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  • Blood sugar testing: Why, when and how

    All Mayo Clinic health information topics
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
  • The One Easy Gmail Tip for Tracking and Testing

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    Phil Hollows
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    We recently sponsored the slightly-awkwardly-named-but-totally-worthwhile Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta, and so naturally the topic of email came up (surprise!), especially in relation to testing email forms with different email accounts. It can be a real pain to create yet another email address for your site, and so we all have only a few addresses to go around. Right? Wrong! If you have a gmail account – and who doesn’t? – you effectively have an infinite number of email addresses. And I was surprised how few of the experienced bloggers and content marketers I met…
  • Free program helps obese Moose Jaw, Sask., residents lose 2,500 lb.

    CBC | Health News
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Sixty-three per cent of Moose Jaw residents are overweight or obese. Since January 2014, a private clinic has been offering a free program to help 1,000 people lose weight and stave off chronic disease. Results from the first 230 participants show a total loss of 2,500 lb. in the initial phase of 12 weeks.
  • Mantraband Giveaway

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    Becky Schroeder
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:59 am
    We hope you all are loving the giveaways we’ve been able to do the last week. We’ve got more to give-away and we’re especially excited about this next one! Mantraband is a company that makes simply designed bracelets that speak volumes. Each bracelet has a positive word or phrase engraved on it that is meant […] The post Mantraband Giveaway appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsBe anxious for nothing by Karen CMine is “It may get easier, but I will never get BETTER than ... by Kristy TandyFollow your…
  • Simple steps to beating the holiday blues - Health
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    Samantha Gattsek's family has never made a big deal out of holiday celebrations. But this year, she feels especially disconnected from the seasonal cheer surrounding her.
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  • The Roots Behind "Finding Your Roots"

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The Roots Behind "Finding Your Roots" Recently, Johnson & Johnson hosted Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at our corporate headquarters in New Brunswick, NJ. Professor Gates is the host of the popular PBS series,... From: Johnson & Johnson Views: 204 2 ratings Time: 06:21 More in Education
  • Our Commitment to the U.N. MDGs

    9 Dec 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Our Commitment to the U.N. MDGs Sharon D'Agostino, Johnson & Johnson Vice President of Corporate Citizenship, discusses our commitment to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. J&... From: Johnson & Johnson Views: 71 1 ratings Time: 02:16 More in Education
  • Following Through on Our Commitment to Haiti

    30 Nov 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Following Through on Our Commitment to Haiti In honor of World AIDS Day 2014, Dr. Perry Mohammed, Medical Director of Janssen Global Public Health, wrote about a return trip he made to Haiti in November... From: Johnson & Johnson Views: 124 1 ratings Time: 00:46 More in Education
  • A Discussion about Alzheimer's Disease

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:03 pm
    A Discussion about Alzheimer's Disease Janssen Research & Development, LLC, launched a series of online videos addressing key mental health topics and treatments for disorders of the brain. This v... From: Johnson & Johnson Views: 364 3 ratings Time: 08:18 More in Education
  • Johnson & Johnson Share The Love :30

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    Johnson & Johnson Share The Love :30 Love is the most powerful thing on the planet. It's why we do anything to care for those dear to us. Our aspiration as a company is to care for the world, on... From: Johnson & Johnson Views: 521 1 ratings Time: 00:32 More in Education
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    The New Republic

  • Can Potential Terrorists Be "Rehabilitated"?

    Jesse Singal
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Syria’s civil war is causing problems in the European Union. As the fighting has grown more and more brutal, and as reports of human-rights atrocities committed by Bashar al-Assad’s regime have spread, the war has become an attractive destination for a certain subset of young, frustrated Europea
  • The World Is Experiencing the Worst Refugee Crisis Since World War II

    Daniel Trilling
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hoppers Way in Singleton, Kent, is a quiet suburban cul-de-sac of red-brick detached houses, each with its own garage and driveway. Parked outside No 8, there is often a large white-and-grey camper van—a luxury Swift Kon-tiki 679 model, with a double bed in the back and another over the cab. Singl
  • EPA Is Finally Regulating Coal Ash Disposal—But Letting the Industry Police Itself

    Rebecca Leber
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:09 pm
    When power plants burn coal, they’re left with a coal ash residue containing arsenic, mercury, lead, and selenium. Until Friday, there were no federal standards for utilities to dispose of it. Utilities produce more than 100 million tons of the stuff annually, and what’s not recycled into concre
  • British Conservatives Have Been at War With the BBC for Decades—and This Time They Might Win

    John Simpson
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    They never seem to learn. If you’re a top politician, attacking the BBC’s reporting is the most obvious way of showing that you’re worried about the way that people will react to what you’re doing.The first reactions to George Osborne’s Autumn Statement had mostly been rather good. The nex
  • Obama's Right: Belgium Really Does Need a Politico

    Brian Beutler
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:44 pm
    In 2009, when I was a bright-green congressional reporter for TPM, and Josh Marshall and David Kurtz told me I’d be covering the health care reform debate full time, it felt like trial by fire. In hindsight, it was the opportunity of a lifetime, but one of the things that made it such a daunting a
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    Newswise: MedNews

  • Boy Battling Cancer Gets Treated as UCLA's No. 1 Sports Fan

    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A new Kid Captain program will recognize pediatric patients from Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA who face life-threatening illnesses with courage, strength and determination.
  • One in Every Three People with Type 1 Diabetes Produces Insulin Years Post-Diagnosis

    Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    About one-third of people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) produce insulin, as measured by C-peptide, a byproduct of insulin production, even upward of forty years from initial diagnosis, according to a first-of-its-kind, large-scale study conducted by researchers from T1D Exchange. This sheds new light on the long-accepted belief that these patients lose all ability to produce any insulin; this could have significant policy implications, said researchers from T1D Exchange, whose Clinic Network involves a national consortium of diabetes centers. The findings were published online this week in…
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System Name New Chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health

    Montefiore Medical Center
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Sharmila Makhija, M.D., M.B.A., has been named professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System. An internationally-recognized expert in cancer prevention, she assumes her new position on April 1, 2015. Dr. Makhija joins Einstein and Montefiore from the University of Louisville School Of Medicine, where she serves as chair and professor of obstetrics and gynecology.
  • Stay Smoke-Free for the Holidays

    NYU Langone Medical Center
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Shopping, traveling, and spending time with the family--the holiday season is an overwhelming combination of joy and stress. For many former tobacco smokers, stress is a trigger to reach for a cigarette. Stay smoke-free during the holidays with these tips.
  • Saint Louis University's Medical Researchers Offer Gifts of Hope and Healing

    Saint Louis University Medical Center
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Highlights of Saint Louis University's medical research during 2014 include articles on ending pain, defending against pandemics and curing and treating diseases.
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    FeedBlitz News

  • Hurry up and Wait: Delayed Gratification for Autoresponders

    Phil Hollows
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    FeedBlitz has offered comprehensive, multi-step autoresponders for years now. They’re great for saying thanks, delivering incentives, or offering multi-step courses. Couple an autoresponder sequence to other lists using FeedBlitz’s triggers, start a signup with a parser, and you’ve got a very capable automated email marketing solution. A typical autoresponder sequence starts immediately. You sign up for a list, and your incentive is delivered right away. You make your purchase, et voila! A thank you missive is en route, toute suite. It’s what people expect to happen.
  • So long, Zombie Google Reader

    Phil Hollows
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:29 am
    We all know how to stop a zombie, right? Get it in the head. Fine in the movies or “The Walking Dead,” but it’s not so simple for zombie products or technologies. Case in point: Google Reader. The product was “killed” by Google in the middle of 2013, and it was no longer available to end users. So it was dead and buried, right? Wrong. It was a zombie. The back end of Google Reader kept on plugging away, checking feeds, dutifully reporting how many subscribers it was polling on behalf of. Like the Energizer bunny, It kept on going and going and going … until…
  • For the Fallen – We Will Remember Them

    Phil Hollows
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. From “For the Fallen” by Robert Laurence Binyon For the benefit of my mostly US audience, in the UK and many other countries we buy paper poppies around the 11th to commemorate those who served and those who fell during the World Wars. The poppies specifically memorialize the killing fields in France and Belgium during WWI where the “lions led by donkeys” on both sides killed each other in…
  • Resolved: Overnight click-through issues

    Phil Hollows
    2 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    Although feeds were being served and email sent OK, some publishers experienced click-through issues overnight; the problem has now been resolved. We’re sorry for any inconvenience. Any subscribers seeing an error message now need to simply refresh the page. Today, job 1 is to update our monitors to better detect this kind of issue, which unfortunately went undetected by our automated system health tracking.        Related StoriesFeeds, Clicks and DNS ProblemsSome Metrics May Be Missing TemporarilyFalse Alarms and Click Through Issues Aug 1 
  • The One Easy Gmail Tip for Tracking and Testing

    Phil Hollows
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    We recently sponsored the slightly-awkwardly-named-but-totally-worthwhile Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta, and so naturally the topic of email came up (surprise!), especially in relation to testing email forms with different email accounts. It can be a real pain to create yet another email address for your site, and so we all have only a few addresses to go around. Right? Wrong! If you have a gmail account – and who doesn’t? – you effectively have an infinite number of email addresses. And I was surprised how few of the experienced bloggers and content marketers I met…
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    Health News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • U.N.'s Ebola mission should be closed once battle won: Ban

    20 Dec 2014 | 3:37 pm
    By Matthew Mpoke Bigg BAMAKO (Reuters) - The United Nations mission to fight Ebola should be wound down quickly once the battle is won, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday during his first tour of countries stricken with the virus. The U.N. emergency Ebola response mission, or UNMEER, was set up in September to coordinate policy and logistics for a campaign that includes governments, charities and healthcare workers from affected countries. Ban said UNMEER differed from peacekeeping missions and should not outlive its immediate purpose. ...
  • Liberian voter turnout low as Ebola overshadows senate election

    20 Dec 2014 | 1:42 pm
    By James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - Turnout for Liberian parliamentary elections on Saturday appeared to be low as concerns about Ebola kept many voters at home. Polling stations were largely empty after voting began at 8 a.m. (3.00 a.m. ET) in the seafront capital Monrovia, with voters occasionally drifting in, despite precautions put in place by the National Elections Commission (NEC). Staff with temperature guns at polling stations checked voters for any signs of the hemorrhagic fever, which is spread via bodily fluids. ...
  • Child tests negative for Ebola at Chicago hospital

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    (Reuters) - A child being monitored for Ebola in a Chicago hospital has been discharged after testing negative for the virus, the state health agency said on Saturday. Federal officials screening for Ebola at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago detected a fever in the child, who had been held in isolation at the University of Chicago Medical Center for monitoring since Friday. "Tests by the Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed a negative result for Ebola," the Illinois Department of Public Health said in a statement. ...
  • Liberia holds Senate vote amid Ebola fears

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Health workers carrying thermometers and sanitizers manned polling stations across Liberia on Saturday as voters cast their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate election that has been criticized for its potential to spread the deadly Ebola disease.
  • Sierra Leone peacekeepers to leave Somalia mission

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A Sierra Leone military official says the country is withdrawing from the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia after being blocked from rotating its soldiers over concerns about the spread of Ebola.
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    WHO news

  • Health partners unite to build stronger systems for health in Ebola-affected countries

    12 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    On 10-11 December 2014, Ministers of Health and Finance of Ebola-affected countries, international organizations and development partners assembled for a high-level meeting on how to strengthen systems of health in Ebola-affected countries and agreed on what needs to be done to rebuild and strengthen essential health services in these countries. “People in Ebola-affected countries are dying – not only from Ebola but also from other causes – because the majority of health facilities in these countries are either not functional or people are not using them for fear of contracting…
  • New study highlights need to scale up violence prevention efforts globally

    10 Dec 2014 | 3:01 am
    The "Global status report on violence prevention 2014" reveals that 475 000 people were murdered in 2012, and homicide is the third leading cause of death globally for males aged 15–44 years, highlighting the urgent need for more decisive action to prevent violence. Despite indications that homicide rates decreased by 16% globally between 2000 and 2012, violence remains widespread. Non-fatal acts of violence take a particular toll on women and children. One in four children has been physically abused; one in five girls has been sexually abused; and one in three women has been a victim…
  • Scale-up in effective malaria control dramatically reduces deaths

    8 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    The number of people dying from malaria has fallen dramatically since 2000 and malaria cases are also steadily declining, according to the World malaria report 2014. Between 2000 and 2013, the malaria mortality rate decreased by 47% worldwide and by 54% in the WHO African Region - where about 90% of malaria deaths occur. New analysis across sub-Saharan Africa reveals that despite a 43% population increase, fewer people are infected or carry asymptomatic malaria infections every year: the number of people infected fell from 173 million in 2000 to 128 million in 2013.
  • New WHO guide to prevent and control cervical cancer

    2 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    New guidance from WHO aims to help countries better prevent and control cervical cancer. The disease is one of the world’s deadliest – but most easily preventable – forms of cancer for women, responsible for more than 270 000 deaths annually, 85% of which occur in developing countries. The new "Comprehensive cervical cancer control: a guide to essential practice" will be launched at the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit in Melbourne, Australia on 3 December 2014.
  • WHO congratulates Spain on ending Ebola transmission

    2 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Today the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declares the Ebola outbreak in Spain over and commends the country on its diligence to end transmission of the virus. On 6 October 2014, the Spanish National Reference Laboratory confirmed the first human-to-human transmission of Ebola virus disease outside Africa in a healthcare worker. The healthcare worker had been part of a team at La Paz-Carlos III Hospital providing medical care for a person with Ebola virus disease repatriated from Sierra Leone on 22 September.
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  • Vegetarianism: the Good, the Bad, and the Holy

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    With apologies to the immortal Chuck Dickens, it’s been the best of times and the worst of times for vegans and vegetarians lately, at least based on recent items in the media. Out of respect, no tofu jokes For openers, there was the report of a survey conducted by the Humane Research Council and Harris Interactive which found that 84 percent of those who embrace a meatless diet ultimately find that the romance has cooled, and return to the omnivore lifestyle. And although there have never been more food providers, from markets to restaurants, that cater to vegetarians’ tastes and…
  • You Better Not Lie, Dr. J’s Telling You Why

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Most people feel it is bad to lie, and kids are told not to lie from birth. But studies–and common observations–show that children do lie. So given this, how can we encourage children to not lie as often? A study done at McGill’s Dept. of Educational and Counseling Psychology, looked at a couple of ways to encourage children not to lie. To half of the children, the experimenter invoked social approval by telling each child that the researcher would be happy if the child told the truth; to the other half the experimental invoked internal standards of behavior by telling each…
  • Chai: Know the Calories, Consider Nonfat Milk and Less Sugar

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Meena Kadri/Flickr Chai is usually black tea, though sometimes green tea, flavored with sweet spices including cloves, cardamom and cinnamon. However, you might have notices that it can be pretty sweet, and that might have got you?wondering about the calories. That sweet taste comes from one or two teaspoons of sugar or honey added to each serving, usually along with a few tablespoons of milk. Chai latte as served at coffee bars contains steamed milk, as well as added sugar. Typically, a twelve-ounce coffee bar chai latte drink contains 160 to 200 calories with four to six…
  • The Exercise Program That Greets You Joyfully at The Door

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    (CC BY-SA 2.0) redjar/Flickr It’s the season of joy and conviviality and faith and sharing and celebration. It is also the season of charity, or at least the season of receiving quite a bit of mail from charities that wish to remind you how appropriate it would be for you to donate to them at this God-bless-us-every-one time of year. The mail mostly comes from charitable institutions that you have donated to in the past. In my case, that includes a lot of solicitations from organizations involved with animals, especially animals of the dog variety. I chip into the usual mainline outfits…
  • I am Dr. J and I am an Intermittent Faster

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    (CC BY-NC 2.0) Angie/Flickr Intermittent fasting (IF) is a general label for a variety of eating schedules that involve periods of eating and not eating. The schedule can be monthly, weekly, every other day, or even daily. I've on rarely written about IF before, although I do practice a form of it. However, after reading a recent study done on mice, I am motivated to discuss IF here. Read on, and you will see why. The study The timing of our eating can prevent or reduce obesity and improve our health, or it can have the opposite effect of increasing obesity and making our health worse.
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    Starling Fitness

  • Search for Virtues and Vices

    Laura Moncur
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    This quote is so helpful when you are dealing with other people in the Overeater’s Anonymous program. It reads: Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices. Benjamin Franklin When you sit in a meeting, you hear a lot about other people’s vices. They are GLARINGLY obvious to you. I’ve talked about this before here: Starling Fitness – An Understanding of Ourselves Those vices that you see in others are vices within yourself that you need to work on. It’s part of the old principle: If you spot it, you’ve got it. If it makes you mad, you got it bad.
  • Twelve Step Meditations for Atheists

    Laura Moncur
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    For the past four months, I have been working on a meditation book for atheists. The twelve step programs are so god-heavy that it’s really hard for atheists to recover. I wrote this book to help others through this process. You can see it here: Twelve Step Meditations for Atheists by Laura M. – Kindle Edition at I am so grateful to Overeater’s Anonymous and I truly believe they saved my life, but at the same time, I wasted ten years trying to solve my eating problems on my own all because I knew that twelve step programs are very god-oriented. I am here to tell…
  • The Universe Will Reward You

    Laura Moncur
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    I truly believe this is true: It reads: The universe will reward you for taking risks on its behalf. Shakti Gawain The “taking risks on its behalf” part is difficult, especially when the reward hasn’t surfaced yet. You need to be persistent and keep on taking those risks for the universe and it will reward you. The reward might not be quite what you were expecting, but every time I have put myself out there, the rewards have been worth it. What risks could you take today that would get you where you would like to be? Eating healthy Exercising a little bit Being nice to…
  • Acceptance Is Not Submission

    Laura Moncur
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    This quote really helped me when I was accepting the fact that my eating is disordered. It reads: Acceptance is not submission; it is acknowledgment of the facts of a situation. Then deciding what you’re going to do about it. Kathleen Casey Theisen Last year in October, I came to the stark realization that my brain was BROKEN and there was never going to be a cure for this hunger I have all the time. When I watched The Skinny on Obesity, I realized that I have ZERO control over my eating. Here are those videos from the University of California here: These videos left me in a pretty…
  • Naked Ladies and Food

    Laura Moncur
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    A funny thing happened to my thinspiration Tumblrs and RSS feeds. They turned into naked ladies and food. I don’t know what happened, but instead of inspiring images to help me stay on my program, all I see now are naked ladies and food. Now, my biggest question is this: Did they change or did I? I used to see pictures of healthy, nearly naked women and get inspired to exercise. Now, they just look like porn to me. I used to see pictures of food and think that I could use a new recipe to mix things up. Now, they just look like food porn to me. Did the nature of the photos change or am I…
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  • Major Victory in New York: Hydraulic Fracturing Banned

    Sara Novak
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    New York state’s environmental commissioner Joseph Martens said he will ban hydraulic fracturing in New York. The decision comes in response to a 5-year study done by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Martens says that the practice of high volume hydraulic fracturing will be prohibited. “I will then issue a legally binding findings statement prohibiting (fracking) in New York state at this time,” Martens said at Governor Andrew Cuomo’s year-end cabinet meeting. State health commissioner Howard Zucker gave a detailed presentation on why fracking…
  • 16 Gift Wrapping Ideas to Take Your Holiday Prezzies to the Next Level

    Krissy Brady
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Step up your game with these ah-mazing Christmas gift wrapping ideas. I’ve gotten into this terrible habit of putting so much thought into my Christmas gifts that I gas out when it comes time to wrap them. Seriously, it’s like my fam rips the wrapping paper off so quickly not because they’re excited about their gift, but because of how awful it looks. Well, no more. Here are 16 gift wrapping ideas to help you kick things up a notch (or in my case, seven): 1. Make gift boxes from cereal boxes By making gift boxes out of your empty cereal boxes, not only will you save some…
  • Are Superfoods Actually Bad for Us?

    Anna Brones
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Acai berries! Kale! Spirulina! Quinoa! Oh the world of superfoods, where some foods just get a better reputation than others. But when it comes to healthy eating, are superfoods actually doing us more harm than good? The first problem with superfoods is that there is actually no definition of what a superfood is. In fact, if anything, the term “superfood” is used more for marketing purposes than health. Be honest: if you see “superfood” on the label of something at the market, you consider buying it now don’t you? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. In…
  • The Stephen Colbert Highlight Reel that Says it All [Video]

    Jill Ettinger
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    We can’t believe he’s gone. Stephen Colbert’s final episode ran last night and now all that’s left is every second of the last nine years recorded and free to watch on the internet. So, here’s to another nine years of clip watching. We kick things off with these fantastic food clips that demonstrate why the man is was is King. Find Jill on Twitter @jillettinger Related on EcoSalon Stephen Colbert is Probably Not, Definitely Maybe, Almost the Best Replacement Ever for David Letterman ‘The Daily Show’ Effect: Why We Love (and Trust) Fake News The Chelsea…
  • Dyeing Armpit Hair (and Keep it Smelling Fresh) is the Latest Hot, Weird Trend

    Abbie Stutzer
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Guess what the hot new hair trend is? And no, we aren’t referring to the hair on your head… we’re talking about armpit hair. Yes, ladies. You can be part of the wave of women dying their armpit hair. Now, before you accuse us of making this trend up, I present to you the following proof: On December 1, Refinery29 reported on this emerging trend that has, apparently, been around for quite a while. According to Refinery29, the whole armpit hair dying craze started about a year ago (a year!) and was born from Lady Pit Hair, an Instagram account run by Anna Biotics. So, how did this trend…
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    Evidence in Motion

  • Simplifying Medicine

    Selena Horner
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    The state of health care is reaching a tipping point. We’ve known there is going to be a physician shortage for a few years. It’s already happening. Have you tried to see a physician lately? Unless you have a crystal ball and create a future appointment to meet your projected acute need, it is doubtful […] The post Simplifying Medicine appeared first on Evidence in Motion.
  • The Greater Purpose of PT Mean Tweets

    Heidi Jannenga
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:45 am
    You may have recently seen my face on YouTube. No, I wasn’t doing an epic lib dub to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” Instead, I was calling PTs to action. Today, healthcare consumers have the power of the Internet and the mighty Google search on their side, empowering them to take control over their own […] The post The Greater Purpose of PT Mean Tweets appeared first on Evidence in Motion.
  • #DPTStudent Chat Feature Friday: The DPT Student’s First Job

    John Childs
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:54 am
    Welcome to the #DPTStudent Chat “Feature Friday”;  a weekly recap of the Twitter chat/Google Hangout that the #DPTStudent group hosts every other Wednesday night from 9:00 – 10:00 EST. This week’s topic was on a DPT student’s first job. Be sure to monitor the #DPTstudent hashtag on Twitter & follow chat administrators, @LauraLWebb, @TylerTracy10 & @Jocelyn_SPT for […] The post #DPTStudent Chat Feature Friday: The DPT Student’s First Job appeared first on Evidence in Motion.
  • Fear vs. Challenges in #Physicaltherapy Practices

    Larry Benz
    15 Nov 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Over the past few months, I have spent significant time with very distinct physical therapy private practice groups.  The groups have included the Physical Therapy Business Alliance Unencumbered conferences, EIM’s executive management in private practice program (full disclosure, I am a partner in EIM), and Private Practice Section’s National Conference. There are two ice breakers […] The post Fear vs. Challenges in #Physicaltherapy Practices appeared first on Evidence in Motion.
  • The Coming Out Of “Robby Rob” @ Manipalooza

    Rob Wainner
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Some people think that the debut of my rapping “career” started at the inaugural Manipalooza event. Ah, quite contraire; it was the climax. It all started long before and very innocently in 2001….at a military post (FT Sam Houston), no less.  It was long before EIM and well before the first Manipalooza. I had recently […] The post The Coming Out Of “Robby Rob” @ Manipalooza appeared first on Evidence in Motion.
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    Stirrup Queens

  • 525th Friday Blog Roundup

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:23 am
    It’s Chanukkah. I’m actually really not a fan of Chanukkah in general. It’s sort of a nothing holiday that has been given inflated importance because it falls on the calendar near Christmas. There’s not a lot you do for it: light the chanukkiah, eat fried foods, maybe play a round of dreidel.  See, not that […]
  • Expect to Live the Life You Choose

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:23 am
    There was one other thing about Me Before You that struck me (beyond it being an exact copy of another book), and that was a line that came on page 260: “Everything takes time… and that’s something that your generation find it a lot harder to adjust to. You have all grown up expecting things […]
  • Me Before You and Dying Young

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:21 am
    This post contained spoilers for Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and Dying Young by Marti Leimbach.  Don’t read this post if you haven’t read these books and think you may want to read them in the future.  Though read on if both books don’t sound like your cup of tea since this is really […]
  • #MicroblogMondays 16: Give or Receive?

    15 Dec 2014 | 3:48 am
    Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. ******* An interesting breakdown in holiday commercials is how many show a person receiving something they want (I’ve been good all year and now I get a car!) and how many show someone giving the perfect […]
  • Creme de la Creme List Closes Tomorrow

    14 Dec 2014 | 4:38 am
    So the Creme de la Creme list for 2014 closes tomorrow night.  Monday night, 11:59 pm ET, final moment to submit to the 2014 list.  After that, no entries will be accepted.  The list itself will post on January 1st. This is likely also your final chance to be part of this 9-year project.  While […]
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    Carla Birnberg

  • It’s time for coffee-maker eggs.

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    LOOK! Packing happened! I move tomorrow.  Pots, pans, dishes—everything kitchen is packed.  This necessitates returning to my TRAVEL APPROACH for procuring protein. For hard boiling eggs.  A tip which may also work for those you not moving but *traveling* this holiday season. I love to travel. Given my focus on active play it’s pretty easy for me to maintain my fitness on the road. Given the fact Im an intuitive eater it can be a challenge for me to meet my mindful longings away from home. Allow me to explain. My body craves protein. I may eat more protein than the (finger…
  • #1 reason I love Oakland, California: The PEOPLE.

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    my fave Oakland street sign. I’m moving in TWO days (!).  As a result I wanted to share the Top Five Reasons I Love Oakland, California.  These are quintessential Old School Blogging posts.  Filled with minutia of my life as I ready to depart. I almost closed comments as all I ask is you spend time—no matter how long—sharing & carrying these feelings alongside me. Here is where I am compelled to acknowledge two things. First, I rolled my eyes when people told me as we readied to move: You will love the diversity and people in Oakland! I love Austin! I longed to shout…
  • The #2 way living in Oakland changed my life.

    15 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    These five posts are quintessential Old School Blogging.  They are crammed with the minutia of my life.  Stuffed with thoughts which only matter to me. I almost closed comments as all I really ask is you spend time—no matter how long—sharing & carrying these feelings alongside me. Readying for some Travels with Charming. I will never forget the first time we drove up up up the steep hill into our new neighborhood and navigated the smooshed maze which eventually led to the house the husband had bought. I wasn’t in love. I look at the way all the cars were parked half on…
  • #3 reason MOST people love Oakland.

    12 Dec 2014 | 1:03 am
    These are quintessential Old School Blogging posts.  Filled with minutia of my life.  Crammed with thoughts which only matter to me. As I ready to move to Austin from Oakland Ive dedicated 5 posts to recounting the Top 5 Reasons I’ve LOVED My Time in Oakland. I almost closed comments as all I really ask is you spend time—no matter how long—sharing & carrying these feelings alongside me.  people rave about the Bay Area weather. I was freezing. The #3 reason *MOST* people love Oakland California is the weather. Ill never forget (she types as thought it weren’t…
  • #4 reason I’ll always love Oakland.

    10 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    I’m moving in EIGHT days (!).  As a result I wanted to spent time sharing the 5 Reasons I Love Oakland, California.  These are quintessential Old School Blogging posts.  Filled with minutia of my life.  Crammed with thoughts which only matter to me. I almost closed comments as all I really ask is you spend time—no matter how short—sharing & carrying these feelings alongside me.  thank you OAKLAND for not evicting us from your pet store.   #4 reason I love Oakland, California is because we added to our family here. When we moved, to my tremendous dismay, the…
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  • Great Gifts for Trail Runners - 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

    Scott Dunlap
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Looking for some great gift ideas for trail runners for the 2014 holiday season? I've listed a few favorites below, from the fun to the ree-diculous. Be sure to check the comments at the end for other reader recommendations as well.Happy shopping, and I hope you are all enjoying the holidays!Tribute to the Trails Calendar ($23)Easily my favorite gift to give (or receive for that matter) is the annual Tribute to the Trails calendar. Uber-photographer and trail runner Glenn Tachiyama (along with Wendy Wheeler-Jacobs) has consistently put out the most beautiful trail running…
  • Max King and Ellie Greenwood Win 2014 IAU 100k World Championships In Record Time

    Scott Dunlap
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:26 pm
    (Max King breaks the tape and becomes the IAU 100k World Champion, photo courtesy of Bryon Powell)American Max King and Great Britain's Ellie Greenwood were able to hold off the global competition and crazy heat to win the 2014 IAU 100k World Championships in Doha, Qatar, earlier today. Max's 6:27:44 finish took nearly 3 minutes off the American Record (previously Tom Johnson's 6:30:11 in 1995), and was ~100 seconds ahead of 2nd place Jonas Buud from Sweden.  Spain's Jose Antonio Requejo (Spain) was third in 6:37:03, and American's Zach Bitter (6:48:53, 6th) and Zach Miller (6:51:30,…
  • Beer Mile World Championships on Dec 3rd - Are You Ready?!?

    Scott Dunlap
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    The first annual Flotrack Beer Mile World Championships will happen in Austin, TX, on December 3rd this year. My big question is...who is going to represent the ultrarunners?!?I mean, honestly, who could be better at doing four laps with a beer per lap than an iron-stomach, beer-loving, already-can-run-fast-when-dizzy ultra runner? The competition is tough, however - track and field elites are coming out in droves, meticulously training their way to sub 5-minute finish times. But I suspect we've got a ringer out there somewhere.The Beer Mile is no walk-on event. Lance Armstrong, no stranger…
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    CasesBlog - Medical and Health Blog

  • Top 10 cutest animal stories in science in 2014 - Nature video

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    From TV-watching marmosets to pretend baby penguins, this is Nature’s pick of the cutest animal stories in science this year: Posted at Clinical Cases and Images. Stay updated and subscribe, follow us on Twitter and connect on Facebook.
  • Walking While Texting - National Geographic video

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Texting shrinks peripheral vision to only 10%. "Cell phone use is on the rise and our eyes keep looking down. Try looking up and see what you've been missing." Posted at Clinical Cases and Images. Stay updated and subscribe, follow us on Twitter and connect on Facebook.
  • Top medicine articles for December 2014

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    A collection of some interesting medical articles published recently:What Kids Around the World Eat for Breakfast. “In many parts of the world, breakfast is tepid, sour, fermented and savory.” After birth, babies prefer the foods they were exposed to in utero, a phenomenon called “prenatal flavor learning” Milk Consumption Linked to Higher Mortality in Adults, Without Fracture-Prevention Benefits of workers perform better when listening to music, different genres of music are better tailored to certain tasks…
  • The language of lying - TED-Ed video

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    From TED-Ed: We hear anywhere from 10 to 200 lies a day. And although we’ve spent much of our history coming up with ways to detect these lies by tracking physiological changes in their tellers, these methods have proved unreliable. Is there a more direct approach? Noah Zandan uses some famous examples of lying to illustrate how we might use communications science to analyze the lies themselves.Lesson by Noah Zandan, animation by The Moving Company Animation Studio.View full lesson: Posted at Clinical Cases and Images. Stay updated…
  • New way to lose weight - color everything blue to suppress appetite?

    14 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    The color blue suppresses appetite more than any other color. Apart from blueberries and plums, which are mostly purple, there are few naturally blue foods. The hypothesis is that in the remote past, when humans foraged for food, blue was a warning of spoilage or danger.The Buffet Blues by National Geographic: Everyone loves an all you can eat buffet, but controlling our appetites can be a bit of a struggle. We’re testing to see if a simple change of scenery can impact peoples’ portion sizes. Posted at Clinical Cases and Images. Stay updated and subscribe, follow us on Twitter and connect…
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  • As the worm turns – from scientific paper to news release to bad news coverage

    Gary Schwitzer
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    A journalist-friend asked me to comment on this.   The story, in the Daily Express of the UK, finally got around to explaining that the breathless claims made in the headline and subheadline were based on research in laboratory worms. Microscopic worms. The story states: “Although (the worm in question) is a long way from a human in evolutionary terms, it has been shown to mirror ageing processes in higher forms of life. Dr Blackwell said: “That’s a strong predictor that this mechanism is relevant to people as well.” The story also included lots of…
  • Edgar Allen Poe, Vincent Price, and Dr. Richard Lehman’s journal review blog

    Gary Schwitzer
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    Week after week, it’s a gem. This week, Dr. Richard Lehman’s journal roundup on his blog for The BMJ starts with a parody of Edgar Allen Poe, goes on to channel Vincent Price, and then it gets darker. He describes a New England Journal of Medicine paper on “Clonal Hematopoiesis and Blood-Cancer Risk Inferred from Blood DNA Sequence,” and concludes: “But although the NEJM kindly makes this paper freely available to all, together with an editorial about Clone Wars, we are not about to see a new epidemic of haematological malignancies in older patients: we will just…
  • Exaggeration in health science news releases – and what we’re going to do about it

    Gary Schwitzer
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:33 pm
    It’s difficult to imagine a journal article and an editorial that could set the stage for what we intend to do on this site in 2015 better than this paper and this editorial in The BMJ this week – about problems with health related science news releases. (Addendum almost 2 hours after embargo broke:  BMJ-provided links still not working.  Their issue.  Not mine.  But it affects all of us.  But God help the journalist who breaks an embargo!  This is not good policy. Addendum #2  – 4.5 hours after embargo broke;  BMJ-provided links still not working.  Look, I know…
  • At last: new life, new funding, new initiatives, new people for

    Gary Schwitzer
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:11 am
    I am very pleased to announce that this project has received a two-year, $1.3 million grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation I had hinted at this good news with some of you in recent weeks, but was not able to share details until the grant paperwork was signed. The LJAF, on its website, states: “LJAF’s Research Integrity initiative aims to improve the reliability and validity of scientific evidence across fields that inform governmental policy, philanthropic endeavors, and individual decision making. As a society, we often rely on published scientific research to guide our…
  • A look at robotic surgery proliferation in Denmark

    Gary Schwitzer
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:52 am
    Frederik Joelving, who once did outstanding work for ReutersHealth in the U.S., recently published a piece on robotic surgery in Politiken, a major newspaper in Denmark. A rough translation of the way the article concluded: “It may be difficult to reverse (the proliferation trend) if the large randomized trials that other countries are doing should give low marks to the da Vinci system. … Consultant Christian Gluud of the Copenhagen Trial Unit at the University Hospital and an expert in evidence-based medicine, believes that the lack of regulation has left patients in the lurch.
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  • Mantraband Giveaway

    Becky Schroeder
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:59 am
    We hope you all are loving the giveaways we’ve been able to do the last week. We’ve got more to give-away and we’re especially excited about this next one! Mantraband is a company that makes simply designed bracelets that speak volumes. Each bracelet has a positive word or phrase engraved on it that is meant […] The post Mantraband Giveaway appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsBe anxious for nothing by Karen CMine is “It may get easier, but I will never get BETTER than ... by Kristy TandyFollow your…
  • Circuit Overload

    Robin Farr
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:59 am
    This is a guest post by Sharline Chiang, a writer based in Berkeley, originally from New Jersey. She is a proud, long-time member of VONA, an amazing community of writers of color. When my daughter was born I had no idea that I’d go from ecstatic to fighting thoughts of trying to kill her, and myself. […] The post Circuit Overload appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsI think it's anxiety/ ocd. People that are psychotic don't know ... by DeeI was on cipralex and xanax for 2 years. I had few side effects ... by…
  • Headspace Subscription Giveaway

    Becky Schroeder
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    Mindfulness meditation is an effective way to train your mind and body to relax and to be more welcome and accepting of whatever comes your way. If you’ve never tried it, here’s your chance! Headspace makes learning meditation through mindfulness easy. You learn online (on your computer or using an app on a tablet or […] The post Headspace Subscription Giveaway appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsI do deep breathing before going to bed every night using an ... by IngridI have tried meditation. I have found…
  • Hanging on By a Thread: What flossing taught me about postpartum depression and intrusive thoughts

    Susan Petcher
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am honored to introduce my friend Susan Goldberg who is courageously sharing her story of postpartum depression for the first time.  Susan’s discussion of how parenting books exacerbated her struggle resonated with me in a way I hadn’t anticipated.  That’s the power in sharing our stories here isn’t it?  No matter how long I’ve […] The post Hanging on By a Thread: What flossing taught me about postpartum depression and intrusive thoughts appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsThank you so…
  • Gaiam Yoga Mat Giveaway

    Becky Schroeder
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:49 am
    The holidays are here and we know it’s not always the brightest and most fun time of year for everyone, especially those mamas who are struggling through PPD and other related illnesses. We want you to know we’re always thinking of you, our loyal Warrior Moms (and those that support Warrior Moms too.) You are […] The post Gaiam Yoga Mat Giveaway appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsThis is the first year that it's been any kind of stressful ... by DanielleBreathe – try to sleep and remember my house and…
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  • Sorin Memo3d ReChord Mitral Valve Annuloplasty Ring FDA Cleared

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Sorin Group received FDA clearance for its Memo 3D ReChord annuloplasty ring designed for mitral valve repair procedures. The semi-rigid device is an upgrade to the existing Memo 3D ring, now featuring a new chordal guidance system that helps with implantation, particularly when performing artificial Gore-Tex chordae replacement. The ring is covered with Sorin’s unique Carbofilm coating that, according to the company, improves the hemo-compatibility of the ring and its flexible shape, as the “3D” in the name implies, allows it to bend along with the heart’s motion…
  • Portable Lens-Free Hollographic Microscopy Brings Pathology Lab Anywhere

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    Tissue sample image created by a new lens-free microscope developed in the UCLA lab of Aydogan Ozcan. The lab of Dr. Aydogan Ozcan at UCLA seems like an ever-flowing wellspring of new optical gadgets that can be used in biomedical applications. Yesterday we reported on a new fluorescence imaging smartphone attachment developed by Ozcan et. al. that can be used to spot and measure DNA strands, and in the past we’ve covered other technologies the team developed to count cells, holographic processing to analyze them, and high-res 3D imaging of samples on a tiny chip. Today we learn of a…
  • Predicting Metastasis at MetaStat: Interview with CEO Dr. Oscar Bronsther

    Michael Batista
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    Metastasis of cancer cells from the primary tumor represents one of the most serious concerns for any cancer patient and can affect clinical decisions regarding treatment for the disease. The ability to predict the likelihood of metastasis is imperative, though existing solutions are limited in the scope of patients and types of cancer than can be screened. Changing this paradigm is MetaStat, a company developing a new way to predict the risk for tumor metastasis that could be used for any type of tumor cell and pave the way for clinicians to provide personalized cancer treatments based on…
  • Nanoplug Hearing Aid to Hide Within Ear Canal (VIDEO)

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    Hearing aids have come a long way lately, thanks to new audio processing algorithms, miniaturization, and wireless capabilities. Yet, they can still be too large to wear inconspicuously and can get quite pricey. Now a new project raising money on Indiegogo aims to produce a hearing aid small enough to fit into the ear canal and cheap enough to sell for around $400. The Nanoplug device is able to be this small thanks to its tiny battery, designed to be many times smaller than currently available hearing aid batteries. The team working on the device claims that it will hold enough charge to…
  • Guest Post: How ‘Noisy’ Data Is Holding Hospitals Back

    Asha Saxena
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    Asha Saxena is the president and CEO of Future Technologies Inc., an international data management solutions firm. For many patients, all the information physicians collect before every appointment can be a big nuisance. Do physicians really need to know patients’ complete family medical history, drinking habits, and past surgeries for a consultation about seasonal allergies? Does all of this information actually help them make an accurate diagnosis? Unfortunately, the answer is usually no. While it’s true that data is transforming the way doctors practice medicine, if left unstructured,…
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  • Shortening medical school: Is that a good idea?

    <a href="" rel="tag">Arshya Vahabzadeh, MD</a>
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Why are we shortening medical degrees? The four-year medical degree has been the mainstay of U.S. medical schools for more than a century, following the publication of the Flexner report in 1910. Prior to this, there was little standardization about what a medical degree could or should look like. Medical school education was subsequently standardized to two years of academic study, followed by two years of clinical learning. Since the report, despite the tremendous amount of change inside and outside of medicine, the four year medical school model has remained relatively untouched. But…
  • A day in the life of a hospitalist

    <a href="" rel="tag">Joshua Allen-Dicker, MD, MPH</a>
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I am a young hospitalist who is 16 months into my role at an urban academic medical center. Unlike many of my more-senior colleagues who found their way to hospital medicine by circumstance, luck, or as a second-career path, I have been planning my career in hospital medicine since the beginning of my residency training. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how.
  • When discussing cancer treatment, the approach matters

    <a href="" rel="tag">Michael Carbine</a>
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Dr. Peterson, the radiation oncologist, gets right to the point. “The medical center’s tumor board has concluded that your cancer is inoperable, incurable and untreatable,” he says flatly. “Any chemotherapy or radiation treatments would be palliative in nature.” He begins explaining the reasons behind the board’s verdict, but everything he’s saying washes out. My mind stopped working as soon as I heard the words “incurable” and “palliative.” I am sliding into shock. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How…
  • MKSAP: 76-year-old woman with a headache

    <a href="" rel="tag">mksap</a>
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 76-year-old woman is evaluated for a 1-day history of headache, left eye pain, nausea and vomiting, seeing halos around lights, and decreased visual acuity of the left eye. She has type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and atrial fibrillation. Medications are metformin, digoxin, metoprolol, hydrochlorothiazide, and warfarin. On physical examination, temperature is 36.8 °C (98.2 °F), blood pressure is 148/88 mm Hg, pulse rate is 104/min, and respiration rate is 16/min. Visual…
  • What is value in cancer care? It depends.

    <a href="" rel="tag">J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, MD</a>
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Value. A simple word with lots of meanings, all of which depend on the context of the moment. Value in health care — especially in cancer care — is certainly no exception. What is undeniable is that we are seeing an increasing clamor about value in cancer treatment. And one person’s value is clearly another person’s concern. 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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  • Amazon #1 Bestseller in Preventive Medicine: The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    We are proud to share that The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness remains as the #1 Bestseller in Amazon’s Preventive Medicine list. It’s been a Top 10 for over a year now! This has been possible thanks to many excellent reader reviews, such as the one below left by Rick Bruce in California a month ago. Dear readers, and everyone else: Happy Holidays, and Happy (and very brain-fit) 2015! There is no magic pill, but there is a pathway to brain health. The sooner you start, the better. November 17, 2014 By Rick Bruce (CAMBRIA, CA, US) “This is a very approachable exploration of the…
  • Top 14 Brain Fitness News in 2014: Research, Assessments and Training

    Alvaro Fernandez
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    Unless you live in a cave, you are well aware of all the growing interest in–and controversies around–the topics of brain fitness and brain training. A little perspective may help separate the signal from the noise. Take a minute to think about the early years of the physical fitness movement. It took decades of conflicting research and confusing media coverage to finally spread the idea that daily life activities are far from sufficient to keep us physically fit. And, at the same time, to develop the exercise protocols, the validated assessments, the professional standards and…
  • 127 scientists challenge the purported brain training “consensus” released by the Stanford Center for Longevity

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    Scientists to Stanford: Research Shows Brain Exercises Can Work (Press release): “A group of 127 scientists sent an “open letter” to the Stanford Center for Longevity, today, in reaction to a recent statement by the center that was highly critical of the emerging science of brain training and derogated the efficacy of all brain exercises…The letter is signed by 127 doctors and scientists, many of whom are luminaries in the field of neuroplasticity – the discipline that examines the brain’s ability to change. Signatories include members of the National Academy of Sciences, members…
  • Apple names brain training apps “Best of 2014″ in 20+ countries

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
    Brain training is going mobile, and global. Not only did Apple name one brain training app (Elevate) “Best App of the Year” in the US, across all categories, but it handpicked another brain training app (Peak) as one of the top apps in 20+ countries. In the UK: “Apple named video editor Replay as its best iPhone app, ahead of self-improvement app Peak – Brain Training.” In Spain: “App y juego finalistas a lo mejor del año 2014: Peak – Brain Training Una app que nos ayuda a mejorar nuestra memoria, concentración, resolución de problemas, agilidad mental y lenguaje a través de…
  • Study finds large gaps between research and practice in ADHD diagnosis and treatment

    Dr. David Rabiner
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    Most children with ADHD receive their care from community-based pediatricians. Given the large number of school-age children who require evaluation and treatment services for ADHD, and the adverse impact that poor quality care can have on children’s development, it is important for children to routinely receive care in the community that is consistent with best-practice guidelines. The American Academy of Pediatrics has clearly recognized this and published guidelines for the evaluation of ADHD back in 2000; this was followed by a set of treatment guidelines in 2001. Based on data collected…
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    The Health Care Blog

  • We Spend More on Health Care Than Other Rich Countries but Have Worse Outcomes?

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    By FRANK de LIBERO Here it’s argued that we need to retire the health care fallacy, “We spend more on health care than other rich countries but have worse outcomes.” The fallacy implies U.S. health care is deficient in spite of being costly. Indeed our health care costs too much, but there is little evidence […]
  • Flu Report: Providers Prescribing Antivirals at Higher Rate

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:23 pm
    By IYUE SUNG Earlier this week, we reported on the current rates of influenza-like illness (ILI), based on data from roughly one million patient visits on the athenahealth network. That report showed a steep increase in ILI rates for the week ending Saturday, December 13 (see previous post). It’s not certain that this season will […]
  • I Have DCIS, Should I Have a Bilateral Mastectomy?

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:28 pm
    By ROBERT McNutt, MD Benefit: There is none. No women with DCIS have been included in a randomized controlled trial. Harm: Cosmetic outcomes are unclear; Second operations to fix the cosmetic outcome may be needed, but reasonable estimates for harm and complications do not exist as bilateral mastectomy has not been systematically studied in DCIS. […]
  • A Secret Playbook to Torment Doctors

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
    By PETER ELIAS, MD A physician friend commented recently that he was being ‘meeting-ed to death’ and wondered if it was intentional. It turns out, he was on to something. One of my colleagues has a neighbor whose sister’s piano tuner has a friend whose cousin is married to a nationally respected medical institution’s CEO. […]
  • Advice to Vivek Murthy: Be Nonpartisan, Use Common Sense and Move Americans

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    By SAURABH JHA, MD In defiance of dire predictions, children haven’t been sent to workhouses and women haven’t been chained to utensils after the GOP gained strength in the House and the Senate. And Vivek Murthy, the unabashed Obamaphile, was finally confirmed Surgeon General. To be honest, I always thought the controversy surrounding Murthy’s nomination because […]
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    Bad Science

  • My BMJ editorial: how can we stop academic press releases misleading the public?

    Ben Goldacre
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    There is an excellent research paper published today in the BMJ, showing that academic press releases routinely exaggerate scientific findings and mislead the public. This is something I’ve often covered. In this story, for example, the BMJ’s own press release about their own paper was hopelessly and entirely misleading. And after this story, featuring a […]
  • That YouGov parlour game is wrong. This annoys me.

    Ben Goldacre
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    YouGov have produced a fun, popular new parlour game. You give the site the name of a celebrity, author, TV show, pet, activity, or anything; and it gives you a lot more information in return. Essentially: “other things that such a person typically does and likes”. So, the “favourite dishes” of people who read Ben Goldacre books are Vegetarian Thali, […]
  • Some London talks and events coming up

    Ben Goldacre
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    There are a few London talks and events coming up over the next few weeks, all very different, and more to come around the country soon: Monday 17th Nov – Richard Herring Leicester Square Podcast This show is a great institution: comedian Richard Herring interviews comedians and the occasional nerd in front of a live audience, […]
  • What should Cochrane do next?

    Ben Goldacre
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:08 am
    Here’s a talk I did last year that’s just popped up online. The Cochrane Collaboration is a fabulous organisation, producing gold standard “systematic reviews” summarising all the data that’s ever been collected on important questions in medicine. Cochrane have become great by inviting criticism: for example, they run the Silverman Prize, for the best essay or paper pointing […]
  • My new book is out today. Here is the introduction. Hooray!

    Ben Goldacre
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    My new book is out today: a collection of columns, journalism and essays, but also some of my more colourful government reports, academic papers, and more. It looks lovely. Here is the introduction. Hooray! ……  Amazon ………………….. …………………. Audible ……… ……….  Waterstones  ………. ….. Kindle   …………………….. ……….   Local  ………………….
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    Respectful Insolence

  • Congress polishes the turd that was NCCAM

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:45 am
    With the way our dysfunctional federal government works, it’s not uncommon for the end of a fiscal year to come and go without there being a budget for the next fiscal year in place. This phenomenon is particularly common during election years, and this year was no different. September 30 came and went, followed by…
  • Traditional Chinese medicine: Compare China with the U.S.

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:15 am
    I’ve written quite a few times, both here and elsewhere, about the sham that is known as “traditional Chinese medicine” (TCM). Basically, there is no such thing as TCM per se. There were in the distant past many “traditional Chinese medicines,” various folk medicine traditions that, contrary to what is taught now, did not form…
  • Jess Ainscough finally admits her condition is deteriorating

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Not being Australian and, for some reason, never having encountered her promotion of “natural health” online before, I first encountered Jessica Ainscough, also known as “The Wellness Warrior” over a year ago when I learned that her mother Sharyn Ainscough had died of breast cancer. Her mother, it turns out, had rejected conventional treatment for…
  • Ten years gone (and a little more)

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:11 am
    Wow. I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun. In fact, it flies so fast that I don’t even notice when a major anniversary (or, if you will, blogiversary). Remember how I’ve been mentioning that I can’t believe it’s been almost ten years since I started doing this? I’ve been droppoing these little…
  • Who knew? My state’s vaccine personal belief exemption rate stinks! (Part 2: What to do.)

