NO COST QUALITY MEDICAL CARE FOR CHILDREN

A Screening Clinic will be held to identify children from birth to 18 years of age

for possible treatment at a Shriners Hospital.

Children needing help with:

      • birth defects

      • orthopedic problems

      • cerebral palsy

      • cleft palate

      • burns & burn scars

      • juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

      • back injuries

      • scoliosis

These, and many other conditions are treated at the

Shriners Hospitals

    for Children

    with no expense to the family

    All applications will be kept strictly confidential.

9 am - 12 pm, Saturday on May 29, 2010

at the Masonic Center, 611 E. 65th Street, Davenport IA .

Sponsored by the Kaaba Shriners.

For questions please call our Office:

563-386-2526

1-800-670-5222

WASHINGTON - Senator Chuck Grassley today said he has introduced legislation with Senator Mark Begich of Alaska to waive copayments for telehealth and telemedicine visits for veterans.  Last year, thousands of Iowa veterans enrolled in Care Coordination Home Telehealth, Clinical Video Telehealth and Teleretinal Imaging telehealth programs in Iowa.

"Telehealth has been a blessing for thousands of our veterans, but we want to make sure that thousands more aren't missing quality health care because of a co-payment.  Telehealth has been shown to reduce costs for the VA, all while providing improved services.  It's a win-win," Grassley said.  "Our veterans deserve to know that they can get the health care they are entitled without breaking the bank."

The legislation would waive the required copayments - sometimes up to $50.00 per visit - associated with a telehealth visit.  Waiving the payments would lessen the burden on veterans and encourage more veterans to take advantage of telehealth programs.

The Telehealth program allows the Department of Veterans Affairs to bring health care closer to the veterans who need it.  Telehealth has been especially important to veterans in rural areas and older veterans who have difficulty getting to appropriate clinics to manage their health care.

The Veterans Health Administration Telehealth programs have demonstrated reduced hospital admissions and clinic and emergency room visits, and contributed to an improved quality of life for our veterans.

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May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month

The Facts:

-Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. 1

-More than one million skin cancers are diagnosed annually - 11,590 of these cases will be fatal.1 -Non-melanoma skin cancer in the older population increased 77% from 1992-2006.2

-People under 30 years old that use tanning beds increase their risk of skin cancer by 75%.3

-Between 1973-2004, melanoma among women aged 15-39 has more than doubled. 4

-In an international study, melanoma has been linked to tanning bed usage. 4

Soderstrom Skin Institute will provide a FREE Skin Cancer Screening from 8 am to 12 pm, Saturday, May 15, at 1800 E. 54thStreet, Davenport..  No appointment is necessary.

About 35 years ago, Soderstrom Skin Institute began FREE skin cancer screenings.  Today, more than 25,000 patients have been checked for atypical spots and changing moles, at Soderstrom Clinics.  Moles or spots that have changed in size, shape, or color, have irregular borders that vary in color, that bleed or itch, or are larger than a pencil eraser, should be examined.

Soderstrom Skin Institute encourages anyone with a changing mole or spot on their skin to have it evaluated for the possibility of skin cancer.  According to Soderstrom, one in 69 people will be diagnosed with a melanoma.  The earlier melanoma is detected and removed, the better a patient's chance for survival.

"If you can spot it, you can stop it," Dr. Soderstrom says.

Over the past 35 years, Soderstrom Skin Institute has grown into one of the most comprehensive skin care facilities in the country.  To learn more, visit SoderstromSkinInstitute.com

To schedule an appointment at the Davenport office, please call (563) 344-7546.

