Bid Online For Your Healthcare Needs & Medical Services

You Can Now Bid Online For Your Healthcare Needs & Medical Services

It’s been said over the years that you can’t really put a price on good health. However, there is now a FREE service online that allows you to actually bid on the cost of hundreds of health and medical procedures and tests that include several that aren’t covered by health insurance plans.

This particular FREE online service has now expanded to both cash as well as credit card using patients in over 30 major U.S. cities.  There are about 3,000 medical, dental, vision, cosmetic and mental health specialists as well as other types of practitioners included and the numbers are growing.

New listings of providers are continually being added to this FREE online service.

Here is an Overview of How it Works –

  • First you select the procedure you need from one of seven tabs…
  • Then enter your ZIP code or city…
  • Next you choose from local providers, clinics and/or practices…
  • You can then “reserve” a price from published fees OR make a lower offer OR “name your price”…
  • Then go ahead and print your “voucher”…
  • Finally you call the “winner” to set up an appointment.

Providers will decide on an individual basis whether they want to accept your insurance for their procedures.

For more information – go to www.pricedoc.com or click this link.

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Recent Poll Shows Many Parents Oppose H1N1 Vaccine For Their Kids

According to a poll conducted last month by the Associated Press (AP), it seems that more than a third of all parents in the United States oppose getting their children vaccinated against the H1N1 virus, originally known as the Swine Flu.

Some parents stated that the vaccine is too new and were worried about possible side effects, while others commented that the swine flu is no worse than the regular season flu.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention said getting children vaccinated against the H1N1 virus is important. Unlike with the regular flu, the CDC said that its studies have shown that children have no natural antibodies effective against the virus. This can cause the disease to last longer with the symptoms being more severe, according to CDC’s website. This same website also states that immunizations can help stop the spread of the disease.

So far, CDC officials have said there have been no serious side effects reported as a result of the vaccine. This still doesn’t help soothe the nerves of some parents. One of them is Jackie Shea, the mother of a 5-year-old son in Newtown, Conn. “We’re talking about putting an unknown into him,” she told the AP. “I can’t do that.”

“It is not an unknown”, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reported last week. “We know it’s safe and secure,” she said.

Because of people’s fears, however, the federal government has set up a monitoring service to look for negative side effects.

This AP poll was conducted from the 1st of October through the 5th of October. Some of those parents who were polled stated that they remembered getting immunizations against the swine flu in 1976 which resulted in a torrent of complaints from people who said the vaccine gave them a paralyzing condition known as Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Health officials never found a link between the vaccine and the disease, claiming that the disease “was bound to show up in such a large population anyway”.

Jennifer Barnes of Decatur, Georgia, enrolled herself and her two children in an early government study of the new vaccine. She said parents are polarized on the vaccine issue. “There’s the ‘crunchy granola group‘ against the vaccines”, she told the AP. “Then there’s the ‘very staunch, follow-everything group’.”

She said she wanted the vaccine, not only for her own children, but to do her part to help control the extent and severity of a pandemic that has caused 9,000 hospitalizations and 600 deaths nationwide, 60 of those being children.

“My kids hang around kids who might have lowered immune systems,” she told the Associated Press. “I would hate for them to get something and pass it on.”

Now it’s your turn to weigh-in on this heated debate…..

So what do you think?

Is it all hype or should the warnings be heeded?

Should parents ignore the swine flu vaccine?

Leave your comments below…..


H1N1 Fears Lead To Rush On Tamiflu

H1N1 fears lead to rush on Tamiflu

Parents are scrambling to find the liquid medicine for their kids

Original Article by Rob SteinBuy Tamiflu Here

The Washington Post

Posted @ 7:26 a.m. CT, Thursday, October 29, 2009

Reprinted here due to expiration of original post:

 

Then it was the quest for the vaccine. Now, as increasing numbers of children are coming down with swine flu, more parents are facing yet another anxiety-provoking chase: the hunt for liquid Tamiflu for kids.

Spot shortages of the liquid form of the medicine are forcing mothers and fathers to drive from pharmacy to pharmacy, often late into the evening after getting a diagnosis and prescription from a pediatrician, in search of the syrupy concoction recommended for the youngest victims of the global pandemic.

