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Texas Home Health seeking health care professionals

  • Due to expansion within the company, Texas Home Health — part of AccentCare — is seeking to add health care professionals to its team.



Texas Home Health, a leader in home health care, personal care, hospice, and care management services, is looking to add qualified, passionate health care professionals to its team.

“Texas Home Health is growing rapidly and so is the health care population we serve. The vast majority of seniors prefer care delivery at home, and our innovative and proprietary programs make the home a very viable and convenient care setting,” said Tammy Steele, chief people officer at AccentCare, the parent company of Texas Home Health and a national leader in post-acute home health care services.

Part of AccentCare

Texas Home Health has been dedicated to improving the quality of living for its patients in Texas for more than 45 years, and its qualified teams work closely with community health care providers, patients and their families to compassionately deliver quality care to all those served. Texas Home Health is part of the AccentCare family, which offers a broad continuum of care services to meet a wide variety of patient and client needs.

Better training can help professionals in Intensive Care Units (ICU) avoid errors in treatment – which can have serious consequences. Teleprometheus brings information technology and health care together, allowing ICU professionals in Greece (Crete) and Cyprus to follow short online courses and find information at the touch of a screen.

Heleni Nikolau, who works in Nicosia General Hospital’s ICU department, explains how it helps in her daily life.

“When I first came to this department they told me about Teleprometheus. I actually had one patient who needed a specific procedure, so it took me around five or ten minutes using the platfoms to find out what I had to do.”

“Some 400 healthcare professionals in two hospitals in Cyprus and Greece use this €650,000 e-learning system, which is largely financed by Europe’s Cohesion Fund.

Teleprometheus provides on-demand multimedia training material for nurses, doctors, psychologists… working in the ICU, but is also an interactive tool to share cases with other professionals abroad.

Dr Marinos Michaelides, an anaethesiologist, says: “We can receive information from other centres which I’ve never had the chance to visit or discuss with doctors patients’ cases, but with this kind of system, what is essential, the important thing, is to break down barriers and distances.”

The interactive platform will soon be working at full strength. There are two Teleprometheus screens in the ICU and another one just outside for patients’ families. Hundreds have already benefited from the service, where they can see exactly what treatment their loved ones are receiving at hospital, and even at home.

Nikolau adds: “The information is in a language which is easy for them to understand. It doesn’t use confusing medical terms. It’s very easy for them to understand what is their relative’s medical problem.”

Media: Euronews

“AccentCare’s wide variety of innovative services ranges from personal, non-medical care to skilled nursing, rehabilitation, hospice and care management. Headquartered in Dallas, AccentCare has over 20,000 compassionate professionals in more than 150 locations, collectively serving over 90,000 individuals across 11 states,” Steele said.

AccentCare is a leader in the home health industry, with a focus on avoidance of unplanned re-hospitalizations, faster starts of care and quality performance, earning a 4.3-star rating for quality from the Centers for Medicare Medicaid.

All AccentCare hospice locations are Community Health Accreditation Partner-accredited, many with designations from the We Honor Veterans program.

“Texas Home Health has a culture of caring, integrity and collaboration. Working in home health allows clinicians to build relationships with their patients, supporting them throughout the duration of care and optimizing both their patients’ health and independence in the comfort of their homes,” Steele said. “And our employees are supported, too. We offer a team-driven environment, excellent training, recognition programs and career ladder plans.”

The company offers a comprehensive benefits plan that includes health, dental and vision coverage; life insurance; disability; 401(k); paid holidays and paid time off; and more.

“We operate, and are continuously growing, across the state. Our Texas organizations are expanding at a rapid pace in the areas of home health, hospice and personal care. We are consistently adding talented nursing and therapy professionals to our dedicated teams to deliver exceptional care in the communities we support,” Steele said.

Specifically, Texas Home Health is looking for registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, certified occupation therapy assistants and home health aids, among other positions.

All opportunities with Texas Home Health are available online at

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Lake Health presses on as finances turn around

Following years of consolidation in Northeast Ohio’s health care market, Lake Health System is one of the few independent systems left standing.

