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  • Guest post: Smoking in people with mental health issues

    Cancer Research UK - Science blog
    Suzi Gage
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    We recently spotted an interesting-looking paper on smoking and mental health, so we asked Suzi Gage – an expert in addiction and mental health who writes for Guardian’s Science Blog – to have a look. Here’s what she has to say: People with mental health problems are more likely to smoke, and smoke more heavily, than the general population, and they’re often overlooked when it comes to offering help to quit. The economic cost of smoking in people with mental health problems was £2.34 billion in 2009/10 in the UK, according to a new study published in the journal Tobacco Control…
  • The Basics of a Healthy Breakfast

    mDhil Health Care Information
    mDhil Editorial Team
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    There’s a saying- ‘breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper.’ If you’ve heard that, you probably need no introduction to the fact of how important your breakfast is, especially if you are attempting to lose weight. Here we’ve decoded the basics of a healthy breakfast for you- read on to know more. Why is Breakfast Important? Let’s face it- in midst of all the hustle bustle and getting ready for work, breakfast may fall low in your list of priorities, but that’s actually not good for you. Basically, your body and brain need fuel and energy after 5-7 hours…
  • Top 4 Health Problems in Pregnancy and Prevention

    MindBodySpiritual
    mindtap
    10 Jun 2014 | 1:40 pm
    During pregnancy, pregnant women are usually not spared from a variety of health problems. However, do not to worry as long as you know how to prevent and treat it. Well, what some of the top problems in pregnancy? This problem includes the following: Hyperemesis Gravidarum Pregnant women usually experience nausea or vomiting during pregnancy 8-12 weeks. This complaint will reduced and give up in the 16th week of pregnancy. However, there are also women who experience in the third trimester. The solution is manage your diet. Choose foods that are high in carbohydrates to replace energy lost…
  • 8 Ways to Improve Your Oral Health

    Ways2GoHealthy
    Clay Miller
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    One of the first things people notice about you is your smile speaks and it speaks volumes without saying a word. Your personality, sense of humor, and even your attitude toward life can all be gauged from your grin. A nice smile is also a sign of good health, and good health is instantly attractive. Why else would so many people be getting their teeth whitened and straightened? As effective as those beautifying procedures may be, they’re certainly no substitute for oral health. The good news, however, is that if you take care of your teeth, they will reward you with a gleaming, natural…
  • Top 20 Uses for Honey in Home Remedies

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    Dr. Josh Axe
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Honey is a delicious and natural sweetener many of us are already familiar with. For those looking to eat fewer processed foods, honey may seem like a good natural choice as a sweetener, but first you must know that not all honey is created equal. Most commercial honey sold in stores is heated to high temperatures and pasteurized, getting rid of most of the beneficial enzymes, antioxidants and other nutrients that are heat-sensitive. Commercial honey has also had most of the pollen removed. Bee pollen is considered to be one of the most nutritionally-complete foods available due to its high…
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  • Care Inspires Care, celebrating our caring impact together

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Care Inspires Care, celebrating our caring impact together With the FIFA World Cup(TM) as the international stage, Johnson & Johnson looked to make the world a more caring place through Care Inspires Care(TM). From shining a spotlight on community... From: Johnson & Johnson Views: 390449 25 ratings Time: 01:49 More in Education
  • New Horizons Advancing Pediatric HIV Treatment

    9 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    New Horizons Advancing Pediatric HIV Treatment More than three million children worldwide are living with HIV — 91 percent of which live in sub-Saharan Africa. This new collaborative commitment, New Horiz... From: Johnson & Johnson Views: 193 4 ratings Time: 02:33 More in Education
  • Johnson & Johnson Presents Stories of Care: Gabriel and Marylia

    9 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    Johnson & Johnson Presents Stories of Care: Gabriel and Marylia One act of care can change the course of a lifetime. Watch how a kind gesture forever affected the lives of two strangers, Gabriel and Marylia, at the 1950 F... From: Johnson & Johnson Views: 973052 45 ratings Time: 01:25 More in Education
  • Nahum Mendez Sanchez on tackling hepatitis C: moving towards an integrated policy approach

    9 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    Nahum Mendez Sanchez on tackling hepatitis C: moving towards an integrated policy approach Nahum Mendez Sanchez, Hepatologist, Medica Sur Clinic and Foundation, Mexico, looks at the prevalence of hepatitis C in Mexico and the educational programmes... From: Johnson & Johnson Views: 97 2 ratings Time: 04:58 More in Education
  • Dr Isabelle Lonjon-Domanec on tackling hepatitis C: Moving towards an integrated policy approach

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    Dr Isabelle Lonjon-Domanec on tackling hepatitis C: Moving towards an integrated policy approach Dr Isabelle Lonjon-Domanec, European Therapeutic Area Medical Leader Infectious Diseases, Janssen, explains why Janssen have supported this important report ... From: Johnson & Johnson Views: 131 2 ratings Time: 01:35 More in Education
 
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  • HPV Vax Uptake Remains Slow

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:43 pm
    (MedPage Today) -- Rates of vaccination against human papillomavirus continued to lag far behind national goals, including just a small bump in the rate since 2012, the CDC reported.
  • ABMS: Credit for Service Projects Works in MOC

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:09 pm
    (MedPage Today) -- Programs that allow physicians to earn Part IV maintenance of certification credit while participating in community health projects have proven successful, according to the American Board of Medical Specialties.
  • Pay and Practice: Kennedy Stirs Thimerosal Debate

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    (MedPage Today) -- Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is putting out a book on the dangers of thimerosal in vaccines, raising an issue that many in the medical and scientific communities hoped was long settled.
  • Flonase Goes OTC

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    (MedPage Today) -- The FDA has approved over-the-counter sales for Flonase (fluticasone propionate), the nasal spray for allergies, its manufacturer said.
  • Robotic Surgery Fails to Cut Complications (CME/CE)

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    (MedPage Today) -- Robot-assisted and open cystectomy led to similar complication rates among patients with invasive bladder cancer in a randomized trial.
 
 
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    CNN.com - Health

  • Spanking's effect on kids' brains

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:31 am
    Researchers say physical punishment actually alters the brain -- not only in an "I'm traumatized!" kind of way, but also in an "I literally have less gray matter in my brain!" kind of way.
  • Healthy skin on a budget

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    CNN's Holly Firfer tells us how we can have healthy, youthful skin on a budget.
  • FAQ: Training for your first tri

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:29 am
    Tackling your first triathlon? Even the best triathletes in the world started somewhere -- and made their share of rookie mistakes.
  • Training for your first triathlon? 4 common Qs

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    Tackling your first triathlon? Even the best triathletes in the world started somewhere -- and made their share of rookie mistakes.
  • 5 things to know about Alzheimer's

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    Approximately 44 million people live with dementia worldwide, according to the Alzheimer's Association. By 2050, that number is expected to more than triple to 115 million.
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    The Chart

  • Acetaminophen may not relieve back pain

    Jacque Wilson
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    Doctors often suggest taking acetaminophen for low back pain relief. But according to a new study, the popular painkiller isn’t any more effective in alleviating an aching back than letting the pain naturally subside. A study published Thursday in The Lancet found patients who took acetaminophen for low back pain had the same recovery time as those who took a placebo, or sugar pill. The study was partially funded by GlaxoSmithKline, a company that manufactures drugs containing acetaminophen. Researchers in Australia looked at 1,643 patients with acute low back pain. Each was assigned to a…
  • Genetics play a bigger role than environmental causes for autism

    Jacque Wilson
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Genetics plays more of a role in the development of autism than environmental causes, according to new research published Sunday in Nature Genetics. The study found that 52% of autism risk comes from common genes, while only 2.6% are attributed to spontaneous mutations caused by, among other things, environmental factors. “These genetic variations are common enough that most people are likely to have some,” said Joseph Buxbaum, a researcher at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and one of the lead authors on the study. “Each one has a tiny effect on autism risk, and many hundreds or…
  • Babies want to speak as early as 7 months

    mfalco
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Babies usually start speaking by their first birthday. But new research suggests talking to your baby stimulates his brain well before she utters those first words. For the study, published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the authors compared how 7- and 11-month-old babies from English-speaking families processed sounds from English and Spanish. Researchers at the University of Washington looked at 57 babies who were 7, 11 and 12 months old. The babies sat in an egg-shaped, noninvasive brain scanner that measures brain activation and listened to…
  • Child medication measurements confuse parents

    Jacque Wilson
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    Do you know the difference between teaspoons and tablespoons? Many parents don’t, according to a study published Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which found more than 10,000 calls to the poison center each year are due to liquid medication dosage errors. The study says part of the reason parents may be confused is because a range of measurement units – such as teaspoons, tablespoons and milliliters – are often used interchangeably on labels for prescription and over-the-counter medications. Parents who used the teaspoon and tablespoon dosage were much more likely…
  • 5 studies you may have missed

    Jacque Wilson
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    Here's a roundup of five medical studies published this week that might give you new insights into your health, mind and body. Remember, correlation is not causation – so if a study finds a connection between two things, it doesn't mean that one causes the other. Motörhead is one of the most hardcore rock ’n’ roll acts on Earth Journal: The Lancet That Motörhead has the reputation as one of the most hardcore rock’n’roll acts on earth may not surprise you. But finding evidence to support this claim in one of the major medical journals might. According to a case study…
 
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    New Republic

  • Who Is the Real Paul Ryan?

    Danny Vinik
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
    When House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan revealed in November that he planned to release an antipoverty agenda in 2014, liberals scoffed. “Everything [Ryan]'s ever done—everything—boils down to a single sentence: reduce taxes on the rich and reduce spending on the poor,” Kevin
  • Arkansas Republicans Just Proved Why Obamacare Will Survive Despite This Week's Absurd Court Decision

    Brian Beutler
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    When the D.C. Circuit Court ruled this week that the Affordable Care Act unambiguously prohibits subsidizing health plans on federally-run exchanges, raising the possibility that the Supreme Court might gut the law on second pass,
  • Who Bears More Responsibility for the War in Gaza? A Primer

    John B. Judis
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:16 am
    Like almost all conflicts that have occurred in Israel, this latest war in Gaza has provoked a furious debate. Was Israel’s ground and air assault on the Gaza Strip justified by Hamas’s rocket attacks? Or were Hamas’s rocket attacks a justifiable response to Israel’s arrest of hundreds of Ha
  • The Most Absurd Job Titles in America

    Josh Kovensky
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In a bid to achieve maximal hipness and happiness, companies, particularly in the tech world, have collectively begun to create bizarre new positions or to attach peculiar names to the same old corporate paper-pushing nine-to-fives. A lot of these jobs have a bizarrely spiritual flavor—“evangeli
  • Send Your Kid to the Ivy League!

    J.D. Chapman
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia, a medium-sized city in the Blue Ridge mountains. It is not the sort of place that produces many Ivy League graduates. Only ten kids in my high school class of 500 crossed the Mason-Dixon Line for college, for example. I went to Yale. I chose to move back h
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    Newswise: MedNews

  • Genetic Test Helps Predict Which Children with Kidney Disease Will Respond to Standard Therapy

    American Society of Nephrology (ASN)
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    * Among children with sporadic nephrotic syndrome, genetic mutations in the kidney's filtration barrier were frequently linked with a lack of response to immunosuppressive treatments. * The genetic test was even more predictive than a kidney biopsy for identifying children who would not benefit from immunosuppressive therapies.
  • Zerenex(tm) (Ferric Citrate) Long-Term Phase 3 Study Results Published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

    Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. announced the publication of results from the long-term, randomized, active control Phase 3 study of Zerenex (ferric citrate), the Company's investigational oral ferric iron-based phosphate binder, for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) on dialysis. The PERFECTED study (PhosphatE binding and iRon delivery with FErric CiTrate in EsrD) was published online today in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN).
  • Report: Vulnerable Populations Disproportionately Affected by Food Security, Despite Public Programs

    RTI International
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, ethnic minorities, and low-income households are disproportionately affected by food security, despite the extensive private and public food safety net in the United States, according to a new report by RTI International.
  • Ferric Citrate May Reduce Dialysis Patients' Need for Multiple Medications

    American Society of Nephrology (ASN)
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    * Ferric citrate effectively reduced blood phosphorus levels while increasing iron stores and decreasing the need for intravenous iron and anemia medications in dialysis patients. * The medication may help reduce complications and costs associated with kidney disease care.
  • Female Triathletes at Risk for Pelvic Floor Disorders and Other Complications

    Loyola University Health System
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Female triathletes are at risk for pelvic floor disorders, decreased energy, menstrual irregularities and abnormal bone density, according to researchers at Loyola University Health System (LUHS). These data were presented today at the American Urogynecologic Society 2014 Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC.
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  • How To Get Your Sex Tape Off The Internet

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    How hard is it to remove a sex ually explicit video you've made from the horny corners of the internet?
  • The 90-Year-Old Sex Guru

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Sex education is a controversial issue in India, but one man has done more than anyone to promote discussion of the subject. Dr Mahinder Watsa's unusually frank and funny daily newspaper column has become a cult hit. But why does the country that gave the world the Kama Sutra need a straight-talking 90-year-old to teach it about sex ?
  • Visit Shh, The Posh New Sex Camp For Women In England

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
    tweet share on facebook pin it share on google+ More Sex , Please At a posh all-women retreat, hedonism and hard work go hand in hand.
  • Sex Education In India

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Very few countries actually do public sex education well, and India is no exception. In this skit, East India Comedy hits on India's particular idiosyncrasies when it comes to talking about sex .
  • Are Child Sex -Robots Inevitable?

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    Once we start creating sex -robots, what will be the limits we put on them?
 
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    FeedBlitz News

  • FeedBlitz: Rewind the Week – Robot Edition

    Eleanor Pierce
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    When I was a kid, I had a pretty clear vision of the future. And all of my ideas about what the future would hold came directly from television and movies. Perhaps I wasn’t a terribly imaginative child … but I digress. I figured we’d all have flying cars, a la the Jetsons, by the time I was grown. And I figured kids of the future would ride hover boards instead of boring old skateboards. TV and movies also gave me the impression that we’d all have a lot more robots in our lives. I, personally, was looking forward to fewer chores thanks to my own Rosie. While I haven’t heard much in…
  • Need a FeedBlitz API Key? Permission Granted

    Phil Hollows
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    FeedBlitz API key generation has now been made automatic; the prior manual approval process has been eliminated. Meaning: You can use our API keys in third party integrations without delay. Implication: More uses for FeedBlitz’s APIs are coming soon. Access: Log in to your FeedBlitz account, it’s under My Account | API Keys in the left sidebar. Restrictions: None beyond the requirement that you must be a premium FeedBlitz publisher. By the way: If your current API key appplication was still pending under the prior policies, simply cancel it and then generate a new key.
  • How LinkedIn Works for Your Brand

    Serhat Pala
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    By Serhat Pala Most of us begin our days by checking for messages on Twitter, Facebook or Snapchat. Then we end our days posting updates and catching up with friends and family on Facebook and the other social media networks. Over 54 percent of Americans use social media on a daily basis. Some users check their accounts more than 10 times per day, according to data from Deloitte. But social media is not just Facebook. While Facebook still rules the roost, social media comes in all shapes and sizes: From photo and video sharing sites to social bookmarking to instant messaging to social…
  • FeedBlitz: Rewind the Week – App Edition

    Eleanor Pierce
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    I had a realization while looking at photos taken on a recent cross-country road trip to Oregon. There were typical “standing happily next to road sign” photos, some “standing looking not-so-happy next to cars loaded down with luggage” photos, and, I’m ashamed to admit, more than one photo of me and my 19-year-old niece standing (or sitting) side by side, both staring at our iPhones. I guess you could say we’re both addicted. I’m not rude about it—at least, I don’t think I am. I don’t keep my phone on the dinner table. I don’t glaze over and scroll through my phone when…
  • The Real Truth About SEO Success

    Simon Ashton
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Let’s be honest, on the ladder of trustworthiness, search engine consultants fall somewhere between lawyers and members of Congress. But nobody seeks us out at parties for our stories or makes Netflix shows set in the world of SEO. No, instead you have two choices when it comes to SEO. You’re either the nerdy Poindexter, sitting alone at his computer, muttering about meta descriptions and H1 tags, or worse, a snake oil salesman, promising the world that if you’ll just spend thousands of dollars on some magic formula that never quite seems to be finished, you’ll win the Internet.
 
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    Health News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • Novo sees two-in-one diabetes drug in Europe in first half of 2015

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    Novo Nordisk, the world's largest insulin maker, said on Friday it expected European Commission marketing authorization for its new two-in-one insulin drug within three months after an EU medicines agency recommended the drug. It said subject to the EU Commission approval and the completion of pricing and reimbursement discussions, it expected to have the drug out into the first European markets by the first half of 2015.
  • Town 'sealed off' after man dies of plague in China

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    A Chinese town has been sealed off and 151 people placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said Tuesday. The 30,000 people living in Yumen in the northwestern province of Gansu are not being allowed to leave, and police at roadblocks on its perimeter are telling motorists to find alternative routes, the television arm of the official news agency Xinhua said.
  • Bayer says Nexavar fails in breast cancer study

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:38 am
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German drugmaker Bayer said a Phase III trial of cancer drug Nexavar in patients with advanced breast cancer did not meet its primary endpoint of delaying the progression of the disease. The study, called Resilience, evaluated Nexavar in combination with chemotherapeutic agent capecitabine, in women with HER2-negative breast cancer. Oral drug Nexavar, which Bayer is developing jointly with Amgen, is approved for use against certain types of liver, kidney and thyroid cancer. Study details are expected to be presented at an upcoming scientific conference. ...
  • In China meat scandal, McDonald's Japan switches to Thai chicken, no nuggets in Hong Kong

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:19 am
    McDonald's Corp has suspended sales of chicken nuggets and other items in Hong Kong after it said it imported products from Shanghai Husi Food, the U.S.-owned Chinese company at the center of a food safety scare in China. McDonald's said it imported certain products from Shanghai Husi between July last year and June this year, although no food items from the Shanghai supplier remained in stock. In Japan, McDonald's Holdings Co (Japan) said on Friday it would halt all imports of chicken products from China and shift that business to Thailand, boosting purchases from existing…
  • WHO calls for humanitarian corridor to evacuate Gaza wounded

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    The World Health Organization (WHO) called on Friday for a humanitarian corridor to be set up in Gaza to allow aid workers to evacuate the wounded and bring in life-saving medicines. "WHO calls for the creation of a humanitarian corridor for the evacuation of the injured, as well as for the supply of life-saving medicines. The humanitarian corridor should extend to protect the safe passage of patients to access crossing points and exit outside the Gaza Strip for medical care." (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay;
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    WHO news

  • WHO welcomes global momentum on viral hepatitis

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, WHO welcomes new progress in tackling one of the world’s most serious diseases. Viral hepatitis – a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E – affects millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic liver disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year. “For years, viral hepatitis has been largely neglected,” says Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General at WHO. “But now we are beginning to see greater awareness and global momentum building to tackle it.”
  • WHO Statement on Mr Glenn Thomas, WHO Media Officer who died in the MH17 plane

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    It is with deep sadness that we have to inform you that WHO lost one of our colleagues on the Malaysian Airlines crash yesterday. Glenn Thomas from the Department of Communications was travelling to the International AIDS Conference in Australia. His twin sister says he died doing what he loved. Glenn had been with WHO for more than a decade. He came here from the BBC and spent many years providing communications support to the TB Department. Since 2012 he had been working on the media team in the Department of Communications, regularly hosting press conferences and working with journalists…
  • Stop TB Partnership Board to move secretariat

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    WHO welcomes the decision by the Stop TB Partnership (STBP) Board to move its secretariat’s hosting and administrative arrangements, which have been provided by WHO since the partnership was founded in 2001, to the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The move will occur early in 2015. The move will not change the close and complementary collaboration and working relationship between WHO and the STBP as they fulfil their respective mandates. WHO will continue its leading role in the fight against tuberculosis, setting global policy and targets, leading work to establish norms…
  • WHO: People most at risk of HIV are not getting the health services they need

    11 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Failure to provide adequate HIV services for key groups – men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people – threatens global progress on the HIV response, warns WHO. These people are most at risk of HIV infection yet are least likely to have access to HIV prevention, testing and treatment services. In many countries they are left out of national HIV plans, and discriminatory laws and policies are major barriers to access.
  • Member States commit to reduce preventable deaths from heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes and lung disease

    11 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    UN Member States have reaffirmed their commitment to take bold measures to reduce the avoidable burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). These ailments, including heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes and lung disease kill 38 million people every year, many of them before they reach the age of 70. Most of these largely preventable deaths occur in developing countries, where this epidemic threatens to undermine social and economic development. Member States, gathered for the second time in 3 years at the United Nations in New York to discuss this topic, pledged to intensify efforts to…
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    Experience Life

  • Our Favorites: September 2014 Nutrition Products (Slideshow)

    Experience Life Staff
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Super Snack These protein-packed blends from Navitas Naturals combine organic nuts with tasty superfoods like maca powder and goji berries. About $6–$10 at natural markets or www.navitasnaturals.com. Keep Your Cool U-Konserve’s nontoxic, reusable ice packs come in sweat-free covers made from recycled plastic bottles. About $10 from www.kidskonserve.com. Tower of Power This handy stacking tiffin lunchbox from Sanctus Mundo makes it a joy to take a full healthy meal with accompanying side dishes to work or school. $23 from www.mightynest.com or www.sanctusmundo.com. Carry Water Stout,…
  • Our Favorites: September 2014 Fitness Products (Slideshow)

    Experience Life Staff
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Improve Your Swing The Swingbyte analyzer is like having your own personal golf coach. A sensor attaches easily to your golf club and delivers a 3D image of your swing to an app on your mobile device or tablet — and includes tips for refinement. $169 from www.swingbyte.com. Bar None Free of gluten, soy, dairy, and refined sugar, Skout Organic Trailbars taste better than they sound. Made in Oregon from organic fruits, nuts, and little else. About $3 at natural markets or from www.skoutorganic.com. Proud Heritage Sanborn canoe paddles are crafted and hand-painted in Winona, Minn., with…
  • Our Favorites: July/August 2014 Lifestyle Products (Slideshow)

    Experience Life Staff
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Rest Easy By the Yard makes handsome lawn and porch furniture from recycled milk jugs. Its Adirondack chair is built for long and leisurely sitting, and it has wide arm rests that comfortably support a cup of coffee or a cold lemonade. Starting at $319 from www.bytheyard.net. I Spy Ideal for tucking in a backpack or jacket pocket on a nature walk, these illustrated guides from Nature Study Guild Publishers put you on a first-name basis with flowers, ferns, and trees. About $5 apiece from www.naturestudy.com. Get Grounded Barefooters provide the comfort of bare feet and the protection of a…
  • Obesity Harms Brain Functions

    Experience Life Staff
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Beyond the physical health issues associated with obesity, it may also impair our brains, new research finds. The same study also shows that exercise may help combat obesity-related cognitive decline. In studies on mice, scientists at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Ga., found that mice with excess body fat displayed poor brain function and diminished memory compared with leaner rodents. According to the study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the cognitive decline in obese mice resulted from pro-inflammatory cytokines — substances secreted by immune cells that serve as…
  • Take Action ChallengeWeek 3 Overview: Start and end your days well

    Experience Life Staff
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Overcoming Barriers “I have to much to do and can’t spare this much time.” If you need to shorten the process to 15 minutes — or even five — on a given night, that’s fine. Just strive for a longer wind-down tomorrow, and schedule it into your calendar if that helps. A good night’s sleep will net you hours of increased productivity and vitality. “I simply don’t have the energy — I just want to go to bed.”  Doing a slow-paced wind-down gets your recovery process started sooner, and ensures you rest more deeply so you’ll have more energy tomorrow. To…
 
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    CalorieLab - Health News & Information Blog

  • The Lesson of ‘Doubly Labeled Water’: We Underestimate What We Eat and Overestimate Our Activity

    CalorieLab
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Preparting for a Doubly Labeled Water Test – (CC BY-NC 2.0) Michael Wyszomierski I’ve written in the past about how important it is to do the calorie math to control our weight, calories available versus calories used. Calorie availability refers to intake, uptake and distribution of calories, i.e., eating, and calorie use to activity level and the burning of calories. This way, you’re able to account for factors such as metabolic rate, the influence of disease, hormonal levels, drug usage, and the intensity and timing of exercise activity. But if there were a test for…
  • The Truth about Gluten: It May Not be Such a Problem after All

    CalorieLab
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    (CC BY-SA 2.0) Whatsername?/Flickr Gluten is nowhere near the bogeyman that many think it is We seem to be, as a nation, currently in the grip of a kind of “gluten-free” mania. We have become so spooked by the idea of gluten in our diets, let alone our bodies, that you’d think the stuff was radioactive. It has gotten to the point that “Gluten free!” is now what “No trans fats!” used to be: a virtual requirement in savvy food product labeling. There are dozens of food items that have never had a molecule of gluten in them that now proclaim themselves…
  • Dr. J on Medical Condition Terminology: Critical, Serious, Fair, Good, and Guarded

    CalorieLab
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    (CC BY 2.0) Navy Medicine/Flickr INT. FOYER OF THE CHEZ J MANSION – LATE EVENING It was a hard day’s evening. I had been in the operating room from early morning and had just gotten home. The phone rang. “Dr J, I am a reporter from the Sun and you are the surgeon of record for the County Commissioner’s son. What is the patient’s condition?” I thought for a few moments. “Ah … guarded,” was my fatigued reply. “Guarded? What does that mean?” My mind said, “I’m not really sure, but I’ve heard that on the TV soap…
  • Researchers: Subtract 10 years of aging by avoiding smoking and other negative lifestyle behaviors

    CalorieLab
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Courtesy Preventative Medicine In a recent CalorieLab column, I wrote about the six healthy lifestyle behaviors that needed our compliance. Now a new study out of Switzerland confirms that not only will these actions add years to our lives, but it has produced a chart that predicts at what age we’ll die based on our lifestyle behaviors. Although the idea the a healthy lifestyle will delay aging, this new study is one of the first to demonstrate, as lead author Eva Martin-Diener puts it, that “[a] healthy lifestyle can help you stay ten years younger.” Smoking, junk food,…
  • Chinese researchers find lead connection to childhood behavior problems

    CalorieLab
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Ed Yourdon/Flickr During my pediatric rotation in medical school I learned about the dangers, especially to children, from lead poisoning. There are still many sources of lead in our environment, including older paint, exhaust fumes burning of coal and other fuels, batteries, solder, pipes, pottery, roofing materials, and cosmetics. As I was exposed to many of these while living in an old home on a narrow big city street I decided to ask one of my teachers about it in class one day: “Doctor, how long will it take for all the lead that I have absorbed from living here…
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    EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion

  • ‘The Fosters’ Takes on Late-Term Abortion: That Happened

    Libby Lowe
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    ColumnABC Family’s “The Fosters” tackles late-term abortion—and gets it right. A recent episode of “The Fosters” featuring a character getting a late-term abortion has me rethinking my regular viewing habits—unless “Stick It”, the classic Missy Peregrym/Jeff Bridges movie about a non-conformist gymnast is on, you’ll rarely find me watching ABC Family. In case you’re not up to date with ABC Family’s show, “The Fosters“, here’s a little background. First: J-Lo is the producer. Second: The central characters are an interracial…
  • 4 Deliciously Natural Soap Fragrances for a Neutral and Clean Kitchen Aroma

    Jen Wallace
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    What are the best natural soap scents for your kitchen? Anyone who has ever chopped garlic cloves knows that a strong, fresh, natural soap scent is needed to combat the residual garlic smell that can happen. An effective, yet gentle, soap is needed in the kitchen to help you clean up after cooking that delicious marina. There are some necessary parameters for a great kitchen natural soap though. It should be gentle on your skin, effective at neutralizes strong odors, good for the environment (and the animals), smell great and be a neutral enough scent to work for all the cooks in your…
  • 9 of the Best Summer Handbags to Buy Right Now

    Krissy Brady
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The best summer handbags for that active lifestyle of yours. While no wardrobe is complete without a selection of summer handbags, there’s always “the one” – that one bag that is effortlessly versatile and looks good with any outfit (even the one you wear on laundry day). If you’ve yet to find your arm candy for the season or are looking for a change, we’ve scoured the web to find the best summer handbags for any adventure. Here are our top 9 arm (and shoulder) candy picks: 1. Woven Daydream Tote This is one of those summer handbags that screams “no muss, no fuss.” Designed by…
  • More Benefits of Being Vegetarian: You Live Longer and So Does the Environment (Hopefully)

    Sara Novak
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you’ve been a vegetarian for any length of time you likely knew this in the back of your mind. You might have even become a vegetarian for one of these reasons. But hard evidence like this makes it much easier to argue your point at the dinner table and feel good about passing on the ribeye. Understanding the benefits of being vegetarian makes the diet that much more appealing. I originally cut out meat because I moved to a place with few organic and free range options and then gradually realized that (1) I didn’t really need meat and (2) It’s cruel to eat it anyway. Here are a few…
  • Whirlpool Doesn’t Live Up to Energy Star Labels, Wants Congress to Ban Consumers’ Right to Sue

    Sara Novak
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Lawsuits, though often unpleasant in nature, are set in place so that individuals and companies stay within the law. When individuals or companies, don’t live up to promised expectations, they’re made accountable. Unless of course you’re Whirlpool and you’re tired of getting sued for not actually living up to the Energy Star label. Whirlpool wants Congress to ban class action lawsuits over Energy Star labels after government testing showed that many products that carried the label, didn’t meet the requirements. Energy Star has seen its share of enforcement problems and a host of…
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    Evidence in Motion

  • Five Ways to Leverage Your Team’s Strengths to Effect Positive Change in Your Practice

    Heidi Jannenga
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    Last month, I wrote about how my company is planning to leverage a strategic partnership opportunity to impact our industry in a huge way. Today, I wanted to bring it back down to the individual level and talk about how you, as a leader, can leverage your team’s strengths to effect positive change in your […] The post Five Ways to Leverage Your Team’s Strengths to Effect Positive Change in Your Practice appeared first on Evidence in Motion.
  • Deeper Reflections from Manipalooza & “The Rollercoaster of Professional Life”

    Tim Flynn PT PhD
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    From my colleague Dr. John Zapanta July 2014 will be my anniversary of practicing physical therapy for 2 years. May 2012, I gradu-ated with the most expensive thing I have ever owned – a piece of paper that said “Doctor of Physical Therapy”. Through the short but career shaping fruitful 2 years of being a […] The post Deeper Reflections from Manipalooza & “The Rollercoaster of Professional Life” appeared first on Evidence in Motion.
  • Reflections on Manipalooza 2014

    Tim Flynn PT PhD
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    Thanks to my colleague John Zapanta for sharing his reflections with the EIM community. Last May from the 17th-19th the Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists (ColPTs) team closed its doors to attend “Manipalooza” an event held by Evidence in Motion (EIM) at the University of Colorado Denver. Manipalooza is a specialized physical therapy (PT) conference described as […] The post Reflections on Manipalooza 2014 appeared first on Evidence in Motion.
  • Returning to our Roots: Integrating Musculoskeletal and Neuromuscular Physical Therapy

    Craig A. Fox
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    One of the frustrations I’ve had over the years involves the idea of specialization.  From a student’s initial clinical rotation where they work on a specialization team or patient type, to their first job where we integrate new graduates into a department’s team role, to the clinical specialist that is phenomenal in their specialty but […] The post Returning to our Roots: Integrating Musculoskeletal and Neuromuscular Physical Therapy appeared first on Evidence in Motion.
  • 5 Things Learned Via Mountain Biking

    Selena Horner
    6 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    The wisest advice I ever received 4 years ago from a high school buddy: Focus on where you want to be NOT on what you want to avoid. I had to get back with him on the value of that advice a year later when I tackled the same off road triathlon. He was perfectly […] The post 5 Things Learned Via Mountain Biking appeared first on Evidence in Motion.
 
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    Stirrup Queens

  • 504th Friday Blog Roundup

    Mel
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    Ooooh, this is so trippy, but it totally worked for me. By this point, I get how he did it, but without touching the pause button or doing anything other than watch and play along (it’s only a minute video), tell me if it worked for you.  Make sure you watch all the way to […]
  • The Weirdness of Not Going to BlogHer

    Mel
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    This is the first year since 2008 that I’m not going to BlogHer.  It feels very weird to be reading about everyone else getting ready to go and not packing myself.  I mean, I know the vast majority of people reading this blog experience that yearly.  But consider how odd you would feel if you […]
  • The Glym.ph

    Mel
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    I put the period in the middle of the name because I live in fear of my childrens’ Googling savviness. It began with needing to cut the ChickieNob’s nails. She was not in the mood to have her nails cut. She wanted to read more Harry Potter. “I have to cut your nails in case […]
  • Going Rate for the Tooth Fairy

    Mel
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    The Tooth Fairy allowed the ChickieNob to keep the tooth she lost at the White House.  You know, because it’s special.  Normally the Tooth Fairy snatches those suckers up: if you want the cash, you need to relinquish the tooth.  But the Tooth Fairy understood that this one had sentimental value. The ChickieNob has no […]
  • What My Child Lost at the White House

    Mel
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    So, the kids went to cover the Kids’ State Dinner again at the White House on Friday.  (Click on that link to read their article!)  It’s obviously a mind-blowing, wonderful event that makes you want to go home and eat a salad. And then there was this. We were sitting in the press pen, waiting […]
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    Carla Birnberg

  • Progress – not perfectionIST (guest post).

    Carla
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Carla recently sent out a guest post request for the topic ‘Progress, not perfection.’ I jumped at the opportunity to guest post for her for a couple reasons. One, because I love reading words from this wise mizfit, and it’s an honor to contribute to her blog. Two, because it has been somewhat of a mantra for me. Perfectionism is a personal struggle. A struggle I’ve become better at taming. Some of my perfectionist faults are material. We recently bought a new house, and I want the house to be ‘perfect’ now. I want to buy ALL the things to make my house…
  • Venus, you looked STRONG out there today!

    Carla
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    (“photo” credit: the eight year old.) I felt strong, Carla! I’m in awe at how you juggle three tennis balls without breaking a sweat!  That’s amazing! Thanks! Ive worked really hard on this skill.  It took me forever to master, but now I rock it. Yep. I’m hanging over at Venus’ place today and we’re talking COMPLIMENTS. Giving. Accepting. And, most importantly, not doing the ole “brush off” move. Join me?   Venus Williams’ EleVen brand is a client.  This isn’t a sponsored post–but I do freakin love her and work…
  • Meditation #wycwyc style

    Carla
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Recently the Tornado had a hard morning.  She struggled. She was unable to lick her forearms. I was unable to help her feel better.  Mid-DoodleWalk she plopped and, as she phrases it, tried to compose herself.  It reminded me meditation need not be long or formal.  Meditation can happen anywhere at any time. Meditation is really 3 short steps: Stop walking & notice how your child self-soothes. Drop wherever you are and follow suit. Meditate as best you can and as fits your mood.     The post Meditation #wycwyc style appeared first on Carla Birnberg.
  • Everyone has a hard.

    Carla
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    (to The Chairman this is a hard) Ive long known everyone has a hard. Ive long believed in and been a champion of the quote: Recently Ive been more reminded of this than ever. Recently a few women—merely in passing and in the most matter of fact of ways—have shared their hard with me. I’d had no idea how HARD these women’s hards were. It’s not so much they silently bear their burdens and more they accept their HARD as a temporary part of life and shoulder it without complaint. Without complaint. (sometimes I wanna lament my hard) These women did not counter my…
  • The tattoo stories

    Carla
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    To my chagrin I had no idea yesterday was National Tattoo Day.  I be celebrating up in herre today. And yes. Just possibly. Definitely maybe. With a tiny new piece of ink. When people ask about my tattoos (why did you get them? do they mean anything? will you regret them?) I respond: For me a tattoo is ‘right’ if it feels as though it has always been there & just ROSE TO THE SURFACE when the needle hit my skin. I’m not sure this helps much if you’re a person who doesn’t care for ink, but in my mind it makes total sense. All of my art–from Suess to…
 
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    A Trail Runner's Blog

  • Ugh...DNS for the Tahoe Rim Trail 100m

    Scott Dunlap
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Well, it appears I am a Do Not Start (DNS) for the Tahoe Rim Trail 100m this Saturday. Even worse, it is all self-inflicted. AAAAGGGHH! (as Charlie Brown would say)It's a good lesson that even those of us who consider ourselves great time jugglers can blow it. A little over-scheduling leads to a calendar with no flexibility, and the the next thing you know, you're way off your training plan, sick a few days before the race, and exhausted before the race even begins. It's dreadful how easily it can creep up on you:I start the year, and my calendar is totally blank. I'm committing to TRT100!
  • Trails In Motion Film Festival Coming to Sunnyvale, CA on Aug 7th & 14th

    Scott Dunlap
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:43 am
    The Trails In Motion Film Festival is returning to California! On August 7th and 14th at 6pm, Robert Rhoades and the BayTrailrunners will host this fine collection of trail running-related films on the big screen at Sports Basement in Sunnyvale, CA. Tickets are selling quickly - you can get yours at UltraSignup. I attended the Trails In Motion Film Festival in Ithaca, NY, a few weeks ago and it is truly a blast! Each of the 11 short films/documentaries present an intimate glimpse into our beloved sport from all over the globe, whether it’s Spanish trail running champion Emelie Lecomte…
  • Do's and Do Not's of Running Your First Marathon - The Latest Gold from The Oatmeal

    Scott Dunlap
    18 Jun 2014 | 12:54 pm
    If you aren't already familiar with The Oatmeal (of BLERCH fame), you should check out Matthew Inman's comic genius for runners. His latest, the Do's and Don'ts of Running Your First Marathon, has some classic insights. Here are a few of my favorites:(Read that commentary on the photo order site...so true!)Be sure to head to The Oatmeal to see all of it, and check out his upcoming book, The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run, now available for pre-order.Fun!
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    Marijke: nurse turned writer

  • Why you have to take health articles with a grain of salt (or a ton, in this case)

    Marijke Vroomen-Durning
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    This morning, a Facebook friend posted a link to a story that declared that if you used sunscreen, you were more likely to die than if you didn't. In fact, the intro was: "According to a June 2014 article featured in The Independent (UK), a major study conducted by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that women who avoid sunbathing during the summer are twice as likely to die as those who sunbathe every day."There is so much wrong with this sentence and the whole article itself. First of all, we all die. At least, at this point we still all die. What the future holds in…
  • Duh studies not just for the public

    Marijke Vroomen-Durning
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:03 am
    And we have another Duh Study for the Duh Study files.A couple of weeks ago, I came across a study that told radiologists that the newer CT scanners exposed their patients to less radiation than the older ones. Considering that this is one of the goals when researchers develop the new machines, I figured that was pretty well a Duh Study. Almost like telling physicians that oxygen helps people live (that was a comment from my editor for this client). But today I came across yet another Duh Study meant for radiologists. Did you know that the more experience you have reading mammograms,…
  • Final week blogathon round-up

    Marijke Vroomen-Durning
    29 Jun 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Week 4 is over and this week has been a bit challenging in terms of finding topics I wanted to write about. Here is what we discussed:Yesterday, June 28, I posted about three blogs I like, as well as a list of over 100 bloggers who were also participating in this blogathon.On Friday, I addressed a question I get frequently - "Have I read anything you've written?" Maybe...maybe not!Thursday's post was an excuse to write about my quilting, in a piece about how crafting is good for the brain. I put some nice photos too. :-)Wednesday's post was about soccer and head injuries. I watched the…
  • Over 100 bloggers!

    Marijke Vroomen-Durning
    28 Jun 2014 | 11:59 am
    As a writer, I am fortunate to know many other writers - and several of them have blog, sites, or projects of their own. So today, I wanted to share with you three that I like. I hope I'm not hurting any feelings by not writing about all the blogs I like, but there would be so many and I'd still accidentally leave some out.Jennifer Fink, a nurse, health writer, and mom to four boys started a new venture last year, BuildingBoys.net. She has great stuff on the issues surrounding raising boys. In my opinion, it's worth reading even if you don't have a son or your sons are grown up. I know some…
  • Have I read anything you've written?

    Marijke Vroomen-Durning
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    When people find out that I'm a health writer, one of the first questions I'm usually asked is "Do you write for magazines?" or "Have I read anything you've written?" The first question is easy - yes, I have. The second one, I'm never really sure what to answer. It's possible that you may have read something I wrote without knowing it.Much of what I write isn't bylined. That means it doesn't say "By Marijke Vroomen Durning" under the title or at the end. There are several reasons for this. I may be hired to write content for a site, as I do for Sepsis Alliance. I may write brochures or…
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    CasesBlog - Medical and Health Blog

  • Top medicine articles for July 2014

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    A collection of some interesting medical articles published recently:Migraines Linked to Increased Risk of 'Silent Strokes' http://buff.ly/1hTE5RuDoctor’s Salaries Are Not the Big Cost - NYTimes http://buff.ly/QWe2lx -- "There is a startling secret behind America’s health care hierarchy: Physicians, the most highly trained members in the industry’s work force, are on average right in the middle of the compensation pack. That is because the biggest bucks are currently earned not through the delivery of care, but from overseeing the business of medicine.The base pay of insurance…
  • Pancreatic Cancer - 2014 update from Am Fam Physician

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Pancreatic cancer remains the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Risk factors include:- family history- smoking- chronic pancreatitis- obesity- diabetes mellitus- heavy alcohol use- possible dietary factorsSymptomsBecause more than two-thirds of adenocarcinomas occur in the head of the pancreas, abdominal pain, jaundice, pruritus, dark urine, and acholic stools may be presenting symptoms. DiagnosisIn symptomatic patients, the serum tumor marker cancer antigen 19-9 can be used to confirm the diagnosis and to predict prognosis and recurrence after resection.
  • Exercise may keep you young - how exactly? (DW video)

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    How exercise keeps us young | In Good Shape - DW Interview - YouTube http://buff.ly/1hNElr1 -- The sports medicine expert Dr. Fernando Dimeo explains why. Posted at Clinical Cases and Images. Stay updated and subscribe, follow us on Twitter and connect on Facebook.
  • Two years ago, Jon Lord, legendary Deep Purple keyboard player, "passed from Darkness to Light"

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    Performed in front of a live TV audience, Deep Purple storm through 'Child In Time', featuring the classic Mark II line up of Gillan/Glover/Lord/Paice/Blackmore:Jon Lord passed away on July 16, 2012 at age 71, from pancreatic cancer and pulmonary embolism.From Jon Lord's official website:Jon Lord, the legendary keyboard player with Deep Purple co-wrote many of the bands legendary songs including Smoke On The Water and played with many bands and musicians throughout his career.Best known for his Orchestral work Concerto for Group & Orchestra first performed at Royal Albert Hall with…
  • Elbow Pain in Adults - 2014 review from Am Fam Physician

    14 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    The elbow is a complex joint designed to withstand a wide range of dynamic exertional forces. The location and quality of elbow pain can generally localize the injury to one of the four anatomic regions: anterior, medial, lateral, or posterior. The history should include questions about the onset of pain, what the patient was doing when the pain started, and the type and frequency of athletic and occupational activities. What are the common causes?- Lateral and medial epicondylitis are two of the more common diagnoses and often occur as a result of occupational activities. Patients have pain…
 
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    HealthNewsReview.org

  • What the public doesn’t see about pharma trying to buy influence

    Gary Schwitzer
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    The big European Society of Cardiology world congress will be held in Barcelona next month. Larry Husten of Cardiobrief.org shared an invitation he received from a PR company, which read, in part: “…for an internal event organized by Sanofi Regeneron (PCSK9) on August 30 in Barcelona, we are looking for a moderator for the whole day to animate the plenary session of the meeting. This moderator should be able to speak in front of 250 people, to animate the different roundtables organized during the day between KOL, patients and Sanofi Regeneron teams, and to “interview”…
  • Robotic roundup: Useful? Or little clinical value?…”robotic invasion”…outpaces evidence

    Gary Schwitzer
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    Here’s another of our periodic roundups of robotic surgery news, some of which doesn’t get much attention in the mainstream news media. Forbes has hosted a little back-and-forth about robotic surgery in recent weeks.  First, Robert Pearl, MD, chief executive of the Permanente Medical Group, included a discussion of robotic surgery in his piece, “America’s Broken Health Care System: The Role of Drug, Device Manufacturers.” Excerpt: Laparoscopic surgery was a miracle advancement. Hardly the same story as the prostate surgery robot. Mention “robot” to most…
  • Niacin news provides another example of how surrogate outcomes don’t tell whole story

    Gary Schwitzer
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    In his weekly journal review, Dr. Richard Lehman points out another classic example of how you can’t jump to conclusions just because a drug has an impact on a surrogate outcome.  It’s the big stuff we should focus on – not the surrogates.  He writes: Niacin is an abundant natural B vitamin, which lowers bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol. What’s not to like? Well, niacin, unfortunately. In doses that make any difference to lipid levels, it is very likely to make you feel sick, get flushes and/or rashes, and/or feel muscle pains. So Merck decided to market it…
  • Journalists jump at chance to say “fart” in a story; botch what study & news release said

    Gary Schwitzer
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    This is like the old game of telephone. Communicate a message from person to person to person and watch how the original message disintegrates. The message in question started as a basic research paper in the journal Medicinal Chemistry Communications – entitled: The synthesis and functional evaluation of a mitochondria-targeted hydrogen sulfide donor, (10-oxo-10-(4-(3-thioxo-3H-1,2-dithiol-5-yl)phenoxy)decyl)triphenylphosphonium bromide (AP39) That journal is not quite on the regular reading lists of newsrooms around the globe.  Ah, but that’s why universities issue news…
  • One physician’s story: An Egregious Example of Ordering Unnecessary Tests

    Gary Schwitzer
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    Harriet Hall writes on the Science-Based Medicine website about a 21-year old man seeing a board-certified family physician for a routine physical.  Excerpt: This young man is healthy, has no complaints, has no past history of any significant health problems and no family history of any disease. The patient just asked for a routine physical and did not request any tests; the doctor ordered labwork without saying what tests he was ordering, and the patient assumed that it was a routine part of the physical exam. The patient’s insurance paid only $13.09 and informed him that he was…
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    NEW! from PostpartumProgress.com

  • Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis: Part 2

    Esther Dale
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Trigger Warning: This is part 2 of a 2 part story (part 1 can be read here) of my misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis after giving birth in 2009. This post contains some references and details about Postpartum OCD, Intrusive Thoughts, miscarriage, and D&C. If you are feeling particularly vulnerable and prone to triggers, you may […] The post Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis: Part 2 appeared first on postpartum depression | Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsThe idea of a book like this has occurred to me before, as has ... by Esther…
  • Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis: Part 1

    Esther Dale
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    Trigger Warning: This is part 1 of a 2 part story of my misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis after giving birth in 2009. This post contains some references and details about Postpartum OCD and Intrusive Thoughts. If you are feeling particularly vulnerable and prone to triggers, you may want to avoid this post until a later […] The post Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis: Part 1 appeared first on postpartum depression | Postpartum Progress.        Related Storieswww.postpartumprogress.com/postpartum-depression-risk-factors-2How My Doctors Missed My…
  • The emotional aftermath of pregnancy loss

    Esther Dale
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Trigger Warning: pregnancy loss, D&C If you are feeling particularly vulnerable/sensitive, you may want to skip this post or may need to stop reading part way through. If that’s the case, here’s a video of pandas playing on a slide. Actually, even if that’s not the case you may still want to watch the video […] The post The emotional aftermath of pregnancy loss appeared first on postpartum depression | Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsThank you for this post. All too often we don't discuss infant ... by Lauren…
  • What if you’re not better?

