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What are the health benefits of balsamic vinegar? WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF BALSAMIC VINEGAR?

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May 24, 2018

Balsamic vinegar is a popular ingredient in salad dressings, marinades, and many other foods. It is a distinctive flavor that is often described as bold, tart, and complex. Some studies suggest that balsamic vinegar has additional health benefits, ranging from improving a person's complexion to ...

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Novel gel regrows brain tissue after stroke NOVEL GEL REGROWS BRAIN TISSUE AFTER STROKE

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May 22, 2018

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to a certain part of the brain is significantly reduced, resulting in brain cell death. Following a stroke, many people will be left with cognitive impairments, motor impairments, or both because of the brain tissue that is destroyed in the process. In fact, str...

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One egg per day may keep stroke at bay ONE EGG PER DAY MAY KEEP STROKE AT BAY

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May 22, 2018

If you've ever heard that eating more than two or three eggs per week is bad for your health, you're not alone. Some studies have suggested that, due to yolks' high cholesterol content, eggs can be a harmful food — particularly for people already at risk of cardiovascular events. T...

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Once a vision for the future, virtual health is a reality of the present ONCE A VISION FOR THE FUTURE, VIRTUAL HEALTH IS A REALITY OF THE PRESENT

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May 21, 2018

Virtual health stretches beyond the use of digital tools, or mobile devices that connect patients to physicians. It combines digital and telecommunication technologies to create a continuous connection between patients, physicians, and other caregivers. By combining technologies, healthcare stakehol...

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Type 2 diabetes: Intermittent fasting may raise risk TYPE 2 DIABETES: INTERMITTENT FASTING MAY RAISE RISK

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May 20, 2018

The so-called intermittent fasting diet has been gaining more and more traction among people who want to lose weight quickly. This popular diet consists of "fast" days, where one drastically restricts their calorie intake — to a quarter of the daily dose or less, for instance —...

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Stroke: Clinical trial results STROKE: CLINICAL TRIAL RESULTS 'LIKELY TO CHANGE CARE PRACTICE'

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May 18, 2018

As in the case of a major stroke, in a transient ischemic attack (TIA), or mini-stroke, blood supply to the brain is disrupted. This major organ becomes starved of oxygen, which might lead to trouble speaking, visual disturbances, and numbness in the body's extremities. A minor stroke is similar...

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How job strain may impair mental health HOW JOB STRAIN MAY IMPAIR MENTAL HEALTH

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May 16, 2018

Mental health problems are more common than we might think. The National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) estimate that 16.2 million people in the United States have experienced major depression at least once in the past year. Depression is considered the leading cause of workplace absenteeism in ...

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Could gut bacteria drive colon cancer? COULD GUT BACTERIA DRIVE COLON CANCER?

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May 16, 2018

National Cancer Institute (NCI) figures suggest that 140,250 new cases of colorectal cancer could be diagnosed in the United States in 2018. Among all the known risk factors for this cancer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) name a family history of colon cancer, an unhealthful di...

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Colorectal cancer: Some cells are COLORECTAL CANCER: SOME CELLS ARE 'BORN TO BE BAD'

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May 15, 2018

This may prevent the unnecessary treatment of patients with harmless growths, say scientists from Duke University in Durham, NC, and the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, who report their results in the journal PNAS. There are around 1.3 million people living with colorectal ca...

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Does drinking water improve erectile dysfunction? DOES DRINKING WATER IMPROVE ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION?

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May 14, 2018

Erectile dysfunction can be affected by many factors, including hydration levels. Dehydration can reduce blood volume and affect mood, so a person may find that drinking water can help with maintaining an erection. Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is when a man has difficulty achieving or maintaining an...

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How long does a cup of coffee keep you awake? HOW LONG DOES A CUP OF COFFEE KEEP YOU AWAKE?

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May 13, 2018

Caffeine is a familiar drug that stimulates the nervous system. When it enters the body, caffeine raises the heart rate and blood pressure, increasing energy levels and improving the mood. Caffeine acts quickly, and many people notice the effects within minutes. They last until the body fully metabo...

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Could vitamin D help to fight diabetes? COULD VITAMIN D HELP TO FIGHT DIABETES?

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May 13, 2018

Currently, there are around 30 million people in the United States living with type 2 diabetes, a lifelong condition that cannot yet be cured. Obesity, one of the major risk factors, is steadily rising, meaning that the number of people with type 2 diabetes is likely to follow suit. The condition is...

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Warning signs of stroke in men WARNING SIGNS OF STROKE IN MEN

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May 12, 2018

When blood cannot flow properly to the brain, brain cells die, and this is called a stroke. Many signs and symptoms are the same for men and women, though some occur more often in men. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that strokes are the fifth-leading cause of death in th...

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Are people with diabetes, obesity predisposed to stress? ARE PEOPLE WITH DIABETES, OBESITY PREDISPOSED TO STRESS?

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May 08, 2018

According to Auriel Willette, Tovah Wolf, and others at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Iowa State University in Ames, the answer to this is "yes." Previous studies have revealed that people who live with both type 2 diabetes and obesity seem to be more predisposed to mood disorder...

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Could saunas reduce stroke risk? COULD SAUNAS REDUCE STROKE RISK?

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May 03, 2018

Although their invention is often ascribed to the people of Finland, saunas and sweat lodges appeared independently in many cultures throughout ancient history. Today, they are relatively popular in much of the Western world — and for good reason. In fact, saunas were all the rage across much ...

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The Snowball Effect: Why Selecting a Doctor is One of Your Most Important Healthcare Decisions THE SNOWBALL EFFECT: WHY SELECTING A DOCTOR IS ONE OF YOUR MOST IMPORTANT HEALTHCARE DECISIONS

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May 03, 2018

People often spend more time doing research to buy a new car than to find a new doctor or healthcare provider. However, selecting a doctor is one of the most important healthcare decisions you can make. Compass Chief Medical Officer Eric Bricker discussed why your healthcare costs start when you sel...

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Colorectal cancer: Treatment looks set for human clinical trials COLORECTAL CANCER: TREATMENT LOOKS SET FOR HUMAN CLINICAL TRIALS

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May 03, 2018

In a study paper published in the journal Cancer Immunology Research, researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, report how they tested the treatment, which is a type of immunotherapy known as chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, in mice that were implanted with human...

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Is ghee more healthful than butter? IS GHEE MORE HEALTHFUL THAN BUTTER?

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May 02, 2018

Ghee is a type of clarified butter that contains fewer dairy proteins than regular butter. This ingredient can be used in place of regular butter, but is it healthier, and what are the benefits? Ghee can be used as a substitute for butter, and while butter is not necessarily bad for health, many peo...

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Intermittent fasting may have INTERMITTENT FASTING MAY HAVE 'PROFOUND HEALTH BENEFITS'

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May 01, 2018

In intermittent fasting, what essentially takes place in the body is that one source of energy — which can facilitate the accumulation of body fat — is switched for another. Our bodies run on glucose or simple sugar, but when we fast for a longer period of time, that energy source become...

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What causes a lump on the collarbone? WHAT CAUSES A LUMP ON THE COLLARBONE?

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Apr 30, 2018

The collarbone, or clavicle, is a long and thin bone that runs between the sternum and shoulder blade. It connects the arm to the body and is situated near many nerves and blood vessels. Lumps on or near the collarbone in this area have many causes, with some requiring medical attention. In this art...

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What causes heavy aching legs? WHAT CAUSES HEAVY ACHING LEGS?

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Apr 30, 2018

Feeling heavy legs after a workout is normal and expected. Legs that feel weighed down, stiff, and tired for no apparent reason, however, may be a sign of a condition affecting the veins. Determining the cause will help in finding proper treatment. There may also be some useful home remedies to find...

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High blood pressure? Drinking kefir could lower it HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE? DRINKING KEFIR COULD LOWER IT

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Apr 27, 2018

Kefir is a milk-based drink made by adding kefir grains — whitish grains obtained through the fermentation of specific bacteria and yeast — that allow it to obtain the specific creamy thickness and slightly sour taste. This probiotic drink has traditionally been tied to numerous benefits...

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Compass Simplifies Healthcare for Busy Couple COMPASS SIMPLIFIES HEALTHCARE FOR BUSY COUPLE

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Apr 26, 2018

Compass Professional Health Services simplifies healthcare for families like Jake and Laura Torres—a busy Dallas couple who is balancing work, law school and being parents to a growing family—by eliminating the administrative headaches of dealing with the healthcare system and helping th...

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Changing the game: Machine learning in healthcare CHANGING THE GAME: MACHINE LEARNING IN HEALTHCARE

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Apr 20, 2018

As we live in the new world of quality, value-based care, we must be able to draw more insights and conclusions from ever-increasing amounts of information. We have the data, now we must put it to work. When we combine all of this data with machine learning, we are equipped to make smarter decisions...

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Pancreatic cancer: Some blood pressure drugs put women at risk PANCREATIC CANCER: SOME BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS PUT WOMEN AT RISK

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Apr 19, 2018

Zhensheng Wang, a postdoctoral researcher at the Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, along with his colleagues, set out to examine the effects of a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers (CCBs) on the risk of pancreatic cancer. CCBs are use...

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Time-Strapped Professional Services Employees Need Help Navigating Healthcare TIME-STRAPPED PROFESSIONAL SERVICES EMPLOYEES NEED HELP NAVIGATING HEALTHCARE

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Apr 19, 2018

Professional services employees are the expert’s organizations hire to solve complex problems. But even they need help navigating the complicated healthcare system. In a continuation of our Navigating Healthcare Blog series that looks at how employees in different industries use healthcare and...

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How music helps the heart find its beat HOW MUSIC HELPS THE HEART FIND ITS BEAT

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Apr 17, 2018

"Music can pierce the heart directly; it needs no mediation," wrote scientist Oliver Sacks. Medical research lends credibility to his observation, as classical music is known to lower heart rate and blood pressure. However, a new study shows that a little "mediation" from antihyp...

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What foods are high in protein? WHAT FOODS ARE HIGH IN PROTEIN?

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Apr 17, 2018

Eating a protein-rich diet can help people lose weight because it can help them avoid overeating. A high protein diet can help build lean muscle when combined with exercise. Lean muscle helps to burn more calories throughout the day, which can also help with weight loss. The following are some of th...

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Two common iron supplements may cause cancer TWO COMMON IRON SUPPLEMENTS MAY CAUSE CANCER

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Apr 16, 2018

The new research comes from the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, in collaboration with the United Kingdom Medical Research Council and the University of Cambridge, also in the U.K. The scientists — led by Nathalie Scheers, an assistant professor at the Chalmers Universi...

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Top 15 sources of plant-based protein TOP 15 SOURCES OF PLANT-BASED PROTEIN

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Apr 12, 2018

A person may try a vegan diet for health, animal welfare, or religious reasons. In 2016, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics stated that a vegetarian or vegan diet could provide all the nutritional requirements of adults, children, and those who were pregnant or breastfeeding. Even so, getting en...

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Medieval coffin birth: A modern medical mystery MEDIEVAL COFFIN BIRTH: A MODERN MEDICAL MYSTERY

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Apr 07, 2018

In 2010, archeological diggings in Imola, Italy, yielded a sad yet intriguing find: the skeleton of a medieval woman with a hole in her skull and the mysterious the remains of a fetus. Scientists concluded that this was a coffin birth, and that the hole was caused by an ancient procedure called trep...

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Could berries help to fight cancer? COULD BERRIES HELP TO FIGHT CANCER?

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Apr 06, 2018

Compounds found in a range of berries may soon help to treat cancer and slow the aging process. According to a new study, the magic resides in their naturally occurring pigments. There is little more pleasing to the eye than a freshly plucked berry. Part of this beauty is thanks to their pigments, o...

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New colon cancer drugs may arise from protein discovery NEW COLON CANCER DRUGS MAY ARISE FROM PROTEIN DISCOVERY

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Apr 03, 2018

Better treatments for colon cancer may be in sight, thanks to a new study, which reveals new ways in which a single protein could stop the disease in its tracks. Researchers found that a protein known as APC can "put the brakes" on a number of pathways that drive the development of colon c...

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Why Healthcare Navigation is the Key to Lowering Healthcare Costs WHY HEALTHCARE NAVIGATION IS THE KEY TO LOWERING HEALTHCARE COSTS

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Mar 29, 2018

Healthcare is complicated. Healthcare navigation solutions offer the promise of simplifying healthcare by helping employees. While some employees might have lower deductible PPO plans and may not be as concerned about healthcare’s cost, all employees have to deal with the administrative nightm...

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Foods you can eat after a colonoscopy FOODS YOU CAN EAT AFTER A COLONOSCOPY

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Mar 28, 2018

The colon or large intestine is a vital part of the digestive tract that needs periodic screenings in older adults. A colonoscopy is a procedure that is carried out to detect any abnormalities in the colon, such as colorectal cancer or polyps that may develop into cancer. Before a person has a colon...

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A noisy workplace might affect your heart A NOISY WORKPLACE MIGHT AFFECT YOUR HEART

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Mar 26, 2018

In the United States, around 22 million workers "are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year," said the U.S. Department of Labor. So far, workplace noise has mostly been viewed as a hazard for hearing. Now, a study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Hea...

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Mystery Solved: The Atacama Skeleton is not an Alien MYSTERY SOLVED: THE ATACAMA SKELETON IS NOT AN ALIEN

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Mar 25, 2018

People had many theories about a small skeleton that was found behind an abandoned church in the Atacama Desert in Chile. The six-inch figure was recovered in a leather pouch and had a head shaped like a cone, only ten pairs of ribs and the bones of a child. It was nicknamed Ata, and she entered the...

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The Advantages of Getting your MRI or CT at a Hospital-based Facility THE ADVANTAGES OF GETTING YOUR MRI OR CT AT A HOSPITAL-BASED FACILITY

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Mar 23, 2018

Where you get your MRI or CT scan can make a difference in your care. MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. It is a safe and painless test that uses magnetic field and radio waves to take detailed pictures of the body’s organs, soft tissues, bone and other internal structures. A CT or CAT...

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Lending a Helping Hand: Saving City Workers From the Hassles of Healthcare LENDING A HELPING HAND: SAVING CITY WORKERS FROM THE HASSLES OF HEALTHCARE

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Mar 22, 2018

City workers are there to help the communities they serve. But even your local firefighter, police officer and sanitation worker needs help navigating our complicated healthcare system. Recently, Compass’ Navigating Healthcare Blog has looked at the healthcare navigation needs of specific indu...

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Mapping Brain Folds As They Develop MAPPING BRAIN FOLDS AS THEY DEVELOP

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Mar 22, 2018

It takes nine months for a baby to grow from a few cells to a full-term newborn and there’s a lot going on during the entire time. Brain development is constant, but during the last trimester of pregnancy, it goes into overdrive. It’s during this part of pregnancy that the cerebral corte...

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EMR v. EHR: Electronic Medical, Health Record Differences EMR V. EHR: ELECTRONIC MEDICAL, HEALTH RECORD DIFFERENCES

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Mar 19, 2018

The terms electronic medical record (EMR) and electronic health record (EHR) have become widely synonymous, but they did not start that way and some still argue that a distinction between is necessary to restate. Healthcare organizations and providers have a greater tendency to still use EMR when di...

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3 Keys to a Successful Value-Based Care Implementation 3 KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL VALUE-BASED CARE IMPLEMENTATION

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Mar 19, 2018

The goals of value-based care are clear improved population health, increased patient satisfaction, and reduced cost but the means of getting there aren’t. Healthcare organizations are grappling with the transition from service- to performance-based reimbursement with varying success. As it tu...

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What is a left atrial enlargement? WHAT IS A LEFT ATRIAL ENLARGEMENT?

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Mar 18, 2018

The right side of the heart is responsible for pumping blood to the lungs to collect oxygen in a process called oxygenation, while the left side pumps blood to the rest of the body. Several heart problems can cause the left atrium to swell. When this happens, it is called left atrial enlargement. It...

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The THE 'TRIPLE PILL': A NEW BLOOD PRESSURE TREATMENT

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Mar 16, 2018

Even though there exists an abundance of blood pressure-lowering drugs, high blood pressure persists to be a health concern not only in the US but globally. Blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, kidney issues, as well as stroke; therefore, treating blood pressure is a crucial priority. On a glob...

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Four RNA Molecules that Predict an Irregular Heartbeat FOUR RNA MOLECULES THAT PREDICT AN IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT

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Mar 16, 2018

Atrial fibrillation (AF), an irregular heartbeat, often goes unnoticed until the affected person has a stroke. Scientists are interested in identifying a better way to detect AF so they can help prevent stroke and other consequences of this condition. A new discovery from Tokyo Medical and Dental Un...

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Show Me the Money: Why Financial Services Employees Need Help Navigating Healthcare SHOW ME THE MONEY: WHY FINANCIAL SERVICES EMPLOYEES NEED HELP NAVIGATING HEALTHCARE

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Mar 15, 2018

For people who know the most about money, the money in healthcare makes no sense. That’s not their fault it really doesn’t make sense. In a continuation of our Navigating Healthcare Blog series that looks at how employees in different industries use healthcare and health insurance, today...

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WHO Classifies Gaming Disorder as a Disease WHO CLASSIFIES GAMING DISORDER AS A DISEASE

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Mar 15, 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) publishes a guide called the International Classification of Disease. It's currently being revised but is online in the Beta version. In each revision, information and data on diseases, conditions, and diagnoses are collected from all over the world so that th...

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The Connection Between Smoking and Mental Health THE CONNECTION BETWEEN SMOKING AND MENTAL HEALTH

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Mar 15, 2018

No one can argue that cigarettes are dangerous to good health. There are thousands of studies that prove the link between tobacco and cardiovascular disease, strokes, heart disease, cancer and so much more. In 1965, 42% of adults in the United States smoked cigarettes. In 2016, that rate had fallen ...

