Cricket exercise tips: Best warm up routine for cricketers!

November 30, 2011 by  
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Discover cool advices from Nagi, the Fitness Trainer of the the Royal Challengers Cricket Team of Bangalore. Play cricket like a Pro! Part 3 For Part 1/3, click: For Part 2/3: Check us on and

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Cricket Lovers: Exercise Tips for Pro Players – Part 2/3

October 21, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it! – Discover cool advices from Nagi, the Fitness Trainer of the the Royal Challengers Cricket Team of Bangalore. Play cricket like a Pro! Part 2 For Part 1/3, click: For Part 3/3: Check us on and

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Cricket Lovers: Exercise Tips for Pro Players – Part 1/3

August 25, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it! – Discover cool advices from Nagi, the Fitness Trainer of the the Royal Challengers Cricket Team of Bangalore. Play cricket like a Pro! Part 1 For Part 2/3, click: For Part 3/3: Check us on and

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Bodybuilding and Fitness (useful links in description)

August 5, 2011 by  
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Are you interested or active in bodybuilding and fitness ?! Then please check out the links below to get closer to your dream body. Body Re-Engineering Bodybuilding System: Female contest secrets: Stage ready nutrition and training: How to attract and date muscular women: How to make money in bodybuilding and fitness: Some other links: All images from Photobucket. (No copyright infringement intended. Audio:

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Infographic – Sitting is Killing You

May 16, 2011 by  
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Replicated Via: Medical Billing And Coding

As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, there is one thing nearly all modern Americans have in common: we sit all the time. Though our great shift towards computer-based work has done great things for productivity, it has, unfortunately, done terrible things for our health. From increased risk of heart disease and obesity in the long term, to sharply hampered cholesterol maintenance in the short term, the negative health effects of sitting are starting to weigh heavily against the benefits. Even the medical field – the greatest advocates and reducing sitting time – is plagued by this new health issue. Though doctors and nurses get plenty of walking time, it usually falls to the secretaries, billers, and coders to do all the sitting. And, as we can see, something has to change.

Sitting is Killing You

Self-care Tips and Info for New Moms from Texas Health Resources

May 11, 2011 by  
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Helpful information and tips for women who have just delivered their first baby. There’s a new life in your life, with all the joys and challenges that brings. Texas Health Resources wants to help you approach them with as much confidence and comfort as possible. On behalf of the physicians on the medical staff and the nurses from the postpartum unit, nursery and lactation department, congratulations and welcome to a new and exciting world for you, your baby, and your family. The information presented here is general in nature. If your OB/GYN or Pediatrician has given you other instructions, please follow the advice of your physician. The information in this video covers: -Postpartum Period -Changes to Birth Canal -Menstrual Cycle -Bowel Movements -Hemorrhoids -Episiotomy Care -Cesarean Birth Care -Activities -Swelling -Feeding Baby -Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression -The New Dad -When to Call your OB From the moment your first baby is born, life changes forever. During the postpartum period, don’t be shy about seeking help if you have a question or problem. While no amount of study and practice can guarantee you’re ready for parenthood, the more knowledge you have, the more likely you will enter this new chapter in our life with a confident and positive outlook. 1-877-THR-WELL

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HDL-Cholesterol May Help Men Live Longer ~ Health & Wellness Tip

April 3, 2011 by  
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Visit formore health tips and videos or follow us on http Here’s a quick bit of information about HDL, the good cholesterol, and aging. A recent study found that men who had higher levels of HDL in their 60’s were more likely to reach 85 than those who did not. Now, HDL is hard to increase but here are some of the known ways to increase it: regular, vigorous aerobic exercise; nuts like almonds and walnuts; diets high in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains like oatmeal. Alcohol in moderation, that’s 1-2 4 oz glasses of wine a night, have also been shown to increase the HDL. That’s a good guide for people who drink but I wouldn’t go out and start drinking just to raise your good cholesterol if you don’t drink already. Dr. Mark Savant is a General Internist. He has been in practice for over 12 years. received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin This video was produced by SavantMD Inc. © Copyright 2009 -2011 SavantMD Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine Physician Gives Tips on Heart Health

March 15, 2011 by  
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Dr. Mimi Guarneri, medical director of Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, gave tips on women and heart health. Dr. Guarneri discusses the risk factors for heart disease in women and how to minimize them through a healthy lifestyle and stress management. The clip was originally aired on KSWB in San Diego.

