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Ventura schools honored for work helping with healthy eating habits

Posted: September 28, 2012 at 8:13 pm


Nutrition took center stage Thursday at Ventura's De Anza Academy of Technology and the Arts as eight schools were honored for their work in getting students to eat better and be more active.

De Anza received the silver award in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's HealthierUS School Challenge. Bronze awards went to Anacapa, Balboa and Cabrillo middle schools and Buena, Foothill, Pacific and Ventura high schools.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Regional Administrator Allen Ng was on hand for the awards ceremony.

According to Sandip Kaur, director of Nutrition Service for the California Department of Education, the Ventura Unified School District is one of only 16 in the state to be honored for its nutrition program.

"That puts you among the top 5 to 6 percent top districts in California to receive the award," Kaur said. "You have all the ingredients for success."

De Anza Principal Hector Guerrero said credit for the school's successful food and fitness program should go to Sandy Curwood, director of food and nutrition services for the district, and Rebecca Murphy, who runs the cafeteria at De Anza.

"We offered fresh fruits and vegetable in the premises for children to eat every day," Guerrero said. "We've also done away with food as a reward."

De Anza offers a fresh fruit and salad bar each day for 450 to 600 students, as well as healthy entrees, which Thursday included hamburgers on whole wheat buns or turkey sandwiches.

Guerrero said catering to students' palate can be a challenge, but he said schools have found that students make better food choices with offerings of tastings and food preparation lessons.

"They are all required to take a fruit or vegetable, and later on in the day, you'll see them munching carrots or taking raisins to class," Guerrero said. "You don't see as many kids as tired when they are in the classroom."

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7News Health and Fitness Expo 2013

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BOSTON (WHDH) -- Channel 7s free Health and fitness Expo has been a hit from the beginning, with 70,000 people turning out each year for health screenings and fitness exams. Plus, the chance to meet Channel 7 personalities and more.

Now plans are under way to make the sixth health fair the best one yet.

"I think the exciting part of that is that you can go in and you can ask any doctor any question and they're doing screening for things that you wouldn't normally get screened for and the fact that it's free and there's this wealth of information is what gets people the most excited."

Boston Medical Center is Channel 7s partner for the health fair and it's the perfect partner for this unique event.

"We're now going to bring health and fitness information to the general public to the greater Boston community and really partner to showcase what can be done, how we keep people healthy."

Dr. Ravin Davidoff is Boston medical Center's chief medical officer. BMC not only offers state of the art robotic surgery and cancer care but also set up the first in the nation hospital based food pantry.

Putting people first, BMC lives up to its motto of providing 'exceptional care without exception.'

"We always have fun. Thats what this place is really about, bringing enthusiasm and energy. That will really be felt at the expo. We will bring that enthusiasm and energy and commitment to the patient. Well bring lots of excited people who are really leaders and thinkers in this world in the health care world. And that's what we'll bring to the health and fitness expo."

Making health care accessible and even 'fun' is what the free Health and Fitness Expo is all about.

Watch The Dish live or even try your hand at being a 7News sports anchor or weather person.

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Eight Health Technology Products to Launch at Health 2.0's 6th Annual Fall Conference

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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Health2.0 will unveil eight brand new health technology companies at the Launch! session on October 9th, during its SixthAnnualFallConference in San Francisco.

During the popular session, each of the eight startups will present their products in a series of rapid-fire, back-to-back, 4 minute demos. Through a live voting round, the audience will award one astounding company a spot on the main stage at Health 2.0's Seventh Annual Fall Conference.

Since 2008, Health 2.0 has premiered 65 innovative companies on what has become the industry's preeminent platform to launch. Launch! alumni include notables WSJ's 2010 top startup Castlight Health, and consumer biometric monitor Basis.

Here's a preview of the companies' making their first appearance on the public stage:

EveryMoveRussell Benaroya, Co-Founder & CEO, will present a platform to get rewards from insurance companies, employers, and brands for being healthier.

First Stop HealthKen Anderson, Co-Founders & COO, will present a tool to consult with your PCP and board-certified specialists, 24/7.

LifeVest HealthJon Cooper, CEO, will present a platform that allows you and others to invest in your health, with biometric analytics provided along the way.

MeQuilibriumJan Bruce, Founder and CEO, will present a tool for stress reduction.

MobricraticTravis Good, CEO, will present a HIPPA compliant medical education tool for doctors to share thoughts, images, or questions a la Pinterest.

Share the VisitElise Singer, Co-Founder & CEO, will present a tool that allows family members and caregivers to televisit at a patient's medical appointment.

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MissionPoint Health Partners Selects Care Team Connect to Coordinate Care for 40,000 Patients

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EVANSTON, Ill. & NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

MissionPoint Health Partners, a collaboration between more than 1,000 physicians and Saint Thomas Health, which was recently named a Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO, has selected Care Team Connects care coordination platform to power care navigation for their 40,000 enrolled members.