And it intends to stay that way.

Despite a recent rating downgrade and two consecutive years of operating losses, Lake Health officials are optimistic about the future.

“We believe that being independent creates a home for independent physicians and like-minded physicians as well as keeps us supporting the community,” said Rick Cicero, senior vice president of marketing and business development for Lake Health. “Even though we’re a nonprofit, we generate significant tax dollars in this community. Being independent and directing the growth that we do in Lake County helps the county overall.”

In 2015 and 2016, the system reported a $30 million loss, which officials said was a one-time writedown stemming from problems with an IT system conversion. It represents both the added implementation costs and the results of billing delays that affected the system’s ability to collect services. In 2017, Lake Health posted a $4.8 million operating loss, significantly better than the $22.8 million loss the year prior.

“If you look at the ’17 versus ’16, we did have about an $18 million turnaround from an operating income standpoint, so we are definitely, obviously heading in the right direction there,” said Bob Tracz, chief financial officer for Lake Health.

The system is aiming for a 1% operating margin in 2018, which would equate to a $3.5 million to $4 million operating income, Tracz said. To achieve this, Lake is looking at its supply side, health care benefits and revenue cycle improvements, he said.

This month, Moody’s downgraded Lake Health from A3 to Baa1 and revised the outlook from negative to stable. Moody’s said that the system’s margins “will likely improve but remain lower than historical levels given labor cost and payer pressures.” Following the 2017 budget shortfall, these pressures will “challenge the hospital to return to historical margins.”

As Lake Health’s credit strengths, Moody’s cited strong liquidity, a defined contribution pension plan and moderate operating leases and the system’s leading market share.

Despite Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals dominating the Northeast Ohio health care scene overall, Lake Health still enjoys a 52.9% market share in Lake County as the only hospital provider there. According to Moody’s, the system’s growth and physician alignment strategies “will continue to support a leading market position in a very competitive region.”

Lake Health is also embarking on a new venture with a group of independent physicians constructing a specialty, acute care hospital in Beachwood. Lake has a 51% controlling ownership interest in the project, which is a 69,800-square-foot hospital with 25 patient beds, operating and procedure rooms, emergency room services, diagnostic services and physical therapy.

The move expands Lake Health’s geography and creates another access point for the system, said Cicero.

“As we’re working closely with the payers and with employers, a location for us in Cuyahoga County becomes a critical addition to a network within our clinically integrated network,” he said. “It aligns us with a whole new group of surgeons that historically did not work at Lake Health. And it really becomes that opportunity in that kind of setting to help to continue to develop a high-quality, lower-cost option in the market.”

Moody’s notes that the project, if successful, could generate profitable business for Lake Health, but it may bring startup risks depending on the pace of the ramp-up.

Given costs, competition and changing reimbursement models, maintaining independence can be challenging, which makes it all the more important to collaborate with other players, said Tom Campanella, director of the health care MBA program at Baldwin Wallace University. This new hospital is an example of such collaboration.

“On paper, in theory, it could be successful,” he said. “But like anything else, theory is great, paper is great, but it really is how it’s actually put together. Do they have the right type of physicians? Are they able to meet the needs of the market? Are they able to successfully get their message out to the market, both to employers as well as to consumers and insurance companies that they have something that may be different out there in the marketplace … It’s not like field of dreams if you build it, they will come. You need to be able to know your market and find a way to make sure that, like in any industry, that you have something that is potentially attractive to the marketplace.”

Lake Health also has been seeing “nice growth” in its Perrico Health Campus in Willoughby, which opened last year, and its Mentor Wellness Campus, which opened in January, Cicero said.

The other area of growth Lake has seen has been in its physician recruitment. The system has been adding 15 to 20 physicians a year.

“The bottom line is Lake has a strong reputation, and they do have historically a good relationship with independent physicians,” Campanella said. “And I think they position themselves to — based on that — to be potentially successful in the new marketplace that we’re seeing out there in health care.”

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Health care numbers moving in the wrong direction

  • This screen grab shows the main page of the website in Washington, on May 21. A new study says fewer people are insured. Photo: /Associated Press /



More people are uninsured in Texas and across America.