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What’s the latest in healthcare, August 24

August 24, 2009 by  
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world_stet2To start the week, I bring you the latest updates on healthcare.

What’s bad?

Heparin conflict-of-interest investigation of FDA drug director; FDA device chief resigns
Scandals and conflicts of interests are hounding the US FDA and giving the body’s commissioner Margaret Hamburg a lot of cleaning up to do.
Case 1: Dr Dan Shultz, director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) is stepping down from his post. The medical device department of the FDA has been under scrutiny since last year following allegations of corruption.
Case 2: The Wall Street Journal reports that Janet Woodcock, head of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research is being investigated for conflict of interest in connection with the approval of the generic version of the heparin Lovenox of Sanofi-Aventis. The complaint was put forward by Amphastar, who is developing another generic blood thinner.

What’s good?

AHRQ Releases Guides to Help Pregnant Women and Doctors Compare Treatments for Gestational Diabetes
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has issued new guides for the treatment of gestational diabetes. However, the guides come in two versions – one for the doctors and one for the patients. This way, the patients can make informed decisions about the different treatment options.

What’s new?

American Red Cross Adds Five New Celebrity Volunteers
The American Red Cross is happy to welcome five new celebrities into its National Celebrity Cabinet. The new supporters will donate their time and efforts not only during emergencies but to prepare others for emergencies and disasters. They are:

  • Julianne Hough, country singer and professional ballroom dancer
  • Anika Noni Rose, Tony Award-winning actress and singer (“The Princess and the Frog”)
  • Demi Lovato, recording artists and TV star
  • Sally Pressman, actress (Lifetime’s “Army Wives”)
  • Amanda Peet, actress (Important Things with Demetri Martin)

What’s being celebrated?

August 19 was World Humanitarian Day
Last Wednesday, Augustt 19 was World Humanitarian Day, a day dedicated to pay tribute to humanitarian aid workers who work to help during emergencies, be they caused by natural disasters or armed conflicts. These workers often put their lives at risk. Thus, it is also a day to remember those workers who lost their lives in service of humanity.

What’s contaminated?

Cocaine Contaminates Majority of U.S. Currency
90% of US dollar bills tested was found to contain traces of the illegal drug cocaine. This is up from 67% two years ago.. Levels of cocaine ranged from .006 micrograms to more than 1,240 micrograms-the equivalent of 50 grains of sand-on U.S. bills, and $5, $10 and $20 bills on average carried more contamination than $1 or $100 bills. The bills were sample from 18 US cities and Washington, Baltimore, Boston and Detroit have the highest levels. Other currencies which tested with high levels were Canadian dollars (85%) and Brazilian reals (80%). The rate of contamination is due to the prevalent use of rolled up bills to snort cocaine powder.

Healthcare News Round Up

March 6, 2009 by  
Filed under HEALTHCARE

world_stetIn our new battling for health site, I will be bringing you news round up from the healthcare industry every two weeks. Have a nice weekend!

Healthcare news

Lack of Insurance Harms Health, Requires Urgent National Action

A report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) urges the US government to urgently tackle the issue of health insurance coverage because evidence shows that lack of coverage has serious health consequences on the uninsured which can spill over to the whole community.

Legislation news

Tobacco Regulation: Is This the Year?

Advocates for tobacco regulation hope this is the year when the US FDA gets empowered to regulate sales and marketing of cigarettes and other tobacco products. The proposal have been opposed by the previous US administration but it seems that such a bill have a bigger chance under the new Democrat leadership.

Pharma industry news

Drug patent plan gets mixed reviews

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies made a generous offer to boost research and development into neglected diseases as well as collaborate with other companies on the issue. Neglected diseases are mainly tropical diseases such as sleeping sickness, visceral leishmaniasis, and dengue fever that are seldom on the priority list of pharma companies. The offer was made by GSK CEO Andrew Witty in a speech at Harvard Medical School last month.

The aim would be to foster a global public-private network to supplant the present fragmented research efforts on the most neglected diseases…” Witty’s announcement triggered mixed reactions from scientists and public-health experts – “from wildly enthusiastic to deeply sceptical.” (Source: Nature News).

