Category Archives: Medical & Health Resources or Issues

Four Low-Impact Pool Exercises

We know exercise is great for overall health, inside and out. That’s why it’s important to choose activities you find fun and are geared toward your activity personality. One great way to exercise is in the pool. Working out in … Continue reading

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Study Finds E-Cigs May Pose as a “Gateway Drug” to Further Addiction

TIME reports a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine is suggesting that e-cigarettes may serve as a “gateway drug” – a passage to other drugs with the likelihood of becoming addicted. The study shows that “nicotine can prime … Continue reading

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Featured Link — Texas PricePoint

About Texas PricePoint Welcome to Texas PricePoint, a user-friendly resource for information on Texas hospitals. Texas PricePoint is sponsored by the Texas Hospital Association, an Austin-based nonprofit statewide trade association representing hospitals and health systems. This site was created to provide basic demographic, quality … Continue reading

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Federal Official: Minnesota Not Complying With Disability Case Settlement

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that “nearly three years after a landmark court settlement required Minnesota to revamp its services for thousands of residents with disabilities, Federal authorities have found that the state’s effort has been beset by bureaucratic inertia and missed … Continue reading

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Featured Link — Stroke Information & Resource Guide

This terrific information about strokes is from the site https://www.acls.net. A stroke is a very serious condition that can lead to death or disability if not treated immediately. In fact, the CDC states that in the United States it is the … Continue reading

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CDC Reports Look at Prescription Painkiller Use

Two new reports from the CDC regarding prescription painkillers received extensive coverage in several major US newspapers and websites. Most articles discuss both reports, and nearly all of the articles quote CDC director Tom Frieden. USA Today reports that a report from … Continue reading

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Ambien Linked to Doubling of Emergency Department Visits

Forbes contributor Robert Glatter, MD, writes about a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) suggesting that overmedication involving zolpidem (commonly known as Ambien) has almost doubled in recent years, causing manufacturers to reduce dosing recommendations for … Continue reading

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Hospice Industry Under Fire For Enrolling Patients Who Are Not Near Death

The Washington Post reports, in a 2043-word piece that is part of an ongoing series on the hospice industry in America, the “booming” hospice industry is coming under fire due to “what appears to be a surge in hospices enrolling patients who … Continue reading

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Federal Government Tightens Restrictions on Hydrocodone Combination Products

News that the Federal government is tightening restrictions on hydrocodone combination painkillers in an effort to curb widespread abuse received wide coverage, with several major newspapers and news agencies reporting. Some news outlets noted that the rule change was welcomed … Continue reading

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Many Wikipedia Entries On Prescription Meds May Not Be Accurate Or Up-To-Date

HealthDay reports that according to a perspective piece published June 26 in the New England Journal of Medicine, “many Wikipedia entries about prescription medications aren’t up-to-date and accurate.” Researchers arrived at this conclusion after exploring “to what degree Wikipedia entries reflected US Food … Continue reading

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