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Navigating Healthcare Podcasts: A New Way to Stay on Top of Issues that Matter to Benefit Pros NAVIGATING HEALTHCARE PODCASTS: A NEW WAY TO STAY ON TOP OF ISSUES THAT MATTER TO BENEFIT PROS

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Mar 13, 2018

You will never have to worry about missing the Compass Navigating Healthcare webinar again! The new Navigating Healthcare Podcasts help you stay up-to-date with the latest thought leadership for HR and Benefits Professionals from Compass Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eric Bricker and Compass Professiona...

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The DASH Diet Does Double Duty THE DASH DIET DOES DOUBLE DUTY

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Mar 13, 2018

Another day, another diet? There are a lot of options out there whether for weight loss, cardiovascular issues or general health, but one, in particular, might have another benefit. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet is heavy on the fruits, veggies and whole grains and light on ...

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Congress must invest in colon cancer prevention CONGRESS MUST INVEST IN COLON CANCER PREVENTION

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Mar 13, 2018

Colorectal cancer is America’s silent killer. The disease often has no warning signs or symptoms, and it affects more than 140,000 men and women each year. Despite being largely preventable with screening and treatable if caught early, more than 50,000 people in the United States die from colo...

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Colorectal cancer: The importance of diet COLORECTAL CANCER: THE IMPORTANCE OF DIET

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Mar 09, 2018

Colorectal cancer is a type of cancer that affects a person's rectum, colon, or both. This is also known as the large intestine. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), 2018 could bring around 97,220 new diagnoses of colon cancer and 43,030 new cases of rectal cancer to the United States...

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Too much TV may raise men TOO MUCH TV MAY RAISE MEN'S COLORECTAL CANCER RISK

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Mar 09, 2018

Researchers found that men who watched TV for more than 4 hours per day were likelier to develop colorectal cancer over 6 years when compared with those who spent less time in front of the TV. But it's not all doom and gloom; the study also found that men could lower their risk of colon cancer b...

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Healthcare Statistics the Every Hospital Executive Should Care About HEALTHCARE STATISTICS THE EVERY HOSPITAL EXECUTIVE SHOULD CARE ABOUT

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Mar 09, 2018

The healthcare industry is constantly changing – how hospitals and health systems deal with these changes can make the difference for a healthy bottom line and ability to continue servicing the communities in which they exist. The statistics below are in reverse chronological order and updated...

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Identifying Genes Linked to an Aging Brain IDENTIFYING GENES LINKED TO AN AGING BRAIN

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Mar 09, 2018

As we get older, our body has to replace old cells with new ones. But in the brain, that process slows down as we age. Researchers have identified changes in about 250 genes that go along with the reduction in stem cell activity as they replenish cells in the brain. When the activity of one gene, Db...

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Smarter care: Focusing on consumer engagement for better health outcomes SMARTER CARE: FOCUSING ON CONSUMER ENGAGEMENT FOR BETTER HEALTH OUTCOMES

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Mar 02, 2018

Consumer behaviors have dramatically changed the healthcare landscape, and expectations of technology are at an all-time high. We are living in a time when technology is rapidly transforming our quality of life. Following the trend of other industries, health information will become more intelligent...

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Getting Smart About Healthcare: Healthcare Navigation Needs of Educators GETTING SMART ABOUT HEALTHCARE: HEALTHCARE NAVIGATION NEEDS OF EDUCATORS

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Mar 01, 2018

An apple a day may keep the doctor away. But everyone, even educators, needs help navigating the healthcare system. We’re continuing our Navigating Healthcare Blog series that looks at how employees in different industries use healthcare and health insurance. Today, we’re going to look a...

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How technology can help in the fight against opioids HOW TECHNOLOGY CAN HELP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST OPIOIDS

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Feb 28, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that prescription opioid use and overdoses have quadrupled since 1999. More than 40 Americans die every day from prescription opioid and opiate overdose alone. And when you factor in drugs from the street, which is often where patients turn when...

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HIMSS18 Social Media Ambassadors kickoff patient power tech challenge HIMSS18 SOCIAL MEDIA AMBASSADORS KICKOFF PATIENT POWER TECH CHALLENGE

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Feb 28, 2018

Innovation requires openness to new ideas. If you’re part of the HIMSS community, you’ve likely bought in to the concept that technology can significantly improve healthcare if applied well. One way IT impacts healthcare (and the world) is through social media, which makes it easier for ...

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How Alcohol Increases The Risk of Dementia HOW ALCOHOL INCREASES THE RISK OF DEMENTIA

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Feb 28, 2018

A recent research paper, published in The Lancet Public Health Journal, looked at alcohol use disorders and the onset of dementia and found that alcoholism is a significant preventable risk factor for dementia. A recent research paper, published in The Lancet Public Health Journal, looked at alcohol...

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Healthcare Navigation Needs of Technology Employees HEALTHCARE NAVIGATION NEEDS OF TECHNOLOGY EMPLOYEES

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Feb 22, 2018

The employees at technology companies are engineers and scientists who expect things to be rational, logical and well designed. However, the U.S. healthcare system is anything BUT rational, logical or well designed. Technology employees need healthcare navigation tools to help remove the hassles of ...

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Cutting back on carbs could help treat fatty liver disease CUTTING BACK ON CARBS COULD HELP TREAT FATTY LIVER DISEASE

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Feb 19, 2018

Cutting down on pasta, potatoes, and other such carbohydrate-rich foods has become a popular plan for weight loss. However, according to a new study, a carb-restricted diet may offer other health benefits. Researchers found that just 2 weeks of a carb-restricted diet reduced levels of liver fat and ...

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All about antidepressants ALL ABOUT ANTIDEPRESSANTS

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Feb 16, 2018

Antidepressants are medications that can help relieve symptoms of depression, social anxiety disorder, anxiety disorders, seasonal affective disorder, and dysthymia, or mild chronic depression, as well as other conditions.They aim to correct chemical imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain that...

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How much sugar is in your food and drink? HOW MUCH SUGAR IS IN YOUR FOOD AND DRINK?

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Feb 14, 2018

Consuming too much sugar, however, raises the risk of several dangerous health problems, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, increased pressure on the heart and blood vessels, and dental decay. It is estimated that the average person in the United States consumes around 19.5 teaspoons, or 82 grams (...

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How many calories should I eat a day? HOW MANY CALORIES SHOULD I EAT A DAY?

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Feb 12, 2018

When most of us think of calories, we think of how fattening a food is. In dietary terms, calories are the amount of energy that a food provides. If we consistently take in more energy than we need, we will gain weight. If we take in too little energy, we will lose weight, fat, and eventually muscle...

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How the Immune System Determines Friend From Foe HOW THE IMMUNE SYSTEM DETERMINES FRIEND FROM FOE

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Feb 09, 2018

It is the immune system’s duty to distinguish between helpful and harmful bacteria. Thanks to millions of years of humans and bacteria evolving in tandem, several bacterial species perform beneficial roles in the human body, and the immune system has to know when to leave them alone. In a new ...

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Genetic Factors Make Babies Susceptible to Zika GENETIC FACTORS MAKE BABIES SUSCEPTIBLE TO ZIKA

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Feb 03, 2018

Zika virus can lead to devastating birth defects in babies born to infected mothers, but only about six to twelve percent of children potentially affected by the disease end up having those problems. Scientists have long suspected that there are factors other than the virus at work when it comes to ...

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Chiropractic Care for Health and Wellness CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS

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Feb 02, 2018

Chiropractic care is a necessary tool for health and wellness for many individuals. It is most often used to treat back pain, neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain and associated symptoms of the arms and legs, which are known as neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Many individuals choose chiropractic car...

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One injection could kill cancer ONE INJECTION COULD KILL CANCER

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Feb 01, 2018

Scientists experimenting with an innovative treatment for cancer have now devised a targeted injection that has already successfully eliminated tumors in mice. Research devising more effective treatments for all types of cancer has been abundant over the past few years, offering new hope all the tim...

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Why Kids with Autism are Less Social Than Their Peers WHY KIDS WITH AUTISM ARE LESS SOCIAL THAN THEIR PEERS

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Feb 01, 2018

Kids with autism are less social, and one researcher adapted a common game to learn more about why. Katherine Stavropoulos is a clinical psychologist and an assistant professor of special education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Riverside. She analyzes electrica...

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Brain Pacemaker in Frontal Lobe Slows Alzheimer BRAIN PACEMAKER IN FRONTAL LOBE SLOWS ALZHEIMER'S IN NEW STUDY

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Feb 01, 2018

In an Ohio State University study, patients with Alzheimer’s disease showed promising responses to a deep-brain-stimulation (DBS) device, sometimes called a “brain pacemaker,” that was implanted in their frontal lobe. The three subjects experienced a slowing down of the decline in ...

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The Elephant in the Room: Only 7% of Americans Trust Health Insurance Companies THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM: ONLY 7% OF AMERICANS TRUST HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES

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Jan 25, 2018

Whether it’s justified or not, Americans don’t trust health insurance companies. As a result, employees and their families distrust any health program from an insurance carrier. The June 2015 issue of Insurance Business America published an article entitled “America’s least-r...

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Increase Your Medical Practice Revenue By Up-Selling and Cross-Selling INCREASE YOUR MEDICAL PRACTICE REVENUE BY UP-SELLING AND CROSS-SELLING

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Jan 19, 2018

Did you know that more than 60 percent of patients who are convinced of your quality would try more of your products or services when offered? The significance cross-selling and up-selling is underestimated in the healthcare industry. Medical practitioners can significantly increase the profitabilit...

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Wellness Programs Need to Address Social Factors That Impact Health WELLNESS PROGRAMS NEED TO ADDRESS SOCIAL FACTORS THAT IMPACT HEALTH

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Jan 17, 2018

From my experiences as an internist, I have seen how social determinants of health impacted the lives of my patients more than my medical care did. For example, I had a male patient with diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure who was illiterate.

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Could this experimental COULD THIS EXPERIMENTAL 'RECIPE' FIGHT COLON CANCER?

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Jan 14, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) deem colorectal cancer the third most common type of cancer to be diagnosed, as well as the second most common cause of cancer-related mortality in the United States. And, according to data from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), there were an e...

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Could targeting the body clock stall brain cancer? COULD TARGETING THE BODY CLOCK STALL BRAIN CANCER?

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Jan 11, 2018

Brain and central nervous system (CNS) cancers are aggressive and often resilient to the normal therapies prescribed in these cases, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimate that there were around 23,800 new cases of bra...

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8 Tactics to Make Patients Trust Your Brand in 2018 8 TACTICS TO MAKE PATIENTS TRUST YOUR BRAND IN 2018

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Jan 10, 2018

Did you know that more than 67 percent of new business owners fail within their first year? And of the 33 percent of business owners who somehow survive their first year, only 5 percent manage to survive in business after three years. Most of the business owners quit because their brand fails to att...

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Colorectal cancer: What you need to know COLORECTAL CANCER: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Jan 09, 2018

Colorectal cancer, also known as bowel cancer, colon cancer, or rectal cancer, is any cancer that affects the colon and the rectum. The American Cancer Society estimate that about 1 in 21 men and 1 in 23 women in the United States will develop colorectal cancer during their lifetime. It is the secon...

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Everything you need to know about stomach cancer EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STOMACH CANCER

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Jan 05, 2018

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 723,000 cancer-related deaths are caused by stomach cancer each year worldwide. It is the fifth most common cancer worldwide, but the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths. In the United States, there are approximately 25,500 new cases of stom...

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Using Glowing Sea Creatures USING GLOWING SEA CREATURES' ENZYMES TO TEST CANCER THERAPIES

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Jan 05, 2018

Living beings that glow are described as being “bioluminescent.” An enzyme or biological catalyst called luciferase makes fireflies, deep sea dwellers and other organisms glow or bioluminesce. Researchers from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) hav...

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England ENGLAND'S CANCER SCREENING FOR TRANS AND NON-BINARY PEOPLE HAS MAJOR GAPS

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Jan 05, 2018

In July 2017, The National Health Service (NHS) and Public Health England published a guidebookcalled “NHS population screening: information for transgender and non-binary people.” The NHS is tasked with providing free, universal public health services -- England, Scotland, Wales and Nor...

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Can Hedge Fund Principles Solve Healthcare’s Unique Problems? CAN HEDGE FUND PRINCIPLES SOLVE HEALTHCARE’S UNIQUE PROBLEMS?

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Jan 04, 2018

Over the holidays, I began reading Principles by Ray Dalio. Reading about how hedge funds have successfully used a principle called Idea Meritocracy to become more profitable made me wonder: Can we use this same principle to address some of the unique challenges of healthcare?

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FDA Approves Genomic Profiling Tests to Improve Cancer Care FDA APPROVES GENOMIC PROFILING TESTS TO IMPROVE CANCER CARE

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Jan 02, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new genomic profiling test – the second in two months. This test, known as FoundationOne CDx (F1CDx) identifies alterations in a patient’s genes and can be used as a companion diagnostic screen for 15 therapies treating five cancers: non-...

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Cancer Drug Raises Risk of Cardiovascular Toxicity CANCER DRUG RAISES RISK OF CARDIOVASCULAR TOXICITY

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Jan 01, 2018

A drug approved by the FDA in 2012 to treat a type of cancer called multiple myeloma has dangerous side effects that involve the heart. The drug is called carfilzomib, and it is a proteasome inhibitor now linked to an increased risk of dangerous heart events. High blood pressure, heart failure, hear...

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A Father A FATHER'S DIET AFFECTS THE RNA OF HIS SPERM

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Dec 31, 2017

Our genes make us. They decide our height, the sound of our voice, and even how athletic we are. We’ll always have the same set of genes throughout our lives. However, specific ones will activate or deactivate depending on what we do, consume, and experience on a daily basis. Now, two new stud...

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What are the health benefits of celeriac? WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF CELERIAC?

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Dec 21, 2017

Celeriac, also known as celery root, is an unusual and nutritious vegetable with a wide variety of uses. It is from the same family as celery but is a very different plant. Celeriac that has been washed and peeled can be eaten raw or cooked using different methods. This article explores the nutritio...

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2017 Healthcare and Health Insurance Year in Review 2017 HEALTHCARE AND HEALTH INSURANCE YEAR IN REVIEW

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Dec 21, 2017

With the end of the year right around the corner, let’s take a look at the year in review - some of the top healthcare and health insurance stories of 2017 and how they relate to employee benefits professionals.

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Can fish oils and omega-3 oils benefit our health? CAN FISH OILS AND OMEGA-3 OILS BENEFIT OUR HEALTH?

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Dec 20, 2017

Here are some key points about fish oils. More supporting information is in the main article. Fish oils contain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A and D. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils may protect the heart and offer other health benefits, but research results have been mixed. Eating fish is...

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What is Bladder Cancer? What Causes It? WHAT IS BLADDER CANCER? WHAT CAUSES IT?

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Dec 18, 2017

Rare in people under the age of 40 and usually affecting older adults, bladder cancer is more prevalent in men and is one of the most common cancers. It is caused when the cells inside the urinary bladder grow uncontrollably.

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Common Causes of Liver Problem Explained COMMON CAUSES OF LIVER PROBLEM EXPLAINED

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Dec 18, 2017

With a constant rise in the levels of toxic contaminants in the air, a steep surge has also been observed in the number of people suffering from liver problems. The polluted air not only affects the liver but also has adverse effects on various other organs of the body including heart and lungs as w...

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Is There Any Treatment Available for Parkinson’s Disease? IS THERE ANY TREATMENT AVAILABLE FOR PARKINSON’S DISEASE?

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Dec 18, 2017

Parkinson is the 2nd most common neurodegenerative disorder that causes a progressive deterioration of motor function due to a loss in dopamine-producing brain cells. Moreover, this condition can significantly cause a reduction in the movements.

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Think Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a Heart Attack? THINK SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST (SCA) IS A HEART ATTACK?

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Dec 18, 2017

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) occurs when the heart stops beating, abruptly and without warning. If this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. In addition, if the heartbeat is not restored with an electrical shock immediately, death follows within minutes.

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Take Care of your Mental health at Workplace TAKE CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH AT WORKPLACE

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Dec 18, 2017

As generations progress, we spend more and more time at the workplace than ever before. The long hours, combined with a lot of other stress factors are bound to take a toll on one's physical and mental health. Looking from a mental health perspective, your work life may be a major contributor to...

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Signs That Indicate You Need Immediate Medical Assistance SIGNS THAT INDICATE YOU NEED IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

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Dec 14, 2017

Knowing when to seek medical attention has always been difficult. Change of season brings with itself many factors that can cause colds, flu or abnormalities in the stomach. The occasional pain and ache are normal.

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Is Smog Increasing the Incidence of Lung Cancer? IS SMOG INCREASING THE INCIDENCE OF LUNG CANCER?

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Dec 14, 2017

A Man-Made disaster- Smog contains several pollutants from particulate matters, poisonous gases, and dust from construction sites as well as vehicles. Dr. Dinesh Singh, Director, Radiation Oncology, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Vaishali says that PM 2.5 levels are increasing the cases of lung canc...

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Do You Know About Second Cancers? DO YOU KNOW ABOUT SECOND CANCERS?

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Dec 13, 2017

With the advent of technology and research in medical sciences, today the survival rate of cancer patients is increasing marginally. Cancer patients can be affected by several other health problems; however, their most significant concern is facing cancer again.

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Are you at a risk of Prostate Cancer? ARE YOU AT A RISK OF PROSTATE CANCER?