Falsified data gets India’s largest generic drug-maker into trouble

The US FDA penalized one of the world’s largest manufacturer of generic drugs. Ranbaxy Laboratories is India’s biggest drugmaker and was caught falsifying data in one of its manufacturing facilities. The consequences of the penalty “revokes 25 existing approvals of drugs made at its factory at Paonta Sahib in Himachal Pradesh, and stops an unnamed number of pending applications for drugs that rely on data from the same plant.”


Online Health Chats with Cleveland Clinic Experts

  • A Q&A with Dr. Nissen
    Wednesday, March 11, 2009 – 12 noon (EST)
    Dr. Steven Nissen is the Chairman of the Department of Cardiology at Cleveland Clinic and will answer your questions on the current state of cardiovascular care.
  • Hypertension & Your Kidneys
    Monday, March 16, 2009 – 12 noon (EST)
    One in four Americans are hypertensive and poorly controlled hypertension is a major cause of cardiovascular and kidney disease. Dr. Mohammed Rafey, a Cleveland Clinic specialist on Nephrology and Hypertension will answer your question on this topic.
  • Epilepsy in Children and Adolescents: Treatment & Care
    Thursday, March 26, 2009 – 12 noon (EST)
    More than 2.7 million Americans have epilepsy, many of them children. Dr. Ingrid Tuxhorn of the Epilepsy Center will answer your questions on this disorder especially about epilepsy surgery.

Taking on childhood obesity

March 5, 2009 by  
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We have a common enemy and it’s called children obesity. Let us look at the latest statistics for children aged 6 to 11 years old who are overweight:

  • non-Hispanic whites:16.9% of boys and 15.6% of girls
  • non-Hispanic blacks: 17.2% of boys and 24.8%of girls
  • Mexican Americans: 25.6% of boys and 16.6% of girls.

While the majority of the efforts fighting the obesity battle come from health advocacy groups, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations, it is great to know that corporate America also has a social conscience and has joined the battle. Two of these corporate initiatives are described below.

Obesity and advertising

candiesThe Council of Better Business Bureaus’ (BBB) Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative is fighting obesity at the consumer level. The initiative was launched by BBB way back in 2006 to advocate for more responsible advertising among food manufacturers. “The Initiative is aimed at shifting the mix of advertising messaging directed to children under 12 to encourage healthier dietary choices and healthy lifestyles.”

The terms of the initiative include

  • at least 50% of ads targeting children under 13 should provide healthy messages and promote better dietary choices and lifestyles. This covers also interactive games and marketing strategies.
  • no advertising of junk food and beverages in elementary schools.

The companies who have pledged (as of February 2009) to the initiative are:

  • Burger King Corp.
  • Cadbury Adams, USA, LLC
  • Campbell Soup Company
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • ConAgra Foods, Inc.
  • The Dannon Company
  • General Mills, Inc.
  • The Hershey Company
  • Kellogg Company
  • Kraft Foods Inc.
  • Mars, Inc.
  • McDonald’s USA
  • Nestlé USA
  • PepsiCo, Inc.
  • Unilever United States

The Initiative is based on a self-regulation program and participation is voluntary. However, once a company has publicly pledged its support for the initiative, it is subject to the standards set by the Initiative.

This is quite different from what is going on in the European Union where the EU Directive on Unfair Commercial Practices has set guidelines on advertising junk food for children, but the law is to be implemented independently in each member country.

Obesity and healthcare access

Health insurance companies are known to be mean when it comes to health benefit coverage and doctors’ reimbursements. But it seems that some insurers have a social conscience after all that prompted them to be part of the Alliance Healthcare Initiative, which is part of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The initiative is a joint effort of the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation (founded by former US President Bill Clinton) and is basically an alliance among leading US insurance companies and other big corporations.

Here is what the initiative offers:

  • comprehensive health benefits to children, including coverage for treatment and management of obesity
  • reimbursements for doctors and dieticians for following up children with obesity problems
  • educational campaigns about childhood obesity

Initially in its first year, the alliance will cover 1 million children all over the US. The coverage will be expanded to 25% of all overweight (about 6.2 million) children.

Some of the insurers who signed up for the initiative are

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • WellPoint.

