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    Signing Up for Health Insurance During Open Enrollment? Here’s What to Expect.

    You may be preparing to select and purchase an individual health insurance plan during the Marketplace’s open enrollment period, which began on November 15, 2014. Rick Lindquist and Paul Zane Pilzer take a step-by-step look at what to expect during the process.


    Salt Lake City, UT (November 2014)—The news you’ve been dreading has finally arrived: Your employer is canceling the group health insurance plan you’ve counted on for years, and by the end of 2014, you’ll no longer be covered. (Insert expletive of your choice here.) You know the Health Insurance Marketplace’s open enrollment period began on November 15, but shopping for a policy seems so overwhelming you keep pushing it out of your mind. When you do think about your insurance predicament, it’s to fret: What if I make the wrong decision? What if I can’t afford the premiums? What if I can’t get the coverage I need?

    You’re not alone—but Rick Lindquist and Paul Zane Pilzer urge you to stop the cycle of dread and procrastination before open enrollment’s February 15, 2015, deadline forces you to act.

    “Like all dreaded chores, shopping for individual health insurance in the Marketplace is nowhere near as terrible as you’re imagining,” assures Lindquist, coauthor along with Pilzer of The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance: Why It’s Good for You, Your Family, and Your Company (Wiley, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-119-01211-5, $25.00, www.zanebenefits.com, www.healthinsurancerevolution.org/book). “Choosing and signing up for a new policy can actually be efficient and relatively painless if you know what to expect and are prepared with the correct information.

    “And remember—the sooner you act, the sooner you’ll be free to enjoy the holidays without this task hanging over your head,” he adds.

    Here, Lindquist and Pilzer provide a step-by-step overview of what to expect as you sign up for individual coverage:

    Step 1: Decide whether to DIY or use a broker. Step 1 of navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace is deciding whether you want to go it alone or use a guide. If you’re confident that you know (or can research) what type of coverage you need and that you can navigate Healthcare.gov on your own, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take charge of shopping for and purchasing your own health insurance.

    “However, if you’re concerned about navigating the process and choosing the best policy—or if you’d simply like professional insight—you can choose to work with a broker, who can advise you and eventually help you enroll in coverage,” says Lindquist. “The exact role of brokers, who often receive commissions from insurance companies, varies based on state and situation.”

    Step 2: Gather your paperwork. When you apply for or renew your individual health insurance policy during open enrollment, you’ll need to provide information about your household, income, and insurance coverage.

    “Individual health insurance applications no longer ask medical history questions, but the application will ask financial questions to qualify you for the premium tax credits,” Lindquist explains. “So for many people, filling out an individual application will feel like filing income taxes. That might not be your idea of fun, but the silver lining is that it will be familiar. And like filing your taxes, gathering the necessary materials for open enrollment before the time comes will make applying for coverage quicker and easier.”

    Lindquist and Pilzer recommend having the following information ready:

    Home and/or mailing addresses for everyone in your household who is applying for coverage

    Social Security numbers for individuals in your household

    Documentation verifying legal immigration status, if this applies to your household

    Employer and income information for every member of your household. This may come in the form of pay stubs or W-2 forms

    Your best estimate of your household income for 2015

    Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering household members

    A completed “Employer Coverage Tool” for every employer-sponsored health insurance plan you or your household members are eligible for. The form should be filled out for every employer-sponsored health insurance plan you are eligible for—not just the ones you are enrolled in. (Your employer should be able to provide you with the completed form.)

    If you have health coverage in 2014, notices from your current plan that include your plan ID

    It may also be helpful to have the notice you received from your employer about the Marketplace and new coverage options

    Step 3: Fill out an application. Once you have all of your information gathered, it’s time to complete an application. You can do so online or in paper form. You will have to fill out only one application, and from there your eligibility for premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies will be determined.

    “This year, to help make open enrollment 2015 go as smoothly as possible, Healthcare.gov has been working on their online enrollment process,” shares Lindquist. “While all applicants will be required to answer some screening questions, about 70 percent of applicants are expected to be redirected to a shorter, updated application. The remaining 30 percent with ‘more complicated household scenarios’ will use the traditional Marketplace application.”

    Step 4: Choose your metallic level. Individual health insurance plans are categorized by “metallic tiers” of coverage: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. These categories are designed to help you compare plans with different coverage levels. As the metal category increases in value, so does the percent of medical expenses that the plan will cover.

    “At this point, you need to take a close look at how often you go to the doctor,” instructs Lindquist. “In general, if you anticipate using a lot of medical services, it is more ideal to select a platinum or gold plan. Although the premiums higher, you will pay less out-of-pocket when it comes time to receive medical care. If you do not anticipate having a lot of healthcare needs, selecting a silver or bronze plan is more ideal to save money. Although there will be higher out-of-pocket costs when and if you do need medical services, you will pay a significantly lower premium.”

    Step 5: Pick a plan. Now that you know what level of coverage you want, it’s time to browse and pick a plan.

    “With some people comparing more than 100 plans, this is often the step that takes the most time and where working with a health insurance broker can be very helpful,” notes Lindquist.

    Step 6: Pay the premium. Many of the Health Insurance Marketplaces are currently referring consumers to the insurance companies for payment, since each insurer can set their own deadline and payment requirement. “Some people will get bills in the mail, while others will be able to pay their premiums over the phone or on the insurer’s website,” says Lindquist. “Just follow the instructions you receive.”

    “Hopefully, reading about these six steps has demystified the process of signing up for health insurance during the open enrollment period,” concludes Lindquist. “Just remember—the earlier you begin the process, the more time you’ll have to research and compare plans, and the more comfortable you’ll be with the coverage you eventually purchase.”

    About the Authors:
    Paul Zane Pilzer is the New York Times best-selling author of 11 books, a former professor at NYU, and has served as an economist in two White House administrations. He is also the founder of six companies including the two largest U.S. suppliers of personalized employee health benefits, Extend Health (1999) and Zane Benefits (2006).

    Rick Lindquist is president of Zane Benefits, Inc., the U.S. leader in individual health insurance reimbursement for small businesses. Zane Benefits’ software has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the New York Times. He is a regular contributor to leading health benefits publications, including ClarifyingHealth.com.

    About Zane Benefits, Inc.:
    Zane Benefits is the leader in individual health insurance reimbursement for small businesses. Since 2006, Zane Benefits has been on a mission to bring the benefits of individual health insurance to business owners and their employees. Zane Benefits’ software helps businesses reimburse employees for individual health insurance plans for annual savings of 20 to 60 percent compared with traditional employer-provided health insurance. Today, over 20,000 customers use Zane Benefits’ software, services, and support to reimburse individual health insurance plans purchased independent of employment. Zane Benefits’ software has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the New York Times. Learn more at www.zanebenefits.com.

    About the Book:
    The #1 Amazon best-selling The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance is a comprehensive guide to utilizing new individual health plans to save 20 to 60 percent on health insurance. Over the next 10 years, 100 million Americans will move from employer-provided to individually purchased health insurance. Written by a world-renowned economist and New York Times best-selling author, this insightful guide explains how individual health insurance offers more to employees than employer-provided plans. Learn more and join the debate at www.healthinsurancerevolution.org/book.

    The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance: Why It’s Good for You, Your Family, and Your Company (Wiley, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-119-01211-5, $25.00, www.zanebenefits.com, www.healthinsurancerevolution.org/book) is available at bookstores nationwide, from major online booksellers, and direct from the publisher by calling 800-225-5945. In Canada, call 800-567-4797. For more information, please visit the book’s page on www.wiley.com.