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Dec 12, 2017

Mostly affecting men older than 50, Prostate cancer may develop with little or no early warning signs. Furthermore, the symptoms may vary from one individual to another and is usually related to deviation from normal urinary voiding patterns. Symptoms may be usually caused by a severe infection or p...

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Myocardial Infarction- A Growing Menace in Younger People! MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION- A GROWING MENACE IN YOUNGER PEOPLE!

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Dec 12, 2017

The increasing prevalence of Myocardial Infarction (MI) in people less than 45 years of age is significantly alarming. Dr. Samir Kubba. Senior Consultant, Clinical and Interventional Cardiology, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Patparganj, says that there is a relative scarcity of data on premature co...

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Everything you need to know about hypertension EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HYPERTENSION

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Dec 11, 2017

Blood pressure is the force exerted by the blood against the walls of the blood vessels. The pressure depends on the work being done by the heart and the resistance of the blood vessels. Medical guidelines define hypertension as a blood pressure higher than 130 over 80 millimeters of mercury (mmHg),...

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Know the Early Signs of Leukemia KNOW THE EARLY SIGNS OF LEUKEMIA

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Dec 08, 2017

A type of cancer that affects the blood cells, leukemia hinders the body’s immunity. In blood cancer, there is a rapid production of white blood cells in the bone marrow, which in turn, affects the production of red blood cells and platelets in the body.

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CVS-Aetna Merger From the Eyes of Healthcare Consumers CVS-AETNA MERGER FROM THE EYES OF HEALTHCARE CONSUMERS

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Dec 07, 2017

CVS Health’s purchase of health insurance giant Aetna could have major implications for the health insurance industry. CVS could give discounts to Aetna members on their in-store purchases from over-the-counter medications to shampoo.

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Another name for Knock Knees- What is the Treatment? ANOTHER NAME FOR KNOCK KNEES- WHAT IS THE TREATMENT?

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Dec 07, 2017

It’s one of the most common concerns of parents and a major reason for their anxiety. Known as Physiological Genu Varum, normally a child's legs appear bowed inside till he 2 years old but the child’s knees appear to knock till he is 6 years old. Dr. Nargesh Agrawal, Consultant, Paed...

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Why we need to fix the broken technology pipeline for digital medicine now WHY WE NEED TO FIX THE BROKEN TECHNOLOGY PIPELINE FOR DIGITAL MEDICINE NOW

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Dec 06, 2017

When it comes to health information technology, innovative ideas and companies abound. Downstream improvements in outcomes or costs of care resulting from these innovations, however, have to date been underwhelming. To illustrate this observation, there is no better example than the limited results ...

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THE COMMON TYPES OF TREMORS THE COMMON TYPES OF TREMORS

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Dec 06, 2017

A tremor is different from a muscle twitch or any muscle spasms. It is actually an unintended and overpowering movement of one limb or one part of the body- typically the legs, hands, face, voice, abdomen or arms. They might not be serious but in some cases, they can be an indication of a serious he...

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Know about Laser Surgery Treatment for Piles KNOW ABOUT LASER SURGERY TREATMENT FOR PILES

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Dec 05, 2017

For many patients, the morning trip to the toilet is an ordeal, associated with pain and bleeding while passing stools. They may have piles, with or without painful cuts in the anus fissures. While medicines offer temporary relief the problem invariably recurs.

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Tips for Preventing Prostate Cancer TIPS FOR PREVENTING PROSTATE CANCER

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Dec 04, 2017

Prostate cancer is second most common cancer in aging male population worldwide. The occurrence of prostate cancer varies more than 100 fold in different countries and ethnic groups. Its occurrence and fatality are highest in African-Americans while lowest in Asians.

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Choosing a Liver Doctor Made Easy! CHOOSING A LIVER DOCTOR MADE EASY!

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Dec 01, 2017

When choosing a doctor who can take good care of your health, you may find many, possessing different levels of expertise. As a patient, you need to make a critical decision when choosing a liver doctor to ensure a decisive and result-oriented treatment.

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What is depression and what can I do about it? WHAT IS DEPRESSION AND WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?

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Nov 30, 2017

Sadness, feeling down, having a loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities - these are symptoms familiar to all of us. But, if they persist and affect our life substantially, it may be depression. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 7.6 percent of people over the...

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Security & privacy in the era of digital health SECURITY & PRIVACY IN THE ERA OF DIGITAL HEALTH

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Nov 30, 2017

In 2017, the cybersecurity world experienced a multitude of data breaches. And, unfortunately, the healthcare industry was a major target.  According to the Identity Theft Resource Center Data Breach Report 2017: Healthcare is the second biggest contributing industry to overall breaches in 2017...

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Clubfoot Deformity- What do You Need to Know? CLUBFOOT DEFORMITY- WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

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Nov 29, 2017

Clubfoot (CTEV) is a three-dimensional deformity of foot involving either one or both feet since birth. The affected foot of a child looks like it is rotated internally & downward at the ankle, making it difficult for the child to place the sole of foot flat on the surface.

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Why is Obesity a Common Problem in Children? WHY IS OBESITY A COMMON PROBLEM IN CHILDREN?

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Nov 29, 2017

Obesity in children is considered to be an epidemic today. In our country, at one end we have starving kids dying due to infections, diarrhoea, etc and at the other, obese kids causing early morbidity in the form of Hypertension, Diabetes, Fatty liver, etc increasing the health burden on the country...

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Do You Know Reducing Your Risk of Cancer is Easier than You Think! DO YOU KNOW REDUCING YOUR RISK OF CANCER IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK!

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Nov 28, 2017

Gynecological Cancers constitute the biggest chunk of cancers in Indian women, and it is a sad truth that most people are unaware of their early presentation. It goes without saying that cancers detected at an early stage have a higher chance of getting cured with a lesser hit to the body.

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What Do You Need to Know about Coronary Artery Disease? WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE?

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Nov 27, 2017

Women are caregivers & caretakers of the family and their being healthy is of utmost importance. But most of the times they are so busy caretaking that they ignore their health and so does everyone else very conveniently, including family, community, and doctors also at times.

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Are We Sitting on a Cancer Time Bomb? ARE WE SITTING ON A CANCER TIME BOMB?

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Nov 27, 2017

The incidence of cancer is rising in India with nearly 10 lakh new cases occurring each year. Moreover, recent data from ICMR cancer registry projects shows that with this significant increase in cancer cases; we are almost having a cancer epidemic.

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Everything you need to know about stroke EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STROKE

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Nov 23, 2017

Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States. Nearly 800,000 people have a stroke each year. That equates to about one person every 40 seconds. This MNT Knowledge Center article will explain why strokes occur and how they are treated, as well as exploring the different types and t...

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Gestational Diabetes: Understanding the Basics GESTATIONAL DIABETES: UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS

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Nov 23, 2017

Gestational Diabetes- Is high blood glucose levels first diagnosed when the woman is pregnant. It may be pre-existing but is diagnosed during pregnancy or may have started during pregnancy. Dr. Ankita says, it may occur at any stage of pregnancy but is more common during the last three months.

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Hospital Economics - It’s All About the Fixed Costs HOSPITAL ECONOMICS - IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FIXED COSTS

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Nov 21, 2017

As we encourage our employees to live healthier lives, use their benefits wisely and avoid unnecessary healthcare expenses, we need to remember a simple economic fact: Hospitals are businesses. And like other businesses, they require a certain number of “customers” (i.e. patients) to cov...

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Who is the Real Hero of Stroke Care? WHO IS THE REAL HERO OF STROKE CARE?

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Nov 17, 2017

We know more about our clothes and cars than we know about our health and body. It is astonishing that we spend more time to research about which laptop to buy, but when it comes to our own health most of us take a passive approach. This deficiency of knowledge is even more evident when it comes to ...

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A Health Guide to Multiple Sclerosis! A HEALTH GUIDE TO MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS!

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Nov 17, 2017

In multiple sclerosis, the communication within the brain, and brain and body is disrupted. Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable and often a disabling disease which affects the central nervous system, spinal cord, and optic nerves. It is categorized as an autoimmune disease caused by the i...

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Six Dumb Things About Healthcare and Health Insurance SIX DUMB THINGS ABOUT HEALTHCARE AND HEALTH INSURANCE

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Nov 16, 2017

It’s difficult to navigate the complicated healthcare system, whether it’s finding the right doctor, dealing with insurance companies or understanding how your deductibles work. However, there are a lot of things about healthcare and health insurance that are just D-U-M-B, Dumb!

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WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY: INVESTMENT FOR FUTURE WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY: INVESTMENT FOR FUTURE

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Nov 15, 2017

Over the three decades, India has seen a significant rise in obesity from – being on 19th position to ranking 3rd in 2017. The survey highlights that urban population is more prone to obesity as compared to their rural counterparts.

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Gynaecomastia: An Embarrassing Male Problem! GYNAECOMASTIA: AN EMBARRASSING MALE PROBLEM!

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Nov 14, 2017

Every time a young male patient walks into my clinic and looks healthy but is wearing a very loose shirt or a T-shirt, I know the diagnosis in 9 out of 10 is going to be gynecomastia. In simple terms, “Gynaecomastia” means abnormal enlargement of breasts in males.

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What are the health benefits of vitamin D? WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF VITAMIN D?

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Nov 13, 2017

Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is produced by the body as a response to sun exposure; it can also be consumed in food or supplements. Having enough vitamin D is important for a number of reasons, including maintaining healthy bones and teeth; it may also protect against a range of co...

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Are you Equipped to Handle a Medical Emergency? ARE YOU EQUIPPED TO HANDLE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY?

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Nov 13, 2017

A medical emergency can knock your door any day. Thus it’s vital that you are always prepared to take the necessary action to save a life. Still, many people believe that there’s nothing much to do they can do when medical emergency strikes and they can easily book an ambulance any time ...

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Max Dehradun Introduces Heart Team Concept to treat Cardiovascular Diseases MAX DEHRADUN INTRODUCES HEART TEAM CONCEPT TO TREAT CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES

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Nov 10, 2017

Max Hospital, Dehradun is the first hospital in Uttarakhand to adapt Heart Team Concept in the management of complex heart diseases. This concept is gaining popularity to provide holistic and ethically correct treatment to patients suffering from various cardiovascular diseases.

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Are you Depressed? What Do You Need to Know About the Big D? ARE YOU DEPRESSED? WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BIG D?

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Nov 09, 2017

People might say I'm depressed when in fact they mean I'm fed up because I've had a row, or failed an exam, or lost my job etc. These ups and downs of life are common and normal. Most people recover quite quickly. However, the literal meaning of depression means that you have a low mood ...

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Is there Any Treatment Available for Multiple Myeloma? IS THERE ANY TREATMENT AVAILABLE FOR MULTIPLE MYELOMA?

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Nov 09, 2017

Multiple Myeloma is a blood cancer of plasma cells. It is most commonly seen in people who are 60+ years of age. It is important to discuss all your treatment options, including their goals and possible side effects, with your doctors to help you make the decision that best fits your needs.

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Max Hospital Treated Patient Suffering From Bone Tumor! MAX HOSPITAL TREATED PATIENT SUFFERING FROM BONE TUMOR!

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Nov 07, 2017

Zainab Khan (name changed), 18 began noticing pain in her left shoulder every day but she thought it was just a muscle pain which would go off with time. But nothing like that ever happened. She first experienced pain in November 2016. “I don’t really remember when it first happened but ...

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An Ordeal of Breast Cancer Patients AN ORDEAL OF BREAST CANCER PATIENTS

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Nov 06, 2017

Breast cancer can affect you how you feel within, whether you are recently diagnosed, under treatment or are a long-term survivor post-treatment. The patient has to go through an emotional strain of diagnosis, challenges of the treatment – Surgery, Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy and Hormonal Thera...

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Revealed! Top 5 Cancer Fighting Foods REVEALED! TOP 5 CANCER FIGHTING FOODS

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Oct 31, 2017

Cancer is recognized as a major illness affecting millions of people every year around the world. A cancer diagnosis can be shattering to patients, their family and friends. It is indeed one of the hardest times for people who are suffering from cancer. However, one can indeed fight cancer battle an...

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Varicose Veins- Know About its Treatment VARICOSE VEINS- KNOW ABOUT ITS TREATMENT

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Oct 31, 2017

Most commonly known as varicoses or varicosities, “Varicose Veins” are enlarged, swollen and twisted veins. Purple or blue in colour, they often appear on thighs, legs and ankles. Approximately, 25% women and 15% men seek treatment for varicose veins.

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What You Need To Know About Gallbladder Cancer? WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GALLBLADDER CANCER?

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Oct 27, 2017

Cancer, as we all know is a fatal disease and can find its way in the body anywhere because it is not limited to the common types of cancer such as breast, lung or blood cancer.  Out of all the cancers that are named above, are you aware of the Gall Bladder Cancer?

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Did You Know Artificially Sweetened Drinks are Bad for Your Brain? DID YOU KNOW ARTIFICIALLY SWEETENED DRINKS ARE BAD FOR YOUR BRAIN?

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Oct 26, 2017

The consumption of artificially sweetened beverages has seen a drastic growth in the last few decades. It has multiplied so much that you’ll often find people juggling between diet and sugary soda. A common misconception is that diet soda is a better option than the sugary ones.

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The Trust Gap in Healthcare THE TRUST GAP IN HEALTHCARE

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Oct 18, 2017

In Campaign 2016, a recurring theme to date has been the trustworthiness of the leading candidates. As they debate for the third and final time this week, each will attempt to allay voter concern about their trust-gap and widen apprehension about the other’s.

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New England Journal of Medicine: No Easy Answer to High Drug Prices NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE: NO EASY ANSWER TO HIGH DRUG PRICES

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Oct 12, 2017

There is an excellent article in the February 25, 2016 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine entitled, “Pharmaceutical Policy Reform – Balancing Affordability with Incentives for Innovation.” The article describes 3 ways that high and rising prescription drug costs can be lo...

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Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management 101: The Patient is Paramount HEALTHCARE REVENUE CYCLE MANAGEMENT 101: THE PATIENT IS PARAMOUNT

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Oct 12, 2017

Did you know that hospitals, just like patients, have to have annual checkups? Rather than look at its physical health, the hospital examines its financial health in an annual report. At the heart of a healthcare organization’s financial well-being is its revenue cycle. The healthcare revenue ...

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2017 Kaiser Employee Health Benefits Survey: The Compass Analysis 2017 KAISER EMPLOYEE HEALTH BENEFITS SURVEY: THE COMPASS ANALYSIS

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Oct 05, 2017

The cost of health benefits for employers and employees continue to increase. The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) issued its 2017 survey of more than 2,000 employers about their employee benefits.

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Yes, Epilepsy Can Be Treated! YES, EPILEPSY CAN BE TREATED!

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Oct 05, 2017

One of the most common neurological disorders, Epilepsy does not differentiate among its victims and affect people of any age group and gender. In this disorder, the nerve cell activity in the brain is disturbed, which causes recurrent and unprovoked seizures.

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What is Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) - Linear/ Convex Probe WHAT IS ENDOBRONCHIAL ULTRASOUND (EBUS) - LINEAR/ CONVEX PROBE

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Oct 04, 2017

Department of Interventional Pulmonology at Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, is one of the first centers in North India to offer EBUS, which is a minimally invasive but a highly effective procedure to diagnose lung cancer, infections and other diseases that lead to enlarged lymph nodes (glands) in the c...

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Who are the Right Candidates for Breast Enhancement Surgery? WHO ARE THE RIGHT CANDIDATES FOR BREAST ENHANCEMENT SURGERY?

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Oct 04, 2017

Breast Augmentation, also known as Augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to enhance the shape of a woman’s breast. As it is rightly said, the female breasts have been synonymous with femininity; a lot of focus has been given to their aesthetics.

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Know about the Actual Causes of Kidney Damage KNOW ABOUT THE ACTUAL CAUSES OF KIDNEY DAMAGE

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Oct 04, 2017

Kidney failure, also known as end-stage renal disease (ESRD), is the last stage of chronic kidney disease. A kidney failure means that your kidneys have stopped working making it difficult for you to survive without a kidney transplant or dialysis.

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5 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Stop Drinking Alcohol 5 THINGS THAT HAPPEN TO YOUR BODY WHEN YOU STOP DRINKING ALCOHOL

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Sep 29, 2017

Nowadays, drinking has become quite popular among the young and working generation. While the small quantities are not harmful to the body, but if you become an active drinker then there are many ways in which alcohol can damage your health and life as well. You may be aware that excessive drinking ...

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Behavioral Health: Key to Higher Value Healthcare BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: KEY TO HIGHER VALUE HEALTHCARE

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Sep 28, 2017

The December 10, 2016, issue of Medical Economics magazine published an article entitled, “Why Behavioral Health Is the New Frontier in Primary Care,” which was the lead article for the issue entitled: “Rethinking Quality Care. The hidden key to better outcomes, lower costs.”...

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Does Prostate Cancer Show No Symptoms? DOES PROSTATE CANCER SHOW NO SYMPTOMS?

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Sep 28, 2017

When the cells in the prostate gland change into abnormal cells and grow out of control, there can be a high risk of having prostate cancer. This type of cancer usually occurs in men who are older than 50. It is a very common type of cancer and most men do not die from it because prostate cancer usu...

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Blood in the Urine- Could be Kidney Cancer? BLOOD IN THE URINE- COULD BE KIDNEY CANCER?

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Sep 27, 2017

Dr. Alok Gupta says kidney cancer happens when the normal cells present in the kidney change into abnormal cells and grow out of control. Small kidney tumors may not be responsible for causing kidney cancer.

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Symptoms, Causes and Treatment of Congestive Heart Failure! SYMPTOMS, CAUSES AND TREATMENT OF CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE!