“It was so frustrating,” said Cheryl Copeland of Silver Spring, who finally found some of the elusive medication for her sick 5-year-old son, William, at an independent drug store Monday after being turned away by a CVS and Rite Aid. “There was a moment when the first pharmacist said, ‘We don’t have it. There’s been a run on it,’ When I said to myself, ‘Where on Earth am I going to find it?’ “

The drug can make the flu milder, go away more quickly and may cut the risk of serious, potentially life-threatening complications. The shortages are being caused by a surge in demand because of the second wave of swine flu sweeping the country, combined with a decision by the Swiss company that makes the medication to focus on producing the drug in capsules.

In response, the federal government has shipped hundreds of thousands of courses to states from the Strategic National Stockpile, which is on standby in case there are bioterrorism attacks or natural disease outbreaks. Officials have also instructed doctors to suggest that pharmacists break open capsules and mix the powdered contents with syrup to make a liquefied version for children on their own if the company’s version is unavailable.

‘Patients are getting treated’
The Food and Drug Administration and federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also posted the formula for pharmacists to follow, including guidelines for the correct dosing by each child’s weight.

Taken together, federal health officials are confident that there is enough Tamiflu available in the capsule or liquid forms to make sure children can get treated promptly.

“For the most part, patients, are getting treated,” said Greg Burel, director of the CDC’s division of the Strategic National Stockpile. “There have been shortages in sporadic spots, but generally it’s still available.”

Roche, the manufacturer, is still producing the liquid form of the medication. But after consulting with U.S. and World Health Organization officials, the firm decided to focus on the capsules when it ramped up production to meet an expected surge in demand after the H1N1 virus emerged in the spring. That allows it to produce 25 times the amount of medication it would have otherwise, officials said.

“The bottom line is looking at how the company could ramp up as quickly as possible to get as much medicine out as possible. This was the best way to do it,” said company spokeswoman Kristina Becker, noting that the company has been increasing production capacity in 2005 since the ominous avian flu virus emerged in Asia.

The company also makes lower-dose capsules that children can take or parents can open themselves to mix the powder with a sweetened liquid to help them take it. But they should do this carefully following a doctor’s instructions to ensure the proper dose, officials said.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released 300,000 doses of the liquid formulation from the national stockpile earlier this month, including some doses that had to be tested by FDA to make sure they were still potent because their expiration dates had expired.

“We believe the shortage may become more severe as the disease progresses in coming weeks,” Burel said. “So what we tried to do is take steps to fill a potential gap.”

Anxious hours for parents
But the spot shortages are creating anxious hours for many parents, especially because children appear to be among those at greatest risk from the disease. While the overwhelming majority of children who get swine flu recover, nearly 100 children have died from the disease so far this year, which is about double the number that die from the flu in a typical winter. The antiviral medication, also known as oseltamivir, along with another called zanamivir or Relenza, is highly effective, especially when administered within the first 48 hours of developing symptoms.

“The earlier the better,” said Tim Uyeki, a medical epidemiologist at the CDC’s influenza division. “Antiviral treatment should be started as quickly as possible.”

In fact, in response to the pandemic the FDA issued a special emergency authorization in April allowing the use of Tamiflu for children younger than age 1. But many infants, and many other young children, can only swallow the liquid form of Tamiflu.

‘It was pretty stressful’
Shelley Waters Boots of Silver Spring scrambled to find some liquid Tamiflu for her 2-year-old son, Carlin, who was prescribed the medication at Holy Cross Hospital last week after being diagnosed with the swine flu. Carlin is considered at high risk because of his asthma. The first seven pharmacies Boots tried did not have it, prompting her to start frantically calling relatives in New York, Florida and California before finally finding the medicine at the same pharmacy where Copeland did.

“I was like, ‘Thank god!’ It was pretty stressful,” Waters Boots said. “They said it was so important to get it in the next 48 hours. So that night before I found it I was freaking out.”

The Kensington Pharmacy, which filled the prescriptions for Copeland and Boots, has been getting requests for 10 to 15 prescriptions a day.