    Robin Farr
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Last week was a big week here at Postpartum Progress. It was the site’s 10th anniversary, and therefore the 10th anniversary of Katherine’s start as a powerful advocate for women with postpartum depression and similar mood disorders. In celebrating that anniversary, you may have seen stories from a whole list of women who credit Katherine and […] The post What if you’re not better? appeared first on postpartum depression | Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsThank you for this. by KassOh how I wish I had read that six…
  • A Whole Lotta Warrior Moms Say Thank You, Katherine, for 10 AMAZING Years

    Lauren Hale
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    I dove headfirst into blogging about Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders because of Karen Kleiman. But I grew into an online advocate because of Katherine Stone. She embraced me as I fumbled through the early days of running a blog, a website for struggling women, and my third pregnancy after two terrifying episodes of Postpartum […] The post A Whole Lotta Warrior Moms Say Thank You, Katherine, for 10 AMAZING Years appeared first on postpartum depression | Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsYou already know this but I sniffled my way…
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    Medgadget

  • IMRIS Can Now Use Latest Scanners within VISIUS Intraoperative MRI System in Europe

    Editors
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    IMRIS, a maker of surgical suites that feature MRI and CT scanners, just got cleared in Europe to introduce the latest MRI scanners into its VISIUS Surgical Theatre. The company will now be offering the Siemens Aera 1.5T or the more powerful Skyra 3.0T MRIs within the suite. The MR scanner can be rolled in and out of the operating room as needed and two ORs can be connected by the overhead rails to share one scanner. “These high-field intraoperative scanner options will give a hospital’s clinical team state-of-the-art applications and image quality that increase productivity,” said…
  • Heart and Respiratory Rate Detectors Integrated Into Seat Belts, Car Seats

    Editors
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Readers of Medgadget are well aware of non-invasive heart and respiratory rate monitoring, but the technology that’s been getting popular for clinical patient monitoring is now being used to detect when car drivers are getting drowsy. Researchers from Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia (Biomechanics Institute – IBV) in Spain led the effort to integrate sensors into a car’s seat and seatbelt that can continuously track the heart beat and breathing of the driver. The system compensates for vibrations arising from the car , as well as for the driver’s movement within…
  • New 3D Tissue Printing Technique Being Adapted to Culture Adult Neural Stem Cells

    Editors
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Adult neural stem cells are thought of as having a lot of potential for therapeutic applications, but they are fragile and difficult to keep alive in cell culture media (Petri dishes), making them a challenge to study. In order to provide a more hospitable environment, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are working on printing 3-D tissues that will stay alive and supply the neural stem cells with nutrients and oxygen. The researchers created a 3-D tissue printer that lays down cells, hydrogels, and other components layer by layer. They also mimicked vascular channels that…
  • Boston Scientific Releases POLARIS Intravascular Ultrasound System

    Editors
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Boston Scientific has announced it’s releasing the POLARIS Imaging System, a device used with the company’s intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) catheters. It’s designed for use with the company’s existing coronary, peripheral, and intra-cardiac catheters, as well as upcoming fractional flow reserve (FFR) wire and new IVUS catheters that Boston Sci expects to release soon. The company aimed to make the POLARIS more intuitive to use than previous generation IVUS systems, helping shorten procedure times, while assisting with image interpretation. The system has received both…
  • Incredible New 3D Imaging Technique Provides New Way to Study Beating Hearts (VIDEO)

    Editors
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    A reconstructed beating heart of a zebrafish embryo with the muscle layer (myocardium) in red and the endothelium (endocardium and vasculature) in cyan. © MPI f. Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics/ Huisken While we know quite a bit about the heart’s dynamics, there are a lot of details that we surely are still unaware of that can be gleaned only if we could see inside the beating organ in situ. A team of researchers at Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany has developed a new laboratory technique that allows them to image in 3D and at high…
 
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    KevinMD.com

  • Incorporate empathy in patient interactions

    <a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/edward-leigh" rel="tag">Edward Leigh</a>
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    A popular television commercial shows a group of older women playing cards. One woman talks about her friend who is struggling financially since her husband died (the husband only had a small life insurance policy). Another lady said that she doesn’t have to worry about that happening since her husband has an XYZ insurance policy. The other ladies immediately ask about the policy. Then a TV pitchman describes the policy details and how to purchase it.  What this commercial illustrates is that the viewers were first captured by the emotional element of the story, then the viewers received…
  • Top stories in health and medicine, July 25, 2014

    <a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/medpage-today" rel="tag">MedPage Today</a>
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    From MedPage Today: Vitamin D Megadoses Safe in Frail Elderly. Giving a very high dose of vitamin D — 20,000 IU per week — to older patients in nursing homes keeps them sufficient in the vitamin and appears to be safe. Medicare Tests Exceptions to 3-Day Rule. Medicare officials have allowed patients at dozens of hospitals participating in pilot projects across the country to be exempted from the controversial requirement that limits nursing home coverage to seniors admitted to a hospital for at least 3 days. Acetaminophen Fails in Back Pain Trial. The use of acetaminophen for…
  • Sometimes there is no substitute for a face to face visit with a doctor

    <a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/michael-kirsch" rel="tag">Michael Kirsch, MD</a>
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A 32-year-old woman recently came to see me for an opinion on stomach pain.  Why would I refuse to see her again?  Abdominal pain is an everyday occurrence for a gastroenterologist.  She was accompanied by her mother.  I had never met this woman previously. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how.
  • Don’t turn primary care into General Motors

    <a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/a-country-doctor" rel="tag">A Country Doctor, MD</a>
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When Uncle Will needed a hip replacement, he chose an orthopedic surgeon, Jason Brockman, and Mountain Memorial Hospital because of their excellent reputations for low complication rates and satisfied patients. The process reminded him of when he bought his first brand new truck. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how.
  • Wildly differing prices for the exact same medical service

    <a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/jay-warner" rel="tag">Jay Warner</a>
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Before losing my health insurance in 2009, it never occurred to me to be concerned about a little thing like a blood test.  Since 1986 I’d been having three vials of blood drawn each year during my physical.  My doctor would authorize it, the nurse would draw the blood in the office and send it to the lab for processing. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how.
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    SharpBrains

  • Shaping the Brain Fitness Movement: Preliminary Summit Agenda unveiled

    SharpBrains
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    We are pleased to announce the Preliminary Agenda for the 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (October 28-30th, 2014), featuring these world-class scientists, innovators and practitioners (and more coming soon!). Please consider joining us: Dr. Adam Gaz­za­ley, Direc­tor of the Neu­ro­science Imag­ing Cen­ter at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Francisco Aki Niko­laidis, NSF Fel­low at the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois Cham­paign Urbana Alex Doman, Co-founder of Sleep Genius Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO of SharpBrains Bill Pren­ovitz, Global Prod­uct and Ser­vice…
  • Why “disorders of the brain” deserve at least equal attention as cardiovascular diseases and cancer

    SharpBrains
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    G20 World Brain Mapping and Therapeutics Initiative Partners with EU Human Brain Project (DD&D): “According to the World Health Organization’s large-scale studies, about a third of the adult worldwide population suffer from a mental disorder such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. If also taken together with neurological disorders, such as dementia and stroke, these “disorders of the brain” account for 13% of the global disease burden. This surpasses both cardiovascular diseases (5%) and cancer (10%). Countries with the highest rate of burden included the USA, UK, Russia,…
  • Brain Resource raising $7m to expand corporate brain wellness offerings

    SharpBrains
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    BRC $7 million capital raising to expand sales (Investor Communication): “Brain Resource Limited (“BRC”) is pleased to announce that it has binding commitments to raise approximately A$7 million…BRC has to date successfully sold its on-line MyBrainSolutions product into two very large U.S. Brain Health markets that have very high needs: US Corporate Employee Wellness programs (a $5B market); and Addiction Clinics (a $50B market). Customers and Distributors include Fortune 500 companies including Aetna, Cisco, Mercer, Nationwide, American Express as well as industry leading…
  • Debunking Myers-Briggs personality test: Can we pigeon­hole people?

    SharpBrains
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless (Vox): “The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is probably the most widely used personality test in the world…The only problem? The test is completely meaningless… The test claims that, based on 93 questions, it can group all the people of the world into 16 different discrete “types”…Even Jung warned that his personality “types” were just rough tendencies he’d observed, rather than strict classifications. Several analyses have shown the test is totally ineffective at predicting people’s success in various jobs, and that about half…
  • Upgrading Education and Health in light of Neuroscience: The Frontier of Gaming?

    SharpBrains
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    We had a great event last Thursday in London to discuss the future of applied neuroscience and gaming. Thank you, Brainbow/ Peak team, for hosting us, and Strategic North for helping promote it! Many insights were shared. Perhaps one of the main take-aways was the significant opportunity at hand to leverage big data in order to personalize and refine brain training methodologies, helping brain training transfer from the training itself into real-world benefits that enhance the user’s personal and professional life. To learn more: Book — The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness:…
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    The Health Care Blog

  • Are Patient Privacy Laws Being Abused to Protect Medical Centers?

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    By CHARLES ORNSTEIN This story was co-published with NPR’s “Shots” blog. In the name of patient privacy, a security guard at a hospital in Springfield, Missouri, threatened a mother with jail for trying to take a photograph of her own son. In the name of patient privacy , a Daytona Beach, Florida, nursing home said it couldn’t cooperate […]
  • Halbig corpus interruptus

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    By Matthew Holt In more stunning proof that America’s 18th century style governing process just doesn’t work, a subset of a regional Federal court ruled against part of Obamacare. The Halbig ruling is certain to be overturned by the full DC court and then probably will stay that way after it makes it’s way through […]
  • Halbig Decision Puts Obamacare Back on the Front Burner and Will Give GOP a Massive Political Headache

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    By ROBERT LASZEWSKI 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 […]
  • The Answer To the Doctor Shortage Isn’t More Doctors

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:37 am
    By JOSHUA LIU, MD The answer to the doctor shortage isn’t more doctors Yesterday, the New York Time’s Editorial Board published a piece on the shortage of physicians in the United States and what’s needed for healthcare workforce redesign. It’s a good, concise piece about the common thinking around the gap between the needs of our growing […]
  • OpenFDA – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:11 am
    By BRIAN OVERSTREET Adverse Event Reports Since 2004. Source: OpenFDA On June 3rd, the FDA launched OpenFDA, in an attempt to take large internal datasets and make them more accessible and usable by the developer and business community. OpenFDA is delivered in a search-based API that should enable software developers to more easily build applications based […]
 
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    Bad Science

  • Teaching science with bad science: resources for teachers

    Ben Goldacre
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    People often wring their hands over how to make science “relevant” to the public, or to young people. For me, this is an open goal: we are constantly barraged with health claims in popular culture, and evidence based medicine is the science of how we know what does good, and what does harm. Every popular claim is an […]
  • What statins tell us about the mess in evidence based medicine

    Ben Goldacre
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:10 am
    Sorry to be absent, I’ve about a zillion big things shortly coming to fruition, at which point expect a deluge. Everyone is having kittens about statins and the BMJ at the moment. Here’s what I wrote as a rabid response on the latest BMJ editorial about it, and a disco soundtrack to keep your attention […]
  • Statins have no side effects? What our study really found, its fixable flaws, and why trials transparency matters (again).

    Ben Goldacre
    13 Mar 2014 | 11:38 am
    Hi there, sorry to be absent (dayjob!). I was surprised to see a study I’m a co-author on getting some front page media play today, under the headline “Statins ‘have no side effects’”. That’s not what our paper found. But it was an interesting piece of work, with an odd result, looking at side effects […]
  • Blue Monday is churnalism. Again.

    Ben Goldacre
    20 Jan 2014 | 4:38 am
    I have two problems with Blue Monday. One is that there isn’t really any good evidence for seasonal variation in mood: www.badscience.net/2009/01/part-432-in-which-i-get-a-bit-overinterested-and-look-up-waaay-too-many-references/ The other is that serious mental health charities have been getting involved in using it, when they should be holding a line, advocating for patients based on good scientific evidence. When these charities […]
  • My BMJ editorial: we need routine audit of missing clinical trials

    Ben Goldacre
    15 Jan 2014 | 5:44 am
    I wrote this editorial in the British Medical Journal with the magnificent Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at Oxford. It’s about the Public Accounts Committee, progress on publication bias, and a suggestion for routine ongoing audit to give actionable information for decision-makers on how much information is missing. … While […]
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    Respectful Insolence

  • A sweaty crowdfunded misfire of science

    Orac
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    “Team aerobic” by Berner Kantonalturnfest 2010 (Utzenstorf, Bätterkinden, Kirchberg, Koppigen). Original uploader was Equilibrium suisse at de.wikipedia – Transferred from de.wikipedia; transferred to Commons by User:Boteas using CommonsHelper. (Original text: http://www.ktf2010.ch). Licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0-de via Wikimedia Commons. Few people know better than I that times are tough in the world of biomedical research. It’s been…
  • Legal thuggery directed at Steve Novella and Science-Based Medicine

    Orac
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    If there’s one characteristic of supporters of dubious medicine, it’s that they detest criticism. Whereas your average skeptic might not like criticism—sensitivity to criticism being a human trait and all—science- and evidence-based criticism tends to drive dubious medical practitioners (and, I might add, promoters of various other forms of woo) into paroxysms of anger. Not…
  • Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: Still an antivaccine crank after all these years

    Orac
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Only really long time readers will remember this, but back in the day (June 2005, to be exact), I discovered Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and his antivaccine nuttery when he published his epically bad piece of antivaccine conspiracy mongering, Deadly Immunity, both in Salon.com and Rolling Stone (the latter of which doubled down on it…
  • “Aversive” therapy for autism and developmental disorders?

    Orac
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ever since I started paying attention to quackery, in particular quackery used on autistic children, I’ve come across some bizarre articles. Of course, the vast majority of autism quackery is related to antivaccine beliefs and the need to “detoxify” autistic children from whatever toxins or mercury antivaccinationists think caused their children’s autism. If only it…
  • No, JAMA does not now recommend chiropractic care first for low back pain

    Orac
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Of all the alternative medical systems out there, chiropractic is one of the oddest. Unlike many of the others, it has a modicum of plausibility, at least for back problems due to musculoskeletal strains. After all, the science-based specialty of physical therapy uses spinal manipulation to treat back problems. Of course, the big difference between…
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    World of Psychology

  • Best of Our Blogs: July 25, 2014

    Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    We may not be conscious of it, but exercise is more often seen as self-torture than pleasure. We need to “whip our bodies in shape” because “no pain, no gain” right? There are even yoga classes stripped of its emphasis on soul and well-being. What’s left is another exercise striving to perfect Madonna’s buff arms and six-pack abs. In Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life, author Thomas Moore says, “Exercise could be more soulfully performed by emphasizing fantasy and imagination. Usually we are told how much…
  • 6 Tricks to Feel Happy Any Time of the Day (or Night!)

    Psych Central Staff
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Happiness is almost always possible, if you know how to look for it. Sometimes when you’re feeling sadness or grief or hopelessness, do you give up on feeling happy? Let’s try on a new habit — expecting at least tastes of happiness even in hard times. Here are 6 ways to experience happiness most any day. The 5 Easiest Ways to Be Happy — Bet You’re Not Doing #4 Notice, talk about, and write about what does feel good in your life today. It could be the pancakes for breakfast, the call to or from a dear friend, yoga at the gym, the flowers you saw on your walk, your…
  • How to Use Self-Talk to Improve Performance

    Marianne Stenger
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Do you ever talk to yourself? Although it’s not always a conscious habit, most of us practice self-talk on a daily basis, as a way of guiding, motivating or supporting ourselves. Maybe you’re heading to the store and start running through a list of all the items you need to buy. Or perhaps you’re trying to get through a particularly challenging task at work and find yourself whispering something like “Come on, focus, you can do this.” Over the years, research has shown that self-talk can boost productivity, motivation and confidence, and even help regulate emotions. “There is…
  • 5 Quick Ways to Calm Anxiety at Work

    Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    If you struggle with anxiety, you may find it especially tough to get things done at work. “Anxiety can be debilitating on its own, but in the workplace, it can be magnified immensely,” said Jennifer Hope, LCPC, a therapist who specializes in treating anxiety. With its often-fast pace and mounting demands, work can spike stress. One of Hope’s clients, who has generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), feels anxious most of the time and in most situations. When her anxiety is severe, she has a hard time completing any task. She’ll reread the same line in an email because she can’t focus on…
  • Finding Your Way through Adversity

    Matt Fried
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    On my last day of inpatient psychiatric treatment, I nervously asked the hospital’s program director if I could apply for a position there. I felt a thousand times better than the day I was brought into the system, which was in an ambulance after a suicide attempt. I felt like I could help others who had been through the same thing. I felt scared too, because if she said “No,” that meant I was being sent into the world to make my own path. She said no. It wasn’t what I wanted to hear, but it was what I needed to hear. Apparently many people recovering from a mental illness…
 
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    Blue Marble Feed | Mother Jones

  • Popular Anti-Science Site Likens Journalists to "Nazi Collaborators" Over GMO Coverage

    Mariah Blake
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    For years, Natural News—a conspiracy-minded alternative medicine website that attracts roughly 7 million unique visitors each month—has been crusading against the practice of genetically modifying food. This week the site's proprietor, Mike Adams, took the campaign to new extremes with a post comparing journalists who are critical of GMO activists to "Nazi collaborators." Adams also urged readers "to actively plan and carry out the killing of those engaged in heinous crimes against humanity." Below is a snippet from his anti-media diatribe: Monsanto is widely recognize as the most…
  • Study Finds Kids Prefer Healthier Lunches. School Food Lobby Refuses to Believe It.

    Kiera Butler
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    From all of the commotion around the new federal school lunch standards, you'd think they were really Draconian. Republican legislators have railed against them. Districts have threatened to opt out. The School Nutrition Association (SNA), the industry group that represents the nation's 55,000 school food employees, has officially opposed some of them—and doubled its lobbying in the months leading up to July 1, when some of the new rules took effect. Here's who doesn't mind the new standards: kids. For a study just published in the peer-reviewed journal Childhood Obesity, researchers…
  • California Farms Are Sucking Up Enough Groundwater to Put Rhode Island 17 Feet Under

    Julia Lurie
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    California, the producer of nearly half of the nation's fruits, veggies, and nuts, plus export crops—four-fifths of the world's almonds, for example—is entering its third driest year on record. Nearly 80 percent of the state is experiencing "extreme" or "exceptional" drought. In addition to affecting agricultural production the drought will cost the state billions of dollars, thousands of jobs, and a whole lot of groundwater, according to a new report prepared for the California Department of Food and Agriculture by scientists at UC-Davis. The authors used current water…
  • The Great Barrier Reef Will Be Ravaged By El Niño

    Oliver Milman
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This story originally appeared in the Guardian and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Great Barrier Reef is set to be ravaged by the expected El Niño weather phenomenon and scientists warn that similar warming events have significantly impacted upon the reef’s coral. Research by the University of Queensland studied large Porites coral colonies, a type of coral considered more resistant than others to changes in the environment. By analysing and dating coral samples, researchers found there was a significant correlation between mass coral mortality…
  • One of the Biggest Opponents of GMO Labeling Is Offering More Non-GMO Products

    Jenna McLaughlin
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:15 am
    Cargill, a giant privately held food manufacturer, is one of the biggest enemies of laws requiring companies to label products that contain genetically modified ingredients. But even as the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), an anti GMO-labeling lobbying group Cargill belongs to, fights GMO-labeling laws in state legislatures and courthouses around the country, Cargill is introducing more GMO-free products. Last week, Cargill announced its newest non-GMO crop, soybean oil, which will join corn and beans on Cargill's list of unmodified products offered in the United States, among others.
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    Pharma Marketing Blog

  • The "Risk-Only" Landing Page Requirement: Can We Get FDA to Adopt FTC's Thinking and Drop This Rule?

    PharmaGuy
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    One of FDA's Ten Commandments -- the FIRST one, in fact -- states:You shall have no other regulatory agencies before Me.Several people have asked me, "John, what other agency could pharma worship before FDA?"Glad you asked.The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also regulates product advertising. The FDA, however, as per its first commandment, lords it over prescription (Rx) drug advertising, whereas the FTC regulates advertising of other health products, including supplements and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. FDA, however, regulates what is claimed on the labels of OTC…
  • Even Though There Are Fewer Sales Reps, More Physicians Deny Rep Access

    PharmaGuy
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    According to the spring 2014 AccessMonitor™ report from global sales and marketing consulting firm ZS Associates, pharmaceutical access to physicians continues to decline. Only 51% of physicians/prescribers now allow access to sales reps, down from 55% in 2013 (see chart): Source: ZS AssociatesEven among traditionally pharma-friendly prescribers (e.g, dermatologists), access is down dramatically as illustrated in this chart:Source: ZS AssociatesThe decline in access continues despite the downsizing of the pharma sales force by one-third since 2008. But, the downsizing has actually helped…
  • Why is PhRMA Defending Gilead's Sovaldi Pricing?

    PharmaGuy
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    In an article published in The Hill, Lori Reilly, vice president for policy and research at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), whose job is to develop federal legislative, regulatory and political strategies, defended the pricing of Sovaldi, Gilead's Hep C drug (see "Defending Big Pharma"). Her argument was simply this: "While Sovaldi may cost $84,000 or more for an individual patient’s 12-week treatment, Reilly argues it will save money by decreasing the need for liver transplants for patients whose organs fail."Let's do the math…
  • FDA's Ten Commandments

    PharmaGuy
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:22 am
    Remember FDA's Social Media Webinar? It was supposed to answer all our questions about the two recent social media guidances issued by the FDA.There were technical difficulties and when participants could actually gain access and hear what was being said, they were surprised that the FDA presenters were simply reading the guidance documents verbatim. "The #FDASM webinar, a haiku: Reading verbatim. Good use of my precious time? I'm not sure it is," tweeted @whendanieltalks. This reminded me of Moses reading the ten commandments to the Israelites, who afterward agreed to obey…
  • Do Marketing Buzzwords Affect Pharma's Reputation Among Patients & Physicians?

    PharmaGuy
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    Consultant and strategist Andrew Spong, PhD, former scholar and currently STweM‘s managing director, recently tweeted:"Building trust is far from impossible for #pharma. Abstaining from digital conferences is a great start."The tweet linked to a 2013 anti-pharma marketing screed posted on STweM titled "For pharma, the era of multi-channel marketing, closed loop marketing, sales force effectiveness, and market access is over"I assume Spong singled out "digital conferences" because these buzzwords are frequently heard at such conferences.It's a year later and…
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    Not Running a Hospital

  • Why America is a great country

    Paul Levy
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I was at a restaurant and tore off the paper napkin ring.  To my amazement, I saw that it was patented, number 6644498 to be exact.It dates back to 2001.  Here's the abstract:A continuous strip of individual napkin ring blanks that can be separated to form a plurality of napkin rings. Each individual ring blank extends between a leading edge and a trailing edge and includes a first adhesive area and a second adhesive area. A line of perforation is formed between the leading edge of one ring blank and the trailing edge of the preceding ring blank such that the ring blanks can be…
  • Continuum of Care on WIHI

    Paul Levy
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Madge Kaplan writes:The next WIHI broadcast — From Prehospital to In-Hospital: The Continuum for Time-Sensitive Care — will take place on Thursday, July 24, from 2 to 3 PM ET, and I hope you'll tune in.Our guests will include:Kedar Mate, MD, Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)David Williams, PhD, Improvement Advisor and Founder, TrueSimpleJonathan R. Studnek, PhD, NRP, Quality Improvement Manager, Mecklenburg EMS Agency (North Carolina)Kevin Rooney, MBChB, FRCA, FFICM, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine; Professor of Care…
  • Time for HOPE Award nominations

    Paul Levy
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    Recognize someone who is doing great work!Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 MITSS HOPE Award.  This prestigious award is being sponsored by RL Solutions, and the winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000 to continue their important work.Take this opportunity to honor someone who is making a difference.  Note that self-nominations are welcomed, and submissions from anywhere in the United States and Canada are encouraged.Nominations are due by Friday, September 19th, 2014, and the award will be presented at the MITSS 13th Annual Dinner and Fundraiser to be held on…
  • Not at the beach

    Paul Levy
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    We have to award the best quote of the season to the Boston Globe's Shirley Leung:You don’t have to go to the beach to look for flip-flops this summer. There’s a pair in the gubernatorial race.She then tells the story of how two candidates changed their positions with regard to the Attorney General's deal with Partners Healthcare System. For my part, I don't care of they changed their positions, as long as they have come to realize the flaws in the deal.
  • Robots invade the rest of the world

    Paul Levy
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:18 pm
    There's a lot of good news in this story by Jaimy Lee at Modern Healthcare, but there is also a warning.  The good:Intuitive Surgical saw its revenue and income fall again in the second quarter as sales of its da Vinci robotic surgery systems continued to drop.The use of robotic surgery systems in gynecologic procedures such as hysterectomies continued to decline, and that trend is not expected to reverse, company officials noted during a call with investors.The warning:Worldwide procedure volume for the company's products went up 9%, led by . . . a higher number of urologic procedures…
 
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    PharmaGossip

  • Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey is 100

    insider
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
    Happy 100th birthday to Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, the pharmacologist whose bold stance against inadequate drug testing saved countless newborns from the perils of thalidomide, a drug which caused severe birth defects in over 10,000 infants. On her first month on the job at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1960, the Canadian-born scientist resisted pressure from thalidomide's manufacturer to quickly approve the drug, which was already being widely prescribed in Europe as a painkiller for pregnant women. As a result of Dr. Kelsey's insistence on further safety testing, the drug was…
  • Poetry Corner - Cancer's a funny thing

    insider
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:35 am
    J.B.S. Haldane retained his wit even while undergoing cancer treatments — he wrote this poem in a hospital in 1964:I wish I had the voice of HomerTo sing of rectal carcinoma,Which kills a lot more chaps, in fact,Than were bumped off when Troy was sacked.Yet, thanks to modern surgeon’s skills,It can be killed before it killsUpon a scientific basisIn nineteen out of twenty cases.I noticed I was passing blood(Only a few drops, not a flood).So pausing on my homeward wayFrom Tallahassee to BombayI asked a doctor, now my friend,To peer into my hinder end,To prove or to disprove the rumourThat I…
  • GlaxoChinaGate contd. - now GSK admit they had previous form

    insider
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:53 am
    GlaxoSmithKline China: Company admits to bribery scandal in 2001GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has admitted that members of its staff were caught bribing Chinese officials back in 2001, according to the Financial Times.The new information has emerged as the pharmaceutical giant faces intense scrutiny from authorities in the UK and US regarding the alleged bribing of doctors and officials to boost drug sales to China. Police in the country have accused GSK of "ordering" the bribes.The FT report suggests that GSK was forced to fire 30 employees back in 2001 after it found…
  • AllTrials News - Out of 400 trials on ClinicalTrials.gov, 30% haven’t reported results

    insider
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    A new study found that 118 of 400 clinical trials had not reported results four years later in either a journal or on ClinicalTrials.gov. The researchers randomly selected trials that were registered on ClinicalTrials.gov and listed as completed in 2008. They found that trials were equally likely to report results regardless of whether or not they were funded by industry.This is yet one more study to look at the reporting of clinical trial results. The best available evidence is still that around half of all clinical trials have never been published or reported their results.Dr…
  • Big Pharma pushes the Snake Oil approach

    insider
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:45 pm
    FDA has free-speech, safety issues to weigh in review of ‘off-label’ drug marketing rulesShould a pharmaceutical sales rep be allowed to tell a doctor that Topamax, a drug approved to treat seizures and prevent migraine headaches, might also help combat alcohol dependence? Or suggest the epilepsy drug Neurontin could also help treat bipolar disorders or insomnia? Or offer data showing that any number of other drugs could have uses beyond those listed on their labels?For decades, the answer overwhelmingly has been no. The Justice Department has aggressively pursued companies…
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    Our Bodies Ourselves

  • Do Healthy Women Need Annual Pelvic Exams?

    Rachel Walden
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    More than 60 million pelvic exams are performed each year, but a new guideline from the American College of Physicians suggests that for most healthy women, they’re not needed. The guideline is based on a 2013 systematic review conducted by the Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) Center of the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. The review looked at the usefulness of pelvic exams in detecting non-cervical cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease, and benign gynecological conditions and found that for most women there is no evidence to support the practice. For the purpose of the research, a…
  • Want More Quality Reporting on Abortion Rights? Partner With Clinic Stories

    Rachel Walden
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    If you’re a regular reader of U.S. news on reproductive rights, you’ve likely read stories by Robin Marty. A freelance writer and activist, Robin is co-author of “Crow After Roe: How ‘Separate But Equal’ Has Become the New Standard in Women’s Health And How We Can Change That,” and her smart writing and analysis has appeared in RH Reality Check, Rolling Stone and Bitch Magazine, among other outlets. Now she has an exciting new project in the works: Clinic Stories. With support from donors — who will become partners in the…
  • Are Breast Implants “Absolutely Safe”? OBOS Keeps Focus on Health Risks

    Judy Norsigian
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    As New York subway riders know, advertising for breast augmentation is on the rise, with more explicit imagery than ever before. These ads are obviously good at attracting attention, but not so much when it comes to providing information. They never describe the risks, nor do they acknowledge the potential complications that can arise from breast implants. For all the facts, read this updated and expanded article that addresses the known risks and answers such as questions as what happens when breast implants break, do breast implants make women sick, and what if I need to get my…
  • Collective Outrage: Commentary on This Week’s Supreme Court Decisions

    Rachel Walden
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    This week, the Supreme Court issued two extremely disappointing decisions with significant negative implications for women’s health and reproductive rights. The first – and the one that hits us closest to home – was the McCullen v. Coakley ruling that struck down Massachusetts’s abortion clinic buffer zone. OBOS’s home state had a law making it a crime to stand on a public road or sidewalk within 35 feet of any abortion clinic in the state. The purpose was to allow free access to abortion clinics without the yelling, physical intimidation, and other tactics…
  • Lancet Series Puts Focus on Midwifery Care

    Rachel Walden
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:14 am
    The Lancet has released a major international series on midwives that focuses on promoting midwifery care in settings that currently have poor health outcomes for women and babies. The series includes four papers on midwifery and quality care — developed by a collaboration of academics, researchers, advocates for women and children, clinicians, and policy-makers – and five commentaries by notable midwifery advocates, including Carol Sakala of Childbirth Connection, a program of the National Partnership for Women & Families (NPWF). As Sakala wrote in an email NPWF…
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    Health and Wellness News

  • Is Coffee Aggravating Your Hot Flashes?

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wellness.com - Is Coffee Aggravating Your Hot Flashes?THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) - Drinking caffeine may worsen the hot flashes and night sweats that affect roughly two-thirds of women as they go through menopause, new survey data suggests. "While these findings are preliminary, our study suggests that limiting caffeine intake may be useful for those postmenopausal women who have bothersome hot flashes and night sweats," said researcher Dr. Stephanie Faubion, director of the Women's Health Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. But caffeine - a stimulant found in coffee…
  • FDA Approves Hard-to-Abuse Narcotic Painkiller

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wellness.com - FDA Approves Hard-to-Abuse Narcotic PainkillerTHURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) - A new formulation of a powerful narcotic painkiller that discourages potential abusers from snorting or injecting the drug has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Called Targiniq ER and made by Purdue Pharma, the pill is a combination of the narcotic oxycodone and naloxone, a drug that blocks the euphoric effects of oxycodone. The naloxone is only activated when the pill is crushed, snorted, dissolved or injected, according to the FDA. While Targiniq has only been…
  • Health Tip: Recovering After Knee Replacement

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wellness.com - Health Tip: Recovering After Knee Replacement(HealthDay News) - Recovering from knee replacement surgery takes time, and it's important to prepare your home before the operation. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers this advice: - Make sure furniture spacing allows for easy movement via crutches, a cane or walker. Remove rugs that you may trip on, and fasten any loose cords or wires. Make sure you have a firm, high chair with a foot rest. Equip your bathroom with a hand rail, raised toilet seat and shower chair. Obtain helpful items such as a reacher, shoehorn…
  • Tough-to-Abuse Formulation of Oxycodone Approved

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wellness.com - Tough-to-Abuse Formulation of Oxycodone ApprovedTHURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) - Targiniq ER (oxycodone hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride extended release) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a long-term, around-the-clock treatment for severe pain when other therapies are ineffective or unavailable. The long-acting form of oxycodone, an opioid painkiller, has properties that are designed to deter abuse of the drug by snorting or injection, the FDA said in a news release. Targiniq contains naloxone, designed to block the euphoric…
  • Health Tip: Keep Youngsters Outside the Pool

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wellness.com - Health Tip: Keep Youngsters Outside the Pool(HealthDay News) - Toddlers are so curious that they're naturally drawn to an unattended pool. That's a recipe for tragedy. The Poolsafety.gov website says pool owners should take these precautions to keep curious youngsters safe: - Install around any pool or spa a fence at least 4 feet high with self-latching gates. Install a lockable safety cover over the pool. Install door alarms and window guards on the back of the home if it serves as a wall to enclose the pool. Equip the pool with gate and pool alarms that will let you know if a…
 
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    Health - CBSNews.com

  • Health risk for shift workers

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    People who work rotating shifts are at an increased risk of developing type two diabetes. Also, a common blood thinner used to prevent blood clots in pregnant women is ineffective. Marlie Hall has some of the day's top health stories.
  • Lawn chemicals can stay in body for "years, even decades"

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    Pesticides used to get rid of weeds and insects have doctors divided on their safety
  • Police seek man who refused tuberculosis treatment

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Prosecutors in Northern California issue arrest warrant for uncooperative patient who may be contagious and could put others at risk
  • CDC urges more teens to get HPV vaccine

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:39 pm
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says HPV vaccination rates for adolescent boys and girls in the United States remains unacceptably low, despite a slight increase since 2012. The human papillomavirus or HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. CBS News' David Begnaud reports.
  • Desperate for painkillers, man self-inflicted injuries

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Man known as John Doe intentionally placed objects in his body, prompting surgery and giving him the meds to feed his addiction
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    Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily

  • Pesticide linked to three generations of disease: Methoxychlor causes epigenetic changes

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    Researchers say ancestral exposures to the pesticide methoxychlor may lead to adult onset kidney disease, ovarian disease and obesity in future generations.
  • Linking microbial, immune environment in semen to HIV viral load, transmission

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    HIV infection re-shapes the relationship between semen bacteria and immune factors which in turn affects viral load, suggesting that the semen microbiome plays a role in sexual transmission of HIV, researchers report. While HIV is found in many body fluids, sexual transmission through semen is the most common route of infection.
  • DNA mostly 'junk?' Only 8.2 percent of human DNA is 'functional', study finds

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    Only 8.2 percent of human DNA is likely to be doing something important -- is 'functional' -- say researchers. This figure is very different from one given in 2012, when some scientists involved in the ENCODE (Encyclopedia of DNA Elements) project stated that 80% of our genome has some biochemical function.
  • Atomic structure of key muscle component revealed

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    Adding to the growing fundamental understanding of the machinery of muscle cells, a group of biophysicists describe -- in minute detail -- how actin filaments are stabilized at one of their ends to form a basic muscle structure called the sarcomere. With the help of many other proteins, actin molecules polymerize to form filaments that give rise to structures of many different shapes. The actin filaments have a polarity, with a plus and minus end, reflecting their natural tendency to gain or lose subunits when not stabilized.
  • Protein couple controls flow of information into brain's memory center

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    Neuroscientists have succeeded in providing new insights into how the brain works by analyzing tissue samples from mice to identify how two specific proteins, 'CKAMP44' and 'TARP Gamma-8', act upon the brain's memory center. Brain function depends on the active communication between nerve cells, known as neurons. For this purpose, neurons are woven together into a dense network where they constantly relay signals to one another.
 
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    Environmental Health News

  • EPA finalizes environmental justice policy supporting indigenous peoples.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new policy on working with tribes became official on July 24, as EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signed off on the agency’s EPA Policy on Environmental Justice for Working with Federally Recognized Tribes and Indigenous Peoples.
  • 42 reasons for banning fracking.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Are we going to continue to let the oil and gas corporations buy the right to violate our health, safety, welfare, and community rights? Sign the petition so we can write a charter that bans fracking in Boulder County Colorado.
  • China's plan to limit coal use could spur consumption for years.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Under pressure to reduce smog and greenhouse gas emissions, the Chinese government is considering a mandatory cap on coal use, the main source of carbon pollution from fossil fuels. But it would be an adjustable ceiling that would allow coal consumption to grow for years, and policy makers are at odds on how long the nation’s emissions will rise.
  • Down under, a carbon tax goes down.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    A carbon tax combined with a cut in payroll taxes would encourage a resource shift not only from fossil fuels to renewables but also from investing in machines to investing in people. It wouldn’t just kill two birds with one stone, it’d hatch two eggs with one chicken.
  • How ignoring climate change could sink the US economy.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Good economic decisions require good data. And to get good data, we must account for all relevant variables. But we’re not doing this when it comes to climate change — and that means we’re making decisions based on a flawed picture of future risks.
 
 
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    Yahoo Health

  • An Open Letter To My Son About Underage Drinking

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Play dates at friends houses have been replaced by going out for sushi, a movie, or walking around town with his buddies. Instead of chatting with his friends’ parents over coffee at kitchen tables, we wave to them out of car windows. Whenever my family or friends ask about Tom and marvel at the fact that he is now a teenager, the subject of alcohol and drugs always seems to come up.
  • The Good, the Bad and the Deep-Fried Side of Your Sushi Habit

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    For Americans, it’s a fairly new restaurant trend – and unfortunately, we Westerners have already started to change the basic sushi roll structure. Feeling adventurous?
  • Rosemary and Oregano Might Help Fight Diabetes

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    Good news if you love Italian food: a new study says that the herbs rosemary and oregano both might be able to help fight diabetes. Professor Elvira Gonzalez de Mejia, PhD, of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition found herself facing an ongoing, problem with some of her diabetic research subjects. De Mejia and her team started looking at  less expensive ways to help diabetics keep their disease in check. After learning that some herbs can help reduce the levels of glucose – the main element that is measured and controlled by diabetics –  in…
  • 'Unacceptably Low' Numbers of Adolescents Getting HPV Vaccine, CDC Reports

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    The number of adolescents who have received the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine — administered as a way of preventing various forms of cancer in both girls and boys — remains “unacceptably low,” according to an announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday. Only one-third of girls aged 13 to 17 whose parents were surveyed as part of the 2013 National Immunization Survey-Teen had received the recommended series of three doses of the HPV vaccine (beginning at age 11 or 12). “It’s frustrating to report almost the same HPV vaccination coverage levels…
  • Cancer Lessons I Learned From a Fictional Teenage Boy

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    By Emily Helck Photo by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation In the days leading up to my reconstructive surgery, I was scouring breast cancer forums, looking at dozens of reconstruction photos and generally fretting while applying creams and packs to the flat side of my chest. He had lymphoma, I had breast cancer. For the uninitiated: Hazel and Augustus are teens who meet in a cancer support group. Augustus is in remission for osteosarcoma, while Hazel is in treatment for stage four thyroid cancer.
 
 
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    Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com

  • Body Odor Reveals Malarial Infection

    1 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    June 30, 2014 — An infection with malaria pathogens changes the scent of infected mice, making those infected more attractive to mosquitoes, according to a new study. Researchers show that whether mosquitoes find...
  • Video: Ankle Replacement

    1 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    CHICAGO (Ivanhoe Newswire) — More than 50 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis. Between 6 percent and 13 percent of them have ankle arthritis.
  • Aspirin and Smoking Affect Aging of Genes

    1 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    July 1, 2014 — The risk of developing cancer increases with age. Outside factors can affect that risk, like smoking, which increases cancer risk, and regular aspirin use, which has been shown to decrease it. Now ...
  • St. John's Wort: Dangerous With Some Drugs

    30 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    June 30, 2014 — St. John’s wort, the leading complementary and alternative treatment for depression in the United States, can be dangerous when taken with many commonly prescribed drugs, according to a study. The ...
  • Father's Ethnic Background Affects Birthweight

    30 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    June 30, 2014 — A father's ethnic background can influence a child's birthweight, a new study has found. Current birthweight curves -- graphs used to plot how one baby's weight compares to others of the same age --
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    NaturalNews.com

  • Seven reasons why THC in cannabis is good medicine

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) With a growing number of states, particularly in the southern U.S., starting to accept the medicinal benefits of cannabidiol, or CBD, a therapeutic compound found in the cannabis plant that is beneficial for treating seizures, inflammation and other health conditions...
  • Beef and bacon prices hit all-time high in U.S. as meat prices continue to soar

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) have sprung up in recent years, confining cattle in as little space as possible, with no room for the animals to roam, with no grass for them to feed on. Genetically modified feed is trough-fed to the animals as they fight...
  • An introduction to potassium and why it is essential for our bodies

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) Potassium is an essential mineral whose ions are vital for the functioning of all living cells. It accumulates in plant cells, meaning that many fresh vegetables and fruits -- most famously bananas -- are rich in it. Dissolved potassium is also found in sea vegetables...
  • Yet more highly contagious disease vials accidentally discovered at government lab

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) Hundreds of additional vials of freeze-dried, exotic pathogens have been discovered at a government laboratory, according to new reports. Abandoned vials labeled "dengue," "influenza," and "Q fever" were among those discovered inside 12 boxes sitting in the corner of...
  • Preppers going all in for organic foods

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    (NaturalNews) In larger numbers, Americans who want to be better prepared in case of natural or man-made disasters don't simply want to "settle" for just any food to eat: Even in less-than-desirable conditions, they want healthy food to sustain them.That's why growing numbers...
 
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    Renegade Health

  • 3 Reasons Why the Raw Food Diet May Not Be Good for Kids

    Colleen M. Story
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    A raw food diet may leave kids with serious nutrient deficiencies.Many adults swear by it—the raw food diet. Eating only uncooked fruits and vegetables (sometimes with raw or unpasteurized dairy products and meat or fish) has helped a number of people to lose weight and ditch their additions to unhealthy fast foods, processed foods, and sugary treats and beverages. Thrilled with the results, some believe they can save their kids from going through the same health problems they did by starting them out “right”—on raw foods, only. There are several reason, however, why this may not be a…
  • Exercise Before Breakfast: All the Benefits Explained

    Frederic Patenaude
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
      A friend of mine swears that the best way to lose body fat is to exercise (primarily “cardio” type of exercises) before breakfast or on an empty stomach. He’s a personal trainer and man’s style consultant who sees the best results with his clients who want to lose body fat when they start exercising on an empty stomach. I started running again, and I’ve also been doing it before breakfast, first thing in the morning (after a cup of green tea, without sugar or milk). I’m finding that this is the best time for me to go out for a run — primarily because it just gets done —…
  • Red Wine May Help Prevent Cavities—5 Tips for Reducing Stains

    Colleen M. Story
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Red wine has antimicrobial properties that can kill plaque-causing bacteria in the mouth. Want white teeth? Stay away from red wine, they say. But now, scientists have caused us to question that advice—not because red wine helps keep teeth white, but because it may help keep teeth healthy and cavity-free. Study Finds Red Wine Kills Mouth Bacteria You already know that red wine is a good source of antioxidants that help protect heart health. Scientists from Switzerland and Spain were interested in the antimicrobial effects of the wine, however—particularly the polyphenols from the…
  • When Sex After Baby Hurts!

    Jessica Drummond
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    “Your first few postpartum years will go by quickly. But your days will be long. Some days, just a few hours with a new baby can feel like an eternity.” I have a special place in my heart for new moms. It can be quite a shock to the system to wake up (probably at 3:00 a.m. for a feeding) and realize that you’re on your own and it’s up to you. For months leading up to the birth, you’re literally showered with gifts, attention, love, and adoration. There are special clothes, parties, and it can feel like you’ve entered an exclusive club. Then, for the first few days after…
  • Renegade Health Radio: The Truth About Food Combining

    Kevin Gianni
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    In this podcast: How a raw food diet can impact your digestion. The truth about why digestion gets compromised! (at 2:20 Why oversimplifying food combining can ironically spell disaster for your digestion. (at 5:30  The one natural fruit that laughs at food combining rules! A critical look at how food combining is contradicted even in nature. (at 7:30 Find out if there is any truth behind the watermelon/”Fourth of July – Digestive Bomb Phenomenon”. (at 10:50 Why a vegetable isn’t just a vegetable. Just because someone has trouble digesting raw cauliflower with bananas doesn’t…
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    In the Pipeline

  • Phenotypic Assays in Cancer Drug Discovery

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    The topic of phenotypic screening has come up around here many times, as indeed it comes up very often in drug discovery. Give your compounds to cells or to animals and look for the effect you want: what could be simpler? Well, a lot of things could, as anyone who's actually done this sort of screening will be glad to tell you, but done right, it's a very powerful technique. It's also true that a huge amount of industrial effort is going into cancer drug discovery, so you'd think that there would be a natural overlap between these: see if your compounds kill or slow cancer cells, or tumors in…
  • Neratinib Comes Through For Puma

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Yet another entry in the "Why do people keep investing in biopharma?" files. Take a look at the case of Puma Biotechnology. Their stock was as high as $140/share earlier in the year, and it gradually deflated to the high 50s/low 60s as time went on. But yesterday, after hours, they reported unexpectedly good Phase III results for neratinib in breast cancer, and as I write, they're at $228 or so, up about $167 per share. It's another HER2/EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (like Tykerb/lapatinib in the small molecule space, although neratinib is an irreversible inhibitor) and would be targeted at…
  • How Many Biopharma Employees Would Rather Be Working Somewhere Else?

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
    How many people working in the biopharma industry would jump to another company if they could? According to this survey, it's just over half: well above the average set by other industry sectors. The usual reasons are cited, in part (pay, opportunity for advancement). But two factors that seemed unusually prominent in our industry were high stress levels and "difficult relations with supervisors and co-workers". I found that last one interesting, because (like all science and engineering fields) we do have a certain number of people in this business who can be described, as the old British…
  • The Broad Gets $650 Million For Psychiatric Research

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    The Broad Institute seems to have gone through a bit of rough funding patch some months ago, but things are looking up: they've received a gift of $650 million to do basic research in psychiatric disorders. Believe it, that'll keep everyone busy, for sure. I enjoyed Eric Lander's characterization of much of the 1990s work on the genetic basis of mental illness as "pretty much completely useless", and I don't disagree one bit. His challenge, as he and the rest of the folks at the Broad well know, is to keep someone from being able to say that about them in the year 2034. CNS work is the…
  • Put Them in Cells and Find Out

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    So, when you put some diverse small molecules into cellular assays, how many proteins are they really hitting? You may know a primary target or two that they're likely to interact with, or (if you're doing phenotypic screening), you may not have any idea at all. But how many proteins (or other targets) are there that bind small molecules at all? This is a question that many people are interested in, but hard data to answer it are not easily obtained. There have been theoretical estimates via several techniques, but (understandably) not too much experimental evidence. Now comes this paper from…
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    MindBodyGreen

  • 7 Weight Loss Myths & Why They're Wrong

    Kayleen St.John
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    As a registered dietician, I frequently encounter weight loss myths. These myths are so common and so pervasive that they almost seem to be everywhere, and they derail many people's attempts to lose...
  • Watermelon, Mint & Feta Salad With Green Goddess Dressing

    Ashleigh Grange
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:34 am
    In this easy midday or dinner side salad, juicy watermelon is paired with fresh mint and sheep's milk feta cheese and served over a bed of nutrient-dense organic salad greens of your choice. It’s...
  • Am I Too Fat To ... ?

    Michael Taylor
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:31 am
    I hear this all the time: "Am I too fat to ... ?" The rest has lots of variety: to do yoga, to stand on my hands, to go for a hike, climb up a rock, or fly into happy cartwheels on the beach....
  • Are You Getting Too Much Of These 4 Vitamins?

    Dr. Joel Kahn
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Vitamins are 13 compounds that are vital for optimal health (hence vit-amin), but cannot be made in large quantities. We typically consume vitamins through whole foods or fortified foods. And for...
  • A Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Birthday Cake That Everyone Will Love!

    Abby Phon
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:29 am
    It was my daughter's birthday last month, and I was torn between baking or buying her first cake ever. I started looking into healthier bakeries in the area, but they were expensive and many of them...
 
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    MindBodyGreen

  • 13 Signs You Need To Do More Self-Work

    Blake Worrall-Thompson
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:31 am
    Once upon a time, I was a little skeptical of those who had a life coach or "worked on themselves." I assumed they weren’t coping well and needed help, but since I was feeling fine, I didn’t need it....
  • Am I Too Fat To ... ?

    Michael Taylor
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:31 am
    I hear this all the time: "Am I too fat to ... ?" The rest has lots of variety: to do yoga, to stand on my hands, to go for a hike, climb up a rock, or fly into happy cartwheels on the beach....
  • 16 Fun Ways To Say "I Love You"

    Allison Cohen
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:29 am
    Few sentiments carry the kind of weight that the three little words, “I love you,” does. But what happens when you say them so much that they start to become expected and lose meaning?...
  • 10 Time-Saving Tricks From A Natural Beauty Expert

    Megan Porschen
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:26 am
    As a full-time makeup artist, I don't always want to give myself a full face of makeup. Some days, I just want to get out the door quickly, and put in minimal effort to look a little bit better....
  • ​20 Ways To Get In Touch With Your Body

    Caroline Zwick
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:20 am
    Getting in touch with our bodies can be challenging sometimes, especially if we have spent years being out of touch with them, and are now leading a stressful life that is dominated by competition...
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    TubaDuba: Fitness, Health and Sports Technology

  • Safelet, A Safety Bracelet.

    Aaron Usiskin
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    Safelet is a safety bracelet that allows you to send out an emergency alert to your friends, family and the police with just one click.Safelet works with the Safelet app on iOS and Android. The Safelet app is used to establish a Bluetooth low energy connection between Safelet and your smartphone.Once Safelet and your phone are connected, you can use the app to invite your friends and family to become your guardians.If you want to be protected by an even bigger network, simply select the the option that enables your alarm to be sent to other people in the Safelet Community that are, at the…
  • Specialized, MOUNTAIN BIB LINER WITH SWAT!

    Aaron Usiskin
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    I am not into the bids, but this sort of makes sense. I like the idea of having someplace to store my gear without the swinging motion of a backpack.Great review from Vital MTBSpecializedVaporRize™ moisture transfer mesh fabricsFive SWAT integrated pockets, patent-pending constructionFold-over leg cuffBody Geometry Mountain Chamois10" inseam-size medium
  • Best Yet, Hexo+ Drone That Follows You! GAME CHANGER

    Aaron Usiskin
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    Deciding how you want your aerial camera to frame your shot is ridiculously intuitive. A 3D model of your camera’s point of view lets you pinch to set the distance between your subject and your drone, slide laterally for panning and vertically for height. You can film yourself from the front, side, back and everywhere in between. All you need is your smartphone plus three intuitive gestures and you’re set.GAME CHANGER
  • Patch n Ride!

    Aaron Usiskin
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:15 am
    If this works, it will be in everyone's bag. What is not to love about this device, even if you have tubular.The video shows something amazing and yes, I would think you would want to change your tube somewhere down the line, just not while you are on the road, woods, park, city, does it even matter.PatchnRide
  • Rhino Laces

    Aaron Usiskin
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:20 am
    There are many types of shoe laces you could use, paracord 550 is strong and hard to beat. Rhino laces are just as tough if not tougher.RHINO LACES CANNOT BE burned, cut, sawed, chopped, destroyed, OR broken, OR WE WILL REPLACE THEM FOR FREE.You really can't beat em'. Rhino Laces
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    PaulsHealthBlog

  • More On Resistant Starch

    11 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    "Resistant starch is a unique kind of starch that humans by and large cannot digest. It’s not a fermentable fiber, but it acts like it. Upon its consumption, resistant starch travels mostly unperturbed through the digestive tract into the colon where the colonic bacteria – who can digest the stuff – feast on it, get frisky, and reproduce. Multiple studies indicate that resistant starch consumption generally leads to an increase in beneficial colonic bacteria and a reduction in pathogenic colonic bacteria, including a boost to bifidobacteria and a decrease in firmicutes." - Mark Sisson,…
  • TIME Magazine: Eat Butter. Scientist Were Wrong.

    12 Jun 2014 | 10:46 am
    Eat Butter Scientists Labeled Fat The EnemyWhy They Were WrongSee why TIME magazine says, “the argument against fat was totally and completely flawed” and how the shift continues towards consuming healthy fats for good health.From the magazine:"For decades, it has been the most vilified nutrient in the American diet. But new science reveals fat isn’t what’s hurting our health." To read the full article, Click Here.P.S. Here is a clip from the Today Show about the new article in TIME. © 2008 Thanks for subscribing to my feed. Please visit my blog for more great content.My Other…
  • The Key To Weight Loss

    7 Jun 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The key to benefiting from your weight loss program is to stick with it. You have to keep doing it over a long period of time.Getting healthy and staying healthy takes time and patience.You just need to stick with it and the scale and mirror will reward you.© 2008 Thanks for subscribing to my feed. Please visit my blog for more great content.My Other Websites: Are Your Vitamins Safe?  Whole Food Nation  Whole Food Nation Affiliate Link
  • Healthy Fats For A Healthy Weight and More

    7 Jun 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Obesity is a major health issue in many countries, especially in the United states. One way to deal with this issue is to consume more healthy fats. In this video, several nutritional experts recommend eating grass-fed beef, cheese, whole milk and lard.It may take some more time, but people are beginning to embrace saturated fat-based foods as being good for them. © 2008 Thanks for subscribing to my feed. Please visit my blog for more great content.My Other Websites: Are Your Vitamins Safe?  Whole Food Nation  Whole Food Nation Affiliate Link
  • Woman Battles Brain Cancer With Ketogenic Diet

    5 Jun 2014 | 11:53 am
    Alix Hayden is the director of operations at a biochemistry research firm, Phenomenome Discoveries in Saskatoon, Canada. In August 2012, she was diagnosed with brain cancer."Alix Hayden has brain cancer, but instead of undergoing surgery and grueling chemotherapy, she's fighting it with the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet and has been doing great so far."Cancer cells can only run on sugar (glucose). Other cells can run on glucose or ketone bodies. Without glucose, the cancer cells starve and die.To read the full article, Click Here.© 2008 Thanks for subscribing to my feed. Please visit…
 
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    Hospital Impact

  • Patient-centered care about more than just financial gains

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    by Thomas Dahlborg This week my intention was to follow up my recent post highlighting kindness, compassion and patient-centered care with additional positive signs of a healthcare transformation where patients and families are engaged, care teams are healthy and whole and positioned to honor their patients, and patient preferences, patient safety and healthcare outcomes are all being optimized. And then two things happened. The first was a discussion within the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWFJ) Leadership Network LinkedIn forum. I asked a question relative to patient engagement, tools,…
  • Patient experience, satisfaction not one and the same

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    by Jason A. Wolf Consumer choice is the new frontier of the healthcare marketplace. While I haven't found anyone that challenges that fact, I encounter many that still resist this reality in their actions and efforts. In the simplest of terms, consumers are people that select a product and pay for it, and we see this happen in significant ways in healthcare today. With higher deductibles, a broader range of care options and more, healthcare organizations have to work harder to attract the customer to their door (and keep them) at all points on the care continuum, from physician practices and…
  • Who should run a hospital: Doctors or nurses?

