In the normally quiet Niagara Region, emotions are running high with proposed changes planned for Niagara Health System’s $370 million hospital system. Ironically called the “Hospital Improvement Plan” (or HIP for short), the very wheels of progress developed by the health authorities threaten to balkanize the very region of some 500,000 people it was set up to benefit.
In Ontario, health care services are planned by 14 Local Health Integration Networks (or LHINs) that are composed of health experts and ordinary citizens appointed by the province to consult and develop the most effective health care services for the population base they serve. Niagara Region is served by the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN.
After the Niagara Health System (NHS), which is the centralized administration of several local hospitals across the region, reported a looming $17 million deficit, the LHIN asked it to come up with a plan to not only become more efficient in the delivery of its services, but to provide for “centres of excellence” which would allow Niagara residents to obtain most of their health care services within the region, as opposed to having to travel to Hamilton or Toronto for specialized services.
The proposed HIP was the result of internal consultation between executives of the NHS and its major stakeholders, including senior physicians, nurses and other health care teams. However, when the HIP was released to the public in early summer, sparks began to fly across the Region, particularly in the southern most parts of Niagara, where …
A group of London doctors have discredited a study that hinted at a possible connection between the combined measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR) and Autism published by Dr. Andrew J. Wakefield in 1998.
Dr Wakefield’s published study had triggered a wave of debate and research on the actual cause of the childhood disorder. His conclusions were drawn from the results of tests conducted on 12 children.
It stated that Thimerasol, the mercury-based component once used as a preservative in the vaccine, was a suspected link to autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The study drew much criticism from doctors, medical scientists, and greater speculation from the public, especially, parents of children diagnosed with the mental disorder. Now conclusive results have trashed that theory.
Last year, a team of researchers at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London compared the differences in the responses to the MMR jab to see if there were any abnormal responses that could have triggered autism. Tests were carried out on 240 children between age 10 and 12. Three groups-children with autism, those without and children with special educational needs, had their antibody levels increased and their blood samples analysed.
After numerous tests, Dr. David Brown said they found no evidence indicating that MMR caused autism.
The Centers for Disease Control had also disputed Wakefield’s study stating that there was no scientific evidence to support his conjecture and that the MMR vaccine was completely safe. It stressed that the vaccine was developed to protect children from many fatal …
A new Consumer Reports tool allows users to compare hospitals online. Your Hospital Stay lets website members punch in a state and city then review information about the most expensive and the cheapest hospitals in the area. The tool for comparing hospitals uses information based on the 2016 Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, a study conducted by John Wennberg, M.D., Elliott Fisher, M.D., and colleagues at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Health insurance often pays for only a portion of hospital-related costs. Learn more about the new tool that provides information about the most expensive and the cheapest hospitals to help save money on healthcare.
Using the Online Hospital Comparison Tool
The online hospital comparison tool provides information about average costs of hospitals by metro area, making it easy to find the most expensive and the cheapest hospital care online. The website also provides information about aggressive vs. conservative treatment available from regional hospitals. The Consumer Reports hospital comparison tool defines “aggressive” as having more days in the hospital and more visits from attending physicians. A side note on the website explains that aggressive care isn’t always better. The note states that in cases of life-threatening chronic conditions, more aggressive treatment in the hospital doesn’t always improve patient outcomes and can shorten life.
Most Expensive and Cheapest Hospitals in Portland, Oregon
Plugging in Portland, Oregon into the online tool to compare hospitals in the area netted some interesting results:
On July 24th, 2015 I responded to a poll that asked if there was still a stigma related to epilepsy. I said YES!
Also, in reply to the poll I replied: I have had epilepsy, catamenial epilepsy for almost 41 years. I’ve been intractable, I am photosensitive but am on medication to control it. It took a long, long time to find the right pills. I have been overdosed, misdiagnosed, thrown around like a “number on a doctor’s file”, and believe me, even doctor’s don’t know the meaning of the word “seizure”!
You never know until you experience one. I used to experience up to 300 simple partials per day.
I have complex partial and simple, but they feel the same exact way.
I’ve used biofeedback therapy successfully, aromatherapy, especially jasmine, and a field called psychoneuroimmunology.
I studied the books of Joan Borysenko, who was my friend, writing about this.She gave me an author’s copy of her book “A Pocketful of Miracles”.
I have helped others with this disorder as the President, CEO and founder of The Epilepsy Connection. I made no money but I saved lives and helped others. The more I helped others the better I would feel. The healthier I would become. I’m on a new drug now for 1 week called Keppra, that is working well.
I am in the middle of a disgusting divorce battle that unfortunately my ex-husband didn’t think enough of me to tell his company that he divorced me! I used to …
Who would guess that 3,006 milligrams of anything could control a person’s destiny? Simply, your anticonvulsant pills are your keys to life, rather than merely survival. This is why you need to know what the latest medical breakthroughs are regarding epilepsy research and how you can apply this knowledge to your seizure type(s).
When my pills work there is no threat of seizures, and I usually know in the morning what cards I’m dealt. My payoff is that my legs work, my work on The Epilepsy Connection is more efficient, and I’m bestowed total control of the outcome of my day, minute by minute. Working pills are my “genie in a bottle” that grants my main wish – health. I thrive when given a day with nothing to adapt to; I can focus intently on what I choose without aborting seizures to remain conscious. There is no need to strategize an urgent place to sit to prevent injury. Peace is not something I search for but rather it is a morning gift and revelation as well. There’s a huge red ribbon lushly wrapped around it. To say that this is refreshing is a massive understatement.
