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09/05/12

  08:25:11 am, by MedBen5   , 194 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Over Half Of U.S. Adults Have Uncontrolled Blood Pressure, CDC Says

More than half of Americans with high blood pressure don’t take steps to control it, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control. An analysis of data from 2003 to 2010 found that of the nearly 21,000 adults interviewed and tested,… more »

09/04/12

  06:05:05 pm, by MedBen5   , 305 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Medical Panel Influences Primary Care Shortage

As we’ve noted here recently, one huge obstacle in a successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act is the higher demands that an additional 30 million insureds would have on the physician pool – in particular, primary care doctors. As… more »

08/31/12

  05:16:27 pm, by MedBen5   , 190 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Investigation Finds Better Health Care With Low-Cost Docs

A saavy consumer knows that “expensive” doesn’t necessarily equal “better". And a new Consumer Reports review confirms that goes for health care as well. As WebMD reports, “Independent investigators compared quality and… more »
  04:16:29 pm, by MedBen5   , 180 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Tablet Computers At Bedtime Can Wreck Sleep

If dozing off to the glow of your iPad has become a nightly ritual, you may want to rethink the habit. According to a new study, the bright light emitted from tablet computers may mess up your sleep patterns. WebMD reports that when a tablet sits close… more »

08/30/12

  05:15:41 pm, by MedBen5   , 227 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

New Cardio Test Helps Physicians Determine Best Solution

WebMD reports on a new test that measures blood flow through clogged arteries. Called fractional flow reserve (FFR), the technique could potentially help physicians determine if heart patients need angioplasty and stenting to open clogged heart… more »
  01:09:35 pm, by MedBen5   , 200 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Minding Calories Won't Increase Lifespan But May Improve Health

If you consume fewer calories in hopes of living longer, a new study won’t make your day. But it may offer enough good news to encourage you to say the course, the Los Angeles Times reports. Following earlier studies which showed that rats and… more »

08/29/12

  05:54:17 pm, by MedBen5   , 245 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Study: Emphasis On PSA Tests Have Increased Cancer Survival

Following a recommendation earlier this year by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that doctors abandon prostate cancer screenings for most male adults, defenders of the test have voiced their disagreement. And last week, a new study provided them… more »
  04:57:05 pm, by MedBen5   , 193 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

FDA Approves HIV Drug For Daily Use

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a once-a-day pill to treat the virus that causes AIDS, according to AFP (via Yahoo! Health). The new pill, Stribild, is actually a combination of the previously approved drug Truvada and two new ones,… more »

08/28/12

  05:10:19 pm, by MedBen5   , 211 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

ACA Offers Few Free Preventive Services For Men

Michelle Andrews looks at the gender benefit gap in the Affordable Care Act. Why does the law greatly expand women’s access to free preventive services – particularly, for sexual and reproductive health – while giving men little by… more »
  12:37:26 pm, by MedBen5   , 192 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Midlife Fitness Reduces Risk Of Chronic Disease In Old Age

Keeping fit at midlife may not better your odds of living much longer, but it will increase your chances of avoiding chronic disease, new research suggests. According to the Los Angeles Times, a study of 18,670 men and women spanning from 1984 to 2010… more »

08/24/12

  04:11:22 pm, by MedBen5   , 259 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

West Nile Virus Outbreak Biggest In Over A Decade

The animal and insect kingdoms have kept the the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention busy as of late. Earlier this month, the government agency reported on a new strain of “swine” flu, spread from the pigs to humans. And this… more »

08/22/12

  05:36:05 pm, by MedBen5   , 185 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Over 40% Of Adults Favor Specialists For General Health Care

Regular checkups from your family doctor are a key to maintaining good health. But a new study reveals that many patients are bypassing general practitioners for specialty care. According to Reuters Health, researchers found 41% of adults in the U.S.… more »
  05:13:21 pm, by MedBen5   , 269 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

O'Donnell's Heart Scare Spotlights Need To Know Symptoms

Rosie O’Donnell’s recent health scare has brought the subject of women and heart attacks into the news. The 50-year-old comedienne and former talk show host revealed earlier this week that she underwent artery-opening angioplasty when tests… more »

08/21/12

  05:31:27 pm, by MedBen5   , 217 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Healthy Teeth Good For The Brain, Study Finds