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    The Public’s Attitudes about the Health and Economic Impact of Vision Loss and Eye Disease

    New Public Opinion Poll includes Minority Population Data


    WHAT: A roundtable discussion with leading experts on the health and economic impact of vision loss and blindness, research funding and progress of new treatment and therapies. Currently, 38 million Americans age 40 and up experience blindness, low vision or an age-related eye disease and the annual cost of vision disorders is expected to reach $717 billion by 2050.
    "addressing the public’s attitudes regarding vision loss with data from Hispanic, African-American and Asian populations "
    A new national public opinion poll addressing the public’s attitudes regarding vision loss with data from Hispanic, African-American and Asian populations - commissioned by Research!America and the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) and supported by Research to Prevent Blindness - and a Vision and Blindness fact sheet detailing the story of Paul D’Addario, a patient suffering from Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a condition that causes vision deterioration, will be released. D’Addario will be available for interviews following the discussion.

    WHO: Moderator, Michelle Miller, CBS News Correspondent

    Neil Bressler, M.D., the James P. Gills Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of the Retina Division,Wilmer Eye Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Paul Sieving, M.D., Ph.D., the Director of the National Eye Institute (NEI) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

    James Tsai, M.D., President of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai and Chair of Ophthalmology for the Mount Sinai Health System

    Karla Zadnik, O.D., Ph.D., the Glenn Fry Professor of Optometry and Physiological Optics and Dean at the Ohio State University College of Optometry

    WHEN: Thursday, September 18, 2014

    9:30am – 10:30am

    WHERE: Zenger Room

    National Press Club

    529 14th Street N.W. Washington, D.C.

    CONTACT: abriseno@researchamerica.org or (571) 482-2737

    Click on the following link for more details: http://www.eyeresearch.org/pdf/Fall2014Events.pdf


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    (BPRW) Sam’s Club® Supports Early Detection of Diabetes with Free Screenings for Its Members and the Public

    In-club screenings available on Saturday, September 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


    (BLACK PR WIRE) -- BENTONVILLE, Ark.--According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 29.1 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and of those, 8.1 million are still undiagnosed. Further, there continues to be a large number of adults (86 million) aged 20 years and older who have pre-diabetes.1 To help encourage early detection of this chronic condition in communities around the U.S., Sam’s Club Pharmacy will host free diabetes screenings to both members and non-members on Saturday, September 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    The diabetes screenings are free, confidential and available to the public at all Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy (599 locations). The screenings, valued at $2502, include tests for:

    • A1C blood test
    • Glucose
    • Total Cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol)
    • Risk Ratio (relationship between total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol)
    • Blood Pressure
    • Body Fat Percentage
    • Vision

    “With these staggering statistics, there is clearly a need to offer people an easy and accessible way to detect diabetes early on,” said Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president, Sam’s Club Health and Wellness. “We are committed to offering solutions like this screening as a way to encourage people to take control of their health and to learn information that can be very valuable in getting them to their long-term health goals.”

    In addition to monthly health screenings, Sam’s Club pharmacies provide savings and preventive care to each community it serves, such as year-round immunizations for adults ages 18 and above. Licensed pharmacists can administer walk-in flu shots and nine other important immunizations recommended to help protect against serious diseases like pneumonia, shingles and whooping cough. Sam’s Club also offers $4/$10 generic prescription prices to the public, and Sam’s Club Plus members and Sam’s Club Business members receive an additional 8 percent savings on name-brand prescriptions, 40 percent savings on generics not part of the $4/$10 generic prescription program, and access to more savings through the Extra Value Drug Program. Restrictions may apply.

    Information about Sam’s Club health and wellness offerings can be found at SamsClub.com and in the Sam’s Club exclusive bi-monthly wellness magazine, Healthy Living Made Simple,which reaches approximately eight million members.

    About Sam’s Club®
    Sam’s Club®, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products, savings and services to millions of members in 643 clubs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. To learn more about Sam’s Club, visit the Sam’s Club Newsroom, shop at SamsClub.com, and interact with Sam’s Club on Twitter and Facebook.

    1 “National Diabetes Statistics Report: Estimates of Diabetes and Its Burden in the United States 2014,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2014.

    2 Limited quantities available. Screening types and quantities may vary by state and club. Screenings are available only at clubs with a pharmacy (599 locations). Membership not required. All tests are performed by licensed professionals.

    Source: Sam’s Club


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    GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNING SINGER JENNIFER HUDSON LENDS HER VOICE TO STAND UP TO CANCER AND GENENTECH IN “TWO WORLDS. ONE DREAM.” CAMPAIGN IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER

    New PSA Inspires Everyone to Come Together in the Spirit of Collaboration and to Advance Cancer Research


    STAND UP TO CANCER



    LOS ANGELES / NEW YORK – July 30, 2014 – Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, and Genentech, one of the world’s leading biotech companies, have joined forces with GRAMMY®-winning singer, Oscar®-winning actress, and SU2C Ambassador Jennifer Hudson for their latest campaign, entitled: “Two Worlds. One Dream.”

    Debuting in July, the public service announcement (PSA), which will appear in print, digital, radio, and broadcast media, highlights the incredible work being done by today’s leading cancer researchers and stresses the importance of supporting innovative research.

    STAND UP TO CANCER



    The powerful PSA, which features Jennifer Hudson and Genentech senior scientist Shiva Malek, Ph.D., notes the similarities between the worlds of art and science—reinforcing how much can be accomplished when we work together. The “Two Worlds. One Dream.” campaign charges everyone—from doctors and scientists to artists to patients and survivors—to unite in the fight against the collection of diseases known as cancer, which take the lives of nearly 1,600 Americans every day.

    “I, like many others, have friends and loved ones who have been affected by cancer,” said Jennifer Hudson. “I’m proud to join Genentech and Stand Up To Cancer on this PSA campaign, which showcases cancer researchers as the rock stars they really are and highlights the importance of supporting their vital work.”

    “Stand Up To Cancer was built on the idea that people from different disciplines can come together in the hope of making everyone diagnosed with cancer a survivor,” said Lisa Paulsen, co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer. “We are so grateful to Jennifer Hudson and Genentech for their invaluable support. This PSA champions collaboration, which is a cornerstone of SU2C, to inspire the public to realize their role in supporting scientific research that has the ability to transform lives.”

    “Stand Up To Cancer brings together some of the best and brightest minds in cancer research to collaborate in the fight against this terrible disease,’’ said Geoff Teeter, Vice President of Corporate Relations at Genentech. ‘’We are excited to partner with Jennifer Hudson and SU2C on this campaign, and share the belief that progress happens faster when we work together.’’

    For more information on the campaign, visit standup2cancer.org. To join the conversation, like us on Facebook at @StandUpToCancer or follow us on Twitter at @SU2C.

    About Genentech
    Founded more than 35 years ago, Genentech is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. The company, a member of the Roche Group, has headquarters in South San Francisco, California. For additional information about the company, please visit http://www.gene.com.

    About Stand Up To Cancer
    Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C’s scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.

    For more information on Stand Up To Cancer visit http://www.standup2cancer.org.


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    Most Breast Cancer Patients May Not Be Getting Enough Exercise


    Physical activity after breast cancer diagnosis has been linked with prolonged survival and improved quality of life, but most participants in a large breast cancer study did not meet national physical activity guidelines after they were diagnosed. Moreover, African-American women were less likely to meet the guidelines than white women. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings indicate that efforts to promote physical activity in breast cancer patients may need to be significantly enhanced.

    The US Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the American Cancer Society, recommends that adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity (or an equivalent combination thereof) each week for general health benefits and for chronic disease prevention and management.