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    by Darlene A. Cunha Recently, I sat in on an interview for a vice president of nursing position at a community hospital. During the interview, the chief hospitalist asked the candidate with a sense of fervor, "Who do you think should be running the hospital, the nurses or the doctors?" I have to admit I was stunned, given the changes in healthcare and the presence of more nurses in hospital leadership roles. However, he was serious. The New England Journal of Medicine raised the issue in "The Doctor-Nurse Game Revisited" some 24-years ago. Clearly, we still haven't moved forward. This rigid…
  • Hospital takes on buy-local challenge

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:06 am
    by Barry Ronan Last month a Hospital Impact blogger raised the questions: What is a hospital's obligation to promote and model healthy eating and sustainability habits to both staff and patients. The Western Maryland Health System (WMHS) is a member of the Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (MD H2E) and has been since the inception of the organization in 2005. MD H2E advances a culture of environmental health and sustainability in Maryland's healthcare community. WMHS is one of twenty eight Maryland hospitals and health systems participating in MD H2E's latest initiative idea: The…
  • 3 steps to create hospital culture of innovation

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    by Andrea J. Simon Recently, we received a large number of inquiries about our last several blogs here at Hospital Impact. In particular, people are interested in how they can create a culture of innovation in their organization. They're also interested in why it's so hard to get people to become more innovative, creative and capable problem solvers. Times are changing, and to make new ideas actually happen, people need to see, feel and think in new ways those elusive innovations. Healthcare changes push hospitals and providers to rethink their core values, beliefs and behaviors: the…
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    A Splintered Mind

  • Three Tiny Things to Prevent Illness from Triggering Depression

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:19 pm
    I don’t walk around all day with my face pulled into a frown while I vocally worry about my disabilities—contrary to what some people claim I do. Instead, disability is more like a land mine rudely placed into the middle of my day when I’m otherwise trying to get things done.I am clinically and chronically depressed, which means I am depressed almost all the time. I also have a chronic motor tic disorder—a label that covers the involuntary ticking, both vocal and muscular, but not the curling, extending, locking, and all around neurological meltdown that often happens as well. As you…
  • ADHD: Four Rules To Fake It When You Forget Somebody's Name

    7 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    I attended a church picnic the other day. The sun was bright, yet the weather was cool. It was a perfect day for outdoor frolicking. I wasn’t sure if I would attend at first because my girls weren’t with me. Watching other people’s families have fun isn’t high up on my things to do on a lovely Saturday afternoon, especially if they are happy li’l nuclear families, but I decided to go anyway. It was the first activity since being assigned to the new ward[1] and I wanted to meet & mingle.Since it was a stake picnic, all the wards in our stake were in attendance, including the one…
  • Sunset Therapy

    21 Jun 2014 | 10:52 pm
    One of my favorite methods of treating Depression is to go out for a simple walk. Another is to exercise creativity in some way. When I combine the two together, it is very effective therapy indeed. I love the challenge of capturing sunsets with my iPhone and playing with filters to get the perfect effect that expresses my mood. Lately, I've been so very stressed because my car is off the road. I've sunk $1600 into it this week and it still didn't pass inspection. So frustrating. Thankfully, Mother Nature has sent me glorious sunsets to lift my spirits.   What types of activities…
  • ADHD: Looking Back & Laughing

    12 Jun 2014 | 7:59 pm
    I'm a very lucky individual. I just wish that all of that luck was good. There always seems to be a balance. For every contest I win, there is the EPA letter declaring that I will be fined by the barrel for industrial toxic waste dumping.[1] When I first started this blog in 2005, I used bad luck as one of my topics of choice. You can read a classic entry here. In the end, however, I decided that writing about bad luck was at cross purposes with my efforts to think positively. So bad luck was dropped.That doesn't mean that my luck magically transformed into a rainfall of positive li'l Nestles…
  • ADHD & Fearing Failure

    11 Jun 2014 | 3:11 am
    “It's a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you're ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There's almost no such thing as ready. There's only now. And you may as well do it now. I mean, I say that confidently as if I'm about to go bungee jumping or something - I'm not. I'm not a crazed risk taker. But I do think that, generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.” ~Hugh Laurie That quote drifted across my Facebook stream sometime last weekend. Normally, I snort disdainfully at inspirational quotes overlaid on gauzy photos full…
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  • “It upset me enormously that children were dying, and I wanted to do something to help them” – Andy’s story

    Nick Peel
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    To coincide with the publication of our annual review, we caught up with Professor Andy Pearson, who’s leading our groundbreaking BEACON neuroblastoma trial. From a very early stage in his career, Andy knew he wanted to take on childhood cancer, particularly neuroblastoma. “It’s very simple you know. When I started looking after children with cancer, it was emotional,” he told us. “I wanted to do something to actually improve their chance of a cure.” Neuroblastoma develops from nerve cells left behind after a baby’s development in the womb. And around 90 children are diagnosed…
  • Science Snaps: what can fluorescent fish teach us about skin cancer?

    Nick Peel
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Science SnapsIn the latest instalment of Science Snaps we’re looking at a new study from our scientists in Manchester – published today in the journal Cell Reports – showing how genetically distinct melanoma cells work together to spread in transparent zebrafish. Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer: aggressive forms of the disease can grow and spread rapidly to other parts of the body, highlighting the urgent need for new treatments. But over the last few years, genetic analysis has revealed that melanoma cells – like many other…
  • “I couldn’t believe how much things had moved on” – Nicola’s story

    Henry Scowcroft
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    “I went into a bit of a practical mode: this is what we need to do, everything will be fine. They sent me for further tests to see how far the cancer had spread and that’s when I found out it was much worse than we initially thought. “That’s when the reality of what I was dealing with hit me.” When new mum Nicola was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012 – at the age of 31 – it was a shock. The cancer was advanced, having spread throughout her bowel. But luckily, it hadn’t spread anywhere else, meaning there was still a chance of successful treatment. She had 6…
  • News digest – Australian smoking rates, bowel cancer genes and more

    Henry Scowcroft
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    To kick off, there’s been fantastic news from Down Under this week: thanks to the country’s continued efforts against tobacco – including introducing standard packaging – smoking rates have fallen to a record low. Read more in our news story, or on this page from the Australian Department of Health. Our researchers in Belfast have discovered how faults in two genes – MET and MEK – are involved in drug resistance in advanced bowel cancer. The discovery could lead to new clinical trials of drugs targeting both genes at once, as this BBC news piece discusses. And…
  • Guest post: Smoking in people with mental health issues

    Suzi Gage
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    We recently spotted an interesting-looking paper on smoking and mental health, so we asked Suzi Gage – an expert in addiction and mental health who writes for Guardian’s Science Blog – to have a look. Here’s what she has to say: People with mental health problems are more likely to smoke, and smoke more heavily, than the general population, and they’re often overlooked when it comes to offering help to quit. The economic cost of smoking in people with mental health problems was £2.34 billion in 2009/10 in the UK, according to a new study published in the journal Tobacco Control…
 
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    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health

  • Bipolar Disorder and the Menopausal Transition

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Women with histories of major depression are vulnerable during the transition to menopause and are at increased risk for relapse; however, we have less information on how this transition affects women with bipolar disorder. The post Bipolar Disorder and the Menopausal Transition appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
  • Conference: 15th Annual Postgraduate Nutrition Symposium

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The 15th Annual Postgraduate Nutrition Symposium, entitled Advances and Targets in Energy Balance and Obesity, took place on July 9-10, 2014. The post Conference: 15th Annual Postgraduate Nutrition Symposium appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
  • Meta-Analysis: Acupuncture Effective for Hot Flashes

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
    A recent meta-analysis concludes that acupuncture is effective for the management of menopausal vasomotor symptoms. The post Meta-Analysis: Acupuncture Effective for Hot Flashes appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
  • Weight Loss Helps to Reduce Hot Flashes

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    About 70% of perimenopausal women experience vasomotor symptoms, including hot flashes. A new study indicates that a behavioral program focusing on weight loss may help to reduce the severity and frequency of hot flashes. The post Weight Loss Helps to Reduce Hot Flashes appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
  • SSRI Antidepressants Not Associated with Cardiovascular Defects

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Over the last few years, we have reported on several studies which have suggested an  increased risk of certain types of cardiovascular malformations among children exposed to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy. The first reports suggested a link between cardiac septal defects and exposure to paroxetine; other, but not all, studies have also […] The post SSRI Antidepressants Not Associated with Cardiovascular Defects appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
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    Health Blog

  • How to make a natural treatment for acne in teens

    Simon
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Teenagers often suffer from acne as a result of their hormonal changes. Although many products of beauty and prescription can improve acne, there are also natural products that can reduce and improve the condition of acne. Consult your doctor for any questions or specific recommendation on your skin type. Instructions 1 Mix ½ cup plain unflavored yogurt with ½ cup oatmeal until a thick paste forms. Apply on the face and use your fingers to gently massage the mixture into your skin. Rinse with cold water. 2 Boil 2 or 3 bags of green tea and a teaspoon of dried basil for 10-20 minutes. Take…
  • How to treat hormonal acne

    Simon
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    Acne affects both men and women of all ages. Although it may be due to a number of different factors, ranging from poor diet to bacteria on the skin, many people have hormonal acne. Throughout life, our hormone levels fluctuate. The first stage hormonal intense occurs at puberty and fluctuations continue as we grow. Many times, adult acne is related to hormones. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to treat hormonal acne. Instructions 1 Clean your skin twice a day with oil free cleanser. Daily cleaning will help keep your skin free of makeup, bacteria and other contaminants that…
  • How to cover dark circles with makeup

    Simon
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    Almost everyone had to deal with dark circles. Whether it were caused by a long night of fun, by hormonal changes or by prolonged sun exposure, dark circles appear at the most inopportune moments. Many people offer “miracle cures” to help cover them, but the fact is that you can hide quite well with the common makeup. The key is a good application effect and a near-eye dark circles are having on your skin. Instructions 1 Look closely at the color of your dark circles. They can be blue, purple, brown, or a combination of these three colors. Diagnose your color will help you choose…
  • How to remove acne bumps

    Simon
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    You’ve probably had to deal with some degree of facial acne, especially during your teenage years. Dealing with the white granite is quite simple (clean, squeeze or pinch, and clean again), but sometimes the grains are not formed and leave only a red lump that never goes away. In this case, the oil is trapped together with the dead skin within the hair follicle. Get rid of those lumps of acne requires that you first open the pore to remove the oil. Instructions 1 Fill the pot with water and heat it on the stove until it boils. Remove the pot from the heat and let the water there in a…
  • Chemical treatment the hair with keratin

    Simon
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    Chemical treatment of hair with keratin have several names and come in various recipes, so it can be confusing and difficult to decipher the list of ingredients on product packaging. However, it is beneficial to know as a consumer what you are buying and using so you can make an informed decision when investing in treatments for hair keratin. Type Keratin treatments are semi-permanent hair smoothing products through a process of stretch blow drying with high-temperature flat plate. The duration of the results varies from home and one treatment at a salon. The effects of a home treatment can…
 
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  • Considering Accounting Services? Here Is Why They Are Beneficial For Small Business

    bookacc
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
    Accounting is the process of recording, validating, and stating all day-to-day purchase of the company. This is having all the debit and credit history entries of the journal and employees and all financial purchases. From this, such economic info is largely used by manages, financiers and other choice molds to decide within business. For each effective company require precise administration of all their financial purchase and task. Finance and its appropriate administration is the crucial aspect to identifying the running success or failure of any company. So it is important that the all…
  • Income Statement Template Uncovered

    bookacc
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    Let us analyse here income statement template and structure. The Revenue Declaration is just one of the economic reports that you should be getting from your financial advisor routinely. A minimum of once a month, you need to be able to view just how your procedures are doing. You will be able to respond in a timely fashion if you could view just how your business charges out there. If you pay and attacking your targets, the earnings statement will certainly show that you are doing the best point and you could push to obtain even more. If you are sustaining losses, you could right away make…
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    Evolving Wellness

  • Review: Superhealing — Engaging Your Mind, Body and Spirit to Create Optimal Health and Well-Being

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    Our understanding of health, our bodies and medicine has come a long way in the past few decades. We have come from seeing our bodies as simple machines, that randomly break down and need to be fixed by external sources, to intelligent living systems, capable of healing themselves. Thanks to modern research and ancient wisdom, today we are on the cusp of integrating a more complete and holistic understanding of health and disease. Leading the way and supporting us on this journey are resources like Superhealing by trailblazers like Dr. Elaine R. Ferguson. Amidst our age of information, we…
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Pecan Pie Recipe

    28 Jun 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Characteristics This delicious recipe provides an optimally healthy alternative to traditional pies and cakes. It combines the best of fresh strawberries and rhubarb, which make an irresistible combination! It is rich in nutrient dense calories, phytonutrients, antioxidants and offers an abundance of micronutrients. It is naturally low in sodium and cholesterol free. It offers an excellent amount of fiber, as well as healthy carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Its pleasantly sweet and refreshing taste, along with its excellent nutrition benefits will make a treat the whole family can feel good…
  • Chickpea Hummus Recipe

    5 Jun 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Characteristics Hummus is a type of dip or spread that is traditionally made from chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) and said to originate from Egypt. Today hummus is popular throughout the middle east, as well as most other parts of the world. It is an excellent addition to an optimally healthy diet when it is homemade. It provides a rich source of protein, fiber and minerals, including iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, manganese and calcium. Being composed of whole, plant-food ingredients, it is also free of cholesterol, and a source of healthy carbohydrates, fats, phytonutrients,…
  • Books: Diet & Nutrition

    25 May 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Compiled here, you will find books from authors that are in alignment with what EvolvingWellness.com is all about in terms of the content that it teaches and contains. Books from top authors in the nutrition, diet and food categories are here to help support you on your journey of optimal nutrition and health. Evita Ochel's Book Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Books Dr. Gabriel Cousens' Books Dr. Colin T. Campbell's Books Brendan Brazier's Books
  • The Nutrition & Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

    25 May 2014 | 10:07 am
    Despite the fact that the nutrition landscape is like a minefield today, where one has to consciously make their way through the numerous products and claims, we do have many things to celebrate and be excited about. The organic, natural and optimal health movement is growing, and thanks to it we have an increased understanding of so many foods, and superfoods at that, which are superior for our health. One such example is the chia seed, which is a nutritional gold mine for anyone who is interested in obtaining their vitamins, minerals and nutrients naturally. Meaning through healthy eating,…
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    Pulse + Signal

  • Upgrade Your Learning: Social Media Week with Mayo Clinic

    Andre Blackman
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 3 years since I joined the advisory team at Mayo Clinic’s Center for Social Media. The opportunity to collaborate and educate healthcare organizations on the constantly changing digital/social media landscape continues to be a privilege. That’s why I’m super excited about this year’s events at Social Media Week @ Mayo Clinic where healthcare professionals from all over will be gathering for top notch conversations and learnings on best practices. All of this stems from the work happening at the Center through the…
  • Lori Melichar: Identifying Innovative Ideas in Healthcare

    Andre Blackman
    6 Jan 2014 | 6:56 am
      Pioneer Pitch Day Judges + Staff   The forward movement of healthcare innovation is at a fever pitch. Between consumer health focused mobile apps and much needed systemic changemaking, there is a growing pool of ideas that are sprouting up all over. Just like it is with the constant stream of resources and information gathered through social media – the activity of conscious curation of these ideas is the next step in purposeful innovation for our wellbeing. Last Fall (October 16th to be exact), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio - the division…
  • Announcing ePatient2015: 15 Surprising Trends Changing Healthcare

    Andre Blackman
    13 Dec 2013 | 10:11 am
      Yesterday I had the fantastic pleasure of connecting with my long time friend, colleague and healthcare innovation thought leader, Fard Johnmar. As some backstory, Fard was actually one of the *very* few people talking about the intersection of healthcare, marketing/communications & technology when I first got started. Yes, that was over 7 years ago – ancient times in the Internet. I consider him the Nick Fury of healthcare. Fard is a doer/maker. An aspect that has had my admiration for the longest time. Fast forward to today. Fard and Rohit Bhargava of the Influential…
  • 5 Innovators Tackle Chronic Disease

    Andre Blackman
    5 Dec 2013 | 10:29 am
        Over the past two years, there has been an increasing focus on the use of big data to make an impact within healthcare - everything from EMRs to tracking personal activity achievement over time. However, Jen van der Meer of Luminary Labs reminds us that data needs to become actionable in order to create the solutions we need. Enter the Merck | Heritage Provider Network Innovation Challenge earlier this Fall. Quite a mouthful huh? Maybe it’s because of the massive health issue being tackled: chronic disease care. More specifically – diabetes and heart disease.
  • The FLOTUS Says: Drink More Water

    Andre Blackman
    13 Nov 2013 | 7:53 am
    Many of us know the basics of better nutrition and well being. Drinking water is definitely part of that. The consumer-centric world of beverages with some sort of added benefit has exploded over the past several years. Remember when Snapple was the feel good brand that you weren’t really sure if it was good for you but you just KNEW it was made from the best stuff on Earth? In this short PSA, Partnership for a Healthier America and Michelle Obama have teamed up. As the First Lady points out – what you drink is up to you. But drinking water rises above much of the competition. In…
 
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    Weighty Matters

  • Mornings a Misery without Coffee? This Ad Nails That.

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Today's Funny Friday is an old commercial for Folgers coffee.They nailed it.Have a great day!        Related StoriesThe Blues are the Same in any LanguageHow Can I Not Jump on the Hedgehog Birthday Cake Bandwagon?An Honest McDonald's Commercial 
  • Guest Post: A Response to Fruits are NOT Vegetables

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Last week saw a guest posting from RD Rob Lazzinnaro who is concerned that by lumping fruits and vegetables together we give marketers the ammunition to sell us fruit-washed junk food as well as risking personal dietary caloric excess. Today's guest posting come from RD Jennelle Arnew who is involved in the Aim For 8 Everyday campaign that inspired Rob's post.Wow! We were surprised that our Aim for 8 everyday! messaging campaign made it to your blog site. In fairness to our campaign, we are hoping to put the Aim for 8 everyday! messaging into context for you and your followers. Firstly, we…
  • Fear the Nutrition Guru Whose Opinions Don't Change

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Nutrition is anything but a set-in-stone science. It's staggeringly difficult to study as it's near impossible to control for the myriad of confounding variables that might influence outcomes, study durations are too short, and dietary self-reporting is abysmal.As a consequence attitudes and opinions change.It's not an academic crime to have a mind open to change, on the contrary, it's an academic crime if you don't.         
  • Did You See the One About Low-Carb Diets Being No Better than Others?

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    There is a study that has been making the rounds the past few days. It touts itself as a meta-analysis designed to answer the question of whether or not low-carb diets are better for weight loss, and also whether low-carb diets are safe. I'll cut to the chase. The study concludes low-carb diets are no better for weight loss and yes they're safe.....but, the authors bizarrely used a carb cutoff of 45% to define "low". A diet with 45% of calories coming from carbs is not a low-carb diet and certainly isn't usefully comparable to one containing 20% carbs (and yet the authors did). So sadly this…
  • Pregnant? Dead Simple Healthful Eating Life Hack for When Baby's Born.

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    And it's dead simple. Buy a freezer (used chest freezers on local buy and sell websites are often under $100), freezer storage containers, and freezer bags.Well, there's a tiny bit more.3 months before the baby's due date start cooking and freezing your family's favourite meals. Aim for 3 full months of home frozen dinners and lean on them heavily during those exhausting first weeks and months. And if you also cook on those rare days where you've got some time, you can stretch your pre-emptive home cooking even longer.Way better than take out and dry cereal.
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    Highlight HEALTH

  • Most Risk for Autism Comes from Common Genetic Variation, Not Rare Genes

    NIH Newsbot
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Most of the genetic risk for autism comes from versions of genes that are common in the population rather than from rare variants or spontaneous glitches, researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have found. Heritability also outweighed other risk factors in this largest study of its kind to date. About 52 percent of the risk for autism was traced to common and rare inherited variation, with spontaneous mutations contributing a modest 2.6 percent of the total risk. Joseph Buxbaum, Ph.D., of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), New York City, explained: Genetic…
  • Study: Chocolate Pills to Help Your Heart

    Jenny Jessen
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:55 pm
    A new study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes. Lead by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, the study will be the first large test to evaluate cocoa flavanols, which in previous, smaller studies improved blood pressure, cholesterol, the body’s use of insulin, artery health and other heart-related factors. The study will also evaluate the use of multivitamins to help prevent cancer. Recent research suggested this benefit but…
  • July 4th Poses Health Hazards

    Jenny Jessen
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Many people are making plans to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday. Fireworks and outdoor recreation are a part of most July 4th celebrations, but sparklers, rockets and hot temperatures pose very real dangers to adults and children. With so many health hazards out there, it’s no wonder that patient numbers increase over the holiday. Here are some important safety precautions for you and your children this Fourth of July. 95% of emergency room visits involved fireworks that Federal regulations permit consumers to use. Use common sense: fireworks and sparklers should be used with caution.
  • Using Big Data Analytics to Predict Metabolic Syndrome

    Jenny Jessen
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    A new study by Aetna’s Innovation Labs and GNS Healthcare uses “big data” analytics to predict patients at risk for metabolic syndrome. Their results show that lowering waist size and blood glucose have the largest health benefits and cause the biggest reduction in medical costs. Regular doctor visits and medication adherence reduces the one-year probability of having metabolic syndrome in nearly 90% of people. Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of five risk factors that raise your risk for heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke: Large…
  • Review Finds Inexpensive Food a Key Factor in Rising Obesity

    Jenny Jessen
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:01 pm
    A new review summarizing what is known about economic factors linked to increasing obesity in the United States dispels some widely held beliefs and concludes that cheap food has fueled the obesity epidemic [1]. The review, published in the journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, notes that rising obesity rates have been accompanied by increased rather than decreased leisure/free time, increased fruit and vegetable availability rather than a decline in healthier foods, and increased exercise uptake. After examining all the data, the researchers say the widespread availability of…
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    EmpowHER - Women's Health Online

  • 5 Symptoms You Should Bring to the Attention of Your Doctor

    Erin Kennedy
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Display Title:  5 Symptoms You Should Bring to the Attention of Your Doctor Subtitle:  When symptoms don't improve, it's time to check in with your doctor. Here are 5 symptoms to keep a lookout for. Background Image:  Image Only:  No Description Background:  on Link Text:  Read Full Story URL:  http://www.empowher.com/wellness/content/5-symptoms-you-should-bring-attention-y... Align:  left Weight:  -8 Text Color:  Black
  • Dating With Genital Herpes

    Amy Joyice
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Now that you know you have genital herpes, you're out of the dating game, right? Absolutely not. read more
  • 11 Delicious Recipes You Won't Believe are Vegan

    Erin Kennedy
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Display Title:  11 Delicious Recipes You Won't Believe are Vegan Subtitle:  Here are 11 incredible and indulgent vegan recipes. They may even have you considering becoming vegan. Background Image:  Image Only:  No Description Background:  on Link Text:  Read Full Story URL:  http://www.empowher.com/community/share/11-delicious-recipes-you-wont-believe-ar... Align:  left Weight:  -10 Text Color:  Black
  • Tune in to Michelle King Robson and Deepak Chopra Interview

    Erin Kennedy
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Display Title:  Tune in to Michelle King Robson and Deepak Chopra Interview Subtitle:  You won't want to miss this inspiring interview! Background Image:  Image Only:  No Description Background:  on Link Text:  Find Out More URL:  http://www.empowher.com/community/share/tune-my-interview-deepak-chopra Align:  left Weight:  -10 Text Color:  Black
  • Encouraging news for 60 Million people dating with Herpes.

    Amy Joyice
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:07 pm
    The facts about Herpes: I was amazed to find out that 60 million Americans have Genital herpes! For such a common condition Herpes carries a lot of stigma, which I think is way out of proportion to read more
 
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  • Review: Ka’Chava – A New Health Drink

    Talli van Sunder
    6 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    A few months ago, I received an email from Simon Malone, the founder of a new health drink called Ka’Chava, asking me to try his new drink and see what I thought. I decided to give it a try because I liked what I saw on the ingredient list. The ingredients were very clean and natural, containing many superfoods, such as, acai berry, spinach, kale, broccoli and shitake mushrooms to name a few. Plus his health drink contained no preservatives, artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, dairy, soy or gluten and was filled with mainly organic ingredients. With the ingredient list having passed my…
  • Lecture Series in July: Wellness & Vitality

    Talli van Sunder
    4 Jun 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Starting: Tuesday, July 8, 6:30pm at In Stride Physical Therapy & Rehab 618 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove Presents: Wellness & Vitality Nutrition Series with Heather Lauren It is four one hour sessions weekly starting Tuesday, July 8th, 2014. Want information on the best food selections for renewed energy, al- lergy control, weight management, or simply healthier eating habits? Heather Lauren’s 4 free nutrition classes will teach you the essential foundations of nu- trition for a life of optimal quality and vitality! 1. Eating for Health:  (July 8th) The Eating for Health…
  • Taking Control of Your Health: How to Find Out What Your Body Needs to Be Its Best

    Talli van Sunder
    23 May 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Knowledge is power when it comes to anything, but especially our health. In order to optimize our health, there are a few general principles we all know to follow, but what about what we don’t know? While many individuals already know bad things are bad for them, they probably don’t know that genetics play a role in how their body or brain reacts to what they consume; whether food or medications or simply the effects of their individual environment. Genetics, hormone levels, body chemistry, environmental factors and current health conditions exert a strong influence on total…
  • How to Manage Pain Without Excessive Medications

    Talli van Sunder
    23 May 2014 | 12:13 am
    Back Pain When you’re in pain, almost nothing else matters.  Whether it’s a small ache or sensational agony, pain interferes with your capacity to enjoy life and even operate normally from day to day.  However, for millions of Americans living in chronic pain, pain has become a way of life, and unfortunately sometimes an excessive amount of pain medication consumption ensues. Drug Free Options for Pain Relief Pain Management Cream- Can help men and women overcome the symptoms associated with pain – without the side effects or unwanted by-products of other forms of treatment.
  • Getting Healthy: 5 Reasons Why Healthy Lifestyles Improve Overall Health

    Talli van Sunder
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Photo by mikebaird via Flickr Your daily habits – from the food you eat, to the exercise you get, to the time you go to sleep – can have a significant effect on your health. Every choice you make has a positive or negative impact. Developing healthy behaviors can give you a better, healthier life. Cultivating a healthy lifestyle is more than just addressing a particular health problem. By making healthy choices every day, you can stay healthy for as long as possible. Here are five reasons why a healthy lifestyle improves your overall health. 1. Weight Control The foods you eat directly…
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    HealthNewsBlog.com

  • Six Smallpox Vials Found in FDA Lab Storage Room

    8 Jul 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Forgotten smallpox vials from the 1950s have been found in an FDA lab storage room. Read more on healthnewsblog.com Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Recent Headlines | News Feeds
  • Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Has Killed 337

    18 Jun 2014 | 4:24 pm
    The ongoing ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed 337 people and shows no signs of abating. Read more on healthnewsblog.com Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Recent Headlines | News Feeds
  • Study Links Reduced Sleep to Childhood Obesity

    7 Jun 2014 | 12:57 am
    A new study has linked reduced sleep to childhood obesity. Over 1,000 children were monitored in the study. Read more on healthnewsblog.com Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Recent Headlines | News Feeds
  • Patient Dies From Mad Cow Disease in Texas

    5 Jun 2014 | 6:55 pm
    A Texas patient has died from Mad cow disease. Lab tests confirmed the patient had Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Read more on healthnewsblog.com Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Recent Headlines | News Feeds
  • Windshield Washer Fluid is a Source of Legionnaires Say Scientists

    19 May 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Scientists have determined that Legionnaires disease may be able to grow in windshield washer fluid. Read more on healthnewsblog.com Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Recent Headlines | News Feeds
 
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    Journal of Hospital Medicine

  • Impact of electronic health records on the patient experience in a hospital setting

    Christopher W. Migdal, Aram A. Namavar, Virgie N. Mosley, Nasim Afsar-manesh
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:50 pm
    BACKGROUNDThe impact of electronic health records (EHRs) and their effects on optimizing the patient experience has been debated nationally. Currently, there is a paucity of data in this area, and existing research offers conflicting results. Since 2006, the Assessing Residents' CI-CARE (ARC) program has evaluated the physician-patient interaction of resident physicians at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Health utilizing a 20-item questionnaire administered through facilitator-patient interviews. OBJECTIVETo evaluate the impact of EHR implementation on the patient experience.
  • Intravenous antibiotic durations for common bacterial infections in children: When is enough enough?

    Alan R. Schroeder, Shawn L. Ralston
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:08 am
    Durations of intravenous antibiotic therapy for bacterial infections in hospitalized children sometimes extend well beyond clinical recovery and are often the primary determinants of length of stay. These durations, however, are not always based on solid evidence. Moreover, fixed durations are invariant to important individual factors. We review guidelines and the available evidence for durations of intravenous antibiotic therapy for meningitis, bacteremia, urinary tract infection, and osteomyelitis, conditions where intravenous antibiotics often extend beyond resolution of clinical symptoms.
  • Aspirin versus anticoagulation for prevention of venous thromboembolism major lower extremity orthopedic surgery: A systematic review and meta-analysis

    Frank S. Drescher, Brenda E. Sirovich, Alexandra Lee, Daniel H. Morrison, Wesley H. Chiang, Robin J. Larson
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:11 pm
    BACKGROUNDHip fracture surgery and lower extremity arthroplasty are associated with increased risk of both venous thromboembolism and bleeding. The best pharmacologic strategy for reducing these opposing risks is uncertain. PURPOSETo compare venous thromboembolism (VTE) and bleeding rates in adult patients receiving aspirin versus anticoagulants after major lower extremity orthopedic surgery. DATA SOURCESMedline, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, and the Cochrane Library through June 2013; reference lists, ClinicalTrials.gov, and scientific meeting abstracts. STUDY…
  • Red blood cell transfusion: Impact of an education program and a clinical guideline on transfusion practice

    Howard L. Corwin, John W. Theus, Christopher S. Cargile, Nicholas P. Lang
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:26 am
    BACKGROUNDRed blood cell (RBC) transfusion guidelines have been developed by professional societies. These guidelines recommend a restrictive RBC transfusion practice for most clinical populations. Despite the consistency of guidelines and limited evidence for RBC transfusion efficacy, there is variability in RBC transfusion practice. METHODSA program was initiated in a tertiary medical center to align RBC transfusion practice with best-practice RBC transfusion guidelines. The program included an educational program, followed after 6 months by RBC transfusion decision support that included…
  • Short-term outcomes of seniors aged 80 years and older with acute illness: Hospitalist care by geriatricians and other internists compared

    Yew Yoong Ding, Yan Sun, Jam Chin Tay, Wai Fung Chong
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    BACKGROUNDAlthough acute geriatric units have improved the outcomes of hospitalized seniors, it is uncertain as to whether hospitalist care by geriatricians outside of these units confers similar benefit. OBJECTIVETo determine whether hospitalist care by geriatricians reduces short-term mortality and readmission, and length of stay (LOS) for seniors aged 80 years and older with acute medical illnesses compared with care by other internists. DESIGNRetrospective cohort study using administrative and chart review data on demographic, admission-related, and clinical information of hospital…
 
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    QJM - current issue

  • Plasmacytoma--a rare sternal tumor

    Aron, A., Jain, R. K., Brateanu, A.
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
  • Articulating the value of health research

    Fears, R., Kelleher, D., Tresguerres, J. A. F., Charpentier, B., Popescu, I., Souhami, R.
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Previous contributions to Quarterly Journal of Medicine have drawn attention to the work of FEAM, the Federation of European Academies of Medicine, in collaboration with others, in exploring and explaining the issues that will ensure an appropriate European Union (EU) policy framework for health research and innovation. In this article, we present a proposal for an archive of important research conducted in the EU that will act as a resource for illustrating and guiding the development of the necessary regulatory framework.
  • Elements: in this month's issue

    Donnelly, S. C.
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
  • Airway stem cells and lung cancer

    Succony, L., Janes, S. M.
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Lung cancer is the biggest cancer killer in the UK and despite recent therapeutic advances there is a desperate need for new therapies to improve outcomes from this devastating disease. Through defining the spatial location of the airway epithelial stem or progenitor cell populations and their mechanisms of maintenance and repair of the epithelium it is becoming clear that these populations are situated at areas corresponding to those involved in lung cancer initiation. We explore the evidence for stem cells being the cancer initiator cell and for a ‘lung cancer stem cell’ within…
  • Tuberculous muscle abscess

    Lai, K.- L., Shi, Z.- Y., Chao, W.- C., Liu, P.- Y., Wu, L.- H.
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
 
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    AAFP News

  • New Tool Puts Advocacy at Your Fingertips

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    With all of the health care debates going on in Congress, it can be difficult to keep track of -- much less weigh in on -- the latest policy issues. But you're in luck: The Academy recently launched a new tool that saves you time by making the process easy and convenient.
  • Community Approach Essential to Battling Nation's Drug Problem

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    The White House's 2014 National Drug Control Strategy recommends expanding community-based efforts to prevent drug use before it begins and empowering health care professionals to intervene with patients at early signs of a substance abuse disorder, tactics one FP is already using.
  • Former CMS Head Breaks Down ACO Lessons to Date

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are growing rapidly nationwide, offering the promise of coordinated patient care at a lower cost. Former CMS administrator Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., recently discussed with AAFP News some early returns on ACOs, including the fact that many physician-led groups are moving to the new payment model.
  • Editorial: Healthy Chicago Collaboration Shows Promise

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Three years ago, the city of Chicago launched Healthy Chicago. The initiative brought together stakeholders from around the metropolitan area to create a public health agenda and set priorities, such as curbing tobacco use and reducing obesity rates.
  • ACOs Flourishing in 2014, Study Reports

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    The number of accountable care organizations (ACOs) operating in the United States has increased rapidly since 2014 began, says a newly released report, with many family physician practices forming or joining smaller, independent ACOs.
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    Everyone's Medical Blog Posts - DoctorsHangout.com

  • HOW I GOT CURED OF HIV

    Hilton Anderson
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:16 am
    DR odudu is the only Dr who could ever get my HIV-AIDS cured with his healing spell, i have tried almost everything but i couldn’t find any solution on my disease, despite all these happening to me, i always spend a lot to buy HIV drugs from hospital and taking some several medications but no relieve, until one day i was just browsing on the internet when i come across a great post of !Nicole! who truly said that she was been diagnose with HIV and was healed that very week through the help of these great powerful healing spell doctor, sometime i really wonder why people called him Papa…
  • HOW I GOT CURED OF HIV

    Hilton Anderson
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:15 am
    DR odudu is the only Dr who could ever get my HIV-AIDS cured with his healing spell, i have tried almost everything but i couldn’t find any solution on my disease, despite all these happening to me, i always spend a lot to buy HIV drugs from hospital and taking some several medications but no relieve, until one day i was just browsing on the internet when i come across a great post of !Nicole! who truly said that she was been diagnose with HIV and was healed that very week through the help of these great powerful healing spell doctor, sometime i really wonder why people called him Papa…
  • Life Insurance Quotes

    John Benold
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:32 pm
    However it is highly significant to Best life insurance policies before buying them. Here you go: http://www.accreditedlifeinsurance.co.uk
  • Want to be a better parent?

    DR.MOHAN SHARMA
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Here are a few points that you need to keep in mind as your bring up your kids Avoid people who make you feel guilty If your 55-year-old relative comes and tut-tuts, 'I could never stay away from my child for so long' or 'How can you bear to leave your child with a babysitter?' avoid her. Stay away from the people who pass snide remarks. You know you are doing your best. Stop and think why are they trying to make you feel guilty — are they jealous of the wonderful way you are handling everything? Take pride in who you are Begin by patting your back a little. Come on! You are doing a great…
  • History Of Autism And Vaccines: How One Man Unraveled The World’s Faith In Vaccinations

    Dr. Mercedes R. Entienza
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Autism and vaccinations have been falsely linked for well over a decade, which leads many to wonder: What started it all?  Vaccination rates plummeted and infection rates of preventable diseases skyrocketed when the world started to believe vaccines caused autism, but the rapid rise of autism rates tell a different story. Aninfographic has been designed to inform parents and other skeptics of the truth behind the relationship between vaccinations and autism and why it even started in the first place. Why did people begin thinking that childhood vaccines such as the measles, mumps, and…
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    Today

  • Natalie and Jenna: We can be the next Thelma and Louise — 'minus the ending'

    Natalie Morales
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Natalie Morales and Jenna Bush Hager had a grand ol' time tubing, touring and exploring Cooperstown, New York, Thursday as part of #TODAYTakesOff.Viewers watched the dynamic duo tour the National Baseball Hall of Fame and try feebly to paddle around Otsego Lake. What you didn't get to see on TV: Their incredibly entertaining — and competitive — time together in the batting cages.
  • Renee Zellweger selling Connecticut country home

    Emily Heffter
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    You had me at seven fireplaces (and a bread oven).Actress Renee Zellweger’s Connecticut country home, on the market for $1.6 million, is hardly roughing it.The luxury farmhouse, built in 1770 and updated in 2004, is a stylish and luxurious country getaway.
  • Play nice: 4 ways to teach kindness and raise kids who aren't jerks

    Jacoba Urist
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    Every parent has probably said, “play nicely” or “be kind to your sister.” And most of us agree that we want to raise caring children But is kindness something you can really teach?Yes — but most of the teaching is by example.
  • Whoa! Watch these mirrored buildings blend into their surroundings

    Amy Eley
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Architects from around the world are having some fun with reflective glass by attaching it to the exterior of structures to make buildings blend right in. Have some visual fun by checking out these five structures, from California to the Netherlands, that reflect their stunning surroundings.
  • 5 things I wish my boss knew about fatherhood

    Ron Mattocks
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    I consider myself fortunate to be working for an employer who understands the demands of fatherhood. This hasn’t always been the case. Through the course of my professional life, which has spanned the military, corporate America, freelance work, and small business, I’ve had bosses who discounted the value of fathers.
 
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    Losing It & Loving It

  • BHL Challenge Week 4: Choose Any Focus

    Angie
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Better Healthy Living Challenge: Final Week This has been a fun challenge!  I want to send a big thanks out to Glenneth from Let’s Talk and Walk for co-hosting with me this year. I sure hope she’ll join us in 2015! AND a quick shout out to our prize sponsors: Momentum Jewelry for donating a wrap bracelet! Glenneth at Let’s Talk and Walk for donating a Cool Case Thermal and I’m donating a $50 Amazon e-gift card! Just because this challenge is coming to an end next week doesn’t mean I’m not going to keep going. I’m looking forward to challenging…
  • Healthy Drink Choices

    Angie
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Choosing Healthier Beverages: Your body will thank you for it! Our bodies need a steady flow of liquids to be healthy, preferably at least eight tall glasses per day or approximately 64 ounces. One of the very best healthy drink choices a body can enjoy is definitely crystal clean water. There are some who say that they don’t enjoy water and indeed many who live entirely on a diet of coffee, soda pop and other sweet drinks. This is not good for the body for several reasons. Caffeine acts as both a short term stimulant and a diuretic which means that it robs the body of water instead of…
  • BHL Challenge Week 3: Health

    Angie
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Better Healthy Living Challenge: Check in #3 We are now to week 3 of the challenge and before you know it, July will be over. Thanks to all of you who participated in the NUTRITION challenge last week. Be sure to do your check in’s before the challenge is over so you can be entered to win some fun prizes. This week our challenge is better health. We can all stand to make more healthy changes in our life so this week we’ll focus on that. Here are some ideas: Get more sleep. Set a bed time and stick to it! Take time out of the day for yourself Set up a long awaited doctor’s…
  • BHL Challenge Week 2: Nutrition

    Angie
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Better Healthy Living Challenge: Check in #2 Thanks to all who participated last week in the Better Healthy Living FITNESS challenge.  This week we challenge ourselves to focus on nutrition. Living a healthy lifestyle is not always easy.  These challenges are here to help all of us break through some barriers we might have. Today’s Tip: Don’t skip breakfast Breakfast is a great way to start the day because you are breaking the fast after a night’s sleep. You don’t need a full meal but you should eat something to give you the fuel you need to get your day started.
  • July Better Healthy Living Challenge Is Live

    Angie
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:12 pm
    The Better Healthy Living Challenge is live!  Just a bit behind in posting since I was traveling home from an amazing vacation. I’ll tell you more about that in another post. The details for this months challenge are below.  Glenneth and I sure hope you’ll join us.  I’m so excited to have her join me as a co-host this year.  You can read more about Glenneth AND get the buttons/banner for the challenge here. There are going to be 4 different challenges this month. Each week we’ll focus on something different. You can find the topics below. And choose one or more…
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    EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health

  • Exposure to dim light at night may make breast cancers resistant to tamoxifen

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (American Association for Cancer Research) For rats bearing human breast tumors, exposure to dim light at night made the tumors resistant to the breast cancer drug tamoxifen, according to data published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. The negative effects of dim light exposure on tamoxifen treatment were overcome by giving rats a melatonin supplement during the night.
  • Total darkness at night is key to success of breast cancer therapy -- Tulane study

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Tulane University) Exposure to light at night, which shuts off nighttime production of the hormone melatonin, renders breast cancer completely resistant to tamoxifen, a widely used breast cancer drug, says a new study by Tulane University School of Medicine cancer researchers.
  • Brain tumor causes and risk factors elude scientists

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Case Western Reserve University) Today, nearly 700,000 people in the US are living with a brain tumor, and yet, when it comes to pinpointing causes or risk factors, scientists are still searching for answers.
  • Informed consent: False positives not a worry in lung cancer study

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Brown University) A new study of participants in the National Lung Screening Trial finds that a false positive screen result -- a screening test in which initial findings of concern for cancer are later found not to be worrisome -- did not cause participants undue anxiety or reduced quality of life. Researchers hypothesize that clear and accurate consent forms prepared patients for these false positive diagnoses.
  • Is Europe putting cancer research at risk?

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (European Society for Medical Oncology) The European Society for Medical Oncology has expressed concern that the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation could make cancer research impossible and add a significant burden to both doctors and cancer patients.
 
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    Harvard Gazette

  • ‘Broken genes’ for a broken system

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    To David Altshuler, the recent discovery of a genetic mutation that protects against type 2 diabetes offers hope in fighting more than just diabetes. It also illustrates how using the tools of genetics to hunt for “broken genes” can aid drug discovery, a process that itself is broken, Altshuler said, with new finds scarce despite billions spent on research. “Almost everything we put into patients fails,” said Altshuler, a Harvard Medical School genetics professor. “There’s something wrong with what we’re doing.” The “broken gene” procedure involves screening large segments…
  • Untangling spider webs

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    For decades, the story of spider evolution went like this: As insects became more and more diverse, with some species taking to the skies, spiders evolved new hunting strategies, including the ability to weave orb-shaped webs to trap their prey. From that single origin, orb-weaver spiders diverged along different evolutionary paths, leading to the present day, when several species weave similar — though not identical — webs. It’s a good story, but there’s a problem. Harvard scientists now know it’s not true. The largest-ever phylogenetic study of spiders shows that the two groups…
  • Dual appointment for O’Neil Outar

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith and Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development Tamara Elliott Rogers have announced that O’Neil A.S. Outar will become the new senior associate dean and director of development for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) effective Sept. 8. Reporting jointly to Smith and Rogers, Outar will provide strategic direction and management for all FAS fundraising efforts, including the $2.5 billion Harvard Campaign for Arts and Sciences, which launched last fall. This marks a return to Cambridge for Outar, who previously served in…
  • Funding international science research

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Six Harvard researchers have been awarded collaborative research grants from the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), given for projects ranging from understanding neuronal language networks through primate evolution to predicting death in C. elegans. The Harvard recipients include David Nelson, Arthur K. Solomon Professor of Biophysics and professor of physics and applied physics; Andrew Murray, Herschel Smith Professor of Molecular Genetics and director of the FAS Center for Systems Biology; Aravinthan Samuel, professor of physics; Jeff Lichtman, Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular…
  • Targeting alien polluters

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    Humanity is on the threshold of being able to detect signs of alien life on other worlds. By studying exoplanet atmospheres, we can look for gases such as oxygen and methane that only coexist if replenished by life. But those gases come from simple life forms such as microbes. What about advanced civilizations? Would they leave any detectable signs? They might, if they spew industrial pollution into the atmosphere. New research by theorists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) shows that we could spot the fingerprints of certain pollutants under ideal conditions. This…
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    Association of Health Care Journalists

  • Reporting team scrutinizes Medicare Advantage

    Liz Seegert
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    Fred Schulte The Center for Public Integrity’s series unearthing potential fraud and waste under the Medicare Advantage program had little help — and apparently little interest — from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The insurance program, which Congress established to help control health care costs for older adults, could leave taxpayers on the hook for more than $36 billion, as AHCJ member Fred Schulte and the rest of the investigative team uncovered. In this “How I did it” article, Schulte explains how the series follows up on CPI’s 2012 Medicare costs…
  • Hospital survey data updated, with changes

    Jeff Porter
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    AHCJ has just updated its easy-to-use Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey data to include the latest release of the data by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and reflect changes in the data by CMS. The data include survey questions about how doctors and nurses communicate, how hospitals are controlling patients’ pain, how hospitals are keeping clean and quiet, and more. AHCJ also creates a spreadsheet file that contains a timeline of the overall ratings of hospitals, with results from October 2006 to September 2013. Each data…
  • Breaking down court rulings on Affordable Care Act subsidies

    Joanne Kenen
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Even for those of us who cover the Affordable Care Act (ACA) more or less full time, July 22 was a pretty zany day. Here’s a recap and some resources to help you going forward. First an appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled, 2-1 that people can’t continue to get subsidies in the federal exchanges – just on the state exchanges. Only it didn’t move to enforce that ruling – which would cut off millions receiving subsidies – because the three judges on that panel knew they didn’t necessarily have the last word. There are more legal fights to come in the case, known as Halbig v.
  • What do you really know about the social determinants of health?

    Joe Rojas-Burke
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    It’s hard to think clearly about health reform if you ignore the social determinants of health, that is, how each person’s place in the hierarchy of self-determination and power, educational opportunity, neighborhood quality, working conditions, job security, income and wealth shape their vulnerability to illness and premature death. Check your knowledge by taking this true-or-false quiz: 1. Rates of illness and premature death are higher among the poor, but there is a threshold at which increases in social status no longer affect health. FALSE: Until the 1980s, experts generally…
  • $200,000 grant strengthens project-based reporting fellowship

    Pia Christensen
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    The Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, the educational arm of the Association of Health Care Journalists, has been awarded a grant of $200,000 to continue a fellowship program that helps journalists understand and report on the performance of local health care markets and the U.S. health system as a whole. The AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance were launched in 2010. The program, supported by The Commonwealth Fund, a New York-based private foundation, allows experienced print, broadcast and online reporters to pursue significant reporting projects over a…
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    Lifescript

  • Advice for Parenting Girls With ADHD

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    By Marilyn Elias, Special to LifescriptGirls with ADHD often have quieter, less obvious symptoms than boys. How can you help your daughter succeed at school, form healthy relationships and get the proper ADHD treatment? Read on for expert parenting advice... Everyone thinks running around, fidgeting and interrupting others are typical symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). And they are – in boys. But girls with ADHD often behave differently. They’re forgetful, easily distracted and may sit quietly in class but not listen to the teacher. They tend not to…
  • Cindy McCain's Battle With Chronic Migraines

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    By Linda Childers, Special to Lifescript Cindy McCain lives in the public spotlight but shares a private struggle with 36 million other Americans: incapacitating migraines. In this Lifescript exclusive, learn her advice for other sufferers and how she manages headache triggers… As wife of U.S. Senator and former Republican presidential candidate John McCain, Cindy McCain is no stranger to public scrutiny. Most people know her as a successful businesswoman and tireless promoter of children’s charities – and remember her composed public persona during the 2008 presidential campaign. But…
  • Why Lifestyle Changes Can’t Wait

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    By Mari Cartel, Lifescript Staff WriterIf you’re overweight, eating poorly or exercising infrequently, don’t wait to make lifestyle changes, says Mark Hyman, M.D. In this exclusive Lifescript interview, the physician and best-selling author discusses how blood sugar issues can lead to serious health problems long before a diabetes diagnosis... For many people, being diagnosed with diabetes is a wake-up call to institute lifestyle changes. But if you’re overweight or have blood sugar issues, you could be setting yourself up for health problems before your doctor even mentions…
  • Should Diabetics Drink?

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    By The Lifescript Editorial StaffThere are a few details you may need to keep in mind about the effects of drinking. Alcohol can make blood glucose too high or too low for those with diabetes. If your diabetes is under control, you may have a moderate amount of alcohol – one drink daily, says the American Diabetes Association (ADA). One drink is a 12-ounce beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1-1/2 ounces of liquor. If you have type 1 diabetes and you’re not overweight, this serving would be an addition to your meal plan. If you have type 1 or 2 diabetes and are overweight, any alcohol…
  • How to Handle an Ulcerative Colitis Flare

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    By Dana Gottesman, Special to LifescriptLife is a roller coaster for ulcerative colitis patients. Your disease could be in remission for months – then suddenly you’re suffering from symptoms and frantically searching for a restroom. But you can relieve ulcerative colitis flares and regain control. Read on for expert advice… If you have ulcerative colitis, you’re probably all too familiar with the disease’s cycle of remission and flares. You go for months with few problems, then its distressing symptoms return, and suddenly you’re dealing with diarrhea,…
 
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  • Minimally Invasive Surgery is Preferred, But Can You Get It?