The battle against obesity -especially childhood obesity – is far from over but as long as we fight this together, we will surely win.



CVD News Watch November 14

November 14, 2008 by  

Good day, everyone. Here is your heart news round up for this weekend.

CVD socioeconomic watch

Socioeconomic gap in BP management closed
Time was when management of hypertension was distinctly different between lower income and more affluent areas in the UK. It seems that with “the introduction of quality-of -care measures in general practices,” this socioeconomic gap has been successfully bridged and closed. This was partly achieved by “the so-called quality and outcomes framework (QOF), a pay-for-performance system” which give financial incentives to primary health care providers who reach certain outcome targets. The proportion of patients with up-to-date BP monitoring was 1.7% more in the higher income communities in 2005 but this advantage narrowed down to 0.2% in 2007.

CVD patient watch

British Teen Refuses Heart Transplant
“I’ll take my chances,” says 13-year old Hannah Jones after refusing a heart transplant. The British teen has been undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments against leukaemia since she was 4, which also damaged her heart in the process. It seems that Hannah has had enough of hospitals and would rather stay at home with her parents than undergo the rigorous process of heart transplantation.

CVD ethnicity watch

Differences in the incidence of congestive heart failure by ethnicity
Results from analysis of data from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) show that the risk for congestive heart failure is much higher among African Americans compared to other ethnic groups. The increased risk is related to prevalence of hypertension, diabetes mellitus, as well as socioeconomic status.

CVD gender watch

Gender matching aids long-term survival after heart transplants
Male and female hearts do differ and when it comes to heart transplants, gender matching is important. Except for size, heart differences are not so evident, yet survival rates in sexually matched transplantation are much higher. However, it boils down to a trade off between longer waiting time and sexual matching for organs.

CVD depression watch

Heart disease patients may not benefit from depression screening
Clinical guidelines by American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Psychiatric Association a few weeks ago recommended screening for depression among cardiac patients as reported in a previous post. This study, however, casts doubts on the necessity of the recommendation. According to Dr. James Coyne of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, “there is no clear evidence that depression screening plays a conclusive role in improving cardiovascular patients’ health.”

CVD healthcare watch

New survey: More than half of US chronically ill adults skip needed care due to costs
The Commonwealth Fund surveyed 7500 chronically ill adults in eight industrialized countries (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, UK, and the US) with at least one of the following conditions: hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, lung problems, cancer, or depression. The survey results

finds that those in the U.S. are by far the most likely to forgo care because of the cost, as well as the most likely to experience medical errors, care coordination problems, and high out-of-pocket costs.”

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CVD News Watch for the Weekend, August 22

August 22, 2008 by  

Another weekend to look forward to. Relax, enjoy and happy reading!

CVD TV watch

Untold Stories Of The Heart

NBC and Go Red for Women join forces to bring heart disease stories on TV this coming fall. The special will feature Marie Osmond and Hoda Kotb and

will focus on real women’s stories of struggle, success and support. Their stories will inspire conversation, compassion and greater understanding of the important journey to heart health.

Mrs. International Laine Eden Berry also shares her heart story here.

CVD product watch

FDA and Boston Scientific recall NexStent carotid stent system

Bad news: Several stents have been recalled by the US FDA and stent manufacturer Boston Scientific. The products concerned were NexStent Monorail, NexStent Carotid Stent, and Monorail delivery system manufactured June 12, 2007 and May 2, 2008 and distributed between June 19, 2007 and May 5, 2008.

Good news: The recall does not apply to stents already implanted.

CVD healthcare watch

Seeing Red: The Growing Burden of Medical Bills and Debt Faced by U.S. Families

The price of health can be quite high and the number of working-age Americans paying off (whenever they can) medical bills has increased from 34% in 2005 to 41% in 2007. This translates to about 72 million people. Add to that 7 million senior citizens (65 and above) and you get a total of 79 million people having medical debts. These figures are based on a survey conducted by Commonwealth Fund.

