On Preventable Death

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A new study released in Health Affairs found that out of nineteen industrialized nations, the U.S. ranked dead last in preventable deaths. Here is the Abstract:

We compared trends in deaths considered amenable to health care before age seventy-five between 1997–98 and 2002–03 in the United States and in eighteen other industrialized countries. Such deaths account, on average, for 23 percent of total mortality under age seventy-five among males and 32 percent among females. The decline in amenable mortality in all countries averaged 16 percent over this period. The United States was an outlier, with a decline of only 4 percent. If the United States could reduce amenable mortality to the average rate achieved in the three top-performing countries, there would have been 101,000 fewer deaths per year by the end of the study period.

While the reasons for the U.S. performance are many, IMO one of the primary factors is that the U.S. does not allocate adequate resources to preventive medicine and public health. We have noted before on this blog the 2006 statistics that 96% of U.S. health care dollars are spent on acute care and biomedical research, with only 1-2% expended on preventive medicine and public health. Almost by definition, acute care does little to prevent morbidities that over time are productive of higher mortality.

This study adds to the copious data finding that the U.S. health care system is mediocre at best as compared to other industrialized nations. Some of this data is methodologically flawed, but there remains ample evidence to conclude that as to overall population health, the U.S. has much room for improvement. And a significant portion of the improvement, IMO, ought to come in increased resources and attention paid to preventive medicine and public health, since there is excellent evidence that such interventions are likely to have a much greater effect on population health than acute care interventions.

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10 Dieting Tips

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If you want to go on a new diet, you better read this article first. Here I will share with you 10 important tips to help you diet safer.

A diet is a great way to lose those extra unwanted pounds. And whether you are constantly on diets or if you just use it as an emergency measure, there are some things to keep in mind to avoid getting hurt and to get the best experience out of dieting. So before you start your new diet, keep the following things in mind:

1. Understand the dangers and side-effects involved with dieting – Dieting do have some side effects and you have to understand what your diet that you want to go on involves. Doing so will make sure that you don’t hurt yourself.

2. Consult with your doctor – It is very important to see your doctor before going on a new diet. She will be able to tell you whether the diet will suit you as an individual and what risks and side-effects you can expect.

3. Choose a diet that is healthy and balanced – Doing so will limit the bad side-effects and will also help you lose weight safer and healthier.

4. Keep well hydrated – As some of the weight loss form dieting is actually water loss, you will have to drink lots of fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated.

5. Take your exercise easier – As your calories are limited on a diet you shouldn’t exercise too hard or you may become exhausted.

6. Don’t go on crash diets for too long – try to limit the amount of time you spent on crash diets. Crash diets are unhealthy and may have some adverse side effects on you

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10 Day Diet to Lose 10 Pounds

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Planning on shedding those extra pounds? Here is a 10 day diet to lose 10 pounds that will surely enable you achieve your target.

You have a great trip planned to the beach, in the next 15 days. All your friends have bought gorgeous bikinis and two piece swimming suits. Now you are terrified because you know you have indulged too much into food, for the past few days. You also know the real reason why your clothes won’t fit you. Yes, you have gained weight! Relax, fortunately there are ways to lose that extra flab which you have built up with a 10 day diet. This article will save you the embarrassment by explaining you the amazing 10 day diet to lose 10 pounds.

You will find many people giving you weight loss tips and diets. Most of these diets, however, are fad diets which leave you feeling hungry and looking dull. They drain out all the essential fluids of your body making your face look long and your skin saggy. Headaches, nausea and dizziness are some of the other harmful side effects of these diets. Well, here’s an article to rescue you from these dangerous diet plans. Follow this healthy diet plan and get in those gorgeous clothes that have been burrowed deep down in your closets.

Lose 10 Pounds in 10 Days Diet Plan

Having a healthy diet is an important part of any weight loss program. Make a diet plan for your 10 day diet to lose 10 pounds. This diet plan should consist of lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Your diet plan should also be focused on the portion size and the number of times you need to eat. Exercise should form a crucial part of this diet plan. Let’s concentrate on the different parts of your diet plan, one by one.

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10 Secrets to Keeping the Weight Off for Good

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Learn the 10 best tips for losing fat and keeping it off.

10 Secrets to Keeping the Weight Off for Good

What’s interesting about weight loss is that many people think that it’s just a process that begins when you make changes to lose weight and ends when you’ve lost all the weight.

However, if you’re not continuing with the changes that you’ve made, you might find yourself back at the original weight that you were. Instead of going up and down on the scale, here are ten secrets that you can use to keep your slim figure.