1 American Cancer Society

2 Archives of Dermatology

3 International Agency for Research of Cancer

4 Skin Cancer Foundation

Taps nearly $200 Million in Federal Funds, Protects Consumer's Rights

CHICAGO - May 4, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced legislation that will expand insurance coverage for uninsured people with pre-existing conditions by tapping into nearly $200 million in federal funds. As part of this legislative push, Governor Quinn is also introducing a measure to create a Health Consumer's Bill of Rights.
Both bills will help Illinois to quickly implement significant aspects of the recently-passed federal health insurance reform law.
"We must act now to increase health insurance protections for Illinois families and ensure that the state receives nearly $200 million in federal funds to help cover those who are uninsured and have pre-existing conditions," said Governor Quinn. "The state is committed to meeting President Obama's vision of expanding health coverage, making it more affordable and ensuring health insurance companies are more accountable."
The first bill allows the Illinois Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan to form an expanded high-risk pool with approximately $200 million in federal funds that will be made available starting this summer. The high-risk pool will provide affordable coverage for uninsured persons with pre-existing conditions and is required under the federal health insurance reforms.
The second bill creates the Health Insurance Consumer's Bill of Rights. That bill will:
  • Guarantee coverage for children with pre-existing conditions;
  • Guarantee residents the ability to have health insurance rescissions reviewed by the state - the same  protection available now for home and automotive insurance policyholders;
  • Guarantee women's access to obstetrical and gynecological care;
  • Ensure that all dependents under the age of 26 are eligible to remain covered under a parent's plan;
  • Require insurance companies to cover wellness and prevention benefits such as immunizations and screenings at no cost to the policyholder;
  • Require health insurers to publicly disclose important information about premiums, health care costs, enrollment and claims information.
"Illinois families and businesses invest hard-earned dollars into health insurance premiums and reasonably expect financial security in exchange," said Michael McRaith, Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance. "As health insurers impose unrestrained premium increases and more frequently deny coverage, Illinois families and businesses deserve enhanced protection from abusive practices."
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AYURVEDA:

A WHOLISTIC APPROACH TO LEADING A LONG, HEALTHY LIFE.

More than simply medical care, Ayurveda offers a philosophy whereby both women and men may prevent unnecessary suffering and live a long, healthy life.

Considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science, Ayurveda is a wholistic approach to health that is designed to help people live long, healthy and well-balanced lives.

Ayurveda has undergone continuous research development and refinement over the past 5,000 years.

Originally from India, Ayurveda is currently experiencing world-wide popularity as a revival sweeps accross all continents.  PRESENTATION TOPICS WILL INCLUDE:

* OVERVIEW: ANCIENT SCIENCE OF INDIA -

ORIGIN AND BRANCHES OF AYURVEDA.

* AYURVEDIC CONCEPTS OF HEALTH AND "CONSTITUTION"

AND IMPORTANT DOCTRINES.

* DISEASE MANAGEMENT AND TREATMENT TYPES IN AYURVEDA

* FOODS/DIET AND COMMONLY USED HERBS/MINERALS IN AYURVEDA

Visiting physician, Dr. Satam is a Post Graduate in Ayurveda ( MD) from the land of the orgin of Ayurveda ( India). In addition, she holds several certificates in Yoga. In additon, she has extensive experience in the Herbal Industry and she is fully aware of the trends which are prevalent in the west. To add to this, she has a rich experience in the Clinical field of  Ayurveda and works closely with the Allopathic ( conventional ) medicne doctors in India to give maximum benefits to her clients and the patients.

SATURDAY:  MAY 8TH. 2.00 pm TO 5.00 pm

COST: $25.00

Presentation costs include INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS SESSIONS.

- Refreshments
- presentation
- an initial consultation session

Consultation sessions can also be scheduled by calling 309-762-9202

or emailing staff@qcinstitute.org

Please indicate your time preferences.

VENUE:

2nd. floor of The Moline Club

513 16th Street, Moline

( the 5th. ave. north doors will also be open)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – More than three million Americans stutter, with children ages 2 to 5 affected most. Nearly 5 percent of all children go through some period of stuttering. But help for those who stutter is available. The Stuttering Foundation and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) are working together during National Stuttering Awareness Week (May 10 to 16) to raise awareness with parents that early intervention is crucial to help children who stutter.  Many times, children stutter when learning to talk, typically between 2 and 5 years old.  The major factors that place some children more at risk for continuing to stutter include :

Family history. Almost half of all children who stutter have a family member who stutters. The risk that your child is actually stuttering instead of just having normal disfluencies increases if that family member is still stuttering.
Age at onset. Children who begin stuttering before age 3 1/2 are more likely to outgrow stuttering.
Time since onset. Between 75 percent and 80 percent of all children who begin stuttering will stop within 12 to 24 months without speech therapy. In most children, stuttering tends to decrease after the first six months. If your child has been stuttering longer than this, it may be wise to have his speech screened.
Gender. Girls are more likely than boys to outgrow stuttering. In fact, three to four boys continue to stutter for every girl who stutters.

Other speech and language factors. A child who makes frequent speech errors such as substituting one sound for another or leaving sounds out of words may be at greater risk.