Need another reason to practice good oral hygiene? Okay, here’s one – a new study suggests that people with healthy teeth and gums have a lower risk of developing dementia later in life. According to Reuters Health (via the Chicago… more »
  10:40:34 am, by MedBen5   , 194 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Government Panel Expected To Recommend Regular HIV Tests

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force will likely recommend the addition of HIV screening to a routine patient checkup, Reuters reports. Currently, the government health panel leaves the decision to test for the presence of the virus up to doctors.… more »

08/17/12

  11:30:13 am, by MedBen5   , 235 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

A Daily Aspirin May Help Prevent Cancer, Recent Studies Find

Depending on which scientist you talk to, aspirin is either a versatile wellness aid or an overrated pill best left to relieve minor aches and pains. The latest study on the effects of the drug suggests that its benefits may include helping to ward off… more »

08/16/12

  09:31:19 am, by MedBen5   , 162 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Obesity A Crisis In All 50 States

No matter what state you venture into, you’re going to run into a lot of obese people. That’s the finding in a new report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Mississippi and Louisiana, over one-third of the population are… more »

08/15/12

  11:07:31 am, by MedBen5   , 200 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Task Force Doesn't Support Regular Hearing Tests For Older Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has declined to recommend hearing tests for older adults without symptoms of hearing loss, The New York Times reports. “We just don’t have enough evidence to show there would be a benefit,” said Dr. Albert Siu, a… more »

08/09/12

  05:03:25 pm, by MedBen5   , 213 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Wellness

Got Insomnia? Skip The Sleeping Pills, Expert Says

If you’ve got insomnia, better you read a book than reach for a pill, suggests sleep expert Leon Lack of Flinders University. According to Medical Xpress, Lack said that “hypnotic drugs” may provide short-term relief, but in the long… more »
  04:13:42 pm, by MedBen5   , 177 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

More Americans Walking -- Just Not As Long

More Americans are walking around, but not for nearly as long as they should, according to the results of a new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. USA Today reports that about 62% of adults in 2010 said they took at least one… more »

08/07/12

  12:30:46 pm, by MedBen5   , 172 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

New Swine Flu Strain Affects Fairgoers

While far from an epidemic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is taking a new strain of “swine” flu seriously. HealthDay News reports that the H3H2 strain has thus far only been spread from pigs-to-humans, rather than… more »
  12:00:50 pm, by MedBen5   , 201 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Faster Lab Test Results Require Professional Follow-up

Kevin Pho, a primary care physician and blogger – and whose KevinMD.com website we frequently highlight here – recently wrote a column for USA Today regarding patient access to lab test results. He observes that while having to wait days or… more »

08/06/12

  10:35:20 am, by MedBen5   , 218 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Study: U.S. Adults' Perception Of Their Weight Ignores Reality

Many Americans live in denial regarding their excess weight, reveals a new study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. According to HealthDay News, the researchers are concerned about the national health… more »

08/03/12

  12:25:41 pm, by MedBen5   , 187 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Almost Half Of U.S. Adults At Risk For Heart Disease

HealthDay News reports that nearly half of American adults have at least one risk factor for heart disease, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, uncontrolled high levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and smoking. The U.S. Centers for… more »

08/02/12

  05:19:10 pm, by MedBen5   , 547 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Changes to Women's Preventive Services Take Effect

On August 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services adopted women’s preventive health care services guidelines developed by the Institute of Medicine. The services listed in these guidelines are added to the required covered preventive… more »
  04:50:53 pm, by MedBen5   , 196 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Sports Drinks Not The Best Cure For Olympic-Sized Thirst, Studies Say

Has watching the Olympics motivated you to exercise more? If so, it’s not surprising – two weeks of morning-to-night competition brings out the superjock in some individuals. And just like the Olympic athletes, many people fuel their… more »

07/31/12

  11:10:27 am, by MedBen5   , 193 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Government Panel Recommends Changing EKG Guidelines

The United States Preventive Services Task Force has advised against the use of treadmill testing with electrocardiograms (EKG) for people who have no known risk factors or symptoms of heart disease, The New York Times reports. Once a regular part of… more »

07/30/12

  11:54:21 am, by MedBen5   , 242 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Prostate Cancer Studies Offer Support For And Against Testing

The debate regarding the usefulness of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests rages on, with separate research offering evidence for both the “pro” and “con” camps: According to WebMD, a study suggests that routine PSA tests… more »

07/24/12

  05:13:58 pm, by MedBen5   , 212 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Waiting For Medical Results Can Be A Test Of Patience

