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  • Americans Celebrate 80th Year of Social Security

    AARP released results of a survey this week as America marks the 80th anniversary of Social Security on August 14, 2015. Americans of all ages continue to have strong feelings of support for Social Security, and the survey found several key themes. According to the national survey of adults, Social Security remains a core part of retirement ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on August 14, 2015
  • Sleeping with Arianna Huffington

    In a recent edition of Parade, Arianna Huffington said the secret to her success is getting eight hours of sleep every night.   “When I get enough sleep, I'm better at everything. I'm more creative, I'm less reactive, I'm better with my children,” the 65-year-old founder of the Huffington Post told Parade.     And she ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on August 6, 2015
  • AOTA Issues Backpack Safety Tips

    With the start of school approaching, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Bethesda, Md., issued a press release on July 30 stating, in part: ''Heavy loads carried by more than 79 million students across the U.S. can cause low-back pain that often lasts through adulthood. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on August 5, 2015
  • Working Your Way Through Retirement

    Many people who waited eagerly for the day they could stop working and enjoy a leisurely retirement find that the reality doesn’t match their dreams. “Some people are not prepared financially or mentally to retire,” says Michael Bivona, a retired CPA and author of the book “Retiring? Beware!! Don’t Run Out of Money and Don’t Become Bored” ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on June 5, 2015
  • New Insight into Asthma Triggers

    Could you unknowingly be aiding and abetting your patient's asthma triggers simply by labeling them as such? New research suggests that just might be the case when it comes to odor-triggered asthma. Researchers at the Monell Center have found ''that simply believing that an odor is potentially harmful can increase airway inflammation in asthmatics ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on July 28, 2014
  • Crowdsourcing: Funding Vs. Information

    In a recent post, I covered some unique opportunities presented by crowdfunding for technological advances in areas like molecular diagnostics. While the crowdsourcing mentality can work well in gathering funds for equipment producers, crowdsourcing medical information through sites like Wikipedia can carry more limitations and even dangers. ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on February 13, 2014
  • Healthcare Fraud and Abuse

      News of fraud and abuse in our healthcare system appears frequently these days. Between scams, double billing and code jamming many dollars are illegally claimed from the system. Whether it be from Medicare, Medicaid or an insurance company, one thing is certain, the honest consumers pay for it.   Just recently the Medicare Fraud ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on May 31, 2013
  • Laboratory Leadership Training

    There’s that famous saying, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” I think it can be applied to any quality, especially leadership. As a kid, I always thought it was something people were just born with in the same way that some people are just athletic and others are just funny. I think we all ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on March 29, 2013
  • Steady Hands

    In what has to have been one of the most fun research studies in the history of academia, 21 surgical residents had to play video games on the Nintendo Wii “for an hour a day, five days a week, for four weeks” during their residency. In an article on NPR, a group of Italian researchers fostered the project and then had the residents perform ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on March 1, 2013
  • Penn’s Amazing Achievements

    The ADVANCE team toured the wonderful laboratories at University of Pennsylvania/Penn Medicine last week. I wanted to help spread the word of some of their significant achievements. For example, a new treatment for leukemia, called CART 19, has proven effective in several terminally ill patients. Their findings appeared recently in the New ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on March 14, 2012
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