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Sep 25, 2017

Congestive heart failure is a highly common condition that affects nearly 10 million Indian every year. It is one of the leading causes of hospitalization, especially in older people. However, most people take congestive heart failure literally, when it’s not.

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8 Ways How Pain Can Affect Your Life! 8 WAYS HOW PAIN CAN AFFECT YOUR LIFE!

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Sep 22, 2017

Pain can be a chronic and a complex condition. It usually affects 1 in 4 persons. Do you know chronic pain affects more people than conditions like combined cancer, heart disease, and diabetes? Yet people do not address it immediately.

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Steps You Can Take to Lower the Cost of Top Selling Drugs STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO LOWER THE COST OF TOP SELLING DRUGS

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Sep 21, 2017

In a continuation of last week’s blog post, Top Selling Drugs Driving Healthcare Costs, today we’ll look at these specific medications, the conditions they treat and strategies for lowering their cost. This blog is really a starting point for a discussion with your pharmacy benefit manag...

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WE BRING CARE WHERE YOU NEED IT THE MOST! WE BRING CARE WHERE YOU NEED IT THE MOST!

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Sep 21, 2017

Alzheimer’s is one of the most common causes of dementia. The prevalence of this disease is high among people who are 65 or above. By the time the person reaches 85 years or above, 25-50% will show signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Are you a Breast Cancer Survivor? You Can Still Have a Baby! ARE YOU A BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR? YOU CAN STILL HAVE A BABY!

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Sep 20, 2017

Getting pregnant and having a baby is one of the happiest moments in a woman’s life. However, certain health conditions like breast cancer may raise a concern about this joy of motherhood, especially, when she is undergoing the treatment for it like surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, biologi...

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Expand Your Patient Outreach Beyond the Hospital Bedside through Field Advocacy EXPAND YOUR PATIENT OUTREACH BEYOND THE HOSPITAL BEDSIDE THROUGH FIELD ADVOCACY

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Sep 19, 2017

A lot of good things can happen when people go to the hospital. Great clinical care certainly tops the list, but there are more ways patients benefit than just that – and finding help to pay medical expenses is a big one. Hospitals commonly assist self-pay patients who are applying for resourc...

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Multiple Sclerosis - There is a Way Forward to Normal Life! MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS - THERE IS A WAY FORWARD TO NORMAL LIFE!

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Sep 18, 2017

Multiple sclerosis (MS) derives its name from its characteristic tendency to affect multiple sites of the central nervous system (nerves of the brain, spinal cord, and the eyes), multiple times leading to scars in these affected nerves (sclerosis). It is a long-lasting disease of the nervous system ...

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Top Selling Drugs Driving Healthcare Costs TOP SELLING DRUGS DRIVING HEALTHCARE COSTS

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Sep 14, 2017

One of the most common challenges I’ve heard from employee benefits professionals in 2017 is Prescription Medication Spend. Most employer groups spend nearly 20 percent of their overall healthcare budget on prescriptions. From my informal sample, the trend for prescription spending has been ab...

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Extending Patient Engagement Beyond the Point of Care EXTENDING PATIENT ENGAGEMENT BEYOND THE POINT OF CARE

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Sep 13, 2017

Recognizing that patient engagement is part of the revenue cycle can save you money and your reputation. NPR and ProPublica recently published a series of stories investigating nonprofit hospitals in five states for garnishing the wages of their lower-income patients. Nonprofits are obligated to pro...

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The health benefits of popular foods THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF POPULAR FOODS

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Sep 01, 2017

Though the field of medicine continues to advance and branch out in many ways, nutritionists and health experts continue to praise the benefits of certain foods. In fact, eating healthfully has been shown to reduce the risk of obesity, cardiovascular illnesses, and even certain types of cancer.

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Healthcare Doesn’t Deliver in a Click-and-Ship World HEALTHCARE DOESN’T DELIVER IN A CLICK-AND-SHIP WORLD

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Aug 31, 2017

Cliff Sentell, Compass’ Chief Technology Officer, was the guest speaker during the August 2017 Compass Health Activation Webinar, where he discussed why healthcare doesn’t deliver in a click-and-ship world. Employees are used to being able to purchase items on the Internet with just a fe...

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Why Focusing on the Healthcare Experience is Critical to Solving the Employer Healthcare Cost Problem WHY FOCUSING ON THE HEALTHCARE EXPERIENCE IS CRITICAL TO SOLVING THE EMPLOYER HEALTHCARE COST PROBLEM

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Aug 10, 2017

As I travel around the country, I continue to hear that the three biggest problems in employee benefits are health care cost, cost, and cost. Then why in the world am I recommending a focus on the employee healthcare and health benefits experience?

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Breaking Down the Top 5 Healthcare Revenue Cycle KPIs BREAKING DOWN THE TOP 5 HEALTHCARE REVENUE CYCLE KPIS

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Aug 09, 2017

We work with health systems across the country to help them streamline their revenue cycle and know first-hand how KPIs can help hospitals and practice leaders better allocate resources and improve revenue cycle efficiency. With value-based reimbursement and healthcare consumerism taking hold of the...

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Is Your Healthcare Benefits Plan Too Complicated? IS YOUR HEALTHCARE BENEFITS PLAN TOO COMPLICATED?

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Jul 27, 2017

Don’t choose a healthcare plan that is difficult to administer. While it might seem like the latest “shiny object” - benefits professionals should consider the time it takes to set up and maintains a new healthcare plan. If the plan is too complicated, utilization will be low for a...

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Hospitals Saw No Effect on Margins After Medicaid Expansion HOSPITALS SAW NO EFFECT ON MARGINS AFTER MEDICAID EXPANSION

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Jul 25, 2017

However, hospitals in non-Medicaid expansion states fared worse. Hospital operating margins for facilities in non-expansion states actually fell by 0.6 percentage points in 2014 and only increased by 0.8 percentage points in 2015.

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Uniting to Take Great Care of Your Patients UNITING TO TAKE GREAT CARE OF YOUR PATIENTS

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Jul 25, 2017

Across the MEDNAX portfolio of companies, we are united across both clinical and non-clinical services to take great care of patients every day and in every way. It’s at the forefront of every new technology we develop, every acquisition we consider, and every decision we make. Moving closer t...

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The 401W: A Wellness Program Even Al Lewis Could Love THE 401W: A WELLNESS PROGRAM EVEN AL LEWIS COULD LOVE

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Jul 17, 2017

I’ve been quite vocal about supporting only wellness done for employees and not to them. But what if there could be a conventional wellness program – even including screening, HRAs etc. – that both you and I could love? People manage what’s measured and what’s paid for....

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The Entertainment Presidency: A Primer For Health Care Professionals THE ENTERTAINMENT PRESIDENCY: A PRIMER FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS

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Jul 11, 2017

Many physicians have expressed dismay at the conduct of US president Donald Trump.  But whether colleagues find his politics objectionable or congenial, his conduct bold or vulgar, and the man himself an imbecile or a genius, it is important for healthcare professionals to understand that the T...

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Shopping For a Health Insurance Plan Again. Seriously? SHOPPING FOR A HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN AGAIN. SERIOUSLY?

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Jul 10, 2017

On the golf course, my son Jason has an uncanny ability to hit any tree within earshot of his intended target line. It’s fait accompli in his book. And his reaction is always the same: seriously! The same is his plight with health insurance. Though a self-employed healthy single male with a su...

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Disease and Wellness Aren’t the Only Things that Impact Healthcare Costs. DISEASE AND WELLNESS AREN’T THE ONLY THINGS THAT IMPACT HEALTHCARE COSTS.

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Jun 29, 2017

It’s not just disease or wellness that impacts employee healthcare costs… it’s also location – where employees live. That’s why health navigation services are so important – they help people find high-quality cost-effective care, wherever they live. Compass analy...

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Don’t Underestimate Patients DON’T UNDERESTIMATE PATIENTS

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Jun 17, 2017

I was diagnosed with aggressive but localized prostate cancer at a major Dutch academic hospital. My parameters were PSA 29 or 31, Gleason sum 4 + 4, and stage T2c. Fortunately, there were no detectable distant metastases. The specialist drew a simple image of my urinary tract and told me I was excl...

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Medical Associations Non-Pulsed by Trump’s Withdrawal From the Paris Accord MEDICAL ASSOCIATIONS NON-PULSED BY TRUMP’S WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PARIS ACCORD

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Jun 13, 2017

Climate change, or changes in weather extremes, are having an increasingly harmful effect on human health. Last year, the 20th consecutive year in which the US experienced above average annual temperatures, saw increasing instances of heat related ailments and deaths and increases in related exacerb...

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A Not Very Good Proposal to Reduce Emergency Room Visits A NOT VERY GOOD PROPOSAL TO REDUCE EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS

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Jun 09, 2017

A recent article posits that an Anthem company, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGA), is poised to “punish” its members for “unnecessary” emergency room (ER) visits by charging subscribers the entire bill for unnecessary ER visits.  This is a variation on a the...

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HarvardX: Improving Global Health, Focusing on Quality & Safety HARVARDX: IMPROVING GLOBAL HEALTH, FOCUSING ON QUALITY & SAFETY

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Jun 07, 2017

HarvardX is offering a free online course, Improving Global Health: Focusing on Quality and Safety, starting on June 27 on edX.org. Participants in this 8-week course will engage with top experts in the field of public health as they grapple with the nature of high-quality healthcare: What is qualit...

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How Amazon Can Position Itself as the Pharmacy of the Future HOW AMAZON CAN POSITION ITSELF AS THE PHARMACY OF THE FUTURE

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Jun 07, 2017

We know Amazon has a knack for disruption—over the years it has upended countless brick and mortar bookstores and other major players in the retail industry. The e-commerce behemoth may be at it again, making headlines for its interest in breaking into the pharmacy market in the United States....

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Is the Direct Primary Care Model Dead? IS THE DIRECT PRIMARY CARE MODEL DEAD?

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Jun 06, 2017

A recent Medical Economics article asked “Is the DPC model at risk of failing?” The piece focuses on two large DPC-like organizations, Qliance Medical Management of Seattle, Washington and Turntable Health of Las Vegas, NV, working in partnership with Iora Health, which recently clo...

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Patient Engagement, Meet Billing PATIENT ENGAGEMENT, MEET BILLING

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Jun 05, 2017

Historically, revenue cycle management has focused on maximizing insurance reimbursements, but as patient financial responsibility continues to increase, the landscape is quickly changing. In the past five years, patient payment responsibility has risen dramatically and continues to increase with th...

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Doctors Should Also Be Fighting “Fake News” DOCTORS SHOULD ALSO BE FIGHTING “FAKE NEWS”

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Jun 01, 2017

I see them every time I wait in the inescapably long lines at grocery store. They’re offering me so much. Fat-melting foods that “work like gastric bypass.” Sleep masks that prevent breast cancer. One day diets. And, of course, the perennial “medical miracles.” All thes...

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Healthcare Benefits Professionals Can Inspire Consumers to Lower Medication Costs HEALTHCARE BENEFITS PROFESSIONALS CAN INSPIRE CONSUMERS TO LOWER MEDICATION COSTS

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May 25, 2017

When your healthcare provider gives you a prescription, be sure to ask if it’s a generic medication. Generic medications are usually less expensive than their name-brand counterparts. If you learn that the medication is NOT generic, ask more questions. Find out if there is a generic alternativ...

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What’s Behind the Spike in Food Allergies? WHAT’S BEHIND THE SPIKE IN FOOD ALLERGIES?

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May 25, 2017

We are surrounded by evidence of the enormous impact food allergies are making in our society. The peanut butter and jelly sandwich, once a staple of elementary school lunchboxes, has been banned in numerous school districts across the country. Candy bars are required to alert consumers about any ot...

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Open Season on Health Privacy in Washington DC OPEN SEASON ON HEALTH PRIVACY IN WASHINGTON DC

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May 24, 2017

With Senate bill S.3530, data brokers would remove the last shreds of transparency and control that patients still have over our health data and drive healthcare costs even higher in the process. Will hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry go along? It’s been 17 years since patients lo...

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On Teaching Hospitals and Conflict of Interest and Other Politically Charged Topics ON TEACHING HOSPITALS AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND OTHER POLITICALLY CHARGED TOPICS

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May 23, 2017

How much does it matter which hospital you go to? Of course, it matters a lot – hospitals vary enormously on quality of care, and choosing the right hospital can mean the difference between life and death. The problem is that it’s hard for most people to know how to choose. Useful data o...

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ACO Turnover is High. Doctors Have Few Patients, and Those Patients are Unusually Healthy ACO TURNOVER IS HIGH. DOCTORS HAVE FEW PATIENTS, AND THOSE PATIENTS ARE UNUSUALLY HEALTHY

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May 22, 2017

ACOs suffer astonishingly high turnover rates among their doctors and patients; their patients are unusually healthy; and those unusually healthy ACO patients constitute about 5 percent of each ACO doctor’s panel of patients. These facts appear in three recent reports: CMS’s final evalua...

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Is Health Privacy a Human Right? IS HEALTH PRIVACY A HUMAN RIGHT?

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May 19, 2017

Health privacy sits at an uncomfortable junction between three interests: individual human rights, public / population health, and private business interests. There’s no obvious reason for these three interests to be misaligned but a lot of pain and money are involved so either politics or com...

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Why Health Reform is a Risky Business for Politicians: Even Winning Can Cost You at the Polls! WHY HEALTH REFORM IS A RISKY BUSINESS FOR POLITICIANS: EVEN WINNING CAN COST YOU AT THE POLLS!

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May 18, 2017

In August 1989, Chicago Congressman Daniel Rostenkowski, then Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, narrowly escaped an angry mob of seniors in his own district who attacked his car with umbrellas. His crime: eliminating the gaping patient financial exposure built into the Medicar...

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Universal Coverage Means Less Care and More Money UNIVERSAL COVERAGE MEANS LESS CARE AND MORE MONEY

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May 17, 2017

The reported success of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare) is based on enrollment numbers. Millions more have coverage. Similarly, the predicted disasters from repeal have to do with loss of coverage. Tens of thousands of deaths will allegedly follow. Activists urge shipping repeal victims a...

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New Checks and Balances For Big Pharma NEW CHECKS AND BALANCES FOR BIG PHARMA

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May 12, 2017

Pigs get fat, but hogs get slaughtered, the saying goes. And so may it prove to be true for the pharmaceutical industry. Three articles, all published recently, illustrate the greed and egregious pricing by certain drug companies that are gaining public recognition and scrutiny. Marathon Pharmaceuti...

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It’s Time to Truly Share the Chemo Decision With Cancer Patients IT’S TIME TO TRULY SHARE THE CHEMO DECISION WITH CANCER PATIENTS

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May 10, 2017

You or a loved one has cancer, but the latest round of chemotherapy has unfortunately had only a modest impact. While you’re acutely aware of the wretchedness of life that becomes worn to the nub by chemotherapy’s adverse effects you’re also a fighter. How do you decide whether to ...

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How Is This Medical Bill Possible? HOW IS THIS MEDICAL BILL POSSIBLE?

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May 10, 2017

Two recent hospital admissions and the medical record dictation records events, visits, and documentation of physical examinations that did not occur. Hospital stay 1 was for asthmatic bronchitis. Thru the ED I was admitted to a FP, who consulted a Pulmonary doc.  The Pulmonary did H & P an...

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Target Stubborn Fat with Liposuction TARGET STUBBORN FAT WITH LIPOSUCTION

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May 08, 2017

You cleared out the bulky sweaters and brought in shorts and flip-flops with a smile. But did you hesitate before you put your favorite bikini back in the closet? The truth is you may be at a healthy weight — downright skinny even — and still have areas of localized fat that won’t ...

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Jimmy Kimmel Left Out Some Important Stuff About Obamacare JIMMY KIMMEL LEFT OUT SOME IMPORTANT STUFF ABOUT OBAMACARE

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May 05, 2017

Late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel, in a recent opening monologue, spoke tearfully of his newborn son Billy, born with a serious congenital heart defect.  Heart defects in newborns, while uncommon, occur in 1 in 100 births.  The more serious ones, meaning those needing surgery in the first y...

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Thanks to the AHCA We Could Now See Cervical Cancer Rates Increase THANKS TO THE AHCA WE COULD NOW SEE CERVICAL CANCER RATES INCREASE

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May 04, 2017

In 2014 I took my first trip to Kenya. After my plane landed in Nairobi I rode for 10 hours with my medical colleagues to Bungoma, a town on the western edge of the country. We set up our clinic in the local hospital and then spent the week training local healthcare providers on a technique called V...

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Melanoma isn’t just skin cancer MELANOMA ISN’T JUST SKIN CANCER

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May 03, 2017

There’s a dangerous misconception that melanoma is “just” a cancer of the skin that is a minor and easily treatable condition. In reality, melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and a life-altering disease that affects approximately 178,000 Americans per year. Of these, 10,0...

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How America Dropped the Ball on Sports Concussions HOW AMERICA DROPPED THE BALL ON SPORTS CONCUSSIONS

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May 03, 2017

As GOP lawmakers grapple with the replace aspect of Obamacare and seek to overhaul the subject nobody knew could be so complicated, we must remember that one of the best ways to reduce spiraling healthcare costs is to improve health through preventive measures. For instance, increased participation ...

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Health Reform Must End the Harms of Prior Authorizations HEALTH REFORM MUST END THE HARMS OF PRIOR AUTHORIZATIONS

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May 03, 2017

As the White House continues to push for a revised Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one thing is for certain, many of the sickest Americans will continue to suffer as they are denied medications and other treatments under current health insurance strategies to save costs...