    Because it’s important to understand whether there is capacity for improvement in the physical activity levels of women with breast cancer, Brionna Hair, a doctoral candidate in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her colleagues examined levels of and changes in physical activity following breast cancer diagnosis, overall and by race, in a population-based study of breast cancer patients. The study assessed pre- and post-diagnosis physical activity levels in 1,735 women aged 20 to 74 years who were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer between 2008 and 2011 in 44 counties of North Carolina.

    The researchers found that only 35 percent of breast cancer survivors met current physical activity guidelines post-diagnosis. A decrease in activity approximately six months after diagnosis was reported by 59 percent of patients, with the average participant reducing activity by 15 metabolic equivalent hours—equivalent to about five hours per week of brisk walking. When compared with white women, African-American women were about 40 percent less likely to meet national physical activity guidelines post-diagnosis, although their reported weekly post-diagnosis physical activity was not significantly different from that of White women (12 vs 14 metabolic equivalent hours). Ms. Hair noted that it’s important to realize that African-American women experience higher mortality from breast cancer than other groups in the United States.

    “Medical care providers should discuss the role physical activity plays in improving breast cancer outcomes with their patients, and strategies that may be successful in increasing physical activity among breast cancer patients need to be comprehensively evaluated and implemented,” said Ms. Hair.

    Article: “Racial differences in physical activity among breast cancer survivors: implications for breast cancer care.” Brionna Hair, Sandi Hayes, Chiu-Kit Tse, Mary Beth Bell, and Andrew Olshan. CANCER; Published Online: June 9, 2014 (DOI: 10.1002/cncr.28630).

    URL: http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/cncr.28630

    Author Contact: David Pesci, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Director of Communications, at dpesci@unc.edu or +1 (919) 962-2600; or Katy Jones, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Director of Communications and Marketing, at katy_jones@med.unc.edu or +1 (919) 962-3405. CANCER is a peer-reviewed publication of the American Cancer Society integrating scientific information from worldwide sources for all oncologic specialties. The objective of CANCER is to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of information among oncologic disciplines concerned with the etiology and course of human cancer. CANCER is published by Wiley and can be accessed online at http://wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/cancer.

    About Wiley
    Wiley is a global provider of content-enabled solutions that improve outcomes in research, education, and professional practice. Our core businesses produce scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, reference works, books, database services, and advertising; professional books, subscription products, certification and training services and online applications; and education content and services including integrated online teaching and learning resources for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners.

    Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa, JWb), has been a valued source of information and understanding for more than 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 450 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Peace. Wiley's global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company's website can be accessed at http://www.wiley.com.


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    The WebQuit study


    Getting ready to quit smoking?
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has the right opportunity for you

    SEATTLE – The time is right – you’re ready to quit smoking. Begin with just a click at WebQuit.org.

    WebQuit is an online quit-smoking program and research study being conducted by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The WebQuit study, which is funded by the National Cancer Institute, is testing two online quit-smoking programs to learn which one is most useful to help people quit. Join WebQuit now to get free, expert guidance to help you kick the habit, including:

    • A step-by-step guide to quitting
    • Tools to help deal with urges to smoke
    • Help staying motivated while you’re quitting
    • 24/7 online access so you can use WebQuit when you need it

    In addition to getting support in quitting smoking, you’ll be paid up to $105 for filling out three surveys over the next year. You’ll also be helping other smokers by contributing to important research.

    “Our research team is devoted to finding the best online tools for quitting smoking. So if you’re a smoker who’s getting ready to quit, I hope you’ll take the first step right now and join WebQuit,” said Jonathan Bricker, Ph.D., the study’s principal investigator and a scientist who specializes in smoking cessation. “WebQuit provides online tools with the goal of helping you quit smoking and experiencing all the personal benefits that come with it.”

    Who can join WebQuit?

    Webquit is looking for U.S. smokers over age 18 who smoke daily, can read English, have Internet access and want to quit in the next 30 days. If you’re ready to quit smoking, visit WebQuit.org and fill out a short online survey to find out if you are eligible. If you are, you’ll be asked to fill out another online survey about you and your smoking. Then you’ll be randomly assigned (like tossing a coin) to one of two groups, both of which will have access to an online quit-smoking program.

    Over the next year, you’ll be asked to fill out three more surveys either by phone or mail. Keeping your information private is important. Your survey information will be entered on a secure website and kept confidential by WebQuit staff.

    More about WebQuit principal investigator Jonathan Bricker

    Bricker is an associate member of the Fred Hutch Public Health Sciences Division and an associate affiliate professor of psychology at the University of Washington. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific articles and currently serves as the senior editor of the scientific journal Addiction. Visit WebQuit to learn more about his research.

    For more information, email WebQuit@fhcrc.org or visit WebQuit.org. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer with minimal side effects.

    An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first and largest cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Private contributions are essential for enabling Fred Hutch scientists to explore novel research opportunities that lead to important medical breakthroughs. For more information visit www.fredhutch.org or follow Fred Hutch on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.


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    (BPRW) Publix First Retailer in the Southeast to Offer Free Amlodipine


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – LAKELAND, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Beginning today, Publix Pharmacy will offer free 30-day supplies (up to 60 tablets of 2.5 mg and 5 mg or up to 30 tablets of 10 mg) of amlodipine to customers with a prescription for the medication. Amlodipine combination products are excluded.

    Amlodipine is a calcium-channel blocker and is commonly used to treat high blood pressure and angina (chest pain).

    “The health and wellness of our customers is important to us at the Publix Pharmacy,” said Maria Brous, director of media and community relations. “With health care and prescription costs continuing to rise, medication adherence may prove challenging. We continue to enhance our free prescription programs and pharmacy services to allow our customers to focus on staying healthy and achieving their overall wellness goals.”

    Publix Pharmacy also offers the following free medications:

    • Lisinopril — an ACE inhibitor used to prevent, treat or improve symptoms of high blood pressure, certain heart conditions, diabetes and certain chronic kidney conditions. Maximum of 30 day supply (up to 60 tablets). Lisinopril-HCTZ combination products excluded.

    • Metformin — as part of the company’s Diabetes Management System, up to a 30-day supply of generic immediate-release metformin (up to 120 tablets of 500 mg, or 90 tablets of 850 mg and 1000 mg).

    Publix Pharmacy also offers a 14-day supply of the following generic oral antibiotics free:

    • amoxicillin
    • ampicillin
    • ciprofloxacin (excluding Ciprofloxacin XR)
    • penicillin VK and
    • sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim (SMZ-TMP)

    For more information, please visit www.publix.com/pharmacy.

    Publix is privately owned and operated by its 167,000 employees, with 2013 sales of $28.9 billion. Currently Publix has 1,077 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The company has been named one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 17 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized as tops in the grocery business, most recently by an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey. For more information, visit the company’s website, corporate.publix.com.

    Source: Publix


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    Seeing a nephrologist at Stage 3, and receiving kidney education, can add years to one’s life and years without dialysis. It is a fact that educated patients slow down the progression of kidney disease. 888-My-Kidney


    Kidney Disease: The “Other” Silent Killer
    By Julie Spears, Kidney Educator

    I am not a physician. I am a kidney educator who wants to share information in the hope that you will take action to 1) learn if you or a loved one have kidney impairment; 2) understand more about it; and, if necessary, 3) slow down the progression of kidney disease in your own body. Not everyone understands “doctor-speak,” so I am writing at my own level of understanding to make this information more accessible.

    What do kidneys do?
    What do you think the purpose of your kidneys is? Most people think it’s strictly urine output, and that as long as you’re making urine, your kidneys are working. Not true! In fact, you or a loved one could have kidney disease and not have a clue – that’s why kidney disease is known as a “silent killer.” You see, its early symptoms are so mild (if there are any at all), they’re often missed completely. It’s estimated that one in nine American adults has some form of kidney disease – and 90% of people who have it, don’t know it.1 People often come into the doctor’s office or hospital never knowing they have kidney disease.

