Monday, December 31, 2012

Emotional Recovery High For Young Survivors

For Young Survivors, Odds of Emotional Recovery Are High - " . . . For young people exposed to gun trauma — like the students of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. — the road to recovery can be long and torturous, marked by anxiety, nightmares, school trouble and even substance abuse. Witnessing lethal violence ruptures a child’s sense of security, psychiatrists say, leaving behind an array of emotional and social challenges that are not easily resolved. But the good news is that most of these children will probably heal. “Most kids, even of this age, are resilient,” said Dr. Glenn Saxe, chairman of child and adolescent psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center. “The data shows that the majority of people after a trauma, including a school assault, will end up doing O.K. . . .”

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Mental Illness in Gun Control Debate

A Misguided Focus on Mental Illness in Gun Control Debate - "But there is overwhelming epidemiological evidence that the vast majority of people with psychiatric disorders do not commit violent acts. Only about 4 percent of violence in the United States can be attributed to people with mental illness. This does not mean that mental illness is not a risk factor for violence. It is, but the risk is actually small. Only certain serious psychiatric illnesses are linked to an increased risk of violence. One of the largest studies, the National Institute of Mental Health’s Epidemiologic Catchment Area study, which followed nearly 18,000 subjects, found that the lifetime prevalence of violence among people with serious mental illness — like schizophrenia andbipolar disorder — was 16 percent, compared with 7 percent among people without any mental disorder. Anxiety disorders, in contrast, do not seem to increase the risk at all. Alcohol and drug abuse are far more likely to result in violent behavior than mental illness by itself. In the National Institute of Mental Health’s E.C.A. study, for example, people with no mental disorder who abused alcohol or drugs were nearly seven times as likely as those without substance abuse to commit violent acts. . . .”

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Looking at a Screen Instead of Both Ways

Looking at a Screen, Instead of Both Ways - " . . . Researchers in Seattle last summer watched more than 1,100 people crossing at busy intersections. Their study, published online last week in Injury Prevention, reports that almost a third were listening to music, texting or talking on a cellphone. Compared with undistracted pedestrians, people who were listening to music crossed an average of a half-second quicker. But those talking on a hand-held phone spent three-quarters of a second longer in the street, and people with hands-free devices were even slower: one and one-third seconds behind those with no distractions. Worst of all were the texters. They took almost two seconds longer to get across and were about four times as likely as undistracted pedestrians to engage in at least one unsafe behavior — disobeying the lights, crossing midblock or failing to look both ways. . . . "

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Task Force Created to Regulate Legalized Marijuana in Colorado

Task Force Created to Regulate Legalized Marijuana in Colorado - " . . . The task force, made up of designees from an array of state offices as well as various marijuana advocates, weighed in on matters including the identification of marijuana revenue sources and the prospect of the federal government cracking down on the drug. “We’re not here to have a discussion on whether legalizing marijuana was the right thing to do,” said Jack Finlaw, Mr. Hickenlooper’s chief legal counsel and a co-chairman of the task force. “Our job is to find ways of efficiently and effectively implementing it.” Colorado’s Amendment 64 sets the stage for marijuana to be regulated much like alcohol. But the state will have a whole new set of variables to consider, like licensing retail facilities and determining what sort of security measures stores should have. And Mr. Finlaw said he was not sure that alcohol could be used as a model for marijuana, given the inevitable differences in how it would be sold. . . . "

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Teenagers and the Morning-After Pill

new normal birth control--

Teenagers and the Morning-After Pill - "When a teenager goes in for a checkup, the pediatrician often asks the parent to step outside so the doctor can talk to the youngster one-on-one about sensitive topics, like whether she is using drugs or is sexually active. Now the nation’s leading pediatrics organization is encouraging doctors to also talk to teenagers about the morning-after pill — and to send girls home with prescriptions for emergency contraception, just in case. The recommendation, announced last week by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is the latest salvo in the contentious debate over access to emergency contraception. Ever since the Food and Drug Administration approved levonorgestrel (now sold under the brand name Plan B One Step, and generically as Next Choice), advocates have pushed to make it more easily accessible. . . . "

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Viewing online pornography 'can make you lose your memory'

"I always wondered why he had become so forgetful . . . "

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Viewing online pornography 'can make you lose your memory'
Daily Mail
According to researchers at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the findings could help psychologists understand why some people with internet porn addictions forget to sleep, miss appointments, shirk job responsibilities and neglect relationships.. . . "

Daily Mail

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Diet and Lowering Risk of Repeat Heart Attacks

Diet's Role in Lowering Risk of Repeat Heart Attacks - "Patients with heart disease frequently assume that medication is enough to forestall a repeat heart attack or stroke, but a large new study shows the preventive power of a healthy diet. A study of 32,000 people shows that a heart-healthy diet is a big factor in reducing the risk of a second heart attack, not just medication. . . . Although it is widely accepted that healthy diets are powerful tools to prevent cardiovascular disease, less is known about the impact of diet on people who already have the disease. . . . People with the healthiest diets—those with the highest intakes of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and a higher intake of fish relative to meat poultry and eggs—were 35% less likely to die from a repeat heart attack or stroke during the length of the study, compared with those with the least healthy diets, according to the five-year study of 32,000 people in 40 countries. . . " More Reasons to Eat Right The New Science Behind America's Deadliest Diseases Not All Calories Equal, Study Shows The Best Foods for Thought, Literally