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The Doctor Will Connect With You Now THE DOCTOR WILL CONNECT WITH YOU NOW

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May 01, 2017

One of my advisors has a great perspective on healthcare delivery from the large system perspective.  He served as the chief of staff to our last CEO.  Recently, he posed an incisive question to me.: Joe, when are we going to take all of these digital health concepts from the 30,000 foot l...

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Would Repealing the ACA Violate International Law? WOULD REPEALING THE ACA VIOLATE INTERNATIONAL LAW?

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Apr 28, 2017

Barely one month after a stinging and stunning legislative defeat, President Donald Trump has committed to revising the AHCA and potentially resubmitting it for Congressional approval. In addition to Democrats and widespread popular opinion against ACA repeal, the AHCA may face another obstacle &nda...

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Can Interactive Group Therapy Boost Productivity in Medicine? CAN INTERACTIVE GROUP THERAPY BOOST PRODUCTIVITY IN MEDICINE?

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Apr 27, 2017

Imagine attending private lectures and taking all your college exams in your professors offices individually, one-on-one. Your instructors lecture you, then pepper you with questions, grading your answers and recording your scores. This is not unlike traditional physician visits. Contrast this to at...

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Eating meat may increase risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease EATING MEAT MAY INCREASE RISK OF NONALCOHOLIC FATTY LIVER DISEASE

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Apr 21, 2017

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is a serious condition and a growing concern in Western societies. A recent, large-scale study finds an increase in risk with the consumption of animal protein. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), as the name suggests, is a buildup of fat in the cells of the li...

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Types of Dermal Fillers – Benefits and Risks TYPES OF DERMAL FILLERS – BENEFITS AND RISKS

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Apr 21, 2017

The world of facial injectable treatments can be overwhelming with all the options seen in print and TV ads. New injectable materials seem to come out almost weekly. Here is a run-down of the dermal fillers we most often use, where we use them, and some common side effects.

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Struggling to Get Customers, Revenue and Traction in the Digital Health Market? STRUGGLING TO GET CUSTOMERS, REVENUE AND TRACTION IN THE DIGITAL HEALTH MARKET?

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Apr 17, 2017

Imagine the peace of mind and confidence you will feel if you had a quick, proven process to take your solution or concept from its current state to one that generates sustainable revenue, hoards of customers and value to the healthcare ecosystem. Elena Lipson has been working with organizations and...

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Measuring MACRA MEASURING MACRA

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Apr 15, 2017

With all the machinations over ACA repeal and replace, the new law that makes big changes in the way the federal government pays doctors-the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, or MACRA-hasn’t garnered much attention lately. But doctors nationwide are sure thinking about it. That inc...

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MACRA Is Broken. It Needs to Go Away Now MACRA IS BROKEN. IT NEEDS TO GO AWAY NOW

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Apr 15, 2017

At its January 12, 2017 meeting, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission MedPAC made it clear they had reached the conclusion that the Merit-based Incentive Payment System MIPS cannot work. MIPS is the larger of the two programs within MACRA; the Alternative Payment Model APM program is the other. ...

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Who’s to Blame For the Shortage of Doctors? Doctors and Politicians WHO’S TO BLAME FOR THE SHORTAGE OF DOCTORS? DOCTORS AND POLITICIANS

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Apr 12, 2017

After missing an appointment with a physician recently, one of us was tongue-lashed by a medical assistant who explained that the practice has a months-long waiting list for new patients. The dressing-down included a threat. Another no-show and the miscreant would be discharged from the doctor&rsquo...

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Value-Pricing of Drugs and Pharmaceutical Innovation VALUE-PRICING OF DRUGS AND PHARMACEUTICAL INNOVATION

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Apr 10, 2017

In a fascinating paper on drug pricing, Ana D. Vega and her five co-authors trace increases in the price of brand-name and generic drugs in the U.S. during the period 2012-15, using the national average drug acquisition costs NADAC data made public by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services C...

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Is Healthcare a Right? A Privilege? Something Entirely Different? IS HEALTHCARE A RIGHT? A PRIVILEGE? SOMETHING ENTIRELY DIFFERENT?

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Apr 08, 2017

Election Day 2016 should have been Christmas morning for Republicans. Long awaited control of the White House and both houses of Congress. A chance to deliver on an every two-year election cycle promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. In 2010 Republicans needed the House. They got it. In 2014, it w...

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When the Patient is a Racist WHEN THE PATIENT IS A RACIST

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Apr 08, 2017

In my first 16 years in practice, I received exactly one insensitive comment from a young child who had never seen an Asian in person. But in the last year, I have received a hateful, bigoted comment approximately every other month. That includes the remarks by a person who tried to reassure me that...

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Value-based Care Models and the New Administration VALUE-BASED CARE MODELS AND THE NEW ADMINISTRATION

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Apr 05, 2017

From within the new leadership at Health & Human Services (HHS), some anticipated and current payment models tied to MACRA are advancing, while others not-yet-tied to MACRA are being delayed. MSSP Track 1+ was officially unveiled post-election through a CMS webinar March 22, and CPC+ has moved t...

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Key Mechanisms That Define Health City Cayman Islands Value Innovation KEY MECHANISMS THAT DEFINE HEALTH CITY CAYMAN ISLANDS VALUE INNOVATION

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Apr 04, 2017

Health City Cayman Islands (HCCI), less than three years old and located in the Caribbean just an hour’s flight south from Miami, is a 104-bed hospital outpost of Bangalore, India-headquartered Narayana Health (NH). HCCI has caught the attention of US health care professionals not just as a ne...

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Do Asians Have Harder Heads? On Sports Concussions and the Need For a Fairer, Medical Research Funding Policy DO ASIANS HAVE HARDER HEADS? ON SPORTS CONCUSSIONS AND THE NEED FOR A FAIRER, MEDICAL RESEARCH FUNDING POLICY

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Apr 04, 2017

At a January event on The Future of Baseball organized by the Sports and Society Program at NYU’s School of Professional Studies, Yankees executive Jean Afterman spoke to the superiority of baseball over football by noting that at least our athletes don’t have to worry about their heads ...

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Calcium Scan and Subtractive Medicine CALCIUM SCAN AND SUBTRACTIVE MEDICINE

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Apr 03, 2017

Being a radiologist, I rarely speak to patients, but I was asked to counsel Mrs. Patel not her real name, so calm down HIPAA totalitarians, who was worried about the risks of radiation from cardiac calcium CT scan. Because of her risk factors for atherosclerosis, her cardiologist wanted her to take ...

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Solutions That Will Be Essential for the Future of Healthcare SOLUTIONS THAT WILL BE ESSENTIAL FOR THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE

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Apr 03, 2017

We are living in an age where thousands upon thousands of individuals and companies are trying to find faster, better and cheaper ways to get things done leveraging the latest digital technologies. We are so completely surrounded by efforts to innovate, disrupt and accelerate, that it may come as a ...

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Health Care: What Should a Populist Do Now? HEALTH CARE: WHAT SHOULD A POPULIST DO NOW?

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Mar 31, 2017

How can the Trump administration and the Republican Party make history forget their embarrassing failure to repeal and replace Obamacare? Interestingly, their best strategy-if they can withstand the political heat from all those who prosper under health-care business-as-usual-would be to embrace an ...

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Trump’s Obamacare Debacle: Vanquished by a Ghost! TRUMP’S OBAMACARE DEBACLE: VANQUISHED BY A GHOST!

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Mar 30, 2017

Judging by the dazed expression on President Trump’s face at his Friday afternoon press conference, it is clear that he never saw his first major political defeat coming. It was as if he had stepped off the curb looking the other direction into the path of an uncoming bus. The key to any polit...

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Did Medical Darwinism Doom the GOP Health Plan? DID MEDICAL DARWINISM DOOM THE GOP HEALTH PLAN?

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Mar 29, 2017

Although the quote reads like it could be part of the Republican repeal-and-replace assault against the Affordable Care Act ACA, it’s actually from a 1949 editorial in The New York State Journal of Medicine denouncing health insurance itself. Indeed, the attacks on the ACA seem to have revived...

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After the American Health Care Act AFTER THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT

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Mar 26, 2017

We asked THCB’s editors and bloggers for their reactions to Friday’s news. Here are their first impressions. The late UCLA Professor Richard Brown, once commented that the Clinton healthcare initiative failed because the status quo was everyone’s second choice. Some of that logic a...

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A Healthcare Reform Compromise That Just Might Work A HEALTHCARE REFORM COMPROMISE THAT JUST MIGHT WORK

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Mar 23, 2017

Healthcare reform is stalled, so says Politifact. Fake news or the truth? Hard to know these days. President Trump and Speaker Ryan both sounded optimistic in recent public appearances. The Tweeter-in-Chief this week tweeted, Great progress on healthcare. Improvements being made – Republicans ...

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In the Land of the Health Care Experts IN THE LAND OF THE HEALTH CARE EXPERTS

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Mar 23, 2017

Arguably, the most consequential moment of the nascent Trump administration will take place later today when Congress Votes on the first iteration of the bill known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA). If the success or failure of the bill to this point is to be judged by its reception from polic...

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Replacing the ACA; Closing the Deal REPLACING THE ACA; CLOSING THE DEAL

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Mar 22, 2017

Last week, the CBO threw buckets of cold water on the American Health Care Act. While there are serious questions concerning the CBO’s methods and its historical accuracy see Avik Roy’s critique, Democrats fighting to defend the ACA as it heads towards collapse celebrated; they know CBO ...

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Make Trumpcare the First Big Step toward a Free Market in Healthcare MAKE TRUMPCARE THE FIRST BIG STEP TOWARD A FREE MARKET IN HEALTHCARE

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Mar 22, 2017

Say what you will about Obamacare-at least President Obama eventually took ownership of it. When it comes to the American Health Care Act, President Trump isn’t ready to do that. He’s discouraging people from calling it Trumpcare. Since Trump normally he puts his name on everything withi...

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The Incredible Self-Destructing Healthcare Marketplace THE INCREDIBLE SELF-DESTRUCTING HEALTHCARE MARKETPLACE

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Mar 22, 2017

Too frequently what gets overlooked in policy making are the regulations that implement or update legislation. As Henry Mintzberg observed over 30 years ago policy is oftentimes formed without being formulated. For example, the Congress did not define the most important provision in MACRA. The Congr...

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Personalized Cancer Services are Needed: GuideWell is Calling on You PERSONALIZED CANCER SERVICES ARE NEEDED: GUIDEWELL IS CALLING ON YOU

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Mar 20, 2017

The moment you are diagnosed with cancer, you become a survivor. You now live with a daunting illness. Your everyday monotonous activities turn into new challenges, flooding your thoughts with countless questions and new struggles. In the 2006 National Survey of U.S. Households Affected by Cancer, 1...

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Hospitals Helping Hospitals Be Better Hospitals HOSPITALS HELPING HOSPITALS BE BETTER HOSPITALS

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Mar 18, 2017

The moment that an accreditation team shows up unannounced can spike the pulse of even the most seasoned hospital executive. The next several days will amount to one big exam for the safety and quality of care, as surveyors meet with executives, managers and care teams, and watch first-hand as care ...

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The Vanishing Hospital: ASCs Follow the Consumer THE VANISHING HOSPITAL: ASCS FOLLOW THE CONSUMER

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Mar 14, 2017

Call it what you want, disruption or evolution, but when two of the largest for-profit hospital chains, HCA Healthcare and Tenet Healthcare, and one of the largest insurance intermediary services companies, Optum part of UnitedHealth Group, invest billions of dollars in capital for building new care...

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A Dishonest Conversation on Healthcare A DISHONEST CONVERSATION ON HEALTHCARE

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Mar 13, 2017

The conversation our country is having about healthcare right now is not honest. It’s not just the Republicans, the Democrats are just as dishonest, in a different way. Republicans talk about government death panels denying care. Democrats talk about insurance company death panels. Both positi...

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How Trump Can Kill the Cancer In Obamacare Without Congress HOW TRUMP CAN KILL THE CANCER IN OBAMACARE WITHOUT CONGRESS

blog article

Mar 13, 2017

Cancer is a devious and devastating disease. All it takes are a few bad cells to grow uncontrollably, first destroying organs, then an entire person. It can also lie dormant for years after supposedly being cured, then at some moment awaken from its remission slumber to resume its search-and-destroy...

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The American Health Care Act AHCA: Why It’s Not Going Away Anytime Soon and What You Need to Know THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT AHCA: WHY IT’S NOT GOING AWAY ANYTIME SOON AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Mar 13, 2017

Last Monday, as promised, House Speaker Paul Ryan fulfilled his pledge to offer up the GOP’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.  In reality, America’s Health Care Act AHCA is not a new plan. Rather, it’s an updated version of the Restoring Americans Healthcare Freedom Re...

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Continuous Coverage Clauses in Healthcare Reform: Are They Benign? CONTINUOUS COVERAGE CLAUSES IN HEALTHCARE REFORM: ARE THEY BENIGN?

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Mar 10, 2017

A House proposal for repealing and replacing the ACA surfaced this week. The Republican’s healthcare plan tries to seduce us by promising lower premiums and removal of the individual mandate. No longer will Obamacare encroach on personal freedom and financial stability, they boast. But let&rsq...

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The Patient Expert: Healthcare’s Untapped Workforce THE PATIENT EXPERT: HEALTHCARE’S UNTAPPED WORKFORCE

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Mar 09, 2017

For the past four years, I’ve listened to hundreds of healthcare leaders discuss patient issues from their perspective as clinicians, technologists, researchers, academics and administrators. While I’m grateful to these leaders for working feverishly on my behalf as a patient, I question...

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March is Self-Harm Awareness Month MARCH IS SELF-HARM AWARENESS MONTH

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Mar 09, 2017

An estimated 17 percent of American youth have engaged in non-suicidal self-injury, but despite its prevalence, self-injury is a behavior that is often misunderstood (i). March is “Self-Harm Awareness Month” and an ideal time to learn more about a serious issue that affects so many young...

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Improve the Appearance of Your Neck With or Without Surgery IMPROVE THE APPEARANCE OF YOUR NECK WITH OR WITHOUT SURGERY

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Mar 09, 2017

Weakened muscles and sagging skin under your chin, otherwise known as “turkey neck,” is one of the most common complaints I hear from patients. The neck is an area that often changes significantly with age — starting as early as your 40s. Despite weight loss and good skincare routi...

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Healthcare Insurance: America’s Collective Action Nightmare HEALTHCARE INSURANCE: AMERICA’S COLLECTIVE ACTION NIGHTMARE

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Mar 07, 2017

Across the country, ugly confrontations are occurring between Republican lawmakers who pledged to repeal Obamacare and Americans who are afraid of losing their healthcare coverage.  The protesters fears are understandable. The cost of medical services can be devastating. The chief selling point...

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The House Republicans Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Obamacare Replacement Plan THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD OBAMACARE REPLACEMENT PLAN

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Mar 07, 2017

It won’t work. Obamacare works for the poorest that have affordable health insurance because all of the program’s subsidies tilt in their favor. Obamacare doesn’t work well for the working and middle class who get much less support-particularly those who earn more than 400% of the ...

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Can Community Health Organizations Pave the Way for Local Technology Adoption? CAN COMMUNITY HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS PAVE THE WAY FOR LOCAL TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION?

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Mar 06, 2017

It’s 6 AM and Anna’s alarm clock goes off. She has a busy day ahead of her, starting with getting her children to school, heading to her doctor’s appointment and taking on a double shift at her part time job. Anna is on a tight budget and has difficulty juggling work and her kids. ...

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How to Blow Up the Health Insurance Market In One Easy Step HOW TO BLOW UP THE HEALTH INSURANCE MARKET IN ONE EASY STEP

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Mar 02, 2017

I call support for giving insurance companies the ability to sell insurance across state lines the cockroach proposal. As bad as it is, you just can’t kill the damn thing! Last night, President Trump once again listed this idea in his address to Congress as one of his health care talking point...

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Yep, Health Care Is Complicated YEP, HEALTH CARE IS COMPLICATED

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Mar 02, 2017

Yes, Mr. President, health care is complicated. So glad you now understand this. But, um, within 24 hours of acknowledging that complexity, you made a speech to Congress that backtracked. Namely, you once again said ACA repeal and replace legislation would expand choice, increase access, lower costs...

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Paying Doctors For Outcomes Makes Sense in Theory. So Why Doesn’t it Work in the Real World? PAYING DOCTORS FOR OUTCOMES MAKES SENSE IN THEORY. SO WHY DOESN’T IT WORK IN THE REAL WORLD?

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Mar 01, 2017

For decades, the costs of health care in America have escalated without comparable improvements in quality. This is the central paradox of the American system, in which costs outstrip those everywhere else in the developed world, even though health outcomes are rarely better, and often worse.

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Drug Price Debate Could Stall, Unless Consumers Get Engaged DRUG PRICE DEBATE COULD STALL, UNLESS CONSUMERS GET ENGAGED

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Feb 28, 2017

It’s still unclear whether Congress or the Trump administration will try to tackle the prescription drug price/cost issue this year. Amid ACA repeal and replace, and possible Medicaid and Medicare reform fights, it seems a stretch.

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Costs of A Hospital Monopoly in One Underserved County COSTS OF A HOSPITAL MONOPOLY IN ONE UNDERSERVED COUNTY

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Feb 28, 2017

There is a growing body of evidence that hospital mergers lead to higher prices for consumers, employers, insurance, and government. It is imperative to educate patients and lawmakers as to how the consolidation of hospitals and medical practices raise costs, decrease access, eliminate jobs, and ult...

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The Lifecycle Theory of Saving For Healthcare Needs THE LIFECYCLE THEORY OF SAVING FOR HEALTHCARE NEEDS

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Feb 26, 2017

Republicans are bickering over whether to repeal the more costly provisions of Obamacare and allow greater flexibility into the health insurance marketplace. Republican lawmakers were shocked.