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    After yesterday’s post on the depressingly high (and increasing, apparently) rate of personal belief exemptions to vaccination requirements for entering school in the state of Michigan, I felt the need to pontificate a bit further. The reason is that has posted some followup stories. Also, I didn’t have a lot of time last night…
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    World of Psychology

  • 8 Surprising Habits that Might Prevent Authentic Happiness

    Psych Central Staff
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:35 pm
    “We first make our habits, then our habits make us.” – John Dryden This may look good, sound good, and maybe even feel good at first, but it’s not serving you well in the end! I’d hear this thought in my head over and over and still not believe it. But it had persisted ever since I started questioning the status quo in my life. And I don’t mean a loud, in-your-face, obnoxious line of questioning; rather, a gentle curious whisper that asks: Well, why does it have to be this way, if I may ask? Questioning the status quo is not a novelty in our modern society, but here’s the…
  • ADHD Tip: A Simple System for Managing Paperwork

    Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    For people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), paperwork can become a big problem. ADHD impairs executive functioning, making it difficult to make decisions, sort and prioritize. Clients commonly come to psychotherapist and ADHD coach Terry Matlen needing help with paperwork — everything from bills to receipts to school papers to taxes. She explains exactly why in her valuable book The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Can Conquer Chaos, Find Focus and Get More Done: “Your brain’s circuitry finds it difficult to prioritize (Do I pay the bill first or send…
  • Psychology Around the Net: December 20, 2014

    Alicia Sparks
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    From holiday gift ideas to dealing with our bosses’ bad moods, today’s Psychology Around the Net is sure to keep you on the edge of your seats! The Best Psychology Books of 2014: The Guardian writer Lisa Appignanesi provides a list of six of the best psychology books over the past year. (HINT: You might even get one or two holiday gift ideas from this one!) The Best Christmas Gift Ever: Finding Blessings in Challenges: Speaking of holiday gifts, oftentimes some of our greatest blessings come from our greatest challenges. When have you faced a challenge that turned around and…
  • I’d Never Tell Anyone This, But…

    Linda Sapadin, Ph.D
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:35 pm
    I was 12 years old when my 16-year-old cousin got me alone in a room and started feeling me up. I remember being so shaken and scared. I didn’t know what to do. When I came home, I told my mother. I shall never forget what she said to me: “Stop making up stories. Your cousin is a good boy. You know that. Why would you want to say bad things about him? What’s wrong with you?” I froze. Could I have imagined the whole thing? Could it not have happened? Could it have been my fault? I ran up to my room and never mentioned the incident again. But how alone I felt! How confused I felt! How…
  • 5 Mindful Ways to Protect Against Depression

    Laura C. Meyer
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    Cultivating a life of happiness is much the same as cultivating a garden. They both come with pests, and we can choose how we want to treat the pests. Using the example of a vegetable garden, we treat the vegetables and the soil to protect from pests that may interfere with growth and cause damage. One choice is to spray pesticides. But pesticides also get into the soil, destroying needed nutrients and minerals, and ultimately affect the vegetables’ taste and quality. We can also choose an organic garden by working the soil, fertilizing it, and taking other measures to protect the…
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  • Pete Burns

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Pete Burns Pete Burns is so earnest. His favorite quote is ,”I’ve had every plastic surgery imaginable!’. You can see Pete Burns performing everywhere under the sun at parties and weddings singing, ‘You Spin Me Round.’ Watch Pete in a tn interview. The post Pete Burns appeared first on
  • Whitney Houston – Implants and more

    14 Dec 2014 | 11:25 am
    Whitney Houston Breast Implants Ahhhhh… the many changing faces of Whitney Houston.. from breast implants to rhinoplasty, just breathtaking. She started out modeling in simple stock photos and after that became the music industry’s favorite though put. The post Whitney Houston – Implants and more appeared first on
  • Jocelyn Wildenstein – The Cat Lady

    14 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    Jocelyn Wildenstein Jocelyn Wildenstein Jocelyn Wildenstein was once married to a wealthy financier. She now occupies her time with various plastic surgeries. The post Jocelyn Wildenstein – The Cat Lady appeared first on
  • Winona Ryder – Reelin’ through the years

    14 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    reelin through the years – Winona Ryder Wow, are we reelin’ through the years or what? Does your nose grow as you age? I dunno. Ask Winona Ryder. The post Winona Ryder – Reelin’ through the years appeared first on
  • Zac Efron – Do I look like a girl?

    13 Dec 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Do I look like a girl? Zac Efron out in Hollywoodland Zac Efron, out and about in Hollywoodland.. at one time, he looked like a young kid.. Now he looks like Seth Rogan. The post Zac Efron – Do I look like a girl? appeared first on
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    Blue Marble Feed | Mother Jones

  • How a 20-Minute Conversation Can Convince People With Anti-Gay Views to Change Their Mind

    Inae Oh
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    A recent study suggests that a single conversation between a gay person and a same-sex marriage opponent may have the power to change the person's mind on the issue.  The study, published last week in the journal Science, analyzed data collected by the Los Angeles LGBT Center after it sent pro-gay marriage canvassers to areas of southern California that had voted overwhelmingly in favor of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California in 2008 until the Supreme Court overturned it in 2013. Starting in 2009, canvassers—both gay and straight—engaged in over…
  • New York State Just Banned Fracking

    Tim McDonnell
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    After years of wrangling between environmentalists, lawmakers, and fossil fuel companies, New York's top public health administrator said he would ban fracking in the state, citing health risks. From the New York Times: The Cuomo administration announced Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State, ending years of uncertainty by concluding that the controversial method of extracting gas from deep underground could contaminate the state’s air and water and pose inestimable public-health risks. "I cannot support high volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of…
  • These Are the Cutest Animal Videos of 2014, According to the World's Leading Science Journal

    Tim McDonnell
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    Nature is one of the world's flagship peer-reviewed scientific journals, a venue for some of our best new ideas about the world. Sometimes, those ideas are about animals that also happen to be outrageously, unconscionably cute. I'm talking baby-penguins-and-pomeranians-and-monkeys-cute. This morning the ingenious folks in Nature's video department rounded them all up into one face-melting video. Here's how to put a YouTube video on endless loop. You're welcome.
  • Here's How Much the Storm Is Helping California's Epic Drought

    Julia Lurie
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:21 pm
    In the midst of the most intense drought in hundreds of years, Northern California is being bombarded with rain (here are some crazy photos). In a state that produces roughly half of the country's fruits and veggies, the water is more than welcome. The storm is expected to dump 2-8 inches of water in the Bay Area, and 2-5 inches in Southern California. But California would need 18-21 more inches of rain over the next six months in order to make up for the drought, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The state usually gets about 23 inches of rain per year. Check…
  • There's a Big Coal Giveaway in the Cromnibus Bill

    Kate Sheppard
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:17 am
    This story originally was originally published by The Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The 1,000-page omnibus spending package released Tuesday night is reigniting a fight over rules for U.S. financing of coal plants abroad. In October 2013, the Treasury Department announced that it would stop providing funding for conventional coal plants abroad, except in "very rare" cases. And in December 2013, the Export-Import Bank announced a new policy that would restrict financing for most new coal-fired power plants abroad. The bank, often called…
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    Pharma Marketing Blog

  • Critique of an Ad Seen in "Modern Pharma Guidance" Magazine

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    The ad shown on the left is the subject of an FDA/OPDP "untitled letter" (definition), which took aim at a Sunovion professional print ad for seizure med Aptiom.According to the FDA reviewer of the ad: “Although Aptiom may reduce seizure frequency, FDA is not aware of substantial evidence demonstrating any effectiveness of Aptiom on patients' feelings of confinement associated with seizure."A typical letter for a typical drug ad seen in a physician-targeted publication/journal.Imagine, if you will, a parallel world in which exists a trade publication for pharmaceutical…
  • Pharma: The Year 2014 in Images

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:51 am
    These are my favorite images and posts that appeared in Pharma Marketing Blog in 2014 (see embedded slide deck below - you can also view this directly on slideshare here).It was a very interesting year, especially since FDA finally released some long-awaited social media guidance for the pharma industry. 2014 was also notable for the proliferation of pharma mobile health apps, which is another emerging area that needs FDA guidance. FDA has said that the guidances it has issued so far do not include mobile. Finally, it was the year of high prices - for both branded and generic drugs.See below…
  • Et Tu, Amgen? Blincyto's Bling! Bling! Price Tag!

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    FDA approved Amgen's Blincyto (blinatumomab) on December 3, 2014, as a second-line treatment for Philadelphia chromosome-negative precursor B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which affects around 6,000 patients in the US.The price tag of $178,000 per two-cycle course makes it one of the most costly drugs on the market.This is just one of the record number of 15 "orphan" drugs approved by the FDA in 2014 (read "43% of New Drugs Approved by FDA in 2014 were for Treatment of Rare Diseases"). FDA considers Blincyto a "breakthrough" therapy, which means…
  • Pfizer's "Humorous" Menopause Ad Mentions the "V" Word

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    Pfizer marketers have done it again! First it was an all-female Viagra ad campaign for the treatment of ED (erectile dysfunction; read "Oh Yeah, Baby! Show Me More!... Viagra TV Ads Like This. But Don't Let My FDA See It!").Now, it's an all-female disease-awareness ad campaign about "vaginal atrophy," which appears to be a symptom of menopause that women don't talk about - hence the name of the video featured in the campaign: "The Talk" (it's embedded at the end of this post).Three generations of women -- a teenager, her mom, and her grandma…
  • 43% of New Drugs Approved by FDA in 2014 were for Treatment of Rare Diseases

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    Preliminary data announced recently by the FDA shows that 2014 is shaping up to be a banner year for orphan drugs, which are drugs that treat "rare" diseases/disorder affecting fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S. The drug approval data from 1994 through 2014 (to date) are plotted in the following chart:NME=New Molecular Entity, BLA=Biologic License Application; Source: "CDER New Drug Review: 2014 Update"Let's dig deeper into the numbers.Read more »
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    Not Running a Hospital

  • When a company is run by droids

    Paul Levy
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    This column was originally to be focused on Uber, which allowed its shortage algorithm to increase the prices of taxis out of the Sydney central business district by four times during the recent hostage episode--and who, at first, responded to complaints by saying, "Well, we need to increase prices to encourage more drivers to enter that sector of the city."This tin ear to public opinion got them in a heap of trouble, even though they later changed their tune and offered people free taxi service during the crisis.But even that pales compared to Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph,…
  • Please answer the question.

    Paul Levy
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:30 pm
    If you haven't answered the question I pose below, would you please do so as a comment on that article?  It requires no technical knowledge, and I'd value your opinion.  Thanks.
  • Enforcing AG's agreements with hospital systems

    Paul Levy
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Bruce Mohl at Commonwealth Magazine reports that the state of Massachusetts has started "to assess $1,000-a-week fines on Steward Health Care for failing to turn over to regulators the company’s audited financial statements, with the current tab standing at $12,000"  This story is the latest chapter dating back to August.  Back then I made a suggestion:Back in October 2010, when the Attorney General recommended approval of Steward's takeover of the Caritas Christi hospital system, she was able to get the following agreement: "Steward, and any successor-in-interest to Steward,…
  • Please answer this question

    Paul Levy
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:43 pm
    At a meeting this week of the MedStar Health patient and family advisory council, Rosemary Gibson and Anne Gunderson asked,"As a patient or family member in a hospital, what are your assumptions and expectations with regard to medical students and residents when it comes to patient safety?"Please think about that for a moment, and post your answer as a comment here.  (I'll respond afterwards.)
  • Everyday innovators show the way at U. Mass.

    Paul Levy
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:54 pm
    I hear through the grapevine that my July post about U. Mass Memorial Health Care in Worcester was not well received by some colleagues in Central Massachusetts.  I can certainly understand that, as I did not portray an optimistic prognosis.  I certainly hope to be proven wrong, and recent numbers from that quarter look better, as reported in this story by Lisa Eckelbecker at the Worcester Telegram.But regardless of how things progress, I want to expand on a passing comment in that blog post, which I meant with all sincerity:Dr. Dickson, by all accounts, is a thoughtful, honest, and…
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  • The Royal Family - A Christmas Message

    20 Dec 2014 | 3:14 pm
  • A letter from PharmedOut

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:06 am
    Dear Friends of PharmedOut, Happy Holidays! We hope you saw Pharmed Out quoted in the New York Times last week. We are excited to tell you about our newest vision for PharmedOut in 2015 and beyond, and how you can help. As many of you have noted, silently or vocally, our website and social media presence need an update. Students who recently critiqued our website were, well, kind: “… the PharmedOut website is awesome…However… the website needs to be updated.” “…The website feels dated.” “I believe in what PharmedOut stands for and I think…
  • Ben Goldacre writes

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Dear FriendsPlease help us make a real and lasting change.Two years ago I started discussing the problem of withheld trial data with Sense About Science. Back then, the situation seemed hopeless, and I was angry: many institutions were in denial, and many past efforts to fix the problem had ground to a halt. In January 2013 Sense About Science formally took this issue on as a core campaign, and with others we started the AllTrials campaign. Since then, progress has been phenomenal. WHO, the European Commission and the US, UK and Canadian…
  • 15,000 Twitter Followers! Thank you.

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:14 pm
  • Write a message to the NIH

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Dear FriendsLast month, many of you supported the WHO’s plan to call for the results of all clinical trials to be reported. Now we all need to support proposals from the US Government to improve clinical trial transparency there.The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) have announced proposals to expand requirements to register clinical trials and report results, and to make that a condition of research funding. This is a significant and potentially transformative step in the battle for clinical trial transparency.Francis Collins, Director…
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  • Cambogia Plus Review : Keeping Weight In Check With Garcinia Cambogia

    29 Nov 2014 | 2:12 am
    The internet is full of people cringing about weight woes, about how they just couldn’t stick to a particular diet. The internet is also full of weird diets that sometimes only involve fruits (like that’s enough food!) or sometimes, a celery stick! But some easy solutions like Cambogia Plus are available online to curb the former two situations. Find out how useful the product can be here. Overview The formula is for supplementation purpose and claims to develop body’s functions to relieve it of excess fat deposits. It promises to develop metabolic activity so more fat is…
  • More Foods To Get Rid Of Weight

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
    The fat loss strategies of the Largest Losers are increasingly being uncovered by two of the show’s most notable contestants and you also get to benefit. This short article revisits the unbelievable history of The Weight Reduction Bill Twins and Jim Jim Germanakos and gives the tips for their success. Tomatoes also have a greater degree than once they are refreshing of antioxidants if they are processed,. The downside involves food processing firms who incorporate unhealthy Weight Loss Supplement and needless things such as salt, sugar. You will be thinner! Greens, fruits, almonds,…
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    Health and Wellness News

  • Holiday Trimmings Can Trigger Allergies

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am - Holiday Trimmings Can Trigger AllergiesSATURDAY, Dec. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) - The holidays can be anything but joyous for people with allergies when they contend with fresh trees, scented candles and other allergy triggers. "The dust from the boxes and on the decorations that have been packed away in dank basements or dusty attics is triggering reactions in my allergy and asthma patients," Dr. Rachna Shah, an affiliate faculty member at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, said in Loyola news release. Shah, who is also an allergist at Gottlieb Memorial…
  • Lynparza Approved for Advanced Ovarian Cancer

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am - Lynparza Approved for Advanced Ovarian CancerFRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) - Lynparza (olaparib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat advanced ovarian cancer associated with defective BRCA genes, the agency said Friday in a news release. Nearly 22,000 women in the United States are projected to be diagnosed this year with ovarian cancer, and more than 14,000 will die from it, the U.S. National Cancer Institute estimates. Lynparza was approved with a companion diagnostic called BRACAnalysis CDx, designed to detect genetic mutations in the…
  • Health Tip: Bake a Healthier Holiday Treat

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am - Health Tip: Bake a Healthier Holiday Treat(HealthDay News) - Baking holiday goodies doesn't have to include loads of butter and sugar. The American Heart Association mentions these potential substitutes: - Swap no sugar-added cinnamon applesauce for butter. Use a sugar substitute. Instead of heavy cream or half and half, use skim milk. Use whole wheat flour in half the amount of flour called for in a recipe. Skip candies and chocolate chips in flavor of dried fruit. Flavor treats with peppermint, vanilla or almond extracts, instead of extra sugar or butter. Copyright © 2014…
  • Crohn's, Colitis May Have Genetic Underpinnings, Study Finds

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am - Crohn's, Colitis May Have Genetic Underpinnings, Study FindsFRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) - The intestinal bacteria that cause inflammatory bowel disease, which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, may be inherited, researchers report. The findings, published recently in the journal -Genome Medicine-, could help in efforts to prevent the disease and treat the 1.6 million Americans with Crohn's or colitis, the study authors added. "The intestinal bacteria, or 'gut microbiome,' you develop at a very young age can have a big impact on your health for the rest…
  • Cancer Treatment Costs Weigh Heavily on Patients, Study Finds

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am - Cancer Treatment Costs Weigh Heavily on Patients, Study FindsFRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) - The cost of cancer treatment can cause financial stress that threatens patients' well-being, a new study finds. Researchers examined data from 1,000 people in the United States who had been diagnosed with colorectal or lung cancer. Of those patients, almost 900 had finished their treatments and were cancer-free, and more than 100 had advanced cancer. Nearly half of the patients said they were struggling to pay their medical bills, which was linked with a poorer health-related…
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    Health -

  • Deadly listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples

    20 Dec 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Health officials are investigating a deadly listeria outbreak linked to prepackaged caramel apples. WCCO-TV's Rachel Slavik reports on more about the outbreak.
  • 2-year-old hears mother's voice for the first time

    20 Dec 2014 | 1:34 pm
    When Ryan Aprea's cochlear implant was turned on, he reacted in a fit of giggles. The joy was so overwhelming that his mother, Jennifer, and her husband from Huntington Beach, California, shared the video online, and it went viral. CBS Los Angeles' Lisa Sigell reports.
  • Flu infections widespread in 29 states

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:58 pm
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting widespread flu activity in 29 states. So far this season, the virus has led to the deaths of 11 children. CBS News' Kris Van Cleave looks at which parts of the country are getting hit the hardest.
  • Flu outbreak spreading rapidly in U.S.

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:14 pm
    The CDC says flu is widespread in more than half the country, and this year's vaccine isn't providing enough protection
  • Heart drug shows potential for Ebola patients

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:09 pm
    A doctor who contracted Ebola while working in West Africa recovered after receiving "aggressive treatment" with a new experimental drug
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    Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily

  • Lost memories might be able to be restored, suggests research into marine snail

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:41 am
    New research indicates that lost memories can be restored, according to new research into a type of marine snail called Aplysia. The findings offer some hope for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Early exposure to antidepressants affects adult anxiety, serotonin transmission

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Early developmental exposure to two different antidepressants, Prozac and Lexapro, has been studied by researchers in a mouse model that mimics human third trimester medication exposure. They found that, although these serotonin-selective reuptake inhibiting antidepressants were thought to work the same way, they did not produce the same long-term changes in anxiety behavior in the adult mice. About 15 percent of women in the United States suffer from anxiety disorders and depression during their pregnancies, and many are prescribed antidepressants.
  • New technique reveals immune cell motion

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Neutrophils, cells recruited by the immune system to fight infection, need to move through a great variety of tissues. New research shows how neutrophils move through confined spaces in the body. A new system can mimic tissues of different densities and stiffness, enabling improved development and testing of drugs.
  • Reducing emergency surgery cuts health care costs

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Researchers have determined the hospital costs and risk of death for emergency surgery and compared it to the same operation when performed in a planned, elective manner for three common surgical procedures: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, coronary artery bypass graft and colon resection. The research indicates that reducing emergency surgery for three common procedures by 10 percent could cut $1 billion in health care costs over 10 years.
  • Technophobia may keep seniors from using apps to manage diabetes

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Despite showing interest in web or mobile apps to help manage their type 2 diabetes, only a small number of older adults actually use them, says a new study. Approximately 2.2 million Canadians are living with type 2 diabetes, 2 million of whom are age 50 or older. A study found that although more than 90 per cent of research participants owned a computer or had daily Internet access, just 18 per cent used applications on this technology to help manage their diabetes. While almost half owned smartphones, only 5 per cent used them to manage their disease.
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    CBC | Health News

  • Free program helps obese Moose Jaw, Sask., residents lose 2,500 lb.

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Sixty-three per cent of Moose Jaw residents are overweight or obese. Since January 2014, a private clinic has been offering a free program to help 1,000 people lose weight and stave off chronic disease. Results from the first 230 participants show a total loss of 2,500 lb. in the initial phase of 12 weeks.
  • Woman saved by pig liver 20 years ago reunites with medical team

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Mavis McArdle reunited Friday with her old medical team to celebrate two decades of good health since the breakthrough procedure in 1994 at Montreal's Royal Victoria Hospital and is described by her doctors as the only person in Canada to have been kept alive using a pig's liver as life support.
  • Tainted caramel apples linked to 5 deaths in U.S.

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    Five people have died and 21 others have been hospitalized in recent weeks in a listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples, U.S. health officials said on Friday.
  • 'She is our world': Family of N.B. girl who lost parts of 4 limbs in rare infection

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:59 am
    A nine-year-old girl from Baie-Sainte-Anne, N.B., has a long recovery ahead of her after a rare type of bacteria forced doctors to amputate portions of her arms and legs.
  • What dance does for your brain

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    What's the connection between dance and mental health? Hamilton dance therapist Megan English knows the answer. She will be speaking live on Ontario Today on Friday at noon to discuss the cognitive and emotional benefits of moving to music.
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    Environmental Health News

  • Climate activists choosing to nibble at the corners.
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    I have a theory as to why Americans don't worry all that much about global warming: High-profile purveyors of climate change don't push for reductions in greenhouse gases so much as focus on berating people who do not agree with their opinions.
  • Peering beyond the biggest AGU meeting headlines.
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    At a meeting the size of the American Geophysical Union - with 25,000-plus attendees - a lot gets covered and a lot inevitably is missed. Here's a rundown of developments that didn't get top billing this week but are likely to make bigger news in coming years.
  • To cheers and jeers, Michael Peevey presides over final PUC meeting.
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    During 12 years at the helm of the powerful Public Utilities Commission, Michael Peevey took California out of an energy crisis to become a world leader in renewable energy. Amid praise and controversy, he presided over his last meeting Thursday.
  • Antarctic photo science archive unlocked.
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Aerial photos from the 1940s and 1950s are being used to probe the climate history of the Antarctic Peninsula. UK scientists are comparing the images with newly acquired data sets to assess the changes that have occurred in some of the region's 400-plus glaciers.
  • White House updates draft guidance on NEPA greenhouse gas evaluations.
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Federal agencies should consider the climate impact of any action that would increase greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, the White House Council on Environmental Quality said in updated draft guidance.
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    Yahoo Health

  • Is Running Really Bad for Your Knees?

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    The most common running injuries hit the knees. But, running gets a bad rap, but running can strengthen the knee, and those who run throughout their lives have stronger knees than those who don’t.
  • The New Genetics of Schizophrenia

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The largest study ever conducted of people with schizophrenia has found 83 new gene locations, some in surprising places — findings that will allow researchers to pursue new theories about what causes the disease and how to treat it.
  • 9 Secrets To Lasting Weight Loss

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Armed with these simple tips, you can painlessly shed pounds. (Photo: Stocksy) Mindful eating may not be a mainstream weight-loss tactic (yet), but that doesn’t mean it’s unsupported by science. In a 2013 Kent State University study, researchers found that mindfulness strategies — for example, paying close attention to the taste and smell of food, and attending to hunger and fullness — significantly increased people’s satiety after a meal.
  • 5 Low-Carb Holiday Side Dishes You'll Love

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Holiday dinners can be heavy on the meat and bread, but there are loads of ways to get more veggies into this year’s meal.
  • Planned Parenthood Supported New Spending Bill Despite Its Anti-Abortion Measures. Here's Why.

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:47 pm
    The bill contains provisions that bar federal funding for most abortions, forbid federal and local funding for abortions in the District of Columbia, and deny abortion funds for federal prisoners. So why would Planned Parenthood ever be OK with this?
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    Renegade Health

  • Is 10 Minutes of Daily Exercise Enough? Make Your Healthy Minutes Count

    Dr. J. E. Williams
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    It seems that for health, the range of exercise—there’s always the proverbial range—is between 30 to 90 minutes daily for at least five days a week. Can any one really lose weight exercising ten minutes a day? If so, which exercise is best? Could it be done in six or eight minutes? Confused about what to eat? You’re not the only one. How long should you take to consume a healthy meal, once you discover that perfect diet? For example, how long does it take to chew a cup of broccoli or a bunch of raw kale so that it’s sufficiently soft enough to digest? How many minutes every day do…
  • Creamy Dill Cashew Ranch

    Jennifer McClelland
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Top your salad with something healthy AND delicious! Have you gone to the effort of making a healthy, hearty salad only to top it off with a chemical-laden, artificial dressing? If this is you, don’t worry. I’ve been there, but this is not about condemnation. This is about solutions and how to Be Deliciously Healthy! This Creamy Dill Cashew Ranch, gluten-free and dairy-free, will make a good veggie dip for your holiday party as well as a super salad dressing. My friend, Sheila, dehydrates kale chips and seasoned veggies, and these make great salad toppings as well. No more boring salads!
  • Diet Myths—Let’s Bust Them Open, Part II

    Shelli Stein
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    We think one particular food group is the enemy, but it’s not true. In part one of Diet Myths—Let’s Bust Them Open, we took a look at the topic of modern day diets and busted some myths! I have so many myths to bust that this is part two. We covered six myths in the first article, so let’s take a look at some more of these myths and you’ll see what I mean. Myth #7. Fats, carbs, and sugar are the enemies. You might have noticed that popular diets seem to come and go. In the 1990s, for instance, low-fat diets were popular. Then it was low-carb diets. Now it seems to be gluten-free…
  • Chikungunya Disease Sweeps the Caribbean, Moves Into Florida

    Dr. J. E. Williams
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Viral infections (like Chikungunya, caused by mosquito bites) are spreading around the world at an alarming rate. Expect more, not less, over the coming decades. A new virus—no, it’s not Ebola—has come out of Africa and is heading your way. In just one year from its discovery in the Americas in late 2013, this new disease has sickened 776,000 people in the Caribbean and Central America. The real number of cases is certainly much larger. Now it’s in Florida. Nearly all fifty states have had cases of this virus, but most were from people who had visited the Caribbean islands. Florida,…
  • Walk a “Kevin Block” with Me

    Kevin Gianni
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    When I was young, my mother was often away. She was a single mom, a flight attendant and needed to work to support my brother and I. My father had died when I was 2. While she was working, she hired nannies to stay with us, since most of her extended family was in Pittsburgh — over 400 miles away from Connecticut where we lived. My favorite nanny was (and still is) Lisa. She came into our lives when we were a little older, sometime in the mid 1980’s when we were around 8 and 10 years old. Lisa was from Sweden and was a bohemian who had left home at 18 to explore the world. She now…
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    In the Pipeline

  • Merck, Cubist, and Hospira: The Inside

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:08 am
    Or as much of the inside as we're likely to have. Thanks to @AndyBiotech on Twitter, here's an SEC document detailing the negotiations between Merck and Cubist. It makes for interesting reading in general - you can see how a deal like this comes together, and all the places where it might have fallen apart - and you can also see that the Hospira patent fight was, in fact, very much on the minds of Merck's management. Emphasis added in the extracts below: On October 16, 2014, Mr. Bonney called Mr. Frazier to discuss the Company Board’s feedback in response to Parent’s stated interest in a…
  • Another Alzheimer's Antibody Goes Down

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:28 am
    The clinical failure rate for disease-modifying Alzheimer's therapies remains perfect, unfortunately: a flat 100%. The latest news is from Roche. Their in-licensed amyloid-targeting antibody (gantenerumab, from MorphoSys) came up empty on an interim trial analysis. Other trials are apparently continuing, but with what hopes? Roche's rationale seems to be that these other trials are targeting milder and/or earlier forms of Alzheimer's. And it's true that if an antibody approach is going to show something, those are probably the patients where it will. (There are a number of such trials going…
  • Nativis In the Clinic

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:26 am
    Time to revisit an old favorite around here. Remember Nativis Pharmaceuticals? I do, since they provided one of my most treasured "you can expect legal action" letters. When last mentioned here, they were working on the "Voyager", a device (used in veterinary care at the time of that post) that would somehow play back some sort of radio signature of a drug solution and therefore affect the course of a disease. I have not, despite a few efforts, arrived at a better description than that of what Nativis says that they do. Well, a correspondent alerts me to this clinical trial: Nativis…
  • What Would You Put In a Med-Chem Textbook?

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:04 am
    I had an interesting note this morning from a reader who's been asked about writing an introductory textbook on medicinal chemistry. He's been looking over the field, and wondering what to include (and what to leave out). Quite a few current med-chem texts have a fairly robust section on combichem, for example, but many of these seem out of proportion to the technique's current importance. So what would you deemphasize if you were writing one of these? And what would you give more time to? (We'll take the obligatory references to finding jobs in the field as already having been made!)
  • Actavis and Namenda

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    John LaMattina has a column at Forbes about the situation with Actavis and their Alzheimer's drug, Namenda (memantine). That situation is not a pretty one: the company has an extended-release form of the drug coming on, which they believe will be more convenient to dose. And that's fine - except that part of their strategy is to discontinue the original dosage form. This is a larger-scale version of the sort of thing that I banged on Retrophin about earlier this year. Dropping useful drugs just so that your new formulation can rule the world seems to be a particularly nasty form of portfolio…
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    The Insomnia Blog - Sleep Doctor Michael Breus, PhD

  • How to Keep Snoring From Hurting Your Relationship

    Dr. Michael Breus
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    Snoring doesn’t just interfere with the snorer’s sleep. When it comes to couples, one person’s snoring often means sleep trouble for two. And it isn’t only sleep that can suffer. Snoring can put great strain on relationships. A snoring problem often creates not only tiredness but also frustration and resentment between couples. It can interfere with sexual and emotional intimacy, and can push couples to sleep in separate bedrooms.  There are many good reasons to treat snoring, including restoring sleep quality, guarding against risks to health, and improving daytime functioning.
  • Is Sleep Apnea Related to the ‘Sperm Crisis’?

    Dr. Michael Breus
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The past decade or so has seen the development a worrisome trend in fertility studies—evidence that suggests the possibility of broad declines in male sperm quality. In particular, a French study released in 2012 found significant declines in sperm quality among French men over a 17-year period between 1989 and 2005. The average age of the men in the study was 34-36 years old over the duration of the study period. During this nearly two-decade timeframe, average sperm concentration fell an alarming 32%. This isn’t the only study to identify widespread decreases in sperm quality—other…
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    TubaDuba: Fitness, Health and Sports Technology

  • Let There Be Light, A Lot Of LIGHT! Trail LED

    Aaron Usiskin
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    Well biking in the daytime is of course the best way to ride the trails, unless you have a TrailLED. Let's just say that daytime is now anytime you switch this head mounted light system on. The downfall is the price $1200, ouch, the cost of the sun ain't cheep.The Halo is quite simply the most revolutionary bike light on the market in both design and output.  The Halo houses ten of the highest performing CREE LEDs available and emits a wicked 6000 lumens.   (In fact, it is so bright that you should probably have to sign a waiver .)  We deliver those 6000 lumens in a solid,…
  • Iron On Micro Fiber Lens Cleaner, AMAZING!

    Aaron Usiskin
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:57 am
    Well the Holidays will rush in great products, PhotoJoJo micro fiber lens cleaner will not disappoint. Carrying around cloths to wipe your glasses, phone, iPad is a bit annoying, now all you need to do is iron one into your bag, shirt, pants, etc..A lens cleaning cloth is like gym motivation – it just never seems to be there when you need it.The Micro Fiber Lens Cleanse Patches are totally here for you in your time of need. These fun patterned patches easily iron on to your duds, so you can rock that cleaning power at all times.The extra soft micro fiber material is way better for your…
  • Titin weighted Compression Gear!

    Aaron Usiskin
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Meet the worlds only weighted compression gear. The TITIN Force™ Shirt System is a three part hyper gravity system. The first part of the system is weighted hydro-gel inserts. The second part is a 14-pocket inner compression shirt. The third part is the outer compression shirt. Gels are strategically placed over large muscle groups evenly distributing the weight throughout the upper body.The TITIN Force™ Shirt System  can help boost the efficiency of workouts, improving speed, balance, endurance, and vertical leap.The TITIN Force™ Shirt System allows you to move naturally without…
  • Qlipter, Clip To Anything!

    Aaron Usiskin
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:52 am
    This simple device is what everyone wants. Simple and just like a bathroom stall, you can hook and hang just about anything, weight restrictions apply.QLIPTERHang your backpack, lantern or gear off the ground when you're outdoors.Hang your bag over a chair or off of a table when you're out on the town.Keep your luggage bundled together when you're traveling.Keep your tools close when you're working.  Hang your diaper bag off of your stroller, shopping cart, diaper table or bathroom door when you're out with the kids.  Use the tapered nose of the qlipter for narrow openings when…
  • Best Gift Guide Around, GP100!

    Aaron Usiskin
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:33 am
    Excellence, innovation, craftsmanship, and an unwavering desire to challenge expectations.Trending is our new religion. Not that anyone should act surprised. The desire for understanding amidst an unprecedented explosion of new information is natural. It’s what separates us from everything else with a metabolism. For a species supposedly#doomed to forget the lessons of history, there’s also a comfort in systematically mining the past and present for a hazy peek at the future. It’s proof to ourselves that we’re finally paying attention.Some of it has tangible value for sure, but…
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  • Added Sugar Linked to High Blood Pressure

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    According to a new study published in Open Heart, added sugar contributes to heart disease more than salt.It seems it is the carbs and added sugars, found in processed foods, contribute to heart disease, more so than salt."Ingesting one 24-ounce soft drink has been shown to cause an average maximum increase in blood pressure of 15/9 mm Hg and heart rate of 9 bpm. Those who consume 25% or more calories from added sugar have an almost threefold increased risk of death due to cardiovascular disease, according to the research." - Medical News TodayThe biggest offender? High fructose corn…
  • What Happens When You Drink 10 Cans Of Soda a Day for One Month?

    2 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    © 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
  • Low Carb Diet: Fat or Fiction?

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    From the video:"The role of insulin is to build fat, and when you frequently consume carbohydrates it stimulates excess insulin. The insulin stops the food from being used properly, making you eat more and more frequently, a vicious cycle. Fat gives basically no insulin response, protein stimulates it moderately.""This is not a high protein diet, it is high fat. You need enough protein to maintain/stimulate muscle, but mostly you should just dodge the carbs and eat the fat. It’s more satiating, helping you eat less.""Some people metabolise carbs better than others. Many people are unaware…
  • Good Fat vs Bad Fat

    4 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    © 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
  • Saturated Fats: A Weight Loss Alternative To Starvation and Exercise

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    This weird trick is for people who haven't been able to keep the weight off, though they've tried to do so for years.A surprising finding is, to lose weight, you have to consume a certain amount of healthy fats, including saturated fats. They ensure steady energy as well as a feeling of satisfaction. (The amount you eat is up to you.)Saturated fats are things such as whole cream, animal fat and coconut oil. Grass-fed butter is another example of healthy, saturated fat.The next time you are hungry, to keep from overeating, consider consuming grass-fed butter (without the bread or crackers).
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    Hospital Impact

  • Hospital Impact will resume publishing after holiday season

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Hello, Hospital Impact readers! Due to the holiday season, Hospital Impact will not publish newsletters or blog posts for the next two weeks. We will resume publication Jan. 8, 2015. Have a great holiday season and a happy new year!
  • Leadership support central to long-lasting hospital change

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:38 pm
    by Ilene MacDonald This year I had the privilege of interviewing many hospital and healthcare executives about leadership strategies and the challenges the industry faced in the wake of healthcare reform, Medicare regulations, consolidations and business initiatives. Although the topics differed, one theme emerged in nearly all of those discussions as well as other stories that FierceHealthcare covered in 2014: Positive, long-lasting change can't and won't happen unless it comes from the top. Toby Cosgrove's work at the Cleveland Clinic is one such example. His commitment to transform the…
  • Instagram it: Tell the story of your hospital through pictures

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:58 am
    by Nancy Cawley Jean Mark Twain once said, "If you don't like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes." As a lifelong New Englander, I can attest to that. When it comes to social media, the same concept applies--if you don't like the social networks today, just wait, because there will be a new one tomorrow. Hospitals are now more accustomed to navigating the social media waters: There are 1,540 hospitals in the U.S. that use one or more social media networks or blogs, according to the Health Care Social Media List (HCSML) maintained by the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. The…
  • Great leaders must learn, grow from mistakes

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    by Darlene A. Cunha In May, I talked about the attributes of great leaders. The subject drew a lot of attention over the past year, as healthcare continues to evolve in this ever changing climate of reimbursement and accountability. Recently, Mitch Robbins wrote a blog for The HealthCare Initiative on leadership. The article was a great reminder that "... Leadership is a daily task, not just a title. Great leaders make mistakes. The difference between great leaders and others is that great leaders see these mistakes as learning opportunities." Here are some lessons learned by some of our…
  • Tip on handling unanticipated computer conversion problems

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:47 am
    by Mina Ubbing At some point, all hospitals and healthcare systems face the need to convert or upgrade their computer platforms. Sometimes this is due to a merger or acquisition that requires the change for system integration. Other times, it's necessary because of changing demands for both financial and clinical informatics. Importantly, computer conversions can consume significant resources for as long as two years. In healthcare, you can't close your facility while the conversion takes place. Certainly a conversion is a major undertaking and is a major investment of not only money, but…
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  • 一枚は持っておきたい年会費無料のクレジットカード

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:26 am
    クレジットカードを既に持っている、使っている人はその便利さをよく知っていると思います。 一昔前までは、年会費千円とか安くても500円くらいが必要なところが多かったのですが、今は、ショッピングやキャッシングが可能な普通のクレジットカードなら、年会費無料は無料の会社がほとんどです。ETCが付いているものもあります。 今、1番便利な使い方としては、やはりインターネットでの買い物です。…
  • 学生用クレジットカードという超お得カード

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:24 am
    クレジットカードは色々なカテゴリに分けられています。 ゴールドカードやプラチナカードなどはよく知られていますが、学生用クレジットカードというものも存在するのです。 学生用クレジットカードとは、その名の通り学生が入会する事のできるカードなのですが、ただの学生向けというものではなく非常に強い特典のついているカードも多数存在します。…
  • 最近はゴールドカードもさまざまです。

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:22 am
    カードを選ぶうえで重要視するところは、空港のラウンジサービス、高額補償の海外旅行やショッピングの保険、高額補償だけでなくものによっては、手術、入院、通院も補償される国内旅行保険、旅行やエンターテイメント関連の優待割引、ポイントプログラム、金利手数料の優遇などが挙げられます。 優待サービスは、カード会社によって個性が表れるところですので、カードを選ぶ際には重要ポイントになると思われます。…
  • クレジットカードポイントは現金化して活用しよう!

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:20 am
    買い物に使用するとポイントがつくというクレジットカード特典があります。私はこれを、公共料金の支払いに利用しています。 公共料金の支払いはどうやっても払う必要がある、多少節約はできても削除は出来ない部分ですし、そういったところでプラスアルファの小遣い稼ぎができるのはとてもお得な気分です。 小遣い稼ぎと言ったのは、私が利用しているものはそのポイントをそのまま現金の代わりに利用できるからです。…
  • クレジットカード審査は思っていたよりも簡単です!

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
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    A Splintered Mind

  • I'm Fighting Christmas Depression Today

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:38 pm
    I'm depressed today, so I will be listening to Christmas music mixed with dance music to lift my spirits. Videos that I watched last night still haunt me. I especially haven't recovered from watching an avant-garde biopic of Karen Carpenter done with grime, war footage, and Barbie dolls. I may never be free from its hateful snark. Thanks, IRC guy, for the recommendation. If I had only left it alone. I could have walked away, shaking my head, but unscarred. However, I then looked up “Karen Carpenter collapsed on stage” and watched final performances of hers where she looked like a poster…
  • Training Myself To Write

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:07 am
    Today I was reading an article by Dean Wesley Smith about Pulp Speed. He talked about the golden age of pulp fiction where writers who were disciplined could write 1,000,000 words a year or more. That's only 2778 words per day he calculated, working everyday of the month. Of course, you might want to take the weekend off, so subtracting four Sundays & Saturdays from a thirty day month would mean you'd need to write 3788 words per day to get the same results. At 1000 words an hour, that's just under four hours of work daily—part time status. If you doubled that and worked an eight hour…
  • Six Journal Ideas to Deal with Depression

    12 Dec 2014 | 4:29 pm
    I have been writing in a journal almost all of my life. In the beginning I wrote about movies I saw and my Superman trading card collection, but by the time I was a teen I learned that journaling helped me work out my moods, worries, and problems. Sometimes there was no more therapeutic a process I could do for my ADHD & Depression than hold an internal conversation with myself. This was the power of the journal: to provide a constructive environment for me to explore private issues and often resolve them.Here are six ideas for journals that can provide a constructive method of…
  • ADHD Intensity and the Flying Fingers of Fearless Focus!

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:53 am This past week I forgot my first rule of Internet engagement: Understand and acknowledge the other person’s feelings before disagreeing with their facts. When I follow this rule, more times than not the conversation goes well, even if we ultimately disagree. Yes, there are some people who just want to see the world burn, or more specifically, see you burn, but they’re in the minority. Most people on Twitter and Facebook simply feel just as strongly about their opinions as you do. This is why finding common ground with them before you disagree with them is so…
  • News Alert? I Still Have ADHD & Depression

    6 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
     I wanted to jot down a few things before going into the weekend.  First, I'm in the last stretch of my book's final draft. I have had a devil of a time with this one particular chapter on using faith or meditation to overcome suicidality, but I'm finally making progress with it. In the end it has become one of my strongest chapters. Finishing this book is what I'm supposed to be working on instead of blogging and breathing, so your patience, please. It will soon be done.  Second, as much as I use social media to let my hair down, so to speak, I try to share useful links. I also collect…
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    Cancer Research UK - Science blog

  • News digest – Government science funding, exercise and prostate cancer, drug approval and more

    Nick Peel
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    The UK Government announced its ‘£6 billion commitment’ to UK science. Here’s our news report and the BBC’s. Our scientists discovered the unique genetic paths that the childhood brain tumour medulloblastoma follows when the disease comes back. Read the press release for more info. Swedish researchers found that moderate physical activity appears to reduce death rates among men diagnosed with prostate cancer that hasn’t spread. Our news report has the details. Our scientists have shown that loss of a gene called PTEN triggers some cases of an aggressive form of ovarian cancer.
  • Six Citizen Science milestones from 2014 – number four is out of this world

    Josh Lee
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:13 am
    If you’ve recently been on an intergalactic space adventure, or restored a magical world to its former glory, while carrying out vital research into cancer, it’s likely you’ve been one of our Citizen Scientists. And you’ve had a big year in 2014. Our programme, which calls on the public to help our researchers analyse data, had already launched its first online project – Cell Slider in 2012. And this year, we’ve introduced two new mobile games to our cancer-fighting arsenal: Genes In Space and Reverse The Odds. But these new games wouldn’t mean much without the over 300,000…
  • Dances with Pharma: part 2 – How Cancer Research UK works with industry

    Emma Smith
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Dances with PharmaIn the first part of this series we took at look at the journey of a new treatment, from bench to bedside, and how a complex web of factors affects its final price. Now, let’s turn to look at the role we play in supporting drug development and encouraging innovation, and how we aim to get new treatments to patients faster. So, let’s explore our partnerships with pharma companies, why they’re important, and how we try to influence the way drugs get to patients. Everybody’s doin’ a brand new dance now A long line of…
  • Dances with Pharma: part 1 – why are drugs so expensive?

    Emma Smith
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:26 am
    This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Dances with PharmaThanks to advances in research, survival from cancer has doubled in the UK over the past few decades. And although part of this progress has been down to better diagnosis, surgery and radiotherapy, it’s impossible to deny the role played by the pharmaceutical industry, which has brought forward many life-saving and life-extending drugs. But although the chances of surviving cancer are better than they have ever been, more people are being diagnosed with the disease every year and need treatment. What’s more, as the cost of…
  • News digest – breast cancer conference, political announcements, heavy metal ‘blood test’ and more

    Henry Scowcroft
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    There’s a big breast cancer conference happening in the US – the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium – and several stories this week stem from announcements there: A large Cancer Research UK-funded trial looking at the protective effects of tamoxifen for women at high risk of breast cancer showed that taking the drug for five years protects against the disease for at least twenty. Our news story has more, and the story made the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph among others Conventional x-ray mammography may miss tumours in women with denser breasts, US researchers found. They…
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    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health

  • The Impact of Infertility Treatment on Mood: Some Women are More Vulnerable

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    While many women complain of psychological distress during infertility treatment, it has been somewhat unclear if the anxiety and depression women may experience is related to having to undergo infertility treatment or to the hormonal agents that are used as part of the treatment, or a combination of the two.   While we know that changing levels of gonadal hormones, like estrogen, may affect mood and anxiety levels, we have very little information on the psychological effects of the hormone-modulating drugs used in assisted reproductive technology (ART). The post The Impact of Infertility…
  • FDA Finalizes Guidelines for Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling Information

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a report outlining the new standards for how to present information regarding the safety of medications used during pregnancy and breastfeeding: “The new content and formatting requirements will provide a more consistent way to include relevant information about the risks and benefits of prescription drugs and biological products used during pregnancy and breastfeeding.”  These changes will be put into effect by June 2015. The post FDA Finalizes Guidelines for Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling Information appeared first on…
  • Vitamin D and Menopausal Symptoms

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:38 am
    A recent study has explored the association between vitamin D levels and vasomotor symptoms in a group of postmenopausal women. The post Vitamin D and Menopausal Symptoms appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
  • Medications and Pregnancy: A Focus on the Pharmacokinetics

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    We have an abundance of articles which address the impact of psychotropic medications on pregnancy.  Much less research, however, has focused on how pregnancy may affect how these medications work.  Physiologic changes take place during pregnancy which may affect the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination of medications.  These pharmacokinetic changes may result in lower psychotropic […] The post Medications and Pregnancy: A Focus on the Pharmacokinetics appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
  • New Guidelines Limit Testosterone Supplements for Women

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Both men and women produce testosterone. The big difference is that the levels are much lower in women, around 15 to 40 ng/dL.  In women, testosterone levels begin to decline gradually after the age of 20. In postmenopausal women, testosterone levels are between 0 and 20 ng/dL.  Various symptoms have been attributed to falling levels of testosterone in midlife women, including lower sex drive, decreased muscle mass and bone density, decline in cognitive functioning, and depression.  Some refer to this constellation of symptoms as “female androgen insufficiency syndrome”; others debate…
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    Health Blog

  • Different types of permanent for long hair

    1 Dec 2014 | 9:32 am
    So long hair comes in numerous colors and textures, different kinds of permanent for long hair. The permanent type you choose will be based on what type together with size of curl want On earth do you hate having permanent utilizing tight curls and want just some waves? There is a permanent Try to deliver curls that highlight together with warn? Bars and rollers meant for permanent A permanent transfer may be a two-step process that aims to allow the long hair a significant and loose curl when using the force of a irreversible smaller curls – perfect for those trying to find some volume…
  • Natural tips to grow hair

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    Discovering steps to make your hair grow faster could be difficult, especially if you need to go the natural method. The actual hair often not developing as fast as we wish. Maybe you’re desperate to possess long curls, but know there isn’t any magic potion to accelerate hair regrowth. The good news is that we now have hundreds of ways to create your hair keeps growing at its fastest speed and efficient. In add-on, these tips come with benefits for the rest of the body too. Keep Hydrated You should drink enough water to maintain the shiny, healthy hair to create it grow.
  • How to grow long hair

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Make nice hair grow long to already have it requires of you point in time and dedication. Simply changing rather your hair care habit, you can get a challenging and seductive mane. Read on to discover how to grow your hair long of having it. Your hairstyles for long curly hair I’m about to give you won’t take more than 20 minutes of your respective precious time but will certainly score you some significant style points and enable you to style your long tresses as being a pro! So, are you ready to experiment with a number of interesting new hairstyles for ones lovely locks? Well, then you…
  • Making a pair of false teeth online

    11 Nov 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Artificial teeth are not just if you have lost their smile. Although dentures are factors behind false teeth, others employ them for reasons aesthetic. They are used through competitions child beauty towards conceal the lost and as part of the special effects makeup to alter the appearance of tooth of an actor smile. Making false teeth can be described as meticulous job of coloring would always make acrylic and confirm perfect adjustment thereof. Making a couple of false teeth online 1. Develop a mold of your smile. Alginate prepared according in the manufacturer’s instructions and the…
  • The best way to clean stains from false teeth

    5 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    Your teeth as natural, false teeth spots develop gradually. Coffee, tea, wine red and smoking are typically guilty of stained your teeth. Dentures are porous allowing it to absorb the pigments on these substances, causing discoloration and stains. Fortunately, there are particular methods to remove and even return the dentures therefore to their original pearly.  In the event the holidays come Halloween or fancy dress costumes an accessory popular are classified as the teeth false to produce the costume more real. A costume that requires teeth hairpieces is usually a hip hop artist or maybe…
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    Evolving Wellness

  • Chickpea Parsley Lemon Salad

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:29 am
    Characteristics This delicious and filling salad brings out the best in parsley and chickpeas thanks to the juicy punch of lemon and other robust flavors thanks to a variety of spices. Aside from rich flavors, it is also full of rich textures to delight the palette. This meal is high in vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, with lots of antioxidant activity. It is high in healthy carbohydrates and protein, and naturally low in fat and sodium. It is high in fiber and cholesterol free, and can easily be used as a salad meal anytime of the day. TYPE: Meal, Salad, Appetizer PERPARATION TIME:…
  • Chocolate Mint Truffles Recipe

    9 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    Characteristics This fun and decadent treat makes a great snack or dessert that you can feel good about eating. It is based solely on wholesome ingredients, including a variety of powerful superfoods. The truffles are rich in protein, healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They are naturally low in sodium, have no refined sugars and all of their calories are nutrient dense. They are super easy and quick to make and require no cooking, meaning that you benefit from the highest level of nutritional integrity. TYPE: Dessert, Snack PREPARATION: < 15 mins SERVING: Makes…
  • 7 Reasons and Recipes to Drink Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Juices

    29 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    This article is written for Evolving Wellness by guest author Vineetha Reddy. Ease and convenience are the reasons people give for preferring to have their fruits and vegetables as juices, rather than as a whole. Of course, it cannot be ignored that eating the whole fruit or vegetable is not quite equivalent to its juiced counterparts. Nonetheless, juicing helps people easily meet the recommended daily target of fruits and vegetables. If you are not eating enough whole fruits and vegetables, aim to consume between one and a half to three cups of pure, fresh juice daily. Adding more fruit and…
  • Evolving Wellness in Action: Wally Brown

    2 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    This story of Evolving Wellness lifestyle change in action comes from Wally Brown. Below, Wally shares about his newfound realizations for attaining optimal health and weight, as well as how he successfully lost over 70 pounds! To connect with Wally, visit him on his blog The Weight Loss Lie. Area(s) of My Health and Wellness that Needed Change For most of my life I never cared about my health very much. I drank too much beer and stayed up too late and ate too much food that was easy to get and quick to eat. After many years of this, I was a fat and I almost never felt good on any given…
  • Review: The Forks Over Knives Plan

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    There is a movement taking place on our planet; a movement that has an increasing number of people understanding the healing power of food and its potential to impact the quality of our life. This movement is the Forks Over Knives movement that started in 2011. We now have the support of many resources within this movement, with the most recent being The Forks Over Knives Plan. In this review I will share about this new resource and how it can help you harness the power and potential of your daily food, as a healing and preventative mechanism for optimal wellbeing. In 2009, Brian Wendel…
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    HowStuffWorks - Learn How Everything Works!

