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UnitedHealth Allegedly

Overbilled U.S by By $1 Billion

 

May 19, 2017

The Justice Department on Tuesday, May 16, accused giant insurer UnitedHealth Group of overcharging the federal government by more than $1 billion through its Medicare Advantage plans.

In a 79-page lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, the Justice Department alleged that the insurer made patients appear sicker than they were in order to collect higher Medicare payments than it deserved. The government said it had “conservatively estimated” that the company “knowingly and improperly avoided repaying Medicare” for more than a billion dollars over the course of the decade-long scheme.

The case joined on Tuesday was first filed in 2011 by Benjamin Poehling, a former finance director for the UnitedHealth division that oversees Medicare Advantage Plans. Under the False Claims Act, private parties can sue on behalf of the federal government and receive a share of any money recovered.

UnitedHealth is the nation’s biggest Medicare Advantage operator covering about 3.6 million patients in 2016, when Medicare paid the company $56 billion, according to the complaint.

Are Unpleasant Surprises Hiding

in Your Mouth?

 

May 15, 2017

Young men and women are excited when they come to see Dr. Inna Gellerman to start their journey to a Spectacular Smile! They are proud that they are finally going to be able to make their dream of a perfect smile come true.

 Our free consultation for new patients includes an examination, including x-rays and digital imaging. That’s where we learn the real health and status of our patients’ teeth and jaws.

 Often we find that people who have had dental work in the past have had adult teeth removed.  Sometimes, we find teeth located are above the gum line – and the person doesn’t even know they are there!

 When adult teeth are removed and no follow-up orthodontic treatment is provided, there are consequences.

Other teeth may move where there is more room and that can hurt the person’s ability to speak or eat properly. Some teeth may rub against each other and wear down the enamel or covering on the teeth, leading to decay.

 Dental training and techniques vary from country to country, so what is common practice in one country may not be the same as what we do in the United States.

 When you come to a caring orthodontist like Dr. Gellerman, you learn about any underlying problems and how to fix them so that you too can have a Spectacular Smile.  Call today at 631-427-8444 for a free consultation today!

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Steps To A Healthy Mind

 

April 07, 2017

  • Create the Intention

Changing negative habits and creating new positive habits is a fairly simple process but not an easy process and takes a commitment. It is important that you make the decision and be clear about your intention in order to create change.

  • Be Conscious of Your Thoughts

Make it a priority to take notice of what thoughts pass through your head as you go about your day. Take note of what thoughts come up as you are dealing with different people and situations. Be careful not to judge your thoughts, for now simply be aware of them.

  •  Make the Switch

Over time with practice you will notice that when a negative thought pops up you will habitually switch it immediately to a positive. Then before you know it the negativity will be gone and it will be replaced with a positive and self-affirming way of being.

  • Positive Brain

By meditating or using brainwave audios such as binaural beats you are able to bypass the conscious mind and work directly with the subconscious mind. In this way you can make huge progress by tuning the brain to a specific frequency that helps with stress, anxiety and overall well being.

  • Take Time to Enjoy

Practicing positive thinking does not mean that you will never again have a negative thought. However it does mean that you will have the conscious awareness to change the negative to a positive and allow that positive energy to shape your life as opposed to being influenced by the negative. Get out there and enjoy life.

New Study: Most Kids Who Died Of Flu

Weren’t Vaccinated

 

April 05, 2017

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers reported Monday, April 3, at least three-quarters of kids who died from influenza between 2010 and 2014 had not been vaccinated in the months before they got sick. "This study highlights the importance of annual influenza vaccination for children, especially those with underlying high-risk medical conditions," the report, authored by the CDC's Dr. Alicia Fry and colleagues, said. "Because of the higher risk of severe complications and influenza-associated death among children with underlying conditions, vaccination is especially important for these children."

Chinese Doctors Grow A New Ear On A

Man's Arm

 

April 03, 2017

Chinese doctors who grew a man a new ear on his forearm after a serious traffic accident have now transplanted the organ onto his head.