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    By Edward C. Geehr, M.D., Lifescript Chief Medical OfficerWould you prefer minimally invasive surgery, if it were available? Many patients who might benefit from minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgery instead of traditional “open surgery” are not given the option, according to a Johns Hopkins University surgeon. Laparoscopy is a procedure in which a tube is placed through a small cut in your abdomen, near your navel. A tiny video camera (laparoscope) is inserted into the tube and used to see the inside of your pelvis and abdomen. Surgery can be performed with the guidance of the…
  • Conflicting Study Results About Testosterone Therapy Safety

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Reviewed by Edward C. Geehr, M.D., Lifescript Chief Medical OfficerAre testosterone products safe? In January 2014, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it was investigating the risk for stroke, heart attack and death in men taking FDA-approved testosterone products. The investigation was prompted by reports of increased risk of those outcomes in middle-aged or older men after starting testosterone supplementation. The announcement coincided with publication in the journal PLoS ONE of a study of nearly 56,000 men who had been prescribed testosterone between 2008 and 2010. The rate…
  • Controversy Brews Over Women’s Yearly Pelvic Exams

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    By Edward C. Geehr, M.D., Lifescript Chief Medical OfficerShould pelvic exams be included in women’s yearly physicals? A controversy is brewing about that subject among two doctors’ groups. The American College of Physicians (ACP), whose members are internists, recently recommended that doctors stop performing pelvic exams during routine checkups on healthy women. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), on the other hand, has reasserted the importance of regular pelvic examinations. The outcome of the disagreement could influence primary-care medical…
  • 3-D Mammograms May Be Worth Your While

    30 Jun 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Reviewed by Edward C. Geehr, M.D., Lifescript Chief Medical OfficerAre 3-D mammograms worth the extra money and trouble? Performing a 3-dimensional mammogram in addition to the standard 2-dimensional imaging finds more invasive cancers and leads to fewer recalls for additional tests, a large, multi-institutional study has found. It is not clear, however, whether the technique will lead to improved survival from breast cancer. Digital mammograms have played an important role in reducing death from breast cancer. But the technique has been criticized for producing false-positive results that…
  • FDA to Pregnant Women: Don’t Avoid Fish

    23 Jun 2014 | 5:00 pm
    By Edward C. Geehr, M.D., Lifescript Chief Medical OfficerPregnant and breastfeeding moms no longer need to avoid fish. In a complete reversal from 2004 guidelines, the Food and Drug Administration is now calling on pregnant women to eat more fish. For the past 10 years, the FDA recommended that pregnant women and children largely avoid seafood due to mercury contamination that can interfere with nervous system development. The FDA now says that limiting or avoiding fish during pregnancy and early childhood can deprive developing brains and bodies of important nutrients. The new guidelines…
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    Healthy Food & Healthy Living by Dr. Ayala

  • Is alcohol in moderation really good for your heart?

    Dr. Ayala
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:27 am
    I’m awfully fond of the advice to drink wine in moderation. It introduces us the non-intuitive understanding that many things in nature have an inverted U relationship: a little bit is good, adding some more doesn’t improve outcome, but high levels of the same healthy substance make it toxic, and not healthy at all. But now, a new study questions this advice.
  • Delicious parsley, toasted sesame and miso salad

    Dr. Ayala
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Is parsley the new kale? Taste this salad and you’ll believe it! But I’m not here to foster rivalry between dark green leafy veggies – they’re all very good to eat -- just to give you a taste of this new salad of mine that has turned a few friends into serious parsley fans.
  • 3 things to think about before you urge your kids to eat their veggies

    Dr. Ayala
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    Kids are smarter than most people think. I suggest that our working assumption should be that they are smarter than us. So what gets them to listen, really listen?
  • Healthy homemade frozen treats for a hot summer day

    Dr. Ayala
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:31 am
    Summer's here, time to cool off with a fruity, herbal hoemade sorbet! These recipes call for an ice cream maker. Not every kitchen has or needs one—I give instructions for making these fruit treats without one—but if you have the space in your kitchen these small appliances aren’t expensive (under $50), and will probably earn their keep.
  • Working off a Coke: Warped logic at its finest

    Dr. Ayala
    18 Jun 2014 | 5:45 am
    Coke has a new online ad, beautiful, happy, clever, and logically twisted. The ad imagines what would happen if people paid for their can of Coke by working off the calories it contains. It shows that people are different, but on average, working off a can of soda takes just 23 minutes of cycling.
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    Walker Tea Review

  • Tea Review 532: Grand Tea’s Organic GABA Oolong

    Jason Walker
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
      Origin: Huang Shan Harvest: 2013 Score: 91 Organic: CERES Price (as of post): 25 g = $6.00  to Walker Tea Review. Get complete access to Member Content.   Sign Up For The Newsletter. Sample provided by Grand Tea. Walker Tea Review- a tea blog with tea reviews and tea tastings. Want to see a tea reviewed? […]
  • Properties of Aged Wulong

    Jason Walker
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    Suppose a tea vendor or processor  somewhere in China or Taiwan is going through his storage room and finds a container of tea that has been sitting there for more years than he can remember. Knowing that tea cost him something, and looking to recover that cost, he comes up with an idea: “I’ll call […]
  • Dialog: Taiwan Tea Competitions

    Jason Walker
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Healthy competition can be a very good thing. In the case of tea farmers and producers, tea competitions can drive participants to learn more and create better teas. It can be good for tea drinkers as well. Taiwan has been organizing tea competitions for nearly 40 years, and these competitions have raised standards and improved […]
  • Tea Review 531: Yezi’s Ming Hong

    Jason Walker
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Origin: Nanhu Mtns, Fujian Province Harvest: Autumn 2013 Score: 89 Price (as of post): 5 g sample = $2.95 to Walker Tea Review. Get complete access to Member Content.   Sign Up For The Newsletter. Sample provided by Yezi Tea. Walker Tea Review- a tea blog with tea reviews and tea tastings. Want to see a tea […]
  • Book Review: Homegrown Tea

    Jason Walker
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:30 am
        Summer’s warm days and vacation activities invite visions of fresh harvests from gardens and reading lists for lazy days. So when a tea book comes along that talks about growing, processing and enjoying your own tea, it just may create the perfect marriage of pastimes. Cassie Liversidge’s Homegrown Teas: An Illustrated Guide to […]
 
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    mobihealthnews

  • Sense sleep sensor, health device marketplace and 4 other crowdfunding campaigns

    Aditi Pai
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    This week, a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for a sleep sensor, called Sense, reached and surpassed its $100,000 goal on the same day it launched. And while this company’s crowdfunding success was almost immediate, a few companies, which are still weeks from their goals, have been gaining funds steadily. Some other campaigns that have launched recently include a […]
  • On earnings call, Apple talks Medtronic app, IBM deal

    Jonah Comstock
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:54 am
    In a third-quarter earnings call with investors, Apple senior vice president and CFO Luca Maestri listed medical device giant Medtronic as a headline example of a company creating a lot of iOS apps to use internally. “Today companies have equipped millions of employees with iPhones and they’re seeing huge benefits in productivity, employee satisfaction, and profitability,” he […]
  • FTC Commissioner calls for more data security in health apps, devices

    Jonah Comstock
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    At a Tech in Policy event sponsored by Washington, D.C. newspaper The Hill, FTC Commissioner Julie Brill made it clear that the FTC is aware of recent concerns about health app data privacy and security and is looking into new ways to police the industry. “The law is, on some level, always going to lag behind technology,” she […]
  • PumpUp gets $2.4M for fitness social network app

    Aditi Pai
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    Mobile wellness social network developer PumpUp raised $2.4 million in a round led by General Catalyst Partners with additional investments from Azure Capital Partners, Relay Ventures, Freycinet Investments, and angel investors. The company plans to use the funds to hire engineers from Canada and the United States. The app offers users a photo-based social network on which they can […]
  • Fitnet eyes clinical space with Kansas medical center childhood obesity pilot

    Jonah Comstock
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Fitnet, the instructional video fitness app maker that launched in January of this year, has begun its first clinical pilot, a collaboration with the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) sponsored by a $15,000 grant from Mozilla. Fitnet will work with eight families in KUMC’s Health Hawks childhood obesity program and provide an iPad and […]
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    Diets in Review Blog

  • Trader Joe’s Gets Juiced and Jumps on Board the Cold Pressed Juice Trend

    Jessica Tholmer
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    Trader Joe’s has always been a wonderful grocery option for people who like to eat healthy and eclectic foods. Quirky and honest, Trader Joe’s has always offered a quality range of new and exciting choices. Recently, Trader Joe’s joined the pack of grocers and coffee stops offering green cold pressed juice. Cold pressed juice extracts [...]
  • Are You Man Enough for Yoga? Why More Men Should Butt in to the Yoga Gender Bias

    Brendon Payne
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    Of course men know the benefits of yoga, and we know what we’re missing out on. So why do we still not go? We often see women go to yoga stressed out and leave with their heads held high. We see them carry on the rest of the day in a state of bliss, so [...]
  • How to Lose a Guy in 12 Meals: Foods Your Man Just Doesn’t Understand

    Brandi Koskie
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    Want to ditch a guy you’re not in to? Maybe passively scare off your boyfriend? A nice green smoothie or cup of Kombucha ought to do the trick! Shape Magazine talked with men to find out which foods they can’t stand, and landed on 12 bites and sips that they just don’t get. We know [...]
  • Get Nudge and Finally Track All Your Health and Fitness Data in One App

    Mike Beauchamp
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Say hello to Nudge. Nudge is a free app for your smartphone that brings all of your healthy living together in one place, with one score. Connect Nudge with your favorite health tracking apps and wearables like RunKeeper, Moves, Fitbit, and more to see how your Nudge Factor stacks up against your friends.
  • TED-MED and Dr. Richard Besser Host a Candid Chat about the 1 in 3 American Children Who are Obese

    Mike Beauchamp
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Quick Stats About Childhood Obesity Nearly 1 in 3 children in America are overweight or obese 8.4% of children 2 – 5 years old are obese 17% of children 6 – 11 years old are obese 20.5% of children 12 – 19 years old are obese This afternoon, Dr. Richard Besser hosted a conversation on Google+ Hangouts [...]
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    Blogged Arteries

  • Veterans' Needs 'Should Drive Where They Get Their Care'

    steve.levine@texmed.org
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    Provided by Kaiser Health News. By Mary Agnes Carey KHN Staff Writer JUL 14, 2014 On Capitol Hill, lawmakers resume work this week to resolve differences over legislationaimed at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Russ Wins!

    steve.levine@texmed.org
    10 Jun 2014 | 4:00 pm
    (CHICAGO) - We're so very proud of Russ Kridel, MD, of Houston, who won election today to the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association. Dr. Kridel is extremely dedicated to physicians... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #AMAmtg Calls for Care for Vets Outside of Troubled VA

    steve.levine@texmed.org
    10 Jun 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Dr. Lockhart (Chicago) - Led by the delegations from Texas and Florida, the American Medical Association House of Delegates today called on President Barack Obama to "to take immediate action to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Texans Stand for Patients, Texas Docs at #AMAmtg

    steve.levine@texmed.org
    9 Jun 2014 | 1:30 pm
    CHICAGO - From improving access to care for veterans to helping young physicians manage their mountains of student debt, Texas physicians, residents, and medical students lent their voices to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Drs. Bailey, Lockhart Win #AMAmtg Elections

    steve.levine@texmed.org
    9 Jun 2014 | 8:43 am
    Clockwise from lower left: Ms. Hamouie and Ms. Bailey with Romero  Santiago, UT Southwestern; Dr. Sue Bailey; Dr. Kridel; Dr. Ejesieme; and Dr. Lockhart CHICAGO - Two Texas physicians secured... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Cathy's Natural Remedies

  • ‘How to’ Video: $2 SELF-WATERING Garden Bed

    Cathy Heard
    4 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    This is absolutely amazing! I really want to make a few of these boxes next year. The bonuses: Self-watering, Cheap, Grow organic food and Share with others. Tell us and others what you think in the comments below. Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homemade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self Stephanie L. Tourles (Author) (176) Buy new: $18.95 $10.99 114 used & new from $7.00The post ‘How to’ Video: $2 SELF-WATERING Garden Bed appeared first on Cathy's Natural Remedies. Related posts: Video: The World’s First Commercial Vertical Farm Two GREAT Ideas…
  • Vote: Should Community Drinking Water Be Fluoridated?

    Cathy Heard
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am
    You have all heard of Costco, right? It is a membership-only food warehouse and they want you to vote on whether or not water should be fluoridated? You can go here to vote. The Costco Connection has an article on fluoridation which presents both sides of the argument. Howard Pollick takes the Yes side. He is a member of the American Dental Association’s National Fluoridation Advisory Committee as well as a clinical professor of preventive and restorative dentistry. Paul Connett, intakes the No side and is the director f the Fluoride Action Network as well as co-author of The Case…
  • Why Everyone Should Learn To Lucid Dream

    Cathy Heard
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:07 am
    The following is a guest post about lucid dreaming. Enjoy! Imagine this: you’re exploring things and emotions you never thought were possible. You have the opportunity to control anything that goes on, and have the power to change anything if needed. You’re exploring these crazy ideas as if you were doing it in real life, however you’re merely dreaming. Is there a monster chasing you as you lucid dream? No worries – with the power of your mind, you can dismiss that monster and completely modify the dream just the way you want it. So instead of being chased by a monster, you can talk…
  • It Has Been Awhile but I am Back!

    Cathy Heard
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:09 am
    We had a wonderful holiday in Rome and Greece. The food in Rome was amazing and the sites were unbelievable. So much walking but we absolutely loved it. We loved the squares where something was always going on. In Greece, the hills really gave me some exercise and I was able to find some great health foods! I loved the architecture and the great stores. Unfortunately, we returned early due to my sister getting skin cancer (more blogs on this to come). When we returned, we stayed with our daughter, husband and grandson. Needless to say, being around our grandson kept us very busy, which we…
  • My European Vacation Begins!

    Cathy Heard
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:58 am
    We am starting on a two month vacation to Europe. For the next four days, we will be flying, flying, flying. As a result, I highly doubt I will be able to blog. Once we are settled in Rome, and as long as we have great internet, I will return to blogging. I am looking very forward to the natural, non-GMO food in Europe. It will be much easier to eat well. I will post about what I find there and how I enjoy it. After Rome, we are headed to Greece for six weeks for some rest and relaxation. Again, we will be in a country where there are no GMOs! Can’t wait! Next is Lisbon. Getting to…
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    Turbulence Training

  • 5 Tricks to Maximize Fat Burning

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT, Certified Turbulence Trainer
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:53 am
    Let's start today with some STRAIGHT talk...the motivation you need to finish the week strong (and don't miss the inspirational image at the end of the email, either).   Listen...   Whatever is in your way, you're stronger than it, you're tougher than it, and you're better than it. You're going to beat it. No matter what happened yesterday, stay strong and get STRONGER today. I believe in
  • Handstand pushups making a comeback

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT, Certified Turbulence Trainer
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    It is an absolutely perfect day here in my lil' town of Stratford, Ontario. It's cool for a summer's day, but I prefer that. It would be just right to do the Justin Bieber walking tour. Alas, I'm too busy for that. But... I went to our little health food store. It's our Whole Foods with less junk (there is SO MUCH JUNK in Whole Foods these days...it should be called 1/2 Junk, 1/2 Whole
  • Why do women exercise like this?

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT, Certified Turbulence Trainer
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    It's really confusing. So many women are willing to work so hard, but they do almost everything wrong at the gym. I don't understand why women exercise with 4 types of arm exercises and 30 minutes devoted to chest exercises. That only makes people bigger (which is fine if you're a bodybuilder, but most folks don't want that).   And why do women do bicycle cross crunches? Those don't work. And
  • 80 degree TT hot yoga

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT, Certified Turbulence Trainer
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    Yoga time. This was fun.80 degree garage + 19 minute bodyweight circuit + 20 minutes follow up 'meathead' yoga = sweaty good morning. That was so much better than a traditional cardio workout, of course.Cardio confusion? Find out how to do fat burning interval training in this FREE report => www.TurbulenceTraining.com/intervalreportToday's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:The first and most important
  • 3 Steps to Fix Your Trouble Spots

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT, Certified Turbulence Trainer
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Everyone knows spot reduction is impossible - right?   I was arguing about this with my friend, Shaun Hadsall, the other day.   Shaun says you CAN specifically target the stubborn fat targeting your trouble spots.   I say, "Prove it."   So Shaun went back in his lab in Central Michigan and did 2 things t:   a) He put together a report, The 7-Day Spot Reduction Solution b) He
 
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    Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review

  • 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
  • With the November Election Six Months Away Obamacare is Up For Grabs

    13 May 2014 | 12:34 pm
    House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans seemed surprised last week when representatives of the insurance industry reported that they didn't have enough data yet to forecast prices for next year's health insurance exchanges, the market was not about to blow up, and that so far at least 80% of consumers have paid for the health insurance policies they purchased on the exchanges. The
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    HealthBlawg :: David Harlow's Health Care Law Blog

  • #FDAsm - FDA Releases Draft Social Media Guidance Five Years After Public Hearing

    David Harlow
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.healthblawg.com/healthblawg Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. http://feeds.healthblawg.com/healthblawg
  • FDA Social Media Guidance - Hangout on Air

    David Harlow
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.healthblawg.com/healthblawg Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. http://feeds.healthblawg.com/healthblawg
  • Health Information Exchange: Meaningful Consent

    David Harlow
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.healthblawg.com/healthblawg Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. http://feeds.healthblawg.com/healthblawg
  • Health Care Online Marketing, Social Media and HIPAA - Google Hangout on Air

    David Harlow
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.healthblawg.com/healthblawg Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. http://feeds.healthblawg.com/healthblawg
  • Consumer Generated Data: Your "Data Exhaust"

    David Harlow
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.healthblawg.com/healthblawg Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. http://feeds.healthblawg.com/healthblawg
 
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    InsureBlog

  • I see fake people...

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    So here's the thing:"Investigators ... created 12 fake health insurance test applicants and... have gotten qualified health plan (QHP) coverage for 11 through the [404Care.gov site]."So what's the big deal?If someone hacks your Visa card, they can (potentially) rack up some major purchases. But who in their right mind wants to steal insurance?Here's the problem(s):As Bob points out, it underscores just how poorly the 404Care site was designed and implemented, and how it continues to be an embarrassment to all who've worked on it (assuming they had any shame to begin with). More importantly,…
  • Heroic Carrier Tricks: CNA edition

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Back in the day, the Cincinnati Life Insurance Company sold Long Term Care insurance (LTCi), and a colleague (since retired) sold a number of these. Recently, a Cincinnati LTCi client called to complain about a claims problem, and I was happy to try to help out.Note: I had understood (mistakenly, as it turned out), that Cincinnati had actually sold its block of business to another carrier. This is a not-infrequent occurrence in the LTCi biz, but was not the case here. Instead, they had turned over policy service to a Third Party Administrator, LTCG, which also services other carriers'…
  • Cavalcade of Risk #213: Don't Panic edition

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Econ-blogger extraordinaire Jason Shafrin hosts this week's short but eclectic collection of risk-related posts, from life and health insurance to Worker's Comp, and plenty in-between. Original content copyright © InsureBlog
  • Five Takeaways from Halbig and King

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    1. The decision on Halbig (D.C. Circuit) isn't taking subsidies away from people nor is the decision on King (4th Circuit) to allow everyone who qualifies to receive a subsidy. It is simply about the law and how it is interpreted. One might also ask how one court ruling said 36 states were federal exchanges while the other ruling said 34 states were federal exchange. This is what happens when a law is poorly written, rushed to a vote, and passes. We end up with a discombobulated mess. This isn't unique to Obamacare. Many other laws that…
  • Dumb Carrier tricks...Kaiser Edition

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    For the last month, I've been receiving emails from Kaiser about a change in policy:As your business partner, we want to make you aware that Kaiser Permanente’s subscriber termination policy will be enforced effective August 1, 2014, for small groups only (not applicable for large groups).Small groups can no longer retroactively terminate subscribers or dependents prior to the month we receive the request. As a result, all subscriber terminations will be effective in the month we receive the request unless a future termination date is requested. For example, if you or one of your…
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    Health Business Blog

  • ACA rollout hits some Massachusetts businesses harder than expected

    David Williams
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    Like many, I’ve been surprised that the rollout of the Affordable Care Act has had such an impact on Massachusetts. After all we already had near universal coverage, an exchange/marketplace, lots of mandates, guaranteed issue and community rating. Obamacare is based on Romneycare. But somehow Massachusetts screwed up the rollout of the Obamacare exchange, which is costing $100 million to fix, and at least some Massachusetts small businesses are getting hit with big rate hikes as they renew. One small business I know got hit with a 29 percent premium jump, almost all due to the ACA.
  • Cavalcade of Risk is up at Healthcare Economist

    David Williams
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    Healthcare Economist Jason Shafrin hosts the latest Cavalcade of Risk blog carnival, featuring a roundup of posts on health insurance, democracy, workers comp and more.
  • Medicaid: Program for the poor should not impoverish doctors and hospitals

    David Williams
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Medicaid beneficiaries deserve the same access to healthcare services and products as people with commercial insurance or Medicare. But since Medicaid pays doctors and hospitals 27 to 65 percent less than commercial health plans (according to a new GAO report), it makes it awfully difficult for providers to be payer agnostic. Sure enough, we see even supposedly mission-driven non-profit healthcare systems looking to maximize their share of the commercial population by catering to that group. That’s a real public policy problem as the proportion of patients with Medicaid increases,…
  • Health Business TV: Cash for specialists, eVisits again, nursing shortage mythology

    David Williams
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=SqEf7ry112cIn this fifth episode of Health Business TV, I discuss my interview with HelloMD about cash payments to specialists, the long and slow evolution of eVisits, more on the nursing shortage myth, the United Independent Party in Massachusetts, and an update on the proposed 29% health insurance premium hike for our business.. Please subscribe to the YouTube channel and tell your friends!   By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams of the Health Business Group  
  • Health Wonk Review is up at Wing of Zock

    David Williams
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    The latest Health Wonk Review blog carnival is up at Wing of Zock (incidentally one of my favorite blog names!). You can catch the latest on the Affordable Care Act, health care in India, hospital readmissions, and cancer treatment. Have a look.
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    The Population Health Blog

  • Credble Numbers on Obamacare: And Why is the 16.3% Prevalence of Persons Without Health Insurance Good News?

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:56 pm
    The signed Affordable Care ActWe finally have some credible numbers on what's happened to insurance enrollment under Obamacare. The paper can be found here.The authors used the ongoing Gallup-Healthways survey that questions representative samples of the U.S. population about their health insurance status. Since it began, this repeat survey has assessed changes in the coverage of adults 18 to 64 years of age. The authors used these data to assess the trends in insurance status that were associated with the roll-out of Obamacare between January 2012 to June 2014. For all of 2012 and…
  • Care Management: What a Bargain

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    They did it again!Sound familiar?Patients' intake into the program was initiated with a face-to face meeting with a nurse care manager.  After a physician-approved care plan was in place, the patients were telephoned and engaged in the protocol.  The patients could then use a voice-activated system or a website to report disease status.  Outbound nurse calls were prompted if the patients requested it, reported a problem, didn't have adequate disease control, if the medications were not being taken as prescribed or if there were side effects.  After 12 months, patients in…
  • New Insights on Big Data

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Say hello to big data!This week's The Economist discusses some of the implications of "big data." Population Health Blog readers may recall the Facebook kerfuffle when it was revealed that the company had been "experimenting" on its users.  While this is another timely reminder that Facebook users are not customers but a product, what's far more interesting is how the company used its vast utilization data to monetize the changes of a hundredth of single percent in its users' behavior.  These weenie changes can add up to additional…
  • Professional Physician Organizations: A Continuing Necessary Ingredient for Ongoing Health Reform

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:21 am
    This JAMA article on "Professional Organizations' Role in Supporting Physicians to Improve Value in Health Care" reminds readers that "organized medicine" continues to have an important role in national health reform.  The Population Health Blog agrees and adds that these doctor professional organizations have not only been underestimated recently, but will continue to be a force to be reckoned with - both a national and state level.The article points out that groups like the American Medical Association (AMA) along with the various sister…
  • The Medicare Advantage Stars Program: Who Keeps the Money, Is it Evidence-Based and What About Variation?

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    The Population Health Blog has been practically banished from our living room when the spouse is watching TLC's Say Yes to the Dress.  This reality show follows the travails of young brides as they search for that perfect wedding gown while also dealing family expectations, tight budgets and dubious body art.  When the PHB stops in and pauses to watch the bridal drama unfold over more than just a few minutes, it naturally wants to share.  Mysteriously, the spouse treats its helpful outreach like some sort of provocation.  Little wonder.  Years ago, the PHB…
 
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    Colorado Health Insurance Insider

  • From the Health Wonks… are men getting the short end of the stick?

    Louise
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Jennifer from Wing of Zock hosted the Health Wonk Review today, and it’s an excellent edition.  One of the most interesting entries is from Hank Stern of InsureBlog, writing about the lack of covered men’s preventive services on new ACA-compliant plans. Overall, I agree with Hank on this one.  In the pre-ACA days, women by [...] The post From the Health Wonks… are men getting the short end of the stick? appeared first on Colorado Health Insurance Insider. Related posts: Contraceptive Coverage And The PPACA HHS Guidelines For Women’s Healthcare Short term health…
  • Burwell v Hobby Lobby – The Wisdom of Justice Ginsburg

    Louise
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
    I’ve spent the last two evenings reading the text of Burwell v Hobby Lobby.  That might sound dull, but I highly recommend it – far more interesting than the text of the ACA or the thousands of pages of associated federal regulations that have been released to supplement it.  It’s 95 pages, but it’s a relatively [...] The post Burwell v Hobby Lobby – The Wisdom of Justice Ginsburg appeared first on Colorado Health Insurance Insider. Related posts: Colorado Judge Rules Against Contraceptive Mandate John Roberts and the PPACA SCOTUS Ruling And You Thought Gender…
  • 2015 Obamacare Open Enrollment is November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015

    Louise
    25 Jun 2014 | 2:37 pm
    The 2015 Obamacare open enrollment period is just around the corner – less than five months away now.   If you have a qualifying event between now and November 15, you can enroll during your special open enrollment period.  But if not, here’s what you need to know: 2015 Obamacare Open enrollment will begin on November 15, 2014 [...] The post 2015 Obamacare Open Enrollment is November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015 appeared first on Colorado Health Insurance Insider. Related posts: Open Enrollment For Individual Health Insurance Plans Starting in 2014 Connect for Health…
  • Colorado CHP+ and exchange subsidy eligibility

    Louise
    24 Jun 2014 | 3:06 pm
    By now, I think most of our readers are aware that Colorado is one of the states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA, and that exchange subsidy eligibility begins where Medicaid eligibility ends – there is no overlap.  Households with incomes up to 133% of poverty level (actually 138%, because the law has a built-in 5% [...] The post Colorado CHP+ and exchange subsidy eligibility appeared first on Colorado Health Insurance Insider. Related posts: Exchange Subsidy Eligibility Impeded By High-Priced Group Health Insurance Access Will The Colorado Health Benefits Exchange Be Integrated…
  • Exchange website troubles and Medicaid expansion in the HWR

    Louise
    20 Jun 2014 | 11:57 am
    Julie Ferguson hosted the Health Wonk Review this week, and it’s a great edition.  One of my favorite articles this time around is from Patrick Pine, writing at Healthcare Talent Transformation.  Patrick digs into the question of why there were so many exchange website troubles last fall – some of which are ongoing nine months later. [...] The post Exchange website troubles and Medicaid expansion in the HWR appeared first on Colorado Health Insurance Insider. Related posts: The Expansion Of Medicaid Primarily Targets The Uninsured Population Controversy Surrounding The…
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  • First biosimilar hits the market

    Jason Shafrin
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Making a generic version of a single molecule drug is fairly straightforward.  Making a replica of a biologic treatment, however, is not.  Nevertheless, Congress signed into law the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCI Act) to create a fast-track approval process for biological products that are demonstrated to be highly similar an FDA-approved biological product.  These products are known as biosimilars. Today, this legislation has bore fruit.   FierceBiotech reports: The FDA accepted Novartis’ application to sell a knockoff of…
  • Cavalcade of Risk #213

    Jason Shafrin
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    There are many types of risk. There are health risks and financial risks, systematic risk and idiosyncratic risk. And some risks are riskier than others: In this week’s edition of the Cavalcade of Risk, the best of the blog-o-sphere give their opinions on a handful of risky issues. Why do your health insurance rates increase every year, but your life insurance premiums remain the same? The Waterway Financial Group Blog explains. What kinds of insurance does a Heisman-trophy-winning QB buy? InsureBlog has the scoop. Is democracy at risk in Massachusetts? The Health Business Blog explains…
  • CBO presents ominous debt projections

    Jason Shafrin
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Like most years, in recent history, the Congressional Budget Office’s 2014 Long-term Budget Outlook is not rosy. Between 2009 and 2012, the federal government recorded the largest budget deficits relative to the size of the economy since 1946, causing its debt to soar. The total amount of federal debt held by the public is now equivalent to about 74 percent of the economy’s annual output, or gross domestic product (GDP)—a higher percentage than at any point in U.S. history except a brief period around World War II and almost twice the percentage at the end of 2008…Twenty-five…
  • HIV Developments: The Good and the Bad

    Jason Shafrin
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:41 pm
    The World Health Organization estimates 35 million people and more than 1 million people in the US have AIDS. Further, 18% of Americans with HIV are unaware of their infections. Nevertheless, over the last decade, the US has made major strides in reducing HIV incidence. The BBC reports that a new JAMA study found that: the [HIV] diagnosis rate [in the US] fell to 16.1 per 100,000 people in 2011 from 24.1 in 2002 Even this figures may understimate the declining incidnece. Over the past decade, HIV testing has rose, indicating that the true drop in incidence may be even larger than the numbers…
  • Healthcare.gov vs. Amazon.com

    Jason Shafrin
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Which one is easier to use?  The answer to this is clear: Amazon.  Of course, health insurance is a much more difficult product for people to understand than most good at Amazon.  However, many policymakers may have underestimated the amount of customer service new enrollees in Healthcare.gov need.  The Washington Post reports: Just 13 percent of assistance programs said they spent, on average, less than an hour with each person they helped. Most spent between 1-2 hours, but some averaged much higher. President Obama clearly oversold how easy it would be to purchase insurance. Just…
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  • Health Wonk Review & More Noteworthy News

    Julie Ferguson
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am
    Catch up on your Health Policy Wonkery for the summer - Jennifer Salopek has posted Health Wonk Review: Polar Vortex Edition at Wing Of Zock. It's a great edition and one of only two to be published during the abbreviated summer schedule, so get your wonk fix now! Up? Down? Sideways? What's up with health care costs? - Joe Paduda:...
  • Cavalcade of Risk

    Julie Ferguson
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    R.J. Weiss of Weiss Insurance hosted last week's Cavalcade of Risk #212 - check it out! And while in the neighborhood,. check out his blog, too....
  • 3 Updates: Sheri Sangji lab death; Chilean miners; Tesora Plant explosion

    Julie Ferguson
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    We've recently found interesting developments or updates on three stories that we've covered in the past: A settlement in criminal charges in the Sheri Sangji Lab death case; an in-depth feature on how the Chilean miners survived; and a four-year retrospective on the Tesoro Plant explosion that killed 7. Patrick Harran And L.A. District Attorney Reach Deal In Sheri Sangji...
  • Women of Steel

    Julie Ferguson
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:14 am
    Are there many women in construction? They represent about 9% of the industry. Dorothée Moisan offers an excellent feature on New York's Women of Steel, illustrated beautifully with photos by Jonathan Alpeyrie. Early pioneers talk about what it was like to break into the field. One little vignette from days gone by: "I remember a young woman very well,"...
  • Cavalcade of Risk #211: Lightning Round

    Julie Ferguson
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    We're pleased to be hosting the 211th edition of Cavalcade of Risk and we give you the Lightning Round edition in honor of Lightning Safety Awareness Week. If you are struck by lightning, your odds are apparently pretty good of surviving the encounter - see the story of the Georgia man who was recently jolted out of his boots but...
 
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    Health Beat by Maggie Mahar

  • 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.
  • Cantor’s Defeat–Wittiest One-Liners

    Maggie Mahar
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Eric Cantor’s shellacking has drawn much attention–perhaps two much commentary. (After all, this was just a primary.  I don’t think that it “Changes Everything.”) That  said, here are my favorite comments on this event:: – “‘Brat Upsets Cantor’ . . . The headline sounds like a failed Bar Mitzvah” — Delaware Dem –On Tuesday night, Ezra Klein wrote:“John Boehner must be having an emotionally complicated evening.”  
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    Health Care Renewal

  • Sovaldi, a Quantum Leap? - Backwards to the Days Before Randomized Controlled Trials

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    The Sovaldi (sofosbuvir - Gilead) media circus is continuing.  The New York Times just reported that sales of the new drug for hepatitis C were about $3.5 billion for the last quarter, which should intensify the kerfuffle over its US price ($1000 per pill, $84,000 for a 12 week course of medication).Meanwhile, reports of its wondrous properties continue to appear in medical journals.The latest was announced this way in Bloomberg, Gilead Science Inc Solvadi, controversial because of its price, helps cure hepatitis C in people with HIV, according to researchers who say the drug has the…
  • Money vs Mission - How Generic Managers vs Physicians Think

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    On Health Care Renewal, we emphasize problems in leadership and governance in large health care organizations, and how they affect health care professionals' attempts to carry out their mission, and ultimately how they affect patients' and the public's health.  Large health care organizations are increasingly lead by people trained in business, not health care professionals, thus generic managers.  The stewards of these organizations, the members of their boards of directors or boards of trustees, are also increasingly current or former managers without direct health care…
  • For Hospital CEOs, Retirement May Mean Never Having to Lose Your Paycheck

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
     Dr Herbert Pardes was once one of the best paid CEOs of a US non-profit hospital system.  A new New York Times article reported that the hospital system continued to pay him millions after his retirement.  Introduction - the Best Paid Non-Profit Hospital System CEO in 2008In 2009, we first discussed the compensation given to Dr Herbert Pardes, the CEO of New York - Presbyterian Healthcare System, which appeared to make him one of the best paid, if not the best paid non-profit hospital system CEO in the US.  His total compensation for 2008 was $9.8 million, according to…
  • When Money Talks, the Sick Will Walk, or Crawl - Three Illustrations of the Brave New World of Health Care

    15 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    In the quaint days of yesteryear, there were those health professionals who thought of what they did as a calling.  The best care of the individual patient was supposed to come first, especially ahead of maximizing one's own income.  Now in the brave new world of neoliberalism, economism, unregulated, laissez faire capitalism - call it what you want - health care has become a business, an industry.  Protests that it still should be a calling are anechoic.For example, who noticed when a very famous person wrote this in 2012?Hospitals and other facilities 'must rethink their…
  • The Price of Compassion - Commercialized Hospices and the Mistreatment of Vulnerable Patients

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    Introduction - Commercialized Hospices We have occasionally written about the rise of the commercialized hospice industry, and concerns that commercialized hospices may not be providing the compassionate care they promise.  As we have discussed before, the hospice movement began with small, non-profit, community based organizations meant to provide compassionate palliative care to the terminally ill.  However, in the US, the hospice movement has been co-opted by commercial hospices, often run by large corporations, which may put profit ahead of compassion.Several long investigative…
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    Medical Connectivity

  • Connectivity Standards Adoption Over Time

    BMoorman
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I was listening today to the CE-IT Webinar on CE and HIT from the 2014 AAMI conference in Philadelphia. Much of the session reviewed what has happened over the last five years and it got me thinking about my experiences and what I’ve seen over the last ten years in medical device connectivity and remote monitoring. It’s been an interesting ride and yet I realize there are a few basic ideas that have resonated over the years. These basic ideas are: Specifying those requirements that are unique to my situation are where I have the most control in acquisition; There are other players in the…
  • Interview with Todd Dunsirn of True Process

    Tim Gee
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    A while back I had the opportunity to chat with Todd Dunsirn, the CEO of True Process. True Process provides products and services to both hospitals and various manufacturers. The company is focused on the point of care market offering a medication administration solution and a medical device data system. What was the genesis for starting True Process? I started the company in 2004. I have an engineering background, and had several other companies doing IT consulting and then web development, and application development. Then I had a friend contact me to develop a bar-code point-of-care…
  • Messaging Middleware Market Segmentation & Adoption

    Tim Gee
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:59 pm
    The previous post in this series suggested a set of characteristics to define the messaging middleware market and described the typical product architecture for these systems. In this post, we’ll look at ways the market may be segmented and how the market is adopting these systems. Market Segmentation Market segmentation is the dividing of a broader market into subsets of potential buyers who have common market requirements who then become the target for your product, sales and marketing. Using my favorite market adoption model, Geoffrey Moore’s Crossing the Chasm, this is the…
  • Secure Messaging Middleware Market Defined

    Tim Gee
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:56 pm
    What do secure communications, care team coordination, patient engagement various workflow automation solutions and alarm notification have in common? They’re all examples of messaging middleware solutions found in health care. Which begs the question, what the heck is messaging middleware? This label is a term of art that was first coined by Emergin in the early to mid 2000s. As the name of a product category, it’s descriptive of the underlying technical functions of the product, but has nothing to with how the products are actually used – which can vary considerably. All…
  • A Medical Device Recall of an EHR-like Product

    William Hyman
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:26 am
    The recent recall (links below) for McKesson’s Anesthesia Care system raises interesting questions about potential information system failure modes as well as what system/software functions cross the imaginary line between unregulated EHRs and regulated medical devices. First the facts. The FDA announced McKesson’s voluntary recall of its Anesthesia Care system in several on-line (here, here and here)  postings. This trio of postings is interesting because the first links only to the second, the second does not link to either of the other two. The third also does not link to the other…
 
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  • How to Streamline Your Practice with Medical Management Software

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The right package can help you create less work for your staff. It can also increase patient satisfaction. Practice management systems typically include useful features such as: Billing process manager Appointment scheduler Patient demographics capture Patient pre-registration Insurance eligibility check Insurance payer database Reports generation Practices that implement this technology typically see that it results in much more efficient billing, increased staff productivity, reduced operating costs and improved overall practice management. This guide is designed to assist medical practice…
  • 5 Practical Ways Apps Can Streamline Your Healthcare Business

    10 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Find out the top 5 ways health care providers can use a mobile workforce management solution to effectively increase productivity and reduce costs. Learn how mobile apps can help you:   * Gain visibility into your mobile employees’ locations and activities * Combat rising fuel and labor costs * Provide better customer service Download this guide to learn how emerging mobile business apps can help your company work smarter and faster.Request Free!
  • 9 Questions Medical Marketers Should Ask About Call Tracking

    18 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    This guide discusses how to determine if you need call tracking, how call recording can help you be HIPAA compliant, and how to automate your marketing from call tracking. It will also provide a brief overview of Conversation Analytics.   These are the questions that you NEED to ask every call tracking vendor. These questions will ensure you choose the right call tracking vendor for your needs.Request Free!
  • Using Medical Billing Services To Streamline Your Practice

    16 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    The main reason most health care providers use medical billing services is to save money and increase the bottom line for the practice. Even after factoring in the service provider's fees, you will likely find that eliminating the time your staff spends on processing insurance claims results in direct cost savings. You can also expect to save on expenses such as salary, health care, insurance and training associated with maintaining an in-house billing staff.There are four key advantages to using a medical billing service:Cost savingsExpertiseFaster resultsIncreased collection revenueThis…
  • Medical Design Briefs

    12 Jun 2014 | 3:50 pm
    From heart pumps and defibrillators to surgical robots, NASA has developed thousands of medical breakthroughs on the way to space. Articles and product briefs focus on design advances that are shaping the future of health care — improving safety and saving lives while reducing costs. Each issue will report on electronics, sensors, test & measurement, imaging, software, materials, mechanical components, manufacturing/prototyping, and much more.Request Free!
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    Jeannehambleton77's Weblog

  • WORSE THAN TOILETS: HOSPITAL ELEVATOR BUTTONS A HIDDEN SOURCE OF BACTERIA

    Jeanne Hambleton
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    WORSE THAN TOILETS: HOSPITAL ELEVATOR BUTTONS A HIDDEN SOURCE OF BACTERIA From the FMS Global News Desk of Jeanne Hambleton Posted on July 8, 2014 by Stone Hearth News University of Toronto By Sybil Edmonds, Open Medicine Journal Elevator buttons are more likely to be colonized by bacteria than toilet surfaces, a new study of three large urban hospitals has found. “Elevators are a component of modern hospital care, and are used by multiple people with ungloved hands who will later go on to make contact with patients,” said University of Toronto professor, Dr. Donald Redelmeier, co-author…
  • EIGHT WAYS ZINC AFFECTS THE HUMAN BODY

    Jeanne Hambleton
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:19 pm
     EIGHT  WAYS ZINC AFFECTS THE HUMAN BODY     Zinc The Metal of Life From the FMS Global News Desk of Jeanne Hambleton Posted on July 19, 2014  Source Stone Hearth News – Newswise-Wiley OnLine Library   Newswise — CHICAGO—Researchers identified zinc as one of the most important essential trace metals in human nutrition and lifestyle in a new review article in Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). Zinc is not only a vital element in various physiological processes; it is also a drug in the prevention of…
  • CLINICAL TRIAL CONFIRMS EFFECTIVENESS OF SIMPLE APPETITE CONTROL

    Jeanne Hambleton
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    CLINICAL TRIAL CONFIRMS EFFECTIVENESS OF SIMPLE APPETITE CONTROL From the FMS Global News Desk of Jeanne Hambleton Source  American Chemical Society. By Brenda Davy  BLACKSBURG, Va– Has the long-sought magic potion in society’s “battle with the bulge” finally arrived? An appetite-control agent that requires no prescription, has no common side effects, and costs almost nothing? Scientists today reported results of a new clinical trial confirming that just two 8-ounce glasses of the stuff, taken before meals, enables people to shed pounds. The weight-loss elixir, they told the…
  • A TRUE STORY – IT IS A DOG’S LIFE….

    Jeanne Hambleton
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    A TRUE STORY – IT IS A DOG’S LIFE…. As a dog lover I found this  story very touching and really think  empty nesters and all fibromites should have a dog including me.  It really is a lovely story and I  do believe it is true.   I have read chapters and verse about the potential wellbeing a dog can bring to those who  are terminally unwell. Sudi sent this to me a while ago and I shared it with Carole – my THUNDER AND LIGHTING reader.  She felt it was beautiful. Maybe I will get the tissues out. A Father, a Daughter and a Dog A true story by Catherine Moore…
  • DOES MY TRUNK LOOK BIG TO YOU?

    Jeanne Hambleton
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    DOES MY TRUNK LOOK BIG  TO YOU?   THIS IS  NO LAUGHING MATTER FOR PUDGY PACHYDERMS From The FMS Global News Desk of Jeanne Hambleton Released: 11-Jul-2014 3:00 PM EDT Source Newsroom: University of Alabama at Birmingham Newswise — BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – African elephants in captivity are getting fat. (We know that feelng…) While the thought of a pudgy pachyderm might produce a chuckle, it is a situation with potentially serious consequences for the species. “Obesity affects about 40 percent of African elephants in captivity,” said Daniella Chusyd, M.A., a doctoral student in the…
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    DermTV

  • Can You Exfoliate Skin Around Your Eyes

    Doctor
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Exfoliation is the single most important treatment you can do to achieve glowing, gorgeous skin. However, what about on the delicate eye area skin? In this episode of DermTV, Dr. Schultz answers the question, "Can you exfoliate skin around your eyes?" YouTube Embed:  H2q3aa9qWgM
  • What is the Best Type of Sunscreen

    Doctor
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:59 pm
    The key to an effective sunscreen is that is has an SPF of at least 15 and contains broad spectrum / UVA protection. But does it need to be a lotion, a cream, spray, pads, gel, etc.? In this episode of DermTV, Dr. Schultz discusses what the best type of sunscreen is. YouTube Embed:  _eFzYS_V3qw
  • DermTV Viewer Questions - July 2014

    Doctor
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Welcome to DermTV Viewer Questions for July 2014. In this episode, Dr. Schultz answers questions from DermTV.com viewers Amna, Oana, Valerie, and Joyceline, and YouTube viewers @danielaaltieva, @HissSpit Growl, @starslingr, and @Rebecca Wolfe. Topics include: when you need to apply sunscreen, self tanners, progressive exfoliation, daily exfoliation, does exfoliation prematurely age your skin, hayflick limit, topical antibiotics resistance, mixing antioxidants and exfoliants, exfoliation and rosacea, green tea antioxidant, picking the right sunscreen, and more! YouTube Embed:  x3feOevs0NE
  • Progressive Exfoliation

    Doctor
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Chemical exfoliation is the single most important treatment you can use for glowing, healthier and younger looking skin. And generally speaking, the higher strength the exfoliant, the more effective it is. Unfortunately, the higher the strength, the more irritating it can also be. In this episode of DermTV, Dr. Schultz shares his Progressive Exfoliation method which enables you to use higher strength exfoliants without irritation. YouTube Embed:  6tZoIYl-3cQ
  • How to Get the Best Makeup Application

    Doctor
    12 Jun 2014 | 10:01 am
    There's one simple tip that makes the difference between makeup application that leads to flawless, radiant makeup or worse looking skin. In this episode of DermTV, Dr. Schultz discusses how to get the best makeup application. YouTube Embed:  -FDQOYSL3zE
 
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    The Vitals Blog

  • 3 Technologies You Need to Navigate The New Health Care Economy

    Gina Larson-Stoller
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    Are you ready to shop … for your health care? The health care industry is moving toward a consumer retail model in which people can shop for care much as they shop for other goods and services. The changing market is due in part to rising costs – the burden of which have shifted from [...]
  • 7 Reasons to Consider Medical Tourism

    Gina Larson-Stoller
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    It’s often said that Americans don’t like to travel. But taking a trip abroad could save you money on health care. Surgery, healthcare, dental treatment and medications are often cheaper in other countries – much cheaper. Consider that a hip replacement costs about $40,000 on average in the U.S. The same procedure costs only $7,780 [...]
  • Summer Camp Preparation Checklist (Are You Actually Ready for the Good Times?)

    Phil West
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    “Are you ready for the summer? Are you ready for the good times?” If you’re a fan of Bill Murray and the 1979 comedy classic Meatballs, you’ll associate this musical question with the hi-jinks of the ‘North Star’ summer camp crew. But being “ready” for summer camp isn’t just about mentally preparing your children to be [...]
  • What do people say about their doctors?

    Gina Larson-Stoller
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    Each day, thousands of people come to Vitals to review their doctor and see what others say about their physicians. We wanted to find out what patients said most often about their one-on-one experiences. To do that, we analyzed 1,000 of our most recent doctor reviews. See what people had to say about their doctors in [...]
  • Toughing Out Sports Injuries: When to See a Doctor

    Phil West
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
      Phil West is an author, father, and soccer fan living in Austin Texas. He just finished travelling the United States where he watched all 64 World Cup matches in a different city each day. He will be documenting his experiences in a book, and you can read more at his blog, We Want The World. [...]
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    The Search Principle: views are my own

  • A very short intro to UBC Library for medical residents

    Dean Giustini
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Ubc medical residents 2014 from Dean Giustini
  • Barriers to doing research in health librarianship

    Dean Giustini
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    I thought this paper, though focussed on the UK, was applicable to the Canadian context. The major barriers identified were: lack of time and organizational support to engage in research a poorly organized research agenda and lack of strategic leadership lack of research confidence and skills among librarians  the health library community does not see itself as research oriented and tends not to prioritize important research questions Spring H. An investigation into the barriers to and priorities for research engagement in health librarianshipInt J Health Info Manage Res. Spring 2014.
  • Dig Deep Ask Your Medical Librarian!

    Dean Giustini
    20 Jun 2014 | 11:12 am
    Here are the posters which form the basis of a collaboration between the Medical Library Association & the Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA/ABSC). Note the two logos at the bottom of each poster. As the CHLA/ASBC Public Relations Director, I will look into printing these posters professionally so that you can buy copies for your library. Alternatively, you can copy the poster yourself locally. Stay tuned. ~Dean Dig Deep Ask Your Medical Librarian from Dean Giustini Medical Librarians: Your Ultimate Search Engine from Dean Giustini Medical Librarians: Your Best Return On…
  • A refreshing new medical librarian blog

    Dean Giustini
    13 Jun 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Ah, the power of the well-written blogpost – and, on a new blog from a newly-minted Australian hospital librarian (reminds me of my 1st days in hospital libraries) InfoSeer “My first month as a hospital librarian” http://queryinglibraries.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/what-is-it-like-to-be-a-hospital-librarian-my-first-month/ … medlibs canmedlibs Dean Giustini, MLS, MEd UBC Biomedical Branch Librarian Diamond Health Care Centre, VGH 2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver BC t: 604.875.4505 dean.giustini@ubc.ca @giustini
  • Measuring value in health libraries, HLABC

    Dean Giustini
    5 Jun 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Demonstrating value : evaluation, assessment & other measures in health libraries from Dean Giustini HLABC value of libraries handout from Dean Giustini
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    Better Health

  • What Is The Most Important Quality In A Physician?

