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Infant fussiness not tied to later mental health

Posted: October 3, 2012 at 6:14 pm

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Babies who fuss and cry a lot may not have a greater chance of mental health issues later in life - despite what their mothers might think, a new study suggests.

Parents sometimes worry that if their baby seems overly irritable, that could be an omen of distress later in life, too.

So the new findings should help set their minds at ease, said lead researcher Dr. Rebecca Hyde, of Mater Children's Hospital in South Brisbane, Australia.

The study found that when moms said their baby cried excessively and had other problems "settling," they were also more likely than other moms to report behavior problems once their child was a teenager.

Yet those "problem children" did not see themselves that way. And by the time they were 21 years old, their mental health was on par with that of their peers.

There could be a number of things going on to explain the findings, Hyde told Reuters Health in an email.

"It may be that the child's early behavioral dysregulation has affected the relationship between the child and the mother, such that the mother continues to see the child as having problems, even when they do not," she explained.

Hyde said it's also possible that, for whatever reason, some moms are always going to see more problems in their kids than other mothers.

The findings, which appear in the journal Pediatrics, are based on nearly 3,100 young adults who were born in the early 1980s and followed to the age of 21.

When they were six months old, their mothers answered questions about how often their baby had feeding problems, sleeplessness or colic or was overactive.

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Health Management to Present at the Deutsche Bank 20th Annual Leveraged Finance Conference

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Health Management Associates, Inc. (HMA) announced today that its management will present at the Deutsche Bank 20th Annual Leveraged Finance Conference to be held October 9 - 11, 2012, at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Health Managements senior leaders will present on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 2:10 PM MST, 5:10 PM EDT. The presentation will be webcast live over the Internet via Health Management's website (http://www.hma.com). Listeners are encouraged to go to the Investor Relations section of Health Management's website approximately five minutes prior to the event to register and download any necessary media player software.

Health Management enables America's best local health care by providing the people, processes, capital and expertise necessary for its hospital and physician partners to fulfill their local missions of delivering superior health care services. Health Management, through its subsidiaries, operates 70 hospitals, with approximately 10,500 licensed beds, in non-urban communities located throughout the United States.

All references to "Health Management," "HMA" or the "Company" used in this release refer to Health Management Associates, Inc. and its affiliates.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions and are identified by words such as "expects," "estimates," "projects," "anticipates," "believes," intends, "plans," may, continues, should, "could" and other similar words. All statements addressing operating performance, events or developments that Health Management Associates, Inc. expects or anticipates will occur in the future, including but not limited to incurrence of indebtedness, projections of revenue, income or loss, capital expenditures, earnings per share, debt structure, bad debt expense, capital structure, repayment of indebtedness, the amount and timing of funds under the meaningful use measurement standard of various HCIT incentive programs, other financial items and operating statistics, statements regarding the plans and objectives of management for future operations, innovations, or market service development, statements regarding acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures and other proposed or contemplated transactions (including but not limited to statements regarding the potential for future acquisitions and perceived benefits of acquisitions), statements of future economic performance, statements regarding legal proceedings and other loss contingencies, statements regarding market risk exposures, statements regarding the effects and/or interpretations of recently enacted or future health care laws and regulations, statements of the assumptions underlying or relating to any of the foregoing statements, and other statements which are other than statements of historical fact, are considered to be "forward-looking statements."

Because they are forward-looking, such statements should be evaluated in light of important risk factors and uncertainties. These risk factors and uncertainties are more fully described in Health Management Associates, Inc.'s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, and most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2012, including under the heading entitled "Risk Factors." Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of Health Management Associates, Inc.'s underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could vary materially from those currently anticipated. In addition, undue reliance should not be placed on Health Management Associates, Inc.'s forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, Health Management Associates, Inc. disclaims any obligation to update its risk factors or to publicly announce updates to the forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect new information, future events or other developments.

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REACH Health Hires Gene Guertin as Chief Technology Officer

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REACH Health, Inc., a leading provider of telemedicine technology solutions, announced today that Gene Guertin has joined the company as Chief Technology Officer. An expert in the field of Healthcare Information Technology, Gene has held leadership positions at technology companies providing strategic solutions for the healthcare community. For the past eleven years he has been with HealthPort Technologies, LLC having served as both Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer.

The addition of Mr. Guertin to REACHs technical team accelerates the companys momentum as the leader in clinically based telemedicine technology solutions. As Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Gene will continue to build and guide REACH Healths team of advanced telemedicine software developers and engineers. Mr. Guertin is a seasoned business executive who combines innovative strategies with practical execution. His experience and expertise includes the transfer of technology from development phases to commercialization.