One day, when health stability and the inspiration to write a winning article coincided, I headed for an aesthetically beautiful place to write. I was there with my mother, just days before, on an unstable day guided by the wheels of a chair. Friends I met on my visit with her took “triple takes” in …
A complete and professional massage can play a vital role in healing a large number of health problems, such as back pains and inflammations. However, as you cannot go to a massage specialist all the time, you can think about buying a massager that would make the exact same thing.
Having a massage in the intimacy of your home with the comfort and efficiency of a professional are the main reasons for which some people buy electric massage chairs and renounce their weekly session with a massage specialist.
Studies show three principal benefits in using such massagers:
Muscular massage improves the nervous and lymphatic circulation, increasing the blood flow and facilitating the absorption of nutrients by your body. Massage eliminates toxins from the treated areas and revives the external tissues. Massage therapy reduces tensions and improves flexibility, allowing your body and mind to fully relax.
These benefits work both physically and psychically to reduce the common symptoms of back pains. By studying the human body and the feedback from users, it was possible to develop many types of massage for health chairs, suited for different clients and having numerous benefits.
Rules to follow when buying a massager for health:
Most of the chairs can automatically take the shape of the body, while others have to be adjusted manually or with a remote. This is a necessity as it guarantees your whole body will benefit of the effects. In case the chair is incorrectly calibrated, it will not offer …
Women’s healthcare is under attack.
Raise up your voices and protest.
Let the politicians know
You’re not hiding behind a pretty dress.
Speak out loudly.
The cause is just.
Don’t let your rights be abused.
Tell the right wing politicians.
You have paid your hard earned dues.
Do not accept legislation
That puts your health at risk.
Healthcare is a right,
And not some unwarranted gift.
Birth control, contraceptives,
Breast screening and much more.
These are rights for you to protect.
They must not be ignored.
Home Health Care is a brilliant facet of modern medicine. After 22 days in the hospital with a life threatening illness, I was sent home with scheduled visits for home health care. I was still on IV antibiotics via a PIC line and had a 10cm open wound on the side of my neck. HHC came in that first day and taught my husband how to administer the antibiotics and when, and scheduled further dressing changes. At this point I had a wound vac dressing, but that was soon discarded as the area was problematic for that therapy. I was consistently impressed with the professionalism of the nurses that visited me. They were obviously educated and specifically trained to home care and most of them were personable and respectful to me and my husband. I especially liked the ones who told me what they were doing every step of the way, and who listened to my concerns and questions and answered them particularly. It is so necessary to quiet fears and present listening is the best way to do that, from a patients point of view.
I had a great rise in peace of mind being able to leave the hospital and go home; it felt like such a victory. It also facilitated my husband being able to return to work and those caring for my home and pets to return to their lives. If home health care had not been available, these milestones in my recovery would have been …
Health Coach Nico Vazquez received his Bachelors of Art’s in Exercise Science from Warner University. He played four years of baseball at Warner and led the Florida Sun Conference both junior and senior years in stolen bases. Later, he played professionally with the Toronto Blue Jays baseball organization. Nico currently resides in Los Angeles, and has been a Health Coach for two years.
How did you get involved in becoming a Health Coach?
I began as a health coach when I first moved to L.A. While looking to make some extra income. I heard about the Herbalife opportunity became a HERBALIFE distributor-health coach
Is this the same as a Fitness Trainer?
Negative. There are “fitness trainers” who also do the health coaching work but, as a health coach we do of course focus and encourage a healthy active lifestyle but mainly focus on the nutrition aspect.
What are the common mistakes people make when they set out to, “get in shape?”
1. Cut calories (eat less) and workout more. Yes it is important to keep your calorie count under your RMR (resting metabolic rate/ the amount of calories your body burns at rest) when trying to lose weight, but it is more important that our bodies are receiving the right amount of nutrition or fuel for the body to function properly. When people start eating less to keep the calories low they are also depleting the nutrition value the body is getting.
Unlike most women, I didn’t diet for my wedding several years ago. Most bridal boot camp-type diets are fairly harmless, but there’s a dangerous trend right now that some are calling “bridal hunger games.” Brides are following a feeding tube diet or K-E Diet of 800 calories a day, fed through a nasal tube, according to a New York Times article.
Just the thought of the diet makes me feel repulsed.
Avoiding the rebound weight gain
I had a specific reason for not dieting for my wedding. I have always heard women who go on crash diets end up gaining significantly more weight in the long run.
Sure, I would love to have fit into a size 4 wedding dress instead of a size 8, but it wasn’t worth it. I know one friend who whittled herself down to 110 pounds for her wedding, only to gain 50 pounds on the honeymoon cruise. She ballooned to obese in just a few weeks.
Finding that healthy glow
I’ve enjoyed watching the wedding boot camp fitness television programs; fitness trainers can help a woman tone up before a wedding.
Brides often argue that they want their wedding photographs to be perfect. But people who look the best are those who are radiant and healthy with good muscle tone.
Starving doesn’t give a bride a glow, but love does.
Pushing women to develop eating disorders
Some experts argue American women are developing a collective eating disorder. The feeding tube bride is just further …