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Gilda's Club Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melissa Wright   
Friday, 17 February 2012 15:38

Gilda’s Club and Genesis Cancer Care Institute are partnering to offer Cancer Transitions™ is a free 2 hour, six-week workshop designed to help cancer survivors make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care.  Expert panelists including physicians, nutritionists and fitness experts will discuss exercise tailored to each participant’s abilities, training in relaxation and stress management and tips for nutritious eating. Cancer Transitions will answer many of your questions about cancer survivorship post-cancer treatment.  The course covers the following topics:

Session 1: Get Back to Wellness: Take Control of Your Survivorship

Session 2: Exercise for Wellness: Customized Exercise

Session 3: Emotional Health and Well-Being: From Patient to Survivor

Session 4: Nutrition Beyond Cancer

Session 5: Medical Management Beyond Cancer: What You Need to Know

Session 6: Life Beyond Cancer

Date: Wednesday, March 7 (meets for 6 weeks)

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Gilda’s Club Quad Cities, 1234 E. River Dr,  Davenport, IA 52803

Contact for more information or to sign up: Melissa Wright, 563-326-7504 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Cancer Transitions is a program of the Cancer Support Community and LiveStrong™

IHT World Offers Medical Tourism Services For Quality Low Cost Health Care Choice PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pam Brammann   
Monday, 13 February 2012 15:22

LeClaire, IA (PRWEB) February 13, 2012

Although many people have never heard the term “medical tourism”, a growing number of Americans are finding it highly valuable to travel outside the United States for health care services.

While medical tourism has been popular in numerous countries around the world, Americans have only recently begun to understand the benefits of this low cost option.

“As a nurse, I became extremely frustrated with the outrageous costs of our health care system,” said Pam Brammann R.N., President and Managing Director of IHT World. “Upon discovering that American quality care can be obtained in other countries for a fraction of the cost in the United States, I decided to offer medical tourism services to help Americans save money on their health care costs.”

Typical savings are usually in the range of 50 to 80 percent compared to medical costs in the United States, including travel expenses for two.

IHT World offers valuable information that helps Americans make informed decisions concerning their health care choices. IHT World also offers a variety of assistive services, such as ensuring safe transfer of medical records abroad to the patient’s choice hospital, as well as forwarding medical records after surgery from the hospital overseas to the patient’s home physician for follow up care.

One common concern regarding medical tourism is what happens in the event of a complication? Although rare, surgery and health care treatment carries the risk of complication both in the United States and overseas.

If complications would develop, financial protection must be ensured. That’s why IHT World strongly suggests that all participants purchase medical tourism insurance. Such a policy is not expensive and offers coverage regarding unfortunate events that may arise.

IHT World works with a company that offers customized medical tourism benefits. Unlike other medical tourism companies, IHT World does not collect commission from insurance policies to help keep costs low.

Individuals, employers and insurance companies are all experiencing the financial burden of American health care.  IHT World offers customized medical tourism services that will help reduce health care costs, without compromising quality.

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Iowa Legislative Update: Radon PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Peggy Huppert   
Monday, 13 February 2012 14:27

Many of you are aware of the danger that radon gas poses to our health and the work that we’ve been doing to raise awareness through the Iowa Radon Coalition over the past year. (Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from the ground. Iowa has the highest incidence of radon in homes in the nation.)

I’m happy to report that legislation is in the works to protect Iowans from this deadly threat, the second-leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking.  Radon kills about 400 Iowans a year – more than are killed in traffic accidents.

Sen. Jeff Danielson, D-Cedar Falls, and Rep. Peter Cownie, R-West Des Moines, chairs of their respective chambers’ State Government Committees, have submitted requests for study bills dealing with radon. The bills will include important strategies for protecting Iowans from radon, requiring:

  • Radon testing and disclosure for all real estate transactions
  • Radon Resistant New Construction (RRNC) in all new residential construction
  • A state income tax credit of up to $500 for home radon mitigation
  • Testing and disclosure for all rental housing and K-12 school buildings
  • Earmarking all funds collected by the state from radon mitigation professionals for radon education through the Dept. of Public Health.

Please take action by contacting Sen. Danielson and Rep. Cownie today to thank them for requesting these bill drafts and ask them to do their best to get a bill passed out of committee before the first funnel deadline, February 24th.

Our most exciting day of the year is rapidly approaching! Day at the Capitol is Wednesday, Feb. 22nd. We will inform and inspire you, feed you and transport you to and from the Capitol for meetings with your legislators. And it’s all free!

As many of you know, we have a very special guest as our featured speaker that day – Dr. Otis Brawley. As the chief medical officer and executive vice president of the American Cancer Society, Dr. Brawley is responsible for promoting the goals of cancer prevention, early detection, and quality treatment through cancer research and education. He champions efforts to decrease smoking, improve diet, detect cancer at the earliest stage, and provide the critical support cancer patients need. Dr. Brawley is a key leader in the Society’s work to eliminate disparities in access to quality cancer care. It is this area that Dr. Brawley will focus his remarks on at our event.

You do not want to miss the chance to hear Otis Brawley. Sign up TODAY and help spread the word about this event to friends and colleagues.

Braley’s Plain Language in Health Insurance Law is Implemented PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Friday, 10 February 2012 15:02

Friday February 10, 2012

Departments of Health & Human Services, Labor, and Treasury announce final rule for implementation


Washington, DC – Three government agencies announced new rules late yesterday to fully implement Rep. Bruce Braley’s (IA-01) Plain Language in Health Insurance Act, a bill he introduced that was later passed into law as part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

Under the rule announced today, health insurers must provide clear, consistent and comparable summary information to consumers about their health plan benefits and coverage. The new forms will be available beginning on September 23rd, and will be a helpful resource for the roughly 150 million Americans with private health insurance.