Launched earlier this year, MissionPoint is a partnership between Saint Thomas Health, physicians, community organizations, insurers, brokers and employers that better enables patients to navigate their healthcare. MissionPoint aims to improve the health of the communities it serves; reduce healthcare costs; improve patient experience; and enrich the lives of caregivers. Payments for physicians participating in MissionPoint are based on outcomes whether the patient becomes and remains healthy.

Care Team Connects secure, web-based platform connects hospitals, community providers, physicians, family members and patients so they can work in partnership across the care continuum to improve patient outcomes while significantly reducing the overall cost of care. The technology will serve as the common platform for the creation of patient-specific care plans driven by data interfaced directly from MissionPoints existing legacy systems, as well as the system of record for all subsequent patient encounters.

MissionPoint is providing a singular, coordinated platform to not only provide care to patients but prevent illnesses in the first place, said Jason Dinger, CEO of MissionPoint Health Partners. Care Team Connect offers a unique service that will allow us to achieve better health outcomes for our community.

Per the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) program, MissionPoint assumes responsibility for delivering efficient and effective care to a defined patient population. Care Team Connects technology platform automates the creation of patient-specific care plans along with task lists that will enable MissionPoints care navigators to quickly and accurately utilize proven care methods and best practices to care for the patients in their network. The end result is high quality care with all of the guesswork and redundancies removed.

We feel very fortunate to team with a visionary organization like MissionPoint Health Partners, who is focused on providing high-quality and affordable healthcare in a smarter, patient-focused way, said Ben Albert, CEO and founder of Care Team Connect. Care Team Connect will enable MissionPoints care navigation team to deliver the right care to the right patient at the right time, while helping measure the results.

About MissionPoint Health Partners

MissionPoint Health Partners is a new platform for health care delivery developed to bring doctors, nurses, hospitals and other care providers together to share the responsibility for keeping patients healthy. MissionPoint works to measurably lower the total cost and improve quality and satisfaction of a defined patient populations care. For more information, please visit http://www.MissionPointHealth.org or call 615-284-6843.

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Priority Health recognizes four Michigan senior volunteers

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Priority Health is recognizing four regional winners with Senior Impact Awards. The awards program recognizes volunteers 63 years and older who devote their time and energy toward improving their communities. As part of this recognition, Priority Health awards a $1,000 donation to each winner's volunteer organization.

The 2012 award recipients and their volunteer organizations are:

"By creating these awards we're able to see the incredible work that's being done in our communities," said Michael P. Freed, president and CEO for Priority Health. "Each winner and nominee is an inspiration for each of us."

Priority Health partnered with both the United Way and Volunteer Centers of Michigan throughout the state to identify senior volunteers, collect nominations and select winners. The award winners are chosen based on their ability to inspire and motivate others and their exceptional contributions.

For the first time this year, community members could cast their votes online for the top 10 nominees selected in each region by visiting the Priority Health Medicare Facebook page. The online votes along with the votes of an independent group of community members were tallied to select a winner from the top 10 in each region. The program received more than 100 nominations this year.

About the Senior Impact Award recipients:William Harris of Antrim County Harris has served as a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan since 2006. He has served as a mentor, advocate and fundraiser for the organization, helping recruit volunteers and financial resources at critical times. At age 67, he's helped hundreds of children in the Traverse City area, including his own Little Brother, Dylan, the young man Bill has mentored since 2007.

Clarenda Webb of Wayne County Webb has volunteered more than 6,000 hours with the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation (GRDC) in just the past four years, addressing issues related to crime and safety, vacant properties and foreclosure, and neighborhood beautification. At age 69, she regularly dedicates at least 30 hours each week to GRDC activities.

Frank Wolf of Kalamazoo County Wolf has served as a Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA) docent since 1997. At age 76, he has volunteered thousands of hours for human service, arts and conservation organizations throughout Kalamazoo County. He had an integral role in launching Touch Art Tours, a program that enables blind and vision impaired visitors to experience art and sculpture through touch at the KIA.

Joe Valenta of Midland County Valenta has been an active volunteer in Midland County since retiring from The Dow Chemical Company in 1980. At age 97, he regularly greets visitors to the Midland Community Center with a friendly smile and assists the center's staff by making copies, stuffing envelopes, making courtesy calls or brewing a fresh pot of coffee for art class participants.

Pictures and details about each award recipient are available on priorityhealth.com or upon request.

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Pharma Cos Form Nonprofit; InBalance Nutrition Bars; Novo Nordisk on CDP List – Health Min 9/27/20 – Video

Posted: September 27, 2012 at 11:16 pm


27-09-2012 16:43 Ten pharmaceutical companies from the US and Europe have formed a nonprofit to accelerate the development of new drugs. The organization, TransCelerate BioPharma, will be headquartered in Philadelphia. The founding companies are Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly and Company, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Roche Holding AG's Genentech, and Sanofi SA. InBalance Health, a company that provides doctor-formulated, alternative food bar and supplement solutions for prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes patients, has announced its launch and new healthy snack products. The company's INBbars are allergen-free and offer whole food nutrients, and are also useful for people with weight-loss or glucose management goals. Novo Nordisk has been ranked in the top 10 of healthcare companies in the Carbon Disclosure Project's Global 500 2012 report. Compared to 2011, Novo Nordisk improved its score by 1 to 90 out of 100. According to the CDP, the score shows that the company has recognized climate change as a priority for strategy. For more information on these and other stories, go to http://www.csrminute.com. The Health Minute is produced for 3BL Media by Video4Good

