Friday, December 16, 2011

How to Overcome with Recreation Stress and Depression

The strength of holidays causes sorrow and redemption for the fall of countless people. This is a good time of year always is generally tedious, because there is an assumption of buoyancy and rich. People tend to their emotions, they are trying to have others or what they expect to feel in their bones, and then that they themselves are poor outflow. They are scarce and the judge as to the foreigner.
There are entertainers of the things that are going to rise to bring home, and confusing emotions during the holidays.

* Finance. Not enough cold hard cash or the fear of not having satisfactorily resolve the gifts leads to sadness and shame. The focus of monetary failure during this recession is often compounded by the mercantile to bigotry. When you can not give way to elevate it can feel a mordant.
* Underline. Lead to fame and commercial genealogy planning meals when you are already overburdened and outdated.
* Loneliness. Beat 43 percent of Americans a choice, and 27 percent chance of Americans support. When others are with their families, it can be deeply distressing to those who are incomparable. Seventeen percent of singles over 65, when the well-being, life, and mobility can sign up for it more difficult to enjoy yourself.
* The misfortune. Lack of a single deceased loved one, who will not join you. Seniors experience the more reason to moan.
* Alienation. When you say connected, relationships suffer from the meetings can usher in a sense sorrowfulness, feloniousness, hostility, or internal dissension about whether to give.
* Distance. If you have recently divorced, holidays can lead you to the best of times and highlight your court. This is especially difficult because of maturity, children are dissolved, which are on vacation we see two sets of parents. The burden is multiplied by the time children are married, which cause three or four sets of parents to pass.
* Pleasing. Taxation select all of your relatives - decide what to go for someone, and what to do - can you take to atone for guilty and not a lot that leads to recession.
* SORRY. Tons of people a taste of blues during the dreary bear against justifiable decreased sunlight is called Seasonal Affective bother CHAP-Pali.
Much of the planning, shopping, and cooking is carried out, along with women, so they pull more weight in the preparation as a reward for tribal meetings. Women are more gloomy about the danger. than in men. They promised to double the event of a bust. After the bravery of the disease, the cavity of the most grueling disorder for women, and this tenth eyes of men. Some measures that you can continue to manage the holiday blues list:

* Give the impression escape plans in the approach, so that you know how and with whom to settle your vacation to be burned. Uncertainty and entry repealed decision to increase the enormous suffering.
* Store the original and separated even wrap and send packets to bypass the commercial grade.
* Expect all the lightness of his family and children. Women care about the concept, they press to make the whole set, when the collective efforts can make a sport.
* Do not concede perfection to wear you down. Devoted to it to be together and goodwill, which is important.
* Make sure the old to relax and revive the languor of identical Getting Things Done. This hand down to offer you more lightning.
* Conquer prevents people from release, referring to the gift, when they can not donate. Alternatively, the struggle to buy talent, obstruction of your loved ones how to differentiate you in trouble and will not be able to. This means an instant decision to release his upset and keep both of you.
* Spend time unsurpassed, to specify and sorry if unavoidable. Pressing down the senses leads to glumness. Allow yourself to a surface. Then do something nice, like myself and save the company.
* Do not give someone the cold shoulder. Preparation of e-dress distant others who may also be infertile. If you do not pull his leg to someone someone to be with, volunteered to go to in a desperate situation. This can be very uplifting and satisfying.
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Text Messaging Can Improve Health Care

It seems like everyone is text messaging today, and you can add doctors to the list of users. According to pediatrician Delphine Robotham of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, text messaging can be a valuable addition to health care for doctors who are treating patients with chronic disease.
Did you take your prescribed medication today? Dozens of studies of different types of medications for a variety of ailments show that about half of patients do not take their daily medication properly. Although there are several reasons for noncompliance (forgetting, reducing doses to save money, side effects, complacency), forgetting is the top reason. Therefore, some patients may respond to a text message sent to them by their doctor.
Dr. Robotham notes in the Center’s news release that she is encouraging the use of appropriate text messaging among pediatricians at Hopkins Children’s Center. Recent studies indicate that text messaging is effective in a healthcare setting. In one study, for example, the use of text messaging helped children with diabetes improve their blood glucose testing rates, while in another study, liver transplant patients had improved medication adherence, which resulted in a dramatic decline in acute liver rejection.
In patients who have chronic conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, tuberculosis, and HIV, daily medication is necessary. Therefore patients who have these conditions are good candidates for text messaging, says Robotham.
Sanjay Jain, MD, of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and an expert in tuberculosis, believes text messaging is especially helpful in his specialty, in which patients need to take medications for many months. “Texting is an even more popular mode of communication outside the United States,” he says, “and especially so in developing countries, where most of the TB cases are.” He sees text messaging as an efficient way to reach patients in these areas.
For now, it looks like text messaging is here to stay, and healthcare providers can take advantage of this tool. “Sending a text to a patient’s cell phone about an upcoming appointment or a test or simply to remind them to take their meds is a great example of how we can harness new communication technology for a greater good,” says Robotham. Text messaging should not be relied on as the only way to communicate with patients, however, and doctors need to ensure they have the latest phone numbers for their patients.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Postcard Mailings Drive More Smokers To Quit Lines

