.25 inches and 121 lbs female. I generally eat a low carb diet with moderate to high fat and protein intake. When I eat sugar I don’t feel well- shaky lightheaded etc so that is why…
  • I have urethritis from std

    Westin Childs
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Q: Subject: 33 Message Body: Went to doctor for penis pain and problems urinating.  Had unprotected sex a week before. My penis burned the very next day.  I had no discharge but it started hurting when I peed after a week.  The doctor swabbed me.  I was tested for uti, gonorrhea, and chlamydia.  All negative. Doctor saw something brown on swab and said I have urethritis from std.  Was given doxycycline twice a day for 10 days.  Symptoms went a way for a day or two then came back during the 6th or 7th day of taking the drug.  Went back to the doctor and this time was given levaquin and…
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  • Falsified Applications Approved for Obamacare and Subsidies

    Pat Palmer
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Another punch was thrown to an already wobbly-legged Obamacare last week just days after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled against the administration in the Halbig v. Sebelius case, cutting off subsidies to low-income healthcare consumers in 36 states. Now, according to a study done by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), there are serious inefficiencies in the process of enrollment and application acceptance for healthcare plans. The GAO reported that investigators who crafted false identities were somehow allowed to enroll in healthcare plans as well as receive…
  • Coverage Inaccuracies Frustrate Consumers

    Pat Palmer
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Coverage Accuracy: Consumer Woes No one wants to leave the comfortable neighborhood feel of what they know to be familiar. With the new healthcare law, however, many people have been forced to leave their long-time doctors and insurance plans because either it became too costly to stay or because the plan was no longer available. Once change has occurred, the least consumers expect is to get accurate information when looking for a new provider so they can choose a new one based on factors such as location and ratings. Unfortunately, the lists of in-network providers offered by the insurers…
  • MRS Holds Open House Events at Their New Facility

    MRS
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Open House Medical Recovery Services, founded by Salem, Virginia’s Pat Palmer, has outgrown yet another facility – this time more quickly than ever. The company has resided at 500 E 4th Street for less than two years and is already needing to double its building space. MRS, along with its sister company, Medical Billing Advocates of America, will open its new facility doors on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 3715 Brandon Avenue SW, 2nd Floor, Roanoke, VA 24018. To celebrate the opening of the 12,000 square foot location, Pat and her team will be hosting a three-day Open House Event for the…
  • How Healthcare Billing has Changed in 20 Years

    MRS
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    When Pat Palmer began reviewing medical bills more than 20 years ago, there were numerous problems in healthcare billing. She found errors from double-billing and erroneous charges for items, supplies and procedures never performed on the patient while fighting for fair and reasonable prices once she brought medical bills down to their “True & Accurate” charges. As the years have passed, Pat has found that the medical over-charging crisis has grown to one of monstrous proportions. Not only are the original problems in medical billing still present in most bills reviewed by Pat’s…
  • Why Are Pharmaceuticals so Expensive?

    Pat Palmer
    27 Jun 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Price tags on pharmaceutical drugs continue to provide sticker shock to an already financially struggling market. When a person is suffering with a condition that no available medicine can effectively treat, the idea that a new drug is on the way can be exciting. Unfortunately, with the monopoly pricing that often accompanies new drugs, the cost can be too far out of reach for the patient and has the potential to drive up insurance premiums for everyone. The idea that money shouldn’t determine whether or not a person gets the proper care is prevalent here. Most “regular people” simply…
 
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  • Superhydrophobic Materials

    Matthew Prather
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Superhydrophobic materials are surfaces that repel water to such an extent that it can actually cause water to bounce off of it.  Formerly hydrophobic surfaces were attained by substances like car wax, which does a reasonably good job of causing water to bead up and roll off of a surface.  However, mechanical engineers at MIT and BYU created a technology that uses microscopic posts or ridges to allow what you see in the below video. If you watched the video, you’ve just seen more than a dozen potential applications for this incredible technology.  One of the more amazing to me was…
  • Combination therapy for bipolar disorder

    Rebecca Millar
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Combination therapy for bipolar disorder is a common method of treatment.  So what is combination therapy, and how can it help you manage your illness? What is combination therapy? Combination therapy is tried when a single drug does not work to control mood swings and another drug of the same type is added.  For example, if the individual is on one mood stabiliser and it is not working to control all symptoms, another mood stabiliser can be added in order to control the other symptoms of the disorder and provide relief for the individual. What are adjunctive medications? Adjunctive…
  • Ebola situation update July 18

