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(NAPSI)—Falls can become more common and more serious as people age. The good news is that there are steps you can take to help prevent them. Here are some tips.
(BPT) - Black boxes in airplanes or trains hold critical information relevant to a disaster. However, there is another type of black box that can help stop a medication-related catastrophe before it happens: a black box warning. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that some medications carry a black box warning to alert patients to the potential for serious and sometimes fatal side-effects.
This week, Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) wrote Mayor Bloomberg about the potential closure of the Corona Health Center.
“I am deeply distressed to hear that you are again trying to close the Corona Health Center,” the letter reads. “Your administration has been marked by bold public health measures, so it is perplexing why you would weaken our city’s immunization program during your last days in office. Effective immunization requires total coverage of all of our communities. Considering the nature of communicable diseases, gaps endanger all of us, here in New York and, considering the nature of global travel, everywhere else.”
Serious birders and backyard enthusiasts will come together Saturday in Queens to participate in the National Audubon Society’s 114th annual Christmas Bird Count.
Anyone can take part, but participants must first register with the count compiler. In Queens, that’s Corey Finger of Forest Hills. Everyone is assigned to one of eight circles in Queens to do a stakeout on Saturday for the count. Locations include Forest Park and environs, Alley Pond Park, the Flushing area, Douglaston and Jamaica Bay.
(BPT) - The holidays are fast approaching, and there’s one must have for every shopping list: health insurance. And the place to get it? The Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov. To help you with the process, here are the top things to know when choosing and enrolling in plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Read on to learn more about when to sign up, what to do after you enroll, and the discounts you could receive.
I’m not a fan of organized religion but this new pope is “The Man”! How will Republicans respond to him basically calling them scum? Francis attacked the “idolatry of money” and beseeched politicians (Republicans) to guarantee all citizens “dignified work, education and healthcare.”
He asked, “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses 2 points?”
He added, “As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems.”
And finally: “I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians [Democrats] who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor.”
I’m waiting for the GOP response. “Palin and Cruz call for impeachment of socialist pope!” “Demand recount of Papal Conclave!” “Obama to blame!”
Here is why Republicans are the biggest hypocrites in the world, Rush Limbaugh supported drug treatment as opposed to incarceration only after he got arrested for possession of pain killers. Nancy Reagan only supported stem-cell research after Ronald Reagan got Alzheimer’s. Dick Cheney started supporting gay rights only after his daughter came out as gay. Megan Kelly of Fox News was against paid maternity leave, that is until she had a baby. Then her views miraculously changed. Once it happens to them their opinions change. Perhaps they wouldn’t vote against food stamps if a member of their family was poor.
Finally, the Democrats smacked the GOP in the face. Changing the rules and allowing presidential nominees to be approved by a simple majority (the way it should be). The GOP can cry all they want, but the fact is that in all of American history there were 12 filibusters until 1992, when Clinton became president. Clinton took over and in his term alone there were 12. Obama is in the beginning of his second term and it’s already 82! When Lyndon Johnson was the majority leader of the Senate he had to deal with three GOP filibusters. Harry Reid has dealt with 4 ... hundred!
Could it be only because Obama’s a Democrat? Or does his “tan” have something to do with it? Mitch McConnell threatened future retaliations of obstruction, or as the GOP calls it-business as usual.
“Mental health is not the sexiest topic.” So suggested Dennis Romero, speaking before a room filled with upwards of 100 senior citizens at Queens Borough Hall on Wednesday morning.
Romero, Region II administrator of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, was one of two speakers who addressed members of the Queens Interagency Council on Aging, which sponsored the event.
(NAPSI)—Thanks to a popular mobile app, it may be easier for people to do what they need to do to live a healthier lifestyle-all while on the go.
(NAPSI)—Coughing. Wheezing. Shortness of breath.
(NAPSI)—The American Heart Association estimates that there are nearly seven million stroke survivors in the United States. Sixty percent (n=504) of stroke survivors live with a debilitating condition known as spasticity.
(BPT) - If you or a loved one is suffering from a wound-, ostomy- or incontinence-related issue and receiving treatment, it may feel like the condition will never stabilize.
The Affordable Care Act is less about healthcare and more about collecting fees, taxes, personal data and promoting a single payer system. The schemes and machinations inflicted on Congress to facilitate the passage of Obamacare have prompted many to ask if it is constitutional for the government to make any law it wishes for the sake of society, grant exemptions and exceptions to those who wrote the law and their constituents and, in the process, limit freedom and confiscate wealth?
A society that can give you everything you need is able to take everything you have. For almost 100 years, our politicians have been trying to persuade us that wealth and property are not individual but communal. The traits of charity and benefaction have been superseded by the notion that everyone, no matter their value to society, should have everything that everyone else has, simply by virtue of existing. If everyone owns everyone else’s wealth collectively, political campaigns are merely never ending conflicts about who gets what. If a person does not own what he or she produces, then who does?
The contentious issues generated by Obamacare are symbolic of the basic conflict in the world today. It is between two principles; individualism and the sanctity of private property and collectivism, where man lives for the sake of the group or collective. History books are testament to George Washington’s prophetic declaration and admonition that “private property and freedom are inseparable.” The ash heap of history is littered with governments that plundered and enslaved their citizens.
We have reached the point in America where the government is unconstrained to do anything it pleases while citizens may act only by permission.
