Archive for November, 2012

New York Times Article on DNA Repair

Eric Foster has sent you a message. Date: 11/26/2012 Subject: New York Times- DNA Repair NEW YORK TIMES ________________________________________ September 5, 2012 Bits of Mystery DNA, Far From ‘Junk,’ Play Crucial Role By GINA KOLATA Details for the only DNA Repair available at: (9 Patents and over 200 clinical studies) Among the many mysteries […]

The Amateurish Quality of Some Corporate Wellness Programs

What topics would most interest a large corporate employer who paid for health care costs of both its current employees and its retirees?

Most corporations that have wellness programs focus exclusively on keeping employees healthy during their tenure with the firm. Once the employees retire, they often no longer provide health benefits. There is a smaller segment of corporate employers that pay part of the costs of health care insurance for both current employees and retirees. This segment […]

Corporate Wellness Programs

MICHAEL GUTH: Are employers really serious about improving employee health using the best available information on prevention of diseases? Question: are employers really serious about employee health? If so, they need to stop the generalized platitudes and get down to scientific evidence supporting improved health. How many employers know the best test available to check […]

Should men get the PSA blood test?

Government interference in the private marketplace???? Are you aware of the huge debacle we have with health care (49 million Americans uninsured), large segments of the insured population unsatisfied with the quality of their medical care that stems from our private marketplace solution to health care? The private market is clearly driven by profits, and […]

Diabetes Risk Determined by testing for protein SFRP4

Protein reveals diabetes risk many years in advance Posted on November 7, 2012 by Stone Hearth News When a patient is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the disease has usually already progressed over several years and damage to areas such as blood vessels and eyes has already taken place. To find a test that indicates […]

Is the head-to-toe physical exam cost effective for healthy new patients who are asymptomatic? Or is it a legacy of primary care physicians’ desire to bill health insurance as much as possible?

The head-to-toe physical exam is practically worthless for healthy, asymptomatic patients. In addition, a total of 16 medical problems were found during the course of the 763 student physicals, BUT 15 of the 16 problems were, and could have been identified, from taking the patient’s medical history alone. I am all in favor of monitoring hypertension, lipidemia, and diabetes. In fact, where the ACA recommends diabetes checking for people with hypertension, I would go further to say everyone should know his or her HbA1C number (3-month average of glycated hemoglobin). But why shouldn’t those values be checked in an ordinary preventive health visit, without the need for a head to toe physical?

Predictive Modeling Solutions, Episode Groupings, and Health Reimbursement Accounting

Interview with Dr. Michael A. S. Guth concerning predictive modeling solutions in health care, episode groupings, and health reimbursement accounting.   1.  What are predictive modeling solutions and how are they relevant to personalized medicine? Predictive modeling is the process by which a model is created or chosen to try to best predict the probability […]