Health articles, Doctors, U.S. News Best Hospitals list, Nutrition, Medical, Aging, etc.

AARP reports scientific research on foods that prevent cancer 
Dark green vegetables, omega 3, cabbage, garlic, walnuts, berries and turmeric are included in new scientific research on cancer-fighting properties of foods in an AARP medical report.  (4/09)

The 11 Best Foods You Aren’t Eating
Nutritionist and author has created several lists of healthful foods people should be eating but aren’t: beets, cabbage, swiss chard, cinnamon, pomegranate, dried plums, canned pumpkin and seeds, turmeric, blueberries. NYT 6/30/08

Five ‘eating better’ foods to slip into your diet
Green tea drinkers are leaner, less belly fat, lower cancer risk, thinner. The more green tea patients drank, the lower their risk of developing stomach, esophageal, prostate, pancreatic and colorectal cancer, compared with those who did not drink green tea. Recent studies have shown green tea can even help you stay thin. “They’ve found people who drink green tea every day are leaner,” Tallmadge says. “Green tea helps lower belly fat.” Green tea is also full of antioxidants that scientists say can ward off some cancers. CNN 1/4/10

New scientific research shows these five spices are good for your brain
In India, where people eat curry almost every day, the Alzheimer’s disease rate is one-fourth the U.S. rate. Now researchers think they may know why.  A University of California, Los Angeles study in mice showed that curcumin—the active ingredient in turmeric, which gives curry that distinctive yellow color—broke up brain plaques of amyloid beta, the abnormal protein buildup that is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s. 5/10

Best Hospitals list — U.S. News & World Report
rankings of Best Hospitals by specialty and location — from U.S. News & World Report magazine

11 Health Habits That Will Help You Live to 100
Centenarians tend to share certain traits in how they eat, move about, and deal with stress—the sorts of things we can emulate to improve our own aging process. 3/20/12

5 Healthy Habits to Copy From Your Dog
to have optimal health & a happier life, some of your dog’s habits are worth stealing…. his love for outdoors & sunny disposition. Here are five things your dog loves that are worth trying. 3/20/12

Concierge Doctors: They’re Not Just for the Super-Rich Anymore
In concierge medicine, patients pay their primary care physicians a retainer in return for basic services and augmented care. These flat fees are sometimes the physician’s sole source of income; in other cases, doctors continue to take insurance and use their concierge patients’ retainers as supplementary fees. For patients, the perquisites vary from practice to practice, but can include more personal attention, house calls and even the doctor’s cell phone number for 24-hour access. 4/7/12

Concierge medicine – when no price is too high for getting well 
Similar to the investment and tax specialists that the affluent employ to run their finances; Mr. Michelson does the same for their health care.  9/12

Mayo Clinic — Ask a Specialist
Mayo Clinic information on diseases & conditions, drugs & supplements, treatment decisions, healthy living, ask a specialist, health tools, slide shows, video, blogs;  find information on hundreds of conditions. Check your symptoms. Improve your lifestyle. See how Mayo diagnoses and treats your condition.

Calorie Count
how many calories does ____ have? free calorie counter (searchable)

“Hypochondriac Hotline”
Input your symptoms and this site will tell you if it is indicative of a particular disease or syndrome. Courtesy Web MD web site.

Overseas Medical Tourism
Asian countries, principally Thailand, Singapore and India, which have excellent private hospitals that are used to treating foreigners and where costs are a fraction of those in rich countries. Medical tourism is booming as patients look abroad for cheap, fast treatment, often combined with a holiday afterwards.

Bill-paying, financial administration, home management for retired people:
“Older people often get overwhelmed by the mountain of paper in their lives: medical bills, tax forms, investment documents, and government forms. Often family members live far away or are too busy to help much. Enter the geriatric care manager. More than a bill payer, the care manager may help elders find the right doctor, ensure they get needed social services, and simply check in to be sure everything’s OK. Resource: the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (” (Courtesy US News & World report 6-11-07)

“Real Age” biological age test (from U.S. News)
Calculate your “RealAge” — the biological age of your body — by taking a test that surveys more than 100 factors that affect your health. 6/07 from U.S. News & World Report magazine.

