Patient complaints about hospital stays have been fairly consistent: sleep interruptions, communication glitches, loss of personal items and bad food….just to name a few! Hospital administrators and staff, on the other hand, have focused increased attention on patient safety. The advent of “Superbugs”, new potential pandemics and a change from “fee-for-service” to “pay for performance”, ….
The sunshine gleaming on fire-engine red seats; the ear-splitting roars of 75,000 fans; the extravagant spectacle of a half-time show; the inevitable shrill shrieks of whistles and heart jarring thuds of bodies colliding…it’s almost time for Super Bowl 50! But all is not fun and games. American football, at both the amateur and professional levels,has ….
Every 13 seconds someone in America suffers a brain injury! Add to that the latest statistic showing that 19% of 2.7 million military veterans have suffered a TBI and the numbers are thought provoking to say the least. The Dana Foundation is committed to raising awareness about brain research and brain rehabilitation for these injuries, ….
Being the most vital part of the human body, the heart remains the common focus of most technologies today to make sure it is in perfect shape. As part of the celebration of Heart month in February, we want to inspire you on how you can maintain your healthy heart by providing you with inspirational quotes that ….
On March 25, 2014, a TEDMed Google+ Hangout was held on the top five health myths and why they continue to exist. As MedCity News correspondent, Stephanie Baum points out, an interesting aspect of that discussion is the patient-physician interaction and how it can perpetuate or dispel those myths. Building more trust between clinicians and ….
Dating back to the times of the Aztecs and Mayans, cocoa has been touted for its medicinal benefits as a cure or preventative for fever, anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, stroke and angina, among others. Nonetheless scientific proof substantiating those claims has proven elusive. Now a new study, sponsored by the Mars candy company and ….
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. The national consciousness of the magnitude of this issue was raised by the last two wars, and has spurred development of new therapies and treatments for TBIs. At the same time, high profile sports figures have been in the news with stories of delayed/long term disabilities, and even fatalities, ….
March 2-8, 2014 is Patient Safety Awareness Week sponsored by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). With the theme of “Navigate Your Health…Safely”, the Foundation urges stakeholders to focus on the first step in the healthcare process – the diagnosis. It is estimated that misdiagnoses may account for 40,000-80,000 deaths in the U.S. annually. Given ….
Estrogen Replacement Therapy’s (ERT) benefit in protecting women from cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been well studied, but not always well received. Enthusiasm for its use peaked in the 1990s, only to be replaced by concern and fear in the 2000s. But the pendulum has swung once more in favor of a cautiously positive approach to ….
Hollywood has given us some of the most iconic, if sometimes inaccurate, images of protagonists in the throes of a heart attack or slowly succumbing to cardiovascular disease (CVD). For rehab professionals, the following 6 films, apart from their sheer entertainment value, are educational opportunities to discuss heart attack /CVD symptoms, treatment and recovery. So ….
Is it just me or is there something ironic about celebrating “Healthy Weight Week” (January 19-25, 2014) at the same time we celebrate National Popcorn, Cheese Lovers, Blonde Brownie, Pie and Peanut Butter Days? To be fair it is also the week we celebrate Granola Bars and “Rid the World of Fad Diets” Days. Our ….
Learning goals are part and parcel of the educational process – the structure by which teachers transmit and students acquire knowledge. Historically, institutions and/or educators construct learning goals, with minimal input from those being asked to achieve them. More recently, the line between learning goals and performance goals has become blurred/interchangeable the result of social ….
The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 5.2 million people are living with the disease in this country. Research is continuing to find treatments to slow or stop the progress of the disease. The 5 FDA-approved drugs currently on the market are effective for 50% of those taking them, and none treat the underlying causes. Next generation ….
An estimated 36 million people are living with dementia worldwide. September is “World Alzheimer’s Month”, focusing on methods of care and on the caregivers. Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) holds a series of workshops, “The Alzheimer University”, designed to strengthen global associations. They also hold an annual conference of clinicians, scientists, patients, caregivers and associations’ staff ….
The last Wednesday in September is “National Women’s Health and Fitness Day”, the stated goal of which is more American women taking control of their own health. Over 1,000 local organizations/agencies including hospitals, senior centers and retirement communities are expected to participate this year. It is worth noting that this event falls during Educational Television’s ….
July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. Juvenile Arthritis (JA) is a blanket term for the many inflammatory and autoimmune syndromes that affect children 18 and younger. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), estimates the number of U.S. children with JA at about 300,000. As with adults, both therapeutic and recreational ….
For some people, too much of a good thing isn’t always good… and apparently too little isn’t either! That is one of the conclusions of an Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2013 review of sodium consumption and health effects. But don’t go telling your patients to return their salt shakers to the tables just yet! The ….
As we age issues of balance and joint stiffness/pain become more prevalent. But a particular Chinese martial art is proving to have remarkable health benefits for these and other conditions. Tai Chi is a low impact set of flowing movements with focused breathing techniques appropriate for any age group and any ability level. Dr. Paul ….
Take the Test, Stem the Tide. An American Diabetes Association (ADA) study found that total diabetes costs grew to a staggering $245 billion last year, a 41% increase since the 2007 study. This figure included roughly $69 billion in indirect costs, such as reduced productivity and absenteeism. That translates to 1 out of every 5 ….
Did You Know??? As American Heart Month winds down here are ten interesting facts related to heart health: “Men’s Health Magazine” has named San Jose, CA as the second healthiest city in America for men, with the lowest rate of mortality from heart disease for 2013. Eating salmon twice a week can lower by one ….