Those are the findings of a recent Commonwealth Fund tracking survey. About 15.5 percent of adults ages 19 to 64 lack health insurance. That’s up from 12.7 percent in 2016. That represents about 4 million people who went from insured to uninsured.

What’s particularly distressing is these numbers are moving the wrong way when the economy is strong. Unemployment is low. Consumer confidence is high. And, yet, the uninsured rate is up.

The study did not offer state-specific data. But it found the biggest increases in the ranks of uninsured were happening in Republican-led states, the South and states that did not expand Medicaid. All three apply to Texas.

And Texas indeed leads the way in the number of uninsured. As the Houston Chronicle’s Jenny Deam reported, about 4.5 million Texans lack health insurance. This includes 700,000 kids. Not a top ranking to be proud of.

This increase in the uninsured is as unnecessary as it is unsurprising. Under President Donald J. Trump, the Affordable Care Act’s coverage mandate has been repealed, the window of time to sign up for coverage has been cut in half and promotion of the Affordable Care Act has been slashed. Congress has failed to stabilize marketplaces, meaning rates are likely to continue to rise.

There is no benefit, or freedom, in having fewer people insured. It’s an invitation for financial ruin and failed health.

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Sleeping In on the Weekend Might Actually Be Good For You

In today’s day and age, many of us aren’t sleeping as much as we should: We stay up late, burning the midnight oil (or streaming the midnight Netflix), but are still forced to wake up early, thanks to all of those societal obligations—like work and school and spin class—first thing in the morning. So when the weekend rolls around, it can be tempting to sleep in, in an attempt to catch up on all those lost hours.

But does catching up on this so-called sleep debt really work? A new study suggests that it might—but experts still say you shouldn’t make a habit of it. For the bottom line on weekend sleep, Health looked at the latest research and spoke with leading researchers in the field. Here’s what we found out.

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Your brain on sleep debt

Sleep doctors have long preached the importance of getting a full night’s sleep—which, for most adults, is somewhere between seven and nine hours a night. Studies show that when people consistently get less than six, it can negatively affect their health, including their metabolism and their cardiovascular system. Even temporary periods of short sleep can lead to impairments in mood and concentration levels.

One recent study, for example, found that when people got less than six hours of sleep a night, they had trouble completing basic tasks: They had a fivefold increase in attention lapses and their reaction time nearly doubled, compared with people who slept seven or more hours, even when they didn’t feel tired or realize that their performance was suffering.

New research may advocate for weekend catch-ups

A study published this week in the Journal of Sleep Research provides a beacon of hope that maybe some of these negative effects can be made up for by getting extra sleep over the weekend. The study followed more than 43,000 adults in Sweden for 13 years and compared death rates in that time period with participants’ self-reported sleep habits.

The researchers found that adults younger than 65 who consistently slept five or fewer hours were 65% more likely to die early than those who slept six to seven hours a night on average. (Sleeping eight or more hours a night was also associated with an increased risk, of 25%.)

But those who reported short sleep during the week and long sleep on the weekends seemed protected: Despite skimping on shuteye Sunday through Thursday nights, they had no increased mortality risk compared to those who consistently got six to seven hours.

“It seems that weekday short sleep may be forgiven by weekend compensation,” lead study author Torbjörn Åkerstedt, a professor of psychology at the Karolinska Institutet, told Health in an email. In other words, he says, it may be healthier in the long run to catch up on lost sleep over the weekend than to keep a shortened sleep schedule all seven days.

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But other experts warn the practice still isn’t healthy

These findings seem to contradict another recent study, presented last year at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. That study, which has not been published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, found that every hour of “social jet lag” a person experienced on the weekends was associated with a 28% increased likelihood of self-reported fair/poor health, compared with excellent health. (The study was not designed to find a cause-and-effect relationship.)

Social jet lag is a measure of how much a person’s sleep is “shifted” forward or backward on the weekends. If you sleep from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weeknights (midpoint 3 a.m.) and from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m. on weekends (midpoint 6 a.m.), for example, that’s a three-hour shift.