Anyone who has had to wait for important medical test results knows how stressful the experience can be, as thoughts alternative between hoping for the best and fearing for the worst. Increased online availability of test results speeds up the process,… more »
  04:37:13 pm, by MedBen5   , 189 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Rise In Diabetes Spurs New Treatment Strategies

The rise in U.S. obesity over the past several decades has been accompanied by a increase in Type 2 diabetes. The best strategy for reducing the risk of the disease is a sensible weight loss program. But for those already afflicted, the solution is less… more »

07/23/12

  12:25:31 pm, by MedBen5   , 163 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Do E-cigarettes Benefit Smokers? The Jury's Still Out

Electronic cigarettes are gaining in popularity among smokers, as both a tobacco substitute and a tool to hopefully wean them from the habit. According to WebMD, the devices resemble regular cigarettes but work by means of a vaporizer filled with a… more »

07/20/12

  12:12:08 pm, by MedBen5   , 318 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

New Weight Loss Drugs Generate Questions, Opinions

With two new weight loss drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration within three weeks of each other, questions about their comparative effectiveness are inevitable. In response, WebMD has developed a Belviq/Qsymia FAQ. Here, we highlight their… more »
  10:37:32 am, by MedBen5   , 164 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Whooping Cough On Pace For Most Cases In 50+ Years

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn that 2012 will probably experience the highest number of whooping cough cases since 1959, USA Today reports. Known formally as pertussis, whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial disease that… more »

07/19/12

  10:28:55 am, by MedBen5   , 206 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Prostate Surgery Doesn't Help Most Cancer Patients, Study Says

The best way to detect and treat prostate cancer – and whether either course of action is even necessary – has come under a fair amount of debate lately. Earlier this week, an expert panel refuted U.S. Preventive Services Task Force… more »

07/18/12

  05:15:45 pm, by MedBen5   , 129 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Majority Of Doctors Now Use Electronic Health Records

According to HealthDay News, a new national survey found that 55% of U.S. doctors now use some type of electronic health record system. And among those don’t, nearly half said they plan to implement a system in the coming year. Other findings in… more »
  03:47:51 pm, by MedBen5   , 168 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

FDA Approves Second Weight Loss Drug In Two Months

For over a decade, the pharmaceutical industry offered only one option for severely overweight people desiring a weight-loss drug – Xenical, which was rarely prescribed and only somewhat effective. But within the last three weeks, two competitors… more »
  10:12:33 am, by MedBen5   , 152 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Lack Of Physical Activity Linked To 10% Of Premature Deaths

Smoking and obesity frequently get linked to reduced mortality. Now, a new study suggests that physical inactivity also factors into premature deaths – and is the primary contributor in about 10% of cases. USA Today reports that a Harvard Medical… more »

07/17/12

  05:13:44 pm, by MedBen5   , 218 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Cancer Panel Disputes Federal Recommendations For PSA Screenings

Recently, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended that physicians no longer offer prostate cancer screenings to male patients. The panel’s rationale was that far more men would receive false positives than would actually benefit from… more »
  11:05:21 am, by MedBen5   , 199 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

FDA Approves Drug To Prevent Spread Of HIV

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of the drug Truvada for individuals who have tested negative for HIV, the Los Angeles Times reports. Clinical studies have shown that if taken once a day, Truvada could reduce transmission of HIV,… more »
  10:37:44 am, by MedBen5   , 160 words,  
Categories: Wellness

When Buying Sunscreen, Check The Label

If you’re in the market for sunscreen, there’s a lot of options available. And just grabbing for whatever’s on sale usually isn’t the best solution. According to HealthDay News, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends… more »

07/13/12

  04:32:48 pm, by MedBen5   , 182 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Study Shows Usefulness Of Online Compliance Checks

Reuters reports that online access to medical records may spur patients to stay up to date on recommended preventive care, according to a new study. A clinical trial at eight primary care practices found that 25% of patients who could personally check… more »
  12:20:20 pm, by MedBen5   , 240 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

In Extreme Heat, Electric Fans Won't Help

When the weather gets as hot as it’s been lately, most of us crank up the air conditioner – or, lacking that, an electric fan. But the latter option may do more harm than good, according to a new review published in the Cochrane Library:… more »

07/12/12

  01:23:14 pm, by MedBen5   , 237 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Moderate Drinking May Strengthen Women's Bones, Study Finds

