Workers Comp Drug Formulary Bill Moves in California

imagesN391T100A California bill that would establish a closed formulary for medications prescribed in the workers compensation system has unanimously passed the Assembly Insurance Committee.

A.B. 1124, introduced by Democratic California Assemblyman Henry Perea on Feb. 27, would require the administrative director of the state’s Division of Workers’ Compensation to establish Continue reading

Clock’s Ticking for Employers who Overpaid ACA Reinsurance Fee

timeEmployers that realize they overpaid a health reform law-mandated “reinsurance” fee generally have until April 30 to seek a refund from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, regulators have disclosed.

In little-noticed guidance issued last week, CMS, a unit of the U.S. Department of Health and Continue reading

3 Natural H. Pylori ‘Cures’ That Are Clinically Proven

helicbacter_pylori_cures_natural_provenH. pylori infection is often treated with three drugs simultaneously, but not everyone responds favorably. Thankfully there are clinically confirmed natural, food-based alternatives.

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) Continue reading

Spring Turned to Winter

springHere we are deep into spring and winter is back, and coming early in the southern hemisphere. I have been holding back publishing Cold Climate Change – Preparing for the Next Ice Age simply to watch and report on what happens these last few weeks before winter leaves allowing agricultural nurturing warmth to Continue reading

Breathing Techniques to Improve Your Workout

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 Learning to breathe correctly can improve your health and fitness by optimizing oxygenation, lowering your blood pressure, Continue reading

Texas Shoots Itself in the Foot with New Telemedicine Restrictions

800px-Texas-588x419Oh, Texas. We Northerners have such a hard time figuring you out.

We know you’re proud of your machismo and your independent spirit. We know you’ve brought back, “It’s like a whole other country” as your official tourism slogan, and that some of your residents wish it were a separate country. Continue reading

University of Michigan Children’s Hospital Targets Obesity with Telemedicine, Wearables

wearablesThe CS Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan is launching a new telemedicine program to help reduce childhood obesity. The hospital will work with Fruit Street, a recently-formed digital wellness and telemedicine platform, to provide a program for patients that integrates video visits with monitoring via wearable devices. Continue reading

The Clinical Impact of Vitamin C: My Personal Experiences as a Physician

VitaminC-ClinicalImpactIs the healing power of Vitamin C too good to be true? Can this inexpensive and convenient vitamin improve and heal the toughest of ailments? by Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD

My ongoing relationship with vitamin C now spans a full 20 years, when I first met Dr. Hal Huggins, Continue reading

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo Agree to Remove Flame Retardant Chemical from Their Products

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Bowing to public pressure, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have both agreed to remove brominated vegetable oil (BVO) from all of their beverages in the near future

BVO, first patented as a flame retardant, contains bromine, which has been found accumulating in people’s bodies and in women’s breast milk Continue reading

Coconut Oil May Reduce White Rice Calories 50-60%

coconut_rice_healthier_caloriesWhite rice is far from a health food, the excessive consumption of which contributes to overweight, obesity and blood sugar disorders, but new research indicates adding coconut oil while cooking it can dramatically alter its nutritional structure and function.

The way that a food will affect your blood sugar depends on a wide range of factors.

For instance, Continue reading

Does the “Doc Fix” Bill Help Telemedicine and Telehealth?

tttdIn a word: yes.  Telemedicine was one of the many beneficiaries of changes introduced by the so-called “doc fix” bill, formally titled the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2).  The legislation was passed by Congress on April 15, 2015 and signed into law by the President on Continue reading

This $1.5B Startup Is Making Health Insurance Suck Less

oscaIn less than two years, Oscar Health, a New York City-based health insurance company, has already amassed 40,000 members, with its member-friendly plans and tech-driven approach. Now, the startup has landed another $145 million round of funding at a $1.5 billion valuation, which will help bring Oscar insurance to other cities across the country by the end of the year.

While $1 billion-plus valuations Continue reading

Four Important Fat-Soluble Vitamins

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Four important fat-soluble vitamins are A, D, E, and K. Vitamins A, D, and K cooperate synergistically, not only with each other but also with essential minerals like magnesium

Magnesium, calcium, vitamin D3, or vitamin K2 also work in tandem, Continue reading

Miso Protects against Radiation, Cancer and Hypertension

saffron-215932_640Humble miso soup may have saved lives when the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.  Science now confirms miso prevents radiation injury.  It may also prevent cancer and hypertension.  Here’s why you need at least one cup a day.

When the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on Continue reading

Magnesium Warnings and Contraindications

magnesium2Toxic symptoms from increased magnesium intake are not common because the body eliminates excess amounts unless there are serious problems with kidney function. Magnesium excess sometimes occurs when magnesium is supplemented as a medication (intravenously) because adding magnesium in Continue reading