2006-07-31 00:00:00

Understanding Autism

Even though Autism is more prevelant than many well-known pediatric conditions such as diabetes, spina bifida or Down syndrome, most people have little or no understanding of the disease.? Autism affects 1 in every 166 births in the United States, and boys outnumber girls 4 to 1.? Little is known about the cause of Autism and less is known about the treatment. Each child with Autism is very different, which complicates the treatment.? What works for one child might not work for another.

In order to create an awareness around Autism, Robert Wright, the chairman and CEO of NBC Universal, founded Autism Speaks in 2005 for the purpose of finding a cure for autism, according to the Web site.? The website contains a video that provides a unique perspective of the difficulties families face when coping with autism. The site also provides a lot of information for those eager to learn more about autism.

For more information about Autism and to view the video - Autism Speaks

For the full Article : CNN.com
Dr. Bryan Bingham
Highland Chiropractic

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2006-07-31 00:00:00

MDs and Pharmacists Take a Stand Against NSAIDs

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2006-07-31 00:00:00

Taking The Pulse Of The Healthcare Blogosphere

For the past few months I’ve been doing consulting to help healthcare and other firms get started with “Corporate Blogging” and it’s been a great ride. One of the missing pieces has been statistical and detailed polling on the healthcare blogosphere so Fard over at Envision Solutions is running a survey to help fill the gap. If you’re a blogger in the healthcare space, please take a few minutes to participate. I took the survey and it’s pretty painless.

Click logo to be directed to the survey

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2006-07-31 00:00:00

Patient-centric devices in hospital rooms

This morning I interviewed Michael O’Neil, the CEO of GetWellNetworks, and he’s got a pretty interesting story to tell. A few years ago Michael was recovering from surgery to remove a malignant stomach tumor and spent many days in a hospital bed unable to do much other than stare at a TV up at the wall. He wanted more information about his condition and to communicate with his friends and family but felt helpless as he could do nothing more than wait for visitors and hope that he was getting better.

When he got out of the hospital, he was so sure there was a market for patient-centric entertainment and communications devices that he started a company around it and it’s grown to about 60 people now and they’ve sold hundreds of units into dozens of sites. He spoke to me about how his devices, which are simple Dell boxes sitting inside hospital rooms, can provide entertainment for patients while allowing caregivers an easy way to get targeted educational information right at the bedside.

Bedside strategies are something that all major vendors are vying for these days; and, the fight will be brutal as the 800 pound gorillas like Cerner, McKesson, and CardinalHeath duke it out for that space. It’ll be interesting to see if a small company like GetWellNetworks can succeed as an independent firm in the long term but short- and medium-term future looks pretty bright based on ther current client list and backorders.

What I really liked about their strategy was that they are “CIO Friendly” in that they don’t require special hardware or networks. Instead, they rely on integration of “white boxes” for hardware and focus more on their software. I also liked the fact that they provide compliance information, assist with JCAHO core measures reporting, and have incorporated pain assessment functionality. They can also take data from their devices and put itback into EMRsand EHRs if that’s something that clients want to do as well.

They’re worth checking out — simple boxes, relatively easy integration, and about 90 days from contract to first device getting up and running seem like a winning combination. The only criticism I had was that it would be “another specialty box” in the hospital that may not provide much-needed clinical connectivity to monitors already in the room but given the GetWellNetworks strategy that may be an area they enter in the future.

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2006-07-31 00:00:00

Patient-centric devices in hospital rooms

This morning I interviewed Michael O’Neil, the CEO of GetWellNetworks, and he’s got a pretty interesting story to tell. A few years ago Michael was recovering from surgery to remove a malignant stomach tumor and spent many days in a hospital bed unable to do much other than stare at a TV up at the wall. He wanted more information about his condition and to communicate with his friends and family but felt helpless as he could do nothing more than wait for visitors and hope that he was getting better.

When he got out of the hospital, he was so sure there was a market for patient-centric entertainment and communications devices that he started a company around it and it’s grown to about 60 people now and they’ve sold hundreds of units into dozens of sites. He spoke to me about how his devices, which are simple Dell boxes sitting inside hospital rooms, can provide entertainment for patients while allowing caregivers an easy way to get targeted educational information right at the bedside.

Bedside strategies are something that all major vendors are vying for these days; and, the fight will be brutal as the 800 pound gorillas like Cerner, McKesson, and CardinalHeath duke it out for that space. It’ll be interesting to see if a small company like GetWellNetworks can succeed as an independent firm in the long term but short- and medium-term future looks pretty bright based on ther current client list and backorders.