As we grow, we’re frequently reminded that milk builds strong bones. But as we age, bones become weaker and need some reinforcement, in which case we should turn to… booze. Really? Well, if the findings of a new Oregon State University… more »

07/11/12

  11:56:35 am, by MedBen5   , 203 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Extended Care Carries High Costs, Difficult Choices

“The Crushing Cost of Care” is a sobering look at the financial realities of extended major care by The Wall Street Journal. The article follows the final months of Scott Crawford, a 41-year-old man who endured a heart transplant, various… more »
  10:34:25 am, by MedBen5   , 194 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Sugar Substitutes May Benefit Obese People, Diabetics

A joint statement by American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association says that sugar substitutes may help people lose weight and help people with diabetes control blood sugar. provided they’re used wisely. Non-nutritive… more »

07/10/12

  10:30:39 am, by MedBen5   , 196 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

To Live Longer, Take A Stand

We’ve seen our share of “stop smoking” and “eat healthy” campaigns in the past couple decades. Is a “stand up” movement poised to join their ranks? Based on recent evidence, we wouldn’t be too surprised.… more »

07/09/12

  11:11:02 am, by MedBen5   , 181 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Summer Footwear Can Cause Aches & Pains

Warm weather and comfortable footwear go together like peanut butter and jelly (or peanut butter and bananas, if you happen to be Elvis) – so it’s likely that when it’s sunny outside, your flip-flops get a good workout. But wearing… more »

07/06/12

  01:01:17 pm, by MedBen5   , 243 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Numbers Show Need For Smart Health Benefits Planning

Reuters (via MedScape News) reports some sobering health and wellness numbers from the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Compared to the OECD’s 33 other member countries, the United States ranks: 1st in… more »
  11:33:16 am, by MedBen5   , 127 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

FDA Approves First At-Home HIV Test

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first in-home test for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. An advisory panel to the government agency recommended its approval in May. Sold over-the-counter, the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test allows people to… more »
  10:46:13 am, by MedBen5   , 168 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Don't Get "Bristled" While Grilling This Summer

Grilling season is in high gear. And with all the basting, marinating and seasoning activity going on, it’s easy to overlook the little things… like those stray wire bristles on your grill. Incidents of individuals accidentally digesting… more »

07/05/12

  05:32:36 pm, by MedBen5   , 230 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Senior Eyesight Improved, But Vision Diseases Rising Overall

A bit of “good vision news – bad vision news": Older Americans have less serious eyesight problems compared to a generation ago, but eye diseases across all age groups have risen at a dramatic rate. A new study published in the journal… more »
  04:11:06 pm, by MedBen5   , 203 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Long-term Painkiller Users More Likely To Overdose

Long-term use of prescription pain killers greatly increases the risk of death by overdose, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. WebMD reports that the study found the number of people who abused opioid pain relievers… more »
  10:08:55 am, by MedBen5   , 217 words,  
Categories: Wellness

When Temperatures Go Up, Slow Workouts Down

With temperatures nearing – and even reaching – triple digits, outdoor exercisers need to be extra cautious. According to HealthDay News, the American Council on Exercise strongly suggests forgoing outdoor workouts when the thermometer… more »

07/03/12

  04:17:31 pm, by MedBen5   , 168 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Government Panel Recommends Weight Loss Without Drugs

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first prescription weight loss pill in over a decade. But prior to that, another government panel essentially said it was a bad idea. The Boston Globe reports that the US Preventive Services Task… more »
  12:23:41 pm, by MedBen5   , 275 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Do Those Energy Drinks At The Counter Really Work?

If you’ve been in the vicinity of a convenience store counter lately, you’ve likely noticed a selection of flavored energy drinks – including the best-known brand, 5-hour Energy. It’s marketed as a “pick-me-up” for… more »

07/02/12

  10:48:40 am, by MedBen5   , 187 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Coffee Drinking Linked To Reduced Heart Failure, Skin Cancer Risks

If you’re easing into this holiday work week with a cup of coffee, the benefits you get from it may go beyond the customary wake-up jolt. Two new studies suggest that a morning cup o’ joe helps to ward off heart failure and skin cancer.… more »

06/29/12

  03:12:36 pm, by MedBen5   , 152 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

FDA Discourages Use Of All-Metal Hip Implants

Metal-on-metal hip implants were marketed as a longer-lasting alternative to older and ceramic models, but the evidence of late has suggested just the opposite. So it’s not surprising that government health experts have cast a critical collective… more »
  12:35:01 pm, by MedBen5   , 191 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Mammography Rates Have Declined Since Guideline Controversy

