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    1. Hospital patients should be prepared

      Kim Painter, Special for USA TODAY Elizabeth Bailey learned what could go wrong in a hospital the hard way: by watching her elderly father endure a long in-patient nightmare. Her dad got too much of one drug , not enough of others and the wrong food (heavy sweets for a diabetic). One day, he was missing for six hours, and on another he ended up in restraints on a psychiatric ward (he suffered mental confusion from his mismanaged medications and poorly controlled blood sugar). "There were mistake
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    2. Keeping it off can be as hard as losing it

      Keeping it off can be as hard as losing it

      Many people who maintain weight loss for years use various strategies: They often follow a low-calorie, low-fat diet of about 1,800 calories a day, keep track of food intake and walk about an hour a day or burn the same calories doing other physical activities. Those findings come from successful dieters in the National Weight Control Registry, a group of 10,000 people (about three-quarters are women) who have lost 30 pounds or more and maintained that loss for a year or more.

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    3. 5% Of Patients Account For Half Of Health Care Spending

      5% Of Patients Account For Half Of Health Care Spending
      Kelly Kennedy, USA TODAY Just 1% of Americans accounted for 22% of health care costs in 2009, according to a federal report released Wednesday. That's about $90,000 a person, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality says. U.S. residents spent $1.26trillion on care in 2009. Five percent accounted for 50% of health care costs, about $36,000 each, the report said. The report's findings can be used to predict which consumers are most likely to drive up health care costs and determine the best
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    4. Give your kids the tools to make healthy choices all by themselves

      Sure, you can stock your fridge with nutritious snacks and offer a good example when it comes to exercise, but studies suggest that, just like grown-ups, kids need strong internal motivation (not micromanagement) to help them get fit. "Sometimes we get so serious about obesity prevention, we forget that kids are more likely to do it if they're having fun," says Deanna Hoelscher, a professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Austin. In fact, researchers across the USA are investigating specific strategies that encourage children to get healthy on their own. Four experts offer their evidence-backed tips to help kids forge healthy habits and have fun.
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    5. For success, choose a diet that fits you

      Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY One diet doesn't fit all. Research shows that some people do better on one type of eating plan while others do better on a different one. Here are some ideas for diets based on your eating style and personality type from Heather Mangieri, a registered dietitian in private practice in Pittsburgh and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association, and Judith Rodriguez, the author of The Diet Selector, which has reviews o
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    6. Additive Claims to Be the Boss of Sugar, Benefiting Diabetics

      Diabetes can affect how your body uses blood glucose, commonly called blood sugar. Glucose is the brain's main source of fuel and provides critical energy for the cells. If you have diabetes, it means that eating too many carbohydrates can spike blood sugar, leading to health issues. But what if there was a natural product that effectively reduced blood sugar and calories and could be added to the food supply? That's the premise behind Emulin, a patented formulation of compounds found in fruits, like grapefruit and berries. The claim: "Emulin, a tasteless additive, blocks the absorption of sugar by more
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    7. Fallout from back surgery product case prompting reforms

      Dec. 29--Even before it went on the market in 2002, doctors were talking about how the back surgery product known as bone morphogenetic protein-2 would revolutionize medicine. It did -- but in ways no one imagined. Instead of offering 100% success in fusing ailing spines with virtually no complications, BMP-2 became a biotech breakthrough associated with skepticism and scandal, epitomizing questions over whether corporate-funded research carried out by financially conflicted doctors can be trusted. The saga of BMP-2 is prompting bedrock reforms in the policies of medical journals as well as changes in public attitudes about medical research. Experts say
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    8. Targeted help for teenage smokers

      Kim Painter, Special for USA TODAY Many smokers will resolve to quit on New Year's Day -- and if some health educators have their way, increasing numbers of quitters will be teenagers, on Jan. 1 and throughout the year. The National Cancer Institute is rolling out a new quitting program aimed at teens. It now includes a website (teen.smokefree.gov) and texting support, and in January it will add a smartphone application, says Erik Auguston, a behavioral scientist at the institute. The program jo
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    9. Overcrowded ERs help urgent care sites thrive

      Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News After Dwayne Duckenfield banged his right elbow working around the house on a recent Saturday, he grew worried when the swelling didn't go down and the pain worsened. Concerned he may have broken a bone, the project manager who lives in Washington, D.C., didn't go to the nearest emergency room or wait until Monday to call his physician for an appointment. Like an increasing number of Americans looking for fast and affordable health care, he went to an urgent car
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    10. Music can heal mind, body, soul

      Karen Weintraub, Special for USA TODAY R&B is Carey Gordon's pick-me-up music. When he's feeling stressed, annoyed or sorry for himself, he turns on the radio or pops in headphones, and the music "just hits that nail right on the head for me." Gordon can't afford to get stressed or angry; strong emotions might trigger dangerous seizures. But music is his antidote, as he discovered in 2004, soon after several major surgeries to correct the malformed blood vessels in his brain that had been trigge
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    11. Holiday visits can be an ideal time to discuss elder care

      Holiday visits can be an ideal time to discuss elder care
      Janice Lloyd, USA TODAY The over-the-river-and-through-the-woods trip to grandmother's house also is prime time to assess Mom and Dad's health before a crisis occurs, aging experts say. Counseling experts already are witnessing a 66% growth in calls this year from adult children seeking advice on complex medical, legal and financial quesions involving aging parents, according to a report Wednesday by the ComPsych Corp. , an international provider of 13,000 employee-assistance programs. Add to th
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    12. Medical News You Can Really Use

      Science is proving that some old adages you may have doubted are actually true, and that some common activities you never imagined could harm you can actually be dangerous. Read on as Dr. Georgia Witkin, a grandmother, a psychologist and an expert on family relationships and stress management, reports on medical discoveries that could make a difference in your life today. LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE Cardiologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore studied 300 people, half who had heart disease and half who did not, and found that those with heart disease were 40 percent less
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    13. For Menopausal Women, 'Hot Flash' Is a Dirty Word

      After a decade of hot flashes, Donna Anderson would like answers. "I've tried different things," said Anderson, a 63-year-old retired state worker who lives in Sacramento, Calif. "I can't remember the names of all of them. There's been a lot of creams I've used, and I've tried swallowing pills. ... Sometimes, I think things work, and then they don't." Is it hot in here? Many of the 22 million American women already in their 50s think so. They want to know why modern medicine hasn't managed to discover a way to cool down hot flashes, the abrupt changes in the
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    14. People who say they feel happy may live 35% longer

      Sharon Jayson, USA TODAY Be happy. Live longer. No, it's not that simple, but new research says happy lives are longer -- by 35%. The study, published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that those who reported feeling happiest had a 35% reduced risk of dying compared with those who reported feeling least happy. Rather than rely on recollection, as in past studies, this British study of 3,853 participants ages 52-79 rated their feelings at different times
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    15. Staying healthy in autumn's damp and chill

      Oct. 24--BERLIN -- Autumn's shortening daylight hours and chilly, foul weather are not only a mood dampener but also a strain on the body's defences. "The change in the weather puts a burden on our immune system," said Thomas Assmann, a general practitioner in Germany. Constantly moving between the warm temperatures in heated buildings and the wind and cold air outside is stressful to the body and makes it more susceptible to colds and flu. It needs strength and energy to stay healthy, which it can get through exercise, a balanced diet and sufficient sleep. Outdoor exercise is especially beneficial
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    16. Parents should watch for signs of kids' internet addiction

