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Prostate Cancer Awareness for 2019

Introduction

This post is for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. We offer answers to a few questions and additional resources. The first is this video from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about whether you should get tested for prostate cancer.

Basic Facts

Men (and those who care for men – meaning everyone) should be knowledgeable about prostate cancer. I don’t mean physician-level knowledgeable, but there are just a few facts that you should know that are meaningful. We’ll cover those in this Straight, No Chaser.
Aside from skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the U.S. It is also one of the leading causes of cancer death among men of all races. According to the National Cancer Institute, in 2018, there will be over 164,6900 new cases and well over 29, 430 deaths (13% increase from 2017) from prostate cancer. Approximately 11.2% of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during their lifetime. Here are some prostate cancer basics.
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Who’s at risk for prostate cancer?

  • Age: This is simple. The older you are, the greater your risk of developing prostate cancer.
  • Race: Prostate cancer is more common in certain racial and ethnic groups.
  • Genetics: This risk is twice to three times more likely if you have a father, brother or son who has had prostate cancer. This is not the same as saying you’ll develop prostate cancer if a family member did.

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

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It is of interest that a wide variety of presentations exists in those later diagnosed with prostate cancer. Some men don’t have symptoms. In these cases, prostate cancer is discovered on screening examinations. Other men present with several symptoms, often including the following.

  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Difficulty completely emptying the bladder
  • Difficulty starting urination
  • Frequent urination (especially at night)
  • Pain in the back, hips, or pelvis that doesn’t go away
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Weak or interrupted flow of urine

What Is Prostate Cancer Screening?

Cancer screening means looking for cancer before it causes symptoms. The goal of screening for prostate cancer is to find cancer early that may spread if not treated.

There is no standard test to screen for prostate cancer. Here are two tests that are commonly used to screen for prostate cancer.

  • A blood test called a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test. PSA is a substance your prostate makes. This test measures the level of PSA in your blood. Your PSA level may be high if you have prostate cancer and for many other reasons, such as having an enlarged prostate, a prostate infection, or taking certain medicines.
  • Digital rectal examination, when a health care provider inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into a man’s rectum to feel the prostate for anything abnormal, such as cancer.

How Is Prostate Cancer Treated?

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See the above chart for more detailed information. Optimally, treatment for prostate cancer should take into account

  • Your age and expected life span with and without treatment
  • Other health conditions you have
  • The severity (i.e. stage and grade) of your cancer
  • Your feelings (and your physician’s medical opinion) about the need to treat the cancer
  • The likelihood that treatment will cure your cancer or provide some other measure of benefit
  • Possible side effects from treatment

Different types of established treatments are available for prostate cancer, including the following:

  • Closely monitoring the prostate cancer by performing prostate specific antigen (PSA) and digital rectal exam (DRE) tests regularly, and treating the cancer only if it grows or causes symptoms. This is called active surveillance.
  • Surgery to remove the prostate and or surrounding tissue. This surgery is called a prostatectomy.
  • Radiation therapy with high-energy rays to kill the cancer..
  • Hormone therapy perhaps could be named “hormone blocking therapy.” These medicines blocks cancer cells from getting the hormones they need to grow.

There’s More!

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Suicide Prevention and Recognition

Introduction

This post is about suicide prevention and recognition.

Suicide Prevention: One Conversation Can Save a Life

Suicide Prevention

Suicidal thoughts affect individuals of every age, gender and background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Although common, suicidal thoughts should not be considered normal. Often, they indicate more serious issues. They should never be ignored.

In 2016 alone, nearly 45,000 individuals died by suicide. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Straight, No Chaser at www.jeffreysterlingmd.com joins the legions of resources shedding light to this still taboo topic. Please reach out to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. Don’t wait until after the fact to wonder why it happened. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.

Wait! There’s More!

Read these Straight, No Chaser posts for a discussion on various issues related to suicide. Knowledge is life!

Did We Mention the 30-Day Push-Up Challenge?

We’re in Week Two of our 30-Day Push-Up Challenge! Follow this link, and participate! It only takes a minute and is an excellent measure of your heart health!

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September is Healthy Aging Month!

Introduction

This post is about healthy aging!

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10 Tips for Healthy Aging

Here are some ideas, modified for this audience, originally put together by the editors of Healthy Aging® Magazine.

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Do not act your age

…or at least what you think your current age should act like. What was your best year so far? 28? 40? Now? Picture yourself at that age and be it. Some people may say this is denial, but we say it’s positive thinking and goes a long way toward feeling better about yourself. (Tip:  Don’t keep looking in the mirror, just FEEL IT!)

Be positive in your conversations and your actions every day.

When you catch yourself complaining, check yourself right there and change the conversation to something positive. (Tip: Stop watching the police reports on the local news.)

Drop your negative associates and so-called friends.

Have negative friends who complain all of the time and constantly talk about how awful everything is? Drop them. As cruel as that may sound, distance yourself from people who do not have a positive outlook on life. They will only depress you and stop you from moving forward. Surround yourself with energetic, happy, positive people of all ages and you will be happier too. (Tip: Smile often. It’s contagious and wards off naysayers.)

Walk like a vibrant, healthy person.

Come on. You can probably do it. Analyze your gait. Do you walk slowly because you have just become lazy or, perhaps, have a fear of falling? (Tip: Make a conscious effort to take big strides, walk with your heel first, and wear comfortable shoes.)

Stand up straight!

You can knock off the appearance of a few extra years with this trick your mother kept trying to tell you. Look at yourself in the mirror. Are you holding your stomach in, have your shoulders back, chin up? Check out how much better your neck looks! Fix your stance and practice it every day, all day until it is natural. You will look great and feel better. (Tip: Your waistline will look trimmer if you follow this advice.)

