(NewsUSA) - You may not be able to spell or even pronounce the word "acetaminophen," but almost 50 million Americans use it each week to manage pain and fever.
Congratulations to the GOP-controlled Supreme Court! Because of its Hobby Lobby ruling, a woman can be denied contraceptive coverage if her employer believes in a magic man in the sky. Absolutely pathetic!
This decision is bad for women, bad for workers who rely on their employers for healthcare, and bad for anyone who believes that the rights of corporations should not come before the rights of people. And let’s hope that the Republicans continue investigating the Obama “scandals” (Benghazi, IRS, etc.) because when they get to the bottom of those, they will have irrefutable evidence to support the truth: The president is black.
(BPT) - The health care industry is shifting its focus from volume to value, rewarding health care providers who offer higher quality, more efficient care. The goal is a transition from an outdated model focused on symptoms to one focused on the patient, improving overall population health through disease prevention and customized care.
Gov. Cuomo on Sunday announced his three-part plan to “end the AIDS epidemic in New York State,” some of which, he noted, has already been enacted.
The occasion was the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in Manhattan, during which gay men struck back at police oppression of them. It is considered the beginning of the modern gay rights movement, and while AIDS is widespread, it remains most prevalent in that community.
Four bus routes in Western Queens began offering new or extended service this past Sunday.
In a statement issued last week, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bus Company and New York City Transit said the expansions reflected changes spurred by growing neighborhoods and replaced service cuts made during the MTA’s financial crisis back in 2010.
(BPT) - In the United States, 62 million households have at least one pet, including 83 million dogs and 95 million cats. That’s a lot of people who love their pets, and one of the key aspects of caring for a furry family member is providing the right nutrition. Unfortunately, with so many pet foods available, labels and claims can quickly get confusing.
(Family Features) Family reunions are a great opportunity to reconnect and turn relationships into strong, eternal ties. This year, try starting a new tradition — share your health history with your family.
(BPT) - Life is about living each moment to the fullest. A father’s wedding dance with his daughter, a veteran’s visit to the World War II Memorial and the opportunity to bring a newborn grandchild home ... these are only some of the moments made possible thanks to hospice care.
(StatePoint) Most Americans understand the importance of saving for retirement but unfortunately, not everyone’s concerns translate to action.
Have you ever discovered that your father, brother, husband, partner or boyfriend failed to schedule — or keep — a doctor’s visit for a screening or a preventative checkup? Did you know, on average, women in the United States are expected to live approximately five years longer than men? One possible explanation is that women are more likely than men to see their doctors regularly. As a periodontist and oral healthcare professional, I can personally attest to the validity of this statement. Let’s change that! June is Men’s Health Month. All men should take these three important steps to start reducing their risk of cancer: exercise, eat healthy and get screened.
(BPT) - A cancer diagnosis can be one of the scariest moments in a person’s life, but now, more than ever, that diagnosis doesn’t have to be a death sentence. Today, it is estimated that two in three people diagnosed with cancer survive at least five years, according to the American Cancer Society. In fact, as of 2012, there were an estimated 13.7 million cancer survivors in the United States alone.
This is in response to your June 5 editorial support of JROTC in our public high schools (“JROTC is an excellent program”).
JROTC is a military curriculum supported by city taxpayers in 14 high schools, at an annual cost of $2 million, to recruit our students. As a former public school teacher, Councilman Danny Dromm understands the needs of our public schools, which do not include supporting military education. Taxpayer money must be reallocated to educational programs that better serve our students and prepare them for a meaningful role in society. JROTC is a misuse of taxpayer money.
We Veterans for Peace (veteransforpeace.org) have long opposed the increasing militarization of our society, including training our children for war, which has been found to be so costly and destructive to our society, while creating new enemies. We support peaceful alternatives to war.
We veterans, who know something about wasteful military spending, say stop the war machine, which consumes so much of our budget with no real benefit. Meanwhile, programs for our returning veterans are significantly underfunded, in order to pay for unnecessary new weapons, when we have no conceivabl
e enemies. Let’s stop teaching war, and concentrate on funding human needs, including healthcare and education, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and mass transit, and funding useful jobs for our young people.
World peace is both necessary and possible in the 21st century. Teach peace!
The big sign that for nearly two years screamed “COMING SOON” is gone, as is the haphazardly placed plywood behind imposing steel gates.
The Ozone Park branch of the Joseph Addabbo Health Center System finally — and proudly — replaced all that with a new sign:
(NAPSI)—A new national online survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of ViiV Healthcare in 2013 sheds some light on potential reasons why some HIV-positive people seek and stay on treatment and others do not.
The deal is done.