    Dr. Val Jones
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Medical errors are estimated to be the third leading cause of death in America’s hospitals. Though some of these errors are beyond physician control, many are the direct result of physician action and inaction. I spend a lot of time thinking about how to reduce these errors and I (like many of my peers) lose sleep over the mistakes I witness. When you ask patients what quality is most important in a physician, they often answer, “empathy.” I think that’s close, but not quite right. I know many “nice” and “supportive” doctors who have poor…
  • Why It’s So Tempting To Over-screen: A Personal Perspective

    Dr. Val Jones
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Health screening is part of good preventive care, though over-screening can lead to increased costs, and potential patient harm. Healthcare professional societies have recently developed excellent public service announcements describing the dangers of over-testing, and new research suggests that though additional medical interventions are associated with increased patient satisfaction, they also lead (ironically) to higher mortality rates. And so, in a system attempting to shift to a “less is more” model of healthcare, why is resistance so strong? When the USPSTF recommended…
  • Hospitalist Group Uses “Altered Mental Status” Code For All Inpatient Testing

    Dr. Val Jones
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Richmond, VA – In an effort to simplify inpatient medical billing, one area hospitalist group has determined that “altered mental status” (ICD-9 780.97) is the most efficient code for use in any patient work up. “When you enter a hospital, you’re bound to have some kind of mental status change,” said Dr. Fishbinder, co-partner of Area Hospitalists, PLLC. “Whether it’s confusion about where your room is located in relationship to the visitor’s parking structure, frustration with being woken up every hour or two to check your vital signs, or…
  • How To Be A Bad Gastroenterologist

    Dr. Val Jones
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    I am a regular reader of patient blogs, and I find myself frequently gasping at the mistreatment they experience at the hands of my peers. Yesterday I had the “pleasure” of being a patient myself, and found that my professional ties did not protect me from outrageously poor bedside manners. I suppose I’m writing this partly to vent, but also to remind healthcare professionals what not to do to patients waking up from anesthesia. I also think my experience may serve as a reminder that it’s ok to fire your doctor when conditions warrant. I chose my gastroenterologist…
  • How To Create Medical Research To Support Bogus Therapies, In Nine Easy Steps

    admin
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    Twenty years ago I started my job as ‘Professor of Complementary Medicine’ at the University of Exeter and became a full-time researcher of all matters related to alternative medicine. One issue that was discussed endlessly during these early days was the question whether alternative medicine can be investigated scientifically. There were many vociferous proponents of the view that it was too subtle, too individualised, too special for that and that it defied science in principle. Alternative medicine, they claimed, needed an alternative to science to be validated. I spent my time…
 
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    Medgadget

  • IMRIS Can Now Use Latest Scanners within VISIUS Intraoperative MRI System in Europe

    Editors
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    IMRIS, a maker of surgical suites that feature MRI and CT scanners, just got cleared in Europe to introduce the latest MRI scanners into its VISIUS Surgical Theatre. The company will now be offering the Siemens Aera 1.5T or the more powerful Skyra 3.0T MRIs within the suite. The MR scanner can be rolled in and out of the operating room as needed and two ORs can be connected by the overhead rails to share one scanner. “These high-field intraoperative scanner options will give a hospital’s clinical team state-of-the-art applications and image quality that increase productivity,” said…
  • Heart and Respiratory Rate Detectors Integrated Into Seat Belts, Car Seats

    Editors
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Readers of Medgadget are well aware of non-invasive heart and respiratory rate monitoring, but the technology that’s been getting popular for clinical patient monitoring is now being used to detect when car drivers are getting drowsy. Researchers from Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia (Biomechanics Institute – IBV) in Spain led the effort to integrate sensors into a car’s seat and seatbelt that can continuously track the heart beat and breathing of the driver. The system compensates for vibrations arising from the car , as well as for the driver’s movement within…
  • New 3D Tissue Printing Technique Being Adapted to Culture Adult Neural Stem Cells

    Editors
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Adult neural stem cells are thought of as having a lot of potential for therapeutic applications, but they are fragile and difficult to keep alive in cell culture media (Petri dishes), making them a challenge to study. In order to provide a more hospitable environment, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are working on printing 3-D tissues that will stay alive and supply the neural stem cells with nutrients and oxygen. The researchers created a 3-D tissue printer that lays down cells, hydrogels, and other components layer by layer. They also mimicked vascular channels that…
  • Boston Scientific Releases POLARIS Intravascular Ultrasound System

    Editors
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Boston Scientific has announced it’s releasing the POLARIS Imaging System, a device used with the company’s intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) catheters. It’s designed for use with the company’s existing coronary, peripheral, and intra-cardiac catheters, as well as upcoming fractional flow reserve (FFR) wire and new IVUS catheters that Boston Sci expects to release soon. The company aimed to make the POLARIS more intuitive to use than previous generation IVUS systems, helping shorten procedure times, while assisting with image interpretation. The system has received both…
  • Incredible New 3D Imaging Technique Provides New Way to Study Beating Hearts (VIDEO)

    Editors
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    A reconstructed beating heart of a zebrafish embryo with the muscle layer (myocardium) in red and the endothelium (endocardium and vasculature) in cyan. © MPI f. Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics/ Huisken While we know quite a bit about the heart’s dynamics, there are a lot of details that we surely are still unaware of that can be gleaned only if we could see inside the beating organ in situ. A team of researchers at Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany has developed a new laboratory technique that allows them to image in 3D and at high…
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    CasesBlog - Medical and Health Blog

  • Top medicine articles for July 2014

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    A collection of some interesting medical articles published recently:Migraines Linked to Increased Risk of 'Silent Strokes' http://buff.ly/1hTE5RuDoctor’s Salaries Are Not the Big Cost - NYTimes http://buff.ly/QWe2lx -- "There is a startling secret behind America’s health care hierarchy: Physicians, the most highly trained members in the industry’s work force, are on average right in the middle of the compensation pack. That is because the biggest bucks are currently earned not through the delivery of care, but from overseeing the business of medicine.The base pay of insurance…
  • Pancreatic Cancer - 2014 update from Am Fam Physician

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Pancreatic cancer remains the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Risk factors include:- family history- smoking- chronic pancreatitis- obesity- diabetes mellitus- heavy alcohol use- possible dietary factorsSymptomsBecause more than two-thirds of adenocarcinomas occur in the head of the pancreas, abdominal pain, jaundice, pruritus, dark urine, and acholic stools may be presenting symptoms. DiagnosisIn symptomatic patients, the serum tumor marker cancer antigen 19-9 can be used to confirm the diagnosis and to predict prognosis and recurrence after resection.
  • Exercise may keep you young - how exactly? (DW video)

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    How exercise keeps us young | In Good Shape - DW Interview - YouTube http://buff.ly/1hNElr1 -- The sports medicine expert Dr. Fernando Dimeo explains why. Posted at Clinical Cases and Images. Stay updated and subscribe, follow us on Twitter and connect on Facebook.
  • Two years ago, Jon Lord, legendary Deep Purple keyboard player, "passed from Darkness to Light"

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    Performed in front of a live TV audience, Deep Purple storm through 'Child In Time', featuring the classic Mark II line up of Gillan/Glover/Lord/Paice/Blackmore:Jon Lord passed away on July 16, 2012 at age 71, from pancreatic cancer and pulmonary embolism.From Jon Lord's official website:Jon Lord, the legendary keyboard player with Deep Purple co-wrote many of the bands legendary songs including Smoke On The Water and played with many bands and musicians throughout his career.Best known for his Orchestral work Concerto for Group & Orchestra first performed at Royal Albert Hall with…
  • Elbow Pain in Adults - 2014 review from Am Fam Physician

    14 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    The elbow is a complex joint designed to withstand a wide range of dynamic exertional forces. The location and quality of elbow pain can generally localize the injury to one of the four anatomic regions: anterior, medial, lateral, or posterior. The history should include questions about the onset of pain, what the patient was doing when the pain started, and the type and frequency of athletic and occupational activities. What are the common causes?- Lateral and medial epicondylitis are two of the more common diagnoses and often occur as a result of occupational activities. Patients have pain…
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  • Reinventing The Medical Curriculum

    berci.mesko@gmail.com (Bertalan Meskó)
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Medical curriculum worldwide cannot meet the needs of today’s e-patients and technologies any more, therefore there is time for a substantial change. Good examples are sporadic but at least... Visit my blog to read the whole article and other news about the future of medicine!
  • The Dangers of the Future

    berci.mesko@gmail.com (Bertalan Meskó)
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:59 am
    In my new book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine coming out this August, I’ll feature plenty of analyses of the potential dangers we will all have to face due to new technologies. There will... Visit my blog to read the whole article and other news about the future of medicine!
  • The Future of Cardiology: Check This Slideshow

    berci.mesko@gmail.com (Bertalan Meskó)
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:13 am
    Christian Assad Kottner, MD who I met at Futuremed last year now gave a talk at Singularity University’s Exponential Cardiology GSP14 track about the future of cardiology. The basic issues... Visit my blog to read the whole article and other news about the future of medicine!
  • A Fully Digital Hospital Opens in 2015

    berci.mesko@gmail.com (Bertalan Meskó)
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:01 am
    I just heard the news that the first fully digital (entirely paperless) hospital will open in Abu Dhabi in 2015. The clinic worked with experts from the famous Cleveland Clinic, the No. 4 ranked best... Visit my blog to read the whole article and other news about the future of medicine!
  • From Doctor to Futurist: Step #8 My Own Methods

    berci.mesko@gmail.com (Bertalan Meskó)
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    After fulfilling my childhood dream of becoming a doctor and a geneticist, I decided to make a brave change in my academic career and tried to merge my two selves: the doctor and the geek. As there... Visit my blog to read the whole article and other news about the future of medicine!
 
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    Health Affairs Blog

  • Examining Medicare’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program

    José Pagán
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    New financial incentives and penalties in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) designed to optimize health care system performance are proving difficult to manage, but they are also providing new opportunities for leaders to foster collaboration between acute and post-acute health care providers. Perhaps one of the most promising, albeit controversial, programs has been Medicare’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), which penalizes hospitals with excess 30-day readmissions for health conditions such as pneumonia, myocardial infarction, and heart failure. Although not all hospital…
  • Empowering Patients As Partners In Health Care

    Susan Edgman-Levitan
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Recently, the National Patient Safety Foundation’s Lucian Leape Institute brought together 40 patient safety experts — health professionals, patients, advocates, and others — to develop recommendations for how best to engage patients and families in improving patient safety. They represented patient advocacy organizations, health systems, professional societies, researchers, and international safety organizations. During the course of two lengthy roundtable discussions, participants were asked to reflect on an experience in which they or someone close to them had experienced harm at…
  • Implementing Health Reform: Senator Rebuffed In Challenge To Congressional Participation In ACA Exchanges

    Timothy Jost
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    The Halbig and King cases released on July 22, 2014 dramatically overshadowed another court decision released the previous day. That case, Johnson v. U.S. Office of Personnel Management, was important in its own right, however, and is covered here. On July 21, 2014, Judge William C. Griesbach of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin dismissed a case brought by Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson and one of his staff members. The plaintiffs claimed that the rule promulgated by the Office of Personnel Management that allows members of Congress and their…
  • Implementing Health Reform: Appellate Decisions Split On Tax Credits In ACA Federal Exchange

    Timothy Jost
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:35 pm
    July 22, 2014 was arguably the most important day in the history of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act since the Supreme Court issued its ruling in the National Federation of Independent Business case in June of 2012. As no doubt most readers of this blog know by now, shortly after 10 a.m. the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit handed down its decision in Halbig v. Burwell. Two judges ruled over a strong dissent that an Internal Revenue Service rule allowing federally facilitated exchanges to issue premium tax credits to low and moderate income…
  • Health Policy Brief Updates

    Tracy Gnadinger
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    In the first half of 2014 Health Affairs has released seven new Health Policy Briefs and also has provided updates of five previously released briefs, in order to reflect continuously changing and evolving health policy issues and perspectives. The following Health Policy Briefs were updated in 2014:
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  • Incorporate empathy in patient interactions

    <a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/edward-leigh" rel="tag">Edward Leigh</a>
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    A popular television commercial shows a group of older women playing cards. One woman talks about her friend who is struggling financially since her husband died (the husband only had a small life insurance policy). Another lady said that she doesn’t have to worry about that happening since her husband has an XYZ insurance policy. The other ladies immediately ask about the policy. Then a TV pitchman describes the policy details and how to purchase it.  What this commercial illustrates is that the viewers were first captured by the emotional element of the story, then the viewers received…
  • Top stories in health and medicine, July 25, 2014

    <a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/medpage-today" rel="tag">MedPage Today</a>
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    From MedPage Today: Vitamin D Megadoses Safe in Frail Elderly. Giving a very high dose of vitamin D — 20,000 IU per week — to older patients in nursing homes keeps them sufficient in the vitamin and appears to be safe. Medicare Tests Exceptions to 3-Day Rule. Medicare officials have allowed patients at dozens of hospitals participating in pilot projects across the country to be exempted from the controversial requirement that limits nursing home coverage to seniors admitted to a hospital for at least 3 days. Acetaminophen Fails in Back Pain Trial. The use of acetaminophen for…
  • Sometimes there is no substitute for a face to face visit with a doctor

    <a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/michael-kirsch" rel="tag">Michael Kirsch, MD</a>
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A 32-year-old woman recently came to see me for an opinion on stomach pain.  Why would I refuse to see her again?  Abdominal pain is an everyday occurrence for a gastroenterologist.  She was accompanied by her mother.  I had never met this woman previously. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how.
  • Don’t turn primary care into General Motors

    <a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/a-country-doctor" rel="tag">A Country Doctor, MD</a>
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When Uncle Will needed a hip replacement, he chose an orthopedic surgeon, Jason Brockman, and Mountain Memorial Hospital because of their excellent reputations for low complication rates and satisfied patients. The process reminded him of when he bought his first brand new truck. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how.
  • Wildly differing prices for the exact same medical service

    <a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/jay-warner" rel="tag">Jay Warner</a>
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Before losing my health insurance in 2009, it never occurred to me to be concerned about a little thing like a blood test.  Since 1986 I’d been having three vials of blood drawn each year during my physical.  My doctor would authorize it, the nurse would draw the blood in the office and send it to the lab for processing. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how.
 
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    CDPH News Room

  • CDPH Issues Penalties to Eight Hospitals

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    July 24, 2014 - CDPH issued 10 penalties today to 8 CA hospitals along with fines totaling $775,000 after investigations found the facilities’ noncompliance with licensing requirements caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients.
  • CDPH Warns Not to Use Certain Tattoo Products Due to Risk of Infection

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    July 18, 2014 - Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officer, today warned consumers not to use White & Blue Lion tattoo products ...
  • CDPH Lifts Warnings about Certain Seafood from Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties

    11 Jul 2014 | 3:35 pm
    July 11, 2014 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is lifting the April 4 and April 28, 2014 health advisories warning consumers not to eat recreationally harvested bivalve shellfish or the internal organs of commercially ...
  • Fraudulent Callers Target Medical Information

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    July 10, 2014 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning the public today about fraudulent phone callers seeking to deceive people into revealing sensitive personal health and financial information.
  • California Sees Increase in Sexually Transmitted Diseases

    1 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    July 1, 2014 - Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officer, says the number of reportable sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in California increased in 2013 according to data made public today.
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    James Clear

  • How to Solve Big Problems: Lessons Learned From Cancer Scientists

    James Clear
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:46 pm
    In late November of 1991, a three-year-old girl was diagnosed with leukemia. There was a 30 percent chance she would die. In the coming months, she would receive a long list of chemotherapy drugs: 6MP, asparaginase, methotrexate, prednisone, and vincrinstine. The miracle was not only that these drugs could potentially cure her, but that they existed at all. In his fantastic book, The Emperor of All Maladies, author and physician Sid Mukherjee explains the history of cancer and how brilliant physicians and scientists finally began to discover cures for the disease. You see, for many years,…
  • How to Build Expertise, Talent, and Skill: Lessons From Peyton Manning

    James Clear
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:11 pm
    It was the first game of the season and Peyton Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the National Football League, already had a chance to set another NFL record. Late in the fourth quarter, with the ball on his own 22-yard-line, Manning stepped up to the line of scrimmage and surveyed the defense. Just before snapping the ball, he noticed something. The Baltimore Ravens defenders were moving around in front of Manning, preparing for the play, but something didn’t feel right. After the game, Manning would simply say that he “saw something.” [1, 2]…
  • How to Build a New Habit: This is Your Strategy Guide

    James Clear
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:44 pm
    According to researchers at Duke University, habits account for about 40 percent of our behaviors on any given day. [1] Understanding how to build new habits (and how your current ones work) is essential for making progress in your health, your happiness, and your life in general. But there can be a lot of information out there and most of it isn’t very simple to digest. To solve this problem and break things down in a very simple manner, I have created this strategy guide for building new habits that actually stick. Even more detailed information is available in my Habits Workshop and…
  • The Photographer Nobody Knew: Lessons on Sharing Your Gifts With the World

    James Clear
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:34 pm
    It was 2007 and John Maloof was working on a book about Chicago’s northwest neighborhoods. On this particular day, he was hoping to find a few pictures from the 1960s that he could use in the book. What he ended up finding was far more interesting. After purchasing boxes full of negatives from a local auction house, Maloof began developing some of the images. When they finished processing, he was stunned. They were incredible. And there were tons of them. More than 30,000 in these boxes alone. Whoever had taken these pictures was surely one of the most prolific and talented American…
  • How to Read More: The Simple System I’m Using to Read 30+ Books Per Year

    James Clear
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Warren Buffett, the man commonly referred to as the greatest investor of the 20th century, was standing in front of 165 wide-eyed students from Columbia University. One of the students raised his hand and asked Buffett for his thoughts on the best way to prepare for an investing career. After thinking for a moment, Buffett pulled out a stack of papers and trade reports he had brought with him and said, “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.” [1]…
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    Dr. Wes

  • What Main Stream Media Misses in the MOC Debate

    DrWes
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    This morning the American Board of Medical Specialties' (ABMS) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program debate reached a larger mainstream media audience when the Wall Street Journal published their article by Melissa Beck entitled "Skill Reviews Upset Doctors." While it is certainly nice to see an article reaching the main stream media concerning doctors' concerns with the MOC program, the
  • An Insider's Guide to a Health Care Policy White Paper

    DrWes
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:31 am
    Do you want to "raise awareness" of how physician quality and value information impacts health care decision making?   Do you want to spin your data via the Associated Press internationally? Just have the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation pay for a survey! We all know how great surveys are, especially when you design it to "raise awareness" for the low, low price of $604,454! For that price, you
  • The Game of Numbers

    DrWes
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    The dark underbelly of health care is becoming all too visible now. Fresh faces in neatly pressed white coats are in the halls.  Eager.  Enthusiastic.  Clearly very bright.  All hoping for a moment, an experience, an encounter that makes all their hard work worth it.  Surely they'll have one, but not before the thousands of keyboard clicks, the mandatory lectures, rounds and lots of lengthy,
  • How Much Physician Anti-MOC Sentiment Is There?

    DrWes
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    This chart says it all: (Click to enlarge*) Now that this is firmly established, the question becomes, what are are we going to do about this?  Create legislation altering the Affordable Care Act?  Develop a separate testing authority to compete head to head with the ABIM's process?  Mass non-compliance?  Suit? This challenge is a good representation of Nancy Pelosi's famous line: "But we
  • Examining Maintenance of Certification Failure Rates

    DrWes
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:01 pm
    The American Board of Medical Specialties' (ABMS)  Maintenance of Certification® (MOC) program is marketed as "an ongoing process of education and assessment for certified physicians to improve practice performance."  After reviewing the recent failure rates of this program over the past five years, I worry the process is not about assuring physician quality, patient outcomes, or practice
 
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  • Foodist Approved: Huck’s Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

    Elyse Kopecky
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Huck’s homemade dog treats Our dog Huck turned the big one-year-old today. Seems like just yesterday that we brought him home. Remember meeting nine-week-old Huckaboo? Well, we can definitely no longer hold him in one hand! Huck’s been an extra patient pup now that he has a baby sister, so he deserved to be spoiled on his birthday. After a romp in the dog park, I set out to make homemade dog treats. I decided to combine two of Huck’s favorites—peanut butter and pumpkin. The cookies actually turned out tasty (yes I tried one!) and are much healthier (and way less expensive) than…
  • How to Detox Without Starving Yourself

    Darya Rose
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    Photo by Robert Gourley Earlier this year my husband and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary. If you were following along, you might remember that we didn’t get to have much of a honeymoon after our wedding since my book was scheduled to launch just four weeks later. (Yes, I regret these events being so close together. C’est la vie.) So for our first anniversary we felt we deserved a real break, a relaxing trip with no friends, family or even Toaster. We took five glorious days off and chilled on a beach in Mexico, making a point to spend more time in the spa than in…
  • For the Love of Food

    Darya Rose
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    For The Love of Food Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup. This week organics are better for you (again), a new vitamin supplement is considered dangerous and ineffective, and scary news about food packages. Want to see all my favorite links? (There’s lots more). Be sure to follow me on on Delicious. I also share links on Twitter @summertomato,  Google+ and the Summer Tomato Facebook page. I’m very active on all these sites and would love to connect with you. (And yes, I took that pepper heart pic myself). Links of the week Are organic…
  • Breaking Bad: How to Kick the Late Night Snacking Habit

    Darya Rose
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo by nettsu Whenever I ask people what the most difficult habit is for them to break, late night snacking is often the first thing they say. This doesn’t surprise me. If you feel like a zombie every night when you get home from work, it’s because you pretty much are one. Even if you enjoy your job, you are still subject to countless stressors throughout the day that deplete your cognitive resources––especially those required for self-control. Without a well of willpower to rely on at the end of the day, our brains go into autopilot to avoid more heavy lifting. For these…
  • How To Have Healthier Lunch Meetings (Willpower Not Required)

    Darya Rose
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    Photo by Yarden Sachs Len Markidan writes about productivity and work/life balance at Home Office Hero. He’s also the Director of Marketing at Groove. To get his latest posts, sign up for his newsletter or follow him on Twitter. How To Have Healthier Lunch Meetings (Willpower Not Required) by Len Markidan A few years ago, I decided to start making healthier food choices. I threw out the cookies and processed junk in my house and went on a farmers market shopping spree, where I finally learned to properly pronounce “jicama.” I felt GREAT. I was a new man. For the first eighteen hours or…
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    Daily Health Bulletin

  • Tips To Prevent Traveler’s Constipation

    support
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Vacations are always wonderful, all but the one thing that often accompanies being away from home, suffering with traveler’s constipation. According to the experts there are several very natural reasons why constipation is more common when you travel. It comes from the travel induced changes you make to your diet and drinking patterns, the strange timing of meals and disruption to your familiar routine, not to mention the limited access to privacy in restrooms. Here’s how to prevent this nasty issue… -Start taking probiotic supplements a few days before you head off. These…
  • 14 Fantastic Foods For Diabetics, Part 2

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    24 Jul 2014 | 1:15 am
    In part one of the series, we talked about the challenges for diabetics when it comes to keeping your blood sugar in the healthy range. Sure you’ll need to limit some foods, but you will still be able to enjoy many others. There are so many choices that we had to break the list up into a two part series. All the foods we talk about, both here and in our first part, make the cut because they’re full of good for you nutrients like fiber, omega-3 fats, calcium and vitamin D. Plus they’re versatile too, so you can add them to a favorite recipe, eat them as a meal or a try one as…
  • 14 Fantastic Foods For Diabetics, Part 1

    support
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:19 am
    For diabetics, managing blood sugar is a constant task, and often leaves patients obsessing over the things they can’t eat anymore. That’s not exactly helpful now, and while yes, you must limit white flour, refined breads and pastas as well as fried, fatty or processed foods, you also need to open yourself up to the things you can have. There are many foods, good tasting and good for you choices that experts have identified as great for those with diabetes. So many in fact, we can’t fit them all in one article, so this list will appear in two parts – this being the…
  • Four Unexpected Benefits From Veggies

    support
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:21 am
    Like most Americans, you’re probably not eating enough vegetables. You know they’re natural. You know they’re good for your body, help to fend off diseases and perhaps support your efforts to drop a few pounds, but you just don’t reach for a vegetable when mealtime comes. To help motivate you (and ourselves) here are 4 great reasons to take in more good-for-you veggies. REASON #1: Veggies fight ugly belly bloat. You might think that vegetables will give you a bloated belly, but in truth, the opposite is the case. Veggies are rich sources of natural fiber, and this…
  • Is Your Child’s Cereal Bowl Full Of Risks?

    support
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:51 am
    As a parent, you walk the line between nutrition and taste when it comes to the cereal your children eat to start the day. We often have (justified) concerns about too much sugar in the cereals our children eat, but too many vitamins isn’t anything you’ve heard about, until now. The troubling suggestion comes from a recent report published by the Environmental Working Group, EWG for short, that says our children appear to be taking in too much vitamin A, zinc and/or niacin from some brands of breakfast cereal due in part to antiquated labeling. The FDA (Food and Drug…
 
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    ScienceRoll

  • Reinventing The Medical Curriculum

    Bertalan Meskó (MD, PhD)
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Medical curriculum worldwide cannot meet the needs of today’s e-patients and technologies any more, therefore there is time for a substantial change. Good examples are sporadic but at least exist. At Monash University, they developed a kit of 3D-printed anatomical body parts to revolutionize medical education and training. I studied anatomy when I was a medical student from books with tiny font sizes and old atlases. Here is how it can be a different experience. The 3D Printed Anatomy Series kit, to go on sale later this year, could have particular impact in developing countries where…
  • The Dangers of the Future

    Bertalan Meskó (MD, PhD)
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:59 am
    In my new book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine coming out this August, I’ll feature plenty of analyses of the potential dangers we will all have to face due to new technologies. There will be new diseases because of the excessive use of virtual reality applications and it will be a real challenge to persuade people not to live an entirely virtual life. A new article on Techcrunch, Immersive Infections, features some of these threats with a focus on augmented and virtual reality. It’s worth running over the examples it comes up with in order to prepare for the threats of the…
  • The Future of Cardiology: Check This Slideshow

    Bertalan Meskó (MD, PhD)
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:13 am
    Christian Assad Kottner, MD who I met at Futuremed last year now gave a talk at Singularity University’s Exponential Cardiology GSP14 track about the future of cardiology. The basic issues behind heart diseases, today’s interventions and the possibilities of the future from imaging to 3D bioprinting are presented in details in this slideshow.
  • A Fully Digital Hospital Opens in 2015

    Bertalan Meskó (MD, PhD)
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:01 am
    I just heard the news that the first fully digital (entirely paperless) hospital will open in Abu Dhabi in 2015. The clinic worked with experts from the famous Cleveland Clinic, the No. 4 ranked best hospital in the United States. This might be a good step towards changing the hospital experience not only for professionals working there but more importantly for patients to make it a place where they go to re-energize themselves. “The fact that a unified medical record is going to exist will provide seamless communication, which means there is an opportunity for us to communicate back and…
  • From Doctor to Futurist: Step #8 My Own Methods

    Bertalan Meskó (MD, PhD)
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    After fulfilling my childhood dream of becoming a doctor and a geneticist, I decided to make a brave change in my academic career and tried to merge my two selves: the doctor and the geek. As there was no profession like that, I created one. This is how I started discovering the steps needed to become a medical futurist. There is no clear path or course for that, therefore I try to reveal more and more pieces of information about this exciting journey in a series of blog entries. The last years of this journey culminated in the book I’ll release in about 4-5 weeks. The Guide to the…
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  • How to launch your next online program like JLO

    Anne Samoilov
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    Today’s post addresses a fear many of you may have experienced before you completely figured out how to launch your first something… It’s a fear that comes up especially because you’re asking people to buy something from you for the very first time. The fear of being too promotional. If you’re anything like me, then you’ve felt that fear – that people want you to just shut up already. The fear that people will hate you and your business will fail because¦ Read More » The post How to launch your next online program like JLO appeared first on .
  • Get To Know Laura Roeder’s Social Media Scheduling + Automation Secret Weapon (FLS 016)

    Anne Samoilov
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today’s episode is interview LKR Social Media founder and CEO Laura Roeder. Laura and I have been friends for several years — we worked side by side for 3 years when I was Project Manager and Director of Operations for her company before jumping into a 100% focus on my own business. I sat down with Laura to chat with her about a brand new product she’s created called Edgar. If you haven’t met Edgar yet, you’ll want to listen¦ Read More » The post Get To Know Laura Roeder’s Social Media Scheduling + Automation Secret Weapon (FLS 016) appeared first on .
  • Start your business. Shape your body and mind with Erin Stutland (FLS 015)

    Anne Samoilov
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today’s episode features Erin Stutland.  I worked with Erin on her first launch of the Shrink Session workout and since then the program has grown like crazyyyyy. I pulled Erin into the launch lair to talk about her recent amazingness launch for Shrink Session and the free challenge that blew the roof off the launch…but what we ended up talking about was how Erin’s launched other programs, changed her business over time. We talk fear, fun, and crushing it.  Enjoy¦ Read More » The post Start your business. Shape your body and mind with Erin Stutland (FLS 015) appeared first…
  • 5 Challenges I Faced In My First Year Of Business Without A Net

    Anne Samoilov
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    I knew this day would come, but I wasn’t quite sure what it would look like or feel like really. It’s been exactly 1 year since I made the leap, went solo, jumped ship, and decided to focus 100% on my own business. Okay – so big deal. I’ve been running my business for 3 years now. But only 1 of those years has been completely solo without the net and safety of a day job. And it’s been awesome…¦ Read More » The post 5 Challenges I Faced In My First Year Of Business Without A Net appeared first on .
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  • Product Focus: Happy Pills by Brain Pharma

    AstroNutrition
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    It’s Friday, your boss comes into the office and throws down a stack of papers and tells you to finish every task before you leave or you can kiss your Saturday goodbye. You feel your blood start to boil, your hand shakes, and you notice your fingers curling into a fist. read more
  • Synephrine (Bitter Orange): An Effective Ephedrine Alternative

    AstroNutrition
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Since the 2004 FDA ban on ephedrine and ephedrine-containing products, people looking to lose weight and stimulate their workouts have been searching for an effective replacement. Well, the search is over. Synephrine, also known as bitter orange, is a chemical similar to ephedrine that provides many of the same benefits.What is Synephrine? read more
  • GABA Supplement Benefits: Anxiety Relief

    AstroNutrition
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Sometimes nerves get the better of us. If you’re like me, you may experience anxiety that can distract you and keep you from accomplishing your goals. Anxiety can even get in the way of a healthy functioning relationship by interrupting how you react to people in the workplace or other potentially stressful environments. read more
  • Ubiquinol or Ubiquinone: Coenzyme Q10

    AstroNutrition
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    Coenzyme Q10 is one of the most popular supplements available. Check out the shelves at any health store and you’ll find an array of CoQ10 supplements. CoQ10 has been hailed as one of the best supplements for heart disease. New research, however, has discovered that one of the two forms of CoQ10 is superior to the other. read more
  • Melatonin for Sleep & More

    AstroNutrition
    11 Jun 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Sleep disorders can significantly disturb your ability to function on a day-to-day basis. But did you know that irregular sleep can damage your health, too? read more
 
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  • Benefits of Using Knee Sleeves

    Steve
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:56 pm
    If you are experiencing knee pain while working out then using rogue knee sleeves might help you in your quest to work out without experiencing any pain. Working out is an important part of many people’s day and having pain get in the way of a good workout is not a good thing. One doesn’t want to stop working out just because they are experiencing a bit of pain, but no one wants to work out while in pain. Working out is not only a fun activity to engage in, but it is also important to a persons health to continue to work out. But doing so while in pain can be nearly impossible,…
  • Five Easy Steps To Maintaining A Healthy Heart

    Dusty
    6 Dec 2013 | 12:18 pm
    Your heart is an amazing organ. It beats over 2.5 billion times during the average lifetime. However, sedentary living, stress and poor eating habits can take a toll on your heart’s health. That is why more people die from heart disease than any other health condition. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to keep your heart healthy. Below are some tips for keeping your heart healthy: Watch What You Eat The food that you eat could have a positive or negative effect on your heart’s health. A diet that is rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables will help keep your heart…
  • 5 Ways to Take a Moment in Your Hectic Schedule to Relax

    Dusty
    6 Dec 2013 | 10:45 am
    The modern way of life is often hectic, so for your own sanity, it is important to find ways of decompressing throughout the day. Just a few minutes of relaxation here and there can do wonders for your overall outlook. Here are five ways that you can relax when the world seems to be closing in around you.   Take a Power Nap   This isn’t that easy to do in some circumstances, but if you have some degree of control over your work environment, you should try to schedule just a short nap at some point in your day. If you’re lucky enough to work from home, you can actually…
  • Three Ways to Relieve Back Pain

    Steve
    5 Nov 2013 | 6:07 am
    If you have ever suffered from back pain, you know that it is excruciating. No matter how you sit or lay down, any movement will send jolts of pain that radiates across the muscles and bones. Many people turn to painkillers and medications to mask the pain, but there are alternative methods to relieve back pain and get the mobility and flexibility returned. Stretching is a good way to relieve back pain. Slowly bend down and touch your toes and hold that position for ten breaths. This will loosen up the muscles and allow them to resettle back into their normal position. It works better if you…
  • Am I an Alcoholic?

    Steve
    30 Aug 2013 | 2:58 am
    Dealing with addiction is a difficult game to play. When you become addicted to a substance, you allow that substance to take over your life. You are no longer free to make your own choices, as your addiction comes to control how you think, where you go, who you choose to talk to. Falling victim to your addiction is a dangerous thing to do. If you or someone you know has shown evidence of substance abuse, there is help out there for you. Through rehabilitation programs and lots of hard work, you can get back on your feet in no time through residential treatment services provided by…
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  • 11 Ways To Lose Weight Without Spending Much Money

    Swati Kapoor
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:56 am
    To be fit and healthy is everybody’s goal in today’s life of hectic hurry and fast business.We spend a lot of money on our fitness efforts, either buying gym instruments or buying the expensive weight loss pills that are widely advertised.But, have you ever thought that you can lose weight in simple and healthy manner...Read More
  • Is Your Sodium Intake Aging You Faster?

    Sakshi Dusat
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:05 am
    The bodies of different people age at different rates. The exact biological reasons for the rate of aging are not known as yet, but there are many theories behind it. If you indulge in processed, salty foods and/or high sugar foods and are also overweight, then you are at a serious risk of aging faster....Read More
  • Ways to stop emotional eating

    Bhawna Gupta
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:26 am
    Many people tend to eat according to the state of their emotions. For example, if they are happy they will eat their favourite pizzas or burgers and if they are sad they will eat ice-cream or chocolate to lift their mood. Eating triggered by emotion and not hunger is often called emotional eating that can...Read More
  • What is quinoa and what are its health benefits?

    Sakshi Dusat
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Have you ever wondered whether the cereal you are consuming at breakfast is high on nutrition or not?  Well, quinoa (pronounced as keen-waah) is a healthy breakfast option that includes all the nutrients found in a healthy cereal and more. Quinoa is a seed native to the Andes mountains in South America and used to...Read More
  • Does Low Calorie Diet Work?

    Sakshi Dusat
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Few people tend to remain fit all through their life. But for most of us age and lifestyle catches up with our metabolism and makes us unfit and old. First step towards knocking off the unwanted kilos is getting on a low calorie diet. While it works for some but there are more simple ways...Read More
 
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  • Mutated Gene Linked to Both Autism and Intellectual Disability

    Science News Desk
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability often occur together and may even share similar genetic causes. Researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Cell Reports have now linked mutations in a particular gene to the two disorders in humans. By revealing these genetic changes and their potential impact on common brain processes, researchers may uncover treatment approaches that could benefit a variety of patients.read more
  • Brown Fat Found to Be at the Root of Cancer-Related Wasting Syndrome

    Science News Desk
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Many patients with advanced stages of cancer, AIDS, tuberculosis, and other diseases die from a condition called cachexia, which is characterized as a “wasting” syndrome that causes extreme thinness with muscle weakness. Cachexia is the direct cause of roughly 20% of deaths in cancer patients. While boosting food intake doesn’t help, and no effective therapies are available, new research in the Cell Press journal Cell Metabolism points to a promising strategy that may stimulate weight gain and muscle strength.read more
  • Self-assembling nanoparticle could improve MRI scanning for cancer diagnosis

    Science News Desk
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    Scientists have designed a new self-assembling nanoparticle that targets tumours, to help doctors diagnose cancer earlier.   The new nanoparticle, developed by researchers at Imperial College London, boosts the effectiveness of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanning by specifically seeking out receptors that are found in cancerous cells.    read more
  • Cells’ Protective DNA Linked to Size of Brain Region Vital for Memory

    Science News Desk
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    A brain region that is vital for memory and shrinks in Alzheimer’s disease patients also is likely to be smaller in those whose white blood cells have shorter DNA-protecting end caps – called telomeres – according to a study by Stanford and UC San Francisco researchers published online July 14, 2014 in the journal JAMA Neurology.read more
  • Letrozole may help women with PCOS become pregnant

    Science News Desk
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    The drug letrozole results in higher birth rates in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) than the current preferred infertility treatment drug, according to a nationwide study led by Penn State College of Medicine researchers. PCOS affects 5 to 10 percent of reproductive-age women and is the most common cause of female infertility. Women affected have excessive levels of the hormone androgen, have infrequent periods, develop small cysts on the ovaries and have trouble conceiving.read more
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    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India » Health & Fitness

  • 7 super ways you won’t have breast cancer

    Gautam
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:27 am
    In the last 25 years, the incidence of breast cancer among Indian women has risen.According to information available on the Tata Memorial Hospital’s website worldwide, breast cancer is the most common of all cancers and is the leading cause of cancer deaths. In fact, a recent study of breast cancer risk in India revealed that one in 28 women develops breast cancer during her lifetime. This is higher in urban areas (one in 22) compared to rural areas, where the risk is lower at one in 60 women.But there is no single cause, says Lester Barr, breast cancer surgeon and chairman of the…
  • 11 crucial minerals for your body

    Gautam
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:17 am
    Together, minerals make up a mere four per cent of your body, but their role in its effective functioning is crucial. Girgaum based family physician, Dr Krishnakant Dhebri sees five patients with mineral deficiency every day (vegetarians are worse hit) defines essential minerals as “keystones to our health”. It’s a fitting label considering they help carry out crucial functions, and a deficiency leads to worrying symptoms. “A poor diet is often the key reason for mineral deficiency,” says Dhebri, adding, “Commonly, patients are found deficient in iron,…
  • Ayurvedic tips to keep skin problems away!

    Gautam
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:59 am
    Avoid spicy and oily food: To keep your skin healthy in the monsoon season, avoid spicy, oily and sour foods. The high humidity levels cause the digestive system to weaken and heavy food can lead to an upset stomach. These types of food also aggravate pitta which is responsible for a variety of skin breakouts and eruptions in this season. Eat light and easily digestible foods, cooked or steamed vegetables, zucchini, squash, pumpkin, steamed salad, fruits, moong dal, khichree, corn, chickpea flour, and oatmeal etc.Say no to pitta aggravating beverages: We understand that you can’t…
  • 9 foods every man should eat

    Gautam
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    While many men are less conscious about what they eat, experts say that at times, eating healthy can mean different things for men and women because both sexes have their own set of dietary requirements. Tomatoes: Tomatoes are also known as superfoods because of their numerous benefits. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which, studies say help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease and lower cholesterol. Oysters: Oysters have high levels of zinc — essential for men’s fertility and sexual health. Zinc maintains healthy testosterone levels and is excellent for…
  • Top 5 superfoods with healing powers

    Gautam
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    These foods have multiple healing effects like fighting cancer, reducing cholesterol levels and guarding against heart diseases. Intrigued? Let’s take a look…Kiwis. These tiny packs of goodness have high levels of Vitamin C. Rich in potassium, kiwis have more fiber in them when compared to apples and bananas. Because of phytonutrients present in them, they are extremely good for people who have heart disease, cancer or any respiratory disease. They have natural blood-thinning properties, which further help in lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol and blood pressure in the body. It is…
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    Mark's Daily Apple

  • Yearning for the Wild

    Mark Sisson
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    A friend called this week after returning from a two week trip to the North Woods. An IT person who works in a large metropolitan city, he was grateful for the off-the-grid escape. “You forget how much the noise and traffic and technology and busyness get to you until you take a real break totally disconnected from it all,” he said. “I tell ya, by the end of the trip I felt totally realigned. I was sleeping better. I did a ton of hiking, but I rested a lot and just enjoyed socializing and watching the lake. I was calm and not fumbling every five minutes for my phone, which didn’t…
  • The “Dangers” of Going Gluten-Free

    Mark Sisson
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    In just about every article discussing the growing popularity of gluten-free diets, an expert or two appears three quarters of the way down warning about the “dangers” of attempting a gluten-free diet without medical supervision. The first reaction – from people like you and me who have experienced real benefits giving up gluten-containing foods – is a strong eye roll. “This again?” you think. Next they’re going to say that refined sugar is an important food group and I need a high-carb diet for “brain function” or something similarly…
  • Is It Primal? – Nut Milks, Maca Root, Stinky Tofu, and Other Foods Scrutinized

    Mark Sisson
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s been awhile since we’ve done one of these, hasn’t it? I had thought I’d exhausted the pool of foods and supplements for the “Is It Primal?” series, and that I’d be scraping the bottom of the barrel. Well, I was wrong. The questions about specific items have been pouring in unabated, and today it’s time to cover the next round of questionable foods. First up are nut milks, a perennial favorite of the dairy-free paleo world. Then I cover the widely used root with purported aphrodisiac qualities, maca, followed by stinky, smelly, grimy,…
  • Dear Mark: Growing Appetite, Boxing as Cardio, and Ammonia Sweat

    Mark Sisson
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:39 am
    For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m covering three questions from readers. First, how does a Primal family handle the growing appetite of a growing prepubescent without resorting to cheap fillers? It may involve reassessing our definition of “filler,” for one. Second, does boxing – an intense, demanding sport by any measure – qualify as chronic cardio? It’s intense, to be sure, but what if you really, really enjoy and thrive doing it? And finally, should you worry if your sweat smells like ammonia? Some say it’s a sure sign of impending doom,…
  • Weekend Link Love – Edition 305

    Mark Sisson
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Episode #28 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live, and it’s an essay by yours truly. If you’ve ever wanted to hear a scathing critique of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night from a postcolonial essentialist-tinged third wave feminist perspective, now’s your chance. Actually, it’s an essay laying out the case against cardio. If you have any questions for future podcasts, please let me know by using the blue “Submit a Question” button in the sidebar! A new Primal Blueprint Publishing eBook is available for Amazon Kindle: Picture Real Food.
 
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  • Lockstep Medicine

    DrV
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    In medicine it seems .. We idolize leadership but promote management. We marginalize vision while rewarding process. We worship list makers. We’re trained as responders not initiators. We propagate a culture of permission and seek to breed a generation precisely like the last. We believe that thought leadership and the transmission of ideas happens on an 17th century communication platform. Wes Fisher has it right this week on Kevin MD when he asks, ‘What kind of doctor are we breeding?’ And what kind of leaders are we creating? Image via Wikipedia
  • Dr. Google, the Quack

    DrV
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:57 pm
    For years we believed that Google would bring us the information we need.  Tom Krazit at Gigom suggests that the party may be over.  Search has become so algorithmically corrupt that its hard to understand or believe what we’re getting. The thing that gets me is that we’ve become such informed consumers in so many other areas of our lives. We buy organic vegetables, we obsess over miles-per-gallon in our prospective cars, and we demand that our artificially valuable gems weren’t touched by desperate violent gangs before they reach our fingers. Yet we assume that the information being…
  • Creative Confidence

    DrV
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    I just finished Creative Confidence - Unleashing the Creative Potential Within All of Us.  Written by Dave and Tom Kelley, founders of IDEO, it represents a critical bit of thinking on creativity. Here’s what you get:  The authors demystify the creative process, represent it as a critical skill for working professionals, and then offer granular steps to achieving creative confidence. Beyond a look behind the curtain at the processes of the world’s most successful creative consulting organization, the Kelleys deliver a backhanded motivational book that will have you seeing your…
  • Build It and They Won’t Necessarily Come

    DrV
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    Just because you create something doesn’t mean that anyone will look at it. I taught at in an educator certificate program at Baylor College of Medicine recently.  We were doing a hands-on drill on digital footprint and reputation management.  When discussing our findings, one of the attendees concluded that just because you post something doesn’t mean someone will read it.  This, of course, created a priceless opportunity for discussion. Few realize what it takes to successfully deliver a message or idea.  And fewer recognize the level of consistency necessary to establish a…
  • Medicine and The Access Effect

    DrV
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:33 am
    I overheard on Twitter last week that there are institutions that don’t allow the use of smart phones by physicians.  It seemed hard to believe. Then it made sense.  Because we’re in transition between siloed and networked worlds. Our siloed world supports encounters with the health system that are isolated, episodic and dependent upon the capacity of a single provider.  A networked medical world operates in real-time and is supported by decision-making intelligence that extends beyond what one person can offer. Modern medical work is rooted in the analog.  So doctors without phones,…
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  • Be Committed to Losing Weight – Weight Loss Commitment

    George Diamond
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    Weight Loss Success - Lose Weight -> Get Healthier -> Live Longer George Diamond Be Committed to Losing Weight – Weight Loss Commitment Weight Loss Success Be Committed to Losing Weight – Weight Loss Commitment Many people I speak with tell me that they can’t lose weight. When I ask them why that is, they give me a list of excuses that they have memorized for just such an occasion. The truth is that if you want to lose weight, you must be committed to doing it. Committed people don’t give excuses why they can’t. They give reasons why they will. Committed…
  • Do You Accept the Status Quo of Your Weight?

    George Diamond
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    Weight Loss Success - Lose Weight -> Get Healthier -> Live Longer George Diamond Do You Accept the Status Quo of Your Weight? Weight Loss Success The Status Quo of Your Weight Many people I talk to daily would rather accept the status quo of their weight rather than to work on becoming thinner. They would rather take high blood pressure medication than lose weight. They would rather take insulin than lose weight. They are willing to accept the status quo of poor health. They are accepting future pain, because they just don’t want to lose weight. People think losing weight is hard.
  • Grab one thing and dig in – Weight Loss Motivation

    George Diamond
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:47 am
    Weight Loss Success - Lose Weight -> Get Healthier -> Live Longer George Diamond Grab one thing and dig in – Weight Loss Motivation Weight Loss Success Weight Loss Motivation Losing weight is about motivation. It is about having a strong motivation to do it. This means grabbing onto at least one thing and digging in. It means grabbing one strong and emotional reason for losing weight and using it to drive you to weight-loss success. As I just mentioned it must be a strong and emotional reason. It must also be a long term reason. For example, losing weight for a wedding might be a…
  • How To Make The Weight Loss Difference

    George Diamond
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:25 am
    Weight Loss Success - Lose Weight -> Get Healthier -> Live Longer George Diamond How To Make The Weight Loss Difference Weight Loss Success Weight Loss Difference The difference between losing weight and not losing weight is what you are willing to do to make it happen. This difference is determined by the motivation you have to make it happen. The stronger your motivation, the stronger and more powerful actions you will be willing to take. People that succeed at losing weight have a strong motivation to make it happen. Having the right motivation is the number-one key to all long-term…
  • Delay Your Gratification – Weight Loss Delayed Gratification

    George Diamond
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    Weight Loss Success - Lose Weight -> Get Healthier -> Live Longer George Diamond Delay Your Gratification – Weight Loss Delayed Gratification Weight Loss Success Weight Loss Delayed Gratification Losing weight is not about eating everything you want, any time you want it, in any quantities you want. It is about delaying gratification now for what you will get later. Delay gratification is about trade-offs. Delayed gratification is trading what you want now for what you will get later (ie. a leaner body, better mobility, etc….). It does not mean that you have to give everything…
 
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    The Tippy Toe Diet

  • The Last Rose of Summer

    Cammy Chapel
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    “The Last Rose of Summer” by Thomas Moore ‘Tis the last rose of summer, Left blooming alone; All her lovely companions Are faded and gone; No flower of her kindred, No rosebud is nigh, To reflect back her blushes, Or give sigh for sigh. I’ll not leave thee, thou lone one! To pine on the stem; Since the lovely are sleeping, Go, sleep thou with them. Thus kindly I scatter, Thy leaves o’er the bed, Where thy mates of the garden Lie scentless and dead. So soon may I follow, When friendships decay, And from Love’s shining circle The gems drop away. When true…
  • Alphabet Soup: Give Me a ‘G’

    Cammy Chapel
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve played with the alphabet. If I recall correctly, ‘G’ is the next letter up in my series exploring different words and phrases that have helped me lose and maintain my weight. I don’t think anyone will be surprised by my first ‘G’ word: gratitude. At some point early in this process, I realized that in the past, I hadn’t been applying my usual ‘gratitude in all things’ philosophy to weight loss. I focused on what I couldn’t eat instead of the abundance of healthy foods to which I had access. I…
  • AIM: Food – It’s All in a Day

    Cammy Chapel
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:38 am
    The idea for this month’s AIM post comes courtesy of a reader who asked us to share ideas and recipes for meals. Rather than focus on a single meal, we decided to spread it out a little and cover the whole day by each taking a different meal or snack. If you want to read the day in order, start with Shelley, who is feeding us breakfast. Then hop back over here for lunch! Now, y’all know my recipes are mostly of the chop-and-stir variety, and this is especially so in summer, when even looking at the oven or stove makes me hot. So I eat a lot of cold food in the summer–yogurt…
  • Q&A: The Indepence Day Edition

    Cammy Chapel
    2 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Big holiday weekend coming up in the US, and boy am I glad. This week is kicking my butt! With so much going on, I can’t get my mind around any serious topics. Or even semi-serious ones, for that matter. What better time for a little Q&A? Your responses are always so much fun to read, and I find myself in need of some FUN! Red, white, or blue–which is your favorite color? What’s your favorite dish to take to a summer barbecue? (My asking and the pending neighborhood July 4th picnic are purely coincidental.) What is the farthest you have been from home? Will you be…
  • Walking on Air

    Cammy Chapel
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:48 pm
    When I woke up yesterday morning, I thought it was going to be just an ordinary day. I had to work a few hours in the morning, and then I planned to walk over to the gym in the afternoon, and then…just ordinary errands and stuff. Until I opened my front door: Oh my, what could this be? My long anticipated Asics have arrived! I think I know a little bit how expectant parents feel now! Twins! And they fit! You can guess how long it took me to get these babies laced up and head out the door. Uh-oh, stormy weather imminent. Oh well. My shoes fit the gas pedal nicely and got me to the gym…
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    Joyce Cherrier

  • I’m Going Lap-Topless #VZWbuzz

    Joyce
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The Nokia Lumia 2520 wrapped up safely in the Nokia Power keyboard — Hello up to an extra 5 hours of battery life! **Disclosure: As a #VZWbuzz team member, I was provided the Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet. My opinions are always my own. Although I don’t go on tropical adventures as often as I’d like, I do journey home to Maui at least once a year. I’m there for awhile and it’s always awesome to see my Maui ohana, but there’s always work that needs doing too. I have to pack up the appropriate gadgets and tools to make that work  happen. Each trip, I try to be as…
  • The 3 P’s of a Healthy Life

    Joyce
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Good for my soul – My present purpose and passion. Whatever is good for your soul…do that. ~ unknown I’ve never been one to follow the crowd. Even when I managed a gym, I wasn’t fond of promoting the newest fitness trend. Maybe it was just a personal go-against-the-grain kind of character trait or maybe I never really like the idea of telling everyone else what they should love. If I tell you what to love, unless you just happen to love it too, you’ll be lacking the ingredients that you need to stick to a healthy lifestyle for more than a week at a time. I call…
  • A Child’s Journey to Self-Discovery #Thrively

    Joyce
    31 May 2014 | 10:56 am
    A day at the barn. Often we parents try to vicariously live out our lives through our children. Maybe it’s the artist that never quite became known, or the football player that didn’t make the NFL after college, or a singer whose album never sold to more than friends and family. Dreams are awesome. But we all have our own. What’s yours is not necessarily mine, and that same thing goes for our children. No matter how well intentioned we are, our children need to find their own strengths and purpose and not the one we want. When we put them on our path we take them off of…
  • Finding Solutions and Paying it Forward with Technology #VZWbuzz

    Joyce
    28 May 2014 | 7:54 am
    View of the Golden Gate Bridge from the open-air bus. Photo taken with my new Nokia LUMIA Icon. #VZWbuzz Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to San Francisco (Oh San Francisco, how I love you) to be part of the Verizon’s #VZWbuzz Influencer Summit. I had the chance to hang out with many people I’ve only known through Twitter and other social sites. It was a real treat to spend time with both old friends and new friends. And of course our hosts were beyond fantastic. Thank you Verizon for everything! <—– disclosure. The Nokia Lumia Icon on on it’s…
  • Empowering Kids to Find Their Passion and Purpose with @Thrively

    Joyce
    30 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    I  love the idea of health being a family affair. All aspects of health — physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. I’m also a fan of interdependence, growing individually but together — each family member supporting and encouraging each other to be their best. **This post is in partnership with Online Mom Media and Thrively. Opinions and experiences expressed are always my own. When we were invited to sign up for Thrively I didn’t realize that it would be the catalyst to a deep conversation and introspection for my 14 year old. It seemed to open her heart’s…
 
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    Fitho » Health Myths Exposed and Busted- Important Information, Tips and More

  • Is Your Sodium Intake Aging You Faster?

