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PuraCath Medical Presents Study at National Kidney Foundation 2015 Spring Clinical Meetings


Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) March 27, 2015

PuraCath Medical, an emerging company in the development of technologies to reduce infections in patients with intravascular and peritoneal catheters, announced today that it presented new scientific data on its proprietary ultraviolet light-based technology during the National Kidney Foundation’s (NKF) 2015 Spring Clinical Meetings. The study presented reported on the ability to reduce bacterial growth in a simulated peritoneal dialysis delivery system when combining ultraviolet (UV) light with a UV transmissible connection system. This data confirms the effectiveness of combining UV light with a UV transmissible connection system to reduce bacterial growth across a wider range of bacteria and a fungi (Candida albicans) which are known to contribute to infections and peritonitis in peritoneal dialysis patients. The current study builds on earlier research the company presented at the American Society of Nephrology meeting in 2014.

“PuraCath Medical’s technology is a revolutionary approach to reducing the risk of infections that could lead to a change in the way peritoneal dialysis is performed,” stated Alberto Sabucedo, M.D., Ph.D., from the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension at the University of Miami. “This is a promising technology that will enable a better quality of life for patients on peritoneal dialysis, and I look forward to utilizing in my practice when it is available for clinical use.”

“While there is increasing interest in the use of peritoneal dialysis therapy to manage patients with end-stage renal disease, patients still currently remain at risk of developing infections and peritonitis from low compliance with rigorous disinfection protocols, impacting their ability to remain on this therapy for the long term,” said Julia Rasooly, PuraCath Medical’s CEO. “The study we presented at the NKF meeting confirms that our approach to reduce bacterial growth through the use of a novel UV light-based PD purification system is effective across a wider range of microorganisms than we initially tested. Based on the results of this study and the rapid progress we have made with our product development efforts to date, we look to initiate the first clinical studies of our technology in PD patients in the near future. PuraCath believes in the value and the lifestyle convenience peritoneal dialysis therapy offers to patients and we are developing a PD disinfection system that enhances PD patient’s quality of life and also provides an easy-to-use, patient friendly option to reducing bacterial and fungal contamination during PD exchanges. We feel confident that this will allow a broader range of patients to benefit from the quality of life of treatment on PD.”

WHAT IS PERITONEAL DIALYSIS?

Peritoneal dialysis is a home-based dialysis therapy that offers patients a more flexible and physiologically smoother dialysis option. Unlike hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis uses a patient’s peritoneal membrane to remove toxins and excess fluid from a patient. Peritoneal dialysis therapy permits patients to have a more regular diet and more flexible treatment times, improving their quality of life. Currently there are over 45,000 peritoneal dialysis patients in the U.S. with the number of patients on this therapy increasing over the past several years. The most common complications from peritoneal dialysis include infection around the catheter site or infection of the lining of the abdominal wall (peritonitis).

ABOUT PURACATH MEDICAL

PuraCath Medical is a company based in San Francisco, CA and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the dialysis patient by reducing infections related to peritoneal dialysis (PD) and saving time through improved, simplified connection of PD catheters. The Company utilizes technology that was spun out of Stanford University and is developing a novel, easy-to-use technology designed to reduce the risk of infections in patients with intravascular and peritoneal catheters in order to decrease infection-related hospitalizations and their associated costs.

For more information on PuraCath Medical, please visit http://www.puracath.com.







Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. offers the LivMD Vibration Plate


Shirley, New York (PRWEB) March 11, 2015

LivMD improves a wide variety of conditions, including balance and muscle health, circulation and posture. It also helps to reduce pain. The device can be used for stand-alone therapy or as part of a rehabilitation program. Because it is low intensity, it is useful for those who have brittle bones or problems with balance. Just 10 minutes a day is all that is required to receive the benefits from LivMD.

