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20
JAN
2014

Tall tales of Diabetic Amputations

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Diabetes is the leading cause of nontraumatic amputation in developed nations. Lower-limb amputations are particularly common in type 2 diabetes and impose a substantial burden on the patient’s and caregiver’s quality of life, as well as profound economic and health care burdens for the individual and society. Many studies have attempted to outline the risk factors for amputation, and institute modifications to mitigate the risks, but none have been very successful to...
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20
JAN
2014

Why some human brains become leaders, while others followers?

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The human brain is a biological pattern making machine. At birth, a baby’s brain contains 100 billion neurons, roughly as many nerve cells as there are stars in the Milky Way. These billions of neurons in human brain have extraordinary capacity to construct and weave strings of useful information patterns which gets ever more complex as cognitive thought process increases. These neural patterns help the brain to recognize, organize, store and retrieve information...
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20
JAN
2014

New health care law has benefits for seniors

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A clear goal of the new health care reform law: increased access to home-based care. Last month’s health care law contained some benefits for the nation’s older population. It provided long-term care options to allow more seniors to stay in their current homes rather than seek institutionalized care, and called for more publicly available information about nursing homes. Most seniors prefer to stay where they are than move into assisted living or a nursing...
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20
JAN
2014

Childhood obesity linked to cold virus

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Could a child’s common cold be a harbinger of potential obesity? That’s what scientists with the University of California and Rady Children’s Hospital are trying to determine after a correlation was found between a common cold virus–adenovirus 36–and overweight children in a study published this week in the journal Pediatrics.  The study examined 124 children, ages 8 to 18, 67 of which were considered to be obese. In 19 of the 124 children,...
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20
JAN
2014

Health plans avoid covering weight loss treatments

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After her weight hit the obese range, her cholesterol level nudged the danger zone and her doctor urged her to lose weight, Melissa Moss, veteran of a decade of failed diets, decided she needed intensive help. She enrolled in the George Washington University Weight Management Program, which provided behavioral and nutrition counseling, a physician-supervised low-calorie liquid diet and group therapy. Moss, who has lost 45 pounds since March, said the regimen, which cost...
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20
JAN
2014

VA employee hoarded stacks of patient-related info at home

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Paper is much more problematic than electronic data, according to Veterans Affairs CIO Roger Baker. Here\’s an example that popped to mind as he gave a press briefing last Friday on potential data breaches. A VA employee has been hoarding patient-related information for years, Baker said. One 10\’ x 10\’ room was completely filled with stacks of newspapers and VA papers.
The VA is still going through the stacks to determine whether any patient health or...
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20
JAN
2014

Walmart retail clinics give local hospitals a way to expand

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Local hospitals or hospital systems are extending their reach by agreeing to run retail clinics at Walmarts (NYSE: WMT) in their communities. Compared to competitors like Target, Walmart has been fairly aggressive in its plans to put health clinics in its stores. And unlike CVS Caremark, Walmart seems to take advantage of local resources when finding partners to run in-store health clinics. After Saint Mary\’s Regional Medical Center begins operating a health...
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20
JAN
2014

Health care law making us muddle-minded

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WASHINGTON — Six months after President Barack Obama signed the landmark health care law, the nation still doesn\’t really know what\’s in it. More than half of Americans mistakenly believe the overhaul will raise taxes for most people this year, an Associated Press poll finds. But that would be true only if most people were devoted to indoor tanning, which got hit with a sales tax. Many who wanted the health care system to be overhauled don\’t realize...
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