“The formula is very simple,” Tunc Husseyin, the pharmacy’s owner, adding, however, that the process was more time-consuming than filling a typical prescription. “A lot of other pharmacies are calling us to see if we make it and sending us their patients.”

Stores still experiencing shortages
Major drug store chains, including Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart, say pharmacists at all their stores can prepare the liquid form of the medication individually, a process known as “compounding.” But several of the national chains said that some of their stores were still experiencing spot shortages if they ran low on the capsules or the syrup, which is made by two companies that have been racing to keep up with demand as well.

In some cases, pharmacies have run low because of sudden outbreaks, such as what recently occurred in Crystal Lake, Ill.

“All of a sudden you have hundreds of kids out of school and we couldn’t anticipate hundreds of prescriptions coming in within several hours,” said James Cohn, a Walgreens spokesman. “Within 24 hours or so we are able to get supplies back into the location. But over time we’re seeing more and more instances where there have been shortages.”

Combined with her hunt for vaccine for her son and daughter, who also got the flu, Boots was frustrated by the government’s response to the pandemic.

“We’ve been too little too late on both counts,” she said. “It’s the same story.”

Healthy Eating & Nutrition Guide

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There is one thing that we all have in common….. no matter where you live….. and that is the basic human need for good health and well-being. The links below will focus on eating healthy, maintaining fitness, proper diet, natural energy, and health safety issues.  New content is added from time to time so keep checking back. Many of the posts below have had steady stream of daily visitors over the last several months.

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This is an ongoing reference site with new content added frequently –

so keep checking back.

Please help spread the word with family, friends & co-workers

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HEALTHY EATING & NUTRITION:

5 Good Reasons For FiberHealthy_Food

5 Summer Food Mysteries Revealed

10 Best Foods For Healthy Eating

Benefits of Milk – What’s In A Glass?

Best Fiber Foods For Colon Cleansing – Nutrition Basics

Best Immune Boosting Foods For Your Body To Fight The Flu

Common Diet Myths & Realityhealthy_food

Lose Weight & Boost Energy With The Super Nutrients Known As The Fat-Fighting 4

Making The Right Fruit & Vegetable Choices

Nutritional Benefits of The 10 Most Important Vegetables

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SUMMER GRILLIN’:

Quick Summer Grillin’ Ideas For Fresh Fruit & Veggies

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SNACKING TIPS:snacking

Healthy Snacks With Less Than 200 Calories

Smart Snack Attack – 10 Calorie Magic!

What’s In Your Snack Stash? – Healthier Alternatives

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HEALTH & SAFETY ISSUES:safety_first_sign

Hidden Supermarket Dangers That Can Make Your Family Sick

Plastic Bottles: Are They Safe & What Do The Numbers Mean?

Proper Hand Washing Tips To Prevent Infection

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ENERGY & EXERCISE:exercise-clipart

Easy Exercises Just About Anyone Can Do

Fight Fatigue & Boost Energy With Exercise

Need A Quick Energy Boost – The Natural Way?

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DIET & WEIGHT LOSS:Weight_Loss_Help

Common Diet Myths & Reality

Lose Weight & Boost Energy With The Super Nutrients Known As The Fat-Fighting 4

Truth About Abs: The Honest Source on Abdominals & Fat Loss

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Need A Quick Energy Boost – The Natural Way?

Need a quick energy boost — the natural way?

exerciseTry a few of these simple stretches during your “empty” moments, such as waiting for the printer or microwave. Eventually you will see your strength and flexibility improve.

Easy exercises can prevent problems and allow your body to do the work you ask it to do. You will even feel a boost of energy! You can do these exercises at your desk or just about anywhere throughout your day. The more often you do them, the better you will feel. You can even time your exercises to something you do frequently, like using the printer. While waiting, you can do a few exercises and make use of empty time. This will also help establish a good regular exercise habit!

Stretching brings nutrients to your muscles and relieves tension. It increases the feeling of well-being and improves flexibility. When possible, take breaks away from the computer and stretch whatever area feels tight. Stretch slowly without bouncing, and gradually increase the stretch to your tolerance. You should not stretch into pain.
Strengthening keeps muscles strong and helps to prevent any future problems. After exercising, you should pay close attention to how your body feels, and ask your physiotherapist to explain anything you don’t understand. Awareness of your body’s pain signals can help prevent injury as well as help recover from it.

