- Selecting the Right Golf Clubs: It is crucial to make sure that you are using golf clubs that are sized properly, including grip size.
- Stretching & Exercises: Simple stretches and exercises reduce the symptoms of golfer’s elbow by strengthening the muscles and tendons.
- Anti-Inflammatory Medication: Persistent pain in the elbow area can be relieved by taking an anti-inflammatory medication. Speak to your doctor before taking medication.
Health & Wellness
The Weight Loss Grail, a brand new food program, burns up to 10 pounds weekly while creating a major buzz in the weight loss industry.
(DALLAS, Texas) – – June 13, 2012 – – The Weight Loss Grail (www.helpbus.net/GP.html) is a brand new food program that eliminates up to 10 pounds weekly and is already creating a major buzz in the weight loss industry. The normal risks associated with losing weight and dieting, such as; starvation, dangerous diet pills, weight loss powder mixes, low carb dieting, low fat dieting, low calorie dieting, or the loss of muscle mass are completely avoidable with this program. This is because weight loss is achieved through a scientific combination of particular foods that increase the body’s metabolism.
However, the most important benefit is that The Weight Loss Grail is an answer of relief to the ongoing and increasingly deadly elements of chronic inflammation and obesity in our society, and so much so that modern medicine now confirms that chronic inflammation is a main contributing factor to all major diseases including heart disease, obesity, as well as accelerated aging. Likewise, in terms of executing this weight management program, age is not a determining factor.
Dr. Gokhan S. Hotamisligil, a Harvard expert on inflammation’s role in obesity, supports this revelation, saying “Inflammation is a well-established, major cardiovascular disease risk factor, with chronic inflammation as central to the underlying cause of obesity. Interestingly, researchers had already discovered a link between inflammation and obesity as long as 15 years ago.”
The summer season is, generally, considered the best time of the year to begin a weight management program, given what can be environmental challenges during the winter season. And, while The Weight Loss Grail does not claim to be a miracle cure in the combating of excess unhealthy weight, it is a major proactive step to take in greatly contributing to the positive management of overall health.
Release of the implementation plan for the Nation’s first health and wellness road map
Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin today announced the release of the National Prevention Council Action Plan, which aims to increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.
The Action Plan is the next step in the federal implementation of the National Prevention Strategy, a comprehensive plan to tackle such issues as obesity, tobacco use, health disparities and chronic disease. The Action Plan complements prevention and wellness efforts already underway by the federal government, states, tribal and local governments, health care systems, businesses, communities, nonprofit organizations, and others.
The National Prevention Strategy was released last year by the National Prevention Council, an organization of 17 federal departments and agencies that was established by the Affordable Care Act. The council’s mission under the health care law is to help move the nation’s health care focus from one based on sickness and disease to one on prevention and wellness. The action plan is being released together with the council’s annual status update to Congress.
“Currently, chronic diseases and conditions account for at least 7 of every 10 deaths in our country, and many of these conditions are preventable,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a member of the National Prevention Council. “Our council’s commitment to promoting health and preventing disease across each of our areas of responsibility is a commitment to helping Americans lead longer, healthier, and more productive lives.”
The action plan includes for the first time, commitments from all of the 17 federal departments and agencies on the council to increase tobacco free environments and access to healthy, affordable foods and to identify additional opportunities to consider prevention and health by their agencies. Additionally, the action plan highlights more than 200 specific prevention and wellness actions that federal agencies are already taking or plan to take to implement the National Prevention Strategy.
“The National Prevention Council Action Plan is a road map to turning around the huge burden of chronic illness and health disparities that the nation and individual Americans currently bear,” said Dr. Benjamin, who chairs the council. “I believe that prevention offers the greatest opportunity to improve the health of America’s families, now and for decades to come.”
Members of the council are the Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Education, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Labor, Veterans Affairs, and Transportation; the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Federal Trade Commission; Environmental Protection Agency; Office of National Drug Control Policy; Domestic Policy Council; Corporation for National and Community Service; and the Office of Management and Budget.
To read more about today’s announcement, visit www.HealthCare.gov/news/factsheets/prevention06162011a.html.
More information on the National Prevention Strategy and the National Prevention Council can be found at http://www.healthcare.gov/prevention/nphpphc.
Allied Health Club a collaboration of medical assistant program students and staff
Milwaukee —Recently, staff and student leaders from Everest Milwaukee’s medical assistant program have taken hands-on training to a new level by launching an Allied Health Club at the Everest College Milwaukee campus.