Medical Billing Advocates of America — help with fighting hospital bill errors
complete audits of individual and corporate medical bills that can help catch common–and not so common–billing errors that add millions, if not billions, of dollars to insurance costs every year.   MBAA consists of 43 member companies across the country, whose individual expertise creates a breadth and depth of experience no single company can recreate. The organization’s expert resources include legal nurse consultants, nurses with experience in most clinical settings, case managers, certified coders, certified compliance professionals, billing personnel, insurance fraud investigators, managed care professionals, former hospital administrative staff members, certified public accountants, and physicians.

Fake acupuncture brings real relief
Study: Acupuncture Works for Back Pain   10/07

Hawaii Red Cross Oahu (808) 739-8109
Hawaii Red Cross – hurricane preparedness, disaster kits, disaster relief etc

Stepfamilies “step together” support site
Internet virtual support for combined families with stepparents and stepchildren;  Resources for step-parents and stepchildren including: Books that address stepfamilies, marriage, and child behavior, links to other helpful websites, and sample letters, contracts, and other documents.

Volunteers needed to talk story with Kupunas (tel 586-0100)
We need caring volunteers to talk story, inform and advocate for this frail elderly population. Make a difference in the lives of our seniors and become a Long Terms Care Ombusman Volunteer Representative. Call 586-0100.

Ranking Doctors Online (
site for rating doctors online, with patients’ comments good and bad re doctors.

Wal-Mart expands low-price drug program
Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, announced Monday it would expand its discounted prescription drug program to offer 90-day supplies for $10 and add several women’s medications at a discount. It also said it would lower the price of more than 1,000 over-the-counter drugs. (posted 5/6/08)

Haggling for health care
Americans are taking an innovative approach to controlling health-care costs: They’re haggling with their doctors. (WSJ 2/8/02)

Medical Specialists Database — USA today
new doctor database from USA Today with medical specializations.  5/09

How to pick the right hospital — where doctors say they would go themselves
nonprofit Consumers’ Checkbook (CC) in Washington, D.C., use government statistics along with their own research to compare and rank hospitals. (AARP, 6/09)

Malama I Ke Ola Health Center: ‘We care’ – Maui clinic staff
new dental clinic , a laboratory, and pharmacy and X-ray departments.  9/09

Check Your
alcohol control site

alcohol use monitoring site

Kaiser Permanente, an integrated American health-care firm, offers lessons for insurers and hospitals at home and abroad
Kaiser Permanente (KP) is a not-for-profit health insurer and hospital chain which last year took in $2 billion more than the $40 billion it spent. 4/10

Cognitive-bias modification may put the psychiatrist’s couch out of business
All CBM psychotherapy requires is sitting in front of a computer and using a program that subtly alters harmful thought patterns. 3/5/11

How to Hire Your Kids to Take Care of You — Caregiver Contracts
Caregiver contracts mushroomed with a 2006 change in the law that makes it more difficult for people to give away their assets to qualify for Medicaid. 6/11

How to Shack Up Successfully in Your Senior Years
certified financial planner warns, from legacies to children to who pays for what, the legal protections of marriage and survivor benefits while plenty of unmarried retirees are spending their golden years together. 6/25/11

Hospice Maui plans end-of-life care facility
It will be called Hale Ho’olu’olu, or “A Place for Comfort,” and Hospice Maui aims to provide homey residential care. The center would be the first of its kind on Maui. 10/9/11

USDA National Nutrient Database — U.S. government food nutrition info
USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Find nutrient information on nearly 8,000 foods using this new and improved search feature. You can now search by food item, group, or list to find the nutrient information for your food items. In addition, you can now access the USDA Ground Beef Calculator from the same search page. Calorie counts, nutritional info, etc.

Compassion and Choices HI .org
Kailua Hawaii organization for end-of-life choices by doctors

(Not Your Mama’s) Relationship Questionnaire
A questionnaire for our love interests to fill out before we step into the abyss of a serious relationship — would divorce rate not be so high? 6/12

National Institutes of Health
healthcare information and articles

iVillage – the Women’s Network
healthcare information and articles

W.H.O. – Patient’s Guide to Healthcare Information
information from the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva — Health Topics, Research Tools, Publications, etc.

Lead paint brochure (EPA/HUD/CPSC)
Federal brochure on lead paint for structures built prior to 1978, courtesy EPA, HUD, and CPSC – Consumer Product Safety Commission

Hale Makua Foster Family program (808) 244-3661
alternative to nursing home care on Maui


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