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Aug 02nd

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Resolve to stay connected to friends and family in the new year

Resolve to stay connected to friends and family in the new year

 

(StatePoint) Despite round-the-clock access to text messaging, email and social networking sites, meaningful connections sometimes seem harder to come by than ever these days. 

While it is easy to let all your friends and family know about your new promotion or engagement with a status update online, don’t forget the importance of personal correspondence in today’s digital age.

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Is Echinacea effective at preventing or treating colds?

Is Echinacea effective at preventing or treating colds?

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the story with Echinacea? Many herb teas contain it, and many people swear by it as a cold remedy. But I’ve also seen headlines saying that the herb has no medicinal value whatsoever. Can you set the record straight?        -- Arlene Hixson, Portland, ME

Echinacea, also known as purple coneflower, has gained popularity in recent years as a nutritional supplement that proponents believe is helpful in staving off the common cold and shortening its duration. But given the variation between dosages and formulations—such herbs are not regulated as medical drugs by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and so makers have little incentive to standardize—it’s hard to get definitive answers as to Echinacea's effectiveness.

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The National Urban League and League of United Latin American citizens urge Express Scripts to reach agreement with Walgreens

The National Urban League (NUL) and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) recently urged Express Scripts, Inc. (ESI) to resume negotiations and come to an agreement with Walgreens on new contract terms.  If an agreement is not reached, millions of Americans, especially in diverse and underserved communities, stand to lose access to pharmacy services on January 1, 2012.

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AARP recognizes Delores Wade for commitment to community service

AARP recognizes Delores Wade for commitment to community service

Delores Wade of Minneapolis received the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious volunteer award at a recognition luncheon last week at Sabathani Community Center in Minneapolis.  The AARP Andrus Award for Community Service recognizes members and volunteers who, through volunteer service, are enhancing members’ lives in the areas of health and wellness, economic security and work, life transition issues, and personal enrichment. 

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Solutions to end the drug shortage crisis

 

Axel Zirbes is a cute four-year-old boy with bright eyes and a big smile.  He also happens to have no hair on his head.  That’s because Axel is being treated for leukemia.

When he was scheduled to start chemotherapy earlier this year, Axel’s parents learned that an essential drug, cytarabine, was in short supply and might not be available for their son.

Understandably, they were thrown into a panic and desperately looked for any available alternatives.  They even prepared to take Axel to Canada, where cytarabine is still readily available. 

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A new health care system for Hennepin County


ISAIAH, a 501(c)3 non-profit coalition of over 100 congregations across the state, is praising Hennepin County’s ‘Health Care Delivery Systems Demonstration Project’ that will be submitted to the Minnesota Department of Human Services in early 2012.

The county-wide integrated health care delivery network is part of the federal Affordable Care Act of 2011, which allows for the creation of new health delivery systems. New programs must provide cost savings for the reinvestment in preventive health measures and lower the cost of providing care and services. The proposed patient-centered model of care will serve approximately 10,000 at-risk Medicaid beneficiaries in Hennepin County and is expected to greatly improve community health outcomes. People covered by Medicaid, 68% of which are of color, are living in deep poverty and are among the most vulnerable populations in the state.  They often receive no preventive care and are frequent users of emergency room care, which results in poor health outcomes at a high cost to both the individual and the community.

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Solutions to end the drug shortage crisis

Axel Zirbes is a cute four-year-old boy with bright eyes and a big smile.  He also happens to have no hair on his head.  That’s because Axel is being treated for leukemia.

When he was scheduled to start chemotherapy earlier this year, Axel’s parents learned that an essential drug, cytarabine, was in short supply and might not be available for their son.

Understandably, they were thrown into a panic and desperately looked for any available alternatives.  They even prepared to take Axel to Canada, where cytarabine is still readily available. 

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