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A few tips for a healthy living and eating right

Balanced diet: Eat a balanced diet of fruits, nuts, vegetables and whole grains.

Hyderabad: We are what we are because of the food that we eat. Right nutrition at all ages plays an important role in keeping a person fit. Nutritionists say that choosing the right foods will help us live a healthy life and save us from the early advent of lifestyle diseases.

Eat as much is required by the body and burn it out to avoid any excess accumulation in the body. All foods which look and taste good may not necessarily be of much use. Instead,their excess intake can be harmful. Eat natural foods, fruits and whole grains to ensure that the body has the right mix that keeps you energised.

‘Teenagers must choose the right food’
Eating habits among teenagers is quite often influenced by peer pressure. Junk food often ends up as the trendiest type of food on their list.
Madhurima Sinha, senior nutritionist at Care Hospitals, explains, “Educating children on the foods that influence their health must be a part of school and college curriculum. This is even more crucial for teenagers as their food intake is high, to keep up with their energy levels. Also, there is a strong urge to experiment with foods, which is good and must be encouraged but they should know how to decide what is good for them and what must be avoided.

Food-myths among teenagers which should be avoided

* Skipping breakfast is good for weight reduction
* Having 2-3 large meals is good
* Any quantity of vegetable oil can be used as its cholesterol-free
* Wheat products can be taken in unlimited quantity
*  Zero-fat diet is good
*  Only fruit and vegetable-based diet is good

Some must-follow guidelines
* Eat a balanced diet of fruits, nuts, vegetables and whole grains
* Eat to your heart’s content but also exercise
* Consume food at the right time.
* Sleep well for a healthy body

‘Do not depend too much on supplements’
The best nutrients can be acquired from food and not from supplements. Sadly, most middle-aged people, due to lack of time, hectic work life and also sheer lack of interest, are not willing to pay the required attention that is due to their food. As a result, some of them end up depending on vitamin supplements for their daily intake.

M. Gayathri, dietician at Apollo Hospitals, says, “Instead of fruit juices, choose whole fruits. Instead of refined foods like maida and rava, use whole wheat flour, broken wheat, porridge and oats. Supplements are only required under specific conditions, not otherwise.”

It is important to understand that foods help build immunity. Gayathri explains, “A strong immune system helps protect the body from diseases. During middle-age one has to work towards building endurance and hence foods which protect the body must be consumed.”

Tips for a healthy middle-age

* Have 5-6 small, frequent meals instead of three large meals
* Don’t eat while watching TV or chatting online
* Chew slowly as it helps in digestion
* Eat more of whole pulses, beans like rajma, chole, channa

* Instead of aerated drinks, squashes, sherbets, choose fresh lemon juice, coconut water, butter milk or veg soup
* Use low-fat milk
* Reduce intake of mutton, beef and organ meats; go for fish and chicken

‘Inculcate right eating habits since childhood’

Parents are role models for children and they tend to imitate their food preferences, aversions and also habits. So to develop the right food habits in children, parents must begin from childhood, between age three to five. But with the changing scenario, home food has taken a huge beating.

K. Sunitha Premalatha, chief dietician at Yashoda Hospital, explains, “Home foods have the right quantity and proportion of nutrients, hence young mothers must opt for home foods. Healthy foods like whole grains, cereals, pulses, legumes, vegetables, fruits, milk and milk products must be given to children. Lean meat, eggs, nuts, fats and oil provide energy to build, maintain and repair tissues and regulate body’s metabolic process.”

A young mother must know that too much of sugar, sweetened beverages, added sugar desserts, high-fatty or salty foods  are not good for children.  “Mothers are faced with a tough task when people they meet gift sweets or chocolates to children without realising the damage it does to a child,” explains Premlatha.

In the West, chocolates for children are now given by parents only once in a week to avoid the rising problems of cavities, obesity and also other metabolic abnormalities.

In the Indian scenario, experts are now urging to cut down on sugars for children as they can lead to weight-gain and insulin-resistance.

Article source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/140831/lifestyle-food/article/few-tips-healthy-living-and-eating-right

Lifestyle Expert Suzie Chase Brown on Healthy Living

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“Healthy Living”

Many of us are trying to live a healthier lifestyle and with science and innovation, there are some new ideas on how we can live healthier lives. Lifestyle Expert Suzie Chase Brown was on BVTM Monday with some easy ways to get or stay fit.

