Employees Seek Out Benefits Packages With More Perks

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As consumers are asked to assume more health care costs than in the past, it’s important to consider benefits packages that offer more holistic support besides the usual health, dental and vision policies. Consumers should know that there are plans available today that will promote their overall well-being, which includes physical, mental and financial health.

Luckily, many employers see the need for robust benefits offerings, with some incorporating new solutions to meet increased employee demand for more from their benefits provider. In fact, 34 percent of employers surveyed in a Towers Watson study indicated they already offer more customization with voluntary benefits. Companies like Aflac are expanding services, ranging from credit monitoring to supplemental accident benefits to helping provide employees and their families with financial protection.

Study Finds Chiropractic Care on the Rise in America

CPRGallupPollCMore Americans are opting to seek help from chiropractors, according to a new nationwide report, “Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic Inaugural Report: Americans’ Perceptions of Chiropractic.”

In 2014, the report found just over 33 million Americans aged 18 and older turned to chiropractic care to relieve conditions associated with neck and back pain. That likely indicates that the “chiropractic first” movement — touted by health experts troubled by the overuse of addictive drugs — has become increasingly popular.

“Americans who have exposure to chiropractors are more likely to have an opinion of them, and in general those opinions are positive,” Gallup concluded in its findings.

Fibromyalgia: The Disease Whose Exact Cause Remains Unknown

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Fibromyalgia is a disease affecting about 10 million American adults whose exact cause remains unknown. So it was a big deal when a new conference was held to develop ways to collaborate on treatment efforts, which includes chiropractic care.

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Gallup Report Shows More Americans Favor Chiropractic Care

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – A new Gallup report shows that more Americans than previously estimated are turning away from traditional methods of dealing with back and neck pain. Their favored alternative? Chiropractic care.

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Is Your Smile Unforgettable?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – If it’s true that you only get one chance to make a great first impression, then a picture-perfect smile could be the key, according to a recent study.
In a survey conducted by Kelton Global for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), a person’s smile makes for a memorable meeting. The survey results found that nearly half of adults surveyed (48 percent) believed that a smile is the most memorable feature after first meeting someone — more so than the first thing a person says (25 percent), the clothes they wear (9 percent), or the way they smell (8 percent.)
Your smile can reveal more than just your teeth and gums. “It’s about who you are and how you feel about yourself,” Dr. Sidney Markowitz, a cosmetic dentist in Washington D.C. and past president of the AACD, told the New York Times.
But the way teeth look in a smile matters as well. Bad teeth may result in being memorable for all the wrong reasons. More than one-third of people surveyed (37 percent) felt that people with a flawed smile were less attractive, while one-quarter said those with imperfect smiles were less confident.
“It [cosmetic dentistry] creates a better self-image. That’s worth a lot in today’s highly competitive world,” Markowitz said. “Any edge you can get is an advantage. A great smile is an edge.”
Other findings include:
* More than half (52 percent) of respondents say they would smile more if they had a nicer smile.
* Thirty-eight percent say they avoid smiling in photographs because of the way their teeth look.
* More than half (60 percent) are more likely to pay for a great smile over other cosmetic procedures.
“The smile is our area of expertise, and AACD dentists make it easier for people looking for a job or a new relationship to put their best foot forward,” says Dr. Joyce Bassett, AACD president.
The AACD urges those considering cosmetic dentistry to visit an AACD member dentist.
For more information and to locate an AACD member dentist near you, please visit www.YourSmileBecomesYou.com.

Virtual Colon Screening Becoming a Thing, Thanks to Technology

VirtualColonoscopyCWhile turning 50 may be the new 30, it also comes with its own challenges, unlike any other age — be it mental, emotional, or physical. This is also the time your doctor will likely start urging you to get a colonoscopy, even if you do not have a history or any symptoms.

However, what used to be a dreaded, albeit necessary and routine procedure, has now become much less invasive, thanks to new technology. The “virtual colonoscopy” (or CT colonography) is now an option for most people who can’t or don’t want to get a standard colonoscopy, and is being embraced by many doctors and insurers nationwide.