Smile!

Research shows people who smile more often are happier. Your teeth are just as important to your good health as the rest of your body. Not only is it the first thing people notice, but good oral health is a gateway to your overall well-being. (Tip: Go to the dentist regularly and look into teeth whitening. Nothing says old more than yellowing teeth!)

Avoid Loneliness!

Lonely? Stop brooding and complaining about having no friends or family. Do something about it now. Right this minute. Pick up the phone, landline, or cell and make a call to do one or more of the following: Volunteer your time, Take a class,  Invite someone to meet for lunch, brunch, dinner, or coffee. (Tip: Volunteer at the local public school to stay in touch with younger people and to keep current on trends, take a computer class or a tutorial session at your cell phone store to keep up with technology, choose a new person every week for your dining out.)

Start Walking!

Start walking not only for your health but to see the neighbors. Have a dog? You’ll be amazed how the dog can be a conversation starter. (Tip: If you don’t have time for a dog, go to your local animal shelter and volunteer. You will be thrilled by the puppy love!)

Set up your annual physical and other health screenings.

Make this month the time to set up your annual physical and other health screenings. Go to the appointments and then, hopefully, you can stop worrying about ailments for a while.

Do the creative things you’ve always wanted to do!

Find your inner artist. Who says taking music lessons is for young school children? You may have an artist lurking inside you just waiting to be tapped.  Have you always wanted to play the piano, violin, or tuba? Have you ever wondered if you could paint a portrait or scenic in oil? What about working in wood? (Tip: Sign up now for fall art or music classes and discover your inner artist!)

There’s More for Healthy Aging!

Read these Straight, No Chaser posts for a discussion on what to expect with aging and how different parts of your body normally adjust. The keys to healthy aging are at your fingertips.

Did We Mention the 30-Day Push-Up Challenge?

Speaking of healthy aging, follow this link and participate! It only takes a minute and is an excellent measure of your heart heart!

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Push Up and Heart Health: Join Our Push Up Challenge!

Introduction

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This Straight, No Chaser post brings you a push up challenge! It addresses exercise benefits and the link between push-ups and your risk of stroke and heart attacks!

Push Ups In The News

An absolutely fascinating study out of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (go, Crimson!) suggests that the number of push ups you can do in a minute may predict your risk of heart disease. Here are the details from 1,104 health firefighters with an average age of forty who participated in the study. The data looks at heart health over a 10-year period.

  • Those who could do 40 or more push-ups had a 96% lower risk than those who could only do 10 or fewer push-ups.
  • Being able to complete between 21 and 30 push-ups meant men had around a quarter of the risk of conditions like coronary artery disease or heart failure, compared to someone who couldn’t manage 10.
  • The men who could do at least 11 push-ups had a lower risk too, but the more they could do, the greater the benefit.

In other words, everyone should be able to start by getting in 10 at home.

The Straight, No Chaser Push Up Challenge

We’re not just providing you with information. We want you to take this ridiculously easy path to strengthening your heart through a minutes worth of activity a day!

Disclaimers

  • Discuss with your physician if you’re healthy enough to engage in this type of activity.
  • Discuss with your personal trainer the correct form to perform a push up.

The Challenge

Starting on September 1st, follow this calendar!

  • If you can’t do 10 push ups for a reason other than disability, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your physician.

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Your Heart Matters

Remember that your heart is a muscle, the purpose of which is to pump blood with its nutrients and oxygen around the body, supplying your organs. The more efficiently that muscle performs, the healthier you’ll be, because your vital organs will stay nourished. It’s important to restate that everything is relative, so starting with most any regular activity that’s more than your current baseline will improve your conditioning and eventually your health.

The Benefits of Exercise

How, you might ask! Here are medically established ways that a routine of regular exercise provides physical and mental health benefits.
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  • Weight control by burning calories.
  • Reduction of your risk of cardiovascular disease by improving your heart’s function. Exercise lowers the risk of both heart attacks and strokes.
  • Exercise reduces your risk for type 2 diabetes and combinations of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high glucose levels (together known as metabolic syndrome).
  • Reduction of your risk of colon and breast cancers. Also, exercise likely reduces your risk of endometrial and lung cancers.
  • Improvement of the functioning of your immune system
  • Strengthening of your bones and muscles. Exercise also keeps your joints functioning well.
  • Maintainance of your mobility and agility. Also, exercise improves your ability to perform the activities of daily living and prevent falls as you age.
  • Exercise slows the development of arthritis.

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Wait! There’s More!

  • Exercise improves your mental health and mood by stimulating pleasurable parts of your brain and improving blood flow to your brain.
  • It reduces the rate of depression.
  • Also, exercise reduces the development of insomnia and other sleep disorders.

The sum total of these facts is that exercise increases your chances of living longer.

Do something!

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If you can sprint, do so.

Can’t sprint? Then jog.

If you can’t jog, walk.

Even it you can’t walk, move what you can!

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Overview of the American Drug Overdose Epidemic

Introduction

This Straight, No Chaser guide loses at the drug overdose epidemic in the United States.

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Drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States. Deaths from drug overdose are up among both men and women, all races, and adults of nearly all ages. Two out of three drug overdose deaths involve an opioid. Opioids are substances that work in the nervous system of the body or in specific receptors in the brain to reduce the intensity of pain. Overdose deaths from opioids, including prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic opioids (such as fentanyl) have increased almost six times since 1999.