Cigarette manufacturers often rely on direct mail advertisements to entice smokers to use their products. However, ad-mailing campaigns can also help people kick the habit, according to a new study.
Postcard promotions offer a cost-effective method of boosting call volume to a smoking cessation quit line, said lead study author Richard O’Connor, Ph.D., a cancer prevention researcher with Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y.
Direct mail can be part of a broad range of quitter recruitment strategies, he said.
O’Connor and colleagues mailed postcards promoting the services of a New York smoking cessation quit line and offering a two-week free starter kit of nicotine patches to the homes of 77,527 smokers, at an average mailing cost of 35 cents per household.
Smokers randomly received one of two versions of the postcards: one version described the benefits of the nicotine patch and the other dispelled fears about the health risks of the nicotine patch.
The findings appear in the July issue of the journal Health Promotion Practice.
“Between 1 percent and 4 percent of smokers who received an unsolicited mailing about the quit line responded to the card,” O’Connor said.
The study found that in the 15-day period following the mailing, call volume increased 36 percent — from an average of 139 calls per day before the mailing to 189 calls afterward.
In addition, smokers who called because they had received a postcard were more likely to request free nicotine patches, a finding that suggests, “The mailing promotion successfully communicated the availability of free nicotine medications to those who received it,” the authors say.
No significant differences existed between the two versions of postcards and later call volume, a finding that O’Connor said he and his colleagues found surprising.
“In retrospect, the difference [between the two versions] may have been too subtle,” he said.
“The positive results, albeit modest, are certainly suggestive of direct mailings’ value,” said Lirio Covey, Ph.D., director of the smoking cessation program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
However, “because the response rate was so low, the large question is why the overwhelming majority did not respond,” Covey said.
According to the authors, the response rate in this study is consistent with response rates for direct mail promotions of commercial products, as reported by previous studies and the Direct Marketing Association.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Haiti Relief Continues As More Medical Teams Arrive

Craig Arnold, a UPS executive was amazed that when he returned o the Salvation Army children's home in Haiti after the earthquake that killed 200,000 people, that one of the girls there offered him her bottle of water. "Whenever a crisis occurs, logistics is the first thing that needs addressing," says Ed Martinez, director of philanthropy and corporate relations for the UPS Foundation in Atlanta. This moved Arnold and now UPS says it urges its employees to volunteer.
Meanwhile, a 79-member medical team from Pittsburgh arrived in Haiti last night with 30,000 tons of medical supplies. More important, the return flight carried 80 more orphans, children released at the last minute to fly to Florida and, from there, to families waiting across the United States.
"We did it," beamed James Bouchard, the Pittsburgh businessman who co-sponsored last night's mercy flight. At first, he had expected to return only with exhausted relief workers after the Haitian government balked at any further release of orphans.
A team of SOS staff and volunteers from the Dominican Republic and Costa arrived at the SOS Children's Village in Santo on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince yesterday. They brought with them ten tons of food, water, medicine, tents and fuel. The Emergency Relief Program for Haiti is being led by Johann Denk in Costa Rica. The volunteers from the Dominican Republic are psychologists and social workers who will begin the much needed psychological crisis counseling for survivors. At least another 15 psychologists and social workers from Costa Rica are expected to follow within the coming days.
Finally real help is coming in the form of telephone texting. Through text messaging campaigns, organizations have been receiving donations of $5 or $10 by the simple click of a button. The American Red Cross is one of the leading organizations to tap into the technology, and to date has raised more than $24 million for the people of Haiti from text messages alone.
“This is history, historical, record-breaking results,” said Roger Lowe, of the American Red Cross. “We’ve never seen anything like it. The previous best effort for a text message campaign in the U.S. was at half a million dollars. So this is shattering every record that’s ever been seen.”
To donate $10 to the American Red Cross, text "HAITI" to "90999". You also can text HAITI to 864833 (UNITED). Each text will donate $5 to the United Way Haiti Disaster Recovery Fund. To text Wyclef Jean’s Haitian Yele charity -- send "YELE" to 5-0-1-5-0-1 to donate $5 to this group. Not all "text to donate" services are created equal. Opportunistic scammers typically come out of the woodwork in the wake of catastrophes, hoping to strike it rich through fraudulent schemes so be careful with other text donations.
It’s comforting to know that the world is still helping Haiti and the relief efforts are bridging a world together to help in this crisis.

