This is all about improving the quality of care in real time. Whereas studies show what has already happened to a patient, sometimes months after discharge, this is an opportunity to make a difference when it matters most -- while care is being given.
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Stem cells offer great hope to treat a variety of diseases, but the strategy we are taking offers an alternative approach to regenerate organs. Specifically, we should look to the great potential of changing our own cells to repair damaged tissue.
Bernie Dennis Sr. always wanted a grandson. While he dearly loved his three granddaughters, there was just something about the idea of a little boy sh...
Character traits are better prognosticators than either intelligence or socioeconomic status, not just for heart attacks but in general for poor health and early death. That's why one psychological scientist turned to friends instead.
The Berkeley soda tax victory is a successful example of an empowered community insisting that the health of its children come before the profits of transnational corporations. If Berkeley can crush Big Soda, other cities can too. And if Big Soda can be defeated, other mega-corporations can too!
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On the evening of April 26 I received a phone call that one never wants to get. My younger sister, Keisha told me in a very soft, calm demeanor that our mother passed out. After much anxious questioning, I soon found out that my mother passed away from a heart attack.
Hot flashes, insomnia and foggy brain can drive you over the edge, so you consider hormone therapy or HRT and then remember about the things you've read about HRT and heart disease. What is that all about and which part is factual?
Having lost my father and grandfather to heart disease, I should've been more aware of my own heart health. I shouldn't have smoked three packs a day for 18 years. Just because I played a lot of tennis and "looked healthy," I shouldn't have believed that proved I was healthy.
Opponents of soda taxes say they don't work. They point to a study from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Actually, that study showed that soda taxes do work. Weak soda taxes of three percent, without any accompanying public health campaign, work weakly. But, they work. They decrease soda consumption.
In my case 15 years ago, I wanted to be a better father and raise a healthy son. This motivation empowered me to make a lifestyle change that ended up transforming my life for the better.
Federal funding for medical research is trending down -- way down. And this is happening at a time when technology and innovation are trending up, which means we could be missing out on so many lifesaving and life-changing advancements.
When it comes to treatment for heart attack, minutes matter. Cardiologists have a saying, "Time is myocardium." Simply put, the faster you receive treatment, the more your heart muscle (myocardium) can be preserved and the less damaged your heart will be.
Once you get to the ER, do your best to emphatically say, "I think I'm having a heart attack," and insist on seeing a doctor within 10 minutes. Make sure you get an EKG to check your heart function, plus blood tests to detect heart damage. Do not leave the hospital until you've been seen.
Writing this while listening to the soothing sounds of the surf, grateful for some time away from the hustle and bustle my life had become. Wishing th...