Data on the Drug Overdose Epidemic

70,237 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in 2017. This is an increase of nearly 10% from 2016. Opioids are currently the main driver of drug overdose deaths. Opioids were involved in 47,600 overdose deaths in 2017 (67.8% of all drug overdose deaths), and 36% of those deaths involved prescription opioids. Deaths from prescription opioids totaled over 17,000 deaths in 2017, equivalent to approximately 46 deaths per day. For various reasons this is thought to be a undercounting of the scope of the problem.

In 2017, the states with the highest rates of death due to drug overdose were West Virginia (57.8 per 100,000), Ohio (46.3 per 100,000), Pennsylvania (44.3 per 100,000), the District of Columbia (44.0 per 100,000), and Kentucky (37.2 per 100,000). This chart is a graphic representation of states with increases in deaths due to drug overdose.

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Read these Straight, No Chaser posts for details and discussion on various types of drug abuse.

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Reviewing Common Skin Rashes

Introduction

This Straight, No Chaser post reviews a few common skin rashes. The guide features in-depth discussion on several of them.

Common Skin Rashes

Here are a few of the more common skin rashes. There are many additional rashes and conditions not covered in this brief guide. This include patterns seen in sexually transmitted infections. If you have any questions or concerns about your condition, please consult a physician. Click the links for additional posts discussing them in detail.

Contact dermatitis

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Have you ever been affected by poison ivy, poison oak or sumac? Has costume jewelry (most likely containing nickel) made you break out? Contact with chemicals to which the patient is allergic or with skin irritants cause this condition. Contact dermatitis can occur anywhere there’s contact with an irritant or allergen. It tends to be weepy and oozy. Furthermore, it may discolor this skin.

Diaper rash

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Diaper rash is an irritant contact dermatitis caused by prolonged exposure to urine and/or feces. The rash occurs due to entrapment by a diaper or other restrictive garments. You’ll see it in the distribution of the diaper.

Drug eruptions

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Drug eruptions represent a wide range of rashes brought on by antibiotics and other medicines. The lesions are mostly non-specific and will resolve with stopping use of the medicine.

Eczema (Atopic dermatitis)

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The lesions of eczema are red itchy, weeping rashes. They are most commonly seen on the inner aspects of the elbows and in back of the knees. They also are seen on the cheeks, neck, wrists, and ankles. Eczema is commonly found in patients who also have asthma and/or hay fever.

Hives (urticaria)

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Hives are red bumps and wheals that commonly are causes by drug exposure. They appear and resolve suddenly, most typically in about eight hours. Due to the risk of recurrence and breathing difficulty, drugs and foods that cause these should be avoided once identified.

Miliaria (heat rash)

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Heat rash is caused by blocked sweat ducts, which occurs most commonly during hot and humid temperatures. These rashes resemble small blisters or acne-like lesions. Also, heat rash is more likely to occur in areas that can’t release heat as easily. These areas include the groin, elbow creases, under breasts and around the neck and upper chest. Getting to a cooler environment is often sufficient treatment.

Psoriasis

Common skin rashes - psoriasis

Psoriasis is recognizable due to silvery flakes of skin, most commonly occurring on the elbows, knees and scalp.

Seborrheic dermatitis

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Seborrhea is the most common adult rash. You’ll see a scaly, itchy and red rash that is most likely located on the scalp, forehead, eyebrows, cheeks, and ears. In infants, it may involve the scalp and diaper area.

Stasis dermatitis

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Stasis dermatitis is often seen in individuals with poor circulation in the veins. It’s a weepy, oozy rash that occurs on the lower legs of those affected.

General Treatment Considerations

In the absence of other symptoms, it is perfectly reasonable to wait a few days to see if most rashes resolve on their own. Also, it’s reasonable to treat symptoms such as itching and dry skin with over-the-counter remedies.

Consider the following:

  • Anti-itch creams containing 1% hydrocortisone cream can be helpful.
  • Oral antihistamines, including diphenhydramine (eg. Benadryl) and hydroxyzine can be helpful for itching. However, you should be careful about side effects, including drowsiness, which can affect your function and operation of machinery.
  • Moisturizing lotions are always a good choice. They prevent the dryness and cracking of skin that can lead to infections.
  • Antifungal medications are useful for athlete’s foot, jock itch or other obvious common fungal infections. These medicines tend to contain clotrimazole (Lotrimin), miconazole (Micatin), or terbinafine (Lamisil).

If these measures aren’t successful, if the rash persists, or if it becomes more widespread, you should consider visiting a physician or dermatologist.

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Handling the Wide Variety of Bites!

Introduction

This Straight, No Chaser guide addresses the different types of bites that we need to address, especially in the summer. How many times have you been bitten so far?

There’s a lot in this guide! We’ve even placed a conversation about shark bites (as if) in the animal bite post. Enjoy the posts! Also, be sure to use the preventive tips offered. Additionally, if there are other topics you’d like for us to address in this guide, contact us!

Posts for Your Review

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Summer Conditions You Should Be Able to Address

Introduction

This Straight, No Chaser post discusses a variety of conditions likely to be present in the summer. A previous post was a guide to avoiding summertime sports injuries. We want you to keep summertime as fun time, so let’s enhance your knowledge of these summer conditions!

Your Guide to Summer Health

Taking a trip? Hiking or camping in the woods? Going to the beach and/or swimming? Golfing in the heat? There are tons of activities and risks that exist in the summer. We’ve got you covered. Read the linked posts here for knowledge on issues you more than likely are having to address as we speak!

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Avoiding Sports Injuries in the Summer

Introduction

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This post discusses summertime sports injuries.

