2008  December  03  Healthtorial

2008 December 03 Healthtorial

Homewatch CareGivers’ New ‘In-Home Senior Safety Guide’ Helps Families Fix Fall, Fire, Injury Hazards for Aging Parents

By Lauren Castillo at 3 December, 2008, 11:35 am

Since holidays traditionally bring families together, these gatherings offer Boomers and their aging parents a timely opportunity to assess and prevent threats to a senior’s ability to live independently at home. Homewatch CareGivers has created the new, free “Guide to In-Home Senior Safety” in time for critical family visits and conversations.

U.S. Health Stagnates for Fourth Year in a Row as Revealed in 2008 America’s Health Rankings

By Lauren Castillo at 3 December, 2008, 11:32 am

In a disturbing development, the 2008 America’s Health Rankings: A Call to Action for Individuals Their Communities revealed that the health of Americans has failed to improve for the fourth consecutive year. Key factors contributing to these results included unprecedented levels of obesity, an increasing number of uninsured people, and the persistence of risky health behaviors, particularly tobacco use.

DestinationRx Part D Drug Comparison Tool Now Available on UCompareHealthCare.com

By Lauren Castillo at 3 December, 2008, 11:30 am

To help consumers make a decision about changing or enrolling in a Medicare policy before the deadline at the end of the month, DestinationRx’s Part D Drug comparison tool is now available on UCompareHealthCare.com, a Web site which provides interactive tools enabling users to measure the quality of healthcare services. The new feature will provide seniors with an easy-to-use tool that will allow them to compare Medicare Part D plans and apply online.

Roche: Nature Study Uses 454 Sequencing to Reveal Surprising New Clues into the Role of Microbial Communities in the Human Gut

By Lauren Castillo at 3 December, 2008, 11:27 am

A team of researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have characterized the human gut microbiome by sequencing the microbial communities of adult twins and their mothers with the Genome Sequencer FLX System. The work is part of the International Human Microbiome Project, an initiative to define the role and structure of microbial communities within the human body. Surprisingly, the study invalidated the hypothesis that a uniform human gut microbiome exists at the level of bacterial species. Instead, the results demonstrate that common metabolic functions yield a gut microbiome that is carried out by communities varying greatly in exact species composition across individuals. When comparing lean and obese twins, the researchers found further that deviations from this core functional microbiome were associated with the differences in physiologic states. The study, titled “A core gut microbiome in obese and lean twins,” appears online in the November 30th issue of Nature.

Allstate Insurance Company Holiday Teen Driving Hotspots Study Reveals Areas with Highest Rates of Deadly Teen Crashes from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day

By Lauren Castillo at 3 December, 2008, 11:25 am

With the holiday season a dangerous time for drivers to be on the road, Allstate Insurance Company today released a study identifying three Florida metropolitan areas as the top “hotspots” for fatal teen driving crashes during the holidays. The study includes data for metropolitan areas around the country, and helps to kick off the company’s national Home for the Holidays teen safe driving campaign.

By Lauren Castillo at 3 December, 2008, 11:23 am

Having a good sense of self worth is vital for your confidence and happiness. Self esteem naturally goes up and down depending on whats going on in your life, but heres some advice that will help you give your self esteem and confidence a big boost.

National Survey of Radiologists Reveals Systemic Problems Hurting Industry and Patient Care

By Lauren Castillo at 3 December, 2008, 11:18 am

A national survey released today (at RSNA) uncovered a host of systemic problems and challenges that are hindering radiologists’ ability to control skyrocketing demand and negatively impacting patient diagnosis and care. Of those surveyed, almost all radiologists cited a strong link between health IT deficiencies and patient care. Ninety-four percent connected the inability of medical imaging systems to communicate with information systems of physicians and hospitals with missed or delayed diagnosis. Seventy-one percent of radiologists consider this failure to share data with other physicians and hospitals as a growing crisis for the industry.

Bill Gates Urges U.S. Lawmakers to Honor and Intensify Commitments—and Spend Smarter—to Improve Lives During Economic Crisis

By Lauren Castillo at 3 December, 2008, 11:14 am

During a major policy address today, Bill Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation, strongly urged the incoming Obama administration and new Congress to renew America’s commitment to expand opportunity in the United States and in the developing world.

New Study Identifies $1.2 Billion Impact on State Economy by Washington’s Community Health Center System

By Lauren Castillo at 3 December, 2008, 11:12 am

The results of a new study were released today identifying a $1.2 billion total impact on Washington’s economy by the community health center system within Washington. The total impact was determined by calculating the dollars spent directly on goods, services and jobs in combination with the “downstream effect” - the additional jobs and services that are generated through spending. The study findings validate the economic importance and healthcare necessity for preserving the community health center system in Washington.

Stanford Scientists’ Discovery of Virus in Lemur Could Shed Light on AIDS

By Lauren Castillo at 3 December, 2008, 4:21 am

The genome of a squirrel-sized, saucer-eyed lemur from Madagascar may help scientists understand how HIV-like viruses coevolved with primates, according to new research from the Stanford University School of Medicine. The discovery, to be published online on Dec. 1 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could provide insight into why non-human primates don’t get AIDS and lead to treatments for humans.

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