    The leading causes of kidney disease are diabetes, high blood pressure, and hereditary diseases such as polycystic kidney disease and lupus. Other risk factors include heart disease, obesity, family history, and age over 60.

    Your kidneys
    Your kidneys are about the size of your fist and sit in your lower back region. Their job is to filter toxins and waste through your urine. If your kidneys are not working properly, you may still make the same amount of urine but those toxins will stay in the body, and that’s not good! Kidney function is measured in five stages, and these are important for you to know. They are based on glomerular filtration rate (GFR). The GFR is calculated based on a formula for your age, race, sex and serum creatinine (a marker in your blood). The serum creatinine is useful to evaluate the kidneys’ efficiency, but since we are looking for simple, the GFR is what we’ll concentrate on here. The GFR tells us what percentage of a person’s kidneys are functioning.

    Normal(?) Serum Creatinine Levels: 0.6 to 1.6

    Stage 1: Normal – 100 to 90%

    Stage 2: Mild – GFR 60 to 89%

    Stage 3: Moderate – GFR 30 to 59%

    People with 60% function and lower should be referred to a nephrologist (kidney doctor).

    Stage 4: Severe – GFR 15 to 29%

    People at this stage need kidney education and regular blood work. They can be helped by changes in medication and diet.

    Stage 5: Kidney failure – GFR15% or less At this stage, dialysis or a kidney transplant is needed to live. People at this stage can learn about modalities, or different types, of dialysis.

    Example: 41-year-old white male, serum creatinine at 1.6, has a GFR of 48, which indicates Stage 3 kidney disease.

    (Calculation from http://www.davita.com/gfr-calculator/index.cfm)

    If you look at the serum creatinine level of 1.6, you would think this is normal. However, if we put the calculation in place that the laboratories do, we show Stage 3 kidney disease. When the kidneys’ function is 45% or less, you should be referred to a nephrologist. People sometimes confuse the nephrologist with the urologist, as both specialize in kidneys; however, nephrologists treat kidney disease. When you see a nephrologist, he or she will monitor your kidneys and other problems the kidney disease may be causing, such as anemia or bone disease. Your nephrologist can only tell how your kidneys are doing by analyzing your blood.

    People often tell me they have been seeing a physician for years and are just being told they have kidney disease at Stage 5. They are scared and angry at this point, and understandably so. This is sad to me, because kidney disease progression, if chronic, can be seen 10 to 20 years prior to end stage renal disease (kidney failure, or Stage 5). Seeing a nephrologist at Stage 3, and receiving kidney education, can add years to one’s life and years without dialysis. It is a fact that educated patients slow down the progression of kidney disease.

    It is important to keep all your doctor appointments and always bring in all medications, even those taken over the counter. Ask your doctor today at what percent your kidneys are functioning, and get a referral to a nephrologist if this number is less than 45%. This simple step could keep you off the dialysis machine for years. Education is power. You have a voice and a choice! Classes are provided at no cost in many local areas so you can learn more about kidney disease. For more information on KidneySmart education classes, call 888-My-Kidney today or visit KidneySmart.org.

    http://kidneytrust.org/learn/ckd-public-health-crisis/

    http://kidneytrust.org/learn/

    Julie Spears, LBSW


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    (BPRW) Facts Matter When Your Heart Health is at Stake

    How to Make the Best Decisions With Your Health Care Provider


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – The heart is one of the most complex organs in our body, affecting many other parts of our body and our health. Having a healthy heart is a key to having a healthy body; heart health and a healthy life go hand-in-hand. This makes having reliable, accurate information about your heart health so important.

    Reliable information is even more important when you or your loved ones are facing questions about issues or conditions affecting the heart, including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, or other related diseases. This is especially important for African American and Hispanic communities; heart disease is more prevalent among African Americansi and Hispanicsii — as are some of the factors that increase the risk of developing it, including high blood pressure, overweight and obesity, and diabetes. But there is a resource to provide you with the information that you need to talk to your health care provider and make informed decisions about your treatment.

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) encourages you to start exploring the facts. On our Treatment Options page, you can find easy-to-understand summaries and answers to your questions to help you compare the evidence on your treatment options. Here you will find information on different treatment options for high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation or “A-fib,” stable coronary heart disease, and other heart and vascular diseases.

    Learn how to work with your health care provider toward better heart health in three easy steps:

    1. Explore: Visit www.ahrq.gov/treatmentoptions or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/yourtreatmentoptions to engage with us about heart health.

    2. Compare: Learn about the benefits, risks, and side effects of different treatment options. Think about your treatment goals and what matters most for your quality of life.

    3. Prepare: Write a list of questions and concerns to take to your next medical appointment. This will help you and your health care provider decide which treatments will work best for your heart or related condition.

    Caring for your heart is one of the most important things you can do for your health and the health of your family. To learn more about protecting your heart health, visit www.ahrq.gov/treatmentoptions and select “Heart Conditions.” To order free print copies of treatment summaries on many health conditions call 1-800-358-9295.

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) produces evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used. AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program works with researchers, research centers, and academic organizations to compare treatments for common health conditions and translate findings into plain language for patients, consumers, and clinicians.

    i National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. (2012). Who Is at Risk for High Blood Pressure? [Fact sheet]. Retrieved from http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hbp/atrisk.html

    ii Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013). Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among US Hispanics [Factsheet]. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/Features/millionheartshispanic


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    (BPRW) FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA VISITS JESSIE TRICE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER TO PROMOTE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT


    FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA VISITS JESSIE TRICE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER
    First Lady Michelle Obama (center) speaks with Jessie Trice Community Health Center President Annie Neasman (left) during her recent Miami visit.


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – First Lady Michelle Obama recently visited the Jessie Trice Community Health Center (JTCHC) to promote the Affordable Care Act. Outreach and enrollment efforts by the Obama administration have been in full force to encourage key demographics to enroll by the March 31st deadline. With just weeks left to sign up for health care under the Affordable Care Act, the First Lady was on a mission to encourage young adults and minorities to enroll.

    During her visit, the First Lady shared that federally qualified health centers, such as the Jessie Trice Community Health Center, will play a key role in helping the uninsured to become insured.

    “In the African-American community, one in five of us are not insured,” she said, “and the numbers are no better in the Hispanic community.”

    While at JTCHC, the First Lady spoke with four Certified Application Counselors who sat at tables with individuals already enrolled in health plans and others who had yet to sign up. She looked on as one counselor, Paul Salazar, shared that it takes about 20 minutes to sign up one person. The First Lady applauded the Jessie Trice Community Health Center for its efforts and shared that their tireless dedication to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to receive quality healthcare is reflected in the over four million people that have signed up for healthcare nationwide – a major milestone.

    “It was an absolute pleasure meeting with the First Lady,” said Annie Neasman, RN, MS, president of JTCHC. “We are committed to doing our part to aid in the enrollment efforts of the Affordable Care Act and we look forward to helping patients receive the kind of quality and affordable care they need at the Jessie Trice Community Health Center.”

    The Jessie Trice Community Health Center, Inc. is a Florida 501 (c) 3, not-for-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center, which has been serving Miami-Dade County since 1967. Its mission is to provide comprehensive primary health care services by increasing access and improving the quality of life of our diverse South Florida community. A community mainstay, JTCHC owns and operates sixteen (16) facilities, including eight (8) Comprehensive Primary Care centers, twenty-five (25) school-based/university centers, and other medical facilities. JTCHC’s multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary staff services a diverse population of 30,000 patients who make more than 130,000 visits annually. For more information on the Jessie Trice Community Health Center, visit www.jtchc.org.