LivMD is for people that wish to remain active, or as an adjunct therapy for supporting musculoskeletal health in the elderly or infirm. Unlike traditional whole-body vibration that operates with acceleration of 10g, low intensity vibration is a safe, scientifically-proven biological signal that improves physiological and neuromuscular health by improving muscle control and condition, balance, circulation, posture and reduces pain – all of which contribute to increased mobility and reduced fall risk.

The technology of low-intensity vibration is ideal for those who find it difficult to exercise or for whom certain forms of exercise may be unsafe due to risk of fracture, falls, or joint damage, or for those struggling to incorporate ample exercise to maintain independence.

“We are excited to include the LivMD as part of our Mobility Enhancement devices,” states Don Gronachan, Vice President Physical Medicine Sales. “It can be used for a wide variety of pathologies allowing therapists and facilities to increase their clinical value.”

To learn more about the Biodex Physical Medicine devices, contact Biodex directly at

1-800-224-6339 (Int’l 631-924-9000), visit our website, http://www.biodex.com/rehab, or email us at info(at)biodex(dot)com.    

About Biodex Medical Systems, Inc.

Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. manufactures and distributes medical devices for physical medicine, nuclear medicine and molecular and medical imaging. It also provides balance assessment for concussion management as well as a fall risk screening and conditioning program. The Biodex commitment to innovative excellence spans more than 60 years. Our customer-driven support is why leading medical facilities around the globe call Biodex first.







Home Care Medical Sheboygan Retail Store to Host CPAP and Wheelchair Tune-up Clinic


New Berlin, Wisconsin (PRWEB) March 04, 2015

Home Care Medical, Inc. one of Wisconsin’s largest and most respected providers of home medical equipment, rehab technology, and respiratory care is pleased to host a CPAP and Wheelchair Tune-up Clinic on Friday, March 6, 2015 at Home Care Medical’s Sheboygan Retail Store, 2922 South Business Drive in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

CPAP and Wheelchair Tune-up Clinic

Friday, March 6, 2015
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Home Care Medical’s Sheboygan Retail Store, 2922 South Business Drive in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Call 920.458.5768 for more information
Free event – open to the public
Walk-ins welcome – no appointment is needed

During the event, attendees will be able to take advantage of the CPAP Tune-up which includes meeting with an experienced Respiratory Clinician, having their CPAP machines pressure checked, and seeing a So Clean CPAP sanitizer demonstration. The Wheelchair Tune-up includes meeting with a certified Service/Repair Technician and taking advantage of a 3-point wheelchair check-up on brakes, wheels, and frames/upholstery. Attendees can also register to win door prizes, take advantage of special one day only 20% off savings (see store for complete details), enjoy complimentary refreshments, and meet Megan Horn, OTR/CLT from Mueller Therapy.

“With 40+ years of CPAP Therapy and Rehab Technology experience, we are pleased to offer this free CPAP and Wheelchair Tune-up Clinic to the residents of Sheboygan,” explains Bethany Ziebell, Assistant Manager – Sheboygan Retail Store, Home Care Medical, Inc. “This is a great opportunity to see Home Care Medical’s outstanding selection of new best+fit CPAP therapy and mobility products, meet with our award-winning team of health care professionals, and experience first-hand our commitment to quality care.”

About Home Care Medical, Inc.

Serving Southeastern Wisconsin since 1974, Home Care Medical, Inc. provides home infusion, enteral nutrition and hospice care; rehab technology; respiratory care; home medical equipment and supplies; and bracing and compression garments. Home Care Medical, Inc. is the WAMES (Wisconsin Association of Medical Equipment Services) HME Provider of the Year award recipient for three years in a row, 2014, 2013 and 2012. Accredited by the Joint Commission and an active member of WAMES, NHIA, the MedGroup and AAHomecare, Home Care Medical’s mission is to enhance the lives of those we serve.