Gene brings a new level of Healthcare Information Technology management experience to the REACH Health leadership team. His focus on the customer and customer satisfaction are invaluable as REACH Health enters an aggressive growth phase, said REACH Health President and CEO Richard Otto.

REACH Health is a unique nexus of connectivity, information technology, and clinical know-how, said Gene Guertin. I look forward to executing on the companys exciting vision for the future of healthcare delivery.

Prior to joining REACH Health, Gene Guertin served as Chief Information Officer at HealthPort,the nations largest provider ofrelease of information services and audit management and tracking technology. Prior to his tenure at HealthPort, Gene held executive and senior management positions with several software development companies. Mr. Guertin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environment Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration degree from Frostburg State University. Mr. Guertin received CIO Decisions magazine CIO Leadership award in 2006 and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Maryland.

About REACH Health

REACH Health, based in Alpharetta, Ga., is a healthcare technology company with a specialized focus on telemedicine solutions. The companys technology overcomes traditional obstacles of time and distance to connect specialty physicians and patients for live consultations using comprehensive patient data in tandem with real-time audio/video interaction. REACHs multidiscipline solutions benefit numerous clinical environments including emergency rooms, ICUs, and patient rooms covering a range of disciplines including: pulmonology, cardiology, neurology, psychiatry and stroke applications. For more information, visit http://www.reachhealth.com.

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For longevity, it's the survival of the nicest Save

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Oct. 4, 2012, 3 a.m.

Baboons, like people, really do get by with a little help from their friends. Humans with strong social ties live longer, healthier lives, whereas hostility and ''loner'' tendencies can set the stage for disease and early death.

In animals, too, strong social networks contribute to longer lives and healthier offspring - and now it seems that personality may be just as big a factor in other primates' longevity status. A study has found that female baboons that had the most stable relationships with other females weren't always the highest up in the hierarchy or those with close family around - but they were the nicest.

Scientists are increasingly seeing personality as a key factor in an animal's ability to survive, adapt and thrive in its environment. But this topic isn't an easy one to study scientifically, says primatologist Dorothy Cheney, of the University of Pennsylvania.

''Research in mammals, birds, fish and insects shows individual patterns of behaviour that can't be easily explained. But the many studies of personality are based on human traits like conscientiousness, agreeableness, or neuroticism. It isn't clear how to apply those traits to animals,'' she says.

Along with a group of scientists, including co-authors Robert Seyfarth, also at the University of Pennsylvania, and primatologist Joan Silk of Arizona State University, Professor Cheney has studied wild baboons at the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana for almost 20 years.

Besides providing detailed observations of behaviour in several generations of baboons, the research has yielded a wealth of biological and genetic data.

In previously published research, Professor Cheney and co-workers showed that females lived longer, had lower stress hormone levels and had more surviving offspring when they had close, long-lasting relationships with other females (characterised chiefly by spending time together and grooming).

Although dominance rank was significant for male baboons - alpha male baboons may live longer than lower-ranking males - this wasn't true for the females. Nor was an abundance of family the key to longevity. Not all of the longer-lived, less-stressed females had large families.

To find out more about how female baboons forge bonds, Professor Cheney and co-authors focused on detailed records of observations of 45 female baboons from 2001 to 2007. As a personality gauge, the researchers used specific behaviours, including how often the females were alone, how often they touched other females, how often they behaved aggressively, how often they were approached by others and how often they grunted when approaching other females of various ranks. Among female baboons, grunting is a sign of good will, Professor Cheney says. Using these criteria, the researchers characterised the baboons as ''nice'', ''aloof'' or ''loner''. The team also tested the baboons for levels of stress hormones known as glucocorticoids.

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Anti-Aging Company Launches New Aging Supplement Review After the Announcement of a New 20 Year Aging Study

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Houston, TX (PRWEB) October 03, 2012

After new national 20-year study on the aging process was announced earlier this week, the anti-aging company Anti Aging Products Reviewed announced a new free review on the aging process Marine D3. Anti Aging Products Reviewed announced these new reviews on the Marine D3 aging supplement; which is designed to help reverse many of the side effects associated with the aging process. This study was designed to bring certain issues to light regarding aging but to also reveal information on what adults can expect as they start to reach the later stages of life.