  • What’s the ideal tax solution for you?

    Dave Roos
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    You might be perfectly fine changing your own oil but what about your taxes? Find out your ideal tax solution at HowStuffWorks.
  • Can I file someone else's taxes?

    Susan Sherwood
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Taxes are a drag, but they have to be done. Find out if you can help out someone else by taking on their tax filing at HowStuffWorks.
  • How Green Tax Credits Work

    Chris Opfer
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Saving the environment can also help you save a little green come tax time. Learn more about green tax credits at HowStuffWorks.
  • How Discretionary Income Works

    Chris Opfer
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Discretionary income is extra money don't need to spend, but it's used to monitor the economy. Learn more about discretionary income at HowStuffWorks.
  • How IRA Tax Deductions Work

    Chris Opfer
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Did you know you can save money by spending? The trick is to spend money on your retirement plan. Learn about IRA tax deductions at HowStuffWorks.
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    Weighty Matters

  • Saturday Stories: Bulletproof Diets, Weightism, and Fatigue

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    Image SourceFriend and journalist Julia Belluz from Vox explains why the Bulletproof diet is everything that's wrong with eating in America. Lindsay Averill on XOJane talks weightism and the terrible things people say to folks with weight. Friend and journalist Alex Hutchinson with his debut piece in The New Yorker explaining what is fatigue?        Related StoriesSaturday Stories: Gamification, Allowing Natural Death, and Mexican Farm WorkersSaturday Stories: Bigots, Idiots, Francium, and WarSaturday Stories: Brazil, Thalidomide, and Menu Board…
  • Videos Like This Make Me Love The Internet

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    Today's Funny Friday features arguably the very best Christmas dinner video ever.Have a great weekend!        Related StoriesEver Wonder Why Someone Doesn't Just Throw Salt on Iceman?A Breathtaking Version of Sia's Song ChandelierAre You a Back Home Baller? 
  • Why Semantics Matter To Food Diaries

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    Just a quickie on calories and diaries. As I've mentioned before, People are not walking math formulas whereby if they have 3,500 more or less calories than they burn they'll gain or lose a pound.3,500 calories of one food or type of food will likely have a different impact on health, hunger, thermic effect, and weight than 3,500 calories of another food or type of food.Different people have different caloric efficiencies whereby they are seemingly able to extract more calories from food or reserves than others and lose weight with more difficulty (and gain with greater ease).And yet here's…
  • Why Can't We Just Ignore The Irresistible Bullshit?

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    I do a lot of interviews with the media about fad diets - pretty much all of which with extremely reputable reporters and news outlets. I do understand the media's job is to sell media and that fad diets, regardless of their efficacy, sustainability or scientific underpinnings, can fairly be described as newsworthy - especially if wildly popular. I also understand that the public has a seemingly insatiable appetite for entertaining the promise of simple solutions to complex problems. But shouldn't there be a limit to the degree of bullshit a reporter will cover? Sure, reputable reporters and…
  • Why This Holiday Season Should be All-You-Can-Eat

    16 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    Ok, so the headline's a bit clickbait-y as there's a qualifying word missing. Thoughtfully. This holiday season should be all-you-can-thoughtfully-eat, where thoughtfully means asking just two questions before each and every indulgence. 1. Is it worth it? 2. How much do I need to be happily satisfied? As I've said many times before, food isn't just fuel. As a species we use food for comfort and for celebration and no doubt for most of us, the answers to those two prior questions will be different in December than in January. And here's a promise. If you don't ask those questions every…
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    Highlight HEALTH

  • HHS, NIH Take Steps to Enhance Transparency, Public Access to Clinical Trial Results

    NIH Newsbot
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which proposes regulations to implement reporting requirements for clinical trials that are subject to Title VIII (Clinical Trial Databases) of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA). The proposed rule clarifies requirements to clinical researchers for registering clinical trials and submitting summary trial results information to, a publicly accessible database operated by the National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes…
  • Cocoa Flavanols Improve Speed of Memory Tasks in Older Adults

    Walter Jessen
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    A new study finds that dietary cocoa flavanols — naturally occurring bioactive molecules in cocoa — can improve the speed of a memory task in healthy older adults. The study, published in the advance online issue of Nature Neuroscience [1], provides the first direct evidence that one component of age-related memory decline is caused by changes in a specific region of the brain called the dentate gyrus and that age-related of memory decline can be modulated by dietary intervention. Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) recruited 37 healthy volunteers 50 to 69…
  • You Will Soon Pay More for Prescriptions Filled at Pharmacies Selling Tobacco

    Jenny Jessen
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:19 pm
    CVS Caremark is reportedly planning to charge an extra co-payment for prescriptions filled at pharmacies that sell cigarettes and other tobacco products. In February, CVS announced that it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at a cost of approximately $2 billion in annual sales. Now, it appears that the company plans to compensate for that loss with it’s Caremark business unit. CVS Caremark is one of the largest pharmacy benefit management companies in the United States, which works between insurance companies and pharmacies. CVS Caremark will soon require that…
  • The Brain’s GPS System and the Nobel Prize for Medicine

    Jenny Jessen
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:40 pm
    On Monday, the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was announced [1]. The prize was awarded to a team of scientists for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system — an “inner GPS” —in the brain that makes it possible to orient ourselves in space, demonstrating a cellular basis for higher cognitive function. The prize of 8-million-Swedish-krona ($1.2-million USD) was divided, with one half to Dr. John O´Keefe, age 75, at at University College London and the other half jointly to a husband-and-wife team, Dr. May-Britt Moser, age 51, and Dr. Edvard I.
  • Novo Nordisk Obesity Drug Wins FDA Panel Support

    Walter Jessen
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Last week Thursday, an FDA advisory panel recommended the approval of Novo Nordisk’s injectable drug liraglutide for the treatment of obesity. Voting 14 to 1 to recommend the drug, the advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded that liraglutide is safe and effective enough to warrant approval for use in chronically obese patients with at least one weight-related health issue. The drug liraglutide is already approved to treat diabetes at lower doses under the brand name Victoza. If approved for obesity by the FDA, it would be sold under the name Saxenda. To…
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    EmpowHER - Women's Health Online

  • 5 Ways Hypothyroidism Can Be Treated Naturally with Food

    Erin Kennedy
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Display Title:  5 Ways Hypothyroidism Can Be Treated Naturally with Food Subtitle:  There are several natural treatments that can be part of your plan to make you healthier and maintain a normal thyroid. Background Image:  Image Only:  No Description Background:  on Link Text:  Learn More URL: Align:  right Weight:  -9 Text Color:  Black
  • Your 10-Step Guide to Mindfulness this Winter

    Erin Kennedy
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    Display Title:  Your 10-Step Guide to Mindfulness this Winter Subtitle:  Distraction has a way of making us blind to our blessings. Here are 10 tips for finding happiness in the present. Background Image:  Image Only:  No Description Background:  on Link Text:  Read Full Story URL: Align:  left Weight:  -10 Text Color:  Black
  • Could You Be In Early Menopause?

    Erin Kennedy
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    Display Title:  Could You Be In Early Menopause? Subtitle:  The average age of menopause is 51. However, some women experience it as early as 39 years old or younger. Background Image:  Image Only:  No Description Background:  on Link Text:  Read Full Story URL: Align:  right Weight:  -7 Text Color:  Black
  • "The Other Talk": Let's transform the way we think and talk about postmenopause to empower women to help find relief.

    Erin Kennedy
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Display Title:  "The Other Talk": Let's transform the way we think and talk about postmenopause to empower women to help find relief. Background Image:  Image Only:  No Description Background:  on Link Text:  Watch the video featuring actress Brenda Strong here. URL: Align:  right Weight:  -8 Text Color:  Black
  • 10 Harmful Ingredients In Toothpaste You Probably Didn't Know About

    Jody Smith
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:13 am
    Slide Title:  Did You Know These Harmful Ingredients Are in Your Toothpaste? Image:  Image Caption:  Auremar/PhotoSpin Image Text:  When you think of taking care of your teeth and keeping them healthy, chances are one of the first things that comes to mind is brushing with toothpaste. But all toothpastes are not created equal. And in fact, many toothpastes contain unhealthy ingredients that may shock you. Want to know more about what to avoid? Read on. Slide Title:  Aspartame Image:  Image Caption:  Auremar/PhotoSpin Image Text:  Aspartame has been used…
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  • Lecture in January: Beyond a Table Garnish (exploring the wonders of Parsley)

    Talli van Sunder
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    Date: Saturday, January 24, 2:00 pm at In Stride Physical Therapy & Rehab 618 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove Presents: Join nationally renowned cookbook author and chef Barbara Ghazarian for a fun filled exploration of the delicious, vibrant flavored uses of parsley in the Mediterranean kitchen. Barbara will be preparing the classic winter-fresh parsley salad called tabbouli. She will share the secret uses of the popular herb in a wide variety of dishes as well as hand out samples for tasting. Barbara Ghazarian (aka Queen of Quince) is a New York Times acclaimed cookbook author. With the…
  • The Benefits of Running and How to Get Started Talk in November 2014

    Talli van Sunder
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    In November of 2014 at In Stride Physical Therapy & Rehab in Pacific Grove, CA, Blake Russell an Olympic Marathoner, Physical Therapist, mother of two and a resident of Pacific Grove discussed the benefits of running and how to get started safely. Blake Russell is a talented runner who ran the marathon in the Beijing Olympic Games where she was the only American finisher and placed 27th. We were very happy to have Blake come speak at our clinic and share with us how to get started in running and some training tips to prevent injuries. Exercising on a regular basis is a very important…
  • Adventure Running In Pursuit of Rugged and Wild Talk in October 2014

    Talli van Sunder
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:50 pm
    In October of 2014 at In Stride Physical Therapy & Rehab in Pacific Grove, CA, Leor Pantilat presented a mountain photography slideshow of his many adventures in the High Sierra and along the Big Sur Coast. Leor is a lawyer by trade, adventure runner by passion and the record holder for the fastest known time (assisted) for the John Muir Trail. We were very happy to have Leor come speak at our clinic and share with us his photography of the beautiful landscapes that surround the area that we live in. Being in touch with nature is a very important piece to the puzzle of optimal health…
  • How to Save 70% on Your Dental Care

    Talli van Sunder
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:44 pm
    In the so-called developed world, millions are putting-off dental care because they simply can’t afford it. Dental procedures are expensive and lack of insurance means looking for solutions when faced with the prospect of a major treatment. This is when the idea of traveling abroad for cheaper dental care becomes an attractive alternative, with most people finding they can save, on average, 70% at a foreign destination. Depending on the procedure, that can amount to thousands. Dental tourism, as traveling abroad for dental care is more commonly known, is not new. For decades, Americans have…
  • Lecture in December: Raw Vegan Gluten Free Goodies Chef Demo

    Talli van Sunder
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Date:  Saturday, December 6, 2:00 pm   at  In Stride Physical Therapy & Rehab  618 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove Presents: Join Super Natural Chef Kari Bernardi for a fun filled raw, vegan, gluten free sweets and treats making demonstration. Kari will be preparing nut based goodies that are yummy and use only wholesome natural ingredients. She will share recipe formulas and techniques for preparing these treats as well as hand out samples for tasting. Kari Bernardi (aka Super Natural Chef) is a certified, Gourmet, Raw Food Chef and Instructor. Kari is the owner and executive chef of a…
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    Journal of Hospital Medicine

  • The effect of hospitalist discontinuity on adverse events

    Kevin J. O'Leary, Jonathan Turner, Nicholas Christensen, Madeleine Ma, Jungwha Lee, Mark V. Williams, Luke O. Hansen
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:18 pm
    BACKGROUNDPatient-physician continuity is difficult to achieve in hospital settings because of the need to provide care continuously. The impact of hospital physician discontinuity on patient safety is unknown. OBJECTIVETo determine the association between hospital physician continuity and the incidence of adverse events (AEs). DESIGNRetrospective observational study using multivariable models to adjust for patient characteristics. PARTICIPANTSPatients admitted to a nonteaching hospitalist service in a large academic hospital between March 1, 2009 and December 31, 2011. MAIN MEASURE(S)Two…
  • Learning from those without: Identifying barriers and creating solutions to establishing hospital palliative care services

    Christen J. Bertain, David L. O'Riordan, Steven Z. Pantilat
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
  • Associations between perceived crisis mode work climate and poor information exchange within hospitals

    Mark E. Patterson, Miller S. Bogart, Kathleen R. Starr
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:05 pm
    BACKGROUNDBecause hospital units operating in crisis mode could create unsafe transitions of care due to miscommunication, our objective was to estimate associations between perceived crisis mode work climate and patient information exchange problems within hospitals. METHODSSelf-reported data from 247,140 hospital staff members across 884 hospitals were obtained from the 2010 Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture. Presence of a crisis mode work climate was defined as respondents agreeing that the hospital unit in which they work tries to do too much too quickly. Presence of patient…
  • Redesigning an inpatient pediatric service using Lean to improve throughput efficiency

    Michael J. Beck, Kirk Gosik
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:15 pm
    BACKGROUNDData suggest that delays in discharges from inpatient units affect hospital throughput and contribute to emergency department crowding. Lean/Six Sigma (LSS) has been shown to improve inefficiencies in other industries. There are no published data on what impact LSS can have on advancing and sustaining earlier patient discharges. OBJECTIVEDetermine the impact LSS has on advancing times of placement of discharge order and patient discharge compared to control. Secondary outcomes were length of stay (LOS) and readmission rates. DESIGNProspective quality study with concurrent controls.
  • The role of hospitalists in the Ebola response in the United States and abroad

    Ami Waters, Ethel Wu, Sriram Shamasunder, Phuoc Le
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:12 pm
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    QJM - current issue

  • Chronic mild eosinophilia and severe cardiomyopathy

    Dubrey, S. W., Rosser, G., Dahdal, M. T., Patel, K., Wong, J., Grocott-Mason, R.
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
  • Reversible metronidazole-induced subacute cerebellar syndrome

    Ng, P. S., Saini, M.
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
  • Obesity and sleep-disordered breathing--when two 'bad guys' meet

    Ryan, S., Crinion, S. J., McNicholas, W. T.
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), in particular obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS) are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The prevalence of these conditions is rapidly rising mainly due to the worldwide increase in obesity. Obesity contributes to the pathogenesis of SDB in multiple ways including altering upper airway anatomy and collapsibility, ventilatory control and increasing respiratory work load. There is also increasing evidence that OSA itself contributes to the development of obesity. Moreover, both OSA and obesity promote the…
  • Primary cutaneous tuberculosis in an elderly man

    Tseng, H.- C., Lee, C.- H., Cheng, Y.- W.
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
  • Is female sex a risk factor for stroke and thromboembolism in patients with atrial fibrillation? A systematic review and meta-analysis

    Wagstaff, A. J., Overvad, T. F., Lip, G. Y. H., Lane, D. A.
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    Background: Atrial fibrillation (AF) increases the risk of stroke, but this risk is not homogenous. Many risk factors contribute to stroke risk however, the evidence for female sex as a risk factor is less well-established. Aim: To perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of the available evidence to establish if female sex is a risk factor for stroke/thromboembolism among patients with AF. Methods: A systematic literature search was conducted using Medline. The search term ‘atrial fibrillation’ was used in combination with ‘stroke risk’,…
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    European Journal of Internal Medicine

  • A European Emergency Card for adrenal insufficiency can save lives

    Marcus Quinkler, Per Dahlqvist, Eystein S. Husebye, Olle Kämpe
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Adrenal insufficiency (AI) is a life threatening disease that has several underlying causes. In primary AI (PAI) the adrenal cortex itself is destroyed and the most common cause is autoimmune adrenalitis resulting in impaired synthesis and release of cortisol and aldosterone. A failure of the pituitary or hypothalamic control centers lead to secondary (SAI) and tertiary AI, respectively, manifested clinically as isolated cortisol insufficiency.
  • Knowledge of the diagnostic algorithm for pulmonary embolism in primary care

    B. Planquette, D. Maurice, J. Peron, G. Mourin, A. Ferre, O. Sanchez, G. Meyer
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Diagnostic algorithms for pulmonary embolism (PE) have been validated in patients attending hospital emergency departments. However, general practitioners (GPs) are often the professionals of first resort for the majority of non-critical cases of PE.
  • The effect of fatty pancreas on serum glucose parameters in patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis

    Ahmet Uygun, Abdurrahman Kadayifci, Hakan Demirci, Mutlu Saglam, Yusuf S. Sakin, Kadir Ozturk, Zulfikar Polat, Yildirim Karslioglu, Erol Bolu
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Fatty pancreas (FP) is related to obesity, and may have some clinical implications on glucose metabolism. The frequency and importance of FP in patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) are not clear. This study aimed to investigate: the frequency of FP in patients with NASH, and its effects on serum glucose parameters.
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    30 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
  • What is the role of general internists in the tertiary or academic setting?

    Mine Durusu Tanriover, Shirley Rigby, L. Harry van Hulsteijn, Faustino Ferreira, Narcisso Oliveira, Petra-Maria Schumm-Draeger, Frauke Weidanz, Mark H.H. Kramer, On behalf of the Working Group on Professional Issues, European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM)
    30 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The changing demography of European populations mandates a vital role for internists in caring for patients in each level of healthcare. Internists in the tertiary or academic setting are highly ranked in terms of their responsibilities: they are clinicians, educators, researchers, role models, mentors and administrators. Contrary to the highly focused approach of sub-specialties, general internists working in academic settings can ensure that coordinated care is delivered in the most cost-conscious and efficient way.
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    Everyone's Medical Blog Posts -

  • 'Brain Attack' and 'Heart Attack': How are they different?

    Sudheer Ambekar
    7 Dec 2014 | 5:46 pm
    It is a common notion among people that 'brain attack' or 'stroke' and 'heart attack' are one and the same. There is also a profound lack of knowledge of common risk factors and symptoms of stroke. Inability of bystanders to recognize the common symptoms of stroke is a major hurdle in appropriate management of patients with stroke as golden hour is lost, specially in India where the pre-hospital services are not well organized. Treatment within the first 8 hours of onset of symptoms is most effective and prevents long term morbidity and mortality. It is estimated that one person dies of…
  • Stroke Scenario in India

    Sudheer Ambekar
    7 Dec 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Cerebrovascular disease and Stroke (Brain Attack) is the third leading cause of death in India, according to a joint report released in January 2013 by the Government of India and the Centres for Disease Control, Atlanta, US. More Indians die of cerebrovascular disease than due to tuberculosis, malaria, HIV/AIDS or road traffic accidents. Whereas there are national programmes for control of tuberculosis, HIV and malaria, there is no such programme for prevention and management of stroke and cerebrovascular disease in India. The annual incidence of stroke in the country has increased from 13…
  • Organization of Pre-hospital Stroke Services in India

    Sudheer Ambekar
    7 Dec 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Stroke and Cerebrovascular disease is the third leading cause of death in India. As such, timely recognition and management of acute ischemic stroke is paramount to reducing mortality and morbidity. Organization of stroke services has been one of the key elements in the management of stroke in many developed countries and has led to a reduction in DALYs (Disability Adjusted Life Years) and YLL (Years of Life Lost due to premature death). The various key components of the ‘acute stroke chain’ include recognition of stroke symptoms, prompt communication with the stroke center which then…
  • How to Enjoy Thanksgiving Without the Guilt of Weight Gain

    Suheir Kilani
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Thanksgiving is a time when people gather around the table with friends, family, and their loved ones. While that Thanksgiving turkey might be pretty healthy, chances are you’re going to be eating all sorts of other stuff like butter-laden stuffing, candied yams, and a whole bunch of holiday pies and sweets. However, you don’t have to go through Thanksgiving worrying about weight gain and feeling guilty for eating too much as soon as the meal is over. Use this guide to help you figure out how to have a great Thanksgiving holiday without the guilty feelings. Click here to read full blog…
  • Ebola victim quarantined in India, has negative blood tests but positive semen tests.

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:14 am
    Ebola virus can remain in Semen for at least 90 days after being declared cured.  The headlines circulating on the Web Tuesday may have given you pause: "India's First Ebola Patient Has Been Quarantined," Time Magazine wrote on its website. "Man tests positive for Ebola, kept under isolation," Press Trust of India declared. But those headlines don't tell the full story. An Indian man, who had previously recovered from Ebola, flew from Liberia to Delhi on Nov. 10, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said Tuesday in a statement. No, Seriously, How Contagious Is Ebola? At the Delhi…
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  • Happy Birthday to my brudder, and a niece!

    12 Dec 2014 | 4:39 am
    a reprise… For my little brother (who’s taller and smarter than me, thank goodness I’m better looking): He’s a touch older than in this picture (he was the lead mechanical engineer making this thing fly, in one year): The Aerospace Genius and one of his creations.   And, to my niece Annie! I have no pics of her with an airplane, but when I get one, I’ll keep it for her next birthday. Related posts: Happy Birthday, Marines! SemperFi I post this every year, and I still enjoy... Happy Fathers’ Day, dad Thanks for not strangling me, even when I deserved…
  • How I feel about ATLS, in someone else’ tweet

    5 Dec 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I had the good fortune to visit the Museum of 1990s Trauma Care over the past two days. It's called #ATLS. Fascinating historic artifacts. — Bill Hinckley (@UCAirCareDoc) December 5, 2014 Perfect. In case that tweet is’t permanent, a screencap: Related posts: My first tweet The inauspicious beginning:    ... RT @Apathetic_Cynic: 15 mins “@medicalaxioms:Most doctors feel a negative stress test is reassuring for some period of time after it’s done… RT @Apathetic_Cynic: 15 mins “@medicalaxioms:Most doctors feel a negative stress... RT @BenHowe: Photo of the…
  • Dear Amazon, a couple of requests

    1 Dec 2014 | 10:27 pm
    I frequently order from you (check my records, I’m not exaggerating). I’m giving you this feedback just as the Christmas shopping season starts to help you, not out of spite. First, had I wanted USPS to deliver my packages I’d order from someone other than a class act like Amazon. So, please don’t use an organization that’s dying for a reason (inability to get the job done). Second, if you’re going to use USPS (and see #1, you shouldn’t), please don’t ask for a signature on a $50 order. UPS and FedEx know us quite well, and know our neighborhood…
  • Happy Birthday, Marines!

    10 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    SemperFi I post this every year, and I still enjoy it… Related posts: Happy 239th Birthday US Navy Here’s to all those in the Sea Services. There’s a... Happy Birthday to our youngest Another happy birthday, sweetie!... YARPP powered by AdBistroPowered by
  • Grumpy People Get the Details Right — Science of Us

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Think back to the last time you had to navigate a customer-service situation. Perhaps you were trying to make a doctor’s appointment when few convenient times were available, or you may have been speaking with a credit-card rep in an effort to get a onetime waiver on a late payment charge. Maybe you were speaking with an airline representative in hopes of finagling priority seating. Did you adopt a warm tone and play nice? Or did you raise your voice and speak aggressively? You are a nice person, so you probably chose the kind route. The tough pill for most of us to swallow is that…
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    EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health

  • OCD patients' brains light up to reveal how compulsive habits develop

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Cambridge) Misfiring of the brain's control system might underpin compulsions in obsessive-compulsive disorder, according to researchers at the University of Cambridge, writing in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
  • High blood sugar in young children with type 1 diabetes linked to changes in brain growth

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (GYMR) Investigators have found that young children with type 1 diabetes have slower brain growth compared to children without diabetes. A new study, published in the December issue of Diabetes, now available ahead of print, suggests that continued exposure to hyperglycemia, or high blood sugars, may be detrimental to the developing brain. The research was supported by the National Institutes of Health.
  • National trial first to focus on long-term complications associated with chronic kidney disease

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (UT Southwestern Medical Center) UT Southwestern will lead the first National Institutes of Health-funded, multicenter, clinical trial to address interventions for patients with multiple chronic conditions centered around kidney disease.
  • Televised medical talk shows: Health education or entertainment?

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry) Millions of viewers around the world watch the televised medical talk programs 'The Dr. Oz Show' and 'The Doctors' for medical advice, but how valuable are the recommendations they receive? In a first of its kind study, researchers from the University of Alberta have examined the recommendations given on those two shows to see if there is believable evidence to back up the claims presented. The results were revealing.
  • Early exposure to antidepressants affects adult anxiety and serotonin transmission

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences) Now, a UCLA team has studied early developmental exposure to two different antidepressants, Prozac and Lexapro, in a mouse model that mimics human third trimester medication exposure. They found that, although these serotonin-selective reuptake inhibiting antidepressants were thought to work the same way, they did not produce the same long-term changes in anxiety behavior in the adult mice.
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    BestHealth Mag

  • 15 easy ways to eat better this year

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Editor's Pick:  Editor's Pick Author:  By Karen Robock Short Description:  Eating well isn't as hard as you'd think. Try these 15 simple tips for healthier meals and a happier you Slide Title:  Try chia pudding for breakfast Image:  Is an Ad?:  Yes Slide Description:  This super-trendy dessert-like confection is a perfect morning meal. “It’s so popular, it has  become the new yogurt,” says Vanessa Perrone, a registered dietitian and owner of Motive Nutrition in Montreal. Chia seeds are loaded with omega-3 fats, and a one-ounce serving contains…
  • 4 ways to hit the reset button on your health

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:11 pm
  • Best style: 5 ways to rock a leather tote bag

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:52 am
    Editor's Pick:  Editor's Pick Author:  By Jen Masseau Short Description:  A classic tote bag stands the test of time. Click through for outfit ideas and style inspiration Image:  Is an Ad?:  Yes Slide Description:  A classic black tote is the perfect go-with-everything handbag. This one is stamped with a crocodile-embossed finish to give texture to the clean lined shape. Click though to see how you can take this bag from office to weekend, and day to night. Auxiliary crocodile-embossed leather tote ($375 at Aritzia). Exclude from MSN:  Exclude From MSN…
  • 5 bad habits that are causing you to gain weight

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Editor's Pick:  Editor's Pick Author:  By Jackie Middleton Short Description:  Inactivity and poor food choices aren't the only things that can cause your weight to creep up. Here are five bad health habits and how to overcome them Image:  Is an Ad?:  Yes Slide Description:  A sedentary life, long commutes, and poor food choices - it's common knowledge that these lifestyle factors can cause pounds to sneak up on you. But did you know that additional lifestyle choices and behaviour patterns could also contribute to rising numbers on your weight scale? …
  • 10 tips to help you recover from a cold, faster

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Editor's Pick:  Editor's Pick Author:  By Lisa Bendall Short Description:  Speed up recovery and fend off future sickness with these helpful strategies Image:  Is an Ad?:  Yes Slide Description:  It’s called a common cold for a reason: On average, we catch two or three cold viruses every year. Symptoms normally last around a week, but the sniffles, sneezes, sore throats and coughing from a cold can stick around as long as two miserable weeks. That’s why it’s helpful to know what might speed up recovery. These strategies can get you feeling better,…
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    Association of Health Care Journalists

  • Report reveals the challenges behind covering patient safety

    Joseph Burns
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Michael L. Millenson Patient safety is a critically important topic for health care journalists. Yet collecting the data needed to report on it thoroughly can be frustratingly difficult. For a new report, former journalist Michael L. Millenson (@MLMillenson), explains the challenges he and his colleagues encountered collecting the data they needed to produce a nonpartisan report, “The Politics of Patient Harm: Medical Error and the Safest Congressional Districts.” The first analysis of patient safety by congressional district, the report ranks each district as good, fair or poor on…
  • Lessons learned in covering passage of a soda tax

    Mary Otto
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Tom Lochner In the weeks leading up to the Nov. 4 elections, Tom Lochner covered the debate over soda tax questions on the ballots in Berkeley and San Francisco. When the results became clear, he reported on the outcome for the Contra Costa Times. In this Q&A, Lochner offers his insights into how the historic vote in Berkeley unfolded, why the soda tax didn’t pass in San Francisco and he shares a few words of wisdom for reporters who may find themselves covering soda tax debates in their own communities. Berkeley’s penny-an-ounce tax passed in spite of heavy opposition from the…
  • Going international for dental care: Questions patients should ask

    Mary Otto
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:19 am
    Hundreds of thousands of Americans are traveling abroad each year for health care services. Many factors are helping to drive the medical tourism trend, including the aging of the baby boom generation, cheap airfares, a growing number of online resources dedicated to health-related travel and the promise of savings on costly procedures such as major dental restorations that patients lacking coverage would need to pay for out-of-pocket care. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo playerBettie Cross of  KEYE-Austin, Texas, took a look at dental vacations in a recent segment. She…
  • Emanuel: Stories of longevity may be missing important points

    Liz Seegert
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Ezekiel Emanuel It’s not that Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., necessarily wants to die right after he blows out 75 candles on his birthday cake. He just doesn’t want to live to a ripe old age if it means disability, disease or dementia. Emanuel briefed reporters on the issues of quality versus quantity of life during a Dec. 12 webinar sponsored by Reporting on Health. It was also the theme of his controversial Atlantic article, “Why I Hope to Die at Age 75.” “You don’t actually pick your own title; I certainly didn’t pick that Atlantic title.” he told more than 200…
  • Grant will allow comprehensive tracking of journal retractions

    Pia Christensen
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Adam Marcus Ivan Oransky A $400,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation will be used to create a database of retractions from scientific journals, extending the work done by  Adam Marcus and AHCJ Vice President Ivan Oransky on their Retraction Watch blog. The grant was awarded to the Center for Scientific Integrity, a nonprofit organization set up by Marcus and Oransky. The two journalists founded and run Retraction Watch, the independent blog that covers retractions. Oransky explains in a blog post they are only able to cover about two-thirds of new retractions. The goal of the grant —…
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  • An Egg-cellent Way to Start Your Day

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    By Julian Whitaker, M.D., Lifescript Alternative Medicine ExpertEggs are one of my top breakfast choices and recommendations for everyone. They are rich in protein, which makes them more satiating than bagels, store-bought cereal and other high-glycemic carbohydrates. They also modulate blood sugar levels so you’re likely to eat less at the next meal. However, people with diabetes should stick with egg whites, because whole eggs have been associated with an increased risk of death in this group. While experts recommend a maximum of seven whole eggs per week, there is no limit on the…
  • Angioplasty Recovery: 10 Exercise Tips (and One Surprise!)

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    By Susan Jara, Special to LifescriptAlong with taking your medication as prescribed, exercise after angioplasty is the key to your long-term recovery. Follow these doctor-recommended tips to stay safe and boost your heart health for years to come. We all know that exercise is good for our hearts, but exercise after angioplasty becomes the heart of your recovery and lifelong health. Angioplasty, also known as percutaneous coronary intervention, is a procedure used to open narrow or blocked heart arteries, typically by placing a small mesh tube called a stent to support those arteries. It…
  • Unscripted: ‘Real Housewife’s’ Eye Discomfort

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    By Linda Childers, Special to LifescriptDry, irritated, burning eyes are common during windy or dry periods, but every day? That’s what reality star Kyle Richards experienced. It was nearly as challenging as the conflicts she faces on set... When artificial tears no longer eased her dry eye discomfort – after years of use – Kyle Richards finally went to see her doctor. “I’d used over-the-counter artificial tears numerous times throughout the day, and eventually they seemed to lose their effectiveness,” says the star of “The Real Housewives of Beverly…
  • Top Cancer-Fighting Foods

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    By Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., Lifescript Nutrition ExpertCancer seems like it strikes out of the blue, but at least a third of them may be preventable. A healthful diet is one weapon in your arsenal to ward off the Big C. Find out which 7 foods you should eat... Rule No. 1 for preventing cancer? Maintain a healthy weight, says Karen Collins, M.S., R.D., a nutrition advisor to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) in Washington, D.C. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 187,000 cancer deaths in 2009 were linked to being overweight or obese, not exercising…
  • Expert Advice on Migraine Triggers and Symptoms

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    By Kim Wright Wiley, Special to LifescriptIt’s not just a headache. When symptoms of a migraine come on, many sufferers want to run for the hills. Or into a dark, quiet room where they can sleep. Our migraine expert shares how to prevent and reduce migraine triggers and, should you get a headache, how to manage migraine pain... More than 28 million Americans suffer from migraine pain – and women are three times more prone than men to experience symptoms of a migraine, says Janine Good, M.D., associate professor of neurology and medical director of ambulatory services at the…
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  • This Year’s Influenza Vaccine Not 100% Effective

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    By Edward C. Geehr, M.D., Lifescript Chief Medical OfficerAre you at risk for influenza, even though you were vaccinated against it? I recently received a health advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expressing concern that this season’s influenza A viruses are mutating, which could limit the effectiveness of the flu vaccine. Although U.S. flu activity currently is low, influenza A viruses have been detected in almost every state. This could set the stage for a challenging flu season. In previous years when influenza A viruses were the major cause of…
  • Young Single-Sport Athletes Risk Overuse Injuries

    8 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    By Edward C. Geehr, M.D., Lifescript Chief Medical OfficerChildren are specializing in a single sport too early in their physical development and are at risk for overuse injuries. That’s the conclusion of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) in its first position paper on injuries in young athletes. Additionally, those who excel in youth sports are often children who have matured earlier and have a natural athletic advantage over their peers. About 60 million children between the ages of 6 and 18 participate in an organized sport, according to a survey by the…
  • Steering Clear of Chikungunya

    1 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    By Edward C. Geehr, M.D., Lifescript Chief Medical OfficerI’m often asked about concerns for my personal health and safety while working in Haiti. The island has its share of hazards, including dangerous roads, gang violence, malaria, typhoid, cholera, traveler’s diarrhea and dengue. But what I worried about most on my recent trip to the Caribbean island is a disease that didn’t even exist in Haiti until late 2013 – the whimsical-sounding chikungunya (chik-en-gun-ya). Like malaria and dengue, Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to people by mosquitoes. It can be…
  • French Kissing Is Dirty!

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    By Edward C. Geehr, M.D., Lifescript Chief Medical OfficerHow dirty is a French kiss? Pretty dirty, as it turns out – about 80 million bacteria are transferred during one 10-second, saliva-swapping kiss. But it takes lots of smooching for each partner’s tongue to host similar bacterial colonies long term, according to a team of Dutch researchers. The change in oral germs is mostly temporary unless the intimate kissing is repeated 9 times a day or more. And big surprise: Men overestimate their number of intimate kisses. Seventy-four percent of the males in the Dutch study reported…
  • Craving Chocolate? Blame Your Gut Bugs!

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    By Edward C. Geehr, M.D., Lifescript Chief Medical OfficerCould microbes in our gut influence our food choices? Have bacterial colonies figured out how to get us to eat the foods they prefer to live on? A provocative article recently published in the journal Bioessays suggests that bacteria living in our intestines may strongly influence our mood, appetite and cravings for certain foods. If true, it could offer intriguing new strategies for weight loss. As difficult as it is to swallow, our intestines serve as host to more than 3 pounds of bacteria. We couldn’t survive or fully digest…
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    Healthy Food & Healthy Living by Dr. Ayala

  • The best silly food and silly diets of 2014

    Dr. Ayala
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    I’m very excited to share with you my end of year best of the best in diets and food innovation. Celebrating these contributions to humankind is a fond tradition and will, at the very least, take your mind off ISIS and Ebola for a bit.
  • Should we really shrink our plates?

    Dr. Ayala
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:52 am
    Can eating from a salad plate – rather than an entrée one – trick you into eating less? This advice was popularized and accepted almost as fact, but a new meta-analysis suggests cafeterias should await further proof before they overhaul the dishware.
  • Roasted herb and spice chickpeas

    Dr. Ayala
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:36 am
    Chickpeas are healthy and fun to nibble on, and this recipe makes them spicy, delicious, crispy and super snackable.
  • Arugula, spinach, pomegranate and quinoa salad

    Dr. Ayala
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    A seasonal colorful and crunchy salad to decorate your festive table, and it’s also perfect for guests on a vegan and gluten free diet. The recipe is more greens than grain, but you can change the greens to quinoa ratio for a more hearty dish.
  • Family meals that work: Keep calm and carry a conversation

    Dr. Ayala
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    Let's try this: once a healthy meal is on the table consider your job done; you're now a guest at your own dinner party, there to appreciate good food in good company.
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    Walker Tea Review

  • Da Hong Pao – Art of Tea

    Jason Walker
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Art of Tea is one of the resources that devoted disciples of tea should have in their library. The magazine is one of the most in-depth sources of information about the origins and development of teas and teaware printed in English. In its pages, one can learn the differences in the authentic tickets placed […]
  • Tea Review 548: Lochan’s Doke Green Diamond 2014 2F

    Jason Walker
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Origin: Pothia, Kishanganj, Bihar, India Harvest: 2nd flush Score: 86 Price (as of post): 50 g = $8.00  to Walker Tea Review. Get complete access to Member Content.   Sign Up For The Newsletter. Sample provided by Lochan Tea. Walker Tea Review- a tea blog with tea reviews and tea tastings. Want to see a tea […]
  • Tea Review 547: PT Harendong’s Organic Black Tea

    Jason Walker
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:57 pm
      Origin: Harendong Green Farm, Indonesia Score: 90  to Walker Tea Review. Get complete access to Member Content.   Sign Up For The Newsletter. Sample provided by PT Harendong. Walker Tea Review- a tea blog with tea reviews and tea tastings. Want to see a tea reviewed? Contact me:
  • Tea Review 546: Republic of Tea’s Wuyi Oolong

    Jason Walker
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
      Origin: Taiwan Score: 88 Price (as of post): 1.75 oz = $20.00  to Walker Tea Review. Get complete access to Member Content.   Sign Up For The Newsletter. Sample provided by Republic of Tea. Walker Tea Review- a tea blog with tea reviews and tea tastings. Want to see a tea reviewed? Contact me:
  • Tea Review 545: Teavivre’s Premium Tai Ping Hou Kui

    Jason Walker
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
      Origin: Taiping Houkeng, Xinming Village, Anhui Province Harvest: 25 April 2014 Score: 89 Price (as of post): 5 g sample = $3.00  to Walker Tea Review. Get complete access to Member Content.   Sign Up For The Newsletter. Sample provided by Teavivre. Walker Tea Review- a tea blog with tea reviews and tea tastings. Want […]
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  • Apple to add glucose tracking back into Health

    Aditi Pai
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    Apple’s newest software update, iOS 8.2, will bring back HealthKit’s blood glucose tracking feature, according to a report from 9to5mac. The feature was removed from Health in October because the app only offered one unit of measurement for blood glucose, mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter), even though many countries use another measure, mmol/L (millimoles per liter). “If […]
  • AliveCor’s third generation is thinner, lighter, and less than half the price

    Jonah Comstock
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:56 pm
    AliveCor launched its new third generation smartphone-connected EKG device, a model that is both slimmed down and considerably cheaper than its predecessors. The device will sell for $74.99, compared to the previous model’s $199 price tag, and is 50 percent thinner and 40 percent lighter. “The new AliveCor third generation device is a lower-profile consumer […]
  • Parks: 41 percent of caregivers use a digital health device

    Jonah Comstock
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    Parks Associates has released new research about caregivers and the role digital health devices play in their lives. According to Parks, 41 percent of US caregivers in households with broadband internet use a digital health device. Eight percent use some kind of online tool to coordinate their efforts. The report, “360 View: Health Devices and Services […]
  • University of Kansas Medical Center partners with Sprint, Techstars for accelerator

    Aditi Pai
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
    Sprint has partnered with the University of Kansas Medical Center for the company’s second Mobile Health Accelerator, a three-month program in Kansas City powered by TechStars. The 2015 Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator will run from March 9 through June 4. “We are pleased to work with Techstars to provide early-stage input and guidance related to our expertise in […]
  • SoloHealth raises $4.3M for biometric screening health kiosks

    Aditi Pai
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    Atlanta, Georgia-based health kiosk company SoloHealth raised $4.3 million in equity and securities, according to an SEC filing. This brings the company’s total funding to at least $25.8 million. Existing investors include WellPoint, Novartis, Dell, and Coinstar. Walter Huff, founder and former chairman of a medical information systems firm acquired by McKesson, called HBO & Company, has also […]
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    Diets in Review Blog

  • The 16 Best Cookbooks to Gift This Year

    Jessica Tholmer
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Admittedly, we are close to the end of the holiday shopping season. But you’re not out of time yet!! If you are still struggling with what to get that special someone (or all of your special someones), go with a cookbook. This year brought some seriously unique and delicious cookbooks, sure to please every person [...]
  • The Big Food Trends You Can Expect to Devour in 2015

    Jessica Tholmer
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    ‘Tis the season for predicting what 2015 will be like! Many forecasts have been made about the food trends that are awaiting us next year, and we are excited about so many of them! Over the past few years, we have seen food items like cupcakes and cronuts, popsicles, sriracha, quinoa, and bacon rise to unprecedented levels of pop culture [...]
  • Fixing Obesity: Changing How We View the Problem Could Lead to Better Solutions

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    At this point, it should be abundantly clear that there are no quick fixes to the obesity problem in America. Though there is plenty to be done to stop or reverse a course of obesity, when it comes to preventing it in the first place, most focus on healthy diets and plenty of exercise. Of [...]
  • Crowd-source Your Workout Music: DROP is the Free App That Lets Your Friends Pick the Songs

    Mike Beauchamp
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:21 am
    While DROP could be used in many different ways, we thought of its most obvious use: helping crowdsource your workout jam. It finally gives a practical way for those who answer the relentless question "What are some good workout songs I can listen to?" a way to share their recommendations, AND a way for you to discover new music in the process.
  • The Best Food Gift Recipes You Still Have Time to Make

    Brandi Koskie
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    Food gifts are one of the most popular of the gift-giving season, and almost always one of the most well received. Whether it’s a last-minute gift or just a desire to share something wholesome and homemade with friends and loved ones, this menu is all you need to share awesome food gifts. Skip the expected [...]
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    Medical Education Blog

  • Designing the Flipped Classroom: Part 3 – In class activities

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
      Learning is viewed here as developing a way of thinking and acting that is characteristic of an expert community. Such a way of thinking consists of two important elements: the knowledge that represents phenomena in the subject domain the thinking activities that construe, modify and use this knowledge to interpret situations in that domain and to act in them. Billet, 1996 Situated learning: bridging sociocultural and cognitive theorizing Learning and Instruction, 6 __________________________________________________________________________ In Part 2, we looked at outside the classroom…
  • Designing the Flipped Classroom: Part 2b Videos

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    One of the areas that is problematic for people who want to try flipping their classroom is the common idea that all you have to do is record your lecture and ask students to watch it ahead of time or as part of an online course. BIG MISTAKE promoted by lecture capture companies! Recorded lectures are not interactive, they are too long to meet peoples’ attention needs and they often focus on talking heads which is very poor input (unless your head illustrates the topic being discussed.) Cognitive overload is very common in this type of flipping and retention is poor. Khan Academy is…
  • Designing The Flipped Classroom: Part 2 Design the outside class activity

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Prerequisite Learning Design Knowledge In the previous section, you analyzed information about your students and your objective. Now we are going to look at how working memory (the brain’s immediate experience) can be best utilized to improve learning in a flipped classroom. As you can see from the image at the top of the page, there are 5 aspects of learning that you have to initially consider. I. Attention Obviously, in order to learn, people have to pay attention, however, there are many distractions that can take students’ attention away. There are three aspects of attention…
  • Designing the Flipped Classroom: Part 1 Analysis

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    We have to articulate that process publicly, so that the people following new processes are not mistaken for cowboys or illiterates. – Mike Caulfield There has been lots of talk recently about Competence by Design and about new technologies not contributing what people expected to learning. I am going to try to answer one issue of the latter with the former. Flipped classrooms are either the next wonder of technology or a total disaster depending on who you listen too. As always I answer “It isn’t the tool, it’s the pedagogy.” I am going to use the ADDIE approach…
  • Is the End of Lecturing, the End of Teaching?

    24 Sep 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Over and over for the last 10 years, I have heard people say online learning will kill the teaching profession, learning objects will kill the teaching profession and now flipped classrooms will kill the teaching profession. I think I bring a unique perspective to this argument because I came to teaching through an unusual teacher training program in the 1970’s. My teacher training was focused on small group learning, problem solving, discovery learning and individualized curriculum to bring up basic skills. Then, in my 30’s, I discovered computers as an individual teaching tool. I…
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    Turbulence Training

  • 1 Answer for the Same Weight Loss Question

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT, Certified Turbulence Trainer
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:09 am
    Today I did 2 good QnA sessions on the TT and ETR FB pages. Please check them out.Lessons from the TT version...This QnA shows what is on the mind of so many readers..."how to lose weight with cardio?" It's the same question asked 4 different ways below...and it deserves the same answer. Amazingly, so many people still believe that cardio is the answer...but the real answer, while simple, has
  • 7 Days Left

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT, Certified Turbulence Trainer
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    There are 7 days left in the most wonderful time of the year, and I want you to have a very Merry Christmas.And then on December 26th, it starts.The 22nd TT Transformation Contest.Details => would you wait till New Year's Day?If you get started on Dec. 26th, or as we call it here in Canada, "Boxing Day", you'll be ahead of the game and closer to
  • Squats and 10 Minute Bodyweight Circuits

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT, Certified Turbulence Trainer
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:15 am
    Today I had an internal debate about going to the gym and squatting or taking the easy way out and staying home for a metabolic circuit of kettlebell and bodyweight exercises. The circuit would have been less stressful. No traffic. No having to watch silly people do silly exercises that make me shake my head. No jockeying for equipment at the gym (it was a long wait for the squat rack today)
  • #1 WORST food for your skin, joints & blood sugar

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT, Certified Turbulence Trainer
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:03 am
    I have an important HOLIDAY time-sensitive article for you today that is a MUST-READ if you want to protect your skin, organs, muscles, and joints from aging during the busy holiday season... We're going to show you the #1 worst food (marketed as "healthy") that harms your blood sugar levels, and how this also ages your body faster.  You might even be eating this food every day, so it's
  • Best. Workout. Ever. Period.