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Friday, December 14, 2012

80% of what doctors do, Tech will do better

It's only a matter of time--

Technology will replace 80% of what doctors do - Fortune Tech: " . . . it will happen regardless. And it may start at the periphery, e.g. with the 40 million uninsured Americans or the hundreds of millions of people in India with no access. This shift in healthcare delivery will allow for less money to be spent on capital equipment, cutting costs. It will allow us to provide care and basic service to those who can't afford it now. It will help avoid errors. And, it will prevent simple things from getting worse before being addressed. Entrepreneurs can come at these challenges and inject new insight. They can ask naïve questions that get at the heart of pervasive and sometimes unperceived assumptions. They can leverage the many insiders to provide real understanding of medicine at the right time. They can build smart computers to be objective cost minimizers while being care optimizers. This evolution will take time, but it won't take as long as people think. The move will happen in fits and starts along different pathways, with many course corrections, steps backward, and mistakes. Maybe we'll start seeing disruption at the fringes. Many naïve innovators, maybe even 90% of them, will attempt this change and fail. But, a few will succeed and change the system. . . . there's a huge opportunity for technologists, entrepreneurs, and other forward-thinkers to reduce healthcare expenditures and improve patient care at the very same time. --Vinod Khosla (A longer version of this story can be found here.)

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Google search algorithm tracks spread of cancer

More on technology in healthcare--

'Google search algorithm helps track spread of cancer': "Google ranks Web pages by the likelihood that an individual would end up visiting each one randomly. These predictions are based on the trends of millions of users across the Web, the 'Live Science' reported. It uses the "steady state distribution" to calculate the probability of someone visiting a page. "You have millions of people wandering the Web, [and] Google would like to know what proportion are visiting any given Web page at a given time. "It occurred to me that steady state distribution is equivalent to the metastatic tumour distribution that shows up in the autopsy datasets," Newton said. The referred dataset contains information about autopsy patients from the 1920's to the 1940's, who died before chemotherapy was available. By focusing on this group of patients, the researchers could track the natural progression of cancer, specifically lung cancer, without different treatments interfering with the data. Out of fifty metastasis sites described in the autopsy reports, the scientists found that twenty-seven contained cancer that appeared to have spread from the lungs. Just like with an individual browsing the Web, cells that break off from the original lung tumour and entered the bloodstream had a certain probability of progressing to different locations. . . . "

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Monday, December 10, 2012

80% of what Doctors do, Technology can do better

Technology may be able to save Obamacare and give us better healthcare--

Technology will replace 80% of what doctors do - Fortune Tech: "Today's diagnoses are partially informed by patients' medical histories and partially by symptoms (but patients are bad at communicating what's really going on). They are mostly informed by advertising and the doctor's half-remembered and potentially obsolete lessons from medical school (which are laden with cognitive biases, recency biases, and other human errors). Many times, if you ask three doctors to look at the same problem, you'll get three different diagnoses and three different treatment plans. The net effect is patient outcomes that are inferior to and more expensive than what they should be. A Johns Hopkins study found that as many as 40,500 patients die in an ICU in the U.S. each year due to misdiagnosis, rivaling the number of deaths from breast cancer. . . ."

What's the answer?

"Next-generation medicine will utilize more complex models of physiology, and more sensor data than a human MD could comprehend, to suggest personalized diagnosis. Thousands of baseline and multi-omic data points, more integrative history, and demeanor will inform each diagnosis. Ever-improving dialog manager systems will help make data capture and exploration from patients more accurate and comprehensive. Data science will be key to this. In the end, it will reduce costs, reduce physician workloads, and improve patient care."(source and full article: Fortune)

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Friday, December 7, 2012

NothinNormal: None Dare Call It Default

Jenkins: None Dare Call It Default - "If politicians weren't eager to be re-elected, the trust necessary to be an investor would vanish altogether. While there is no escaping our challenges, there is a path in which the economy grows strongly and we don't savage each other, and there is the other path. For years the trustees of Social Security and Medicare were accused of exaggerating the programs' deficits by envisioning that America's long-run growth would become more like Europe's. Now who doesn't fret that America's growth is becoming permanently slower like Europe's? Which brings us to President Obama. He knows cuts are necessary but seeks to position Democrats politically as the defender of all spending. Notice that, with ObamaCare, he is deliberately creating a constituency of the young to set against the old in future fights over the allocation of federal health care dollars. . . ."

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Is sex getting too demanding for men?

Is sex getting too demanding for men? - Telegraph: "a very lucky man. The unnamed individual is, according to reports at the weekend, being divorced by his wife, a high-flying City banker, on the grounds, inter alia, that he is ''boring’’ in bed and refuses to take part in the kind of bedroom antics popularised by the raunchy blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey.Well done, that man! He is not only escaping what sounds like a miserable marriage (''Thank you for whipping me, darling, but you forgot the handcuffs’’), but in doing so – he’s admitting ''unreasonable behaviour’’ for a quick divorce – he is striking a blow for his sex. Like Bradley Wiggins, like Mo Farah, he can go into any pub in the country and know that every man jack there would be happy to buy him a drink if only they knew his story. . . . "

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Stand-Up Desks Gaining Favor in the Workplace