Home Care Medical, Inc. Locations:

Corporate Headquarters, 5665 South Westridge Drive, New Berlin, Wisconsin

Milwaukee Retail Store, 4818 South 76th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Sheboygan Retail Store, 2922 South Business Drive, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

West Bend Retail Store, 1709 South 18th Avenue, West Bend, Wisconsin

For more information, please visit:

Website: http://www.homecaremedical.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/homecaremedical

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/HCM_Wisconsin







Forbes: New Dietary Guidelines on Cholesterol Suggest that 50 Years of Medical Advice Was Wrong; The Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease (CBCD) Reviews the Report


Rochester, NY (PRWEB) February 17, 2015

Cholesterol in the diet or in the blood does not increase risk of heart disease, according to new research. In fact, shocking new cholesterol guidelines have been released by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee based on this new data. There is a paradigm that has been accepted by the medical community regarding cholesterol since 1961. This standard stated that there is both “good” and “bad” cholesterol, and when an individual eats certain foods, it increases “bad” cholesterol in the blood, which in turn can lead to heart disease. This paradigm has been shattered by new research.

A summary of the committee’s December 2014 meeting says “Cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for over consumption.” (See Harvard.edu, from February 12, 2015) (2) In other words, “You don’t need to worry about cholesterol in your food.” (2)

Professor Dan Rader said that “most of the cholesterol in our blood is not derived from our diets. Every cell in your body makes cholesterol. The old guidelines were based on a wrong assumption. We now know that cholesterol in the diet makes very little difference in terms of bad cholesterol in blood.” (1) He continued, saying that “the scandal here is that it’s taking so long for science to get incorporated into nutritional guidelines.” (1) Professor Rader is a professor of molecular medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

But, if cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, what is?

According to the CBCD, the answer is latent viruses.

More than one study has linked viruses to heart disease. In fact, both the human papillomavirus (HPV) and the varicella zoster virus (VZV) have been linked to cardiovascular disease. For instance, “Women infected with the human papillomavirus, or HPV, are two to three times as likely as uninfected women to have had a heart attack or stroke, according to a report published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology.” (See the New York Times, from October 24, 2011) (3).

Another study found that VZV “is an independent risk factor for vascular disease.” (See the journal Neurology, from January 21, 2014) (4).

The Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), which is more common than HPV or VZV, is also linked to heart disease. “Looking at blood samples from 299 heart patients, researchers at Ohio State University found that those who had suffered a heart attack were the most likely to have inflammatory proteins circulating in their blood compared to patients with less acute symptoms. And having more of one of these proteins in the blood was linked to the presence of antibodies that signal a latent Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) reactivation.” (See News-Medical.net, from January 23, 2013) (6).

CMV is another common virus, which is linked to heart problems. “Cytomegalovirus was found to be the most common specific finding in immunocompetent patients (people with healthy immune systems) with fatal myocarditis.” (See Clinical Infectious Diseases, from March 1, 2005) (7).

“The new dietary recommendations, based on new research that shows no association between cholesterol and heart disease, should be no surprise to those who read Dr. Hanan Polansky’s book entitled ‘Microcompetition with Foreign DNA and the Origin of Chronic Disease.’” – Greg Bennett, CBCD

According to Dr. Polansky, the cause of heart disease, and other major diseases, is a latent infection with common viruses, including HPV, VZV, EBV, and CMV. Moreover, this theory also explains why the HPV study reports that “about 20 percent of patients with heart disease lack obvious risk factors (such as levels of saturated fat in the bloodstream).” (3)

How do latent viruses cause heart disease?

According to Dr. Hanan Polansky’s theory, these viruses are genetic parasites. In high concentrations, they microcompete with the human genes, “starve” these genes, and force them to behave as if they’ve been mutated, that is, to behave as if they are broken.

The Theory of Microcompetition is far-reaching. It applies to many viruses, many genes, and many diseases.