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Non-Alternative Facts About the Healthcare System NON-ALTERNATIVE FACTS ABOUT THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

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Feb 26, 2017

The economic fundamentals of healthcare in the United States are unique, amazingly complex, multi-layered and opaque. It takes a lot of work and time to understand them, work and time that few of the experts opining about healthcare on television have done.

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How to Heal After Plastic Surgery HOW TO HEAL AFTER PLASTIC SURGERY

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Feb 23, 2017

You may love what plastic surgery can do to enhance your appearance and self-esteem, but nobody looks forward to the recovery after plastic surgery. You may fear the pain of surgery or the temporary limitations on your normal activities like working, exercising or caring for your kids.

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A Reset For Physicians? A RESET FOR PHYSICIANS?

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Feb 20, 2017

Last week, the nominee to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Seema Verma testified before the Senate Finance Committee. She conveyed a message akin to that of her new boss, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, a physician and House of Representatives veteran: the federal g...

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Dashboards Are For 737 Pilots, Not Physicians DASHBOARDS ARE FOR 737 PILOTS, NOT PHYSICIANS

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Feb 20, 2017

You’re right, Dr Hatch. Nobody’s feels like they’re winning. Last week I was in a room with a group of physicians, and the Chief Medical Officer of an ACO was explaining to them that he could give them all dashboards that they would love.

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The Definitive Guide to Repealing & Replacing Obamacare THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO REPEALING & REPLACING OBAMACARE

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Feb 20, 2017

Fear is now a sign that you are an intelligent, educated, open-minded and caring person. Being scared is incontestable proof that you have a beautiful heart. When it comes to your health, there is palpable terror that soon, very soon, the bad guys will take away Obamacare, which was the source of he...

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Trump Issues Obamacare Proposed Rule to Increase Patients Health Insurance Choices For 2018 TRUMP ISSUES OBAMACARE PROPOSED RULE TO INCREASE PATIENTS HEALTH INSURANCE CHOICES FOR 2018

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Feb 15, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS today issued a proposed rule for 2018, which proposes new reforms that are critical to stabilizing the individual and small group health insurance markets to help protect patients.

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KIND Celebrates National Children’s Dental Health Month KIND CELEBRATES NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH

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Feb 15, 2017

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and to celebrate, Kids in Need of Dentistry (KIND) held its annual Give Kids a Smile Day February 1 at Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being, providing free dental services to about 41 children.

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Teaching Health Delivery Science in the Digital Age TEACHING HEALTH DELIVERY SCIENCE IN THE DIGITAL AGE

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Feb 14, 2017

Our health system is facing an existential crisis. We’re not alone. As the largest hospital in the western United States and a member of the 2016-17 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Honor Roll, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is known for its exceptional quality of care.

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Mobile Apps Are Reflecting the Changing Role of the Patient in the Healthcare Ecosystem MOBILE APPS ARE REFLECTING THE CHANGING ROLE OF THE PATIENT IN THE HEALTHCARE ECOSYSTEM

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Feb 13, 2017

The 4th edition of Trophées de la Santé Mobile took place last week in Paris which showcased the best French healthcare mobile apps in different categories. The winning apps were clearly showing the changing role of the patient in the healthcare ecosystem.

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Should We Blame Technology For the Growth In Healthcare Spending? SHOULD WE BLAME TECHNOLOGY FOR THE GROWTH IN HEALTHCARE SPENDING?

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Feb 13, 2017

Should we blame technology for the growth in healthcare spending?  Austin Frakt, a healthcare economist who writes for the New York Times, thinks so. Citing several studies conducted over the last several years, he claims that technology could account for up to two-thirds of per capita healthca...

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Breast Implants or a Lift: Which is Right for Me? BREAST IMPLANTS OR A LIFT: WHICH IS RIGHT FOR ME?

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Feb 10, 2017

It’s not uncommon for women to feel dissatisfied with their breasts. Whether your breasts didn’t develop as you’d hoped or you’re unhappy with changes from aging, pregnancy or weight loss, there are many options for helping you achieve a breast size and shape you can enjoy.

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This Wellness Data Isn’t Looking Too Healthy. If It’s Right, Wellness May Actually Be Dead THIS WELLNESS DATA ISN’T LOOKING TOO HEALTHY. IF IT’S RIGHT, WELLNESS MAY ACTUALLY BE DEAD

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Feb 08, 2017

There is a saying: In wellness, you don’t have to challenge the data to invalidate it.  You merely have to read the data. It will invalidate itself. Indeed, if there is one thing you can take to the bank in this field, it’s that articles intending to prove that wellness works inevit...

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The Inconvenient Truth about the Military and Veterans Health Systems? THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH ABOUT THE MILITARY AND VETERANS HEALTH SYSTEMS?

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Feb 05, 2017

Through the years, I’ve had the honor of speaking to groups after they heard from notables like Michael J. Fox, Sammy Hagar, Jeff Immelt, U.S. Secretaries of Health Tommy Thompson and Mike Leavitt, Warren Buffet and others.

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What Experts in Law and Medicine Have to Say About the Cost of Drugs WHAT EXPERTS IN LAW AND MEDICINE HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE COST OF DRUGS

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Feb 02, 2017

Pharmaceutical drug costs impinge heavily on consumers consciousness, often on a monthly basis, and have become such a stress on the public that they came up repeatedly among both major parties during the U.S. presidential campaign–and remain a bipartisan rallying cry.

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Purging Healthcare of Unnatural Acts PURGING HEALTHCARE OF UNNATURAL ACTS

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Jan 31, 2017

Everyone knows or should know that forcing a commercial health insurer to write for an individual a health insurance policy at a premium that falls short of the insurer’s best ex ante estimate of the cost of health care that individual will require is to force that insurer into what economists...

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What Is This Strange & Confusing Healthcare Language We Have Invented? WHAT IS THIS STRANGE & CONFUSING HEALTHCARE LANGUAGE WE HAVE INVENTED?

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Jan 30, 2017

Public understanding about how our health system operates is woefully low: surveys show only one in five adults has functional knowledge about how to choose a physician, hospital or insurance plan, or compare treatment options.

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Data For Improving Healthcare vs Data For Exasperating Healthcare Workers DATA FOR IMPROVING HEALTHCARE VS DATA FOR EXASPERATING HEALTHCARE WORKERS

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Jan 29, 2017

The phrase healthcare data either strikes fear and loathing, or provides understanding and resolve in the minds of administration, clinicians, and nurses everywhere. Which emotion it brings out depends on how the data will be used. Data employed as a weapon for purposes of accountability generates f...

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Should Doctors Think? SHOULD DOCTORS THINK?

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Jan 28, 2017

It has been suggested that to improve quality in healthcare we must reduce variability in how diseases are diagnosed and treated. It has been inferred that clinical outcomes would improve exponentially if doctors would only follow established guidelines instead of their own whims.

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Digital Health, Health Reform & the Underserved – Where Will 2017 Lead? DIGITAL HEALTH, HEALTH REFORM & THE UNDERSERVED – WHERE WILL 2017 LEAD?

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Jan 26, 2017

In these first days of the Trump Administration, there is a great deal of uncertainty, but it’s clear that healthcare will remain in the spotlight. Repealing and replacing Obamacare is still at the top of the Republican party’s and President Trump’s agenda.

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What 32 Million Tweets Tell Us About Health & the Twitterverse WHAT 32 MILLION TWEETS TELL US ABOUT HEALTH & THE TWITTERVERSE

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Jan 25, 2017

How can we gauge whether America is prioritizing health and well-being? Since public attitudes toward health-related topics are widely shared on social media, we gazed into the mirror that is Twitter and tried to answer that question by sifting through 32 million health-related tweets, one of the la...

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It’s Up to Clinicians, Not the Government or Payers, to Control Health Care Costs IT’S UP TO CLINICIANS, NOT THE GOVERNMENT OR PAYERS, TO CONTROL HEALTH CARE COSTS

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Jan 24, 2017

Behind many of the economic and political tensions of our time lurks the growing burden of health care costs. Does that claim sound inflated? Consider when the public complains of stagnating wages, we can put our finger on health care costs as the monster that gobbles up employee compensation.

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ACA Repeal and the Ethics of Belief ACA REPEAL AND THE ETHICS OF BELIEF

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Jan 23, 2017

An elderly patient presents to a physician with symptoms of pneumonia. The physician ignores accepted medical standards of care and chooses to believe the patient suffers from a cold or flu. The patient dies of pneumonia. What evidence informs our beliefs, or how we arrive at our beliefs, is as impo...

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Resist the Evil Fiction That Is Health Insurance RESIST THE EVIL FICTION THAT IS HEALTH INSURANCE

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Jan 22, 2017

It has come to pass. President Donald J. Trump. Are you scared? Are you planning to resist the policies you imagine President Trump will pursue by tweeting furiously with clever hashtags galore? Would you prefer to move my fastidious quotation marks from resist to President?

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Is Trump Headed Into His Own If You Like Your Health Plan You Can Keep It Quagmire? IS TRUMP HEADED INTO HIS OWN IF YOU LIKE YOUR HEALTH PLAN YOU CAN KEEP IT QUAGMIRE?

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Jan 22, 2017

On Friday night the administration issued an executive order giving Trump administration appointees enormous flexibility in modifying how the Obamacare individual health insurance market works. Specifically, President Trump has given his administration the power to waive, defer, grant exemptions fro...

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Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal MINIMIZING THE ECONOMIC BURDEN OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PENDING REPEAL

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Jan 21, 2017

Section 1 is warming up the idea that administrative actions will be taken without waiting for any new legislation to reduce the application of ACA penalties and take the teeth out of regulations. This could include freely offering hardship exemptions from the individual mandate, though that would f...

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Bringing the Art of the Deal to Healthcare BRINGING THE ART OF THE DEAL TO HEALTHCARE

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Jan 20, 2017

Obamacare, at least in its original incarnation, is on its way out. The pressing question now is whether art of the deal health care will remain. The Art of the Deal is the title of the 1987 best-seller that catapulted real estate developer Donald Trump to national prominence.

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Online Rankings For Hospital Executives? ONLINE RANKINGS FOR HOSPITAL EXECUTIVES?

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Jan 20, 2017

This week’s NEJM features an article on hospital sponsored online rating sites for docs.  The author, Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, a prominent health services researcher discusses the adoption and success of her program at the University of Utah and how the system uses a portal open t...

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The Tragedy of Obamacare THE TRAGEDY OF OBAMACARE

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Jan 18, 2017

The Senate has taken its first step to repeal Obamacare. By a final party line vote of 51-48 the Senate approved a budget resolution setting the stage for rolling back much of the Affordable Care Act. Consternation reigns among Democrats who have closed ranks and promise catastrophe.

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Blepharoplasty: Eyelid Surgery and Recovery Explained BLEPHAROPLASTY: EYELID SURGERY AND RECOVERY EXPLAINED

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Jan 13, 2017

People often refer to eyes as windows to the soul. In fact, our eyes do provide lots of information about our emotional state. According to Psychology Today, we can tell a genuine from a fake smile by looking at a person’s eyes.

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Why Consumers are the New Patients WHY CONSUMERS ARE THE NEW PATIENTS

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Jan 12, 2017

An 83-year-old resident of the District of Columbia, Ms. Stowe has made a routine out of her two to three monthly trips to MedStar Health, a Maryland-based nonprofit health system. After all, her life literally depends on it. Ms. Stowe has chronic kidney failure, so her 5-mile trips to the hospital ...

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The Arc of Justice in Healthcare THE ARC OF JUSTICE IN HEALTHCARE

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Jan 12, 2017

A medical report turns out the wrong way and life may never be the same.  When that call arrives we all have the same needs:  A doctor who cares, a place to go for treatment and the finances to afford what’s needed.

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The Unlovable Political Logic of Health Reform THE UNLOVABLE POLITICAL LOGIC OF HEALTH REFORM

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Jan 11, 2017

Every so often, voters conspire to hand unambiguous control over the federal government to a single political party. It is rarely the unmixed blessing that party strategists dream it to be. President  Clinton got a Democratic Congress, and promptly lost it two years later in the wake of the fam...

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Should Cleveland Clinic’s Anti-Vax Physician Lose His Medical License? SHOULD CLEVELAND CLINIC’S ANTI-VAX PHYSICIAN LOSE HIS MEDICAL LICENSE?

blog article

Jan 10, 2017

Years ago, when I was less inflexible, I took up Pilates. My instructor, Jim, a charming chap with an infectious laughter, was a 911 truther. I’d egg him on to hear about his conspiracy theories. Jim believed that 911 was concocted by Bush and Haliburton so that the U.S. could invade Iraq to c...

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In the News: Medication Errors in 50% of Surgeries IN THE NEWS: MEDICATION ERRORS IN 50% OF SURGERIES

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Jan 09, 2017

A recent study by Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston discovered that medication errors or adverse drug events had occurred during around half of surgeries occurring over 7 months from 2013-2014.

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A Brief History of Why the Republicans Have No Replacement For Obamacare A BRIEF HISTORY OF WHY THE REPUBLICANS HAVE NO REPLACEMENT FOR OBAMACARE

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Jan 08, 2017

There is no conservative replacement health reform plan for Obamacare - because Obamacare is a conservative health reform plan. After six years of promising to repeal n replace the President’s signature domestic achievement, Republican lawmakers have no coherent alternative to the Affordable C...

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Star Wars Is Really About Protecting Patient Data STAR WARS IS REALLY ABOUT PROTECTING PATIENT DATA

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Jan 04, 2017

Star Wars may be a light-hearted adventure film series at its core, but that hasn’t stopped professionals and academics from extracting some real-world lessons from the series. A couple of prominent examples include a thesis on the economic impact of building the Death Star and NPR’s pol...

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Risk Factors of Breast Cancer -The Ones you can control RISK FACTORS OF BREAST CANCER -THE ONES YOU CAN CONTROL

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Dec 30, 2016

The most common type of breast cancer is “Ductal Carcinoma”, which begins in the lining of milk ducts (thin tubes that carry milk from lobules of the breast to the nipple). Another type of breast cancer is “Lobular Carcinoma”- begins in the lobules (milk ducts). As evidenced,...

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Do Not Ignore the Signs of Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) DO NOT IGNORE THE SIGNS OF TRANSIENT ISCHEMIC ATTACK (TIA)

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Dec 28, 2016

It is important to treat TIA like an emergency since people suffering from it, are at an increased risk of developing recurrent stroke. After TIA, 42% are likely to have stroke within 24 hours of occurrence, and 4-10% within 48 hours. There is also enough evidence that early recognition, immediate e...

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7 Ideas to Engage Patients While They Wait 7 IDEAS TO ENGAGE PATIENTS WHILE THEY WAIT

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Dec 27, 2016

A long patient wait time is never a good thing. However, the reality is patients do spend at least some time waiting—even if it’s just a few minutes while a secretary verifies insurance information or a medical assistant preps an exam room. And, if you look at most waiting rooms nationwi...

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Do Women Make Better Doctors Than Men? DO WOMEN MAKE BETTER DOCTORS THAN MEN?

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Dec 22, 2016

Our recent paper on differences in outcomes for Medicare patients cared for by male and female physicians has created a stir. While the paper has gotten broad coverage and mostly positive responses, there have also been quite a few critiques. There is no doubt that the study raises questions that ne...

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Project SEARCH Kicks Off in Oshkosh PROJECT SEARCH KICKS OFF IN OSHKOSH

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Dec 22, 2016

Project SEARCH is a collaborative employment program between the Oshkosh Area High Schools, Mercy Medical Center, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and Goodwill Industries.  This program works on improving skills, reaching career goals, and being able to implement these goals in the work f...

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Mercy Medical Center Program Offers Cancer Patients Exercise, Social Support MERCY MEDICAL CENTER PROGRAM OFFERS CANCER PATIENTS EXERCISE, SOCIAL SUPPORT

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Dec 22, 2016

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, while dealing with a cancer diagnosis, can be difficult, and often lonely. To help people throughout their cancer journey, Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh offers PEACE (People Exercising After Cancer Enters), a free exercise and relaxation program for people who have...

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HIV & Youth: Q&A with EPIC Comprehensive Risk Counselor HIV & YOUTH: Q&A WITH EPIC COMPREHENSIVE RISK COUNSELOR

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Dec 22, 2016

It’s a new age with the significant progress made in HIV treatment and support that helps people live much longer lives. But locally, nationally and globally, many people continue to become infected and need care, including a recent spike with youth. HIV and other sexually transmitted infectio...

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Correct Your Posture and Prevent Pain CORRECT YOUR POSTURE AND PREVENT PAIN

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Dec 22, 2016

Whenever the subject of posture comes up most of us instantly hear our mother’s voice, “Sit up straight; don’t slouch; stand up straight.” This advice from our mothers is spot on. If only we’d listened to the suggestions, because many of us are faced with chronic pain f...

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Elizabeth Woodcock Answers Questions about Medical Billing Changes Coming in 2017 ELIZABETH WOODCOCK ANSWERS QUESTIONS ABOUT MEDICAL BILLING CHANGES COMING IN 2017

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Dec 21, 2016

As a follow up to our recent webinar, Getting Paid in 2017: What You Need to Know, Elizabeth Woodcock and Kareo have answered the questions posed by participants about the Quality Payment Program (QPP), Chronic Care Management, Telemedicine, and coding changes.

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The Role of Machine Learning in Making EHRs Worth It THE ROLE OF MACHINE LEARNING IN MAKING EHRS WORTH IT

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Dec 20, 2016

Recently, a great op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal called Turn Off the Computer and Listen to the Patient brought a critical healthcare issue to the forefront of the national discussion. The physician authors, Caleb Gardner, MD and John Levinson, MD, describe the frustrations physicians ex...