Stand-Up Desks Gaining Favor in the Workplace - "The research comes more from observing the health results of people’s behavior than from discovering the biological and genetic triggers that may be associated with extended sitting. Still, scientists have determined that after an hour or more of sitting, the production of enzymes that burn fat in the body declines by as much as 90 percent. Extended sitting, they add, slows the body’s metabolism of glucose and lowers the levels of good (HDL) cholesterol in the blood. Those are risk factors toward developing heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. “The science is still evolving, but we believe that sitting is harmful in itself,” says Dr. Toni Yancey, a professor of health services at the University of California, Los Angeles. Yet many of us still spend long hours each day sitting in front of a computer.  . . . If there is a movement toward ergonomic diversity and upright work in the information age, it will also be a return to the past. Today, the diligent worker tends to be defined as a person who puts in long hours crouched in front of a screen. But in the 19th and early 20th centuries, office workers, like clerks, accountants and managers, mostly stood. Sitting was slacking. And if you stand at work today, you join a distinguished lineage — Leonardo da Vinci, Ben Franklin, Winston Churchill, Vladimir Nabokov and, according to a recent profile in The New York Times, Philip Roth. DR. JAMES A. LEVINE of the Mayo Clinic is a leading researcher in the field of inactivity studies. When he began his research 15 years ago, he says, it was seen as a novelty. “But it’s totally mainstream now,” he says. “There’s been an explosion of research in this area, because the health care cost implications are so enormous.” Steelcase, the big . . . . "

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Want to lose weight? Get enough sleep

Experts: If you want to lose weight, get enough sleep - Leader-Telegram: Food: "Experts have new weight-loss advice that's sure to be welcome news: Sleep can be just as important to a successful diet as healthful eating and exercise. "Chronic sleep restriction is pervasive in modern societies, and there is robust evidence supporting the role of reduced sleep as contributing to the current obesity epidemic," write obesity experts in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. That evidence includes findings that overtired brains prompt people to eat more, and that some hormones that regulate appetite and metabolism don't work properly in people who don't get enough sleep. The authors of the CMAJ commentary cite various studies, including their own investigation with 123 dieting adults. After 17 weeks, sleep habits were able to predict the amount of fat loss, they say. . . "

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Friday, November 30, 2012

What you were not told about Medicare

Bad news, good news--

Jenkins: None Dare Call It Default - " . . . Under the Paul Ryan plan, the affluent would pay more. Under the Obama plan, the affluent would flee Medicare to escape the waiting lists, shortages and deteriorating quality as Washington economizes by ratcheting down reimbursements to doctors and hospitals. Don't call either default. You don't have a legally enforceable right to the free care you imagined you were promised. "Don't worry" was President Obama's implicit message during the campaign: If cutting subsidies for Big Bird is unthinkable, a joke, how much more so cutting benefits for middle-class voters? Don't go running to a judge when this doesn't pan out. The courts do not overrule changes in government policy just because citizens find their promised free lunch isn't forthcoming. Nor will it be fruitful to appeal to politicians' sense of "fairness." Politicians can be relied on to do what will get them re-elected. And, believe it or not, that is the good news. . . "

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Obama faces huge challenge in setting up insurance exchanges

Obama faces huge challenge in setting up insurance exchanges - The Hill's Healthwatch: "The Obama administration faces major logistical and financial challenges in creating health insurance exchanges for states that have declined to set up their own systems. The exchanges were designed as the centerpiece of President Obama’s signature law, and are intended to make buying health insurance comparable to booking a flight or finding a compatible partner on Sixteen states — most of them governed by Republicans — have said they will not set up their own systems, forcing the federal government to come up with one instead. Another five states said they want a federal-state partnership, while four others are considering partnerships. It's a situation no one anticipated when the Affordable Care Act was written. The law assumed states would create and operate their own exchanges, and set aside billions in grants for that purpose. . . "

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Health Insurance Exchanges May Be Too Small to Succeed

Good News/Bad News--

Health Insurance Exchanges May Be Too Small to Succeed - " . . . The evidence is mixed, but some of it points to a counterintuitive result: more competition among insurers may lead to higher reimbursements and health care spending, particularly when the provider market – physicians, hospitals, pharmaceuticals and medical device suppliers – is not very competitive. In imperfect health care markets, competition can be counterproductive. The larger an insurer’s share of the market, the more aggressively it can negotiate prices with providers, hospitals and drug manufacturers. Smaller hospitals and provider groups, known as “price takers” by economists, either accept the big insurer’s reimbursement rates or forgo the opportunity to offer competing services. The monopsony power of a single or a few large insurers can thus lead to lower prices. For example, Glenn Melnick and Vivian Wu have shown that hospital prices in markets with the most powerful insurers are 12 percent lower than in more competitive insurance markets. So health insurance exchanges are probably welcome news for hospitals, physicians, and pharmaceutical and medical device companies throughout the United States. If health insurance exchanges divide up the market among many insurers, thereby diluting their power, reimbursement rates may actually increase, which could lead to higher premiums for consumers. . . . . "

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Friday, November 23, 2012

How I lost 150lb one byte at a time

How I lost 150lb... one byte at a time: Once-obese teen writes weight-loss ...
Daily Mail
By Daisy Dumas At just 14-years-old, Taylor LeBaron was addicted to video gamesand eating - and weighed a shocking 297lbs. Now 18, the teen has transformed his body and his life. Over 18 months, the teenager, originally from Georgia, lost half of his...

Could public health care have saved Hostess?
And like all American companies that offer health insurance, they faced rising health care costs due to the U.S.'s uniquely irrational and inefficient system of privatized health care. It's absolutely true that these benefits were negotiated fair and ...

Washington state ahead of the curve on health-care reform
The Seattle Times
Washington state ahead of the curve on health-care reform. Washington state lawmakers embraced the Affordable Care Act and the state is a leader in creating a health-insuranceexchange for consumers.