The CBCD encourages doctors and other healthcare professionals to read Dr. Polansky’s book, which predicted that viruses would be the cause of most major diseases, including heart disease, more than ten years ago. “The concept of Microcompetition (or Starved Gene) will change our approach in the study of chronic diseases and will furthermore give scientists a higher level of understanding in biology.” – Dr. Marc Pouliot, PhD (See more reviews of Dr. Polansky’s book at: http://www.cbcd.net/reviews.htm )

For a free copy of Dr. Polansky’s book, and to learn more about the Theory of Microcompetition, visit http://www.cbcd.net and click on free download.

References:

(1) Faye, F. “Why Eggs And Other Cholesterol-Laden Foods Pose Little Or No Health Risk.” Published on February 12, 2015. Forbes.com.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/fayeflam/2015/02/12/why-eggs-and-other-cholesterol-laden-foods-pose-little-or-no-health-risk/

(2) Skerrett, Patrick J. “Panel suggests that dietary guidelines stop warning about cholesterol in food.” Published on February 12, 2015. Harvard Health

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/panel-suggests-stop-warning-about-cholesterol-in-food-201502127713

(3) The New York Times – Troubles With Heart Are Linked to HPV. Published on October 24, 2011.

nytimes.com/2011/10/25/health/research/25theory.html?_r=0

(4) Herpes zoster as a risk factor for stroke and TIA: a retrospective cohort study in the UK. Published on January 21, 2014.

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24384645

(5) Polansky, H. Itzkovitz, E. Gene-Eden-VIR Is Antiviral: Results of a Post Marketing Clinical Study. Published in September 2013.

http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=36101#.U-s9ouOSz90

(6) News Medical – EBV reactivation can increase risk of heart disease.

Published on January 23, 2013

news-medical.net/news/20130123/EBV-reactivation-can-increase-risk-of-heart-disease.aspx

(7) Cytomegalovirus infection of the heart is common in patients with fatal myocarditis. Published on March 1, 2005.

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15714413







UMass Medical School, Worcester Polytechnic Institute Developing Smartphone App to Address Stress Eating


WORCESTER, Mass. (PRWEB) February 02, 2015

Researchers at UMass Medical School and Worcester Polytechnic Institute are developing a stress-eating smartphone app that will help users better understand why they overeat, with the support of a $ 2 million award from the National Institutes of Health.

Development of the “RELAX” application and a pilot clinical study to evaluate its effectiveness will be led by Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine at UMMS, and Bengisu Tulu, PhD, associate professor in the WPI Foisie School of Business, joint principal investigators for the grant.

“Most commercial apps available today focus on tracking diet and exercise, but do not help the user understand why they are eating so much and/or exercising so little,” Dr. Pagoto said. “Our clinical and research experience suggests that stress is a very common trigger for overeating and it is a barrier to exercise.”

RELAX will have two components: a mobile application that will enable patients to track their daily activities using a smartphone and a web-based tool clinicians can use to access patient information to help inform treatment.

“We want to use technology to help patients in real time, during their daily activities, and also to enhance the effectiveness of the time they spend face-to-face with their physician or counselor,” Dr. Tulu said.

Using text inputs, barcode scanning, and GPS technology, the RELAX patient app will track eating patterns, daily activities, exercise, patient-mood, and stress inducing events. The app will provide the patient with an itemized list of foods consumed, indicate the times of day identified as high-stress moments, and illustrate the relationship between food intake and stress. The information collected will help the user to better understand his or her habits when it comes to emotional or stress eating.

For example, the patient-facing application will provide coaching for dietary choices or guided stress-reduction exercises to lessen the likelihood of overeating.

“Imagine a person driving into the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant, at a certain time of day, and getting prompted with a message asking them to think about what they are feeling and whether or not it is the right time to eat,” Tulu said.

Clinicians will be able to access their patients’ information collected through the RELAX patient app using the web-based application. The web tool will present information as easily digestible visual displays and feedback reports for the clinician to review.

Much of the time during traditional weight-loss counseling sessions is spent reviewing paper self-monitoring records and soliciting information from the patient about factors impacting their adherence, such as stress and stress eating. By using the RELAX web tool, clinicians can more quickly get to the heart of causal factors behind the patient’s eating habits, which can be difficult to identify using traditional counseling. The research team believes RELAX will help patients achieve better outcomes with fewer visits to their doctor or counselor.