    Craig Ballantyne, CTT, Certified Turbulence Trainer
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Readers always ask me, "Ol' Craiggy, if you were stranded on a deserted island with only have one piece of equipment, what would you choose?" The answer is that equipment doesn't matter at all. Because as long as I have my bodyweight and my extensive collection of NO-equipment exercises and workouts, I can stay lean and have ripped abs forever. It doesn't matter where you are. It doesn't matter
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    Best Allergy Sites

  • Peanut Free Planet Cyber Monday Sales

    Ruth LovettSmith
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    Our friends at Peanut Free Planet are offering some great Cyber Monday Sales in addition to a free gift pack.
  • Peanut Free Home Made Chocolate Candy Recipe

    Ruth LovettSmith
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Dealing with food allergies? Try making your own chocolate candy shapes for the holidays. This easy recipe will show you how.
  • Egg Free Apple Cider Doughnut Recipe

    Ruth LovettSmith
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Try this egg apple cider doughnut recipe for a great fall treat. It's delicious and super easy. Did I mention it's egg free?
  • Corn Syrup Substitutes

    Ruth LovettSmith
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    If you are dealing with a corn allergy, you may be looking for corn syrup substitutes for baking. Following are some tips on how to replace the corn syrup in any recipe.
  • Top 10 Tips for Allergy Safe Trick or Treating

    Ruth LovettSmith
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Halloween is fast approaching and is one of those holidays that makes many a food allergic parent more than nervous. I've compiled a list of tips to help you enjoy a safe evening - worry free.
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  • Chemin d'Liverpool

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The Brits have their Liverpool Pathway, and we (now) have the ACA Death Panels, and it appears that the French are well on their way, as well:"Doctors in France will have the right to put terminally-ill patients into a deep sleep until they die, under plans unveiled [recently]that reignited a national debate on euthanasia."Of course, when the government pays for your healthcare (as they do in France), it gets to call the shots (so to speak). And it also gets to say when said shots stop. Such is the nature of a socialized health care scheme: who pays the piper calls the tune.Of course, killing…
  • Cavalcade of Risk #224 - Swan Song edition: Call for submissions

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    We'll be hosting next week's Swan Song edition right here at IB. After 8 1/2 years, the Cavalcade of Risk is folding its tent, so don't miss your last opportunity to send in a post.Entries are due by Monday (the 22nd).To submit your risk-related post, just click here to email it.You'll need to provide:■ Your post's url and title■ Your blog's url and name■ Your name and email■ A (brief) summary of the postPLEASE remember: ONLY posts that relate to risk (not personal finance tips and the like). And please only submit if you are willing to link back to the carnival if your submission is…
  • Green Mountain State Blues [UPDATED]

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    No sense burying the lede:"Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin on Wednesday dropped his plan to enact a single-payer health care system in his state"This will come as no surprise to regular IB readers, since we've already seen how Vermont has had major issues just running its own Exchange. Selling health insurance is child's play, though, compared to actually delivering health care, and Governor Shumlin (D-VT) - to his credit - acknowledged that, given the current state of the Obamaconomy, "[t]his is not the right time” for enacting single payer ... citing the big tax increases that would be…
  • Ho, Ho, Ho: Health Wonk Review has been delivered

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    Julie Ferguson presents (SWIDT?) a holiday-themed round-up of wonky posts, all ready to be unwrapped and savored. So pull up your easy chair, pull on your cardigan and reading specs, and enjoy.Original content copyright © InsureBlog
  • Ola Cuba

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:44 pm
    For the first time since the Cuban missile crisis the U.S. and Cuba may soon be headed for a warmer relationship.From one dictator to another .........President Barack Obama declared the end of America's 'outdated approach' to Cuba Wednesday, announcing the re-establishment of diplomatic relations as well as economic and travel ties with the communist island – a historic shift in U.S. policy that aims to bring an end to a half-century of Cold War enmity.As Obama spoke, Cuban President Raul Castro was addressing his own nation from Havana. Daily MailMaybe now you get that Crown Vic…
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    Health Business Blog

  • Health Wonk Review is up at Workers Comp Insider

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    Check out the Holiday Edition of the Health Wonk Review at Workers Comp Insider. You’ll see a very dynamic Santa who looks like he’s performing kaporot.
  • In praise of FDA collaboration: the cardiac safety example

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    Making it happen The Food and Drug Administration gets a lot of grief. Some think the FDA is too restrictive, keeping useful drugs and devices off the market and thus harming patients. Others complain that the agency is too lax, letting dangerous products get through. What many people don’t realize, however, is that FDA has established an excellent track record of collaboration with stakeholders that’s leading to better, faster development pathways. I’m directly aware of FDA’s longstanding constructive, collaborative efforts in the areas of HIV and HCV through the…
  • Guest post: Playing with fireball

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    My long-time friend Gregory Stoller teaches entrepreneurship and international business in Boston College’s MBA program. He’s not really a healthcare guy, so you haven’t heard about him from me before. However, he is the chair of two committees at Hebrew SeniorLife, which provided inspiration for the guest post below. Gregory Stoller To climb the corporate ladder, you must consistently deliver against strategic plans for which you have primary responsibility. Most successful C-level executives share that resume item. But with fires constantly appearing, how do you focus on…
  • Rough Neighborhood? Partners HealthCare finances dragged down by health plan

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Partners HealthCare lost money last year for the first time in 15 years. The Boston Globe covered the story and quoted me. Here’s what I had to say: “Partners expected that owning Neighborhood Health Plan would give them a low-cost way to gain experience as a health plan,” said David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group, a Boston consulting firm. “Instead what they have found is that running a health plan for Medicaid patients is a difficult challenge and not an easy way to make money.” By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business…
  • Home care webinar: Recording available for viewing

    11 Dec 2014 | 7:26 pm
    We had a great turnout on Wednesday for our webinar Home health: Opportunities for ACOs, health plans and investors. We’ve made a recording of the webinar available for free. You can view it here.  
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    e-CareManagement blog

  • PowerPoint — 7 Questions Shaping the Patient Digital Health Platform (PDHP) Ecosystem

    Vince Kuraitis
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:57 pm
    I hope you’ll enjoy reviewing my slides from my December 3 presentation at the 11th Annual Healthcare Unbound Conference. The presentation is formally entitled: “Patient Digital Health Platforms (PDHPs): Epicenter of Healthcare Transformation?”… …but more informally, I pose and address 7 key questions — the answers to which will shape the future of the PDHP ecosystem.  The answers aren’t all that clear yet because it’s very early and because most of the companies involved haven’t yet shared a lot of details about their plans. The 7…
  • ACO Lessons Learned: Revisiting the Timing of Downside Risk

    Vince Kuraitis
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
    The editor and publisher of Accountable Care News have been generous in allowing me to republish my article from the November 2014 issue. Click here to download a .pdf copy of the article. It’s in-depth — about 2,000 words. Here’s the article in a nutshell: One of the most critical aspects of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACO has been around the timing and certainty of requiring mandatory downside financial risk for physician and hospital participants. Provider protests cajoled CMS to backing off an initial stance of “firm and unwavering” for ACO…
  • 11th Annual Healthcare Unbound Conference, San Diego, December 3-4

    Vince Kuraitis
    4 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
     December 3-4, 2014  San Diego, CA Technology-Enabled Consumer Engagement & Behavior Change  Register by November 17th to receive a $100 early bird discount.   The Healthcare Unbound Conference will focus on technology-enabled consumer engagement and behavior change.   Technologies to be discussed include wearables, mHealth, remote monitoring, eHealth and social media. Moving beyond just a “cool technology” focus, this event will offer practical approaches for healthcare stakeholders and digital health companies. The program will address the reasons that the…
  • ThoughtLeaders: Prognosis for Medicare and Commercial ACOs

    Vince Kuraitis
    2 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
    A number of pundits are citing the systemic failure of ACOs, after additional Pioneer ACOs announced withdrawal from the program – Where do you weigh in on the prognosis for Medicare and Commercial ACOs over the next several years?” Republished courtesy of MCOL Mark Lutes Chair, Board of Directors, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. Certainly, if we dial back the rhetoric and the expectations for immediate system -wide transformation, we can expect accountable care organizations to make a contribution to incentivizing more efficient care. Shared savings methodologies are a…
  • Population Health POV — “It’s About Patient Data”

    Vince Kuraitis
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    As a member of the Editorial Board of Population Health News,  I was asked to provide some personal perspectives for the October 2014 issue. Here’s a quick sample: Optimal population health will depend on obtaining and applying the “right” data — data to analyze individuals and populations, discern patterns, predict high risk/cost patients, enable needed behavior change or interventions and measure and monitor progress. You can read the full interview by clicking here. Editorial Advisory Board–Population Health News Peter Edelstein, M.D. Chief Medical Officer…
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    Colorado Health Insurance Insider

  • Connect for Health Colorado glitch shows catastrophic plans to 30-year-olds

    9 Dec 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Yesterday, while running quotes for a client who turned 30 a few months ago, we noticed that Catastrophic plans were showing up for him in the quoting tool on Connect for Health Colorado.  Catastrophic plans are a provision of the ACA, and are an extra level of available coverage beyond the “metal” plans (Bronze, Silver, […] The post Connect for Health Colorado glitch shows catastrophic plans to 30-year-olds appeared first on Colorado Health Insurance Insider - Colorado Health Insurance Insider - No cost assistance, quotes, research and support. Related posts: Catastrophic…
  • Apres Turkey Day Health Wonking

    4 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    Hank Stern hosted the Post-Turkey Day Health Wonk Review this week at InsureBlog, and you don’t want to miss it.  There’s a great post from Roy Poses, looking at how Texas hospital leaders handled the Ebola crisis, and concluding that the interests of hospital management and public health are not always aligned. And my […] The post Apres Turkey Day Health Wonking appeared first on Colorado Health Insurance Insider - Colorado Health Insurance Insider - No cost assistance, quotes, research and support. Related posts: Summer Reading Program – learn…
  • Make sure to know about cost sharing reduction plan eligibility

    2 Dec 2014 | 8:50 pm
    We’re more than two weeks into open enrollment now, and things are humming along – certainly compared with the first couple weeks of open enrollment last year.  In the first two weeks, the exchange has enrolled nearly ten thousand people, including renewals and new enrollees.  But keep in mind that the time frame is shortened […] The post Make sure to know about cost sharing reduction plan eligibility appeared first on Colorado Health Insurance Insider - Colorado Health Insurance Insider - No cost assistance, quotes, research and support. Related posts: Colorado CHP+ and…
  • Healthblawg has a great Health Wonk Review

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Sit down with David Harlow for the Turkey Edition of the Health Wonk Review. It’s a full helping of educational and though provoking posts. The post Healthblawg has a great Health Wonk Review appeared first on Colorado Health Insurance Insider - Colorado Health Insurance Insider - No cost assistance, quotes, research and support. Related posts: Health Wonk Review is Posted Health Wonk Review at Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review Health Wonk Review at Health Care Renewal
  • The five improvements I’d make to the ACA and its implementation

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:44 pm
    It’s open enrollment time again, and happily, this one is certainly off to a better start than last year.  The downside is that there’s only a month between the start of open enrollment and the December 15 enrollment deadline for people who need their new coverage to be effective January 1 (this is the case […] The post The five improvements I’d make to the ACA and its implementation appeared first on Colorado Health Insurance Insider - Colorado Health Insurance Insider - No cost assistance, quotes, research and support. Related posts: Colorado CHP+ and exchange…
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  • Public Employee Health Insurance Data Sources

    Jason Shafrin
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:08 pm
    What data sources are available to measure active and retired public employees health insurance?  A study by Morrill (2014) outline several data sources that identify federal, state, and local government employees to answer this question.  The following tables are excepted from her article. Sources: Melinda Sandler Morrill. Active and retired public employees’ health insurance: Potential data sources. Journal of Health Economics Volume 38, December 2014, Pages 147–152.
  • Health Wonk Review Holiday Edition

    Jason Shafrin
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    The always insightful Julie Ferguson of Workers’ Comp Insider hosts a holiday  edition of the Health Wonk Review.  Check it out.
  • Insurance does not equal health care

    Jason Shafrin
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:06 pm
    One part of the Affordable Care Act extended Medicaid benefits to millions of Americans.  One problem, however, is that patients with Medicaid insurance often have trouble finding doctors who will treat them.  The New York Times reports: Large numbers of doctors who are listed as serving Medicaid patients are not available to treat them, federal investigators said in a new report. “Half of providers could not offer appointments to enrollees,” the investigators said in the report, which will be issued on Tuesday. Many of the doctors were not accepting new Medicaid patients or could not…
  • Friday Links

    Jason Shafrin
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:42 pm
    The end of debate. Deleting data from research files. Cell phones and cancer. Does residency teach waste? Learning to let go.
  • Cavalcade of Risk #223

    Jason Shafrin
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Bob Wilson of Workers’ Comp Insider presents this week’s rockin’ and rhymin’ risky roundup of risk-related posts. Clever *and* informative – that’s what I call win-win.
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  • Health Wonk Review Holiday edition

    Julie Ferguson
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    Image source: Christmas gifs We're happy to host this year's holiday edition of Health Wonk Review. Before we present the best of the recent health policy blogosphere, we wanted to offer a shout out to the hard working man of the season, Santa Claus. This year, we learn that "an industrial engineer managing a North Pole toy factory" would merit...
  • A Friday Eulogy

    Tom Lynch
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
    Sitting here in Massachusetts on this dreary, dour and dank day, looking out the window and watching all manner of birds at the feeders (they're really fond of the suet), I was planning on writing something about Roberto Ceniceros's excellent article, "Taking the Psych Out of Psychosocial," published this week in Risk & Insurance's Workers Comp Forum. Roberto suggests that...
  • Rhyming Risk, TRIA, SCOTUS, CA, TX, Captives, Obesity and more

    Julie Ferguson
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    The inimitable Bob Wilson of Bob's Cluttered Desk is hosting this week's Cavalcade of Risk, and get this -- it rhymes. It's Out, It's Plentiful, and It's Free. It's the Cavalcade of Risk Number 223. This is not simply a poetic tour de force, there's some meat and potatoes in the posts, too. We remain in awe of Bob, who...
  • Health Wonk Review: Post-Turkey Day edition freshly posted at InsureBlog

    Julie Ferguson
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    Hank Stern has posted a lively Health Wonk Review: Post-Turkey Day edition at InsureBlog - and rest assured, it's not leftovers, it's stuffed with meaty issues! This biweekly best of the health policy blogosphere is a good way to keep up with the wonkery. Hank is one of our long-term hosts. He and I were waxing nostalgic over his first...
  • Workers Compensation & the Executive Order on Immigration

    Julie Ferguson
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:28 am
    At his blog Working Immigrants, Peter Rousmaniere has been tracking various public policy, health and work issues related to the underground economy of undocumented workers since 2006. His blog is a go-to source for research, think tank studies, major reportage and more, with a heavy focus on workers' comp. His topical expertise is good reason for you to follow him...
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    Health Care Renewal

  • The Medical School as Hereditary Plutocracy - Retiring Board Chair Sanford Weill of Cornell Weill Medical School Names His Own Daughter as New Chair

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:08 pm
    As I have written before, sometimes you just could not have made this stuff up.The Retiring Board Chairman Appoints His Own Daughter to Succeed Him The most even handed reporting on this story was in Inside Higher Ed,Leadership of the board that oversees Cornell University’s medical college is passing from father to daughter, an unusual transition of power for a higher education board.Weill Cornell Medical College’s Board of Overseers has been chaired for the past two decades by its namesake and major donor, Sandy Weill, the former CEO of Citigroup.His daughter, Jessica Bibliowicz, is now…
  • EHRs and Ebola in the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital ED: the ED physician finally speaks out

    15 Dec 2014 | 1:16 am
    At my Oct. 2, 2014 post "Did Electronic Medical Record-mediated problems contribute to or cause the current Dallas Ebola scare?" ( I had written:While I have no evidence as to any role of EHRs in this seemingly strange, cavalier and incomprehensible medical decision to send this man home, resulting in potential exposure of numerous other individuals to Ebola (and I am certainly not in a position to have such evidence), I believe this possibility [that is, an EHR-related information snafu - ed.] needs to be…
  • Yale Medicine: "Straddling medicine and journalism, a former resident keeps an eye on the science press"

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    As a Yale medical school alumnus (post doctoral fellowship in Medical Informatics 1992-4, faculty in Medical Informatics 1994-6), I receive their literary magazine "Yale Medicine."In the current issue I just received is a story about another Yale medical school graduate who through writing, both professionally and via blogs, is a gadfly against bad medicine - and bad media about bad medicine - like myself and the other bloggers at Healthcare Renewal, at name is Ivan Oransky, MD.... After his internship, Oransky chose journalism…
  • Again, the Hospital CEO as Scrooge - Erlanger CEO and Other Top Hired Managers Get Bonuses Months After They Froze Employees' Paid Time Off

    12 Dec 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Less than two weeks ago, we discussed a series of cases in which there was a marked contrast between how well top hired managers of non-profit hospitals were doing, and how their institutions were doing.  Now another vivid example of this problem as appeared, affecting Erlanger Health System,  a non-profit hospital system in Tennessee that has recently seen hard times.Freezing Paid Time OffIn March, 2014, as reported by the (Chattanooga, TN) Time Free Press,Erlanger Health System's latest strategy to staunch financial losses has hit its most personal note yet, as hospital executives…
  • The Tenth Anniversary of Health Care Renewal

    10 Dec 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Today is the tenth anniversary of Health Care Renewal.To commemorate, I have republished our introductory post...(with links added)Health care around the world is beset by rising costs, declining access, stagnant quality, and increasingly dissatisfied health care professionals. Discussions with physicians and other professionals revealed pervasive concerns that the core values of health care are under seige. Patients and physicians are caught in cross-fires between conflicting interests, and subject to perverse incentives. Free speech and academic freedom are threatened. Psuedo-science and…
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  • Securing Business Information in the Cloud

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Give employees the ability to securely share documents within your organization or with partners or clinicians outside while being HIPAA compliant.Request Free!
  • The Essentials of Healthcare IT

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
    The Healthcare IT Toolkit, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Healthcare IT related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Healthcare IT research:Mobile Device Management for HealthcareHow to Address the Top 6 Pains in DHF ManagementHow to Beat the Breach (BYOD and HIPPA Breaches at Hospitals)Service & Security Agility Strategies for SDN & NFV NetworksRequest Free!
  • Advancing Information Security and Privacy: The Key Steps in Applying the ISO 27k Framework

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The medical device industry is ever changing and evolving, especially in recent years with adjustments to regulations and the implementation of new standards. In this exclusive interview Patrick Reichmann, Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs Manager at Agfa HealthCare, speaks to Pharma IQ about the main challenges being faced by companies in regulatory affairs and what he thinks will be the major trends in the regulatory side of medical device software in the next couple of years. Request Free!
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    18 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Many in the area of software design for medical devices area have already moved to Agile and last year’s survey suggests that many more are thinking of implementing Agile methodology. However, the first step is the hardest and when starting out the choice can feel so vast as to be paralyzing. To counter this, Nancy Van Schooenderwoert, President and Managing Director of Agile Development Practice has written a hypothetical case study to simplify the process. In this article, she also gives her 6 don’t and 5 do’s for those who want to implement Agile.Request Free!
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    4 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    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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  • How to Treat Dirt Tattoos

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Ever fall onto gravel, asphalt or even just a dirty surface and get all scraped up? And if you have, after cleaning out your abrasion, and after it heals, does it look almost stained? Then you have a “dirt tattoo”. The good news is that in this episode of DermTV, Dr. Schultz explains how to treat dirt tattoos. YouTube Embed:  TOAhyz5mWro
  • DermTV Viewer Questions - November 2014

    13 Nov 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Welcome to DermTV Viewer Questions for November 2014. In today's episode, Dr. Schultz answers questions from YouTube viewers @Maria Heap, @Caitlyn Pendergrass, @Samsher Ali and @Stephanie Smith, and from viewers Alex, Aysha, Lanny and Yuting. Topics include: glycolic peels, oil blotting sheets, when to apply products at night, essential oils, oil cleansing, benzoyl peroxide, birth control pills, moles, and more! YouTube Embed:  h1ciu7bQVn4
  • How to Treat Acne During Pregnancy

    7 Nov 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Pregnancy, while amazing, is also quite challenging. And the last thing you need is either the worsening of your acne, or a new pregnancy acne breakout. However, if it does occur, there are ways to treat acne during pregnancy. In this episode of DermTV, Dr. Schultz tells you how to treat acne during pregnancy. YouTube Embed:  6SK4WxOXKHE
  • What Causes Acne Scars

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Almost everyone gets acne scars. And everyone wants to treat acne scars. But the first step towards treating them is to understand what causes acne scars, which is exactly what Dr. Schultz shares in today's DermTV episode. YouTube Embed:  k8BOSOFsSqk
  • The Progressive Peel

    2 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    The Progressive Peel - - is Dr. Schultz's six week, professional glycolic exfoliation system. It contains three glycolics - an 8% serum, 10% pads, and 15% cream - that enable you to get the highest at-home glycolic exfoliation to achieve gorgeous, glowing skin, without redness or irritation. In today's episode, Dr. Schultz explains what The Progressive Peel is, how it works, and why he created it. YouTube Embed:  MqNkw_fBCQ0
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    Galen's Watch

  • Have a cold? Try Echinacea, but use it correctly.

    Sabra Way
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:52 am
                        Echinacea is an amazing herb and after being touted as THE herb for the common cold was found on every health food store and pharmacy shelf. The problem is the quality of these products is widely variable and the recommended dosages are broad, some of them being ineffectual. The Cochrane Review Echinacea for preventing and treating the common cold says,     Most consumers and physicians are not aware that products available under the term Echinacea differ appreciably in their composition, mainly due to the use of variable plant material, extraction methods and…
  • Fav Articles that I Have Been Reading: Herbalism, Wild Foods & Procrastination

    Sabra Way
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    I am constantly reading articles I find on the Internet. There is some amazing content out there and there is always something to learn. I clip them right from Chrome with my Evernote Clipper and into my Read notebook. Done. I can read them while waiting around for other things to happen on my phone, iPad or computer. Deep Ecology & Deep Herbalism by David Hoffmann Herbalism is the medicine of belonging, the direct experience of the whole healing the part. Our world blesses us with herbs, with leaves of life. In the face of humanities blind abuse and rape of nature, we discover remedies…
  • Lavender: A Perfect Herb for the Modern World?

    Sabra Way
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    Being an inhabitant almost in every garden, it is so well known, that it needs no description. -The Complete Herbal 1653 Lavender (Lavendula augustifolia) is a gentle medicinal herb that has been used to treat nervousness, anxiety, depression and tension. In The Earthwise Herbal  it is also listed as being for the persons who are perfectionist, over conscious, depressed and anxious associated with irritable bowel, having insomnia and active in the mind. It seems to me this might be the perfect herb for out times! It is often employed as a essential oil but it can be used as a tincture and…
  • A Sniff of Cinnamon for Allergic Rhinitis

    Sabra Way
    23 May 2014 | 8:48 am
    A recent study was published on using cinnamon as a nasal wash for seasonal allergic rhinitis. Nasal washes are not a new thing and many people now use saline nasal washes to great effect. This caught my interest as I had not thought of cinnamon in this way. Herbal folk often combine herbs in nasal washes. Here I will refer you to an excellent article by Jim McDonald who has a wonderful way with words and if you suffer from sinusitis  is a must read. Another article of interest by Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa is worth reading too.  In the study  they had 40 participants with…
  • A Heated Debate: Fire Cider!

    Sabra Way
    31 Jan 2014 | 5:10 am
      If you are in the herbal community or follow it at all you will not likely have missed the fire cider debate. Forgove me, but it's hot right now and shows no sign of burning out! Seems someone has trademarked the name fire cider as they make and market a product by this generic name. It seems akin to trademarking the words minestrone soup because I make a good one and sell it. There are lots of minstrone soup recipes and makers out there so how can I own a name that has been around well before I was born!  Fire cider has a long history in the herbal community and seems most likely to…
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    The Vitals Blog

  • Ask the Doctor: What do I do if I missed my health insurance signup?

    Gina Larson-Stoller
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Q. I missed the deadline for health insurance signup.  What can I do? Help me, Confused and Anxious   Dear Confused and Anxious, There is a last alternative for you and millions of others who have been left uninsured. The option is short-term health insurance.   Short-term health coverage has been used for many years […]
  • Did You Know? 12 Holiday Health Hazards

    Lauren Kroll
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    When we think of the holidays we generally think of the wonderful time we’ll have eating, laughing, and being around our family. What we might not think about are all the hidden opportunities for accidents to happen. Did you know that the day after Christmas is the busiest day of the year in the ER? […]
  • 6 Common Consumer Health Care Surprises

    Gina Larson-Stoller
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    No matter the season, we here at Vitals don’t think your health care should be a surprise. However, many Americans experience unwelcome frustration when looking for care. Here’s a look at six common surprises that consumers come across as they navigate the health care system. Read the press release to find out more about how Vitals helps people […]
  • Meet the 2015 Health Insurance Marketplace

    4 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    What’s New, What’s Worth Noting and How to Optimize Your Experience Last October, the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace opened for business and Americans participated in the nation’s first individual open-enrollment period. More than 7 million Americans enrolled in private health insurance plans between Oct. 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014. As with most […]
  • The Unwrapped Gift

    Chicken Soup for the Soul
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    by Sallie Rodman “Mom,” came the frantic call from my teenage daughter’s bedroom, “Come here quick!” I opened one eye, still tired from the last-minute details of Christmas Eve, and was on my feet just as Jennifer cried out again. Waves of dizziness struck me, almost knocking me back into bed. What was going on? I […]
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    Better Health

  • How To Be A Successful Patient: Young Doctors Offer Some Advice

    Dr. Val Jones
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    I am proud to be a part of the American Resident Project, an initiative that promotes the writing of medical students, residents, and new physicians as they explore ideas for transforming American health care delivery. I recently had the opportunity to interview three of the writing fellows about how to help patients take control of their health. Dr. Marissa Camilon (MC) is an emergency medicine resident at LA County USC Medical Center, Dr. Craig Chen (CC) is an anesthesiology resident at Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, and Dr. Elaine Khoong (EK) is a resident in internal medicine at San…
  • Why Don’t Doctors Round With Nurses Anymore?

    Dr. Val Jones
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Whenever possible I make a point of rounding on patients with their nurses present. I rely on nurses to be my eyes and ears when I’m not at the bedside. I need their input to confirm patient self-reports of everything from bowel and bladder habits to pain control, not to mention catching early warning signs of infection, mental status changes, or lapses in safety awareness. Oftentimes patients struggle to recall bathroom details, and they can inadvertently downplay pain control needs if they don’t happen to be in pain when I visit them. A quick check with their nurse can clarify…
  • Popular Weight Loss App Ineffective In Achieving Weight Loss

    Dr. Val Jones
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    A Cost Effective Fitness Band In a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers found that overweight and obese patients who used a popular smart phone app (MyFitnessPal) did not lose significant weight after a 6 month trial period. The randomized controlled trial is the first of its kind to demonstrate that well-liked mobile apps may be ineffective for most users. Two hundred and twelve racially diverse (73% female) patients treated at two UCLA primary care clinics were enrolled in the study. All indicated that they were interested in losing weight and 79% who…
  • How Not To Interrupt Patients But Also Get The Information You Need In A Timely Manner

    Dr. Val Jones
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Much has been made about physicians’ tendencies to interrupt patients. Studies have shown that patients are permitted 12-18 seconds of talk time before they are redirected (or interrupted) by their doctor. This leads to patients feeling that the physician didn’t listen or didn’t care. I believe that there is a way to solve the problem without wasting time or being rude. I have used this technique with great success over the years and it works especially well in the inpatient setting, when beginning a formal “history and physical exam.” In three simple words:…
  • Medical Errors Reduced By 30% When Doctors Required To Speak To One Another At Shift Change

    Dr. Val Jones
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:21 pm
    I have spent many blog hours bemoaning the inadequate communication going on in hospitals today. Thanks to authors of a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, I have more objective data for my ranting. A prospective intervention study conducted at 9 academic children’s hospitals (and involving 10,740 patients over 18 months) revealed that requiring resident physicians to adopt a formal “hand off” process at shift change resulted in a 30% reduction of medical errors. What was the intervention exactly? Details are available via mail order from the folks at…
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  • Sorin Memo3d ReChord Mitral Valve Annuloplasty Ring FDA Cleared

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Sorin Group received FDA clearance for its Memo 3D ReChord annuloplasty ring designed for mitral valve repair procedures. The semi-rigid device is an upgrade to the existing Memo 3D ring, now featuring a new chordal guidance system that helps with implantation, particularly when performing artificial Gore-Tex chordae replacement. The ring is covered with Sorin’s unique Carbofilm coating that, according to the company, improves the hemo-compatibility of the ring and its flexible shape, as the “3D” in the name implies, allows it to bend along with the heart’s motion…
  • Portable Lens-Free Hollographic Microscopy Brings Pathology Lab Anywhere

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    Tissue sample image created by a new lens-free microscope developed in the UCLA lab of Aydogan Ozcan. The lab of Dr. Aydogan Ozcan at UCLA seems like an ever-flowing wellspring of new optical gadgets that can be used in biomedical applications. Yesterday we reported on a new fluorescence imaging smartphone attachment developed by Ozcan et. al. that can be used to spot and measure DNA strands, and in the past we’ve covered other technologies the team developed to count cells, holographic processing to analyze them, and high-res 3D imaging of samples on a tiny chip. Today we learn of a…
  • Predicting Metastasis at MetaStat: Interview with CEO Dr. Oscar Bronsther

    Michael Batista
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    Metastasis of cancer cells from the primary tumor represents one of the most serious concerns for any cancer patient and can affect clinical decisions regarding treatment for the disease. The ability to predict the likelihood of metastasis is imperative, though existing solutions are limited in the scope of patients and types of cancer than can be screened. Changing this paradigm is MetaStat, a company developing a new way to predict the risk for tumor metastasis that could be used for any type of tumor cell and pave the way for clinicians to provide personalized cancer treatments based on…
  • Nanoplug Hearing Aid to Hide Within Ear Canal (VIDEO)

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    Hearing aids have come a long way lately, thanks to new audio processing algorithms, miniaturization, and wireless capabilities. Yet, they can still be too large to wear inconspicuously and can get quite pricey. Now a new project raising money on Indiegogo aims to produce a hearing aid small enough to fit into the ear canal and cheap enough to sell for around $400. The Nanoplug device is able to be this small thanks to its tiny battery, designed to be many times smaller than currently available hearing aid batteries. The team working on the device claims that it will hold enough charge to…
  • Guest Post: How ‘Noisy’ Data Is Holding Hospitals Back

    Asha Saxena
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    Asha Saxena is the president and CEO of Future Technologies Inc., an international data management solutions firm. For many patients, all the information physicians collect before every appointment can be a big nuisance. Do physicians really need to know patients’ complete family medical history, drinking habits, and past surgeries for a consultation about seasonal allergies? Does all of this information actually help them make an accurate diagnosis? Unfortunately, the answer is usually no. While it’s true that data is transforming the way doctors practice medicine, if left unstructured,…
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    CasesBlog - Medical and Health Blog

  • Top 10 cutest animal stories in science in 2014 - Nature video

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    From TV-watching marmosets to pretend baby penguins, this is Nature’s pick of the cutest animal stories in science this year: Posted at Clinical Cases and Images. Stay updated and subscribe, follow us on Twitter and connect on Facebook.
  • Walking While Texting - National Geographic video

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Texting shrinks peripheral vision to only 10%. "Cell phone use is on the rise and our eyes keep looking down. Try looking up and see what you've been missing." Posted at Clinical Cases and Images. Stay updated and subscribe, follow us on Twitter and connect on Facebook.
  • Top medicine articles for December 2014

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    A collection of some interesting medical articles published recently:What Kids Around the World Eat for Breakfast. “In many parts of the world, breakfast is tepid, sour, fermented and savory.” After birth, babies prefer the foods they were exposed to in utero, a phenomenon called “prenatal flavor learning” Milk Consumption Linked to Higher Mortality in Adults, Without Fracture-Prevention Benefits of workers perform better when listening to music, different genres of music are better tailored to certain tasks…
  • The language of lying - TED-Ed video

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    From TED-Ed: We hear anywhere from 10 to 200 lies a day. And although we’ve spent much of our history coming up with ways to detect these lies by tracking physiological changes in their tellers, these methods have proved unreliable. Is there a more direct approach? Noah Zandan uses some famous examples of lying to illustrate how we might use communications science to analyze the lies themselves.Lesson by Noah Zandan, animation by The Moving Company Animation Studio.View full lesson: Posted at Clinical Cases and Images. Stay updated…
  • New way to lose weight - color everything blue to suppress appetite?

    14 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    The color blue suppresses appetite more than any other color. Apart from blueberries and plums, which are mostly purple, there are few naturally blue foods. The hypothesis is that in the remote past, when humans foraged for food, blue was a warning of spoilage or danger.The Buffet Blues by National Geographic: Everyone loves an all you can eat buffet, but controlling our appetites can be a bit of a struggle. We’re testing to see if a simple change of scenery can impact peoples’ portion sizes. Posted at Clinical Cases and Images. Stay updated and subscribe, follow us on Twitter and connect…
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  • New Book: “Trackers: How Technology is helping us Monitor & Improve our Health” (Bertalan Meskó)
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:58 am
    I’ve been in contact with Richard MacManus for a long time, actually since he worked at ReadWriteWeb. I witnessed the whole process from him coming up with the idea of writing the book,... Visit my blog to read the whole article and other news about the future of medicine!
  • Interview with a Nokia Sensing Challenge Finalist Making Blood Analysis Available Remotely (Bertalan Meskó)
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:52 am
    When the XPRIZE Foundation named the 11 finalists for the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, I had a chance to interview a team in which I see great potentials. Here is my short talk with the French team... Visit my blog to read the whole article and other news about the future of medicine!
  • Being in The Top 30 Social Influencers in Biotech and Biopharma (Bertalan Meskó)
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:52 am
    It’s an honor to be featured in the list of the Top 30 Social Influencers in Biotech and Biopharma alongside Paul Sonnier, Atul Gawande, Craig Venter, Eric Topol, Alan Greene, Atul Butte and... Visit my blog to read the whole article and other news about the future of medicine!
  • Top 10 Science Fiction Movies About the Future of Medicine (Bertalan Meskó)
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    As a science fiction movie geek, I collected those 10 movies that give a good picture about what we can expect to see in the next years in the future of medicine. Please share your favorite ones and... Visit my blog to read the whole article and other news about the future of medicine!
  • Download The Guide to the Future of Medicine For Free: Only Hours Left! (Bertalan Meskó)
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    Download the Kindle version of my new book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine, for free before midnight of the 18th of December! If you don’t have a Kindle, you can still download and read it... Visit my blog to read the whole article and other news about the future of medicine!
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    Health Affairs Blog

  • Implementing Health Reform: Wraparound Coverage Excepted Benefits And Draft 2016 Letter To Issuers

    Timothy Jost
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    On December 19, 2014, in what one hopes were their last major regulatory actions before the holidays, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury released a proposed rule on a new excepted benefit for wraparound coverage, while the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a Draft 2016 Letter to Issuers in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace. This post will describe the wraparound coverage proposed rule.   It will be updated in the next day or two to analyze the letter to issuers (issuers being the Affordable Care Act word for insurers.)  I will note…
  • New Findings About The ACA’s Impact On Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance

    Chris Fleming
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law, some of its critics have predicted that businesses would discontinue offering employer-sponsored health insurance, moving employees into the individual Marketplaces. If widespread dropping of employer-sponsored health insurance were to occur, government costs could increase since many low-wage workers would qualify for federal subsidies in the Marketplaces. A new study, released today as a Web First by Health Affairs, examines data from the Health Reform Monitoring Survey for June 2013 through September 2014, assessing any early changes…
  • Request For Abstracts: Health Affairs Non-Communicable Disease Theme Issue

    Chris Fleming
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    Health Affairs is planning a theme issue on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in September 2015. The issue will present work that describes the burden of NCDs, approaches to prevention and treatment of NCDs, and analysis of policies and initiatives aimed at prevention and treatment. The issue will have a global perspective. We invite interested authors to submit abstracts for consideration for this issue. We are using a broad definition of NCDs to include cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory illness, diabetes, mental illness, and the like. The issue will not focus on injuries, per se,…
  • The Medicare Shared Savings Program: CMS Turns To Stakeholders On Incentivizing ACO Risk

    S. Lawrence Kocot, Thomas Hutchinson, Douglas Hastings, and Philo Hall
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    On December 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released its long awaited Proposed Rule to update regulation and operation of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (“MSSP”). In response to concerns raised by participating accountable care organizations, CMS proposes to revise the MSSP program in several ways to provide greater flexibility for ACOs. However, in important areas CMS may not have gone far enough. This post describes the framework CMS has set forth and then suggests several ways in which the proposal could, in our view, be improved to…
  • The Dane Difference: Why Are Dane County’s Exchange Premiums Lower?

    Mike Bare, Erik Bakken, John Mullahy, and David Riemer
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    During the next few years, states and the federal government will likely seek solutions to control costs and improve quality in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplaces. State and federal policymakers should look carefully at the decades-long success of the Wisconsin State Employee Health Plan (WSEHP) in controlling the rapid rise of health insurance costs in Dane County—where Madison, Wisconsin’s state capital, and the University of Wisconsin, are located—as they seek to improve the effectiveness of the ACA’s marketplaces and health insurance costs in general. The…
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  • Shortening medical school: Is that a good idea?

    <a href="" rel="tag">Arshya Vahabzadeh, MD</a>
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Why are we shortening medical degrees? The four-year medical degree has been the mainstay of U.S. medical schools for more than a century, following the publication of the Flexner report in 1910. Prior to this, there was little standardization about what a medical degree could or should look like. Medical school education was subsequently standardized to two years of academic study, followed by two years of clinical learning. Since the report, despite the tremendous amount of change inside and outside of medicine, the four year medical school model has remained relatively untouched. But…
  • A day in the life of a hospitalist

    <a href="" rel="tag">Joshua Allen-Dicker, MD, MPH</a>
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I am a young hospitalist who is 16 months into my role at an urban academic medical center. Unlike many of my more-senior colleagues who found their way to hospital medicine by circumstance, luck, or as a second-career path, I have been planning my career in hospital medicine since the beginning of my residency training. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how.
  • When discussing cancer treatment, the approach matters

    <a href="" rel="tag">Michael Carbine</a>
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Dr. Peterson, the radiation oncologist, gets right to the point. “The medical center’s tumor board has concluded that your cancer is inoperable, incurable and untreatable,” he says flatly. “Any chemotherapy or radiation treatments would be palliative in nature.” He begins explaining the reasons behind the board’s verdict, but everything he’s saying washes out. My mind stopped working as soon as I heard the words “incurable” and “palliative.” I am sliding into shock. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How…
  • MKSAP: 76-year-old woman with a headache

    <a href="" rel="tag">mksap</a>
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 76-year-old woman is evaluated for a 1-day history of headache, left eye pain, nausea and vomiting, seeing halos around lights, and decreased visual acuity of the left eye. She has type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and atrial fibrillation. Medications are metformin, digoxin, metoprolol, hydrochlorothiazide, and warfarin. On physical examination, temperature is 36.8 °C (98.2 °F), blood pressure is 148/88 mm Hg, pulse rate is 104/min, and respiration rate is 16/min. Visual…
  • What is value in cancer care? It depends.

    <a href="" rel="tag">J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, MD</a>
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Value. A simple word with lots of meanings, all of which depend on the context of the moment. Value in health care — especially in cancer care — is certainly no exception. What is undeniable is that we are seeing an increasing clamor about value in cancer treatment. And one person’s value is clearly another person’s concern. 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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    James Clear

  • Best of 2014: The 10 Most Popular Articles of the Year

    James Clear
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Well friends, we have reached the final month of another great year. After publishing a new article every Monday and Thursday during 2014, I’d like to share the 10 most popular articles of the year. I started this tradition last year when I published my list of the Best of 2013. For me, it is always interesting to review my work and see which articles exploded out of the gate and which ones limped across the finish line. For you, I think it’s nice to have a summary of the articles that are worth your time and attention. Let’s get into it… The 10 Most Popular Articles…
  • What I Do When it Feels Like My Work Isn’t Good Enough

    James Clear
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:46 pm
    In the beginning, it was easy. There was no pressure. There were no outside eyes. There were no expectations. When I started writing, I wrote in a private document for over a year before I published my first article on I wrote about what I wanted to write about. I wrote because I wanted to get my thoughts down. I wrote because I felt like I needed to write. After a few months of sharing my work publicly, things began to change. As I developed an audience, I noticed that I began judging my work. In the beginning, I was just happy to get my ideas down on paper, but now I felt…
  • Avoid the Second Mistake

    James Clear
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    So often, we make the mistake of believing that sticking to good habits is an all-or-nothing game. (I say “we” because I’ve been there before as well.) We assume that if we slip up on our diet, then we have ruined the whole thing. We act like missing one day of writing means we simply weren’t meant to be a writer. We use our lack of motivation to work out as evidence that we don’t have the willpower to make change happen. These beliefs are incorrect. Habits are behaviors that we repeat consistently. However, they are not behaviors that we repeat perfectly. This…
  • How Constraints Make You Better: Why the Right Limitations Boost Performance

    James Clear
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
    In 1930, a 23-year-old teacher in Uruguay named Juan Carlos Ceriani created a new sport. Ceriani wanted to design a game that was similar to soccer, but that his students could play indoors throughout the year. His new game became known as futsal. Futsal is very similar to soccer, but it has a few important differences. First, it is played in a much smaller area. (Ceriani designed the game so that it could be played on YMCA basketball courts.) Second, the ball is smaller and has less bounce than a regular soccer ball. Third, there are only five players per side rather than the typical eleven…
  • To Make Big Gains, Avoid Tiny Losses

    James Clear
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:45 pm
    In many cases, improvement is not about doing more things right, but about doing less things wrong. To understand what I mean, we need to take a trip to Japan. The Curious Case of Japanese Television Sets In the decades that followed World War II, the manufacturing industry in America thrived. For years, American companies grew in size and profitability—even though they produced many products of average quality. This gravy train began to slide off the tracks in the 1970s. Japanese firms implemented a series of surprising changes that helped them crush their American counterparts. As one…
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    Dr. Wes

  • The ABIM Foundation, Choosing Wisely®, and the $2.3 Million Condominium

    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Is it "medically professional" for a non-profit organization to use physician testing fees to "choose wisely" a $2.3 million luxury condominium complete with a chauffeur-driven BMW 7-series town car? In my view, obviously not. To most people such an action would conjure up images of hypocrisy, waste, and corruption. Yet, after a review of public and tax records, it appears to me this is
  • Stop Wasting Doctors' Time (and Money)

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:32 am
    From the New York Times today: "To rely solely on memory, especially for rarer illnesses or complicated patients, would be malpractice. Which is why the huge exam that culminates each decade of recertification should be abolished. Memorizing reams of information to be regurgitated in a “secure testing center” is a waste of time and resources, and does not reflect how medicine is practiced. Most
  • Electronic Medical Record and the Threat of Physician Skill Fade

    13 Dec 2014 | 5:19 am
    As I watch the business world's fascination with the electronic medical record (EMR) and all of the Big Data that it accumulates, I see more and more processes codified and treatment pathways carefully honed. Only one small thing remains until the computer can tell doctors how to behave based on the developed algorithms: to turn free text in the patient chart into easily-definable binary
  • Vignettes From A Brief Foray Into Knee Surgery

    4 Dec 2014 | 4:15 am
    The phone rang one evening and a pleasant voice was on the other end.  "Hi, my name is nurse So-and-so and I'm the educational coordinator for your upcoming knee surgery. Do you want to go to the patient orientation session?" she asked.  "It's very helpful to go over things before and after  your surgery and to answer any questions you might have." I thought about this.  The 11am session was
  • My Interview at AHA 2014 on ABIM's Maintenance of Certification Program

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Thanks for C. Michael Gibson, MD for hosting an interview with me on my concerns with the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) / American Board of Internal Medicine's Maintenance of Certification Program earlier today on his Clinical Trial Results website. A direct link to the interview is included here (if you're using a mobile phone, click the "Download video" link on the webpage). As
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    Summer Tomato

  • Happy Holidays & See You Next Year!

    Darya Rose
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:11 am
    Santa Toast Just a heads up that I’m taking the next two weeks of blogging to focus on some super exciting stuff I have planned for 2015. (Make sure you subscribe to get all the info) Have a lovely holiday, eat well, and I’ll see you back here next year. Cheers, Darya
  • For the Love of Food

    Darya Rose
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:25 am
    For The Love of Food Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup. This week the shocking truth about “humanely raised” chicken, the 1-minute workout, and a surprising new benefit of fiber. Too busy to read them all? Try this awesome free speed reading app I just discovered to read at 300+ wpm. So neat! 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…
  • Wisdom Wednesday: Airports and Cakes Don’t Mix

    Darya Rose
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    Photo by David Basanta Recently I was traveling overseas and had a two-hour layover at LAX. Not excited about the idea of eating on the plane, I searched the airport for something resembling Real Food to keep me satisfied for the long flight ahead. As has been happening at airports more often lately, I was pleasantly surprise to find several decent options and ended up with a tasty pile of beans, cauliflower and roasted squash. Score. You see, there’s absolutely nothing special about airports. 95% of the time the food is gross––the pizza is just as nasty as the salads. And sitting…
  • It’s Not Shallow to Care About How You Look

    Darya Rose
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo by Pavel P. I had my first SlimFast shake when I was 11 years old and spent the next 15 years struggling my way through every diet under the sun. Through all of high school and college I suffered from body image issues, fatigue, bad skin and thinning hair, all for a body I was embarrassed of. If anyone knows how dangerous dieting can be for your mind, body and spirit it’s me. At Summer Tomato my number one mission for the last five and half years has been to get people to stop dieting. Not only does it not work, it actually makes it harder to become fit and healthy.
  • For the Love of Food

    Darya Rose
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:11 am
    For The Love of Food Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup. This week the shocking benefits of prescribing vegetables, how meat actually impacts your heart, and the value of “cheat” meals. Too busy to read them all? Try this awesome free speed reading app I just discovered to read at 300+ wpm. So neat! 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…
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    Daily Health Bulletin

  • How To Improve Muscle Strength In Later Life

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    Amazing news. A moderate exercise routine along with regular intake of oily fish fatty acids holds immobility at bay in elderly subjects according to a recent trial presented at the British Science Festival in Aberdeen. Subjects over 65 who got omega-3 fatty acids gained nearly two times as much muscle strength after exercise than those who take olive oil. More work, larger this time, is planned to confirm the findings and understand more about just why muscle condition gets better. As part of healthy aging, muscle size goes down by 0.5 to 2% each year. Known as sarcopenia, this natural loss…
  • Play The Game: Wear A Pedometer

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:54 am
    Walking is one of the safest, most effective workouts there is, and we all know we should be doing more of it. But following through isn’t always easy though a new study may hold the key to helping people take more steps every day – wearing a pedometer. The research on the effectiveness of pedometers evaluated two different prescriptions for physical activity in older patients and appeared in the respected Annals of Family Medicine. The study on walking included 330 non-active seniors (65+) living in New Zealand whose walking rates were tracked for over a year. At the start of the…
  • Feel More Confident In Your Skin

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Feeling a bit down about how you look… experts tell us that boosting body confidence is 90% mental and has little to do with losing weight, getting a makeover or buying a store’s worth of clothes and jewelry. Here’s what they suggest… - Prepare... don’t decide on the day of a big event what clothes and accessories you’ll wear. Pulling things together at the last minute leaves you rushed and liable to forget something or encounter some other unexpected mishap. Just a bit of extra time in planning what you’ll wear, ensuring it’s clean and…
  • Is Fiber Really That Good?

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    You’ve probably heard a lot about fiber… mostly that you should be getting more of it as part of an overall healthy, balanced diet. So it’s good for you… but just what is this stuff, and how does it work in the body? Fiber is a carb that is a natural part of plants that we eat but can’t digest, which means this material passes through your digestive system pretty much intact, and having no calorie value. There are two types – soluble and insoluble and both are equal in importance for your body. They help with overall health, your digestion as well as…
  • Health Or Happiness…

    12 Dec 2014 | 1:56 am
    Here is a surprise. Research has found evidence that those who are in poor health are often just as happy as those who are considered healthy. Conditions like cancer actually appear to have little impact on a person’s happiness, while others have a far different result. A recent study appearing in the Journal of Happiness Studies supports this idea, but makes an important point. Anyone whose daily life is disrupted because of their condition (urinary incontinence, severe, chronic pain) suffers a lasting negative impact on their sense of happiness. Study lead author Erik Angner, Ph.D.
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    Dr. Jay Parkinson

  • Medical profession aided CIA torture

    10 Dec 2014 | 1:11 pm
    In a series of tweets this morning, surgeon and author Atul Gawande called out the doctors who helped the CIA torture people. 1/The Senate CIA Torture Report reveals savage, immoral, utterly despicable practices by our govt. — Atul Gawande (@Atul_Gawande) December 10, 2014 2/But the worst for me is to see the details of how doctors, psychologists, and others sworn to aid human beings made the torture possible. — Atul Gawande (@Atul_Gawande) December 10, 2014 3/The torture could not proceed w/o medical supervision. The medical profession was deeply embedded in this…
  • “The main image shows 91,251 blood sugar readings from my...

    8 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    “The main image shows 91,251 blood sugar readings from my Dexcom continuous glucose monitor (CGM). Each colored line shows one day. January 1 is at the top, with days progressing clockwise around the circle. Lines grow longer with more readings for that day. Blood sugars are color-coded and grouped based on the reading. I represented the in-range readings as white to make it easier to spot the days where my blood sugar control was not as good. High blood sugars are a colder colors, low blood sugars are warmer.” Doug Kanter, founder of Databetes
  • Sherpaa is hiring a front end engineer.

    1 Dec 2014 | 9:40 am
    We’re looking for a top notch front end engineer. We have lots of stuff ahead of us to build and we need someone that can hop right in and start moving quickly. You’ll be responsible for building on and helping to improve our existing framework which serves as the codebase for 3 different interfaces for our product. You can think of our tech as a little bit customer relationship management, healthcare project management, and a customer support ticketing tool…all focused on giving our doctors and patients tools to solve simple to complex health issues. It’s a complex…
  • For every billion dollars spent on pharmaceutical research and development since 1950, the number...

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:43 pm
    For every billion dollars spent on pharmaceutical research and development since 1950, the number of new drugs approved has fallen by half roughly every nine years, meaning a total decline by a factor of 80. They called this Eroom’s Law, because it resembled an inversion of Moore’s Law.  That’s not a promising statistic and one of the main reasons why the FDA typically approves less than 10 new drugs every year. via Why Are So Few Blockbuster Drugs Invented Today?  
  • I’m pretty excited to announce that Sherpaa has released...

    17 Nov 2014 | 1:57 pm
    I’m pretty excited to announce that Sherpaa has released our iPhone app. Since day one, we’ve designed our web app for mobile, but now it’s native. It’s pretty nice to get instant notifications that you have a new message from our doctors, or your labs are back, or your medication is ready to pick up, or we found the perfect orthopedist just for you. It’s how healthcare should be. And today, our lovely version of healthcare just got better.
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  • New Book: “Trackers: How Technology is helping us Monitor & Improve our Health”

    Dr. Bertalan Meskó
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:58 am
    I’ve been in contact with Richard MacManus for a long time, actually since he worked at ReadWriteWeb. I witnessed the whole process from him coming up with the idea of writing the book, Trackers, to actually finishing it. Then he kindly shared the manuscript with me before publication and I can tell you this is going to be the ultimate book when it comes to wearable devices and health management. Do not miss it! Self-tracking is the practice of measuring and monitoring your health, activities or diet through technologies such as smartphone apps, wearables and personal genomics,…
  • Interview with a Nokia Sensing Challenge Finalist Making Blood Analysis Available Remotely

    Dr. Bertalan Meskó
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:52 am
    When the XPRIZE Foundation named the 11 finalists for the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, I had a chance to interview a team in which I see great potentials. Here is my short talk with the French team behind ARCHIMEJ TECHNOLOGY, a start-up led by co-founder Francisco Vega, developing technology focused on making blood analysis available remotely at an affordable price. 1) Can you tell me more details about the technology behind your solution? I’m afraid I’m not going to be able to say much on that topic; everything is confidential for the moment. What I can tell you is that we have completely…
  • Being in The Top 30 Social Influencers in Biotech and Biopharma

    Dr. Bertalan Meskó
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:52 am
    It’s an honor to be featured in the list of the Top 30 Social Influencers in Biotech and Biopharma alongside Paul Sonnier, Atul Gawande, Craig Venter, Eric Topol, Alan Greene, Atul Butte and others.
  • Top 10 Science Fiction Movies About the Future of Medicine

    Dr. Bertalan Meskó
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    As a science fiction movie geek, I collected those 10 movies that give a good picture about what we can expect to see in the next years in the future of medicine. Please share your favorite ones and read more about such movies in “The Guide to the Future of Medicine“. Here are the movies described in the video: The Fifth Element Gattaca Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Inception Prometheus Robot & Frank Cloud Atlas Elysium The Zero Theorem Lucy
  • Download The Guide to the Future of Medicine For Free: Only Hours Left!