Unauthorized health care provider convicted, sentenced
The Pike County Daily
"We have so many honest, hard-working health care providers in Ohio, but we are out there every day tracking down the people who only want to scam the system," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Investigators found that Cox, who was not an ...

Health care is a 'gift' to ourselves
Opelousas Daily World
Romney didn't include the rest of Obamacare in the list of "gifts" he didn't approve of, but other elements of the Affordable Care Act could also help free wannabe entrepreneurs from job lock. One is guaranteed coverage for all regardless of above ...

MAINE COMPASS: Affordable Care Act will hasten changes to evolving medical ...
Kennebec Journal
The Affordable Care Act, however, captures and will set a direction for American health care for the immediate future. In a preceding piece, I discussed benefits of this law that accrue to all of us. This column will address deeper changes that are ...

Health care symposium to be held Wednesday
The Office of Dispute Resolutions will host the 6th Annual Health Care Symposium on Wednesday at the Texas Tech University Merket Alumni Center. The symposium will be from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and will cover topics such as the Affordable Health Care ...

Say bye-bye to retirement health care benefits
San Antonio Express
The days when retirement health care insurance coverage was part of pension plans are rapidly nearing an end. The health care reform law passed by Congress in 2010 and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court this year will hasten the end, according to a new ...

Local health care systems prepare for looming Medicare cuts
The Oshkosh Northwestern
Tim Olson, chief financial officer for ThedaCare, said every 1 percent reduction in Medicare reimbursement outlined in the Affordable Care Act, translates to more than $2 million in lost dollars. Dr. Dean Gruner, president and CEO of ThedaCare, said ...

Reducing Health Care Costs Through Innovation - CNBC
Health care costs, especially in drug development remains high despite advancements in medicine. But as Tahir Abbasi, CEO of Cellworks tells CNBC's Martin Soong, that is all set to change with innovation.
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Despite Softer Words on Affordable Care Act, Concerns Remain ...
By Jim Turner
... mandated Affordable Care Act. But officials say they are a long way from agreeing to set up thehealth insurance exchanges outlined under the law also known as Obamacare. House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, ... For some opponents of the Affordable Care Act, there should be no acceptance of the health care law that was narrowly backed by the U.S. Supreme Court this summer. Americans for Prosperity, a conservative organization backed by the billionaire Koch ...

What Health Care Managers Need to Know--and How to Teach Them
Health care business managers are under tremendous pressure to become more innovative, more productive, more accountable. The question, asks Regina ...

Five diets you should never try - Page 1 - Galleries - Weight Loss ...
This popular four-phase diet starts off with a 'no carb/protein only' approach that promotes rapidweight loss. It's said to be a favourite of the Duchess of ...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Judge grants company injunction against health-care law contraception efforts

Judge grants company injunction against health-care law contraception efforts
Washington Post
A federal judge on Friday temporarily prevented the Obama administration from forcing a Christian publishing company to provide its employees with certain contraceptives under the new health-care law. . . .

Health Care REITs Should Provide Durable Income in 2013
The four healthcare REITs all offer unique operating platforms and the common thread is that they all should capitalize on the attractive tailwinds of low interest rates and the new certainty of the Affordable Care Act. Source: SNL Financial · Brad ...


Health care and the fiscal cliff
Philadelphia Inquirer (blog)
Wharton Health Care Management Professor Jonathan Kolstad said that while there are health-care issues in resolving the immediate problem of the fiscal cliff, the long-term problem of deciding how the nation pays for health care extends beyond the Nov. 6 election and the Jan. 2 deadline. . . . .

Health care -- another victim of Sandy for Staten Islanders
doctors19.jpg Dr. M. Fawzy Saleem in his office at 1975 Hylan Blvd. with patient records that were ruined by the flood waters from Hurricane Sandy. Staten Island Advance/Irving Silverstein. STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - The focus in Hurricane Sandy's deadly ...

Remaking Health Care: Change the Way Providers Are Paid
Wall Street Journal
And if we just get 20% of it, which is a 6% change in health-care costs, we pay for the Affordable Care Act. Enlarge Image. image. Close. image. What happens in our system is if you get paid by a unit of service, you do more units of service. Our ...

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Health care law brings double dose of trouble for CCAC part-time profs
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
To Community College of Allegheny County's president, Alex Johnson, cutting hours for some 400 temporary part-time workers to avoid providing health insurance coverage for them under the impending Affordable Health Care Act is purely a cost-saving ...

What States Should Build Instead of Obamacare's Health Insurance Exchanges
In the aftermath of President Obama's re-election, in which the implementation of the Affordable Care Act plays a large role, many states are facing an important decision. Should these states act as agents of the ... Exchanges were conceived by ...

Missouri's Voters: Working for the Health Insurance Companies
By J. Bradford DeLong
Missouri State of Mind: Missouri voters have apparently approved a ballot measure prohibiting the governor from using an executive order to authorize the creation of a Missouri health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act.
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Cochrane on Health Care | EconTalk | Library of Economics and ...
"Economic Research on Direct-Purchase Health Insurance: New Models for Real Health Care Reform", by Linda Gorman. Library of Economics ... What we might do with health care if we eliminated not just the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare, but many of the restrictions that the government places on the health care market. The paper is so good I ... We assume that the only way these days you can get health care is if you have health insurance. People say: We need ...