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Blog to Feature Expert Views on Health Literacy and Shared Decision Making Throughout October

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CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

To mark Health Literacy Month in October, many of the nation's top health literacy experts will be blogging to share their thoughts on how health literacy impacts and influences shared decision making -- a relevant and timely topic in a new era of accountable care. This is the third consecutive year, Engaging the Patient (www.engagingthepatient.com) has marked Health Literacy Month by inviting a panel of experts to share their insights around a topic related to health literacy.

Low literacy and communication breakdown have been linked to poor health outcomes such as higher rates of hospitalization and less frequent use of preventative services as patients with poor health literacy more often use services designed to treat complications of disease instead. Both of these outcomes are associated with higher healthcare costs.

Whether its a decision about starting a new medication, choosing between surgical options, or considering hospice care, the challenges patients face as they look at their options and compare them is confusing, said Geri Lynn Baumblatt, Editorial Director and health literacy expert at Emmi Solutions. Improving health literacy helps to ensure treatment decisions are aligned with patients' goals, values, and preferences. When patients understand their options and participate in treatment decisions, they avoid care they don't value and are more committed to the treatment plan."

Engaging the Patient is a blog sponsored by Emmi Solutions that connects healthcare leaders with peers who are making patient engagement a reality. This blog is also a source for news and insight on the pressing issues of communication in healthcare. Throughout October, Engaging the Patient will feature experts including:

To participate or sign-up, visit http://www.engagingthepatient.com.

About Emmi Solutions, LLC

Emmis proprietary interactive communication methodology delivers actionable health information to patients via multiple modalities including computers, mobile phones and tablets at key moments across the continuum of care. Emmis ability to connect with patients in language they understand at a time they are ready to learn and through the devices they already own has been demonstrated to help healthcare providers reduce costs, increase revenue and improve outcomes. The patented platform allows providers to track the delivery and consumption of information to measure the clinical and financial impact of patient engagement and meet regulatory guidelines. The web-based platform requires no installation or maintenance and can be used in stand-alone mode or fully integrated into existing systems. Learn more by visiting http://www.emmisolutions.com.

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Softheon Exchange Connector conforms solicitation for Qualified Health Plans (QHP) by the California Health Benefit …

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- California Health Benefit Exchange (HBEX) has issued a notice to solicit comments from health plans that wish to be among the plans to be offered in California through the Exchange next year. California HBEX has been developing standardized benefit plan designs and is requesting comments on Draft Qualified Health Plan (QHP) Solicitation to be submitted to the Exchange by October 4, 2012. QHP bidders must respond electronically via a secure website portal to the final QHP solicitation.

California HBEX QHPs will incorporate the significant aspects of PPACA which includes consumer-focused, affordability, catalyst, transparency, and integrity. For health plan issuers who are competing for the opportunity in the California plan market, making a wise selection on technology is extremely critical for them to better develop and maintain relationships with the Exchange and their consumers.

As the State of California and other states are preparing to get ready for January 1, 2014 deadline, health plan issuers would greatly benefit from a QHP management solution. Softheon's cloud based exchange-focused solution, Softheon Exchange ConnectorTM, reduces fragmentation in data delivery, addresses significant issues in administrative overhead and redundant information collection to help insurers better comply with QHP management for individual and small group enrollment requirements. Moreover, using the Softheon Exchange Connector, issuers do not need to make costly, time-consuming adjustments to current tools so they could be able to meet the tight deadline and deliver a competitive Qualified Health Plan.

For QHP certification related processes, Softheon Exchange Connector acts as the intermediary between the state exchanges, SERFF, and plan issuers to generate laws and perform identified plan management processes required to support PPACA compliance. It supports the interface between health plans, SERFF, and applications involved in the Exchange operations while providing a single interaction point for issuers to submit plans for certification, renewals and other plan monitoring activities.

Softheon Exchange ConnectorTM provides:

About Softheon Softheon, an emerging leader in next generation healthcare business process optimization, enables payer, provider, and government organizations to measurably reduce administrative cost, improve member and provider satisfaction, generate new revenue opportunities, and comply with regulatory statutes by adopting best business practices. The company does this mainly via its Softheon Exchange Connector platform which serves as an intermediary between Carriers and Insurance Exchanges. Softheon is one of only two technology providers with operational experience in designing, implementing and supporting the nation's first state exchange, the Health Connector, in Massachusetts.

To find out more about the Softheon Exchange ConnectorTM, Softheon Business ConnectorTM, visit http://www.softheon.com.