Leading plastic surgeon Dr Guo Shuzhong performed the complex surgery during a seven hour procedure last week.

He announced that blood was successfully flowing into patient Mr Ji's new right ear, which had spent months growing on his arm.

Dr Guo, who works at the First Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University in the city of Xi'an, was assigned to the case in 2016.

According to reports, Mr Ji, whose age and first name are unknown, sustained serious injuries in the right side of his face in a traffic accident in 2015.

Mom Who Beat Cancer While Pregnant Dies Day After Giving Birth To Twins

 

March 24, 2017

A California mother who beat cancer while pregnant with twins died tragically Friday, just a day after giving birth. Now, family and friends of 30-year-old Jamie Snider are raising funds to help care for her surviving four children, and are remembering her bright smile and loving nature.

“Jamie was such a bright light on this planet,” a post on one of several GoFundMe’s set up in her honor reads. “Everything about her was infectious from her beautiful bright green eyes, her big smile, her laugh and her hugs!”

She underwent chemotherapy and radiation at Stanford Medical Center, and shared on Facebook that she was undergoing a radical hysterectomy after a planned C-section delivery. But, a day after the surgeries, Snider suffered congestive heart failure and died.

A GoFundMe page set up for the twins’ medical care said their father, Heath Coigny, will relocate with them to New Hampshire to live with family.

Smart Condom I-Con Will Rate

Your Sexual Performance

 

March 03, 2017

A British company claims to have created the world’s first “smart condom” which rates blokes performances and helps detects STIs.

Data includes duration of intercourse, calories burnt, number and speed of thrusts, girth measurements, and different positions used per week, month or year. It will also help detect sexually transmitted diseases such as Chlamydia and Syphilis.

Users "will have the option to share their recent data with friends, or, indeed the world." In a similar way to other health monitoring devices, it will use nano-chip and Bluetooth technology to relay the data to a smartphone app.

Antibiotics Taken During Pregnancy Weaken the Baby’s Immune System

 

February 16, 2017

Pregnant women who take antibiotics could be putting their unborn children at risk, scientists have warned.

 Drugs used to beat infections can interfere with a baby’s immune system long-term. Friendly gut bacteria - which play a pivotal role in the development of a child - are frequently wiped out by the drugs, according to new research.

In a study on mice this was found to leave them at higher risk of developing pneumonia - which can be deadly.

Longer term, continued disruptions to gut bacteria appears to cause permanent immune system damage. Led by researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the study may spark a wider conversation about antibiotics use.

 Study author Dr Hitesh Deshmukh said: ‘It is time to begin pushing back on practices that were established decades ago, when our level of understanding was different. ‘To prevent infection in one infant, we are exposing 200 infants to the unwanted effects of antibiotics. A more balanced, more nuanced approach is possible.’ But the research, published in Science Translational Medicine, urged clinicians to strive to decrease antibiotic use as a long-term goal.

The Virtual Reality Could Help Diagnose Schizophrenia Before It’s Too Late

 

February 13, 2017

Researchers from the University of Exeter and the EU-funded AlterEgo project have created a ‘mirror game’ based in virtual reality.

The ‘mirror test’ uses computer avatars and asks subjects to mimic their motions and interact with them socially. Volunteers’ movements and interactions are compared with those of schizophrenia sufferers to help spot any similarities. As part of the study, the researchers asked volunteers to perform a series of specific movements before mirroring those carried out by an avatar that appeared in front of them in the VR world.

The results, which have been published in scientific journal NPJ Schizophrenia, claim the mirror test gives a more accurate and early diagnosis than clinical interviews and is comparable to neuro-imaging tests.

Are Baby Carrots as Healthy as Other Carrots?

 

February 09, 2017

Like all orange carrots, baby carrots are loaded with beta carotene, the antioxidant pigment that gives them their color and protects cells throughout the body from damage. A three-ounce serving of carrots contains 120 percent of the vitamin A you need in a day, 10 percent of the vitamin C, 2 grams of fiber, no fat and only 35 calories.