“I think everyone agrees that health insurance forms should be written as clearly as possible,” said Braley. “These new rules will make insurance forms much easier to understand, so that consumers know exactly what they’re paying for.  Small businesses will also save time and money as they can easily compare plans for their employees, and won’t have to decipher the same old insurance gobbledygook that we’ve dealt with for years.  This is a big step towards a more transparent, consumer-friendly healthcare marketplace.”

The Braley Plain Language in Health Insurance provision of the Affordable Care Act requires health insurers to eliminate confusing language from marketing materials that make it difficult for consumers to understand exactly what they are buying.

The rules announced yesterday stipulate that consumers have access to two key documents to help them understand and evaluate their health insurance choices:

·         A short, easy-to-understand Summary of Benefits and Coverage; and

·         A uniform glossary of terms commonly used in health insurance coverage, such as “deductible” and “co-payment.”

A key feature of the Summary of Benefits and Coverage is a new, standardized plan comparison tool called “coverage examples,” similar to the Nutrition Facts label required for packaged foods.  The coverage examples will illustrate sample medical situations, describing how much coverage the plan would provide in events such as having a baby or managing diabetes.  These examples will help consumers understand and compare what they would have to pay under each plan they are considering.

A template of the Summary of Benefits and Coverage can be downloaded at the following link:

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The One Ingredient Label You Have Never Read… And Should! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:53
You Probably Know What’s In Your Kids’ Peanut Butter, But Do You
Know What’s In Their Toothpaste?

Most parents are careful about learning what’s in the stuff their kids eat and drink. They avoid artificial dyes, preservatives, chemicals, and sweeteners. Yet ask just about any of those same folks if they have ever looked at what is in their toothpaste and you’ll likely get blank stares.

Considering the fact that children – and adults -- ingest toothpaste twice a day every day, it’s probably the most frequent thing we put in our mouths other than water or other beverages. And still, most people have never looked at what is in their toothpaste.

Dentist and national oral health care expert Harold Katz, (, suggests that needs to change. Many ingredients in some commercial toothpastes are of questionable benefit and some are just plain bad for you.

Consumers have become increasingly aware of the hidden toxins in foods, beverages and eating and drinking utensils, he says. They avoid high fat and high sodium foods, sulfates in their personal care products, aerosol sprays, and toxic chemicals in their household cleaners.

“They’re taking no chances, and rightfully so. Remember the rush to replace plastic baby bottles with glass ones after the BPA scare in 2008?” he asked.

However there has been a surprising lack of attention to toothpaste, Katz says. The dentist suggests that all consumers – but especially parents – take the time to read their toothpaste tubes today. Effects of potentially unhealthy toothpaste ingredients are multiplied in the smaller bodies of children.

Here are a few ingredients to stay away from:

• FD&C blue dye No. 2: This commonly used toothpaste dye is one of several on the list of additives to avoid, maintained by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. It’s said to be linked to learning, behavioral and health problems, severe allergic reactions, and headaches, among other problems.

• Sodium lauryl sulfate: The American College of Toxicology reports this ingredient in cosmetics and industrial cleaning agents can cause skin corrosion and irritation. Doses of .8 to 110 grams/kilogram in lab rats caused depression, labored breathing, diarrhea and death in 4 out of 20 animals.

• Triclosan: An anti-microbial ingredient, the federal Environmental Protection Agency lists triclosan as a pesticide and regulates its use in over-the-counter toothpastes and hand soaps. According to the agency’s fact sheet, “Studies on the thyroid and estrogen effects led EPA to determine that more research on the potential health consequences of endocrine effects of triclosan is warranted. … Because of the amount of research being planned and currently in progress, it will undertake another comprehensive review of triclosan beginning in 2013.”

• Saccharin and aspartame: Both of these artificial sweeteners are on the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s list of additives to avoid.

Toothpaste buyers should look for natural ingredients, such as aloe vera juice, which cleans and soothes teeth and gums and helps fight cavities, according to the May/June 2009 issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry's clinical, peer-reviewed journal. Aloe vera tooth gel is said to kill disease-causing bacteria in the mouth, Katz says.

Also, avoid all toothpastes that contain sodium lauryl sulfate, a harsh detergent that has been linked to canker sores. Toothpastes that are free of sulfates include Weleda’s Salt Toothpaste, TheraBreath and Tom’s of Maine.

Brush your teeth at least twice a day and get children into the habit from a young age, Katz says. You’ll have fresh breath, avoid painful dental problems, and be far more likely to have your teeth in your mouth when you go to sleep at night as you age.

Just be sure to check what’s in your family’s toothpaste and avoid buying anything with problematic ingredients. And when it comes to brushing kids teeth use a pea-sized drop of paste on the brush – no more – and oversee brushing to ensure young children don’t swallow their toothpaste, says Dr Katz.

About Dr. Harold Katz

Dr. Harold Katz received his degree in bacteriology from UCLA and is the founder of The California Breath Clinics and author of The Bad Breath Bible. He has been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’s “Early Show” and “The View” with Barbara Walters and countless other TV shows. Dr. Katz’s formulated the TheraBreath oral care program in 1994 and has continued to update products in order to make use of the most effective and most natural ingredients.

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