Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Scott Signs School Safety Bill; NRA Launches Challenge

News Service of Florida via Health News Florida

Flanked by the parents of Broward County teenagers slain in the nation's second-worst school shooting, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a sweeping package addressing mental health, school safety and guns. Immediately, the National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit in federal court to challenge the new law, which raises the age from 18 to 21 and imposes a three-day waiting period for the purchase of rifles and other long guns. The age and waiting-period requirements already apply to buying handguns, but the NRA contends that the new restrictions on rifles are unconstitutional.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Fall Prevention Luncheon Roundtable Held Feb. 27

Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans aged 65+ fall every year? Falls are the  leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls are costly in dollars and in quality of life. However, falling is not an inevitable part of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based programs, and community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be reduced substantially.                        
Source: National Council on Aging

The Healthcare Roundtable, in collaboration with the Tri County Senior Resource Referral Network, held its first event of the new year and addressed a crucial healthcare topic: Fall Prevention. The event was held at the Aventura Plaza Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in North Miami Beach on 2/27/18. Elaine Bloom, CEO of Plaza Health Network delivered opening remarks while Murray Rubin acted as moderator. Lunch was provided by Levitt-Weinstein Blasberg-Rubin-Zilbert Memorial Chapels & Beth David Memorial Gardens.

The standing room only crowd of almost sixty healthcare professionals witnessed a provocative, informative and timely discussion that featured several leaders in the South Florida elder care sector. The panelists were:
  • Abraham Wagner, DPM, Co-Founder, JAWS Podiatry
  • Armando Morales, President, Assisting Hands Home Health
  • Richard Iser, OT, Director of Rehabilitation, ‎University Plaza Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Includes Significant Changes in Medicare, Other Federal Health Programs

In the aftermath of the recent Federal budget approval on 2.9.18, analysts reveal the new budget's affect on the health sector. In addition to addressing a number of critical budget questions, the legislation includes significant health care policy changes impacting Medicare, Medicaid and...

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Pneumonia is a Disease. Is High Cholesterol or Osteoporosis?

"So much of what we do today in medicine falls in the gray zone between treating disease and manipulating risk," A Country Doctor Writes on 1.20.18. "In many cases, we have ended up with disease-like names, and drug based treatments, for these risk factors. In reality, many other things besides drugs can modify these risks, but our "scientific" paradigm mostly recognizes double blinded trials of medications and undervalues other approaches."

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Take a pill and stop aging. Really?

Stephen C. Schimpff, MD, in a KevinMD post dated January 6, 2018, writes:
"A pill to end aging. Is there or could there be such a pill? Some researchers think so."
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The GOP Tax Bill Repeals Obamacare's Individual Mandate

The unpopular individual mandate, which requires most Americans (other than those who qualify for a hardship exemption) to carry a minimum level of health coverage, has been repealed by the new Republican tax bill. Passed by both houses of Congress, the bill will be signed into law by President Trump.
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

U.S. healthcare spending growth slowed in 2016

According to Reuters, in a Dec. 06 2017 article, "Growth in healthcare spending in the United States slowed in 2016 following two years of expansion under the Affordable Care Act, a government health agency reported on Wednesday."
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