    Rebecca Millar
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:51 pm
    The West African Ebola Outbreak death toll now stands at 603 persons since the virus was first confirmed in the region on March 24, 2014. The outbreak began in Guinea and has since spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone and is the largest Ebola virus (EBOV) outbreak on record since EBOV first came to the attention of health officials in 1976.  Previously the largest outbreak was in Uganda in 2000 which affected 425 persons and had a death toll of 224 persons. Cases of EBOV were also suspected in Gambia, Ghana, and Mali in April and May of this year; though the samples sent for laboratory testing…
  • Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson

    Matthew Prather
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Cognitive Cooking is an application that utilizes IBM’s Watson, the supercomputer that won Jeopardy in 2011, to generate novel recipes.  Watson was programmed with about 35,000 recipes and 1,000 chemical flavor compounds in order to create food combinations that are unusual, and that humans are unlikely to consider themselves. The user can input ingredients, a type of cuisine, and dietary restrictions, and Watson will create recipes that conform to the inputs. One such example was a BBQ sauce that was made out of butternut squash.  Watson’s understanding of chemistry allows it…
  • Psychological testing to diagnose bipolar disorder

    Rebecca Millar
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:16 pm
    There are several psychological tests that can be evaluated and used to make a tentative diagnosis of Bipolar disorder. Often a definitive diagnosis is not made unless the patient shows signs of responding to treatment options and all other factors such as life events, hormonal or other physical factors have been ruled out. The Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (known as the K10), which was developed in Australia, is the primary diagnostic tool general practitioners will use in all cases of suspected mental illness. The ten question test evaluates an individual’s level of psychological…
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  • Why is Health and Safety Important in the Workplace?

    Sarah Riley
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:22 am
    In this article we will discuss the reasons why health and safety is important in the work place. Hazards at work At any stage of the work activity being done, there is always the potential of an accident or damage to someone’s health occurring. Employees are exposed to hazards, be they slips, trips, falls, fire, hazardous substances, loads which have to be manually handled, equipment use, electricity, working with display screen equipment, or even psychological hazards such as stress. The different hazards that workers are exposed to daily can lead to incidents at work. An overview of…
  • If Only People Believed that Honesty is the Best Policy….

    Sarah Riley
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    I’m confident that many of us will have watched the episode of The Apprentice when the hopeful candidates have their CVs scrutinised by the panel members at the interview stage. There’s always some information that has been embellished and it’s usually an important part of the candidates’ working history or achievements. It’s clear there are no limits to the lengths that candidates will go to inflate qualifications and experiences to get that job. CIFAS report The CIFAS (the UK’s Fraud Prevention Service) has produced a report advising new graduates of…
  • Workplace Safety Outside the Building – Part One

    Sarah Riley
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:07 am
    When visiting a premises, a person, whether visitor or a individual representing the enforcement authority (Fire services, HSE, EHO, CQC), will make a judgement on the level and type of health and safety management within the business. First impressions do count and will make a difference as to how the visitor creates a view, rightly or wrongly, on the management of health and safety. In this blog we will explore the outside of a building and its impact on health and safety. Let’s consider the outside of the building before we enter. There are many different potential hazards. Some of…
  • Dementia and Vitamin D – is There a Connection?

    Sarah Riley
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:54 am
    Shedding light on risk factors for dementia is one of the most important tasks facing today’s health researchers, and the relationship between diet and dementia is of increasing interest. Some studies have suggested that a lack of vitamin D may be linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, but a new larger UK study published this week has found a stronger relationship than previously suggested. What did new research find? The study involved 1,658 Americans over the age of 65 who had no history of dementia, cardiovascular disease or stroke. The researchers measured vitamin…
  • Nurses are the Heart of Healthcare