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    (BPRW) African-Americans Disproportionately Affected By Arthritis


    - CDC Recommends Relief through Self-Management Programs and Physical Activity -

    (BLACK PR WIRE) – Washington, DC: While it often takes a back seat to other chronic illnesses, arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the United States and has been for at least the last 15 years.

    African-Americans Disproportionately Affected By Arthritisd



    Arthritis causes a surprisingly disproportionate amount of pain and limitations for African-Americans. According to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when compared to whites, African-Americans are:

    • About as likely to report having arthritis, but:
    • 26% more likely to report activity limitations due to arthritis
    • 43% more likely to report work limitations due to arthritis
    • 60% more likely to report severe joint pain

    http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/index.htm

    While studies such as these highlight disparities, it is important to note that there are resources for people living with Arthritis. The CDC recommends, self-management techniques be added to the daily routine of anyone living with arthritis. Below are some examples of simple lifestyle changes that may help African-Americans ease the burden of pain and limitations of arthritis.

    • Self-Management Programs: interactive workshops such as the Arthritis Self-Management Program and the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program are low-cost and available in communities across the country. Attending one of these programs can help a person learn ways to manage pain, exercise safely, and gain control of their arthritis.

    • Physical Activity: Thirty minutes of moderate low impact physical activity at least 5 days per week helps to reduce pain and improve function, mood, and quality of life for adults with arthritis.

    These tips, and other resources, are available at the CDC website. Putting them into practice will could help increase the quality of life and lessen the everyday pain of the more than the 4.6 million African-Americans living with arthritis.


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    Is Your Nutritional Supplement Placing You on a Path to Health Problems?


    So you’re following your daily vitamin regimen and you feel you’re doing something beneficial for your health. Well, you’re certainly on the right track in your recognition of the need to supplement your dietary intake of nutrients. Virtually everyone reading this should be doing so.

    Due primarily to modern agricultural techniques carried out by large agribusiness concerns which provide most of our nation’s food supply, our food has only a fraction of the nutrient density it had just fifty years ago.

    Government data from both America and the United Kingdom have shown that the concentration of a range of essential nutrients in the food supply has declined in the last few decades, with double digit percentage declines of iron, zinc, calcium, selenium and other essential nutrients across a wide range of common foods.1,2,3

    The alarming fact is our food (fruits, vegetables and grains), now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contains enough of certain needed nutrients, is leaving us deprived of adequate nutrition (an issue, incidentally, which contributes to excessive calorie consumption and weight gain). And the meat we eat feeds on a diet that is nutritionally depleted as well, which causes it to provide less nutrition than it once did.

    If you’re supplementing your dietary intake of nutrients, you’re absolutely correct in your recognition of this very important aspect of maintaining good health. But it’s possible the supplements you’re taking aren’t doing you the good they promise. Here are some facts about conventional nutritional supplements that should give us all pause:

    Almost All Nutritional Supplements on the Market Today are Man-Made Isolated Synthetics

    About 90% of supplements sold today are man-made isolated synthetics which contain only an isolated portion of the full vitamin complex. There are some who believe these isolated synthetics, which are generally made with potentially harmful substances used as fillers, binders and flowing agents, are, in the long run, actually worse for you than taking no supplements at all.

    The study of biochemistry teaches us that vitamins do not exist as single compounds that act on their own. Vitamins are made up of several compounds including enzymes, co-enzymes, factors, co-factors and minerals that must work together to produce their intended biological effects. If you’re taking a man-made synthetic that contains only a part of the vitamin complex, your body must gather all of the other components of the full complex from your tissues in order to make use of it. In the likely event your body doesn’t have adequate reserves of the other components, the portion of the complex in your synthetic supplement will not provide the biological effects that are derived from the full complex. The obvious question here is does it make sense that you have adequate reserves of all of the other components of a particular vitamin complex, but somehow, are mysteriously deficient in one of the components? The answer is equally obvious. This issue also begs a much more important question: can the continued use of these synthetic isolates actually contribute to other deficiencies as a result of your tissues’ reserves of the parts of the vitamin complex that are absent in your supplement being tapped and depleted? There are many in the health and nutrition fields who say this is precisely the case.

    So how is it that some people who take synthetic vitamins can sometimes at first notice a health improvement? In some instances your body can find a way to utilize a small amount of the nutrient, but the problem is these vitamins aren’t really vitamins. They will affect your body more like a mild drug where you might notice an improvement for a time, but long term it may actually have a negative effect on your health.

    Is Something Sinister at Work Here?

    As of this writing the overwhelming majority of supplements sold in the United States are sold by drug companies. For example, One-A-Day and Centrum are products of Bayer Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals respectively (here’s an interesting report regarding both of these brands of supplements). And the primary business of the companies that sell these additive-containing, synthetic, isolated supplements is to sell you pharmaceutical drugs should illness befall you! It’s obvious pharmaceutical companies who sell nutritional supplements, and again, this applies to most supplements on the market, have an inherent conflict of interest. After all, if their supplements helped to keep you healthy, that would cut into the sales of their main product. Obviously there is more to maintaining good health than taking supplements. But it’s worth noting as the use of these isolated, synthetic supplements has grown (as of 2011, 69% of U.S. adults take dietary supplements, a 17 percentage point increase over just a decade earlier), the use of pharmaceutical drugs has also continued to grow. The facts concerning this issue speak quite favorably to the effectiveness of their marketing. Not so favorably, however, to the effectiveness of their products.

    Again, there are those in the health and nutrition fields who say the continued use of these isolates can actually contribute to nutritional deficiencies. Pharmaceutical companies profit handsomely on the sale of their cheaply made synthetic supplements. But those profits are dwarfed by the profits from their drug sales. It’s disturbing to think of these supplements as contributing to turning people into customers for their drugs, as nutritional deficiencies are a primary cause of illness and disease.

    For a little insight into the influence drug companies have on the functioning of the FDA, click here. Where to Look for Natural Supplements

    It’s important to point out the best and most healthful supplements are not going to be found on the shelves of your grocery store, pharmacy, or even in health food stores and vitamin shops. They’re generally going to be sold through such channels as direct marketing, on-line retailers or naturopathic physicians. The reason for this is the cost of producing whole food supplements made from ingredients that are natural and truly healthful, made using the best manufacturing practices, and made without the use of additives, is higher than that of the products found on the store shelves (the price of your supplements can tell you a great deal about their quality). Therefore, in an effort to maintain price competitiveness, formulators and manufacturers of supplements who are concerned with producing a quality, beneficial product have to distribute those products in the most economical way. Additionally, they have to forgo the kind of advertising done by the supplement division of the drug companies who are backed by the drug company’s deep pockets. As the truth begins to get out, this will change as consumers will undoubtedly begin to stop using conventional supplements in favor of healthful, quality, natural ones.

    It is also important to be aware of the fact there are supplement makers out there who make cheap “whole food supplements” with the use of artificial colors, artificial preservatives, binders, fillers, flowing agents, and other ingredients whose inclusion is for the purpose of helping their bottom line, not for aiding your health.

    The Natural Health Initiative has compiled a list of companies along the right side of this page who are doing great work in providing truly healthful, natural, whole food, herbal and homeopathic supplements and health products. You may not have heard of some of these companies, as again, they don’t have the kind of lavish funding behind them the pharmaceutical companies provide in selling their supplements, but these companies are doing heroic work in bringing healthful products to consumers.