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Health Services Preferential Access Inquiry Announces Commission Counsel

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CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sep 27, 2012) - The Hon. John Z. Vertes, Commissioner of the Health Services Preferential Access Inquiry, has announced the lawyers who will serve as Counsel to the independent public inquiry established by the Government of Alberta, to look into the possibility of improper preferential access to publicly funded health services. Lead counsel will be Michele H. Hollins Q.C., with supporting counsel Jason L. Wilkins, both partners with the Calgary-based firm of Dunphy Best Blocksom LLP.

Ms. Hollins practices in civil litigation, with particular expertise in employment law, shareholder and contract disputes, restrictive covenants, product liability, debtor-creditor issues and other civil litigation matters. Michele has appeared at all levels of court in Alberta, is a past President of the Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch, and is currently the CBA National Second Vice-President, scheduled to assume the role of President in 2014-15. Ms. Hollins received her Queen''s Counsel designation in 2008, as well as the National Canadian Bar Association''s Louis St. Laurent Award in 2010, and is a regular speaker and respected writer on a variety of litigation and advocacy related topics.

Mr. Wilkins'' practice includes family law, with expertise in all facets of property disputes, spousal support and child custody related issues, as well as a civil litigation practice. He has significant experience in both judicial and private advocacy and mediations at all levels of court in Alberta, including trial and appellate work. Mr. Wilkins is a long-serving volunteer with Calgary Legal Guidance, receiving the Allan D. Hunter Volunteer of the Year Award in 2008, and is a former board member of Cause Canada.

If evidence is found to substantiate concerns regarding improper preferential access to publicly funded health services, the terms of reference for the Health Services Preferential Access Inquiry include a call for recommendations on preventing improper access in the future.

The public inquiry will be conducted in accordance with sections 17 to 22 of the Health Quality Council of Alberta Act and the Commissioner has all the powers, privileges and immunities granted under the Public Inquiries Act.

Information regarding the Health Services Preferential Access Inquiry will be available on an ongoing basis at http://www.healthaccessinquiry.ca. The website will provide public access to relevant information including the inquiry''s terms of reference, news, transcripts of hearings and a public communication feedback form.

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Small Businesses with Health & Wellness Programs Tout Bottom-Line Impact

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

While most small businesses dont offer health and wellness programs to their employees, three of four that offer such programs do find the initiatives have a positive impact on their bottom line. Thats one of the key conclusions of a study of more than 1,000 small-business owners by Humana Inc. (HUM), one of the nations leading health and well-being companies, and the National Small Business Association (NSBA), Americas longest-running small business advocacy organization.

The study aimed to uncover health and wellness needs and barriers facing small businesses in todays post-recession business recovery. Key findings include:

(Note: This survey defined health and wellness programs at initiatives aimed at encouraging employees to make healthier choices such as getting preventative care, eating right and exercising.)

For 50 years, five behavioral issues have consumed an estimated 80 percent of the nations health care budget poor diet, stress coupled with inactivity, smoking and drinking. Humana understands small businesses role in supporting our economy and we are committed to helping these employers and their employees combat such issues and achieve lifelong well-being, said Jerry Ganoni, President of Humanas Small Business Division. Were encouraged that employers recognize the importance of wellness programs, and through our collaboration with the NSBA intend to provide educational resources and tools small businesses can use to help address the wellness barriers they identified.

Small-Business Startups Most Likely to Provide Wellness Programs

A key factor in small business owners decision about whether or not to introduce a health and wellness program rests with employee interest.

Wellness solutions likely will be an increasingly important part of the employee value proposition, said Ganoni. It will be crucial for the industry to focus on providing small-business owners with the information they need to make the wellness decisions necessary to recruit and retain employees while making an a meaningful impact on their bottom lines.

Stress as Top Concern for Employee Well-being

While often focused on physical health, well-being programs can impact mental health too.

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Ten Schools Receive School Health Connection Awards

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MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Can a lifelong commitment to health begin in elementary school? Ten elementary schools in Minnesota and western Wisconsin communities have the opportunity to answer that question as they participate in a novel partnership with Allina Health. The schools have been selected as School Health ConnectionTM sites for the 201213 school year, which includes $10,000 grants for each school to promote healthy activities.

School Health ConnectionTM will provide these schools with direct access to Allina Health caregivers, including a consulting physician from a nearby Allina Health clinic who will help school staff respond to health issues affecting their school. The program will also provide online learning tools, teacher training and a health fair for the entire school community that will be based at each school. This event will also include health screenings for teachers and parents as a means to model healthy behavior for children.

"Building a culture of good health is an important part of our mission, and getting our young people engaged early is crucial to that endeavor, said Kenneth H. Paulus, president and CEO of Allina Health. The partnership of neighborhood caregivers with neighborhood schools is long overdue. We have some serious work to do to turn back the growing tide of obesity in our communities, and time is of the essence.

The 10 selected schools are:

"Young people who engage in healthy activities get better grades and feel better about themselves, said Michael Marshall, MD, president of Allina Clinics. Schools can play a critical role in helping establish those healthy behaviors that lead to academic and lifelong success. The schools we selected are committed to using the resources we provide to not only enhance the health and fitness of their students, but also to engage the families of their students making this a true community health improvement effort."

