Monthly Archives: August 2013

UPS drops health benefits for 15,000 spouses. An Obamacare bellwhether?

States scramble to get health-care law’s insurance marketplaces up and running

And other news reports chronicle employers who are paring hours for some workers, saying the reason is to curb their health costs under the law. In the case of UPS, the 15,000 spouses are husbands or wives whose employers also offer health benefits. This appears to be a case where they like the plan they have (theyve opted for the UPS plan rather than their employer plan) and cant keep it. Most UPS employees those who are unionized or whose spouses dont have another employer-sponsored health plan available arent seeing a reduction in benefits. Want your top political issues explained? Get customized DC Decoder updates. And for the 15,000 who are affected, its a bit simplistic to say their options are narrowing solely because of Obamacare.
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We might decide that we still want them perhaps: many countries have a tax funded grant for example which aids the poor in paying for a burial. But theyre not specifically necessary to the operation of the system. The essential difference between the Singapore and US health care systems is that the US handles all health care through the insurance route and Singapore differentiates between those parts that are insurance and those that are assurance. Yes, its true, much of the Singapore health care system is run directly by the government but this isnt what makes the system work so well: the UKs health care system is also largely (90% in fact) provided directly by the government and that doesnt offer Singapores mixture of being both very good and also extremely cheap. The Singapore system, to keep things very simple indeed, essentially says that individuals will pay for their routine and regular health care themselves. Only catastrophic events will be covered by government run insurance.
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How To Provide Health Care To All Americans For The Price Of Medicare. It’s All In The Prices

It will by no means be as smooth and as seamless as people expected. Oregon announced this month that it will delay consumers direct access to its marketplace, opening the Web site only to brokers and consumer-assistance agents in order to shield consumers from opening-day glitches. Even though were testing now, once you actually have the system up, you dont know what the bugs will be, said Amy Fauver, spokeswoman for Cover Oregon, the state agency implementing the law there. In California, which has the nations largest uninsured population, health officials have begun hinting that they may have a similar problem. Its a complex system, and theres a lot of navigation that needs to happen, said Oscar Hidalgo, a spokesman for Covered California.
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Hottest fitness trends of 2013

4. Dance fusion classes Zumba classes are great for a broad spectrum of athletes looking for a varied cardio workout without the equipment-intense sessions or marathon-level running. While Philly has tons of Zumba classes to offer, Zumba isnt the only way to dance away those unwanted pounds. Philly Dance Fitness offers extreme ballet classes, hip-hop, jazz and even striptease aerobics if youre feeling frisky, while House Party Fitness incorporates resistance training in their dance routines. Lastly, Cohen touted her own fitness class, Pound as a hot new fitness trend. The class is described as a fusion of cardio, pilates, plyometrics, isometric movements and poses into a full-body 45 minute class that can burn 600-900 calories per hour. Cohen uses weighted drumsticks (called Ripstix) and rhythm to lead a full body cardio jam session. Lets just say if this comes to Philly, well be signing up to try it!
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Celebrity fitness trainer Suzanne Bowen: Tighten, Tone and Torch

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You’ll need light hand weights. Bonus: With the DVD, you get a free one-month trial membership to Suzanne’s site for on-demand streaming barre, mat and interval workouts and exercise regimes. Also recommended: If you’re concerned with love handles, belly bulge and muffin top, we also recommend ” Gorgeous Core with Suzanne Bowen” (click to order ). From a metabolism bootcamp to plank and Pilates inspired moves, this DVD works every facet of your midsection to achieve, as the title promises, a gorgeous core.
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Wahoo Fitness PROTKT: Bike mount and protective case in one

Let’s take a look! Opening the PROTKT box, you’re confronted with a bunch of components. The most obvious is the iPhone 5 case, which is built like a tank. If you’re a professional bike racer, you’re not going to like the PROTKT because it’s not very aerodynamically designed. On the other hand, you probably shave your legs, arms and head, so maybe that lack of friction will make up for the boxiness of the PROTKT case. Wahoo Fitness PROTKT Case and Bicycle Mount Like any good tank, the PROTKT case is sealed up tight and hard to get into. I actually had to check out the instructions online to figure out how to open the case, and even there it took a good tug to get the top to pop off (it’s held down with some rubberized strips that run along the sides of the case for “grippiness”).
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Why Mental Health Is Losing Its Soul