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Why the 21st Century Cures Act Is Great News For Healthcare IT WHY THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT IS GREAT NEWS FOR HEALTHCARE IT

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Dec 20, 2016

On December 7, 2016, the United States Senate approved the 21st Century Cures Act by an overwhelming margin. Having already passed the House with similarly broad bipartisan support, it now goes to President Obama for signature.

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The Power of Positive Self-Talk & Weight Management THE POWER OF POSITIVE SELF-TALK & WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

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Dec 20, 2016

Have you ever stopped to think about the way you talk to yourself? No, it’s not crazy and yes, everyone talks to themselves. Self-talk is the running dialogue of thoughts in the mind that occur throughout the day.

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Take Steps Now to Reduce or Prevent Orthopedic Problems TAKE STEPS NOW TO REDUCE OR PREVENT ORTHOPEDIC PROBLEMS

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Dec 20, 2016

Whether you’re a fitness buff or a couch potato, a teenager or a senior, even everyday activities can put you at risk for bone, muscle or joint-related injury. The good news: there is much you can do to prevent injury so you can stay fit and active throughout life.

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Twist, Rattle & Roll: All About Ankle Sprains TWIST, RATTLE & ROLL: ALL ABOUT ANKLE SPRAINS

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Dec 20, 2016

Ankle sprains are common sports injuries. In fact, foot and ankle injuries account for more than 60% of all athletic mishaps. Sports that are played on uneven surfaces or require quick, side-to-side movements create risk factors for ankle injuries.

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Your thyroid is your metabolic control center YOUR THYROID IS YOUR METABOLIC CONTROL CENTER

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Dec 20, 2016

Located just under your Adam’s apple, your thyroid secretes hormones into the blood stream to control the rate that every cell and organ turns nutrients into energy. Thyroid hormones control metabolism, growth, body temperature, muscle strength, appetite, and the health of your heart, brain, k...

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Feeling run down? It could be anemia FEELING RUN DOWN? IT COULD BE ANEMIA

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Dec 20, 2016

Anemia starts out as a subtle feeling of constant tiredness. As it progresses, you can’t concentrate, you feel dizzy and your head aches. Advanced anemia causes heart palpitations, cold feet and hands, shortness of breath and chest pain.

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Assessing Your Weight and Health Risk ASSESSING YOUR WEIGHT AND HEALTH RISK

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Dec 20, 2016

BMI is a useful measure of overweight and obesity. It is calculated from your height and weight. BMI is an estimate of body fat and a good gauge of your risk for diseases that can occur with more body fat. The higher your BMI, the higher your risk for certain diseases such as heart disease, high blo...

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What Are the Key Statistics about Cervical Cancer? WHAT ARE THE KEY STATISTICS ABOUT CERVICAL CANCER?

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Dec 20, 2016

Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. Then, between 1955 and 1992, the cervical cancer death rate declined by almost 70%. The main reason for this change was the increased use of the Pap test. This screening procedure can find changes in the cervi...

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Safety Tips to Prevent Slips, Trips & Falls SAFETY TIPS TO PREVENT SLIPS, TRIPS & FALLS

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Dec 20, 2016

Every winter we venture outside and endure the snow, slush and ice—putting ourselves at risk of slipping, tripping and falling. Whether it’s walking to the bus stop or a couple steps out the door to pick up the mail, we’ve all experienced that heart-stopping moment as our feet try ...

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Heroin Use is Spiking – Is Your Loved One At Risk? HEROIN USE IS SPIKING – IS YOUR LOVED ONE AT RISK?

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Dec 20, 2016

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration heroin use has increased 80 percent among teenagers and deaths from overdose in young people between 15 and 24 years has increased by 38 percent nationwide.

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How to Stay Healthy at Any Age HOW TO STAY HEALTHY AT ANY AGE

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Dec 20, 2016

Consider starting at age 40 or earlier. The greatest overall benefit is seen with mammograms every 2 years between age 50 and 74. Talk with your health care provider about when mammograms are right for you.

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Data Analytics: Key to Operating a Successful Pharmacy Business and Practice DATA ANALYTICS: KEY TO OPERATING A SUCCESSFUL PHARMACY BUSINESS AND PRACTICE

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Dec 19, 2016

“Big Data” has become a popular term describing the volume, variety, and need to retrieve and process data that helps meet the demands of a business. Healthcare presents one of the most complex types of data of any industry because of its privacy rules and federal/state regulations. Yet ...

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Lung Cancer: Risk Factors, CT Lung Screening, Symptoms & Therapy Live Chat LUNG CANCER: RISK FACTORS, CT LUNG SCREENING, SYMPTOMS & THERAPY LIVE CHAT

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Dec 19, 2016

According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the U.S.  At least 8.6 million Americans qualify as high risk for lung cancer and are recommended to receive annual screening with low-dose CT scans. Lung CT Screening for individuals a...

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Shopping Trends and Physicians SHOPPING TRENDS AND PHYSICIANS

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Dec 17, 2016

It has happened.  For the first time, consumers are purchasing more on line than in stores. Even Black Friday 2016 with its emphasis on traditional shopping saw more people buying on line than in stores 44% compared to 40%.

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Making the Physician Patient Relationship Great Again MAKING THE PHYSICIAN PATIENT RELATIONSHIP GREAT AGAIN

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Dec 16, 2016

21st Century Cures is now law. Aside from its touted research and mental health provisions, it’s the most significant health information technology regulation since HITECH, now 8 years ago. A decent summary of the health IT provisions of the bill by John Halamka concludes with That is just not...

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Whether They Like It Or Not, The GOP Must Repair Obamacare WHETHER THEY LIKE IT OR NOT, THE GOP MUST REPAIR OBAMACARE

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Dec 16, 2016

It’s very possible that the pejorative Obamacare could become the even more pejorative Trumpcare in a very short period of time. That is because Trump’s and the GOP’s promise to repeal Obamacare- the Affordable Care Act ACA has already hit a snag called reality.

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Body Contouring After Extreme Weight Loss BODY CONTOURING AFTER EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS

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Dec 16, 2016

Whether from changes in diet and exercise or as a result of a bariatric surgery procedure, loosing a large amount of weight is an incredibly challenging and rewarding accomplishment to be celebrated

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Harnessing Data and Analytics to Transform the Healthcare Industry HARNESSING DATA AND ANALYTICS TO TRANSFORM THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY

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Dec 15, 2016

As organizations in every industry invest heavily in business intelligence and analytics to transform their business models, healthcare providers are looking for opportunities to catch up. The challenges to digital transformation in the healthcare industry are significant, but the opportunities are ...

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7 Habits to Improve Your Hygiene at the Gym 7 HABITS TO IMPROVE YOUR HYGIENE AT THE GYM

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Dec 15, 2016

The gym is a great place to exercise, but it is important to practice good gym hygiene in order to prevent illness. Every time you work out at a gym, you are exposed to thousands of germs that can increase the risk of viral, bacterial and fungal infections. However, this doesn’t mean you have ...

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Surprising Benefits of Patient Engagement SURPRISING BENEFITS OF PATIENT ENGAGEMENT

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Dec 14, 2016

Kareo Clinical is MACRA-ready! This release includes updates to the Patient Care Checklist for the MACRA Quality Payment Program’s (QPP) Merit Based Incentive Program (MIPS). Of the specialties affected by the QPP starting on January 1, 2017, Kareo Clinical will be ready for our “core&rd...

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Minimally Invasive Surgery is Changing the Early Detection of Lung Cancer MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY IS CHANGING THE EARLY DETECTION OF LUNG CANCER

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Dec 14, 2016

How is minimally invasive surgery changing the early detection of lung cancer? The majority of lung cancer surgeries are now performed using minimally invasive approaches. Above 80 percent at Emory. This presents advantages to the patient: less muscle is cut and recovery is quicker. Traditionally su...

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Whooping Cough Prevention and Treatment WHOOPING COUGH PREVENTION AND TREATMENT

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Dec 13, 2016

According to the CDC, there were over 18,000 cases of whooping cough (pertussis) reported in the United States in 2015. In 2016, there have been 966 cases reported in Wisconsin so far.

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Cheers To Healthy Holiday Drinks CHEERS TO HEALTHY HOLIDAY DRINKS

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Dec 13, 2016

The holiday season is here. If your goal is to maintain or lose weight over the next six to eight weeks, being aware of the calorie content of the beverages you drink can help.

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The Value of a Second Opinion THE VALUE OF A SECOND OPINION

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Dec 13, 2016

When your health care provider recommends surgery or a major procedure or treatment, it’s smart to get a second opinion from another expert. But, how do you know a second opinion is in order? And how do you go about getting one? Here are some answers to these and other important questions.

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Top Five Cardiac Nutrition Myths Debunked TOP FIVE CARDIAC NUTRITION MYTHS DEBUNKED

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Dec 13, 2016

Patients are always excited to learn they can eat eggs. When looking at cholesterol levels, it’s the LDL (bad) cholesterol to keep low and the HDL (good) cholesterol to keep high. The types of dietary fat selected are the most important factors affecting these numbers, not the amount of dietar...

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Reflect On Reflexes REFLECT ON REFLEXES

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Dec 13, 2016

What happens when your health care provider taps on your knee with a rubber mallet? Your leg kicks forward, seemingly on its own. In a sense, your leg has a mind of its own ‑- in your spinal cord. When the mallet hits your knee, the tendon just below the kneecap reacts by stretching. This sends a si...

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Massage Therapy Benefits MASSAGE THERAPY BENEFITS

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Dec 13, 2016

Why get regular massage therapy? Compare the reason to weight management. You can’t manage your weight by eating right and exercising only once or twice. The same goes for massage therapy. It should become part of everyone’s wellness routine and should be viewed more like preventive main...

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Rising Drug Prices: Impact on Patients and Pharmacy RISING DRUG PRICES: IMPACT ON PATIENTS AND PHARMACY

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Dec 12, 2016

Over the past few months, the price of drugs has gotten a lot of attention. It was an issue on Capitol Hill, on the campaign trail, and in the media. With all this discussion, there are still no easy answers. As pharmacists, we’re often on the front line, dealing with patients who may be surpr...

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Long-term AIDS Survivor from Gulfport Walks to Remember LONG-TERM AIDS SURVIVOR FROM GULFPORT WALKS TO REMEMBER

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Dec 12, 2016

Greg Stemm was diagnosed with HIV in 1992. A doctor told him they shouldn’t expect to live much more than a few years. Stemm, of Gulfport, was 31 at the time. He now calls his survival a miracle. On Saturday, he walked for all those who didn’t survive at the annual Tampa Bay AIDS Walk + ...

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The Case For a Medicare Buy In THE CASE FOR A MEDICARE BUY IN

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Dec 08, 2016

Here is why we need a Medicare buy-in: Take the case of a male age 62, in Omaha Nebraska , whose Income is $50,000 a year His only offers of ACA-qualified health insurance are from Medica and Aetna. With Medica, he can choose a bronze plan that has a monthly premium of $1,242, a deductible of $6.850...

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PIH Health: Planning for the Next 100 Years PIH HEALTH: PLANNING FOR THE NEXT 100 YEARS

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Dec 08, 2016

Hospitals are an important component for the communities they serve. PIH Health has been an integral part of the communities it serves for nearly a century – that’s almost 100 years strong! PIH Health plans to continue to serve communities and deliver on their mission of “Patients ...

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Why the Affordable Part Didn’t Work WHY THE AFFORDABLE PART DIDN’T WORK

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Dec 06, 2016

On March 23, 2010, Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It soon became known as the Affordable Care Act aka ACA before being labeled Obamacare. Its aims were two: to reduce costs and cover everyone.

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The Dirt on Handwashing for Healthcare THE DIRT ON HANDWASHING FOR HEALTHCARE

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Dec 06, 2016

It is National Handwashing Awareness Week through December 10, 2016. And while it may seem like a no-brainer for healthcare professionals, the spread of germs due to ineffective hadwashing is still a concern throughout the healthcare community, even in the developed world.

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EFT Payments Can Improve Cash Flow and Efficiency In Your Medical Practice EFT PAYMENTS CAN IMPROVE CASH FLOW AND EFFICIENCY IN YOUR MEDICAL PRACTICE

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Dec 06, 2016

Many employers use direct deposit, so why can’t physicians expect the same from payers? The good news is—they can. Physicians who enroll in electronic funds transfer (EFT) see an immediate return on investment in terms of efficiency and improved cash flow as insurers transfer payments el...

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Lawrence Kay, M.D., FAAFP, Named Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Empath Health LAWRENCE KAY, M.D., FAAFP, NAMED CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER (CMO) OF EMPATH HEALTH

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Dec 06, 2016

Empath Health has named Lawrence Kay, M.D., FAAFP, chief medical officer. As CMO, Dr. Kay has become a key member of the senior executive team, overseeing medical programs throughout the organization, providing clinical strategic direction, and managing all physicians throughout Empath Health’...

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Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines You Need To Know LUNG CANCER SCREENING GUIDELINES YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Dec 06, 2016

Did you know that not everyone can actually qualify for lung cancer screening? Current guidelines state that screening for lung cancer is recommended when all of the following lung cancer screening guidelines are met.

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The Colonoscopy Conundrum THE COLONOSCOPY CONUNDRUM

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Dec 05, 2016

Of all the medical tests and procedures that are recommended for adults, the colonoscopy is arguably one of the most misunderstood and the most feared. Most people have concerns about preparing for the procedure as well as fears about the procedure itself. However, when asked, patients who have had ...

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Medicaid, Meet Indiana MEDICAID, MEET INDIANA

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Dec 02, 2016

We will soon have a Vice President and a head of CMS who hail from the great state of Indiana, and are proud of what they’ve done with Medicaid there through the Healthy Indiana Plan. Seema Verma, the proposed CMS Administrator, is credited with being the architect of Healthy Indiana, and Mike...

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Augmentation, Reduction or Lift? – Your Breast Surgery Questions Answered AUGMENTATION, REDUCTION OR LIFT? – YOUR BREAST SURGERY QUESTIONS ANSWERED

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Dec 02, 2016

Have you been contemplating breast surgery? Whether you are considering breast augmentation (enhancement), breast reduction or breast lift surgery, it is important to understand the full extent of the procedure.

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3 Easy Ways to Boost Indoor Workouts with Hills 3 EASY WAYS TO BOOST INDOOR WORKOUTS WITH HILLS

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Dec 02, 2016

Colder, darker days might send you inside for your workouts, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up one of the biggest benefits of sweating it out outside: Hills. In fact, adding an incline to your indoor exercise sessions delivers major body benefits, says strength and conditioning special...

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13 Genius Uses for Your Fitbit Tracker’s Silent Alarms 13 GENIUS USES FOR YOUR FITBIT TRACKER’S SILENT ALARMS

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Dec 02, 2016

You backup your computer, so why not your brain? That’s the idea behind silent alarms—aka safety nets for your memory—and why all Fitbit trackers (except Fitbit Zip—sorry!) allow you to set up to eight. Depending on which tracker you own, your setup screen may look a bit...

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Keeping Medicare’s Promise KEEPING MEDICARE’S PROMISE

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Dec 01, 2016

So, you decided to come to Washington to see what was new and how things might be changing. I am sure we did not disappoint. I am honored to have been invited to address this summit, which I’m sure will be your first of many.

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What Does the Recent Election Mean For Predictive Analytics In Healthcare? WHAT DOES THE RECENT ELECTION MEAN FOR PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS IN HEALTHCARE?

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Nov 29, 2016

The outcome of the recent election caught many people, and many forecasters, by surprise. How could their predictions have missed the mark so significantly? Granted, there were a number of people who predicted the outcome more accurately, but many of those who used data models to analyze the likely ...

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What Is Lung CT Scan & How Does It Work? WHAT IS LUNG CT SCAN & HOW DOES IT WORK?

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Nov 29, 2016

A lung CT (computed tomography) scan creates detailed pictures of the structures in your chest, such as your lungs. A lung CT scan provides more detailed information than conventional X-rays making it possible to diagnose & manage lung cancer earlier & more effectively.

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Lung Cancer Survivor Shares the Value of Screening LUNG CANCER SURVIVOR SHARES THE VALUE OF SCREENING

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Nov 29, 2016

Johanna Villarreal just might be the top patient advocate for PIH Health’s Lung Cancer Screening Program. That’s because without this program, Johanna would not have known she had lung cancer. The screening may very well have saved her life.

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3 Ways Alcohol Undermines Weight Loss 3 WAYS ALCOHOL UNDERMINES WEIGHT LOSS

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Nov 29, 2016

Sorry to crash the party, but too much alcohol isn’t good for you—no surprises there! Consistent heavy drinking can eventually damage your brain, heart, and liver, but even just the occasional big night can lower your immune system for 24 hours afterward—not something you’re ...

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Keeping It (USP) 800: Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs KEEPING IT (USP) 800: SAFE HANDLING OF HAZARDOUS DRUGS

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Nov 28, 2016

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) issued its Chapter 800 guidelines on hazardous drug handling in healthcare settings in February 2016, and its Compounding Expert Committee has set an implementation deadline of July 1, 2018.

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The Essence of Hospice Care THE ESSENCE OF HOSPICE CARE

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Nov 28, 2016

On this last Monday of National Hospice and Palliative Care month, we celebrate the contributions that hospice care has made to our community and our world. Rachel Joyce , in her novel titled, “The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy” captures the essence of hospice care in this exchange ...