It’s not just kids that get injured in the summer having fun. Those of you weekend warriors, recreational and actual athletes are very much at risk also. Now, professional athletes are at risk for injuries for different reasons than weekend warriors. Although accidents happen to everyone, poor conditioning and training, propensities not to stretch or warm up, relatively poorer playing conditions, and use of inferior equipment (or lack of use of any at all) make your adventures a little more risky. Straight, No Chaser has reviewed many common sports injuries. Links to some are listed below, and others you can read up on just by typing what you’re looking for into the search box on the right.

The Most Common Sports Injuries

Be especially careful to avoid the following conditions.

Of course, the most common injury aren’t all the rage. Everyone’s concerned about concussions. Here’s a Straight, No Chaser review of concussions.

The weekend warrior is too often engaged in a testosterone fest and doesn’t listen to his body. If you get hurt, stop. If you don’t listen to your body, something more serious could be on the verge of happening.

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Tips to Avoid Summertime Sports Injuries

  • Always warm up, regardless of the sport. It’s especially helpful to stretch the Achilles tendon, hamstring and quadriceps areas and hold the positions without a bouncing motion.
  • Avoid bending knees past 90 degrees.
  • Avoid twisting knees. This is best done by keeping your feet as flat as possible during stretches and running.
  • If you’re jumping, land with your knees bent.
  • Cool down following vigorous sports. You want your heart rate to come down gradually.
  • Wear properly fitting shoes. You can avoid stress fractures and sprains by wearing shoes that provide shock absorption and stability.
  • Avoid running on hard surfaces like asphalt and concrete. It’s preferable to run on softer, flat surfaces. Appreciate that running uphill may increase the stress on the Achilles tendon and the leg itself.
  • Know when to stop.

A Word on Treatment

We’ve discussed the RICE method of treating strains and sprains in the past. Make a habit of this for even minor ankle, knee, wrist, elbow and shoulder sprains. It helps with pain and swelling, and it also speeds recovery.

Whether you’re enjoying the Big Game or just your game, it’s good to know what you’re looking to avoid. Don’t let a sports injury sneak up behind you. If you are in need of information or advice, contact your personal healthcare consultants at 844-SMA-TALK or www.sterlingmedicaladvice.com. Have a great day, and enjoy the game.

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Heat Awareness: Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Introduction

Heat awareness is the topic of this Straight, No Chaser post. With climate change in full effect, “hotter than July” is becoming increasing less likely. What’s more likely is your being at risk for the consequences of heat and sun exposure.

Once the rainy season goes away, you know what will happen next. There’s more heat and all heat. You’d better be ready. The way things work, we just have to deal with it. Unlike when the weather is cold, you can just add layers. When it’s extremely hot, the heat seems unescapable. So we sweat, get fatigued and even cramp up. Surprisingly, there appears not to be much thought given to the notion that heat cramps are an early sign of a life threatening condition. Many of us have had loved ones die from heat related illnesses.

When a loved one dies, families often ask “Is there something I could have done?” Usually I give you information. Today’s Straight, No Chaser gives you information and power to act if needed. There are several varieties of heat-related illness, and you would do well to be aware of them, because you can make a difference if someone’s suffering in the heat.

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Heat Stress

For starters, I really want you to become mindful of Heat Stress, which is the earliest complex of problems arising from excessive heat exposure. Heat stress is that strain and discomfort you get (usually during outdoor exertional activity) that reminds you that you’d be better off inside (assuming it’s cooler inside). You may notice such symptoms as cramping, a prickly-type rash, swelling and a sensation that you want to lose consciousness. If you must remain outdoors due to work, or choose to (playing sports or enjoying the sun), hydration means everything.

(It really is true that in some instances if you’re not actively urinating, you’re not drinking enough fluid. This is the level at which LeBron James was suffering during the NBA finals in 2014. It really does beg the question as to why he was allowed to suffer on the sidelines instead of being taken to the locker room, iced down and given intravenous fluids.)

Heat Exhaustion

Ok, so you’ve ignored both me and your body. You’re still outdoors, not rehydrating enough. Heat exhaustion may occur next. Heat exhaustion is defined by ongoing body salt and fluid losses. Now you’re feeling faint, thirsty, anxious, weak, dizzy, you want to vomit and may have a headache. Internally, your body temperature starts to climb. I see a lot of these patients. Usually it’s because once you get wobbly, your employers or co-workers are getting concerned. This concern is good, because at this point you are actually in danger.

Heat Stroke

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Maybe you didn’t come to see me when you had the chance. You’ve collapsed outdoors, and are found and brought in. This is Heat Stroke. Heat Stroke is defined by changes in your mental status. Also, there are increases in your temperature and disruption of your bodily functions. This can include a loss of ability to sweat and a loss of your kidney and liver’s abilities to detoxify your body the way they normally do.

Exertional vs Classic Heat Stroke

Well, in case you’re feeling good about yourself because you’re too smart to exert yourself outdoors, all I’ve been describing is ‘Exertional’ Heat Stroke. The more deadly form of heat related illness is ‘Classic’ Heat Stroke. This is the type that captures the headlines every year in places like Chicago, New Orleans, Miami and Houston. ‘Classic Heat Stroke’ is seen in those with underlying disease, bad habits or the elderly. I’m talking about the obese, alcoholics, meth and/or cocaine users, folks with thyroid or heart disease or on certain medications like diuretics or beta-blockers. These folks can get the same symptoms simply by not being able to escape the heat. They may actually just be sitting around in a less than optimally air-conditioned home.

Tips to Beat the Heat

So that’s what you’re up against. And yes, many people die from this. By the way, you’re not protected from the heat related illness just because you’re in shape. Let’s end with 2 tips (one for prevention and the other for assessment and treatment) to help you Beat the Heat.