    Please help get the word out about this important issue by sharing this information with everyone you care about, especially those loved ones of yours who are taking conventional supplements. With the power of the people behind this effort I believe we can rid the market of so-called nutritional supplements that are cooked up in a laboratory, while at the same time, improving our health.

    Wishing you good health and good fortune,
    Patrick Delaney
    President - Natural Health Initiative
    Publisher – SupplementsFromNature.com


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    MLK DAY REPORT UNDERSCORES RACIAL DISPARITIES OF HEALTH GOP's State-by-State Attack on Obamacare Makes Matters Worse


    Boston, MA – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane." This quote is the touchstone of a new report – State of the Dream 2014: Healthcare for Whom? Enduring Racial Disparities – the 11th Annual MLK, Jr. Day report from United for a Fair Economy (UFE).

    State of the Dream 2014 documents the heavy toll that continued racial segregation and concentrated poverty takes on people's health. High poverty communities often lack adequate healthcare facilities, full-service grocery stores, and green space to walk or jog. These communities also face higher exposure to lead and other toxins, mold, and even industrial pollutants. These factors, coupled with the physical stress of caring for one's family amidst high crime rates, poverty, and persistent racism all exact a price. People of color face the brunt of this injury as poor Blacks are 7.3 times as likely as poor Whites, and poor Latinos are 5.7 times as likely, to live in such high-poverty neighborhoods.

    Dedrick Muhammad of the NAACP, and an advisor on the report stated, “Governors and state elected officials across the nation have an opportunity to begin reversing the historical and persistent racism that continues to steer families and individuals toward poverty and poor health.” He adds, “Their commitment to deny underserved communities and communities of color access to basic healthcare equates to a commitment to fight against justice for all.”

    The state fights over Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – also known as Obamacare – deepen the insult to an already difficult situation according to the report. “It’s bad enough that communities of color face additional health hazards and stressors,” adds Brian Miller, executive director of UFE and author of the report. "Now we have politicians around the nation trying to block health insurance coverage that would have otherwise been extended to millions of low-income Americans.”

    Following the Supreme Court ruling in 2012, states were no longer required to expand their Medicaid programs as provided for under the ACA. Since then, 25 states – all but three headed by Republican governors – have declared their commitment to NOT expand their Medicaid programs in 2014. The nearly 5 million who are affected by the 25-state coverage gap are disproportionately people of color.

    Blacks make up only 13 percent of the population according to the new report, but account for 27 percent of those who will fall through the GOP's 25-state coverage gap. The disparate impact on African Americans is in large part a result of conservative states in the South, where large numbers of Blacks reside, rejecting the ACA's Medicaid expansion.

    Latinos make up 15 percent of the population, but account for 21 percent of those who fall through the new 25-state coverage gap. Over 1 million of the nearly 5 million who will go without health care because of the 25-state coverage gap live in Texas, a state that is 38 percent Latino. Florida has the second largest Latino population among the 25 states currently not expanding coverage.

    Rev. William Barber, leader of the Moral Mondays Movement in North Carolina, writes in the foreword, “The greatest myth of our time is the notion that extreme policies harm a small subset of people such as people of color. However, these policies harm us all. What we’ve seen in North Carolina and other parts of the country are wealthy extremists playing on the fears of working class and white people… Our job is to unpack the truth about these extreme policies and how they adversely impact all people.”

    “We have a history in Alabama of enacting laws and policies that favor wealthy residents, while ignoring the needs of the underserved,” said Dollie Hambrick of Alabama Arise, whose group is working to get Alabama to fully expand their Medicaid program under the ACA. “On top of that, our leaders have a long-standing resentment of the federal government. Those factors have been huge barriers to ACA implementation in Alabama, but the people we meet in rural communities and low-income urban neighborhoods have had enough.”

    Hambrick adds that the community in Alabama is moving to take action. “They’re gathering in community meetings to share information and encourage others to get involved. And they’re letting the Governor know that expanding health coverage can help Alabama overcome our history of destructive health disparities.”

    As originally designed, the ACA established health insurance exchanges to make it possible for middle-income Americans who don't get healthcare through their employers or other means to buy policies, with tax credits available to assist with the cost. However, a key provision of the ACA is the expansion of existing Medicaid programs to individuals up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line. It is this second provision that is currently under assault across the nation.

    In addition to pressuring the 25 states to expand their Medicaid programs, the report calls for bolder action. “As long as we depend largely on employers to provide health insurance, our healthcare system will simply reflect the vast racial disparities of employment,” adds Miller. “People of color, who are often relegated to low-wage, part-time, and temporary jobs that offer little or no health insurance, are the ones left behind in such a system. The ACA's Medicaid expansion attempts to address this shortcoming, but the real fix is to move to a universal, single-payer system.”

    The report lifts up Vermont's new single-payer system, scheduled to come online in 2017. Leveraging the rules and funding from the ACA, Vermont's new Green Mountain Care will provide health insurance to all residents, including undocumented immigrants who work in the state's many dairy farms.

    “The fight today is over implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and ensuring that as many Americans as possible get health insurance,” adds Miller. “But long-term, we need to look at the real underlying causes, break up concentrated poverty, and begin promoting a more broadly-shared and inclusive prosperity. That's the movement we hope to support with this report.” The report includes an array of organizer tools and resources, including workshop modules that can be used at local union halls, worker centers, and church groups to stimulate discussion and action around the racial wealth divide.

    State of the Dream 2014: Healthcare for Whom? is available as a free download at www.faireconomy.org/dream.

    United for a Fair Economy challenges the concentration of wealth and power that corrupts democracy, deepens the racial divide and tears communities apart. UFE is online at www.faireconomy.org.


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    Health Journalism 2014

    - Denver – March 27-30
    The largest annual gathering of reporters, editors and producers interested in health and health care issues. -


    Health Journalism 2014



    The Association of Health Care Journalists will be able to grant some professional fellowships to Health Journalism 2014, the annual conference of AHCJ.

    Fellowships include travel assistance, lodging, registration fees and membership.

    See fellowship details here.

    Even if you don’t need the assistance, you’ll want to make plans to attend. Along with panels on the continued rollout of health reform and other health policy issues, sessions have been organized on the latest in medical research, new public health concerns, clinical changes taking place, understanding the business of health care and more. Along with panel sessions, attendees will be offered workshops, field trips and news briefings.

    See the agenda here.

    Host hotel: Grand Hyatt Denver

    NOTE: Fellowship application deadline is Monday, February 10.

    Hosts: University of Colorado Denver / Anschutz Medical Campus; University of Colorado Hospital; Children’s Hospital Colorado; National Jewish Health

    Endowing Sponsors: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

    Sponsors: Annual Reviews; The Colorado Health Foundation; The California HealthCare Foundation; The Missouri Foundation for Health; The Hastings Center; Denver Health; The Commonwealth Fund; Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute; The John A. Hartford Foundation; Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation; Rhode Island Foundation

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    Look at what's inside. Various health and fitness products available. Fast and easy ordering Energy drinks, Energy bars, Protein shakes, Vitamins, etc.
    http://www.amwayglobal.com/awillissr

  14. Baby Pimples ...
    Causes of baby pimples, newborn, infant, babies acne on head, skin, face, back, bottom, milk pimples, rashes.
    http://www.babypimples.blogspot.com/

  15. Bazi ...
    Bazi is a powerful, concentrated, antioxidant nutritional drink that gives you all the vitamins and minerals you need in a single, convenient, one-ounce shot. It contains 8 fruits, 12 vitamins, and 68 minerals and eight of the world's super fruits. You can drink it up to three times a day to relieve stress, support heart health, enhance energy and supplement your own life force.
    http://www.drinkbazi.biz/USA/?ID=DamiaSafford

