Breakthrough Medical Technologies Save and Improve Millions of Lives

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Millions of people are living longer and in better health, thanks to major advances in medical technology that have produced new high-quality, cost-effective therapies.
Half a century ago, a pacemaker used to treat cardiac arrhythmias was the size of a hockey puck. Today, it’s smaller than a AAA battery. Since 1980, medical technology has reduced fatalities from heart disease and stroke by more than half, reported the National Center for Health Statistics. In that same period, average life expectancy in the United States has increased dramatically — by over five years.
Advances in medical technology are significantly improving patient outcomes and health-system savings, helping people lead longer and better lives. Global medical device manufacturer St. Jude Medical ( estimates that throughout its 40-year history, approximately 70 million patients have been touched by one of its many life-saving technologies.
New pioneering technologies are on the horizon thanks to the continued commitment for improved medical care. Companies like St. Jude Medical are exploring creative and unique partnerships to drive disease awareness and improve patient outcomes. Here are some of the most important new innovations:
* Patients today can connect with their physicians through smart technology offering remote monitoring — transmitters that communicate data about a patient’s condition to their doctors without the patient having to leave home. Research shows that telemedicine expands access to health services for people living in rural or remote areas, and can assist in health care outreach to people who may be vulnerable to untreated chronic conditions.
* In electrophysiology lab systems, used by doctors to manage heart-rhythm disorders, technological innovations have helped doctors reduce costs, streamline workflow and improve quality of care. Integrated lab products from St. Jude Medical make up technologies that let doctors performing cardiac procedures navigate with the help of prerecorded X-ray images. This reduces exposure to radiation for health care personnel and patients.
* The use of colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy screening tests have prevented some 560,000 people from developing colorectal cancer, according to a Milken Institute study.
* Implantable spinal cord stimulation devices, which can provide relief from chronic pain by interrupting pain signals to the brain, are now available in upgradeable technology. Patients will be able to access new, improved therapies via software updates as soon as they are approved, instead of having to undergo repeat surgical procedures to have their devices replaced when new technology comes along.
* Implantable devices that provide deep brain stimulation can help reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor. About 1 million Americans have Parkinson’s disease, according to the National Institutes of Health.
* Insulin pump usage results in better blood-sugar control, resulting in fewer clinical complications, reduced emergency room visits and decreased hospital admissions, according to a study by the Milken Institute.
Of course, medical technology still faces major challenges, especially in expensive epidemic diseases such as heart failure, atrial fibrillation and other heart conditions. By 2030, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects cardiovascular disease to cost more than $1 trillion.
But today, more than ever, companies like St. Jude Medical are leading the way to solve some of the world’s biggest health care challenges. Scientists, engineers and inventors work with imagination to transform the treatment of expensive epidemic diseases and save and improve lives.

What You Don’t Know About the Impact of Vision in Your Child’s Life

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Just when you are getting used to having your children home for the summer, you realize — it’s already almost time to send them back to school. So you schedule appointments and check-ups, but one thing that often goes unchecked is a child’s vision.
Did you know 80 percent of a child’s learning is done through their eyes? And yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35 percent of children have never seen an eye care professional, making vision impairment one of the most prevalent disabling conditions among children in the U.S. This is one reason why experts agree it is imperative to get a child’s eyes checked yearly and equip them with glasses as needed.
For those who already wear glasses, seeing your eyecare professional is a necessity. Children’s lenses encounter everything from fingerprints to scratches, and even harsh glare. These issues can make it harder for kids to see the world and more challenging for them to keep their glasses clean. Looking through obstructed lenses can cause tired, strained eyes.
To help children see better — knowing that better vision leads to a better life, Essilor is doing its part to help kids focus and concentrate in school with the Crizal for Kids portfolio. Crizal Kids UV lenses include smudge-resistant technology that makes them easy to clean, and the no-glare technology reduces glare from fluorescent lights, whiteboards and computer screens to prevent tired eyes and headaches. The lenses are also long-lasting, made with safe, durable, and scratch- and impact-resistant Airwear polycarbonate material to help them withstand even the most intense recess sessions. Crizal also offers an unlimited lens replacement warranty for the life of the lens prescription.
Studies show children spend significantly more time outdoors than adults, which increases their exposure to the most powerful source of ultraviolet (UV) rays and blue light: the sun. Couple this with LED screens (tablets, smartphones, and computers) both at school and home, and children’s eyes are exposed far more frequently and at an earlier age to harmful rays that could damage their eyes permanently.
To help reduce children’s eye exposure to UV rays, Crizal Kids UV lenses have both front and backside UV protection. Wearing Crizal Kids UV lenses can provide 25 times more protection from UV light than if they wore no lenses at all. For all the benefits of Crizal Kids UV, plus additional protection from harmful Blue Light emitted by digital devices, ask about Crizal Prevencia Kids.
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Is Your Eye Makeup Making You Sick? What You Need to Know