"Knowing these factors will help decide whether or not your child needs to see a speech-language pathologist," says Lisa Scott, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Vice President of Education for the Stuttering Foundation and ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist.
If a child has any of these risk factors and is showing some or all of the warning signs, a parent should be more concerned and seek a screening or evaluation. "Parents may want to schedule a speech screening with a speech-language pathologist who works with children or specializes in stuttering, states ASHA President Tommie L. Robinson, Jr, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. The speech-language pathologist will decide whether the child is stuttering, and then determine whether to wait a bit longer or begin treatment right away."
For free information on stuttering and detailed explanation of each risk factor, contact the Stuttering Foundation at 800-992-9392 or ASHA at 800-638-Talk (8255). You may also visit www.stutteringhelp.org or www.asha.org.
Editor: Use the Risk Factor Chart as a sidebar with the release! Download chart.

About the Stuttering Foundation
The Stuttering Foundation provides resources, services and support to those who stutter and their families as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering. It provides education, training, and information to professionals, children and adults who stutter, parents, teachers and all those concerned about stuttering and is a valuable resource for speech pathologists working in the schools with children of all ages.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 140,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders.
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MILWAUKEE, WI - As weight-loss warriors climb to the mountaintop of fitness and better health, they will inevitably cross a plateau or two in their journey. According to Nicholas "Dr. Nick" Yphantides, M.D., M.P.H., medical spokesperson for TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, "There are inevitable periods of plateau. You feel like you have changed nothing, yet the body fat no longer disappears and your weight loss seems to be stuck in neutral. The real dilemma is that the plateau can be a huge motivation killer."

The harm, he says, is that some people give up during a plateau and fall back into poor eating and exercise habits out of discouragement.

On a positive note, since it's best to lose weight slowly, steadily, and sensibly, plateaus can often be a body's balancing act. A plateau also can signal that a body has less fat left to lose.

Dr. Nick points out that real plateaus, when weight loss does in fact stall, are different from  perceived plateaus, when a person is in denial and doesn't believe they are doing anything differently, yet the weight is not coming off.

"Honesty and accuracy are such core ingredients to healthy living for TOPS members that I have to mention them, as I frequently discover what I call a 'perceived plateau' upon deeper interaction and conversations with people who are frustrated with their weight loss," he says.

One cause of a true plateau is that the body is trying to achieve equilibrium, or homeostasis. In this state, the body wants to retain the status quo and not lose weight. Weight will resist coming off, even if the number of calories consumed and level of exercise stay the same.

Dr. Nick says that the key is to mix up your routine so the body reacts to changing signals. "Some weight-loss warriors make the mistake of expecting different results with the same routine. It's easy to get discouraged, but it's more effective to get creative," he notes.

His strategies for overcoming a weight-loss plateau include :

•    Eat the same weekly amount of calories but eat less one day and more the next to make the body react differently. Also, remember to drink water to feel full and avoid problems caused by dehydration.
•    Try adding a new activity to an exercise routine. It will activate more muscles and change the way the body is used. For instance, if you typically walk daily, swim or bike instead. Add high-intensity cardio intervals to a low-intensity workout. If there's a fun, new dance class to try, this is a good time.
•    Switch the type of workout. For example, trade an aerobic session for a strength-training or muscle-toning class. This can increase lean muscle mass and jump-start the metabolic rate.
•    Spread out daily food intake to fuel metabolism over a longer period of time. Add a few mini-meals each day, going from three meals to five, without adding calories. Make sure breakfast is a solid meal, because it results in better concentration and higher energy throughout the day.

Use patience and persistence as tools in the journey to overall wellness. Weight-loss plateaus will happen along the way - but they can be overcome.

TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the original, nonprofit weight-loss support and wellness education organization, was established more than 62 years ago to champion weight-loss support and success. Founded and headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, TOPS promotes successful, affordable weight management with a philosophy that combines healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness information, and support from others at weekly chapter meetings. TOPS has about 170,000 members in nearly 10,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. To find a local chapter, view www.tops.org or call (800) 932-8677.

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WASHINGTON - Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - Senator Chuck Grassley today testified before a House Subcommittee hearing chaired by Representative Rosa DeLauro regarding drug safety and the work of the Food and Drug Administration.