You want to make lifestyle changes and the first thing the experts ask you to do is increase your water intake. But you can’t just drink any water. This is a Powered Water Filtration System from Aquasana. The Texas-based company makes the only water pitcher on the market tested to remove 96% of chlorine and contaminants lurking in your tap water, within seconds. Aquasana provides the purest water you’ve ever tasted. The best thing – Aquasana makes filters for your shower. These are super easy to install. www.aquasana.com

Here’s another great Texas company that believes in healthy living! Harness the power of beets to improve your athletic performance! BeetElite concentrated beet crystals help you achieve peak performance in your training regimen and in competition. Each packet delivers the nitric oxide boosting goodness of six organic beet roots or one liter of organic beet juice, in the most convenient form possible – a shot. Use it 30 minutes before a workout or competition, and you’ll feel the difference! BeetElite NeoShot® is a pre-workout “shot” that helps your body make more nitric oxide, which during exercise helps your body extend endurance, helps your body improve intensity levels, dilates blood vessels to help deliver more oxygen and nutrients and increases efficiency of oxygen utilization. You can learn more about the science behind BeetElite at http://www.neogenis.com/beetelite.html.

Make great tasting snacks – thanks to a brilliant time and money saving Texas-based company! Make your own beef jerky, turkey jerky, homemade yogurt, banana chips, apple snacks, dried pineapple, and much more with the Ronco Food Dehydrator. The Ronco dehydrator comes with an instructional booklet with recipes. Starting at $39.98; www.Ronco.com

Fitness apparel continues to dominate the fashion world and now there’s a new player in the “sweat in style” game! YOGASMOGA clothing is made from an exclusive fabric called AURUM™ –a blend of Supplex® and Lycra®. Each and every piece in this colorful line is extremely soft, breathable and embedded with moisture-wicking and antimicrobial treatments into the tiniest pores of their fabric – so moisture and bacteria won’t haunt you. From the deepest non-toxic dyes to surpassing the “stretch test”, YOGASMOGA cares about creating high-performing Yoga clothing that looks and feels great. YOGASMOGA cares so much about the fabric used in all the Yoga clothes, they have developed anti-pilling performance fabric. They not only manufacture it, they dye it, cut it, stitch it, pack it, and ship it, all in the United States. www.yogasmoga.com

If you’ve ever been out for a run, hike or bike ride, wearing headphones, you probably have already had a scare where you’ve missed warning signs or honks! Even wearing headphones while pushing a stroller can be dangerous, as you can miss cries from your little one. Your workouts are changed when you’re wearing earHero headphones. These are the best sports headphones because they allow you to run, bike or work out while listening to music, yet being aware of your surroundings! earHero was designed by an audiologist with speakers so small, they will never block your ear canal, but you won’t sacrifice music quality! www.earhero.com $149.

One in three adults admit that on any typical day they take a nap and Doctors say it’s good for you! Now there is a new way to take a Nap…ANYWHERE with NapAnywhere! The NapAnywhere is a portable head-support pillow developed specifically by a physician for frequent travelers. This comfortable, portable device can be used effectively while traveling on planes, subways, trains, buses and cars as a passenger. Small and compact, it fits easily into your carry-on, backpack, laptop bag or purse. The NapAnywhere is available in three colors and three sizes. It’s also stain-resistant and can be wiped clean. A carrying pouch is included to help protect the NapAnywhere when not in use. Invented by a Doctor who travels a lot!www.napanywhere.net

Aquasana
www.aquasana.com

BeetElite
http://www.neogenis.com/beetelite.html.

Ronco Food Dehydrator
www.Ronco.com

YOGASMOGA
www.yogasmoga.com

earHero headphones
www.earhero.com

NapAnywhere
www.napanywhere.net

Article source: http://www.kbtx.com/bvtm/headlines/Lifestyle-Expert-Suzie-Chase-Brown-on-Healthy-Living--273435681.html

5 Back-to-school tips to keep kids healthy

How do you keep children healthy in school?How do you keep children healthy in school?

Kids will come in contact with germs, but these back-to-school tips for health will make a difference. (Photo: Shutterstock)

It seems like once children go back-to-school they start bringing home a new sickness every week.