The researchers hope the interactive design and the clinician’s ability to engage with the patient in a more data-rich way, both unique features of the RELAX application, will enable a more comprehensive approach to counseling patients about weight and stress management.

“We too often think of clinical problems in isolation and develop interventions focused on one problem,” Pagoto said. “The reality is that patients more often than not experience multiple issues that are very entangled. Just like clinical care, apps need to address the ‘whole patient’ to be maximally effective.”

RELAX is a three-year project. The first phase will establish the clinical and technical requirements for the mobile app and web-based tools. The second phase will cover technology development and usability analysis. The final phase will be a pilot clinical trial of the prototype RELAX applications with patients at UMMS and an analysis of the application’s impact on program delivery and costs.

“Part of our hypothesis is that the RELAX applications will result in a more cost-effective way to deliver this clinical program, so we also want to test that,” Tulu said. “The grant includes a rigorous business-case analysis of the prototype and pilot trial.”

RELAX is the latest in a series of collaborative research and development projects that blend the clinical and behavioral science expertise at UMMS with the engineering and computer science capabilities at WPI to help improve patient outcomes. Previous joint projects include development of a mobile application to promote weight management and a novel application and imaging system to help people with severe diabetes better manage their condition.

Also working on the RELAX program as co-investigators are UMMS faculty Edwin Boudreaux, PhD, professor of emergency medicine; James Carmody, PhD, associate professor of medicine; and Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine. The WPI co-investigators are Emmanuel Agu, PhD, associate professor of computer science; and Justin Wang, PhD, assistant professor, WPI Foisie School of Business.

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865 in Worcester, Mass., WPI is one of the nation’s first engineering and technology universities. Its 14 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. WPI’s talented faculty work with students on interdisciplinary research that seeks solutions to important and socially relevant problems in fields as diverse as the life sciences and bioengineering, energy, information security, materials processing, and robotics. Students also have the opportunity to make a difference to communities and organizations around the world through the university’s innovative Global Perspective Program. There are more than 40 WPI project centers in the Americas, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Europe.

About UMass Medical School

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), one of five campuses of the University system, comprises of the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Graduate School of Nursing, a thriving research enterprise and an innovative public service initiative, Commonwealth Medicine. Its mission is to advance the health of the people of the commonwealth through pioneering education, research, public service and health care delivery with its clinical partner, UMass Memorial Health Care. In doing so, it has built a reputation as a world-class research institution and as a leader in primary care education. The Medical School attracts more than $ 240 million annually in research funding, placing it among the top 50 medical schools in the nation. In 2006, UMMS’s Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and the Blais University Chair of Molecular Medicine, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along with colleague Andrew Z. Fire, PhD, of Stanford University, for their discoveries related to RNA interference (RNAi). The 2013 opening of the Albert Sherman Center ushered in a new era of biomedical research and education on campus. Designed to maximize collaboration across fields, the Sherman Center is home to scientists pursing novel research in emerging scientific fields with the goal of translating new discoveries into innovative therapies for human diseases.

Contact:

Michael Cohen, WPI                            

508-868-4778                        

mcohen(at)wpi(dot)edu    

Megan Bard, UMMS

508.856.2296

megan(dot)bard(at)umassmed(dot)edu







StayWell partners with Rutland Regional Medical Center to improve Osteoporosis Education and Patient Outcomes


Yardley, Penn. (PRWEB) January 27, 2015

The StayWell Company, LLC (StayWell), a leading provider of health education and engagement solutions, announced today that Rutland Regional Medical Center will provide their clinicians with access to StayWell’s custom-created Osteoporosis FastGuide, part of the Krames Patient Education suite of products. Rutland treats an estimated 1,200 osteoporosis patients each year and will use StayWell’s FastGuide to educate patients and improve compliance with osteoporosis treatment plans.