The company hopes that the reports, along with the information about aging revealed in this new highly publicized study, will encourage more people to get the information they are looking for about the aging process. The new review, is designed to bring light to the Marine D3 product and provide insight on how this all natural supplement can help with aging related issues such as memory, joint issues, weight gain and more. The product is also designed to help with the cholesterol and cardiovascular related problems detailed in this new study on aging. The national study will be based out of the McMaster Innovation Park and will help adults around the world understand key components of the aging process.

The companys new reports have recently launched on their website in a combined effort to bring new light in how to handle the aging process with natural supplements such as Marine D3.

To find out more about the company and the best anti-aging solutions available in todays market, visit: http://antiagingproductsreviewed.com/.

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La Joya ISD board members question nutrition program controversy – Video

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01-10-2012 22:37 La Joya ISD held a school board meeting on Monday in order to clear things up a bit. Find this story and more at

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WHO Calls For Expanded Nutrition Interventions

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WHO Calls For Expanded Nutrition Interventions To Avert Child Deaths

HANOI, 25 September 2012With solid evidence pointing to proper nutrition as essential for survival, health and development, the World Health Organization raised malnutrition high on the agenda of the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific.

The Regional Committee, WHO's governing body in the Region, is meeting in Hanoi from 24 to 28 September to review WHO's work in the Region and to set future directions to improve the health of the Regions people.

Addressing the Regional Committee, Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, said that despite a drop in undernutrition rates in the Region, "there is no room for complacency as the levels of maternal and young child undernutrition continue to be too high. At the same time, the rising rates of obesity and noncommunicable disease represent an epidemicone that is growing fast in our Region. This double burden of malnutrition leads to long-term negative impacts on the health and development of the people and for the economies of Member States."

Adequate provision of nutrients, beginning at the earliest stages of life, is essential to ensure good physical and mental development and long-term health and productivity.

Dr Shin warned that many countries in the Region now tend to focus on the problem of overnutrition even as undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies continue to be a problem.

In an effort to address malnutrition, the Regional Committee, composed of 37 countries and areas in the Western Pacific, pledged to scale up and sustain cost-effective nutrition interventions aiming to prevent more than 100 000 under five-year-old child deaths per year in the Region. This means saving more than 270 lives of children under five years every dayor 11 lives per hour.

Dr Shin urged the Regional Committee to expand areas for action, to identify targets and priority actions in health and other sectors, and to adopt a time frame and indicators for monitoring.

The Regional Committee is set to endorse a resolution to scale up nutrition, based on the WHO Comprehensive Implementation Plan on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition. It called for increased investment in 20122025 to expand nutrition interventions, with targets to reduce substantially the double burden of malnutrition and related mortality and morbidity, including stunting and wasting, anaemia in women and low birth weight. At the same time, the plan seeks to increase exclusive breast-feeding and to stop the rapid increase in obesity among children.

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Obesity and under-nutrition prevalent in long-term refugees living in camps

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Public release date: 2-Oct-2012 [ | E-mail | Share ]

Contact: David Weston d.weston@ucl.ac.uk 44-020-310-83844 University College London

A quarter of households in refugee camps in Algeria are currently suffering from the double burden of excess weight and under-nutrition. According to a study published in the journal PLOS Medicine, obesity is an emerging threat to this community, with one in two women of childbearing age being overweight, whilst nutritional deficiencies such as iron-deficiency anaemia and stunted growth remain a persistent problem.

The collaborative study by the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH), the Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN), and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), looked at the prevalence of the 'double burden' of malnutrition under-nutrition and obesity - among Western Sahara (Sahrawi) refugees living in a prolonged emergency situation, who rely mostly on humanitarian food assistance for survival.

Over 1,600 children and 1,700 women from 2,005 households took part in a routine UNHCR nutrition survey in 2010, which collects and monitors health and nutrition indicators of refugee children under five and women of childbearing age (15-49 years). The Sahrawi refugees are based in four camps originally set up in 1975 near Tindouf city in Algeria. Many adults have, from birth, received food assistance as their main source of food, and their children are now the second or third generation living on a diet consisting mainly of refined starchy foods.

The nutrition survey recorded the weight and height of women and children, and waist circumference of women, to determine the prevalence of global acute malnutrition (GAM, which includes thin 'wasted' children and those with nutritional oedema or swelling), stunting (a low height for age) and underweight, and overweight (a low and high weight for age, respectively) in children; and stunting, underweight and overweight (a body mass index lower than 18.5 kg/m2 and higher than 25 kg/m2, respectively), and central obesity (a waist circumference of more than 80 cm) in women.