This cycle is inevitable; children exposed to other children will spread germs quickly when confined to close quarters like classrooms, and the younger children are the less likely they are to practice certain hygiene musts (like covering a sneeze properly).

SEE ALSO: 5 steps to ensure your children’s mental health

While childhood sicknesses are a important part of building immunity as an adult, that doesn’t mean you have to let your children go to school without the best defense possible.

They are going to get sick, that’s the truth, but they don’t have to be sick all the time.

Try these 5 back-to-school tips to keep kids healthy:

1) Pack a water bottle:

Pack water bottles for kids.

Pack water bottles for kids.

It may seem like an average tip to keep a child healthy in school, but packing a water bottle isn’t about being well-hydrated in this situation. A water bottle will eliminate your child’s need to visit the water fountain, a place experts told CNN is covered in more germs than a toilet. Water fountains are also less likely to be sanitized as often as other areas of a school, and they are the ideal way for children to suck down a mouthful of germs.


2) Send children with a bottle of hand soap:

Send children to school with hand soap.

Send children to school with hand soap.

Hand sanitizer may be all the rage, but disturbing reports suggest teenagers are using it for reasons other than sanitation. Instead of sending this alcohol-based substance to school, send children with a travel-sized bottle of hand soap in their favorite fragrance. This will remind children to wash their hands whenever possible (hand washing is superior to hand sanitizer anyway).


3) Keep children calm with essential oils:

Kids should take essential oils to school.

Kids should take essential oils to school.

Stress can weaken anyone’s immune system, and children heading back to school are under a lot of stress from friends and teachers. While there are a number of ways to help children relax at home, when you can’t be with them it is possible to use the power of aromatherapy to calm nerves. A trinket on a backpack or a hair accessory makes the perfect place to dab a little essential oil for relaxation. Look for essential oils like rose, lavender and jasmine.


4) Make sure children get enough sleep:

Children should have a good night's sleep.

Children should have a good night's sleep.

A healthy diet is usually top on the list when it comes to keeping a child’s immune system healthy, but sleep should be a close second. Children tend to need more sleep than adults, and with busy sports schedules and hours of homework, it ca be difficult for children to make it to bed at a reasonable hour. Children who are sleep deprived may suffer from weakened immune systems ad be more likely to come home sick.


5) Send children with a spare:

Encourage children to share in school.

Encourage children to share in school.

Children tend to share things with one another; books, lip balm, drinks. This sharing among friends is a prime way to pass along germs. To help keep children safe, send them to school with a spare item they are likely to be asked for; girls, for example, love to share lip balm and other makeup products. There’s no harm in keeping an item for personal use only and one for those times when children are inclined to be social.


As always the above tips for back-to-school are just supplements to an overall healthy lifestyle. The Mayo Clinic indicates children should always eat a healthy diet, get plenty of exercise and take a multivitamin.

Good health habits start at home; teach children how to sneeze and cough properly and how often they should wash their hands.

SEE ALSO: What’s all the fuss about using essential oils?

Article source: http://voxxi.com/2014/09/01/back-to-school-tips-children-health/

During World Alzheimer’s Month, Take Steps to Care for Your Most Vital Organ


During World Alzheimer’s Month, Take Steps to Care for Your Most Vital Organ

As a fitness expert and neurosurgeon, Dr. Brett Osborn says he appreciates the growing public interest in general health and fitness. Now, he says, that attention needs to extend to arguably our most essential organ – the brain.

“There are several, multi-billion dollar industries out there dedicated to burning fat and building muscle; cognitive health, on the other hand, has been largely overlooked,” says Osborn, author of “Get Serious, A Neurosurgeon’s Guide to Optimal Health and Fitness,” www.drbrettosborn.com.

“Of course, any good health expert is quick to remind readers that it’s all connected. For example, what’s good for the heart will be, directly or indirectly, good for the brain.”

September’s an appropriate time to talk brain health: its World Alzheimer’s Month, and it’s the beginning of football season. By now, we know that football players in the NFL, college and even high school suffer considerable head trauma, whether through big hits resulting in concussions or moderate, repeated blows, he says.

