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Archive for December, 2010

An Important Warning About Child-Proof Medicine Bottles

December 28, 2010

If you are visiting small children this holiday season or have small children at your home, you will not want to miss this story by Dr. Richard Besser at ABC News. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Richard_Besser/

Dr. Besser shows how easy it is for children to access medicines, even if they are on a high shelf. But, properly used child-proof tops did stop children from getting into the bottles.

The bottom line is to keep medicines out of sight, out of mind and out of reach. Use the child proof caps and keep in mind when you are around little hands that medicines are often objects of curiosity. They are sometimes multicolored and look like candy.

This story also features the true story and tragedy of one family, which really drives the point home.

We at Life Line Screening hope everyone is having a happy and safe holiday season.




Aortic Aneurysm Claims Life of US Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke

December 15, 2010

USA Today reports on usa.com that Richard Holbrooke, US Special Ambassador to Afghanistan and Pakistan, died Monday after surgeons tried to repair an aortic aneurysm.

The aorta is the largest artery in the body that runs from the chest to the torso. The specific type of aortic aneurysm that claimed 69-year-old Holbrooke’s life appears to have been a thoracic aortic aneurysm up close to his heart. It is much less common than an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), which occurs in the region just above, at level, or below the kidneys.

Needless to say, no matter what type or how common, any aneurysm of the aorta is life threatening. Keep in mind, though, that aortic aneurysms take a long time to develop and are detectable and repairable before they become critical.

This is a fact that also resonates in the article, written by Rita Rubin of USA Today, which states that, “Aortic aneurysms don’t cause symptoms, but screening with ultrasound and sometimes CT or MRI scans can detect them before they tear, when they can be easily surgically repaired.”

 Life Line Screening has always provided access to abdominal aortic aneurysm preventive screening services for anyone, regardless of insurance status, who is concerned about their risk of AAA. However, we also recommend that everyone stay proactive with their health by scheduling regular medical checkups and talking with their physician about the risk of aortic aneurysm.

Just as Dr. Cam Patterson, Chief of Cardiology in The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, is quoted in the article, “This isn’t something that will change in months or even years,” Patterson says of aortic aneurysms. “This is something that takes decades to develop.” Holbrooke’s death “emphasizes to me that patients should look physicians in the eye and say, ‘Is this something I need to worry about?’ ”

 You can read the USA Today article in its entirety at:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2010-12-15-holbrookeside15_ST_N.htm

Visit Life Line Screening today if you want more information risks for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), the most common type of aortic aneurysm.




Associations, Insurance Companies Offer Life Line Screening to Members

December 9, 2010

Over the last several years, many associations, insurance companies, corporations and unions have incorporated Life Line Screening services in their health offerings to their members, policyholders and employees. These organizations see the value in providing effective health screening services to individuals that enhance people’s ability to be proactive about their health.

Two of these organizations are the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) and Bankers Life & Casualty Insurance Company. 

NARFE

Life Line Screening has worked with NARFE since 2003 and conducted 27,000 screenings for NARFE members in that time.  Individual screening results over the years have included very serious findings that most likely saved the person from a stroke or ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. Life Line Screening has also alerted thousands of people to disease that they did not know was present.  In fact, NARFE member, Earl Stanton, wrote that the screening “saved his life.”

But it isn’t just the lifesaving stories that touch our hearts here at Life Line Screening. We appreciate the comments from customers who let us know that they value the knowledge gained from the screening, had a good experience with us, and plan on coming back.

Comments like this come from various members including Evelyn Hersh in Tennessee, who writes, “I was pleased with having the knowledge concerning vascular disease  and how easy it was to have the various tests done at such a reasonable cost. My results were all in the normal range, and I will follow up again in two to three years.”

Bankers Life and Casualty

Bankers also has a long-time relationship with Life Line Screening, working with us since 2005.  Bankers’ customer, Linda Lewis let us know that we “…found an aneurysm in my husband’s stomach. What a blessing to have the opportunity to repair it.”

We thank you for writing, Linda, and hope Clint is doing well.

If you work with an insurance company, association or other company that provides member, employee or customer benefits, consider working with Life Line Screening. Providing access to important health services will enrich your relationship with your associates, workforce or clients.

Request information about joining our network today.




Mammography Screening Controversy Continues

December 7, 2010

New research from the London Breast Institute was presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). This new research indicates that having a yearly mammogram between the ages of 40-50 greatly reduces the risk of having a mastectomy following breast cancer diagnosis.

According to the RSNA press release, the focus group of the study consisted of women who were diagnosed with breast cancer. When their treatment was evaluated by the researchers, it was found that those women who had mammograms in the earlier years were less likely to need a full mastectomy. In other words, they could benefit from less radical treatment techniques.

Quoted in this same press release is lead author, Nicholas M. Perry, MBBS, FRCS, FRCR, and director of the London Breast Institute at the Princess Grace Hospital. Dr. Perry commented that, “Regular screening is already proven to lower the chance of women dying from breast cancer. The results of our study support the importance of regular screening in the under-50 age group and confirm that annual mammography improves the chances of breast conservation should breast cancer develop.”

The press release also discusses the recent events involving the government task force in the United States that recommended routine screening begin at age 50. You may remember that this recommendation was met with anger, incredulity and flat out rejection by many experts, including the American Cancer Society, which believes screening should begin at age 40. Many top-tiered hospitals are counseling patients to ignore the task force recommendations.

In the UK, the NHS Breast Screening Programme provides free breast screening every three years for all women ages 50 and over. There is an extension of this program being phased in to extend screening to women ages 47 to 73. This extension will be complete in 2012. 1

Controversy around screening, no matter the type, will continue. The best approach is to talk with your doctor, consider your risk factors and determine what you feel is right for you. Screening provides information. Some of that information may cause peace of mind, but it may also lead to some anxiety and additional medical testing. This follow-up may or may not find disease.

At Life Line Screening, we work hard to ensure that the types of screenings you receive from us are accurate, comfortable and affordable. We believe that early detection is the key to prevention. Whatever the findings of a screening, knowing where you stand is the key to mapping out your health in the future.

The actual RSNA press release can be found at: http://www.rsna.org/Media/rsna/RSNA10_newsrelease_target.cfm?id=519

[1] http://www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/breastscreen/index.html




Snoring Linked to Heart Disease

December 1, 2010

New findings show a renewed link between snoring and heart disease as reported by Health.com.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh followed more than 800 people over three years. Those that initially reported snoring heavily were more than twice as likely to develop key risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and stroke, which are indicated through blood pressure, blood glucose, belly fat and cholesterol levels.

In addition to snoring, other key indicators for these risk factors were trouble falling asleep or waking up feeling tired at least three times a week.

Read this article now.

If you are having trouble sleeping or your partner mentions that you snore loudly, be sure to talk to your doctor.  These are more than just annoyances. They are symptoms of serious health risks.




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