Ron Unger

One of the gravest dangers afflicting our culture in general and the field of mental health in particular is the assault on human subjectivity; the decreasing interest in honoring and valuing people’s experience. In the craze to map the brain and prescribe pills for psychological disorders, the field of mental health is not only getting hijacked, it is losing its soul. In Dante’s Divine Comedy the Roman poet Virgil accompanies Dante to the underworld. No one wants to be Virgil anymore — to “go into hell with Dante.” But the willingness to explore with patience and empathy the actual experience of what people undergo, no matter how horrific, is indispensable in healing the emotional afflictions that haunt human beings. And we shouldn’t be surprised that recipients of such understanding will be capable of both remarkable resilience and extraordinary healing. Ideas are not set in stone. When exposed to thoughtful people, they morph and adapt into their most potent form.
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Inquiry into mental health services ‘crucial’ after prisoner’s death

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Call me on 01865 425403 Ian McLean CALLS have been made for an independent inquiry into Oxfordshires mental health provider after two high-profile cases involving its patients. Oxford Health has been criticised after life prisoner Ian McLean walked out of Littlemore Mental Health Centre and travelled to Poland, where he took his own life, and for its handling of Kauthar Silvera, who murdered her mother days after being discharged from the same place. Now it has emerged that the clinical director at the high-security Broadmoor Hospital, where Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe is currently serving 20 life sentences, has been brought in to review the McLean escape. Oxford East MP Andrew Smith and a member of an Oxfordshire health watchdog have called for steps to be taken to restore public confidence. Susanna Pressel, of the Oxfordshire joint health overview & scrutiny committee, said: A thorough review of safety practices is needed at Oxford Health. An independent review must look at why several things have happened in the recent past, not just this incident (McLeans escape). It seems to be one thing after another and we need to be reassured that Oxford Health will now look after the safety of their patients and the public much better than they have done in the past.
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Pregnancy and pelvic floor disorders are treatable

Loyolas program combines the expertise of the nations most recognized leaders in female pelvic floor disorders who are transforming the care of women with these conditions. These issues can include urine leakage, bowel incontinence, pelvic and lower back pain, episiotomy complications, vaginal and vulvar healing problems, sexual dysfunction and other pelvic health issues associated with childbirth. Rehabilitative and urogynecology specialists offer individualized treatment to help women achieve optimal pelvic health during pregnancy and up to one year after childbirth. The focus of the Mothers Pelvic Wellness Program is education, treatment, planning for future delivery and counseling for long-term pelvic health. Many women develop treatable pelvic floor problems during pregnancy and after childbirth, yet they tend to suffer alone without effective care, said Cynthia Brincat, MD, PhD, urogynecologist, Loyola University Health System, and assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Our Mothers Pelvic Wellness Program was established to respond to this need and to help women recover from pregnancy and childbirth, so that they can enjoy this exciting time in their life. The program is available to women on the first and third Thursday afternoons of the month at the Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge located at 6800 N. Frontage Road.
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Poor Sleep in Pregnancy Can Lead to Complications at Birth

But I knew exactly what I was up against when I walked into “AAA Women for Choice” in Manassas, Virginia. At first glance, the center resembled a doctor’s office. The waiting room looked like it belonged to a pediatrician, complete with magazines and children’s toys. The atmosphere provided a sense of credibility and legitimacy. Under different circumstances, I would have trusted this facade; it would have put me at ease. After checking in, I was introduced to my “counselor,” a conservatively dressed middle-aged woman who led me to one of the back rooms. She sat across from me with some forms on a clipboard I was not permitted to see.
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What I Learned Undercover at a Crisis Pregnancy Center

Researchers found: Poor sleep and depression were both associated with increased risk for birth complications, when found separately and together. Among the women evaluated, those with both depression and poor sleep were at the greatest risk for complications including pre-term birth and low birth weight. At 20 weeks of pregnancy, depressed women had higher levels of cytokines than non-depressed women. By 30 weeks, the differences in cytokine levels between depressed and non-depressed women had disappeared. Researchers concluded this was likely because of a natural rise in cytokine production over the course of pregnancy. What we’re seeing here is evidence of the complicated, dynamic relationship among sleep, immune function, and depression. These conditions often can be found together in both women and men.
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Study: High blood sugar, but not necessarily diabetes, raises dementia risk