Nine per cent of children were found to have GAM, while 29 per cent were stunted, 18 per cent were underweight, and 2.4 per cent were overweight. In women, 15 per cent were stunted, 54 per cent were overweight or obese, and 71 per cent had central obesity. Notably, central obesity and overweightness in women affected more households than under-nutrition in children. Overall, a third of the households were classified as overweight, a quarter as undernourished, and a quarter as double burden-affected.

Based on the findings, the paper makes a number of recommendations: to revise food assistance policies to take into consideration the longer term effects of meeting minimum nutritional needs in emergencies; and to promote long-term food security in protracted emergencies, for example by encouraging the refugee community to adopt small-scale gardening and food-growing schemes. Innovative approaches and resources may be needed to encourage behavioural change in these communities, given that a more sedentary lifestyle may also be contributing to the rise in obesity.

Carlos Grijalva-Eternod, lead-author, UCL Institute of Child Health, says: "Over a third of the children surveyed showed signs of malnutrition and 15 per cent of women showed signs of having experienced nutritional deficiencies during their development; at the same time, over half the women surveyed were overweight. These high levels of obesity do not imply that this population receives excessive or even adequate nutrition, given the high prevalence of undernourished children and stunted women. Rather, the population's diet may be suboptimal for health."

"A number of reasons may account for these trends. This traditionally nomadic population itself once favoured larger women, and has an excessive sugar consumption habit. However, other factors come into play, such a predominance of starchy foods, pulses and blended foods in food assistance packages, but with few, if any, fresh or dried vegetables and fruit. We need to find ways of boosting the supply of fresh produce to improve the adequacy and diversity of their diets."

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Fitness Anywhere Recalls Early Model Suspension Trainer Devices Due to Fall Hazard

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Office of Communications Washington, D.C. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 2, 2012 Release #13-001 Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 221-7417 CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772 CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908 Fitness Anywhere Recalls Early Model Suspension Trainer Devices Due to Fall Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Suspension Trainer Devices

Units: About 40,000

Importer: Fitness Anywhere LLC, of San Francisco, Calif.

Hazard: The strap length-adjustment buckles can break, posing a fall hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Fitness Anywhere has received 570 reports of the strap length-adjustment buckles breaking with 82 reports of the user falling, including 13 reports of head, face, shoulder and hip injuries.

Description: This recall involves older model "Professional" (P1) and "Tactical" (T1) TRX Suspension Trainer devices manufactured between January 2006 and July 2007. The recalled products' anchor straps are yellow or khaki nylon with a carabiner at the top end and a black nylon loop on the bottom end. A black and yellow or black and khaki nylon strap is threaded through the black nylon loop on the anchor strap to form a "Y." On each side of the "Y," the strap has a cam buckle, which is used to adjust the length of the straps. Each end of the "Y" strap has a foam-covered hand grip and a foot cradle. The recalled devices have hand grips with no end bumpers, which are black plastic caps covering the ends and preventing the plastic under the foam from being exposed. They do not have an extra nylon loop, called a locking loop, attached at the point where the anchor strap and the "Y" straps are joined and designed to limit the slippage of the straps. The recalled products also have badges on the straps with the TRX logo and the word "Professional" (for P1 devices) or "Tactical" (for T1 devices) on them. The words and logo are surrounded by raised dots or have double lines through them.

Sold at: Health and fitness stores and studios nationwide and online at http://www.FitnessAnywhere.com from January 2006 through December 2009 for about $150 to $200.

Manufactured in: China

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Making fitness fun: Bodyguard Fitness launches the first iPad app for treadmills

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ST. GEORGES, QC, Oct. 2, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Tired of working out on a treadmill? Bodyguard Fitness, Canada's leader in fitness equipment, has launched a new groundbreaking "app" that turns a treadmill's control console into a unique entertainment and training centre!

The new imagine app, available for the iPad, is the first and only app that takes over control of the equipment, increasing the effectiveness of your workout. imagine personalizes workouts for each user, challenging you to reach new levels of fitness. imagine not only acts a personal trainer but comes with added fun features needed to keep you moving.

"The days of watching the little red dot go around the track are over," says Daniel Maheux, president of Bodyguard Fitness. "Treadmill users can now look forward to more fun and engaging workouts with the help of tailored training circuits, impressive graphics and full post-workout analysis thanks to the new imagine app." Of course, you can't forget the entertainment provided to you by an iPad, which includes music, video, social media, email and even Skype for people on the go.

imagine's easy-to-use system gives runners and walkers the motivational tools needed to help achieve long lasting results while the iPad offers cardio-boosting games, scrolling landscapes for that outdoor feeling, all within the comfort of your home or gym.

