You’ve probably heard that your body has its own biological clock, but have you ever given much thought as to how important this clock is? Indeed, your biological clock helps you feel alert during the day, hungry at mealtimes, and sleepy at night. Moreover, keeping your body’s daily cycles, or circadian rhythms, in sync is important for your health.
A circadian rhythm is a roughly 24 hour cycle in the physiological processes of living beings, including humans, plants and animals. They affect almost every part of your physiology in one way or another. Circadian rhythms are big influencers in the body. Learning how these rhythms are generated is critical for understanding health.
The President signed an Executive Order on October 12, 2017, directing the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to consider ways to make it easier to form an Association Health Plan (AHP) by expanding existing membership rules. After issuing proposed regulations in early 2018 and considering public comments, the DOL issued a set of final regulations intended to make it easier to form AHPs on June 18, 2018.
The final regulations do not replace the existing AHP rules and instead create a three-tier AHP system referred to in this article as the:
Narrow Standard AHP – These AHPs are available under the existing rules, but they can be difficult to form.
Relaxed Standard AHP – These AHPs are created by the new regulations. They are easier to form than a Narrow Standard AHP and can allow self-employed individuals to participate, but they do not allow as much flexibility in terms of plan design and underwriting (discussed in the chart below under “Plan Design and Underwriting”).
Non-Conforming AHPs – These are AHPs that do not meet either the Narrow or Relaxed Standards. We’ll touch on these briefly at the end of this article.
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You may think of arthritis as a condition that only affects older adults, but that’s actually not the case. It’s indeed common for many people to start to feel pain and stiffness in their joints as they get older, often when they’re 45 to 50. However, arthritis can affect young adults and even children. In recent years, scientists have made rapid progress in understanding the many causes of arthritis. They’ve also made significant strides in developing effective new treatments for many forms of the disease.
“Arthr” means joint, and “itis” means inflammation — heat, swelling, and redness. But the inflammation of arthritis isn’t always something you can see. Some types of arthritis are very inflammatory and others aren’t as much. But they all involve an element of inflammation. Arthritis comes in many forms. In fact, there are more than 100 types, each with its own symptoms and treatments. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis.
The health care industry today is working to improve the way health care is delivered through innovative connected cardiac care programs. In these types of programs, technology is being utilized to support the care of patients who are diagnosed with heart disease through self-monitoring. The technology helps patients manage their disease from own home with the support of their physician. Connected cardiac care programs are helping people live more healthy lives and avoid hospitalization.
Patients and their health care team members are no longer required to be in the same physical location in order to provide the patient with quality care. Patients are now able to manage their own physiological health on a daily basis and health care teams are able to link to the information they need to care for the patient.
Cloud-connected technology is radically changing the way healthcare is delivered by utilizing the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve health outcomes. Many heart failure patients require a pacemaker to maintain a healthy heart rhythm. Pacemakers are commonly implanted to ensure a consistent rhythm, and are not difficult for the patient to maintain. Today, pacemakers are now being used in connected cardiac programs to provide heart patient care teams with information, data and feedback about a patient’s cardiac activity. Continue reading “Cloud-Connected Cardiac Care Devices & Cyber Security”
It is usually not possible to know exactly why one person develops cancer and another doesn’t. But research has shown that certain risk factors may increase a person’s chances of developing cancer. (There are also factors that are linked to a lower risk of cancer. These are sometimes called protective risk factors, or just protective factors.)
Cancer risk factors include exposure to chemicals or other substances, as well as certain behaviors. They also include things people cannot control like age and family history. A family history of certain cancers can be a sign of a possible inherited cancer syndrome.
Everyone occasionally feels a little tired or sluggish, but if you’re constantly feeling drained it could be tied to some of your daily habits. Check out these culprits:
YOU’RE EATING TOO MUCH SUGAR. Sure, a candy bar or cookie can provide a quick pick-me up, but it can just as quickly make you crash. Candy, soda and other processed foods are usually packed with sugar, which causes a very fast spike, and then drop in your blood sugar. It’s a vicious cycle—you’re bound to keep seeking that sugar rush only to be let down, feeling tired and cranky minutes later.