Even though the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force advisory that women in their 40s refrain from regular breast cancer screenings met with widespread criticism, the recommendation has apparently had an impact. A new Mayo Clinic study determined in… more »

06/28/12

  10:36:59 am, by MedBen5   , 231 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

FDA Approves Prescription Weight Loss Drug

For the first time in over a decade, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a prescription diet pill. Lorcaserin, which will be sold under the name Belviq, was approved for use by obese people (those with a body mass index of 30 or more) and… more »
  10:11:04 am, by MedBen5   , 405 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Ease Up On Medical Tests, Physician Argues

On the KevinMD.com blog, physician Joe Kosterich opines that doctors have, of late, gone overboard with medical tests. “Medicine started treating people who did not actually have symptoms but had risk factors,” he says – factors you… more »

06/27/12

  11:15:13 am, by MedBen5   , 187 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Pharmacists Stepping Up To Serve Patients Better

As primary care doctors expand the number of patients they accept, and the number of those patients taking medications rises, pharmacists have taken on an increasingly important role. And some drugstore chains, as well as independent pharmacies, are… more »
  10:39:34 am, by MedBen5   , 236 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Type Of Calories Count When Keeping Weight Off, Study Suggests

Ask someone who’s battled a weight problem about the toughest part of dieting, there’s a pretty good chance they’ll say it’s not losing the weight, but keeping it off. For that reason, a new study examined how different types of… more »

06/26/12

  04:35:27 pm, by MedBen5   , 161 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Test All Adults For Obesity, Task Force Advises

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recommended that doctors screen all adults for obesity, WebMD reports. Actually, this is not the first time USPSTF has advised this – it made a similar suggestion back in 2003. But the… more »

06/22/12

  01:26:26 pm, by MedBen5   , 198 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Money Talks, But Other Wellness Incentives Work, Too

Money makes the world go round, they say… and if used right, it makes people get healthy, suggests new research. WebMD reports that the study encouraged adults aged 21 to 60 – all of whom ate poorly and exercised little – to practice… more »
  11:29:29 am, by MedBen5   , 169 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

More Young People Developing High Blood Pressure

On the heels of news that childhood obesity has resulted in an increase in diabetes comes a study showing that the number of young people sent to the hospital for high blood pressure that nearly doubled during a recent 10-year period. WebMD reports… more »

06/21/12

  11:55:10 am, by MedBen5   , 193 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Partners Plan: Community Involvement Means Better Care, Better Cost

Real health care reform can only be accomplished by primary care providers and the local community. That’s the message from the new policy paper “Communities of Solution: The Folsom Report Revisited.” According to Medical Xpress, the… more »
  10:32:36 am, by MedBen5   , 166 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

AMA Says Soda Tax Would Help Reduce Obesity

Reuters reports that the American Medical Association has recommended that government on local, state or federal levels consider imposing a soda tax to aid in the fight against obesity. The physician’s group stopped short of an outright… more »

06/20/12

  10:11:14 am, by MedBen5   , 145 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Stay Sun-Safe This Summer

Happy first day of summer! Here in the Midwest, the season has come in full force, with temperatures expect to exceed 90 degrees. Chances are, you’ll want to spend some time outside enjoying the warm weather. But when you do, remember to apply… more »

06/19/12

  01:07:41 pm, by MedBen5   , 184 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Painkiller Restrictions Dropped From Congressional Bill

The New York Times reports that pharmacy and drugstore representatives have successfully lobbied against efforts to impose stricter controls on painkillers and other commonly abused prescription drugs. The new restrictions, had they been passed by… more »
  12:18:42 pm, by MedBen5   , 178 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Obesity Exhausting Global Resources, Researchers Caution

Here’s a rather unsettling fact: Scientists have deduced that that global effect of overweight and obese people is like adding half a billion to the 7 billion humans on the Earth. Using data from the United Nations (UN) and the World Health… more »

06/18/12

  10:51:26 am, by MedBen5   , 231 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

CDC Says Health Reform Will Increase Preventive Care Use

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the Affordable Care Act has increased accessibility to preventive care, HealthDay reports (via Medical Xpress). Prior to the passage of the health care reform law, CDC says that only about half… more »
  10:27:25 am, by MedBen5   , 143 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Older People More Likely To Ignore Rx Warning Labels, Study Says