    Sakshi Dusat
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:05 am
    The bodies of different people age at different rates. The exact biological reasons for the rate of aging are not known as yet, but there are many theories behind it. If you indulge in processed, salty foods and/or high sugar foods and are also overweight, then you are at a serious risk of aging faster....Read More
  • Healthy weight loss diet

    Subaha Kumari
    20 Jun 2014 | 5:21 am
    We work hard to lead a good life. Sometimes we forget a good life is not the end but a means to the end. Good life is directly linked to be healthy, both physically and mentally. Unfortunately day to day stress, not eating right, sedentary lifestyle is making you physically unhealthy which is most commonly...Read More
  • Do Vegan Diets help you lose weight?

    Voomika Mukherjee
    7 May 2014 | 2:50 am
    People think that choosing a vegan lifestyle will help you lose weight, but depending solely on vegan foods and avoiding animal foods like eggs, fish or chicken might lead to some micro nutrients deficiencies. For eg., Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Heme (iron), protein, etc. Also, to lose weight in a healthy way or just to...Read More
  • Foods with surprisingly high sugar content

    Bhawna Gupta
    7 May 2014 | 2:07 am
    Many people count sugar in their diet only when they are consuming table sugar. But surprisingly many foods contain hidden sugar, sneakily disrupting our weight loss and fitness goals. We will tell you about some of these foods with hidden sugar. 1. Raisins Raisins are basically dried grapes. The dehydration process for any fruit results...Read More
  • Reasons to Avoid Soft Drinks & Sodas

    Subaha Kumari
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:01 am
    When taken at face value, diet soda seems like a health-conscious choice because it contains artificial sweeteners which satisfy your urge for sugar without adding any calories. But there’s more to these chemical cocktails than meets the eye. 1) Devoid of nutritional value Soft drinks and diet soda are devoid of any nutritional value, and...Read More
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    Be Well Buzz

  • Message From Spirit-Control Your Anxiety

    Catherine Bowen
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    Why, in this modern society, with all the gadgets and machines, are you all so busy? This busy-ness leads to unnecessary stress and anxiety. This is anxiety you can do something about! It has to do with choices. Do you have to do everything which comes your way? Do you need to accept every invitation for a social event? How many visits to the gym do you need a week? Is every shopping trip totally necessary? The list goes on! If you could cut your “doing” time you could use the time saved for more valuable activities. Maybe you would like to incorporate meditation or yoga into your daily…
  • You’ve Been Storing Your Food All Wrong!

    BeWellBuzz
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    People are always asking on food forums, “Should I store this in the fridge?” More specifically, people ask questions like, “Should I store tomatoes in the fridge?” or “Should I store onions in the fridge?” People may also ask questions like, “Are frozen fruits as nutritious as fresh fruit?”  While the questions above, and others along the same vein, often generate animated debates, one factor that is often overlooked is whether or not storing foods in the fridge lowers their health benefits. As a general rule, the answer is almost always yes,…
  • Benefits of Fish Oil Supplements

    Cristiana Victoria
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    It is not a secret that fish oil supplements keep your digestion in check and your inflammation down. However, what you may not know is the supplements have other major benefits for you entire body’s health. Other benefits include boosting your bone density, burning fat and enhancing your brain power. Here are other benefits you get from fish oil supplements. Improve fat burning According to a University of South Australia study on the effects of exercise and diet, fish oil supplements boosted the fat loss from exercise. Body fat stores, especially abdominal and cardiovascular fat, are…
  • Resistant Starch – Superfood For Your Digestive System

    BeWellBuzz
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    There is absolutely no question that good over-all health is somewhat dependent on the micro-biotic flora that resides in the small and large intestines. We all have them, and without them, we would probably die. There are several hundred species of bacteria, yeasts and fungi that live in our digestive system and they perform vital functions such as breaking down undigested carbohydrates, assisting in the manufacture and synthesis of certain vitamins and hormones, breaking down waste materials so they can be eliminated, and keeping out pathogenic microorganisms. We need a healthy, thriving…
  • 10 Books That Will Change Your Life FOREVER

    BeWellBuzz
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:13 pm
    If you love reading books, you may have stumbled upon some books that have changed your life forever. Unfortunately, finding these life changing books aren’t easy for the reason that they are hard to write, and there aren’t many authors who have the knowledge and the wisdom to write these empowering books. Since these books are hard to find, I took the time to research and found 10 books that will change your life forever. I have personally read all of them, and suggest you do the same! If you would like to purchase any of the books, simply click on the book image on the bottom of…
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    The Aromahead Blog

  • A Great Idea For Using Lavender Around Babies

    Andrea Butje
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    One of the most frequent questions I get at Aromahead is how to safely use essential oils around babies. I have an approach to share with you that works really well! I find that using essential oils around the baby often brings about healing effects, without ever having to apply the oils to the baby’s sensitive skin. One of my favorite techniques to teach moms and dads is to apply the oils in a blend to their own backs or shoulders (not to the baby’s back), and then when they hold their baby, the healing oils are inhaled. It’s just enough! And it’s a nice way for baby and parents…
  • Are You Receiving Aromahead’s Emails?

    Andrea Butje
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    I absolutely love to email everyone in the Aromahead community! I send free aromatherapy recipes and tips, special offers, and information about upcoming webinars I’m hosting. It’s one of the easiest ways to connect with everyone and to share new essential oil ideas and resources! Recently I’ve received emails from people letting me know that they haven’t gotten the emails from Aromahead that they’ve signed up for, whether it’s a replay to a webinar, the 12-tips series, our monthly newsletter, or blog posts. Most of the people contacting me have Gmail…
  • An Effective Approach to Relieving Allergies Naturally!

    Andrea Butje
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Years ago, I used essential oils to relieve my allergies. As it turned out, I was not only able to relieve my symptoms . . . I was able to eliminate them for the long term! I’m so excited to share my approach for relieving allergies naturally with you. I have created a free webinar: Aromatherapy for Natural Living: Reduce Allergies Naturally! You will learn all this and more: How to use essential oils to relieve allergies naturally (or even eliminate them!) and clear up sinus infections. I  will teach you how to make five simple and effective essential oil blends that will help reduce…
  • Suffering With Allergies?

    Andrea Butje
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    I recently did a survey on allergies, and the results were really interesting. 195 people filled out the survey and I asked three questions. 1. Do you have allergies? 53 people said yes, all the time. 90 people said yes, only in the summer. 47 said they did not have allergies. 2. Have you tried using essential oils for allergies? 91 people said yes, and they have helped. 12 people said yes, and they have not helped. 71 people said they had not tried essential oils for their allergies. 3. If you have successfully used essential oils for allergies, which method has worked best? 60 people…
  • Make Your Own Beeswax Candles

    Andrea Butje
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’m not an expert candle maker, but I just love making my own beeswax candles! Handmade candles make perfect gifts, but I like making them for myself, too. I like knowing where the beeswax came from, and that I’m using wicks that won’t release toxins into my air. I like knowing the aromas I choose are real essential oils with therapeutic properties, not artificial fragrances. And I like that I can make beeswax candles for different purposes—for sleep, for relaxation and for energy! I recently made a beeswax candle with Vetiver essential oil, and that one has become a…
 
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    Becker's Spine Review

  • 12 New Spine, Orthopedic Device Approvals, Launches & Releases

    Anuja Vaidya
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Here are 12 new medical devices for spine and orthopedic procedures. Cayenne Medical launched the SureLock All-Suture Anchor System for surgeries involving the shoulder and extremities.   Expanding Orthopedics received FDA clearance for its FLXfit, the world's first 3D expandable interbody cage.   Blue Belt Technologies received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market its latest surgical application for the Navio Surgical System — patellofemoral joint replacement surgery.   Synergy Biomedical, a novel biomaterial products development company, received…
  • 7 Recent Study Findings on Spine, Orthopedic Devices

    Anuja Vaidya
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Here are findings from seven studies focused on spine or orthopedic medical devices. 1. Baxano Surgical's AxiaLIF procedure, a pre-sacral interbody fusion procedure, was compared to transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion in an analysis published in the Journal of Managed Care Medicine. According to the analysis, AxiaLIF lowered cost per procedure by $3,500 and shortened hospital stays.   2. ConforMIS announced results from a clinical study evaluating hospital outcomes and costs in patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty using ConforMIS iTotal customized knee implants compared with…
  • Bacterin, Medtronic, Stryker & More — 14 Key Notes

    Anuja Vaidya
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
      Here are 14 key notes on major spine and orthopedic device companies. Bacterin International announced second quarter preliminary unaudited financial results, and total net revenue for the second quarter is anticipated at $8.75 million to $8.85 million.   BioDelivery Sciences International named Charles J. Bramlage and Barry I. Feinberg, MD, to the board of directors.   ConforMIS announced results from a clinical study evaluating hospital outcomes and costs in patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty using ConforMIS iTotal customized knee implants compared with standard,…
  • 8 Things for Spine Surgeons to Know for Thursday — July 24

    Anuja Vaidya
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for July 24, 2014. 10 new spine procedures proposed for ASC payable listThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the 2015 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System Policy Changes and Payment Rates earlier this month, and they include 10 new spine procedures, including neck spine fusion & removable c2 and neck spine fusion. Shareholders sue Medtronic over Covidien dealMedtronic shareholder Lewis Merenstein filed the suit objecting to the "reverse merger" structure of the…
  • 10 New Spine Procedures Proposed for ASC Payable List

    Laura Dyrda
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the 2015 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System Policy Changes and Payment Rates earlier this month, and they include 10 new spine procedures, according to an ASCA report. The proposal recommends a 1.2 percent payment update for ASCs and 2.1 percent payment updates for HOPDs, and currently HOPDs receive 81 percent more than ASCs for the same services. If the rule is approved without changes, HOPDs would be paid 85 percent more than ASCs for the same services.   A spine surgeon…
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    Healthy Lifestyles Living

  • Life leaves Clues

    Larry Lewis
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    Life leaves Clues was brought to you by Healthy Lifestyles LivingWhen you realise it’s important for you to discover your life purpose the good news is that life leaves clues. Yet the question ‘what do you really want to do with your life’ often seems to be as unanswerable as the question ‘what comes first, the chicken or the egg?’ Several years ago, when I first started speaking, some of those attending would approach me after to share something I had said  that had moved or inspired them. It showed me that I had found my calling, that I was on the road to fulfilling my purpose…
  • My second coming

    Larry Lewis
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    My second coming was brought to you by Healthy Lifestyles LivingWell I’ve decided I’m not going quietly. I have every intention of making the most of every day I have remaining and create a brilliant second coming. In fact my second coming is going to the best years I have ever had the luck to experience. I am 52 years young, and will have achieved most of my major goals by 55, and I know the life I have to look forward to is going to be simply sensational. I truly believe I will be travelling across the world delivering the reinvention university meeting up with my wonderful partners who…
  • The Proudest Day of My Life

    Larry Lewis
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:41 am
    The Proudest Day of My Life was brought to you by Healthy Lifestyles LivingThere are moments in our life when we see a glorious star shine through brightly on our path. Today was definitely one of the proudest days of my life when a true star, my daughter Laura Jayne deservedly enjoyed the love and attention of her family to celebrate her most remarkable achievement yet. Today was a milestone in her life, a day which has marked the passage of time and has brought to an end 5 years of sheer persistence on her part. Indeed my wonderful, loving daughter Laura-Jayne had her amazing achievement of…
  • It’s Time to Stop Grieving

    Larry Lewis
    16 Jun 2014 | 6:41 am
    It’s Time to Stop Grieving was brought to you by Healthy Lifestyles Living Whenever someone is affected by a major disaster there is an emotional reaction that you will go through. I can pretty much tell you that everyone goes through the same stages of emotion. I know I did, and later on I was able to come to the understanding that I had reacted to my failures by going through ‘The Grieving Process ‘and its 5 Stages. Later as a life coach I’ve found that everyone who goes through crises and disasters goes through these steps. By knowing what they are will give you an understanding to…
  • How to Build Your Self Image

    Larry Lewis
    9 Jun 2014 | 2:29 am
    How to Build Your Self Image was brought to you by Healthy Lifestyles Living One of the most important human traits leading to success and happiness is having a positive self image. The real judge of our success over the whole of our life’s journey is how much we still value ourselves if we lose everything, our home, possessions, money, marriage, if we were stripped bear, down to having just the clothes we wear, knowing we have to change a lot about ourselves, starting over again, but at no time losing faith in ourselves or falling out of love with who we are. Know I say that from the…
 
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    Elements4Health

  • 8 Ways Zinc Affects the Human Body

    Dana
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Zinc is one of the most important essential trace metals in human nutrition and lifestyle, according to a review article in Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).  Zinc is not only a vital element in various physiological processes; it is also a drug in the prevention of many diseases. Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk for inadequate zinc intake, however. The article reviewed numerous studies that showed a relationship between zinc and vital human physiological processes such as the following: Brain:…
  • Essential Oils May Provide Good Source of Food Preservation

    Dana
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Preservatives in packaged foods are often criticized for their role in promoting obesity and other health problems, but a natural alternative may soon be available. A new study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), found that essential oils may be able to be used as food preservatives in packaging to help extend the shelf-life of food products. Essential oils are aromatic oily liquids extracted from different parts of plants (roots, peels, leaves, seeds, fruits, barks) and have been shown to be a good source of antioxidative and antimicrobial…
  • Good News for an Aging Population

    Dana
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Preventable but deadly, stroke is the fourth leading cause of mortality in the United States, with approximately 795,000 strokes occurring each year. However, a new analysis of data from 1988-2008 has revealed a 40% decrease in the incidence of stroke in Medicare patients 65 years of age and older. This decline is greater than anticipated considering this population’s risk factors for stroke, and applies to both ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes. Investigators also found death resulting from stroke declined during the same period. Their findings are published in the July issue of The…
  • Asthma Drugs May Suppress Growth in Children

    Dana
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Parents of children with asthma should be aware that corticosteroid drugs that are given by inhalers may suppress a child’s growth. Two new systematic reviews published in The Cochrane Library focus on the effects of inhaled corticosteroid drugs (ICS) on growth rates. The authors found children’s growth slowed in the first year of treatment, although the effects were minimised by using lower doses. Inhaled corticosteroids are prescribed as first-line treatments for adults and children with persistent asthma. They are the most effective drugs for controlling asthma and clearly…
  • How Does Working Outside the Home Affect Breastfeeding Goals?

    Dana
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Breastfeeding is known to provide significant health benefits for both infants and their mothers, but establishing the nursing relationship is not easy for women who work outside the home and must deal with being away from their child  for several hours per day. A new study finds that mothers who plan to breastfeed for at least three months, but return to work full-time, are less likely to meet their breastfeeding goals. Conversely, there is no association between women who return to work part-time and failure to reach the breastfeeding goal of at least three months. This new study was…
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    BitterSweet

  • Thai It, You’ll Like It

    Hannah Kaminsky
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Despite growing up so close to the hustle and bustle of New York City, I spent the majority of my formative years in the safety of small towns. These modest, insular neighborhoods are the perfect place to foster a care-free childhood, complete with tight-knit communities, safe neighborhoods, and sleepy streets that go quiet at 9 PM, even on a Saturday. Many cherished memories were made around the babbling brook a short walk from my home, collecting the Queen Anne’s lace that grew in abundance on either side of the stream. Although I’d consider myself more of a city slicker these…
  • From A to Vegan, and Beyond

    Hannah Kaminsky
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:54 am
    The clock hasn’t yet struck noon and already the restaurant is bustling. A line has begun to stretch around the corner and out the door while waiters carefully navigate the tiny space with their apparently bottomless, steaming carafes of darkly roasted coffee. Sunday, the last precious day of the weekend, used to be a time to sleep in and take it easy, but now it’s become the end-all, be-all day for brunch. Taking in the scene from a sunny corner, I can’t help but marvel at how quickly my generation has embraced this development, right alongside another, deeper reaching culinary trend:…
  • Not-So-Southern Biscuits

    Hannah Kaminsky
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    Biscuits remain something of an edible enigma to me, defying definition; as elusive as the fleeting aroma released from the oven as they spring forth, from raw dough to fluffy golden cakes. Growing up far from the southern border, I can’t claim any “authenticity” in my own attempts at biscuit fabrication, but there’s no way I’d let a lack of experience stop me from treading forth into such savory waters. I may not know exactly when to serve them, what to top them with, or how to pair them with your average meal, but if I have to build my entire menu around this…
  • Escape To Alcatraz

    Hannah Kaminsky
    4 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    You deserve a little treat for surviving your perilous trip to Alcatraz. If you were so inclined, you can click on the final image to see it full size and save it as a desktop wallpaper. Simply right click, select “Set as Desktop Background,” and choose the “Stretch” option to fit to your screen. Happy Independence Day, my fellow Americans! May you have a joyous celebration, and always treasure your freedom.
  • The Cold Shoulder

    Hannah Kaminsky
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    July? Already? Each new month always seem to sneak up out of no where, unannounced and premature, startling me out of my never-ending daydream and back into the present moment. Somehow, the arrival of July doesn’t feel quite so jarring this time around, and yet there’s considerable dissonance between the calendar date and the weather at hand. Oh, it’s been gloriously sunny, aside from the average fog-smothered mornings, but never has a mid-summer month run in with such a cool breeze on its tail. San Francisco summers are unlike any other; I came prepared with plenty of…
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    Ben Greenfield Fitness

  • #289: Drinking Water For Fat Loss, 3 Ways To Keep Injuries From Piling Up, Is Deli Meat Healthy & Much More!

    support@bengreenfieldfitness.com (Ben Greenfield)
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    July 23, 2014 Podcast: 3 Ways To Keep Injuries From Piling Up, Is Deli Meat Healthy, How To Defat Bone Broth, Is Powdered Peanut Butter Healthy, How To Maximize Performance in Fire Gear, and Where To Find Beyond Training Audiobook. Have a … Continued The post #289: Drinking Water For Fat Loss, 3 Ways To Keep Injuries From Piling Up, Is Deli Meat Healthy & Much More! appeared first on Ben Greenfield Fitness.
  • 2 Of The Biggest Juicing Mistakes (And How To Juice The Right Way).

    support@bengreenfieldfitness.com (Ben Greenfield)
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    I met today’s guest article contributor – a big, muscular athlete named Drew Canole (pictured above) – at a seafood restaurant in San Diego. As Drew and I sat dining on crab claws and oysters with our mutual acquaintance Sean … Continued The post 2 Of The Biggest Juicing Mistakes (And How To Juice The Right Way). appeared first on Ben Greenfield Fitness.
  • How To Get Amazing Arms And Legs (And Why Exercise May Be Less Important Than You Think)

    support@bengreenfieldfitness.com (Ben Greenfield)
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    That’s JJ Virgin pictured above. I first met JJ at a health conference in New York. I looked at the person seated in the chair to my left, and then I did a double-take as I realized that this woman sitting next to me … Continued The post How To Get Amazing Arms And Legs (And Why Exercise May Be Less Important Than You Think) appeared first on Ben Greenfield Fitness.
  • Episode #288 – Full Transcript

    support@bengreenfieldfitness.com (Ben Greenfield)
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Podcast #288 from http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com/2014/07/288-why-a-vegan-diet-helped-bill-clinton-best-fitness-phone-apps-standing-lawn-mowers/ [0:00:00]   Introduction:   Episode #288 of the Ben Greenfield fitness:  5 Ways To Get Fit With an iTunes Gift Card, How To Workout If Your Hands Are Broken, Why A Vegan Diet Helped Bill Clinton, Natural Remedies … Continued The post Episode #288 – Full Transcript appeared first on Ben Greenfield Fitness.
  • #288: Why A Vegan Diet Helped Bill Clinton, Best Fitness Phone Apps, Standing Lawn Mowers & More!

    support@bengreenfieldfitness.com (Ben Greenfield)
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode. July 16, 2014 Podcast: 5 Ways To Get Fit With an iTunes Gift Card, How To Workout If Your Hands Are Broken, Why A Vegan Diet Helped Bill Clinton, … Continued The post #288: Why A Vegan Diet Helped Bill Clinton, Best Fitness Phone Apps, Standing Lawn Mowers & More! appeared first on Ben Greenfield Fitness.
 
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    Anytime Fitness Blog

  • Summer Escape: The Cabin Travel Workout

    Luke Andrus
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Next time you escape, try adding this cabin travel workout to your itinerary. You (and your body) will be happy you did! The post Summer Escape: The Cabin Travel Workout appeared first on Anytime Fitness Blog.
  • 10 Superfoods That Help Protect Your Skin From The Sun

    Cassie Johnston
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    We all know it’s important to wear sunscreen, but did you know you can eat it, too? These superfoods will protect your skin from the sun. The post 10 Superfoods That Help Protect Your Skin From The Sun appeared first on Anytime Fitness Blog.
  • We Dare You: 5 Reasons to Try Strength Training

    Luke Andrus
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    We're in a daring mood today. We want YOU to try strength training. There are many benefits - Here are five you should know! The post We Dare You: 5 Reasons to Try Strength Training appeared first on Anytime Fitness Blog.
  • A Beginner 5-Day Healthier Meal Plan

    Carly Sippel
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Ever wonder what healthy eating looks like? This week, we've got a 5-day meal plan that will help you eat healthier and live better! The post A Beginner 5-Day Healthier Meal Plan appeared first on Anytime Fitness Blog.
  • 7 Must-Read Health Articles Around The Web

    Amanda Ingle
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Must read health articles from around the web: recipes for 100-calorie treats, spin workout, and more! The post 7 Must-Read Health Articles Around The Web appeared first on Anytime Fitness Blog.
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    Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic Blog - Augusta GA

  • Treatment with a Dizziness Specialist in Augusta GA

    Dr. Mark Huntsman
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Dizziness is a common problem ranking in the top three of patient complaints of primary care doctors and emergency departments.  It occurs in nearly a third of all individuals.  There are a wide variety of causes of dizziness, many of which can be treated successfully through  our chiropractic care.   When someone is dizzy they can feel like they are spinning or that the room is spinning; it can cause imbalance, lack of coordination, and light-headedness.  In most cases when the person feels a ‘spinning’ sensation or imbalance and lack of coordination, it is caused by a…
  • An Interview with a Celebrity Chiropractor

    Dr. Mark Huntsman
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Everyone knows it takes a village to keep the world’s elite athletes and entertainers in competitive shape and top form.  We often hear of their of personal trainers and coaches traveling in tandem with their grueling schedules.  What may often not be very well publicized are the chiropractors that also contribute to their peak performance. We sometimes hear of athletes speaking out about their chiropractors, such as Boston Marathon winner and Olympian Meb Keflezighi, or through publicized news stories, such as that of 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist McKayla Maroney‘s timely…
  • Treatment for Trigger Points in Augusta GA

    Dr. Mark Huntsman
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Muscles make up between about roughly 40% of body weight. They are a large percentage of our total weight and have a corresponding impact on our health. When all is in working order, muscles allow us to perform normal activities with ease. However, when our muscles harbor trigger points, we experience pain, stiffness and tension, physical limitation and subsequently a loss of normal function.   What are Trigger Points? Myofascial  (muscle- or sinew-related) trigger points are an extremely common cause of pain.  Trigger points are often referred to or felt as ‘knots’ in the…
  • Treatment with a Sports Injury Specialist in Augusta GA

    Dr. Mark Huntsman
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    A chiropractor with specialized training in both the treatment and prevention of a sports injury can significantly help patients maximize function and minimize disability and time away from sports, work, or school.  Approximately 90% of all sports injuries are non-surgical, so specialized, injury-specific treatments without the use of surgery or even medications can provide the athlete with significantly less recovery time. Additionally, a chiropractor trained to treat sports injuries can provide excellent resources for patients who wish to become active or start an exercise program.
  • Study Shows Chiropractic Protects Spine With Aging

    Dr. Mark Huntsman
    24 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    An Increased Life Expectancy and Its Implications According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the average life expectancy for women was 50.7 Years in 1900, 74 in the year 2000, and is projected to be 85.6 in the year 2050.  As we have increased our life expediencies, it is to be expected that a whole host of health issues arise with advanced age.  There are always new pills and devices that crop up to entice the aging population with a solution to their age-related symptoms. With the latest study demonstrating how chiropractic can counteract the health problems that arise with…
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    (((OrthoStreams))) daily news, lists and commentary

  • Medtronic taking advantage of 175 iOS apps so that mobile sales/marketing employees can work more effectively

    Tiger Buford
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Apple: Medtronic has developed 175 iPhone and iPad apps for employees to use (MedCityNews) When I tuned into Apple’s quarterly earning conference call yesterday, my goal was to get more information on its IBM collaboration, particularly what it could do with Watson’s big data capabilities in healthcare. Analysts tried but Apple wouldn’t go into details. But I did […]
  • Investor Analysis of the Zimmer-Biomet deal

    Tiger Buford
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    Zimmer – Analysis Of The $13.3 Billion Biomet Acquisition (Seeking Alpha) Summary Zimmer announced a massive $13.3 billion acquisition of Biomet. The deal creates the number 2 player in the $45 billion musculoskeletal market. Synergy estimates drive appeal, yet pro-forma valuation is not appealing enough for me. Investors in Zimmer (ZMH) have reacted with great enthusiasm to […]
  • Analysis of FDA’s new 510(k) guidance by the Emergo Group

    Tiger Buford
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    US FDA publishes insight into 510(k) Substantial Equivalence determination process (MassDevice) New draft guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration lays out major factors the agency considers when reviewing 510(k) premarket notification applications to make Substantial Equivalence (SE) determinations. US regulators have issued the new guidance to serve both as a resource for agency reviewers making SE […]
  • Biotech funding is on the rise and Biotech IPOs are healthy

    Tiger Buford
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    Venture-backed healthcare deals rise to $2.7B in Q2 (MedCityNews) About $13.88 billion in venture capital backed 974 deals in the second quarter, the highest level since the first quarter of 2001, according to a new report by CB Insights. Healthcare accounted for a significant part of that. About $2.7 billion was invested across 161 deals in the […]
  • Stryker sells Bone Morphogenetic Protein assets (BMP-7) to a pharma company

    Tiger Buford
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Mariel Therapeutics to Acquire Stryker’s BMP-7 Assets (HealthPointCapital) The biopharmaceutical company, Mariel Therapeutics, entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Stryker’s Bone Morphogenetic Protein-7 (BMP-7) assets, intended for the potential treatment of osteoarthritis (OA), chronic kidney disease (CKD) and other organ fibrosis conditions, lupus, and obesity. BMP-7, which has been a long road to commercialization for Stryker, is a recombinant (artificial) […]
 
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    Heart Sisters

  • We know we should do ____, but instead we do ____

    Carolyn Thomas
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    Most of us assume that self-control is largely a character issue, and that we would follow through if only we had a bit more discipline. Not so, according to several studies on how we make decisions - even those like the one I struggle with around chocolate covered almonds . . .
  • “Us” vs “them”: the under-served patient speaks up

    Carolyn Thomas
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:18 am
    "High-tech digital medication reminders are not what I need when I'm poor and can't afford medicine." If big health conferences are going to host "experts" speaking on the topic of under-served patients, couldn't they at least invite people to speak who have nothing but a voice? This moving appeal from a person living with both poverty and multiple health issues strikes at the heart of the "us vs. them" reality in U.S. health care.
  • Patient engagement as described by 31 non-patients

    Carolyn Thomas
    6 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Should we take the word "patient" out of the phrase "patient engagement"? That's what some of the non-patients interviewed for this report on patient engagement suggest. Non-patients are now co-opting patient status by repeatedly insisting that they too can speak for patients, by virtue of the fact that they're being paid to tick boxes about us.
  • Who will take care of you at home if you’re seriously ill?

    Carolyn Thomas
    6 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    Serious illness in the family makes husbands more likely to split, but it makes wives more likely to stay. Studies show that in social networks in which a patient has no spouse at home, other people close to the patient come forward to contribute more in the way of illness-related help than in social networks in which patients live with a spouse.
  • Are you a victim or a survivor?

    Carolyn Thomas
    29 Jun 2014 | 4:38 am
    Behavioural psychologist Dr. Kevin Gilmartin poses a basic dilemma that's common to those living with chronic illness: "Do you identify with being a victim, or with being a survivor?" The difference, he writes, is that victims focus on what they do NOT control, while survivors focus on what they DO control.
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  • New Mobility Magazine Discusses the Gap the Rifton TRAM Fills

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:27 pm
    The Rifton TRAM combines the elements of a transfer device with the benefits of gait training. New Mobility Magazine talks about the unique characteristics and benefits of the product.
  • How the HTS is Changing Lives

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    Rebecca Gross describes the effective use of the Rifton Hygiene and Toileting System for one of her students to make her more comfortable and happier and successful during toileting breaks throughout the day.
  • Rifton TRAM Plays Cameo in Wedding Drama Captured by Today Show

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    Augie Nieto, who has ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, walks his daughter down the aisle at her wedding aided by a Rifton TRAM.
  • Choosing Between Adaptive Standers

    1 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Want to know why a patient should use a stander and whether prone, supine or dynamic is best for their needs? These adaptive standers comparison guidelines will help you determine the appropriate equipment.
  • From the Dad of an Exceptional Graduate

    24 Jun 2014 | 11:38 am
    With the help of early mobility and adaptive equipment, Alan went from gait training as a small child to walking independently as a young man at his graduation.
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    Solve ME/CFS Initiative » Blog

  • Guest Blog: Mark A. Demitrack, MD, FAPA – Neurobiology of ME/CFS

    Suzanne Vernon
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Far too often, myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) patients are met with healthcare providers who do not believe in the biological nature of the disease. Patients have an understandable reticence when it comes to psychologists and psychiatrists because of the fear that their ME/CFS will be labeled as a psychological disorder rather than treated as the very real debilitating disease that it is. Yet, the medical disciplines of psychology and psychiatry have a tremendous amount to contribute to the ME/CFS community, because of their extensive knowledge of how the…
  • Research Digest – July 2014: Define & Diagnose

    Suzanne Vernon
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    In order for patients to be diagnosed, a disease must be defined.  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) is currently defined by excluding other medical and psychiatric diseases that explain the symptoms.  Biomarkers – or an objective and measurable indicator of a biological state – would take the “process of elimination” out of ME/CFS and therefore provide objective criteria to define and diagnose ME/CFS.  Not only do disease states need to be defined but recovery from disease states also require definition. The core signs, symptoms and…
  • Breaking Down the Complexities of ME/CFS – Part 3

    Suzanne Vernon
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    Quantifying Complexities Since the Internet’s earliest days, patients have used online resources to share experiences, learn about diseases and treatments, and become advocates. In recent years we have seen these online communities evolve into centers of patient-driven research. Modern day, patient-driven research has the potential to be used as meaningful evidence as larger sets of data are gathered. Datafication = the process of using technology to turn many aspects of our lives into data. With few researchers and clinicians specializing in myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue…
  • Solve ME/CFS Initiative 2014 Webinar Series

    Leigh Reynolds
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    Beginning in July and continuing through year-end, the Solve ME/CFS Initiative (SMCI) will be bringing you a free, monthly webinar series. Anyone that is interested can RSVP to participate live. Each webinar will be recorded and posted to our website and YouTube channel within a week of the live date, so if you miss it, don’t worry! You can still have access to the great content at your convenience. Read more about the series and RSVP today!   Research Institute Without Walls – Progress and Promise Thursday, July 31, 2014 2-3:00pm Eastern (1pm Central/Noon Mountain/11am…
  • Breaking Down the Complexities of ME/CFS – Part 2

    Suzanne Vernon
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    Solve CFS BioBank & Registry “Complex” is a word that is frequently used to describe the myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) disease state.  Here are some of the reasons why: Many body systems are affected People are sick for varying lengths of time Symptom type and severity vary from person to person A variety of medications are used to treat symptoms The environment that ME/CFS patients live in varies, and that can affect their health Many people experience other “overlapping” conditions in addition to ME/CFS ME/CFS is a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning…
 
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    Health Blog

  • Stress Release Yoga Sequence

    Health Blog
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    For women having breast cancer in the process of radiation therapy, yoga provides unique benefits other than reducing fatigue. Researchers revealed that although fatigue had been counteracted with basic stretching…
  • Study Shows Tai Chi Effective Depression Treatment in the Elderly

    Health Blog
    20 Jun 2014 | 5:57 am
    When tai chi was combined with a standard depression treatment for a group of older people with depression, researchers found better improvement in the level of depression, as well as improved quality of life, better…
  • How to Start Running Infographic

    Health Blog
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:50 pm
    How the foot is positioned just before ground contact when walking or running is an ankle sprain risk factor. Many people who have an ankle sprain will suffer from repeated ankle sprains throughout their lifetime. A…
  • Sport And Lower Back Pain Infographic

    Health Blog
    19 Jun 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Yoga classes have been connected to better back related function and also reduced chronic lower back pain symptoms in a randomized controlled study of yoga. The full article can be read here: Yoga Eases Symptoms of Chronic…
  • Seven Superfoods Infographic

    Health Blog
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:45 am
    Studies have revealed that bioactive compounds present in blueberries called anthocyanins prevent hypertension. Read the full story here: The Health Benefits of Blueberries Coconut oil encourages weight reduction.…
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    MediAngels, World's First Online Hospital - Blog

  • New Trends in the Employee Benefit Programmes and Tele Medicine

    Dr. Ketki S. Sapre
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:17 pm
    The Healthcare scenario in India is being a witness to a major metamorphosis. Lifestyle diseases such as Diabetes, Hypertension and Heart related ailments are coming into existence more and more as a result of the rapidly changing lifestyle, urbanization and rising aspirations. In the early times, employers used to provide IPD services to their employees. Nowadays, due to the time constraints, the employers are also providing OPD services to their employees in order to obtain a healthy and productive staff. The employers these days are giving more attention to newer employee beneficial…
  • Road Safety and India

    Dr. Ankit Soni
    7 Jun 2014 | 4:24 am
    In a tragic turn of events Union cabinet minister met with a fatal car accident. He could have been saved from any major injury had he worn a seat belt while travelling in his car. This episode highlights the poor state of road safety measures in India, making Indian roads and Indian road travelling one of the most dangerous ones in the world. There is a need to change this scenario by introducing various stricter and accountable legislations and by awakening the collective consciousness of the drivers and by educating then regarding the importance of various safety measures and the…
  • Holistic Medicine for Better Healing

    Dr. Ankit Soni
    21 May 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Holistic Medicine provides Patient-centric healthcare treatment. It cure the patient as a whole. It considers that there is an innate balance within our Mind, Body and Spirit and when this balance is disturbed, a person gets diseased. Therefore the primary focus of its therapeutics is to restore this innate balance. Collaborated approach of integrating Modern Medicine with Holistic medicine can bring a great inroads in the scenario of healthcare system of the world, thereby benefiting patients as well as physicians.
  • 3D Printed Hearts:A Boon Or A Blunder

    Dr. Ankit Soni
    12 May 2014 | 9:29 pm
    The advent of 3D printing technology has opened up new avenues for the field of healthcare. Scientists and doctors are trying to develop this technology to build human organs. One such project underway is building Human Heart by using 3D printer. A lot of headway is achieved in this direction. Leading Cardiologists believe that this could be the next big thing in Patient Healthcare.
  • Unconventional Beauty Secrets By Celebrities

    Dr. Ketki S. Sapre
    28 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    In today’s world, in order to achieve recognition in a particular field that you are pertaining to, the first and the foremost thing that counts is ‘the persona’ with which you carry yourself! Be it Multi National Companies or small …
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    Optimistic Life

  • How to Get Rid of Your Negative Thoughts

    Roman Soluk
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Negative thoughts destroy a person from the inside. They are a great obstacle on a way to a person’s success that’s why you need to get rid of them immediately. It’s not so easy to overcome negative thinking but if you have a desire to do it then don’t stop. All of us are surrounded by negative information: newspapers, Internet, TV news. And it’s hard to think positively when there are so many sad news. But with the help of simple methods described below you will be able to cope with the negative thinking and think positively instead. Overcome negative thinking…
  • How to Get Rid of Your Complexes

    Roman Soluk
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Almost every person has some complexes. However, some bend under their weight, limiting themselves because of fear, guilt or inferiority, while others seek to get rid of their complexes and live their lives to the fullest. Most often complexes are connected with the failure to accept yourself the way you are. For example, “I’m too fat.”, “I’m too slow” or “I’m too short!”, etc. And despite the fact that this person may have lots of advantages, they constantly think of their flaws. Is it okay? Certainly not! Here are several tips that…
  • How to Quit Smoking – 10 Effective Tips

    Roman Soluk
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:11 am
    Qutting smoking once and for all – that’s what interests many people in the world. Long-term goals are transformed into short-term results, and smokers get back into this habit again and again. Why do millions of people continue to smoke? The obvious answers would be that smokers are addicted to nicotine, as well as the fact that people experience psychological comfort while smoking during stressful situations. At the disposal of those who want to quit smoking there are many tools, programs and systems, but they will act only if a person really wants it and has already made a…
  • The Benefits of Martial Arts

    Roman Soluk
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:37 am
    Martial arts have come from Asia (Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam and Thailand), where they began to develop actively in antiquity. The main purpose of martial arts is the full development, which includes several very important aspects, i.e. physical, moral and emotional. Martial arts help to develop the most important traits of character that will continue to contribute to your life success in future. Many martial arts, including karate, help to improve your self-esteem and confidence. Besides, they develop self-discipline, concentration, courtesy, and respect for others. What traits are…
  • 20 Essential Rules of Friendship

    Roman Soluk
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    Very often you may think about your relationship with a friend and torture yourself for doing something wrong. However, you shouldn’t forget that we are all humans and we all make mistakes, you just need to see those mistakes in time and correct everything until it’s too late. Learn also how to make friends using these 4 simple strategies What are those rules of friendship that you should keep in mind and follow, to make the most faithful friend be always there and brightened your life, making it light, joyful and happy? Let’s find out. Main rules of friendship 1. Smile…
 
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    Harvard Health Blog

  • Treating gum disease may lessen the burden of heart disease, diabetes, other conditions

    Julie Corliss
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    In the folk song “Dem Bones,” every bone is connected to the next one in line. Here’s an interesting wrinkle on that idea: The gum bone, or at least problems with it, are connected to all sorts of health problems. Gum disease—which begins when the sticky, bacteria-laden film known as plaque builds up around your teeth—is closely linked to premature birth, heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health problems. Now, a report in the August issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that treating gum disease (also called periodontal disease) can lead to…
  • Raising beef creates more pollution than raising pork, poultry, dairy, or eggs

    Patrick J. Skerrett
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    When I cook a meal for my family, I usually don’t think about the environmental implications of the food we are about to eat. A report in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is nudging me to do just that. Gidon Eshel, a research professor at Bard College in New York and two colleagues estimated several environmental costs of raising cows for meat and milk, poultry and pork for meat, and chickens for eggs. They used publicly available data about U.S. agriculture to calculate land use, irrigation water, greenhouse gas emissions, and fertilizer use. Per…
  • FDA’s proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label are good, but could be better

    Heidi Godman
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Every day, millions of Americans use the Nutrition Facts labels on food packages to make healthy choices. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently proposed changes to make the labels even more useful. It’s an important move that could help curb the skyrocketing number of Americans with type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, and other weight-related conditions. “The current labels have had the effect of reducing the total fat intake in the American diet,” says Dr. Clifford Lo, an associate professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. When food makers…
  • Bad weather isn’t to blame for your aching back

    Howard LeWine, M.D.
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Do you have an older relative or friend who says “There’s a storm coming” because his or her back is hurting more than usual? A team of Australian researchers has thing to say to that person: bunk. Daniel Steffens, of the George Institute for Global Health at the University of Sydney, Australia, and his colleagues followed nearly 1,000 people who were seen for acute low back pain in several Sydney primary care clinics. To see if the pain was linked to weather, the investigators noted the weather conditions when the back pain started, as well one week and one month earlier.
  • New strategies help smokers quit when nicotine replacement alone doesn’t work

    Howard LeWine, M.D.
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    If you’ve ever smoked and tried to quit, you know how hard it can be. Nicotine is so addictive that smoking, or using tobacco in other forms, may be the toughest unhealthy habit to break. But it’s possible to quit. Just ask the millions of ex-smokers, who now outnumber smokers in the United States. There are two main obstacles to quitting: the physical withdrawal from nicotine, and the mental and emotional withdrawal from a habit that had become a soothing part of daily routine. Nicotine replacement, in the form of nicotine patches, gum, sprays, inhalers, and lozenges, can help…
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    Health E Clips

  • Causes & Remedies for Premature Ejaculation

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    16 Jul 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Premature ejaculation is a condition when the male ejaculates or experiences an orgasm sooner than the partner expects. Some men have the capacity to hold off their ejaculation till they make the penetration, however in some cases the ejaculation takes place ever before penetrating the female. The common symptom of premature ejaculation is the loss of erection even before the partner has had a chance to achieve her orgasm, this may occur before penetration or immediately after penetration. There is no specific cause for premature ejaculation, it is a very rare condition experienced by men and…
  • Symptoms, Causes and Remedies for Ringworm

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    16 Jul 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Ringworm is a skin disease often caused by fungus a minute form of vegetable. Ringworm can be irritating but is not dangerous Symptoms include Formation of round or oval patches with raised pink and scaly rings which show a clean space in the center. Itching usually cause the infection to spread. Causes of ringworm include Ringworm usually affects the scalp, the body, the feet and the nails. Scalp ringworm is the most common and is usually seen amongst children due to lack of protective fatty acids. The ringworm then spread over the skin and goes deeper into the skin causing hair breakage…
  • Symptoms, Causes & Remedies for Pneumonia

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    16 Jul 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Pneumonia is the inflammation of the lungs and is one of the most serious infectious diseases. If both the lungs are affected it is known as double pneumonia. The most common symptoms of pneumonia are cold in head and throat. The patient experiences chill, shivering fever, difficulty in breathing and sharp pain in the chest. Cough and pinkish sputum being followed thereafter. In young children this disease my cause delirium and convulsion. Body temperature may rise upto 40.6 degree C and the pulse may got upto 150beats per minute. Pleurisy is a common complication of pneumonia. Pneumonia is…
  • Prediabetic condition is a serious health risk

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    25 Jun 2014 | 1:27 pm
    The prediabetic condition is a serious, but nearly silent, health factor affecting the lives of close to 79 million people across America. The lack of early detection and management of this prediabetic condition can lead to more serious health complications such as: type 2 diabetes, pharmaceutical dependence, insulin injections, nerve damage (neuropathy), eye damage (retinopathy), kidney disease, heart disease and chronic fatigue—all serious and costly health problems. It could be you – or a loved one. Fortunately, with early detection the diabetes condition can be managed, and often…
  • What is Prediabetes?

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    30 May 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Blood Sugar By the Numbers There are three tests that healthcare providers use to determine if you have a prediabetic or early stage diabetic condition. Those three tests are the HbA1c test, the Fasting Blood Glucose test (FBG), and Oral Glucose Tolerance test (OGT). Prediabetic condition Diabetic condition HbA1c test Below 6.5% Greater than 6.5% Fasting Blood Glucose test 100 to 126 mg/dl Greater than 126 mg/dl Oral Glucose Tolerance test 140 to 200 mg/dl Greater than 200 mg/dl What Does It Mean? For most people with the prediabetic condition blood sugar levels gradually increase over…
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    LITFL

  • Pressure volume loop of the left ventricle

    Mike Cadogan
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Basic Science in Clinical Context (BSCC) videos will be 2minutes long and in 2 parts. Exam candidate answering a question (under exam conditions) Professor providing a more detailed explanation (with transcript) Below is an example of the process. Feedback greatly appreciated as we are still very early in the production phase of the project. Question: Please draw and describe the pressure volume loop of the left ventricle Examinee response + Show: Drawing and explanation in real-time video/audio Examiner explanation: + Show: Drawing and explanation in real-time video/audio Show Transcript…
  • Nothing New Under the Sun

    Michelle Johnston
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:16 pm
    The World still hurts. Considering current global events our planet seems a panoply of despair, a train wreck of evil choices. We feel wounded, flabby and impotent, and we struggle to understand. We look for answers as to how we can make things better, both on a global scale, and in our own back yards. One of the solutions, of course, is right, myopically, in front of us, and is an echoing sentiment that can be heard from the moment man first began to document history. If you look carefully, if you take the time, you can see a gossamer thin strand, lacing and linking through the past. Woven…
  • The LITFL Review 145

    Kane Guthrie
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    The LITFL Review is your regular and reliable source for the highest highlights, sneakiest sneak peeks and loudest shout-outs from the webbed world of emergency medicine and critical care. Each week the LITFL team casts the spotlight on the best and brightest from the blogosphere, the podcast video/audiosphere and the rest of the Web 2.0 social media jungle to find the most fantastic EM/CC FOAM (Free Open Access Meducation) around. Welcome to the 145th edition, brought to you by: Kane Guthrie [KG] from LITFL Tessa Davis [TRD] from LITFL and Don’t Forget The Bubbles Brent Thoma [BT]…
  • The Need for Brave Health Reform

    Sean Rothwell
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:16 pm
    A Proposal for Private Health Reform in Australia Australia’s health system is in need of reform.  A recently published article by Country Doctor on KevinMD.com prompted me to solidify my thoughts on potential solutions which could improve the private health system in Australia.  My apologies to our international readers for whom this will have less relevance, although I believe there are key messages that apply to all of our health systems. In basic terms, the Federal Government in Australia funds General Practice consultations, Specialist Outpatient consultations and private…
  • Research and Reviews in the Fastlane 040

    Soren Rudolph
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Welcome to the 40th edition of Research and Reviews in the Fastlane. R&R in the Fastlane is a free resource that harnesses the power of social media to allow some of the best and brightest emergency medicine and critical care clinicians from all over the world tell us what they think is worth reading from the published literature. This edition contains 10 recommended reads. The R&R Editorial Team includes Jeremy Fried, Nudrat Rashid, Soren Rudolph, Anand Swaminathan and, of course, Chris Nickson. Find more R&R in the Fastlane reviews in the R&R Archive, read more about the…
 
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    Better Innovations Blog

  • Brain-eating Amoeba Kills 9-year-old Girl

    Monica Hughes
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    Earlier last week, 9-year-old Hally Yust was infected with a brain-eating amoeba known as Naegleria fowleri. This fresh, still water amoeba is a rare form of infection with only 34 reported infections in the past nine years. The parasite enters through the nose and will eventually work its way through the nervous system and brain and has devastating effects. Symptoms emerge about five days after the infection has taken hold ranging from headache, fever, nausea, vomiting and death. Over the past 50 years, of the 130 reported infections only three people have survived. Even though the as…
  • Predicting Alzheimer’s?