No help anytime soon for poor without health insurance | Online ...
By Lee Shearer
Deal announced Friday that the state won't create a health insurance exchange, another part of thehealth care reform act. Instead, Georgians will have to participate in a planned national health exchange. The health exchanges are supposed ...
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Monday, November 19, 2012

Catherine Zeta-Jones shares her diet and obsessive fitness secrets

Catherine Zeta-Jones shares her diet and 'obsessive' fitness secrets
... diet · Celebrity Weight Loss. Advertisement. Catherine Zeta-Jones, who once proclaimed ""I came out of the womb wearing make-up," recently confessed her fitness"obsession" and her "I'm no saint" diet, reported Independent Online on Nov. 15. From...

Can the Dukan Diet help you lose weight?
Times of India
But is the Dukan diet a healthy option for weight loss? How does the ... Hence the key to stabilization is follow the protein rich diet once a week, eat oat bran daily andexercise. Disadvantages of the Dukan diet 1. Since it is a protein rich diet ...

Times of India

The art of weight loss
GMA News
... many experts say, is not a temporary change in diet, but a change in lifestyle. “Weight loss is an art,” said Dr. James Chung, a Singapore-based consultant on health and nutrition, at a symposium on the new science of weight control held in Manila ...

Dr. Oz Show Recap 11/16/2012: Dr. Alan Hirsch Of Sensa Weight Loss ...
Dr. Oz starts today by asking what would we do if we could just sprinkle a powder on our food and lose weight no matter what we eat. Dr. Alan Hirsch and Kristin Kirkpatrick are on the show to talk about the Sensa Weight loss supplement. ... Oz asks ...


Weight-Loss News: 16 Percent of Americans' Calories Comes From This ...
Glamour (blog)
I don't know about you, but I find that number to be pretty big, especially if you're wondering why you can't lose that final 5 or 10 pounds, you know? It could be your evening glass of red wine (or two). Have you given up alcohol in the name of weight ...

Glamour (blog)

Matthew McConaughey Opens Up About Dramatic Weight Loss (WATCH VIDEO)
The nearly 6 foot tall actor said that through the process, he discovered that his diethad more of an impact on his weight loss than his exercise regime did. "I'm doing cardio but I'll tell you what, the more I've learned is - and I think it comes ...


How Hungry Girl diet guru shed pounds without guilt
MetroNews Canada
Someone who needed to drop 15 or 20 pounds and would do so periodically by following an all-liquiddiet or a one-meal-a-day diet or whatever other weight-loss regimen was in vogue. Afterward, she'd return to her beloved jam-slathered bagels and french ...

How Simpson Lost Weight: 60 Pounds Weight Loss, 5-Step Plan Revealed By ...
... goal of shedding a total 70 pounds since she gave birth in May. The singer/actress/fashion mogul is currently a Weight Watchers spokesperson who shared that in addition to her sponsored diet, her personal trainer, Harley Pasternak was a key factor ...


20 pounds lighter, but worried about my diet
Jamaica Observer
I've been on a diet and exercise plan for a few months now and I have seen some progress as I have lost 20 pounds so far and I am planning to lose about 15 more. I would like your opinion about whether my diet and exercise regimen is actually ...

eat carbs and lose weight with The Sun
The Sun
... the weight. Here, Sun diet guru AMANDA URSELL and fitness expert NICKI WATERMAN explain why carbs can go back on the menu. ... “Over a six-month period, those on the 'no carbs until after 5pm' diet were found to feel less hungry and to have lost ...

The Sun

Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle: Review Examines Popular "Fat Loss Bible"
Midland Daily News releases a review of Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle the #1 best sellingdiet and fitness guide in Internet history. ... Burn The Fat Feed The Muscle was created by Tom Venuto a renowned weight loss expert, personal trainer, and ...

How to Lose Weight In Time for Vacation - Diet Talk - Health Talks
Classes are over and it's time for you to hit up the beach and show up some abs. However, the huge problem is, you've gained so much weight after all the ...

How a foodie who needed to lose a few pounds became Hungry Girl

How a foodie who needed to lose a few pounds became Hungry Girl and ...
Washington Post
... Lisa Lillien says, she was just another 30-something LA “Hungry Girl.” Someone who needed to drop 15 or 20 pounds and would do so periodically by following an all-liquid diet or a one-meal-a-daydiet or whatever other weight-loss regimen was in vogue.

Victoria Beckham Gives David's Sister Weight Loss Advice
Victoria Beckham jumped at the chance to help her husband's sister Joanne lose weight after she came to her for advice. Posh lent her a personal trainer and is always on hand to give out diet tips... bet she wishes she hadn't asked... If you're feeling ...

4 Keys To Permanent Weight Loss And How to Use Them
Hive Health Media (blog)
Every dieter who's on the weight loss path knows that he or she needs to abide to the right eating guidelines on nearly daily basis—and that's no easy feat. Good eating habits require practice and long life commitment to develop. This is why most ...

Preview: Dr. Oz reveals how to reverse memory loss, boost energy and blast fat
Dr. Mehmet Oz has prepared a healthy lifestyles week on his talk show that can reduce your risk of dementia, boost your energy and help you achieve your weight loss goals permanently. Among his featured guests: First Lady ... 22 to discusshealth in ...

Healthy protein-rich snacks for the weekend
Times of India
... of health. Protein is the key component to popular weight loss diets. ... HealthBenefits: From nuggets to tikkis, but this time we look at soya granules to fulfil your intake of protein. .... Read more Personal Health, Diet & Fitness stories on ...
Times of India

Paleo Diet: Can eating like a 'caveman' really make you healthy?
The Paleo Diet, also referred to as the Caveman Diet or the Paleo lifestyle, says if we could just abandon the foods that came since the agricultural revolution, we could lose weight and ditch disease. It's the foods that have come about since we ...

