Putting Light on a Taboo Subject - SAD

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

When was the last time all the clocks in your house showed exactly the same time?  Do the oven clock and the bedroom alarm agree? Is your computer agreeing with the Cable Box?  Your car clock with the kids alarm?  

if not, bad things begin to miss the school bus, the crock pot does not start on time and dinner is late, the sprinkler system waters in the middle of the afternoon so the water evaporates before it helps the lawn...things go wacky.

Our bodies also have many individual "clocks".  If these clocks don't all tell the same time, parts of our bodies do not coordinate well  with others - our internal gears grin…

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Unseen Threats Can Impact Public Health

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

Futurists know that if the average person can see a growing problem like the increase in the number of obese kids on a playground, or sense a rather immediate threat to their family from lightning from an oncoming violent storm, the threatened person will do something to avoid the danger. However, without those visible signals, little damage control is done. The worst kind of problem for a futurist to discuss is one that is invisible.

A real world example is that confronting pregnant women from an unseen pollutant in the water which gets in fish. If enough of the contaminated fish is eaten, the brain of a not yet born baby is damaged. I am talking here about the pollutant…

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Public and Workplace Smoking Bans Lower Heart Attacks 36%

Public and Workplace Smoking Bans Lower Heart Attacks 36%

By Rhiannon Bowman

Smoking creates more than 400,000 premature deaths in the United States annually. When lost productivity and healthcare costs are combined, the total impact to the U. S. economy is $167 billion per year.[i] Until recently, a good bit of that smoking occurred at work, and in public places. Recently, a movement to ban workplace smoking and smoking in bars, restaurants, airports, and similar public places has arisen with great results.

So far, 39 states have banned smoking to some degree. [ii] (Michigan's smoking ban will go into effect in March 2010 [iii] and Wisconsin's ban will go into effect in June 2010.[iv]) These bans have been enacted at the municip…

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The Possibilities of Telemedicine

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

About one in nine American school children has asthma. In 2008, children with asthma were absent some 13 million school days — and many of these students could have been in school, if they had access to better disease management. These numbers are higher in school districts with many low-income students.

Imagine yourself as a school principal with 1,000 kids — and a school nurse who visits one day a week.

Many of the asthmatic students could go into life-threatening status at any time, and your school-based "first responder" school nurse is 15 miles away at a neighboring school today. So you call an ambulance and call the child's mom and dad. Then, you try to settle the rest of…

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Program cuts Re-Hospitalizations by 20 Percent

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. 

These days, re-hospitalizations have gotten a lot of attention, as they're incredibly costly and far too common--especially for the fragile Medicare population.

However, a year-long study at the University of Minnesota suggests that a concentrated effort may be able to cut down on such rehospitalizations dramatically. Based in a Minneapolis nursing home, the initiative offers focused care by a team of U of Minnesota specialists to discharged patients.

The program, based in the Transitional Care Unit at Walker Methodist Care Center, is unique and may be the only one of its kind, officials say. It brings together a physician, a nurse practitioner, a phar…

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