How States are battling Obesity

United States of Obesity: How Are States Battling Bulging Health Costs? By Scott Kahan, M.D., Director, STOP Obesity Alliance, Obesity Medicine physician There is no doubt that obesity remains a top health issue in the states as we enter 2013. According to the most recent “F as in Fat” report, a state-by-state obesity report card published by Trust for America’s Health and Read More …

America’s Obesity Epidemic – a BIG Problem (UPDATED)

Now that all four episodes of The Weight of the Nation have aired on HBO, I’m updating this article with new information, important statistics, and embedded versions of the trailer and each episode. Obesity is a really BIG problem (excuse the pun), and with over two thirds (69%) of us overweight or obese,  it’s now the largest threat to the Read More …

Is Obesity a Disease? What do YOU think?

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently took up the question of whether obesity should be classified as a disease but deferred any decision to a later date. As noted in HBO’s The Weight of the Nation, obesity has now become the largest threat to the health, wellness and future survival of our nation. It’s an epidemic and one that needs Read More …

The BUSINE$$ of Obesity

Because March is National Nutrition Month, we’re featuring this infographic (below) and these related articles. America’s Obesity Epidemic, a BIG Problem — features the trailer and all four episodes of HBO’s documentary, “The Weight of the Nation,” along with a collection of supporting statistics. How States are Battling Obesity — a byline article by Scott Kahan, M.D., an Obesity Medicine physician and Director Read More …

A Disease-Creation Economy

Money, Politics and Health Care: A Disease-Creation Economy By Mark Hyman, MD, practicing physician (original on Huffington Post) “There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only Read More …

Now the Real Work of Healthcare Reform Begins

Roberts Saves Obamacare: Now the Real Work of Reform Begins By Arianna Huffington The narrow survival of the Affordable Care Act last week was certainly cause for celebration. But as the jubilation subsides, it’s important to realize that having avoided what would have been a giant step backward doesn’t mean we’ve taken a giant step forward. Because the law as Read More …

Poverty in America — living below The Line

The Line is an important documentary that covers the stories of people across the country living at or below the poverty line. They have goals. They have children. They work hard. They are people like you and me. Across America, millions are struggling every day to make it above The Line. As shown in the Stats below and the accompanying Read More …

Food versus Medicine [Infographic]

While mHealthTalk is mostly about tech solutions for home health care and aging-in-place, we recognize the role of these pillars of good health: Nutrition, Exercise, and Sleep. That’s why we occasionally publish articles on those topics and why today we feature this infographic by a website that helps students find and compare nursing programs. After the infographic is a summary of key Read More …

Poverty in America — it’s not what you think.

As our presidential candidates debate the issues, what will they say about Poverty in America? And how do they plan to address the problem?   The Line is an important documentary that cover the stories of people across the country living at or below the poverty line. They have goals. They have children. They work hard. They are people like Read More …

The Underestimated Caregiver Burden

By Henry Moss (original at American Society on Aging) Caregiver burden is emotional and subjective. We try to measure it by looking at rates of depression and anxiety disorders in the caregiver population, and at the seriousness of these disorders. We know the highest rates of emotional burden and the deepest levels of depression are felt by caregivers who experience entrapment—a Read More …

Kick Back Pain with Healthy Habits

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reported that 27 million adults suffered from back problems in 2007 with upwards of $30.3 billion spent to ease the pain. While it may be comforting to know you’re not alone while facing back surgery or during post-op recovery, it doesn’t make the process any easier. However, there are healthy ways to manage Read More …

The Economic Value of a Good Night’s Sleep

We live such busy lives that we’re stressed out and try to fit too much into each day, ignoring our sleep in hopes of getting more accomplished, but that’s effecting our health, work productivity, and sports performance. What if I told you that not getting great sleep could easily cost you — an extra $300,000 in medical bills and more Read More …

A Place at the Table – about Poverty, Hunger & Health

Spread the word today! This important documentary is coming to movie theaters, YouTube and on-demand on March 1. A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social, health and cultural implications for our nation, and how the problem of hunger can be solved once and for all, with your help. Now think about the dramatic role Read More …

Working Poor Families Struggle to Pay Bills

There’s a Direct relationship between poverty, obesity, and the cost of health care. Here’s some statistics, mostly from the 2010 census: 15.1% of Americans (46.2 million) live in poverty, including 22% of our children. 20% live in extreme poverty. 3.2 million Americans were kept out of poverty by unemployment insurance. 20.3 million were kept out of poverty by social security. The poverty Read More …

Sleep Apnea and Poverty

Sleep Apnea and Poverty: How Socioeconomics Impacts Proper Diagnosis And Treatment By Susan Redline, MD, MPH and Dr. Michelle A. Williams, ScD Individuals from disadvantaged neighborhoods and racial/ethnic minorities are at increased risk for sleep disorders due to a variety of environmental exposures, occupational and psychosocial conditions, and possibly genetic factors. Editor: They also have higher rates of obesity and other health Read More …

Dramatic Change in the Causes of Death

by Stephen C Schimpff, MD Most of us will not have the opportunity to just die of “old age” or to simply fall to sleep one night never to wake again. Most often, we develop an illness which causes our death. These have changed markedly over the years. For the pioneers, accidents, infections, childbirth were times and causes of great likelihood Read More …

PRICELE$$ – Life Expectancy isn’t even in Top 50

Ranking countries by life expectancy, the United States isn’t even in the top 50. We even rank behind Guam. Why? SLEEP — Could it be our high stress and deficient sleep? Sleep deprivation (sleeping less than 6 hours/night when we need 7-9) is associated with 2.5 times higher Diabetes risk, 62% increase in risk of Breast Cancer, 48% increased risk Read More …

“Fed Up” with the Food Industry

Katie Couric is fed up with the food industry, and you should be too. [10/2/2016 UPDATE: Added video clip from FOOD CHAIN$, a related documentary] In the two-minute video below, executive producers Katie Couric and Laurie David address the next great American health crisis with their eye-opening new documentary film, “Fed Up.” Going against everything we thought we knew about food Read More …

The Future of Medicine is … Not Medicine

“The Future of Medicine is … Not Medicine” was the topic of a lecture I attended three years ago by Dr. Lane Sebring of Winberley, TX. He spoke to our futurist dinner at the World Future Society, and I completely forgot about this until I stumbled upon a recording and re-watched it. What follows are my notes from his 71-minute lecture, followed Read More …

101 MiniTrends in Health Care

“What the Hell is happening to health care?” “And is it an Opportunity or a Threat?” Insights by Wayne Caswell, Founder of Modern Health Talk. An awful lot has changed in just the last few years and even more will change in the near future, with the aim of reducing (or at least containing) our health care costs. What’s behind Read More …