    Sarah Riley
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:45 am
    Caring is the essence of nursing When the media talk of clinicians they often refer to doctors, but more focus needs to be put on the fantastic nurses that we have in the NHS. With the increase in numbers of elderly patients, and rising long-term conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, it means the spotlight is more on care rather than cure. Patients usually want to see their doctor for immediate medical concerns but nurses play a huge part in patient care, mainly because in they are the ones who have regular contact with patients. “Caring is the essence of nursing” –…
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  • Aug. 19, 2014 Weekend Call Update

    sliceoflifesurg
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    It's definitely a rush though when you're the one holding the instruments! Continue reading →
  • Five Essential Skills for Surgical Clerks

    sliceoflifesurg
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Here are some essential skills needed if you want to look like a stud during your surgical clinical elective.  You may not get a lot of opportunities to practice or demonstrate these skills. But, when the time comes, if you are … Continue reading →
  • Getting to Operate

    sliceoflifesurg
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:39 pm
    I’m now on a new rotation – Vascular Surgery.  The way the team is setup is a little different than my last rotation.  There are multiple junior residents now and one senior.  The person who is on call for the night … Continue reading →
  • Top 5 Tips for Surgical Electives: What you need to do to succeed.

    sliceoflifesurg
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Here are some useful tips for a successful surgical elective.  These really apply to any medical elective, but I would say even more so to surgery.  Remember that your elective is essentially a job interview – so give 100%.   … Continue reading →
  • Fostering efficiency

    sliceoflifesurg
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:36 pm
    But, during the whole case all I could think about was how many pages would be listed on my pager when I un-scrubbed and all the pending ward work and consults I would have to do. Continue reading →
 
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  • How Can Medical Providers Increase Cash Flow?

    YEMPL
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:15 pm
    #Yempl In the current health care environment, one of the most important concerns health care providers are dealing with is determining how to increase the cash flow into their practice. Insurance providers can take months to pay claims, and in the interim health care providers have to make sure they are bringing in enough cash payments […] The post How Can Medical Providers Increase Cash Flow? appeared first on Yempl.com.
  • Medical Cost: Procedure Price Comparison | Yempl.com

    YEMPL
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    #Yempl Although the Affordable Care Act – popularly called Obama Care – promised to bring inexpensive insurance to millions of Americans, many consumers have found that the high cost of deductibles coupled with unaffordable monthly premiums are too costly for their budgets. Many Americans are currently living paycheck-to-paycheck, and even with federal subsidies designed to bring […] The post Medical Cost: Procedure Price Comparison | Yempl.com appeared first on Yempl.com.
  • How to Get More Patients into Your Medical Office

    YEMPL
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    #Yempl According to the U.S. Census Bureau, American adults visited their doctors an average of 3.9 times in 2010, which was less than the 4.8 recorded in the previous year. This was because they believed themselves to be quite healthy; in the Health Status, Health Insurance, and Medical Services Utilization: 2010 report, 63% said that they […] The post How to Get More Patients into Your Medical Office appeared first on Yempl.com.
  • Advertising on Major Medical Directories? Is it Worth the Effort?

    YEMPL
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:46 pm
    #Yempl In order to stay abreast of developments in the current health care marketplace, many private practices and health care providers consider advertising on large online medical directories. It’s not an uncommon belief that simply by listing your practice on one of these directories, you will see an increase in new patient business. The post Advertising on Major Medical Directories? Is it Worth the Effort? appeared first on Yempl.com.
  • Obama Care and High Deductibles – Yempl.com

    YEMPL
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    #Yempl Consumers – and in particular, low-income consumers who cannot afford the high premiums of the Gold Plan – will be forced to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket for doctor appointments and tests before they reach their deductible. The post Obama Care and High Deductibles – Yempl.com appeared first on Yempl.com.
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  • Hemorrhoids (piles) during pregnancy

    Life Force
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:37 am
    Swelling and inflammation of veins around anus and rectum is called as hemorrhoids. They are also called as piles.Hemorrhoids are of two types. Bleeding hemorrhoids or piles Non-bleeding or blind hemorrhoids or piles There are many factors which contribute to the formation of hemorrhoids. Pregnancy is one of the major causative factors for the development of hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids appear during pregnancy especially in the third trimester i.e. after 28 weeks of pregnancy.   What causes hemorrhoids during pregnancy? According to a research, around 30% to 35% of women suffer from…
  • Foods to avoid in Ulcerative Colitis

    Life Force
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:14 am
    Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory disease of large intestine and rectum. Ulcerative colitis is characterized by passing of blood with stools, pain in abdomen, diarrhea, fever and fatigue. As Ulcerative Colitis deals with inflamed colon, there are many food items, which a patient of ulcerative colitis cannot tolerate for the fear of aggravation of the symptoms. Here is the list of food items which should be avoided by the patient of ulcerative colitis. Fruits and vegetables: A patient of ulcerative colitis cannot digest raw fruits and vegetables. Fruits like ripe banana and ripe…
  • How to cope with Osteoarthritis?

