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LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Consumer Reports is urging U.S. limits for arsenic in rice after tests of more than 60 popular products – from Kellogg’s Rice Krispies to Gerber infant cereal – showed most contained some level of inorganic arsenic, a known human carcinogen.

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Consumer Corner: Insurance exchanges
No matter how loudly Republicans maintain they're going to repeal healthcare reform, with the U.S. Supreme Court decision on its constitutionality behind us, it's time for states to begin implementing one of the law's signature provisions: setting up …
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Time running out for states to control their insurance exchanges
No matter how loudly Republicans maintain they're going to repeal healthcare reform, with the U.S. Supreme Court decision on its constitutionality behind us, it's time for states to begin implementing one of the law's signature provisions: setting up …
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Missouri Ballot Referendum Makes Health Law A Hot Issue
In May, Missouri's General Assembly (both houses are controlled by Republicans) passed a ballot measure for the November elections that would prohibit establishment of state health insurance exchanges, a cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act, without …
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Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) June 09, 2012

MyReviewsNow.net, a leading virtual mall that lets people shop at home for the Internets hottest products and services while they read unbiased consumer reviews, has launched its prize-filled 2012 Summer Giveaway promotion.

Between June 9th, 2012 and June 30th, 2012, 10 lucky visitors who shop at any of the hundreds of top names featured in MyReviewsNow.nets shopping mall will win a gift card, simply for sharing their service and product reviews. Gift cards range in value from $ 25 to $ 300. Our 2012 Summer Giveaway promotion is a great way for us to encourage even more people who shop at MyReviewsNow.net to leave service and product reviews, so they can help others have a more satisfying shopping experience, commented Lina Andrade of MyReviewsNow.net. And of course, all of the consumer reviews in our virtual mall are unbiased and un-sponsored.

Added Andrade: Service and consumer reviews are also a great way for people to let companies know what they like, and what theyd like to see improved. So its not just about helping other shoppers, its about having a voice and playing a role in making things better in the marketplace.

Full details on MyReviewsNow.nets 2012 Summer Giveaway promotion can be found on the companys website.

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A virtual shopping mall of services, products and publications available online, MyReviewsNow.net is a business directory that sets itself apart from similar sites by offering both professional reviews and customer testimonials on the Internets hottest offerings in a fun, simple format that is easy for online shoppers to enjoy, while the conveniently shop from home. Current Portals include: Airline & Travel Destinations, Apparel & Fine Jewelry, As-Seen-on-TV Products, Auto Parts & Services, Beauty & Skin Care, Business & Employment, Cell Phones & Speciality Devices, Childrens Apparel & Toys, Collectables & Keepsakes, Credit Card Products, eBooks, Education & Reference, Entertainment & Party Planning, Fashion Jewelry, Finance & Investing, Fitness & Weight Loss, Finance &

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Sacramento, California (PRWEB) March 20, 2012

Physical therapist activists turned out in large numbers today to discuss evidence-based health care policy with dozens of legislators, particularly Senate Bill 924 (SB 924), which would allow patients to directly access physical therapists. The centerpiece of their message is that direct access to physical therapists is not only safe and smart, but extremely cost-effective and empowers patients to make better health care choices. Several recent landmark studies published in top medical journals all concur that early and direct access to physical therapists saves time, saves money, and helps avoid more costly medical services (1) (2) (3).

Doctor David Straight, Chair of the California Physical Therapist Private Practice Group (CA PPG) states, “Physical therapists are in an excellent position to be an entry-point health care provider for patients with musculoskeletal (MSK) complaints.” Straight points to the fact that a large percentage of physician office visits are related to joint and muscle pain or stiffness, but most physicians do not have adequate training to manage these problems in a cost-effective manner. “Several studies show that about 80% of physicians fail the well-accepted physicians’ MSK screening exam and that medical training is inadequate in this area,” according to Straight (4). CA PPG is not surprised about the findings in these studies since many medical schools only offer a handful of hours in MSK education. In contrast, physical therapists receive 3 years of doctoral-level training focused specifically on MSK assessment, differential diagnosis, and treatment. Research has shown that, unlike physicians, a large majority of physical therapists pass the physicians’ MSK exam (5).