The 10 selected elementary schools were chosen through a competitive application process. More than 80 schools submitted applications.

About Allina Health Allina Health (formerly Allina Hospitals & Clinics) is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services that provide hospice care, oxygen and home medical equipment, and emergency medical transportation services. Learn more at allinahealth.org.

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Methodist Health System Breaks Ground on New Richardson Hospital

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DALLAS, Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Methodist Health System celebrated its latest expansion in North Texas during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Methodist Richardson Medical Center Bush/Renner hospital. The new 125-bed, four-story acute care hospital will be located at the southeast corner of Renner Road and President George Bush Turnpike. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2014, the technologically advanced facility will offer enhanced health care services to residents in Richardson, Garland, Murphy, Plano, Sachse, Wylie, and surrounding areas.

"Methodist Health System is excited to begin its highly anticipated expansion to our second location in Richardson today," said Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE, president and CEO, Methodist Health System. "Our Campbell Road location has served the Richardson area's health care needs for more than 40 years. We look forward to expanding our presence and capabilities to serve the medical needs of North Texas with the Bush/Renner expansion."

Among the new hospital's features are a women's pavilion; level III neonatal intensive care unit; labor, delivery, and recovery services; an advanced neurosciences program; outpatient surgical services with a focus on minimally invasive surgery with the robotic da Vinci Surgical System; advanced cardiac care including catheterization procedures and electrophysiology; and comprehensive imaging technologies for enhanced diagnostics and treatment. The new hospital will employ almost 900 professionals, and physicians representing more than 35 specialties are expected to join the medical staff.

Upon completion of the Bush/Renner hospital, plans for the Campbell Road campus include a renovation to maintain emergency/urgent care, primary care, and diagnostic and outpatient services, as well as expanding post-acute care services such as inpatient rehabilitation and long-term acute care. Other added services will include expansion of the behavioral health unit to include geriatric behavioral health.

"This day marks the beginning of a new chapter for health care in Richardson and its surrounding communities," said Ken Hutchenrider Jr., FACHE, president, Methodist Richardson Medical Center. "We're building for the future, and our two Richardson campuses will equip us to be the trusted health care provider for this area."

Methodist Richardson began as a community-owned hospital in 1966 and currently has two medical campuses, Campbell Road and Bush/Renner. The Methodist Health System partnership, which began in 2009, has accelerated the expansion at the Bush/Renner campus, which is currently home to a medical office building as well as an outpatient hospital and cancer center that opened in October 2008.

"Methodist Health System is one of Richardson's most important community partners, and the new hospital is about to become the crown jewel of health care in our community," said Richardson Mayor Bob Townsend. "Since our partnership began, Methodist Health System has recruited and brought new physicians with a wider variety of skills, talents, and abilities to the city, and it has expanded medical services in the community and region. We could not have hoped for a better health provider and partner to locate in the city of Richardson, and we look forward to the expanded level of service and additional 100 jobs this new regional health center will provide."

The Bush/Renner expansion will be supported by a $9 million capital campaign the largest in the hospital's history. The "Your Health. Your Hospital. Building for your future." campaign will be spearheaded by Methodist Richardson Advisory Board and Capital Campaign Committee Chair Joe Snayd.

"Many have generously supported Methodist Richardson Medical Center, contributing to its success and making the Bush/Renner expansion possible," said Snayd. "We are grateful for the efforts of both the current and past Methodist Richardson advisory boards and Methodist Richardson Foundation boards. Today we stand at the threshold of a bright future, and with the support of the community, we can strengthen Methodist Richardson Medical Center Bush/Renner's standing as the health care provider and hospital for future generations."

Upon completion of the new hospital, acute care services will be centralized at the Bush/Renner facility, and the Campbell Road facility at 401 W. Campbell Road will continue to offer a full-service emergency department, outpatient diagnostic and laboratory services, behavioral health services, and physician offices. New to the Campbell Road campus will be post-acute care and rehabilitation services.

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Multiscreen Health Activity on the Rise – Adoption of Mobile Health Resources Increases to 75 Million U.S. Adults and …

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

According to the new Cybercitizen Health U.S. 2012 study from healthcare market research and advisory firm Manhattan Research, digital health activities are becoming increasingly multiscreen. While online health activities are still primarily desktop or laptop-based in 2012, mobile and tablet health activity adoption continues to accelerate.

Key findings on multiscreen health behaviors from the Cybercitizen Health U.S. 2012 study include:

"Growing ownership of connected devices and the access to digital health tools and information they provide is helping to drive the broader shift from intermittent to continuous care," said Monique Levy, Vice President of Research at Manhattan Research. "This trend shows vast potential for changing key dynamics of healthcare delivery, including patient engagement, provider involvement, and how preventive care is incentivized."

Cybercitizen Health U.S. surveyed 8,745 U.S. adults via landline, mobile phone, and online in Q3 2012, and covers multiple consumer health and digital topics, including evolving health touch points such as pharmacists and retailers, social media, remote care, and Internet reliance throughout the patient journey.

