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Oncologists sue HHS over Medicare Part B sequester cuts

The trade group for independent oncologists sued the federal government over the Medicare sequester cut to Part B drugs, arguing that Congress never gave HHS authority to change the reimbursement formula.  READ MORE

CMS Administrator Seema VermaCMS meets MIPS reporting goals, but thousands of doctors still face penalties

The CMS said 91% of clinicians eligible for MIPS submitted data by the April 3 deadline. Even with that success, thousands of clinicians will still face reimbursement cuts for failing to meet MIPS requirements.  READ MORE
PAYMENT

Largest penalties to urban hospitals for risk-based payments, 2018

A list of providers given the largest hospital-based value-purchasing penalties by CMS in 2016. Source: HMP, CMS’ HBVP data.  READ MORE
POLITICS AND POLICY

NJ Gov. Murphy signs bill mandating health insurance coverage

New Jersey residents face a penalty of 2.5% of income or $695 per taxpayer, whichever is greater, if they don’t carry health insurance.  READ MORE

Top Aging hacks posts 10-16-2017

Nitric Oxide Dump Exercise with nose breathing to lower blood pressure and thin blood
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DMSO, hydrogen peroxide and Vit C fight cancer cells
Signs of the preactive/ active phase of dying and medications for terminally ill
Non pasteurized beers have more health benefits
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Can Gout be cured permanently?
Fatigue and Red (bloodshot) eyes from WebMD
Pineapple, celery, carrots and Arthritis
Can balsamic vinegar help with gout?
Medicare changes for 2018 – Oct 15 to Dec 7 – 2017 Medicare enrollment
Lung cancer in the Philippines
Increase the body’s oxygen carrying capacity with exercise, EPO and whole foods
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Avoid chronic bronchitis with green apple, onions, garlic, vinegar and rest
Detox your lungs from air pollution and metal toxins and for early lung cancer
Folate – Vit B9 deficiency or MTHFR gene mutation
In Sympathetic Nervous System Why the digestion of food is slow? Where as in fight or flight we need more energy.?
Welness check up free on Oct 18 in San Jose
Eat protein-rich food when drinking alcohol to protect your stomach
Yohimbine and sleep apnea
Senior Wellness Fair on Oct 16 in San Jose
How to Stay Sane if Trump is Driving You Insane: Advice From a Therapist
Depression, Folate, SAMe and serotonin
Anti-aging and Parkinson/Alzheimer’s prevention: Enzymes and apple cider vinegar
Hiatal Hernia, Pancreatitis, Pancreatic Cancer and the Western Diet
Fasting, sun bathing ,Vit C, Lysine, turmeric, green tea, carrots and raw food diet to reduce tumor size
Dr Mercola’s Diverticulitis diet
Reducing belly fat
Bay area seniors get massaged , calming and relieves pain
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5x more antioxidants in Okinawan diet of sweet potatoes and low calorie diet
Soluble fiber encapsulates bad fats and sugar out of your body
Teeth marks on the side of the tongue and liver inflammation
Weird Facts about Tall and Short People by Lisa Collier Cool
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Iron and sweet wormwood herb kill breast cancer cells in 16hrs
5x more antioxidants in Okinawan diet of sweet potatoes and low calorie diet
Senior Wellness Fair on Oct 16 in San Jose
Living Near a Forest Keeps Your Amygdala Healthier
Washington Post evening edition 8-14-2017
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Prilosec , peptic ulcer and GI reflux disease, side effects
Cash flow analysis worksheet template
The loss of SETD8 triggers cellular senescence
Hair loss,breast cancer, Zinc and Copper balance
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Leg cramps, heart muscles, magnesium and CQ10
Gene therapy cured Type 1 Diabetes of a dog
How to Stay Sane if Trump is Driving You Insane: Advice From a Therapist
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Autism Severity Detected With Brain Activity Test
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Telomeres, telomerase,cancer,aging and exercise
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Women’s march from #NRA2DOJ July 14-15 Fairfax VA to Washinton DC
Vit B12, folate, homocysteine and Alzheimer’s disease
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Organic foods, boron and cancer
Toxicology test for pregnant women
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I’m 36 years old, and my SGPT level is 131. Is this serious? How can I reduce my SGPT level in a week?
What are the benefits of eating chicken soup during pregnancy?
Medicare finalizes fiscal year 2018 policy for skilled nursing facilities
Dark purple berries or Black currant juice and eggs for upping up sex drive
Dr Mercola’s book – Fat for Fuel
Bay area seniors get massaged , calming and relieves pain
Pharmacogenomic Biomarkers & pharmacogenetic test to prevent adverse drug reaction
Prolong stress and its impact to the neuroimmune system
Gout, Dementia, Chelation Therapy
Caregivers $15 – 32 per hr for senior non-medical home care in the bay area
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Philippines president Dutarte asked each town to prepare a list of drug users and pushers
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Epigenetics in Adipose Tissue, Obesity, Weight Loss, and Diabetes
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Iron and sweet wormwood herb kill breast cancer cells in 16hrs
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Yoga, slug adhesion, childhood cancer, and health risks

