SEATTLE, June 24, 2013 - As part of the Obama administration’s work to make the United States health-care system more affordable and accountable, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released 2011 data in early May that shows significant variation across the country and within communities in what providers charge for common services. These data include information comparing the charges for the 100 most common inpatient services and 30 common outpatient services. Providers determine what they will charge for items and services provided to patients and these charges are the average amount the providers bill for an item or service. The following information is intended to help patients and family members better understand this complicated topic.
Swedish Disseminates Information Intended to Educate, Clarify Medicare Charge Data, Related Questions
Planning and preparing healthy meals can be challenging for anyone. When you have multiple sclerosis (MS), fatigue can be another obstacle preventing you from packing healthy snacks or fixing a home-cooked dinner.
Eating healthy foods can help you fight fatigue and avoid the crash you may experience after eating fast food and sugary drinks. Here are a few tips to make food shopping and cooking more efficient and manageable so that a healthy diet can fit into your lifestyle:
Make a game plan
Take a few minutes every week to map out some easy dinners for the week. Choose recipes that can be prepared ahead of time, will store well and will produce leftovers that can be packed for the following day’s lunch or repurposed for another meal.
An estimated 1.6 million Americans are currently following a gluten free diet, though many have never been diagnosed with celiac sprue (also known as celiac disease). Patients commonly ask me about celiac sprue and gluten free diets, so I will try to answer some of these questions. The first question I get is what is celiac sprue or celiac disease.
What is celiac sprue?
In celiac sprue, the ingestion of gluten causes inflammatory damage to the lining of the small intestine. Gluten is a protein, very common in our diet, found in wheat, rye, barley, and oats. (Ed. note - see this chart from the NIDDK that shows other ingredients and items that may contain gluten.) In people with celiac sprue, the usually large absorptive surface of the small intestine is flattened from damage, significantly limiting its ability to absorb nutrients.
Though celiac sprue is estimated to affect approximately 1.8 million Americans, many are unaware they have the disease.
What are the symptoms of celiac sprue?
Celiac sprue causes a variety of symptoms. They can range in intensity from very mild to debilitating. Some of the most common signs and symptoms are:.
Summertime means that we residents of the beautiful Northwest will be outside as much as we possibly can. There are two potential sources of damage to our ears which are of greater concern during the summer.
First, our ears are subject to sunburn. Many of the hats we wear do not protect the ears from damaging exposure to sunlight. Consider wearing a hat with a brim that extends completely around the head, rather than the baseball type hat which many of us wear. Also, remember to apply sunscreen to the ears. It is easy to forget them.
Secondly, summertime means increased exposure to noise from yard maintenance tools or other power tools. Injurious levels of noise are produced by almost every power saw, power sander, nail gun, weed eater, leaf blower, roto-tiller, power washer, and shop vac. Ear plugs....
Summer is a wonderful time of year to be active outdoors. Sunny days provide so many fun activities for children to get exercise and stay healthy. While enjoying the warm weather, it’s important to be aware of potential injuries and take the necessary precautions to keep kids safe. Here are three summer safety tips to keep in mind:
Kids should always wear a helmet while riding a bike, skateboard, scooter or in-line skates. Helmets can prevent traumatic brain injury and save lives! A child should wear a helmet on short or long rides (no one can ever predict when an injury may occur).
Make sure the helmet meets safety standards and fits appropriately. The helmet should be worn level on the head, covering the forehead. The strap should be tightened enough to allow only two fingers between the chin and strap. As a parent, make sure to be a good role model for your child and wear a helmet.
It is common to open windows during hot days to allow for cool fresh air. For kids, the screen is a misleading barrier between the indoors and outdoors. Screens are meant to pop off easily in the case of an emergency. A child leaning against a screen ...
How do you prevent sports related injuries? Here are four tips:
Did you know that 6.2 million people in the U.S. are unaware that they have diabetes?
Stroke risk is two-and-a-half times higher in people with diabetes compared to those without diabetes and, in combination with heart disease, is the #1 cause of death and disability.
Here are some tips to help optimize your health:
- Does anyone in your family have diabetes? Talk to your healthcare provider, it may be necessary for you to be tested regularly. They will also have information about lifestyle changes that may help you stay healthy.
- Do you have diabetes yourself? Work with your healthcare provider to ....