Cut salt, add potassium, live longer, researchers say If people cut their salt intake and increased their intake of potassium by eating more fruits and vegetables, millions of lives around the world could be saved every year, says research out today. These dietary changes would lower people's blood pressure, which would reduce their risk of having a stroke or heart attack, according to the findings published on bmj.com. To take an in-depth look at the topic, British researchers and other experts from around the world analyzed dozens of international studies on salt and potassium and high blood pressure. High blood pressure is defined as a reading greater than or equal to 140/90. STORY: High salt intake linked to high blood pressure in kids STORY: Millions of people don't have their blood pressure under control Among the findings: • A modest reduction in salt intake for four or more weeks lowered systolic pressure (the top number) by an average of 5mm Hg (millimeters of mercury). • Increased potassium intake also helped lower blood pressure.
Los Angeles launches probe of alleged 'patient dumping' by Nevada By Ronnie Cohen SAN FRANCISCO | Fri May 3, 2013 8:35am IST SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nevada health officials acknowledged on Thursday that a state-run hospital improperly bused 10 newly discharged psychiatric patients out of the state with deficient plans for their care, while Los Angeles launched a criminal probe into the alleged "patient dumping." Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital has been under fire since last month, after a Sacramento Bee investigative series reported that hospital staff gave as many as 1,500 patients one-way Greyhound bus tickets from Las Vegas to California and 46 other states over the past five years. "If the conduct is true as alleged, it's no less than human trafficking," Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich told Reuters, adding he was working with San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who last month opened an investigation into the practice. "We have to find the individuals who were dumped. The hospital has also come under federal scrutiny. U.S.
NCES Library Comparison Compare Academic Libraries allows users to compare one library (the library of interest) with similar libraries (the comparison group). For example, a user may wish to compare one library's total circulation with the total circulation of a group of libraries with similar total expenditures. The steps involved in using Compare Academic Libraries are: Select the library of interest for which you want to find a comparison group. Choose the basis for identifying similar libraries (the “Comparison Group”): e.g. size of staff. Choose the information you would like displayed in the report. Fiscal Year 2012 data from the Academic Libraries Survey (ALS) are used in Compare Public Libraries. Missing Data: These data have been reviewed and edited at the state and national levels, and verified as correct by each state’s data coordinator.
Medicare Provider Charge Data As part of the Obama administration’s work to make our health care system more affordable and accountable, data are being released that summarize the utilization and payments for procedures and services provided to Medicare fee-for service beneficiaries by specific inpatient and outpatient hospitals, physicians, and other suppliers. These data include information for the 100 most common inpatient services, 30 common outpatient services, and all physician and other supplier procedures and services performed on 11 or more Medicare beneficiaries. Providers determine what they will charge for items,services, and procedures provided to patients and these charges are the amount the providers bill for an item, service, or procedure. Please use the navigation bar to the left to view more information on the inpatient, outpatient, and physician and other supplier analyses and to access the data for download. Inquiries regarding this data can be sent to MedicareProviderData@cms.hhs.gov.
Measles outbreak: man suspected to have died of disease in Swansea | Society Link to video: Measles outbreak in Wales shows children need MMR jab, says expert The Swansea coroner is investigating whether a 25-year-old man has died of measles. The city is at the centre of a major outbreak of the highly infectious disease, and the fatality – if the cause is confirmed – would be the first UK death from measles since 2008. More than 800 cases, many among 10- to 18-year-olds, have been reported since November, and numbers are rising steadily and spreading north from the south of the country despite health authorities organising special immunisation clinics at hospitals and schools. The man is being named locally as Gareth Williams. Health officials have repeatedly warned parents of children who had not had the triple measles, mumps and rubella ( MMR ) vaccine to arrange vaccination for them "as a matter of urgency". One local head told the Guardian this week that he was concerned by a lack of response by some parents to a special clinic at his school.