Upcoming Webinar! Cybercitizen HealthU.S. 2012 Tuesday, October 2 at 2:00pm ET

Vice President of Research Monique Levy is hosting a webinar October 2nd at 2pm ET for those interested in learning more about Cybercitizen Health U.S. as well as highlights from the new data. Register today!

About Cybercitizen HealthU.S. 2012

Cybercitizen Health U.S. is Manhattan Researchs annual market research study and syndicated advisory service benchmarking how U.S. consumers use the Internet, digital media, mobile devices and other technologies for health. The data can be segmented across a variety of target therapeautic audiences, including diagnosed patients, patients on Rx, caregivers and info seekers.

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Gateway Health Plan Attributes 15 Years of Growth and Superior Service to Collaboration with DST Health Solutions

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --DST Health Solutions, LLC, and Gateway Health Plan announced today their longstanding collaboration has resulted in the achievement of a number of strategic business objectives for Gateway, including growth, product expansion and a reduced administrative cost ratio. A new case study highlights the background and successes.

Industry-leading Gateway Health Plan, named "One of America's Best Health Plans" by U.S. News and World Report, boasts membership of 249,000 Medicaid and 28,000 Medicare Advantage dual-eligible members, all serviced by DST Health Solutions' Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) organization.

"DST has helped Gateway achieve a number of important business objectives, including a 200 percent increase in membership, product expansion and a reduced administrative cost ratio of 7.2 percent," said Margaret Worek, Vice President of Operations, Gateway. "Due to the results we've achieved, we are able to consider expansions of our Medicaid business with tens of thousands of new members that will be supported by DST."

Today, DST provides Gateway front-end and mailroom processing, enrollment and membership management, end-to-end claims administration and provider reimbursement. In addition, Gateway is able to leverage disaster recovery services from DST as part of its application system hosting.

"Even as a young company, we recognized that the areas of strategic value resided in growth, expansion, provider relations and medical management, and not claims, mailroom and hiring programmers," said Michael Blackwood, Chief Executive Officer, Gateway. "We wanted one vendor on which we could rely for superior business process outsourcing and software, and we found that in DST Health Solutions."

Among the-more notable results achieved by Gateway are:

"We are committed to providing Gateway the strategic support they have come to expect and rely on from DST Health Solutions," said Steve Sabino, the company's President. "This approach is reflected in such things as our annual, joint planning sessions, wherein our two organizations share and discuss business initiatives for the-forthcoming year. Leveraging this level of mindshare, we've been able to drive benefits for both of our organizations."

To order a PDF of the case study, click here.

For more information on how we can help your organization, call DST Health Solutions, at 800.272.4799 or visit us at http://www.dsthealthsolutions.com.

About Gateway Health Plan Gateway Health Plan's Medicare Assured HMO SNP product is one of the nation's largest and Pennsylvania's largest Medicare Approved Special Needs Plan for those who are eligible for both Medicare and Medical Assistance. For individuals who qualify, there is no monthly premium, and they receive healthcare coverage, plus prescription drug coverage, dental, transportation, vision, hearing services, fitness center membership, and bathroom safety products all from one plan. Gateway Health Plan emphasizes the development and delivery of innovative programs to positively affect the personal health of its members. Gateway maintains a healthcare delivery system that assures the availability of high quality medical care for the Gateway member, based upon access, quality and financial soundness.

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CNIO team discovers the first real indicator of longevity in mammals

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Contact: Nuria Noriega nnoriega@cnio.es Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncologicas (CNIO)

A team of researchers from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), headed by CNIO Director Mara Blasco, has demonstrated in a pioneering study on mammals that longevity is defined at a molecular level by the length of telomeres. The workwhich is published today in the online edition of the journal Cell Reportsopens the door to further study of these cellular components in order to calculate the rate at which cells age and thus be able to determine life expectancy for a particular organism.

Chromosomesthe cellular containers holding the genetic information in living creatureshave repetitive sequences of DNA at their extremities called telomeres. These sequences act as hoods that protect the genetic material in the face of any external agent which might damage it and compromise the function of the cells.

Several transversal population studiesmeasuring telomere length once over time in a large group of individualsshow a relationship between the length of the telomeres and the risk of suffering illnessescardiovascular disease or cancer, for example.

Until now, however, the use of telomeric measurements to predict real life expectancy in mammals had not been evaluated.

"In the transversal studies, it appears that individuals with short telomeres have a significantly increased probability of developing illnesses, including cancer. But this information is not applicable to a specific individual", says Blasco.

To determine a real ageing prediction method, the authors of the present study have carried out longitudinal studies of telomere length in mice, in which a single individual is followed over a period of time.

After taking periodic blood samples from the same individual, from which cells were extracted for study, they found that those mice which managed to live longer were not the ones that had longer telomeres at any given age but those in which showed less telomeric shortening over time.

"The important thing is not so much the long telomeres at any given time as the tendency or the evolution of the length of the telomeres over time", says Elsa Vera, lead author of the study.