 These mini-carrots are slightly less nutritious than regular table carrots, containing about 20 percent less vitamin A and half the vitamin C of regular carrots.

Alternatives to Whiten Your Teeth

 

January 2017

 

If you want a whiter smile you might be considering strips, gels or trays, but there are actually ways to whiten your teeth right in your kitchen cabinets. Bradley Hasemeyer and Risas Dental and Braces’ Dr. Whitney Wright have three alternative ways to brighten up your smile for cheap.

 

Bananas

It has potassium, manganese, magnesium, all three ingredients that are going to help lift topical stains Just take the inside of the peel and rub it on your teeth for two to three minutes.

 

 

Strawberries

It has malic acid in it which will eat through the stains that are living on the tops of your teeth. To make your pearly whites shine just mashup strawberries, dip your toothbrush and scrub away. The great thing here is normally you’re told not to swallow your toothpaste, but this is totally edible!

 

Charcoal

You’re going to want to make sure it is activated charcoal that you get at the pharmacy. It is super absorbent and a lightly abrasive pumice that you use that will really whiten your teeth. Simply break the capsule, mix with a little bit of water and brush it on. Even though it may look scary, don’t be afraid of the taste. It’s practically tasteless!

 

Remember with all these natural whiteners the results aren’t permanent.

 

 

Alzheimer’s Drug May Enable Teeth To Heal Themselves

Tideglusib, the drug designed to combat Alzheimer’s disease, has the capability to help decayed teeth grow back naturally and repair themselves, according to researchers from Dental Institute at King’s College London. In tests on mice, this drug which is clinically tested to treat Alzheimer’s triggered stem cells in the soft pulp at the center of a tooth to restore a its original dentine where damage was located.

 

Lead author of the study, Professor Paul Sharpe, of King’s College London said: “The simplicity of our approach makes it ideal as a clinical dental product for the natural treatment of large cavities, by providing both pulp protection and restoring dentine. In addition, using a drug that has already been tested in clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease provides a real opportunity to get this dental treatment quickly into clinics.”

 

The findings were reported in a paper that was published under the title of ‘Promotion of natural tooth repair by small molecule GSK3 antagonists’ in Scientific Reports.

Former President

George H.w. Bush Hospitalized In Houston

 

January 19, 2017

Bush spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted that Bush was taken to Houston Methodist Hospital on Saturday for shortness of breath and “has responded very well to treatments. Hope to have him out soon.”

 

The Houston Chronicle , quoting Jean Becker, the chief of staff to the 41st president, said he was “fine” and “doing really well” after falling ill recently. She told KHOU in Houston that the nation’s oldest living former president was in stable condition.

 

Bush is famously tough and resilient for a man of his age, despite having a form of Parkinson’s disease and having suffered from Graves’s disease, a thyroid ailment, during his presidency.

 

The former president fell at his Kennebunkport, Maine, home in July 2015, breaking a bone in his neck. He recovered relatively quickly.

CVS Is Making A Generic Epipen

 

January 13, 2017

The price of Epipens -- purchased annually by people with severe allergies and stocked in the first-aid cabinets of schools, businesses, and ambulances. thanks to the tactics of Mylan CEO Heather Bresch (daughter of Senator Joe Manchin [D-WV]), who took home a 671% raise for her work, which raised this lifesaving technology's pricetag beyond the reach of many people, who turned to low-cost DIY alternatives.

Now, pharmacy chain CVS has entered the fray, announcing a generic epipen that they'll sell in two-packs for $110 -- an 80% discount off the sticker price of Mylan's product. Health insurance giant Cigna announced this week it's dropping coverage for name brand $600 EpiPens, just as drugstore chain CVS nearly halved the price of a rival epinephrine autoinjector, Adrenaclick, to $110.

Cigna spokeswoman Karen Eldred said in a statement, "The generic version, available now in pharmacies, has the same drug formulation and device functionality as the branded medication, but at a substantial cost savings."

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