Six new laws designed to make buildings more resilient when hit by storms such as Hurricane Sandy were signed by Mayor Bloomberg last week.
The measures all stem from recommendations made by the city’s Building Resiliency Task Force. And they use new flood maps created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as the standard for what areas are susceptible to deluges like those created by Sandy in South Queens, the Rockaways and other areas. Some rules affect new construction and some affect existing buildings.
Amidst some disappointment from Community Board 12 leaders, the property at 150-13 89th Ave., formerly the Mary Immaculate Hospital, is set to become a residential facility, according to its owner, Meyer Chetrit.
Following its bankruptcy in 2009, the hospital was sold in an auction to Guttman Realty for $26.6 million, after which sole ownership went to Chetrit a few weeks later. When news of the closing hit, Queens leaders including Borough President Helen Marshall were vocal about maintaining the building as some sort of healthcare facility.
(NAPSI)—While diabetes affects nearly 26 million Americans and is one of the fastest-growing diseases in the nation, there are ways you can protect yourself. That’s particularly important for the 79 million Americans who have prediabetes, which means they are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
(BPT) - An ever-growing popular concept in personal healthcare is the idea of the empowered patient (also known as being an advocate for your health). This term can mean different things to different people, but the general concept is that an individual makes well-informed health decisions based on research and conversations with their physician. One person who has applied this concept to her own personal health is Florida-native, Leslie Cunningham.
(BPT) - Seventy percent of people 64 and older say that selecting the right Medicare coverage impacts their ability to live a healthy life, according to a national survey of Medicare-eligible Americans conducted this year by Humana Inc., one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies. As a result, seniors are taking the plan-selection process very seriously – spending nearly a full day, an average of 22 hours, on their plan decision.
(BPT) - Achieving consistent quality of care regardless of a person’s race or ethnicity remains a critical goal for anyone with a stake in America’s health care system for improving health literacy – the ability to use and understand health information.
The whole bureaucratic nightmare of healthcare delivery in contemporary America with a zillion insurance carriers and reams of paperwork smothers patients and doctors in an impersonal market generally devoid of an authentic loving and caring relationship.
Patients are shuffled willy-nilly amongst hospital, medical and prescription plans within the private sector and the public sectors of Medicare, Medicaid and workers’ compensation, and subject to the vagaries of insurance bureaucrats, in the scramble for medical treatments, sometimes a matter of life or death. Obamacare just introduced a mandatory privatizing scheme, and rubber stamped the present American healthcare system, antithetical to a national universal healthcare plan as practiced in social democratic countries of Europe.
In the last 50 years, what has happened to family doctors who knew and cared about their patients, instead of delivering impersonal care with a plethora of tests (to safeguard against malpractice lawsuits) and promoting a pharmacopoeia of body and mind generally of palliative (and toxic) effects? My
beloved childhood family doctor, Dr. Fankuchen, whose office was in a Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone on Marcy Avenue, charged $2 for an office visit, including diagnosis with an office fluoroscope of the internal dynamics of the living body, rather than static pictures. Three generations of my family were cared for by Dr. Fankuchen, even with house calls.
The bottom line is that the ideal doctor (physician or psychologist) treats the whole person of body and soul, which are inextricably a unity in health as well as in disease. A good doctor loves and cares for his or her patients as persons with the “conviction that, despite the crumbling of traditions, life holds a meaning for each and every individual, and even more, it retains this meaning literally to his last breath” (Dr. Viktor Frankl, “The Will To Meaning”). And a good patient loves, trusts and respect’s his or her doctor, rather than litigating and driving the cost of malpractice insurance through the roof.
The fix to American health care is two-fold: a genuine national healthcare system and a change of heart in doctors as well as in patients, for “the motto of life is give and take — everyone must be both a giver and a receiver; he who is not both is as a barren tree” (Dr. Martin Buber, “Tales of the Hasidim: The Later Masters”).
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), in conjunction with Flushing Hospital Medical Center hosted an Educational Forum on the Affordable Care Act and the new health insurance exchange, so that residents in Flushing and surrounding areas could learn about the changes to the nation’s healthcare system and how they can obtain coverage.
The event took place on Nov. 6 in the hospital’s newly renovated 5th floor auditorium. Meng and Bruce Flanz, president and CEO of Flushing Hospital, welcomed a group of panelists comprised of experts in managed care, as well as, local, state and city elected officials.
During a nearly three-hour Community Board 13 meeting held Monday night at Deliverance Baptist Church on Linden Boulevard in Cambria Heights, several issues were presented, including a proposal to establish a community residential facility in Queens Village for six adult males with developmental disabilities.
The plan was voted down unanimously, with one abstention.
On 49th Avenue in Long Island City there stands a beautiful building of luxury apartments, LHaus, where a two-bedroom is listed for more than $1.4 million.
Despite the luxury living enjoyed by the wealthy tenants, the building service workers do not have health insurance for themselves or their families.
Stop & Shop stores in the New York region might hire 6,000 temporary workers should contract negotiations with union workers fail again at their next meeting set for Nov. 22.
In October, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 called for a strike in response to a proposal to reduce employee healthcare benefits, possibly cut coverage for part-time workers and withdraw from pension funds. Both the UFCW and Stop & Shop have tried to restructure their contract due to rising healthcare costs from the passage of the Affordable Care Act.