It’s also soccer season in other parts of the world. Concern continues to mount about the neurological damage done to players from repeated headers, where the ball is hit by the head. The long-term effects, including depression and other mental-health problems, are similar to those suffered by American football players, he says.

“Sports can impart great habits to kids, including discipline, fellowship and an emphasis on strength and endurance,” says Osborn, a bodybuilder and father. “As our children return to school and sports, health-care providers, coaches and parents need to make it a top priority to protect our student-athletes’ brains.”

Osborn offers five tips to help everyone maintain brain health:

• Learn new skills. “Just as with other health concerns, brain health should be rooted in the prevention of disease,” he says. Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease, the causes of which, and the cure, are unknown. However, it’s widely thought that brain stimulation and activity can delay the onset of the disease. The acquisition of a new skill – whether it’s learning to play an instrument or taking up waterskiing – exercises the brain “muscle.”

• Commit to actual exercise. Everyone knows that exercise helps protect the heart, but not everyone knows that physical activity is also good for the brain. The brain is not a muscle, but it can be worked as muscle is worked during exercise, which forges new neuron pathways.

“Let’s face it, there is a component of learning in exercise,” Osborn says. “You cannot master the squat overnight; the brain has to change. Neuronal connections, or ‘synapses,’ are formed through very complex biophysical mechanisms. That takes time.”

• Don’t sweat stress. There is such a thing as good stress, including the acute bodily stress involved in strength training. Of course, there’s the bad stress, such as psychological stress associated with work or interpersonal relationships, and environmental stress, derived from pesticide-laden food – toxins. As always, you have a choice. You don’t have to accept mental stress in your life. Reconsider toxic relationships. Rethink how you handle pressure at work. Perhaps adopt a lunchtime exercise routine.

• Fuel a better body and brain. “I don’t believe in ‘diets,’ ” Osborn says. “Fit individuals were around for eons before the term existed, and I associate the term with temporary and, often, self-destructive behaviors.”

Again, it’s all connected. A healthy balance of food and activity will inevitably be good for the entire body: the heart, skeleton, muscles, brain, etc. Proper nutrition is a natural mood enhancer, and good health will inevitably improve self-esteem.

• Feed your head with smart drugs. Some pharmaceuticals may help enhance cerebral blood flow and increase concentration, including Hydergine, Deprenyl and Prozac, to name a few. Ask your doctor about these. There are also over-the-counter smart drugs to consider. Piracetam is one of the oldest and has been shown to have a variety of positive effects in patients with cognitive disorders like dementia and epilepsy. Vinpocetine has potent anti-inflammatory effects, and inflammation is a key component in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease, and others. You may also want to check out gingko biloba and pregnenolone.

About Dr. Brett Osborn

Brett Osborn is a New York University-trained, Board-Certified neurological surgeon with a secondary certification in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. He holds a CSCS honorarium from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dr. Osborn specializes in scientifically based nutrition and exercise as a means to achieve optimal health and preventing disease. He is the author “Get Serious, A Neurosurgeon’s Guide to Optimal Health and Fitness,” www.drbrettosborn.com

Article source: http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/deer_park/living/brain-health-tips-from-bodybuilding-neurosurgeon/article_31db02e6-67ee-5131-8c63-a9eb156a18cd.html

Americans detained in North Korea call for US help; Bae says health deteriorating

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    Kenneth Bae, an American tour guide and missionary serving a 15-year sentence, detained in North Korea, speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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    Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea, speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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    Mathew Miller, an American detained in North Korea, speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.

Jeffrey Fowle and Mathew Miller said they expect to face trial within a month. But they said they do not know what punishment they could face or what the specific charges against them are. Kenneth Bae, who already is serving a 15-year term, said his health has deteriorated at the labor camp where he works eight hours a day.

The three were allowed to speak briefly with The Associated Press at a meeting center in Pyongyang. North Korean officials were present during the interviews, conducted separately and in different rooms, but did not censor the questions that were asked. The three said they did not know they were going to be interviewed until immediately beforehand.

All said they believe the only solution to their situation is for a U.S. representative to come to North Korea to make a direct appeal.

That has often been North Korea’s bargaining chip in the past, when senior statesmen including former President Bill Clinton made trips to Pyongyang to secure the release of detainees.

“I’m desperate to get back to them.”