Maheux says, "the imagine app is great for families and personal trainers because it allows you to create an unlimited number of profiles, each with their own personalized experiences and abilities, which allows all users to set and reach their goals."

imagine is available at the App Store and is compatible with most new Bodyguard Fitness treadmills. Because innovation is an ongoing priority at Bodyguard Fitness, the same app will soon be available for its elliptical and stationary bikes.

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About Bodyguard Fitness Based in St. Georges, Quebec, Bodyguard Fitness is the only Canadian company to produce and sell cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical and stationary bikes. The company holds 20 per cent of the Canadian market and also distributes its equipment in the United States. Bodyguard Fitness devotes extensive efforts in research and development and is known to offer the best warranty and is one of the best after-sales service providers in the industry. http://www.bodyguardfitness.com.

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Fort Collins Club Now Offering Additional Group Fitness Classes

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FORT COLLINS, CO--(Marketwire - Oct 2, 2012) - Fort Collins Club, a leading northern Colorado gym, is pleased to announce that it will begin offering additional group fitness classes beginning this fall. The new schedule includes more times for Spin, Pilates, Group Power, and Yoga, as well as an array of entirely new classes and routines.

Starting in October, Fort Collins Club members will have the choice to enroll in two different Group Power classes on Saturdays. The 9:45am class will continue to operate as scheduled while a 12:15pm class will become available. The power classes are each lead by a two-person personal trainer team.Group Power is a class for all ages that focuses on strengthening all of the major muscle groups by use of barbells and simple athletic movements.Both classes are set to begin a new launch cycle on October 12th.

In addition, the club is also offering a new Women on Weights (W.O.W.) group fitness class. W.O.W is a resistance-training program catered specifically for women, and lasts approximately six weeks. The program is taught by a variety of the personal trainer staff available at Fort Collins Club, and is broken down into three separate lifting routines, ranging from beginner to intermediate and advanced. The program is meant to be both challenging and fun, and will last from October 9th-November 14th. The enrollment cost is $10 and space is limited, those who are interested should inquire for more information at the Fort Collins Club front desk.

Fort Collins Club is also offering a HoopDance Fitness class for all ages. HoopDance is fun, low-impact and high cardio workout meant to strengthen the core and tone the extremities by exploring the boundaries of dance through use of a hula-hoop. HoopDance has become a northern Colorado phenomenon over the past year, as kids and adults alike have found that it can be a fun and alternative workout. Hoop-dance fitness classes are led by a personal trainer with experience in hoop-dance. Participants can bring their own hula-hoops or use ones provided by the class.

Fort Collins Club is dedicated to providing the best resources and outlets for its members and the northern Colorado community. Having been a staple of the fitness community for years, FCC aims to promote health and awareness in Fort Collins by sponsoring charity events, offering new cutting-edge workout routines and being an affordable option for individuals looking to get healthy. For more information on group fitness classes or membership, visit http://www.fortcollinsclub.net or call 970-224-2582.

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National Leaders Share Perspectives on the Election and Future of Health Care

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The Nashville Health Care Council hosted an exclusive panel discussion today with nationally-known thought leaders to discuss the upcoming election and its implications for health reform and the broader national economic and political landscape.

Special guests included Judy Feder, Ph.D., former dean and professor of public policy, Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University and institute fellow, Urban Institute; Senator Bill Frist, M.D., partner, Cressey & Company and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader; Alberto R. Gonzales, Doyle Rogers Distinguished Chair of Law, Belmont University, of counsel, Waller and former United States Attorney General; Jon Meacham, executive editor and executive vice president, Random House, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former editor, Newsweek. The discussion was moderated by John Seigenthaler, Jr., CEO, Seigenthaler Public Relations New York and former anchor, NBC Nightly News.

As the elections approach, its very fitting to have this discussion here in Nashville. The newly-elected President and Congress will have a number of complex issues ahead of them, including the direction of health care reform, said Senator Frist.

Panelists agreed that certain elements of health care reform will move forward no matter who is elected in November, such as insurance companies eliminating exclusions for preexisting conditions and providers moving toward population health management as opposed to the fee-for-service model. However, they were also in agreement that the election results will heavily affect the future of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as a whole.

View panel member interviews on YouTube and event photos on Flickr. Photo credit: (c) 2012, Harry Butler.

Though the polls seem to be breaking President Obamas way, its still quite possible that this election will go late into the night in November. Historically speaking, the 2012 race, like 1980 or 1992, is unfolding in a climate that is largely hostile to incumbents, said Jon Meacham.