CVD treatment watch

Risks of Combining Certain Cholesterol and AF Drugs

Safety alert for clinicians from the US FDA: coadministration of certain anti-cholesterol medications and medications to control atrial fibrillation might not be compatible and can result in a rare but potentially life-threatening condition of muscle injury called rhabdomyolysis. The following medications are in particular risky:

Simvastatin (marketed as Zocor and generics), ezetimibe/simvastatin (marketed as Vytorin), niacin extended-release /simvastatin (marketed as Simcor), used with amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), an antiarrhythmic drug approved only for controlling life-threatening recurrent ventricular arrhythmias. (Source: Heart Rhythm Society).

Read more about the alert here.

CVD weight watch

Obesity in elderly a ticking time bomb for health services

Good news: Obesity in adults is not closely linked to early death.

Bad news: However, it can lead to increased disability as people grow older.

This is according to a study conducted by UK researchers and reported in the August 2008 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The increasing trend towards excess weight in the elerly can present a big burden in health services, especially in the developed world.

The research team recommends that older people should talk to their doctor or other health care professional about their weight, and take their advice regarding slimming down if they are overweight. The advice may include more exercise, a change in diet, or both.

CVD News Watch for the Weekend August 15

August 15, 2008 by  

Looking forward to your second Olympics weekend? Be aware, though, that watching stressful sports events might just not be good for your heart. Happy reading!

CVD healthcare watch

Coronary CTA costs less than standard of care for triaging women with acute chest pain

Would you believe it, non-invasive CTA – short for coronary CT angiography seems to be cheaper than standard diagnostic care which consists of stress tests and cardiac enzymes screening – at least for women with low-risk profiles but acute chest pains. This is according to a report by the American Roentgen Ray Society.

CVD cholesterol watch

People with heart disease still have trouble controlling blood lipid levels

Researchers at the University of California at Irvine report that current cholesterol level management among heart disease patients is not enough to keep total blood lipid profile in control. It seems that it is not enough to lower the bad LDL cholesterol. Other lipids such as HDL cholesterol and triglycerides should be monitored as well.

CVD weight loss watch

Scientists identify another piece of the weight-control puzzle

Is it all in the brain? Neuroscientists at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston have identified that the neurotransmitter GABA may play a role in weight control. Read more about this research which will be published in Nature Neuroscience.

CVD nutrition watch

ViaViente demonstrates cardiovascular benefits in new human trial

ViaVente – this anti-oxidant product in the form of fruity beverage seems to show benefits to cardiovascular health in this new study in humans. The study was conducted by Bell Ventures.

CVD drug watch

Multaq (dronedarone) granted FDA priority review for patients with atrial fibrillation

The new drug application for dronedarone (commercial name Multaq) is now under priority review by the US FDA. Dronedarone is indicated for the treatment of atrial fibrillation or flutter. It has been developed by the French pharmaceutical company sanofi-aventis. According to the company’s press release:

Atrial fibrillation is a major cause of hospitalisation and mortality and affects about 2.5 million people in the United States, as well as 4.5 million people in the European Union and is emerging as a growing public health concern due to an aging population. Patients suffering from atrial fibrillation have twice the risk of death, an increased risk of stroke and cardiovascular complications, including congestive heart failure. Furthermore atrial fibrillation considerably impairs patients’ lives, mainly because of their inability to perform normal daily activities due to complaints of palpitations, chest pain, dyspnoea, fatigue or light-headedness.

 CVD pollution watch

Air pollution damages more than lungs: Heart and blood vessels suffer too

Right in the wake of the Beijing Olympics, California researchers will publish in the August  issue Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) an article that reports how air pollution can injure the heart and the blood vessels in the short- and long-term.

CVD News Watch for the Weekend 8 August

August 8, 2008 by  

Enjoying your summer? Here’s some new items to read over the weekend.

CVD nutrition watch

Eating fish may prevent memory loss and stroke in old age

This study which looked at 3,660 people age 65 and above, reports that eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids lowers the risk for stroke and cognitive decline in the elderly.

The study found that people who ate broiled or baked tuna and other fish high in omega-3 fatty acids (called DHA and EPA) three times or more per week had a nearly 26 percent lower risk of having the silent brain lesions that can cause dementia and stroke compared to people who did not eat fish regularly. Eating just one serving of this type of fish per week led to a 13 percent lower risk. The study also found people who regularly ate these types of fish had fewer changes in the white matter in their brains. (Source: American Academy of Neurology)

CVD BP watch

Blood Pressure Is So Much More than Brachial

Check out this video at Medscape to know more about other types of blood pressure (other than the usual measurements on the cuff and arm), what they tell us and why are they important.