What I really liked about their strategy was that they are “CIO Friendly” in that they don’t require special hardware or networks. Instead, they rely on integration of “white boxes” for hardware and focus more on their software. I also liked the fact that they provide compliance information, assist with JCAHO core measures reporting, and have incorporated pain assessment functionality. They can also take data from their devices and put itback into EMRs and EHRs if that’s something that clients want to do as well.

They’re worth checking out — simple boxes, relatively easy integration, and about 90 days from contract to first device getting up and running seem like a winning combination. The only criticism I had was that it would be “another specialty box” in the hospital that may not provide much-needed clinical connectivity to monitors already in the room but given the GetWellNetworks strategy that may be an area they enter in the future.

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2006-07-31 00:00:00

Taking The Pulse Of The Healthcare Blogosphere

For the past few months I’ve been doing consulting to help healthcare and other firms get started with “Corporate Blogging” and it’s been a great ride. One of the missing pieces has been statistical and detailed polling on the healthcare blogosphere so Fard over at Envision Solutions is running a survey to help fill the gap. If you’re a blogger in the healthcare space, please take a few minutes to participate. I took the survey and it’s pretty painless.

Click logo to be directed to the survey

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2006-07-30 00:00:00

Never To Old To Exercise

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You’re never too old to live healthy. Changes in diet and the addition of exercise into your lifestyle can make significant differences to your health and overall wellness.

In a study published in the Journal of Aging and Health and conducted at the University of South Florida School of Aging, Professor Ross Andel and co-researcher Robert Simons, executive director of the Bonsai Holistic Spa and Wellness Center in Largo, Florida, demonstrated a noticeable increase in body strength, flexibility, balance and agility in study participants. The 64 volunteers, ranging in age from 66 to 96, were divided into a walking group, a resistance training group, and a control group that did not exercise. In the training group, warm-ups, stretching and flexibility exercises were followed by workouts on resistance training equipment.

The walking and resistance training groups both benefited from the study, suggesting that physical activity can offset physical declines that come with aging and preserve functionality among seniors. Your doctor of chiropractic can tell you more about the benefits of consistent exercise and help outline a program suitable to your needs. For more information on senior health, www.chiroweb.com/find/tellmeabout/senior.html.

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2006-07-30 00:00:00

Get Rid Of Your Sleeping Pills…Now!

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found cognitive behavioral therapy to be superior to sleeping pills.

For six weeks subjects either participated in 50-minute weekly counseling sessions, took a drug called xopiclone, or took a placebo.
Those who received therapy increased the time they spent in bed actually sleeping from 81.4 percent to 90.1 percent.
Those who received zopiclone had a decreasein sleep efficiency, from 82.3 percent to 81.9 percent.

Therapy participants spent more time in the deepest stages of sleep and less time awake at night than those who received zopiclone or placebo.

Full Article : Forbes

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2006-07-30 00:00:00

The Healing Power of Music

Do you have a favorite band that you would like to duplicate? Do you wish that you could find another musical group that is similar to your favorite group?

You might wonder what a post about a music site is doing on an alternative medicine website.? Well, here is a link to a study from the American Psychological Association that shows the health benefit of music - Click here
The Music Genome Project has developed a website where you can enter your favorite group and you will be provided with audio examples of groups that have similar muscial styles. If you find a group that you like, click the “thumbs up” icon. The website keeps track of the groups and styles that you prefer.

You can access the Music Genome Project at www.pandora.com

Enjoy listening yourself to great health!

Dr. Bryan Bingham
Highland Chiropractic

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2006-07-30 00:00:00

Obesity More Detrimental to Women’s Health

Dr. Peter Muennig of Columbia University in New York and colleagues calculated the amount of illness due to overweight and obesity in the United States. They found that overweight cost U.S. women 1.8 million years of perfect health, compared with just 270,000 years lost for men. Obesity cost women 3.40 million years of perfect health, compared to 1.94 million years for men.

Most of the years of health that women lost to overweight and obesity were due to poor health-related quality of life and later-life mortality, the researchers note in the September issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

Death rates among overweight and obese women were lower than for men up until age 45; after age 45, women’s mortality was far higher than men’s.

CNN.com

Dr. Bryan Bingham
Highland Chiropractic

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