- Kenneth Bae, US missionary being held in North Korea

North Korea says Fowle and Miller committed hostile acts which violated their status as tourists. It has announced that authorities are preparing for the trial, but has not announced the date.

Fowle arrived in North Korea on April 29. He is suspected of leaving a Bible in a nightclub in the northern port city of Chongjin. Christian proselytizing is considered a crime in North Korea. Fowle, 56, lives in Miamisburg, Ohio, where he works in a city streets department. He has a wife and three children aged 9, 10, and 12.

“Within a month I could be sharing a jail cell with Ken Bae,” he said, adding that he hasn’t spoken with his family for three weeks. “I’m desperate to get back to them.”

North Korea says Miller, 24, entered the country on April 10 with a tourist visa, but tore it up at the airport and shouted that he wanted to seek asylum. Miller refused to comment on whether he was seeking asylum.

Bae, a 46-year-old Korean-American missionary, has been held since November 2012. He was moved from a work camp to a hospital because of failing health and weight loss but last month was sent back to the work camp outside of Pyongyang, where he said he does farm-related labor. He said he has lost 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms) and has severe back pain, along with a sleep disorder. His family has said his health problems include diabetes, an enlarged heart, liver problems and back pain.

“The only hope that I have is to have someone from the U.S. come,” he said. “But so far, the latest I’ve heard is that there has been no response yet. So I believe that officials here are waiting for that.”

Bae said he did not realize before the trial that he was violating North Korean law, but refused to go into details.

He said the lead up to his trial lasted about four months, but the trial itself only took about an hour. He said he elected not to have a defense attorney because “at that point there was no sense of me to get a lawyer because the only chance I had was to ask for mercy.”

“It was very quick,” he said.

The U.S. has repeatedly offered to send its envoy for North Korean human rights issues, Robert King, to Pyongyang to seek a pardon for Bae and other U.S. detainees, but without success. Washington has no diplomatic ties with North Korea and no embassy in Pyongyang. Instead, the Swedish Embassy takes responsibility for U.S. consular affairs.

Fowle and Miller said they have met with the Swedish ambassador and have been allowed to make phone calls to their relatives.

Though a small number of U.S. citizens visit North Korea each year as tourists, the State Department strongly advises against it. After Miller’s detention, Washington updated its travel warning to note that over the past 18 months, “North Korea detained several U.S. citizens who were part of organized tours.”

North Korea has been strongly pushing tourism lately in an effort to bring in foreign cash. But despite its efforts it remains highly sensitive to any actions it considers political and is particularly wary of anything it deems to be Christian proselytizing.

In March, North Korea deported an Australian missionary detained for spreading Christianity after he apologized and requested forgiveness.

 

 

Article source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/09/01/american-tourists-detained-in-north-korea-expect-trial-soon-bae-says-health/

The Health Claims Of E-Cigarettes Are Going Up In Smoke

The sales pitch of electronic cigarette manufacturers seemed too good to be true. Could nicotine addicts around the world really get their fix whilst dodging the health risks of puffing away on cancer sticks?

Sadly for smokers and “vapers”, the answer is far from clear. Over the past week, new evidence has emerged which suggests that E-Cigarettes can be dangerous too – in some cases carrying higher amounts of certain toxins than the blazing tobacco of old.

Researchers at the University of South California have found that although E-Cigarettes are less harmful than ordinary smokes, the vapour emitted by the gadgets contains the toxic element chromium, which is not found in traditional cigarettes, as well as levels of nickel four times higher than in real tobacco. The electronic replacements also contain lead, zinc and other toxic metals, although in lower levels than cigarettes.

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Two electronic cigarette models. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Our results demonstrate that overall electronic cigarettes seem to be less harmful than regular cigarettes, but their elevated content of toxic metals such as nickel and chromium do raise concerns,” said Constantinos Sioutas, professor at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

There is a bit of good news for reforming smokers, as E-Cigarettes contain virtually no detectable polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are known to cause cancer. The researchers also said the metal particles were likely to come from the cartridge of the E-Cigarette devices, opening up the possibility that a change in the production process could eliminate the dangerous chemicals.

