It might surprise you to know that total healthcare spending in America is more than $10,000 for every man, woman, and child – annually.[1]    This total includes the money paid by private insurance companies, the Veterans Administration, Medicare, Medicaid, and the money paid directly by patients to doctors and hospitals, divided by the number of …

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A More Personalized Approach to Reducing Infant Mortality in Columbus, Ohio Facing one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country, Columbus, Ohio, is taking the time to understand its unique causes. by Mattie Quinn | January 14, 2016 as appeared in “Governing” Health officials in Columbus, Ohio, have long known that they're facing a …

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Computerized Cognitive Speed of Processing Training Reduces Dementia Incidence  from the AAIC (Alzheimer’s Association International Conference) Press Conference in Toronto  July 2016 by Jerri D. Edwards, PhD Huiping Xu, PhD Daniel O. Clark, PhD Lesley A Ross, PhD Fred W. Unverzagt, PhD as summarized by Jean Kadela The Advanced Cognitive Training in Vital Elderly Study …

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Texting for CPR Feasible in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest —City's EMS system to alert nearby trained laypersons raised rates of early CP by Crystal Phend, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today Reprinted with permission by Michelle Nostheide, American Heart Association Pulling in nearby CPR-trained lay people via mobile-phone dispatch while paramedics are on their way to an …

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Fixing Cavities in America's Dental System by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. If someone invited you to compete for a  prize of  $1000  to quickly create a method to identify poor people by looking at them, you could win easily by saying "Look at their teeth."    One recent study found that by the time the poorest …

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A No Cost Improvement to America's Healthcare System You Can Make by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. In the world of medicine, a 3 year project has figured out that doing something simple increases patient health and satisfaction, while having the potential to reduce the annual cost to society for healthcare by billions of dollars.   And …

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Healthcare Workers Role Model Slim by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. According to the CIA, we rank 51st in the world for life expectancy. [1] Citizens of the number one spot for life expectancy, Monaco, live on average 11 years longer than we do! Even worse, University of Wisconsin researchers announced in March that life expectancy …

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How to Help Poor People Deny the Tooth Fairy by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. In a recent column I told of my frustrations as I tried to help a struggling North Carolina friend with a toothache find a dentist. I shared my surprise at learning about how hard it is for working poor to get …

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Treating Obesity as the Result of an Addiction by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. When many of us see a child with Down Syndrome or other visible birth defects, we feel pity and a desire to help. But that is often not the reaction when we see a seriously overweight person. We leap to blame or …

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Heart-Stopping Facts Your Mother Wishes You Knew Copyright Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. Readers of my column know that I usually talk about solving national problems by local action. Today I will reverse that – we have a problem with too many local solutions and we need a national one. The reasons for that will break …

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