Top 10 Twitter Accounts to Follow for Medical News and Information

Alex Bettencourt - August 9, 2011

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Many hospitals and clinics have joined the social media revolution, turning to Twitter to dispense information to patients and their families. Individuals living with illness, medical students and those simply interested in lifestyle tips now have access to everything from advice about eating mindfully to health insurance. Here are ten healthcare providers of special interest that deliver the best tweets around.

1. @MayoClinic
Mayo Clinic’s history dates back to the 1800s. Tweets include techniques for managing stress, healthy eating tips, links to their blog and job postings. The clinic also promotes contests like Minnesota’s Brand Madness, which gives fans a chance to vote for the state’s beloved brand.

2. @sanjayguptaCNN
Sanjay Gupta is a neurosurgeon and professor at the Emory University School of Medicine and also CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent. Items of interest include a weekly medical mystery contest and links to his blog posts on CNN Health. He is respected by high-profile individuals like President Obama and Oprah Winfrey. (more…)

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Favorite Feature Friday: Contact Groups

Alex Bettencourt - June 3, 2011

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This Friday’s Favorite Feature is Contact Groups. We understand keeping track of contacts can be complicated if you have a lot of them. Luckily, RememberItNow! makes it easy for you to keep track of contact information for medical professionals, caregivers, pharmacies, labs, insurance companies and  more. (more…)

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Favorite Feature Friday - Calendar Reports

Alex Bettencourt - May 6, 2011

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Every Friday from now on will be Favorite Feature Friday. Each week we will spotlight one of our favorite features from our patient-centric RememberItNow! eHealth platform.

This Friday, the spotlight is on RememberItNow! calendar reports.  When you share care giving responsibilities with your family, friends or other caregivers, not everyone will have have the time or ability to look up information on the computer. (more…)

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Never Quit on Staying Fit

Alex Bettencourt - April 8, 2011

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Advances in health care technology and medications have added years to the average human life expectancy. However, there is a tradeoff. Longer life means more wear on your body. Joint problems, chronic diseases, and other conditions associated with the normal aging process are even more prevalent. With this in mind, it is important that older adults eat well, stay rested, and get enough physical activity to keep their bodies healthy. (more…)

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A Scary Picture: The Growing Costs of Chronic Diseases

Alex Bettencourt - December 2, 2010

Although Halloween is over, you can still be in for a fright if you take a look at this graph below.  It shows the cost of treating cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, mental disorders and pulmonary conditions in 2003 (the last year this data was available) and projections for 2023.

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This data was conducted in the Milken Institute study, “An Unhealthy America: The Economic Impact of Chronic Disease.”  Notice this study not only highlights the economic impact of chronic disease, it also leads a great loss in worker productivity. (more…)

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Does Your Doctor Understand the Big Picture?

Kwame Ahene - December 1, 2010

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Pam Swingley with her father and siblings.

Our founder, Pam Swingley,  started RememberItNow! because her father was forgetting to take his medications and she had no insight into his health care. Many Americans over fifty share the same experience of trying to help their parents remain independent and healthy.

USA Today features a similar story about  Helen, an active and independent 86 year-old whose energy levels lessened over a period of time, to the point where she began to sleep her days away. Everyone around Helen including her daughter Michelle, her primary caregiver, and her doctors had no clue what was happening to her.

Similar to a lot of individuals in their old age, Helen was afflicted with “multiple medical issues” including congestive health failure, gout, and glaucoma. In 2009, her glaucoma caused her to lose nearly all her sight in one eye due to increasing pressure and was put on Diamox to alleviate her symptoms. (more…)

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What Happens When Your Parents Can No Longer Drive?

Pamela Swingley - August 9, 2010

Nothing may bring on a greater sense of fear in a senior citizen than when it’s time to go to the DMV and renew their drivers license. My dad starts worrying a year in advance. In preparation he reads the manual a few times, visits the DMV office to try to memorize the eye chart, practices his skill at getting on and off the freeway, and mentions the deadline date on every visit.

Dad’s fear of losing his license is shared by many, many seniors. A car not only represents independence; it is often a neccesity. They depend on driving to get to doctor’s appointments, buy food, and visit with family and friends. (more…)

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Care Giving from the Office - Our Published Report in Self Funding Magazine

Alex Bettencourt - July 30, 2010

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Vincent Van Gogh once said, “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”

What does this have to do with our recent report on long-distance care and employee health care costs? Well, when Self Funded Magazine decided to publish our report, “Care Giving from the Office“, we thought it was a great thing! (more…)

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Speaking Walter Cronkite -Navigating the Generation Gap with Seniors

Alex Bettencourt - July 28, 2010

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If your childhood memories do not include radios that broadcast from a box or TV’s that only produced pictures in black, white or some varied shade of gray, your consciousness likely bloomed in an era after Walter Cronkite was an evening ritual.  The members of that pivotal generation not only lived a different lifestyle but experienced it with eyes and ears tuned to an entirely different way of thinking. (more…)

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Sleeping Well for Seniors

Alex Bettencourt - May 19, 2010
Most adults need six to eight hours of sleep, but as people get older they don’t sleep as well. Sleep problems in the elderly are a result of several factors. Seniors do not spend as much time in deep sleep.

They are easily woken by the slightest noise, and cannot fall back asleep. Frequent trips to the bathroom, and long naps during the day can keep them awake as well.  Although naps feel great and are a great way to deal with boredom, they interfere with a good nights sleep.

Poor sleep patterns can lead to health problems in the elderly. Seniors that do not sleep well are more likely to get sick, be exhausted, be grumpy, have memory problems and experience a flare up of chronic health problems. (more…)

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