But this isn’t the only bit of bad news for vape inhalers. In the UK, the BBC reported that E-Cigarette liquid sold in the north east of England was found to contain a chemical called diacetyl, which is used to add butterscotch flavor to liquid tobacco.

Whilst this substance is harmless to eat, it is extremely dangerous to inhale. The chemical is known to cause a serious condition called popcorn lung, or bronchiolitis obliterans, an irreversible disease which scars the lung and makes it impossible to breathe properly. This illness has struck workers in popcorn factories, who are known to breathe in vast quantities of diacetyl, as well as ordinary people who eat a lot of popcorn.

Commenting on the report, Dr Graham Burns, a respiratory expert at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, said the illness is often “serious enough to warrant lung transplantation”.

VP, the firm which manufactured the cigarettes, immediately withdrew the liquid from sale, and Lynne White, head of retail distribution, admitted there were concerns about inhaling the liquid on a long-term basis.

“We are very sorry it has happened, we are investigating how it has happened,” she added.

“Because of the small amount the vaper would actually consume it was deemed in the short term there would be no health concerns.

“Long-term yes there could well be, however we decided it was a withdrawal rather than a recall of the product and that was based on Ecita’s (Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association) guidelines.”

But for many health-conscious people, the damage is likely to have been done. Once upon a time, the world didn’t know about the many terrible effects of cigarettes. It was only after a concerted campaign by scientists, doctors and activists that the risks began to be publicized and governments began to act on them. The long term implications of switching to E-Cigarettes have not yet been tested, so anyone using the devices has to ask themselves if they are willing to take the risk of becoming a guinea pig.

Marlboro Cigarettes

Marlboro Cigarettes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The World Health Organisation has issued a report advising that use of E-Cigarettes should be banned indoors and and all advertising stopped until the emerging industry produces “convincing supporting scientific evidence and obtains regulatory approval”.

Article source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasperhamill/2014/08/31/the-health-claims-of-e-cigarettes-are-going-up-in-smoke/

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No deal: CHI Health goes ‘out-of-network’ for BCBS Nebraska members

CHI Health, formerly Alegent Health, won’t be an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield policyholders as of midnight.

One hundred thirty days of negotiation couldn’t find a solution to the issue of rates versus care.

Video: BCBS, CHI Health fail to reach agreement before deadline

The cost to continue using a Catholic Health Initiatives provider for those with BCBS will be a lot more, whether it’s in Nebraska or another state.

BCBS said it wanted to bring Nebraska’s largest health network in line with other providers, which sometimes costs 30 percent less than CHI.

“Their difference in rates is adding $60 million a year to the cost of our members,” said Lee Handke, senior vice president of Blue Cross Blue Shield.

CHI CEO Cliff Robertson said in a statement that he disagrees “with the way that Blue Cross intends to maintain and lower costs, with no concern for quality.”

Both companies said they put their best offers out on the table, but with no further meetings scheduled, they’re looking at what it means for patients come midnight.

“They’re going to have to decide, ‘Do I continue receiving care or workup with a CHI provider and try to find out what the cost is going to be associated with that, or do I start over somewhere else?’” said Dr. Hank Sakowski, medical director of UniNET.

Some, such as Susan Odom, find themselves in the middle of health care confusion. Odom is pregnant and has been with the same Ob/Gyn for five years. Her current coverage under Blue Cross California requires she either pay out of pocket or go elsewhere.

“There were only two clinics in network that would even consider taking me on at 34 weeks,” Odom said.

Blue Cross of Nebraska covers pregnancy after 16 weeks as continuity of care. Other patients have difficult decisions about their care.

Handke said it’s about cutting costs.

“Anyone in the hospital today will still be treated as in network no matter when they’re discharged. After today, they will continue to have in-network benefits. We also have a continuity of care process for people with conditions like cancer, maternity currently pregnant in the second trimester of pregnancy,” Handke said.

CHI said those who live in Nebraska and want to use one of its Iowa facilities, which would still be in the network. There is also no change to the virtual or quick care.

BCBS said it never wanted to push CHI out and will continue to negotiate to see if they can come to an agreement down the road.

Robertson released a statement on the issue.