Every hour of shifted sleep was also associated with an 11% increased risk of heart disease, as well as higher scores on fatigue, sleepiness, and depression screenings. The researchers believe that a shifted sleep schedule affects circadian rhythm and hormone levels throughout the day, and that throwing them out of whack could contribute to both physical and emotional health issues.

Åkerstedt says this research makes an interesting correlation, but he also says that catching up on sleep over the weekend doesn’t have to mean shifting your sleep midpoint: It could mean going to bed a little earlier and getting up a little later, rather than staying up super late and sleeping until noon.

Andrew Varga, MD assistant professor of pulmonary critical care and sleep medicine at Mount Sinai Health System, says that the idea that extra weekend sleep might mitigate some long-term health risks is “a totally reasonable conclusion to draw.” But he adds that mortality risk is just one aspect of health, and that there are likely more immediate consequences of lost sleep that a weekend snooze-fest can’t make up for.

“There’s a fair amount of research showing other outcomes, particularly with cognition, and in these areas it’s not clear that you can really catch up so quickly,” he says. Things like memory and concentration can be affected in as little as two or three days of short sleep, he adds, so the weekend may be too late to make up for those effects.

There’s also evidence, says Dr. Varga, that people with shifted sleep schedules—opposite of the body’s natural circadian rhythm—are at higher risk for conditions like heart disease and diabetes. But most research has been done in extreme cases, like shift workers who work overnight and sleep during the day, and not in people who simply sleep a few hours later on the weekends.

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Consistency is still the smartest option

Åkerstedt says his new research suggests that making up for lost sleep on the weekends may be better than never making it up at all. But he does agree with other health experts who say that it’s better to get enough sleep every night.

“Consistency is always key,” he says, as long as it’s consistently an intermediate sleep duration—not too much or too little.

And while he isn’t convinced that sleeping in on the weekends can lead to long-term health risks, he does agree it can make starting the workweek again even harder. “The problem with sleeping in is mainly the Blue Monday effect—that is, fatigue and poor performance,” he says.

Of course, some people really are night owls and have trouble getting to sleep early enough during the week to get their seven to nine hours, says Dr. Varga. If you fall into that camp, he suggests talking to a sleep doctor about ways to adjust your internal body clock rather than trying to make it all up every weekend.

If you steal a few extra hours over the weekend—and doing so doesn’t affect your ability to fall asleep Sunday night—it’s probably not a big deal, says Dr. Varga. But pay attention to why you’re sleeping in, he says: Is it because you’re staying up late, and is that accompanied by drinking or eating more than you normally would?

“Sleep doctors are always going to recommend consistency,” he says. “Try to keep the same bedtime, the same wakeup time, day in and day out, every day,” he says. Of course, life can get in the way—but at least be conscious of when (and why) your schedule is shifting, he adds, and try not to make it a regular habit.

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Older Canadians in good health: study

A recent snapshot of older Canadians paints a surprisingly positive picture of health.

“Almost 90 per cent of participants said their health is excellent or very good or good,” said Dr. Susan Kirkland, a principal investigator with Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging (CLSA), which released its latest report this week.

“It was even higher when it comes to mental health,” said Kirkland, who is interim chief of Dalhousie University’s department of community health and epidemiology. “We’re seeing interesting patterns in that in both physical and mental health as people age, they generally tend to think their health is better.”

The CLSA, a research collaboration involving about 160 researchers from 26 universities, has tracked the physical, mental and social health of more than 51,000 Canadians between 45 and 85 since 2010.

Participants must be cognitively healthy and live in their own homes or with family.

The researchers check in with participants every three years: A randomly selected group of about 30,000 are interviewed by phone, while the rest of the participants are really put under the microscope.

“We go into their home and we do a number of questionnaires,” Kirkland said in an interview Wednesday from Toronto, where the CLSA report was released. “Then they come into a data collection site and there we capture a lot more details through physical and clinical assessments. So we give them bone mineral density tests, respirology, EKG, ultrasounds, hearing, a large cognitive battery of tests. It’s really extensive.”