Weight training works – Studies have shown that people that have more muscle mass will burn more calories, even at rest. Because of this fact, you will want to incorporate some weight training into you maintenance plan so that as you increase your calorie intake, you’re able to burn them off without any gain.

Food journaling – When you write down what you eat, you will be able to control the amount of food that you are eating. Even if you only write down your food intake for a few days a week, keeping an eye on how you’re eating can help alert you of problems before they become pounds.

Daily exercise – When you want to keep the weight off, exercise will need to become a part of your life. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to workout for hours each day. Try to fit in thirty to sixty minutes of exercise each day to keep extra weight at bay.

Allow yourself treats – Life isn’t about deprivation, so neither should your new figure. When you’ve lost weight, you have learned about how much you needed to eat in order to cut back on calories. Once you’ve learned this, you can also learn to have a treat every now and then, enjoying it instead of overindulging in it.

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Advanced Yoga Poses

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Yoga is a fascinating fitness routine that rejuvenates not only the body, but also the mind and the soul. If you are already a firm believer in the goodness of yoga, then you may want to know more on advanced yoga poses.

If you are one of those people who has managed to pass stage one of bending your body and contorting it to form pretzel like shapes, then you are probably a religious practitioner of yoga. You probably have the determination, patience, strength and flexibility that anyone would be jealous of. But now that you have mastered the various yoga exercises for beginners, do you want to move onto more advanced yoga poses? If the answer to that question is a firm yes, then this article will introduce you to the advanced yoga practices, that will enable you to twist and turn your body into any shape you want. The benefits of yoga meditation and exercise are many and have been written and tweeted about, for a while now, thanks to its popularity amongst the celeb royalty of the world. So, if you want to join the club, then read on the advanced yoga exercises.

Advanced Yoga Postures


Crow Pose

Also known as the crane pose, this is one of the advanced yoga postures that help in strengthening the wrists, arms and abdomen of the yoga practitioner.

Stand with your knees bent at shoulder distance. Place your arms flat on the ground. Bend yourself while doing this.

Balance your bent knees on the back of your forearms. Start lifting your head while moving yourself forwards and balancing the weight of your body on your forearms.

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Advantage Multi for Dogs

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Advantage flea drops have been selling in huge quantities for years. But now, we have the option of buying Advantage Multi for dogs instead. So what does Advantage Multi do and do we need it?

Multiple Parasites Controlled

Ordinary Advantage for dogs simply controls fleas. Advantage Multi works a lot harder. As well as fleas, intestinal worms and heartworms are controlled with this topical treatment. The maker’s, Bayer, have kept the original flea killing power by incorporating the same insect nervous system disruptor, imidacloprid.

If you already use their original flea drops and are happy with the results you can expect to be satisfied to the same degree if you switch to Advantage Multi. The flea killing power is identical. Virtually all adult fleas should be destroyed within 12 hours of using these flea drops.

Most dog owners use a regular de-wormer in addition to any flea treatment in order to control intestinal parasites. Advantage Multi for dogs incorporates this into the drops so you have one less medication to buy and remember to use. The treatment is highly effective at destroying whipworms, hookworms and roundworms, which are commonly picked up by our pets.

Perhaps of most significance for many dog owners is the ability of Advantage Multi to prevent heartworm disease in our pets. The secondary active ingredient, moxidectin is quickly absorbed into your pet’s bloodstream where it tackles all heartworm larvae which have infected the dog during the previous month.

Using Advantage Multi for dogs correctly will ensure larval heartworms are never able to develop into disease causing adults. Over the last twenty years the problem of heartworms for dogs has grown in both numbers and land area. What was once a problem only in swampy mosquito ridden areas is now becoming more widespread.

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Fosamax Plus D

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Fosamax Plus D

Generic Name: alendronate and cholecalciferol (a LEN dro nate and KOL e cal SIF er ol)

Brand Names: Fosamax Plus D

What is Fosamax Plus D?

Fosamax Plus D contains a combination of alendronate and cholecalciferol. Alendronate belongs to a group of medicines called bisphosphonates. It alters the cycle of bone formation and breakdown in the body. Alendronate slows bone loss while increasing bone mass, which may prevent bone fractures.

Cholecalciferol is a form of vitamin D, and is important for the absorption of calcium from the stomach and for the functioning of calcium in the body.

Fosamax Plus D is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis.

Fosamax Plus D may also be used for other purposes.

Important information about Fosamax Plus D

Do not take an Fosamax Plus D tablet if you cannot sit upright or stand for at least 30 minutes. This medicine can cause serious problems in the stomach or esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth and stomach). You will need to stay upright for at least 30 minutes after taking the medicine.