CVD infection watch

HIV infection increases risk for aortic stiffness and CAC

This study reports a link between cardiovascular health and HIV infection. The researchers specifically looked at “aortic stiffness and coronary artery calcification, two subclinical markers of atherosclerosis.”

CVD healthcare watch

Average ER waiting time nears 1 hour, CDC says

The average time you have to reckon with when waiting in an ER in the US is almost 60 minutes – up from 38 minutes of previous years. This is because the number of ER cases is up but the number of ERs is down, thus creating a bottleneck, Physorg reports.

CDC reports:

At least 10% of emergent cases (those in which patients should be seen in less than 15 minutes) and 20% of urgent cases (should be seen in 15–60 minutes) had to wait longer than 1 hour to see a physician. Blacks and Hispanics were more likely to wait for more than 1 hour in all cases other than emergent.

CVD weight loss watch

Adults who eat eggs for breakfast lose 65 percent more weight

How about eggs for breakfast? You can add a bagel on top and won’t be hungry again for hours. This new, low-calorie, high protein diet may be the next diet craze. Check out the reviews about it here.

Stroke rates: Europe wins over US

June 19, 2008 by  

When it comes to stroke rates, Europeans are way better off than Americans, according to a Dutch study.

The researchers looked at data from 2004 on 13,667 Americans and 30,120 Europeans from 11 countries. Their analysis shows that American men have 61% higher likelihood of suffering from stroke than their European counterparts. Also, American women were almost twice more likely to suffer from stroke than European women. This difference in stroke rates in the two sides of the Atlantic is most evident among the poor segment of the two regions’ population but less visible among the rich.

“….Poor Americans …were much more likely to have a stroke than poor Europeans, whereas the gap in stroke prevalence is less marked between rich Americans and rich Europeans.”

according study author Mauricio Avendano, of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. This is the same group who reported the research results showing that rich Americans are less likely to suffer from stroke at an early age than Americans in the low income group.

Higher stroke rate was associated with lower socioeconomic status as measured by wealth, income and education in both the US and Europe. However, the link between socioeconomic status and stroke prevalence is much more evident in the US than in most European countries.

The researchers speculate that the big difference between stroke rates in the US and Europe may be due to the following:

  • Europe offers universal health care which is accessible to every one. In the US, over 40 million people have no health insurance, according to the CDC.

“Some European health systems emphasize tackling stroke risk factors, as opposed to the US health-care system, which focuses more on treatment and may actually be more successful in keeping stroke cases alive.”

“a higher rate of risk factors and more barriers to health care may be among the reasons why stroke is more common in the United States than in Europe.”


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The Co$t of Cancer

June 16, 2008 by  
Filed under CANCER

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The average annual drug cost per cancer patient was $13,113 as of Jan. 1 of this year, up from $6,490 in 2001. (Source: Wall Street Journal Health Blog and Cancer e-search)

These rising costs affect not only cancer patients, but every American, as we all share in the burden of Medicare.

Are you having problems translating your Medicare benefits?

Here are a few helpful sites:

WebMD: Medicare Health Center

Medicare Learning Network:An Overview of Medicare Covered Diabetic Supplies and Services (pdf format)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: The Official U.S. Government Site For People with Medicare Read more

The High Cost of Diabetes-Yes, It Is Personal

June 4, 2008 by  
Filed under DIABETES

j04226401.jpgToday’s post is in response to an email from a Battling Diabetes reader who asks how to get low cost diabetes medications, supplies and care if you do not qualify for Medicare.

I’ll do my research but I would appreciate feedback from the experts. YOU! Please post your insights and links so we can all help each other.

If you qualify for Medicare due to your age or disability here are some sites that will answer questions you may have:

WebMD: Medicare Health Center

Medicare Learning Network:An Overview of Medicare Covered Diabetic Supplies and Services (pdf format)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: The Official U.S. Government Site For People with Medicare

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The High Cost of Diabetes

June 3, 2008 by  
Filed under DIABETES


According to a report released in January by the American Diabetes Association the” total annual economic cost of diabetes in 2007 was estimated to be $174 billion. This is an increase of $42 billion since 2002. This 32% increase means the dollar amount has risen over $8 billion more each year.