    Monica Hughes
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    Prediction of an incurable disease could become more a curse than a help. As of now, the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease comes when there is already a significant amount of brain damage. New technologies are moving toward an early prediction of the so-far incurable condition. In the future, doctors may be able to test a patient’s sense of smell as an indicator of developing Alzheimer’s. People who are unable to identify between certain odors are more likely experiencing cognitive dysfunction. Early stages of dementia, and possibly Alzheimer’s, are believed to be when the brain cells…
  • Healthy Protein Brownies Recipe

    Monica Hughes
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    Do you ever really just want a chocolaty treat without all the calories? Here is a recipe tutorial on how to make high protein brownies. Try it out and let us know what you think! Healthy Protein Brownies Recipe is a post from the Better Innovations Health, Fitness, and Wellness Blog Related Posts:Is It Healthy to Eat Everything in Moderation? Or is That a Myth?Guilt-Free Memorial Day Cookout5 Ways to Make Your Kids Love Healthy FoodBest Foods for Brain HealthHow to Manage a Healthy Diet While Living a Busy Life10 Foods that Help or Hurt the Inflammation of Arthritis (Visited 2 times, 1…
  • Study Says that Lack of Exercise Makes Us Fat

    Monica Hughes
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    Who knew, right? What an interesting concept: that a lack of exercise in the U.S. has led to higher rates of obesity. A recent study published by the American Journal of Medicine states that the average caloric intake of Americans have remained the same over the past 20 years while the average body mass index (BMI) has increased. Physical activity among both men and women has decreased over the past two decades, suggesting that there is an association between less exercise and more fat. The real problem with the obesity of America is not McDonalds, but the comfort of the home couch. See…
  • Best Sciatica Stretch For Fast Sciatic Nerve Pain Relief

    Monica Hughes
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Sometimes I sit cross legged in my chair a little bit too much at the office, and I end up pinching of my Sciatic nerve. This stretch has done wonders in relieving the pain as quickly as possible. For best results, do this twice every day – once in the morning to stretch out before a day of non-movement, and once in the evening to stretch out the day’s tensions. Best Sciatica Stretch For Fast Sciatic Nerve Pain Relief is a post from the Better Innovations Health, Fitness, and Wellness Blog Related Posts:Top 5 exercises for reducing back painTop 3 Ergonomic Corrections to Avoid a…
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    Counselling Connection

  • A dilemma involving inner child therapy work

    Editor
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:10 pm
    A counsellor has been working with a client over a period of 9 months assisting with inner child therapy work. During the period, the client also talks about her relationship issues, sexuality as well as a relationship with another person. The counsellor, who also happens to be in a same sex relationship and going through her own separation issues, advises the client she will help counsel her through separating from her husband if the client decides she is lesbian. When the counsellor discovers the ‘other person’ the client is seeing is a male, the counsellor immediately advises the…
  • From Evidence-Based Medicine to Marketing-Based Medicine

    Editor
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Dr Peter Parry is an Australian child & adolescent psychiatrist who has researched the “Pediatric Bipolar Disorder” diagnosis emanating from the USA, a diagnosis completely at odds with his training and clinical experience in Australian child and adolescent mental health. As part of his research into the PBD phenomenon, he noticed hundreds of internal pharmaceutical industry documents publicly released from court cases against pharmaceutical firms by State and Federal Attorneys Generals in the USA. These documents concurred with findings of the US Senate “Grassley…
  • Mindfulness practice: Problems and solutions

    Editor
    6 Jul 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Although only recently embraced by Western psychology, mindfulness practices and techniques have been part of many Eastern philosophies, such as Buddhism, Taoism, Tai Chi, Hinduism, and most martial arts, for thousands of years. The various definitions of it revolve around bringing non-judgmental consciousness to the present experience, so it can be considered the art of conscious living. Mindfulness is said to be: “Bringing one’s complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis” (Marlatt & Kristeller, 1999, p 68) “Paying attention in a particular way; on…
  • Dealing with Transference

    Editor
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Transference is a phenomenon in psychology characterised by “unconscious redirection of feelings of one person to another” (Wiki Answers, n.d.). It can occur both in everyday life and also in the therapy room. One example of how it can happen is when a person mistrusts another because the other resembles, say, an ex-spouse, in manners, appearance, or demeanour. In a therapeutic context, transference refers to the way in which the client’s view of and relations with childhood objects (meaning: people) are expressed in current feelings, attitudes, and behaviours in regard to the therapist…
  • DSM-IV and DSM-V differences: Ending the confusion

    Editor
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:24 am
    The DSM-5 has been out for a year now and – fourteen years in the making – it has been the subject of seemingly endless discussion. Are you “up with the play” on the changes – or just up to your ears in confusion? One source said that there were 464 changes, although many of these are minor. Some have criticised it on the grounds that it pathologises normal everyday stress, leads doctors to prescribe unnecessary medications, and serves as a “nice little earner” for the APA which put it out. Among the dozens of revisions in this new edition are the elimination of a bereavement…
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  • Strange bedfellows: euthanasia, same-sex marriage, and libertarianism

    Patrick Stokes, Lecturer in Philosophy at Deakin University
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Philip Nitschke and David Leyonhjelm have appealed libertarian ideals in their arguments for euthanasia and same-sex marriage respectively.Joe Castro & Luca Koch/AAPThe suspension of Philip Nitschke’s medical registration, and the events leading up to it, has sparked one of the most heated discussions about euthanasia in Australia for some time. What’s surprising, however, is that the debate hasn’t split along the usual pro-euthanasia versus “pro-life” lines. Instead, advocates of both euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide themselves have been condemning Nitschke for failing to…
  • MERS coronavirus: animal source or deliberate release?

    Raina MacIntyre, Professor, Head of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW Australia
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Many people infected have had no contact with camels or other animals.Al Jazeera English/Flickr, CC BY-SAThe Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS Co-V) emerged in 2012 and has caused ongoing illness in the Middle East and more than 280 deaths. The public health response to MERS-CoV has been modelled on SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), a related virus which caused a pandemic more than ten years ago. But the features of MERS-Cov are very different, as I outline in a new study, published today in the journal Environment Systems and Decisions. And while camels have been…
  • Where to now? Future directions for HIV treatment

    David Cooper, Scientia Professor and Director, Kirby Centre at UNSW Australia
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    We have stalked the human immunodeficiency virus from every direction science suggested. Flickr: Brian Talbot, CC BY-NCThe future of HIV treatment bears no resemblance to its past. Through the lonely days of the early single-drug treatment AZT to the arrival of combination therapy in 1996, and the new generation of fixed-dose therapies (one pill containing three or more drugs, taken once a day) of more recent times, we have focused on attacking the virus. Spurred on by people who developed resistance after taking the only available early options, we have stalked the human immunodeficiency…
  • Put down the paracetamol, it's just a placebo for low back pain

    Christopher Williams, Research Fellow at Hunter Medical Research Institute &amp; at George Institute for Global Health
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Up to 90% of the population will experience lower back pain over their life time; around 25% will have it on any given day.Flickr: Christian Bucad, CC BY-NC-NDPeople with lower back pain are usually told to take some paracetamol for relief. But research published today shows that this almost universal advice is misguided. Up to 90% of the population will experience lower back pain over their life time; around 25% will have it on any given day. “Non-specific low back pain” - so called because it’s not caused by a serious condition, such as a fracture, cancer or infection - accounts for…
  • It takes a global village: how we got ahead in HIV control

    William Bowtell, Executive Director, Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at UNSW Australia
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    From the late 1990s, the world galvanised in support of dramatic increases in funding for the distribution of HIV treatments to all who needed them.World national flags/ShuttershockWhen AIDS first emerged in the early 1980s, HIV infection was a death sentence. But a global effort has ensured this is no longer the case for a growing number of people. The good news today is that the annual number of new global infections continues to fall – from the high point of some 3.4 million in 2001 to 2.3 million in 2012. And, as fewer people contract HIV, and more of those who do are given life-saving…
 
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  • Two Faced Edward Mordrake : Case of Craniopagus or Myth?

    Sulav Shrestha
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:28 pm
    As you know my condition is rare, because I was born with an extra limb in my body, a second face in the back of my head. It is a face that has always been there with the eyes open, as if was death. In 20 years of my life I never thought it would become so terrible until a few years ago, that ... Published in http://medchrome.com
  • 7 Ways to make Pocket money for Medical Students

    Administrator
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
    1. Writing Guidebooks In the free time after the 2nd year exams, many students group together to write guidebooks for exams like “ EXIT Through Basic Science” “ Basic Science Review”. Students collect questions and compose answers and compile a complete book that can be used by juniors as a review... Published in http://medchrome.com
  • First Year in Medical College- MBBS students life

    Administrator
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    After several queries from our readers, mainly the students planning to join and those who have just joined in the Medical School MBBS course about how the first year here in MBBS looks like, we have shared our first hand experience. We will also be talking on details about all the aspects that... Published in http://medchrome.com
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    MindBodySpiritual

  • What to Eat and Not to Eat When You’re Pregnant

    mindtap
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    What to Eat and Not to Eat. If you suspect that you are pregnant, the most shocking statement: You are not only responsible for your own health, but there’s life growing inside of you. This coupled with the general sense that: “I’m eating for two.” It is a common misconception that pregnant women should eat it in larger quantities than is recommended. In fact, you only need about 250 – 300 extra calories per day, which is sufficient to provide adequate nutrition for infants. Keep your weight under control not only allow you to have a more comfortable pregnancy,…
  • Top 4 Health Problems in Pregnancy and Prevention

    mindtap
    10 Jun 2014 | 1:40 pm
    During pregnancy, pregnant women are usually not spared from a variety of health problems. However, do not to worry as long as you know how to prevent and treat it. Well, what some of the top problems in pregnancy? This problem includes the following: Hyperemesis Gravidarum Pregnant women usually experience nausea or vomiting during pregnancy 8-12 weeks. This complaint will reduced and give up in the 16th week of pregnancy. However, there are also women who experience in the third trimester. The solution is manage your diet. Choose foods that are high in carbohydrates to replace energy lost…
  • Do you want a body like Katy Perry? Ride a bike!

    mindtap
    7 Jun 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Do you know, Katy Perry does love riding her bike around the city, where she held a concert. “Constantly travelling can make me difficult to exercise. But, my favorite sport that I did in the tour is cycling around the city. I like exploring a new city and hand out my concert ticket,” Perry said to Closer magazine. The ‘Roar’ singer also likes riding a stationary bike in the gym, and regularly attends a class where members are motivated by upbeat music. She said, “I try to exercise three to four times a week and, on the days I’m not working, I do enjoy the…
  • Sleep Disorder: Causes and Solutions

    mindtap
    5 Jun 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Stress and activity that remains to be done until late at night is the main cause why sleep disorder become a familiar problem encountered modern humans. Even so lack consumption of vitamin is also a big influence why it’s difficult to get quality sleep at night. Then why we do not fix the diet before go to the pharmacy to look for sleeping pills. Here are three sleep disorder caused by a deficiency of vitamins or minerals. It’s hard to fall asleep Magnesium plays a major role in the functioning of the body to regulate sleep. Insomnia is one of the symptoms of magnesium…
  • 6 Creative Pregnancy Announcement Ideas

    mindtap
    31 May 2014 | 8:22 am
    The days of pregnancy, especially the first pregnancy, it is interesting to photograph.  This is an important moment in your life and also a moment that should be remembered for the whole family. There are so many creative ideas, announcing your pregnancy: creative pregnancy announcement ideas. Photography has become increasingly sophisticated through media and online platforms. Unfortunately, there are many things that missed without some photo. Anyone? Well, if you walk around on pinterest or a photo blog, you can find an interesting photo themes, to announce a pregnancy. There are many…
 
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    HealthFitPlan.com

  • Choosing The Best Full Service Catering

    Sharron Cantu
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:41 am
    Even though the duty of a caterer is similar to that of the traditional chef, it is important to know that the way these experts operate could differ slightly. Caterers in Boston MA can engage in full service catering which includes activities such as management of accounting books, marketing and customer relations. There is a lot of information regarding this service people need to know. An excellent caterer complies with the food and safety rules of a state during any preparation process. The professionals should be able to make sure that the meal is handled in hygienic conditions and that…
  • Advantages Of Mushroom Growing Compost

    Sharron Cantu
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:40 am
    Spent mushroom compost is also referred to as mushroom soil. This manure has become very popular in the last couple of years. It is widely used for amending organic soil. There are several benefits that this manure brings to crops that are planted in it. This peat has hay, corn, cottonseed meal, cobs, straw horse bedding and poultry manure. Mushroom growing compost is rich, dark and odorless. This fertilizer is disposed of after mushrooms have been cultivated in it. Crisp manure must be utilized once to cultivate mushrooms, so the used peat must be discarded. One brilliant approach to reuse…
  • A Piece Of Heaven In An Authentic Neapolitan Pizza

    Paulette Mason
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:35 am
    Food is one of the things that the people might be looking for in their trip to places. People might have their own trip to look for the best tasting Authentic Neapolitan pizza in the land of Toronto, ON. There can be many discoveries as they get deeper into the city in search for the enticing pizza. The pizza is a different kind as it is prepared differently. This is made up of Mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. The dough is also a mixture of highly refined Italian type wheat flour and water buffalo dairy product that might just have a distinct taste from the other pizzas. The basic…
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    Be Well Buzz

  • Message From Spirit-Control Your Anxiety

    Catherine Bowen
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    Why, in this modern society, with all the gadgets and machines, are you all so busy? This busy-ness leads to unnecessary stress and anxiety. This is anxiety you can do something about! It has to do with choices. Do you have to do everything which comes your way? Do you need to accept every invitation for a social event? How many visits to the gym do you need a week? Is every shopping trip totally necessary? The list goes on! If you could cut your “doing” time you could use the time saved for more valuable activities. Maybe you would like to incorporate meditation or yoga into your daily…
  • You’ve Been Storing Your Food All Wrong!

    BeWellBuzz
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    People are always asking on food forums, “Should I store this in the fridge?” More specifically, people ask questions like, “Should I store tomatoes in the fridge?” or “Should I store onions in the fridge?” People may also ask questions like, “Are frozen fruits as nutritious as fresh fruit?”  While the questions above, and others along the same vein, often generate animated debates, one factor that is often overlooked is whether or not storing foods in the fridge lowers their health benefits. As a general rule, the answer is almost always yes,…
  • Benefits of Fish Oil Supplements

    Cristiana Victoria
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    It is not a secret that fish oil supplements keep your digestion in check and your inflammation down. However, what you may not know is the supplements have other major benefits for you entire body’s health. Other benefits include boosting your bone density, burning fat and enhancing your brain power. Here are other benefits you get from fish oil supplements. Improve fat burning According to a University of South Australia study on the effects of exercise and diet, fish oil supplements boosted the fat loss from exercise. Body fat stores, especially abdominal and cardiovascular fat, are…
  • Resistant Starch – Superfood For Your Digestive System

    BeWellBuzz
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    There is absolutely no question that good over-all health is somewhat dependent on the micro-biotic flora that resides in the small and large intestines. We all have them, and without them, we would probably die. There are several hundred species of bacteria, yeasts and fungi that live in our digestive system and they perform vital functions such as breaking down undigested carbohydrates, assisting in the manufacture and synthesis of certain vitamins and hormones, breaking down waste materials so they can be eliminated, and keeping out pathogenic microorganisms. We need a healthy, thriving…
  • 10 Books That Will Change Your Life FOREVER

    BeWellBuzz
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:13 pm
    If you love reading books, you may have stumbled upon some books that have changed your life forever. Unfortunately, finding these life changing books aren’t easy for the reason that they are hard to write, and there aren’t many authors who have the knowledge and the wisdom to write these empowering books. Since these books are hard to find, I took the time to research and found 10 books that will change your life forever. I have personally read all of them, and suggest you do the same! If you would like to purchase any of the books, simply click on the book image on the bottom of…
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    Health Enclave

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    YourHealthyOptions.com

  • Problems with Generic Drugs?

    Jim Long
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Some people have concerns about the safety and the effectiveness of Generic drugs. They do not go through the tough clinical trials that the original drug does. The FDA says that the active ingredient has already been through clinical trials and would be no good to make the generic versions do the same thing [...]
  • What are Typical Food Allergies?

    Jim Long
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    Is there a typical food allergy? What should you watch for? Let’s talk about some of the more common possibilities for you and your family. Milk is one of the most common food allergies that people are suffering from. Many are lactose intolerant and cannot take the ingredients that are found in regular milk. Eggs are [...]
  • Veterans & Social Security

    Jim Long
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:01 am
    Here is a guest column from Social Security Veterans and Social Security By Michael W. Grochowski Social Security Regional Commissioner in Atlanta In the United States, people do a lot to recognize and honor the heroes who serve in the Armed Forces and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. July is an appropriate month to recognize veterans [...]
  • Healthy and Unhealthy Drinks

    Jim Long
    5 Jun 2014 | 11:33 am
    Wondering why you don’t eat too much but still keep on gaining weight? Then maybe you drink is not healthy at all. There are hundreds of beverages out there that can boost your waistline. You have to be cautious of what you drink. Coffee, although it has significant health effects, can [...]
  • Salute to Our Armed Forces on Memorial Day

    Jim Long
    24 May 2014 | 4:57 am
    The armed forces are a wide network of agencies and services that provide for a certain country’s need of security and defense. Its network is also used in order to build wide array of connections internationally and relay effective communications towards neighboring countries in order to prevent misunderstandings and unwanted times of war. In other [...]
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    Dr Mommy Online |Healthy Living Tips for Busy Women

  • How to Have a Smart Summer

    Donna Vail
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Good morning all– as we celebrate #throwbackthursday we decided to revisit one of our favorite posts by one of our resident home school experts, Donna Vail  Please enjoy! — Laura Seeber, managing editor, Dr. Mommy and Friends Our culture has been trained to follow a schedule that may contribute to dumbing us down. You know the schedule that revolves around a conventional school model where you go to school fall through spring and once summer comes you abandon all academics. I hear parents worried and scrambling to fill a whole new schedule, worried that their children will watch…
  • 10 Really Good Quinoa Recipes With Less Than 10 Ingredients

    AnnaLaura Brown
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Do you eat quinoa? If not, you really should. Quinoa is really good for you. It’s full of fiber and protein and is very versatile. That said, if you look through most quinoa cookbooks or other cookbooks with quinoa recipes often the majority of the recipes have lots of ingredients or they call for things that are expensive, or hard to find. So here are ten really good quinoa recipes with less than ten ingredients. Note: All recipes assume that you have cooked your quinoa already. I like to use a rice cooker to cook a large amount at once. You can also use white, red or black quinoa and…
  • 3 Tips To Increase Your Teen’s Self-Esteem

    Tammy Walsh
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Between maintaining hobbies, friendships and parental approval, teens are constantly overwhelmed with the pressure to figure out their own personal identities while also trying to determine where exactly they fit in. The constant desire for approval can take a toll on your teen’s self-esteem. In fact, teens with low self-esteem are more likely to engage in dangerous activities, such as underage drinking or over-the-counter cough medicine abuse, as a way to get temporary relief from their anxieties. As parents, it’s our job to assist with our teen’s self-esteem management. We need to…
  • Met Two Movie Stars and Crossed Off Something From My Bucket List

    Dr. Daisy Sutherland
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do you have a bucket list? A few years back I decided to write several things I wanted to do before I die on an actual bucket. Yes, my bucket list is listed on an actually plastic bucket. Cute idea, right? Well, on my list are several things such as take a cruise, jump out of a plane, compete in a body building competition, meet hollywood actors and a several other things. I’m happy to say that I have been able to cross several items off my bucket list and recently was able to cross off my wish of meeting hollywood actors. Moms meeting Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz Can you believe I met…
  • Peach Heirloom Tomato Salad

    Ginny Edwards
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Living in the deep southern part of the United States, I’m enjoying the time of year for fresh, homegrown tomatoes and juicy, sweet peaches.  This recipe is a summer favorite; it’s unique, and the flavors meld together beautifully!!  Peach Heirloom Tomato Salad Ingredients: 1 lb ripe homegrown peaches (I love the Freestone variety) 2 lbs (roughly) ripened heirloom tomatoes 3 green onions, cut into thin strips 2 Tbsp EVOO 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 tsp soy sauce (I use Coconut aminos) 1/2 tsp orange zest 1/4 tsp kosher salt 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped…
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    Holistic Healing Blog

  • Essential Oil Safety Guidelines For Aromatherapy

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
    When using aromatherapy, it's important to understand a few essential oil safety guidelines. Always read the label and follow all warnings and cautions.
  • Your Aromatherapy Guide

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    This aromatherapy guide covers a variety of information related to essential oils to help you learn how to use them safely and effectively.
  • Using Essential Oils For Children

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    You can use essential oils for children as first aid, to help calm them, and more. Generally, reduce essential oils in adult-sized blends by half or more, depending on the child.
  • Using Aromatherapy For Babies

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Used cautiously, aromatherapy for babies can be part of caring for your infant in a natural, healthy way. Suggestions for safe use of essential oils for your baby.
  • Butt Massage Techniques to Release the Gluteal Muscles

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Butt massage relaxes the gluteal muscles and deep lateral rotators and can help relieve lower back pain. Video shows buttock massage techniques.
 
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  • I’m Going Lap-Topless #VZWbuzz

    Joyce
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The Nokia Lumia 2520 wrapped up safely in the Nokia Power keyboard — Hello up to an extra 5 hours of battery life! **Disclosure: As a #VZWbuzz team member, I was provided the Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet. My opinions are always my own. Although I don’t go on tropical adventures as often as I’d like, I do journey home to Maui at least once a year. I’m there for awhile and it’s always awesome to see my Maui ohana, but there’s always work that needs doing too. I have to pack up the appropriate gadgets and tools to make that work  happen. Each trip, I try to be as…
  • The 3 P’s of a Healthy Life

    Joyce
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Good for my soul – My present purpose and passion. Whatever is good for your soul…do that. ~ unknown I’ve never been one to follow the crowd. Even when I managed a gym, I wasn’t fond of promoting the newest fitness trend. Maybe it was just a personal go-against-the-grain kind of character trait or maybe I never really like the idea of telling everyone else what they should love. If I tell you what to love, unless you just happen to love it too, you’ll be lacking the ingredients that you need to stick to a healthy lifestyle for more than a week at a time. I call…
  • A Child’s Journey to Self-Discovery #Thrively

    Joyce
    31 May 2014 | 10:56 am
    A day at the barn. Often we parents try to vicariously live out our lives through our children. Maybe it’s the artist that never quite became known, or the football player that didn’t make the NFL after college, or a singer whose album never sold to more than friends and family. Dreams are awesome. But we all have our own. What’s yours is not necessarily mine, and that same thing goes for our children. No matter how well intentioned we are, our children need to find their own strengths and purpose and not the one we want. When we put them on our path we take them off of…
  • Finding Solutions and Paying it Forward with Technology #VZWbuzz

    Joyce
    28 May 2014 | 7:54 am
    View of the Golden Gate Bridge from the open-air bus. Photo taken with my new Nokia LUMIA Icon. #VZWbuzz Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to San Francisco (Oh San Francisco, how I love you) to be part of the Verizon’s #VZWbuzz Influencer Summit. I had the chance to hang out with many people I’ve only known through Twitter and other social sites. It was a real treat to spend time with both old friends and new friends. And of course our hosts were beyond fantastic. Thank you Verizon for everything! <—– disclosure. The Nokia Lumia Icon on on it’s…
  • Empowering Kids to Find Their Passion and Purpose with @Thrively

    Joyce
    30 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    I  love the idea of health being a family affair. All aspects of health — physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. I’m also a fan of interdependence, growing individually but together — each family member supporting and encouraging each other to be their best. **This post is in partnership with Online Mom Media and Thrively. Opinions and experiences expressed are always my own. When we were invited to sign up for Thrively I didn’t realize that it would be the catalyst to a deep conversation and introspection for my 14 year old. It seemed to open her heart’s…
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    The Waiting Room Online

  • Q.D.F (Quote Day Friday)

    Robin
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
  • Bake-Off Challenge

    Edel
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    This weeks Bake-off was presented by Karl, who made a scrumptious Mediterranean Filo. It was devoured within minutes by the staff here. Check out the recipe below:  5 sheets Filo pastry  1 bag of Spinach fresh or free flow frozen. 400grm Feta Cheese or Goats cheese Chillies ( amount according to taste) Olives  Sundried Tomatoes Olive Oil or Melted Butter Pre heat oven to 175 Wilt fresh Spinach or defrost frozen spinach squeeze out liquid Chop Olives, Tomatoes and Chillies ( discard seeds if you don't want it too hot) mix together Brush Filo sheets with oil or melted butter Lay…
  • Packaging with a second use in mind

    Edel
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Most of, if not all of, the items with in our home or at work are produced somewhere else and have to be transported in order to reach the end user. The packaging protects the item until it reaches that target. Types of packaging can include paper, glass, aluminium, steel, plastic, and mixed materials. With landfills at an all time high, there seems to be a cultural change in consumers; designers & companies have had to create more environmentally friendly packaging. Reduce, reuse and recycle has become the 3R’s motto. The latest creative way for packaging is dual use packaging. More…
  • Q.D.F (Quote Day Friday)

    Robin
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
  • Not so guilty treats...

    Edel
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Our weekly Bake-off continued yesterday with Frances, our Business Manager, creating wonderful Mini Chocolate Cookie Tarts. Great with a coffee and whats even better they are a healthy treat that you won't feel guilty about eating! Check out the recipe on http://thehealthyfoodie.com/mini-chocolate-cookie-cups/ 
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    Healthy. Happy. Simple.

  • Our Favorite (and Easy) Baby Food Recipes

    Becky James
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    First Lunch Puree¼ to ½ ripe avocado½ ripe banana3 T jarred carrot puree or to tasteOther fruit as introducedBlend in handy chopper until smooth Baby Yogurt Lunch(great lunch for the whole family)1 small container baby yogurt¼- ½ avocadoFresh or frozen fruit to hunger and taste including banana, peaches, mango, or pears1-2T wheat germ 1T flax seed oilBlend in handy chopper or mash to desired texture.  Pear Apple Sauce(great batch recipe)Peel and slice pears and apples into uniform pieces and place in a baking dish.  You may also leave the skin on for cooking and peel…
  • Nine Months

    Becky James
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    Nine Months At nine months, you can start to introduce foods to your child that make eating far more flavorful and nutritious.   Time saver: peel fresh garlic faster by placing entire pod in a tightly covered pan and shaking it.  Then remove the tips,chop and cook.Garlic: some lists will say that you may start garlic as early as 7-8 months, as it is not a common allergen, but certainly by nine months, garlic should be a staple in your child’s diet.  Garlic has many purported health benefits, including being a natural broad-spectrum anti-biotic, which many…
  • Eight Months

    Becky James
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    Eight MonthsAt this point your baby should be having three meals per day.  This was also the point where I started to structure meals, so that my son was getting the most out of foods.  I also cut back on breastfeeding and isolated feeding so that I was not trying to get him to eat solids and immediately breastfeed.  Each day, my day loosely went as follows:Morning: Wake and breastfeed (also, the sooner I breastfed, the sooner I could have coffee, if I am honest).  An hour or so later, my son would have cereal mixed in pureed fruit.  Mid-day: His lunch would consist…
  • Seven Months

    Becky James
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Seven MonthsYour baby should be eating two to three meals per day and having breast milk or formula with each meal.  Each meal should consist of approximately  ½ cup of food, but remember that babies are human and will want more or less depending upon the day and their personal needs.  The goal is that they gain weight and grow appropriately while learning good eating habits, which do not include gorging on forced food.  Even at this age, children should learn to respond to their internal cues for hunger and fullness, and parents need to respect their limits.  If…
  • Six to Seven Months

    Becky James
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:31 am
    Six to Seven MonthsDepending upon when you started solids, at six months, food is joining breast milk or formula for one or possibly two meals per day, but it is not replacing the breast or bottle at those feedings, as they are still the primary source of nutrition.  As food is introduced, make sure that your baby is continuing to get enough fluids.Pumpkin, sweet potato and butternut squash are three great Super Foods that most babies cannot resist.  Beware, they are not easily absorbed and baby’s poo may closely resemble their dinner, so do not be shocked.  They are,…
 
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  • Why laser hair removal is worth every penny

    Kerry
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:47 am
    When it comes to hair removal people generally fall into one of two camps. Those who’ve had their hair removed permanently with laser and those who wish they could afford laser hair removal. Whilst laser hair removal has without a doubt proven to be the single most effective form of permanent hair reduction (yes it is more effective than electrolysis hair removal, despite what you may read online), it isn’t the cheapest option upfront. At our Bournemouth laser clinic, six bikini line treatments cost on average around £600 (if a package is bought) which can seem like a lot to spend on…
  • Is YOUR skin in need of a wake-up call? Try our 4 top tips to slow the ageing process

    Kerry
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    Monday morning. Your alarm goes off. You stumble into the bathroom and take a look in the mirror. What do you see? Tired, dull skin? If so, you’re not alone. If like most people you tend to consume most of your weekly alcohol units at the weekend, chances are, your skin will be at its most dehydrated on a Monday morning. The ageing process and life style choices can really take their toll on your skin. But there are plenty of things you can do to help the largest organ of your body along the way. At Laser Skin Solutions we take a very holistic approach to all treatments, especially our skin…
  • Groupon laser hair removal

    Kerry
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    Over the last year or so I have been asked on occasion why we don’t offer Groupon deals at Laser Skin Solutions. I have to admit, when Groupon suddenly appeared on the scene a couple of years ago, I was intrigued as I watched many people suddenly doing all their shopping and even booking holidays via Groupon and other ‘daily deal’ websites like Living Social. It all seemed a bit too good to be true. An afternoon tea for £9.95 instead of £35? A massage for £15 instead of £60? Even laser hair removal promotions at £99 instead of £600. Wow! What’s not to like?! Well, for a…
  • 5 things you can do to increase the success of your laser tattoo removal

    Kerry
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:14 am
    So you’ve decided to remove your tattoo. Great. But did you know there are a few basic things you can do to help speed the process up? At Laser Skin Solutions we often get asked if there is anything patients can do in order to speed up their laser tattoo removal. The answer is ‘yes’, there are 5 things which you can do in order to help you get the most out of each laser tattoo removal treatment. The good news? You may be doing most of them already. Laser tattoo removal relies on your immune system to clear away the ink. More specifically, it relies on your white blood cells to do the…
  • How long does laser hair removal last?

    Kerry
    10 Feb 2014 | 6:23 am
    At our Bournemouth laser clinic we constantly get asked whether laser hair removal is permanent. Does the treatment actually get rid of hair permanently? The answer is yes, it can get rid of up to 90% of your hair. But it is never going to get rid of every single last little hair – in other words it won’t look like a waxed effect. But, if 90% is good enough for you, then I would say laser or IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is definitely for you. The fact is, when we laser or IPL a hair, we are aiming to heat the hair follicle to 60-70 degrees. This not only kills the hair itself, but also…
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    Keyboard Athletes

  • A Shortcut to Better Workplace Relationships

    Jennifer Waak
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    You already know that relationships are everything when it comes to business. Getting a job is oftentimes who you know. Getting a promotion is oftentimes based upon the relationships you have built. And when you screw up, having good relationships with those you work with can be the difference between “looking for new opportunities” and getting a second chance. Now, imagine having a mental model that allows you to understand the social triggers for an individual that will either put them in a positive - or “approach” - frame of mind or put them in a negative - or…
  • 12 Tips to Help You Focus and Get Things Done

    Jennifer Waak
    19 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Finding the time to focus – to work on the things and projects that really matter – is almost impossible at times. We get distracted – by email, by social media, by our colleagues, and by the call of other projects. And, if we’re not careful, we find ourselves spending hours rotating from a half-finished article to email to the phone to social media and back to that article. We can even feel productive doing that – for a time – because you’ve talked to 5 people, answered 8 emails, and written another paragraph. Yet, you’re still no closer to shipping. It’s hard to come up…
  • 13 Ways to Start Sleeping Better Tonight

    Jennifer Waak
    5 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    According to the CDC insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic with more than 40% of Americans not getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep on a daily basis. And, this lack of sleep has some far-reaching implications – beyond just yawning at your desk. As the CDC goes on to say, “sleep insufficiency [is] linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational errors…Persons experiencing sleep insufficiency are also more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity, as well as from…
  • 11 Ways to Take Care of Yourself AND Your Business

    Jennifer Waak
    22 May 2014 | 8:00 am
    Imagine near double-digit increases to your business without doing a single extra thing – and in fact by actually stepping away from your business?  It’s one of the biggest paradoxes of modern society – that all we need to do is push harder, work longer, and do more and we’ll be successful. You hear the stories about the 80-hour workweeks, the staying up until 3am night after night to get ready for a launch, and the caffeine-fueled work jags and think to yourself, well, this is just how it has to be done. But what if our business forefathers got it all wrong? What if the reason our…
  • Why I’m Loving SaneBox

    Jennifer Waak
    8 May 2014 | 9:00 am
    As a productivity dork who is regularly overwhelmed by email, when I first ran across SaneBox a few weeks ago I was instantly intrigued – based upon the name alone. I don’t necessarily need inbox zero, I just need to be able to tame it – not wake every morning utterly overwhelmed having to sort the wheat from the chaff to find the 5 emails I actually care about. I’d already gone through the process of using Unroll.me to get myself off a gazillion lists and I use Feedly for consuming blogs – so what was left was stuff that I genuinely wanted. But, to consume on MY schedule.
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    Walkingspree

  • How To Choose The Right Running (Or Walking) Shoe

    Maddie
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Choosing the right shoe for you walk or run is an important decision. The wrong shoes can lead to injury, discomfort, or end your outdoor career before it begins. However, choosing the right shoe will keep your feet happy, support your unique running mechanics, and make the miles fly by. 1. Foot Type and Gait Analysis We all have unique physical attributes. The first step to finding the right pair of running shoes is to determine your individual needs. Do you have flat feet or high arches? Do you pronate or supinate? Are you a heel-striker? These are difficult questions, especially for…
  • Eat Smart with Jan Tilley: Decadent Chocolate Souflles

    Maddie
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    As the Aerosmith song proclaims….”Sweet Emotion!” We all have days where we just want to throw in the towel and tell ourselves I am too stressed, overwhelmed, anxious, worried, or tense to press onward. Controlling our stress hormone is an essential cornerstone of taking charge of our emotional performance. The hormone at the epicenter of stress management is cortisol, a hormone released from the adrenal glands atop the kidney. Designed to give you a quick jolt of energy when you need to flee a dangerous situation (there’s a cheetah chasing you, an earthquake strikes, etc.), this is…
  • Is It Worse To Have A Bad Night’s Sleep Or A Short Night’s Sleep?

    Maddie
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Parents of newborns — and anyone else who faces multiple awakenings a night — know this to be true: The brain fog and testy temper from waking up several times throughout the night is real. And now, research is backing this up. A new study in the journal Sleep Medicine shows that cognitive ability, attention span and mood are all impacted negatively from interrupted sleep — to a similar extent as only getting four hours of sleep. “The sleep of many parents is often disrupted by external sources such as a crying baby demanding care during the night. Doctors on call, who…
  • 6 Tips To Make Eating Healthy Easy, Even When You’re On The Go

    Maddie
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    It’s a familiar scenario: you have five minutes before you have to leave for work and you haven’t made your lunch yet. You know grabbing something from the cafe downstairs is going to be unhealthy and expensive. Next time you shop, ensure you stock up on these six ingredients. Having them on hand and ready to go will make fixing lunches a breeze! 1. Quinoa Quinoa is actually a vegetable from the beet and spinach family, but it can act as the perfect gluten-free grain base for your salad. Quinoa is high in protein, essential fatty acids, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper, zinc, and…
  • 5 Reasons To Drink Coffee Before Your Workout

    Maddie
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Half of Americans start their day with coffee, and, according to recent study, working out after downing a cup of java may offer a weight loss advantage. The Spanish study, published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, found that trained athletes who took in caffeine pre-exercise burned about 15 percent more calories for three hours post-exercise, compared to those who ingested a placebo. The dose that triggered the effect was 4.5 milligrams of caffeine per kilogram of body weight. For a 150-pound woman (68 kilograms), that’s roughly 300 milligrams…
 
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    Health News / Tips & Trends / Celebrity Health

  • Study Links Shift Work to Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

    Health Editor
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Shift workers, especially men, may be at higher risk for type 2 diabetes compared to people not on such schedules, a new study suggests. Also at special risk are shift workers who don’t work on a set schedule, with shifts moving around at various times of the day. The findings are “not at all surprising,” said one expert, Dr. Alan Manevitz, a clinical psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. “Physicians have long known that working shifts disrupts many key body chemicals, creating a ripple effect that can…
  • Female Triathletes May Face Health Problems Such as Incontinence

    Health Editor
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Women who compete in triathlons are at increased risk for pelvic floor disorders, including incontinence, and other health problems, a new study says. “There has been a surge in popularity of high-impact sports such as triathlons, but little has been known until now about the prevalence of pelvic health and certain other issues associated with endurance training and events,” study author Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald, a physiatrist at Loyola University Health System, said in a university news release. The term “pelvic floor”…
  • A Fat-Burning, Endurance-Boosting Jump Rope Circuit

    Jennifer Cohen
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Photo: Getty Images RELATED 5 Fat-Burning Body Weight Exercises High-Intensity Strength Training Workout The 8 Best Fat-Blasters Looking for another great cardio workout to add to your repertoire? Well, skipping rope isn’t just for 3rd graders anymore. Jumping rope is a quick, convenient way to get your heart rate up whether you’re on the go or in your living room. A rope fits into any bag, so you know what that means…no excuses! And not only does it help you burn calories, it also strengthens your legs, glutes, arms, and shoulders in as little as 5 minutes. Want to give it a shot?
  • Is Coffee Aggravating Your Hot Flashes?

    Health Editor
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Drinking caffeine may worsen the hot flashes and night sweats that affect roughly two-thirds of women as they go through menopause, new survey data suggests. “While these findings are preliminary, our study suggests that limiting caffeine intake may be useful for those postmenopausal women who have bothersome hot flashes and night sweats,” said researcher Dr. Stephanie Faubion, director of the Women’s Health Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. But caffeine — a stimulant found in coffee and colas — appears…
  • Too Few Teens Receive HPV Shot, CDC Says

    Health Editor
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An “unacceptably low” number of girls and boys are getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which protects against cervical, anal and other cancers, U.S. health officials said Thursday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all boys and girls aged 11 and 12 get the three-dose vaccine so that protection is in place before they become sexually active. Yet, despite a slight increase over the year before, only 57 percent of girls and 35 percent of boys aged 13 to 17…
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    MMC Blog

  • Rest In Peace

    mmahannah
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    It is very hard to comprehend the depths of the tragedy that happened with the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 last Thursday. The implications of the 298 lost souls will continue to resound for decades to come. Some of the lives lost were devoted to improving access, advocating for rights, creating innovative solutions, and […]
  • Communication in Healthcare: What’s in a Style?

    Stephanie Schmitt
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Last week our behavioral and creative teams had the privilege of receiving a 1-day health coach training from experts at the UNC-Greensboro Department of Public Health Education. This training was a unique opportunity to learn best practices when working with patients in the most intimate of settings: a health coaching session. The dynamic day included […]
  • What “Talk To Your Doctor” Really Means

    Ailee Tempest
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:29 am
    When people find out I do pharmaceutical marketing, they act like they’ve met a Yeti. “YOU do those ads on TV with all those nutty side effects?!” And then the questions begin. “How come those ‘sick’ people look so happy?” “If I get that disease will I have a lake house, too?” “What’s with all […]
  • The patient engagement equation

    aweiss
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Patient engagement is a concept that we’ve been hearing a lot about for the last couple of years and one that is critical to impacting health outcomes. As we’ve seen in our own research, oftentimes industry terms are considered buzzwords and carry different meanings to different people. While there isn’t true consensus on the exact […]
  • Walk Me Through A Typical Day

    mmahannah
    12 Jun 2014 | 12:13 pm
    It happens to people all over the world. A man loses his job and has no idea how he is going to pay his monthly bills. And on top of it, he has a daily medication he needs to keep up with. He goes to the doctor, but because of a myriad of factors, he […]
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    Dr. David Geier - Sports Medicine Specialist & Orthopedic Surgeon in Charleston, SC

  • Healthy athlete tip: Adjust summer practices to prevent heat illness

    drdavidgeier
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Almost 6,000 Americans are treated in emergency departments each year for heat illness resulting from sports and recreational activities. These guidelines aim to get young athletes ready for the tremendous heat they will face in summer practice.
  • Brady Aiken and the risk of elbow injuries in top pitchers

    drdavidgeier
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Brady Aiken, a left-handed pitcher from San Diego, recently became only the third high school pitcher to be selected as the top overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft. He reportedly had agreed to a $6.5 million contract with the Houston Astros before the deal fell apart, allegedly over concerns about his elbow ligament.
  • Sports medicine stats: Achilles tendon ruptures

    drdavidgeier
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    75% of all acute Achilles tendon ruptures occur in recreational sports, most commonly 30-40-year-old males. Only 8-20% of AT ruptures occur in competitive athletes. They occur more often on the left side. More than half account while pushing off a foot while extending the knee or in jumping sports.
  • Tips for young overhead athletes battling shoulder pain

    drdavidgeier
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    For a throwing sport such as baseball, and overhead sports like swimming and tennis, shoulder pain can be a common complaint among the young athletes who compete. More kids are playing sports than ever, and more and more children are playing a single sport year round at a very early age. It might be little surprise that more orthopaedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians are seeing young athletes in their offices for shoulder pain.
  • Episode 152: Should FIFA change its policies on concussions in soccer?

    drdavidgeier
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Should FIFA change its policies on concussions in soccer? Dr. Geier also discusses the injuries of Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer, golf star Tiger Woods, Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, and San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard. Plus in the Ask Dr. Geier segment, he answers your sports medicine questions.
 
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    MedFriendly Medical Blog

  • Choosing the Right Hospital

    MedFriendly
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Depending on several factors, including your geographic area and your insurance plan, you could have a broad or narrow number of hospitals to choose from. Additionally, you choice of hospital could also hinge upon where your personal physician has hospital privileges.However, if you ever have to change insurance plans, you might have a choice of plans that don’t include your preferred hospital on their provider lists. There’s a chance you might never use the hospital benefit, but it’s important to make the right choice in case you ever do.Hospital RatingsThe official hospital site can…
  • Vital Signs and the Brain

    MedFriendly
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Vital signs are an important measure of basic bodily functions and are part of most physical examinations. The main vital signs typically reported are body temperature, blood pressure, pulse (heart rate), and respiratory rate (breathing rate). Vital signs fluctuate throughout the day but a significantly high or low deviation from normal indicates the presence of some type of medical problem or situational stressor.Many times, these medical problems or stressors are relatively mild and can be easily managed or treated. Sometimes, however, abnormal vital signs can indicate a problem with the…
  • Barriers to Healthcare: Difference in Disease Mortality Rates Between Social Groups

    MedFriendly
    19 Jun 2014 | 5:28 pm
    While it is understood that, by and large, diseases don’t differentiate between hosts – that is, one warm body is about the same as another to a virus or bacterium – there are certain illnesses that seem to be more prevalent within specific groups.For example: Caucasians show higher instances of Crohn’s disease, cystic fibrosis, osteoporosis, skin cancer, and celiac disease.; while African Americans show higher instances of type 2 diabetes, sickle cell anemia, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), heart disease, and hypertension.Disease prevalence isn’t the only issue. Certain ethnic…
  • Women Favoring Permanent Hair Removal Over Home Kits

    MedFriendly
    11 Jun 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Scorching summer weather and the call of the beach or the pool has many women considering their options for hair removal. Generally speaking, that means one of two things: waxing, which is a somewhat temporary fix, or laser removal, which has much longer-lasting results.Since waxing can be done at home, women are sometimes inclined to go this route for the sake of convenience. Others prefer the longer-term solution. Most women who opt for permanent hair removal methods have made that decision based on several key factors.Hair Removal Isn't SeasonalWhile the bikini area sparks hair removal…
  • The Health Benefits Associated With Massage Therapy

    MedFriendly
    27 May 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Massage therapy has long since been considered a luxury therapy: one designed to soothe, but not provide any substantial health benefits. However, in recent years, it is becoming more and more common to see massage therapy being practiced in hospitals, clinics and other medical establishments.The reason for this influx is due to the many advantages for the body associated with this specific treatment. In fact, massage therapy has been shown to improve symptoms in a number of conditions, as well as promote overall healing while simultaneously preventing healing complications. The word…
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    kimberlysnyder » Blog

  • New Beauty Detox Blogger Assignment – Eating “Light to Heavy”

    Kimberly Snyder
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    Hi Loves!  It’s that time again… another week, another fun assignment for all you bloggers out there! Only this time, we’re going to mix it up a bit — which means, no new recipe this week. I know, I know! You love the recipes! Me too, but not everyone has the time each week to spend getting food, prepping the recipe, posting all the pics about it, so it’s only fair we offer other kinds of assignments. I am also a big advocate of expressing yourself through writing and journaling, so I want to encourage writing blogs as well.  Besides, this lifestyle…
  • Hair Health (and Hair Loss) Explained

    Kimberly Snyder
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Hi Beauties! Some of you have mentioned hair loss as a concern for eating an all plant-based diet, or following the Beauty Detox way of eating. There are so many individual factors that could be at play here, it’s not easy to diagnose the exact issue for any one person. And it’s further complicated by the fact that — as you have heard me mention — countless clients, readers and yours truly have experienced far BETTER hair from eating Beauty Detox and cleansing the body. That includes yours truly! People always comment on how thick and healthy my hair is, but what they don’t realize…
  • My Recommended Summer Reading List!

    Kimberly Snyder
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    Hi Loves! Summertime is a great time to kick back in a comfy chair (ideally outside!) and get more reading time in, or if you’re traveling, have a great book or two for the road.  I love to read, and I always have a few books I’m into at any one time, which are all quite varied. Right now I have Emma by Jane Austen sitting here on my desk, because something about being in London makes you feel like paying attention to the classics again!  But I wanted to give you some personal recommendations of all different types- fiction or non-fiction- which may be of interest to…
  • Introducing the 10-Day Glowing Green Smoothie Challenge!

    Kimberly Snyder
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Hi Beauties, Hope your summer is going well! And I hope you’ve been feeling great and making good progress towards your health and beauty goals! To help support you, and make the process even more fun, we’ve decided to hold a 10-day “Beauty Detox Challenge” where you and others in the community drink the Glowing Green Smoothie (#GlowingGreenSmoothie) every day for ten days straight…inspiring and sharing with one another for motivation! Details of The Beauty Detox Challenge I’m really excited about this as a way to help create this as a daily habit, and part…
  • Watch the Replay of Our First Ever Webinar!

    Kimberly Snyder
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    Hi All!  On Tuesday night, we hosted our first ever webinar — and I must say it was a big hit! We got so much positive feedback and spent nearly 45 minutes discussing my recent travels, Beauty Detox tips, and of course the new blogger program.  We explain how you can get started and everything this free program can do for you, both now and in the future.  Click the link below to watch the replay now:  Beauty Detox Bloggers Webinar   The post Watch the Replay of Our First Ever Webinar! appeared first on kimberlysnyder.
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    Underground Health Reporter

  • Fact or Myth: Is Microwave Popcorn a Health Hazard?

    Danica Collins
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    This is a FACT. Popcorn is a popular low-calorie, low-fat snack, especially among health enthusiasts looking to lose a few pounds. When kernels are air-popped (even when topped with... Read the complete post and other little know health discoveries now.
  • Health Risks of Air Pollution on the Brain

    Danica Collins
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    You’re probably well aware of the health risks of air pollution—stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma. But did you know that the... Read the complete post and other little know health discoveries now.
  • Inclined Bed Therapy for Acid Reflux

    Danica Collins
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Did You Know…that if you suffer from acid reflux (also called gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD), shifting your sleeping position can eliminate GERD and radically improve your health in... Read the complete post and other little know health discoveries now.
  • 5-Minute Health Tip: Take a Thyme Out

    Danica Collins
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    FACT: Greek women have a 50% lower incidence of breast cancer than American women and Greek men an 80% lower incidence of prostate cancer than American men. Research suggests the [...] Further... Read the complete post and other little know health discoveries now.
  • Sauerkraut: A Complete Probiotic

    Danica Collins
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Did You Know… that the best way to protect your digestive health—and therefore your overall immunity and well-being—may be an extremely humble food item? Inside your gut—all 20 feet of... Read the complete post and other little know health discoveries now.
 
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    Dimmi Shoes

  • White on White Blogger Style

    Kristina
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Because we’re so over black. Ok, not really, we’ll always love black, but all-white has still made it’s way deep into our hearts. Meet fashion blogger Katelyn of Katelyn Now.   Avid coffee drinker, running fanatic, processional dancer, and new fan of Dimmi shoes! See her wearing Dimmi’s Improve sneaker in Grey Floral. “Those of […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit our website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ootra Girl’s Dimmi Style

    Kristina
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    Loving Ootra girl’s Dimmi style, the ‘Stretch’ loafer. Check out Ootra’s site here for sweet unique pieces and some style inspiration: http://www.ootra.com/ How do you wear your Dimmis? We want to see! #Dimmi #DimmiShoes #100Good [[ This is a content summary only. Visit our website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • First Look at Lissie’s Laura’s Legacy Midsummer Celebration Concert

    Kristina
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:21 am
    Thanks to everyone again who made it out to Lissie’s Laura’s Legacy Midsummer Celebration Concert! We had a great time there meeting new people, promoting ALS research and awareness, and of course enjoying the jammin music. We got to speak with so many people to help spread Dimmi’s cause, and are looking forward to the […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit our website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 20% OFF Dimmi Shoes and More

    Kristina
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:09 am
    In celebration of our collaboration with singer/songwriter Lissie, we’re offering a promotion that’s good for you, and great for others in need. Use code: LISSIE at checkout of our direct retail site and receive 20% OFF all Dimmi shoes, and all other brands on musthaveshoes.com This CAN be combined with their MHS Club membership program […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit our website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Glamour Magazine Trend: Lowtop Sneakers

    Kristina
    16 Jun 2014 | 8:12 am
    Trend we’re loving: Lowtop Sneakers. Glamour Magazine writes: “Embrace casual-cool this weekend. There is nothing better than a classic pair of lowtops. Everyone has been going crazy over the sneaker trend lately, so you can easily find a pair made out of anything, from the most simple canvas to the craziest animal print.” Full article […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit our website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Healthcare & Wellness Information | International Drug Mart's Official Blog

  • Soothing Hydrocortisone for Itch-Free Vacations

    Ammy
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:13 am
    We look forward to camping trips and vacations the whole year & prepare for them with enthusiasm. Apart from the vaccinations and immunization requirements, consult your doctor about vitamins and exercise that are suitable for the type of vacation you plan to take. One of the essential drugs you must take along on a trip is Hydrocortisone. While the branded version is expensive, the generic Hydrocortisone available on www.internationaldrugmart.com is much cheaper & just as effective. Hydrocortisone 1% Cream treats skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, allergies, and reactions…
  • Freedom from Shipping Charges!

    Ammy
    4 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    International Drug Mart is celebrating Independence Day, offering Free Shipping to all our loyal customers! Buy generic prescription & OTC drugs from www.internationaldrugmart.com & we’ll ship them to you free! Do you need to fill out your prescriptions or just top up the essentials? Even if you need to buy for only $50, we’ll ship your order to you for free! Simply buy for a minimum of $50 & apply coupon code “Free Shipping” at checkout!     Whether you’re bought from us before or visiting us for the first time, use “Free Shipping” coupon code when you…
  • FIFA: Getting Swept Up in Soccer Fever

    Ammy
    17 Jun 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Unforgettable moments come unexpectedly. Last night, John Brooks swept in from nowhere & scored the winning goal for the U. S. A. against Ghana. Now, soccer is going to be on everybody’s minds & it’s good to have a first aid kit just in case. www.internationaldrugmart.com has everything you need to provide first aid for football injuries. Whether you’re in charge of Little League Soccer or simply kicking around the ball with your friends, keep a first- aid kit filled with generic OTC drugs available on IDM.com. They’re cheaper & just as efficient as the more expensive…
  • Enhance Your Love Life With Kamagra

    Ammy
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:38 am
    Kamagra & Viagra don’t just treat Erectile Dysfunction or Impotency. Many young men in their prime want to enhance their sex lives & generic Kamagra or its generic, Sildenafil Citrate, is the ideal choice. Not only does Sildenafil Citrate cost less than the branded versions, its bio-equivalence ensures the same efficacy for a lower price. This means that when you want to try out the little blue pill, you can head to the internet’s favorite online drugstore, www.internationaldrugmart.com & get as many generic Sildenafil citrate pills as you want & still have money left…
  • Ivermectin: Head to Head with Lice & Scabies

    Ammy
    28 May 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Ivermectin is a broad spectrum anti- parasitic agent, commonly used to combat scabies and is listed among the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines. Traditionally used to treat parasitic worm infestations in humans, recent studies have shown its effective against head lice that are resistant to conventional treatments. Ivermectin is a generic prescription drug that’s much cheaper than its branded counterpart & just as effective. www.internationaldrugmart.com supplies you with generic prescription drugs at the lowest prices that you can find anywhere online.
 
