You can avert skin cancer with a few inexpensive actions. DocHandal shares specific action and the logic behind them. You can’t afford not to listen up to this podcast!
We have all heard how the USA spends much on health care, a large percentage of the gross domestic product. A caveat is that all the information collected in the past has come from Medicare data.
Now data and information is available to show the wide picture of health care cost for those under 65.
The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), formed in 2011, gathers healthcare cost and use by those covered under private insurance.
It is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to establish a complete and comprehensive national claims database. This information on use and cost is available to you through the website Guroo.
Guroo is free and geared toward you, the consumer, whether you have insurance or not. Data (from approx. 40 millions Americans) is available by state.
Pay a visit to Guroo’s (again free) website and navigate easily, getting valuable info, in my opinion. Search by a specific problem/condition: learn the services needed, their cost, and the added bonus of the quality of care available within your area.
You definitely will love the GUROO site; let me know your opinions.
May is National Stroke month- why should you care? Well anyone can have a stroke! Although 80% are preventable, the numbers for strokes are staggering (American Heart Association):
- “Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke
- One out of six people will suffer a stroke in his or her lifetime
- Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States
- Stroke is the No. #5 cause of death in the United States “
Got your attention?
As in most emergencies time to action can make all the difference. Time delay is brain cells lost! Experts use the numbers ‘2 million brain cells die for every minute of delayed stroke care’ Death, serious handicaps, and permanent disabilities can result.
Experts use 2-3 hours as time from onset of symptoms (loss of abilities such as speech, movement) to receiving treatment. Learn to recognize sign symptoms and that action steps, odds are you can help someone or even yourself!
??Sadly although strokes are ‘largely treatable’ some despite perfect conditions are not.
In NYC elementary schools in which ‘water jets’ or cooled water dispensers have been installed, a small but statistically significant decrease in student obesity has occurred.
This is not a new intervention in fighting child obesity; providing access to drinking water in the cafeteria was the premise of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
This is noteworthy, given that 40% of NYC school children are overweight! The filling effect of water, as well as the refreshing sensation, can displace such caloric items as milk shakes or other sugary beverages. This study was published in JAMA Pediatrics.
Caveat– at time of this study, sugar-sweetened beverages had already been removed from NYC schools.
I recently posted a podcast on this condition; if you haven’t had a chance, have a listen and then read on.
To frame the issue further, let me start with USA stats:
- 500,000 people are living with bladder cancer
- 75,000 newly diagnosed this year
- 16,000 who will not survive their diagnosis this year
- the fifth most commonly diagnosed (dx’ed) cancer in the U.S.
- 3x more common in men than women
- 1 in 42 people will be dx’ed during their lifetime
- recurrence rate is 50-80%
- most expensive cancer to treat on a per patient basis.
As you listen to your body, there are signs and symptoms that may indicate your bladder has abnormal cell growth (cancer). Like most medical illnesses and conditions, the recognition of the problem varies from person to person, but bladder cancer is most commonly misdiagnosed as a urinary tract infection. Have questions or want to learn more? Go to this quite helpful website.
Immunotherapy may revolutionize cancer treatment, but much more research needs to be done. Want to support an organization doing something about bladder cancer?
Yes, we have two of them and while you can get thru life with just one, many problems result, least of which is depth perception and field of vision! So lets take the best of care of our eyes!
This brief blog builds on the poster you see, recently published by DoctorDirectory. Please read it carefully and share this information, something I hope you often do after reading a blogs.
We know that everyone should on a regular bases have their eyes examined by a professional, but exactly when? The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) suggests that you are examined at least by age 40, just like Diabetes and cancer, 40 years of age seems to be when our bodies commonly start to show ‘signs of wear’. According to the baseline eye exam, family history other medical problems the frequency of future exams will vary. Eye exams are simple comfortable and should last about 45 minutes. If you are over 65, every one to two years or as per your EYE MD. He/she will be looking for age related eye problems ex. cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
An excellent resources for all eye conditions/information is found at AAO site.
The Univ. College of London (UCL) research noted the suicide risk rate in individuals close to someone who had killed them self.
- 1 in 10 in individuals would go on killed themselves.
- Loved ones are 65% more likely to attempt suicide than those close to someone who died from natural causes.
The study of 3,432 UK university staff and students (18–40) who have mourned, were examined for impacts from a close acquaintance’s suicide. Along with an increased risk to themselves of suicide, a high association (80%) for a dramatic change to their lifestyle (drop out of education or work) was noted.
In US, there are numerous support groups and help sites, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline comes to mind. A web help source for specific groups including: veterans, those exposed to bullying and as well as help in Spanish.
Incidence of suicide in the US is on the average 117 per day, 7 out of 10 are white males. This information is from the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.
An all too common cancer effecting men 3 times more than women. Learn the needed information to recognize and deal with this stubborn cancer-has a 50-80% chance of recurring. DocHandal packs beaucoup data in this short podcast.
If you smoke, know that yearly in the US almost half a million folks die from diseases related smoking or second hand smoke inhalation. The adjacent poster shows why quitting is good for everyone – want to download it- HeartSmokingPosterColor
Poisonous toxins, such as lead, tar, arsenic, and about 600 chemicals, are found in the unlit death stick (including cigars). Once it is lighted, the smoke contains thousands more chemicals, which reap havoc in our bodies: formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia, acetone, and toluene, to name a few. As these cancer-producing vapors, are inhaled our bodies absorb and with time, we pay A price.
FYI, marijuana smoke contains much the same toxic components, irritants, and carcinogens.
BTW, smokeless tobacco is not a safe alternative to cigarettes!
What To Do! Use excellent resources, a few are linked here:
– Push someone to quit – buy someone a 3 month gift membership to an online program to help them ‘kick the stick’ privately!
This short blog shares colon cancer info you should know:
– There is a lifetime risk of 1 in 19.
– 75% of victims have no family history.
– 90% of cases are preventable by regular screening.
– Early colon cancer has no hints or symptoms.
– By the time patients have symptoms (pain, stool changes, blood in stool, weight loss), advanced disease is present.
– Recognized risk factors are: high fat diet, diabetes, smoking, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease.
– The most accurate screening test is a colonoscopy.
– Medicare covers a colonoscopy when medically indicated by a physician. Yes I get them, just had my 10 year follow-up.
Many myths regarding this cancer are out there; please read the five most common at American Cancer Society website.