How to lose weight in 7 days with Tofu, Lemon and Water.
How to lose weight in 7 days? Being slim is what everybody wants but it is also something that not everybody gets. Why? It is because not everybody has the ...

Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Weight-Loss Nutrient You'll Still Not Eating Enough Of

The Weight-Loss Nutrient You'll Still Not Eating Enough Of
Shape Magazine (blog)
But fiber's powers don't stop at weight loss. It may also reduce the risk of death from any cause, according to a recent paper in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Women who ate about 25 grams of fiber a day were 22 percent less likely to die during ...

Shape Magazine (blog)

Dr. Oz Discusses Sensa Weight Loss Sensation with Experts
You lose weight,” says Dr. Oz's special guest Dr. Alan Hirsch, the inventor of the SENSA® Weight-Loss Tastants that many dieters swear has worked wonders toward their weight loss—one of which on The Dr. Oz Show stated that she lost 128 pounds from ...


Good carbs for weight loss
Times of India
If you combine these good carbs with exercise, you can burn fat while building essential lean muscle. Including carbs in your diet is not a bad thing, but everything depends on the type of carbohydrates you choose. We give you a lit of good carbfoods ...

Times of India

How To Lose Weight Fast | How “Fat Loss Factor” Can Help People Lose Weight ...
Midland Daily News
He has introduced several innovative techniques to lose fat and get a dreamed and lean shape. After he released this updated version of Fat Loss Factor, it has gotten multiple questions if it can help the dieter burn weight effectively. Therefore, the ...

Dr. Oz investigates Sensa claims: Lose 30 pounds in six months
However, he advises against using it for long-term weight loss and recommends making healthy food choices (cut down on junk food while increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables). In addition, Dr. Oz emphasizes the importance of exercise, such as ...

CBS Atlanta News explores potential dangers of rapid weight loss programs
WGCL Atlanta
"The appeal of these low carb diets and part of the reason they're so popular is that people lose weight very rapidly. But in reality, that weight is water weight and ... These are for people who are overweight to the point where the benefit of these ...

The 50% Solution to Weight Loss After 50 (and Before the Holidays!)
AARP News (blog)
A plan to lose weight or start a fitness program can be stymied before you even start if it seems too difficult to do. Like most of us, you'll be tempted to just ... Steer clear of processed, high-caloric foods and sugary drinks, eat healthier (dark ...

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Woman sheds 35kg in six months
The Press
As discussions on obesity and weight loss open at a national conference in Christchurch, Olivia Carville talks to two women who lost a combined weight of more than 100 kilograms through drastically different means. Obesity is on the ... WeightWatchers ...

The Press

Jessica Simpson Scores 60-Pound Weight Loss After Baby
Celebrity Health & Fitness
... Post-Birth Body. By Celebrity Health & Fitness, November 16th, 2012 ... Jessica Simpson struggled at first after gaining more than 60 pounds while pregnant with daughter Maxwell, but she's finally reached her goal, which should lead to a multi ...

RANI Medical Weight Loss Clinic 68% Off Medical Weight Loss Intro Package ...
Rockford Register Star
At RANI our weight-loss programs are directed by a board-certified, medical specialist who has 20 years of experience managing weight-reduction with surgical and non-surgical techniques. We help you achieve your weight-loss goals by using FDA-approved ...

Health Care Reform: What's Next?
Huffington Post
Even as I write this, the Obama administration has turned from celebrating its victory to moving forward with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"), which also had a good night on Tuesday. A repeal of the act had been a key ... New ...

More employers send workers to find their own health insurance (blog)
Until now, defined contribution health insurance plans have been largely limited to small businesses and retirees. But more employers are considering them as a way to control their rising health carecosts. After all, the average annual premium — or ...

Wonkbook: Building a better health-care system
Washington Post (blog)
MT @samsteinhp By rejecting the exchanges GOP govs are just inviting MORE federal govt control over health care. The deadline on health exchanges, a key component of the Affordable Care Act, however, just got pushed back one month. ... ahead of a ...

States' deadline for health insurance exchange plan notification extended
Business Insurance
States' deadline for health insurance exchange plan notification extended. November 16, 2012 - 10:09am ... Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which authorized the exchanges, states have three options. They can set up their own ...

Walker won't create health care exchange, defers to feds
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
An odd coalition of business groups, health insurers and Democrats pressed Walker, an opponent of the Affordable Care Act that is often called Obamacare, to set up state exchanges where small businesses and individuals could buy health insurance.

Butler: Taking out the waste in health care system
San Jose Mercury News
The Affordable Care Act limits insurance companies to 15 percent of premiums that they can spend on administrative and marketing costs, so we'll soon see how this provision fairs under the "rule of unintended consequences." Attempting to reduce what ...

Serious Games Seek Slice Of Health-Care Market
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Speaking at the Games for Health conference in Amsterdam last week, Dr. John Harrison, a psychologist at Imperial College, London, said that on current trends, “by 2050 the cost of direct health care in just the U.S. for Alzheimer's is going to be $1 ...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Branstad meets health insurance exchange deadline, blasts federal process
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines (blog)
Terry Branstad notified federal officials Friday that Iowa policymakers intend to create a state-based health insurance exchange under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but need many questions answered before they will be in a position to ...

