The “Ugly” in Skincare Products

Priority One of looking younger, as any doctor or anti-aging expert will tell you, is taking care of your skin: minimal sun exposure, hydration, supplements, and so on. But many people with the best of intentions are inadvertently exposing themselves to a battlefield of toxins waging war on the face and skin. Imagine slathering on a skin cream loaded with lead, parabens and Continue reading

Why Telemedicine Must Become a Healthcare Priority in America

hospitalA snapshot of the current state of America’s health landscape from the Centers for Disease Control Health Disparities and Inequalities Report paints a very bleak picture. The report indicates that Continue reading

Maintain Eye Health by Balancing Your Omegas

When it comes to maintaining good health, people differ on what to focus on. Some concentrate on keeping a healthy body weight. For others, good digestion is a priority. Or, it could be that mental health becomes a focal point. Despite these different priorities, just about everyone agrees that maintaining good eyesight is very important. Being able to see clearly is a tremendous gift that we should all invest a little time and effort into protecting.

With that in mind, consider the results of a recent study linking omega fatty acid ratios to eye health. Researchers in Croatia investigated the possible connection between the omega-6/omega-3 fatty acid ratio and the development and progression of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). They looked at 125 patients diagnosed with ARMD and divided these patients into five groups. Continue reading

Fix the Six Reasons You’re Too Heavy

As a group, Americans are the heaviest people in the world. We’re suffering a weight epidemic of massive proportions that bulges out on our hips, thighs and stomachs. But if you’re part of this group and want to bring your weight down, changing six aspects of your lifestyle may help take off pounds.

Many experts have warned that the growing number of overweight people in the United States represents a growing public health menace. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes the problem seems to be just about out of control: 73 percent of us are overweight, and about 40 percent of overweight people are heavy enough to be classified as obese.

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Denmark Puts Patients Ahead in Telemedicine

Denmark’s hospitals keep closing, but its residents don’t stop getting sick. That’s where telemedicine can play a role in maintaining efficient and effective healthcare delivery.

Odense University Hospital is working to build a videoconferencing network on Denmark’s existing healthcare IT infrastructure, which includes fully integrated EHR, ePrescribing, RIS and PACS, all on secure Internet protocols.

The aim of the project is to respond to closing hospitals and declining resources while offering an alternative to the traditional hospital visitation model.

“You have to be in good health to be at a hospital,” said Claus Pedersen, Head of the Department for Clinical Innovation at OUH, while speaking at the eHealth Week 2011 and World of Health IT conference in Budapest. “About 10 percent [of patients] get an infection during admission.” Continue reading