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The Sneaky Holiday Party Item Adding Inches to Your Waistline THE SNEAKY HOLIDAY PARTY ITEM ADDING INCHES TO YOUR WAISTLINE

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Nov 28, 2016

Whether you like it or not, the holidays are right around the corner. Everywhere we Mulled wineturn, there’s Christmas decorations, black Friday sales, and maybe a little anxiety about finding that perfect gift. For some, this time of year also means the worry of gaining weight. While there ar...

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This Breathing Exercise Increases Oxygen and Boosts Your Energy THIS BREATHING EXERCISE INCREASES OXYGEN AND BOOSTS YOUR ENERGY

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Nov 28, 2016

Americans will spend over 10 billion dollars this year on coffee and energy drinks. It’s clear, you need an energy boost, but you don’t need to bombard your body with caffeine, load up the landfills with cups and cans, or spend your hard earned cash. What you really need is a shot of oxy...

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How Doctors Can Help Win the Next Election HOW DOCTORS CAN HELP WIN THE NEXT ELECTION

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Nov 26, 2016

On the morning of November 9th, the day after the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, a visceral sense of shock was felt throughout the campus of Harvard Medical School. Donald Trump’s victory appeared to be an abrupt rebuke of so many of our commonly held values-equality, service, compassion.

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Rising Popularity of Cosmetic Surgery Among Males RISING POPULARITY OF COSMETIC SURGERY AMONG MALES

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Nov 24, 2016

There is increased evidence that cosmetic surgery popularity is growing among males. This has been shown via figures published by American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), British Association of Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and Bahrain Society of Plastic Surgeons (BSPS). According to figures publishe...

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Congress Shouldn’t Pass FDA Reform Bills Without Addressing Patient Safety and Drug Prices CONGRESS SHOULDN’T PASS FDA REFORM BILLS WITHOUT ADDRESSING PATIENT SAFETY AND DRUG PRICES

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Nov 23, 2016

A major proposed law that alters the way the Food and Drug Administration approves drugs and medical devices has been wending its way through Congress since 2014. Momentum is building on Capitol Hill to pass the legislation in the current lame-duck session of Congress.

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Will Trumpcare Repeal & Replace Obamacare? WILL TRUMPCARE REPEAL & REPLACE OBAMACARE?

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Nov 23, 2016

Donald Trump made repealing Obamacare one of the cornerstones of his campaign. Now that he has won, his administration will face the daunting task of unraveling nearly seven years of Obamacare. Republican policymakers cannot agree how to proceed. Some Republicans believe Trump should repeal Obamacar...

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Surgeon Answers FAQ SURGEON ANSWERS FAQ'S ON RHINOPLASTY

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Nov 23, 2016

Rhinoplasty (nose job) is an operation requiring a lot of expertise and experience. Mr Irfan Khan is a full member of the British Society of Rhinoplasty Surgeons (BSRS), besides being a member of the British Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) and The British Associati...

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New Facelift Techniques NEW FACELIFT TECHNIQUES

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Nov 23, 2016

There has been a lot of recent developments in facial rejuvenation driven by patient desire to have natural looking results with minimal down time. While surgical facelift remains a gold standard, one must not forget the role of non-surgical procedures.

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Healthy Recipe: Turkey Salad with Pecans & Cranberries HEALTHY RECIPE: TURKEY SALAD WITH PECANS & CRANBERRIES

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Nov 23, 2016

This healthy grain salad is a great way to clean up your diet and clear out your fridge after the indulgences of the Thanksgiving holiday. Toss the white meat with grains, greens, a small handful of crunchy nuts, and some sweet dried fruit. You can try the same trick with leftover chicken breast or ...

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3 Yoga Poses to Keep You Calm 3 YOGA POSES TO KEEP YOU CALM

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Nov 23, 2016

As bright and beautiful as it may be, life is full of little (and big) stressors, whether it’s traffic during your morning commute, impending deadlines, or too many holiday parties. Thankfully, finding peace of mind can be as simple as performing yoga. Researchers have touted yoga’s calm...

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Want to help Technologies for Healthy Communities? WANT TO HELP TECHNOLOGIES FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES?

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Nov 22, 2016

Health 2.0 is actively expanding Technology for Healthy Communities and looking for large healthcare organizations and foundations to help support technology adoption at a community level. Technology for Healthy Communities is a dynamic pilot program designed to catalyze the adoption of technologies...

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Quitting smoking is not easy, but these tips can help you kick the habit QUITTING SMOKING IS NOT EASY, BUT THESE TIPS CAN HELP YOU KICK THE HABIT

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Nov 22, 2016

If you smoke, quitting is one of the best ways to improve the length and quality of your life. It’s never too late to quit. The sooner you do it, the better, but no matter what age you are when you stop smoking, you can reap valuable health benefits.

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Concomitant Prescribing Patterns of Opioids and Benzodiazepines: A Dangerous Mix CONCOMITANT PRESCRIBING PATTERNS OF OPIOIDS AND BENZODIAZEPINES: A DANGEROUS MIX

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Nov 21, 2016

In last month’s article, I took a look at issues related to use of opioids and benzodiazepines leading to ED visits and overdose deaths in the U.S. Two more recent literature reports addressed the growing problem of prescribing opioids alongside benzodiazepines.

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Fitbit Basics: How to Do the Perfect Lunge FITBIT BASICS: HOW TO DO THE PERFECT LUNGE

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Nov 21, 2016

Just like building a house, when it comes to shaping your body, you’ll want to forge a strong foundation first. And there’s no better brick than a classic move, to help fortify your muscles and your technique for any other exercises to come.

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CT Lung Screening Real-life Patient Story CT LUNG SCREENING REAL-LIFE PATIENT STORY

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Nov 18, 2016

This real-life story about an Emory CT lung screening patient is just one example of how ct screening for lung cancer can save a life.

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Making Cancer Care Great Again MAKING CANCER CARE GREAT AGAIN

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Nov 17, 2016

Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency included a promise to repeal Obamacare in its entirety. If he succeeds in fulfilling that promise, what impact can we expect on American cancer prevention and cancer treatment? Donald Trump, emboldened by eliminating ISIS, ending illegal immigration a...

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TMJ and TMD Disorders. Mr Omar Hussain answers your FAQs TMJ AND TMD DISORDERS. MR OMAR HUSSAIN ANSWERS YOUR FAQS

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Nov 17, 2016

The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is also commonly known as the jaw joint.There are two TMJs, one in front of each ear. TMJ connects the lower jaw bone(the mandible) to the base of the skull on each side of the head with ligaments and muscles surrounding the joint. TMJ is a ball and socket type of j...

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Celebrating Hospice: Our Evolution of Life-Changing Care CELEBRATING HOSPICE: OUR EVOLUTION OF LIFE-CHANGING CARE

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Nov 17, 2016

During National Hospice and Palliative Care Month in November, we join in celebrating the tremendous care and comfort hospices bring to countless patients and families across our nation. For nearly 40 years, we at Suncoast Hospice have been honored to be the local community hospice provider in Pinel...

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6+ Reasons to Quit Smoking on November 17th 6+ REASONS TO QUIT SMOKING ON NOVEMBER 17TH

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Nov 17, 2016

More than 40 million Americans smoke cigarettes, despite the fact that tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of death in the U.S. To help lower this number and the heightened risk for disease caused by cigarette smoking, the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is Th...

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5 Secrets to Stay Fit During the Holidays 5 SECRETS TO STAY FIT DURING THE HOLIDAYS

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Nov 17, 2016

It’s no surprise that as the demands of the holiday season heat up, it gets harder to fit in workouts on a regular basis. But staying physically active is as important at this time of the year as any other.

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How to Balance Eating, Exercise, and Holidays HOW TO BALANCE EATING, EXERCISE, AND HOLIDAYS

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Nov 17, 2016

It’s that time of year! We’re about to set foot on that slippery slope of mindless eating and no time to work out, with an added gallon of stress. Yup, the holidays are here: Five weeks of parties and feasts, and very little time to ourselves. Fortunately, there are some simple strategie...

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Stroke Patient Gets Advanced Care at PIH Health Stroke Receiving Center STROKE PATIENT GETS ADVANCED CARE AT PIH HEALTH STROKE RECEIVING CENTER

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Nov 16, 2016

David Trcopan, a 53-year-old Downey resident, was glad he got to PIH Health Hospital -Whittier, one of the few area hospitals designated by Los Angeles County as a primary Stroke Receiving Center with advanced certification for rapid diagnosis and treatment.

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How to Rest After Workouts to Boost Your Fitness HOW TO REST AFTER WORKOUTS TO BOOST YOUR FITNESS

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Nov 16, 2016

Logging endless hours in the gym, on the running trail, or in the pool may feel like you’re working toward your fitness goals, but pushing your body all the time may actually stall your progress. Here’s why: When you crush a workout, you’re actually causing tiny tears in your muscl...

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Trumpcare Beta: mHealth, MACRA and ACOs TRUMPCARE BETA: MHEALTH, MACRA AND ACOS

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Nov 15, 2016

While readers digest the reality of a Trump Presidency and Republican control of both houses of Congress, your correspondent has been trying to assess the down ballot implications for healthcare and mHealth providers. While the universe has been turned upside down, its initial reaction for mHealth i...

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Why Trump’s Health Care Plan Will Fail WHY TRUMP’S HEALTH CARE PLAN WILL FAIL

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Nov 15, 2016

Donald Trump along with some Republican leaders says he wants to keep certain parts of Obamacare, such as letting young adults stay on their parents’ plans through age 26 and banning pre-existing condition exclusions. Coupled with the plan that Trump recently unveiled on his website a grab bag...

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Advancing epilepsy care with more options, better outcomes ADVANCING EPILEPSY CARE WITH MORE OPTIONS, BETTER OUTCOMES

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Nov 15, 2016

Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the United States, with 1 in 26 people diagnosed with epilepsy in their lifetime . Fortunately, patients today have more treatments options that deliver better outcomes than ever before. From new medications to less-invasive approaches...

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Don’t Give Up! Healthy Eating During the Holidays DON’T GIVE UP! HEALTHY EATING DURING THE HOLIDAYS

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Nov 15, 2016

It’s that time of year again. Days and nights filled with festivities, family, and food. A lot of food. And let’s not forget those holiday-inspired coffees and cocktails that sneak their way in, too. What are you left with after all the merriment subsides? Weight gain. If you’re lu...

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Healthcare’s sky isn’t falling; President-elect Trump’s path forward HEALTHCARE’S SKY ISN’T FALLING; PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP’S PATH FORWARD

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Nov 14, 2016

Friday, Healthcare IT News reported that most healthcare executives express a dystopian view of a Trump presidency’s impact on healthcare. While significant changes to the ACA and beyond are coming, the sky won’t be falling any time soon.

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Lung Cancer Screening – How It Can Save Your Life LUNG CANCER SCREENING – HOW IT CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE

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Nov 14, 2016

Did you know that lung cancer screening can save your life or that of your loved one? Better screening and minimally invasive surgery are changing the prognosis for patients with early-stage lung cancer.

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Believing In the Positive Effects of Exercise Can Boost Its Powers BELIEVING IN THE POSITIVE EFFECTS OF EXERCISE CAN BOOST ITS POWERS

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Nov 14, 2016

Although you know you’re supposed to invest time in physical activity, you may have some limiting beliefs in place. Perhaps you’ve heard people say things like, “You’ll never out-exercise what you eat,” or “The weight loss battle is won in the kitchen,” but ...

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A Vote For Trumpcare A VOTE FOR TRUMPCARE

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Nov 12, 2016

The world is not going to end. We witnessed a revolution earlier this week. The people have spoken and they chose the anti-establishment, street smart, government shrinking candidate who bucks the status quo. We find ourselves in uncharted territory, with an unpredictable President-elect, who has un...

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Repealing and Replacing the ACA REPEALING AND REPLACING THE ACA

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Nov 11, 2016

The ACA.   Replace is the critical word in repeal and replace. Consensus is already emerging that Trump and the Republicans will indeed repeal the ACA in early 2017, via the reconciliation process Congress used earlier this year.

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Deciding the Future of the Veterans Health Administration DECIDING THE FUTURE OF THE VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

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Nov 11, 2016

The waitlist scandals of 2014 opened a broad discussion on the future of the Veterans Health Administration. The immediate Congressional response was an Act that funded the Choice Program whereby VHA enrollees could obtain care in the community under certain circumstances

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So what does Trump mean for new health tech? SO WHAT DOES TRUMP MEAN FOR NEW HEALTH TECH?

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Nov 11, 2016

I’m a pundit who like everyone else was surprised by Trump’s victory in the profoundly undemocratic and hopefully-to-be-abolished-soon electoral college, and everything I say here is prefaced by the fact that there was very little discussion of healthcare specifics by Trump. So there&rsq...

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Dancing on the Grave of Obamacare DANCING ON THE GRAVE OF OBAMACARE

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Nov 10, 2016

I hate to interrupt the festivities, but I have a few questions. There are one or two little unknowns here. The answers to these questions are matters of life and death to many in the industry, literal life and death to many thousands of patients, organizational life and death to thousands of compan...

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You’re Not Alone: A Mental Health Message for our Veterans YOU’RE NOT ALONE: A MENTAL HEALTH MESSAGE FOR OUR VETERANS

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Nov 10, 2016

Our veterans and service members are some of the most brave men and women in our country. They’re passionate and disciplined when it comes to protecting and serving our country, which is a commitment we’re grateful for every day.

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Making Healthcare Great Again MAKING HEALTHCARE GREAT AGAIN

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Nov 09, 2016

The election results are in and Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States. His appeal to Make America Great Again resonated across the heartland sparking an unprecedented political upset that surprised even the most astute prognosticators and pundits.

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What Will Become of Healthcare IT in the Age of Trump? WHAT WILL BECOME OF HEALTHCARE IT IN THE AGE OF TRUMP?

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Nov 09, 2016

In the United States, it’s the Day After. The future of American policy – from immigration to foreign trade to national defense – is full of kinetic uncertainty. One thing is certain: that Donald J. Trump – who has brought something very different from palpable policy proposa...

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Palliative Care Physician Q&A: Care & Support With Terminal Illness PALLIATIVE CARE PHYSICIAN Q&A: CARE & SUPPORT WITH TERMINAL ILLNESS

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Nov 08, 2016

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month: Know Your Options. Palliative care is the medical specialty focused on the relief of symptoms associated with serious illness and hospice care is palliative care applied to patients nearing the end of life. One of the most significant differenc...

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Prescription For Patient Safety With Health IT PRESCRIPTION FOR PATIENT SAFETY WITH HEALTH IT

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Nov 07, 2016

Recent government incentives have gone a long way toward bringing digitization to healthcare, with  particular benefits seen in the PACS/ digital radiology areas and digitally archiving data for better access.  A 2016 AMA survey has shown that the biggest desires for physicians from digita...

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Diabetes: Top Three Medication Safety Concerns DIABETES: TOP THREE MEDICATION SAFETY CONCERNS

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Nov 07, 2016

Diabetes medications are not frequently associated with serious adverse events or major drug interactions. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t concerns to be addressed when treating diabetic patients to help ensure safe and effective therapies.

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An Ad Page In the NEJM and the Future of Cancer Care AN AD PAGE IN THE NEJM AND THE FUTURE OF CANCER CARE

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Nov 04, 2016

I am not sure how many docs still do this, but I still read the actual hard copy of my New England Journal of Medicine, and that means I flip past ad pages with smiling grandfathers playing with grandchildren thanks to supercalifragilistic products on my way to scholarly papers with tables and figur...

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The Perfect Patient and Family Experience: A Lesson in Humanity THE PERFECT PATIENT AND FAMILY EXPERIENCE: A LESSON IN HUMANITY

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Nov 03, 2016

We learn how to change the care experience through the eyes of our patients and families. Sometimes, if we’re lucky enough, we learn it directly from their hearts, and when that happens, it touches us deeply. The bedside scene recounted by Boston writer Peter DeMarco in a letter published by t...

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12 Ways to Avoid Unhealthy Traps During the Holidays 12 WAYS TO AVOID UNHEALTHY TRAPS DURING THE HOLIDAYS

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Nov 02, 2016

The holidays can be a busy, but a wonderful time for most people! Try to focus on those things you can control over the next several weeks, and stay on the path towards a healthy lifestyle. Recruit support from friends andFriends having a great time in cafe family to join you on this venture.

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Avoid the Flu: Get your Flu Shot AVOID THE FLU: GET YOUR FLU SHOT

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Nov 01, 2016

Heading into the Holiday seasons, it’s easy to lose focus on preventative health. Schedules are packed with kids back in school and youth sports like soccer and football, are in full swing. Cooling temperatures are just around the corner and with that comes flu season. But don’t fret&hel...

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A New Kind of Payment Mechanism Targeting Social Determinants of Health? A NEW KIND OF PAYMENT MECHANISM TARGETING SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH?

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Oct 31, 2016

It’s been established that an effective way to manage an individual’s health is to address the root cause of health complications, known as social determinants of health SDOH.  Unfortunately, interventions that address SDOH often exist outside the scope of the traditional healthcare...

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Holiday survival tips offered for those living with diabetes HOLIDAY SURVIVAL TIPS OFFERED FOR THOSE LIVING WITH DIABETES

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Oct 31, 2016

Mashed potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie…oh my. With the holidays just around the corner, many people look forward to spending time with friends and family and celebrating with food. Often, holiday parties also mean we have an increased exposure to calorie and carbohydrate-rich dishes. This ...

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Prevent or Reduce High Blood Pressure with These Tips PREVENT OR REDUCE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE WITH THESE TIPS

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Oct 31, 2016

Have you talked to your doctor about your target blood pressure? In most adults, blood pressure less than 120/80 is considered normal. Prehypertension is blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89. If your blood pressure is higher than 140/90, you have hypertension. You should take immediate steps to ...

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