The United Federation of Teachers general membership approved their proposed contract with the city, the first in five years, on Tuesday. The union said the deal passed with more than 77 percent of the roughly 90,000 votes cast in favor.
(BPT) - Arthritis can strike at any age. In fact, of the 50 million Americans suffering from arthritis, two-thirds are under the age of 65. Each year, arthritis accounts for 44 million outpatient visits, over 900,000 hospitalizations and has quickly become the leading cause of disability in the United States, outnumbering activity limitations caused by heart disease, cancer or diabetes. Making the right lifestyle and medication decisions can be the difference between living a healthy, full life and living with a serious disability.
(BPT) - A menudo, cuando pensamos en el cuidado de salud, nos vienen a la mente médicos y hospitales. Sin embargo, es importante recordar que la persona que le mira al otro lado del espejo puede ser su mejor representante. Después de todo, nadie mejor que usted conoce mejor su cuerpo o su mente. Una realidad particularmente importante para los más de 52 millones de estadounidenses beneficiarios de Medicare. Ser representante de su salud puede ayudarle a mantenerse sano, y podría ahorrarle también dinero en su cobertura de Medicare.
(BPT) - When you think about health care, doctors and hospitals often come to mind, but it’s important to remember that the person staring back at you in the mirror may be your greatest health advocate. After all, no one knows your body or mind like you do. This is particularly important for the more than 52 million Americans enrolled in Medicare. Being an advocate for your health can help keep you well, and could save you money on your Medicare coverage, too.
(BPT) - Today in the United States, an estimated 50 million women have reached menopause, and most will spend at least one-third of their lives beyond their final period, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Nearly 80 percent of women in industrialized countries experience hot flashes or night sweats, which can start years before menopause and continue for five or more years afterwards. For many, hot flashes are more than a minor or occasional irritation—they can be severe and frequent enough to seriously affect quality of life.
Given the crisis embroiling the Department of Veterans Affairs over healthcare delays that may have contributed to dozens of deaths, President Obama’s announcement that military forces will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of 2016 could hardly have come at a better time.
The president’s plan is to reduce the number of forces still fighting the nation’s longest war to just under 10,000 next year and to have nothing but embassy staff and security there by the end of 2016, the end of his presidency. There were more than 100,000 servicemen and women deployed to Afghanistan at the height of the war launched in 2001 in response to the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
SNAP of Eastern Queens will hold a health expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28, and all are invited. The event will feature health screenings, raffles, giveaways and a free continental breakfast. More than 20 healthcare practitioners will be there.
But healthcare is hardly the only focus at SNAP, or Services Now for Adult Persons. There’s fun to be had too. SNAP recently launched a new monthly program called Dynamic Decades. Starting with the Roaring ’20s on April 29, Dynamic Decades is held on the last Tuesday of each month, with a focus on a given era across multiple disciplines — music, dance, fashion, history and visual arts — and an eye toward the social and cultural impact they had at the time.
An informational meeting in Cambria Heights on the city’s new paid sick leave law did not attract the audience that the Department of Consumer Affairs likely would have wanted.
But Maria Tepper of the DCA said the department is committed to continuing its outreach efforts to educate workers and business owners of their rights under the controversial new law, which went into effect on April 1.
Housing New York — Mayor de Blasio’s recently released plan to comprehensively address the city’s affordable housing crisis — recognizes a vital truth: that those working on the city’s affordable housing projects should receive a fair and livable wage, safe working conditions and opportunities for advancement. In determining how to implement Housing New York, the city must deliver on jobs that do right by these workers, so that they can actually afford to live in the affordable housing they’re building.
The city’s construction market is one of the most expensive in the country. Unions have largely been shut out of the city’s affordable housing projects in the past due to the higher cost of unionized workers, even though they deliver higher-quality work, faster. During the Bloomberg administration, many nonunion workers made $10 to $15 an hour on affordable housing construction jobs, compared with the livable wage that unionized workers received.
(BPT) - Pregnancy and childbirth should be an exciting time for women and their loved ones. For nine months, families are busy preparing and looking forward to meeting their healthy, happy baby. But pregnancy complications – or the thought that something could happen to the pregnant mother – are often the furthest thing from their minds.
(BPT) - Hace cien años, la expectativa de vida promedio del estadounidense oscilaba entre 50 y 60 años, por lo que los cerca de 53,000 centenarios que se reportan actualmente en los Estados Unidos han vivido mucho más que la mayoría de sus contemporáneos. Tal vez esa sea la razón por la cual una nueva encuesta revela que estos centenarios se sienten “bendecidos” (36 por ciento), “felices” (31 por ciento) y “sorprendidos” (12 por ciento) de lograr una existencia tan prolongada. Además, ninguno reveló tristeza ni tribulación, y solo el 3 por ciento afirmó sentir soledad.