December 5th, 2013
The Food and Drug Administration began regulating compounding pharmacies this week, just days after President Obama signed the Drug Quality and Security Act. The FDA is encouraging these pharmacies to register with the agency making them eligible to sell drugs in bulk to health care facilities, and especially to hospitals. Registration is not mandatory, but the law takes a carrot and stick approach to the pharmacies. Compounders that register with the FDA will be classified as outsourcers. They’ll undergo regular inspections and compliance with industry manufacturing standards. Those choosing not to register, may be classified as drug manufacturers, subject to the same high-level regulations faced by more traditional drug makers. WebMD
October 7th, 2013
While individuals have begun to sign-up for health care coverage through the new health-insurance marketplaces that opened October 1, employers have a one year reprieve from the full implementation of the new Affordable Care Act. However, that doesn’t mean business as usual. Human resource professionals still have a number of issues to address in the coming months. With most employer-sponsored health plans now in or about to begin their open enrollment period workers can be expected to ask how the new health care law will affect them. For one, employees will have access to the premium tax credits available through the exchanges beginning with the new year. In addition, there are no more exclusions for pre-existing conditions and there are new wellness incentive rules that take effect Jan. 1. And there are a number of steps that employers should be taking now to get ready for the full impact of the ACA in 2015. Society for Human Resource Management
August 28th, 2013
Shut down your computers, turn your keyboard upside down and give it a few good shakes. Now check to see what fell out. Those little crumbs there, those are the remnants of months of cracker snacks and office potlucks.
Now go wish your co-workers a happy Crackers Over the Keyboard Day.
Kind of makes you wonder who comes up with these wacky holidays. In this case — and in many, many others — 80 at last count — it’s the husband and wife team of Tom and Ruth Roy. He’s an occasional actor and radio talk show host. She’s been a college administrator, touring actress, and now the proprietor of a mail-order herb business, Wellcat.com. You’ll also find a list of their zany and copyrighted holidays there. Read the rest of this entry »
December 5th, 2012
The end of the year holiday season is a time of temptation. Cookies, cakes and other treats abound, not to mention any number of parties and family dinners that would make even a groaning board groan.
The good news is that American’s don’t gain nearly as much weight between Thanksgiving and New Year’s as we think. The Washington Post recently pointed out an actual study of real people found the average weight gain to be about a pound.
It may be better than most of us would have guessed, but it’s not a reason to loosen our restraint. Were that rate of gain to continue throughout the year, it would add an easy 10 lbs. to our already none-too-sleek physiques. Far more troubling than the modest weight gain, though, is that we tend not to shed the extra pound come January 2nd. Read the rest of this entry »
September 5th, 2012
Has Resverlogix found the Holy Grail of heart disease treatment?
Maybe. The company announced last week that its Phase IIb study of the HDL-raising compound RVX-208 found the drug successful in significantly increasing levels of the so-called good cholesterol. In addition, the drug was found to have also increased the levels of APO-AI and large HDL particles. Read the rest of this entry »
June 19th, 2012
Healthcare jobs continue to grow. After taking a big dip at the height of the recession three years ago, the industry has been adding jobs at a pace faster than any other sector. Just how fast? The number of jobs posted online in May were 14% above two years ago. That translates into 620,000 job ads for healthcare careers. A third of those jobs were posted by staffing agencies and recruitment firms. At the top of the job list in May was physical therapist, followed by occupational therapist, nurse, pharmacist, and speech pathologist. Wanted Technologies.
May 11th, 2012
This is to honor the nurses of America. You are the women, and the men who staff our hospitals, tend the sick, comfort the dying, perform triage at disaster sites and emergency rooms, and manage the hundreds of details that make modern medicine function.
This is your week — National Nurses Week — the seven days when the hundreds of millions of us, thank the 3.1 million of you for being there when we need you.
It’s amazing that it took almost three decades from the first seed of a suggestion that nurses should have a special day to the Congressional act declaring May 6th National Recognition Day for Nurses. In 1990, the day became a week that now includes May 8th as National Student Nurses Day.
Nursing has come a long way from the days when Florence Nightingale made her nighttime rounds of injured soldiers during the Crimean War. The work is still demanding, the material rewards are better, but it is the calling that is still the same. “God,” wrote Nightingale, “called me in the morning and asked me would I do good for him alone without reputation.” Read the rest of this entry »
April 20th, 2012
Based on how frequently the job turns up in online ads, physical therapists are the most in-demand job of any posted anywhere online. Wanted Technologies, an online data analysis firm, says employers posted more than 11,600 jobs online for physical therapists in March. It’s the highest number of ads seen in any single month since October 2009, and represents a 19% increase over March 2011. The biggest demand is in the Washington, DC area where 916 jobs for physical therapists were posted in March, a 205% increase from a year before. Wanted says the average time these jobs remained online was seven weeks, a sign of how hard they are to fill. Wanted Analytics
October 21st, 2011
Turns out that the way to a mouse’s brain may be through the stomach. Mice fed a broth rich in probiotic bacteria displayed less stress, anxiety, and depression than those who got plain broth. Mouse are a long way (genetically speaking) from humans, but as one researcher said: “Without overstating things, this does open up the concept that we could develop therapies that can treat psychiatric disorders by targeting the gut.” So eat your (probiotic) yogurt. As mother used to say, “What can it hurt?” LiveScience.com