  16. Blackaids.org ...
    BlackAIDS.org contributing writer John Price talks with the nation’s foremost voice on infectious disease prevention about the forces driving the disease’s impact on African Americans.
    http://www.blackaids.org/

  17. Black Counselors ...
    Black Counselors.com hopes to assist both client and clinician in sucessfully addressing these issues and help African American consumers take charge of their mental health.
    http://www.blackcounselors.com/

  18. BlackHealthCare.org ...
    BlackHealthCare.com is a comprehensive health and medical information internet provider dedicated to the health issues of African-Americans.
    http://www.blackhealthcare.org/

  19. Black Health Online ...
    The premier web site for issues related to Black health that will assist in prevention, detection, and treatment options.
    http://www.blackhealthonline.com/

  20. BlackHealthweb.com – African-American Wellness Initiative ...
    1,000s of natural health articles – new articles posted each weekday.
    http://blackhealthweb.com/

  21. Black Liberation System ...
    Apply the principles of Kemetic (African Egyptian) and East Indian yoga to heal from PTSS (Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome) and PSSD (Post Slavery Stress Disorder)
    http://tchiya.wordpress.com/black-liberation-yoga-system/

  22. Black Therapist Network ...
    Blacktherapistnetwork.com is an online therapy directory of mental health professionals; therapist, psychiatrist, psychologist and nurse practitioners.
    http://blacktherapistnetwork.com/

  23. Black Womens Health ...
    Blackwomenshealth.com is a site dedicated to improving the African American Woman's physical mental, and spirtual health and wellness.
    http://www.blackwomenshealth.com/

  24. Breastfeeding Sista Circle ...
    The Breastfeeding Sista Circle is an online avenue of support created to empower and encourage African American women and other women of color to enthusiastically breastfeed.
    http://mamasmilkny.tripod.com/bsc/

  25. Celebrating Life - Breast Cancer Info ...
    The Celebrating Life Foundation (CLF) is a non-profit organization devoted to educating the African American community and women of color about the risk of breast cancer.
    http://www.celebratinglife.org/

  26. City Gym Boys ...
    The City Gym Boys is a York York City group of black hispanic and latino men dedicated to fitness bodybuilding and Health. They offer a full body workout video and a sexy hard body muscle calendar as well as information of weight training and nutrition.
    http://www.citygymboys.com/

  27. Clarence Wiley, M.D. ...
    Homesite of a nationally recognized expert in laser surgery and cosmetic dermatology.
    http://www.beautythruhealth.com

  28. Cross Cultural Health Care Program ...
    Addressing broad cultural issues that impact the health of individuals and families in ethnic minority communities in Seattle and nationwide.
    http://www.xculture.org

  29. Cultural Diversity in the Health Care Field ...
    Diversity issues in health care settings and transcultural nursing strategies are our primary focuses.
    http://www.jamardaresources.com/

  30. DaveMontgomery, MD - Universal ...
    This website is designed with YOUR complete health in mind. Personal health mastery is our charge and, yes, our own individual responsibility. The resources found here are all aimed at helping you meet that responsibility. The expert opinions and topics will keep you current on a wide range of health-related issues, but also sophisticate your understanding of how your body works.
    http://davemontgomerymd.com/

  31. Dermatologist Dina D. Strachan ...
    Board certified dermatologist in private practice in New York City who specializes in medical dermatology.
    http://www.dinastrachanmd.com

  32. Diverticulitis ...
    Personal experiences of diverticulitis plus information on symptoms and treatment.
    http://www.diverticulitis.org.uk/

  33. D'natural ...
    Come see our low prices on natural skincare and afrikan clothing and much more...
    http://www.freewebs.com/dnatural/

  34. DrCarolle.com ...
    Advice about woman's health, sex, sexual taboos, your teenage daughter's sexuality, or gynecological health from an african american doctor.
    http://www.drcarolle.com

  35. Drugwatch.com ...
    We are an organization dedicated to keeping the public informed with up to date information regarding prescription drugs and the recalls/warnings associated with them.
    http://www.drugwatch.com/actos/lawsuit.php

  36. Enliven Magazine ...
    Enliven Magazine is the nation’s leading Christian fitness magazine catering to the African American community.
    http://www.enlivenmagazine.com/

  37. Ethnic Rhinoplasty ...
    Exploring ethnic rhinoplasty, nasal surgery, & sculpture of the Black nose by Dr. Michael Bermant, MD plastic & cosmetic surgery.
    http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/

  38. e Therapynet ...
    eTherapy means that someone is always there when you need to talk. Chat privately with a therapist, or select email or phone therapy sessions.
    http://www.etherapynet.com/

  39. Fibroid Relief ...
    A women’s health organization that educates women about uterine fibroid treatment options. As you may know, black women are affected disproportionately by fibroids.
    http://fibroidrelief.org/

  40. Global Wellness Project ...
    We produce educational and engaging films, television programming, and new media designed to promote preventive healthcare and wellness in the minority community.
    http://www.globalwellnessproject.org/h/

  41. Harambee Tobacco and Health.org ...
    We are Sounding the Alarm on Health Disparities Tobacco related illnesses the number one cause of death in our community” For decades health professionals and consumer advocates have been sounding the alarm about the harmful, adverse effects of smoking on the human body.
    http://www.harambeetobaccoandhealth.org/

  42. Healing Through Movement ...
    Therapeutic based movement for those with Breast Cancer, all cancers and chronic illnesses.
    http://www.healingthroughmovement.net/store.htm

  43. Healthopedia.com ...
    Consumer Health information resource contains comprehensive and reliable database of health articles and reference materials from trusted sources on over 1,500 topics. Provides accurate, unbiased information in patient-friendly language on more than 11,000 drugs and medications.
    http://www.healthopedia.com/

  44. Health Restoration 101 ...
    Changing Lives, One Family at a Time. Coaching in Nutrition and LifeStyle Management for great Health !
    http://www.healthrestoration101.com/

  45. It's About Time ...
    It's About Time's purpose is to connect the African American Community with health resources and to develop a support system to improve the quality of life in the African American Community.
    http://www.stormloader.com/iat/

  46. Jamaican Black Castor Oil ...
    Experience the ancient beauty product of Jamaica. A bottle can serve as a hair and scalp conditioner; a skin moisturizer and healer; a massage oil for aches, pains, fibroids and lumps in the breasts; a powerful laxative and can be used as fist aid for cuts, wounds and burns.
    http://blackcastoroil.com/

  47. Jeanne Elizabeth Blum ...
    Author of "Woman Heal Thyself" A book based on ancient Chinese acupressure techniques. Also information for men with prostate cancer.
    http://www.womanhealthyself.com/

  48. Life Line Herbal Store ...
    Natural Beauty Specialists, offering an exclusive range of herbal products focused on beauty, hair loss, hair growth and repair, as well as natural rejuvenating skincare treatments for men and women.
    http://www.lifelineherbalstore.co.uk/

  49. Mainstream Services Inc. ...
    Mainstream Services Inc. is a premier medical claims processing company. We meet the needs of any medical practice or specialty. We offer clients reliable, accurate, quality electronic medical billing services.
    http://www.msmbinc.com/

  50. Mesothelioma Prognosis ...
    Since asbestos was used more openly back in the day, normally as insulation, exposure to the mineral is more common than most people think. This form of cancer is diagnosed in approximately 2,000 to 3,000 Americans every year. In most cases, mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos and it can take anywhere from 20 to 50 years to develop or even show symptoms. Luckily, Mesothelioma Prognosis offers detailed information regarding the symptoms, disease types, and methods of treatment.
    http://www.mesotheliomaprognosis.org/