“UniNet’s negotiations with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska are nearing the August 31 deadline imposed by Blue Cross,” the statement said. “At that time, your Nebraska-based physicians and hospitals will go out of network when Blue Cross terminates their contract with 15 hospitals and more than 1,000 providers. Since the end of May, UniNet has been negotiating with Blue Cross on a new contract. On August 22, UniNet offered Blue Cross a contract that would offer patients a health plan that works to lower costs by keeping their members healthy and control chronic health conditions. Blue Cross turned down that offer, our fourth full-length proposal, and did not provide a counter offer. They posted UniNet’s offer on their website, but only chose to share half of it – they failed to post the portion that included a savings of over $55 million over the next two years. We fundamentally disagree with the way that Blue Cross intends to maintain and lower costs, with no concern for quality. We are absolutely committed to our patients and continue to offer high-quality healthcare to the region. We will work with our patients individually to ensure they can continue seeing their trusted care team, at costs as close to their in-network benefits as possible. If any of our patients have any questions, they can contact us at 888-245-4442.”

Article source: http://www.ketv.com/news/blue-cross-blue-shield-insurance-carriers-face-questions-come-midnight/27816944

Drinking tea ‘cuts risk of dying early by a quarter’

  • A study shows that drinking tea reduces the risk of dying from causes unrelated to the heart by a quarter 
  • The benefits of tea are largely due to the antioxidant ingredients
  • The study involved 131,401 people aged 18 to 95 
  • Experts also say it is better for you than coffee and tea drinkers are more physically active

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Tea really is the best drink of the day – it can cut your risk of dying prematurely, say researchers.

A study shows that drinking tea reduces the risk of dying from causes unrelated to the heart by a quarter compared with those who don’t drink tea.

Experts say it is better for you than coffee, although habitual coffee drinkers tend to be more unhealthy and smokers.

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A study shows that drinking tea reduces the risk of dying from causes unrelated to the heart by a quarter compared with those who don¿t drink tea (stock picture)

A study shows that drinking tea reduces the risk of dying from causes unrelated to the heart by a quarter compared with those who don’t drink tea (stock picture)

The benefits of tea are largely due to the flavonoid content, antioxidant ingredients that are thought to be good for the heart.

Study leader Professor Nicolas Danchin said previous research showed ‘divergent’ effects of tea and coffee on heart health.

He added, however: ‘If you have to choose between tea or coffee it’s probably better to drink tea.’

The European Society for Cardiology in Barcelona said that a glass of wine a day works only if you exercise too

The European Society for Cardiology in Barcelona said that a glass of wine a day works only if you exercise too

The study involved 131,401 people aged 18 to 95 at low risk of cardiovascular diseases attending the Paris IPC Preventive Medicine Centre between January 2001 and December 2008.

There were 95 deaths from cardiovascular (CV) causes and 632 deaths from non-CV causes.

Coffee or tea consumption was assessed by a questionnaire and classified as: none, 1 to four cups per day, or more than four cups. The researchers found that coffee drinkers had a higher CV risk profile than non-drinkers, particularly for smoking, with 57 per cent of those drinking more than four cups per day being smokers.

Non-coffee drinkers were more physically active, with 45 per cent having a good level of physical activity compared with 41 per cent of the heavy coffee drinkers.

The Barcelona conference was told that the high caffeine content in energy drinks may cause heart problems

The Barcelona conference was told that the high caffeine content in energy drinks may cause heart problems

‘This is highly significant in our large population,’ Prof Danchin said yesterday at the European Society for Cardiology meeting in Barcelona. Tea had a marked effect on blood pressure, with a significant reduction in the heavy tea drinkers, compared with non-drinkers.

Professor Danchin said: ‘Overall we tend to have a higher [CV] risk profile for coffee drinkers and a lower risk profile for tea drinkers. We also found big gender differences.

‘Men tend to drink coffee much more than women, while women tend to drink more tea than men.’ There was a trend for tea drinking to lower cardiovascular deaths but the effect was not statistically significant after adjusting for age, gender and smoking.

But tea lowered the risk of non-CV death, by a quarter for tea drinkers compared with no tea at all.

The study did not define the type of tea, or whether milk was added. Participants were just asked how much tea they drank per day.

Professor Danchin, of the Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou in Paris, said: ‘Tea drinking lowered the risk of non-CV death by 24 per cent and the trend towards lowering CV mortality was nearly [statistically] significant.’

