E-Prescribing Adoption Grew Significantly Between 2007 and 2010

presOwnership of an electronic prescribing system significantly increased among physician practices between 2007 and 2010, according to a study published in the American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits, Cardiovascular Business reports.

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Concern Grows About Doctor Offices Opting Out of Meaningful Use

optHealth IT experts say they are concerned that more physician offices will opt out of the meaningful use program, despite the federal government’s planned changes to the program’s timeline, Modern Healthcare reports (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 12/21).

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Fermenting Foods—One of the Easiest and Most Creative Aspects of Making Food from Scratch

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90 percent of the genetic material in your body is not yours but belongs to the bacteria that outnumber your cells 10 to 1. These bacteria have enormous influence on your digestion, detoxification and immune system

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Chemicals in Your Drinking Water That Could Be Wrecking Your Health

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Most tap water is far from pure, containing a vast array of disinfection byproducts, chemicals, radiation, heavy metals, and even pharmaceutical drugs

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Youth-Drug Can ‘Reverse’ Ageing in Animal Studies

old womanUS scientists have performed a dramatic reversal of the ageing process in animal studies.

They used a chemical to rejuvenate muscle in mice and said it was the equivalent of transforming a 60-year-old’s muscle to that of a 20-year-old – but muscle strength Continue reading

Telemedicine Coming to Samaritan Healthcare

samaSamaritan Healthcare will be adding some telemedicine services in 2014.

Telemedicine involves consulting physicians working with the hospital, local doctors and patients via video conference and computers. Dr. Jim Irwin, Continue reading

ObamaCare, Doctor Shortage To Spur $2 Billion Telehealth Market

dsA new report from information and analytics firm IHS says the business of telehealth, or remote patient monitoring, will boom to a $2 billion US market thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act and a looming doctor shortage.

The business of treating patients via telehealth in the U.S. will dramatically increase to nearly Continue reading

Antibiotic Era Ending – Antimicrobial Pecan Shell Extract Can Prevent Listeria Contamination in Organic Meats

pecanStats prove that consumers are becoming more concerned about the quality of their meat. In the organic food industry, meat, fish and poultry are the fastest growing sector. Sales for organic meat were up 13% from 2010. On a global scale, organic food sales have increased more than 5 billion per year, with organic meat leading the way. Continue reading

Methylwho? Why You Should Know About Methylation

methylI was giving a lecture to a group of psychiatric fellows recently, and I got to my slide on folate.  I get excited about this topic, and so I rambled on about the one-carbon cycle, and SAMe, methylcobalamin, and the MTHFR mutation.  As I looked away from my slides, I could see the vacant stares from the near-audience and knew I had lost them.  If highly educated and Continue reading

Frankincense Superior to Chemotherapy in Killing Late-Stage Ovarian Cancer Cells

FrankincenseLike the Magi, carrying myrrh, frankincense, and gold, researchers from the University of Leicester have, for the first time, demonstrated the potential of treating ovarian cancer using the Christmas gift frankincense.

The origins of frankincense can be traced to the Arabian Peninsula. According to Herodotus Continue reading

Senate Report Warns of Growing Collection, Sale of Health Data

vulneSome marketing companies are quietly maintaining databases to track and sell health data, according to a report from the Senate Commerce Committee, Wall Street Journal‘s “Digits” reports (Dwoskin, “Digits,” Wall Street Journal, 12/18).

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New House Bill Would Define Telehealth, Provide Guidelines

TakingPulseonCompScreenA new bill (HR 3750) introduced in the House would create a federal definition of telehealth and provide guidance for how states can regulate such technology, InformationWeek reports.

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According to a release about the bill, “there currently are 50 separate sets of rules” in different states over what types of telehealth care Continue reading

Allergies and cancer on the rise due to GM foods

allerFood allergies have become a global epidemic and conventional medicine has no cure. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, food allergies (in kids) have increased by 50% between 1997 and 2011. Could this have anything to do with genetically engineered foods?

Since the 1990s, when genetically modified (GM) foods were approved, Continue reading