The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines (blog)

Health Insurance Exchanges Deadline Extended As More ...
By The Huffington Post News Editors
Governors on the fence or opposed to implementing a crucial element of President Barack Obama'shealth care reform law now have more time to make a decision following a Thursday announcement from the Department of Health and ... But Heineman ultimately came to a different conclusion: "A state exchange is nothing more than the state administering the Affordable Care Act with all of the important and critical decisions made by the federal government," he said, also citing the ...
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Health Care Hardball: Why Democrats in Washington and around ...
By RealQuiet (Diary)
Additionally, neither the Congressional Budget Office score nor the Joint Committee on Taxation technical explanation of the Affordable Care Act discusses excluding those enrolled through a Federally-facilitated Exchange.” (Though they don't cite any legal .... It increases the cost of privatehealth care and insurance, crowds out private health insurance and long-term-care insurance, and discourages enrollees from climbing the economic ladder. There is scant reliable evidence that ...

Friday, November 16, 2012

10 ways to burn off that pumpkin pie

10 ways to burn off that pumpkin pie - CBS News: " . . . there are just more opportunities for eating during the holidays. And let's face it: You don't want to pass up all the treats. But that doesn't mean you have to look like Santa come January. If calories in equals calories out, then more calories coming in means you need to have more calories going out over the next six weeks or so to avoid gaining weight. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to fit more movement into your life, in addition to your regularly scheduled workouts, even during the holiday crunch. 1. Try a walking meeting. If your meeting involves four or fewer people, and you don't need to follow slides closely, go for a walk instead. You don't need to go fast. But it's better than sitting and drinking a soda during that hour. 2. Pace while on the phone. Get a headset and roam the halls. Or just stand up in your cubicle and move around. 3. Park somewhere else. . . .  " – After divorce, many women lose health insurance
By Diane Swanbrow-Michigan
After divorce, many women lose health insurance. Women in moderate-income families face the greatest loss of insurance coverage, because they're more likely than higher-income women to lose private coverage and have less access than ...

Weight loss clinic says you can lose weight without exercising, but does it work?
NEW ORLEANS -- It's a popular weight loss clinic where people say they lose a lot of weight, quickly, with no cravings, hunger or exercise. So what's behind the testimonials? When Bonny Walton, 49, hit her 40s, she could not lose weight. Then she went ...

Anne Hathaway shows off 25-lb weight loss at New York gala
Hathaway channeled the late Audrey Hepburn with her gamine pixie haircut in a body-hugging sleeveless black dress that accentuated her tiny waist. Anne, who recently switched to a vegan diet, confessed she crash-dieted to play Fantine in "Les Miserables.

Diet helps combat holiday pounds
This seven-day weight loss management plan has found the interest of students looking to lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time. Camille Daniels, a third year psychology student from Bradenton, ... According to Freddy Kaye, a clinical ...

Loving her low-carb life, Sharon Osbourne shows off 28-pound weight loss
San Francisco Luxury News
After losing 28 pounds on the Atkins diet, Sharon Osbourne looks and feels fabulous. And she ...Her weight loss is part of Sharon's focus on leading a healthy, happy life. But her diet ... I want tolose another seven and I'll do that over time ...

Will New Diet Drugs Cure the Obesity Epidemic?
Caribbean Media Vision
Americans love a quick fix, and the pharmaceutical industry has obliged with products to lose ourweight for us. Two new weight loss drugs have hit the market in spite of safety concerns: Qsymia and Belviq. The FDA had ... The drugs are considered ...

How to Beat 5 Embarassing Ailments With Your Diet
U.S. News & World Report (blog)
... we expect to get everything we seek with lightening speed. But it's not just information we want quickly—we also expect weight-loss diets to take effect immediately, and we want our workouts to make us look like body builders as soon as we join ...

GFD for the Gluten Tolerant: Healthy Cure-All, or Dangerous Fad?
Some, like a Jennifer Esposito and Miley Cyrus suffer from celiac disease or non-celiac gluten intolerance, while others like Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga don't have any kind of wheat intolerance, but still tout the diet's health benefits (often weight ...

Featured Article Avoiding Pitfalls of Corporate Weight Loss Programs
Workforce Management
They were given access to nutrition and other wellness services and their physical activity was tracked—participants burned nearly 22 million exercise minutes and their pedometers approached 5 billion steps. ... "They say, `Help us lose weight.' says ...

Gov. Jindal confirms Louisiana won't do health insurance exchange ...
By Laura Maggi, | The Times-Picayune
Gov. Bobby Jindal confirmed to the Huffington Post that Louisiana will not implement its own health insurance exchange, the new marketplaces for purchasing coverage that are supposed to be created within a year. The article, posted ...
New Orleans Metro Real Time News

Health Care - Washington Post
Now that we know the Affordable Care Act will be fully implemented major ... The Veterans Administration runs the country's largest health care system, with ...

Get going on health-care exchange
Greensboro News & Record (blog)
Get going on health-care exchange. Our editorial today urges the state to run the Affordable Care Act-mandated health insurance exchange rather than leave it to the feds. Last year, the state signaled its intent to operate its own program, but the ...

States face Friday deadline on health insurance exchanges
Kansas City Star
Many states that opposed the health care overhaul didn't prepare for the exchanges, hoping that a Mitt Romney presidential victory and a Republican takeover of the Senate would deal the law a death blow. But President Barack Obama won and Democrats ...

Kansas City Star

Thursday, November 15, 2012

How to avoid being obsessive about diet and exercise

How to avoid being obsessive about diet, exercise
Journal Times
She offered some tips on how to lose and maintain weight loss successfully, without obsessing or becoming addicted to stringent diets and compulsively working out. 1. Have a good support system of people in your life who support your health goals.