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1) Take special caution during the following conditions

  1. 95 degrees is high risk, regardless of the humidity
  2. 85 degrees and 60% or above humidity
  3. 75 degrees and 90% or above humidity

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Here, you want to remove yourself from that environment. You need to keep plenty of fluids around. You need to visit an environment where there’s adequate air conditioning. Dress very lightly.

2) If symptoms of heat related illness short of mental status changes occur, think “Check, Call, Care, Cool”

  1. Check – look for those signs and symptoms I mentioned earlier
  2. Call – call 911 immediately. Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
  3. Care – Lie in a cool place, elevate the legs, place cool, wet towels on the body (especially in the armpits and groin), and drink cool fluids. If mental status changes occur, or if the heart or lungs appear to give out, cool by any means necessary while waiting for the ambulance. This could include ice bath, ice packs, fans or cold water, but don’t drown someone trying to put them in a tub of water if you can’t handle them. Don’t forget to remove those layers of clothing.

Please be mindful that it is hotter in July, and unfortunately lives are lost every year to the heat. That said, it doesn’t have to be July for you to get a heat-related illness. If you can’t avoid the exposure, at least have a plan for managing the heat and acting on any mishaps. The life you save may be your own.

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Men’s Health Awareness Month

Introduction

We like to use Fathers’ Day to launch Men’s Health Awareness. Join us, and continue the love and support you offered the men in your life!

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Take a moment to think through the variety of concerns of our fathers.

  • Many of our fathers are of advancing ages and have to address all the ramifications of that, including arthritis, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease and cancer. With the likelihood of suffering from multiple diseases, it is probable that they are taking multiple medications, leaving them susceptible to medication side effects and drug interactions. Either of these concerns can result in falls, leading to trauma, fractures and head injuries. Additionally, many fathers have to deal with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia type issues.
  • Some of our fathers have been taken from us by gunshots or other forms of violence. Remember, public health concerns have caused more deaths than medical illness.
  • On a lighter note, a lot of fathers will only have to suffer the embarrassment of a minor burn over the grill!

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Think Prevention!

All of this is meant to point out the need for health prevention in a group that utilizes health care much less than women and children. If you’re in the gift giving mood for your fathers, do better than that not-so-attractive tie. Think health. Get one of those health monitors that track steps, eating and sleeping habits. How about a treadmill? Try a safety helmet if he’s a motorcycle rider. Grab some manly mittens for the grill. Get him a back brace or a dolly to help with the duties he performs around the house. Make him an appointment to see his physician.

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As a father, when I think of my health and what my loved ones can best do to contribute to it year-round, I think of happiness. Fathers are providers and protectors. If you’re lucky enough to still have your father around, take a moment, and let him know the ways he’s contributed to your happiness. That’s pretty simple and shouldn’t be that much to ask. Don’t discount the impact of happiness on health.

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On Straight, No Chaser, we often discuss the intersection of health and happiness, and during Men’s Health Week and on a day like Father’s Day, that discussion becomes both important and meaningful. It is quite likely that on this day, fathers everywhere are reflecting on the meaning of life and realizing that fatherhood is our ultimate legacy. So while you’re rewarding your favorite guy (with healthy food, no doubt), lay the love sauce on a little thick. It’s needed and will be appreciated.  Happy Fathers’ Day to all those deserving men out there. Now let’s get into some health and medical facts.

Health Facts

(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

  • Men die at higher rates than women from 9 of the top 10 causes of death and are the victims of over 92% of workplace deaths.
  • In 1920, women lived, on average, one year longer than men. Now, on average, men die almost five years earlier than women.

Who is the Weaker Sex?

  • 115 males are conceived for every 100 females.
  • The male fetus is at greater risk of miscarriage and stillbirth.
  • 25% more newborn males die than females.
  • 3/5 of SIDS victims are boys.
  • Men suffer hearing loss at 2x the rate of women.
  • Testosterone is linked to elevations of LDL, the bad cholesterol, and declines in HDL, the good cholesterol.
  • Men have fewer infection – fighting T-cells and are thought to have weaker immune systems than women.
  • By the age of 100, women outnumber men eight to one.

Prevention

  • Women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men.

Depression and Suicide

  • Depression in men is undiagnosed contributing to the fact that men are 4 x as likely to commit suicide.
  • Among ages 15 to 19, boys were 3.1x as likely as girls to commit suicide.
  • Among ages 20 to 24, males were 4.6 x as likely to commit suicide as females
  • The suicide rate for persons age 65 and above shows a 6x more frequent occurrence in men than in women.

Men as Victims of Homicide

The chance of being a homicide victim places African-American men at unusually high risk.
Here are the relative chances of being a homicide victim.
  • Black males: 1 in 30
  • White males: 1 in 179
  • Black females: 1 in 132
  • White females: 1 in 495

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Men's Health

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National Safety Month – Are You Protected?

Introduction

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June is National Safety Month. Did you know that injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44? There are many things you can do to stay safe and prevent injuries. Don’t leave your life in the hands of luck or happenstance. Let’s show you a few ways to lower your risks!

Posts for Your Safety

National Safety Month

Read these Straight, No Chaser posts to learn how to prevent and treat many of the most common causes of injuries.

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Alzheimer’s Disease and Brain Awareness Month

Introduction

This post discusses Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

Do you have a normally functioning brain? Are you concerned about subtle or obvious changes in your mental capabilities? Do you have a loved one in the grasp of Alzheimer’s Disease? In all of these circumstances, you would do well to know a bit about basic brain function. Also, you want to learn how to optimize your brain’s function. Additionally, we offer information on dementia and Alzheimer’s for your information. Finally we offer a self-assessment tool.

Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

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Tips to Curb Your Late Night Snacking

Introduction

Need to curb your late night snacking? Straight, No Chaser contributor Sandra Gultry returns with tips to help you!

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Tips to Curb Your Late Night Snacking

After-dinner and before-bedtime snacking when not hungry results in consuming unneeded calories. Often this is just a behavior caused by boredom, stress or fatigue. Try these tips to banish evening cravings and curb after-dinner, late night snacking.

End Mealtime Madness

Spend a little time planning ahead and grocery shopping for nutritious meals, including breakfast, and snacks throughout the week. When you eat a variety of foods throughout the day, guided by your hunger and fullness, you’re less likely to overeat at night. Eating balanced meals and snacks throughout the day provides your body with a steady source of energy to fuel daily activities. It also maintains blood sugar levels and ensures greater intake of nutrients that are important for your health.

Boost Protein and Load up on Fiber

Protein is generally lacking at breakfast. Far too many people skip breakfast altogether. Note: A “coffee and fruit combo platter” is not breakfast….

How about this? Eat a breakfast consisting of oatmeal with a cup of low-fat or fat-free milk, adding a small handful of nuts and fruit. This provides adequate protein. At lunch, include a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter, a small can of tuna fish, one-half a cup of black beans or a 4-ounce salmon filet. This will also help push up your protein. At dinner, most people get too much protein. Your portion sizes of popular protein sources are too big! Go for recommended serving sizes, such as a 3-ounce chicken breast or a 3-ounce lean top sirloin steak.

Dietary fiber also helps us feel full. It also provides the benefit of being protective of intestinal and heart health. Find fiber in whole grains, legumes such as beans and lentils, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. The Institute of Medicine recommends women strive for 25 grams of dietary fiber each day, while men should get 38 grams.

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Get Sleep

Research shows that sleep deprivation can impair glucose metabolism. It can also affect hormones linked to hunger, appetite and body weight regulation. We often confuse hunger and tiredness, especially at night. If you’re tempted to keep snacking after a balanced dinner, your body may be signaling that it needs rest. Adults should strive for 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. YES, it’s possible with a lifestyle makeover.

Turn off the Screen before You Pick up Your Fork

Screen time has been linked to mindless eating and increased food intake. Eating in front of the TV while playing video games or surfing the Internet can distract attention from what and how much is eaten. Also, it reduces satiety signals sent to the brain and lessens memories of snacking. It also can reduce the enjoyment and mindfulness of your meal.

Avoid these types of distractions during mealtime. Sit down at a table to eat so you can focus on your food and practice mindfulness. Our grandparents had this right! You may feel a greater satisfaction with your food and notice satiety cues that are otherwise missed when you’re distracted.

Still Starving after Dinner?

People often eat out of boredom, because of stress, or just out of habit. You should be eating because of true hunger. Consider asking yourself the following questions before eating: Am I hungry? Thirsty? Tired? Bored? Sad?

If you ate a balanced dinner, go for lighter snacks. If you’re still hungry after dinner and have ruled out other factors, it’s ok to have a small snack – but go for nutritious options. This takes skill and time to develop this strategy. Opt for something with protein or fiber with a healthy carb to provide satiety and nutrients. Good choices are Greek yogurt, fruits, nuts, veggies with hummus and air-popped popcorn. If you’re craving sweets, keep your portion small, and eat slowly and without distractions.

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Sandra Gultry is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, specializing in nutrition & weight loss. She helps people who are suffering with losing weight and with the impact weight has on health, self-esteem, well-being and overall life. She can be reached here. Thank you, Sandra!

Optimal Nutrition and Behavior Change is a skill that anyone can learn with qualified structure and guidance!

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Empower Yourself During Mental Health Month

Introduction

May is Mental Health Month. Accordingly, Straight, No Chaser wants to use this opportunity to empower you. We all have challenges. Therefore, let’s focus on the tools that you need to overcome life’s pitfalls. Click on the links for posts that give you the understanding and tools you need.

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Managing a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Introduction

Managing a Healthy Work-Life Balance

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Straight, No Chaser welcomes Laurie Larson to our contributor panel to discuss creating and maintaining your work-life balance. That sounds like a #72HoursInADay type of proposition!

In the digital age, achieving a healthy work-life balance is harder than ever. You can practically work from anywhere on any device! So how do you turn down work in your spare time?

The challenge becomes even more difficult for those who work from home. How do you turn off your work brain and switch on your home brain when it all takes place in the same venue?

These are questions people have been asking for years and they’re worthy of attention. The lessons we learn from classics like “A Christmas Carol” reign true. It’s never worth giving up your life for the sake of work. It can be difficult to make this decision and draw these lines with the pressures to succeed, but it’s the only way to go on. Working hard is important, but you should know when you’ve stepped over into the realms of overworking.

Overworking and burning out is a serious danger you can experience. Not only can this ruin your professional career, but it can also dig away at your personal life, health, and happiness. By devoting too much time to work and forgetting about other areas of your life, it’s likely you’ll experience the effects of social isolation and even sleep deprivation when stress keeps you up at night.

Long story short: A healthy work-life balance is vital to maintain. But how do you go about that?

Five tips to help you walk the tightrope with ease!

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  1. Designate physical spaces for your work

Remember when you were in college and they told you to never do homework in bed because then it would make you associate bed with work instead of relaxation and you’d have trouble sleeping? The same goes for work.