The following is a suggested list of helpful exercises targeting several areas of the body.

Modify each exercise to your comfort level and discontinue any exercise that makes you feel worse. These exercises are most effective when done multiple times throughout the day. They make excellent stretch breaks at work.

Neck

  • Neck rotation: Sit or stand up straight. Turn your head from side to side without moving your shoulders or upper back. Hold 3 to 5 seconds — repeat 3 to 5 times each side.
  • Shoulder rolls: Move your shoulders up and backward in a circle — Repeat 5 to 10 times.
  • Chin tucks: Sit up tall and look straight ahead. Slowly tuck your chin in towards you (like making a double chin).  Hold 5 to 10 seconds — then relax your chin.

Upper Back

  • Shoulder blade pinch: With your arms by your side, bend your elbows to 90 degrees. Squeeze your shoulder blades together downward and backward. Do not let your low back arch or your head move forward. Hold 5 to 10 seconds — repeat 5 to 10 times.
  • Pectoral (chest) stretch: Place one forearm against a wall or door. The elbow should be level with the shoulder. Turn your body away from your arm. You should feel a stretch at the front of your shoulder and into the chest. Hold 20 to 30 seconds. — Repeat 1 to 2 times each side.

Lower Back & Legs

  • Abdominals: Sit with your buttocks against the back of a chair and tighten your abdominal muscles by pulling them toward your spine (flatten them and avoid pushing them outward). Keep your chest relaxed and continue to breathe normally while you hold the abdominals tight for 10 seconds — Repeat 5 to 10 times.
  • Hamstring stretch: Sit with your buttocks against the back of the chair, straighten your knee and feel the stretch in the back of your leg. To increase the stretch, lift your toes toward you. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds — Repeat 1 to 2 times each leg.
  • Low back extension: Stand up with your feet apart and place your palms on your lower back. Gently bend backwards, letting your back arch a comfortable amount. Pause 2 to 3 seconds — repeat 1 to 3 times.

Arms & Hands

  • Wrist extensor stretch: Hold your arm straight in front of you, palm down, and bend your wrist down. With your other hand over the knuckles, gently pull the hand down until you feel a stretch in the top of the wrist and forearm. To increase the stretch, make a relaxed fist. Hold 5 to 10 seconds — repeat 2 to 3 times each side.
  • Wrist flexor stretch: Hold your arm straight out in front of you, palm up, and bend your wrist back with fingers pointing down. With your other hand, gently pull the fingers back to increase the stretch. Hold 5 to 10 seconds — repeat 2 to 3 times.

Cardiovascular Exercise:after-exercise

Finally, it is important to find some time 2 to 3 times a week to do 20 to 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise. Make it fun! Getting the heart rate up improves circulation and gets important nutrients to all the different parts of our bodies. This promotes stress reduction, body weight regulation, and quality sleep. You will also be helping your body keep fit for life!

Boost Energy & Fight Fatigue With Exercise

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The contents herein are for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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10 Things You Should Know About The H1N1 Virus This Season

Swine Flu Update > 10 Things You Should Know About The H1N1 Virus This Season

H1N1-pandemic-logoHere you will find updated information about the H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu) as we’re heading into the fall and flu season of 2009.

The global swine flu epidemic has sickened more than 1 million Americans and about 500 people have succumbed to it since it first emerged last April. Since it has spread worldwide, tens of thousands have been infected and nearly 2,000 have died.

As this summer is winding down, the virus has surprisingly taken a stronghold in the United States, refusing to fade away as flu viruses normally do. Health officials are now predicting a surge of cases this fall season, perhaps being more substantially noticeable in the very near future as schools have reopened for the new school year.

A panel of experts from a recent White House report  suggests that from 30% to 50% of the population could catch swine flu during the course of this pandemic and that from 30,000 to 90,000 could possibly die.

So how worried should you be and how do you prepare?

To help consolidate the mass amount of information being released by the panel of experts in Washington DC along with the CDC (Center For Disease Control), here are 10 things you should know to be more knowledgeable or to put it another way, “flu-savvy”.

