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"In the midst of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer." - Alert Camus

Monday, February 20, 2017

Canine Mischief



There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity. - Tom Peters


 

 
If you don't start somewhere, you're gonna go nowhere. - Bob Marley

 



 











Every step towards your dream today is a step away from your regret tomorrow. @SteveMaraboli










Starla Fitch MD ‏@StarlaFitchMD 25 Aug 2015

Connect or Die: The Surprising Power of Human Relationships https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-WwsALhH04 … via @TEDxFargo #Connection #Gratitude #Belonging




Dr. Romie Mushtaq MD ‏@DrRomie 22 Sep 2014

The Powerful Secret of Your Breath: http://youtu.be/slKAFdJ8ZHY via @YouTube #Breathe #OnPurpose #MindfulMonday












Compassion brings immediate and long term benefits. We should all practice it.




Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

 
"We don't heal the past by dwelling there, we heal by living fully in the present." M.W.





"Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts" -Buddha


 
Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you've ever been, to stand up taller than you than you ever were. ~










Sunday, February 19, 2017

Seven heart-healthy habits


AHA

Seven heart-healthy habits could save billions in Medicare costs


Dallas, TX, February 3, 2017—More than $41 billion a year in Medicare costs could be saved if all beneficiaries achieved ideal levels for five to seven heart–healthy habits to reduce cardiovascular risk, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
The American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 is a composite measure of seven modifiable heart–healthy factors: cigarette smoking, physical activity, diet, body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels.
Researchers estimated the annual financial impact of Life’s Simple 7 compliance using 1 year of follow–up data from the Reasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study, a national, population–based, longitudinal study. They focused on Medicare claims for 6,262 beneficiaries over the age of 65 with fee–for–service coverage and no prior history of cardiovascular disease.
In primary analyses, researchers found:
  • Only 6.4% of participants had five to seven ideal factors.
  • Participants with fewer Life’s Simple 7 scores were more likely to be women, black or be unmarried, or have an annual income less than $20,000 or have less than a high school education.
  • Those with higher scores were also less likely to have all–cause and cardiovascular disease–related inpatient or outpatient encounters in the year following their in–home study visit.
  • Total inpatient and outpatient healthcare expenditures were $5,016 less for participants with the most ideal heart–healthy factors compared to those with the least number of factors.
By extending estimates from the primary analyses to corresponding 2014 Medicare beneficiaries, researchers found:
  •  Participants with fewer than five of the heart–healthy measures accounted for more than half of all inpatient costs each year, and approximately one–third of total outpatient claims.
  •  The potential annualized cost reduction is $41.2 billion for inpatient, outpatient and total expenditures, respectively, if all Medicare beneficiaries had five to seven Life’s Simple 7 factors.
“The actual cost for persons with fewer than five to seven factors is almost certainly higher,” according to Kristal J. Aaron, DrPH, MSPH, lead author and clinical data manager at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
“Skilled nursing facility, home health and hospice care, durable medical supplies, and medications were excluded in this analyses; thus, our study was limited to inpatient and outpatient visits for beneficiaries with Medicare fee–for–service in the 2014 calendar year, so this is probably a very conservative estimate.”
She added that the data suggests that public health strategies and initiatives improve the number of Life’s Simple 7 factors across the population and age spectrum, even those over 65 years of age “offer the potential for significant cost savings, not just better health outcomes and quality of life.”
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and the National Institute on Aging funded the study.






Cultivate Good Habits

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

quotes and miscellany


Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill

 
It's questionable if all the inventions yet made have lightened the day's toil of any human being. John Stuart Mill

 
"It always seems impossible until it's done." - Nelson Mandela 



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" Right Now, It’s Like This” (Buddhist)

Whether the breathing is deep or shallow, whether it feels warm or cool, regular or otherwise, just know: right now, the breathing is like this.

Even though we focus our attention on our breath, the mind wanders, as thoughts, memories, and plans arise and pass away. No problem. This is very natural. The moment you realize you’re gone, you’re already back, to this moment, this breath, this sensation. This is a moment of wakefulness.

This is the practice.


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