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – For many women, eye makeup is an essential part of being properly dressed, as important as a stylish outfit or nice shoes.
But while mascara and eyeliner can create different looks, from subtle to striking, they can also make you sick.
The problem: Eye makeup can be a breeding ground for bacteria. We all have a few microbes, like Staphylococcus and Streptococcus, living around our eyes. When eyeliner or mascara is applied, some of those bugs stick to the applicator and are carried back to the makeup container.
Eye products are supposed to contain preservatives to keep bacteria from growing. But some products don’t have enough. And over time, the preservative’s effectiveness declines. As a result, the bacteria on an eyeliner pencil or mascara applicator grow and multiply. Each time you apply makeup, you get bigger and bigger doses of bacteria — enough to cause serious infections.
“Every year, many women end up with eye infections from cosmetics,” warns the University of Rochester Medical Center. “In rare cases, women have been temporarily or permanently blinded by an eye cosmetic, according to the FDA.”
You can, however, prevent these problems and others with these simple tips:
* Don’t share makeup to avoid spreading bacteria.
* Replace your eye makeup regularly, at least every three to four months.
* Remove eye makeup at the end of every day.
* Practice good eyelid hygiene.
* Keep updated on the latest eyelid-eyelash hygiene clinical safety reports.
Christine Sindt, OD, Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa, recommends wiping the eyes daily with a new antibacterial eyelid cleanser, such as Avenova from NovaBay Pharmaceuticals. “One recent study showed that Avenova dramatically reduces the amount of Staphylococcus and other bacteria around the eye — by more than 99 percent,” says Sindt. “Avenova contains a solution of pure hypochlorous acid, a substance used by the body as a natural defense against pathogens, but is completely harmless to skin.”
“I encourage women to talk to their doctors about daily eye hygiene using safe and effective products, such as Avenova, which can be the best defense against infections and other common eye problems, like dry eye and Blepharitis,” adds Columbus, Ohio, ophthalmologist Alice T. Epitropoulos, MD. “Take these steps, and women can have both beauty and healthy eyes.”
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There’s At Least One Thing Americans Are Satisfied With

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – How often are the overwhelming majority of Americans satisfied with anything these days?
Not that often, judging by news headlines.
So it’s worth noting that a study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that a whopping 83 percent of households surveyed were either “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with chiropractic care. Among the factors putting chiropractors over the top: displaying “concern about a patient’s overall health, and the extent to which (they) explain the condition and the treatment.”
In fact, even as the number of Americans attracted to chiropractic care for its drug-free, hands-on, and non-invasive approach to treating neuro-musculoskeletal conditions continues to grow — virtually tripling in the past two decades — evidence of patient satisfaction continues to pour in:
* Nine out of 10 patients in a recent BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders study on upper cervical chiropractic care for neck pain, headaches, mid-back, and low back pain reported a “high level” of patient satisfaction.
* In a head-to-head matchup against traditional medical providers, writers in the prestigious American Journal of Public Health concluded that “much of the satisfaction gap” they found — with doctors of chiropractic coming out on top in patients’ opinions — appeared to come down to “differences in the amount of advice and explanation” provided by each.
“Utilization of chiropractic care continues to increase largely because of its documented effectiveness, high patient satisfaction, and lower costs,” says Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, noting that doctors of chiropractic have a minimum of seven years of higher education.
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Americans Would Prefer to See a Chiropractor Than Primary Care Doctor for Certain Conditions, Study Finds

Doctor reviews the medical test results of a senior couple and gives them the good news.

To hear news outlets tell it, the majority of Americans are overwhelmingly unsatisfied these days.