“Our vision is to be the best community healthcare system in New England, and our access to StayWell’s health education resources gets us closer to that goal by standardizing our educational materials for patients with osteoporosis,” said Jill Jesso-White, manager, marketing and public relations, Rutland Regional Medical Center. “Standardized messages are more consistent and increase patient understanding of osteoporosis: from symptoms and diagnosis, to common treatments and patient self-care. This knowledge can produce better outcomes, better quality of life for patients, and increased patient satisfaction for the Rutland care system.”

Krames Patient Education, a product of StayWell, is designed to educate patients to help them better manage their condition, improving health outcomes, quality and patient satisfaction. Content is developed with strict attention to clinical guidelines and adherence to the principles of health literacy design. StayWell content undergoes thorough evaluation and assessment that involves a highly qualified team of research librarians, medical writers, medical illustrators, expert subject matter consultants and production specialists. On average, each piece of content is reviewed twice by a team of 12 to 15 consultants during development to make certain content is evidence-based and clinically accurate.

“We know accurate information is the first step in maintaining your health — information that’s up-to-date, easy to understand, engaging and provides clear action steps to better health,” said David Gregg, M.D., chief medical officer for StayWell. “The Osteoporosis FastGuide focuses on a very common concern for both women and men, as they age: how to maintain good bone health and avoid unnecessary fractures of the spine and hip. With the FastGuide, patients will learn how to prevent osteoporosis through diet, exercise and lifestyle changes; how to screen for osteoporosis; and how to work with their physician to manage osteoporosis.”

To learn more about StayWell, visit http://www.staywell.com. To learn more about the company’s Krames Patient Education print products, visit http://www.kramesstore.com.

About StayWell

StayWell is a health engagement company that helps its clients engage and educate people to improve health and business results. StayWell brings decades of experience working across the health care industry to design solutions that address its clients’ evolving needs. We fuse expertise in health engagement and the science of behavior change with an integrated portfolio of solutions and robust content assets to effectively engage people to make positive health care decisions. StayWell programs have received numerous top industry honors, including the C. Everett Koop National Health Award and the Web Health Award for health engagement programs. StayWell also has received URAC and NCQA accreditation for several of its programs. StayWell is headquartered in Yardley, Pennsylvania, and also has major locations in Salt Lake City, Utah, and St. Paul., Minnesota. To learn more, visit http://www.staywell.com.

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Established in 1896, Rutland Regional is the second largest hospital in Vermont. Their commitment to quality patient care led to Rutland Regional becoming the first hospital in Vermont to receive both the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence and Magnet Recognition® for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovation. To learn more, visit http://www.rrmc.org.







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Healthpointe Medical Group Launches a New Weight Management Program


La Mirada, California (PRWEB) December 26, 2014

Healthpointe has announced a new Weight Management Program which provides patients with the proper supervision to safely and efficiently reach a healthier body weight. The weight management program is now offered at all Healthpointe centers throughout Southern California including the clinics in Anaheim, Irwindale, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Temecula.

In an effort to maintain health and help prevent diseases, Healthpointe has introduced their weight management program into its clinics. Utilizing a plan which combines supplemental vitamins, strategic exercises, and lifestyle adjustment advice, Healthpointe’s program is sure to establish a stable foundation for patients seeking to modify their eating and exercise habits.

The program is comprised of several different components, including individually tailored weight loss regiments, expert nutritional guidance, and optional FDA-approved weight loss drugs such as Phentermine and Tenuate. Healthpointe’s weight management program is based on the Food and Nutrition Board, as per the Institute of Medicine, which explores national health and establishes the proper principles for good nutrition.

Each patient enrolled in the program receives a informative diet and nutrition booklet and a customized weight loss plan from a team of Lifestyle and Nutrition Counseling specialists.

To begin planning a successful weight loss program, contact Healthpointe’s Weight Management program at (800) 956-2663 or schedule an appointment through http://www.HealthpointeMD.net.