Be careful where you choose to take your work as it can have a big effect on how you think about that space in the future. If you regularly bring work home and work on the couch, your work thoughts have infiltrated that space. If possible, avoid bringing work into your home at all, but if you have to then try to designate one area like an office or work room. This will make it easier for your brain to switch off your work brain when you’re at home. And whatever you do, keep work out of the bedroom!

  1. Stop sacrificing sleep

Speaking of the bedroom, you should work on developing a healthier relationship with your sleep. It may be tempting to push to meet those pressing deadlines by skimping out on your sleep for a few nights, but the effects of consistently losing a few hours of sleep can be detrimental to your overall well-being. Without proper sleep, you’ll experience brain fog and put yourself at risk for serious health conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

Keeping up a healthy sleeping schedule will benefit you in the long run, improving your focus and productivity during your waking hours. Take the time to invest in your sleep by optimizing your bedroom environment for better sleep. This means hanging up shades to block out light, using a noise machine if needed for quiet, and make any other necessary changes to turn your bedroom into an oasis for rest and relaxation at the end of your long days.

  1. Set boundaries with your boss

If you don’t teach people how to treat you, they will walk all over you. It can seem intimidating to push back to your superiors, but unless you offer transparencies into what you’re actually capable of achieving and what kind of tasks are reasonable to expect, they will continue piling on more until you can’t handle it any longer.

Strange as it may sound, you have to teach your boss how to treat you. Set up expectations early on in your employment of when you’re willing to work, respectfully so of course. Don’t be so against having to work after hours every so often, but don’t be so pushy that you stay two extra hours each day.

  1. Pencil in time for friends and family

As mentioned before, overworking can quickly lead to social isolation. When you’re too busy working and frequently deny other’s requests to engage in social activities, they will eventually stop inviting you. It’s likely you’ll have to go out of your way and start making efforts to have some socialization time again. You may receive rejection at first, especially if you’ve burned some bridges, but your true friends and family will come around and be happy to see you again.

Humans are social creatures and we need time around our favorite people to fulfill our needs. Don’t let work make you forget about the other parts of your life.

  1. Pencil in time for yourself

As important as socialization is, so too is having time to yourself. It can feel hard to find times to prioritize yourself, especially if you feel guilt for relaxing. It’s time for the guilt to come to an end.

For an easy way to find more time for yourself each day, create a wind down routine that starts one hour before your bedtime. Take this time to do what you need to relax. Dim the lights, take a bath, read a book, or anything else that makes you feel good. This will also be beneficial for maintaining your mental health, clearing your mind after work, and helping maintain a healthy “life” side of the work-life balance.

How Laurie Maintains a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Laurie frequently writes on ways to help others improve their sleep health and overall well-being. You can find some of her work on sleep health topics here. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors any way she can.

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National Asthma Awareness Month

Introduction

It’s National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month! Let’s get up to speed with some information provided by the American Lung Association.

Asthma Awareness Month 2019

Every year Asthma Awareness Month is recognized in May. It supports the more than 25 million Americans who may experience asthma symptoms during the peak asthma and allergy season. Unfortunately, this total includes 6.2 million children. Sadly, there is no cure for asthma. However, the good news is that with proper management, you or your loved one with asthma can live a normal, healthy life.

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Asthma Basics

What really happens during an asthma attack? What makes asthma symptoms worse? Also, if you can’t breathe, what do you do?  The more you can learn about asthma, the better you and your loved ones can manage living with this chronic lung disease. Take this free online course Asthma Basics from the American Lung Association to learn what you need to know. This includes the following:

  • Recognize and manage triggers like allergens, the environment, behaviors and respiratory infections.
  • Understand the importance of creating an Asthma Action Plan. Know what to do when asthma symptoms occur!
  • Know how to respond to a breathing emergency.

This learning module is perfect for adults with asthma, parents of children with asthma, healthcare providers, coaches, teachers and school nurses.

Easy Asthma Management Tips

Gain a good understanding of asthma triggers. Everyone can play a part to create asthma-friendly spaces. Together we can ensure that those living with asthma breathe easier. Additionally, we have resources and tools to better manage asthma year-round. Start with these six steps to help keep asthma under control.

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It’s National Women’s Health Week. Get Healthy!

Introduction

National Women's Health Week

It’s National Women’s Health Week! The life expectancy data already tell the story: women are better at health than men. Still, National Women’s Health Week serves as a time for women to refocus. Use this week to take steps to improve your health. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health has led National Women’s Health Week for twenty years. Let’s look at some recommended steps that promote better health for women.

Simple steps for better health

Use these links to Straight, No Chaser and Office of Women’s Health posts that embody the fundamentals of good health!

What’s the best approach?

National Women's Health Week

Reflect on your health goals. Identify what you believe works for you. Consult with your physician. Use this online tool to uncover personalized tips to help you take the next step on your health journey. Get started today!

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Your Monthly Healthcare in a Minute Business Update

Introduction

Welcome to “Healthcare in a Minute” – a new monthly Straight, No Chaser feature that focuses on the business of medicine. We welcome prominent healthcare consultant George Chapman to our contributor panel. George can be visited at gwchapmanconsulting.com.
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Strategic Direction For Your Healthcare Business

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Medicare For All

Thanks in large part to Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, “Medicare For All” (or universal healthcare) has become a hotly debated topic for the 2020 campaign. Detractors/skeptics have focused primarily on its impact on taxes. However, here’s some food for thought as the debate rages on. US taxes on wages/income are relatively low compared to countries that have their own versions of Medicare For All. Our system of taxation is a “progressive” system, whereby wealthiest pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes than middle and lower class taxpayers. Workers in England, France, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Canada are all covered by universal care. Unfortunately, the American worker has health insurance contributions/responsibilities deducted directly from his/her paycheck. Additional expenses like deductibles and copays are additional, out-of-pocket costs to consumers.

