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Obesity Up Around the World
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Thursday, June 05, 2014 07:04 AM

More than 2 billion people in the world are now overweight or obese, up from less than a billion a few decades ago, according to a new global report.  The new figure more than doubles the 857 million overweight or obese people that were estimated in 1980.

The problem started with the advent of wider availability of food in the late 1970s.  "Over the past decades, the modernization of our world, with all the technology around us, has led to physical inactivity on all levels. It is well known that people who stop exercising lose the control of their food intake, whereas those who continue exercising eat adequately in relation to their energy needs.

"Especially in developed countries, the availability of food increased everywhere in the late 1970s and this was further exaggerated in the following decades -- with a substantial increase in the influence of 'fast food.  The result of these developments are that in today's society many children -- and indeed adults -- no longer build up enough muscle mass and functionality, and have lost the culture of 'classical eating,' which has instead been replaced by uncontrolled food intake with a snacking and eating culture spread over the whole day."

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Exchange Plans Creating Administrative Headaches for Many Practices
Wednesday, June 04, 2014 05:11 PM

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently conducted research to explore the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exchange plans on medical practices. The results indicate that many practices are experiencing difficulty when patients with coverage under an exchange plan come in for their appointment.

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First State Bans Triclosan Antibacterial Products
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Monday, June 02, 2014 06:56 AM

If you've ever washed your hands with anti-bacterial soap, there's a good chance you were rubbing yourself down with a chemical called triclosan—a chemical that's been proven to be harmful in humans in recent years.  According to recent studies, triclosan can "disrupt hormones critical for reproduction and development, at least in lab animals, and contribute to the development of resistant bacteria." So not only is this chemical not doing you any real good, it could actually be harming you, too.

Now, Minnesota has become the first state to officially ban it.  The Minnesota ban, which doesn't actually go into effect until January 1, 2017, applies to pretty much any retail consumer hygiene products that includes triclosan as an active ingredient—including about 75 percent of anti-bacterial soaps.  

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World Spine Care Offering Volunteer Experience in Botswana
Thursday, May 29, 2014 08:26 AM

World Spine Care, a nonprofit organization bringing evidence-based, inter-professional, sustainable spine care to underserved regions around the world, is looking for a volunteer to assume the role or primary spine practitioner at its Botswana clinics between July 2014 and July 2015. If you are interested in this opportunity to provide care for those in need, please contact Dr. Geoff Outerbridge at for more information.

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VA Health Probe Finds Wait-List Manipulation
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 11:10 PM

A preliminary report by the inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs has found deliberate manipulation of official waiting times in its investigation of alleged criminal misconduct by management at a Phoenix VA hospital.

The inspector general's office is looking into allegations about care at the Phoenix VA healthcare facility that "include gross mismanagement of VA resources and criminal misconduct by VA senior hospital leadership, creating systemic patient safety issues and possible wrongful deaths," the office noted in its interim report.

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