This kind of large-scale study provides crucial information for a better understanding of the health dimensions of aging and for directing health spending and policy, Kirkland said.

It’s especially important given the hand-wringing over the potential impacts of the baby boomer cohort on the health-care system.

“It speaks to the ageism in our society . . . that we automatically assume that everything’s negative with aging,” she said. “Baby boomers are much more aware of their health, they tend to have accumulated a reasonable amount of wealth, it’s the first generation of women who have spent their entire lives in the workforce. And I think we’re seeing some of those patterns and effects.”

That said, there are sub-groups within the 45 to 85 demographic who may be struggling, Kirkland said.

For example, about 35 per cent of women between 75 and 85 live alone, compared to the roughly 75 per cent of men in the same age bracket who are married.

“There’s a drastic, drastic difference,” she said. “What that means is women are living their older years by themselves. We know that living alone is much more precarious for physical, social and mental health. That’s a really important point.”

(The impact of dementia on our aging population is also significant, Kirkland noted, but this part of the CLSA didn’t cover that issue. She’s now researching how social networks, caregiving strategies and other supports can help society cope with the growing burden of dementia.)

About 4,600 Nova Scotians are taking part in the CLSA.

For the most part the study focuses on national trends and not provincial breakdowns. But comparative statistics were provided in areas such as transportation, retirement and sexuality.

About 8.5 per cent of Nova Scotian participants identified as lesbian and/or bisexual, while among men, 7.1 per cent identified as gay and/or bisexual.

Lots of seniors are keeping their grip on the wheel in our province. About 85 per cent of people over 65 drive their own vehicle, compared to the national average of 82 per cent.

Freedom 55: About 28 per cent of Nova Scotian women between 55 and 59 were completely retired (on the high side compared to many other provinces) and about 10 per cent were partially retired. For men, about 20 per cent were completely retired in that age group and about 12 per cent were partially retired.

And it will surprise nobody who’s been to a park lately that older Canadians (and probably younger ones, too) love their animals. Kirkland pointed out with a chuckle that almost half of CLSA participants, 43.8 per cent, have a pet. That percentage rises to 47.2 per cent among Nova Scotian participants.

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Report: Clean fuels promote jobs, good health | Crain’s Detroit …

Jobs, taxes paid, a cleaner environment and improved public health are several of the benefits to Michigan from the expanding number of clean-fuel vehicles, according to a new report sponsored by Clean Fuels Michigan, a Lansing-based group of 30 companies associated with the energy, automotive and environmental markets.

The 35-page report prepared by Lansing-based Public Sector Consultants says Michigan’s 29,000 jobs directly tied to clean-fuel vehicles could grow substantially in the next decade as the number of those vehicles increases. The report estimates the number of indirect jobs supported by the clean-fuel industry now number 69,000.

Clean-fuel vehicles include electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as those powered by propane, natural gas, and hydrogen fuel cells.

The clean-fuel vehicles sector contributes $18.8 billion to Michigan’s economy each year and generates over $700 million in state and local taxes when direct, indirect and induced effects are included, the report says.

A focus for the group is for Michigan to benefit from expected rapid growth in clean-fuels vehicles.

“We want that growth rate to be here. There is an opportunity and a threat,” said Jeff Guilfoyle, vice president and lead author of the report with Public Sector Consultants.

Mike Alaimo, executive director of Clean Fuels Michigan, said lawmakers in the Michigan Legislature and regulators at the state Public Service Commission are “doing great work to lay a foundation for the state for the onslaught of clean mobility.”

But Alaimo said more work needs to be done to develop the infrastructure for clean vehicles over the next several years and to educate the public on the benefits of clean vehicles.

The report also concluded that reducing air pollution will improve Michiganders’ health and cut drastically public and private health expenditures. Air pollution can exacerbate health problems, triggering asthma attacks and worsening cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes.

For example, a recently American Lung Association study found that having the majority of a state’s vehicle fleet be emissions-free by 2050 could reduce vehicle-related air pollution health costs by 88 percent. The improvement in air quality Michigan would likely see from a transition to clean-fuel vehicles would lead to Medicaid cost savings, the report said.