Take the Fosamax Plus D tablet first thing in the morning, at least 30 minutes before you eat or drink anything or take any other medicine.

Take each dose with a full glass (6 to 8 ounces) of water. Use only plain water (not mineral water) when taking an Fosamax Plus D tablet.

For at least the first 30 minutes after taking Fosamax Plus D, do not lie down or recline; do not eat or drink anything other than plain water; and do not take any other medicines including vitamins, calcium, or antacids.

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Advice For Choosing A Weight Loss Program

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In this article are some helpful tips to consider what would be a good choice weight loss program for you. In a huge market, it’s easy to waver between so many possibilities. Before committing valuable time and effort, making the best possible decision for you in your current health is top priority.

What is the best weight loss program for you? Weight loss is big, big business, and it’s easy to get caught up in the hype and excitement of what’s new and improved. Hopefully, I can help you cut through the chase, and explain some important things of what to look out for. It needs to be a product you can believe in, suits your budget, is a good fit for your lifestyle and of course will deliver results. Within the program itself, it may need to be one that you can customize to your personal health and your physical condition that will give a decisive advantage to reach your weight loss goals.

What kind of weight loss results are being promised if you purchase it? Dramatic weight loss is a lot easier to guarantee than keeping it off, but we all want to keep the results. Over 96% of dieters who do lose weight find themselves surrounded again by the weight they lost, not to mention adding on a few extra pounds. If you do buy into an amazing weight loss promise like losing 40 pounds in one month, make sure you look at the refund policy real close. If the deal includes a conditional money back guarantee, you’ll need to know how conditional.

The better programs that are telling like it is are saying the best you can achieve for permanent weight loss is about 2 pounds or less a week. This is a program that is easier and more realistic to do, and that means permanently changing your weight set point with your body’s permission. We are genetically predisposed to regulate energy reserves and use with this survival mechanism that is not easily controlled.

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Alcohol and Breast Cancer The Real Facts

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Studies have confirmed that alcohol is known to increase the risk of breast cancer in women. This article with dispel the myths about Alcohol and Breast Cancer and show you where to get real help and step by advice.

Recent studies show that alcohol is proven to increase the risk of breast cancer in women. Many people want the truth about alcohol and breast cancer the real facts are contained within this article and the website it links to later on.

Women who drink an average of two drinks of alcohol per day may have a higher risk of developing breast cancer over a woman that is only drinking one alcoholic drink per day. This risk can increase even more by drinking an additional alcoholic drink each day.

Breast cancer can be a dangerous type of cancer for women so it’s important to be aware an procative about alcohol consumtion.

The fact is, drinking high levels of alcohol can possibly double your chance of getting breast cancer.

Women who drink over and above 3 alcoholic drinks a day may increase the risk of breast cancer by up to thirty percent.

It’s not just women who are affected by breast cancer either, because even though breast cancer in men is known to be more rare because of less tissue in the breast, there has been no proven evidence saying that alcohol effects vary between men and women.

In men, alcohol could also increase the risk of breast cancer but the chance of men getting breast cancer is much lower.

Middle aged women and below face a lesser risk of getting breast cancer, although again these risks are increased through heavier alcohol consumption. Of course, as women get older, the risks are heightened and therefore, women who are particularly heavy drinkers may face the greatest risks of all.

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Advice For Effectively Losing Weight For Women

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Losing weight can be a daunting task for some. Getting back in shape and having a flat tummy is a big problem for most women especially after giving birth. You’ve probably gained a lot of weight, now have a loose stomach and you want to get back in shape. You need not to be worried, you can find a lot of ways or programs to get back in shape and achieve a healthy body that you’ve wanted.

Gaining weight and having a loose and sagging belly after giving birth is considered a big problem for some women. Getting back in shape is hard because you’ve got to take care or your health and whilst also taking care of the baby. That excess fat is often hard to get rid off. You can find a lot of ways or programs though, so you can get back to shape.

It’s often hard to choose what the best workout or diet programs are, considering that there are lots of exercises or diet programs that exist. But before doing any exercise or diet program, it is important that you secure a doctor’s approval first. For some, getting back in shape is easy especially when they are breastfeeding. It’s also an effective way for losing weight.

An ideal exercise program for women,especially those who have just given birth must start with light exercise then eventually gradually increase in intensity. Any exercise or diet program wouldn’t be successful if you don’t have any motivation. You need a goal of having a flat stomach and a reason why you want to achieve that goal. That reason greatly helps to keep you staying focused and motivated on achieving your wish.

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