Business of Health Care

Good news: A recent analysis of cholesterol levels in children and teens showed improvement. The bad news? Only half of kids had readings considered ideal. Overall, 7 percent of kids had high cholesterol from 2009 to 2016, down from 10 percent a decade earlier. In children, a high cholesterol level means a reading of 200 or above, while an ideal measure is below 170.


Whether its NFL players wearing pink cleats in October for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month or men going the month of November without shaving to raise awareness around men’s health issues, it seems like every month has some sort of health observance – official or unofficial – associated with it.


A common myth about aging is that older adults are burdened by illness and feel lousy much of the time. In fact, the opposite is usually true. Most seniors report feeling distinctly positive about their health. When asked in a federal survey to rate their overall health, 82% of adults ages 65 to 74 described it as excellent, very good or good. By contrast, only 18% described their health as fair or poor. For many, good health means more than the lack of illness or disability.


We hear plenty about healthcare. But what about self-care? Even if you have heard of self-care do you really know what it means? In short, self-care is about taking the time to show yourself some love and take care of your needs and wellbeing. 


The so-called placebo effect has long triggered interest in the medical community. A placebo is a substance or therapy that has no medical benefit but the patient receiving it thinks that it does. The placebo effect occurs when the patient receiving this fake treatment experiences a beneficial response that is real.


Business of Health Care: Screen Time

Aug 9, 2019

If you’re a parent, at some point you’ve probably wondered whether or not your child is spending too much time in front of a screen – especially over the summer months.


Business of Health Care: Rural Health Care

Aug 2, 2019

Since 2010, at least 97 rural hospitals across 27 states have closed. Another 21 percent of remaining rural hospitals are at risk of closing – including 127 in Texas.


With nearly half of privately insured Americans on high-deductible health plans now, the Internet - a free resource available virtually anywhere - has taken on an even greater role in the health care continuum.


Since the beginning of time, we've eaten food to sustain ourselves.

Later, as cooking methods developed, we started eating for pleasure. Now, food is becoming widely recognized as a pillar of good health care.

That's because, in part, what defines good health and good health care is more than just the medications, doctors, and technologies you have access to.

It's about your entire lifestyle - from stress levels, to sleep habits, to activity level, and, of course, your diet. (More))

Teen suicide. It's not an easy topic to discuss, but something that should be on every parent's radar. According to a recent story in Time magazine, suicide rates are up among all demographics.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has started an ambitious national effort called Million Hearts 2022.


One smart device maker recently issued an odd warning – its new smart watch technology to detect atrial fibrillation is not intended for people who have atrial fibrillation.


There are a number of myths when it comes to medicine – what works, what doesn’t, what’s safe and what isn’t.

 

 


 

Last August, electric scooters – already common in metro areas throughout Texas – appeared unannounced on Waco sidewalks.

 

 


 

Hospital emergency departments can go from near ghost towns to overcrowded in no time at all, which can create a recipe for long waits for some patients.

 

 


 

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