Monday, 23 November 2015

Indian Bank Takes a New Approach to Employee Health

The date was May 15, 2015 at the bustling ICICI bank in Mumbai, India. ICICI bank is currently India’s largest private sector bank with a network of 4,050 branches and 13,030 ATMs. Khyati Sheth (32), an employee for ICICI bank, attended work as she normally did, except on May 15th, there was a change. Khyati was scheduled to have her vascular health tested as part of her corporate wellness offering at work. Little did Khyati realize, she was about to take a test that would provide her with a glimpse into her heart health and what her foreseeable future was if she didn’t make a positive behaviour change.

Being a banker often comes with an increased amount of stress and a busy schedule, resulting in poor lifestyle habits. This became the realization as Khyati took her first of two AngioDefender tests. After great anticipation and wondering what her outcome would be, Khyati was told she had a flow-mediated dilation1 (FMD) of 5.9%. This meant Khyati was at risk for cardiovascular disease and if she didn’t make changes to her lifestyle, that she was headed towards experiencing a cardiac event, amongst other complications. 

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Everist Health Takes Short Step on Long Journey to Help Heart Health Across Canada

It’s just across the Ambassador Bridge, a few hundred yards from the US border. The establishment of an office in Canada represents the start of a long journey in the development of Michigan based Everist Health. The US corporation has made a commitment to make its new heart health technology available throughout Ontario and right across the provinces that make up the vast expanse of Canada.

“We looked at a number of locations throughout Ontario, but in the end we received terrific support from the Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation,” says Everist Health CEO Matt Bartlam. “They introduced us to Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare which is the perfect location from which to support both research and the development of cardiovascular wellness programs in Canada. Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is repositioning itself to be a community wellness center and our office is right next door to a new cardiovascular rehabilitation center that that opened in the healthcare center in September 2015.” 

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Monday, 23 March 2015

Finns Put their Finger on Dementia Prevention

Dementia can be delayed or even avoided. That is the hopeful message that emerges from a large scale study published on March 12, 2015 by a group of distinguished Scandinavian researchers. The study is believed to be the first of its kind that demonstrates the positive effect of applying a number of different lifestyle changes to a chronic disease which has so far eluded cure.

The study may have huge implications for both individuals and governments worldwide as populations age rapidly and dementia is threatening to overwhelm the ability of health care systems to cope. In the UK, for example, over 800,000 people have been diagnosed with dementia and the number is expected to double in the next few years. At the moment, individuals over 75 face a one in three risk of developing dementia and up to one in four hospital beds are occupied by dementia patients.

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Friday, 06 March 2015

Pharmacists Write a New Prescription for Your Health

Pharmacists around the world are looking to take a larger role in traditional healthcare by prescribing products and services to keep you well. This move, driven in part by commercial motives, signals a revolution in health care systems in many countries.

In America, one of the leading pharmacy chains, CVS, signaled their intentions in 2014 by announcing they were no longer dispensing cigarettes at one end of their store while giving out prescriptions to alleviate the effects of smoking at the other end of the aisle. The move cost CVS billions of dollars in revenue, but they are quickly replacing a product that has been proven to kill their customers with easy to access walk-in Minute Clinics. The Minute Clinics offer customers “no wait” medical advice and support on how to stop smoking, as well as weight loss programs, sports physicals, flu shots and diabetes check-ups. 

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Researchers Seek Answers to Painful Diseases with Painless Technology

Researchers investigating new approaches to Rheumatoid Arthritis have turned to new technology that is painless, non-invasive and easy to use to help measure the effect of different drug regimens and treatments in treating rheumatoid arthritis.

Trials from two studies conducted in India were published recently in the American Journal of Rheumatology. The group of researchers responsible for both studies used a device known as AngioDefender in their trials to accurately measure the effect of different medical approaches.

One Indian study investigated the use of stem cells in mitigating the cardiovascular risk of patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. This is important because patients suffering from inflammatory disease are at a 50% higher risk of cardiovascular disease because their arterial system has been compromised 

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Why Visitors to Canada's Windsor Casino and England's Windsor Castle are Gambling with a Common Health Problem

On the face of it, the people of Windsor, Ontario share little in common with the residents of Windsor, England; one place boasts a red blooded gambling and hotel complex, the other has a quieter form of action, the opportunity to admire the ancient royal castle, home of the blue blooded Queen of England.

However, health care experts in both England and Canada have determined that the populations of both Windsor’s share a common problem; they are gambling with their lives.

This danger has led to a new partnership between the leaders in health care in both Canada and England, which may result in nothing short of a revolution in the way health care systems operate on both sides of the Atlantic. The partnership was announced recently between the Ivey Health Innovation Institute of London, Ontario and the National Association of Primary Care located in another city of the same name, London, England. 

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