    Dr. Bertalan Meskó
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    Download the Kindle version of my new book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine, for free before midnight of the 18th of December! If you don’t have a Kindle, you can still download and read it online at I cannot wait to hear what you think about the book and those 22 trends & technologies that will shape the future! Download it here! Here is the description: A few short years ago, it would have been hard to imagine that exoskeletons could enable paralyzed people to walk again; that billions of people would rely on social media for information; and that the…
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    Low Calorie Diet

  • Protein Pancakes

    Tory McBroom
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:07 pm
    I’ve experimented with many different pancake recipes that are high in protein… With bananas, without banana’s, with almond flour, with coconut flour, eggs, no eggs, and so on. And most were unsuccessful.  Disgustingly unsuccessful. Until I decided to use a little of my own experience cooking with protein powder to finally create a delicious pancake that is […] Protein Pancakes
  • Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

    Tory McBroom
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    I must admit, I was a little skeptical at first with this recipe. Not that I didn’t think it would taste good, since I love bananas and peanut butter… But, more so that it would actually turn out like ice cream. With a smooth creamy texture consistent with store bought ice cream. To my surprise, it […] Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream
  • Sweet Potato Dessert Fries

    Tory McBroom
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    Sweet potatoes, dessert and fries are three of my favorite things… So, why not combine them all into one delicious little treat! And with only 250 calories in the entire recipe (which feeds multiple people), you don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying these. My kids devoured these in about a minute without realizing they are […] Sweet Potato Dessert Fries
  • Breaded Cauliflower Bites

    Tory McBroom
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    I must confess.. I personally am not a big fan of cauliflower. I’m not one of those that can just eat handfuls of cauliflower florets. I can, however, eat handfuls of these breaded cauliflower bites! And I can do so without feeling guilty! This much healthier version of “fried” cauliflower bites have less than half […] Breaded Cauliflower Bites
  • Healthy Baked Pickle Chips

    Tory McBroom
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    This healthier version of fried pickle chips found at many restaurants not only tastes great, but they have less than half the calories of their fried counterparts! Plus, they are simple to make, with only 4 ingredients and a few quick and easy steps. Simply dip the pickle chips in an egg/whole wheat flour mixture… […] Healthy Baked Pickle Chips
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  • The Myth of Being Useful

    Anne Samoilov
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Do a search for creating useful content on google. There’s enough opinion and education on the topic to make your head… wait for it… Explode. And that’s pretty much what my head’s been doing since I first heard this phrase. Create useful content, Anne. Waking me up in the middle of night. Are you being USEFUL enough, Anne? And off and on this whole year I’d look at other people’s content and wonder… How the heck is THIS useful to¦ Read More » The post The Myth of Being Useful appeared first on .
  • Why It’s Actually A Good Thing To Feel Bad About Your Business Sometimes

    Anne Samoilov
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Does your business feel good? Do you enjoy most days doing what you do? And how’s that launch making you feel? Be honest. Okay, I’ll go first. Sometimes the answer is no. Not good at all. But does that mean I’m doing something wrong? Not necessarily. Today, I’m going to share some truths about running a business, growing it online, and what you need to be prepared for when you’re launching… There’s a little good, a little bad…but all real¦ Read More » The post Why It’s Actually A Good Thing To Feel Bad About Your Business Sometimes appeared first on .
  • How to Make Planning for 2015 10x More Fun and Actually Work

    Anne Samoilov
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Next week I’m hosting a planning party for the members of Fearless Launching…where we’re going to hammer out plans for the new year. So, my head is all up in what are the most useful ways to plan…and how can I help nudge people and myself in the right direction to create useful, realistic, do-able plans. Planning is on my mind. Big time. What about you? I mean – how can it not be! Everyone and their brother seems to¦ Read More » The post How to Make Planning for 2015 10x More Fun and Actually Work appeared first on .
  • Planning for Success: A short guide to using what’s working to plan and grow your business

    Anne Samoilov
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    It’s the end of the year and you may be making big plans for the new one. And while I’m a huge fan of planning big things, pushing yourself to reach goals, launching the ideas that you’ve been sitting on for too long…I’m also curious… And I like to be a detective in my business…especially when I’m planning. I like to ask – What worked last year? And if it worked…can I do it again? Today’s episode we dive into¦ Read More » The post Planning for Success: A short guide to using what’s working to plan and grow your business appeared first on .
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  • Probiotics & Heart Disease

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:35 am
    The benefits of probiotics for digestion and the immune system are well appreciated, but did you know that probiotic supplements also provide benefits for cardiovascular health? Scientific literature that supports the use of probiotics to protect against heart disease is growing. read more
  • Probiotics & Gastrointestinal Diseases

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Gastrointestinal diseases and infections are not fun. Painful bloating, cramping, and diarrhea can disrupt your daily life, sometimes with serious consequences for your health. Probiotics are nature’s tools for good gastrointestinal health. read more
  • Fusion Gym God Stack: Purple K Creatine & Zeus Testosterone Booster

    9 Dec 2014 | 9:09 pm
    There are two things every bodybuilder needs to sculpt a muscular physique: Creatine & Testosterone. Fusion Bodybuilding designed the Gym God Stack to be a staple of every bodybuilders training program. Serious lifters know the value of choosing the right product for gains in muscle mass and strength. read more
  • Power Performance Pre-Workout Energy Booster

    2 Dec 2014 | 12:46 am
    Workout intensity requires focus, drive, exceptional energy, and nutrients that push your body to the limits. read more
  • Natural Factors Pharma GABA Health Benefits

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Stress, worry, anxiety – many people have difficulty managing these elements of our busy lives. Constant stimulus can overwhelm the brain, causing nervousness, anxiety disorders, headaches, panic attacks, and more. Gamma-Amino Butyric acid (GABA) is a neurotransmitter that acts in the central nervous system. read more
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    Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Blog - AromaTalk

  • Craft Idea: Naturally Aromatic Christmas Decoration

    Wendy Robbins
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    A few Christmases ago, I had been shopping for stock photography when I happened upon the photo of the Christmas tree tabletop decoration that you see here (licensed from It looks like it incorporates acorns, pine cones, cinnamon sticks...
  • Christmas and Seasonal Aromatherapy Articles & Recipes on AromaWeb

    Wendy Robbins
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    As the holidays begin to approach, it's a perfect time to diffuse and blend essential oils that help get us into the spirit of the season or help to combat the holiday blues. View the following AromaWeb articles and recipes...
  • Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Thanksgiving

    Wendy Robbins
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I'd like to take this moment to wish everyone a heartwarming, joyful and aromatic extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend. As I spend this week reflecting upon all of my blessings, I consider myself especially blessed for the ongoing support that I...
  • Aromatherapy Monster Repellent!

    Wendy Robbins
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Are your kids afraid of the boogieman, ghosts or monsters during this Halloween time of celebrations, haunted houses, scary costumes and horror movies? AromaWeb's delightful Monster Repellent Recipe couldn't be easier to make (1 ingredient!) and leads to a soothing...
  • FDA Regulation of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Products

    Wendy Robbins
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    On September 22, 2014, the FDA sent warning letters to Young Living and do-TERRA International, LLC. This indicates that the FDA will likely be keeping a much closer eye on companies that sell essential oils for holistic aromatherapy applications. This...
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  • Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts For Her

    Inna Shamis Lapin
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:57 pm
    From handbags and makeup picks, to go-to gadgets and toys, GalTime’s Annual Holiday Gift Guides have the perfect gift choices for everyone on your list. Check out our top picks for her! Olivia + Joy Cecile Clutch This gorgeous croco clutch with gold plate and zipper detail is this season’s must have and will make her glad to add to her handbag collection. The clutch includes a removable chain strap, and features zipper closures. $82
  • Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Kids

    Inna Shamis Lapin
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:45 pm
    From handbags and makeup picks, to go-to gadgets and toys, GalTime’s Annual Holiday Gift Guides have the perfect gift choices for everyone on your list. See our tops picks your kids will love!  KidFit – Healthy habits start early, so why not get little ones moving and building healthy habits starting now! A wireless activity and sleep tracker for ages 5-13, the KidFit helps encourage and motivate kids to play and get the rest they need. The wristband is also a one-size-fits-all slap bracelet and is IPX3 (splash proof). Available in 4 colors, for iOS and…
  • Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

    Inna Shamis Lapin
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:35 pm
    This gift guide will give you ideas to have your stockings filled in no time with treats for your mind, your body, and your stomach!  IT Cosmetics Your Naturally Pretty Holiday Matte Eyeshadow Palette w/Brush – This palette features 14 luxurious, anti-aging, silk-infused matte eye shadows. Part of this collection is the Transforming Ombre Radiance Ribbon – a unique shade, designed to be added to each of the matte shades, creating a new pearlized color or adding a sheer golden veil with a simple swipe of a brush! The Palette comes with a fantastic allover…
  • Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Him

    Inna Shamis Lapin
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    From this year’s go-to-gadgets to the most sought-after handbags, makeup and toys, GalTime’s Annual Holiday Gift Guides have the perfect gift choices for everyone on your list.  Check out our top pics for him! RHYTHM+ – This all new workout tool for managing heart rate, calories burned, distance, step rate, pace, music and more uses an App* to manage workout metrics. The dual mode processor, it features both Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ capabilities, which allows the heart rate monitor to pair with smartphones, sport watches and exercise equipment (100…
  • Are You Just Cranky and Exhausted, or Is It Your Thyroid?

    Tara Weng
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If you just can’t pinpoint why you’re irritable, exhausted, and too hot or too cold, the culprit might be your thyroid. A tiny butterfly-shaped gland located in your neck, the thyroid produces hormones that help control your body temperature, metabolism, and growth and development.  It  influences virtually every organ system, so when it isn’t isn’t functioning properly your overall well-being can be affected in many ways, particularly related to your weight, energy level, and mental health. An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, and women…
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  • 5 Of the Best Abs Exercises you’re probably not doing

    Dashmeet Kaur
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Many of us carry some extra flab around our midriff that really bothers us. While we drink hot water & lemon hoping it melts its away the truth is that you need to get up & move your body if you are serious about getting rid of the belly fat. While just doing a few...Read More
  • Effective Weight Loss Tips & Techniques for Women

    17 Nov 2014 | 1:37 am
    Every now and then, we all want to lose some weight. It would be easier to lose weight, if we understood our bodies better. Women and men’s bodies are physiologically different. So, we have different fat storage patterns, hormones, psychology and a lot more. All of these affect the way women gain weight and so...Read More
  • 9 Wonder Foods for Diabetics

    13 Nov 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Eating foods with whole grains, fresh veggies, fruit & protein is a key to good health. And it becomes even more important if you are suffering from something like diabetes. As a diabetic, it is even more essential to watch what you eat, and take all possible steps to control your blood sugar levels. To...Read More
  • 12 Natural & Effective Ways to Lose Weight

    9 Nov 2014 | 11:14 pm
    You have probably heard of a number of ways to lose weight. Some natural, some artificial, some easy and some scary. But most of them can be quite difficult to put into practice, in your daily life. At Fitho, our goal is to make it simpler for you to be healthier. As a part of...Read More
  • Full Day Diet to Detox After Partying

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:37 am
    One Full Day Detox Diet After Partying During festivals and parties, we all give our diet plans a break. And rightfully so! There is so much delicious food and drink around. Who wants to just eat lettuce and sip water & ice, all night, when there is carb loaded, deep fried and boozed up goodness...Read More
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    True Food Movement

  • All About Avocado Oil with Two Easy Recipes

    30 Nov 2014 | 2:50 pm
    credit: Lisa Johnson Avocados in my salad, yes please!  Avocado oil?  I had never used it before when a care package landed on my doorstep, and I quickly surveyed some facts. One of the highest smoke points out there, between 480°F and 520°F High in monounsaturated fats and Vitamin E Enhances the absorption of other nutrients like Vitamin K Used as cooking oil and as a beauty product to improve skin appearance and fight wrinkles The flavor will vary depending on processing, the lighter the color, the lighter the flavor In fact, when I asked people on Facebook if they’d heard of it,…
  • Teaching Kids To Bake

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:09 pm
    My son burst excitedly through the door … “Mom! We have to cook two loaves of bread! One for us and one to sell for charity.” I looked at him a bit puzzled. “Um, okay, but why?” Turns out King Arthur Flour has a program called Bake for Good and my son’s seventh grade class was one of the participating schools. I had a good excuse to “teach kids to bake.” King Arthur provided the kids with all the necessary ingredients and directions to bake two loaves of bread. One stayed with the family and the other was sold at school with the proceeds going…
  • Too Much Pumpkin?

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    credit: Flickr “For pottage and puddings and custards and pies Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon If it were not for pumpkins we should be undoon.”  ~ Pilgrim verse, circa 1633 Do we really need pumpkin pie soda? For decades, we’ve cooked with canned pumpkin and created all sorts of dishes with grow-on-the-vine pumpkins, but the last few years has seen an explosion of everything pumpkin. Pumpkin beef jerky? Sure! Why are we suddenly so crazy for pumpkin? I’m completely blaming Starbucks for this one. They introduced…
  • Farm Fresh Zucchini Bread Recipe

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    I love local cookbooks, I’m always on the hunt for them.  I found a great one recently, Morning Glory Farm, and the family that feeds an island by Tom Dunlop.  Morning Glory Farm is located on one of the most special places on earth, Martha’s Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts. The book compiles stories about island living, managing a thriving farm in a difficult environment, and 70 recipes.  The first baked good the farm ever sold was zucchini bread and this recipe produces two delicious loaves. Some Recipe Notes The recipe calls for two cups of sugar, one per loaf!
  • Presenting This Year’s Clean Fifteen!

    Greg Wymer
    5 May 2014 | 12:01 pm
    image courtesy of Last week, we wrote about the 2014 Dirty Dozen, the fruits and vegetables determined by the Environmental Working Group to have the most pesticide residue present when making it to the produce section at your local store. These are the items that are best served or you to purchase from the organic section to keep you and your family from potentially digesting some harmful toxins. The flipside to this annual list is the Clean Fifteen … the fruits and veggies that had the least pesticide residue and are the safest to eat in terms of conventionally…
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    Cooking Manager

  • My Vegan Son Cooks Vanilla-Scented Orange Soup

    Hannah Katsman
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
    My son became a vegan just a few weeks ago. After graduating high school last spring, he decided to spend the year volunteering in a town with a low socio-economic population. He and the other teens in his program volunteer during the day, and cook together in the evening. My son helps weak students in a high school in the morning, and works with immigrant children in the afternoon. Four of his fellow volunteers are vegetarian, and one is a vegan. According to my son, she is the best cook in their group. After attending a festival for vegans, my son decided to become a vegan too. Two…
  • Expert Tips for First-Time Hosts

    Hannah Katsman
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:09 am
    With a round of Jewish holidays coming up, a lot of readers may be expecting a crowd. Smadar Saltun interviewed two caterers, Ronit Bronfman of Mazal Taleh and Anat van der Walt of Sodexo, about how to entertain a large number of people while still enjoying yourself. Van der Walt points out that when cooking for 15-30 as opposed to 3-4, the differences are not only in scale. You have to make sure that you have enough space and equipment to cook, store and heat up your meal, because you don’t want to spend time fussing in the kitchen. Everything should be ready in advance. Here are…
  • How to Cook for a Family with a New Baby

    Hannah Katsman
    15 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    This post was first published in 2011. I’ve updated it with more ideas shared by readers. A friend of mine gave birth recently, and a few families in the community made meals for her. While it’s possible to order out nowadays, home-cooked meals are often tastier and more nutritious. Providing meals shows the family that they are cared for, and it’s a wonderful way to welcome the baby to the neighborhood. I’ll never forget the friend that called me up every week. starting in my last month of a difficult pregnancy, asking what she could cook for Sabbath dinner.
  • Sourdough Oatmeal Walnut Bread

    Hannah Katsman
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:49 am
    The first sourdough bread I made was from  Miriam Kresh’s recipe at Israeli Kitchen. Since then I’ve made it numerous times, especially when I am hosting a meeting or party. I’ve recently made some healthy adjustments including cutting out sugar and substituting olive oil. I often add nuts, and substitute spelt for some of the wheat flour. When this recipe comes out right it tastes like cake, but with a tasty and satisfying crust. If you’ve never worked with sourdough, now is a good time to start!  The sourdough starter requires only takes flour and water. Once…
  • Recipe: Unstuffed Rutabagas or Turnips

    Hannah Katsman
    25 May 2014 | 2:48 am
    Courtesy of Kristen Taylor via Flickr Thanks to US reader Tanya who sent me this original recipe back in February, writing: I hope spring has come to Israel. Here we are still buried under a foot of snow and the ground is frozen hard. Rutabagas are still quietly sitting in the basement, nice and firm and ready to sustain us for however long it take for the ground to thaw and first spring greens to sprout! Seemed like as good a time as any to send you the rutabaga recipe. It would also be good with turnips. With luck you can still find some rutabagas or turnips for this delicious and healthy…
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    Health News from SciGuru Science News

  • Physical activity improves survival for men with localized prostate cancer

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:34 pm
    A new study from Karolinska Institutet shows that men with localized prostate cancer who engaged in higher levels of physical activity had lower rates of overall mortality and lower rates of prostate cancer-specific mortality, compared with less active counterparts. The findings are being published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
  • Herbal medicine can be a double-edged sword

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Herbal medicine can be a double-edged sword and should be more rigorously investigated for both its beneficial and harmful effects, say researchers writing in a special supplement of Science.
  • AIDS Drug Also Offers Protection Against Malaria, Study Finds

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Children with HIV/AIDS in Africa are at a higher-than-average risk for another deadly disease: malaria. But a team of Yale School of Public Health researchers has discovered that people taking certain HIV medications gain an unexpected benefit—protection against malaria infection.
  • Gene regulators of circulating trans fatty acids identified

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    High consumption of trans fatty acids (TFA) has been linked to increased risk of heart disease, stroke and even cancer. Despite efforts to reduce consumption of TFA, a substantial number of people still consume large amounts, mainly through frozen foods such as pizza or baked products that contain partially hydrogenated cooking oils.
  • Could ibuprofen be an anti-aging medicine?

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:14 am
    Ibuprofen, a common over-the-counter drug used to relieve pain and fever, could hold the keys to a longer healthier life, according to a study by researchers at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.  Publishing in PLoS Genetics on December 18th,  scientists showed that regular doses of ibuprofen extended the lifespan of yeast, worms and fruit flies.
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Health & Fitness

  • A detox isn’t just about the food

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:14 am
    A detox also doesn’t have to be just about the food — it is much more than that. So if your body is craving for some sleep — give it just that! Don’t worry about just sleeping through the day. Sometimes that is just what your body requires. Take short naps or long ones. This way your body gets the rest it needs to repair itself. – What you eat and drink is very important. Cut out all processed and junk food from your house. Avoid the sweet stuff. Go the natural route — eat fresh vegetables and fruits and drink juices, coconut water or green tea to cleanse out…
  • High-fruit diets can worsen depression

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:47 am
    The consumption of a diet high in fructose throughout adolescence can worsen depressive and anxiety-like behaviour and alter how the brain responds to stress, the findings showed. “Our results offer new insights into the ways in which diet can alter brain health and may lead to important implications for adolescent nutrition and development,” said lead author Constance Harrell of Emory University in Atlanta. Fructose stimulates neural pathways that affect how the brain responds to stress, which can have important behavioural effects, including worsening symptoms of depression and…
  • Tips for keeping your heart healthy!

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:22 am
    Irengbam Jenny A healthy heart is the way to healthy living, they say. Quite right! But with sedentary lifestyle, munching on junk food, alcohol consumption, smoking, erratic working hours and unwanted stress ultimately leads to a troubled heart, so to say. Here are some tips for a healthy heart: Quit smoking: Quitting smoking is the most important thing that a person can do to live longer. A smoker is more likely to have a heart attack than a non-smoker. The risk of heart attack reduces once you stop smoking, several studies suggest. Less salt: Consumption of salt should be cut down as it…
  • Burned out? Here’s how you can bounce back

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:26 am
    All of us reach that point in life when we feel thoroughly exhausted or mentally numb. Experts say that an increasing number of individuals today are getting burned out. And if one does not take a break in time, it starts affecting one’s work performance and even relationships with family and friends. Find yourself constantly feeling tired, irritable and low? You could be suffering from a burn out. Here’s what you can do… Are you constantly trying to please people? Experts say that over a period of time this will lead to tremendous mental pressure, leading to a burn out.
  • Healthy diet helps protect your kidney

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:49 am
    Andrew Smyth, MD at National University of Ireland Galway and his colleagues analyzed questionnaires completed by 544,635 participants of the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study that assessed diet quality, as well as sodium and potassium intake. A higher-quality diet, as measured using 3 different scoring systems for dietary qualities known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, was associated with a 16 percent to 23 percent reduced risk of needing dialysis or dying from kidney problems. Higher-quality diets included those high in fruits, vegetables, and…
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    Mark's Daily Apple

  • Oven Baked Chowder

    Worker Bee
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Meals like this oven-baked chowder are exactly the type of recipes that instantly become keepers. Why? The chowder is deeply flavorful and the fish and veggies cook perfectly every time, with little assistance from you. Plus, it’s a one-pot meal that serves up both protein and veggies and leaves behind only a few dirty dishes. Change the recipe up seasonally with different vegetables, or stick with this tried and true combination of parsnips, carrots and bell pepper. Using different types of fish is an option, too; sea bass and halibut are always delicious, and wild salmon, of course, is…
  • The Way I Used to Live Life Was Slowly Destroying Me

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading! My story is interesting because I could have died. You would think that a healthcare professional like myself would have learned everything that was necessary to be personally healthy. At least two years ago I would have thought that—but, not…
  • The Pros and Cons of Comparing Yourself to Others

    Mark Sisson
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    After all these years, I still find it interesting how lessons from my athlete days can pop up in other areas of life. In my competition era, for example, one of the things that helped me continually better my performance was a well-honed, disciplined inner focus. In the deep reaches of a marathon, I better be focused on myself. That doesn’t mean I never had awareness of where other people were in relation to me – although those moments happened, too. It means I couldn’t afford to spend my energy outside of myself in those grueling hours. In a game of mind over matter, you learn not…
  • Happy Holidays from Lil’ Grok and the Korgs!

    Mark Sisson
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s that time of year again, for feasting on savory meats and holiday fare ancestral style, and celebrating friendships and family with gift wrapped treasures of the contemporary kind. But why not bring something a bit more primitive to the holiday season…especially for the kiddos? I am stoked to announce a Primal Blueprint Publishing endeavor that’s been brewing for a couple of years now, one that fills a huge gap in the paleo community—an action adventure picture book of the Primal kind made just for kids! If you’ve been looking to introduce Primal principles to your children in…
  • The Call of the Wild

    Mark Sisson
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    We civilized folk have it pretty good. Our water is clean, drinkable, and usually free of infectious microbes. The streets are paved, flat, and dotted with signs indicating our location and lamps to illuminate our way at night. All the food we could ever need or desire is a car ride, a bus ticket, or a phone call away. We have machines that safely store this food for months and even years, wash and dry our dirty clothes, shoot out hot water to wash our bodies, and maintain whichever ambient temperature we choose. And those are just the basics – food, shelter, and water. When it…
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    33 Charts

  • How a Doctor Can Improve His Digital Footprint in One Hour

    1 Dec 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Doctor’s are almost universally concerned with how they appear online.  And almost universally, few have the time to invest in content creation, curation and conversation.  At a minimum physicians should be building out their public facing profiles.  Claiming these profiles represents a quick and reliable way to control an important piece of the digital landscape. While writing, taping and creating represents the best way to build an online presence, profiles are a quick way to get out of the gates. This voiceover format is something new for me.  I’d love to know what you think.
  • (How) Should Patients be Present at Medical Meetings?

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    After reading Lucien Engelen’s BMJ editorial this past summer, I couldn’t help but think: Should patients be present at all medical meetings? Or better: Is there ever a time and place where doctors should meet without patients? The e-patient voice is critical. But, as important, we must think about where that voice best fits. We must move beyond they have to be there to detailing how to leverage patient expertise and experience in physician training. Otherwise it’s just for show. It’s easy to demand a seat. It’s harder to detail what happens once seated. Meeting planners looking…
  • Avoid the Social Shakedown

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:04 am
    If you’ve worked hard to build the trust of your followers, don’t throw it away by pulling everyone into your petty consumer altercations. I’ve seen it many times. Twitters micro-celebs with massive followings shaking down a major organization. It usually goes something like this: Visible social figure has flight mix up at the boarding gate. Angry, he takes to Twitter to rant, rave and demand answers. 30 minutes later after resolution and upgrade to First Class, social figure returns to Twitter to magnanimously rave about the response to his concerns by the brand he just publicly…
  • Interview: Dr. Justin Smith of Cook Children’s Hospital

    10 Nov 2014 | 7:53 pm
    In this interview, Dr Justin Smith from Cook Children’s Hospital discusses his new role in marketing and communication.  His position represents an new role for physicians as health organizations become more connected with the communicating public.  I was able to catch up Dr. Smith during Social Media Week at The Mayo Clinic.  How do you use social media at Cook Children’s Hospital? The main way I use social media is as a patient education tool. I see it as a place to provide basic pediatric content that parents can access at home. I also use it as a way to communicate about current…
  • The Public Physician – #HCSMCa Thoughts

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    It was an honor to co-host the #hcsmca twitter chat this evening.  A huge thank you to Colleen Young for asking me to participate.  What follows are a few thoughts on the topics discussed. How do you map your public presence? When we think about our life online we need to think about where we’re going to live.  Where are we going to spend our time and energy?  There are a lot of places to post and talk. But we can’t be everywhere. We need to consider it like a map. When thinking about your map, think content and conversation:  these are the two components of our social world.
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    Weight Loss Success

  • Elf on the Shelf Likes to Exercise

    George Diamond
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Weight Loss Success - Lose Weight -> Get Healthier -> Live Longer George Diamond Elf on the Shelf Likes to Exercise Weight Loss Success Elf on the Shelf likes to Exercise Even the Elf on the Shelf likes to exercise If we want to live a longer and healthier life we need to add exercise into our daily routine. Even Alfonso the Elf on the Shelf knows this. Two mornings in a row, we caught him exercising. Alfonso realizes that exercise=mobility. Alfonzo the Elf on the Shelf stays thin because he exercises and is very active. Exercise and physical activity can keep your muscles strong, bones…
  • What are the Thin People Thinking

    George Diamond
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:28 am
    Weight Loss Success - Lose Weight -> Get Healthier -> Live Longer George Diamond What are the Thin People Thinking Weight Loss Success What are the Thin People Thinking One of the best ways to lose weight is to think like a thin person. When I was overweight and went to a restaurant that served large portions, I would make it a point to clean my plate. Now that I am thin. I will come home with food. When I was overweight, I would eat a bowl of ice cream everyday. Now that I am thin I eat one scoop of ice cream every week or two. When I was overweight, I did not exercise regularly. Now…
  • Manage Your Weight Over the Holidays

    George Diamond
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    Weight Loss Success - Lose Weight -> Get Healthier -> Live Longer George Diamond Manage Your Weight Over the Holidays Weight Loss Success Manage Your Weight Over the Holidays The holidays are quickly approaching. Holidays that are filled with lots of foods and drink everywhere. During this time, it is easy to say to yourself, “Don’t worry about the holidays, I will lose weight after the first of the year.” Most overweight people don’t want to hear what I am about to say next. However, it is important, and has to be said. This is a poor attitude, and although you may have good…
  • Is It Possible for Me to Lose Weight?

    George Diamond
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Weight Loss Success - Lose Weight -> Get Healthier -> Live Longer George Diamond Is It Possible for Me to Lose Weight? Weight Loss Success Is It Possible for Me to Lose Weight? The answer for me is “yes,” but many people prefer the answer of “no.” The easy thing to do is to be content with what you’ve been given, and dealt with. When we accept this, the responsibility for our weight disappears because it is not our fault. I meet people who are eagerly willing to tell me that they can’t lose weight because of this or that. However, when I ask them what activities they…
  • I Am Not a Health Nut and I Lost Weight

    George Diamond
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:06 am
    Weight Loss Success - Lose Weight -> Get Healthier -> Live Longer George Diamond I Am Not a Health Nut and I Lost Weight Weight Loss Success I Am Not a Health Nut and I Lost Weight Most people I talk to believe that you need to become a health nut in order to lose weight. This is far from the truth. In order to lose weight you need to start eating healthier. In order to lose weight you need to eat smaller portions. However, you don’t need to become a health nut. You also don’t need to stop eating the foods you love. However, you do need to pay attention to your portion…
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    The Tippy Toe Diet

  • Bouncing Back, Sort Of

    Cammy Chapel
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Remember that cold I mentioned a while back? I’m pretty sure it was more than that. Maybe one of the flu strains. Maybe diptheria or malaria or typhoid. Whatever it was, it kicked my fanny quite nicely. But I’m back, almost, and feeling closer to my normal perky self. It helps that we had a few mild days, weather-wise, and I was able to get out and breathe some fresh air. While I was at it, I cleaned the gutters on my house and got all the leaves raked and bagged. It’s nice to have that to-do item to-done! I also played around in the kitchen over the weekend, and I’m…
  • Home Sweet Home

    Cammy Chapel
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:36 pm
    After what seems like months of traveling, I am at home for the near future. Unless, of course, I get called to cover someone else’s training appointments. My travels came to an end with a bang. My parents and I spent the Thanksgiving weekend on the coast. This was my brilliant idea, and one I regretted for a brief time on Thursday. The sun was shining, the sky was blue, the wind was screaming through my clothes. I had checked the forecast before we left, but I hadn’t noticed that it was supposed to be windy. Brrrr, but only for the morning. By afternoon, I was able to get out for…
  • Balance In All Things, Including Peanut Butter

    Cammy Chapel
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    I can’t let National Peanut Butter Lovers Month pass without paying homage to a dietary favorite. I was going to write a poem, but someone else already beat me to it. A wee excerpt: Oh, sweet legume that grows beneath the earth! Let me now proclaim your worth! May my lips your great praise utter Crunchy, munchy peanut butter Creamy, dreamy peanut butter. I do love peanut butter. In fact, let me count the ways: That scratches the surface anyway. Given the caloric nature of peanut butter, I don’t eat it with wild abandon. **pause for a moment of sadness** The most common way I eat…
  • Footloose…and Not

    Cammy Chapel
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    You’d think with all the traveling I’ve been doing lately that I’d be ready to stay at home for a while. And I thought I was until a friend who’d seen my Burgess Falls photos expressed an interest in seeing the falls herself. Since I’m living solo and working (mostly) virtually, we loaded up the car and headed out. It’s times like these I love my life. The only potential crimp in our plan was that my friend has a wonky knee and I’ve been dealing with some foot pain, probably something to do with plantar fasciitis and/or heel spurs and/or something…
  • Lessons from That Old House

    Cammy Chapel
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    There’s been a great deal of drama (and a fair share of comedy) in my neighborhood this week. We’ve had news crews camped out and helicopters circling overhead. Residents have set up lawn chairs to watch the story progress. Or not progress, as it turned out. And it’s all because of what everyone’s calling “that old house.” It seems the Wills family sold some property they owned in a commercial corridor. On that property was an old farmhouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To save the family home, they decided to move it onto a…
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    Joyce Cherrier

  • Your Most Powerful Health Coach is You — and Your Smartphone

    30 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    My Health Coach and Partner We often think in terms of short-term goals. Not that that’s necessarily bad, but long-term health is more than a few small goals accomplished occasionally. It’s many small actions done consistently over time. It’s easy to be short-sighted and just have in mind an upcoming event as a goal. But short-term goals are just that — short-term. Keeping up with long-term goals is obviously not as easy as keeping up with a short-term goal. This got me thinking: what can we use that’s in our everyday lives that would easily serve us in…
  • Whole and Healthy: Variety Creates a #BalancedYou

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:53 am
    Riley in her best downward dog I think battling boredom has been a struggle in my pursuit of a healthy life. But it’s also been a blessing in disguise. That’s why I was super excited *disclosure* -> when I had the opportunity to work with GaiamTV and @MyYogaOnline. I felt a instant connection with their philosophy and the content they share. I’ve always loved yoga and done random classes over the years, but I personally needed more direction and guidance. I wanted to add yoga to my quiver of healthy choices. This made me think of why I felt the need to learn yet another…
  • Whole and Healthy: 5 Reasons to Embrace Self-Improvement

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    The ship of self-improvement has set sail Before I venture into opinionated territory, my thoughts here are only coming from my own personal experiences in the health and fitness industry for over 25 years. There was a time when the word “self-improvement” was all the rage, like the word swag, just without all the douchey-ness. It even earned itself a section in bookstores. You could work on your health, your fitness, your relationships, organizational skills, education, and more. I always found myself hanging out in that section. I’m sure some of you will say you’ve…
  • A Journey for the Body and Spirit: Hiking Maui’s Haleakala Crater

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Our hike in Haleakala Crater on Maui. All Photos taken with my Nokia Lumia Icon Every year when I return home to Maui, I intend to hike Haleakala Crater. The last time I did the 12 miles down sliding sands and up Switch Backs was 20+ years ago with my husband. This time, my longtime friends Mike Waltze and Carol Aldred were totally up for the last-minute idea to hike the crater. We arrived in the morning at the 10,023 foot dormant volcano, and was greeted by an old friend who planned to begin his hike where we would end ours. He kindly let us drive his car up to the next parking lot where we…
  • A Maui Summer Must-Do: The Sights,Sounds, Scents, and Aloha Spirit of #KFresh14

    4 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    ʻAhaʻāina O Kāʻanapali One of my favorite things in the whole world is Maui and her people. It’s the home of my heart. So nothing excites me more than seeing other people falling in love with this magical place and sharing in the experience. Last year I had the opportunity to attend the Ka’anapali Fresh event for the first time and hoped to come back for a second serving of this amazing combination of Hawaiian culture and the most blogged-about culinary destination. Many mahalos to Shelley Kekuna and Ka’anapali Beach Resort for inviting me back for Ka’anapali…
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    Be Well Buzz

  • Urgent Care Advice With Dr. Anthony G. Beck

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:27 pm A situation presents itself and you have to go to urgent care. It’s important that you know the game being played! Regardless if you use insurance or not. The fees they charge are not transparent and you could get a jaw dropping medical bill weeks later. In this video Dr. Anthony G. Beck gives you some tips to avoid this predicament. Author informationBeWellBuzzLarry & Oksana Ostrovsky, founders of BeWellBuzz, are Life Upgrade Coaches committed to helping you navigate through the latest natural health and personal development information to a destination of…
  • Top 10 Superfoods Of 2015

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:35 pm 2015 is just around the corner and many already setting up new health goals. Here’s a list of top 10 superfoods that should be included in your new healthy lifestyle plan. 1. Moringa Moringa sometimes called a miracle tree as each part of it is used – leaves, root, bark, seeds and flowers, and each of them offer numerous health benefits. It has 4 times more Vitamin A than carrots, More potent source of vitamin C than oranges. 7 times more concentrated with potassium than bananas. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects, helps detoxify liver,…
  • Ron Finley: A Guerrilla Gardener In South Central LA

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am Ron Finley began his career by creating his first collection called the DROPDEAD Collexion in his own garage. It ended up being popular with commonly known and high-end stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstroms, and Neiman Marcus. Celebrities soon became attracted to his original ideas and designs. Ron Finley also collects memorabilia of Black Entertainment which has allowed him to own a collection of his own preservation of history. His collection includes movie posters that enable the audience to see the progression of Blacks in the movie industry. Finley is…
  • When Antibiotics Fail, Black Cumin Is Your Ultimate Defense

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am What would happen if antibiotics failed the next time you needed them? If you got bronchitis or pneumonia, and antibiotics no longer worked? You see, many infections today no longer respond to antibiotics. It’s as if we stepped back one hundred years to a time when a common infection could spell disaster. Every year over 2 million Americans suffer from an antibiotic-resistant infection and over 23,000 people die from these infections. These days, bacteria and viruses adapt to survive the drugs. They develop into “superbugs.” And they’re becoming impossible…
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    The Aromahead Blog

  • Great Aromatherapy Gift Idea! A Unique Way to Diffuse Essential Oils

    Andrea Butje
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    I have a great aromatherapy gift idea to share with you! You can make your own essential oil diffuser blend for someone, and offer them a unique way to diffuse it with Aroma-Spheres. Aroma-Spheres are small pieces of clay pottery hand crafted into different shapes. Some are imprinted with words or designs. They are made with natural-colored clays, and look beautiful displayed in a small bowl. They’re made by Essential Elements. When you drop essential oils onto the Aroma-Spheres, the clay absorbs the oil, and then releases it into the space over the next few hours. It’s like clay…
  • Peppermint Mandarin Holiday Lip Balm Recipe

    Andrea Butje
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Make a holiday lip balm with Peppermint and Mandarin essential oils. Do you reach for your lip balm more often during the winter than at other times of year? When I lived in a climate that turned cold during winter (I live in Florida now), I noticed my friends doing that all the time! Another thing I noticed was that people love to receive handmade aromatherapy products as gifts. (Okay, I noticed that a long time ago!) So I thought, why not make a holiday lip balm recipe and share it with friends? I created a lip balm with Peppermint essential oil, and hints of citrus, cocoa, and vanilla.
  • Make Holiday Bath Salts with a Hint of Spice

    Andrea Butje
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Warm spicy scents are so comforting during the holidays! I think it’s because they provide such a contrast to the weather in climates where it gets cold and snowy. Scents like clove, cinnamon, and cardamom have become traditional for holiday aromatherapy blends and cooking recipes. I love using them in aromatherapy body care recipes, too. Many of these oils have warming properties that can promote healthy circulation, and they smell amazing! But when we’re using warm spicy essential oils in body care, we have to be sure to balance them with skin-nourishing carriers and essential oils. The…
  • 3 Ways to Use Essential Oils in a Bath

    Andrea Butje
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Using essential oils in a bath is so simple and luxurious. I think that’s probably why this is one of the more popular ways people use essential oils. Adding essential oils to a bath is great for your skin. You also inhale the oils—the warm bath water helps them evaporate more quickly. So relaxing! We talk about how to use essential oils in a bath in Aromahead’s free online class, the Introduction to Essential Oils. There’s a lot more to it than just dropping essential oils in your bath water! (We also talk about other methods of use, such as aromatherapy inhalers and lip balms, and…
  • How to Get to Sleep When You Have a Cold

    Andrea Butje
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    A bedtime linen spray to help you sleep when you have a cold or the flu. What are the main things the doctor tells you to do when you have a cold or the flu? Drink plenty of fluids, and get plenty of rest. Drinking fluids is usually no problem, but getting plenty of rest can be easier said than done! It’s not always easy to get to sleep when you have a cold . . . and lying awake all night restlessly can be so frustrating. I have a linen spray recipe that you can spray on your sheets, blankets, and pillowcases before you tuck yourself in, which can help your mind and body relax while easing…
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    Healthy Lifestyles Living

  • Bad Posture – What Causes It?

    Larry Lewis
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Bad Posture – What Causes It? was brought to you by Healthy Lifestyles Living Neck pain, back ache and an unsightly stoop – there are many nasty consequences of having bad posture, but what can we do to correct it? We’ve all been told as children to ‘sit up straight’ and ‘stop slouching’, but as adults we have more habits to break in order to correct our posture. One of the main causes of bad posture is sitting at a computer all day, which is unavoidable if you work in an office. You can do things to help however. First of all, make sure your chair is fixed…
  • Unexpected benefits of keeping fit

    Larry Lewis
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    Unexpected benefits of keeping fit was brought to you by Healthy Lifestyles Living Making the commitment to get physically fit and stay fit is a huge one. It means spending a lot of time outside your comfort zone; when many people will be home relaxing on an evening or enjoying a lie-in at the weekend, you’ll be pumping iron or pounding the pavement in an effort to increase your level of fitness. While the physical pay-off seems such a long way off, it helps to know that there are some side benefits to keeping fit which can improve you mentally as well as physically almost immediately.
  • Retinal Detachment, Blogging and Goal Setting

    Larry Lewis
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Retinal Detachment, Blogging and Goal Setting was brought to you by Healthy Lifestyles Living I apologise to my regular readers for my enforced absence over the last couple of weeks. Alas for the second time in my life I was inflicted by a retinal detachment. This is where the retina peels away from its underlying layer of support tissue, causing severe vision loss and if not treated will lead to blindness. I had to undergo a Vitrectomy which is an operation where the vitreous gel is removed, the retina treated with a laser and the tear repaired, then a gas bubble is injected into the eye…
  • Lifestyle continues to be the biggest factor impacting health

    Larry Lewis
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Lifestyle continues to be the biggest factor impacting health was brought to you by Healthy Lifestyles Living For the last two decades, the top factors causing premature death and leading to chronic disease have been tobacco, poor dietary habits and lack of physical activity. Health epidemics such as obesity continue to grow.  Lifestyle continues to be the biggest factor impacting health. Living a healthy lifestyle could delay dementia by up to 12 years, according to a landmark UK study. Heart disease could also be staved off by around six years compared with those who neglect their diet and…
  • I won’t let ageing bring me down, will you?

    Larry Lewis
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    I won’t let ageing bring me down, will you? was brought to you by Healthy Lifestyles Living I’m working with a group of 50 pluses to make the rest of their life the best of their life. Rather than seeing their path through the 50’s and 60’s and beyond as a decline into old age they’re seeing the potential within them that so far has gone unfulfilled. I won’t let ageing bring me down, nor will they. To me age is just a number, and if it takes until you enter your ‘senior’ years for you to start focusing on fulfilling your potential it should matter not because it’s never…
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  • Help with Balance for People Suffering from Multiple Sclerosis

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) have trouble with balance and a fear of falling, which can have severe negative effects on their quality of life by keeping them away from social events, regular exercise and community activities. And, if they do get out, the fatigue and anxiety of walking can be very taxing. Now a new pilot study at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, funded by a one-year, $39,000 grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, will investigate how sensation in the feet while standing relates to balance ability and whether vibrating insoles might aid walking…
  • Flu Vaccine for Children Keeps Adults Safe Too

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Immunizing school-aged children from flu can protect other segments of the population, as well. When half of 5- to 17-year-old children in Alachua County were vaccinated through a school-based program, the entire age group’s flu rates decreased by 79 percent. Strikingly, the rate of influenza-like illness among 0-4 year olds went down 89 percent, despite the fact that this group was not included in the school-based vaccinations. Among all non-school-aged residents, rates of influenza-like illness decreased by 60 percent. “The effect of school-based vaccination was profound, both on the…
  • Top Earning Clinicians Order More Procedures Per Patient

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    In results characterized as “very surprising,” UCLA researchers found for the first time that higher-earning clinicians make more money by ordering more procedures and services per patient rather than by seeing more patients, which may not be in patients’ best interest. The research team from the UCLA Department of Urology and the Veterans’ Health Administration examined what Medicare was billed and what it paid to clinicians. The data reviewed was Medicare Part B payments from the 2012 calendar year, said letter first author Dr. Jonathan Bergman, an assistant…
  • Can Laughing Gas Be an Effective Depression Treatment?

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, has shown early promise as a potential treatment for severe depression in patients whose symptoms don’t respond to standard therapies. The pilot study, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is believed to be the first research in which patients with depression were given laughing gas. In 20 patients who had treatment-resistant clinical depression, the researchers found that two-thirds experienced an improvement in symptoms after receiving nitrous oxide. In comparison, one-third of the same patients reported improved symptoms after…
  • Experts Call to Change Concept of Harm Reduction in Alcohol Policy

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Harm reduction” is a commonly promoted idea when it comes to alcohol consumption, but it might not necessarily be the safest and most responsible approach. A new policy paper by a University of York academic calls for limits on the influence of the drinks industry in shaping alcohol policy because it has a fundamental conflict of interest. The article by Professor Jim McCambridge, of the Department of Health Sciences at York and academics at King’s College London and the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, is published in last week’s PLOS Medicine. It says the…
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  • Photo Friday: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    Hannah (BitterSweet)
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:02 pm
  • The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

    Hannah (BitterSweet)
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:10 am
    Who hasn’t landed on a lavishly curated new blog, garnished with extravagant photos tucked between every mouthwatering paragraph, and cursed the fact that the potential for smell-o-vision technology has not been fully realized yet? Better yet, where are those edible 3-D printer inks when you need them? It’s the best and worst aspects of the blogosphere that are inseparable: Inspiring recipes from all corners of the globe can be instantly beamed into your home, but the ferocious hunger that they incite cannot be be satisfied by mere visuals alone. Although this far-flung community…
  • Tools of the Trade

    Hannah (BitterSweet)
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    From the whimsical to the downright frivolous, no matter how well-intentioned, holiday gifts all too often stray into the realm of triviality. Rounding out my unplanned posting week of festive shopping suggestions, I’d like to remedy that dilemma with a battery of truly useful toys, all crafted for the avid cook, baker, and gadget geek at heart. Thermoworks has long been serving professionals in the culinary industry with better methods of temperature measurement, and that very same attention to detail, quality, and durability has been applied to all of their consumer offerings. The…
  • Mastering the Art of Curry

    Hannah (BitterSweet)
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    Ever the skeptic, expectations remained firmly at ground-level right up until the sturdy packing tape was sliced open, revealing a true gem of a holiday gift, securely wrapped in that unassuming cardboard box. Sure, I knew more or less what I was getting when I agreed to investigate the lavish assortment of spices included in the Kitchen Master Curry Kit, but that’s all I had pictured: Loose, uninspiring ingredients, assembled for convenience. Never have I been more pleased to admit being wrong. Complete with a full compliment of pungent, piquant, and bold seasonings, the inclusion of a…
  • Uncommon Excellence

    Hannah (BitterSweet)
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:38 am
    ‘Tis the season of giving, although in this modern age it may be more accurate to say that it’s the season of shopping. Judging by the influx of gift guides already lining the pages of blogs both big and small, I’d have to assume that everyone already has more ideas for their holiday handouts than they know what to do with. If you’re anything like me though, these lists serve not to inspire better offerings to share with loved ones, but to capture my own desires. No matter if I’m looking at suggestions geared towards photographers or lumberjacks, I promise you…
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    Anytime Fitness Blog

  • Healthier Drink Recipe: Sparkling Cranberry Cinnamon Cocktail

    Anytime Fitness
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Discover how delicious this holiday drink is. With just three simple ingredients, some bubbles, and a lot of holiday flavor it'll be a hit at your holiday get-togethers. The post Healthier Drink Recipe: Sparkling Cranberry Cinnamon Cocktail appeared first on Anytime Fitness Blog.
  • Rekindle Your Love For Cardio With This Treadmill Workout

    Luke Andrus
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Get in the gym, get on the treadmill, and get ready for this awesome and unique treadmill workout! The post Rekindle Your Love For Cardio With This Treadmill Workout appeared first on Anytime Fitness Blog.
  • Holiday Recipe: Strawberry-Coconut Santa Hats

    Cassie Johnston
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Cute, festive, and healthy? It's possible with these strawberry-coconut santa hats—your new favorite holiday pitch-in contribution! The post Holiday Recipe: Strawberry-Coconut Santa Hats appeared first on Anytime Fitness Blog.
  • Team Up This Holiday With Our Buddy Workout

    Luke Andrus
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    This holiday season grab a friend and head to the gym for this awesome buddy workout. You'll love how this makes gym time fly by! The post Team Up This Holiday With Our Buddy Workout appeared first on Anytime Fitness Blog.
  • Anytime Fitness Employees’ Favorite Holiday Travel Essentials

    Erin Klegstad
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If you are traveling this holiday season, don't forget to make your list and check it twice. Here are some of our favorite holiday travel essentials. The post Anytime Fitness Employees’ Favorite Holiday Travel Essentials appeared first on Anytime Fitness Blog.
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    Dr. Bailey's Skin Care Blog

  • Just in Time: Skin Beauty Tips for the Holidays

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Are you fretting about how to look your best for the holidays? Does your skin need a little “pick me up” from all the holiday stress? With the holidays approaching, people want to look their best for holiday parties and family events. And, a little skin sprucing can go a long way. Don’t stress about how to look your best for the holidays. Dr. Bailey has a few skin beauty tips for the holidays to brighten and smooth your complexion. Dr. Bailey’s Skin Beauty Tips for the Holidays Holiday Hand Skin Care During the holidays, we do a lot of hand shaking and hugging as we…
  • Last Minute Skin Care Gifts Ideas for the Sensitive Skin Person on Your List

    Cynthia Bailey, M.D.
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
      Dr. Bailey has last minute skin care gifts that are ‘winter must-haves’ for your loved ones with sensitive skin. Sensitive skin folks become skin care obsessed – out of need – because sensitive skin is a daily struggle. Finding the right product is like scratching an uber-vexing itch, literally.  Be the hero by letting me help!  I’m a sensitive skin dermatologist, which led to be  being a sensitive skin expert, with a medical practice full of sensitive skin people. Believe me, together we’ve tried it all – and I’ve developed skin care…
  • Holiday Comfort Foods Good for Your Skin

    Cynthia Bailey, M.D.
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    Fresh veggies and olive oil are good for your skin – always and in every form. However, they aren’t always the first ingredients you think of when you plan your holiday meals. That’s where potato latkes come in! Even if Hanukkah isn’t one of your family’s seasonal holidays, potato latkes are great holiday comfort foods filled with simple ingredients that are good for your complexion: veggies and olive oil. I love latkes, and often feel “called” to make them about now. I was raised Catholic, married Presbyterian/Episcopal, study Buddhism, most of my dear,…
  • Healthy, Vegan & Green Skin Care Holiday Gift Ideas

    Cynthia Bailey, M.D.
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    Do you want to give green skin care gifts that are as generously caring to the planet as they are to the loved ones on your gift list? Here are four unique and lovely gift ideas from my dermatology practice for the vegan and eco-conscious people on your gift list.  Give dermatologist-approved skin care that’s great for the humans you love and that also does no harm to the beloved planet that we all call home. Plus, we have some holiday skin care gift collections on sale and eGift certificates too. Vegan & Green Skin Care Gift #1, Suntegrity 5 in 1 BB Cream Suntegrity 5 in 1 BB…
  • Holiday Skin Care Special Collections Spotlight

    13 Dec 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Dr. Bailey’s Top-Selling Skin Care Products for Anti-Wrinkle, Facial Primer, BB Cream, and Mineral Make Up Collections Huge Holiday Sale The holidays are upon us and it’s time to finish off your gift list. Running around the stores to find that last-minute gift can be a trial in patience and exhaustion. That’s why Dr. Bailey has put together holiday skin care special collections with many of her best-selling skin care products to save you all the fuss and save 20% on customer and office favorites. Sale ends 12/18/14 or while supplies last. We are even including free gift…
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    Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic Blog - Augusta GA

  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome Specialist in Augusta GA

    Dr. Mark Huntsman
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    Iliotibial band syndrome is the leading cause of lateral knee pain in runners accounting for up to 12% of all running-related injuries. The ITB is a sheet of connective tissue originating at the iliac crest and terminating at Gerdy’s tubercle and the fibular head. The Iliotibial band runs down the lateral thigh and knee and passes over the lateral femoral epicondyle (LFE).  The Iliotibial band’s primary function is to coordinate muscle function to stabilize the knee during running, jumping and lateral movements. We commonly see runners at the gym  foam-rolling the outside of…
  • Case Series Shows Chiropractic Effective for Frozen Shoulder

    Dr. Mark Huntsman
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    A case series was recently published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine to explore the chiropractic treatment and outcomes of a series of patients who suffered from frozen shoulder syndrome.   What is Frozen Shoulder Syndrome? The shoulder is a very complex joint that is crucial to many activities of daily living. Decreased shoulder mobility is a serious clinical finding. A global decrease in shoulder range of motion is called adhesive capsulitis, referring to the actual adherence of the shoulder capsule to the humeral head. Adhesive capsulitis is a syndrome defined as idiopathic…
  • Treatment for Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome in Augusta GA

    Dr. Mark Huntsman
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    Most people have heard of carpal tunnel which is a compression of the medial nerve which affects the wrist and hand.  Similarly, there is a common condition known as tarsal tunnel which affects the ankle and foot. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition of the foot caused by pressure on the posterior tibial nerve as it passes along a passage called the tarsal tunnel just below the bony bit on the inside of the ankle.   What are the Symptoms of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome? Typical symptoms of tarsal tunnel include numbness and tingling across the bottom of the foot, often at the sole…
  • Can Chiropractic Help with Hiatal Hernia?

