Almonds: Nutrition & Health Benefits

Almonds are the most popular nuts in the United States. A favorite of dieters, in recent years almonds have become famous for their versatility and health benefits. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans’ demand for almonds has increased 220 percent since 2005. In 2012, Americans ate an average of 2 lbs. (907 grams) of almonds each, while they ate ... Read More »

Why a health-care report was dead on arrival in Ottawa

When the Harper government has something to brag about, we hear about it, endlessly. When the government has something to hide, the information comes out without ministerial comment on a Friday afternoon. So it was last week that the Prime Minister’s Office buried a long, detailed report about federal innovation in health care that the government itself had commissioned. The ... Read More »

Food Safety News

Pennsylvania Health Officials Seek Higher Restaurant Fines After Letter Grades Fail The second-most populous county in Pennsylvania is planning to hike fines on restaurants that violate food safety regulations after local lawmakers refused to adopt the posting of letter grades. Officials with the Allegheny County Health Department in Pittsburgh are reportedly at work drafting the new plan and hope to start instituting higher ... Read More »

Behavior Change In The Era Of Health Reform

Editor’s note: This article is part of a series of blog posts by leaders in health and health care who participated in Spotlight Health from June 25-28, the opening segment of the Aspen Ideas Festival. This year’s theme was Smart Solutions to the World’s Toughest Challenges. Stayed tuned for more. At the recent 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival, a panel vigorously discussed the potential of behavior change to be ... Read More »

Company Hiring Health Insurance Agents

DialAmerica, one of the nation’s largest privately held teleservices companies, is hiring licensed health insurance agents for its Omaha, NB location to support growing client demand in the healthcare industry. Permanent and seasonal positions will be filled over the next several weeks and paid training classes begin in early September. “The primary reason for our continued expansion in the healthcare ... Read More »

Obesity: ‘Slim chance’ of return to normal weight

The chance of returning to a normal weight after becoming obese is only one in 210 for men and one in 124 for women over a year, research suggests. For severe obesity, shedding excess weight in a year is even more unlikely, a study of UK health records concluded. Researchers say current strategies for helping obese patients are failing. A ... Read More »

Daughters of Charity Health System chooses hedge fund as new owner

LOS ALTOS HILLS — The 19-month saga of the struggling Daughters of Charity Health System took a new turn today after the nonprofit hospital chain announced it will be acquired by an East Coast hedge fund that will initially infuse the chain with $250 million. The selection of BlueMountain Capital Management comes four months after Prime Healthcare Services, the chain’s ... Read More »

UPDATED: BRF files antitrust lawsuit against Willis-Knighton Health System

Biomedical Research Foundation, the current manager of University Health in Shreveport, has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Willis-Knighton Health System, alleging the private health-care company has been unfairly taking away doctors and their privately insured patients. The suit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Shreveport, asks a judge to prevent Willis-Knighton from those alleged practices. Read the lawsuit here. ... Read More »

Scientific experts: Sugar intake ‘should be halved’

A committee of scientists has advised the government to halve the current recommended daily intake of sugar. Nutrition experts say no more than 5% of daily calories should come from added sugar – about seven teaspoons. Most people consume at least twice this limit. The government has said it will accept the recommendations and will use them to develop its ... Read More »

SA needs to invest in mental health services – professor

Johannesburg – South Africa needs to invest in mental health services and research, says psychiatry professor. Johannesburg – Award-winning psychiatry professor Dan Stein believes that South Africa needs to invest more deeply into assisting those with mental disorders. “There is often a feeling that there isn’t enough money for mental health services and research,” said Professor Dan Stein, one of ... Read More »