Tameka McKinzie, medical assistant program chair, and medical assistant student Tamisha Dixon organized the group to provide opportunities for medical assistant students to practice the skills they’ve learned in the classroom, and at the same time give back to the community. The group has participated in numerous health fairs throughout the Milwaukee community, providing such free services as blood pressure, pulse, respiration and body-mass index checks as well as diabetic, cholesterol and overall wellness screenings.
“The club has enabled staff and students to work together outside of the classroom to the benefit of the community,” said McKinzie. “It also demonstrates to students how the skills they are learning in the classroom can have a real-life impact.”
In addition to practicing skills, the group fundraises and volunteers to support local organizations that address the health needs of the community. Most recently, McKinzie and Dixon assembled a team of 20 students and three staff members from the medical assistant program to raise funds for and participate in the 17th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on downtown Milwaukee’s lakefront.
About Everest College Milwaukee
Everest provides short-term diploma programs allowing students to receive concentrated training in a particular field, in a short time span. The average program lasts eight to 10 months, making higher education and job training accessible to more adult students. In addition to the new Massage Therapy program Everest College in Milwaukee offers a variety of diploma programs, including Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant, Medical Insurance Billing and Coding, Pharmacy Technician and Medical Administrative Assistant. For more information, visit www.everest.edu. For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.everest.edu/disclosures.
Omaha, Neb. – Home Instead Senior Care® franchises in Wisconsin are sponsoring a free Family Caregiver Support Web Seminar to provide families with information about caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease.
The seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, June 27, at noon CDT. Participants may pre-register at Caregiverstress.com/familyeducation. The program is part of a monthly series that has been developed in cooperation with the American Society on Aging (ASA), which deals with a wide range of topics of interest to families caring for seniors. Pre-registration will be required for all seminars.
“We are pleased to offer this continuing education program for family caregivers, designed to provide valuable information that can help better equip them to care for their loved ones,” said Jeff Huber, president and chief operating officer (COO) of Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network.
“So many family caregivers are lacking the resources they need to cope with this fulfilling, yet stressful job. All topics provide the perspective of professionals who have background in and knowledge of the issues facing families caring for aging loved ones.”
Topics include balancing work and at-home care, senior cognitive issues and helping seniors with finances – all issues that family caregivers often deal with daily. For the schedule of additional monthly topics, visit Caregiverstress.com/familyeducation.
Findings could lead to earlier Alzheimer’s diagnosis
MADISON, Wis.—When Dr. Alois Alzheimer in 1906 first described the malady named after him, he called it “a peculiar disease of the cerebral cortex,” or the brain’s gray matter that regulates learning and memory.
More than a hundred years later, researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health now believe Alzheimer’s may develop in its early stages in the brain’s “white matter,” which coordinates various functions in the central nervous system.
Their study published in PLoS One, the peer-reviewed, open-access journal, involved 43 healthy middle-aged participants who had at least one parent with Alzheimer’s disease. Samples of their cerebrospinal fluid, a clear fluid which surrounds the brain, were acquired through lumbar puncture. The fluid can be tested for presence of proteins related to Alzheimer’s, namely total tau protein, and the 42-residue form of beta-amyloid protein.
According to Dr. Barbara Bendlin, the lead researcher and assistant professor of medicine (geriatrics) at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, brain scans given to the participants years later showed that proteins measured in cerebrospinal fluid predicted degeneration in the white matter. This was a surprise because the studied proteins are usually related to degeneration in the brain’s gray matter.
“Brain white matter is made up of structures called myelinated axons, and they form connections in the brain—the telephone wires that let different parts of the brain speak to each other,” she said. “This study suggests that at the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s, these connections are breaking down.”
Bendlin said these findings are significant because they could lead to even earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.
“We studied people who are still healthy, but at increased risk for Alzheimer’s because their parents had or have the disease,” she said. “This study underscores the finding that brain changes in Alzheimer’s probably begin decades before diagnosis, and we expect that we can detect the disease earlier and intervene before memory problems occur.”
While the results are promising, Bendlin said more investigation is needed to determine how degeneration of white matter could lead to future Alzheimer’s cases.
“Because of the way we do our statistical analysis, the results don’t show percentages on how many people show ‘bad’ white matter and we also don’t have a cut-off for what would be considered ‘bad’ or unhealthy white matter as indexed by this type of brain imaging,” she said. “This is something we hope to develop by following people over time and learning what measures will predict who will develop Alzheimer’s in the future.”
“All of the subjects in the study are healthy with normal memory,” Bendlin added. “We are following people to see which participants will show memory declines and to determine what will predict that.”