    Dr. Mark Huntsman
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    As many as 10 percent of people over age 40 have a hiatal hernia, and the number increases with age. The exact causes are not known. Some people develop a hiatal hernia after an injury to that area of the body. Some are born with a weakened diaphragm muscle. Children who have a hiatal hernia are usually born with it.   What is Hiatal Hernia? A hiatal hernia occurs when a part of the stomach has passed through the esophageal hiatus in the diaphragm into the chest cavity.  The condition is very common and occurs most often in women and older adults.  By age 60 up to 60% of individuals…
  • Treatment for Constipation in Augusta GA

    Dr. Mark Huntsman
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Constipation is a problem many people face. According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services over 4 million people in the United States deal with frequent constipation. For many of those, it is a chronic condition that affects their life. In fact, there are nearly 3 million doctor’s visits per year because of constipation.  As a rule, constipation should be suspected if more than three days pass between bowel movements or if there is difficulty or pain when passing a hardened stool. Research done in 2007 and published in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics show that many…
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    (((OrthoStreams))) daily news, lists and commentary

  • 7 questions for creating tremendous value in a startup

    Tiger Buford
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:33 am
    I rarely do this, but I am going to recommend a book to my OrthoStreams readers. You should read Peter Thiel’s new book Zero to One if you want to succeed in an Orthopedic startup.  Peter Thiel is a strange contrarian entrepreneur, but he has been wildly successful in startup companies and may just be a genius ahead […]
  • Reverse total shoulders on the rise

    Tiger Buford
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:34 pm
    HSS SURGEON: SHOULDER ARTHROPLASTY AND REVERSES ON THE UPTICK (Orthopedics This Week) Shoulder Arthroplasty, Reverse Replacement On the Rise Within the orthopedic world, shoulders are the superstars these days. According to new research, the use of shoulder arthroplasty is on the rise, as is the changeover to treating many complex fractures with reverse replacements instead of […]
  • With 3D Printing, Medical Devices Are Cool Again

    Tiger Buford
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:32 pm
    With 3D Printing, Medical Devices Are Cool Again (TechCrunch) The recent and successful human implantation of a 3D-printed vertebra at Peking University in China captured the public’s imagination. I read the news (and its quick spread) as evidence that medical devices are, dare I say, cool again. I’ve never seen a flood of interest as we have […]
  • FDA approves first ever 3D stereoradiographic planning tool for hips

    Tiger Buford
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:39 pm
    EOS imaging Obtains FDA Approval for hipEOS, the First 3D Stereoradiographic Planning Software for Hip Arthroplasty (press release) PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–EOS imaging  (Paris:EOSI)(Euronext, FR0011191766 – EOSI), the pioneer in orthopaedic 2D/3D imaging, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved hipEOS, a 3D hip arthroplasty planning software based on EOS stereo-radiographic 2D/3D imaging. hipEOS […]
  • Breaking down some Orthopedic statistics

    Tiger Buford
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Breaking Down Orthopedics (MDNews) Increasing numbers of older patients are safely undergoing major elective orthopedic procedures, even as hip fracture remains a serious threat to the mobility and lives of the elderly. Here is a snapshot of orthopedic-related statistics. Hip Fractures and Mortality About a third of people age 65 and older will fall, with hundreds […]
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    Heart Sisters

  • Women and statins: evidence-based medicine or wishful thinking?

    Carolyn Thomas
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:20 am
    The researchers who wrote the landmark report called "Evidence for Caution: Women and Statin Use" remind us: "There are many modifiable risk factors associated with heart disease, including smoking and diet, but cholesterol has become the most prominent and feared risk - perhaps because it is the only one that can conveniently be addressed by taking a pill."
  • Failure to refer: why are doctors ignoring cardiac rehab?

    Carolyn Thomas
    7 Dec 2014 | 4:11 am
    Only 20% of eligible heart patients are referred by their physicians for cardiac rehabilitation after a cardiac event - despite the proven life-saving benefits of rehab. I have yet to hear of any physician anywhere who neglects to routinely prescribe statins, beta blockers and other drugs to the same heart patients. Most docs seem extremely well-informed about the benefits of pharmaceuticals. So why do they seem so poorly informed about the importance of referring their heart patients to cardiac rehab - and whose job is it to educate them?
  • Downplaying symptoms: just pretend it’s NOT a heart attack

    Carolyn Thomas
    30 Nov 2014 | 4:14 am
    Three important factors impact your chances of surviving a heart attack: 1. DECISION TIME (how long you wait before deciding to seek emergency help), 2. TRANSPORT TIME (how long it takes to arrive at the Emergency Department), and 3. THERAPY TIME (how long it takes from that arrival to the start of medical treatment). Only the first phase is the one you have complete control over. So don’t blow it. Here's a recap of six different studies explaining women's treatment-seeking delay behaviour during a heart attack. What we don't need is yet another study - what we do need is to find a way to…
  • Let’s all play Chronic Illness Bingo!

    Carolyn Thomas
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    So far, I've heard well-meaning but uninformed people say just about every one of these "helpful" things - so I could fill out my Chronic Illness Bingo card pretty darned quick. How about you?
  • Words matter when we describe our heart attack symptoms

    Carolyn Thomas
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:13 am
    This researcher suggests that it's the way women describe our heart attack symptoms that is confusing physicians. If so, why are our doctors that easily confused?
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  • Toileting Solutions with the TRAM

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:24 am
    Giving patients with cerebral palsy the freedom, dignity and privacy they deserve with sit to stand toilet transfer equipment that is simple and safe to use.
  • The Rifton TRAM vs the Standard Four-Wheeled Walker

    2 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    Early gait training results in better outcomes for CNS patients. The TRAM, a gait trainer with sit-to-stand transfer functionality is a proving to be a superior alternative to traditional walkers.
  • Rifton Celebrates a Veteran Designer and Co-worker

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    Ullu was a true craftsman, watching closely what therapists were doing to understand their needs and incorporate those features into the product design.
  • A Great Opportunity for Therapists

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    Stories from a physical therapist about donating medical equipment that is no longer needed so that underprivileged children can grow and develop too.
  • TRAM Still Turning Heads

    11 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    Mobility Management discusses the multi-tasking ability of the Rifton TRAM to assist people with a variety of disorders and conditions.
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  • Tips for Enhancing Sperm Health

    Vita Admin
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:52 am
    Let’s discuss male fertility, which is a male concern aside from sexual functioning. While it only takes one sperm to fertilize an egg, it can be quite a challenge, particularly for those with low sperm counts and other fertility problems. According to research, low sperm count and these other problems account for about 30 percent of all fertility concerns that exist in men today. What causes low sperm is generally a mix of biological and environmental elements, which you can resolve on your own or with your doctor’s help. You can adjust your diet and lifestyle choices, too. As general…
  • How to Lose the Extra Weight Through Working Out

    Vita Admin
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:53 am
    If you are obese or overweight and the extra pounds you’re carrying around have been interfering with your health, sex life, and daily activities, it’s time to think about how to manage your weight. Obesity can pave the way for a number of health conditions, include erectile dysfunction (ED) or having impotence signs in bed. So how about you pay more attention to your diet, exercise, and overall lifestyle? Apart for eating healthy, exercising can immensely help you reach your ideal or target weight. Before being overweight or obese adversely affects your quality of life and lovemaking,…
  • How Diet Affects Your Libido

    Vita Admin
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:36 am
    Your libido or sexual desire can be influenced by the food you eat. For instance, your diet provides you the energy that is necessary for healthy sexual functioning. Too much of anything, however, can kill your libido and get you on the road to being overweight or obese. Know as well as there are other mechanisms that diet can affect your libido, such as hormone production, blood flow, lubrication, and being aroused. So here’s the thing: watch what you eat and see a positive response in your sex life. Here’s a closer look at these various mechanisms by which your diet affects your libido:…
  • Basic Information About Condoms

    Vita Admin
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:44 am
    Before we delve on another male enhancement topic, let’s talk about condoms for male sexual protection. These are widely known and used for reducing chances of unwanted pregnancy as well as transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) during intercourse. It is important to note what your best condom choices are, whether you’re using it for birth control or for avoiding contracting the disease. Condoms are also known as rubber or latex, and they work by acting as a barrier that stops bodily fluid exchange during sex. There are two kinds of condoms: (1) male condom, which goes over…
  • Are You Having These Common Male Urinary Issues?

    Vita Admin
    15 Nov 2014 | 1:06 am
    Let’s discuss another crucial area of men’s health and wellness, which is urinary function. Your urinary system excretes water-soluble waste from your body through your urine, and also assists in maintaining the right balance of water and chemicals in the body. Beware, though, as disorders of the urinary tract may take place and affect this important function, potentially cascading into other negative health effects. Take note of these three common urinary problems in men, and their possible causes and signs: Urinary retention – This is the inability to empty the bladder, and…
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    Solve ME/CFS Initiative » Blog

  • P2P Draft Report Set to be Published, 30 days for Feedback

    Leigh Reynolds
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:25 am
    On December 9 & 10, 2014, the NIH Office of Disease Prevention held its Pathway to Prevention Workshop for “Advancing the Research on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”. If you were unable to participate in the meeting or watch the live stream, you can access the video archive HERE.   On day 2, our own Dr. Suzanne Vernon spoke to the panel about the importance of the patient perspective and their voice in research in a session they titled…
  • $500,000 grant awarded to the Solve ME/CFS Initiative to further epigenetic research

    Leigh Reynolds
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    We are thrilled to announce that the Solve ME/CFS Initiative (SMCI) has received a one-year, $500,000 Catalyst Research Program Award through the Dr. Ralph & Marian Falk Medical Research Trust. This competitive funding opportunity was designed to support research that leads directly to the development of treatments and cures for diseases for which there are no effective treatments or cures today. SMCI will partner with Drs. Lucinda Bateman founder and director of the Fatigue Consultation Clinic and Patrick O. McGowan of the University of Toronto to expand the epigenetic study of myalgic…
  • Research Digest – December 2014: 10 Important Advances in ME/CFS

    Suzanne Vernon
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:45 am
    By Suzanne D. Vernon, Ph.D., Scientific Director, Solve ME/CFS Initiative  Dr. Anthony Komaroff, Simcox-Clifford-Higby Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Senior Physician, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston MA   In this year-end blog post and December Research Digest, Dr. Vernon and Dr. Komaroff summarize what they regard as the most important recent advances in our field. They are not listed in any specific order. If noted, SMCI played a role in the discovery. 1. There is ample evidence that ME/CFS is a heterogeneous illness. As is true with many illnesses, not…
  • Funding Research to Inform the Path Forward, part 2

    Suzanne Vernon
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    The Solve ME/CFS Initiative (SMCI) began funding research into myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) as soon as it was founded in 1987. But the first competitive funding opportunity occurred in 2008. In part 1 of this blog post we reviewed the advances made through this competitive funding cycle. Read it HERE In this second part of the series, we share the progress being made through our second competitive funding opportunity, which occurred in 2011. That year, SMCI solicited research proposals that would bridge the gap between bench discoveries and clinical…
  • Funding Research to Inform the Path Forward, part 1

    Suzanne Vernon
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:25 pm
    The Solve ME/CFS Initiative (SMCI) began funding research into myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) as soon as it was founded in 1987. But the first competitive funding opportunity occurred in 2008. That funding cycle solicited research proposals that would advance the discovery of biomarkers and methods for early detection, objective diagnosis and effective treatment of ME/CFS, and included a rigorous review process. That year, SMCI awarded 6 grants, engaging 3 researchers who were new to the field of ME/CFS research. All agreed to use similar measures, share data and…
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    Health Blog

  • The Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup Infographic

    Health Blog
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    A study shows how a fructose high diet slows the brain, hampering learning and memory, and how the disruption can be counteracted with omega-3 fatty acids. Although prior research has shown how the body is harmed by fructose through its role in obesity and diabetes, this study reveals how the brain is influenced by...
  • Parkinson’s Disease Infographic

    Health Blog
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
    According to a study, people who have used amphetamines such as dexedrine and benzedrine appear to be at an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Dexedrine and Benzedrine are amphetamines frequently prescribed to enhance focus for individuals having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as well as narcolepsy, a condition that can result in excessive daytime...
  • Study Provides Insight into How Stress Predisposes to Depression

    Health Blog
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
    Researchers present clues about how stress has an effect on the brain and could assist in explaining why some people are susceptible to depression whenever they encounter chronic stress. The study reveals complex molecular mechanisms related to chronic stress and could help to develop new treatment approaches for depression. A lot of people exposed...
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea Could Be Minimized With Compression Stockings

    Health Blog
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    Making use of compression stockings could very well be an easy method for improving obstructive sleep apnea in people who have chronic venous insufficiency. Researchers found that daytime fluid accumulation in the legs in individuals having chronic venous insufficiency was reduced with compression stockings, which led to a reduction in the amount of fluid...
  • Vitamins During Pregnancy Infographic

    Health Blog
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:56 am
    According to a study, women who did not take a prenatal vitamin each day before as well as throughout the 1st month of pregnancy had almost double the risk of having a child with an autism spectrum disorder compared to women who took a prenatal vitamin each day, and when coupled with a high-risk...
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    MediAngels, World's First Online Hospital - Blog

  • Video Consultation Second Opinion with the Best Doctors Globally – Samar’s Story

    9 Dec 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Read this story about a 15 year old boy, suffering from Cleft lip and Deviated Nasal Septum since birth. Not being able to consult the Best Plastic Surgeon for his problem in Mauritius, made him familiar with MediAngels & the Video Consultation service came to his rescue. Eventually, after seeking a Second Opinion from one of the best Facial Plastic Surgeons in India, he was free from all his sufferings!
  • RIP Phillip Hughes – How do we reduce such tragedies in India?

    29 Nov 2014 | 1:29 am
    A young guy like Phillip Hughes died in a tragic incident at the cricket field despite wearing a protective head gear, that too in a country like Australia where healthcare delivery system is abundantly developed. The role of second opinion in such cases like Head injuries can be very significant & could even help save a life!
  • Consulting Doctors from multiple specialties – helpful or even more confusing?

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:48 am
    A 60 years old man who had undergone a CABG surgery, persistently experienced mild irritation in the area surrounding the surgical scar. After consulting an array of Specialists and getting diverse opinions from each one of them regarding the diagnosis & further treatment plan, MediAngels came to his rescue. The Right Doctor was chosen relevant to his condition & apt treatment was given which provided him the much needed relief!
  • A Correct Medical Second Opinion can make all the difference!

    3 Nov 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Read this story of a 54 year old patient suffering from Mediastinal infection post a bypass surgery, who sought a Medical Second Opinion through MediAngels. The Infectious Diseases Specialist opined on the case and prescribed the appropriate medications. Not only did the patient benefit from the Dr’s treatment, but also his cardiac health was saved from getting compromised.
  • Online Medical Second Opinion prevented an Arthroscopic Surgery!

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Read this story of a woman in her sixties, who was advised an Arthroscopy, got saved from it because of a Second Opinion at MediAngels!
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    Healing Talks

  • Healing Power of MSM

    Nathan Batalion, PhD, Naturopath, Triathlete
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    (Healingtalks) MSM or Methyl-Sulphonyl Methane is a powerful supplement that essentially helps cellular permeability. When taken with oxygen supplements, the end result is often an authentically systemic healing of the body.This is because oxygen forms a bridge between the chemical model of nature, the atomic, and the deeper penetrating consciousness-centered model, and where consciousness is […]
  • Peppermint Oil Extract Used to Increase Athletic Performance

    Nathan Batalion, PhD, Naturopath, Triathlete
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:51 pm
    (Healingtalks) Careful scientific studies have shown that the daily use of peppermint oil dissolved in water can help increase athletic performance. The findings were published in the Journal of the International Society for Sports Nutrition. Male student athletes were given a drop of the extract in 500 ml of water or about 16 ounces daily […]
  • Definitive Video on JFK Assassination

    Nathan Batalion, PhD, Naturopath, Triathlete
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:56 am
    Definitive Video on JFK Assasination (Healingtalks) This is the definitive video on the JFK assassination. If you trust your government to be working for your best interest and it was impossible for there to be an inside conspiracy that wanted to get Kennedy out of the way, don’t watch this movie.    
  • Putin speaks about the US being a force for destabilizing our world

    Nathan Batalion, PhD, Naturopath, Triathlete
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    (Healingtalks) The following 3 minute video offers a glimpse of a much longer talk, covered in a near three hour video also posted below, and in which Putin outlines how the US, at the behest of its corporation and central bank, is working to destabilize countries around the world to fulfill its agenda, often by […]
  • Conferences to launch Stanislav and Christina Grof Foundation and honor their work

    Nathan Batalion, PhD, Naturopath, Triathlete
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Launching the Grof Foundation This 26th of October 2014 marked the launching of the new Stanislav and Christina Grof Foundation at the Women’s Building in the heart of San Francisco. This landmark event was attended by between 50-60 individuals, by my count, including Stanislav and his brother Paul Grof, Kenneth Edward Sloan, Executive Director of […]
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    Kat Fulton, MM, MT-BC

  • Business doesn’t have to be so grueling

    Kat Fulton
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    Here’s the video that I made with my family… which led to an adventure in blogging… which led to a self-produced DVD… which led to a single video course I taught… which led to Music Therapy Ed (serving courses to 2,000 people and counting)… which led to my newest evolution… which you should jump in […]
  • When they tell you “you’re LESS THAN,” here’s what to do…

    Kat Fulton
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:31 am
    I had a BLAST at #AMTA14! Thank you for the memories and good times. AND, exciting news about my company’s little experiment called “Music Therapy Ed” – We have now surpassed 3,000 music therapists getting the Tuesday Shout-Out. (That’s only half the field, so we still have work to do.) If you haven’t jumped on […]
  • TAKE THE QUIZ: What kind of therapist business-owner are YOU?

    Kat Fulton
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    We are LIVE from #AMTA14! Julie Palmieri and I are teaching a CMTE course on refining your online marketing. We’ve got 12 brilliant music therapists in the room with us =) Refining your message online is what we are PASSIONATE about and so happy to share. And! Today I’m releasing a free QUIZ: What kind […]
  • What Might Be Missing From Your Heart-Based Business

    Kat Fulton
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Here’s a common concern: If we put too much of our heads in, then we lose the heart, soul, and magic of it all. So, we lose our heads instead. I’m determined to debunk that idea. The TRUTH is that the more magic appears, the more impactful science becomes. The more intelligence mixed in, the […]
  • How To Take A Hit Like A Drum

    Kat Fulton
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    “The most passionate people take hits the hardest…” If you’re in the world of music, healthcare, healing, then most likely you are extremely “passionate” =) Barbara Corcoran talks about being passionate, caring, and taking hits in this video: I love a good drum. I can strike it and slap it and knock on it, and […]
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    Optimistic Life

  • Merry Christmas!

    Roman Soluk
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:10 am
  • Simple Christmas [Inspirational Video]

    Roman Soluk
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:34 am
    He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ~ Roy L. Smith Christmas will soon be here and everyone is waiting for this great time of the year. We prepare gifts, decorate our homes and always worry not to forget about someone or something. But is it good to spend these great holidays this way? Forget about this chaos! Make your Christmas simpler! Wondering why you should do that? Watch this inspirational video to understand. Ask yourself: What if Christmas looked a lot more like Jesus? If you’d like to comment this video, feel free to do it below! See more…
  • Golden Rules of a Highly Effective Student

    Roman Soluk
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:13 am
    The school is left behind and you’re ready to go to the university or college? Then it’s high time to learn the rules of a highly effective student that will make you successful not only at a college but will help you to build a great career. After all, college is not only fun but also a serious test for independence, adequacy and the will to win. So, what are these golden rules that are so necessary for you? Several rules of a successful student 1. Hard working When a student receives a freedom, he unwittingly relaxes and there comes a total laziness. Remember that you should…
  • Are You Satisfied with Your Life? [POLL]

    Roman Soluk
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:12 am
    What is life? The answer to this question lies beyond words. Words will always remain words. People have come up with many theories about life but everything depends on the fact how you understand it. Some person may think that the meaning of life is money. Another lives according to the concepts developed by others. Some people go further and create their own concepts and live according to them, calling it the philosophy of life. Other people don’t trust words and concepts and trust only their feelings. Read also: 50 Ways to Become Happy Right Now People are different, but the…
  • How Can a Person be Positive About Having Cancer?

    Guest Author
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:49 am
    If you or your loved ones are afflicted with cancer, my heart goes out to you. It is a frightening disease that changes everything. But those changes do not have to all be for the worse. In the holistic view of traditional indigenous wisdom, it is understood that everything happens to us for a reason. In this perspective, all that we experience has been chosen by our souls to help us evolve. While cancer is truly a devastating disease, perhaps it may hold the surprising potential to contribute to your life in positive ways. Don’t Shoot the Messenger If we accept the possibility that…
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    Harvard Health Blog

  • Feeling young at heart may help you live longer

    Heidi Godman
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    I just celebrated a birthday, and not the kind women like to crow about. Let’s just say I’m mid-century modern. But I feel as young and as vibrant as ever. I have energy, a zest for life, and a real sense of purpose. And it turns out that this youthful feeling may pay off big-time. A research letter in this week’s JAMA Internal Medicine found that older people who felt three or more years younger than their actual (chronological) age had a lower death rate compared with those who felt their age or those who felt more than one year older than their actual age. You’re as…
  • Full bladder wakes 2 in 3 women at night

    Howard LeWine, M.D.
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    Getting up at night to use the bathroom is often thought of as a problem mainly for older men. Not so—two in three women over age 40 wake up at least once each night because of a full bladder. And nearly half of them make two or more nighttime trips to the bathroom. That’s the upshot from a survey of more than 2,000 northern California women ages 40 years and older. They were asked questions related to possible reasons for nocturia, the medical term for getting up to urinate twice or more per night. Factors that increased the likelihood that a woman woke at night to urinate included…
  • Using the glycemic index to stave off holiday weight gain

    Beverly Merz
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:56 pm
    As the holiday season gets underway, you might wonder why you feel compelled return to the office cookie tin or to sample the party’s dessert platter more often than you probably should. The glycemic index—a measure of how fast carbohydrates are turned into sugar—offers an answer (see “How the glycemic index works”). The cakes, cookies, and candies tempting you have a high glycemic index. As I write in the December Harvard Women’s Health Watchfoods with a high glycemic index are likely to provide a rush of energy, but leave you hungry and craving food within a few…
  • Cold hands: Could it be Raynaud’s?

    Patrick J. Skerrett
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:29 pm
    I used to enjoy cold weather and cold-weather activities. Not anymore. These days I find it harder and harder to keep my hands warm when I’m outside, even with an excellent pair of gloves. Sometimes my fingers turn white and become numb. Those are the hallmarks of Raynaud’s syndrome (or disease or phenomenon). Named after the French physician who first described it in 1862, Raynaud’s is a problem in the body’s arteries. In most people with Raynaud’s, small arteries that bring oxygen-rich blood to the fingers spasm and close down in response to cold or stress.
  • Vitamin D testing not recommended for most people

    Julie Corliss
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    Over the past decade, a barrage of reports linking low vitamin D levels to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other ills led many doctors to routinely test vitamin D levels in their healthy patients. But there is no good reason to do that, according to a new recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) published in this week’s Annals of Internal Medicine. After reviewing the results of 25 vitamin D studies, the panel concluded that it isn’t helpful for most people to know their vitamin D level. For one thing, experts don’t agree on what…
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  • Secret Diary of an Emergency Registrar

    Kristin Boyle
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:18 am
    Age: Start or end of shift? Status: Caffeinated. Likes: Chest tubes. Wearing runners to work. Dislikes: Describing CT brains to neurosurgical registrars over the phone. An evening shift at St Anywheres… 14:00h: Start shift. Feeling refreshed and energetic after 3 days off. Will efficiently plough through the list, yet give each patient the personal attention they deserve. Will be pleasant and professional in referrals while remaining a firm advocate for my patients and the department. Will write succinct, clinically relevant, legally ass-covering notes at the time I see the patient. Today…
  • Research and Reviews in the Fastlane 062

    Anand Swaminathan
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Welcome to the 62nd 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…
  • LITFL Review 160

    Anand Swaminathan
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Welcome to the 160th LITFL Review. 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 blogosphere’s best and brightest and deliver a bite-sized chuck of FOAM. The Most Fair Dinkum Ripper Beauts of the Week The London Trauma Conference was held this week. If you didn’t get a chance to go, and even if you did, there are some great summaries from Louise Chan on and Iain Beardsell and Co. at St. Emlyns. [SL] The…
  • CCC Update 009

    Chris Nickson
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Here is a quick overview of the major updates and revisions to the LITFL Critical Care Compendium since CCC Update 008. Check these out: Airway and cervical spine injuries People can get pretty twitchy about intubating patients with suspected cervical spine injuries. Apply MILS, use a bougie and perform rapid sequence intubation. What’s so hard about that?… Airway management in Major Trauma An overview of the issues affecting airway management in major trauma, including the indications for intubation the possible causes of airway compromise in this setting. Antimicrobial stewardship…
  • smaccGOLD Education Q&A

    Chris Nickson
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Casey Parker (who you’ll know from BroomeDocs) and I were lucky enough to moderate a panel discussion on education at smaccGOLD. Here is the audio: The fantastic participants were: Jonathan Gatward, Intensivist, Australia Rob Rogers, Emergency Physician, USA Victoria Brazil, Emergency Physician, USA Damian Roland, Paediatric Emergency Physician, UK Irma Bilgrami, Intensivist, Australia Lauren Westafer, Emergency Medicine Trainee, USA Questions discussed include: Teaching in the context of a busy ED or ICU, including within the limits of the 4 hour rule: sniper teaching, flipping…
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    Counselling Connection

  • The ten commandments of grief counselling

    14 Dec 2014 | 9:14 pm
    If a suicide-bereaved person does end up in your therapy rooms, what are the counselling tasks that will need to be worked through with them? Below we look at Worden’s (2005, in AIPC, 2010) general guidelines, which contribute to the effectiveness of grief counselling whatever the circumstances of grief and loss have been. 1. Help the bereaved accept the reality of the loss We have repeatedly described the shock and denial of the death that occur, even in healthy individuals, following on from a loved one’s death. Obviously, clients need to identify with the death before they can begin…
  • 2015 Intake OPEN: Bachelor of Counselling and Psychology

    1 Dec 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Our 2015 Semester 1 intake is now open for: Bachelor of Counselling Master of Counselling Bachelor of Psychological Science 4th year Graduate Diploma of Psychology 4th year Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) Places are strictly limited in all courses, so please express your interest early. The programs are all government Fee-Help approved, so you can learn now and pay later. Some unique features of the programs include: Study externally from anywhere in Australia, even overseas Residential Schools in Melbourne*, Sydney* and Brisbane [Psych] Save up to $35,800 on your qualification…
  • Panic disorders: Symptoms and diagnostic considerations

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:58 pm
    For most of the two percent of Australians affected by panic disorder, the onset was during their teens or early twenties. It is twice as common in women as men. Not everyone who has panic attacks will develop panic disorder, as some people will have just one attack and never have a recurrence. The tendency to incur panic attacks appears to be inherited (The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 2009). The symptoms, stated below, can be very disabling, and sufferers of attacks are advised to seek help as soon as possible after an attack, or the recurrence of an attack,…
  • A dilemma involving an aggressive partner

    9 Nov 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Kaya and Mark have been in a relationship for a little over a year now and are attending couples counselling. Halfway through the session, the therapist asks for more information about the fights they are having. Kaya reports that Mark recently pushed her into a wall, and that he sometimes viciously pulls things like her phone, the TV remote amongst others out of her hand. Mark admits to this, and responds by accusing Kaya of pushing him once, which Kaya says was in self-defence. When Kaya first met Mark he was extremely charming and always kind to her, if at times a little possessive and…
  • CBT techniques: Cognitive and behavioural

    4 Nov 2014 | 10:43 pm
    In CBT, verbal techniques are used to bring forth the client’s automatic thoughts, analyse the logic behind the thoughts, identify unhelpful assumptions, and examine the validity of the assumptions. Assumptions, once identified, are open to modification, which can occur by asking the client if the assumption seems reasonable, by having the client generate reasons for and against maintaining the assumption, and by presenting evidence contrary to the assumptions. Specific cognitive techniques include the following: Decatastrophising: the “what-if” technique which helps clients prepare for…
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  • Making Dietary Adjustments When Chronic Disease Strikes

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    There are too many people that give up when they are diagnosed with a chronic disease. It seems like the very word “chronic” tends to make people feel as though there is nothing they can do, nothing they can change to reverse, stop, or even slow the process of chronic disease. Just the word insinuates hopelessness, so what is the point of even trying, right? “Chronic disease” are words that no one wants to hear, and there is no doubt that being diagnosed with a chronic disease is a life changing situation. There is absolutely no reason to give up, though. Instead, try to use your…
  • Ten Healthy Lunches for Children with Diabetes

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Feeding children in just about any situation can be tricky. Kids are notorious for being picky. If your child has diabetes, that pickiness can start to make meal times even more difficult. Especially in the middle of the day, when your child needs a good meal to fill them up and keep them energized for the remainder of the day, you want to have healthy meal choices. To make you both happy, here are ten ideas for great healthy lunches that even your picky diabetic child could appreciate: Lunch Wraps Cut down on carbohydrates by making a wrap instead of a sandwich. Simply fold some lean lunch…
  • How To Create A Vegetarian Meal For Kidney Disease Patients

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    With all of the benefits of a vegetarian diet, many people are choosing to try a few new things. Especially for kidney disease patients, a vegetarian diet can be extremely beneficial to help lessen uncomfortable symptoms and even potentially slow the progression of kidney disease. To help you start your new healthier diet, you might need a few tips. Here is how to create a vegetarian meal for your kidney disease patients. Breakfast 2 carbohydrate choices: Such as white bread, toast, oatmeal, cream of wheat, cereal, or muffin. 1 fruit: Such as one serving of fruit from a can, one apple, or…
  • Tips For Eating Healthy During The Holidays With Kidney Disease

    3 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The holidays are a time of celebration and family togetherness. They also tend to be a time of over-indulgence and over-eating. After all, when you think of the holidays you likely think of things like putting up decorations, wrapping gifts, and what you are going to cook for your big holiday meal. If you have kidney disease, you have to be careful about what you eat. Many typical holiday meals are full of sugar, sodium, and lots of other stuff that you should be monitoring with your diet. Luckily, you can still enjoy the holidays and manage to eat healthy. Here are a few tips to make eating…
  • How Does A Vegetarian Diet Help With Kidney Failure

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    There are many diets that can help with the symptoms of kidney failure. A vegetarian diet is one of the most popular diets that has shown to slow the progression of kidney disease as well as help patients feel better. There are many reasons why a vegetarian diet is helpful for kidney failure as well as many other health complications. Protein For kidney failure patients, they have to be careful about their protein intake. Plant based protein is easier for your body to absorb and process. It is recommended that two thirds of everyone’s protein intake come from high quality plant sources.
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    Health + Medicine – Articles – The Conversation

  • Public mourning: a brief history

    Hilda Maclean, PhD Candidate, School of Social Science at The University of Queensland
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Flowers cover Sydney's Martin Place, where two hostages were killed on Tuesday morning. AAP/Nikki ShortThe sea of flowers and messages of condolence in Sydney’s Martin Place is reminiscent of public mourning in the Victorian era. At that time, it was common for over a thousand people to attend a public figure’s funeral. In 1893, for instance, there were 40,000 spectators at the funeral of explorers Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills in Melbourne. This was probably the biggest funeral ever seen in Australia. The public response to the death of two Sydney siege hostages – and…
  • A tale of two epidemics: media reporting on Ebola

    Trevor Cullen, Associate Professor &amp; Head of Journalism at Edith Cowan University
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:47 am
    Along with governments, doctors, and infectious disease experts, the media have a duty to help halt the spread of Ebola with responsible reporting. EPA/OLIVIER HOSLETTime magazine has named health workers caring for Ebola victims in West Africa as its “Person of the Year 2014” and compared them to “military special forces who volunteered to fight the epidemic when governments were unprepared.” While this award acknowledges and applauds medical workers for their vital frontline role in containing the spread of Ebola, the media itself also has an important role to play in reporting…
  • How cuts to foreign aid will reduce health care in the region

    Michael Toole, Professor of International Health at Burnet Institute
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:22 pm
    A$1.8 billion is no longer available to help populations in our neighbouring countries achieve a decent standard of health. Gates Foundation/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDThe federal government’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook announcement this week to cut the foreign aid budget by a further A$3.7 billion over three years is unprecedented. The current government has slashed the aid budget by a total of A$11.3 billion over the coming four-year period. The cuts in foreign aid comprise 27% of all budget cuts announced in 2014. The commonly used indicator of a wealthy country’s generosity is the…
  • Social supports build resilience and reduce distress after trauma

    Kim Felmingham, Clinical psychologist and neuroscientist at University of Tasmania
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:47 am
    It's normal to feel distressed after a such an attack, but this generally reduces in the following days and weeks. AAP Image/Dean LewinsPeople in Sydney and the broader community are feeling shocked, anxious, and sad about the actions of a lone, unstable person that led to the tragic loss of lives in the siege early this week. But there’s light at the end of the tunnel: communities, like the people in them, are resilient and will recover naturally. Distress in the community following trauma is very common. Between 30% and 50% of the population reported at least some symptoms of shock…
  • Good news for rural health: physician assistants join the workforce

    Stephen Duckett, Director, Health Program at Grattan Institute
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Physician assistants provide high-quality care and can help fill Australia's rural doctor shortage. Dr.Farouk/Flickr, CC BYAt a ceremony in Townsville today, four people will graduate from James Cook University’s physician assistant program. They will be Australia’s first bachelor’s graduates in that field. This is an important step in improving access to care, especially in rural and remote Australia. Despite doubling intakes into medical schools over the last decade, there is no sign yet that this will trickle down into improved access to care in small rural and remote…
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  • Long Case and Short case – MBBS and PG exam guide

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:36 am
    Making it through Theory paper is only part of the exam, the crucial part that still remains is the Practicals. For the Medical students, practical approaches are vigilantly observed and skills are assessed by the external examiner during the Short and long cases. Here are some information and... Published in
  • How to Read a Chest X-ray : Steps

    Dr. Sujit
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Reading Chest X-ray is a systematic and orderly way of interpreting Roentography of Chest. Describing it in various steps makes the Doctor or student, less likely to miss findings in the X-ray. Moreover it is also a part of MBBS / Medical course curriculum for Students around the Globe both in... Published in
  • Migraine Headache

    2 Dec 2014 | 4:51 am
    Migraine Headache: Introduction,Clinical Features, Trigger factors,Diagnosis,management and Prophylaxis Introduction: Migraine is the 2nd most common cause of headache affecting 15% of women and 6 % of men worldwide. It is an episodic headache associated with certain features like sensitivity to... Published in
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  • How To Avoid And Treat Back Pain

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    TIP! If you have severe back pain and are unable to schedule an appointment with your regular physician, consider going to the emergency room to avoid doing permanent damage to your spine. People with a ruptured disc may find that laying on their backs with their knee bent is the most comfortable. Living with chronic back pain can be a difficult prospect. The following words of advice will help back pain sufferers by providing some relief. Read through this article and find the ones that will work for you. Avoid repetitive stress injuries, by learning to use other muscles to take some of the…
  • Tips You Need To Know If You Have Sleep Apnea

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    TIP! Are nicotine and alcohol a part of your life? Quit these vices. These types of substances restrict your airways. Sleep apnea robs you of your precious sleep and make them more susceptible to accidents and fatigue. Getting enough rest is very important for daily energy as well as helping to ward off certain life-threatening medical conditions. There are a lot of treating this condition.The following information will help you find relief from your apnea. TIP! If you have sleep apnea and you’re overweight, try shedding those pounds. There are many studies that link sleep apnea to…
  • Learn About Acid Reflux With These Simple To Follow Tips

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:50 am
    TIP! If you aren’t overweight, your GERD may go away. Your esophagus sphincter relaxes when fat in your stomach presses downward. Acid reflux can leave you from enjoying yourself and even working. Learn all about it and how to treat its symptoms in the article presented here. When you have a firm grasp of the problem, it can be better controlled so that you can take back your life. TIP! Fatty foods are a serious no-no for reflux sufferers. Foods rich in fat are harder to digest and can weaken the sphincter between your stomach and esophagus. Be sure to have dinner no less than three…
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    Be Well Buzz

  • Urgent Care Advice With Dr. Anthony G. Beck

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:27 pm A situation presents itself and you have to go to urgent care. It’s important that you know the game being played! Regardless if you use insurance or not. The fees they charge are not transparent and you could get a jaw dropping medical bill weeks later. In this video Dr. Anthony G. Beck gives you some tips to avoid this predicament. Author informationBeWellBuzzLarry & Oksana Ostrovsky, founders of BeWellBuzz, are Life Upgrade Coaches committed to helping you navigate through the latest natural health and personal development information to a destination of…
  • Top 10 Superfoods Of 2015

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:35 pm 2015 is just around the corner and many already setting up new health goals. Here’s a list of top 10 superfoods that should be included in your new healthy lifestyle plan. 1. Moringa Moringa sometimes called a miracle tree as each part of it is used – leaves, root, bark, seeds and flowers, and each of them offer numerous health benefits. It has 4 times more Vitamin A than carrots, More potent source of vitamin C than oranges. 7 times more concentrated with potassium than bananas. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects, helps detoxify liver,…
  • Ron Finley: A Guerrilla Gardener In South Central LA

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am Ron Finley began his career by creating his first collection called the DROPDEAD Collexion in his own garage. It ended up being popular with commonly known and high-end stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstroms, and Neiman Marcus. Celebrities soon became attracted to his original ideas and designs. Ron Finley also collects memorabilia of Black Entertainment which has allowed him to own a collection of his own preservation of history. His collection includes movie posters that enable the audience to see the progression of Blacks in the movie industry. Finley is…
  • When Antibiotics Fail, Black Cumin Is Your Ultimate Defense

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am What would happen if antibiotics failed the next time you needed them? If you got bronchitis or pneumonia, and antibiotics no longer worked? You see, many infections today no longer respond to antibiotics. It’s as if we stepped back one hundred years to a time when a common infection could spell disaster. Every year over 2 million Americans suffer from an antibiotic-resistant infection and over 23,000 people die from these infections. These days, bacteria and viruses adapt to survive the drugs. They develop into “superbugs.” And they’re becoming impossible…
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  • Healthy Dieting !

    Jim Long
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Dieting is a part of many people’s everyday lives. However, diet can sometimes be very unhealthy if you make poor decisions simply to lose weight. Dieting can be healthy and effective or bad for your body, so it is crucial that you learn the difference between dieting in a healthy way and dieting in an [...]
  • Simple Ways to Come Up with Quick and Easy Appetizer Recipes !

    Jim Long
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:42 am
    Even if you are not a great cook, you must always fill your ref with ingredients that will come in handy in situations when you get to receive unexpected guests at your homes. If you are a desperate cook and would rather call a restaurants hotline to have something delivered, you are still not off [...]
  • Quick and Easy Pasta Recipes !

    Jim Long
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Quick and Easy Pasta Recipes Do you want to make a quick and easy recipe using pasta? Well there is and one thing you can make that is rich in carbohydrates is carbonara. But what is carbonara? Basically it is spaghetti using white sauce. The core ingredients for this quick and easy recipe include a mixture [...]
  • Fun in the Big Apple: Spending an Unforgettable New York Vacation!

    Jim Long
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:56 pm
    New York City basically has everything for everybody. So, if you are planning to go on a New York vacation, you can be sure that you will find plenty of things to do that will surely interest you and let you have a lot of fun. Whether you are traveling alone or with your family, [...]
  • Most Attractive City Destinations: Top 10 Must-Visit Places for Savvy Travelers

    Jim Long
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:15 am
    Where would you go if you had money to spare and all the time in the world to take a tour of the most beautiful cities in the world? Many cities in different parts of the world are hailed for their natural landscapes and seascapes, stunning structures, design, and interesting culture. If you’re listing the [...]
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  • Promising Pomegranite

    Jasmin Ilkay
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Every year at Thanksgiving, I try variations of staple dishes. This year I decided to incorporate some southern flair to my table in NYC. One of the recipes I found incorporates pomegranates and pomegranate juice to cranberry sauce (see recipe below). I chose this recipe because it sounded good and looked relatively easy to make. However, pomegranates offer more than a twist to traditional canned cranberry relish. This antioxidant rich super food has been reported to improve signs of heart disease, manage arthritis, prevent cancer, control dental plaque and ward off infections.#459142763 /…
  • New Dietary Supplement Better than Vitamin D or Calcium?

    Jasmin Ilkay
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:16 am
    A study released from Florida State announces a new dietary supplement that could be a better alternative to vitamin D and calcium. Bahram H. Arjmandi, Margaret A. Sitton Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences and Director of the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging (CAENRA) at Florida State, studied the impact of the dietary supplement KoACT® versus calcium and vitamin D on bone loss (Florida State, 2014). #150435507 / gettyimages.comKoACT® is a calcium-collagen chelate. This particular chelate is a…
  • Top Ebola News

    Jasmin Ilkay
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a severe and unfortunately, often fatal illness in humans. It is transmitted to people from wild animals and via human-to-human transmission. There are no current Ebola vaccines licensed and two are currently undergoing evaluation (WHO, 2014).  As someone who lives in a large metropolitan city and who travels internationally, I am like many who fear this virus will continue to spread in the United States.  Outbreak control relies on prevention, intervention, surveillance and contact tracing, quality of laboratory service, safe burials and social…
  • Junk Science Should Be Regulated!

    Douglas E. Castle
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:41 am
      Dear Friends And Colleagues:Let’s not fall prey to alarmists who support their cries of “Ban it!”, “Regulate it!”, “We must eliminate it within our lifetimes!” and “Don’t let our children near this!” with junk science. Frankly, you can make a case for a very, very powerful (and dangerous!) correlation between the number of people who are addicted to heroin, and the percentage of those addicted who drank either milk or formula as babies. Really, now.Read about the hysterical school project which follows...This was found on the newsgroup: rec.humor.funnyH2O:…
  • Invitation

    Douglas E. Castle
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Hello. If you’ve not yet joined “Colleagues Of Douglas E. Castle” on Sgrouples, you’re invited to do so by creating an account (ultra private inmail/email and Discussion Group, being run like a private club or community) at If you’ve already established your account, be certain to go to your Dashboard Page, go to “My Privacy Email” and click on (and choose) your “Notification Preferences”. Our group is a combination of the most secure email that you can access (check you inbox daily, or have your notifications forwarded to you) from member to member,…
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    Dr Mommy Online | Wholistic Fit Living Tips for the Busy Woman and Family

  • Living a Healthier Lifestyle Begins with Small Changes

    Dr. Daisy Sutherland
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
    A healthier lifestyle is what most if not everyone strives to achieve. This rush-rush society makes it difficult for many to transition from their current lifestyle to a healthier one. One of the main reasons is the time involved to create healthier meals. Many choose to opt for the quick unhealthy choices such as processed foods, pre-packaged foods and fast food restaurants. However, achieving a healthier lifestyle is not difficult and can be achieved by starting with small changes. Plan your meals ahead and include a list of ingredients needed to make such meals. (helps to avoid the last…
  • 10 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts

    Dr. Daisy Sutherland
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    The rush-rush of the holiday season is unescapable, however you can create some memory-filled DIY gifts that won’t break the bank and will be happily received. Here are 10 last minute DIY gifts you can create with items in your home or items that are easily found in craft shops and $1 stores. Be creative and add your own twist to these and most importantly don’t stress, have fun! Click on the photos below Cute Little Snow Man Treat Jar by A Creative Princess   Silent Night Mug by Nest of Posies DIY Ribbon Pearl Necklace by Practically Functional Chocolate Toffee Pretzles by…
  • How A Healthy Lifestyle Can Save You Time And Money

    AnnaLaura Brown
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Unless you have been living in a cave for a long time, you probably already know that a healthy lifestyle can save you time and money. In fact, many insurance policies especially those offered by companies, have wellness programs to encourage healthy lifestyles in order to save you money but also to save the insurance company money.  That said, even though you probably know this already, actually doing it is easier said than done. So how exactly do you live a healthy lifestyle that in turn saves you time and money? 1. Focus on a healthy lifestyle for the long term. The biggest program that…
  • Santa’s Last Kiss

    Emily McMason
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Christmas this year? Bittersweet. The family was fabulous. The gifts were a hit. The spirit was festive and joyous. So much so that the tree is still standing. Fully decorated in the living room. Long past our usual take-it-all-down date of December 26th. This is not the first difference. It’s been a year of tween-hood changes. So maybe it is fitting that Christmas Eve was no exception. But to understand the transition, first you need to know the tradition… Every Christmas Eve, just as in all the households around the globe where Santa is expected, he left a gift or two at our house when…
  • 5 Tips to Avoid the Holiday Overindulgence

    Dr. Daisy Sutherland
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    Let’s face it, the holidays not only bring fun and cheer, they also bring sweets and overindulgence. This overindulgence can come in the form of overeating, drinking too much and giving in to the sweet temptations. Instead of placing yourself in a time-out every time you are tempted with eggnog or decadent sweets, try these tips to avoid the overindulgence and the regret that may occur from having one to many cookies. 1. Set healthy limits – You don’t have to give up all the sweets or goodies, because that is simply a set up for failure and disappointment. Instead, set…
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    Joyce Cherrier

  • Your Most Powerful Health Coach is You — and Your Smartphone

    30 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    My Health Coach and Partner We often think in terms of short-term goals. Not that that’s necessarily bad, but long-term health is more than a few small goals accomplished occasionally. It’s many small actions done consistently over time. It’s easy to be short-sighted and just have in mind an upcoming event as a goal. But short-term goals are just that — short-term. Keeping up with long-term goals is obviously not as easy as keeping up with a short-term goal. This got me thinking: what can we use that’s in our everyday lives that would easily serve us in…
  • Whole and Healthy: Variety Creates a #BalancedYou

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:53 am
    Riley in her best downward dog I think battling boredom has been a struggle in my pursuit of a healthy life. But it’s also been a blessing in disguise. That’s why I was super excited *disclosure* -> when I had the opportunity to work with GaiamTV and @MyYogaOnline. I felt a instant connection with their philosophy and the content they share. I’ve always loved yoga and done random classes over the years, but I personally needed more direction and guidance. I wanted to add yoga to my quiver of healthy choices. This made me think of why I felt the need to learn yet another…
  • Whole and Healthy: 5 Reasons to Embrace Self-Improvement

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    The ship of self-improvement has set sail Before I venture into opinionated territory, my thoughts here are only coming from my own personal experiences in the health and fitness industry for over 25 years. There was a time when the word “self-improvement” was all the rage, like the word swag, just without all the douchey-ness. It even earned itself a section in bookstores. You could work on your health, your fitness, your relationships, organizational skills, education, and more. I always found myself hanging out in that section. I’m sure some of you will say you’ve…
  • A Journey for the Body and Spirit: Hiking Maui’s Haleakala Crater

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Our hike in Haleakala Crater on Maui. All Photos taken with my Nokia Lumia Icon Every year when I return home to Maui, I intend to hike Haleakala Crater. The last time I did the 12 miles down sliding sands and up Switch Backs was 20+ years ago with my husband. This time, my longtime friends Mike Waltze and Carol Aldred were totally up for the last-minute idea to hike the crater. We arrived in the morning at the 10,023 foot dormant volcano, and was greeted by an old friend who planned to begin his hike where we would end ours. He kindly let us drive his car up to the next parking lot where we…
  • A Maui Summer Must-Do: The Sights,Sounds, Scents, and Aloha Spirit of #KFresh14

    4 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    ʻAhaʻāina O Kāʻanapali One of my favorite things in the whole world is Maui and her people. It’s the home of my heart. So nothing excites me more than seeing other people falling in love with this magical place and sharing in the experience. Last year I had the opportunity to attend the Ka’anapali Fresh event for the first time and hoped to come back for a second serving of this amazing combination of Hawaiian culture and the most blogged-about culinary destination. Many mahalos to Shelley Kekuna and Ka’anapali Beach Resort for inviting me back for Ka’anapali…
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    The Waiting Room Online

  • Food for thought

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:27 pm
  • Food for thought

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
  • Food Production Redefined

    14 Dec 2014 | 3:25 pm
    With the world's population set to reach 8.5 billion people by 2030, the sustainability of current food production methods and resources are unquestionably under pressure. So, imaging growing leaf vegetables without soil and eating tasty meat without animals!  Well technology is being developed to not only be able to grow food right in the midst of where we all live on an industrial scale, but to be able to do so without all the environmental, ethical, health and logistical negatives associated with the current status quo. Traditional methods of meat production are polluting the land…
  • Food for thought

    9 Dec 2014 | 11:25 am
  • Hope

    7 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Hope is like a path in the countryside.  Originally there is nothing: but as people walk this way again and again, a path is formed. -Lu Xun, Chinese essayist, 1921 There has been much anticipation over the release of our seventh world famous (in New Zealand) Quote Book and the moment has finally arrived.  Last week we received 1000+ Medical House Quote Books appropriately named "Hope" and they are almost ready to be picked, packed and dispatched to our customers.  Every year we receive praise from customers, suppliers and even customers of customers, for the time and effort that…
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    Healthy. Happy. Simple.

