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Cyndie Koopsen, Co-CEO of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC, sat down with nurse entrepreneurs Keith Carlson (of NurseKeith Coaching and the blog Digital Doorway) and Kevin Ross (founder of Spire Health Partners and Innovative Nurse) to explore Cyndie’s journey of entrepreneurship and the creation and vision of ALLEGRA Learning.

Cyndie has an extensive clinical and administrative health care background that includes nursing executive leadership, education, and curriculum design and development. She has co-authored two integrative health care texts with Caroline Young and they both have created an organization that provides nationally accredited continuing education courses, certificate programs, workshops, and presentations for health care providers and others interested in expanding their knowledge and skills, particularly in the area of integrative health.… Read more »

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Authors of the newest consensus statement on menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) have concluded that MHT is the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms and that benefits are most likely to outweigh the risks if MHT is prescribed before the age of 60 years or within 10 years after menopause. The primary use of oral MHT is for relief of menopausal hot flashes.

Key Conclusions

  • MHT is the most effective treatment for vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause at any age, but the benefits outweigh the risks for the treatment of symptoms if prescribed before the age of 60 years or within 10 years after menopause.
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A recent study in the Journal of Patient Safety estimates that as many as 210,000 to 440,000 patients who go to the hospital for healing die each year as a result of preventable medical deaths. This makes medical errors the third-leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer.

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published the famous report “To Err is Human” which created an enormous uproar when it reported that up to 98,000 people die every year because of mistakes made in hospitals.… Read more »

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The La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood in Denver is undergoing a bit of a revolution. The city’s housing authority is using a relatively new decision-making tool called a health impact assessment to design a redevelopment plan that encourages physical activity and environmental sustainability.  The new project, known as Mariposa, will incorporate ecological construction materials and practices (such as solar power and geothermal energy) in an effort to create and support a healthy, vibrant community.

Doctors, nurses, community groups, and social agencies have long felt that environmental conditions contribute to such health conditions as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Cardiology, Complementary and Integrative Health, Diabetes, Gerontology, Holistic and Integrative Health, Home Health, Hospice, Management and Leadership, Maternal Child, Med/Surg, Men's Health, Mental Health, Neonatal, OB/GYN, Occupational Therapy, Oncology, Pain Assessment and Management, Palliative Care, Pediatrics, Perinatal Issues in Healthcare, Psychiatric Health, Social Work, Spirituality, Health, and Healing, Stress Management, Wellness.

A recent report commissioned by the Bravewell Collaborative surveyed 29 prominent integrative medical centers in the United States. The report, entitled Integrative Medicine in America (2012), revealed that in more than half the hospitals surveyed, these therapies help reduce anxiety, nausea, and pain levels, as well as increase patient engagement. With the advent of value-based reimbursement, in which payments to hospitals are tied to patient satisfaction, integrative health therapies may improve bottom lines, as well.

The hospitals in the survey used many types of integrative therapies, such as food/nutrition, supplements, yoga, acupressure, guided imagery, aromatherapy, massage, expressive arts, medical clowns, meditation, sound therapy, and Reiki.… Read more »

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We all have natural reactions to color. A clear blue sky can lift our spirits. A bouquet of sunflowers can make us feel optimistic. The green grass of a meadow can make us feel relaxed and rejuvenated. A bright red car can make us feel adventurous, while a white room can leave us feeling unsettled. Our culturally learned associations and our individualized physiological and psychological makeup produce our emotional responses to color.

Color, one of the most powerful elements in our environment, affects us in many ways.… Read more »

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In a recent study funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and published in Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society, clinical hypnosis was shown to produce significant reductions in self-reported and physiologically measured hot flashes in postmenopausal women.

Hot flashes and nights sweats (vasomotor symptoms) affect as many as 80% of women. The use of estrogen and progesterone to manage hot flashes and night sweats has declined due to widespread concerns over health risks.… Read more »

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The U.S. Prevention Services Task Force (USPSTF) provided an update to their recommendation statement on hormone therapy for the prevention of chronic conditions in postmenopausal women. The use of combined estrogen and progestin and the use of estrogen alone are specifically addressed. To read the complete report on the new recommendations, visit the Annals of Internal Medicine website.… Read more »

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1. Start volunteering. It helps you live longer and keeps you happier.

2. Work out. Resistance training and core work every day improve your well-being.

3. Choose the right health care provider. Find one who is sensitive to your needs and clinically up-to-date; it can mean the difference between life and death.

4. Keep your eyes healthy. The right glasses and a yearly exam can prevent falls.

5.Smile, smile, smile. It creates a positive atmosphere, lowers blood pressure, relieves stress, boosts immunity, and feels great!Read more »

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You’ve probably heard about meditation and may wonder, What is meditation, and what can meditation do for me?  Doesn’t it mean sitting all day in silence? Isn’t it for monks in far-away countries who can chant for hours?

Meditation is actually becoming quite popular in the Western world, among people from all walks of life, as a powerful and effective practice for reducing stress and creating relaxation. By quieting your mind, and becoming mindful of thoughts, feelings, and sensations while observing them in a nonjudgmental manner, meditating can help you become tranquil, and many aspects of life become clear.… Read more »