Groundbreaking Study Highlights Porn Phenomenon in America

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Ever since Hugh Hefner and Bob Guccione learned to capitalize on attractive women in various states of undress and positions, pornography has had a foothold in America. And no matter how you dress it up (think Hefner’s Playboy bunnies of the 70s) — or down — this taboo, billion-dollar industry remains stronger than ever.
Bolstering pornography’s wide reach is Internet usage, which has skyrocketed to 3 billion users worldwide last year — nearly 40 percent of the world population from 1 percent in 1995.
“It is vital to raise awareness about the threat of Internet pornography,” said Josh McDowell, founder of Josh McDowell Ministry. “Pornography violates all relational values between the individual and self, the individual and society, the unity of our families, and our moral fabric and fiber as a nation. When we objectify and demean life by removing the sanctity of the human person, our future is at risk.”
Consider this: Every second at least 28,000 people are watching pornography on the Internet, and at least 40 million U.S. adults admit to viewing Internet pornography daily.
Supporting these statistics is a recent study on pornography among the American population by Barna, a research company that focuses on faith and culture. In its study, Barna found that a younger exposure to pornography, increased desensitization and an escalating usage especially among teens, young adults, and the Christian church as well.
Detailed survey findings will be announced at a news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. EST at the Omni Berkshire Hotel in New York City. In the Vanderbilt Room. Address: 21 East 52nd St. (corner of 52nd St. and Madison Ave., entrance on 52nd St.). To RSVP, contact Mike Schwager at moschwager@aol.com or 954-423-4414.
Other key findings are:
* More than one quarter (27 percent) of young adults ages 25-30 first viewed pornography before puberty.
* Nearly half of young people actively seek out porn weekly or more often.
* Teens and young adults consider “not recycling” more immoral than viewing pornography.
* Twenty-one percent of youth pastors and 14 percent of pastors admit they currently struggle with using porn. About 12 percent of youth pastors and 5 percent of pastors, respectively, say they are addicted to porn.
A wide-ranging, nationally-representative audience of nearly 3,000 participated in four online studies, including in-depth surveys among the general population, American teenagers, Christian pastors and the Christian church.
Partial results from the survey will be accessible on Jan. 19 at www.setfreesummit.org.

Workplace Ergonomics Get an Update in Today’s Working World

WorkplaceErgonomicsC“Workplace ergonomics” used to be a buzzword in past years, which meant ensuring that employees were outfitted with what they needed to be comfortable at work. Nowadays however, more people are working from home, be it by their choice or their employer’s. Regardless of the reason, one thing is obvious: It’s just as possible to injure yourself no matter where you physically work.

Consider this: When it comes to a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries caused by stress to the joints from repetitive tasks, overuse of muscles, and poor posture, what’s the difference if you’re slumping in front of an office computer or a home laptop? Knowing how to bend properly and lift objects of all sizes is important, wherever you work.

The INs and OUTs of a Hospital Stay

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – NewsusaInfographic – It’s estimated that 18.4 million Americans have had an overnight hospital stay. And, whether you stay multiple nights or just a few hours in the ER, the medical expenses can add up quickly. While major medical insurance may cover most of your stay, oftentimes there are still out-of-pocket costs that fall on patients and their families. Voluntary hospital insurance can help ease the financial burden of a hospital stay. Read below for additional information about what a hospital stay can cost you and how hospital insurance can help. For more information, visit www.aflac.com/hospital.

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Know Your Drug Costs Before You Leave the Doctor’s Office

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Have you ever suffered from sticker shock at the pharmacy? You arrive with a prescription from your doctor, but you are told that the medication is not covered and could cost you several hundred dollars. Health insurance and prescription drug coverage is a complex puzzle, and many consumers find themselves at a loss to understand what is or isn’t covered and why.
However, some companies are trying to make the process easier. In particular, services to educate doctors and patients about drug benefits right in the doctor’s office can help avoid unpleasant surprises at the pharmacy.
One example is a new drug benefit service available from Humana’s IntelligentRx service, available to physicians through DrFirst’s electronic prescription system. It provides doctors with details about their Humana patients’ drug coverage, pricing and pharmacy options on the spot in the exam room. Doctors and patients can discuss and review drug costs and options as the prescription is being written.
According to William Fleming, president of Humana Pharmacy, the ability to help doctors make informed prescribing decisions in the exam room can help improve clinical outcomes by improving patients’ access and adherence to their medications.
“Real-time information provided by the IntelligentRx service is a perfect example of how we can help doctors proactively deliver better care more affordably to their patients,” Fleming said. “This is a big step forward in closing the gaps in the health care system, using transparency and technology to create a better health care experience,” he added.
Here’s how it works: A doctor chooses a medication, and the DrFirst’s myBenefitCheck interface connects with Humana’s IntelligentRX service. The doctor sees information specific to his or her patient about drug costs and coverage, information about drug allergies and even alternative therapies.
Such programs could have a significant impact on health care costs, which are a known barrier to medication adherence. Based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 125,000 deaths in the United States each year result from individuals not taking medications as prescribed.
For more information, please visit www.Humana.com or www.drfirst.com .