    Life Force
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:23 am
    An inflammation of any joint of the body is called arthritis. Osteo-arthritis means an inflamed joint due to some destructive changes. Osteoarthritis presents with pain, redness, swelling and stiffness of the joint or joints. Arthritis also limits the movement of the body due to involvement of joint. According to The US National Library of Medicine if you are suffering from pain and stiffness of the joints and if you feel difficulty in moving around then it is a sign that you could be suffering from the arthritis. Arthritis could be of many types. Most common of them is osteoarthritis or (OA)…
  • 10 best foods for Acne

    Life Force
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:17 am
    Acne is known as pimples in common language. Almost everyone suffers from acne at least once in the lifetime. Acne is nothing but the red eruptions caused by blocking of pores of the skin due to over activity of sebaceous glands or the oil glands. Acne is mostly seen in adolescents. As in this age there is dynamic hormone activities in the body and leading to excessive oil secretion by the sebaceous glands. Face is the most common site where acne usually appears. Acne can also seen on shoulders and back of an individual. Causes of developing acne: Overactive sebaceous glands resulting in oily…
  • Surgical options for Trigeminal Neuralgia

    Life Force
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    Trigeminal neuralgia is a disease of the nerve of the face called Trigeminal nerve, where the patient experiences intense pain on one side of the face.  Trigeminal nerve is the largest cranial nerve emerging from the brain. Trigeminal nerve is responsible for carrying sensations like touch, pain, temperature arising from face to brain. It also helps in biting and chewing by controlling the muscles involved in these two actions. Trigeminal neuralgia is a recurring, chronic and extremely painful condition. Patient experiences sudden bout of extreme pain by mildest of stimuli like slight touch…
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  • Physician Interviews from the Employer’s Perspective

    Faith A. Coleman M.D.
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    You’ve researched a potential new position, figured out your needs and wants, rehearsed questions, and know what to look for at a site visit. Have you tried seeing this process through the eyes of the physicians and administrators doing the hiring? Before you are invited to visit the practice, there has already been considerable scrutiny of your CV. Of course prospective employers look at your medical school and where you did your residency. The future employer is also looking for misspelled words, inaccuracies, and typos in your CV. If you are careless about a document as important as…
  • The Physician Job Search as a Romantic Endeavor

    Michael Jones
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    A physician job search, executed correctly, is often times a very similar experience to dating. There is always an initial introduction (How did you two meet?), interviews (remember those first dates?), and hopefully a satisfying long term relationship at the end (a perfect match). Let’s take this analogy a few steps further and look at the job search experience through a romantic lens. Initial Introductions: The initial introduction of a physician job seeker and a prospective employer is comparable to two strangers with a romantic attraction between them. Both parties might be…
  • Good Reason / Real Reason – A Lesson from Medical School

    Faith A. Coleman M.D.
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    Within the practice of medicine, there are what we call pearls, bits of knowledge that you don’t usually find in textbooks, or hear in lectures. It’s in the field where you understand them. Sometimes you know immediately that a phrase or idea is a pearl, but sometimes you don’t know that until later, sometimes much later. They’re easy to miss – especially when a doctor has been practicing for a while, lulled by repetition or fatigue or who-knows what. Only part of the doctor is in the examination room with a patient, the other part is wondering where to go for…
  • Physician Compensation

    Faith A. Coleman M.D.
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    When a health care professional is exploring new job opportunities, salary is often one of the determining factors that a physician considers when evaluating a position. It’s also a delicate issue, calling for self-restraint during early communications with a potential employer or partner. It’s imprudent to raise the issue of compensation too early in communication, but there is disagreement about raising the matter when considerable travel is involved to make a site visit. It has been suggested that there is no point in agreeing to travel for an interview, only to learn that the…
  • Evaluating a Practice

    Faith A. Coleman M.D.
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    Do you have your homework done and curriculum vitae (CV) polished? Be ready to talk to potential employers and recruiters before you begin to make inquiries. Initial Discussions.  When you begin communication with a recruiter or representative of a practice, arrange a mutually convenient time to learn more by telephone, or, if local, in person. Start with, “Tell me about the practice.” Listen carefully to the response. What does the representative talk about first? What is emphasized? What is mentioned in passing? Be aware that (s)he is probably representing the practice in its…
 
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