No matter who wins, Congress has to address the complex fiscal cliff which is approaching at the end of the year when significant tax cuts expire and spending cuts are triggered.How we address the deficit has enormous implications for the future of Medicare, Medicaid and health reform, on which the two parties, as well as President Obama and Governor Romney, have vastly different positions.The outcome of the election will make a big difference to the future of health care, said Judy Feder.

Health care is a very important and complicated issue in this election. There is still a lot of uncertainty about the future of the Affordable Care Act, which is why health care companies have held off on some of the changes that were outlined in the legislation. The election results will determine how we all move forward, Alberto R. Gonzales said.

Nashville is a natural venue for this discussion, considering the citys impact on the health care industry on both a national and international level. Nashville-based health care companies account for $70 billion in annual revenue and more than 400,000 jobs globally. Nashville-based hospital management companies own or operate more than half of the investor-owned hospitals in the United States.

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Analyte Health Expands Reach, Ease of STD Testing

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Analyte Health, Inc., a privately held online medical services company offering specialty care, counseling and convenience not available in traditional primary care settings, today announced that it has doubled the number of contracted clinical laboratories in its network from 2,000 to 4,000 since 2011.

Analyte Health operates through two consumer facing businesses: Sexualhealth.com and STDTestExpress.com. The company is growing its network in response to increasing demand, which has more than doubled since 2010. With doctors licensed in all 50 states, Analyte Health not only offers real-time online/telephone scheduling and convenient STD testing at nationally recognized labs, the company also provides professional medical support for individuals with positive test results.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 19 million new infections occur every year, and these infections cost the U.S. health system $17 billion annually.

Analyte Health is committed to improving U.S. public health by making STD testing convenient, confidential and faster than alternative brick and mortar options, noted Analyte Health President and CEO Sridhar Murthy. We built a system that delivers a better experience for the consumer by providing more accessible options to populations that are often underserved, and ultimately we aim to minimize the stigma of STD testing.

In five years, Analyte Healths online medical service has seen its model proven out dramatically with more than 80,000 patient encounters.

The need for safe, convenient STD testing services is well documented, said Tony Priore, Chief Marketing Officer for Analyte Health. Our company is uniquely positioned as the leader in online medical services because of our combination of highly trained, professional medical personnel and state-of-the-art technology and systems.

About Analyte Health, Inc.

Analyte Health, Inc. is an innovative healthcare company based inChicago, IL, that uses technology to help people gain greater access to expert medical care and information. While focusing on specific medical conditions, Analyte Health delivers specialty care, counseling and convenience not available in a traditional primary care setting. Analyte Health offers individuals access via the web, mobile devices and telephone to a dedicated national team of doctors, nurses and health experts as well as more than 4,000 partner testing centers. Through more than 80,000 patient encounters to date, patients have trusted Analyte Health to deliver stress-free and convenient STD testing and care. More information about the company is available atwww.AnalyteHealth.com.

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Health-Care Costs Keep 1 in 3 Americans From the Doctor

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Health-care costs are keeping patients away from the doctor with about 1 in 3 Americans saying they put off a medical treatment or regular checkup because of the expense.

Medical costs were the most important factor in making a health-care decision for 27 percent of people, outweighing advice from their physician, according to a survey of 800 people by New York-based Hill & Knowlton Strategies. The results were released today at the Bloomberg Healthcare Innovations Conference in New York.

The price of insurance premiums have risen 97 percent since 2002 with families now contributing about $4,300 a year to employee-sponsored health plans, according to a report last month by the Commonwealth Fund. Still, most Americans said they aren't willing to cut back on choice to save money and don't want companies to scale back innovation to keep costs down.

"What the public needs and what it ultimately values - and will pay for -- are not always the same thing," said Susan Thiele, U.S. health-care practice director at Hill & Knowlton. "In this environment, it's critical to understand shifting public opinion so that new advances are developed and positioned in a way that's meaningful to consumers."

In the survey, 45 percent of people said they worried a lot about paying medical bills in the event of a catastrophic illness or accident, and 36 percent said they are very concerned with paying for health-insurance coverage. When asked what the biggest problem facing health care in the U.S. was, 53 percent said cost.

Most respondents weren't concerned about having access to the latest and most cutting-edge treatments. Instead, they said they would rather see companies come up with innovative ways to lower costs rather than finding new medicines or cures.

Of those surveyed, 85 percent had public or private health insurance and 11 percent were temporarily unemployed.