Yoga May Ease Low Back Pain

Hands unrolling a yoga mat.

Researchers find that gentle yoga may help relieve long-lasting low back pain. (From NIH News in Health)


Childhood Cancer 101   

A child and mother consulting with a doctor.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Check out these resources about the common types of cancer in kids. Parents can find coping tips. (From NIH’s NCI)


What Are Your Health Risks?

A yellow triangular sign warning to keep out, unstable cliff.

News reports warn about food poisoning, Zika, shark attacks, and more. Get NIH’s free infographic to help put health risks into perspective. (From NIH News in Health)


Did You Lose Something?

A young man inspecting his receding hairline in the mirror.

Many people have learned to manage hair loss. Take care of your remaining hair and yourself with these tips. (From NIH News in Health)


Medical Glue Inspired by Sticky Slug Goo

The Dusky Arion slug.

After studying a sticky glue made by a slug, researchers designed a strong medical adhesive. It works even on wet surfaces. (From NIH Research Matters)

Lipid Levels Linked to Inflammation in Atopic Asthma

TEENS WITH ASTHMA MORE LIKELY TO SMOKE CIGARETTES

Adolescents with asthma aged 13-19 years were found twice as likely to smoke as their healthy counterparts. Solutions?

 

Asthma

Study authors propose a new asthma patient “phenotype” in which a previous severe event is the sole predictor of another one.

Results of a recent study into the role of lipids in atopic asthma could help identify new targets for therapy.

Results from studies on the asthma-diabetes connection are inconsistent. A novel analysis may help clarify directionality.

The link between early asthma and left ventricular hypertrophy was independent of a range of major cardiovascular risk factors.

Nicotine amounts aren’t constant among cigar brands Even smokers of the same brand may be exposed to varying doses of nicotine and other smoke constituents.

May is Asthma Awareness Month and so a look at new studies highlighting key aspects of management is in order.

Prescribing has gone from underuse to substantial overprescribing. The challenge is to get it just right.

CRC Mortality Rises in People Younger than 55

People with family history of bipolar disorder may ‘age’ more quickly

People with family history of bipolar disorder may ‘age’ more quickly than others

New King’s College London research suggests that people with a family history of bipolar disorder may ‘age’ more rapidly than those without a history of the disease.

'Residual echo' of Neanderthal genes may hold clues to deficits in mental disorders‘Residual echo’ of Neanderthal genes may hold clues to deficits in mental disorders

Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health have produced the first direct evidence that parts of our brains implicated in mental disorders may be shaped by a “residual echo” from our ancient past.

Study finds increased risk of death in patients who develop depression after heart disease diagnosisStudy finds increased risk of death in patients who develop depression after heart disease diagnosis

People who are diagnosed with coronary artery disease and then develop depression face a risk of death that’s twice as high as heart patients without depression, according to a major new study by researchers at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City.