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    DC Strength

  • How to Make the Best Bulletproof Coffee

    DC
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    I first wrote about how great Bulletproof Coffee is over 2 years ago on my old blog. That article unfortunately is no longer available, so I decided to film a video talking more about how I have made my version of Bulletproof Coffee even better, tastier, and healthier. If you aren’t familiar with Bulletproof Coffee […] The post How to Make the Best Bulletproof Coffee appeared first on DC Strength.
  • Learn About This Secret Protein That Improves Performance & Health

    DC
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    What if I told you that by switching out your traditional whey protein powder for something different improve your training and lifestyle 10x? I know it sounds too good to be true, but keep reading if you want to take your training, physique, health, and performance to the next level. I’m talking about Hydrolyzed Collagen. […] The post Learn About This Secret Protein That Improves Performance & Health appeared first on DC Strength.
  • Check Out My Interview on HoS Podcast & More

    DC
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:53 am
    DC here and I hope you had an awesome weekend. Have some cool announcements for you today so let’s jump right in. Announcement #1: Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by a friend of mine Ryan Munsey on his House of Strength Podcast. Ryan and I talk about all sorts of things […] The post Check Out My Interview on HoS Podcast & More appeared first on DC Strength.
  • Learn the Truth About Aerobic Capacity

    DC
    23 Jun 2014 | 4:46 am
    Hey it DC here and I promise I haven’t been slacking on the blog. If you haven’t noticed, it’s been a month or so since my last few posts… But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working or providing content, I have just been pumping out some videos on my YouTube channel and haven’t gotten […] The post Learn the Truth About Aerobic Capacity appeared first on DC Strength.
  • Are You Taking the Wrong Supplements?

    DC
    19 Jun 2014 | 5:19 am
    Out of the roughly 15 years I have been working out consistently, thinking back I can’t recall a single time I’ve ever been asked what I eat on a daily basis by someone out in the public. I get asked all the time “How much do you bench?” with the person acting out like they […] The post Are You Taking the Wrong Supplements? appeared first on DC Strength.
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    Tinnitus Treatments for Relief and Cure

  • iPhone/Android Tinnitus Apps

    12 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    I have discussed already a couple of years ago Sound and Music Therapies. A lot of things have happened in the meanwhile in this field, so I thought I should to give an update here. Whilst one can not say that any breakthrough has been achieved here as yet, many more services have become available that offer sound and music therapies in various forms. The most sophisticated is the already earlier mentioned 'notched music' therapy, which is based on eliminating a certain bandwidth around the tinnitus frequency from music or other sound recording. Some research claims that frequent listing to…
  • Tinnitus Miracle and other Tinnitus Scams

    1 Sep 2013 | 9:09 am
    I want to focus in this post on the issue of tinnitus scams, as this can be a problem for any tinnitus suffer who turns to the media for advice, as well as for people and institutions who offer genuine advice and services regarding tinnitus, be they paid or free ones likes this blog or my own tinnitus advice website and tinnitus forum. For everybody who starts suffering from Tinnitus, the most pressing question is how to cure the condition as quickly as possible. Doctors usually can't help, as there is no acknowledged treatment or therapy for it, so the tinnitus sufferer is left to his/her…
  • Pulsatile Tinnitus

    2 Mar 2013 | 8:45 am
    I had recently in my Tinnitus Forum a few people who are suffering from pulsatile Tinnitus.I have personally no experience with this, so I have to rely on the publicly available information here. And this suggests that pulsatile tinnitus is actually quite different from 'normal' Tinnitus, as it is not so much a nervous condition but due to physiological causes like restricted blood vessels in the ear/neck region. This causes then the (pulsatile) blood flow in this region to become audible. So pulsatile tinnitus is in these cases actually an 'objective' tinnitus that can be heard by the ENT-…
  • Drug Treatment of Tinnnitus - New Research Results

    9 Sep 2012 | 10:33 am
    I just found the following press release of the University of Leicester that was already published a few months ago: University of Leicester study identifies key cellular mechanisms behind the onset of tinnitus Research into hearing loss after exposure to loud noises could lead to the first drug treatments to prevent the development of tinnitus Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 10 May 2012 Researchers in the University of Leicester's Department of Cell Physiology and Pharmacology have identified a cellular mechanism that could underlie the development of tinnitus following…
  • Tinnitus and Sleep

    1 Apr 2012 | 9:56 am
    Sleep problems are probably the most important ones in case of tinnitus, and the ones that people mostly complain about. It is quite obvious that with ear noises suddenly being present, the sleep quality will be affected. However, to a certain degree these problems might actually be self-imposed. This is because many people have certain idealistic notions about sleep, like 'I need eight hours of sleep' and 'I have to sleep through without waking up'. And then in case of not being able to fulfill these ideals, they feel guilty and inferior because of it, which however only will aggravate the…
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  • About That Recall: Tips to Tell If You Get Listeria (Even Months Later!)

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:49 am
    Nectarines and Peaches in latest Listeria Recall by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Listeria symptoms can sometimes take weeks to develop. Here are some tips on protecting yourself and your family—plus what to do if you get sick and can’t get expert help. Every so often, listeria gets in the news because of an outbreak found in commercial produce. The latest one  is in peaches and nectarines at certain grocery stores, including Kroger, Walmart, and Whole Foods. Recalls happen periodically, and you should take them seriously. The one in cantaloupes in 2011 killed 33 and caused one…
  • Lyme Disease: Tick Bites, Rash, Determining Your Risk

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Notice how tiny the tick that causes Lyme disease can be. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH When someone comes in my office for a tick bite, their main concern is usually, what’s their risk for Lyme disease. And I can’t blame them. Lyme disease from tick bite warnings are all over the media (one reason probably is New York is a high-risk state), and since the disease has only been recognized in the U.S. since 1975 (first suspected by a physician in Lyme, Connecticut, who was seeing kids with unusual symptoms) we’re still learning about it. This, and its rather general initial symptoms,…
  • 7 Truths about Tuberculosis and How They Affect You

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:51 am
    A chest X-ray from a person with tuberculosis (in right upper part of the photo) by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Lately I’ve had several interviewers ask me a question I haven’t been asked before: How contagious is tuberculosis? I’m guessing the reason is either the highly reported outbreak in a California classroom, a couple of publicized cases of multiple-drug resistant tuberculosis found in foreigners traveling here in the United States, or the news of camps of children—some reportedly with TB—at the U.S.-Mexican border. But then, I should never be surprised that people would…
  • Knee Injury Prevention: Lessons Learned From Girls Soccer

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    Girls are especially prone to knee injuries. James Hubbard, MD, MPH Question. What do adolescent girl athletes and the rest of us have in common? Answer. Knee injuries, of course :). In fact, anyone who gets in a little too much of a hurry or doesn’t watch what they’re doing is susceptible. Add jumping or a quick pivot for whatever reason and your risk increased greatly. A while back, I jumped off a porch with such a jar I thought I’d shaken my teeth out. The reason was I landed without bending my knees and it’s a wonder I didn’t injure one of them. You can be in tiptop…
  • Why It’s Possible to Drown in a Dry Parking Lot

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
      Part 3 in my series on drowning. See all my posts about rescuing drowning victims here. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Ever heard of parking lot drowning? That’s what lifeguards anyway. Others may call it secondary drowning. It can happen minutes to hours after a near-drowning victim is revived. It can even happen to someone who didn’t nearly drown—who just sucked a little too much water down their lungs, coughed and choked, and then appeared perfectly fine. Later on (maybe, say, sitting in a parking lot), the victim can suddenly become unable to get enough oxygen. If not treated…
 
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  • Piña Colada Smoothie (Vegan)

    michelleblackwood
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:22 pm
    This has been one of my go to smoothies since I have moved, I shared it with a friend and she loves it so much that I decided to share it with you.  
  • Quick and Easy Quesadilla (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

    michelleblackwood
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:09 am
    This is another quick and delicious meal that I love to prepare for my family.  I found out in the past when I ate wheat I got terrible stomach pains. So now I use brown rice tortilla instead of wheat tortilla to make quesadillas.
  • Masoor Dal (Oil-Free, Vegan, Gluten-Free)

    michelleblackwood
    16 Mar 2014 | 3:54 pm
    This is an easy lentil stew that can be ready in minutes. Masoor dal aka masar dal, mussoor dal, masur dal, or pink lentil. 
  • Artichoke Hummus (Oil Free)

    michelleblackwood
    10 Mar 2014 | 5:43 am
    Making your own hummus is actually easy, cheap and healthier. Most of the popular brands contain preservatives, and oils. 
  • Homemade Coconut Buttter

    michelleblackwood
    7 Mar 2014 | 12:12 am
    Make your own coconut butter in minutes...
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    This Week in Virology with Vincent Racaniello

  • TWiV 294: Smallpox and anthrax and flu, oh my!

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, and Rich Condit The TWiV team reviews the discovery of old vials of smallpox virus at NIH, anthrax and influenza mishaps at CDC, the baby who was not cured of HIV, Cambridge Working Group, and sacking of NSABB members. Links for this episode Newly discovered smallpox (CDC) Infectious smallpox in FDA storage (FDA) Report on potential anthrax exposure (pdf, CDC) CDC Director on unsafe practices (NY Times) HIV returns to baby (NY Times) Original HIV baby…
  • TWiV 293: Virology Down Under

    13 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    Host: Vincent Racaniello Guests: Melissa Churchill, Alex Khromykh, Gilda Tachedjian, and Paul Young Vincent visits Melbourne, Australia and speaks with Melissa, Alex, Gilda, and Paul about their work on HIV infection of the central nervous system, West Nile virus, microbicides for HIV, and the Koala retrovirus. Links for this episode Where does HIV hide? (Curr Op HIV AIDS) Subgenomic flavivirus RNA (Viruses) Vaginal lactic acid and HIV (J Antimicro Chem) Koala retroviruses (Retrovirology) Coming soon - Video of this episode…
  • TWiV 292: Medimmune goes viral

    6 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Host: Vincent Racaniello Guests: Wade Blair, Matt Dickson, Nicole Kallewaard-Lelay, and Ken Miller Vincent visits Medimmune and speaks with Wade, Matt, Nicole, and Ken about why they work in industry and their daily roles in a biotechnology company. Links for this episode Medimmune, LLC Medimmune on Twitter Medimmune history and products Video of this episode - view at YouTube Send your virology questions and comments (email or mp3 file) to twiv@twiv.tv  
  • TWiV 291: Ft. Collins abuzz with virologists

    29 Jun 2014 | 8:09 am
    Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler Guests: Clodagh O'Shea and Ron Fouchier Vincent, Rich, and Kathy and their guests Clodagh and Ron recorded this episode at the 33rd annual meeting of the American Society for Virology at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Links for this episode Viral polymer that inactivates tumor suppressors (Cell) Mutations driving airborne transmission of influenza H5N1 virus (Cell) Transmission of influenza H7N1 virus in ferrets (J Virol) Ron Fouchier on TWiV #177 Photo…
  • TWiV 290: Baylor goes viral

    17 Jun 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Host: Vincent Racaniello Guests: Janet Butel and Rick Lloyd Vincent meets up with Janet Butel and Rick Lloyd at Baylor College of Medicine to talk about their work on polyomaviruses and virus induced stress. Links for this episode SV40 microRNAs (PLoS Path) SV40 seroprevalence (J Infect) Viruses and stress granules (PLoS Path) Viral inhibition of stress granule formation (Cell Host Micr) Video of this episode - view below or at YouTube Send your virology questions and comments (email or mp3 file) to twiv@twiv.tv
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    Health On A Budget

  • Top Ten Tips for Good Health

    Jane Chitty
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:49 am
    Of course you can spend considerable amounts of money on ensuring a healthy lifestyle but there really is no need to. Our tips will show you how to optimize good health on a budget at very little cost. Here are our suggestions: 1. Oil Pulling Oil Pulling can improve a number of health conditions ranging from eczema to arthritis through its effect on oral bacteria. First thing in the morning (on an empty stomach and before drinking any liquids), put 1 to 2 teaspoons of the oil of choice in your mouth. Push, pull and swish the oil between your teeth and all around your mouth for 15 to 20…
  • How to Treat The Symptoms Of Gout Naturally

    Jane Chitty
    1 Jun 2014 | 11:09 am
    You might not realize it but gout is a type of arthritis.  Often regarded as a bit of a joke, gout is nevertheless a painful and uncomfortable condition and the result of too much inflammation in the body. The Problem With Too Much Inflammation Of course everyone needs a certain amount of inflammation because, if you have an injury or infection, inflammation is there to help protect and heal.  But too much and you can have a chronic situation. Unfortunately, chronic inflammation can lead to asthma, skin rashes, arthritis, mood swings, multiple sclerosis and of course gout. Treating the…
  • What is Green Exercise and Why It is Important To Our Well-Being

    Health on a Budget
    8 May 2014 | 9:53 pm
    by Jane Chitty This site is all about health on a budget and of course one of the easiest ways to improve your health inexpensively is through exercise.  Even if we don’t all participate in regular exercise, we are all well aware of how important exercise is to our general health and well being – both physical and mental. But now there is a new element to our exercise and that is “how green is it?” For the past decade, a research team at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom have been studying the subject of green exercise.  They have found growing evidence that exposure…
  • Five Foods that Help Fight Springtime Allergies

    Health on a Budget
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:07 pm
    by Patricia Dean-Escoto When it comes to keeping the sniffles and runny nose of spring allergies at bay, maintaining a healthy diet can be just as effective as your over-the-counter medications.  Our immune system is our first line of defense against potential invaders and is designed to help us ward off any threats that may compromise our health. Allergies cause inflammation of the tissues lining the nose and throat, so eating foods that are high in antioxidants and those that fight inflammation can provide us with a great amount of relief. Nuts Nuts are one good choice. Not only are they…
  • Natural Remedies for Occasional Depression

    Health on a Budget
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    by Aleta Idol Most people experience occasional shifts in mood, and it’s not uncommon to fall into bouts of depression for no clear reason. Symptoms include sleeping more than usual, feeling sad, bored or listless, or experiencing a feeling of disconnectedness from your body. Additional feelings of hopelessness, despair or exhaustion can occur as well. If you’ve found yourself falling into a funk, several things could be responsible, from chemical imbalances in your brain to vitamin deficiencies, air ionization and EMF radiation. Fortunately, there are a few natural remedies for…
 
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    DentalPlans.com Blog

  • What Is A Dental Savings Plan?

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    You know you need it to maintain your and your family’s dental and overall health (after all, they are inseparable), but you probably figure you have three options:   Purchasing an expensive, complicated dental insurance plan. Paying out-of-pocket for dental care (which, let’s face it, is expensive enough for the basics, let alone more complicated procedures).  
  • Did the Dentist Make Your Back-to-School List?

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    School supplies? Check!  New clothes and shoes? Check, check. Physical? Dentist? DENTIST? Uh-oh.
  • Affordable Dental Care Option for Single Parents

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    No one can walk in anyone else’s shoes, so if you are not among this country’s increasing number of single parents, it’s hard to imagine the specific challenges they must face. Moms and dads who share this experience, however, can tell you: They are vast.
  • Good Dental Care Can Help Seniors Keep Their Teeth for Life

    11 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    Getting older and gaining wisdom may go hand in hand, but age doesn't matter when it comes to dental care. If there are seniors in your family, encourage them to stay ahead of the curve on their dentist visits.  
  • Lights! Camera! :Dental Plans!

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    It’s True! :DentalPlans—your source for the biggest variety of dental savings plans anywhere—is showing up in more and more places. We want everyone to know that there’s a secret to getting great dental care at affordable prices without buying dental insurance…and it’s US.   But how does it work…and what do our valued members get? Click on the video above to this two-minute YouTube video, and learn:
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    greatist.com

  • The Best Way to Get Back on the Exercise Bandwagon

    The Greatist Team
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    The Best Way to Get Back on the Exercise Bandwagon 07/25/2014 - 7:33am by The Greatist Team DailyBurn True Beginner Program DailyBurn is like having your own personal trainer, yogi, and nutritionist who never require an appointment. You can beam video workouts straight to your smartphone, tablet, computer, and TV. The workouts range from 15 minutes to one hour and cover virtually every style of exercise, from cardio to bodyweight training to dance. Our personal favorite is True Beginner, a four-week program that goes through the basics of strength training (basic doesn’t mean easy). The…
  • Make Your Own Nut Milk in 30 Seconds—Seriously

    mariahart
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    Make Your Own Nut Milk in 30 Seconds—Seriously 07/24/2014 - 12:34pm by Maria Hart Siiigh. Why does making nut milk seem so exhausting? Just the idea of digging out cheesecloth is enough to make you want to throw in the towel—or cloth, in this case. And what about those who don’t even have cheesecloth? Ordering it online would be step one, which means soaking nuts would be somewhere around... step seven. No wonder we’d rather turn to the grocery store than the kitchen! But before giving up, let’s revisit the reasons it’s better to DIY. For starters, store-bought nut milks have many…
  • Greatist Workout of the Day: Thursday, July 24th

    The Greatist Team
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Greatist Workout of the Day: Thursday, July 24th 07/24/2014 - 4:30am by The Greatist Team This series of GWODs was designed especially for Greatist by Bodeefit. For more information about the exercises in this workout, or to see video demos of each movement, follow the links below the graphic. Be sure to note the results of your workout so you can track your progress as you go. Before you tackle this killer workout, try this quick and effective full-body warm-up designed by Bodeefit. It's just five simple moves but hits every major muscle group and gets your heart pumping. Mountain Burn Going…
  • Science-Backed Tips to Pick the Perfect Mattress

    LauraNewcomer
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Science-Backed Tips to Pick the Perfect Mattress 07/23/2014 - 9:38pm by Laura Newcomer Sleep matters—so much so that six in 10 Americans report craving sleep over sex. The key to rest good enough to forgo sex? It just might be in the mattress. Nine in 10 respondents in a sleep survey cited their mattress as an important factor in getting that coveted good night’s rest. Americans love their beds so much, in fact, that they're willing to shell out thousands of dollars for a single mattress. But the word is still out on whether this expense is really justified, since mattresses can affect…
  • 6 Delicious Breakfast Salads From Around the Web

    Maria Janowiak
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    6 Delicious Breakfast Salads From Around the Web 07/23/2014 - 7:53am by Maria Janowiak Here’s a wild idea: Why not eat a salad for breakfast? We know, it’s a little crazy. But hear us out. While breakfast in America tends to feature foods like eggs, oatmeal, and cereals, there is no one right way to eat the first meal of the day—in fact, people around the world eat a wide variety of breakfast foods, from rice to Vegemite. Combine this with the fact that we could all stand to eat more vegetables every day, and you’ve got a convincing argument for tossing out outdated concepts about…
 
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  • Can Emu Oil Protect Your Skin This Summer

    Swarnam John
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Nature has so many marvelous products up its sleeve to promote healing. One such amazing thing is emu oil. In this post we shall discuss in detail the health benefits of emu oil.What is emu oil?Well, truth be known emu is a soft feathered, brown flightless bird, that is native to Australia. They have long, thin legs, they trot, sprint and can travel great distances.Oil derived from the adipose tissue of emu is known as emu oil. The oil is largely composed of unsaturated fatty acids; The oleic acid forms the largest component of this oil. Health benefits of emu oilI was unaware of the…
  • Top 6 Summer Music Tracks That Pep Up Your Wellbeing

    Swarnam John
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:03 am
    Summer is a great time for good food, music, surf and sand. When the sun blazes down its heat on the poor earth, is it not wise to make yourself some nice strawberry mango smoothie and listen to these great tracks?You know what? Music has some great health benefits. ·       Music makes you happier·       Improves vascular health·       Improves sleep quality·       Keeps an ageing brain healthy·       Improves visual and verbal…
  • Be Warned! TV Viewing Can Result in Early Death

    Swarnam John
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:21 am
    Do you watch TV for more than 3 hours a day? Then, be warned! It might be the speeding train, to early death from any cause. It is no rocket science to understand that sedentary behavior can lead to serious health problems.The research studyScientists assessed 13,284 young and healthy Spanish University graduates. They aimed to determine the association between watching TV, watching computer and driving and the risk of death from all the above three.To their surprise they found the risk of death was twofold higher for participants who reported watching television for three or more…
  • Can Shiatsu Reduce Chronic Pain And Improve Sleep

    Swarnam John
    21 Jun 2014 | 6:36 am
    Are you one of those who suffer silently with chronic pain? Then here comes the good news! Shiatsu can help you. Feeling a little confused? So, join me as we discover the health benefits of Shiatsu.What is Shiatsu?It is the traditional Japanese massage practice. Shiatsu is based on finger and palm pressure. The practitioners believe in an energy called Qi that flows through the body and when we manually manipulate to unblock it, the body can heal itself.This non-invasive therapy may help reduce stress and contribute to overall well being. It is done without oil and with light comfortable…
  • Can Facebook Make or Break Your Day

    Swarnam John
    15 Jun 2014 | 7:04 am
    You know what? Facebook can either make or break your day! Sound interesting, is it not? Usually I share quotes of Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer on Facebook. Recently I was pleasantly surprised when a friend told that she finds these quotes extremely useful and uplifting. Can Facebook influence your emotions?A recent research has found that emotions can spread contagiously among users of online social networks both positive and negative. The researchers point out that emotions exposed via online social networks can influence the mood of others. With more avenues for expression in a…
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    betterhealthwashington.com

  • Can Your Diet Really Affect Inflammation?

    Lauren Cosgrove
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Anti-inflammatory diets are far from just a fad. While we won’t promise you’ll drop a dress size in a week, anti-inflammatory diets should be treated as an eating plan for life. For ages, experts have recognized the key link between diet and illness; constant inflammation can lead to ill health including heart disease, high blood […]
  • Juvenile Arthritis and Massage Therapy

    Lauren Cosgrove
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Juvenile arthritis (JA) is much more than a pint-sized version of the rheumatoid condition that we find in adults. Rather, it is an umbrella term for a condition that affects the musculoskeletal system of more than 300,000 young kids under the age of 16. Juvenile arthritis can include a wide variety of symptoms such as […]
  • Why You Need a Monthly Facial

    Lauren Cosgrove
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Problem skin can do a lot to mess with our self-esteem, leading to anxiety or even depression in extreme cases. And with so many “quick fix” promises, it is easy to get frustrated when they don’t give us the results we hope they will. Luckily, there are a variety of facial treatments available, each designed […]
  • Summertime Skin Care Tips

    Lauren Cosgrove
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Summer means bathing suits, beaches and bronzed skin. You may be craving the summer sun, but don’t let your skin pay the price. Follow these time-tested tips to keep your skin protected and vibrant all summer long! 1. Apply sunscreen religiously. Excessive sun exposure is responsible for premature aging and the development of skin cancer, […]
  • 3 Natural Solutions to Back Pain Relief

    Lauren Cosgrove
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:51 am
    According to the National Institutes of Health, eight out of every ten people will suffer from back pain at some point in their life, and most of the time it is caused by something very minor – sitting at an office chair for too long, for example, or sleeping on your stomach. While back pain […]
 
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  • Bean & Artichoke Salad = Healthy Salad That’s Delicious

    Sydney Johnston
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    I've never met a bean salad I didn't like and this garbanzo and artichoke salad is easy and healthy. Best of all, it's delicious – well, it is if you like artichokes. Since I'm currently on my wheat free, gluten free diet I'm looking for interesting recipes that are easy to prepare and don't have […]
  • A Coffee Scrub For Your Face

    Sydney Johnston
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:48 am
    If you're looking for an easy facial aid, consider a coffee scrub. It's an inexpensive and simple homemade facial scrub that you can concoct in minutes and only requires four ingredients. You can make it in a couple of minutes, apply for 3-5 minutes and be done with your entire beauty ritual in a natural […]
  • Summer Safety Tips: Heat Stroke & Kids

    Sydney Johnston
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    Every summer there are multiple stories of kids and pets suffering from heat stroke because they are left in cars. Did you know that heat stroke can happen when it's only 57 degrees outside? I was shocked by this and didn't know it until I started doing research on a totally avoidable tragedy.  How To […]
  • Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Candy

    Sydney Johnston
    12 Jul 2014 | 12:55 am
    My wheat free, gluten free diet is going well but I know one thing for sure – if we start feeling deprived, our chances of "cheating" drastically increase. So here is an easy gluten free chocolate candy recipe that is so rich that you won't want much, but it does satisfy a craving for sweets. […]
  • Stretch Marks: How To Make Them Less Evident

    Sydney Johnston
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    Little imperfections on skin may not affect your physical health but are a danger to your psychological health. Stretch marks top the list of these imperfections and are a serious problem for those desiring flawless skin. When weight gain or weight loss overstretches the skin, it tears the collagen and elastin fibers creating tear marks […]
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  • Pet Loss – How to Deal With Anger at the Veterinarian

    Laurie
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    If the loss of a pet was due to veterinarian negligence, you’re enraged! These tips for dealing with anger at the vet after a pet’s death are inspired by a reader who lost her cat. Pet Loss – How to Deal With Anger at the Veterinarian It’s important to know that anger doesn’t vanish overnight, and there are no “quick tips” for dealing with angry feelings after pet loss. I recommend reading books like The Gift of Anger: Seven Steps to Uncover the Meaning of Anger and Gain Awareness, True Strength, and Peace by Marcia Cannon, because dealing with anger is a…
  • 10 Gift Ideas for Back Surgery Patients

    Laurie
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    After the stress of back surgery, patients may feel discouraged and exhausted. These gift ideas for people healing from back surgery are based on recovery tips for different types of spinal injuries and surgeries. Every “back surgery gift” is supported by a tip for healing from a spinal cord surgeon. Mini Fridge Gift for After Back Surgery A thoughtful gift idea for back surgery patients is a Mini Fridge for ice, water, and juice. Whether they’re healing from a spine fusion, a laminectomy, or a discectomy (the most common types of back surgery), they can’t get out of…
  • 10 Thoughtful Thank You Gifts for Caregivers

    Laurie
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:02 am
    Whether you want to say thank you to a paid caregiver or express gratitude to a family member who is caring for a relative, here are the most thoughtful thank you gifts for caregivers. Inspiration for gift ideas came when I helped facilitate caregiver support groups for the Alzheimer’s Society in Vancouver. Thank You Gifts for Caregivers One of my favorite thank you gift ideas is the Willow Tree Just for You figurine (pictured). I love these carvings – I have two of them. I’m not a collector of anything, but these wooden angels are something I’d gather with glee.
  • 10 Really Good Book Club Ideas

    Laurie
    23 Jun 2014 | 2:18 pm
    These book club ideas will revitalize your meetings, whether you’re reading nonfiction books, novels, poetry, classics, or award winning Pulitzer prize-winning authors. Included is an invitation from an author who wants to be present at your next book club meeting! Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue has been my favorite book to discuss at our meetings. I love this book because there’s so much to talk about, and the characters are so interesting. Not to mention the lot and theme! Your search for book club ideas isn’t as important as finding really good books to discuss with your…
  • How to Compost at the Office – 6 Easy Steps

    Laurie
    22 Jun 2014 | 2:21 pm
    The kitchen at work may seem like an odd place for an indoor compost bin, but learning how to compost at the office saves money and affects the environment in positive ways. Businesses create more waste than homes, so office composting can make a huge difference – especially with these six easy steps. Indoor Compost Bin for the office The Epica Stainless Steel Compost Bin, available on Amazon, holds a gallon of waste. It’ll fit on top of the kitchen counter in your office, and will hold several days’ worth of compostable items. A charcoal filter absorbs the odors, so your…
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  • The Science of Willing Yourself Healthy

    Tony Schober, CPT
    6 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Today’s post comes from a good friend, Amy Clover of Strong Inside Out. Amy is the creator of the 30×30 Project, a tour of donation-based bootcamps that benefit suicide prevention charity. This year, she’s doing another tour which she calls “The 30×30 Project all grown up.” Amy believes, as do I, that strength is more than just how much weight you can lift. Let’s help Amy help others “unleash their strong,” no matter how dark things might seem. I encourage you to check out her campaign for The Strong Inside Out Tour here, and if it’s something you…
  • How to Start Strength Training When You’re Not Sure How

    Tony Schober, CPT
    9 Mar 2014 | 6:10 am
    Strength training is the ultimate body transformation tool. Here are 8 beginner (and not so beginner) tips that will get you started on the right path. Don’t Be Intimidated Being intimidated of the gym is one of the biggest reasons people never go. Let me be the first to tell you that it is completely normal to feel intimidated when you’ve never been to the gym before. Not only that, but feelings of intimidation happen for experienced lifters too. I’ve personally been lifting for over 20 years. I’ve been a member of close to a dozen gyms. I even have my own home gym.
  • 8 Weight Loss Tips You Still Aren’t Using (#4 is a Must)

    Tony Schober, CPT
    23 Feb 2014 | 6:04 am
    Think you’re doing everything possible to reach your weight loss goals? The following 8 tips are often forgotten, but are integral to your success. Believe in Yourself Self-doubt is a debilitating feeling to have when it comes to weight loss. You have to do more than just go through the motions. Believing that achieving your goals is possible is the first step towards sustainable weight loss. That means having the confidence to know you can push yourself during your workouts. It means knowing you are in control of food. It means believing in yourself even when no one else does. Write it…
  • How to Eat Healthy When Your Spouse Doesn’t Want To

    Tony Schober, CPT
    16 Feb 2014 | 6:12 am
    One of the hardest parts of transitioning into a healthy lifestyle is trying to eat healthier when your spouse has no desire to change their ways. Here are 8 things you can do to make your transition easier. Take Ownership of Your Behavior As difficult as it is to try eating healthy when your partner doesn’t support you, the fact still remains that no one is force feeding you. There are always going to be people around you that want to see you fail, so if you ever want to succeed, you will have come to grips that you are in complete control of your actions. Confront Them About Peer…
  • How to Make Every Day a Cheat Day Without Sacrificing Your Goals

    Tony Schober, CPT
    12 Feb 2014 | 5:52 am
    Wouldn’t it be nice if you could eat what you wanted and still lose weight or maintain a fit physique? Without sounding too much like an infomercial, I want to show you how that’s not only completely possible, but necessary for long term weight management. It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way Losing weight and getting fit is not about giving up everything you love about food. It’s not about eating clean 100% of the time. It’s not about eating flavorless food or about feeling excluded from life events. You don’t have to feel like the odd ball because your goals…
 
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  • Paying Out of Pocket versus Using Insurance for CPAP Supplies?

    1800CPAP
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    Ever Wonder Why Doctors Take Vacation in July? I saw a major trend every year during the summer months at the sleep disorders center I worked for as a Director of Lab Operations.  Referrals were down and patient schedulers’ were feverishly making phone calls to patients to try to get them in for follow up appointments and re-evaluations.  Ever go to your doctor’s office in July and see tumbleweeds blowing through the waiting room and ask yourself if you missed the zombie apocalypse? Where did everybody go? Everyone can’t be on vacation at the same time can they? An apple a day may…
  • How Much Sleep Should You Be Getting Daily for Your Age

    1800CPAP
    19 Jun 2014 | 7:24 am
    Sleep is essential to having a healthy and productive life, but getting enough is not always very easy. Many people believe that eight hours of sleep is the ideal amount of rest that everyone needs each night to feel their best, but research has shown that is not true. Individual people have their own unique magic numbers, but there are other factors that play into the ideal amount of sleep. The Age Factor The amount of sleep a person requires changes as they go through life. Newborns require a lot more sleep than a five year old, and both need more than an adult. Everyone will go through…
  • Pregnancy and the Importance of Sleep – What You Need to Know

    1800CPAP
    12 Jun 2014 | 1:14 pm
    It may seem strange to see the words pregnancy and sleep together in the same sentence since they so rarely coexist. Between all of the hormonal and physical changes, getting rest can seem like a very rare occurrence. Each trimester has its own challenges, and feeling tired is a factor in just about every single stage. The First Trimester The first trimester is typically categorized as the part of pregnancy where many women feel the worst of their morning sickness. Anytime you get sick you also feel a lot more tired anyway, but there is more to it during pregnancy. This can be attributed to…
  • Twenty Daily Health Habits That Will Help Improve Your Sleep

    1800CPAP
    4 Jun 2014 | 7:04 am
    It is important to get a good night’s rest, but so few people manage it consistently. Any insomniac can tell you that sleep is so much more than just laying down to go to sleep. There are, however, certain behaviors and practices that can help you not only fall asleep, but stay asleep. 1. Have a routine. Before going to bed, you should do the same things each night. This will signal to your body and mind that you are preparing to go to sleep and winding down for the evening. 2. Exercise. There are two important things to note about exercise. The first is that it will help you to sleep…
  • How Sleep Heals the Body

    1800CPAP
    21 May 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Sleep is more than just time to rest after a busy day. It is, in fact, when your body has a chance to regenerate and heal, and it is a necessity for the overall health of your body. While we drift off into dreamland, important healing processes are taking place inside us. What happens while you sleep? Sleep is a time for your cells to repair themselves. Although your body is asleep, it is still working hard correcting chemical imbalances, assuring proper blood sugar levels, and maintaining the memory. Scientists aren’t completely sure what happens in your body during sleep, but they are…
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  • Facelift Dallas

    jenn
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Advances in plastic surgery happen all the time and it’s pretty incredible how far we’ve come in such a short amount of time. Today we are able to make facial rejuvenations that are substantial while still looking natural. Dr. Lam approaches procedures with the eye of an artist and the mind of a surgeon which creates the perfect balance between aesthetic and function. We all want to look our best and we want our best to last as long as possible. Many people, men and women alike, seek out Dr. Lam for the ultimate in facial rejuvenation: Facelift Dallas. The facelift procedure is a…
  • Survival of the Prettiest Part 2: Do Blondes Have More Fun?

    steven
    21 Jan 2014 | 9:19 am
    As a follow-up to the blog on how we relate to babies, Nancy Etcoff in her book, Survival of the Prettiest, argues that men are more attracted to blonde women than to darker haired women, whereas women are attracted to the polar opposite, i.e., a darker-shaded male.  The reason that she argues that men are more attracted to fairer-skinned women is that men are more attracted to younger women who are in turn more fertile in nature and women are naturally lighter in color when they are younger when estrogens levels are higher.  Women, on the other hand, are attracted to men who are darker in…
  • Dr. Sam Lam Is Scheduled To Speak At “THE FACE”

    steven
    7 Aug 2013 | 8:25 am
    Dallas facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Sam Lam is scheduled to be one of the faculty members at the upcoming European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery Congress in Norway, commonly referred to as “THE FACE”.  The international conference is being organized by the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery and will be held on August 28th – September 1st in Oslo. Dr. Lam will not only be a speaker at the event, but is also scheduled to be a member of the conference’s programming committee.  The goal of The European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery Congress is to bring together medical…
  • Glass of Water Emptying: The Way I Explain the Aging of the Face

    steven
    28 Jun 2013 | 2:04 pm
    Glass of Water Emptying:  The Way I Explain the Aging of the Face When people ask me whether fat grafting is permanent, I say yes and no.  Yes, it is permanent because if done well by an expert injector (which I consider myself one) then once the graft gains formal blood supply over a period of several months to a year, the graft is yours to keep.  My mother, for example, is over 5 years out and still looks much younger than before she had the fat transfer but clearly she has had some degree of ongoing aging.  The “No” response to permanence refers to this latter issue that a fat…
  • The Tent Pole of the Nose Revisited in Rhinoplasty

    steven
    20 Jun 2013 | 4:04 pm
    The Tent Pole of the Nose Revisited in Rhinoplasty I think it is worth exploring a concept that allows me to discuss with prospective rhinoplasty patients exactly how I approach noses and what the specific limitations are for a particular individual based on the unique characteristics of one’s anatomy.  The tent pole analogy is my favorite go-to metaphor to help explain how I evaluate a nose based on the nature of the skin and underlying cartilage.  The tent fabric that covers a tent represents the skin of the nose; the tent pole underneath represents the nasal cartilage.  In traditional…
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  • Easy To Make Healthy Dessert Recipes

    BerryRipe
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    If you have a sweet tooth and you cannot resist the urge to gorge on that favorite dessert of yours then you need to read this. It is common knowledge that today a majority of the people are suffering from ailments like obesity, diabetes, etc. You too should be concerned about your own and your family’s health. Being worried about the calories does not mean that you need to deny yourself the pleasure of eating sweets. There are healthier alternatives to your usual desserts, even with fruits as an ingredient. Here are a few easy to make recipes of healthy desserts made with fruits. Find more…
  • Letterpress Printed Drink Coasters

    BerryRipe
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    This weekend, a few members of our team were given the opportunity to visit the Tandem Felix Letterpress studio in Chicago. Liz, one of the owners of Tandem Felix, gave us a tour of the studio, which has been converted from a historic noodle factory into artist lofts. Our visit lasted around 3 hours as we designed and custom letterpress printed our very own drink coasters. Take a look at some of the photos below. What would you letterprint if you had access to the Tandem Felix Letterpress studio? The post Letterpress Printed Drink Coasters appeared first on BerryRipe.
  • 5 Things The Amish Do That You Should Adopt

    BerryRipe
    22 May 2014 | 11:48 am
    I live in Pennsylvania, the state with the oldest Amish settlement in the country, and while looking around here, I’ve found that there are many things that the Amish do to make life better that are worth adopting. Known for living off the grid, leading a simple, more relaxed life, with simple, no-fuss surroundings, the Amish not only dress differently and drive buggies instead of cars, they have some good ideas about how to live a happier, more fulfilled life. Choosing Amish traits to emulate can be a challenge. Many people choose to live without electricity except what they generate…
  • Is Zeltiq Cool Sculpting Safe For You?

    BerryRipe
    20 May 2014 | 11:41 am
    These days, it seems like there is more and more pressure for people to get fit. They say it is easier for people to get fit in their twenties–and this is quite true. Our body’s metabolism is more agreeable during this time, and it gets harder to lose weight and tone up as we get older. Some people start with diet and exercise to get there, but diet and exercise may often take a long time–and it may not even target areas that have stubborn fat deposits. This is why, in order to supplement their healthier lifestyle, people look into having laser treatment done in order to get…
  • Spring Is In The Air! Add More Spring to Your Step

    Nancy
    13 May 2014 | 7:29 am
    The season of spring is when things awaken, come alive again and start to bloom. This is a good time for us to think about creating that feeling in our bodies too. Every season, we want to have more energy and springtime is a great time to kick it off! Here are some quick tips to help you feel more energized so you can be more productive during your day, sleep better at night, be alert and awake. Start your day smoothly with a fruit smoothie By replacing a cup or two of coffee with a smoothie in the morning and afternoon, your blood vessels won’t be constricted from the caffeine and your…
 
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  • Anthocyanins

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    I take tart cherry juice every night to help ward off arthritis pain. I'm just posting this here as a good resource for info on anthocyanins.http://www.immunehealthscience.com/anthocyanins.html
  • Eggplant Pizza

    3 Jun 2014 | 1:10 pm
    First: Slice eggplant in 1/2 inch rounds. (leave the skin on, fiber). Cover a pizza pan or cookie sheet with paper towels and lay the rounds out. Ever so lightly salt them (with Himalayan pink salt, preferably). After a while the liquid inside will start to bead up on top. Blot with a paper towel and flip them over and do the same on the other side. You may or may not need more paper towels. Or you can just shake them off over the sink if you want. (TIPS: Taking the water out this way will keep them from being too mushy when you bake them. DON’T over salt them or your nine year old will…
  • Essential Oils

    17 Mar 2014 | 2:28 pm
    I've been learning all about essential oils...specifically their medicinal uses and how they're absorbed into the body...so basically I'm posting this here for myself, because it's got a lot of great info on how the skin works and absorbs the oils. http://www.earthmamaangelbaby.com/mama-resources/expert-panel/karin-parramore-ch/skin-care-products-how-much-gets-in Lemongrass is my new best friend. :)
  • Current Health Obsessions

    21 Feb 2014 | 10:21 am
    I haven't posted here for a bit. Because life. Amiright? :)So I thought I'd do a small update and start keeping a list of THINGS I'm working on and incorporating into our life to keep my little family healthy.Chia seeds. I put them in everything. Still loving not washing my hair! It has taken a while to get the right ratio of baking soda and ACV, and my hair still tends to get oily quick, but I'm still quite pleased and don't see ever going back to shampoo and conditioner. We don't wash Ceil's hair (it's red and curly and thick) we just rinse hers and use an organic conditioner. I might try…
  • Making Over Everything: Apple Cider Vinegar

    20 Sep 2013 | 1:23 pm
    Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor nor a nutritionist, so take my advice at your own risk. But really, the internet is awesome, and usually less quacky than actual doctors I've been to. But whatever. I talk about what works for me--which may or may not be of use to you--but thanks for stopping by either way. Apple. Cider. Vinegar. 4 reasons I've added ACV to my routine...1. When I started getting sick a few of months ago, I started sipping ACV throughout the day. I ended up getting over my whatever-it-waas (symptoms of strep that was going around the office) pretty much within 24 hours. Now...maybe…
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  • Gluten Free Paleo Zucchini Muffins

    Beverly Meyer
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    These gluten free Paleo Zucchini Muffins are easy enough for teens or weekend parents to make anytime.  They provide plenty of protein, fat and non-starchy carbs, all in one tasty handful.   Freshness and quality makes a huge difference in a simple recipe like this. Upgrade this muffin to a whole new taste level by choosing the best butter, cinnamon, eggs and honey.  It’s a great way to convince folks that real food tastes better and is worth the extra investment.   One of the benefits of almond flour is its balance of protein, fat and carbs.  Yes, almonds have…
  • Paleo Lifestyle 101 with Evan Brand

    Beverly Meyer
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Evan Brand from NotJustPaleo joins me for some friendly rivalry in this fun interview.  The mission? List and compare our choices for Seven Aspects of a Paleo Lifestyle.  The result?  Paleo Lifestyle 101! The right kind of exercise and a Paleo Diet are givens, so we couldn’t include them in our lists.  What else matters most for living in tune with our true human selves?   What are the components of Health and Happiness that Paleo and Primal fans encourage?   What makes Paleo Lifestyle 101 so much more than a Diet?? Stress management is Number 1 for Evan.
  • Are Your Adrenals Affecting Your Thyroid?

    Beverly Meyer
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    The adrenals are small endocrine glands sitting on top of the kidneys.  They produce a variety of hormones that affect neurotransmitters, other hormones, blood pressure, and ultimately all body processes. You may not know it, but chances are you have adrenal and thyroid problems.  The thyroid gland sits like a butterfly at the base of the throat.  Its hormones also affect every cell of the body, and it in turn is affected by neurotransmitters, diet, dental amalgam toxins and more.  It is frequently a target of auto-immune antibodies, diagnosed as Hashimoto’s or…
  • Gluten Free Chicken Cutlets

    Beverly Meyer
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    These gluten free chicken cutlets are one of my all-time favorites to make on short notice.  The combo of lemon juice, rosemary and olives is very savory!   I actually prefer this with turkey thigh meat, so I buy turkey thighs whenever I can find them.  You’ll get about 1 1/4 pounds of turkey meat from 3 pounds of turkey thighs.  Remove the meat from the bones and freeze it, and you’ll have it ready in the freezer to cook this anytime.  The meat will thaw quickly if you separated the pieces with parchment paper before freezing. I use pre-pitted green…
  • Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Disorders w. Tara Grant

    Beverly Meyer
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    The link between leaky gut and autoimmune disorders has been proposed by scientists and health providers for decades.  The whole idea of a “leaky gut” is one idea behind the natural foods movement in general, and the Paleo Diet and Gaps Diet in particular. I recently wrote about Leaky Gut and some of the supplements to help manage it in this article.  Then I read a wonderful book exploring the link between leaky gut and autoimmune disorders in easy-to-understand detail.  The book is “The Hidden Plague”, and I spoke with author Tara Grant at length about…
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  • Heart-Healthy Recipe – Citrus Ginger Honey Glazed Salmon

    Lali Ha
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
      Ingredients ½ teaspoon ginger, peeled and grated or ¼ teaspoon dried 1 garlic clove or 1 teaspoon from jar, minced 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 2 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce 1 teaspoon honey 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (about ½ lemon) or from the jar 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped or 1 tablespoon dried 1 pound salmon, skin removed, cut into 4 oz filets 1 cup dry brown rice 2 cups fresh sugar snap peas 8 thin lemon slices Aluminum foil Cooking Instructions Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine ginger, garlic, oil, soy sauce, honey, lemon juice and basil.
  • Kids and Weekend ER Visits

    Lali Ha
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
      A study published by The Journal of Pediatric Surgery suggests that emergency surgery done on children during the weekend results in more complications and mortalities than surgery done during the week.  The study looked at 112,064 weekend operations on children under 18 years of age and 327,393 operations performed on weekdays.  Operations were performed on the day of admission and included appendectomies, brain shunts, hernias, bone fractures and abscess drainage. Over the 20-year period of the study, there were about 50 deaths.  The lead author, Dr. Seth D. Goldstein, a surgical…
  • Heart-Healthy Summer Recipe – Brussel Sprouts with Walnut-Lemon Vinaigrette

    Lali Ha
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Take a stance on heart health and try this fresh, home-made recipe for a refreshing summer side dish.  Recipe yields 4 servings, at about 108 calories, 7 g total fat, 188 mg sodium and 405 mg potassium per serving. Ingredients 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered 2 tablespoons walnut oil 1 tablespoon minced shallot ¼ teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon whole-grain or Dijon mustard ¼ teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper to taste Cooking Instructions Place Brussels sprouts in a steamer basket and steam in a large saucepan over 1 inch of boiling…
  • Visit a Healthcare Provider for Accurate Blood Pressure Readings

    Lali Ha
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:58 am
    Ever wonder if a blood pressure kiosk at a local CVS or Walgreens is really accurate? The FDA wants to inform the public that blood pressure kiosks do not always give accurate readings.  Although convenient, they might not be for you depending on your arm size. “It’s misleading to think that the devices are appropriate for everybody,” Luke Herbertson, a biomedical engineer at the FDA said in a news release.  A too-small cuff will give you a higher blood pressure reading, while a too-large cuff may give you an inaccurate low blood pressure reading. Many community members rely on the…
  • Sudden Unexpected Infant Death

    Lali Ha
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
      Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) accounts for one in three deaths in children aged 1 month to 1 year.  The CDC defines SUID as deaths in infants less than 1 year of age that occur suddenly and unexpectedly, and whose causes of deaths are not immediately obvious prior to investigation. Each year in the U.S., about 4,000 infants die suddenly of no immediate cause.  The most frequently reported causes of SUIDS are SIDS, cause unknown and accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed.  A great majority of SUID cases are due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is defined…
 
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  • Alternative ways to get your kids to eat healthy

    Jennifer Mosscrop
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Alternative ways to get your kids to eat healthyJuly 24, 2014Moms of picky eaters know that they take what they can get and worry about the nutritional benefits later.Add comment
  • 12 dairy-free ice cream recipes you need to try now

    Jaclyn Bertner Felber
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    12 dairy-free ice cream recipes you need to try nowJuly 24, 2014Can't have dairy? And it's summer? No problem. You can still have your frozen treats without traditional milk with these 12 delicious dairy-free ice cream recipes.Add comment
  • Making beautiful food with ‘ugly’ vegetables: The veggie box initiative

    Vivian Lee
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Making beautiful food with ‘ugly’ vegetables: The veggie box initiativeJuly 24, 2014In the Netherlands, a group called the Hague in Transition goes to various produce auctions to find organic vegetables that no one buys — not because they aren’t edible (they are!), but because they...Add comment
  • Breakfast in bed made easy: 10 recipes, plus trays, napkins & gadgets

    Jaclyn Bertner Felber
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Breakfast in bed made easy: 10 recipes, plus trays, napkins & gadgetsJuly 24, 2014While it’s always a nice thought, the logistics of serving someone breakfast in bed can be a real nightmare. What foods will make it to the bedroom in one piece? How can I carry it in without...Add comment
  • Linguine with Vongole [Recipe]

    Vivian Lee
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Linguine with Vongole [Recipe]July 23, 2014A family favorite, this simple-to-make dinner, which features Vongole — Italian for “clams” — always satisfies. For more seafood recipes, visit Mindy's most recent post on her Meals on Heels Blog.Add comment
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  • Seven ways to train your abs

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
     
  • Meditation tips for beginners

    1 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
      MEDITATION TIPS FOR BEGINNERS  You've heard about the health benefits of mediation but weren't sure how to practice it. Then give our four tips below a try. Tip 1 - Experiment with different styles until you find one that suits you. You might prefer to meditate by focusing on a candle flame, repeating a mantra, focusing on your breathing, visualising a place that represents tranquility for you, or by observing your own thought and sensations. Tip 2 - Find a good teacher. Just like a personal trainer will get you exercising more effectively, a meditation teacher will help boost…
  • The truth about the colour of salmon

    24 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
      THE TRUTH ABOUT THE COLOUR OF SALMON  when you eat smoked salmon, you have probably noticed the pink colour. You probably didn't know that in most of it, this pink colour is artificially added. In the wild, salmon eat krill, which contains a natural chemical that colours the flesh of the salmon. But most salmon is farmed, not wild. Farmed salmon are not fed krill, so their natural flesh colour is grey. To keep the farm salmon looking good, the acqua farmers add a pink food colouring to their food, It usually comes as a carotenoid (astaxanthin), which is either farmed from algae or…
  • Boost your memory by adding garlic to your diet

    17 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
      BOOST YOUR MEMORY BY ADDING GARLIC TO YOUR DIET  Ever misplace your keys? Suddenly can't recall the phone number of an important friend? While such small mental lapses happen to everyone, researchers from Pakistan have been looking for the best way to improve your memory. And what did the research unearth? Garlic. The study, which tested non-human subjects, discovered that the consumption of garlic may increase brain function through a spike in serotonin levels, one of the 'feel-good' neurotransmitters. While we're not suggesting that you'll be as quick witted as Buffy the Vampire…
  • Japanese cucumber salad

    10 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
     
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  • Infographic: Shop Smart & Fill Up Your Cart: Your Healthy Grocery Shopping List

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If you're trying to eat healthy but having a difficult time finding the right foods to buy, a trip to the grocery store can be quite intimidating. For weight management and overall good health,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Healthy Grocery Shopping: Easy-to-Find Foods That Should Always Be on Your List

    19 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If you're trying to eat healthy but having a difficult time finding the right foods to buy, a trip to the grocery store can be quite intimidating. For weight management and overall good health,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Nutritional Power of Eating Chocolate

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Chocolate is by far one of the most popular and sought after indulgences worldwide. In addition to being a valuable source of essential micronutrients like iron and magnesium, chocolate contains... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Nutrition Basics: Your Daily Protein Intake

    12 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Protein is an essential macronutrient that’s primarily responsible for building, repairing, and maintaining cells in the body. It’s also an important structural component of muscle, bone, skin,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Quick and Easy to Follow Tips For People Who WANT to Gain Weight

    8 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Since losing weight is so important to so many people it's sometimes hard to believe that there are thin people with an ever so unique goal of gaining weight. Now, if you have a strong… When... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]