Despite a mountain of evidence supporting the safety and efficacy of physical therapist direct access, California physical therapists and patients still have formidable opponents and obstacles standing in their way. The Medical Board of California (MBC) and California Medical Association (CMA) oppose SB 924 because they claim patients will be at risk because physical therapists do not diagnose patients’ problems. Rick Katz, Payment Policy Chair for CPTA counters, “Once again, the MBC and CMA statements are clearly not based on facts because federal Medicare guidelines require that physical therapists render a diagnosis within their scope of practice before treating patients as a condition for payment (6). In addition, according to the Federation of State Boards and HPSO, the number one malpractice insurer, there have been no safety or malpractice concerns in any state as a result of physical therapist direct access.” (7) (8) Katz also reminds CMA that SB 924 is a bipartisan “compromise bill”, which was brokered in good faith between CMA and CPTA by authors Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Senator Curren Price, and Senator Mimi Walters.

The California Chiropractic Association (CCA) has also formally opposed SB 924 claiming that physical therapists do not understand the body adequately to treat patients in a direct access environment. In a media statement released last month by CA PPG, Doctor Straight called the CCA position “laughable, yet sad at the same time” (9). He also reminded patients and legislators to “consider the source” as well as the self-serving nature of the opposition. Doctor Straight suggested, “The CCA opposition is more related to the fear of competition from physical therapists, who treat patients in an evidence-based, cost-effective manner.”

In addition to the opposition from the MBC, CMA, and CCA, there has been a history of strong opposition to direct access by Assemblymember Mary Hayashi, the Chair of the Assembly Business and Professions Committee. In 2009, Hayashi was the only ‘no’ vote in the committee’s hearing on AB 721- Physical Therapist Direct Access, authored by Assemblymember Pedro Nava. The bill was defeated with 3 ‘aye’ votes, 1 ‘no’ vote, and 5 ‘abstains’. More surprisingly, Hayashi, refused to grant Nava reconsideration for the bill, which is considered standard professional courtesy. Ironically, Hayashi then authored AB 374- Licensing for Athletic Trainers in 2011, which would have allowed athletic trainers unrestricted direct access to treat patients with injuries and illnesses. AB 374 passed through Hayashi’s committee unanimously even though, according to the CA PPG, athletic trainers earn bachelors degrees and are only educated to treat athletes– not patients. According to Doctor Straight, “The hypocrisy of opposing SB 924 and advocating for AB 374 is striking.”

SB 924 was amended in January of 2012 to include language from AB 783, a physician referral for profit bill, which Hayashi authored in 2011. AB 783 was defeated twice last year, effectively killing it, but the “compromise language” within SB 924 would allow an inherent conflict of interest by allowing physicians to receive passive income from referring patients to physical therapy clinics they own. CPTA and CA PPG maintain their longstanding opposition against conflicts of interest in health care. However, according to CPTA President Dr. James Syms, “CPTA is supportive of SB 924 because it is the first attempt to balance the marketplace for physical therapists and allows patients the opportunity to make better MSK treatment choices.”

CA PPG remains concerned that facts and evidence have not yet won the day when it comes to physical therapy-related legislation and that CMA and CCA have not responded with any evidence to support their positions on direct access or referral for profit. Doctor Straight ironically notes that Assemblymember Mary Hayashi was the CMA Legislator of the Year in 2010 and CCA Legislator of the Year in 2011. He strongly suggests, “It is time to focus on 21st century health care policy.” He adds, “CA PPG is confident that the Assembly Business and Profession Committee and all assembly members will see past self-serving politics and unanimously pass SB 924, like the Senate did 36-0. It’s time to get patients to a physical therapist fast and first.”