The older a person is, the less likely he or she is to read the warning labels on pill bottles, researchers have found. MedPage Today reports that a study of medication vial reading tendencies determined that only 54% of older participants (ages 51 to… more »
  10:08:54 am, by MedBen5   , 203 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Daily Breakfast Helps Weight, Reduces Diabetes Risk

A new study demonstrates once again that breakfast may be the most important meal of the day. WebMD reports that researchers found that people who start each day with a healthy meal are less likely to have weight issues or develop diabetes. The… more »

06/15/12

  11:03:57 am, by MedBen5   , 255 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Fish Oil Research Roundup

With all the fish oil studies popping up on Internet news sites, one can’t help but wonder if researchers are purposely working 24/7 until every last bit of information about its effects has been gleaned. In the past couple days alone, we’ve… more »
  10:38:09 am, by MedBen5   , 213 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Employers Concerned About Behavioral Health Costs

The unpredictable – and often prolonged – aspects of depression, stress and other types of behavioral health make insuring patients a unique challenge. Add the uncertain future of the Affordable Care Act to the mix, and employers are… more »

06/14/12

  12:01:14 pm, by MedBen5   , 186 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Childhood Obesity Epidemic Has Led To Increase In Diabetes

Among the many disturbing aspects of the rising obesity crisis in this country is that more children suffer from weight issues, and the health problems that result from them. Now, researchers say that the number of kids with diabetes has jumped over 20%… more »
  09:29:53 am, by MedBen5   , 189 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Low Supplement Doses Of Vitamin D, Calcium More Risk Than Reward

Taking low doses of vitamin D and calcium supplements do little to prevent broken bones in postmenopausal women, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Reuters reports that the government-backed panel determined that while daily… more »

06/12/12

  11:58:42 am, by MedBen5   , 227 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Even Late In Life, Quitting Smoking Reduces Death Risk

The fact that non-smokers typically live longer that smokers hardly qualifies as news. And it’s fairly well-established that kicking the habit improves life expectancy. But a new study has confirmed that quitting even late in life reduces the risk… more »

06/11/12

  11:07:47 am, by MedBen5   , 242 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

How's Wellness Working Across The Pond?

German wellness programs have, for the most part, been around longer than their American equivalents. So to get some idea of the long-term prospects here, the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund turned its gaze to Europe. And the results are encouraging,… more »
  10:28:51 am, by MedBen5   , 150 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Wellness

Be Careful Of Negative Interactions With OTC Drugs

When you pick up a prescription medication from your local pharmacy, you also receive a reminder from the pharmacist – written, verbal or both – of potential negative interactions with food, beverages and other drugs. But when you buy… more »
  10:08:23 am, by MedBen5   , 176 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Coffee May Slow Onset of Alzheimer's, Study Suggests

Not only does coffee provide a much-needed “get-it-in-gear” on a Monday morning, it may offer long-term benefits to your brain power as well. According to a new study, drinking three cups of coffee a day could delay the onset of… more »

06/08/12

  12:30:43 pm, by MedBen5   , 187 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Don't Leave Common Sense At Home When Eating Out

Dining out this weekend? Well, enjoy your meal and be sure to tip appropriately. Oh, and while we’re on the subject… if you want to keep your weight in check, don’t leave healthy eating habits at home. All too often, going to a… more »

06/07/12

  04:53:07 pm, by MedBen5   , 189 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Before A Colonoscopy, Don't Be Shy About Asking Questions

Bringing up the subject of colon cancer screenings may provoke reactions of disgust, anxiety and questionable humor in equal measure. But there’s no getting around that it’s an important procedure and should not be taken lightly. Key to a… more »

06/06/12

  04:01:35 pm, by MedBen5   , 214 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Risks Of Daily Aspirin For Heart Disease May Outweigh Benefits

Remember that study we wrote about last week that said taking aspirin reduces your odds of developing skin cancer? Well, because researchers like nothing more than to make other researchers look bad (no, just kidding), a new study suggests that unless… more »
  01:25:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 193 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Hospital Safety Score Website A Tough Grader

The non-profit Leapfrog Group has introduced a website that grades hospitals using a system that all us former school kids are familiar with: A’s through F’s. According to NPR, Hospitalsafetyscore.org offers single letter grades for 2,651… more »

06/05/12

  11:31:56 am, by MedBen5   , 287 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Smart Strategies To Avoid A Heart Attack

