Carla's Rants & Raves

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Texting While Driving is a Serious Health Risk - Duh!

I know, it’s not you - it’s the other guy. I want to talk about a serous health risk that more than 80 % of us admit to engaging in – texting while driving or talking on a cell phone while driving.

How much faith to you have in yourself as a driver? And how much faith do you have in other drivers? I’m betting you believe you are more competent than most of the drivers with whom you share the road. Be honest, am I right? I think its human nature to find ourselves more competent than everyone else on the road, but when I scrutinize that belief it’s just doesn’t hold up.

Please read this post and get real for a minute about the dangers of texting while driving an automobile or using a cell phone when you are behind the wheel.

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Maverick Health Honors Nurse “Edge Runners”

The Edge Runner program is a part of the Raise the Voice initiative funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and directed by the American Academy of Nursing. It recognizes nursing professionals who are finding new ways to improve and promote the health of patients.

It hasn’t gotten nearly the media play it should, nor have these Edge Runners had as much recognition as they deserve.

Read on to learn how these innovative nursing professionals are delivering health care that rocks!

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“Smart Choices” Food Labels - Shameful!

“Smart Choices” is a shameful food labeling campaign bought and paid for by giant food processers. It is a sham and so deserves its place of dishonor in the Hall of Shame. In these days of contentious debate about health and health care reform I want to do what I can to bring fame to those doing good work and shame to those trying to bamboozle us for a quick (or big) buck.

After reading this post if you want to protest this food labeling deception you can sign a petition at this link.

Read on to see why this is SO shameful.

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How NPs Can Reform Health (Care)

NP World News is the official news publication of nurse practitioners. Its contributors and columnists are thought leaders in the NP profession.

This is the third of 5 columns I will write for NPWN this year on subject of NP practice, health and health care reform.

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Will More Doctors Solve the Health Care Crisis?

On May 15, 2009, after President Obama’s “stakeholder” meeting at the White House I wrote a post called Consumers are the Ultimate Stakeholder in Health Care Reform. But consumers were not invited to the White House – neither were nurse practitioners.

Shortly after that White House meeting pundits from the Innosight Institute who are also authors of a book The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care published a commentary piece on CNN Politics.com titled We Don’t Need More Doctors. These scholars have some great ideas that might work - but some need a little fine tuning. Overall their perspective is very refreshing!

Read this post for my take on their commentary.

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Consumers are the Ultimate Stakeholder in Health Care Reform

This week President Obama invited “stakeholders” in the health care system to the White House to seek their input about the best ways to reform health care. Representatives from hospitals, the insurance industry, medical device and pharmaceutical companies, labor and physicians came to discuss ways to lower health care costs across the board. Neither consumers nor nurse practitioners were among the invited stakeholders.

Also this month the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions (a subsidiary of the international consulting company Deloitte and Touche) published their analysis of a survey they did of 4,001 American adult health care consumers. The survey (administered either in English or Spanish) sought information about the behaviors and attitudes of consumers regarding health care.

Read this post to learn what we as consumers - the ultimate stakeholders in health care reform - say we want.

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Straight Health Talk with Teens

In the January 2009 issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health  it was reported that young people had a better perception of their provider when they were able to discuss sensitive subjects. What remains to be studied is whether those discussions will result in better health outcomes, I believe they will.

Read this post to see what the teens had to say.

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Making the Most of Your Medical Appointments

When medical professionals are in training – Nurse Practitioners, Doctors and Physician Assistants – we are taught to ask specific questions to help us arrive at a correct diagnosis. It is called “analysis of a symptom”. You as a patient, however, receive no training to prepare you to answer these questions.

Read this post and learn the questions you will be asked. If you are prepared with detailed answers, you will be able to make the most of your medical appointment.

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This Week’s Post is Postponed Because I’m Post-Op

This week’s post is postponed because I had to have rotator cuff surgery last week. Wish me well and wish me luck - this is a rough ride. I’ll be back with a new post next week. Be careful out there!

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Shocking Statistics about Weight in America

Using statistics gathered by the federal government’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, researchers recently published predictions about future trends in weight in the journal Obesity. Using past trends they calculated where our collective weight is heading. This really is shocking - if current trends continue for the next 40 years the same way they have for the last 30 years:

100% of the American population will be overweight or obese in 2048.

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