Monthly Archives: May 2012

American College of Physicians Urges Politicians to Stop Unwise Health Care Cuts, Provides Alternative Proposals

The American College of Physicians (ACP), a nationwide nonprofit organization of doctors of internal medicine, issued a comprehensive report, entitled “The State of the Nation’s Health Care 2012: How Bad Budget Choices and Broken Politics Are Undermining Progress in Health … Continue reading

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Harvard Health Publishes Caregiver’s Handbook

Harvard Health Publications of Harvard Medical School has published Caregiver’s Handbook: A guide to caring for the ill, elderly, disabled … and yourself, a basic introductory handbook to some of the topics and concerns faced by family caregivers. In a … Continue reading

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May 30 is National Senior Health & Fitness Day

About 100,000 older adults will participate in activities at more than 1,000 locations throughout the U.S. on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, celebrating the 19th annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day, the event’s organizer announced. “National Senior Health & Fitness … Continue reading

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Memorial Day Health Message for Caregivers: Wellness Tips from the CDC

This Memorial Day, as we remember our loved ones who have gone on, including those who gave their lives in service of our country, let us resolve to honor their lives and the lives of those loved ones we are … Continue reading

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May 27 through June 2 declared National Hurricane Preparedness Week

May 27 through June 2 has been declared as 2012 National Hurricane Preparedness Week, the National Hurricane Center has announced. Hurricane Season each year officially begins June 1 and runs through the end of November, according to the National Weather … Continue reading

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Johns Hopkins Issues 2012 Vision White Paper, Focusing on How to Halt or Reverse Vision Loss

Corresponding with Healthy Vision Month, a national campaign focusing on vision health, Johns Hopkins Medicine has recently issued a 2012 updated version of the “Johns Hopkins Vision White Paper.” The Johns Hopkins 2012 Vision White Paper, written by doctors at … Continue reading

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97-Year-Old Man Becomes the Oldest University Graduate

Allan Stewart graduated with a Master of Clinical Science degree from Southern Cross University at the age of 97. He received a law degree from Australia’s University of New England in 2006. Watch »

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HHS Launches New Web-Based Tool to Measure Performance of Health Care System

In a news release issued May 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced the launch of the Health System Measurement Project, a new web-based tool which will allow policymakers, providers, and the public to measure … Continue reading

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Don’t Fry Day – May 25 – Focuses on Sun Safety & Preventing Skin Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Friday that the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day (May 25) as “Don’t Fry Day,” and FDA is participating in this national campaign to … Continue reading

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Norway Ranks as Best Country to be a Mom; U.S. 25th in the World, New Report Finds

The Save the Children foundation has published its 13th annual “State of the World’s Mothers Report,” which compares and ranks 165 countries around the world in terms of the Best and Worst Places to Be a Mom. This year’s report, … Continue reading

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More States to Implement Health Care Law, HHS Announces

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on Wednesday, that Illinois, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee and Washington will receive more than $181 million in grants to help implement the new health care law. The grants will help … Continue reading

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Govt Provides Links to More Senior Resources for Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month, a time to recognize and honor the guiding wisdom and contributions of our nation’s seniors. Older Americans Month is declared each year by Presidential Proclamation. See President Proclaims May as Older Americans Month for more … Continue reading

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May is National Mediterranean Diet Month

May has been declared as National Mediterranean Diet Month, a national health observance aimed at generating awareness of the Mediterranean Diet and lifestyle, and the health benefits associated with it. The event is sponsored by Oldways Preservation Trust, a nonprofit … Continue reading

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Obama Administration Releases New National Plan to Fight Alzheimer’s

On May 15, 2012, U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius released the final version of the first comprehensive National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, which has been under development pursuant to the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) … Continue reading

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President Obama Delivers a Message of Hope & Inspiration to Women as Commencement Speaker at Barnard College

