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Gut Feelings: Probiotics and Mental Health – Video

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Gut Feelings: Probiotics and Mental Health
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Slower health spending helps buy Medicare 2 more years

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A report released Friday by the trustees of Medicare and Social Security projects the magnitude of those shortfalls over the near- and long-term.

Medicare Part A, which covers hospital costs for seniors, is financed primarily by payroll taxes paid by workers. But since 2008 those revenues haven't kept pace with the program's costs. The federal government has made up the difference by both paying interest on assets in the Medicare trust fund and redeeming the assets themselves.

But that Medicare trust fund will be exhausted by 2026, the trustees estimated. Last year, the report put the date of insolvency at 2024.

"The Medicare report demonstrates, once again, the importance of the Affordable Care Act, which has strengthened Medicare's finances by reining in health care costs," said Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew.

Economists looking at the slowdown in health spending growth say it's still unclear how much of the slowdown is due to the implementation of health reform and how much is attributable to the slow economy of the past few years.

Robert Reischauer, one of the two public trustees of Medicare and Social Security, said it would be "a mistake" to interpret the two-year extension of solvency in the Medicare trust fund as "significant."

Medicare projections involve a great deal of uncertainty, because several factors can influence future spending patterns, Reischauer said. Among them: congressional legislation, new medical technologies and developments in the private health sector and the insurance market.

If nothing is done, the revenue coming into Medicare Part A will be able to cover just 87% of expected costs after 2026. By the middle of the century, it will only cover about 70%.

To give a sense of how large that long-run shortfall is, the trustees estimate that to match the program's income to its costs over the next 75 years, the Medicare tax would need to be raised immediately to 4.01% on all wages, up from 2.9% today. Or Medicare benefits would need to be cut by 23%.

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Public health lab draws students, future scientists

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Leesville Road High School freshman Beatrice Beard-Newman (right) gets a chance to work a micropipette to drain liquid into a test tube Saturday at the N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health's career day.

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RALEIGH With about 20 minutes, a mouth rinse and a few swishes of chemical, a group of potential young scientists were able to extract samples of their own DNA.

The N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health hosted about 50 middle and high school students from around North Carolina, including Wake, Durham and Mecklenburg counties, on Saturday for the first Under the Microscope: A Look at Public Health Laboratory Careers workshop.

A workforce shortage in the public health sector is expected over the next few years, and state and national health officials are doing what they can to stem the tide. Initiatives such as Saturdays career day are designed to get young people in grades sixth through 10th interested in public health careers, including public lab jobs, said state lab director Scott Zimmerman.

Were realizing that catching them at the college level, its too late, Zimmerman said. We have to start getting them to think about what the opportunities are in the public health sector much earlier. Were facing a tremendous shortage of laboratory scientists.

Public health agencies are expected to lose up to half of their workforce within the next few years to retirement, the private sector and other jobs, according to the American Public Health Association, which co-sponsored Saturdays event.

The shortage is most severe in the nursing, epidemiology, laboratory science and environmental health fields.

Early exposure is the name of the game, and the public health lab jobs are competing with the glitz of TV shows like CSI, which make forensic science more attractive to young students, he said.

Its kind of an unknown, Zimmerman said.

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Health Care REIT to Present at the NAREIT 2013 Investor Forum

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Health Care REIT, Inc. (HCN) announced today that senior management will present at the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) REITWeek 2013 Investor Forum in Chicago, Illinois. The presentation is scheduled for Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. Central Time.

The presentation will be simultaneously webcast at the following website: http://reitstream.com/reitweek2013/hcreit. An archive of the webcast will be available for 90 days after the event. Additionally, a written copy of presentation materials will be available on the Investor Relations section of Health Care REITs website, http://www.hcreit.com.

About Health Care REIT, Inc. Health Care REIT, Inc., an S&P 500 company with headquarters in Toledo, Ohio, is a real estate investment trust that invests across the full spectrum of seniors housing and health care real estate. The company also provides an extensive array of property management and development services. As of March 31, 2013, the companys broadly diversified portfolio consisted of 1,133 properties in 46 states, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

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MedCentral Health System Selects ProVation Software for Order Set and Care Plan Management

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Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that MedCentral Health System has selected its ProVationOrder Sets, powered by UpToDateDecision Support, software as its electronic order set solution and ProVationCare Plans, powered by Lippincotts Nursing Solutions as its evidence-based interdisciplinary care plans solution.

Headquartered in Mansfield, Ohio, MedCentral Health System is a non-profit health system serving more than 400,000 people in Richland and five surrounding counties. The health system is Joint Commission-certified and comprised of two acute care hospitals, Mansfield and Shelby, with a combined total of 351 beds. In addition to a Level II Trauma Center and Level III Perinatal Department, MedCentral offers comprehensive neurological services, complete cardiac care at MedCentral HeartCare, walk-in medical care at MedCentral Rapid Response, and industrial health and safety at MedCentral WorkAble.