About Healthpointe:

Healthpointe is a leading multidisciplinary healthcare organization offering a full range of medical services in practice locations throughout Southern California (Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties). As a highly regarded musculoskeletal group, we have a personal investment in the highest level of service, and we are proud of our record of excellence over the last four decades with private patients, injured workers, urgent care, personal injuries, and professional and non-professional athletes. Leading our organization is a dynamic team of healthcare professionals who continually strive to be at the forefront of medical innovation and healthcare service delivery. For more information, a complete list of services, and Healthpointe locations, visit http://www.Healthpointemd.net







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Integrated Health Yoga Therapy Introduces Holistic Health Consultant Certification to Meet the Needs for a New Medical Model


(PRWEB) November 26, 2014

As part of Integrated Health Yoga Therapy’s (http://www.ihyt.org/) new Holistic Health Consultant Certification Program ( http://www.ihyt.org/#!holistic-health-consultant/cojj), IHYT welcomes new faculty member macrobiotic expert and natural health counsellor, teacher, and researcher John Kozinski (http://www.macrobiotic.com/), whose unique macrobiotic program for health, in the spirit of IHYT’s own integrative philosophies, combines “the best of eastern and western approaches to food, nutrition, health, and healing with a contemporary interpretation.”

John Kozinski brings vast experience having taught and counselled over 38 years both in his own Macrobiotic Family Practice and as a senior faculty member at an international natural health institute with over 27 years uninterrupted tenure (1986-2013). He has aided thousands of people in their recovery from/improvement within a wide variety of conditions such as cancer, heart disease, chronic fatigue, diabetes, hypoglycemia, inflammatory bowel syndrome, and mood disorders. He also trained many macrobiotic teachers and counsellors working in the field today. He has appeared on television and radio, written numerous articles on the topic of natural health and healing, and created an extensive series of macrobiotic health education CD’s and DVD’s. John maintains a teaching and counselling practice in Massachusetts while travelling extensively to assist in natural health programs and counselling.

John’s macrobiotic program for health draws on his wealth of experience and research, truly flowing from the holistic notion of whole body health and healing. It carefully interweaves strands of Chinese medicine, modern nutrition, allopathic medical approaches, Ayurvedic medicine, eastern and western herbal remedies, the energetic healing arts of Quigong/Do In and yoga, and his ongoing practice and teaching of shiatsu massage. Both conventional and alternative healing modalities have been a part of his sweeping, meticulous, ongoing research and study as he works to incorporate and integrate best practices concerning natural health care methodology and diagnosis.    

The term Macrobiotics refers to a philosophy of living applied to diet, lifestyle, and healing therapies to not only address individual conditions but to help optimize each person’s ability to create, in the course of life, their own greatest experience of physical and mental health. While its philosophies and practices were developed and popularized in Japan although based also upon Chinese traditions such as principle of balance known as yin and yang, it is important to understand that macrobiotics represents the way all indigenous cultures ate, and to a large extent, the way most populations on the planet ate prior to the industrial revolution. Modern Macrobiotics originated with George Ohsawa who introduced these oriental philosophies and practices to the West in the mid-20th century. Among his disciples was Michio Kushi who was instrumental in developing and refining North American Macrobiotics practice out of Massachusetts through the Kushi Institute.

Balance is the key element in Macrobiotics practice, but on a more basic level it presents a dietary model in which grains (preferably whole) and vegetables (preferably local) dominate and other foods play a minor role or are avoided completely. This latter group includes meats, animal fats, eggs, poultry, dairy products, refined sugars, tropical fruits and fruit juices, coffees and stimulant teas, hot spices, processed foods and refined grains and flours. The middle of the pyramidal model includes beans, seeds, nuts, and natural sweets in moderate amounts. The model is a basic representation of a more complicated system in which all foods inherently express a level of both yin and yang, with some being more balanced than others. Whole grains and vegetables represent the most inherently balanced foods, but through knowledge and practice a healthy Macrobiotic diet can also achieve balance through the juxtaposition of contrasting yin and yang foods within the same meal. Relaxed eating and proper chewing are also important aspects of a healthy Macrobiotics diet.