      Berlin (dpa) - To recognize warning signs of a child's internetaddiction, parents must keep a watchful eye on his or her onlineactivities as soon and as persistently as possible. This is the advice of Klaus Woelfling, psychological director ofthe gambling addiction outpatient department of the Clinic andPolyclinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at theUniversity of Mainz in Germany. "Parents should make sure their child doesn't become withdrawn andisolated," Woelfling said in an interview with dpa. If family membersnotice this sort of behaviour in a child, they should address it, headvised, adding that
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    17. "Off-Label" Use of Antipsychotic Drugs for Some Conditions Not Supported By Evidence

      There is little evidence to support the use of atypical antipsychotic drugs for some treatments other than their officially approved purposes, even though many clinicians continue to commonly prescribe these drugs for so-called "off label" uses, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). An article based on information in the report will be published in the September 28 issue of the Journal of the Amer
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    18. How to keep knees pain-free

      Janice Lloyd, USA TODAY If your knees start throbbing like those of post-game NFL players, remember all of your options -- and not just the easy ones, health experts say. Knee replacement surgeries are expected to soar as Baby Boomers try to stay active longer, but self-care treatments can help with pain, restore mobility and delay or eliminate the need for surgery. "Total knee replacement is an epidemic in our country," says Marj Albohm, president of the National Athletic Trainers' Association.
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    19. Alzheimer's Prevention As Elusive As Disease Itself

      Virginia Stone is worried: Alzheimer's disease seems to run in her family. Her 80-year-old mother, Kazue Storey, was diagnosed seven years ago, and Story's mother died of the disease in the 1970s. So Stone, 53, watches her diet, and she works out several times a week. She's cut out almost all caffeine; she works puzzles like Sudoku and crosswords. Her approach sounds like common sense. In fact, many Alzheimer's specialists tell their patients that what is good for the heart -- a healthy weight, daily exercise, no smoking, lots of fruits and vegetables, a network of social connections --
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    20. Virgin coconut oil hailed as cure for Alzheimer's

      By Cesar C. Villariba, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila / Asia News Network(MCT) Aug. 28--MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ANN) -- After previous claims as an antiseptic, AIDS cure, anti-infective, cholesterol-basher, and remedy for various aches and pains, coconut oil is now being hailed as a possible miracle cure for Alzheimer's. The American physician, who has been dubbed "Dr. Coconut" for his tireless research into and championing of coconut oil's healing properties, is back in the country bringing the latest breakthrough in the management of Alzheimer's and other neurological conditions. Dr. Bruce Fife presented his evidence at the ongoing 10th Coconut Festival
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    21. New pain-management rules leave patients hurting

      Aug. 28--Denis Murphy's last doctor got suspicious when he saw him sitting in a restaurant. Murphy, 72, who contracted a painful nerve disorder after a case of shingles, had told the doctor his condition is so painful he often has to stand up. At his next appointment, the doctor accused him of flimflamming him: making up a story to score narcotic pain relievers. Murphy, a retired IRS pension-plan examiner and manager from Edmonds, was humiliated. Now, he has a new doctor and a new prescription -- but also a growing fear that he could suddenly lose the only relief he's
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    22. Patient demands, frustration with health system can lead to doctor burnout

      TORONTO - Every two weeks for most of the year, Dr. Miriam Salamon meets with a group of other Ottawa family physicians to talk about their emotional experiences related to their practices ????? a difficult patient, perhaps, or a thorny diagnosis. While the primary aim of what's known as a Balint group is educational, a means of enhancing the doctor-patient relationship, it offers the side benefit of preventing the buildup of stress that can lead to burnout. "Doctors really benefit from being ab
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    23. Managing menopause symptoms takes persistence

      Aug. 26--Menopause can knock you for a loop. Hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety and mood swings are all fueled by fluctuations in hormones, but not everyone takes the same ride. "It's a big transition," said Tupelo gynecologist Dr. Laura Crecelius. "Menopause and perimenopause just don't feel good." Every woman who lives long enough will go through menopause; the average age is 51, but symptoms can start years before periods stop. The ovaries run out of viable eggs and dramatically reduce the amount of estrogen they put out. It's those changes in estrogen that appear to cause the symptoms. So what's
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