Monday, January 10, 2011

AMA Lobbies for Changes to Health Care in New Hampshire

The American Medical Association (AMA) has been promoting a reform plan in the state of New Hampshire that it says would help improve the state’s health care system.
Analysts are offering mixed reviews of the plan, with some calling it %26quot;a very good step%26quot; for the AMA and for New Hampshire, and others criticizing it as simply being an expansion of the %26quot;current dysfunctional system.%26quot;
The AMA proposal, developed in association with 15 other national health care organizations (including AARP and the American Hospital Association), encourages the New Hampshire government to provide tax credits and vouchers, usable only for health insurance, to people who are currently unable to afford health coverage.
The proposal also suggests allowing consumers to choose between competing health insurance plans, including plans from other states, and seeks to create an environment in which individuals would opt for health insurance before they require medical attention, instead of being caught without needed coverage when an emergency arises.
AMA also encourages the New Hampshire legislature to create financial incentives for insurers to encourage them to cover "high-risk" individuals, including those with preexisting conditions.
Emphasizing Individual Choice
John R. Graham, director of health care studies at the Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco, was encouraged by AMA’s promotion of such a market-friendly proposal. "[The AMA's plan] encourages people to be self-reliant while supporting low-income people with financial assistance, bypassing government bureaucracy," he said.
"It will be very difficult for politicians to promote single-payer health care or mandatory coverage in the face of this proposal, which emphasizes individual choice," Graham noted.
Charles M. Arlinghaus, president of the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy in Concord, New Hampshire, said, "One good thing about the AMA proposal is that they focus on the 15 percent of the people without insurance, rather than changing the system for the 85 percent who do have insurance."
Subsidies a ‘Band-Aid’
"If government is to help people of moderate income," Arlinghaus added, "it makes sense to provide vouchers for real insurance. As far as it goes, that’s fine."
The real problem, according to Arlinghaus, is escalating health care costs.
"Subsidizing insurance that is less and less affordable is merely a band-aid rather than a curative," Arlinghaus said. "Greater exposure to the real cost of health care and a reduction in third-party payments that insulate us from the cost of care are a necessary part of any reform."
‘Compounds Existing Problems’
Greg Scandlen, president of Consumers for Health Care Choices, criticized the proposal, saying, "The AMA’s position assumes that the kind of insurance we have today is the best way to finance health care. It is not.
"In fact," Scandlen continued, "the reliance we currently have on third-party payers has created most of the problems in the health care system–massive waste and bureaucracy, lack of convenience and accountability, questionable quality, and very high costs. It is simply not good for doctors or for patients.
"Expanding the current dysfunctional system to cover more people will only compound the existing problems," Scandlen said. "The AMA should stop trying to be politically cagey and get back to the principles of freedom in health care, including the freedom of doctors to practice medicine and the freedom of patients to choose their own coverage."

Friday, January 7, 2011

Washington State Celebrates One Year of Dignity With Death

At least 36 terminally ill people died last year after taking lethal medication prescribed by doctors under Washington State's new physician-assisted suicide law.
A total of 63 people filled prescriptions for lethal medication, but not everyone took it. Of those 63 people, 36 people who did take the medication died choosing to die with dignity. The others who did fill the prescriptions did die, but from complications of their illness.
Those were the findings released Thursday morning in a state Department of Health report on the law, which allows physicians to prescribe lethal medication to patients who have six months or less to live. The law was passed by voters in 2008 and the assisted-suicide law, or the right to die with dignity law went into effect a year ago today.
The law, approved in November 2008 by 58 percent of voters, allows terminally ill adults seeking to end their life to request lethal doses of medications from physicians and die with dignity. Today marks the first anniversary since the controversial law was enacted.
"In all of the terminal at-home care situations I've seen, I cannot think of one in our county," Brett Dundas, Cowlitz County chief deputy coroner, said Thursday. "Every death comes across my desk. We would have made note of that." Those who died were between the ages of 48 and 95. Most had terminal cancer and all were expected to die within six month.
Most patients who died under the law in Washington last year had cancer. Doctors who prescribe the medication must submit forms to the State Department of Health about patients who received the medication and said those who died cited “loss of autonomy” as a reason for seeking it. Most also said they could no longer enjoy life and feared losing “dignity.”
Ten patients said they were concerned about being a burden on their family and friends, 11 cited pain and one said finances. Critics of the law have said it could prompt disproportionate use by lower-income people. Almost all of those who died in Washington said they had private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or some combination. None said they had no insurance at all, though coverage was listed as unknown for five people. Most died within 90 minutes of taking the medicine, though at least one person lived for 28 hours.
"We're disappointed that there are areas in the state where accessibility is very low, especially east of the mountains," said Dr. Tom Preston, medical director of Compassion & Choices, a Seattle group that advocated for the act. He said the number of requests for lethal doses was about what he expected for the first year.
Robb Miller, executive director of Compassion & Choices in Washington, a group that had fought for passage of the law says, "It shows that a significant number of people are using the law for peace of mind and control, sort of like insurance," he said. "One doesn't run out and burn one's home down just because you get fire insurance."