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07/10/15

  08:44:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 288 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Southern Ohio Among Regions With Higher Colon Cancer Rates

Despite the nationwide decrease in mortality from colorectal cancer, there are still three regional "hot spots" where death rates are rates are still high -- and one of them is in Ohio and adjoining states, a new study finds. According to The… more »

07/03/15

MedBen Closed on July 3, But Online Services Always Available

Happy Independence Day from MedBen! In observance of the holiday, our home office will be closed on Friday, July 3 and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6. It's always our hope that during any holiday, health care claim matters are the last thing on… more »

06/25/15

  03:22:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 247 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

It's A Big Country... And Getting Bigger

Here's a distressing bit of information: Based on the results of a new study, over two-thirds of the U.S. adult population are either overweight or obese. HealthDay reports that the study, which used data from the National Health and Nutrition… more »

06/18/15

  04:00:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 250 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Cost savings

Smoking Numbers Down, But Smoking-related Cancer Deaths Still High

Regardless of how much U.S. smoking rates have dropped in the last few years, one fact remains constant: Smokers still make up a disproportionate number of adults who die from cancer. According to Kaiser Health News, a study by the American Cancer… more »

06/10/15

  05:27:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 222 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management, Cost savings

Research Doesn't Support Injections For Knee Pain

If you suffer from joint pain, it's understandable that you want a "quick fix" to the problem -- hence, the popularity of hyaluronic acid injections to soothe aching knees. But while some doctors and patients vouch for their effectiveness, there's… more »

06/05/15

  09:20:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 192 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Care Reform

Task Force Adds New Services To Free Preventive Care List

Two new preventive health services have been added to the no-cost coverage list, Kaiser News reports. Enforcement of the recommendations will take effect in 2016. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended Hepatitis B screening for… more »

06/04/15

  10:51:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 320 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Home Is Where the Heart (of Safety) Is

Summer means sunshine, cookouts... and of course, home safety. Unintentional injuries are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, and 48% of them occur in the home. But simple common sense measures, such as keeping a tidy space with… more »

06/03/15

  10:20:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 296 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Study Suggests Early Diabetes Treatment Reduces Heart Disease Risk

A recent study demonstrates how preventive care can potentially benefit an individual in multiple ways. According to researchers at the University of Michigan, earlier screening, diagnosis and treatment of type 2 diabetes may also decrease the risk of… more »

05/15/15

  06:27:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 555 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Cost savings

MedBen Wellness Roundtable Offers Proven Success, Savings Strategies

MedBen University offered timely and practical worksite wellness advice at its First Annual Wellness Roundtable on May 14. Co-sponsored by MedBen and Sun Life Financial, the event explored wellness programs from multiple perspectives and provided a… more »

05/12/15

  05:45:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 276 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Diabetes Patients Add $10,000 To Health Plan Costs, Analysis Finds

Health care plans spend, on average, $10,000 more per person annually to treat individuals with diabetes than those who don't have the chronic disease, a new analysis reveals. According to Forbes, a review of large insurance company claims data by The… more »

05/07/15

  04:51:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 308 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Getting A Grip On Arthritis

Arthritis is considered the leading cause for disability in America, with more than 53 million adults and 300,000 children suffering from its symptoms. “Arthritis” is a loose term, referring to over 100 different types that are related to joint… more »

04/24/15

  02:02:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 147 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

American Heart Association Has Seven Simple Tips For Worksite Wellness

Simple changes can make a major difference in a person's well-being -- and for employers looking to promote healthier workplace, the American Heart Association has seven messages that are words to live by. According to Reuters Health, the association… more »

04/20/15

  03:39:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 328 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Getting Your Back “Back” on Track

“Lift with your legs, not with your back.” We’ve all heard it said a hundred times... and for good reason. It’s a smart bit of advice for anyone interested in avoiding a back injury. Roughly 65 million Americans suffer from back pain, ranking it among… more »

04/14/15

  03:01:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 284 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Incentives

An Effective Wellness Program Doesn't Stop With Financial Incentives

Using financial incentives as a carrot to promote worksite wellness continue to grow in popularity, according to a recent study. But at MedBen, experience has taught us that while an effective promotion tool, monetary perks alone don't sell a wellness… more »

04/06/15

  04:16:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 242 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cost savings

CDC: U.S. Death Rate From Hypertension Continues To Rise

The overall death rate from high blood pressure continues to rise in the United States, suggests a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to HealthDay News, the report found that U.S. deaths linked to hypertension… more »

03/20/15

  09:49:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 312 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Incentives

Best Wellness Incentives Are Those Backed By Employer Support

More employers are tying wellness program incentives to measurable improvements on the part of plan members, a recent survey found... but an aggressive approach does carry some risk. According to the poll of 165 U.S. employers by the International… more »

03/06/15

  10:19:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 315 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Want to Get Fit? Hit the Sack!

When people talk about the positive changes they need to make to get in better shape, diet and exercise invariably top the list. But there’s an equally important lifestyle modification that gets comparatively scant attention: improving your sleep… more »

02/13/15

  11:32:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 422 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Wellness Visits Stengthen Doctor-Patient Relationship, Encourage Accountability

Several weeks ago on this blog, we examined the growing refrain that annual physicals aren't worth the time or money because they seldom detect major illnesses. We countered that the preventive care aspect of the exam is really secondary to maintaining… more »

02/05/15

  10:34:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 321 words,  
Categories: Wellness

To Lower Hypertension Risk, Stay “Well Read”

Nearly 1 in 3 adults suffers from hypertension, and less than half of those with the condition aren’t taking the proper steps to get it under control. In fact, many don’t even know they have it. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, occurs when the… more »

02/03/15

  06:39:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 316 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cost savings

Diabetes Cost Trend Underscores Usefulness Of Wellness Programs

A new study offers a sobering reminder that practicing healthy habits won't simply improve your lifestyle -- it'll potentially save you a bundle of cash to boot. MedCity News reports that economists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… more »

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