Having passed the Senate, the next stop for SB 924 is the Assembly Business and Professions Committee, which Hayashi still chairs. Assemblymembers Michael Allen, Bill Berryhill, Betsy Butler, Mike Eng, Curt Hagman, Jerry Hill, Fiona Ma, and Cameron Smyth also serve on the committee. The bill is expected to be heard in June.

Source: California Private Practice Group





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Roanoke, Virginia (PRWEB) December 09, 2011

The behavioral stuttering therapy and technology-driven tools provided by Hollins Communications Research Institute (HCRI http://www.stuttering.org), a non-profit center specializing in stuttering research and therapy innovation, are in lockstep with growing consumer trends for more do-it-yourself health management and monitoring.

This week, research and trend organization Trendwatching.com published its report on the 12 Crucial Consumer Trends for 2012, which includes the spiraling use of new apps and devices to evaluate personal health. Based on the ever-increasing desire among consumers to discreetly track and manage their health by themselves, do-it-yourself monitoring is listed as Trendwatching.coms second most important trend for the coming year. (For the full list of the 12 Crucial Consumer Trends for 2012, published by Trendwatching.com, visit /trendwatching.com/trends/12trends2012/.)

Our approach to stuttering treatment and post-therapy support are consistent with this 2012 trend, said HCRI President Ronald L. Webster, Ph.D. At our stuttering therapy center, we help people retrain their speech muscles to generate fluent speech, which puts them in control of their stuttering. Then, to maintain long-term fluency, we provide clients with ongoing clinician support and an arsenal of self-directed tools, including a web-based fluency practice system and a proprietary app that runs on iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads, Webster added.

According to a September, 2011 report by MobiHealthNews, a company that chronicles the healthcare sectors adoption of mobile technology, there are close to 9,000 mobile health apps and that number is expected to increase by more than 30 percent over the next six months. While the majority of apps are offered to the public through Apples app store, HCRIs fluency practice app is only available through the Institute to people who have participated in HCRIs 12-day stuttering therapy program. Designed to reinforce and hone fluency skills learned during treatment, HCRIs app is provided free to all clients.

Similar to the app, HCRIs internet-based home practice system, FluencyNet, helps clients review and fine-tune their speaking skills using the same physical measurements used during HCRI therapy. The Institutes program participants also benefit from other post-therapy support including clinician follow-up; refresher courses; fluency practice groups and conference calls; HCRI-produced CDs and program manuals; and client events.

The Institute offers 17 stuttering therapy programs annually. Treatment involves teaching people how to replace faulty speech muscle movements that cause stuttering with new muscle behaviors that generate fluency. Research shows that 93 percent of HCRI clients achieve fluent speech by the end of their 12-day treatment program. Follow-up studies show 70 to 75 percent of program participant maintain fluency for the long-term.

For more information about HCRI, visit http://www.stuttering.org or contact HCRI at 855-236-7032 (toll-free), 540-265-5650, or admin(at)stuttering(dot)org.

About HCRI

Hollins Communications Research Institute was founded by Ronald L. Webster, Ph.D. in 1972 to investigate stuttering through scientific discovery and treatment innovation. Under Dr. Websters direction, Roanoke, Virginia-based HCRI, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, has become an international leader in stuttering research and the development of innovative, scientifically based therapy approaches.

HCRI clinicians have treated more than 6,000 people, aged 9 to 73, from across the U.S. and 47 other countries. Clients come from all walks of life and include broadcaster John Stossel of Fox News; Annie Glenn, wife of Senator and Astronaut John Glenn; as well as athletes, teachers, engineers, students, doctors, military personnel, a supreme court nominee, business professionals, police officers, actors, and even royalty.

HCRI is located at 7851 Enon Drive, Roanoke, Va. 24019. The website is http://www.stuttering.org. Contact HCRI at 855-236-7032 (toll-free), 540-265-5650, or admin(at)stuttering(dot)org.

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