“There have been large studies” that prove public health can be improved with less air and water pollution, said Guilfoyle. “I dont know if they (policymakers) are there yet (on connecting clean energy to health benefits). They are probably unaware now.”

Guilfoyle said the economic benefits to clean fuels are what gets the most attention, but the health and environmental benefits are just as important.

“I have not seen a ton of issues where the impetus was supporting legislation to connect environment to health,” Alaimo said. “We are hoping this is the issue. There is a strong economic rationale. We know policymakers also care about health care costs like they do roads.”

Michigan is a leader in the clean-fuels field, Guilfoyle said. From 2011 to 2016, the state had more than 3,000 clean technology patents.

The report found that Michigan also leads research on a per-capita basis, submitting 32 patents per 100,000 residents, more than double the next highest state.

In Michigan, 82 percent of registered vehicles are gasoline-powered and 6 percent are diesel-powered. An additional 11 percent are flexible fuel vehicles, which can run on combination of gasoline and ethanol.

Vince Carioti, director of E-Mobility North America for Phoenix Contact, a German maker of vehicle electrical components that recently opened an office in Michigan, said that by 2040 some 35 percent of new vehicles purchased globally will be electric-powered. In Michigan, 124,000 vehicles are electric or hybrid vehicles, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Greentech Media Research projects 11.4 million electric vehicles on the road in the U.S. in 2025.

“Access to vehicle charging is important. We need more,” Carioti said.

Rob Bacyinski, program manager of natural gas vehicle business development for DTE Energy Co. and board chair of Clean Fuels Michigan, said utilities will play a major role in the mobile clean fuels market in the coming years.

“DTE Energy is working to ensure plug-in electric and natural gas vehicles are integrated in a manner that ensures safe and reliable operation of the grid,” Bacyinski said in a statement. “We believe that clean fuels and electric vehicles will bring added benefits to not only the energy grid, but customers and the public at large.”

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Eating right aids recovery from illness, healthy living

Getting to eat right after being diagnosed with an ailment that limits the types of food a patient can eat can be very frustrating, a six years diabetic patient, Ajoke Olusola, says.

Mrs Olusola was advised by her physician to change her dietary pattern after being diagnosed with diabetes.

“I was advised to stop eating some food; majorly carbohydrates, fatty foods and carbonated drinks. Since then, my dietary pattern changed,” she said.

“To get better and reduce my blood sugar level, I was told to do away with some food. Unfortunately most of those foods were my best. It was not easy at first but I had to talk myself into complying. I knew for my medication to work effectively, I need to comply,” she said.

Many people eat without following a healthy dietary pattern. Healthy diet entails eating food from all the sub-groups with the right amount of nutrients.

Promise Hammed, a woman who had high blood sugar during pregnancy, said she started watching her dietary pattern from when she was young. This is because she was aware she had the tendency to be diabetic because her parents were.

“I know it is hereditary so I watched what I ate. I got extra careful after having high blood sugar in pregnancy. Blood sugar test during pregnancy is one of the routine tests for pregnant women and I have continued the test. This helps doctors to quickly detect my case and since then I have been living on a strict dietary pattern,” she said

Another patient, a breast cancer survivor who asked not to be named, told PREMIUM TIMES she had to change her diet after she was diagnosed with the disease.

Her doctors advised her that to win the battle against the disease, she needed to change her dietary pattern.

“I was told to minimise my sugar intake. This is to help reduce the multiplication of the cancer cells because they thrive more on sugar. Unfortunately, that has been very difficult and cost intensive because most of the regular foods we take are sugar-based. All the normal stable foods in the market have one form of sugar, especially carbohydrates which are cheaper and easy to come by.

“I have been living more on vegetables, fruits, and natural foods with less sugar, protein, legumes, among others. The problem however, is that these foods are expensive. Keeping up can be a bit challenging because of the perishable nature of most of these foods. They cannot be bought in bulk and stored. The epileptic power supply is another issue because you cannot buy and keep when you have the money,” she said.

She said keeping to the diet has made feeding expensive.

