Roughly 75 percent of America’s annual $2.6 trillion-dollar health care budget is spent on chronic illness care.
In the interest of being proactive about stemming the tide of chronic illness, we’ve measured what sociologist Morris David Morris called The Physical Quality of Life Index, which looks at basic literacy, infant mortality, and life expectancy.
It wasn’t until 2006, though, that researchers started looking at a more refined measuring stick for quality-of-life, or QOL (not-to-be-confused with standard-of-living) to try and better predict and prevent chronic illness.
That’s when the Happy Planet Index (HPI) – an index of human well-being and environmental impact – was introduced by the London, UK-based New Economics Foundation.
Like other modern QOL references, the index challenges well-established indices of countries’ development, such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the Human Development Index (HDI).
Instead, more progressive models like the Happy Planet Index might be just as concerned with literally how “happy” a patient is, or how well they fit in with their peers…how well they’re able to keep up with their children, or innovate at work. [click to continue…]
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an American “Baby Boomer” turns 65 every 13 seconds…that’s 10,000 new seniors every day.
At that rate, it’s estimated that there will be 70 million senior citizens in America by 2030: twice the present-day number.
This, in addition to rising rates of age- and non-age-related ailments, is poised to see a veritable explosion in additional positions in the personal care industry.
One partner at a Dallas-based recruiting firm has said, “My guess is that there could be some 20 million new jobs when it’s all said and done because of seniors.” [click to continue…]
The concept of color, light, design, and layout having an actual effect on patient health and well-being is not a new one. It dates back to the ancient Chinese discipline of feng shui, which studies how best to direct energy flow through habitats. It’s no surprise, then, that a growing number of professionals are becoming interested in the field of healthcare interior design, and just how a space is decorated and arranged can have measurable results on a patient’s comfort and healing process.
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From physiologists simulating new methods of different mountaintop breathing conditions for training skiers to sport psychologists helping prime the brains of elite athletes to be more like those of figure skaters to win, the Olympic Games are often prime-time for health science researchers to generate funding for studies that would otherwise be difficult to fund.
While there are thousands of scientists and medical professionals around the world working on Olympic-related research because in-anticipation of Sochi 2014, we found five studies from current and past Olympic Games that have forever changed health research: [click to continue…]
There’s more to great medical care than having the latest technologies and a well-equipped care team. For US Olympic team Dr. Gloria M. Beim, great medical care meant a whole lot of learning: learning to make the call to withdraw ill athletes, to detect drugs that are prohibited by the anti-doping agency, and learning a new language.
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According to the Washington DC-based Department for Professional Employees union coalition, 18 percent of RNs and 10 percent of LPNs and LVNs in the U.S. are union members.
What’s more, unionized nurses can earn an average of $200-$400 more per week than non-unionized nurses.
So why not join a union? It turns out, doing so is a more complex (and personal) issue than just signing up and cashing-in on the extra pay (if applicable) and other benefits – real or perceived.
Here’s a quick look at some of the upsides and pitfalls of having such representation: [click to continue…]