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Kaiser Kidney Transplant Program Gets Reprieve From Medicare Officials

Kaiser Kidney Transplant Program Gets Reprieve From Medicare Officials

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In August 2006, Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest Health Maintenance Organization, agreed to pay a $2 million fine and donate $3 to a charity group after numerous government investigations determined that the HMO caused harm, and in some cases death, to hundreds of kidney transplant patients.

Two months earlier in June 2006, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid threatened to cut off funding to the HMO after determining that Kaiser's kidney transplant program had failed to provide adequate care to patients waiting to receive a kidney transplant.

The CMS released a damning report on June 23, that said the program was understaffed, its record keeping and training were nonexistent or inadequate, and that some patients were not matched up with kidneys, even when a perfect matches was available. The CMS also said patients received confusing information and in many cases, patient complaints were lost or ignored.

High Blood Pressure can be lowered by taking Multiple Short Walks Each Day

High Blood Pressure can be lowered by taking Multiple Short Walks Each Day

According to Indiana University researchers, taking three or four short vigorous walks spread out during each day is more helpful than completing the same amount of exercise in one lump of time. The study was first reported in the September issue of the Journal of Hypertension.

"The biggest problem for most people is they don't have the time," said Janet P. Wallace, professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the IU School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. "You might think, 'I don't have the time to go to the gym or work out for 40 minutes, but I might have the time to do 10 minutes here, 10 minutes here and another 10 minutes here.' Four 10-minute walks would be ideal."

Weight Loss - Carbohydrate protein causes excess Carbs to be Stored as Body Fat

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A substance called ChREBP (carbohydrate response element binding protein) is a unique trigger that causes excess carbohydrates to be stored as fatty acids as body fat. The study was first published in the current issue of the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism.

The study is a continuation of a five year old discovery of the ChREBP which is a separate acting trigger for fat storage. It was originally thought that Insulin was the only fat storage system in the body previous to this discovery.

Insulin Resistance in Teens Predictor of High Blood Pressure Heart Disease

Insulin Resistance in Teens Predictor of High Blood Pressure Heart Disease

Researchers in Minnesota say that a low insulin response in the teenage years can be an early predictor of heart disease. They say the insulin resistance is independent of obesity, although obesity may increase the risk of diabetes and insulin resistance.

Dr. Sinaiko says “"The insulin clamp is considered the gold standard to measure insulin resistance, a precursor to type-2 diabetes. Insulin regulates sugars, starches, fats and proteins in the body. When cells become resistant to the effects of insulin, insulin levels increase to regulate metabolism." Sinaiko is lead author of the study and professor of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis.

Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes - Differences Explained

Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes - Differences Explained

Diabetes is a very serious and widespread disease that affects most of the systems in the body. It is currently the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. It is responsible for a staggering 210,000 deaths annually and steadily rising.

What exactly is Diabetes? There are two major types of Diabetes: Type I (formerly known as juvenile onset diabetes) and Type II (which is much more common). High blood glucose levels that lead to a host of problems characterize both types.

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