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First real indicator of longevity in mammals discovered

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ScienceDaily (Sep. 27, 2012) A team of researchers from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), headed by CNIO Director Mara Blasco, has demonstrated in a pioneering study on mammals that longevity is defined at a molecular level by the length of telomeres. The work -- which is published September 27 in the online edition of the journal Cell Reports -- opens the door to further study of these cellular components in order to calculate the rate at which cells age and thus be able to determine life expectancy for a particular organism.

Chromosomes -- the cellular containers holding the genetic information in living creatures -- have repetitive sequences of DNA at their extremities called telomeres. These sequences act as hoods that protect the genetic material in the face of any external agent which might damage it and compromise the function of the cells.

Several transversal population studies -- measuring telomere length once over time in a large group of individuals -- show a relationship between the length of the telomeres and the risk of suffering illnesses -- cardiovascular disease or cancer, for example.

Until now, however, the use of telomeric measurements to predict real life expectancy in mammals had not been evaluated.

"In the transversal studies, it appears that individuals with short telomeres have a significantly increased probability of developing illnesses, including cancer. But this information is not applicable to a specific individual," says Blasco.

To determine a real aeing prediction method, the authors of the present study have carried out longitudinal studies of telomere length in mice, in which a single individual is followed over a period of time.

After taking periodic blood samples from the same individual, from which cells were extracted for study, they found that those mice which managed to live longer were not the ones that had longer telomeres at any given age but those in which showed less telomeric shortening over time.

"The important thing is not so much the long telomeres at any given time as the tendency or the evolution of the length of the telomeres over time," says Elsa Vera, lead author of the study.

With this study, Blasco's team suggests using mice as an animal model in longitudinal studies that allow for health prognoses in humans. Blasco says that: "while telomere length in normal mice is much greater than in humans, we have found, surprisingly, that the telomere shortening rate in mice is 100 times faster than in humans, so the old dogma of normal mice not getting old due to the shortening of their telomeres is wrong."

This study further opens the possibility of studying, via the longitudinal examination of these genetic guardians, the real effect of lifestyle choices such as diet, smoking or exercise on individual aging rates.

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Health Enhancement Products, Inc. Sets New Agenda for Product Platforms and Development Schedule

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI--(Marketwire - Sep 26, 2012) - Arizona-based algae producer Health Enhancement Products ( OTCBB : HEPI ) announces the activation of the Company's product platform strategy to accelerate potential licensing or co-development opportunities.

The results from the recently concluded cholesterol study, along with previous studies, provide enough accumulated data for the Company to address the cholesterol vertical opportunity with drug development companies, their associated venture groups and research-based pharmaceutical companies. At the same time, several other paths have been activated to realize short-term product development and revenue objectives.

Based on previous work and a pending confirmatory test, the Company is aggressively pursuing bovine mastitis, an inflammatory condition that impacts dairy cow milk production and quality. Industry sources quote annual losses to dairy producers at nearly $10 billion. Further, government regulation is clamping down on the use of antibiotics just as new, drug-resistant pathogens are surfacing. Mastitis is the leading problem for much of the world's 244 million dairy cows. The Company is in active discussions with leading animal health companies.

The Company is also pursuing the use of its patented algae culture as a direct source of micro-nutrition and diet supplementation for beef and dairy cattle, whereby the beneficial algae is grown in large volumes, compressed and sold in bulk through licensees. Outside the US, dietary supplements and feed enhancers for cattle are a rapidly-growing, billion-dollar segment of the agricultural industry. Company management is confident that compliance with international standards can be met in a relatively short period of time.

Utilizing the same production technology, the Company can also bring to market a canine dietary supplement for the US market -- a $20 billion industry sector. A previous study, linked to a pending in vitro, will be used to engage large animal nutrition companies in licensing negotiations.

"The cholesterol application will continue to move forward at a pace set by our developmental partners. We need to pursue these other near-term opportunities to put a real number on the bottom line in the immediate term," states Andrew Dahl, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We're obviously spreading our resources, but we're also spreading our bets. Moving in parallel allows us to meet our investment and timeframe objectives. The pace of research and development will begin to accelerate."

With two anti-inflammatory tests in process and a pending autoimmune study, the Company can continue its work on several key development drivers:

In order to speed up identification of the compounds tested in the recently concluded cholesterol study, the Company is focusing additional resources on isolation techniques that don't use salt or phosphates to extract potentially active molecules. Secondly, in order to speed up bovine mastitis research, the Company is moving forward with independent in vitro tests to support previous in vivo research. The isolation and identification of bioactives commences in parallel with anti-inflammatory and autoimmune modulation studies. Simultaneously, the Company is requesting proposals from qualified contract algae producers that can meet specific production requirements and compliance safeguards.

And finally, the Company is aggressively pursuing the protection of its existing and pending patents across the globe, filing numerous applications in Europe, Japan, Brazil, Canada and Mexico in anticipation of international distribution of proprietary products by its licensees.

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Treasure Island health study planned

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As Treasure Island residents express alarm about a radioactive waste investigation that has expanded into their yards and homes, San Francisco health officials and a local nonprofit are stepping in to separate fact from speculation.