President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address at Barnard College, the women’s college affiliated with Columbia University, on Monday, May 14. His address focused on issues of particular importance to women, and he then challenged the women to “stand up … Continue reading

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Smart Phone Apps & Social Networking Help Lose Weight, Evidence Suggests

During a session at the 19th European Congress on Obesity in Lyon, France on Thursday, May 10, Dr. Robert Pretlow of the Research Institute, eHealth International in Seattle, Washington, presented evidence suggesting that social networking and new smart phone apps … Continue reading

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FDA Provides Resources for National Women’s Check-Up Day – May 14 – and National Women’s Health Week

May 14 is National Women’s Check-Up Day. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other federal agencies urge all women to have preventive health screenings and check-ups to care for their … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Kicks Off National Women’s Health Week, May 13-19, 2012

In a news release issued May 11, U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, announced that Mother’s Day will begin the observance of National Women’s Health Week, which will run from May 13 through 19 this year. This … Continue reading

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15.8 Million Americans to Receive $1.3 Billion in Rebates from Insurers Due to Affordable Care Act, HHS Announces

In a blog post today, U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, announced that due to the Affordable Care Act (President Obama’s Health Reform Law, which some call “Obamacare”), about 15.8 Million Americans will receive an estimated $1.3 … Continue reading

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National Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month Spotlights Bone Health

The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) announced this month that in connection with National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, which is observed each year in May, it is launching a new campaign, called Generations of Strength®. “NOF’s Generations of Strength Campaign … Continue reading

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National Arthritis Action Month Focuses on What You Can Do to Prevent or Manage this Common Condition

In a news release issued May 1, the Arthritis Foundation, a non-profit organization, declared May as National Arthritis Action Month, and “challeng[ed] Americans to begin taking steps to reduce the burden of arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability.” Arthritis … Continue reading

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National High Blood Pressure Education Month Highlights Risks from High Blood Pressure & Ways to Control It

In a statement issued May 2, Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced that May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month and Stroke Awareness Month. These events, sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), … Continue reading

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Unnecessary Medical Tests

Doctors are calling for end to 45 common medical tests, according to a report by Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News. According to the report, doctors from several major medical societies in the United States have listed many common medical … Continue reading

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94-Year-Old Does The Quickstep!

Watch Matilda Klein’s Quickstep of skips, hops and runs. You may be surprised! »

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Alzheimer’s Community Care Announces 2012 Alzheimer’s Educational Conference May 31-June 1, 2012

Alzheimer’s Community Care (ACC), a non-profit organization, has announced that its 2012 Alzheimer’s Educational Conference, with Keynote speaker Dan Rather, will be held May 31 and June 1, 2012, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in Palm Beach, Florida. … Continue reading

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New HBO Documentary, The Weight of The Nation, Explores Causes, Costs of Obesity

A new HBO documentary, The Weight of The Nation, produced by John Hoffman in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), explores the costs and causes of the well-publicized obesity epidemic that is plaguing America and its health care … Continue reading

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President Proclaims May as Older Americans Month

Following a tradition dating from 1963, President Barack Obama has declared the month of May as Older Americans Month. This is an observance declared by every President since President John F. Kennedy, dedicated to recognizing and honoring the achievements of … Continue reading

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Cleveland Clinic Florida Offers Free Stroke Screenings on May 4

The Cleveland Clinic Florida is offering free stroke screenings at its Stroke Screening Day, to be held Friday, May 4, at its main facility in Weston, Florida. The event will be held from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm – U.S. … Continue reading

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HHS Announces $728 Million of Funding for Community Health Centers Under Obama’s Health Care Law

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced the awarding of grants totaling $728 million to Community Health Centers nationwide under President Obama’s Health Care Law, the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”). The … Continue reading

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New Reports Document High Costs of Obesity in America

Several new studies and reports have been published recently documenting the high costs of obesity to America and Americans. According to these new research findings, obesity adds $190 Billion per year to health care costs, which is over 20% of … Continue reading

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