Bendlin’s research group recently received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct a five-year study of white matter in 160 people. Half of them will have at least one parent who has Alzheimer’s and the other half will not have a family history of the disease.
As a husband and father, it’s important to me that I stay healthy for my family. And with Father’s Day landing right in the middle of this Men’s Health Month, it’s time for men across Wisconsin to get informed on how health reform impacts us and our families.
Reform is officially known as the Affordable Care Act and sometimes as Obamacare. One of the least known parts of the law is that it requires insurance companies (and Medicare) to provide many preventive care services without co-pays or deductibles.
This is important because seven in ten American deaths and 75 percent of health costs come from chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, and Type 2 diabetes. In fact, heart disease is the top killer of men. Many of these chronic conditions are preventable, but Americans use preventive care at only about half the rate we should. We need to do better because catching things early or preventing them altogether will save lives and reduce costs.
Included in the list of preventive services that men can take advantage of without cost sharing are blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, colorectal cancer screenings for men over 50, and Type 2 diabetes screenings for men with high blood pressure. Many immunizations are also made free, including tetanus and flu shots. Finally, tobacco cessation interventions are available for men who want to get healthy for themselves and their family. A full list of preventive services is at www.healthcare.gov.
It’s also important that my family’s health is protected. I know other dads feel the same way, and with reform it’s much easier. For instance, my kids can’t be discriminated against for pre-existing conditions anymore. In 2014, adults like my wife and I will also be protected. And as my kids grow up, reform will allow them to stay on our insurance until they reach age 26.
For my wife, reform requires preventive services specific to women without cost sharing to help make sure she’ll continue to be with me as we raise our kids. Mammograms and cervical cancer screenings, for example, are included in these services already. By 2014, insurance companies won’t be able to charge women higher premiums, either.
Finally, by 2014, health insurance will be simpler, easier to purchase, and more affordable when each state gets its new “healthcare marketplace.” This will include private insurance offering different levels of plans in an easy to compare format. This means they’ll be competing against each other for the business of small businesses and individuals who have a tough time getting insurance now. Think of it like going online to book a hotel – except that along with the new marketplace, tax credits for small businesses that provide healthcare are already available and tax credits for individuals will be added when the marketplace takes effect.
We have a lot to celebrate during Men’s Health Month. For you and your family, I hope you’ll join me in taking the time to get a handle on what health reform offers.
Doug Hill is director of Know Your Care Wisconsin, a non-profit group devoted to educating citizens about how the Affordable Care Act impacts them.
Sponsor: Center for Urban Population Health
Date: Friday, June 15, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Northside YMCA (1350 W. North Ave.)
This session will be presented by Dr. Laura Senier. With joint appointments in the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, Dr. Senier’s work focuses on the relationship between health and environment, and how it affects public health research, practice, and policy.
By identifying and comparing the factors that shape programs-including organizational structure, financing, and opinions of individual stakeholders-Dr. Senier seeks to find ways for state health agencies to effectively translate scientific knowledge into sound policy.
She sees her research as clarifying the kinds of partnerships that will be needed in the coming decades to help clinicians and policymakers collaborate on initiatives to protect population health.
Date: Sunday, August 5, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Italian Conference Center
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Camara P. Jones, Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Anthony Iton, the keynote speaker Wednesday at the city’s third annual Infant Mortality Summit, made clear to the 300 people attending the event that, though the problem seems intractable and its solutions complex, they – we – are responsible for meeting it head-on.
“No one is coming to save you,” said Iton, senior vice president of Healthy Communities at the California Endowment, that state’s largest private health foundation.
“You are the people you are waiting for.”
Source: The Milwaukee Community Journal
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and the City of Milwaukee Health Department hosted the third annual Infant Mortality Summit today. This year’s theme was “Changing the Social Determinants of Health.” More than 300 business leaders, social service providers, healthcare professionals, and residents gathered at the Italian Conference Center to explore the connections between social and economic factors such as jobs and early childhood education, and how they affect birth outcomes.
Source: Medline Plus
More than one in every five Americans has untreated cavities, a new government report shows.
“Untreated tooth decay is prevalent in the U.S.,” said report co-author Dr. Bruce Dye, an epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. “It appears that we haven’t been able to make any significant strides during the last decade to reduce untreated cavities.”