So it’s worth noting that a study in the Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics found that a whopping 83 percent of households surveyed were either “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with chiropractic care. Among the factors? Displaying “concern about a patient’s overall health, and the extent to which (they) explain the condition and the treatment.”

In fact, even as the number of Americans attracted to chiropractic care for its drug-free, hands-on and non-invasive approach to caring for neuro-musculoskeletal conditions continues to grow — virtually tripling in the past two decade

Physician Prescribers Should Recommend Drug-Free Options Rather Than Opioids for Pain Relief

Chiropractor/doctor discussing treatment options with a beautiful senior patient.

The recent opioid overdose-related death of Prince, a world-renowned musician, has once again put the spotlight on how overmedicated our society is and how desperately it is in need of an adjustment.

Last March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shook the medical industry to its roots by encouraging doctors to use conservative care options prior to taking out the prescription pad for opioid use.

The move came in response to growing alarm over the most recent statistics, showing an annual toll of 28,647 deaths involving the potentially addictive drugs. The United States makes up only 4.6 percent of the world’s population, and yet consumes 80 percent of its opioids — and 99 percent of the world’s hydrocodone.

Appear Younger With a Stunning Smile

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – There’s no stopping the aging process, but there are options for those who want to look and feel younger. One trend that is gaining popularity as an alternative to plastic surgery is cosmetic dentistry, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).
Experts say that with age, faces can shorten, chins can move back, cheeks hollow and wrinkles stand out. These changes can be at least partially abated by taking a seat in your dentist’s chair. “When the teeth are in the right position, they fill out the volume (of the face). You see more teeth, resulting in a more youthful appearance,” Nicholas Davis, DDS, and past president of the AACD told the Wall Street Journal in an interview. In addition to taking years off of your appearance, you get an added boost of confidence in being able to smile without inhibition.
The following tips from the AACD can help you look and feel younger:
* Contour or reshape your teeth. Look younger by correcting minor imperfections in your teeth. Simply polishing the worn edges and sharp angles of your teeth, they appear more aligned and symmetrical, and you appear younger. Porcelain veneers and crowns can restore and enhance a tooth’s original structure, and bonding can conceal gaps, chips and stains to give the appearance of more attractive and youthful teeth.
* Whiten your teeth. A youthful smile is a healthful, white smile. Teeth become discolored over time from drinking, smoking and neglect. Whitening your teeth can belie years of abuse. A word of advice, however: Don’t overdo it. Cosmetic dentists are trained to select the appropriate natural shade that suits you. Once teeth are whitened, avoid drinks such as grape juice, red wine, tea and coffee, which stain teeth, and definitely refrain from smoking.
* Replace silver mercury amalgam fillings. For the same reason that tooth decay looks bad, black mercury fillings show your age as well. Black silver mercury amalgam, which has been used for decades to repair cavities, expands and contracts, causing tiny cracks in teeth that can be a concern over time. Replacing that material with a new tooth-colored composite resin filling may both alleviate any further breakdown of the teeth and brighten your smile.
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Why Sunglasses Are a Must-Have for Kids

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Most parents know how damaging the effects of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) can be to our skin, which is why they dutifully slather sunscreen on their kids during the summer. But one thing that often gets overlooked is protecting their children’s eyes.
According to vision-care experts, kids receive three times more UV exposure than adults annually, yet less than 30 percent of parents currently protect their children’s eyes with sunglasses.
The reason for concern is that children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the sun’s rays because their ocular lenses aren’t mature enough to filter UV light as effectively as adults, causing damage to the retina.
“Everyone buys into what happens to your skin when it comes to sun damage, but many parents are really surprised to learn about the cumulative UV damage to the eyes,” Dawn Hartman, an optometrist at Columbus Ophthalmology Associates in Columbus, Ohio, told The Wall Street Journal in an interview.
But the right sunglasses can help, as parents become more aware that protection from the sun isn’t just skin deep.
Babiators, for instance, is a brand that offers safe and durable sunglasses for babies and kids. They protect them from harmful rays by offering 100 percent UVA and UVB protection, flexible frames and shatter-resistant lenses in stylish colors and patterns. In addition, Babiators are backed by a one-year “Lost & Found Guarantee” — if the glasses are lost or broken in the first year, they will be replaced for free.
“We created Babiators because we know that habits form at a young age and we wanted to promote a healthy habit of wearing sunglasses to help protect children’s eyes,” Carolyn Guard, co-found of Babiators, told The Optician in an interview. “Not only do these glasses shield little ones from UV rays, they are also fun, unique and vibrantly colored so that children love wearing them and parents can rest at ease knowing they are doing their part to promote healthy vision.”
Experts say that risk is greatest to the eyes between 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., because during those times, UV rays come from different angles and eyes receive nearly double the amount of UV than during midday hours.
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New Sauna Accelerates Health and Fitness Benefits