EDGE of Existence :: EDGE Conservation Overview Amphibians Birds Coral Reefs Mammals Search Map Overview Fellows Projects Expeditions Achievements Champions Community Instant Wild Education Forum Email page Click on a country to find out which EDGE mammals, amphibians and corals occur there or use the search below the map. Read more about the map: "World's most extraordinary species mapped for the first time" (Zoological Society of London website) More information on how EDGE species are identified. Hover over the EDGE Zones buttons to see regions of the world containing the highest concentrations of EDGE mammals and amphibians. Notice that EDGE Zones for mammals and amphibians are different, reflecting the varied evolutionary histories and threats facing the two groups. By supporting large-scale conservation projects and capacity building in regions of high biodiversity value, such as EDGE Zones, we can achieve greater conservation outcomes. Learn more about our conservation work. Select a country to search for EDGE species
HIGH-INTENSITY CIRCUIT TRAINING USING BODY WEIGHT: Maximum R... : ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal At the Human Performance Institute, Division of Wellness and Prevention, Inc., in Orlando, FL, our clients are high-performing professionals from a variety of industries. These men and women face incessant demands on their time, along with the pressure to perform at high levels and balance their careers and personal lives. From our work with elite performers, we have learned that managing energy is the key to sustaining high performance. However, when facing seemingly infinite demands, one’s ability to manage and expand physical energy can be severely compromised. Regular aerobic and resistance training are two of the strategies we suggest to help individuals manage and expand their physical energy, prevent fatigue, and sustain engagement in those things that really matter to them. Traditionally, resistance training often is performed separately from aerobic training — typically on two or three nonconsecutive days each week. Shorter rest periods result in a shorter total exercise time.
Controversial update to 'bible' of psychiatry fuels debate over foundations of mental health For years, the diagnosis of mental illness has largely relied upon one book — the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM. Published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the DSM offers detailed classifications and criteria for conditions like depression, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia. Psychiatrists around the world consult it when treating patients, insurance companies use it to verify reimbursement claims, and criminal investigators use it to assess a suspect's mental health. Today, the DSM is widely referred to as the "bible" of psychiatry — but not everyone is a believer. "Nothing to do with symptoms and everything to do with labeling" "I think the country is suffering from a glut of overdiagnosis and overmedication," Dr. The major argument from Frances and others is that the DSM-5 lowers the thresholds for many diagnoses, and broadens the definitions of existing mental illnesses. Grief, or depression? Dr.
Afghanistan the First Country Mapped using Broad Scale Hyperspectral Data (7/17/2012 5:00:00 PM) For the first time, about 70 percent of a country has been mapped using an advanced remote sensing technique known as hyperspectral imaging. In order to assist Afghanistan in understanding their abundant natural resources, in particular the development of an economically viable minerals market, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Department of Defense Task Force for Business and Stability Operations led an effort to fully map Afghanistan with hyperspectral data. Airborne hyperspectral sensors measure light reflected from the earth. The project was funded by the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Afghan Government. "Hyperspectral sensors deployed from aircraft are the ideal tool for mapping the mineral provinces of a nation with rugged topographic relief and lack of substantial ground cover," said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. In developing the maps, more than 800 million pixels of data were generated. Learn More:
Australian Man Dead for 40 Minutes Brought Back to Life By New Resuscitation Technique 39-year old Colin Fielder from Victoria, Australia was clinically dead for 40 minutes—that is until a new resuscitation technique from The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne brought him back to life By Robert Christie | May 14, 2013 08:48 AM EDT The same way mobile phones and laptops are a target for hackers, the United States Food and Drug Administration is afraid medical machines could be vulnerable to cyber attacks. 39-year old Colin Fielder from Victoria, Australia was clinically dead for 40 minutes—that is until a new resuscitation technique from The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne brought him back to life, according to Herald Sun. The new technique is one of two being performed by the hospital. The hospital is experimenting with a mechanical CPR machine which executes continual chest compressions. Fielder suffered a heart attack in June 2012 and was clinically dead for 40 minutes. The Auto Pulse Machine and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation have been used to treat seven patients so far.