So, unlike taxes on wages, healthcare premiums are NOT progressive. The lowest and middle wage earners pay the same per month as the highest wage earners. Consequently, the lower your wage/income, the higher your healthcare premium as a percentage of income. For example, a US worker earning $43,000 a year pays an average of 37% in both taxes and health premiums. In high tax Finland, at the same earnings, a worker pays 23% in taxes which includes healthcare. Moving towards a universal system would make healthcare costs more “progressive” for most Americans. No matter where you stand in this debate, healthcare “premiums” must be considered as a “tax” already being paid by the American worker.

(For a Straight, No Chaser take on Medicare for All, read this post.)

Healthcare Drug Fraud

The Department of Justice recently convicted Phillip Esformes, a Florida skilled nursing facility owner, of over $1.3 BILLION in fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicaid. Patients were referred to his shabby facilities, where they received inadequate or unnecessary treatment. He bribed both physicians and regulators in order to defraud. He was convicted of conspiracy to defraud the US government, kickbacks, money laundering and obstruction of justice. This is the largest healthcare fraud scheme to date.

In another fraud case, drug manufacturer Questor, recently acquired by Mallinckrodt,  is accused of bribing physicians to unnecessarily prescribe “H.P. Acthar Gel.” This product treats infant seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. The price per vial went from $40 in 2000 to………..$39,000 today.  If you’re doing the math, that’s a 97,000 percent increase. Medicare alone has spent $2 billion on the gel over the last several years. It’s notable that this was a whistleblower case. Also, the “fraud police” tend to only get involved in these cases when they are fairly certain of success. If convicted, Mallinckrodt would have to pay back what was deceitfully billed, plus another $5,500 to $11,000 per false claim.

Opioid Strike Force

In a continuing crackdown on illegal prescribing, the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force charged sixty defendants for crimes related to the illicit distribution of millions of opioids in Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and Alabama. Among the accused are 31 physicians, 7 pharmacists and 8 Nurse Practitioners. One pharmacy in Dayton, Ohio dispensed over 1.75 million pills. A physician in Kentucky left pre-signed, blank prescriptions with his office staff so they could continue the illicit scheme when he was absent. A physician in Tennessee, self- described as the “Rock Doc’, literally prescribed over 1.5 million pills. Not to be outdone, another physician in Tennessee prescribed over 4.2 million opioids. In 2017, there were over 70,000 deaths due to drug overdosing. 47,000 deaths, or two thirds, were due to opioids.   

Primary Care Spending Low

A basic tenet of healthcare is that primary care management improves overall health outcomes and lowers costs. Researchers at the RAND corporation studied 16 million Medicare claims and found that primary care accounts for less than 5% of total Medicare spending on physicians, hospitals/facilities, supplies and drugs.  For the study, “primary care” included: family practitioners, internists, gynecologists, geriatricians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.  Clearly, there is plenty of room for  more investment in primary care. One way is to pay providers more for primary care services which would  encourage more medical students to specialize in primary care.

Rural ERs Busier

Per a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, visits to rural emergency departments are up over 50% in recent years. This is occurring despite the fact that many rural hospitals are in danger of closing. Visits to urban/suburban emergency departments for the same time are up just 5%. Non-Hispanic white patients 18-64, Medicaid beneficiaries and the uninsured lead the charge. Rural hospitals are increasingly becoming the safety net providers in their markets. Increased ER visits, especially in rural areas, can somewhat be attributed to the shortage of primary care physicians that is much more endemic to rural areas. Too often, rural residents use emergency rooms due to limited primary care options.

Chronic Diseases Costly

The annual cost of chronic diseases like heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s is staggering. According to a report by Fitch Solutions, this cost is $3.8 trillion a year in direct and indirect costs. That is almost 20% of our GDP. Notably, the cost could double in the next 30 years as baby boomers age and live longer. Indirect costs include lost productivity, early retirement and premature mortality.

Telehealth Spending Up

Two of the necessary three factors for acceptance by physicians are in place and pushing the use of telemedicine. The first factor is the physician shortage. Telehealth gives overwhelmed physicians another tool to handle their heavy patient loads, as not everyone has to be seen in the office. The second factor is consumer preference, especially among younger patients who are very comfortable using technology. The third factor for overall acceptance of telehealth by physicians is insurance payments. They are getting better, but not quite there yet.

While the majority of specialties are just beginning to feel comfortable with telehealth, it has been incorporated into radiology, dermatology, psychiatry and cardiology for years. Medicare (CMS) is planning to boost telehealth benefits next year. Typically, commercial carriers follow suit.  In the meantime, Humana is about to roll out a virtual primary care model called “On Hand” through the telehealth company “Doctor on Demand”. The plan offers members access to a dedicated primary care physician, urgent care and behavioral health through video visits, all at a relatively low monthly payment. Interested employers see this as a way to save money and reduce employee absences. There is no co-pay for the virtual visits.

George W. Chapman, MBA

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American Stroke Awareness Month

Introduction

May is American Stroke Awareness Month! Here is information to keep you better informed, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Accordingly, it is a major cause of serious disability for adults. About 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year. This represents one every 40 seconds.  Get more quick facts about stroke.

Stroke is preventable. You may be able to prevent stroke or lower your chances of having a stroke.

Stroke Awareness Facts

Stroke is treatable. Learn the signs of stroke, and call 9-1-1 right away if you think someone might be having a stroke. Getting fast treatment is important to preventing death and disability from stroke.

Straight, No Chaser Supports Stroke Awareness

Spot a Stroke

Read the following posts for additional information on strokes.

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