Burn injuries may be preventable through increased access to high-quality mental health careBurn injuries may be preventable through increased access to high-quality mental health care

In a new study examining the relationship between mental health and burn injury, researchers note that burn injuries may be preventable through increased access to high-quality mental health care.

Button Phobia

Button PhobiaThe term phobia refers to fearfulness due to a certain anxiety disorder in which the individual is in dread of a situation, a living creature, a place, or a thing. “Button phobia,” as the name indicates, is a fear of buttons, and is classified as an irrational phobia. It is also known as koumpounophobia, a fear closely related to the fear of circular or void objects. Apparently, koumpounophobia affects 1 in 75,000 people.

Self-Help for Health Anxiety

Self-Help for Health AnxietyPeople mostly worry about their health when they have some physical symptoms. This worry vanishes after getting the necessary and valid confirmation; however, for some people, the uneasiness and tension does not go away and they imagine having a serious medical condition. These worries affect their daily lives in many ways and progresses to severe health anxiety.

Soldiers’ individual risk for suicide linked to previous attempts in army unit

Soldiers’ individual risk for suicide linked to previous attempts in army unitDoes a previous suicide attempt in a soldier’s unit increase the risk of additional suicide attempts? According to a study, “Risk of Suicide Attempt Associated with Previous Attempts in One’s Army Unit,” published July 26, 2017 in JAMA Psychiatry, the answer is yes.

Drug overdose deaths on the rise in Ohio

Drug overdose deaths on the rise in OhioIn light of the Ohio opioid epidemic, Advanced Recovery Systems, an integrated behavioral healthcare management company, recently opened an addiction and co-occurring mental health treatment facility in Groveport: The Recovery Village Columbus. Located 10 miles away from Columbus, this new facility opened on July 11, 2017 and is now accepting patients.

Nurses needed across Northamptonshire

Nurses needed across NorthamptonshireSince 2010, the number of NHS mental health nurses in England has dropped by 15%. The nursing shortage is partly caused by an ageing workforce that is not being replaced quickly enough. In 2013, more than 32% of mental health nurses were over 50.

Self-efficacy has positive effect on physical activity of osteoarthritis patients

Self-efficacy has positive effect on physical activity of osteoarthritis patientsOsteoarthritis patients that are more confident in their abilities in the morning go on to be more physically active throughout the day, according to a team of Penn State researchers.

Researchers use imaging techniques to collect massive data on individual brains

Researchers use imaging techniques to collect massive data on individual brainsA quest to analyze the unique features of individual human brains evolved into the so-called Midnight Scan Club, a group of scientists who had big ideas but almost no funding and little time to research the trillions of neural connections that activate the body’s most powerful organ.

Researchers provide insight into different types of ‘true’ smiles

Researchers provide insight into different types of 'true' smilesThe smile may be the most common and flexible expression, used to reveal some emotions, cover others and manage social interactions that have kept communities secure and organized for millennia.

Leap of faith: Will health care ministries cover your costs?

Martin Estacio was shelling out $800 per month for a health plan that didn’t fit his two-state lifestyle. The retired San Bernardino firefighter lives between Oklahoma and California. But his health insurance policy, purchased in Oklahoma, didn’t cover non-emergency care outside the state.

Third-person self-talk helps control emotion, says study

Third-person self-talk helps control emotion, says studyA study published online in a nature journal Scientific Reports suggests that talking in the third person to oneself in stressful times might help controlling emotions and it needs no additional mental effort than first person self-talk, which is normally used by people to talk to themselves.

Scientists use novel algorithm to group similar Alzheimer’s patients for precise drug trials

Scientists use novel algorithm to group similar Alzheimer’s patients for precise drug trialsThe push to develop treatments for Alzheimer’s disease has been a promising and disappointing endeavor over the past two decades, yielding a greater understanding of the disease yet still failing to generate successful new drugs.