Navy contractors have been searching for and removing low-level radioactive waste at the former Treasure Island Naval Station since 2003, the legacy of an atomic warfare school and a warship repair yard.

But recently, the Navy has had to broaden its efforts after state health officials said military contractors had misidentified and mishandled potential radioactive waste sites.

The island's 2,000 residents learned of the possibly botched radioactive waste cleanup only after it was disclosed by the Bay Citizen. Some have responded with concerns about their health, worried that illnesses such as cancer might have been caused by radiation left over from when the military ran the island.

About 50 residents attended a meeting on the island last week where two dozen officials from the city, Navy and state addressed their questions. Frank Romero said that after seven years living on the island, he'd found out a few days before that he had cancer in his chest.

"I never had it before I got here," said Romero, who said he is a veteran of the Iraq war. "Something's happening here."

Katherine Lundgren said she recalls seeing men in white radiation protective suits one day in 2007: "booties, goggles, everything." They said they had permission from her landlord to come into her house and test for radioactive material.

Since then, Lundgren said, her husband has suffered heart failure and her mother has developed welts. She believes the ailments might be traced to chemical contamination in the soil. She also fears that lingering radiation is causing health problems.

Officials with the Navy and the state Department of Toxic Substances Control assured residents that they would have suffered no health effects from radioactive material.

Steve Woods, a radiation specialist with the state Department of Public Health, offered a slightly different message. He said that even though findings so far do not suggest there is a health risk, more studies are warranted.

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Molecular process in fat cells that influences stress and longevity identified

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ScienceDaily (Sep. 26, 2012) As part of their ongoing research investigating the biology of aging, the greatest risk factor for type 2 diabetes and other serious diseases, scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center have identified a new factor -- microRNA processing in fat tissue -- which plays a major role in aging and stress resistance. This finding may lead to the development of treatments that increase stress resistance and longevity and improve metabolism.

The findings appear in the Sept. 5 online edition of Cell Metabolism.

Over the past several years, it has become clear that fat cells (adipocytes) are more than just repositories to store fat. Indeed, fat cells secrete a number of substances that actively influence metabolism and systemic inflammation. Previous studies have found that reducing fat mass by caloric restriction (CR) or surgical or genetic means can promote longevity and stress resistance in species from yeast to primates. However, little is known about how CR and fat reduction produce these beneficial effects. This study investigated one type of molecular mediator -- change in microRNAs (miRNAs) and the processing enzymes required to make them- that is influenced by aging and reversed by caloric restriction. miRNAs are involved in the formation of mature RNA.

Based on studies conducted using human cells, mice and C. elegans (a microscopic worm used as a model organism for aging studies), the researchers demonstrated that levels of multiple miRNAs, decrease in fat tissue (adipose) with age in all three species. This is due to a decrease in the critical enzyme required from converted pre-miRNAs to mature miRNAs, Dicer. In the human study, which compared the miRNA levels in preadipocytes (fat cell precusors) of young, middle-aged and older people, people aged 70 and older had the lowest miRNA levels. "The fact that this change occurs in humans, mice and worms points to its significance as a general and important process," says lead author C. Ronald Kahn, MD, Chief Academic Officer at Joslin Diabetes Center and the Mary K. Iacocca Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Caloric restriction, which has been shown to prolong lifespan and improve stress resistance in both mice and worms, prevents this decline of Dicer, and in the case of the mice, restore miRNAs to levels observed in young mice. Conversely, exposure of adipocytes to major stressors associated with aging and metabolic diseases, including toxic agents, Dicer levels decreased. Mice and worms engineered to have decreased Dicer expression in fat showed increased sensitivity to stress, a sign of premature aging. By contrast, worms engineered to "overexpress" Dicer in the intestine (the adipose tissue equivalent in worms) had greater stress resistance and lived longer.

Overall, these studies showed that regulation of miRNA processing in adipose-related tissues plays an important role in longevity and an organism's ability to respond to age-related and environmental stress. "This study points to a completely new mechanism by which fat might affect lifespan and is the first time that anyone has looked at fat and miRNAs as factors in longevity," according to co-author T. Keith Blackwell, MD, PhD, co-head of Joslin's Section on Islet Cell and Regenerative Biology and Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School.

Based on this study, Blackwell suggests that "finding ways to improve miRNA processing to keep miRNA levels up during aging might have a role in protecting against the stresses of everyday life and the development of age- and stress-related disease."

Dr. Kahn and the study investigators are currently working on ways to genetically control Dicer levels in the fat tissues of mice, to create mouse models that are more or less resistant to stress. "We would love to find drugs that would mimic this genetic manipulation to produce a beneficial effect," says Dr. Kahn. "If we can better understand the biology of aging, we might also understand how age impacts diabetes," says Kahn.

Study co-authors include Marcelo A. Mori, Prashant Raghavan, Jeremie Boucher, Stacey Robida-Stubbs, Yazmin Macotela, Steven J. Russell, and T. Keith Blackwell of Joslin; and James L. Kirkland and Thomas Thomou of the Mayo Clinic.

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