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Finally, a Hamster Wheel for the Rest of Us

10 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

Numerous studies say standing desks are better for your health, and even more encourage people to walk for longer periods throughout the day. Why not turn your office-desk into a giant hamster-wheel to increase your productivity? Ridiculous? Yes, but you have to admit — it looks pretty fun. Show More Summary

Republican chair says party just needs to better explain things to the womenfolks

10 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

"I see, so taking away your health insurance will increase American freedoms by 2.7 percent. Well, I'm convinced." These people are adorable. Republicans “still have work to do” appealing to women voters, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden said Friday. [...]Show More Summary

Did Obamacare Just Allow Tax Payer-Funded Abortions?

A lot has been written about the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. One of the biggest issues facing the health care law is tax payer-funded abortions. President Obama argued that the Affordable Care Act would not coverShow More Summary

Biotech Company uBiome Is Working on Sequencing Individual Human Microbiomes

yesterdayOdd : Laughing Squid

The San Francisco-based biotech company uBiome is working on sequencing the human microbiome of thousands of people to better understand how the different types of microbes on and in our bodies affect our health. They offer kits that customers can use to sample their own microbiome and mail in the results for sequencing. A DNews report from […]

5 Easy Steps to get a better night's sleep

Because you need your beauty sleep. Lets face it, Americans are getting less and less sleep every year. Earlier this year, the Center for Disease control announced that Insufficient Sleep is a "Public Health Epidemic". Many turn to sleeping...Show More Summary

Why is poverty associated with mental health problems for some people, but not others?

By Guest blogger Peter Kinderman“I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. Believe me, rich is better” (Mae West). Critiques of the rather discredited "disease-model" of mental illness are commonplace, but we also need to articulate the alternative. Show More Summary

South Cove Community Health Center Uses Electronic Health Records to Increase Patient Follow Ups

Leads to Increased Cancer Screening and Better Diabetes Management The nation’s 62 Regional Extension Centers (RECs) have helped hundreds of thousands of health care providers, doctors, health clinics, and small rural hospitals across the nation learn the best practices for implementing and using electronic health records, or EHRs. Show More Summary

8 Ways to Game a Life Insurance Exam and Get a Better Rate

Alamy Putting the doughnuts away and hiding the cigars won't likely help much if you're already an obese smoker trying to save some money when applying for a life insurance policy. Insurers can require applicants to take a health exam...Show More Summary

Positive Outlook and Social Support Help Diabetes Patients Cope

A better understanding of the social, psychological and emotional challenges faced by people with diabetes could improve their health outcomes. Support from people around them and a positive outlook help patients with diabetes cope with...Show More Summary

UNM Cancer Center Scientist Wins $4.9 Million to Link Drugs, Diseases and Genes

The National Institutes of Health wants to make the process of finding new drugs faster and better. The effort will help all 27 of its research institutes and centers. So, the nation's medical research agency awarded Tudor Oprea, MD, PhD, a 2-year $4.9 million grant to develop a tool scientists can use to link information about drugs, diseases and genes.

Good home care by nurses prevents hospital, nursing home admissions

In the largest study of its kind, an investigation shows that home health agencies providing organizational support to their nurses get better outcomes. The best outcomes for patients, including fewest hospitalizations and transfers to nursing homes, are achieved by home health agencies that provide supportive work environments, enabling nurses to focus on patient care.

Top stories in health and medicine, September 16, 2014

From MedPage Today: GLP-1 Plus Insulin Betters Glycemic Control. The combination of GLP-1 agonists and basal insulin beat other type 2 diabetes treatments at lowering HbA1c and improving glycemic control. Obamacare Does Little to Cut Kids’ Uninsured Rate. The uninsured rate for kids under age 18 hasn’t budged under the health law, according to a new […]

Multi-Study Analysis: Social Media Tools Aid in Weight Loss

American obesity rates by state Many Americans may be eating better, but we still have a long way to go in combating the obesity epidemic. According to a multi-study analysis published in the journal Health Affairs and reported by PBS...Show More Summary

5 Ways to Improve Your Track Workout

4 days agoHealth / Fitness : FitSugar

Make your track workout better than ever - Shape The power ab workout with major results - Fitness How to eat toast for dinner - Self Read this if you're a slow runner - Women's Health Do fitness trackers actually work? - Real Simple 13 legit ways to beat the Monday blues - Greatist The best and worst foods for sleep - Cooking Light

Report Shows Farmers’ Indiscriminate Use Of Antibiotics In Chicken Feed

While the medical community and public health advocates continue to call on the FDA to better regulate the widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed, farmers and pharmaceutical companies try to claim that these drugs are primarily being used for disease prevention and that their use doesn’t cross over into humans. Show More Summary

10 Tips to Being a Better Pet Health Caregiver

This past June, my 82 year-old father was diagnosed with a small cancerous tumor in his lung. Within two weeks of diagnosis, my father had thoracic surgery. I wish I could say that everything went well, but it did not. I thought we chose...Show More Summary

Good Home Care by Nurses Prevents Hospital and Nursing Home Admissions

In the largest study of its kind, a University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) investigation shows that home health agencies providing organizational support to their nurses get better outcomes. The best outcomes for...Show More Summary

Care coordination can decrease health-care use by frequent users

Better coordination of patient care between health care providers, encouraging patients to self-manage their health and other strategies can reduce use of the health care system by seniors and people with chronic conditions, according to research published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). read more

Implementing new care strategies can cut health care usage among system's biggest users

TORONTO, Sept. 15, 2014 – Co-ordinating patient care better can reduce use of the health care system by its most frequently seen patients, according to new research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. A small group of people are often admitted into hospital or frequently visit hospital emergency departments and clinics. Show More Summary

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