Thursday, June 25, 2009

Article healthcare costs

Key senator says $1 trillion health bill possible

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_7731/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=x3Iv3rZ6


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Mediterranean Diet For Life

The Mediterranean Diet does it again. This time, being linked to a longer healthier life.

Researchers at the University of Athens Medical School looked at the eating habits of more than 23,000 Greeks. They found that consuming vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes and olive oil, keeping alcohol intake moderate and avoiding too much meat ... was linked to a longer healthier life.

Interesting.

In their study, they found that eating lots of fish and going light on dairy products does NOT seem to increase longevity.

Very interesting.

Following a Mediterranean diet, so-called because it is based on the traditional eating habits of those in that region of the world, has been shown to improve health and help people live longer in several studies, but this report -- appearing June 23 in the online edition of BMJ -- analyzes the main components of the diet.

More information
The American Heart Association has more about Mediterranean diets.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Eat Right, Live Longer


There is a new drug that can lower their risk of death by up to 25 percent over a 10-year period.

This pharmacy phenom is called ... eating well, just like your mother said. Here is the full article from HHS.

Information from a National Institutes of Health/AARP database including more than 350,000 men and women, looked at the link between dietary habits and their risk of death.

They divided the participants into five groups, depending on how closely they followed the 2005 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The highest fifth of these scores showed a risk of dying that was 20 to 25 percent lower. There were gender differences, too, with the women who ate the healthiest reducing their risk of death by 25 percent and men reducing it by 20 percent.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Healthcare Costs

There is an inflection point. A moment when we are driven more by avoiding the pain of the costs than fear of changing things.



That we are slow to change is a good thing, in a way. It means that we are willing to see our current system to its Titantic demise before we jump ship. We certainly aren't flighty, changing healthcare systems before we give them a change to succeed or fail.


But now is the time, I think, when people look at the system and hope for improvements, hope for better service at better prices. This will provide a greater good for a greater number.

Healthcare Reform: The basics

The times, they are a'changing.

Whether you're on the right or left or somewhere in the middle, you've probably got an opinion on the coming changes that we can expect to our healthcare system.



This is a great summary from NIH.gov.

The part I like the best is that which emphasizes prevention. Yes, we want to be able to treat illness. However, we don't want to create a system that looks at "treatment" as a business model.

We currently suffer from what is called "over-utilization" of the system -- not by patients, but by doctors. Here's the incentive: the more you treat, the more you get paid.

Whether you think this is right, wrong, or indifferent, the bottom line is that costs skyrocket when "treatment" becomes a product rather than a process.

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