  • Changes that Cut Calories without Losing Taste

    Becky James
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    To lose weight, you have to create a calorie deficit.  If you attempt to do it through exercise or reduction of intake alone, you will probably burn out before your see results.  A realistic and sustainable approach with health benefits far beyond weight loss, starts with smart substitutions.  Lowfat Milk vs WholeOne cup of milk represents 28% of the recommended amount of calcium that an adult should consume in a day.  But drinking whole milk, may be adding up to 45 unneeded calories per cup.  A cup of whole milk contains 148 calories vs a cup…
  • At Home Obstacle Course

    Becky James
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    Our culture is fascinated by obstacle courses.  Flip on the television and people are spinning, leaping, and swinging and the public is watching. I teach college students and the hardest class that I have them do is an obstacle course, but it is also the class that students most often request.  Even my five year-old loves bike and scooter obstacle courses that run through our driveway.    Obstacle courses offer variety, short durations with activities, and you set your own pace, which combine to allow individuals to feel successful and…
  • How to Make Group Fitness Classes More Effective

    Becky James
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    95% of women come to the gym to get "toned" which actually does not mean anything.  What most women mean is that they want to strategically reduce body fat and have more defined muscles without bulking.   What that means in terms of activities is a mix of cardiovascular and resistance work.  So you sign up for a weights class on Monday and spin Tuesday or you join your friend for a boot camp in the park, and lose a few pounds, but never accomplish your goals.  Here is why.Proper squat form: knees behind toes, heels on…
  • 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…
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    Laser Clinic Bournemouth

  • 6 Ways To Get Your Skin Through The Holiday Season

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    The holiday season is in full swing and radiant, glowing skin is the ultimate beauty accessory. At our Bournemouth Laser and Skincare Clinic we often get asked how to keep skin looking at its best this time of year. Harsh winter weather, late nights and alcohol can leave our skin looking tired, dull and life-less. Help is at hand however. Here are 6 ways to help ensure your skin is looking tip-top for the party season. 1. Drink water We always advise our clients to drink 1.5 litres of water per day to help skin rejuvenation. This is even more important over a period where people generally…
  • Facial Hair Removal – How Diet Can Help

    8 Dec 2014 | 5:04 am
    The menopause can cause changes in hair growth on the face. But did you know that what you eat can also affect changes in facial hair? When women go through the menopause oestrogen levels decrease. With female hormones at an all time low, the male hormones known as ‘androgens’ seemingly ‘take over’ and can result in unwanted facial hair growth. Androgynous hair growth can occur anywhere on the body but during the menopause tends to appear mainly on women’s faces, especially the chin. At our Bournemouth laser clinic our female menopausal (and peri-menopausal) clients often say that…
  • Which is best? Laser hair removal or IPL hair removal?

    17 Nov 2014 | 10:18 am
    At Laser Skin Solutions, Bournemouth we often get asked whether we have a laser, for laser hair removal, or an IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). Fortunately, we have both, meaning if you are looking for laser hair removal in Bournemouth, once we have assessed your skin type and hair, we will choose whichever system is going to get you the best (and quickest) results. But what is laser? And is it different to IPL? The answer is both ‘yes’ and ‘no’. It really comes down to physics. Both laser and IPL are light sources. Both are used to heat or shatter targets, whether it’s to heat and…
  • Which colours are the easiest to remove with laser tattoo removal?

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Laser tattoo removal has been around for quite some time now and has been widely available to both Joe Public and Hollywood stars alike. With tattoo parlours on the increase (and Bournemouth being no exception), people are getting inked without necessarily thinking of the long-term consequences. After all, you can easily get it removed, right? Wrong. Removed, yes. Easily – not so. Laser tattoo removal takes time. Amateur tattoos take 4-6 treatments, whereas professional tattoos can take 8-12 treatments on average. In addition, you need to leave approximately 8 weeks or so between…
  • Beware of beauty clinics offering laser treatments. We give you the lowdown on how to keep your skin safe.

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    Beauty clinics offering laser treatments are on the up and Bournemouth beauty clinics are no exception. Many clients wishing to remain loyal to their local beauty clinic are often quite happy to swap their usual facial or waxing for a laser hair removal treatment. Beauty clinics however are not specialists in laser treatment and we would advise caution. Vanda Thomas who went public with her first degree burns last week in the Daily Mail learnt the hard way. In the article, Vanda explains that her beautician was nice and friendly and so when laser hair removal was offered as a new treatment,…
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  • Be Calorie Wise for Thanksgiving

    WalkingSpree Team
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:26 am
    The average American eats about 3,000 to 3,500 calories during Thanksgiving lunch / dinner (the actual meal). This usually comes to over 4,000 calories for the day in total. Throw in second helpings of dessert and other goodies and you can imagine how that can spiral out of control. Here are some helpful holiday tips to help you avoid gaining the usual 5-10 pounds during the holiday season. 1. Chew sugarless gum while cooking. This may help decrease food sampling. 2. Drink a glass of water before eating. Water is a natural appetite suppressant and may help with overeating during this holiday…
  • Health Benefits of Pumpkin

    WalkingSpree Team
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    Pumpkins pack a powerful nutritional punch. Just a half cup has about 25 calories, is high in fiber, low in fat and loaded with vitamin A which helps protect against infections plus keeps your eyes and skin healthy. Pumpkin also has more potassium than a banana. Both canned pumpkin and fresh have about the same nutritional values. When buying canned pumpkin, check the label to make sure it is 100 percent pumpkin and not canned pumpkin pie mix which is higher in calories. Fresh pumpkin must be roasted before you can use it in a recipe, which you can do easily in an oven or microwave. Just cut…
  • Move! Walk Yourself Happy

    WalkingSpree Team
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    Exercise has such a profound effect on our happiness and well-being that it’s actually been proven to be an effective strategy for overcoming depression. In one research study, three groups of patients treated their depression with either medication, exercise, or a combination of the two. All three groups experienced similar improvements in their happiness levels to begin with but what happened over time was drastically different. Six months later, the groups were tested again to determine their relapse rate. Medication alone: 38% had slipped back into depression Combination of exercise…
  • Complete Guide to Calories

    WalkingSpree Team
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    By using the Walkingspree Food Tracker, you can compare your calories consumed with your calories burned. This infographic does a fantastic job helping you understand calories. You can even check how many steps you need to walk to burn off a particular food item, along with minutes of cycling and swimming.
  • Eat Smart! Healthy eating and breast cancer

    WalkingSpree Team
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This pink ribbon effort puts the focus on education and fundraising events to find a cure. Breast cancer is the fifth leading cause of death in women according to the CDC. No food can prevent you from getting breast cancer, but a healthy diet can boost your immune system and help keep your risk as low as possible. Some research studies have focused on food and its relationship to breast cancer. Here are a few findings. Alcohol: Women drinking five or more drinks a week were linked to a higher risk of breast cancer than those who don’t drink,…
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    Stay Healthy and Fit

  • Robert Pattinson Quits Smoking Seen Using Electronic Cigarette

    20 Dec 2014 | 3:04 am
    E-cigarettes offer smokers a good option to conventional smoking for several motives. First of all, there’s no tar with no second hand smoke, just a vapor. New users of the devices may possess some questions involving the use, and there are a couple things that can lead to confusion. Most of these apparatuses use what is called an atomizer to heat the solution to make the fog like effect. It is crucial that users take great care of their atomizer in order to preserve great use.For at least the previous 25 years, children have now been taught in kindergarten that tobacco is a drug, not…
  • You need to Know About Gold and how to make money

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Gold is a commodity that for centuries has been prized and coveted as a reliable method of securing and quantifying wealth. Recent years have seen an explosion in the popularity of gold among all sorts of investors, though it is important to gain sufficient knowledge of the topic before leaping in with both feet. Keep reading to learn some key articles Know that all gold investment come with risks. If you’re buying gold bullion coins to invest in, take time to learn about the coins before you buy them. Buyers who are uninformed tend to make hasty purchases, which they often overpay…
  • Tips On Uncomplicated Flight Systems

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:06 am
    Two Terminal windows will open; one showing the WEP enabled elements affects the bandwidth of the antenna. Please be aware that if you see additional networks, to get the Reflector Screen as clean as you can. In some situations it may be neccessary even in you how quickly I can make this! The greater the say you and I get out of here? Info on clear-cut plans for And this tripod mount to this cantenna. But there you go, icon down here and it will show you your networks. As a result marketing professionals and customer support personnel to launch Private WiFi. Well,…
  • Tips To Get Fundamental Home Studio Easily

    13 Dec 2014 | 8:41 pm
    A lots of musicians have began their recording professions from simple origins, ie, recording into their basements, a spare room or maybe a friend’s garage. The reason being recording in an experienced studio is expensive, and since it will need a long time for it to perfect that specific cut, recording costs will you have to be too much. For bands that are just hoping to have the attention of prospective record producers, spending a whole lot on renting studios is not going to seem like a good economically viable solution. Hence, most start-up bands turn to making a property studio to…
  • Types of white wines and wine glasses

    12 Dec 2014 | 7:15 pm
    How kind of you to visit! Please make yourself comfortable. Chardonnay, gewürztraminer, moscato are white grape varieties. This page describes wine styles by variety and production area. Any below variety can give dry white wine or sweet white wine. Some varieties can be made bubbly or still. If only one variety (chardonnay, gewürztraminer) is mentioned on the label, then the wine is called varietal and is named after the grape with a capital initial (Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer). Varietal wines primarily show the fruit: how the wines tastes much depends on the grape variety. Chardonnay…
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    Health News / Tips & Trends / Celebrity Health

  • Holiday Trimmings Can Trigger Allergies

    Health Editor
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    SATURDAY, Dec. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The holidays can be anything but joyous for people with allergies when they contend with fresh trees, scented candles and other allergy triggers. “The dust from the boxes and on the decorations that have been packed away in dank basements or dusty attics is triggering reactions in my allergy and asthma patients,” Dr. Rachna Shah, an affiliate faculty member at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, said in Loyola news release. Shah, who is also an allergist at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, Ill., offered…
  • 11 Splurge-Worthy Gym Buys for Fit Fashionistas

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:25 pm
    ‘Tis the season to treat yourself…not only to a calorie-crushing workout, but to some great new gym gear. Why? Because you deserve it. Granted these picks are pricey—but, hey, sometimes you just want to feel extra fancy while you trudge away on that treadmill or pulse your way to a bootylicious backside. Here, a few fashion-forward items we’re totally swooning over. Total tank Consider upgrading your basic yoga tee for this sexy VPL Convexity Breaker Tank ($195;— the adjustable straps provide a more customized fit while giving your girls a nice little lift. Mellow…
  • 10 Biggest Food and Weight Loss Stories of 2014

    Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Photo: Getty Images I can’t believe it’s been a year since I compiled my last round-up, but it’s that time again! As a research junkie, I think this year’s crop of studies in the areas of nutrition and weight management have been particularly fascinating. Here are my top 10 picks for discoveries that have either broadened our knowledge, or shed new light on the best ways to stay nourished and lean. Night shift workers burn fewer calories This intriguing study found that shift workers burn fewer calories, which means that the amount of food needed to maintain weight becomes excessive,…
  • 8 Genius Ways to Sneak in Exercise Over the Holidays

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Photo: Getty Images Here’s the scenario: You’re visiting family for the long holiday weekend. It’s too cold to go outside and there’s no gym or equipment within miles. It would just be so tempting to roll over and drift off into a Godfather-rerun-and-endless-eggnog haze. But you’ve made big promises to yourself: You’re going to get in some exercise, consistently, this holiday season. But how to make the space—both physical and psychological—when the overwhelming urge is to pull on your ugly sweater and plop down on the couch like everyone else? Thankfully, our favorite…
  • Cocaine, Amphetamines May Up Injection Drug Users’ Suicide Risk

    Health Editor
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:37 pm
    FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Injectable drug users who also use cocaine and amphetamines have nearly double the suicide attempt rate of other substance users, a new study finds. “We know that substance use is associated with the risk of suicide attempt and completed suicide,” Didier Jutras-Aswad, a psychiatry professor at the University of Montreal, said in a university news release. “However, there are many different profiles of drug users. We wanted to know who among substance users were actually more likely to attempt suicide.” The researchers…
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    MedFriendly Medical Blog

  • Diabetes: Eating on Vacation

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:38 pm
    In a recent article about planning to travel with diabetes, we touched briefly on the subject of food. Most travel food can be a diabetic’s nightmare, with very little fresh fruit and veggies, and a lot of sugary, salty snacks and fast food. Once you reach your destination you could also encounter issues with the local foods having more sugar, salt, and calories than is recommended for healthy people, much less diabetics.Bringing your own food can make things easier, but it can also cause you to miss out on the local flavor. However, there are solutions that can help you enjoy some local…
  • How to Make the Best Healthy Fried Egg White

    14 Dec 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Making a good fried egg white is a tasty and healthy alternative for people who want to avoid the cholesterol from egg yolks. While it may seem simple to do, you can quickly wind up with a filmy egg that does not taste good. Texture is very important when it comes to friend eggs. The goal is a restaurant quality sizzling egg white that can be seasoned with some salt, pepper, and other low fat ingredients such as hot sauce. To make a great fried egg white, the first thing you need is a flat cooking surface such as a thin griddle pan or griddle. This is the griddle pan that I use. The reason…
  • The Different Types of Nurses

    5 Dec 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Most of us think we have a pretty clear idea of what nurses do. In a doctor’s office, they are usually the ones who take your vitals and medical history before you see your doctor, and they may even administer medication.In a hospital, nursing home, or hospice setting, they usually take care of all the things that doctors don’t have time for, like taking patient temperatures, administering medication, and changing bed pans.Nurses do all of these things, but they also do much more. Also, there are different levels of nursing, and each level has different responsibilities.The Levels of…
  • Patient Retention: Tips to Improving Communication and Patient Experience

    3 Dec 2014 | 6:26 pm
    As physicians, you’re already equipped with the ability to communicate with your patients on a regular basis. Be that as it may, communications with doctors and patients today are not as they used to be in times past.Why? Because as the need for medical attention increases around the country, the amount of patients you see in a given day can become overwhelming. As a result, the first things to suffer are communication and quality customer service.As we know, communication and involvement with patients is what makes them comfortable – it’s what keeps them coming back. Statistics…
  • Pregnancy In The 21st Century: A Non-Invasive Alternative to Amniocentesis

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:20 pm
    We're in an age ruled by science and technology, and your pregnancy is definitely going to be affected at some point in the near future - or currently - by the breakthroughs in modern medicine. One of the most popular trends in pregnancy-related science has been that of the noninvasive genetic testing. These prenatal DNA tests are able to test for multiple chromosomal abnormalities such as trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) or trisomy 18 (Edward Syndrome).These types of tests are most commonly performed on expectant mothers that are deemed as increased risk pregnancies, such as a mother that is over…
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  • New Beauty Detox Transformation Story: See How Julia Overcame Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma!

    Kimberly Snyder
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    This week we are featuring Julia it was amazing to read her journey back to health from being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and how applying the Beauty Detox Lifestyle aided in her recovery and overall health. Thank you Julia, for sharing your experiences with our community! Meet Julia… How long have you been following the Beauty Detox philosophy? Was it easy to incorporate it into your lifestyle? I have been following the Beauty Detox program for one and a half years. I was always one for healthy living but I had a big health challenge eleven years ago when I was diagnosed…
  • DIY Holiday Gift: Make Your Own Organic Body Scrub!

    Kimberly Snyder
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    With the holidays in full swing, I wanted to share this simple but awesome gift idea that is thoughtful yet cost effective! I love giving gifts that are homemade. They are so personal and actually mean something, you know? You can recreate this organic body scrub for a under $7! It is vital that we use organic and chemical free products on our skin as 70% of what you put on your skin can be absorbed into your bloodstream and into your liver.  Giving this amazing beauty product for the holidays is a great way to introduce your family and friends to the Beauty Detox Lifestyle  and show them…
  • New Recipe: Vegan, Gluten Free Ginger Pumpkin Cookies!

    Kimberly Snyder
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:57 am
    These are the perfect cookies to share with friends and loved ones during the holidays! My Pumpkin Ginger Cookie Recipe is 100% vegan and is sweetened with only natural, low-glycemic sweeteners. Most cookies have milk, eggs, white sugar and white flour, which are Beauty Food no-no’s (agave nectar is also not Beauty Detox approved!) Desserts are, of course, everywhere during this time of year — and it is easy to get off track and eat more sweets then normal. But you can rest assured these cookies are made purely from simple ingredients that taste great and are good for you!
  • These 7 Real-Life “Smiley Faces” Will Make You Happier and More Beautiful!

    Kimberly Snyder
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    Photo by Nalina Kaufman.   When it comes to chatting and texting with our phones, everyone loves using smiley faces! But what about real life? It turns out, smiling in-person each day is one of the healthiest and happiness-producing things you can do each day. In this post, I’m going to review different types of smiles (along with some exciting science) you can use to feel more joy, look younger and change your life — starting today! Sultry Smile Did you know that one smile can give you the same level of brain stimulation as 2,000 chocolate bars? Or it can stimulate your mind as much…
  • Introducing Our FREE 7-Day Guided Meditation Course – Get It Now!

    Kimberly Snyder
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:48 am
    Meditation, a spiritual practice that’s been around for thousands of years, is becoming universally lauded and used by people in all walks of life. Extensive studies have proven its many benefits, from reducing stress, increasing positive thoughts and emotions, and even reducing likelihood of heart disease. With most individuals, the challenge is not knowing that meditation is beneficial. Meditation works, and most of us know that. On one popular website and app, meditation is actually the #1 habit that people say they want to develop. The real challenge is in two areas: 1) knowing how to…
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    Underground Health Reporter

  • Completely Rebuild Your Body from the Inside Out

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:18 pm
    As the end of the year approaches, many of us have new beginnings on our minds.  New Year’s resolutions often highlight health and wellbeing, but unfortunately, our commitment to... Read the complete post and other little know health discoveries now.
  • 5-Minute Health Tip: Flavor It Up with Apple Pie Spice

    Danica Collins
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Apple pie spice is the perfect ingredient for warm winter dishes and fireside chats. And it’s infused with several anti-aging health boons! Made with the warming spices ginger, cinnamon,... Read the complete post and other little know health discoveries now.
  • Fact or Myth: You Shouldn’t Exercise in the Cold

    Danica Collins
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:43 pm
    This is a MYTH. Let’s bust the winter myth: you shouldn’t exercise in the cold. Actually, it’s imperative to keep on track with your fitness program during the winter months [...] Further... Read the complete post and other little know health discoveries now.
  • Eating a Plant-based Diet can Reverse Diabetes and Prediabetes

    Danica Collins
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Did You Know…that eating a plant-based diet can reverse diabetes and prediabetes? Diabetes now affects more Americans than ever before.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports... Read the complete post and other little know health discoveries now.
  • Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

    Danica Collins
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:30 pm
    The research is in, and the health benefits of dark chocolate can’t be refuted. Dark chocolate is a top-ranking antioxidant and anti-inflammatory superfood that has been shown to help... Read the complete post and other little know health discoveries now.
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    Dimmi Shoes


    12 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    We’re so happy to announce that after several trials working with USA factories, the Lissie collaboration boot LAURAS LEGACY is now available! Thank you to every one of you who stood by our side and believed our work and in the cause. We are proud to donate 100% of our profits to medical research of […] The post THEY’RE HERE! appeared first on Dimmi Shoes. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit our website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Throwback with the Ordinary People

    4 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    Throwback to a feature of Alyssa from the Ordinary People blog. We’re obsessed with her uniquely wonderful fashion, and she’s truly an inspiration to follow for being one’s own self. So be sure to check out the full post on her blog archives here: as well as all of her latest: Shop the […] The post Throwback with the Ordinary People appeared first on Dimmi Shoes. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit our website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Street Style in Stretch

    4 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Hitting the streets in style, introducing the Stretch loafer. On-trend, and exactly what you want to slip into when you’re just not wanting to wear shoes at all. They’re crafted with soft fabrics, and have a stretchy section for added comfort. What we love about the featured color, did you notice the slight geometric pattern […] The post Street Style in Stretch appeared first on Dimmi Shoes. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit our website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Get Cozy

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Sweats, check. Hoodie, check. Unbelievably fashionable flats, check. (ok we may be a bit partial) But seriously, our model wouldn’t leave the set without them. And who would? It’s the classic ballet flat, updated with great textures and prints. Elastic strap keeps everything in place. Keep it casual and cool for your every day and […] The post Get Cozy appeared first on Dimmi Shoes. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit our website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Blogger Style

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Dimmi’s Jogger in black grid was just featured on local blog day in my dreams. Sports influence fashion is huge right now. And for only $50 per pair, the Jogger is a great way to make the statement, without breaking the bank. Plus who doesn’t want an excuse to wear sneakers all day. “…feeling pretty […] The post Blogger Style appeared first on Dimmi Shoes. [[ 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

  • Free Shipping For A Day

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:42 am
    We’re offering a day’s worth of Free Shipping on 18th, December, 2014 for as much as you need to buy! International Drug Mart has always found opportunities to enable customers to save on total purchases. This time, we’re offering free shipping all day on December 18th, 2014 when new or existing customers purchase for $25 or more. Use Coupon Code IDMRxFS when you’re checking out & redeem the Free Shipping Offer. You can’t redeem this offer for cash or adjust it towards previous purchases. The Free Shipping Offer is valid ONLY for online purchases. Make a list of all the…
  • IDM’s Holiday Season Bonanza!

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:52 am
    The holidays are almost on us & we’re doing our bit to give you an extra-special holiday season! International Drug Mart has launched our Holiday Sale that lets you spend a bit more on gifts and more during this holiday season. This offer runs from 16th December 2014 through Jan 6th 2015. Make the most of IDM’s generic drugs that cost much cheaper than branded prescription and OTC drugs. The Holiday Offer starts with a FULL 5% OFF on the 2nd product when you buy two products. You get a FULL 10% OFF when you buy three products and when you buy four or more products you get a FULL 15%…
  • International Drug Mart Offers Cyber Monday Savings!

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:21 am
    Christmas comes early to International Drug Mart with Cyber Monday deals! Starting November 28th through 1st December, buy 2 products & we’ll give you 5% OFF on the 2nd product, buy 3 & we’ll give you 10% OFF, and when you buy FOUR products we’ll give you whopping 15% OFF! Buying generic drugs at online drugstores like lets you save much more than when you buy branded drugs. Shop for your essential prescription & OTC drugs at & get ready to enjoy a stress- free Holiday Season! How the deal works: Add 2 drugs to the shopping cart…
  • Better than Mascara: Latisse Boosts Lash Growth

    3 Nov 2014 | 10:13 pm
    The 90’s were a stressful time for young girls who need to keep their healthy brows trimmed & pruned to a delicate arch- the most famous brows are Kate Moss’ famed ethereal eyebrows. Nowadays, Cara Delevingne’s eyebrows & lashes are the defining look for this decade. Women who endured hours of torture- trimming brows to a delicate arch don’t need to lose hope. They can regrow their thinning brows & lashes with bimatoprost ophthalmic solution, the generic version of the branded drug, Latisse. At, we understand the quest for beauty &…
  • Revitalize Your Relationship with Fildena

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    Viagra has become so famous that it’s become the ubiquitous name for the generic Sildenafil Citrate, a phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor that works by increasing blood flow to the penis during sexual stimulation, which in turn helps achieve & maintain an erection. It’s well –known by now that even healthy men, as well as men suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED) are enjoying the benefits of a super-strong erection, and a healthy and satisfying sex life. Many men who suffer from ED, or just a lack of interest in sex, also suffer from depression, loss of self-esteem, fear…
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    Private GP » Blog

  • Hope For Cancer & Art Exhibition

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    “Hope for Cancer” Charity Fund Raising Evening recently held at The Practice on December 6th 2014; £930 was raised! Thank you to everyone who came & supported the cause: so fabulous to see you; combined with Katie’s launch of Artwork. A selection of Katie Pipers artwork featured below
  • Rubella Vaccine – Last Opportunity for single immunisation!

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    From the end of January 2015, Rubella Vaccine will no longer be available as a single immunisation.  Only the MMR Triple Vaccination will become an option. If you have ever considered having this, NOW is the time to book in before it’s too late! Contact us here in the Practice as soon as possible if you are interested.
  • Flu Vaccine Update

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    It’s always a good idea to have your flu vaccine in Leicestershire before December 1st – Have you booked in for yours? Nasal vaccines also available for under 17 year olds. Don’t forget to consider HPV Gardasil Vaccinations for boys.
  • Brand new Practice Brochure – Take a peek !

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    6991 Private GP Brochure Thanks to Katie Julia for her photographic contributions to our bespoke new brochure. We feel it captures the calming nature of The Practice. What do you think ?
  • One in Three Altzheimers Cases are preventable Research shows

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am Functional Medicine may be of help so if you have a Family History of this illness, consider exploring this area further.One in Three cases of Altzheimers may be preventable Research shows
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  • The Top 10 Most Popular Winter-Safety Posts of the Year

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:09 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Here in Colorado, we’ve already had some really cold days and then some sneaky mild ones. Sneaky because I get all comfortable going out with a light jacket one day; the next, the sky is clear, and it looks the same—from the inside. I walk out, and bam, it’s biting cold. Or the day is pretty mild and the night is freezing. Winter is upon us, and I have this sneaky feeling it’s going to get colder before it gets warmer.  So I went back and reviewed my previous posts for winter safety tips (hey, sometimes even I don’t remember every detail…
  • When Low Blood Pressure, Low Temperature, or Abnormal Lab May be Good

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:29 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH A few weeks ago a patient I was seeing in the office asked me to look at a copy of his lab work he’d received from an alternate medicine provider. It was the usual chemistry screen and all looked great, to me at least. But two figures were circled, a slightly low creatinine level and a slightly high BUN/creatinine ratio, and yes, the lab printout had those in the out-of-normal range. His provider had asked that he come back in several weeks and have them rechecked. The retest would cost around $150. This jogged my memory of some wise advice one of my medical…
  • How to Reduce Asthma Attacks and Panic Attacks by Retraining Your Breathing

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:09 pm
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH  What do asthma attacks and panic attacks have in common, besides the fact that they’re both more likely during a disaster? They both cause you to hyperventilate (breathe faster), which in turn makes them worse. There’s a breathing technique that can help stop the cycle. But it’s the opposite of what you probably think. It’s not deep breathing; it’s slow, shallow breathing. And practicing it can even help prevent attacks from coming on. But you have to learn to do it properly—preferably straight from a professional. How Everyday Breathing Affects…
  • Holiday Survival Sale, On Now!

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:58 pm
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Today, I’m launching my first ever big holiday survival sale. There are personalized gifts for under $20 plus deep discounts on training. Has taking a great first aid or wilderness survival course been on your to-do list? Why not make 2015 the year of getting it done? With these specials, you could even take my course with a friend. If some of The Survival Doctor products are on your own Christmas list, now’s the time to tell friends and family about them. They can get them for you at a discount, so, you know, you’d be doing them a favor by letting them…
  • Why Winter Heart Attacks Are More Common No Matter the Weather (and What You Can Do)

    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Part 2 in a two-part series on cold weather and your heart. See part 1 here. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH In my last post, I talked about the effects of cold weather on your heart. But there are other possible reasons winter is prime time for heart attacks even when it’s warm out. So there are even more steps than the ones I mentioned that may help lower your risk. Beyond the Cold: More Ways the Winter Affects Your Heart We’re not really certain how much any of the following factors increase your risk for a heart attack. But for now, it’s a best guess that they do at least to some…
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    19 Dec 2014 | 4:38 am
    Here is one rendition of cornbread that I made that my husband really love. The other is in my cookbook.

    2 Dec 2014 | 7:30 pm
    This is another versatile way to enjoy kidney beans. Growing up in Jamaica, we called kidney beans peas therefore it took me awhile to get used to saying beans instead. Kidney beans are good source of protein, soluber fiber that lowers cholesterol, stabilizes blood sugar, and helps with weight loss

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:51 pm
    This chickpeas stew is a hearty and comforting stew that goes well with rice. It is simple to make and delicious. They are low in fat, a good source of protein, fiber, vitamin B6 and iron. They can therefore increase bowel health, aid in weight loss and lower cholesterol.

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Making your own vegetable broth is pretty simple, it is a wonderful way of using up older vegetables and make room for fresh ones. Vegetable broth adds flavor and nourishment to recipes and it can also be used as a substitute or to reduce the amount of oil

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Having a 5 year son who is going through a picky stage now, I have to be creative in the way I prepare his meals. My son Daevyd loves pasta in any shape or form, I guess children are intrigued by their fun shapes. Well I know for certain that Daevyd doesn't like cauliflower but he loves creamy sauces. I decided to incorporate cauliflower in the sauce and I figured that he wouldn't even notice the difference. I also decided to add lentil stew for a nice twist , Daevyd enjoyed the pasta very much and as usual he thanks me for his meal after he finishes.
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    This Week in Virology with Vincent Racaniello

  • TWiV 315: Must be something in the water

    13 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler Vincent, Alan, Rich and Kathy association of a virus with sea star melting disease, and the finding of a phycodnavirus in the oropharynx of humans with altered cognitive functions. Links for this episode National Influenza Immunization Week (CDC) Densovirus associated with sea star wasting disease (PNAS) A virus that melts sea stars (virology blog) Chlorovirus in human oropharynx (PNAS) Algal virus in humans (virology blog) Image credit Letters read on…
  • TWiV 314: Einstein goes viral

    7 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    Host: Vincent Racaniello Guests: Kartik Chandran, Ganjam Kalpana, and Margaret Kielian Vincent travels to Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he speaks with Kartik, Ganjam, and Margaret about their work on Ebolavirus entry, a tumor suppressor that binds the HIV-1 integrase, and the entry of togaviruses and flaviviruses into cells. Links for this episode Antibodies that protect against Sudan virus (ACS Chem Biol) Ebola virus entry requires NPC1 (EMBO J) A toggle switch for virus entry (Nat Comm) Imaging alphavirus…
  • TWiV 313: With viruses like these, who needs enemas?

    30 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Rich Condit Vincent, Alan, and Rich discuss how norovirus, an enteric virus, can replace the functions of the gut microbiome. Links for this episode Ebola virus update (WHO) Norovirus can replace functions of gut microbiome (Nature) Post-vaccinal distemper encephalitis (N Z Vet J) Novel sea otter poxvirus (J Wildl Dis) Poliovirus escapes antibodies (virology blog) CDC whistleblower saga (Sci Based Med) Snopes on CDC whistleblower Image credit Letters read on…
  • TWiV 312: She sells B cells

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler The TWiVbolans discuss the finding that human noroviruses, major causes of gastroenteritis, can for the first time be propagated in B cell cultures, with the help of enteric bacteria. This episode of TWiV is brought to you by the Department of Microbiology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Composed of over 20 virology labs, all centralized in one building in the heart of New York City, this department is a perfect fit for anyone with an interest in…
  • TWiV 311: Bulldogs go viral

    16 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Host: Vincent Racaniello Guests: Zhen Fu and Biao He Vincent visits the University of Georgia where he speaks with Zhen Fu and Biao He about their work on rabies virus and paramyxoviruses. Links for this episode Blood-brain permeability and rabies survival (Antiviral Res) Rabies induces blood-brain permeability (J Virol) Virus neutralizing antibodies in CNS of non-lethal rabies (PLoS Neg Trop Dis) RSV vaccine based on PIV5 (Vaccine) New mumps vaccine (J Virol) PIV5-based influenza virus vaccine (J Virol) Video of this…
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    Health On A Budget

  • Changing from a Western Style of Using the Toilet to Protect Your Health

    Jane Chitty
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:52 am
    Even though we all try to keep our costs to a minimum, sometimes we have to spend something now to ensure our “health on a budget” for the future. One such dollar outlay could be for a squatty potty! The modern Western style toilet was first introduced in the nineteenth century but it changed the way we were doing something every day in a very natural way to an unnatural way. In effect, we changed from squatting to sitting. But our bodies were made to squat and not to sit You might have noticed for example that young children (whatever their culture) instinctively squat to relieve…
  • 8 Budget Home Remedies for Cracked Heels

    Jane Chitty
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Dryness and even neglect in both summer and winter months can lead to the pain and discomfort of cracked heels. Although this problem is common in females during the summer months when sandals or flip flops are frequently worn, dry and chapped skin in the winter can make the problem worse. Signs and symptoms of cracked heels The appearance of dry, hard, thickened skin around the rim of the heel. The skin in this area starts to look yellow or dark brown. Tiny cracks or fissures start to be visible. More pressure on the heel ensures the cracks become deeper. The cracks may become so deep that…
  • 12 Tips to Detoxify Your Life on a Budget

    Health on a Budget
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    by Kate Wilson It’s one thing to detoxify your body — it’s another thing to detoxify your life. But detoxifying doesn’t have to be as complicated or expensive as it often seems. Make these simple changes to your daily life and kick toxins to the curb. Use Natural Cleaners Many popular cleaners contain harmful chemicals that can do more damage than good. There are some products on the market that are chemical-free, however you can make your own natural cleaners with items that can be found in your own cupboard. For example, lemon’s acidity can cut though most household bacteria and…
  • Amazing Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

    Jane Chitty
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    When I write a guest post for Health on a Budget, I choose a subject that is really going to help those looking for inexpensive ways to improve their health, naturally.  And the use of apple cider vinegar is just such a way. In fact, there are dozens of uses so I will cover as many as possible here… But first just a few words about apple cider vinegar itself When buying apple cider vinegar, check to make sure it says “Raw” and “Unfiltered”. “Organic” is another healthy label. Used for hundreds of years for its medicinal properties, the raw organic version of apple cider…
  • Do You Need Dietary Supplements? Yes and No.

    3 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Do you need dietary supplements? There’s a lot of conflicting information out there about the use of nutritional supplements, and whether or not they’re beneficial.   As vitamin and mineral supplements continue to gain popularity, some conventional health proponents have written articles claiming that not only are they useless, they could actually be harmful to your health.   No wonder you’re confused.   The truth is, by and large, dietary supplements are not a danger to your health. The only way they can be is if you are allergic to them, overdosing on them,…
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  • Tips For Treating Dry Mouth

    8 Dec 2014 | 9:41 am
      Your body’s work includes producing 2 to 4 pints of saliva daily. The six glands primarily responsible for this task are located inside each cheek, deep underneath your tongue, and near your front teeth by the jaw bone.   After the saliva is produced it moves through tubes called salivary ducts. You can test drive the process by yawning. Chances are you’ll end up with a small pool of saliva under your tongue because when you yawn your facial muscles push against your sublingual salivary glands, which produces a small stream of salvia.   Yawning is a quick fix for a…
  • Dealing With Dental Emergencies

    4 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
      When you or a loved one has a tooth that is loose, broken, has been knocked out of your mouth or forced out of position the absolute best thing to do is to get to the dentist as quickly as you can.   If you can get treatment within an hour or so of the incident it’s more likely that the tooth can be saved – dependent on the type and severity of the injury of course. In any case, fast treatment will reduce pain and the chance of infection.   So the first thing you do immediately following any injury to the teeth is to call your dentist and book an emergency appointment.
  • 12 Days Of Giveaways!

    2 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
      Grinch, be gone. This year, we’re going to smile our way through the entire holiday season. The last month of 2014 is going to be a full-on Whoville happy fest.   And we’re going to ensure that you keep smiling too because (drumroll, please) it’s time once again for our 12 Days of Giveaways special year-end event on our Facebook.   
  • 10 Reasons To Be Thankful For Your Teeth!

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
      September 20 is Love Your Teeth Day in China.  Since we don’t have a similar festival here, we figured Thanksgiving would be the perfect time to show our gratitude to the 32 little friends that live in our mouths. If you’re stuck coming up with reasons to say thanks to your teeth, here are our top ten reasons.   Thanks for all your hard work: Three meals a day, with an average chewing rate of about 10 times per mouthful of food works out to 10,000ish bites per meal. That equals 30,000 chews a day.  It’s not easy being a tooth. Thanks for not going crazy and…
  • What To Do When Nothing Tastes Good

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
      Reaching for the salt and pepper more often than you used to? Wondering why everything suddenly tastes so bland … or awful? Totally indifferent to the dishes you once loved? Don’t blame the cook – your sense of taste may be the culprit.   It’s not uncommon for people to lose their sense of taste either completely or partially for a short period of time. Chances are you’ve noticed a change or reduction in how things taste whenever you have a bad cold. Thankfully it is rare to completely lose your sense of taste permanently.   More than 200,000 people visit a doctor…
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  • Causes Of Male Yeast Infection: Natural Remedies To Treat It

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:28 am
    Although yeast infection is common in women, males too can suffer. It is a type of fungal infection caused by fungi Candida Albicans. A man can contract genital yeast infection if he has an unprotected sexual intercourse with an infected …
  • Mild Heart Attack Symptoms: Diagnosis And Treatment Options

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:24 am
    Heart attack is a serious complication of atherosclerotic coronary artery disease. Atherosclerosis is formation of plaque in the coronary arteries which consists of fat and other substances. When blood clot forms on the top of a plaque, it occludes or …
  • Nocturnal Panic Attacks Causes: Symptoms And How To Treat It?

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:24 am
    Night time panic attack is a type of anxiety disorder that occurs when a person is asleep. It is a frightening ordeal for a person that awakens him from his sleep. Also called nocturnal panic attack, this disorder is characterized …
  • Symptoms Of Bile Duct Stones: Causes And Treatment Options

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:22 am
    Bile duct is a long tube which carries bile from liver into the intestine. Bile is secreted by liver. It is an essential juice required for digestion of food. Sometimes the substance present in bile becomes hard enough to form …
  • Causes Of Nail Psoriasis: Its Symptoms And Treatment Options

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:22 am
    Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease which can cause significant impairment in quality of life of a person. At least half of the patients suffering from skin psoriasis may have incidence of nail involvement. Sometimes nail psoriasis may solely occur …
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  • The Yoga of Diet

    20 Dec 2014 | 3:34 am
    Food plays an integral role in promoting balance in your life. Just as your yoga essentials help you achieve balance in your poses, the food choices you make help you achieve balance in your overall well-being. If you view your diet as an extension of your yoga lifestyle, then you will understand that healthy food creates a healthy body and mind.The food choices you make reflect your level of awareness of your personal development. The practice of yoga simultaneously requires and creates a state of harmony, a love of life and a connection with those around you. This concept gives rise to the…
  • The Pros and Cons of the Yoga Selfie

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:01 am
    It was bound to happen. As yoga gains mainstream acceptance, its ancient philosophies and precepts have finally come into conflict with modern social mores. It was inevitable, but it’s still ironic, in a way, since yoga strives for harmony and union. At the center of the conflict is the yoga selfie: a photograph that shows a yogi or yogini performing a yoga posture. And “performing” is the operative word. Is it self-promotion, a stroke to the ego? Or is it an inspirational portrait, a selfless act from the heart? Or is it a form of exhibitionism, meant to titillate? Tune into any yoga…
  • Yoga Tips for Winter Health

    12 Dec 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Did you know that when water freezes, all those H’s and O’s actually condense when they solidify? Your body goes through a similar change in winter. Even if it never quite reaches that state of rigidity, your muscles can easily feel contracted in the cold.Therefore, your pre-practice yoga warm-up becomes increasingly important when the weather cools. If your home or studio takes a while to heat up in the morning, give yourself some extra time to get the juices flowing. As you get your blood moving, your body will transition more easily through the asanas. Using yoga accessories, like yoga…
  • The 2014 Three Minute Egg® Holiday Gift Guide

    3 Dec 2014 | 9:58 am
    Want to give the gift of yoga but don’t know where to start? We at Three Minute Egg® have all the answers you’re looking for.If you’re among the millions of people who have taken up yoga as a physical exercise, a mind-body connection technique, a spiritual journey, or a way to get out of the house, you can spread the joy by giving yoga accessories as gifts. You may know people who have everything they need for their yoga practice, but we challenge you to find anyone who has everything they want for their practice.Yoga Gift IdeasYoga accessories belong to that category of gifts that…
  • Bloggers Help Make Yoga More Body-Positive

    1 Dec 2014 | 5:13 am
    Body Image is important. There’s no way around it. The yoga world is filled with beautiful bodies, and yet few of us have the bodies we think we want. So how do we meet this challenge? For many (including Yoga Journal) this is a topic worthy of discussion. As most yoga practitioners are women, and I believe women often feel unfairly judged on their looks, the most vocal participants in this discussion are indeed women. For what it’s worth, and I hope you won’t mind my chiming in, I’d like you to know that you’re not alone. Men (or at least I) struggle with body-image issues, as…
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  • CDC Report Says Flu Shot Is Ineffective

    Good Living Doc
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Healthcare workers and military personnel across the U.S. are routinely vaccinated each year (by threat of punishment or dismissal) for protection against the flu virus. While many aren’t opposed to this practice and accept the mandatory flu shot willingly, a growing segment of the workforce is outraged by their continued lack of choice in the […]
  • 7 Natural High Cholesterol Remedies Supported By Science

    Good Living Doc
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:54 am
    Research shows that 3/4 of people who suffer a first-time heart attack exhibit normal cholesterol levels (1). How is this possible when we’ve been taught to believe that high cholesterol is a (if not THE) major cause of heart disease? The link between cholesterol and heart disease originated from a highly flawed 1960’s study which suggested […]
  • 10 Natural Remedies For Type 2 Diabetes According To Science

    Good Living Doc
    8 Nov 2014 | 10:16 am
    Type 2 diabetes is an unnecessary disease. Considering all we now know about how and why type 2 diabetes occurs, it’s outrageous that almost 1/3 of Americans still suffer from either diabetes or pre-diabetes – and the numbers continue to climb. Type 2 diabetes is not hereditary. It’s not the result of bad genes, bad […]
  • The Science Of Dietary Fiber And Its Health Benefits

    Good Living Doc
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    You’ve heard about the importance of dietary fiber. You’re aware of the dozens of fiber supplements designed to help you reach your recommended daily intake, but what’s the big deal? Isn’t fiber just indigestible bulk that cleans your colon and helps you stay regular? We know dietary fiber is important, but should you worry about […]
  • 7 Steps For Healing Acid Reflux And Heartburn Without Drugs

    Good Living Doc
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    25 million people experience heartburn and other symptoms of acid reflux every single day of their lives. As a result, prescription drugs designed to treat these painful conditions make pharmaceutical companies in excess of $13 billion per year. In fact, Nexium (the Purple Pill) is currently the 2nd most prescribed drug in the U.S. following […]
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  • Greatist Workout of the Day: Thursday, December 11th

    The Greatist Team
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:29 am
    This series of GWODs was designed exclusively 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 workout, try this quick and effective full-body warm-up. It's just five simple moves but hits every major muscle group and gets your heart pumping. Where's Water? Complete 21 reps of each of the following movements, then 15 reps, then 9 reps, moving as fast as is safely…
  • 9 Peppermint Dessert Recipes That Make the Holidays That Much Sweeter

    Tara Fuller
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    Pumpkin is to fall what peppermint is to the holiday season. It's added to everything from cookies to coffee to popcorn, making it impossible to avoid and resist. While peppermint ice cream may be belle of the ball, there are tons of other treats worthy of the minty infusion, so we rounded up the best of 'em. Some will keep you warm, and most of the ones that made this list are actuallyhealthy. It’s time to crush some candy (we’re talking real-life candy canes, not the addictive game), sweeten up winter, and treat yo'self. Photo: Sweet C’s Designs 1. Peppermint Brownies Traditional…
  • 17 Must-See Viral Videos That'll Make You Laugh, Cry, and Inspired to Be Healthier

    Jeff Cattel
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    Some videos are destined for viral fame. A firefighter rescuing a cat? That’s enough to break the Internet. (Take note, Kim Kardashian.) And since we basically live on the Web here at Greatist—it’s a thankless task paid in GIFs—we thought we’d put our expertise to good use and round up our favorite viral videos from the past year. Some made us laugh, some made us cry, but all left a lasting impression on our otherwise goldfish-like attention spans. So click away and take a much needed productivity break. Just make sure you have a box of tissues nearby—we weren’t kidding about…
  • Greatist Workout of the Day: Wednesday, December 10th

    The Greatist Team
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:29 am
    This series of GWODs was designed exclusively 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 workout, try this quick and effective full-body warm-up. It's just five simple moves but hits every major muscle group and gets your heart pumping. Sit, Sit-Up, Crawl! Going as fast as is safely possible, complete 5 rounds of the following circuit. Wall…
  • Eat Your Way to Clear, Healthy Skin With These 26 Meals

    Nicole McDermott
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    You might also like: 19 Tips for Healthier Skin and Hair This Winter The expression “you are what you eat” may be more accurate than you think. There are many factors that contribute to the clear, glowing, blemish-free skin everyone strives for (including genetics). Some foods—depending on their vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant content—can actually help promote healthy skin. We searched the web for meals that contain two or more foods with properties known to protect or repair skin. (But keep in mind, though studies suggest certain foods can protect our skin or repair damage, they're…
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  • Teddy Travelogues- Amazing Health Benefits of Travelling

    Swarnam John
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Courtesy of pixabay.comConfucius the great Chinese philosopher said “where ever you go, go with all your heart”. And definitely with the people you love. Vacations are a great time to be together as a family, enjoying the great outdoors and to view Mother Nature in her versatile best.We are put up in the Middle East since my husband works here. When the holiday season starts that is July and August to be precise. We pack our bags and run at breakneck speed to our home land India. Goa is the husband’s place. You know what? It is the land of beaches, surf and sand. It is such a beautiful…
  • Looking Back- 2014

    Swarnam John
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:51 pm
    digitalart, 2014 What a year? My God! The latest to add to the woes is the Peshawar attack on school kids, as the world gazes in shocked, stunned silence. Are these the last days? What has happened to mankind? Where are we going? And what are we doing? I just want to encourage you that there is hope amidst all this sadness. Life is beautiful and a blessing to behold. Though some of our dreams may be shattered life is still beautiful, all the small moments of happiness prove that life has indeed been beautiful. You would be happy to hear the Afters sing about…
  • 10 Days 'Til Christmas: The Health Perks of a Roasted Christmas Turkey

    Swarnam John
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:50 pm
    10 Days 'Til Christmas: The Health Perks of a Roasted Christmas TurkeyTake care, Swarnam
  • A Scary Statistic About Obesity

    Swarnam John
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    jesadaphorn, freedigitalphotos.netObesity is really scary. If not properly taken care of it can reduce the life expectancy of a person by up to 8 years. In this fast paced society, it would do a world of good to pause a few minutes and ponder about our eating habits.Risks Scientists did a survey to develop a model that estimated the annual risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases with persons of different body weight found that Obese people ----- may lose up to 8 years of their life Overweight people ---- may lose up to 3 years of lifeHealthy life years lost--- 4 times higher…
  • 6 Research Proven Tips About The Health Benefits of Orange

    Swarnam John
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:28 am
    The glass of orange juice that you drink has more nutritional benefits than you think. Researchers from the University of Granada have found a technique that measures the antioxidant activity of citrus juices which provides 10 times greater values, than those indicated by present analysis methods. Now do you understand what I mean?Citrus goodnessThe present analysis methods do not calculate the antioxidant activity of the fibre, assuming that it is not beneficial. But when the fibre reaches the large intestine the micro-organisms living there, ferment it and extract even more antioxidant…
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  • Pumpkin & Ricotta Stuffed Shells

    Lauren Cosgrove
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:22 pm
    It may be well past November, but that doesn’t mean you need to do away with pumpkin just yet! These stuffed shells are simple, easy to make, and absolutely delicious. The pumpkin in these is not overwhelming; rather the hint of flavor illuminates the cheeses and marinara sauce. Let’s get happy and full! Pumpkin & […]
  • Relaxing Holiday Gift Guide 2014

    Lauren Cosgrove
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    When it comes down to it, the very best gifts are the heartfelt ones – the ones that make someone feel special and cared for. For many people, in the midst of all of the busyness that our lifestyles tend to create, there is one thing we crave most: relaxation! In 2012, an online survey […]
  • Keeping Holiday Stress to a Minimum

    Lauren Cosgrove
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:34 pm
    For many of us, the Christmas season used to be carefree – free of schoolwork, free of tedium, and full of joy. And then adulthood rolled around… These days, most people are so busy, so overcommitted, that what used to be a time of rest became something entirely the opposite. We hear you! Let’s be […]
  • Healthy Holiday Tips: Enjoying Delicious Party Food Without Guilt

    Lauren Cosgrove
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Worried about holiday weight gain? Utilize these tips and you’ll be able to brush those fears away with confidence. Strategy #1: Beat Holiday Munchies to the Punch To avoid mindlessly munching on snacks and desserts at a party eat before you get there! If you aren’t hungry you will be less likely to grab whatever […]
  • Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

    Lauren Cosgrove
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:53 pm
    This winter there’s a good chance your tummy is craving the warmth of a delicious, hearty soup. We’ve got just the one for you! This Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe, courtesy of Cooking Classy, is a delectable option that will easily find a place in anyones heart. Enjoy! Ingredients 2 cups dry medium egg noodles […]
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  • Cilantro Cranberry Relish Recipe = Awesome In So Many Ways!

    Sydney Johnston
    13 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    I made an awesome cilantro cranberry relish recipe two days ago and have been eating it steadily ever since. In fact, when I made it I was a bit taken aback by the amount and thought I’d end up freezing most of it before it went bad. No problemo. It’s so good and tastes so […]
  • A Quinoa Recipe For An Alkaline Breakfast

    Sydney Johnston
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:16 am
    I used to eat a mostly-alkaline diet and then drifted away from it. But my interest has rekindled and I want to share this quinoa recipe for an alkaline breakfast. It’s delicious, filling and definitely more alkaline than not. My Alkaline Quinoa Breakfast #1. So let’s start with an organic quinoa salad that I made a […]
  • Totally Compelling Reasons To Be Grateful On Thanksgiving Day

    Sydney Johnston
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:43 pm
    If there is any habit we should all be cultivating, it’s gratitude and Thanksgiving Day is a particularly potent reminder of the power in being grateful. Rhonda Byrne, Creator of the phenomenally successful movie The Secret, has also written several books and my favorite by far is The Magic, which is about gratitude. So let […]
  • Duct Tape Is A Great Natural Remedy For Warts – Sometimes

    Sydney Johnston
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    Let’s face it – warts are NOT a fun topic. How many times have you gone to lunch with a friend and said, “Hey, let’s talk about warts.” ;-) Still, getting rid of them IS of interest and some of the removers in the marketplace are quite toxic. But sometimes a piece of duct tape […]
  • How to Choose the Right Footwear

    Sydney Johnston
    15 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    You probably don’t think about your feet very often. However, if they are hurting or causing you discomfort, your feet are hard to ignore. You may not give your feet enough credit. Having healthy feet carries over into other parts of your body feeling good, as well, including your legs and lower back. Surprisingly, something […]
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  • Best CPAP Masks of 2014-2015

    8 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Compare the Best CPAP Masks 2014 As the last few days of 2014 wind down we take a look back at some of the new and top rated CPAP masks that came on the market in 2014 and a look at what’s to come in 2015. Finding the right mask for you can be a long and hard process of elimination and some people recently diagnosed with sleep apnea may still be struggling to find an interface that is comfortable to wear and effective in allowing them to sleep throughout the night. While the mask itself is only a piece of the puzzle, it is a “corner piece” and important in the overall adherence to…
  • Sleep Debt Hurts Healthy Sleep Habits

    4 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    How Much Sleep Debt Do You Owe? You may have a credit score above 700 but that doesn’t mean that a debt collector is not calling to you every day in the form of daytime sleepiness, fatigue and irritability. The creditor in this scenario is a little company called “Your Mind and Body”.  How much of a sleep debt are you racking up? Most people aren’t even aware that they are doing it. Ironically as I am writing this I did short myself a couple of those precious hours last night working on a home improvement project and paying the price today (excuse for my typos).  So what factors are…
  • How Dirty is Your CPAP?

