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This study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that, in the context of the Covid 19 pandemic, " a single-payer universal healthcare system would have saved 212,000 lives in 2020 alone. We also calculated that US$105.6 billion of medical expenses associated with COVID-19 hospitalization could have been averted by a Medicare for All system. " This is not exactly news. Health services researchers have been making these sorts of calculations for decades, for as long as I ' ve even been on the periphery of the business, and it always comes out the same. With a universal single payer system we can:I...
Source: Stayin' Alive - June 14, 2022 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Phytonutrients: Paint your plate with the colors of the rainbow
Did you know that adding color to your meals will help you live a longer, healthier life? Colorful fruits and vegetables can paint a beautiful picture of health because they contain phytonutrients, compounds that give plants their rich colors as well as their distinctive tastes and aromas. Phytonutrients also strengthen a plant’s immune system. They protect the plant from threats in their natural environment such as disease and excessive sun. When humans eat plant foods, phytonutrients protect us from chronic diseases. Phytonutrients have potent anti-cancer and anti-heart disease effects. And epidemiological research sug...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - April 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine D. McManus, MS, RD, LDN Tags: Health Healthy Eating Source Type: blogs

Time is a gift in the ER
Fourteen hours into their shift, the intern headed down to the lobby to pick up the delivery. Today it was Indian food. He struggled to push the elevator button while holding the bags but managed to make it up to the top floor ICU. The rest of the surgeons gathered around the table cluttered with spent pens, journal articles and unused bottles of lidocaine to eat. Someone offered up their extra samosa to share. The sun drooped lower in the sky, and the light outside burned golden and fought with the pale white glow from the fluorescent lights inside. The day had been so hot that the doctors could see it from the hospital w...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - August 30, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/lauren-schmidt" rel="tag" > Lauren Schmidt, MD < /a > Tags: Physician Emergency Medicine Surgery Source Type: blogs

Can Constipation Kill a Person with Alzheimer ’s Dementia?
When constipation occurs in people with Alzheimer's or another type of dementia it can become dangerous and life threatening.By Rita JablonskiAlzheimer's Reading RoomConstipation is an uncomfortable annoyance for most people.Early in my nurse practitioner career, I practiced in internal medicine. I was asked to see an elderly patient with dementia because she had "diarrhea."Her breath smelled like poop. She had vomited before coming to the office.I was shocked to feel a hard, almost rock-like, abdomen. My exam revealed a constant trickle of watery poop. This was not diarrhea.What is the Difference Between Alzheimer ’s an...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - July 27, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer constipation alzheimer's Alzheimer's family alzheimers care Alzheimers Dementia care of dementia patients dementia constipation help alzheimer's help with dementia care Source Type: blogs

LITFL Review 281
LITFL: Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog LITFL: Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog - Emergency medicine and critical care medical education blog Welcome to the 281st LITFL Review! Your regular and reliable source for the highest highlights, sneakiest sneak peeks and loudest shout-outs from the webbed world of emergency medicine and critical care. Each week the LITFL team casts the spotlight on the blogosphere’s best and brightest and deliver a bite-sized chunk of FOAM. The Most Fair Dinkum Ripper Beauts of the Week The 14th Critical Care Symposium was held last week in Manchester, featuring amazing speakers such ...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - May 7, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Marjorie Lazoff, MD Tags: LITFL review LITFL R/V Source Type: blogs

Physical Health and Mental Health, Part 1: Eating Healthfully
Mental health and physical health are closely related. Keeping physically fit actually helps our mental health too; because it is very hard to stay psychologically healthy when our physical health is poor. If we are physical functioning poorly it takes an emotional toll on us as well. Caring for your body and mind may mean you’ll not only live longer, but better. Eating healthfully, exercising regularly and getting a good night’s sleep are all important aspects to both the health of our mind and body. Just as there are many effective treatments for physical illnesses, besides therapies and medications, lifestyle inter...
Source: World of Psychology - January 5, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Staci Lee Schnell, MS,CS,LMFT Tags: ADHD and ADD Alternative and Nutritional Supplements Anxiety and Panic Depression Health-related Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Healthy Eating Major Depressive Disorder Mental Health Disorders Omega-3 fatty acid Source Type: blogs

The Hidden Joys of Dementia Care
I ’ll never forget playing “Tangerine Poker,” a card game my niece Julie and I made up as we went along: I would pick a card, and put the tangerine next to the salt shaker. Julie would put a card on top of mine, and peel the tangerine. My mother would study her hand carefully, look down at the t able, and eat the tangerine.By Eliezer SobelAlzheimer's Reading RoomI first noticed that my mother ’s mind was beginning to lose its way 12 years ago:midway through a sentence, her intended communication would get derailed and head off in a different, illogical direction, her original thought misplaced forever.Then we found...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - November 10, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care caring for dementia patients at home communication dementia care dementia help for caregivers family caregiving grief health help alzheimer's help with dementia care Source Type: blogs

“Mandarin oranges may seem like an unlikely candidate for...
"Mandarin oranges may seem like an unlikely candidate for a marquee fruit. But while orange sales have gone down, the consumption of #mandarins — or you might call them #tangerines — has doubled in the U.S., where the average person now eats 5 pounds a year. Native to China and northeastern India, mandarins are one of 5 types of citrus (along with pummelos, citrons, kumquats and papedas) from which all others (like oranges and grapefruit) are derived. Today, California harvests about 92% of the country's mandarin crop, while Florida, troubled by citrus greening disease and obsolete varieties with seeds, harvests just 8...
Source: Kidney Notes - February 3, 2016 Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Joshua Schwimmer Source Type: blogs

