Bedside Monitoring Device Reduces Hospital Stays, Study Finds

monitThe use of a bedside device that continuously monitors patients’ vital signs leads to shorter stays in hospitals and intensive care units, according to a studypublished in the American Journal of Medicine, FierceHealthIT reports (Bowman, FierceHealthIT, 3/25). Continue reading

Hospitals Plot the End of Insurance Companies

stockThe problems with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act may be masking another major change in the way health care is delivered to U.S. consumers, experts believe.

At The Atlantic’s Health Care Forum in Washington Continue reading

Secretion Secrets: Things You Didn’t Know About Earwax

earwaxStory at-a-glance 

Earwax is a self-cleaning agent for your ears where it helps slow the growth of bacteria and prevent dirt from entering your ear

Unless you have an earwax blockage, you should leave your earwax alone; it will naturally migrate out of your ear Continue reading

Regular and Decaf Coffee Both Lower Diabetes Risk

diabetes_coffee_reduces_riskLots of studies have looked at the question of whether coffee drinkers are less likely to develop diabetes.  The short answer is yes they are. 

But the question remains, why does coffee seem to lower diabetes risk?  Is it the caffeine? 

Researchers from Harvard Continue reading

Idaho Mental Health Records Now Included in Federal Gun Database

mentalIdaho now is providing mental health records to an FBI database in an effort to improve background checks for individuals purchasing guns, the AP/Washington Times (AP/Washington Times, 3/27).

Background on Federal Database

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, is used Continue reading

Americans’ Brains Being Fried by Cell Towers: New scientific Evidence Reveals Shocking Extent of Electropollution Damage

cellExposure to cell phone towers alters brain function in alarming ways, causing a lack of concentration, irritability, difficulty sleeping and lack of appetite. That’s the conclusion of a new study just published by the British Medical Journal.(1)

The study, authored by Professor Enrique A Navarro, concluded that the severity of such symptoms directly correlated to cell tower exposure levels. In other words, the closer a person lives to a cell tower, the greater the severity of their symptoms. This was true regardless of race, income level and other demographics. Continue reading

A History of Holistic Dog Care

JuliaJuliette de Bairacli Levy and one of her home-bred and holistically raised Turkuman Afghans in the 1960s

A profile of Juliette de Bairacli Levy, pioneer of natural rearing methods.

Readers of canine health books and magazines, including this one, can be forgiven for assuming Continue reading

5 Amazing Healing Honey Facts

healing_honey_smHoney, unlike almost everything else we consume in our diet, was intended solely to be a form of nourishment – albeit, for the bees.  Only milk, to my knowledge, shares this singular biological imperative. But honey is far more than a source of sweetness and quick energy within the human diet.

It has profound medicinal applications, some of which are as follows: Continue reading

When Technology Is a Barrier to Care

hctabletImprove doc satisfaction by taking the headache out of health ITAre doctors suffering at the hands of the Herzberg principle–which says that the best way to discourage workers is to subject them to policies and procedures that don’t make sense? 

An article in the Atlantic explores how changes in the healthcare payment model, health IT and the doctor-patient relationship are discouraging docs. Continue reading

Time to Move on from Old-School Population Health Management

anaIt’s time to grow beyond yesterday’s population health management, and health organizations must employ uncommon methods to truly discover new methods to do so, writes Jason Burke, a senior advisor for advanced analytics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in InformationWeek.

Burke argues that population health management offerings these days look “remarkably like yesterday’s offerings” Continue reading

Namasteak: The Food/Yoga Connection

food_yoga_connectionMost view food as the most important factor in getting or staying healthy. Of late, even the less nutritionally enlightened have begun to understand the importance of eating a clean, minimally processed, plant-emphatic diet. And now, the critical mass – albeit reluctantly – consider the idea of Continue reading

HPV Vaccine Maker’s Study Proves Natural HPV Infection Beneficial, Not Deadly

hpv_vaccine_natural_antibody_protectsBehind every vaccine is an assumption. That HPV causes cervical cancer, that cervical cancer causes death, and that a vaccine can effectively interfere with this linear relationship is the assumption to be examined in this article. Cervarix is a vaccine recommended to girls beginning as early as 9 years old, intended to protect against HPV strains 16 and 18 upon completion of a 3 dose series. It is an aluminum-containing product, with notable “immunogenicity”.  Continue reading

Continuous Monitoring Helps Slash Hospital Length of Stay

mm2Continuous, contact-free electronic monitoring of hospital patients helped to reduce length of stay by roughly 9 percent, according to research published this month in the American Journal of Medicine.

For the study, Continue reading

Increasing Medical Device Interoperability Would Save $30B Annually

interoThe U.S. could save more than $30 billion in annual health care costs by adopting national interoperability standards for medical devices, according to a white paper by the Gary and Mary West Health Institute and the Office of the Continue reading

Top 8 Foods and Herbs for Healing Cancer

sea2With 44% of men and 39% of women now being diagnosed with cancer, it has become more important than ever to understand the foods that will not only nourish your body, but also detoxify it of any cancer causing agents. Here are some of the most potent cancer destroying foods and herbs.

Sea Vegetables Continue reading