To contact the reporter on this story: Shannon Pettypiece in New York at spettypiece@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reg Gale at rgale5@bloomberg.net

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Conifer Health Solutions Establishes Scholarships for Health Information Management Students

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Conifer Health Solutions, LLC, a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare Corporation (THC) and a leader in business process management solutions for healthcare providers, has established an annual scholarship program to recognize Health Information Management (HIM) students who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to community service. Conifer Health has committed $7,000 annually in scholarship funds to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation for five years.

Conifer Health established the educational scholarships to encourage participation in community service and service learning projects that focus on enhancing rural and underserved communities. The scholarships are part of Conifer Healths overall corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, which allows the company, its employees and its clients to support their communities through charitable organizations like Habitat for Humanity, March of Dimes and the American Heart Association.

Conifer Health believes social responsibility should be cultivated into the education process, said Paula Lawlor, vice president of Hospital Operations for Conifer Health Solutions. "With these scholarships, Conifer is granting opportunities for health information students to make a difference in their communities.

The AHIMA Foundation annually offers merit scholarships to outstanding currently-enrolled undergraduates in HIM and health information technology (HIT), as well as to professionals pursuing graduate degrees in areas related to health information.

There are four levels of scholarships offered:

Partnering with the AHIMA Foundation to award scholarships to HIM or HIT students who are actively involved in their communities allows Conifer to assist in the achievement of educational goals, said William Rudman, PhD, RHIA, executive director of the AHIMA Foundation and vice president of Education Visioning for AHIMA. It also gives us the opportunity to enrich our communities and promote social responsibility within the Health Information Management profession.

This years scholarship application was made available July 1, 2012, and the application deadline was September 30, 2012. Selected students will be notified at the end of November. For more details about this scholarship go to http://www.ahimafoundation.org/education/MeritScholarships.


Representing more than 64,000 specially educated Health Information Management professionals in the United States and around the world, the American Health Information Management Association is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMAs enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. http://www.ahima.org

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Fasano Life Settlement & Longevity Conference Agenda: Cutting Edge!

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Fasano Associates released the agenda for its October 29th Life Settlement and Longevity Conference, which Fasanos President, Michael Fasano, described as Investor Focused and Cutting Edge.

The Conference will include keynote presentations by award winning political analyst, Howard Fineman, and Dr. Mark Lacks, Chief of Geriatrics at Cornell Universitys Weill Medical College. Fineman will speak to the Impact of the Upcoming Elections, while Dr. Lacks will present the Impact of Functional Status on Longevity in the Elderly. Said Michael Fasano, Investors have been given all kinds of esoteric analyses to explain why some people outlive others; but for some reason, many lose sight of the basics. Dr. Lacks, who is a renown expert in geriatrics, will explain why Activities of Daily Living and Functional Status are among the most important and basic markers of longevity in the elderly.

The Conference also will include groundbreaking research by Drs. Kent Smetters and Daniel Gottlieb of the Wharton School demonstrating How Life Settlements Enhance Consumer Welfare and a point-counterpoint discussion with litigators from Drinker Biddle and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe on the Future of Life Settlement Litigation.

Fasano added, Our Conference has earned a reputation for excellence and this years agenda is as good as it gets. Drs. Jochen Russ and Daniel Bauer will be presenting cutting edge research on A New Methodology for Measuring Actual to Expected Performance, while investment experts, Jeff Serra of Vida Capital and Bill Corry of Corry Capital, will raise questions on the relevance of the traditional provider model in their panel on the Advantages of Investor/Provider Vertical Integration.

The Conference will also include a presentation on the Use of Indices and Other Synthetic Structures in Financial Markets by Olivier Dauget, Managing Director of Societe Generale.

The Fasano Conference is a one-day event, with cocktails and dinner following the presentations. With a registration fee of only $395 and eight original presentations, Fasano characterized its Conference as the best value in the business. The detailed agenda and information about invitations to the Conference are available at http://www.fasanoassociates.com.

About Fasano Associates:

Fasano Associates is a leading underwriting consulting firm serving the life, health and life settlement industries.