A central component of a healthcare organizations care quality and core measures improvement strategy, ProVation Order Sets is an easily customizable order set authoring and management solution. It integrates seamlessly into clinical processes to streamline delivery of standardized care for improved patient safety, outcomes, clinician performance and regulatory compliance. Built upon the award-winning clinician-designed ProVation platform, ProVation Order Sets also provides continuous updating of clinical content and medical evidence, including direct links to UpToDate, the resource of choice for more than 700,000 users worldwide.

ProVation Care Plans offers evidence-based care plans developed in conjunction with Lippincotts Nursing Solutions and its network of hundreds of practicing clinicians. Combined with the dynamic ProVation software, it allows hospitals to define and maintain a custom care plans library while adhering to industry-accepted nursing and medical diagnoses, goals and interventions. Complete with a database of more than 270 evidence-based care plans, including reference links to online resources of current best practices, quality and safety measures, treatments, drug information and diagnostic tests, ProVation Care Plans allows hospitals to drive clinical consensus on standards of care and extend the reach of evidence-based practice across the organization.

MedCentral Health System is dedicated to providing expert care to the people of North Central Ohio, said Mike Haldane, Vice President and General Manager, Clinical Documentation, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. We are pleased that they have selected ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, and ProVation Care Plans, powered by Lippincotts Nursing Solutions,to further this mission and provide evidence-based medicine to clinicians and interdisciplinary care teams at the point of care.

About ProVation Medical ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD and ProVation MultiCaregiver reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment (ROI). ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, and ProVation Care Plans, powered by Lippincotts Nursing Solutions, put evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

ProVation Medical is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with 2012 annual revenues of 3.6 billion ($4.6 billion).

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Ex-Policy Aide Emanuel Says No Concerns About IRS in Health Care

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Former White House health policy adviser Ezekiel Emanuel said Republican concerns about the IRSs role in administering President Barack Obamas signature health-care law are overblown.

The Internal Revenue Service will be limited to certifying income levels to determine eligibility when people apply for health-insurance subsidies, Emanuel said in an interview on Bloomberg Televisions Political Capital with Al Hunt, airing this weekend.

No person, Emanuel said, should be worried that somehow the IRS is going to get anything -- more information that they dont already know on people or release it in any way.

Emanuel, now a professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvanias Perelman School of Medicine, said the scandal over IRS scrutiny of anti-tax groups has no bearing on the agencys role in enforcing the Affordable Care Act.

Successfully getting underway one of the key features of the law -- the health insurance exchanges that will offer coverage for people who currently dont have insurance -- will depend on generating public enthusiasm, particularly among healthy young people, Emanuel said. That group tends to have lower health expenses and their participation helps keep insurance rates down.

We have to get the country talking about the exchanges, people being aware of it, Emanuel said. That demands prominent advocates, he said, suggesting a bunch of doctors and nurses, people who the American public trust.

Some of those young people without insurance are less-educated members of minority groups whose parents dont have insurance and thats a tough demographic to go after, he said.

You really have to go after their mothers, because their mothers want them to have coverage, their mothers want to protect them, and theyll listen to their mothers, said Emanuel, crediting the idea to his brother, Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

The exchanges are scheduled to begin Oct. 1 and Emanuel said an early marker of success will come during the second year of operation.

Is the buzz around the exchanges, I got -- I have good choice, theyre easy to navigate, and the subsidies are good? he said.

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Using your Health Savings Account for Long-Term Care

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Health savings accounts are one of the most tax favored savings vehicles available to Americans. Since they are completely tax free -- funded with pre-tax dollars and not subject to taxes at withdrawal --they are a great way to save money for future medical costs. In particular, the HSA could be a good way to help cover long-term care costs.

Health savings accounts were first authorized by congress in 2003. An HSA is a savings account established in connection with a high-deductible health plan (HDHP). HDHP policies require the owner to pay a minimum deductible of $1,250 for a single person or $2,500 for a family policy. Once the deductible is met, there is generally a sharing of costs between the policy owner and the insurance company until a maximum out-of-pocket expenses amount is reached. This cost sharing reduces the insurance company's costs and allows it to charge a lower premium for the policy. The idea behind an HSA is to allow those deductibles to be paid with pre-tax dollars. Many companies pair HDHP insurance policies with annual contributions to the HSA in the amount of the minimum deductible amount. Individuals may also add pre-tax dollars to the account. The maximum annual contribution allowed to an HSA (employer and employee combined) is $3,250 for an individual policy or $6,450 for a family policy. This amount is indexed for inflation.

The beauty of these accounts is that money contributed to an HSA carries over at the end of the year and is allowed to accumulate. Furthermore, the funds can be invested in a variety of securities. This is particularly advantageous to younger individuals with fewer health care concerns. By maximizing contributions and investing the holdings, a fund can be created for future health care expenses. In particular, this can be one means of saving money for long term care needs.