A study by the CDC states that for every $1 spent on diabetes training and education, $8.76 is saved on health care costs. Forty six states now have passed diabetes bills and the states of Ohio, Alabama, Idaho and North Dakota have not. We should be asking WHY NOT?

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Multiple Sclerosis is NOT a Financial Death Sentence

April 14, 2008 by  

By Michelle Katz

Live a financial healthy life with Multiple Scherosis (MS). Here are some healthcare cost saving tips:

1. Shop around for your health insurance: One of the key factors to saving money when you have MS, as well as many other diseases, is being sure you have the best insurance for yourself. Remember, what might be the best insurance for you, may not be the best insurance for someone else. Know what you want out of your health insurance and don’t let anyone else, especially the health insurance company tell you what they think you need. This is not an overnight process, and it might take a few weeks to do a thorough job. Be patient, and treat it like you are looking for that perfect outfit for the perfect day or even a house. Keep in mind that every year you want to review your policy because your needs may change as well as what your policy offers. So do not put it off until the open enrollment season, or the day before you next doctor’s appointment. Be sure the health insurance policies you are considering have integrity by checking with your state insurance commissioner or other people that may have the policy in your state with MS. In addition, pay close attention to things that will have a severe impact on your treatment such as your neurologist, lab work, potential hospital charges and pharmaceuticals you may be taking later in the year. For example, when you have MS, it is extremely important to know that your neurologist is accepting your insurance and will be accepting your insurance for at least the next year until your policy expires and you can choose a new policy. Double check to be sure you can continue your treatments with the policy, and if there is a change in your treatment, the insurance plan has a “hassle free process.”

2. Look for free healthcare: Believe it or not, it is out there! Be sure to check with your State Department of Health or even Social Services of your state to see if you qualify for any new programs that your state has been granted money for. It may even be less expensive than using your health insurance in some cases. Don’t forget about federal programs like Medicare, local clinics, etc. Check back every few months. You would be surprised what Congress passes overnight and when it goes into effect and how it can effect you and your healthcare.

3. Get to know your neurologist: He or she can become your biggest aly when dealing with your insurance company if problems occur. Remember, your physician has bills to pay too, so it is in their best interest to help you get coverage. A good relationship can come in handy if you insurance suddenly does not cover a certain treatment. Ask for a discount or even samples of medication until you can get your finances together. Be sure to communicate with your physician and his/her staff about your situation. Help your physician help you! You never know what resources you physician or his/her staff may have access to.

4. Get free or low cost pharmaceuticals. Contact the manufacturer of your pharmaceuticals to see what programs you might qualify for such as Patient Assistance Programs. Some patient assistance programs include the following:

– MS Active Source for Avonex

– MS Pathways for Betaseron

– MS Lifelines for Rebif

– Shared Solutions for Copaxone

– The Access Program for Tysabri

– MS Lifelines Patient Assistance Program for Novantrone

5. Never go without healthcare coverage: Between programs like COBRA which offer temporary coverage for people in between jobs, State Assistance Programs, and companies that offer healthcare benefits to their employees, there is not excuse why someone with MS should go without healthcare coverage. Remember it takes time to apply to some of these programs, so do not wait until last minute to start inquiring because if there is a lapse in coverage, you may run the risk of paying higher premiums for health insurance in the future.

6. Look for those tax deductions: Some of these include medical insurance premiums, deductibles, out-of-pocket expenses and co-pays, transportation to and from the doctor, some nontraditional forms of medicine such as chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage therapy, an ambulance for hire, an autoette or wheelchair, Capital Expenditures such as home modifications for the handicapped, Car Equipment (to accommodate wheelchair and/or handicapped controls), lodging(treatment related, and with restrictions, up to $50 per person), medical conference fees(relating to chronic illness; no lodging or meals), etc.

7. Take advantage of organizations such as the National MS Society: These organizations have many resources readily available and membership is generally free.Some organizations even offer grants for devices such as wheelchairs and emergency assistance.

These are just a few tips that I discuss in my lectures. Some more tips can be found in Healthcare for Less and 101 Health Insurance Tips, which can be found on or at major book stores across the United States. It takes time, persistence and a little bit of detective work to uncover some of the best bargains!

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