(1) – There is NO cause for panic –

So far, swine flu isn’t much more threatening than regular seasonal flu. During the few months of this new flu’s existence, hospitalizations and deaths from it seem to be lower than the average in comparison to seasonal flu, and the virus hasn’t dramatically mutated. That’s what health officials have observed in the Southern Hemisphere where flu season is now winding down. Still, more people are susceptible to swine flu and American health officials are worried because it took such a firm grasp here during the summer….. a time of year the flu usually dissipates.

(2) – The virus will be tougher on selective groups –

Swine flu is more of a threat to certain groups:

  • children under 2
  • pregnant women
  • people afflicted with health problems like asthma, diabetes and heart disease

Teens and young adults are also more vulnerable to swine flu.

Ordinary, seasonal flu hits older people the hardest, but not in this case with the swine flu. Scientists think older people may have built up some immunity to it from exposure over the years to viruses similar to swine flu.

(3) – Wash your hands longer and more frequently –

Just like with seasonal flu, Swine Flu spreads through the coughs and sneezes of people who are sick. You should emphasize to children that they should wash with soap and water long enough to finish singing the alphabet song, “Now I know my ABC’s…”

It is also highly recommended to use alcohol-based hand sanitizers on a regular basis.

(4) – Get the kids and most ‘at-risk’ groups vaccinated –

These groups should be first in line for swine flu shots, especially if vaccine supplies are limited:

  • Young people from 6 months to 24 years old
  • Pregnant women
  • People affected with those high-risk medical conditions previously noted.
    Also a priority:
  • Health care workers.
  • Parents and caregivers of infants

(5) – Act quickly and get your shots early –H1N1_Vaccine

Millions of swine flu shots should be available by mid-October. If you are in one of the priority groups, try to get your shot as early as possible. Check with your doctor or (local or state) health department about where to do this. Many children should be able to get vaccinated at school. You can expect permission forms to be sent home in advance.

(6) – Immunity takes awhile –

Even those first in line for shots won’t have immunity until around Thanksgiving. That’s because it’s more than likely going to take two shots… given three weeks apart… to provide protection. And it takes a week or two after the last shot for the vaccine to take full effect. The regular seasonal flu shot should be widely available in September.

People over 50 are urged to be among the first to get that shot.

(7) – Vaccines are being tested –

Health officials presume the swine flu vaccine is safe and effective, but they’re testing it to make sure. The federal government has begun studies in eight cities across the country to assess its effectiveness and figure out the best dose. Vaccine makers are doing their own tests as well.

(8) – If you’re surrounded by swine flu, then what? –

If an outbreak of swine flu hits your area before you’re vaccinated… be extra cautious!

  • In general, try to keep your distance from people — Stay away from public gathering places like malls, sports events, concerts, churches, crowded movie theaters, crowded restaurants, etc.
  • Keep washing those hands with soap and water (remember the sanitizer also) and keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.

(9) – What if you get sick? –

  • If you have other health problems or are pregnant and develop flu-like symptoms, call your doctor right away. You may be prescribed Tamiflu or Relenza. These drugs can reduce the severity of swine flu if taken right after symptoms start.
  • If you develop breathing problems (rapid breathing for kids), pain in your chest, constant vomiting or a fever that keeps rising… go to an emergency room.
  • Most people should just stay home and get some rest.
  • Cough into your elbow or shoulder.
  • Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever breaks.
  • Fluids and pain relievers like Tylenol can help with aches and fever.
  • Always check with a doctor before giving children any medicines. Adult cold and flu remedies are not meant for them.

(10) – No swine flu from barbecue –

You can’t catch swine flu from pork – or poultry either (even though it recently turned up in some turkeys in Chile).

Swine flu is not spread by handling meat, whether it’s raw or cooked.

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Here are a few recent posts from this blog related to this important topic:

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cdc_logoFor any additional information, go to the CDC website(s) listed below:

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/

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Home Fire Prevention & Safety Tips

Fire safety and knowing what to do ahead of time can make all the difference in the world. Below you will find a handy reminder of Home Fire Prevention and Safety Tips and what you should do to help eliminate fire hazards as well as what to do in the event that a fire does breaks out:

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Additional related posts about fire safety and preparation:

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