Diet may be the key element of Macrobiotics but Macrobiotics is not limited to diet. Sleep, exercise, exposure to fresh air, sunlight, and green plants, right down to intricate details about how we wash, dress, and order our homes and meals all find a place in Macrobiotics philosophy and practice as part of seeking a balanced lifestyle in which to maximize one’s experience of physical and mental health.

Integrated Health Yoga Therapy, both through its new Holistic Health Consultant Certification Program, and its addition of Macrobiotics expert John Kozinski to the IHYT staff, is dedicated to helping educate those to who want to help others find their best selves and live their best lives. For other exciting certifications and workshops, from bodywork and massage to yoga therapy, check out http://www.ihyt.org/#!training-programs/cnnj.

About Integrated Health Yoga Therapy

IHYT is a yoga therapy school for a wide range of health professionals whose practices might benefit from the skill-sets and philosophy underlying therapeutic yoga. Yoga therapy is becoming more and more recognized and utilized by the medical-scientific community as a safe and effective complementary therapy and treatment in a wide range of conditions. IHYT offers a carefully selected curriculum of evidence-based educational programs taught by faculty who are leaders in their respective fields, as outlined on our website at http://www.ihyt.org/







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Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. Focuses on Helping Older Adults Maintain/Restore Their Functional Independence


Shirley, NY (PRWEB) November 06, 2014

Providing strength and aerobic conditioning – to improve balance and mobility – is important in helping older adults maintain their independence. Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. is featuring the Balance System™ SD and BioStep® 2 Semi-Elliptical Cross Trainer at the upcoming conference venue in Orlando, Florida for ICAA, MFA and Athletic Business.

The Biodex Balance System SD offers training modes to improve balance, increase agility, and develop muscle tone. Training includes static and dynamic balance exercise, weight shifting, increasing limits of stability and improving reaction time. System generated reports provide motivating feedback. The device includes a comprehensive Fall Risk Screening & Conditioning Program with an integral test that can quickly and accurately identify “potential fall” candidates.

The BioStep 2 helps strengthen the muscles specifically associated with mobility, walking and balance. The device provides a zero impact, safe and comfortable total body workout in both forward and reverse directions. The fluid motion is forgiving on knees, ankles, hips, and lower back. The low impact motion reduces the jarring impact often associated with other recumbent steppers.

Simple to use, these Balance & Mobility devices are suitable for physical rehabilitation under the direction of a therapist, or wellness centers where minimal supervision is available. Whatever the starting point, patients/members can progress through the various levels at their own pace.

“Biodex understands the value older adults place on maintaining their independence. A wellness program with a plan to improve balance and mobility helps meet this goal,” states Don Gronachan, Vice President Physical Medicine Sales. “We offer the Balance System SD and BioStep 2 for strength building and total aerobic exercise.”

Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. manufactures rehabilitation devices for all disciplines of physical medicine including Senior Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine/Orthopedic, Neurorehabilition, Post-Acute Care and Wellness Conditioning.

The ICAA, MFA and Athletic Business conferences takes place November 13-14, 2014, Orlando, FL. Visit Biodex in the Athletic Business pavilion, Booth #423 for a hands-on product demonstration.

If you are unable to attend and want to learn more about Biodex products, programs and protocols contact Biodex directly at 1-800-224-6339 (Int’l 631-924-9000), visit our website, http://www.biodex.com, or email us at info(at)biodex(dot)com.    

About Biodex Medical Systems, Inc.

Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. manufactures and distributes medical devices for physical medicine, nuclear medicine and molecular and medical imaging. It also provides balance assessment for concussion management as well as a fall risk screening and conditioning program. The Biodex commitment to innovative excellence spans more than 60 years. Our customer-driven support is why leading medical facilities around the globe call Biodex first.







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