Source: The Commonwealth Fund
In the United States, uninsured and low-income adults experience substantial health and health care inequities when compared with insured and higher-income individuals. A new analysis of the Commonwealth Fund 2010 Biennial Health Insurance Survey demonstrates that when low-income adults have both health insurance and a medical home, they are less likely to report cost-related access problems, more likely to be up-to-date with preventive screenings, and report greater satisfaction with the quality of their care. Moreover, the gaps in health care between them and higher-income populations are significantly reduced. The Affordable Care Act includes numerous provisions that will significantly expand health insurance coverage, especially to low-income patients, as well as provisions to promote medical homes. Along with supporting the full implementation of coverage expansions, it will be important for public and private stakeholders to create opportunities that enhance access to medical homes for vulnerable populations.
Source: Asian Services in Action, Inc.
The best change occurs when the communities most affected are involved. Moving toward health equity requires full participation by communities of color in the policy making process and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. We conducted an assessment to identify emerging and effective ways state consumer health advocates and community-based organizations are engaging communities of color in creating policy change to advance the ACA.
On this call we will:
•Share the findings from our research, including best practices used by state and local advocates in five states Alabama, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Oregon
•Hear from advocates in New York and Minnesota about the work in their work to advance health equity
•Offer our recommendations for state and national organizations and funders
Source: BET News
Of the 92,000 American waiting for a donor, more than one-third are Black.
A new John Hopkins University Medical School study found that in every kidney transplant center across the country, African-American patients are less likely to receive a transplant and less likely to have living donors than their white counterparts. Past studies have shown that kidney patients do better with compatible donors who are alive than those who have passed away.
“We were quite disappointed to find that not a single center in this country had equal attainment of live donor kidney transplants in African Americans and non-African Americans,” said the study’s lead author, Dorry Segev, MD, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Source: United Neighborhood Centers of America (UNCA)
Join UNCA, the Alliance for Children and Families and representatives from the Federal Reserve System for a free webinar on the power of collaboration in building communities, increasing human potential and improving population health.
Source: Los Angeles Times
The gap in life expectancy between black and white Americans is smaller than it has ever been, thanks largely to a decline in the number of deaths resulting from heart disease and HIV infection, a new analysis has found.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that the gap is still large: A black baby boy born today can expect to live 5.4 fewer years, on average, than his white counterpart, and a black baby girl will die 3.7 years earlier, on average, than her white counterpart.
Source: Medline Plus
Low-income cancer patients are less likely to participate in clinical trials, according to a new study that found income affects participation even among older patients likely to have Medicare.
The researchers said patients may not have equal access to study enrollment.
The research was scheduled for presentation Sunday at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting, in Chicago.
“This is the first time in a large, national study that we have actual patient-reported income on which to base this finding,” study lead author Joseph Unger, a health services researcher and statistician with the SWOG Statistical Center at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in Seattle, said in a society news release. “Our study found that after accounting for all factors such as age, education, sex, race, medical conditions and distance to a clinic, income on its own was associated with a patient’s clinical trial participation.”
Source: Feeding America
As the dynamics of the economy shift and Congress makes policy decisions affecting the nutrition safety net, it becomes increasingly important to understand the picture of food insecurity in the diverse communities across the country. Feeding America believes that addressing the problem of hunger requires a thorough understanding of the problem itself. For the second consecutive year, Feeding America has undertaken the Map the Meal Gap project to continue learning about the face of hunger at the local level. By understanding the population in need, communities can better identify strategies for reaching the people who most need food assistance.
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
(Excerpt) “Low-income and minority communities often face an unacceptable burden of pollution in this country, diminishing their economic potential and threatening the health of millions of American families,” said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “As we close National Asthma Awareness Month today, the President’s Administration is standing behind his commitment to integrating environmental justice into the missions of federal agencies, promoting clean air and healthy communities, and ensuring this really is a country of equal opportunity for all.”
“The report is a blueprint for how we can work together to reduce asthma disparities and help ensure children with asthma get the right care with the right support,” said Secretary Sebelius. “One key factor that is so critical to controlling a child’s asthma is access to health care. Uninsured people with asthma are less likely to take the preventive medicine they may need to keep their condition under control, making them more likely to suffer an attack. That’s why we are focused on expanding access to care.”
Source: Community Catalyst
Health disparities among racial and ethnic groups are persistent and drive up the cost of care for everyone. Despite national and local efforts to address disparities, people of color continue to experience poorer health than their white counterparts, including higher rates of infant mortality, lower life expectancy and increased prevalence of chronic diseases. Health Insurance Exchanges provide paths to advance racial and ethnic health equity. Below are six principles that will help the Exchanges better serve a diverse population.