Dr. Oz's 5 Latest Diet Myths Busted
Diet Myth #1: If you want to lose weight, you should wait until you are hungry before you sit down to eat. “That my friends is a diet myth,” says Dr. Oz as he explains that our hunger is a lot like an air-filled balloon that shrinks when placed in ...


The Checkup: Fad Diets Don't Work for Most People, Study Says
Philadelphia Magazine (blog)
Of the two-thirds who try to lose weight, researchers found, the ones who are most successful are those who stick to the tried-and-true tenets of weight loss: eat less,exercise more, eat healthier foods. Proving? It ain't rocket science, people. Also ...

Philadelphia Magazine (blog)

Economist's View: 'It’s All About Health Care': "What these three charts tell you is simple: It’s all about health care. Spending on Social Security is expected to rise, but not particularly quickly. Spending on everything else is actually falling. It’s health care that contains most all of our future deficit problems. And the situation is even worse than it looks on this graph: Private health spending is racing upwards even faster than public health spending ..."

For Business Owners, the Health Care Details Begin to Emerge
New York Times (blog)
But one of the tabs in the sheet was titled “Health Care Reform” and laid out all of the ways that theAffordable Care Act — a k a Obamacare — would be changing the landscape. ... “Health insurance will be available for purchase through the exchanges.

Budget negotiators get options for $385B in health care savings, mostly from ...
Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Hoping to head off wider health care cuts in upcoming budget talks, a think tank close to the White House is unveiling a plan for how to save $385 billion, mostly from Medicare. Medicaid and the new health care law are largely spared from ...

APNewsBreak: Fla. gov. wants to talk health care
CBS News
He made his first foray into politics by forming a group called Conservatives for Patients' Rights that ran TV ads criticizing health care reform before it was adopted by Congress. Florida led the legal battle to stop the health care overhaul and ...

Governor Jindal Confirms No On Health Care Exchange, Suggests Medicaid ...
Huffington Post
The Affordable Care Act mandated the creation of exchanges in each state, which will serve as clearinghouses in which private insurance plans can compete for business in a central database as long as they meet certain government-specified criteria, and ...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Anne Hathaway's 'Les Mis' diet: Two pieces of oatmeal paste

Anne Hathaway's 'Les Mis' diet: Two pieces of oatmeal paste - TODAY Entertainment: "Hollywood starlet Anne Hathaway credits a strict diet of dried oatmeal paste for helping her shed some 25 pounds for her role in the forthcoming big screen musical "Les Miserables." "I had to be obsessive about it - the idea was to look near death," Hathaway told Vogue about preparing for her role as the consumptive prostitute Fantine in the musical version of Victor Hugo's classic 19th century French novel.  Hathaway, 30, told the December edition of the magazine, that she first lost 10 pounds to begin filming and then later dropped another 15 pounds by eating nothing but two thin pieces of oatmeal paste a day."

Anne Hathaway lost 25 pounds for 'Les Mis': 'It was definitely a little nuts'
Entertainment Weekly (blog)
In a move straight out of costar Christian Bale's acting playbook, Anne Hathaway adopted an extreme diet and exercise regimen to tone her body for The Dark Knight Rises, then lost 25 pounds for Les Misérables. The Vogue cover girl discussed ... After...

Can Eating Carbs at Dinner Help You Lose Weight?
Men's Fitness
In a recent study, published in the journal Obesity, Israeli researchers put 78 overweight police officers on one of two weight loss diets—the first ate carbs throughout the day while the second saved them for dinner. (The study authors say the latter ...

Men's Fitness

Five Celebrity Weight Loss Myths That Are Like Poison for Your Mind
Huffington Post UK (blog)
Most celebrities heavily emphasise exercise as a big factor for their weight loss. But especially for women, if you rely on exercise alone to lose weight, you will be sorely disappointed. For women, limiting your calorie intake (eating less) is much ...

Dr. Oz: Reshape your body, blast fat with Tony Horton's quick diet and workout
Reward: Cheat 10 percent of the time, using snack time as your cheat selection. Choose foods with only one ingredient. So if that can of tuna reads "tuna, water, preservatives, salt, food dye," put it back on the shelf. Re-shake to reshape! One meal ...

With $8M, Retrofit focuses on data, not dieting, to help people lose weight
Retrofit, a Chicago-based company offering a data-driven, expert-led weight losssystem, on Tuesday announced that it had raised $8 million in Series A funding, led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson and including Correlation Ventures and Hyde Park Angels ...


Eat pizza and lose weight? ABC 4 News tracks the WIO Diet
"Anybody dealing with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, fatty liver, obesity or diet diabetes they're all directly related to what's called hyperinsulinemia which is where the pancreas is excreting too much insulin," he said. Brady said to get ...

Health Care After the Election
Huffington Post
Throughout this election season, there has been considerable debate concerning the future of our nation's health care system. With the elections behind us, we ... First, the Affordable Care Act(aka Obamacare) will move forward. Throughout the primary ...

SD health care providers urge Medicaid expansion
"If we're left out of the benefits that can come from the Affordable Care Act, how do we take care of the people of South Dakota who are below the federal poverty level?" said Dr. Rob Allison, ... "People stay healthier when they have health insurance ...

NJ must decide soon on health insurance exchange
Ventura County Star
The decision is the first major one states must make under the health insurance overhaul adopted in 2010 by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama. The health care law aims to expand coverage to 30 million uninsured people nationwide.

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