Obviously, the government is not going to allow people to save money completely tax free without strings attached. It is important to understand these limits to avoid penalties and unnecessary taxes. As mentioned earlier, only people enrolled in HDHP insurance policies may save money in an HSA. Once you enroll in Medicare, you may no longer contribute to your HSA. In order to receive tax-free status for withdrawals, money taken from an HSA can only be used for qualified medical expenses. These are the same requirements applied to medical expenses itemized on Schedule A (although expenses paid for through an HSA cannot also be itemized). HSA funds can also be used to pay for long-term care policy premiums, COBRA coverage, health care coverage while unemployed, Medicare, or other health coverage once age 65 or older. Qualified medical expenses also include amounts paid for qualified long-term care services.

So the question is whether it is better to save money for long-term care costs or to buy a long-term policy. The specific answer will vary according to a person's situation and needs. However, the short answer is that a long-term care policy provides more coverage but has a sunk cost -- money paid for the policy is not returned if long term care is not needed. Investing money in a health savings account will not provide as much coverage, but does preserve the wealth for those who end up not needing the care. Given none of us can predict which category we will fall in, one risk minimizing suggestion is to do a bit of both. Buy a long-term care policy to cover a base amount of costs and save some money in an HSA to cover the rest.

What happens if you save all this money and end up not needing it for medical purposes? First of all, congratulate yourself on your good luck. Not only are you healthy, but you still have access to your savings. After age 65, distributions from an HSA account are not subject to a penalty (there is a 20 percent additional tax on distributions not used for qualified expenses for individuals younger than 65). Money taken out for non-medical expenses will be subject to ordinary income tax. However, since no taxes were paid on the money contributed to the account, this results in a tax-deferred situation similar to saving money in a traditional retirement account. Upon death of an HSA owner, the spouse can assume the HSA as his or her own policy. Any other beneficiary must pay ordinary income tax on the fair market value of the account. Again, this treatment is comparable to a traditional retirement account.

Given the newness of HSAs, many people are not aware of their potential for financial planning. Furthermore, many companies do not offer this option to their employees. However, if this is an option to you, do consider using this as a savings tool for your future medical costs.

Ann G. Schnorrenberg, Ph.D., is a Financial Planning Associate at Monument Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor located just outside Washington, DC in Alexandria, Va. Ann is not a registered investment advisor representative. Follow Ann and the rest of Monument Wealth Management on their blog which can be found on their website, on Twitter @MonumentWealth, and on the Monument Wealth Management Facebook page.

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Health Management Associates to Present at Healthcare Conferences in June

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Health Management Associates, Inc. (HMA) today announced that senior management will present at the following healthcare conferences in June 2013:

These presentations will be webcast live over the Internet via Health Managements website (http://www.hma.com). Listeners are encouraged to go to the Investor Relations section of Health Managements website approximately five minutes prior to each event to register and download any necessary media player software.

Health Management enables Americas 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 71 hospitals with approximately 11,100 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.

Forward-Looking Statements

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, pending, continues, should, could and other similar words. All statements addressing operating performance, events or developments thatHealth Management Associates, Inc. expects or anticipates will occur in the future, including but not limited to projections of revenue, provisions for doubtful accounts, income or loss, capital expenditures, debt structure, principal payments on debt, capital structure, the amount and timing of funds under the meaningful use measurement standard of various Healthcare Information Technology incentive programs, other financial items and operating statistics, statements regarding our plans and objectives for future operations, the impact of changes in observation stays, our ability to achieve process efficiencies, factors we believe may have an impact on our deductibles and co-pays, acquisitions, acquisition financing, divestitures, joint ventures, market service development and other transactions, statements of future economic performance, statements regarding our legal proceedings and other loss contingencies (including, but not limited to, the timing and estimated costs of such matters), statements regarding market risk exposures, statements regarding our ability to achieve cost efficiencies and/or reductions, statements regarding the effects and/or interpretations of recently enacted or future health care laws and regulations, statements regarding the potential impact of health care exchanges, statements of the beliefs or assumptions underlying or relating to any of the foregoing statements, and statements that 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, including under the heading entitled Risk Factors. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any ofHealth Management Associates, Inc.s underlying beliefs or 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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BaMa — Road to Longevity 4 巴马长寿之旅 4 – Video

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Brian Kennedy’s invitation to the 3rd International Genetics of Aging and Longevity conference – Video

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Brian Kennedy, President of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging invites everyone to the Genetics of Aging and Longevity conference, which will take place in Sochi, Russia, on 6-10, April, 2014.

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Mark Harmon Speaks on Longevity on Sway in the Morning – Video

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Test wentylatorów Longevity 12 oraz ISGC Fan 12 firmy Thermaltake – Video

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Anti Aging Before After – LAMB’s Will Power – Video

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Prospecting CaM as a anti aging and anti cancer component – Video

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