Redskins Team With HDL on Advanced Heart Disease, Diabetes Tests

Washington Redskins Quarterback Kirk Cousins

The study involved 2,067 people 65 and older in the Group Health Cooperative, a Seattle-area health care system. At the start, 232 participants had diabetes; the rest did not. They each had at least five blood-sugar tests within a few years of starting the study and more after it was underway. Researchers averaged these levels over time to even out spikes and dips from testing at various times of day or before or after a meal. Participants were given standard tests for thinking skills every two years and asked about smoking, exercise and other things that affect dementia risk. After nearly seven years of follow-up, 524, or one quarter of them, had developed dementia – mostly Alzheimer’s disease.
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Diabetes: Glucose Testing Strips Recalled

A blood sugar test

There are no reports at present of patients being harmed by using the strips, which are manufactured in Italy byMenarini. Bridget Turner, director of policy and care improvement at Diabetes UK , said: “We would urge people with diabetes who use testing strips to follow advice from the MHRA and check their test strips to see if they are from these batches. “If they are, they should not use them and take them back to their pharmacist or their GP.” There are an estimated three million diabetics in the UK. Those with type one or type two diabetes often test their glucose levels several times a day using test strips and a hand-held monitor. The reading tells them whether they need to inject insulin to bring down high blood sugar, or eat more to increase their blood sugar levels.
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Little Silver teen named face of American Diabetes Association

It does resonate with them when you talk about looking down the road. Greater Jeopardy Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, a fourth-round draft pick in 2012, said the opportunity for players to receive increased levels of medical testing off the football field is as important as getting extra coaching on it. If anything I want to be informed, Cousins said in a telephone interview. If Im doing something wrong, Im going to continue to do it wrong. For me, I want HDL testing to tell me that my lifestyle or something Im doing is setting me back.
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Each time, I simply suggested that they consider making a $28 donation, he said. I know the number sounds random but its significant to me… It’s the total number of insulin injections I have to give myself every week. This tactic helped McMahon raise more than $1,100 in just one month, making him a top fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association and its Face of the ADA for the New Jersey market in August. CONNECT WITH US I’m hoping that the funds I’ve raised will help make this process easier for future diabetics by supporting the research & development of future devices, medications and supplies, McMahon said.
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Top 20 herbs for weight loss

Parts of the Digestive System

Dr. Shilpa Mittal, Nutritionist, Diet Consultant and Founder of Nutrilife Health Management, Mumbai shares a list of 20 best weight loss herbs and spices which are easily available and aid weight loss. Herbs for Weight Loss # 1: Cinnamon Cinnamon is one of the best weight loss herbs because it helps to stabilise blood sugar level, keeps you full for a longer time, decreases hunger pangs and metabolises fats at a faster rate. Herbs for Weight Loss # 2: Ginger Ginger is a very good body cleanser.
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Digestive health: 10 Tips for getting your digestive system back on track

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The gallbladder often fully contracts after a meal. This is one of the reasons why fasting is necessary before medical examinations such as abdominal ultrasound . The gallbladder cannot be seen if it is fully contracted. The pancreas secretes pancreatic juice into the duodenum at about the same time the gallbladder releases bile. Pancreatic juice contains enzymes that break down proteins, fats, nucleic acids, and carbohydrates. The pancreas also serves as an endocrine organ because it releases insulin and glucagon, which are two hormones responsible for regulating blood sugar levels.
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Top 20 herbs for weight loss

This is typically a slow-growing cancer that is often survivable if caught early. Many diseases and conditions of the digestive system including irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, diverticulitis, GERD, Crohns disease, celiac disease, peptic ulcer and hiatal hernia can be chronic and are difficult to diagnose and treat. Many of the diseases of the digestive system are tied to the foods we eat, and many sufferers must restrict their diets. [ Tips for Preventing Stomach Aches ] There are a number of tests to detect digestive tract ailments.
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Digestive System: Facts, Function & Diseases

Infographic: all about your stomach and how digestion works.

Try a daily helping of yogurt with probiotics, such as Activia. 2 Keep the fiber on deck Consistently eating the right amount of fiber can help promote bowel function. High-fiber foods such as fruit, vegetables and whole grains also help you feel full, which can help lower your chance of overeating throughout the day. Keeping a running tab on the fiber you consume can help give you more energy. 3 Hydrate Water is one of those essential elements for a healthy digestive system.
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How your dog’s digestive system works

Their stomachs have a much higher level of hydrochloric acid to digest and assimilate meat protein and bones. Dogs require a vast array of amino acids that are only found in meat. Dogs in the wild will eat herbs and plants. One is in the form of partly digested stomach contents of their prey. Occasionally a dog will eat fresh plant material but this is usually for a very specific purpose and in response to an instinctive need to treat an immediate health problem. None of the dog’s digestion takes place in the mouth, as it does in human beings.
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