Wednesday, June 10, 2015

CDC Report – Arthritis linked with worse outcomes for the 50% of U.S. Adults with chronic conditions

The Centers for Disease Control has just released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. According to the CDC, we shouldn't look at arthritis as just a stand-alone ailment. For the millions of Americans with chronic conditions—about half of the US adult population—arthritis can make a tough situation even tougher.

And for the 25% of the US adult population with two or more chronic conditions, arthritis further compounds the negative effects of chronic diseases. People with both arthritis and at least one other chronic condition are more likely to report work disabilities, limitations in social activities, and serious psychological distress.

So how many people does this effect? One in six US adults  has arthritis  and at least one other chronic condition. Put another way, of the 52.5 million US adults with arthritis, 72% have at least one other chronic condition. Of those adults with two or more chronic conditions, 63% also have arthritis.  

There are non-drug remedies that can reduce these negative effects. Physical activity has been proven to reduce pain and depression, and to improve function. Self-management education programs are also proven to help people learn strategies to manage their arthritis. These interventions can also provide benefit to people with chronic conditions who do not have arthritis.

For the full report, click here.

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness month

An estimated 5.2 Million American's of all ages have Alzheimer's disease. It is the most common form of dementia with predictions that it will affect 1 in 85 people globally by the year 2050.

There is no cure for the disease and as it progresses it will eventually lead to death.  Most Alzheimer's patients are diagnosed over 65 years of age, however, it can occur to people who are much younger.

Though there is no cure, Dr. Gino Tutera, founder and pioneer of SottoPelle Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy, believes that hormone insufficiency can lead to Alzheimer's. There is a direct correlation to Estradiol insufficiency and the development of Alzheimer's, he says.

Seniors Groups and Members of Congress Speak Out Against Proposed Cuts to Medicare to Fund Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)

Bill Would Take $950 Million from Seniors' Health Care

Seniors groups are urging U.S. House members to oppose plans to cut $950 million from Medicare to fund the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which assists displaced workers. The cuts would jeopardize access to care for millions of seniors on Medicare.

Richard Fiesta, Executive Director, Alliance for Retired Americans and Max Richtman, President, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare joined Representative Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) to oppose the legislation. 

The Alliance for Retired Americans is a national organization that advocates for the rights and well-being
of 4.3 million retirees and their families. @activeretirees

HDL, Inc. releases myHDL Physician App for Apple Watch

iOS application now offers patient management tools via Apple Watch.

RICHMOND, VA (June 8, 2015) –Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. (HDL, Inc.) has updated its myHDL Physician App to support use with Apple Watch. The iOS app, which was released for iPhone and iPad in March 2015, now allows the company's provider partners to view and manage patient cases from their wrist, on all models of Apple Watch. The app is free for all HDL, Inc. ordering providers and is available on the iTunes App Store.

"HDL, Inc. is thrilled to release this update in stride with Apple's latest digital health innovation," stated Joseph McConnell, Ph.D., President and CEO of HDL, Inc. "Our tech-savvy provider partners can use this cutting-edge tool to help them offer more effective, personalized care to their patients and ultimately get ahead of disease progression."

 With myHDL for Apple Watch, physicians will be able access the same breadth of information that is currently available on iPhone and iPad, including lab results and treatment suggestions. Users will also be able to receive up-to-the-minute push notifications of patient reports as they arrive from the laboratory, allowing for timely patient care and disease management.

Features include:

Multiple Patients' ResultsAccess and manage a practice's entire practice population from the app. Users can view past results and monitor health trends over time to design personalized treatment plans for each patient.

Simplicity and SpeedQuickly pinpoint specific areas for improvement for each patient with HDL, Inc.'s stoplight color-coding and categorized test results.

MD-Written Comments and Treatment GuidelinesGain a deeper understanding of the novel biomarkers and get treatment recommendations with comments written by HDL, Inc. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tara Dall.

Security and PrivacyThe app was designed for HIPAA compliance. To that end, the following security features have been incorporated: physicians must use a username and password to access the app; physicians may access data that pertain only to their own patients; data sent to the app from HDL, Inc. is encrypted; no cache of data is stored in the app itself; and the app has an automatic sign-off function.

 The app is available on the iTunes App Store (search "myHDL for Physicians") and can be downloaded at 
About Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc.
Founded in 2008, Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. (HDL, Inc.) is a leader in health improvement with one mission: to beat cardiovascular disease and diabetes, one patient at a time. HDL, Inc. provides comprehensive biomarker testing and clinical health consulting for earlier disease detection and targeted disease management, resulting in improved patient outcomes and reduced costs. HDL, Inc.'s novel, systematic approach identifies the various underlying factors contributing to disease progression, providing a basis for targeted treatment. This allows healthcare professionals to provide the most effective, appropriate care for their patients, and empowers individuals to take steps to improve their health. In addition to lab testing, HDL, Inc. offers patients a personalized overview of their lab results and intensive counseling from expert Clinical Health Consultants to promote healthier lifestyles. HDL, Inc. is a CLIA-certified, CAP-accredited laboratory. For more information, visit Follow us at and on Twitter @hdltweets.

The Non-GMO Organic Cookbook & Food Guide

This unique recipe book contains:
  • Non-GMO organic recipes
  • Gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, paleo and juicing recipes
  • Easy DIY meals
  • Infographics that detail: how to determine if a product contains GMOs, how to avoid toxic food supply additives, how to know if you're getting 100% organic, what USDA grade of meat to buy, the best anti-cancer foods, the best anti-inflammation food