Grassley has been conducting active oversight of the FDA since 2004, when a dissenting opinion from an FDA scientist about suicide risks for teenagers with anti-depressants was suppressed by the agency.  Grassley has called the FDA's relationship with the drug industry "too cozy" and sought greater independence and transparency from the agency.

Grassley described the need for a legislative reform, which he has twice introduced, to empower the office that monitors post-market drug safety at the FDA.  "There's a lack of equality between the FDA office that decides whether to approve a drug, or not, and the FDA office that monitors a drug's safety once a drug is on the market and being sold to patients, when much more information is available than can ever be achieved from pre-market samples."  Grassley says the result is that the FDA physicians and scientists committed to post-market monitoring of drugs have sometimes been suppressed and even ignored.

Here is the full text of the prepared testimony Grassley gave this morning.

Statement of Senator Chuck Grassley

U.S. House Committee on Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Avandia and Drug Safety

Chairwoman DeLauro, Ranking Member Kingston, and distinguished colleagues, thank you for inviting me to speak today at this hearing on drug safety.

Far too often, we read press reports about partisan warfare and a "do nothing" Congress.

So I am glad to see both the Senate and the House, Democrats and Republicans coming together to work to protect the American supply of pharmaceuticals.

As the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Finance, I have made it my job to look into various aspects of the health care industry.

I do this to protect the public's health and to guard their pocket book.

As part of this duty, I have taken a keen interest in the Food and Drug Administration and the pharmaceutical and device industries.

Back in May of 2007, Senator Baucus and I opened up an inquiry into Avandia, a drug sold by GlaxoSmithKline to control glucose levels in diabetics.

We started this inquiry because the New England Journal of Medicine published a study which found that Avandia may cause heart attacks.

Obviously, this was bad news, because one of the things diabetics are most at risk for is a heart attack.

The Finance Committee staff spent over two years combing through hundreds of thousands of pages of documents.  Let me tell you a little of what they found:

Back in 1999 when Avandia first came on the market, executives at GSK intimidated a physician at the University of North Carolina.

The physician was worried that Avandia might cause heart attacks.

To suppress his comments, top officials at GSK called his superiors and had him sign a form that he would no longer criticize the drug.

Senator Baucus and I released a report on this finding, and I would like to enter that document into the record at this time.

The 2007 study that first caught the Committee's attention was submitted to the New England Journal of Medicine by Dr. Steve Nissen, a professor and cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic.

However, GSK got a copy of the manuscript before it was published.  One of the experts who was peer-reviewing the study for the New England Journal of Medicine leaked it to GSK.

This allowed GSK to launch a PR campaign to undermine legitimate concerns that Avandia might cause heart attacks.

Then, last February, Senator Baucus and I published a Committee Staff Report on Avandia.  This report is about 15 pages long, and contains another 300 pages of attached internal documents, charts, and emails.

With this report, we wanted to let the people of America know what the company knew, and when they knew it.

I would now like to tell you some of what we found:

Shortly after GSK got a copy of Dr. Nissen's study, they had their own statistician dissect it.

GSK's statistician found the study to be scientifically sound.

However, GSK immediately drafted talking points to undermine Dr. Nissen's study.

At times, these talking points run counter to legitimate concerns of Avandia's safety that are raised in emails by GSK's own scientists.

In an internal email, GSK's head of research discussed "take home messages" of the research on Avandia.  If you look through the report that the Finance Committee released, you'll find this email on page 163.

In that email, GSK's head of research pointed out that Avandia has an increased risk of cardiovascular death.

Let me emphasize this?cardiovascular death.  Not heart attacks.  Not heart failure.  Death.

Well, the American public never knew about this risk until the Committee released the Avandia report.  And you still can't find any mention of "cardiovascular death" in the warning section of Avandia's label.

There are other findings in this report, but I would also like to discuss some internal FDA documents that we came across during our inquiry.

When concerns were first raised about the safety of Avandia, the FDA responded by requiring GSK to do a safety study.

Well, some drug safety experts inside FDA looked at that study that GSK was doing with patients and wrote that it was "unethical."

Here's the troubling thing about the study: the patients that enrolled in that safety study never learned that FDA's own safety experts thought that the trial was unethical.

At least, they didn't know this until the Finance Committee made that internal FDA document public in February.

This is not the first time questions have been raised about whether or not a study sanctioned by the FDA was ethical.