Most people have it in their power to avoid a heart attack. But while deaths from coronary heart disease have dropped dramatically in the past decades, cardiovascular disease still remains the leading killer of both men and women. The Wall Street… more »

06/04/12

  11:27:00 am, by MedBen5   , 201 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Untreated Cavities An Ongoing Problem, Report Finds

More than one in every five Americans has untreated cavities, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “It appears that we haven’t been able to make any significant strides during the last decade to… more »
  10:13:20 am, by MedBen5   , 199 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Experimental Breast Cancer Drug Shows Promise

T-DM1 sounds like something out a “Star Wars” movie, but it’s actually an experimental drug that may prove a powerful tool in the fight against breast cancer. CNN reports that T-DM1 is designed to treat women with advanced… more »
  09:40:50 am, by MedBen5   , 152 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Know Your Limits When Working Out

You’ve probably heard that to improve your health, you should exercise a half-hour every day – or even an hour a day if possible. But is there a point where more exercise isn’t necessarily better? Absolutely, says Geralyn Coopersmith,… more »

06/01/12

  11:36:36 am, by MedBen5   , 331 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Lots Of Feedback On Proposed Big Beverage Ban

The announcement that NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed a prohibition on big-sized sugery drinks in restaurants, theaters and other venues – though, it should be noted, not convenience and grocery stores – has met been with a swift,… more »

05/31/12

  11:28:34 am, by MedBen5   , 192 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Skipping Eye Exams No Bargain

When it comes to vision care, don’t trust your eyes. Put another way: Just because you see fine, that doesn’t mean there may not be trouble lurking underneath the surface. A WebMD article about eye care bargains notes that to save money,… more »
  10:47:51 am, by MedBen5   , 179 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Exercise May Not Help Every Heart, Study Suggests

If you’ve been looking for a reason to justify your couch-potato lifestyle, science has delivered a bit of good news for you. A group of researchers have determined that exercise could actually increase your risk of heart disease, The New York… more »
  10:16:02 am, by MedBen5   , 238 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Wellness

NYC Mayor Proposes Ban On Jumbo Sugary Drinks

In the ongoing battle against obesity, the Big Apple wants to take away your Big Gulp. The Wall Street Journal reports that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed an amendment to the city health code that would prohibit the sales of sugary… more »

05/30/12

  11:46:44 am, by MedBen5   , 177 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Prescription, Wellness

Aspirin, Other Painkillers May Reduce Skin Cancer Risk

Is there anything aspirin can’t do… assuming, of course, that you take all the studies extolling its virtues at face value? HealthDay News reports that taking aspirin – or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as… more »

05/29/12

  02:47:25 pm, by MedBen5   , 251 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Trying A Group Approach To Better Health

As MedBen clients Park National Corporation and Fisher-Titus Medical Center noted at a recent Wellness Conference, incentives – in the form of lower premiums, HRA contributions, or even sharing success stories – can spur member participation… more »

05/25/12

  02:33:47 pm, by MedBen5   , 238 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Supplement Studies Warn Of Heart, Liver Risks

Judging by some of our earlier blog posts, there must be weeks that supplement makers just dread reading the headlines. well, here’s another double-dose of bad news that will have ‘em reaching for the antacids… According to USA… more »
  08:44:33 am, by MedBen5   , 181 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

CDC: Life Expectancy For People With Diabetes Improving

Some positive news for diabetes patients: A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people with the disease are living longer. According to My Health News Daily, the report states that “between 1997 and 2004, the… more »

05/24/12

  03:29:34 pm, by MedBen5   , 164 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Birth Control Pills Less Effective Than Longer-Term Methods

Reuters reports that long-acting birth control methods are much more effective at preventing pregnancies than pills and other short-acting alternatives, a new study suggests. “We found that participants using oral contraceptive pills, a… more »
  09:39:55 am, by MedBen5   , 234 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Government Task Force Recommends Abandoning PSA Tests

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recently dropped some non-too-subtle hints that the screening guidelines for prostate cancer screening should be changed. Earlier this week, the government advisory panel finally announced that the PSA should… more »

05/22/12

  05:30:52 pm, by MedBen5   , 362 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

CDC Report: Life Expectancy And Health Improve, But Obesity A Growing Problem

The Centers for Disease Control recently released its annual state of the union’s health. The federally mandated report serves as a benchmark for the current physical condition of the nation compared to past decades, as well as spending habits and… more »

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