  51. Minority Health Professions Foundation ...
    Provides support for professional education, research and community service that promote health among poor and minority people.
    http://www.minorityhealth.org

  52. MonaVie ...
    Juice products featuring an exclusive Brazilian açai berry blend designed to help you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.
    http://mymonavie.com/thetotalbodystore

  53. My-Diabetes-Shop ...
    Buy diabetes products incredibly cheap through our diabetes shop: medications, glucose monitors, test strips, lancets, cholesterol monitors, blood pressure monitors, heart rate monitors, fat loss monitors, ebooks, books, diabetes supplies, others.
    http://www.my-diabetes-shop.com/

  54. My Family Health ...
    A website that allows people to connect with their relatives and track family health history.
    http://www.myfamilyhealth.com/home

  55. National Black Women's Health Project ...
    Our mission is to promote optimum health for Black women across the life span—physically, mentally and spiritually.
    http://www.blackwomenshealth.org/

  56. National Library Of Medicine ...
    The worlds largest medical library.
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/

  57. National Minority AIDS Council ...
    Dedicated to developing leadership within communities of color to address the challenge of HIV/AIDS.
    http://www.nmac.org

  58. Nature’s Sunshine ...
    The finest raw materials gathered from the earth.
    http://www.mynsp.com/thetotalbodystore

  59. New Beginnings Breast Care ...
    New Beginnings Breast Care is an on-line retailer of women's brand name intimate apparel and breast care products. We are dedicated to serving all women living with and beyond breast cancer. New Beginnings Breast Care starts with helping women of all ages reclaim a positive body image and a healthy life style through breast cancer education, support and the use of comfortable, smart, and appealing intimate apparel.
    https://nbbreastcare.com/shop/

  60. New Body Herbs Online ...
    New Body Herbs Online is an independent distributor of New Body Products. It is our goal to provide affordable access to top quality; and purely organic herbs and herbal formulas to those that choose to replace or supplement conventional medical practices.
    http://www.newbodyherbsonline.com/

  61. Pathtotruth.com ...
    June Michael is a lifelong student and teacher of Metaphysics and healing principles. She is the founder of Pathtotruth.com and publisher of Path2truth.com, an ezine that promotes spiritual awareness, self-development and world peace.
    http://www.pathtotruth.com/

  62. Permanent Diabetes Control ...
    Diabetes control and reversing heart disease, diabetes information, insulin pumps, humalog insulin dose, trial and error procedure, diabetes nutrition.
    http://www.mydiabetescontrol.com/

  63. Race Health Care & The Law ...
    The Race, Health Care and the Law is dedicated to improving the health status of persons who are discriminated against based on race and/or ethnicity .
    http://www.udayton.edu/~health/

  64. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Guide (RSD) ...
    Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) is a medical condition that affects the patient’s sympathetic nervous system. RSD is characterized by severe chronic pain in an affected region, such as a patient’s arm or leg. After the onset, RSD will continue to worsen as time passes.
    http://rsdguide.com/

  65. Sickle Cell Disease Association of America ...
    Education, advocacy, and patient care for Sickle Cell Disease.
    http://www.sicklecelldisease.org/

  66. Sickle Cell/Thalassemia Patients Network ...
    SCTPN collaborates with other community organizations, healthcare providers, public and government agencies to increase public awareness of sickle cell disease and thalassemia.
    http://www.sctpn.org/

  67. Sisterhood Agenda ...
    Sisterhood Agenda creates and centralizes resources for females of African descent to address health, cultural, social, and economic needs through a variety of innovative approaches, publications, programs and services.
    http://www.sisterhoodagenda.com/

  68. Sisters In Shape ...
    Physical fitness site geared towards women of color, located in Philidelphia.
    http://www.sistersinshape.com/

  69. Sisters Network - Breast Cancer Survivors ...
    The Sisters Network Breast Cancer Organization is dedicated to increasing local and national attention to the devastating impact that breast cancer has in the African-American community.
    http://www.sistersnetworkinc.org/

  70. Stress and Other Workplace Afflictions ...
    Increase awareness that ALL people have the inherent right to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect in the workplace.
    http://users.accesscomm.ca/ediversity/

  71. Stressfocus ...
    Stress management techniques, tips and remedies. A unique site to get familiarize with stress and to get relieved from the repercussions of stress.
    http://www.stressfocus.com/

  72. SupplementsFromNature.com ...
    SupplementsFromNature.com, a service of the Natural Health Initiative, is your one-stop source for all-natural whole food, herbal and homeopathic supplements and remedies.
    http://SupplementsFromNature.com

  73. Supremeultimate ...
    Uplifing the Mind, Body and Soul.
    http://supremeultimate.wordpress.com/

  74. Synergy Wellness Systems ...
    Chiropractic Office with Massage & Nutrition services.
    http://www.sms4health.com/

  75. The Balm In Gilead ...
    Mobilizing black churches to become community centers for AIDS/HIV education.
    http://www.balmingilead.org/

  76. The Black Health Network ...
    A social network and online community for African Americans interested in health.
    http://www.blackhealth.org/

  77. The Health Administration Project ...
    A general information website with many resources useful to current and future health administrators. The site also discusses the offline and online educational paths one can follow to obtain a degree in health administration or a related field.
    http://www.healthadministration.org/

  78. The Healthy Diva ...
    A place where novices and seasoned individuals can find reliable information in how to implement green living, vegan or vegetarian habits in to their lives without complications.
    http://iamahealthyvegan.wordpress.com/

  79. The John Edward Group, LLC ...
    Business Development and Consulting specializing in healthcare business development for Medical Practices, Hospitals, Ambulatory Care Centers and more.
    http://www.thejohnedwardgroup.com/

  80. The Lupus Community's Advocate ...
    Lupus is a widespread disease, & awareness of the disease lags behind many other illnesses. Wealth of information about all aspects of Lupus.
    http://www.webspawner.com/users/thelzone/

  81. Therapy Online Network ...
    We provide online therapy via video, chat and telephone to those who may be experiencing difficulties in their lives or just need someone to talk to.
    http://www.therapyonlinenetwork.com/

  82. The Red Lane ...
    A community/blog/forum for those with Sickle Cell Disease and for general awareness.
    http://theredlane.ning.com/

  83. Vegan Matters To Us ...
    A web site of commentary around Pro Life Vegan Lifestyle and Sustainable Lifestyle issues. The topics addressed are controversial ones, such as abortion, stem cell research, nuclear proliferation, the impact of technology and honoring the sanctity of life of all of God's Manifest Creation.
    http://veganmatters2us.webnode.com/

  84. Velocity Healthcare ...
    Minority owned and operated, with full minority employees is a full time employer of healthcare professionals including Registered Nurses in the United States. For both International students in the US, and foreign educated healthcare professionals, we provide visa sponsorship and employment in our healthcare facilities.
    http://www.velocityhealthcare.com/

  85. Vitamins and Nutrition Center ...
    Vitamins, Nutrition, Research on Vitamins and Helpful Tips for Getting and Staying Healthy with Vitamins.
    http://www.vitamins-nutrition.org/

  86. Vitamins To Health ...
    Reviews of acne products, weight loss products and two of the most popular diets (the atkins and zone diet), as well as vitamins, herbs and supplements. Plus a section on home remedies.
    http://www.vitaminstohealth.com/

  87. Zambian Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. ...
    We are a non-profit organization committed to bring awareness, education and support to women in Zambia, Africa.
    http://www.pinkribbonzambia.com/

  88. Zija ...
    Zija is the world's foremost leader in the development, production, and distribution of Moringa products. Moringa provides a rich and rare combination of nutrients, amino acids, antioxidants, omega oils, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties used for nutrition.
    http://www.myzija.com/drink/

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