Medical Metrics: A Perfect Method to Optimize Performance of a Health Care Organization

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Lots of profitable corporations are using the balanced scorecard system nowadays with the purpose of improving their performance and identifying the most urgent problems that prevent them from becoming more efficient and successful. However, the BSC system is not meant for corporate use only. In fact, there is an increased need for implementing metrics in other spheres of human activity and medicine is not an exception here. The efficacy and significance of the balance scorecard system should not be underestimated, so it surely makes sense to introduce and track medical metrics for the benefit of this industry.
What you should realize is that designing a trustworthy metrics system in the field of medicine can have lots of positive results. Thus, it can lead both to the improved efficacy of treatment methods and increase of patients’ trust. As a result, this will be reflected in the enhanced quality of human life. …

5 Recent Discoveries In Health Science

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1. Adding Milk To Tea Blocks Its Benefits
Tea has a reputation for being a friend to your health, and rightly so. From reducing your risk of heart attack and stroke, to protecting your bones, tea’s benefits are vast. But you may want to think twice if you’re the type to add a bit of milk to your tea. New studies are showing that caseins, proteins in the milk, can actually block many of the beneficial effects. There still seems to be some benefit, but just not as much. Something to think about next time you’re deciding how to have your tea!
2. Lack of Sleep Increases Calorie Consumption
Lack of sleep has always been associated with health problems, but recent studies suggest that it could also increase your calorie consumption by as much as 500 or more calories a day! Now whether …

Bladder Stones – In Animals and Humans

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Bladder stones are stones that occur in the urinary tract and the urinary bladder. There can be various reasons for the formation of bladder or kidney stones. One of the prime factors is a higher concentration of mineral salts in the urine. The excess mineral begins to precipitate outwards and forms layers of deposits. Alkaline solutions have a greater degree of minerals. Animals like dogs and cats have naturally acidic urine due to which, a change in concentration can result in stones even their system.
Basically, a simple understanding is that, minerals dissolve in acidic medium. In a more alkaline medium, it is difficult for them to dissolve and which is why, the slow formation of stones takes place. This is how bladder stones are formed.
Urine is composed of uric acid, bile salts, potassium and other wastes that are to be discarded from the body. The urea that is …

How Society Impacts Obesity

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It is not a surprise that the number of Americans that are overweight or obese has been increasing rapidly over the years. It is like an epidemic that the country is struggling to control. If we could go back in time and think about it, obesity was not a problem and it started to be an important issue in the past 20 years or so. Therefore, the problem lies in today’s society, and the question is: What has changed? And what could be done?
The first reason is that we live in a world of scientific and technological innovations and those improvements are integrated in our lives. Internet, video games, smartphones, computers, TV’s, I Pads, and so forth, are the reasons why children spend more time at home than ever before. The easy access of internet and some networking websites, such as Facebook and Twitter have dramatic impacts on children’s …

Why Is Nutritional Counseling During Pregnancy Critical for Your Child?

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Most have heard the expression, ‘you’re eating for two now.’ If you’re pregnant, the chances are even higher that you’ve heard that expression. When you’re pregnant, you must not only keep in mind your health, but that of the fetus as well. Making sure that you consume the right vitamins and minerals is often a good way to help ensure a healthy pregnancy, while some doctors may also recommend certain exercise regimens to promote health throughout pregnancy.
A recent study from scientists at Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ontario, which was led by Dr. Kaiping Yang, has indicated that obesity may be partly determined while still in the womb. Lawton scientific director Dr. David Hill pointed out that the findings point to the importance of prenatal health and nutrition while pregnant. The researchers explained that the amount of fat cells in our body and the inclination to replicate may …

40 Reasons Why Your Diet Does Work

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My response to an article in the Daily Mail Tues 3rd July 2012
There was an article in the Daily Mail this week called 40 reasons why your diet doesn’t work. With all the temptation of processed foods and ambiguous information out there it would be nice to hear something positive about our lives. So I decided to write my positive take on the article, 40 positive reasons why your diets do work… because
You realise that you own health is your own wealth and you alone are entirely responsible for it.
You eat protein at every meal including breakfast, eggs are most common.
You rarely have caffeine and you no longer use it as a stimulant to get you through the tired days. Caffeine affects the function your adrenal glands which producing numerous hormones that impact our development and growth, affect our ability to deal with stress and help …

Which Fish Has the Most EPA/DHA?

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Fish is the ideal food to eat when trying to improve your diet. It is a rich source of high quality protein, vitamins, minerals, and, most importantly, the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. The benefits of eating fish are connected to their content of these important fatty acids. Since the 1980s it has been well documented that consumption of fish is correlated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. More recently, research has demonstrated that the risk of certain cancers (breast, prostate, colon, and lung) and other chronic diseases such as diabetes,rheumatoid arthritis, and depression, is lower with regular fish consumption.
There are important safety issues to consider regarding fish consumption. The most common warning concerns mercury content, highest in certain tunas, swordfish, and shark. Mercury is toxic as it accumulates in our bodies, particularly in pregnant women and young children. FDA recommendations suggest that pregnant women or those …

Medical Bill Help: Protecting Yourself From Health Care Fraud

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It’s no secret that most Americans pay a lot for nearly any kind of medical care, but a close look at factors that are driving higher health care prices in the U.S. reveals more about why medical care is so expensive these days. One element that you may not think about is health care fraud and how it impacts you.
The Cost of Fraud
Reports from health care experts show that Americans may be paying up to $80 billion per year because of health care fraud. That’s out of 2 trillion dollars spent annually, including a federal Medicare program that is estimated to be worth about $450 billion, with 44 million beneficiaries on the books.
Government entitlement programs contribute quite a bit to the problem – not necessarily because of the programs themselves but because of the abuse by disreputable providers. Because of the unique reimbursement rules for these programs, …

Why Should We Be Healthy?

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Food gives us life. Food makes us feel strong and gives us the energy to go about our everyday lives. Just two short weeks of not having access to food and we’ll die. Considering this, you could say that food is important. Why should we be conscious of what we are constantly putting in our bodies? Many philosophies have been brewed up and I will tell you mine.
Basically I want to be the most well rounded person that I possibly can be as I get older and gain more life experience. I want to become healthier, both mentally and physically. I think eating right is quite important considering it plays a big part in determining how we feel and how well our bodies are running underneath our skin. With food playing such an important role in our life, it’s not something we should take for granted. It’s something to …

Healthy Food Tips: Top 5 Best Foods to Prevent Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis is a ubiquitous “silent” disease of the bones that leads to fragile bones and increases the risk of fracture. Certain foods can help you prevent this disease and improve your overall health. Eating an alkalizing diet with foods high in calcium and avoiding sodas, sugar, coffee, and alcohol are the best ways to fend off osteoporosis. While women are more prone to develop this condition, men may also be affected. Your diet should provide at least 1,200 milligrams of calcium each day. Here are top five best foods to prevent osteoporosis:
Dairy Products
Dairy products are rich in calcium and vitamin D. If you are on a diet, choose low fat milk, yogurt, and cheese to reduce calories and saturated fat. Those who are lactose intolerant can drink milk with added lactase enzymes. Some dairy products are fortified with vitamin D.
Broccoli
Broccoli is an excellent source of calcium, …