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Healthcare Up 4.6%; New Star Nutrition Distributor; Munson Adopts EMC’s IT – Health Min 10/1/12 – Video

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01-10-2012 22:56 Healthcare spending was up by 4.6 percent in 2011, according to a new report by the Health Care Cost Institute. That's higher than the 3.8 percent increase reported for 2010. The report is based on claims data of more than 40 million insured, about 25 percent of all those with employer-sponsored health insurance, ESI. 2011 healthcare spending for people with ESI averaged $4547 per person for the year. Star Nutrition, a California-based health and wellness industry company, has added Peak Performance Products as the newest Canadian distributor for its Incrediwear brand. Incrediwear products, including socks, insoles, and braces, provide benefits such as additional blood flow, thermal regulation, and wicking moisture to allow users to train harder and longer, and recover faster from workouts while aiding pain relief to injured body parts. Other companies working with Peak include Nogii, Dymatize, BPI Sports, Organique, and other athletic, lifestyle, and beauty products. EMC's IT has been adopted by Munson Healthcare, a regional group of eight hospitals and five clinics in Michigan, to transform the system's IT infrastructure and deliver new IT services. Munson has created a Health Information Exchange to enable providers to facilitate a high level of patient care through a private cloud enabled by EMC and VMware technologies. 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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Benedictine Expands Online Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness

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Benedictine Universitys online Master of Science (M.S.) in Nutrition and Wellness offers a multi-dimensional study of health focusing on topics including the advanced study of macronutrient and micronutrient metabolism, the scientific examination of functional foods and phytochemicals in various disease conditions and the application of interventions in clinical, wellness and public health settings.

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The Health Education concentration is ideal for nutrition professionals who are passionate about helping people live a healthier lifestyle. The curriculum emphasizes serving clients through community-based programming and therapeutic intervention. Students in this niche are prepared to sit for the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

The Nutrition Entrepreneurship concentration blends business acumen with nutrition know-how to prepare students to create and run their own business. This area of study is also ideal for professionals wanting to bring an entrepreneurial mindset to program and service development within their corporate or clinical business.

The flexible, distance-learning Benedictine M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness program covers research process including data analysis and research steps to formulate evidence-based decisions while also teaching students to critically review, evaluate and contribute to literature in the field. The life sciencebased curriculum is guided by faculty who are well-published, accomplished researchers active in professional organizations. The curriculum advisory board includes members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness is ideal for health and nutrition professionals who want to deepen their knowledge and advance their careers. Through 64 quarter-hour courses, graduates of the online M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness from Benedictine University earn their degree along with a specialty in Health Education or Entrepreneurship. All students gain proficiency in:

Students and professionals dedicated to holistic nutrition now have a customizable, sophisticated Nutrition and Wellness graduate program available to them online that teaches the latest in nutrition programming to help effectively serve clients constantly evolving needs, says Catherine Arnold, department chair and professor of Nutrition at Benedictine. The research component in this program is hands-on. From empirically evaluating a health education assessment to writing a business plan for their own business venture, our students are prepared to meet the current and ever-changing demands of the market.

More information about Benedictines online Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness is available at http://www.onlinedegrees-benedictine.com.

About Benedictine University

Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 15 graduate and four doctoral programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit masters universities, and Forbes ranks Benedictine among Americas Top Colleges for the second consecutive year in 2012. Benedictine Universitys Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crains Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.

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Nutrition North Canada Subsidized Foods List Takes Effect Today

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct 1, 2012) - The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, announced today the implementation of the Nutrition North Canada subsidized foods list.

"For years Northerners have asked for a better alternative to the old Food Mail Program. Nutrition North Canada focuses its highest subsidy on the most nutritious, perishable foods such as fresh fruit, frozen vegetables, milk and eggs," said Minister Duncan. "The subsidized foods list implemented today reflects input received from the Nutrition North Canada Advisory Board, Northerners, nutritionists at Health Canada and other sources."

The Government of Canada has implemented accountability measures for retailers and suppliers, and compliance audits confirm that they are complying with the program. Prices have dropped by as much as 37 percent on some products, such as two litre containers of milk, and on average, there has been an eight percent drop in the cost of the Northern food basket.

"Our Government is ensuring that Northerners have improved access to quality, nutritious food," added Minister Duncan. "We are seeing stronger partnerships between communities and local stores to promote healthy eating, more opportunities for communities to learn about healthy eating and gain cooking skills, and broadened outreach to youth."

Nutrition North Canada is also funding community based nutrition education activities to increase knowledge of healthy eating and develop skills for selecting and preparing healthy foods. Nutrition education activities are underway across the North that include cooking classes, knowledge sharing on country or traditional foods between elders and youth, and healthy food tastings in local stores.

Family-friendly staples such as cheese spreads, side bacon and ice-cream are also on the subsidized foods list. The foods list, data and pricing reports, frequently asked questions and more information can be found on the Nutrition North Canada website.

The Nutrition North Canada Program is delivered in isolated, northern communities in Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Frequently Asked Questions

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This release is also available on the Internet at http://www.aandc.gc.ca.

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