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    I had to fight nausea a few times when I was handed a excessively dirty CPAP mask. We have seen our fair share of stomach churning dirty CPAP masks come into our store over the years. I often ask myself how or why someone would continue to use such a dirty piece of equipment, especially something that comes in contact with their face nightly. What I have found in conversations with these sleep apnea sufferers is that they were never told nor realized they needed to replace the mask, much less any other parts to their therapy. Most people remember to change their oil, furnace filter, or…
  • 17 Things Only CPAP Users Will Understand

    25 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
     A look at the lighter side of sleep apnea therapy and treatment! I’ve Got 99 Problems but CPAP Ain’t One. 1. Your friends and family will make every sci-fi character reference that comes to mind when they see you with your mask on. Darth Vader has been the longest comparison but Bane has been the most popular in recent years. Let’s also not forget the elephant trunk reference made to the tubing. “Luke, I am your father”. 2. For years you have been exiled to the couch or guest bedroom but since you brought home that new CPAP you are now welcome back to the master…
  • Meet the New AirSense™ 10 Series of CPAP Models by ResMed (S10)

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    ResMed AirSense™ 10 Series Review A few years ago I was at a sleep conference in Minneapolis talking to Fisher and Paykel representatives over dinner and drinks about their new technology, SenseAwake. After hearing the sales pitch about this new algorithm my immediate interpretation of their description of this technology was to refer to it as an “auto ramp” feature. Fast forward 3 years to the release of the ResMed AirSense™ 10 (commonly referred to as the S10 since it follows the S9 series) and one of the trademark names in the new series of features is AutoRamp™ .  This is such…
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  • Nose Surgery Dallas

    3 Dec 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Nose Surgery Dallas is a procedure to improve the cosmetic or functional aspects of the nose. Nose Surgery Dallas, also called Rhinoplasty, can improve the aesthetic appearance of nose in patients who feel their nose is disproportionate to the rest of their facial features, has indentations, bumps, is crooked, or has asymmetrical nostrils. Functional nose surgery can improve obstructions in the airway such as a deviated septum. Nose reconstruction may be done to repair tissue loss from cancer. Dr. Lam is uniquely qualified in nose surgery, having written two textbooks and numerous scientific…
  • Otoplasty Dallas

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Children can be ruthless when it comes to calling each other mean and hurtful nicknames, particularly if there are any obvious physical attributes that make them stand out. Children who are born with ears that stick out from the side of the head or are overly large are often the first target for teasing among their peers. Teasing can lead to life-long scars on their self-confidence. Many people who are unhappy with the appearance of their ears consider Otoplasty Dallas. Otoplasty, or Ear Surgery, is a procedure to cosmetically enhance the appearance of the ears by pinning them back or…
  • Brow Lift Dallas

    11 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The forehead is often one of the first places people start to notice common signs of aging in. Wrinkles, lines, creases and a sagging, heavy brow can make us look not only older than we are or feel but more severe or upset than we wish to convey. Today there are a plethora of options available to men and women who want to rejuvenate their face and create a more youthful appearance. There is botox and dermal fillers, face lifts, laser treatments, and Brow Lift Dallas- so, how do you know which is right for you? The first step when you are considering any kind of procedure or treatment is to…
  • Asian Eyelid Surgery Dallas

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    Dr. Lam, author of “Cosmetic Surgery of the Asian Face“, has trained extensively in Asian Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) and offers his patients a wide rage of options for achieving their aesthetic goals. Each patient comes in with their only set of goals and concerns out of which Dr. Lam creates the idea procedure plan to create the best results possible. One of the staples of an Learn more about Asian Eyelid Surgery Dallas on our information page is the creation of the “double eyelid.” The Asian upper-eyelid surgery was the most popular request two decades ago, but today…
  • Facelift Dallas

    14 Oct 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…
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  • What Is a Thermal Oxidizer?

    4 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    One of the biggest challenges for a variety of industrial companies is how to reduce the harmful emissions that occur as a byproduct of the processes they use to produce the products they offer. This can be especially true in chemical plants, but is not limited to this industry. Oxidizers are machines that help reduce toxic gas emissions by degrading them at super high heats. Reducing gas emissions is critical to the health of humans. Background Oxidizers use a variety of mechanisms to reduce the emission of harmful gases produced by industrial companies as a byproduct of their production…
  • 10 Low-Impact Exercises for Seniors

    2 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    Staying physically active is a necessary part of maintaining good health, especially for seniors. Whether you prefer to work out at a gym, outdoors, or in the comfort of your home, regular exercise benefits your health in many ways, including stretching and strengthening your muscles and reducing stress levels. There are four categories of low-impact exercises: endurance, strength, flexibility and balance. Here are 10 great exercises for seniors that can help you stay fit. Senior citizens should always consult a doctor before starting an exercise regimen. Walking One of the best endurance…
  • How to Enjoy Quality Dining at Bargain-Basement Prices

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Eating out is definitely one of the simpler pleasures in life. After all, who doesn’t like the prospect of having a relaxing evening out while enjoying a good meal and not having to worry about cooking or cleanup at home? Unfortunately, most budgets don’t allow for eating out every meal. However, that’s not to say that you can’t continue to sneak in a gourmet restaurant meal while still staying within your budgetary restrictions. Few diners realize that tools such as dining cards or online reviews can help them afford and enjoy upscale dining experiences at reasonable prices. Helpful…
  • Deciding What Your College Major Should Be

    14 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    Deciding to go to college is a big step in anyone’s life. Getting there is half the battle. The other half is choosing what you want to major in and what field you want to enter into for the remainder of your life. It is a big decision for anyone and it can be very stressful. What if you make the wrong decision? What if you are not able make a decision and are torn between 2 or even 3 different majors? It can be daunting task but it is a necessary one if you want to graduate. You will not get anywhere with a degree in basic studies. Knowing a little bit about a lot of things will not…
  • Vitamins For Every Health Concern

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
    When people click here, they can begin to shop for all their vitamins based on the health concerns that they have. People who are trying to address their own health concerns need to be able to find all the right vitamins. They can take these vitamins in a daily dose, and they will be able to address these health concerns without taking expensive medications. The Disorder or Disease People should search for the vitamins that will help them with their disorder or disease. These vitamins should be taken in specific dosages, and it is best that the user is planning their vitamin intake every day.
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  • Physiology of penis part3

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:54 pm
    How to measure penis.For an erect penis the measurement is from the base of the shaft to the tip of the penis. As for a flaccid penis,measure it soon after undressing,because the uneven temperature can distort your measurement.Don't judge base on flaccid penisNever correspond the length of the flaccid penis to the length of the erect penis,because at times the small flaccid penis can grow much longer and vice versa.Penis Size Depend On:Your penis size depends on arousal level,time of day room temperature, frequency of sexual activity,and reliability of measurement.Penis Size: The documented…
  • Physiology of the Penis part 2

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Resolution- This is when the body returns to normal after orgasm. A fine perspiration may cover the body. The penis becomes flaccid in two stages: partial erection is lost immediately,the remainder is lost gradually, possibly over several minutes.Hypersensitivity of the penis decrease gradually though some men may find any touch or ongoing thrusting very uncomfortable for some time After a strong orgasm the penis may spontaneously jerk for a minute or two. The scrotum thin and the testes descend and return to normal size. Breathing heart rate and blood pressure return to normal and muscles…
  • Physiology Of Penis

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:47 pm
    The lnternal structure of the penis consists of two cylinder shaped vascular tissue bodies cosoracavernosa,that throughout the penis.the urethra (tube for expelling urine and ejaculate). The corpora cavernosa are two chambers that fill most of the penis. The chambers are fill with a spongy tissue that includes muscles,open spaces veins and arteries. An erection occurs when the corpora cavernosa become engorged with blood and expand.The Tunical Albuginea- A membrane called the tunica albuginea surrounds the corpora cavernosa. This membrane helps keep blood in the penis during an…
  • Drugs Banned In India

    28 Jun 2013 | 1:49 am
    The health ministry has suspended the sale of two drugs - painkiller Analgin and anti-diabetes drug Pioglitazone and all its combinations .While the ban on Analgin in India has come after almost 36 years after the drug was banned in the US (which banned it in 1977), Pioglitazone was pulled out of France in 2011 for an increased risk of bladder cancer. This decision comes in the wake of a strong stand by the government on suspending marketing of all drugs prohibited for sale in other countries like the US, the UK, EU and Australia.The ministry of health and family welfare has suspended…
  • Importance of Good Dental Hygiene

    4 Jun 2013 | 1:53 am
    Good dental hygiene is very important to our health. It eliminates or reduces bacteria in the mouth that can lead to inflammation that can lead to heart disease and other complications. Luckily you can banish these bad boys by keeping your teeth clean.Unhealthy bacteria converts sugars from food into lactic acid which creates a sticky layer of plaque on the teeth, destroying tooth enamel and leading to cavities.  For prevention, look for toothpaste that contains cranberry extract and green tea which will keep bacteria from sticking to the teeth. And licorice root and meem to chase away…
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    The Healthy Tips

  • Yoga Exercise: Viparita Karani (Inverted Lake Pose)

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:59 am
    This particular yoga posture is called Viparita Karani or Inverted Lake Pose because in this the body is inverted or is made to stand upside down. In Sanskrit viparita means ‘inverted’ and karani means ‘action’. Hence the name lie supine on the ground, the hands stretched along the body. Raise both the legs slowly making an […] Visit for more........
  • Yoga Exercise: Vrikshasana (Tree Pose)

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:43 am
    Vrikshasana or Tree Pose is another balancing yoga posture. In Sanskrit vriksha means ‘tree’. The final posture resembles a tree with the legs and the hands as its branches. Stand erect. Bend the right leg at the knee. Place the sole of the right foot firmly the root of the left thigh. Fold the hands as […] Visit for more........
  • Yoga Exercise: Parvatasana (Mountain Pose)

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:31 am
    The posture is called Parvatasana or Mountain Pose as it resembles a mountain after the full pose is assumed. Parvata, in Sanskrit, means ‘mountain’. Form a foot-lock by folding the right leg upon the left thigh. Similarly, fold the left leg upon the right thigh allowing both the heels to touch the lower part of the […] Visit for more........
  • Yoga Exercise: Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand Pose)

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:12 am
    The posture is called Sarvangasana or Shoulder Stand Pose, because it influences the whole body and its functions. Sarva means ‘whole’ and anga means ‘body’, in Sanskrit. Sarvangasana is one of the best and most important asanas in Hatha Yoga. It is a further development of  Viparita Karani  (Inverted Lake Pose). After having taken the […] Visit for more........
  • Yoga Exercise: Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Padmasana or Lotus Pose is one of the meditative postures, and it resembles a lotus from a distance. In Sanskrit padma means ‘lotus’. Sometimes it is also called Kamalasana. Fold the right leg in the knee and place the right foot at the left groin in such a way that the right heel touches the lower […] Visit for more........
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    Gluten Free Paleo Health Advice | Beverly Meyer | Podcast & Resources

  • Get Cooking and Get Well With The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook by Mickey Trescott

    Beverly Meyer
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Living with an autoimmune disorder?  Let’s talk about The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook by Mickey Trescott and see what you can do to reverse it.It may be hard to believe, but it is absolutely possible to change your future.  Thousands of us have done it, and with nothing more “medical” than eating great food and making lifestyle changes.What a concept!The “basic” Paleo Diet and Lifestyle are an incredible breakthrough in health management.  We eliminate foods we never evolved to eat, such as starchy foods that require different enzymes…
  • Why Did The Chicken Cross The World And Become A Global Superstar?

    Beverly Meyer
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:25 am
    I sat spellbound in my car listening to Andrew Lawler, author of a meaty new book on the complete story of the chicken.How did an Asian jungle pheasant become the world’s most populous bird?  Why did it travel to Rome, England, and the Southern United States?  How did Queen Victoria start a riot of chicken collecting in the 1840’s?There’s global and economic history galore in “Why Did The Chicken Cross The World?”, including the lure of gambling (cockfighting), religious ritual ( Roman battle planning) and country-wide food riots when the cost of…
  • Which Is Better – Ghee or Coconut Oil?

    Beverly Meyer
    7 Dec 2014 | 2:57 pm
    I get asked frequently by clients and podcast listeners: which is better?  Ghee or coconut oil?  There are definite differences between these excellent fats, so here’s a short Bio on each.  You choose whether you like ghee or coconut oil more, or how to use both liberally, as many do.A health note:  If you tend to be underweight or anxious, experiment with removing coconut oil from your diet.  Its energy is so quickly absorbed that it may make your metabolism a little too speedy.A little about GheeHumans ate no dairy until we began to domesticate animals instead…
  • Are Premium Supplement Brands Worth the Price?

    Beverly Meyer
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    I’m frequently asked if the premium supplement brands I carry are really worth the price and why these brands don’t look familiar.Most of us are wary of brands such as Centrum, but beyond that, we’re generally reliant on advertising and product display.  Doctors don’t usually know the differences between formulas any more than grocery clerks do. Premium supplement brands rarely sell through retailers.  They’re meant to be sold at natural health clinics that stock the very best:  the best form of the product, the best dose, and the correct…
  • Can a Paleo Diet Help Your Hormones?

    Beverly Meyer
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Working on your Thyroid, Adrenals or Testosterone?  Can a gluten free Paleo Diet help fix your hormones?Hormones control dozens of bodily functions including fat deposits, acne, energy, libido, fertility, sleep and more.  They can affect any area of the body, including neurotransmitters and emotions.Do you think you have a hormonal issue?If you suspect you do, first get accurate hormone testing done.  No guesswork, please! Most doctors test hormones by blood if they test them at all.  Blood analysis is accurate for thyroid and testosterone, but only if you order FREE…
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  • 6 simple mind tricks to ditch unhealthy cravings

    Melissa Valliant
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:35 pm
    6 simple mind tricks to ditch unhealthy cravings12/20/2014By SkinnyMom.comNo matter what you do, something containing too much fat, sugar or salt is leering at you, waiting for you to give in to cravings. No wonder it's...
  • Why we eat fruitcake, gingerbread, eggnog & candy canes at Christmas

    Melissa Valliant
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Why we eat fruitcake, gingerbread, eggnog & candy canes at Christmas12/20/2014By Melissa ValliantWhen December rolls around, those who celebrate Christmas (and sometimes those who don’t) inevitably break out the nog, bake gingerbread men, stock...
  • Brussels sprouts pasta surprise [Recipe]

    Vivian Gomez
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    Brussels sprouts pasta surprise [Recipe]12/20/2014By Vivian LeeIf you’re bored of boiling, steaming or even roasting your Brussels sprouts, but still want to get the benefits of this cruciferous veggie, then we...
  • 5 steps to keeping your New Year’s resolution

    Melissa Valliant
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    5 steps to keeping your New Year’s resolution12/20/2014By Jesse NattamaiKeeping a New Year’s resolution doesn’t have to be difficult, as some studies suggest. To make 2015 a year of success, stick to one resolution, and...
  • Weird and wacky beauty rituals throughout history [Infographic]

    Jaclyn Bertner Felber
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Weird and wacky beauty rituals throughout history [Infographic]12/20/2014By Jaclyn Bertner FelberThink Botox is bonkers? Tattooed eyebrows terrifying? Liposuction outlandish? Well, just get a load of what people used to do for the sake of beauty.
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    HealClick Blog | Putting Experiences of Patients First

  • Addressing Biotoxins in Persistent Lyme Disease
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:52 am
    Keith Berndtson MD is the author of the widely-read peer-reviewed article, “Review of evidence for immune evasion and persistent infection in Lyme disease.” This is part 2 of a series on persistent lyme disease. Read Part 1: Treating Chronic Lyme Disease When Doxycycline Fails When Antibiotics Aren’t Enough for Persistent Lyme There is another very important way of explaining Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS) that has to do with what happens if you are one of those people who is genetically predisposed to retain certain toxins made by living things. In the…
  • Two Steps Forward: Jess + Medical Marijuana
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Two Steps Forward is a series where users share their treatment success stories. Jess shares her improvements with Medical Marijuana for Fibromyalgia and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.    Jess on her wedding day. Tell us about yourself! What’s your story? I ‘officially,’ got sick in 2003. I was in my first semester of college, loving every minute of it, and generally having a pretty “normal” college experience. In October, something changed. Suddenly, I was sleeping 18 hours a day and still felt exhausted. It was that bone-crushing…
  • Restorative Yoga: Put Your Feet Up!
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    Try this restorative yoga pose that slows down the nervous system and promotes release and relaxation to the entire body. The pose and its benefits: Legs Up the Wall Pose, Viparita Karani (Vip-par-ee-tah-car-ahn-ee), is one of my favorite poses to do to relieve tired or cramped legs and feet and calm the mind. The restorative nature of this pose allows blood to flow to parts of the body that have been abandoned as we stand or sit vertically during the day. It is refreshing to the brain and removes stagnant blood from the lower extremities. Restorative Yoga is a style that is especially…
  • Top 5 Fibromyalgia Treatments
    29 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Fibromyalgia patients have been reviewing their treatments on HealClick and we have been compiling them. With our database of reviews growing larger every day we’re starting to see trends as far as what treatments are reported as most effective. We’ve crunched the numbers and today we present the top 5 most effective Fibromyalgia treatments as rated by the HealClick community.   1. Medical Marijuana (Cannabis) We’ve talked about Medical Marijuana for Fibromyalgia before and how it beat out 3 leading Fibromyalgia drugs. Our users have rated it the highest among all the…
  • Treating Chronic Lyme Disease When Doxycycline Fails
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Keith Berndtson MD is the author of the widely-read peer-reviewed article, “Review of evidence for immune evasion and persistent infection in Lyme disease.” This is part 1 of series on persistent lyme disease. Read Part 2: Addressing Biotoxins in Persistent Lyme Disease Why Doxycycline Works….Initially If you knew a tick had bitten you, and you developed the bull’s-eye rash and a flu-like malaise later that week, and you were aware that this meant Lyme disease, you’d see a doctor to start an antibiotic. The doctor who greets you should know enough to prescribe…
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    Healthy Family Matters

  • 5 Reasons Karate Can Boost Your Child’s Self Confidence

    Catherine West
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Although martial arts have their roots in the necessary self-defense techniques that every fighting-age man and woman had to know in pre-modern Eastern societies, they have evolved far beyond this original purpose. These days, martial arts can be put to a variety of creative and constructive uses and provide children with a fun, and heart-pumping experience. 1. Artistic Expression As the name suggests, martial arts can be a pure and even beautiful form of physical expression. Like yoga and other “controlled” exercise routines, the broad spectrum of physical disciplines known as…
  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Healthy Family Matters
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:09 am
    Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Happy Thanksgiving from our family to you and yours. Today I am thankful for: Having a loving and supportive husband who can cook and has a great sense of humor. Having a bright and energetic daughter who loves to give me big hugs. Having a charming and clever son who loves to hold my hand wherever we go. Having good friends who are like family. Healthy food. Being able to volunteer as a family with our church regularly to help those in need in our…
  • Does Taking A Break Affect Your Weight Loss Journey?

    Jessica Robert
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:52 am
    A weight loss plateau is not unheard of; it is inevitable in any weight loss journey when you realize that you are not losing weight any more in spite of following a diet. When you are extremely obese, a diet can help you lose a dramatic amount of weight initially. However, as the body weight changes, your body slowly begins to adapt to it. When weight falls, you need less energy to carry out regular bodily functions and this automatically may lead you to burn fewer calories than before. Similarly, when you perform the same set of exercises every day, your muscles slowly adapt and end up…
  • Yummy Gift Idea for Chocolate Lovers

    Healthy Family Matters
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:31 am
    Chocolate is one of the most popular treats available, and has been eaten for centuries. Chocolate lovers can cite a variety of health benefits of chocolate, however finding a chocolate candy that can honestly be called healthy can be quite a challenge. There are a variety of very different types of chocolate drinks and candies, each one claiming to be a healthy treat. However not all chocolate treats are created equal, and the trick to finding a healthy chocolate snack comes with knowing what makes chocolate so healthy. Cacao beans are essentially what makes chocolate as we know it. These…
  • Fit Family Fun at Girls On the Run

    Healthy Family Matters
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    Today our family is so proud of Baby Girl for completing her first 5k run.  Her school participates in Girls on the Run, which is a program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. Their goal is to teach girls life skills through interactive lessons and running games to empower them to be confident while establishing a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. Hundreds of girls, teachers, parents and volunteers gathered together at Anne Arundel Community College to run the campus. You could walk, run or jog. Some girls did a combination of all three. It was amazing to see so many young ladies getting…
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    New Bloggy Cat

  • An Angel Prayer.

    New Bloggy Cat
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:30 pm
    New Bloggy Cat:Thanks Sue, for such a lovely prayer of comfort and hope to share with all. Blessed Christmas to you! ヅ Originally posted on Dreamwalker's Sanctuary: Angel Prayer. Sweet Angels gather around my bed Please take up the names I have said. For healing thoughts tonight I’ve given Send them swiftly back to heaven. So that a host of healing love Can shower down from those above To all the names my prayers beseach Bring love and comfort that they seek To all the children abused and scared And to those whose speech impaired A friendly smile to warm their heart And bring those…
  • Special Thoughts This Christmas

    New Bloggy Cat
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:52 am
    Every time a hand reaches out to help another….that is Christmas! Every time someone puts anger aside and strife for understanding…that is Christmas! Every time people forget their differences and realize their love for each other…that is Christmas! May this Christmas bring us …closer to the spirit of human understanding, …closer to the blessing of peace! Have a pawesome, ameowzing and purrrrrfect Christmas! Tagged: blessing, Christmas, christmas spirit, christmas-greetings, christmas-thoughts, differences, happiness, Happy Holidays, holidays, hope, human, inner…
  • Joke of the day – Life in 4 stages

    New Bloggy Cat
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:38 pm
    When you ponder about Christmas, there are four stages in your life:- 1. You believe in Santa 2. You don’t believe in Santa 3. You are Santa 4. You look like Santa Tagged: Christmas jokes, clean jokes, funny jokes, good clean jokes, good jokes, humor, humour, jokes, santa, Santa Claus, santa-jokes, short jokes, very funny jokes
  • Little Tree – E. E. Cummings

    New Bloggy Cat
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:13 pm
    LITTLE tree little silent Christmas tree you are so little you are more like a flower who found you in the green forest and were you very sorry to come away? see i will comfort you because you smell so sweetly i will kiss your cool bark and hug you safe and tight just as your mother would, only don’t be afraid look the spangles that sleep all the year in a dark box dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine, the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads, put up your little arms and i’ll give them all to you to hold every finger shall have its ring and there…
  • Quote of the day – Jennifer Gayle

    New Bloggy Cat
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:35 pm
    “When you look at life through the eyes of gratitude, the world becomes a magical and amazing place.” - Jennifer Gayle Tagged: abundance, amazing, appreciation, attitude, blessings, famous quotes, inspirational, life, life and living, life-lessons, magical, motivational, quotes, seize-the-moment, simplify, world
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    Help Your Back

  • Piriformis Syndrome And Rocker Bottom Shoes

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:18 am
    This particular article was inspired by a study conducted in Korea. You can read the full study here: Piriformis Syndrome in Knee Osteoarthritis Patients after Wearing Rocker Bottom Shoes As you can see, the study...
  • Diaphragm Pain – Common Causes, Localization and Treatment

    5 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    Diaphragm pain may not be as common as some other health conditions but, in most cases, it can be very unpleasant and long-lasting. Looking at the most popular health forums, you can come across...
  • Biceps Pain – Torn Muscle Tendon At The Elbow

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:13 am
    Biceps is a muscle located in the front section of the upper arm, between shoulder and elbow. Its main function is to bend the arm at the elbow and rotate the forearm. The muscle,...
  • Xiphoid Process Pain – Anatomy, Causes and Treatment

    15 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    Xiphoid process, also called xiphosternum and metasternum, lies at the level of 10th thoracic vertebrae. It is also the lowest and the smallest part of the sternum, marks the lower limit of thoracic cavity and the...
  • 3 Most Common Causes Of Foot Pain In The Morning

    4 Nov 2014 | 3:09 am
    You probably didn`t even think about it, but your foot is an incredible piece of evolutionary engineering! It is designed to be both flexible, to accommodate walking, and strong enough to withstand the entire...
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    Dr. Marc Tagon

  • Dr. Marc Tagon And His Teachings on Sexuality

    Deborah Campbell
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    Dr. Marc Tagon, a well-known doctor is said to be a Renaissance type of person who does not take life very seriously. He says that he lives in the moment and takes the help of the future just for guidance on how to carry him in the present. He always keeps a smile on his face and spread positive energy among people wherever he goes and whomever he meets. He also gives motivational advice to people. In spite of being a good doctor Dr. Marc Tagon teaches men about sexuality. He has a lot of knowledge on male sexuality and other healthy sex habits which should be followed by both men and women.
  • Dr. Marc Tagon and Sexuality

    Deborah Campbell
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Dr. Marc Tagon and Sexuality Dr. Marc Tagon is a well-known expert in motivational and personal development. Though he does not lay claim to being a regular doctor, he does admit to being a specialized doctor who operates over the Internet. One of the things recommended by Dr. Marc Tagon is that fingering and making a girl squirt at least once is good for her personal development. Here is a brief look at why squirting can be good for the personal development of girls. Squirting is a term that best describes the act of a female ejaculating. Squirting can and should result in the ejaculation of…
  • Rounded Well Being by Dr. Mark Tagon

    Deborah Campbell
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:11 am
    So many people in the 21st century and before thinking their lives are fine because they have all the material things they would need and people to share with. Unfortunately so many of us are failures in one of the most important aspects of our lives; family, relationships, health and spirituality. This is because not many people are able to balance their priorities and this usually means that one or more aspects are neglected. Marctagon’s Synergy is a blog program written by Dr. Mark Tagon to teach people and especially busy professionals and business people to have an all rounded healthy…
  • Dr. Marc Tagon an Expert in Motivational and Personal Development

    Deborah Campbell
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:09 am
    Dr. Marctagon who is an urban specialized and entrepreneur claims that he is not a genuine doctor but just a specialist online doctor. He is the founder and local life synergist at Marctagon Synergy with an age of thirty year’s plus. Apart from maintaining Synergy he, also own a technology consulting business and blog, called the Marctagon IT. During his free time, he usually trains for his next race and also maintains an intermittent go on hunger strike lifestyle. He believes in God’s power living a positive life accordingly despite the common challenges in our daily lives. Marc did…
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  • Digest this! Sensible rules for better digestion

    Mike McCabe
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Good digestion and regular bowel function is something we take for granted, that is until we start to experience problems, digestive related issues account for the largest number of GP appointments in the UK. Women are more likely to visit their doctor about their bowel habits than men who tend to put off seeking advice until symptoms present a problem they can no longer ignore. An optimally functioning digestive system is essential to good health in order fully absorb the nutrients in food, general poor digestion can lead to uncomfortable symptoms like indigestion, heartburn, bloating and…
  • Movember: The Male Menopause

    Mike McCabe
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    The Movember movement was established to inspire men to be more aware of their health needs, and to seek medical help if needed. Men are less likely to visit a doctor than women. They tend to put off making GP appointments which can mean that symptoms are more advanced and harder to treat. On the internet, television and in popular magazines, there seems to be less information about men’s health than women’s health. A good example of this is the menopause. While there is a good awareness of the female menopause and its impact on women’s health, there is a lack of awareness of the male…
  • Probiotics and Children’s Immunity

    Mike McCabe
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    A recent placebo-controlled trial has found that a combination of probiotics and vitamin C helps to prevent cold infections in young children. The study, published last month in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, involved 69 preschool children who each received either a placebo supplement or a chewable probiotic and vitamin C supplement for a period of six months. The study was double-blind, meaning that neither the researchers nor the children or their parents knew whether each child was taking the supplement or a placebo. The results at the end of the six month period were…
  • Natural Remedies for Women’s Intimate Health

    Mike McCabe
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Want natural remedies for women’s intimate health? Try Probiotics. Us women are great at talking about nearly everything you can think of. However, despite the fact that most women will suffer from thrush, cystitis and / or bacterial vaginosis (BV) during their life time, it appears that intimate health is something we are all apparently too shy to talk about. The facts are that 75% of women suffer from thrush once in their lifetime, 50% suffer from cystitis at least once and BV affects 1 in 3 women with a high rate of recurrence. Typically these are treated with topical ointments which…
  • Ease stress levels with Magnesium for restful nights this Sleeptember

    Mike McCabe
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    September marks the start of a new school year. Typically at this time of year our lives become busier, the holiday period is over and work pressure builds as we head into the colder, darker months in the run up to Christmas. A recent study by The Sleep Council found that 90% of people admit to suffering from some form of stress in their lives, with almost two out of five saying they are regularly, frequently or constantly stressed. Not surprisingly three quarters say they have problems sleeping while stressed, with the catch 22 that almost a third say when they can’t sleep they get…
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    Skinny Fat Life

  • FitBit ChargeHR: Delivery fun and brief review

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:48 pm
    I need to be studying right now, but I was too excited. Had to make a video. Yeah, it’s not the best quality again, but I’ll get that figured out over break. In the meantime,...
  • Thanksgiving break(down)

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Hi. I missed you all. I feel like two seconds ago I was all, “Hey, I got the end of the semester in the bag. This is gonna be noooo problem.” And then next thing...
  • See these muscles? Lurong Paleo Challenge Recap

    8 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    I have fought with this video for literally days, but it is finally done! WOO. Is it the quality I wanted? Heck no. But it exists and I’m done fighting with the damn thing. In...
  • Eat this: Hot broccoli slaw

    1 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    It was late. I was hungry (okay, hangry). And all I had in the fridge was some random veggies. So I grabbed the skillet and got to work. What came out was not half bad....
  • Paleo Fail-eo

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    Strict eating plans have always been hard for me. Sure, the structure is good and I tend to stay in line with what I’m supposed to do. But when I get it in my head...
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    Staying Healthy Plus

  • 5 Unforeseen Ways You’re Destroying the Health of Your Feet

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:34 pm
    If for some odd reason you were ever in a situation where you needed to defend the importance of feet, you’d have quite a case. Though the average person spends an average of 7.7 hours a day sitting, much of our daily routines are spent on our feet, going about life. From climbing stairs at the office to running at the gym, your feet are always along for the ride, hence the 8,000 to 10,000 steps they generate during the course of any given day.. As a trusty means of constant transportation, feet — when not properly cared for — are bound to weaken with time. Unbeknownst to many are the…
  • The Ebola Effects

    13 Dec 2014 | 5:48 am
    Ebola as a disease is not a new phenomenon. It was first seen or ‘discovered’ back in 1976 when there was a simultaneous outbreak in the African countries of Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. One of the villages where the first outbreak occurred was in the village of Yambuku, which is situated close to the river Ebola, thus showing how the disease got its name. The current strain of the disease broke out back in March of this year in Guékédou which is in Guinea in West Africa. This current strain has developed into an epidemic which has resulted in worldwide attention. Due to…
  • 10 Surprising Health Benefits of Sex

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:52 pm
    When you're in the mood, it's a sure bet that the last thing on your mind is boosting your immune system or maintaining a healthy weight. Yet good sex offers surprising health benefits including stress relief, boosting immunity, improving cardiovascular health and more.Here are 10 surprising health benefits of sex:1. Helps Keep Your Immune System Humming“Sexually active people take fewer sick days,” says Yvonne K. Fulbright, PhD a sexual health expert.People who have sex have higher levels of what defends your body against germs, viruses, and other intruders. Researchers at Wilkes…
  • How to Lose Belly Fat Fast Doing a Desk Job

    9 May 2014 | 1:00 am
    The kind of sedentary lifestyle we’re living, it’s beyond obvious to get entrapped in a fat-web. Today, every man hungers after a flat stomach, while the girls remain on the lookout for all those magical remedies transforming their potbelly into a tight one.Read on to know the things one needs to zero in on to get a size-zero figure, especially those in a desk job.SMART EXERCISESYou spend the entire day sitting before a computer screen and your every day draws to a close without doing any major physical movement. Meaning, you’re waking up, adding extra kilos in your body every day.
  • Tightening and Toning Loose Skin After Losing Weight

    6 May 2014 | 4:13 pm
    If you have recently lost a significant amount of weight, you might have noticed a small amount of loose skin that remains from your former self. It doesn't matter where the loose skin is at, no one wants to see it after they have already worked so hard to lose all of the body fat. Losing weight too quickly can cause all of the excess skin to remain behind and remind you of what you once were before the weight loss. To help tighten and tone all of the skin that remained behind, consider some of the following tips to help you along the way.What Causes Loose Skin in the First Place?Since your…
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    Primally Inspired

  • Miracle Salve Recipe with Free Printable Labels

    Primally Inspired
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Miracle Salve with Free Printable Labels You guys! I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to tell you about my homemade miracle salve recipe. I was just making it for Christmas presents and it dawned on me that I never told you about it. What was I thinking?! You need to know about this stuff. This salve is seriously the best. I can’t say enough good things about it. It will soothe and heal the driest of dry, cracked, chapped and scaly skin. It really is like a miracle cream.  It’s one of those things you just have to try to believe and then you’ll realize why I’m so crazy about…
  • Homemade Grain Free Dog Treats

    Primally Inspired
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:33 am
    Homemade Grain Free Dog Treats Today I am sharing my homemade grain free dog treats recipe with you! This is a treat that my picky dog actually likes. They are simple to make and filled with healthy ingredients that will help keep your furry friend flea free with a shiny coat. I really think that my dog is the most picky eater in the world. Or as my husband says, maybe he’s just the biggest spoiled brat in the world  But this face…….. Have you ever heard of a dog snubbing bacon? I mean, seriously, who does that?!  Mine does. Not only does he snub bacon, but he turns his…
  • Sea Salt Scrub with Printable Labels

    Primally Inspired
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Sea Salt Scrub with Printable Labels I whipped up a few batches of my sea salt scrub for Christmas gifts this year and I thought I should share my easy recipe with you. If you are looking for an inexpensive, but absolutely luxurious homemade gift to give this holiday season, you’ll love this easy sea salt scrub recipe. I even included some free printable labels for you This easy and nourishing recipe contains sea salt, coconut oil and essential oil. That’s it! And your skin will love it. I know mine does. In fact, if I know I’m going somewhere special, I make it a point to use…
  • Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (Paleo, Nut Free)

    Primally Inspired
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (Paleo, Nut Free) I am a huuuuuge chocolate peppermint fan. So when I first took a bite into these double chocolate peppermint cookies, I let out a little squeal..…and then I reached for another. SO yummy!  Slightly crispy edges, yet soft, rich and chocolate-y inside. It doesn’t get much better than this To all of you that are allergic to nuts like many are in my family – you will especially love that this recipe is nut free. Don’t like peppermint? Just leave it out and you’ll have some awesome double chocolate cookies! But if you are a total…
  • Easy Thai Chicken

    Primally Inspired
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    Easy Thai Chicken Recipe from The Frugal Paleo Cookbook I recently got the chance to look over The Frugal Paleo Cookbook before it hit store shelves – one of the perks of being a blogger While there are a lot of Paleo cookbooks that came out in 2014, this cookbook hit an extra special chord with me. You see, The Fugal Paleo Cookbook has 100 wallet-friendly, amazingly flavorful recipes that are super easy. Like really easy peasy, guys. And you should know by now that I don’t do complicated, but I love flavor.  So I am especially loving this cookbook. In this cookbook, Ciarra author…
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  • How to Avoid Stretch Marks During Pregnancy?

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Stretch marks sometimes appear during pregnancy. And you may wonder where do these small pink streaks come from and how to avoid them? Then read the article bellow to find out. What are these stretch marks, actually?The skin consists of 3 layers: the epidermis, the dermis and the hypodermis. Stretch marks are scars that are located at the level of the dermis. They are caused by a rupture of the deep elastic areas of the skin (collagen fibers) and are replaced by thinner fibres and often they get disorganized. As soon as they appear, stretch marks form zebra like stripes purple-red in color…
  • Stem Cells - What are Stem Cells, Types and Advantages of Stem Cell Treatment.

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    embryonic stem cells microscopic viewWhat are stem cellsStem cells are the source of all types of blood cells in our immune system, and they are the cells that make up almost every organ and tissue in our body. At birth the blood in the umbilical cord contains large quantities of stem cells. More precisely, the blood in the umbilical cord is rich in stem cells, which will then transform into the blood cells and immune system cells.Cord blood contains a so-called. pluripotent stem cells, which will create the cells of the numerous types of tissues in the human body (myocardium, liver,…
  • Depression Screening Tool

    13 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Test yourself to find out if you have Depression. You can do the test based on your symptoms and recognize if you have the signs that correspond to the Depression Disorder.
  • 5 Best Lifts and Foods to Boost Human Growth Hormone Naturally

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:06 pm
    somatotropin (Growth Hormone) 3D structureYou’re staring in the mirror after weeks of going to the gym and shaking your head. After hours of working out, jogging on the treadmill, showing up to spin class, and sticking to a low-calorie diet, you’re disappointed with the results. You wonder if you should blame your lackluster results on genetics and throw in the towel. But before giving up entirely, you begin to wonder if making strategic changes to your diet and giving your workout regimen a makeover can help your body produce more somatotropin, the muscle growth hormone you need to help…
  • Potatoes with garlic (Potate Sarladaise) - Traditional French Recipe

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Portions: 4 Preparation time: 15 minutesCooking time: 50 minutesReady in: 1 hour, 5 mDifficulty: EasyCalories: 367 Kcal Ingredients: - 1 kg of potato- 6 cloves of garlic- 1 half bunch of parsley- 3 tablespoons of goose fat- Salt and pepper by your desireThe potatoes at step 4 Preparation Step 1: Peel the potatoes and cut them into slices.Step 2: Peel and chop the garlic, wash and chop the parsley.Step 3: Melt the goose fat in a large skillet.Step 4: Add the potatoes and cook(bake) for 15 minutes. Stir often. Step 5: Add the garlic and the parsley and mix well. Cook for 5…
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    Fitness Retreat - Hiking Spa Vacations & Weight Loss Retreats in Canada

  • Kirkland’s Gift Guide + Tips for Relieving Holiday Stress

    4 Dec 2014 | 10:03 am
    We have a look at Head Guide & Program Manager Kirkland's stocking stuffer gift ideas. Plus 8 tips for shedding holiday stress and our delicious turkey soup recipe. We also explore 10 reasons for visiting the snow and/or sand this season. The post Kirkland’s Gift Guide + Tips for Relieving Holiday Stress appeared first on Fitness Retreat - Hiking Spa Vacations & Weight Loss Retreats in Canada.
  • 7 Crucial Healthy Eating Tips, 5 Easy Nutrition Tips & A Recipe

    4 Nov 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Find out what 7 crucial healthy eating tips are to stay well this winter. Also included is a fun recipe for almond butter dressing and 5 easy nutrition tips that everyone needs to follow. The post 7 Crucial Healthy Eating Tips, 5 Easy Nutrition Tips & A Recipe appeared first on Fitness Retreat - Hiking Spa Vacations & Weight Loss Retreats in Canada.
  • 10+ Tips to Keep Well and Active as the Cold Weather Approaches

    6 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    As Summer winds down and the cool weather takes hold here are 10 ways that we think will help you stay well and active. The post 10+ Tips to Keep Well and Active as the Cold Weather Approaches appeared first on Fitness Retreat - Hiking Spa Vacations & Weight Loss Retreats in Canada.
  • Mountain Trek featured in Canada’s Largest Newspaper

    12 Sep 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Mountain Trek was featured on the cover of the Globe and Mail newspaper's Travel section this month. The post Mountain Trek featured in Canada’s Largest Newspaper appeared first on Fitness Retreat - Hiking Spa Vacations & Weight Loss Retreats in Canada.
  • 24 Easy Ways to Fall into Fitness this Autumn

    3 Sep 2014 | 12:06 am
    We want to help with your return to routine! Here are our top tips for falling into an Autumn exercise program. The post 24 Easy Ways to Fall into Fitness this Autumn appeared first on Fitness Retreat - Hiking Spa Vacations & Weight Loss Retreats in Canada.
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  • 5 Essentials in Your Traditional Marketing Campaigns

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:12 pm
    The success of every business is dependent on its ability to successfully promote, advertise, market, and sell its products and services to buyers and clients. So, knowing what advertising channels, media, ad type, format, and a host of other things are crucial to you having a successful marketing campaign that opens the flood gates and [...] The post 5 Essentials in Your Traditional Marketing Campaigns appeared first on AriesJobs.
  • 4 Must Have Features in Mobile Device VPNs

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    Tablets and Smartphones have become essential tools for the workplace. The security and IT departments of corporate organizations are aware of the security threats these could cause and try to maintain a balance between the right levels of access allowed versus the necessary protection of sensitive data. Specifically this gets very challenging when the devices [...] The post 4 Must Have Features in Mobile Device VPNs appeared first on AriesJobs.
  • 4 Ways to Increase Local Website Visibility!

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Location based marketing is a technique that has been in use for some time. It now heavily involves technology and the use of the Internet. Making use of your resources like these can be great for business. So learn how it works for you as a company and as a customer. 1. Listing the Business [...] The post 4 Ways to Increase Local Website Visibility! appeared first on AriesJobs.
  • Oppo Mobiles: Another Chinese Market Changer Smartphone

    6 Nov 2014 | 12:48 am
    Oppo is a Chinese technology brand which is recognised worldwide; it entered the mobile market in 2008 and has come up with many new devices with uppermost features. Oppo mobiles established its roots in the world of telecom in the year 2008, and came with many new products and cool features. Its main focus was [...] The post Oppo Mobiles: Another Chinese Market Changer Smartphone appeared first on AriesJobs.
  • Every Blogger Should Be Aware Of These 6 Different Post Styles

    5 Aug 2013 | 7:05 am
    It is the dream of every blogger to become popular in the shortest span possible. For achieving this goal, Every Blogger Should Be Aware Of These 6 Different Post Styles. Read on to learn what all they are: #1 Posts with bulleted lists No matter how useful your blog post is, the posts that have [...] The post Every Blogger Should Be Aware Of These 6 Different Post Styles appeared first on AriesJobs.
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    GiGi Eats Celebrities

  • How To Find Love On The Streets Of Los Angeles

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:48 am
    People typically move to Los Angeles for one of two things (or perhaps both?)… Thing # 1: To be “discovered” by a big named casting director as he or she pulverize a thick and greasy double cheeseburger with his/her teeth at Dave & Busters, while tossing balls at Down The Clown in order to win the “super bonus”. Thing # 2: To find [insert hot male/female celebrity name here], kidnap him/her, lock him/her in their barred-up, dimly-lit basement studio apartment nestled between [Read On!]
  • I Found My Doppelganger

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:13 am
    Way back when, people used to mistaken me for one of the Olsen twins (true story). Now a days, people think I look a tad bit like Gwyneth Paltrow and/or Kelly Ripa. And oddly enough, I have heard countless times, that I look identical to Amy Smart, when you turn her head upside down and cover her eyes…? Well, while I have been chased down for autographs on more than a few occasions (apparently I am more Ashley than Mary-Kate), I [Read On!]
  • Calorie-Free Punishment

    2 Dec 2014 | 5:13 am
    Want to play a game… [I was totally going to insert a photo of that CREEPY ASS CHARACTER from the movie SAW but I just can’t… It gives me the WILLIES! If you want to know what I am talking about, CLICK HERE] Any who… One of the below photos… Is not quite like the other… Exhibit A: Exhibit B: Exhibit: C:  Why yes, immediately you will notice Exhibit C has dark brown/black hair and piercing blue eyes… But otherwise, [Read On!]
  • Maria Menounos, Thank You!

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    We should all really be thankful every single day of our lives… However Thanksgiving week tends to bring out the thankfulness in even the deadliest of hippos… That being said… I just want to take a minute to appreciate a few things* I feel as though I have been taking for granted lately…. So thank you… EGGPLANT for… Being a silky smooth “operator” and taking a page from the Mighty Morphin’ Power Ranger’s book and morphing into lasagna noodles for all those paleo, gluten-free, [Read On!]
  • Cozy Up With A Bowl of Johnny Depp

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:17 am
    We all have fantasies, am I right? Some of us want to run a marathon in under a two hours… Others want to feed their signature recipes to Al Roker as he reports the weather on the Today Show… While a select few of us want to go sledding down a frozen cloud, splashing into a hot spring filled with Ryan Gosling and Reynolds clones… Only to be immediately served some sizzling salmon skin by Eric Winter in gonad squeezers… Oh, [Read On!]
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    Fit & Healthy 365

  • How to Beat the Winter Blues

    Lydia Di Francesco
    7 Dec 2014 | 3:05 pm
    A few weeks Winter showed up in Ottawa…early. Or at least earlier than normal. It snowed. It was cold and windy. And I wasn’t ready for it. To be honest, I’m never really ready for Winter (I would live in Summer weather year round), but to have such cold and snow mid-November was a bit of a surprise. For a few days I felt really depressed. All I wanted to do was hibernate. You know, stay in my pjs and curl up under a blanket. But of course, I have clients to train and work to do. You’re Not the Only One On the third day of feeling really crummy, I decided enough was…
  • Giving Thanks

    Lydia Di Francesco
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:46 pm
    American Thanksgiving is coming up and there’s an online thing going around where you set a timer for 10 minutes and write what you are thankful for – as many as you can within the time limit. The idea is that you have so much to be thankful for you’ll run out of time. It’s easy to focus on the negative in our lives and the world, but doing the 100 Happy Days Challenge helped me to dwell on the positives in my life and around me. I’m always game for another opportunity to look for the great things about life. I challenge you to take 10 minutes right now and…
  • Quick Meal: Tuna Egg Muffins

    Lydia Di Francesco
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Who doesn’t love a quick and easy meal? Especially one prepared in advance and already for you in the fridge! These Tuna Egg Muffins are a variation of my Broccoli Egg Muffins. Pop a few for breakfast or snack. They are perfect for bringing with you on the go or at work. Ingredients: • 4 cups Eggs and/or Egg Whites (use just egg whites or a combination of eggs and egg whites to make 4 cups) • 1-2 Tbsp of spices (choose your flavor – eg. Italian spices {oregano, basil, rosemary} or more spicy {cayenne, chili powder, chipotle powder} Be creative) • 1 cup broccoli, finely…
  • 4 Simple Tips for Eating Healthy at a Restaurant

    Lydia Di Francesco
    9 Nov 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Staying on plan or making healthy choices at a restaurant doesn’t have to be tough or complicated. Most restaurants can accommodate any specific requests you have, but you can keep it simple with these 4 tips.           Tip #1: When in doubt, go with meat and veggies. Generally speaking, the healthiest option at any restaurant will involve some protein (beef, chicken, pork, seafood, fish, etc) and vegetables. This could be steak and veggies, a salad with (added) chicken breast, or maybe fish with in-season vegetables. However, some ways of preparing the…
  • The Real Reason Why You’re Not Losing Weight

    Lydia Di Francesco
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    Are you constantly struggling to get healthy, eat better, lose weight, etc? Do you feel like you just don’t have the time to focus on yourself and your health? You’re not alone. And you’re not alone in one of the biggest reasons WHY you are struggling.           You’re waiting for the perfect moment to start. Reality vs. Fantasy I’ve come to realize that one of the most important factors for success, especially for your health, is this: Living in your REALITY, not your fantasy. How often do you have thoughts like these? “I’m…
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    Sara T, M.D.

  • The Importance of Leadership Skills at Work & at Home

    Dr. Sara Taylor
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:05 pm
    “Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” ~ John C. Maxwell As a natural association with wellness, I have become passionately interested in the vast area of personal development. Through my research, reading and connections I have made (particularly online), I have solidified my belief in the value of fostering leadership skills both at work and at home. My husband and I have always taught our kids to be leaders – not to overtly be “bossy”, but to “quietly lead” and be a “good example” for others. Leadership…
  • What Do I Need Most This Holiday Season

    Dr. Sara Taylor
    6 Dec 2014 | 4:23 pm
    “This is a moment of suffering. Suffering is part of life. May I be kind to myself in this moment. May I give myself the compassion I need.” ~ Kristin Neff, Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind I love Christmas and the holiday season. I look forward to setting up our tree, adorning it with our treasured decorations and admiring the glow from its lights. I also look forward to my kid’s excitement as they open a gift they really want and the special baking set aside for this time of year. But if I am keeping it real, what I don’t look forward to is the…
  • Let Go Of My Ego – Be Authentic

    Dr. Sara Taylor
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    “The ego refuses to be distressed by the provocations of reality, to let itself be compelled to suffer. It insists that it cannot be affected by the traumas of the external world; it shows, in fact, that such traumas are no more than occasions for it to gain pleasure.” ~ Sigmund Freud If you know me, or know my writing, you may appreciate that I have an interest in psychology that transcends personal development and wellness. In fact, my undergraduate degree was a double major in biology and psychology. I completed an honours project in my final year in the area of neuropsychology and was…
  • How to Politely Decline – The Art of Saying ‘No’

    Dr. Sara Taylor
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    “They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions… but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” ~ Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird I couldn’t resist this quote from the book my son just finished in English class To Kill a Mockingbird. The classics stand the test of time for a reason, often uncovering human nature and virtues that remain important throughout the ages. In Harper Lee’s quote, she refers…
  • Shedding Light on a Dark Topic – Physician Suicide

    Dr. Sara Taylor
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:14 am
    “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” ~ Nelson Mandela This marks my 90th post, momentous for me when I reflect on all that I have learned with each post. Throughout this time, I have become more acquainted with my passion and purpose that drives me to continue creating and writing. Physician health and wellness is one of my passions, and in turn, one of my purposes is to reach out to my colleagues to improve their well-being and find meaning in their work and life. Recently, I have come across a few shocking truths about physician…