In 2006, I inquired about FDA's decision to allow a study on a blood substitute, PolyHeme, to proceed without adequate prior informed consent from the potential study participants.

I raised questions about FDA's decision, especially in light of the fact that another office within HHS, the Office for Human Research Protections, disagreed with the FDA.

In particular, I was concerned that during this study, when subjects arrived at the hospital after being treated with the blood substitute and real blood became available, the real blood was withheld from the patients as part of the study protocol.

To end, I would like to highlight what I feel we can all learn from the FDA's handling of Avandia. Because I think that we all want to move forward and make this agency better.

The Avandia case is another example of why I twice introduced legislation to establish an independent office of drug safety at the FDA.

The Center for Postmarket Drug Evaluation and Research would tackle the lack of equality between the Office of New Drugs (OND), which decides whether to approve a drug, and the Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology (OSE).

OSE is the office that monitors a drug's safety once it's on the market and being sold to patients.

The imbalance between OND and OSE was apparent in the Vioxx controversy about six years ago, and we can see it today in the incidents involving Avandia.

Individuals in the office responsible for post-market surveillance should be allowed to provide an independent opinion based on the best available evidence.

FDA employees dedicated to post-market surveillance should be able to express their opinions in writing and independently without fear of retaliation, reprimand, or reprisal.

Instead, the FDA physicians and scientists committed to post-market monitoring of drugs have sometimes been suppressed.  In the case of Avandia, it appears that they have been ignored.

Before I conclude my remarks, I would like to call to your attention another matter related to drug safety.

As you may have seen in press reports over the last two years, FDA has been taking action against some unapproved drugs.

The problem is?FDA does not have a complete and accurate list of all of the products sold on the US market, including unapproved drugs, so the agency can't take appropriate enforcement actions.

I hope that we can work together to ensure that FDA has the resources and tools to ensure that the drugs in our medicine cabinets are safe and effective and approved for use by the FDA.

This concludes my testimony, and I once again thank you for this invitation.

I look forward to working with you as you continue your oversight of our country's pharmaceuticals which remain vital to public health. I appreciate your leadership in this area.

WASHINGTON - Senator Chuck Grassley applauded today's Senate passage of major veterans health legislation, which includes several provisions that Grassley worked to pass.  The legislation now goes to the President to be signed into law.

The Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act enhances VA health care for female veterans, provides additional support for family caregivers, expands mental health services, and improves traumatic brain injury care.

"Our veterans are the reason we enjoy the freedoms we have today.  Their efforts keep our country safe from those who wish to harm our democracy and way of life.  When they return from war, we must redouble our efforts to give them what they need to adjust.  This includes doing everything possible to heal both physical and mental wounds, as well as helping our veterans transition back to their everyday lives," Grassley said.  "The provisions in this bill are an important step in moving the veterans health care system forward and better addressing mental health injuries that are occurring at alarming rates."

Grassley cosponsored the Caregiver and Veterans Health Services Act, which is a major portion of the bill that was passed today. This legislation will provide training, financial assistance, medical and mental health care, and respite care to a family member who is the full-time caregiver of a veteran injured in the line of duty.

The Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act also includes provisions of the Honor Act, a Grassley co-sponsored bill, which will improve treatment for veterans and service members who have incurred mental injuries and better prepare them for stress associated with combat as well as their return home.

The bill also includes additional Grassley co-sponsored provisions that will improve access to VA health care for rural veterans.

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Independent Scholars Evenings:
REKKI FOR BEGINNERS
Presentor:
NEA WILLIAMS
Rekki Master
APRIL 29th. 2010
7.00 p.m.
Nea will show you how to tap into your own energy and how to heal yourself. 
Her presentation will also touch on the history of Reikki.
About the presentor:
Nea was trained by her Grandfather, a Knowing man with a natural gift and ability
who opened many doors for her. He taught and trained her.
In the Quad City area, Nea has been trained by Jim Wright, Rekki Master.
Nea is a delivery driver for a motor parts company.
APRIL 29th. 2010 at:
The Moline Club ( 2nd Floor)
513 16th Street
Moline
7.00 p.m. (doors open at 6.30 pm )
Light refreshments will be served
The event is free and open to the public
Please call 309-762-9202 for further information
www.qcinstitute.org
Independent Scholars' Evenings are sponsored by The Institute for Cultural and Healing Traditions, Ltd. &  The Moline Commercial Club.

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