Source: Health Canal
Awareness of the risks of heart disease and signs of a heart attack vary greatly among women of different racial and ethnic groups and ages. New data that clearly identify these disparities in heart health awareness are presented in an article in Journal of Women’s Health, a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.
Source: The Lancet
New York City’s life expectancy is rising faster than anywhere else in the USA, as its health department pioneers tactics that could transform the practice of public health. Ted Alcorn reports.
“If you want to live longer and healthier than the average American, come to New York City”, pronounced New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg as he released updated data on the city’s life expectancy last December. The numbers gave him reason to crow: from a nadir in 1990, when life expectancy in the city trailed the US average by 3 years, it had lengthened by 8 years to 80·6 years, surpassing the country.
In the national context, the increase in New York City’s life expectancy stands out (figure). The Institute for Heath Metrics and Evaluation recently estimated the life expectancy for each of the USA’s 3147 independent cities and counties. Manhattan’s life expectancy rose 10 years between 1987 and 2009, the largest increase of any county, and the other four counties that make up New York City were all in the top percentile.
Source: CATO Institute
(Excerpt) Clearly we are doing something wrong. Throwing money at the problem has neither reduced poverty nor made the poor self-sufficient. It is time to reevaluate our approach to fighting poverty. We should focus less on making poverty more comfortable and more on creating the prosperity that will get people out of poverty.
Source: Urban Institute
In 2010, about one in eight residents (12.1 percent, or 280,000 people) in the Pittsburgh region had incomes below the poverty level, an increase of 8.5 percent since the Great Recession started in 2007. Although demographic factors such as the arrival of new immigrants and more single-parent households contributed to the growing number of people living at or near poverty, the economy was the driving force in changing poverty rates.
Source: The Atlantic
The US spends more on health care than any other country, but we are far from the healthiest. If we look to our health care system to correct this imbalance, we may be looking in the wrong direction, because health starts where we live, learn, work, and play–long before we step into the doctor’s office. Factors such as neighborhood walkability, healthy eating habits, safe housing, and access to good jobs all help to make the healthy choice the easier choice. Keeping people out of the doctor’s office in the first place is the best prescription for better health.
Clarene Mitchell, Program Manager
Health Equity and Urban Clinical Care Partnerships, Institute for Health and Society
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By Dr. Maya Angelou
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Will be helped by expanded Medicaid eligibility, tax credits for health care marketplaces
Madison – A new study indicates that uninsured Wisconsin veterans will be helped by health reform, officially known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and sometimes called Obamacare. According to the report, there are roughly 17,000 non-elderly veterans who are uninsured in Wisconsin along with 11,000 of their family members. Two key provisions of reform will help these veterans starting in 2014 – just a year and a half away.
First, the law expands eligibility for Medicaid (BadgerCare) for those with incomes up to 138% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)*. The study found that 48.8% of uninsured veterans nationwide are in this income level. Second, reform creates individual tax credits for those with incomes between 138 and 400% of FPL that can be used in new health insurance marketplaces (also called “exchanges”) if they have no other access to affordable care. The study found that 40.1% of veterans nationwide are in this income level.
The new health insurance marketplaces are required to be set up in each state for individuals and small businesses that otherwise have difficulty purchasing insurance – allowing them to pool together for greater leverage. They will function similar to purchasing an airline ticket or hotel on a website, allowing citizens to compare a range of private insurance plans for price and service in an “apples to apples” way. If states choose not to implement the marketplaces, the federal government will step in. Wisconsin has currently put implementation on hold.
“Having just celebrated Memorial Day, it’s a great time to focus on how health reform impacts uninsured veterans who have served our country,” said Doug Hill, director of Know Your Care Wisconsin. “We’re thrilled to see this study indicating that Wisconsin’s uninsured veterans will be helped by health reform through increased Medicaid eligibility and tax credits to help afford insurance in the new health insurance marketplaces that are coming online in 2014.”
According to the study, uninsured veterans tend to have served more recently, are less likely to have service connected disabilities (though many still do), are less likely to be married, have higher rates of unemployment and lower rates of full-time work, and have lower education levels. Nationwide, 41.2% of uninsured veterans and 54.8% of their family members have unmet medical needs. In addition, 33.7% of uninsured veterans and 44.1% of their family members have delayed medical care due to cost.
For the full report, visit www.rwjf.org/files/research/74428.quickstrike.veterans.052412.pdf. More about health reform can be found at www.healthcare.gov.
*FPL for one person is $11,170 and $23,050 for a family of four. For 138% of FPL, it calculates to $15,415 and $31,809. For 400% of FPL, it calculates to $44,680 and $92,200.