“This has an indirect effect on the management of illness in the country. A situation whereby one has spent all they have on treatment and they are expected to keep looking for more just to sustain a feeding lifestyle is very difficult and as such, the person tends to make do with the available. This can have a negative effect on the treatment or trigger a worse health condition,” she said.

A dietician, Sarah Abagai, who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES on healthy dietary pattern, said people do not need to wait until they are diagnosed of disease before they take care of their health.

She explained that the dietary pattern for each ailment differs according to diagnosis.

“While it is quite difficult to strictly categorise the types of food to be consumed by diagnosed patients, it is advisable to tell people to eat healthy always. Various food are restricted to people with various aliments.

“However, consumption of less fat, less sugar, reduced salt intake, (unless otherwise medically advised), more of natural foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, among others can go a long way to help,” she said.

Mrs Abagai attributed lots of diseases to the lifestyle of people.

“Dietary pattern is an important aspect of people’s lifestyle which affects the health. It is important to understand the type of career one keeps to determine what is being consumed.

“This is because stress affects the body metabolism, which can lead to common issues of high blood cholesterol, high level blood glucose and high blood pressure. All these are fallouts of high stress life,” she added.

Mrs Abagai also advised Nigerians to introduce more herbs into their diet.

Some herbs that can boost your immune system, help you stay fit

1. Ginger

Ginger is an underground stem, known as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Ginger can be used as treatment for nausea, to fight fungal infections, protect against stomach ulcer and ease menstrual pains. It may inhibit cancer growth, regulate blood sugar, relief joint and muscle pains, lower cholesterol, reduce bacterial infections, ease inflammation and promotes proper digestion.

2. Galic

This is a specie of onions. It contains vitamins C and B6, manganese, allicin, selenium and other antioxidants. Researches suggest that garlic may be effective against high blood sugar, cardiovascular diseases, cholesterol, cold and some cancers.

3. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum. Cinnamon has antioxidant properties. It can lower blood sugar levels, reduce heart disease risk factors, and has a plethora of other impressive health benefits.

4. Raw tomatoes

The tomato is the edible, often red fruit. Tomatoes are vegetable and better eaten raw. It is a good source of vitamin c, potassium, vitamin K1, folate (B9) lycopene, beta-carotene, naringenin, chlorogenic acid. Benefits include treatment of cardiovascular diseases, blood sugar, skin care, etc.

5. Coriander leaves

These an be used to garnish food. Health benefit of coriander includes treatment of skin inflammation, cholesterol, diahorrea, mouth ulcer, anaemia, indigestion, menstrual disorders, and blood sugar problems.

Other beneficial herbs include Turmeric, Cloves, Onions, chilli pepper, palsy.

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John, Deb Boesen to speak on living healthy lifestyle

Community Health Seminars will feature Deb and John Boesen for Part 2 of their “Your Body is Made to Heal Itself” series. They will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday in Room 225 of Peters Science Hall on the Kansas Wesleyan University campus.

The Boesens will discuss how to improve digestion, the importance of minerals, foods to build a healthy body and other pertinent areas.

The two will answer questions following the presentation.

The talks are free and open to the public, with donations accepted.

For more information, call Lou Tryon at 827-8053.

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Free training offered to future healthy living leaders

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Arthritis pain: Five summer gardening tips to fight arthritis symptoms …

“Gardening doesn’t have to be a problem if you have arthritis,” said the national charity promoting arthritis awareness in its ‘Gardening and arthritis’ booklet.

“It can play an important part in keeping up your physical activity.”

“You should aim for a balance between exercising your joints and muscles to stay mobile without straining them.”

Change tasks to reduce strain

Arthritis Research UK says you should change gardening activity about every 20 minutes, with some rest time if needed. This will stop you putting too much strain on a joint, which could cause an arthritis flare-up.

“Break up harder jobs like hoeing weeds with spells of something gentler like pricking out seedlings.”

Use a garden stool

Having a stool to sit on while you garden reduces the load on your joints, helping with gardening.

“Make sure you can easily get up from the stool,” says Arthritis Research UK, “avoid sitting too long and getting stiff as this will make rising more difficult.”

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