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Infrared sauna manufacturer Luxsauna has announced a new distribution deal with Hi-Q Fitness for the rights to promote its latest product, the FitBomb far infrared fitness sauna.
LuxSauna has been an innovator of the use of infrared sauna technology in the health and fitness business since 2004. The company has been a market leader as well; more than 20,000 LuxSauna infrared saunas have been sold worldwide.
The new owners of LuxSauna have expressed a goal of remaining strong players in the health and fitness category. According to a company press release, they hope to expand beyond the traditional sauna audience with the new, patent-pending FitBomb sauna by emphasizing its additional health and fitness benefits supplementing the well-known detox and relaxation benefits of traditional infared saunas. The potential benefits of the FitBomb include therapeutic recovery, fitness, pain relief from arthritis pain and headaches, as well as relief from the pain of muscle strains and sprains, improved circulation, improvements in the appearance of scars and skin tone, and weight loss.
“The FitBomb is a health and fitness breakthrough for anyone, regardless of age, physical limitation, handicap or fitness level,” says David Floyd, inventor of the FitBomb. “In addition to years of research revealing massive health benefits derived from the infrared heat technology, the new FitBomb helps trigger your body to build muscle, burn fat and even heal itself,” he states in a company statement.
The FitBomb provides another tool in the fitness toolkit that may replace most others and is especially beneficial for anyone older than 40. In general, muscles shrink with age. Data suggest that muscle mass in adults over 40 years of age declines by as much as 8 percent per decade, the result of a process known as sarcopenia. With age, reduced muscle tone may start to interfere with activities of daily living, such as climbing stairs or carrying groceries. Cosmetic effects, such as sagging skin and increased fat, also start to appear.
However, a potential muscle-building protein may be activated from using a tool such as the Hi-Q FitBomb. Combining regular sauna use with a healthy diet may also mitigate the impact of aging on the body and mind, Mr. Floyd notes.
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EMD Serono Improves Access to Fertility Care for Eligible Military

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Through its unique patient assistance programs, EMD Serono, Inc., the North America biopharmaceutical business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, has been working to bridge significant gaps in coverage of fertility treatment for eligible active U.S. military, and veterans who have been injured in service such as Alex D., who suffered from a spinal cord injury while in active service.
“More than 2,200 service people have suffered catastrophic injury which has rendered them infertile, and many of these patients have been medically retired, which compromises their coverage for infertility treatment,” says Alan Copperman, MD, a reproductive endocrinologist in New York City. “It’s crucial that the infertility community work together to help increase access to fertility treatment for these men and women, who have made such great sacrifices for our country.”
The company’s Compassionate Corps program is the first patient-assistance program to provide fertility medications at no charge for eligible U.S. Veterans who are infertile due to a service-related injury. Since launching less than two years ago, EMD Serono’s Compassionate Corps program has helped more than 70 veterans obtain medication for IVF/advanced reproductive technology (ART).
Uninsured active U.S. military, as well as military veteran patients who do not qualify for the Compassionate Corps Program, are encouraged to apply for EMD Serono’s Compassionate Care Program, which helps uninsured, income-eligible patients receive discounted fertility medications. The program has helped more than 30,000 underserved patients gain access to fertility medications. Of these, more than 1,400 are active U.S. military or veterans.
“With more than a million Gulf War veterans living in the U.S., many of whom are still of child-bearing age, the veteran community is significant in number and highly in need of increased access to family-building resources,” says Craig Millian, Senior Vice President, Head of U.S. Endocrinology and Fertility. Through the Compassionate Corps and Compassionate Care programs, we have advanced our mission of advocating for people who want to have a child.
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