He added: ‘Interestingly, most of the effect of tea on non-CV mortality was found in current or ex-smokers, while tea had a neutral effect in non-smokers.’

Coffee significantly increased non-CV mortality but the increased risk disappeared when the effect was adjusted for smoking. 


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25 Days from Mars – India’s MOM is in Good Health!

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India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) marked 100 days out from Mars on June 16, 2014 and the Mars Orbit Insertion engine firing when it arrives at the Red Planet on September 24, 2014 after its 10 month interplanetary journey.  Credit ISRO

India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is closing in on the Red Planet and the Mars Orbit Insertion engine firing when it arrives on September 24, 2014 after its 10 month interplanetary journey. Credit ISRO

Now less than 25 days from her history making rendezvous with the Red Planet and the critical Mars Orbital Insertion (MOI) engine firing, India’s MOM is in good health!

The Mars Orbiter Mission, or MOM, counts as India’s first interplanetary voyager and the nation’s first manmade object to orbit the 4th rock from our Sun on September 24, 2014 – if all goes well.

MOM was designed and developed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

“MOM and its payloads are in good health,” reports ISRO in a new update.

As of today, Aug. 31, MOM has traveled a total distance of over 622 million km in its heliocentric arc towards Mars, says ISRO. It is currently 199 million km away from Earth.

25 Days to Mars Orbit Insertion engine firing for ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) on Sept. 24, 2014. Prelaunch images show MOM undergoing solar panel illumination tests during 2013 prior to launch.  Credit: ISRO

25 Days to Mars Orbit Insertion engine firing for ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) on Sept. 24, 2014. Prelaunch images show MOM undergoing solar panel illumination tests during 2013 prior to launch. Credit: ISRO

Altogether the probe has completed over 90% of the journey to Mars.

In the past week alone it has traveled over 20 million km and is over 10 million km further from Earth. It is now less than 9 million kilometers away from Mars

Round trip radio signals communicating with MOM now take some 21 minutes.

The 1,350 kilogram (2,980 pound) probe has been streaking through space for nearly ten months.

To remain healthy and accomplish her science mission ahead, the spacecraft must fire the 440 Newton liquid fueled main engine to brake into orbit around the Red Planet on September 24, 2014 – where she will study the atmosphere and sniff for signals of methane.

The do or die MOI burn on September 24, 2014 places MOM into an 377 km x 80,000 km elliptical orbit around Mars.

Trans Mars Injection (TMI), carried out on Dec 01, 2013 at 00:49 hrs (IST) has moved the spacecraft in the Mars Transfer Trajectory (MTT). With TMI the Earth orbiting phase of the spacecraft ended and the spacecraft is now on a course to encounter Mars after a journey of about 10 months around the Sun. Credit: ISRO

Trans Mars Injection (TMI), carried out on Dec 01, 2013 at 00:49 hrs (IST) moved the spacecraft into the Mars Transfer Trajectory (MTT). With TMI the Earth orbiting phase of the spacecraft ended and the spacecraft is now on a course to encounter Mars after a journey of about 10 months around the Sun. Credit: ISRO

MOM was launched on Nov. 5, 2013 from India’s spaceport at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, atop the nations indigenous four stage Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) which placed the probe into its initial Earth parking orbit.

MOM is streaking to Mars along with NASA’s MAVEN orbiter, which arrives a few days earlier on September 21, 2014.

Although MOM’s main objective is a demonstration of technological capabilities, she will also study the planet’s atmosphere and surface.

The probe is equipped with five indigenous instruments to conduct meaningful science – including a tri color imager (MCC) and a methane gas sniffer (MSM) to study the Red Planet’s atmosphere, morphology, mineralogy and surface features. Methane on Earth originates from both geological and biological sources – and could be a potential marker for the existence of Martian microbes.

Stay tuned here for Ken’s continuing MOM, MAVEN, Opportunity, Curiosity, Mars rover and more planetary and human spaceflight news.

Ken Kremer

Clouds on the ground !  The sky seems inverted for a moment ! Blastoff of India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) on Nov. 5, 2013 from the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. Credit: ISRO

Clouds on the ground ! The sky seems inverted for a moment ! Blastoff of India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) on Nov. 5, 2013 from the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. Credit: ISRO


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