“In the @nytmag #GreatPerformers issue, the year’s best...
"In the @nytmag #GreatPerformers issue, the year's best actors — as chosen by the @nytimes film critic A.O. Scott — star in a series of photographic tributes to classic flight scenes from classic movies. This #nytweekender, we're lifting off Mya Taylor, a #transgender actress who starred this year in "Tangerine," a fast, raucously funny comedy about love and other misadventures. ''I like the idea that not everyone has to be Superman taking flight," said @danielaskill, who directed the #GreatPerformers series. "It can be something as simple as her dress and her mood taking flight.'' (#MarilynMonroe, anyone?) Follow alon...
Source: Kidney Notes - December 12, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Joshua Schwimmer Source Type: blogs

The child is father of the man
It was several decades ago when my father, not long retired from a lifetime of denominational service as a chemistry professor, noticed pain in his abdomen.  Initially attributing this to ingestion of some excessively hot tea, he ignored it for a time, hoping that, like many ailments, it would dissipate on its own.  When it did not, he sought medical attention. He ended up at the hospital where I worked, and his workup proceeded apace.  A CT abdominal scan revealed a tangerine-size mass in the tail of his pancreas that, upon needle biopsy, showed malignancy.  Angiography demonstrated encasement of the splenic artery an...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - December 3, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Physician Primary care Source Type: blogs

Narrative Matters: Poems By Patients And Consumers
Editor’s note: This spring, Health Affairs held its first ever poetry contest. Three winning poems were published in the journal. We’re also featuring some of our other favorites on the Blog throughout the month of October. You Are A Job You forget that you are someone’s job something they want to hurry away from a way to pay bills, daycare, college fees   You remember when your butt goes numb 45 minutes of hard plastic pressed in soft flesh You remember when supper comes late,   tea cup, empty, soup cold, or missing, no tater tots, no salad, no grapes each and every day, irksome things you cannot undo &nbs...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - October 29, 2015 Category: Health Management Authors: Jessica Bylander Tags: Elsewhere@ Health Affairs Narrative Matters Narrative Matters poetry patient experience Source Type: blogs

Produce of the Day: Citrus
All this month I’m making it fun to eat better with my 30-Day Challenge “Half Plate Produce” in the spirit of National Nutrition Month’s theme “Enjoy the taste of eating right!” Tweet, Post, Instagram or Pin your favorite pics and recipes that help make it fun for YOU to eat better. (Use #30DayChallenge and #NNM in your messages.) Feature Produce of the Day: Citrus Nothing brightens up a dreary March day like a pop of vibrant citrus – its bright color and fresh flavor help remedy most cases of late-winter funk.  One bite of a juicy tangerine immediately gets me dreaming of sunshine a...
Source: Balanced Health and Nutrition Rebecca Scritchfield's Blog - March 19, 2014 Category: Nutritionists and Food Scientists Authors: rebeccascritchfield Tags: cooking eating healthy food fruits nutrition recipes 30 day challenge citrus sunkist Source Type: blogs

Foods That Fight…Illness, That Is
By Amy Campbell That time of the year is upon us: the "holidays." It's not even Thanksgiving yet, but the stores are already filled with Christmas decorations and gifts. Holiday music is playing on radio stations. Holidays are fun, but this season can come with side effects, including colds and flu, heartburn, upset stomach, headaches, muscle aches, and fatigue. Medicine is often needed to treat these maladies, but if you're looking for something a little more natural and gentle, think, instead, about food. Food is medicine, too, and what better way to remedy your maladies and nourish your body at the same time? Colds and ...
Source: Diabetes Self-Management - November 25, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Amy Campbell Source Type: blogs

SKIN79 Super+ Beblesh Balm BB Cream Triple Function: Look at the label
This BB cream is a top seller on Amazon.com but it seems to suffer from lack of proper information. Let’s look at the label to see why. This is another in a long list of products for which Amazon has decided not to include ingredients. If I were you, I’d refuse to buy this product for that reason alone. But then there’s also the poorly worded product instructions: “At the make up step after skin care, apply proper amount to skin from in to out along the skin texture in order of cheek-forehead-chin-nose, then gently pat face for absorption.” I realize this is probably a translation error of one...
Source: thebeautybrains.com - September 14, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: thebeautybrains Tags: Questions Source Type: blogs

Intermittent Fasting: Not So Fast
By Amy Campbell I'm sure that at least a few of you have heard or read about the latest trend in weight loss called "intermittent fasting." The very word "fasting" is probably less than appealing, as it pretty much means you don't eat or drink anything (except perhaps water) for a specified amount of time. Starvation is not exactly recommended among health professionals. But intermittent fasting is different. Is it something you should try? What is intermittent fasting, anyway? Intermittent fasting has been the talk of the town, so to speak, thanks to two recent books to hit the market: The Fast Diet by Dr. Michael Mosley ...
Source: Diabetes Self-Management - August 12, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Amy Campbell Source Type: blogs