Healthcare’s Biggest Issues to Be Tackled at ATA Conference

TAMPA, FL — Get ready to sample the future of healthcare.

That’s the message being delivered to an anticipated 4,000 attendees of the American Telemedicine Association’s 16th Annual International Meeting and Exposition, being held May 1-3 in Tampa.

ATA 2011 kicks off with a number of pre-conference meetings and workshops on Saturday and early Sunday, then officially opens at 3 p.m. Sunday with the welcome reception, opening plenary and opening reception in the Exhibit Hall.

Dale Alverson, MD, the ATA’s president, says telemedicine will play a prominent role in the nation’s healthcare debate, through the development of accountable care organizations and the patient-centered medical home. He expects the conference to tackle a number of issues affecting this fast-growing segment  Continue reading

Boost your Brain Power Naturally

“Where are my keys?” “What was that person’s name again?” Memory glitches like these, though ordinary enough, can sometimes be an upsetting reminder that our memory may not serve us forever. If your brain function is not quite as sharp as it once was, here are 5 natural ways to protect your memory and boost your brain power, no matter what age you are!Where does your memory go?

Most people over the age of 40 experience some memory loss. Our memory is facilitated by chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters; these messengers transfer information from one neuron to the next. Find out more about neurotransmitters in The Natural Health Dictionary. As we age, our levels of these chemical neurotransmitters are lowered, and a mild slowing down of the memory and thought processes can occur.  Continue reading

This Devastating Mistake Can Wreck Your Immune System…

Vaccines can contain live or killed lab altered microorganisms, and also carcinogens, heavy metals, and mutated proteins. Recent news can give you an indication of the unsuspected results that can occur when you inject such a cocktail into your body.

Results from a Swedish study found a roughly 400 percent increased risk of narcolepsy in children and adolescents vaccinated with Pandemrix. The results are similar to those found in a Finnish study.

According to the Swedish Lakemedelsverket:

“An ongoing case inventory study … is expected  Continue reading

Study Determines Natural Progesterone Helps Reduce Premature Births by Half

A new study published in the journal Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology has found that natural progesterone cream given to certain groups of pregnant women effectively reduced premature birth rates by 50 percent. Pregnant women with a condition known as short cervix are believed to be lacking in progesterone, an essential hormone necessary for the development of healthy babies. So by supplementing with progesterone gel, such women can help ensure a healthy pregnancy.

Many readers will recall the recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcement that the agency was giving exclusive, monopoly approval to KV Pharmaceutical to produce progesterone cream — and that the price of the treatment  Continue reading

Intel-GE Care Innovations Debuts at the ATA Conference

A company two years in the making, formed in the collaboration of two healthcare IT giants, will be making its debut at the American Telemedicine Association’s 2011 conference.

Intel-GE Care Innovations, first announced in April 2009, became officially operational on January 3. The partnership between GE Healthcare’s Home Health Division and Intel’s Digital Health Group, Care Innovations received 510(k) market clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in March for its virtual care coordination platform and is making its presence known next week in Tampa.

“It’s kind of a coming-out party for us,” said Aaron Duerksen, the company’s general manager of disease management. “We’re ready to address the most challenging issue of our time – the global healthcare crisis – and we’ve got the luxury of carrying our parents’ DNA.” Continue reading

Beautiful Skin on Wedding Day

Weddings are major beauty events.  That is the day brides want to put their best faces forward. The key to radiant skin and a clear complexion requires planning.  A visit with your dermatologist two months before your wedding is the perfect place to start.

As a rule of thumb, you don’t want to try anything with potential side effects too close to your wedding day. A great way to get your skin on track is to start seeing an aesthetician few months before the wedding so you can get on a regimen that will deliver the results you’re looking for.

A trip to the dermatologist two weeks before the wedding serves as your last big beauty push. Your doctor can give you an intense retinoid treatment where a thick layer of Retin-A is applied. You’ll peel in about four days, but you’ll be left with gorgeous, glowing skin in a week. (But if you’re tempted to tan before slipping into your gown, this is a big no-no). Continue reading

Study Implies Painkillers Inhibit the Effectiveness of Antidepressant

A new report put forth by researchers from The Rockefeller University (RU) in New York City suggests that combining selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Prozac and Zoloft, with popular over-the-counter painkillers like aspirin and ibuprofen, can effectively weaken or negate the alleged benefits of SSRIs on patients. However, based on numerous studies involving antidepressants, there really is no solid evidence that SSRIs do anything at all for many patients other than induce harmful side effects.

Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the RU study tested the effects of SSRIs on rats, both with and without the co-administration  Continue reading

Reduce Rising Health Care Cost by Living Healthier Lifestyle

Heath care is expensive. Costs continue to mount despite recent efforts at health care “reform.”

Sally C. Pipes, the president, CEO and Taube Fellow in Health Care Studies at the Pacific Research Institute, argues in Forbes Magazine this week that the best way to lower costs is through expensive “medical innovation” (technology). Pipes claims that innovation alone will “minimize doctor visits, specialist referrals, round-the-clock care, trial-and-error surgeries” and other procedures in order “to deliver more value for less money in the long term.”

It is true that less use of the health care system in general will reduce costs. But does that mean we’ll actually be “healthy”? Innovation cannot make us healthier. The only way to achieve that  Continue reading

Flood Water Can Turn Air in Homes Unhealthy according to Allergists.

Homeowners whose houses are flooding with the recent heavy rains should take extra precautions if they suffer from allergies or asthma, say allergists.

During a flood cleanup, indoor air quality in the home may appear to be the least of the problems. However, failure to remove contaminated materials and to reduce moisture and humidity can present serious long-term health risks. Standing water and wet materials quickly lead to, among other things, mold growth, to which many are allergic. The symptoms of mold allergy are very similar to the symptoms of other allergies and asthma, such as sneezing, itching, nasal discharge, congestion and cough and wheezing.

“One of the biggest issues homeowners will face is what to do about  Continue reading

Study Proves Diet Rich in Eggs Does not Increase Cholesterol Levels

Studies published in the U.S. and Britain debunks the thoroughly established notion that eating eggs raises cholesterol levels, notably that of the so-called “bad cholesterol”, LDL.

The theory was that eating eggs every day could speed up cardiovascular disease and increase the probability of heart attack. Not so? All lies? Let us qualify.

Cholesterol experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Research Service say new data indicates eggs are lower in cholesterol and higher in vitamin D than previously reported.

Prof. Maria Luz Fernandez, from the University of Connecticut, studied the effect of egg-eating on several groups: kids aged 10-12;  Continue reading

Leprosy in the US Linked to Armadillos

Armadillos, with their sharp claws and body armor, don’t have a reputation for being cuddly. New research should make them even less so. They turn out to be a potential source of leprosy in genetically-susceptible humans.

Researchers report in the New England Journal of Medicine that a strain of leprosy found in humans in the southern United States is identical to the one common in nine-banded armadillos in the region.

The findings mean people should be discouraged from frequent contact with the animals, or cooking and consuming armadillo meat.

The results also suggest that species  Continue reading

Pregnant Women can Safely be treated for Gum Disease

Pregnant women can safely be treated for gum infections without having to worry about their baby’s health, according to a new study.

The concern among dentists had been that treating the problem could cause bacteria to get into the mothers’ bloodstream, where they could harm babies’ development.

Gum disease — caused by a bacterial infection that breaks down gum tissue and can cause tooth loss and serious health problems — is a particular problem during pregnancy.

Hormonal changes appear to make a pregnant woman more susceptible to developing it, yet the standard antibiotic-based therapy is not recommended because it stains  Continue reading

Study Does Demonstrate How Mosquitoes Make Proteins

Mosquitoes make proteins to help them handle the stressful spike in body temperature that’s prompted by their hot blood meals, a new study has found.

The mosquito’s eating pattern is inherently risky: Taking a blood meal involves finding warm-blooded hosts, avoiding detection, penetrating tough skin and evading any host immune response, not to mention the slap of a human hand.

Until now, the stress of the hot blood meal itself has been overlooked, researchers say.

Scientists have determined in female mosquitoes  Continue reading

Muslim Inbreeding: Impacts on Intelligence, Sanity, Health and Society

Massive inbreeding within the Muslim culture during the last 1.400 years may have done catastrophic damage to their gene pool. The consequences of intermarriage between first cousins often have serious impact on the offspring’s intelligence, sanity, health and on their surroundings

The most famous example of inbreeding is in ancient Egypt, where several Pharaonic dynasties collapsed after a couple of hundred years. In order to keep wealth and power within the family, the Pharaohs often married their own sister or half-sister and after a handful of generations the offspring were mentally and physically unfit to rule. Continue reading

Studies link GMO Pesticides to Birth Defects and Cancer

Numerous studies in recent months have tied agricultural pesticides to reproductive and other serious health problems (…). And a new study out of Argentina adds even more evidence to the fact that such chemicals are a widespread public health pandemic.

Andres Carrasco, head of the molecular Embryology Lab at the University of Buenos Aires, recently presented a report explaining that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, is responsible for causing birth defects, infertility, sperm destruction, and cancer. Continue reading