Today marked a historical Supreme Court ruling, as President Obama’s health reform law has been upheld, with a 5-4 decision. The principle upheld by the high court’s ruling is that no American should go bankrupt because of illness.

This decision is likely to have a large impact on the upcoming November elections. Those who disapprove of the ruling, like Republican candidate Mitt Romney, believe that “defeating Obama in November is the only way to get rid of it.”

President Obama states that, “I know the debate over this law has been divisive…It should be pretty clear that I didn’t do this because it was good politics. I did it because I believe it is good for the country.”

Read more about how this ruling will impact your healthcare HERE.

~Professional Medical Corp


Is Retirement Still a Dream?

For previous generations retirement has been something to look forward to and a new survey suggestions those times are changing. The survey conducted by TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation found that the dream of retirement is slipping away for many, in fact one out of every two Americans surveyed said they are not looking forward to retirement, and this is mostly being fueled by the fear of not having enough money saved.

In anticipation of retiring without enough money saved in time 80% of those surveyed envision having to work part or full time after retirement.

The survey also evaluated the mental outlook for current retirees compared to younger generations who are planning for retirement. Four age categories were looked at and had varying outlooks on retirement.

 Matures – Proud, satisfied and positive

Baby Boomers – Anxious and regretful

Gen X – Embarrassed, frustrated and envious

Gen Y– Disinterested and lacking control

 “Getting over any negative psychological feelings associated with retirement is the first step to getting on track. Once you can get past those, a lot of practical plans start to surface,” said Lule Demmissie from TD Ameritrade, Inc.

For more resources to help with planning for retirement, please read the original article HERE.

~Professional Medcial Corp.

Medical Tests and Treatments You May Not Need

The American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation (ABIM) has asked many doctors what tests and treatments are worth the time and money and which can be skipped. What they concluded is that too many tests are being conducted that are no longer needed and as a result common tests and treatments have been identified as unnecessary.  A list of 45 overused procedures was presented on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The 7 Most Overused medical treatments have been a result of our changing medical culture. Many doctors believe that “too much testing is being done that isn’t needed, that doesn’t work,” says John Santa, M.D., who directs health ratings for Consumer Reports.

The top 7 most overused tests and treatments for people over age 50 were found to be:

1) EKG and other heart screening tests for low-risk people without symptoms.

2) Bone scans for osteoporosis for women under 65 and men under 70 with no risk factors.

3) Antibiotics for mild-to-moderate sinus infections.

4) NSAID painkillers for people with high blood pressure, heart failure and any chronic kidney disease.

5) X-ray, CT scan or MRI for low back pain.

6) Diagnostic tests for suspected allergies.

7) CT scans and other imaging procedures for uncomplicated headaches.

To read more about dangers associated with these tests and other exceptions please read the AARP Article HERE

~Professional Medical Corp

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

If you are having trouble falling asleep or staying a sleep, researcher from Ryerson University in Toronto, now have a deeper understanding as to why. They have been studying the connection between being afraid of the dark and quality of sleep. The findings from the 93 student study found that nearly half acknowledged being afraid of the dark and those people were more likely to be poor sleepers than good ones.

The participants were even tested to confirm their fear of the dark and placed in either a dark or lit lab room where they were subjected to unexpected bursts of white noise. Researchers then evaluated blinking patterns in response to nosies.

Next the participants were placed into the dark, where they discovered that the poor sleepers were more easily startled than the good sleepers. “People who were poor sleepers experienced anticipatory anxiety in the dark, and based on the evidence, seem to be afraid of the dark,” says Colleen Carney, assistant professor of psychology at Ryerson University.

What is so interesting about this research is that participants’ ‘fears of the dark’ could be traced back to childhood phobias about the dark.  This got the researchers thinking that if people with sleep disorders like insomnia have an active and untreated phobia of the dark, then treatment methods for some patients should be re-evaluated. Read Article HERE

For many facing sleepless nights this study could shed new light on conquering insomia.

~ Professional Medical Supply Corp

Possible NYC Ban on Large Sodas

New York City’s mayor Michael Bloomberg is fighting for large sugary drinks to be banned in public venues like movie theatres and restaurants. This ban would eliminate the sale of soft drinks that are 16ounces or larger.

Health implications due to soft drinks have been debated for years and experts now believe that sugary drinks are a leading cause of obesity.

Bloomberg’s proposed ban has been met with some criticism as to how affective it will be. Many believe that even if the ban controls large sized soft drinks businesses will find ways to get the drinks to customers, by possibly offering free refills on small drinks, and this will not support Bloomberg’s efforts to reduce sugar consumption.

Many academic scientists in the field of obesity prevention support Bloomberg’s efforts. New York City has previously banned the use of hydrogenated vegetable oils in restaurants based on scientific evidence that showed these cooking oils are hazardous to health.

The soda policy proposal is aimed at changing people’s portion size and could that really hurt in our national struggle to reduce obesity?

Find out more and read the original article HERE

~Professional Medical Corp

Chia for Nutrition not just Pets

 Chia pets are not the only way to enjoy chia seeds. Adding fiber and omega-3 fatty acids to your diet is simple with chia seeds. The popularity of these ancient seeds has increased over the years due to their health benefits, neutral taste, and the variety in how they can be consumed. Chia seeds can be used in drinks, as a nutritional topping to things like yogurt, and they can also be cooked with (try something new with a grilled salmon with chia seeds dish).

The Chia seed trend has an increasing number of followers. Last week, Business Week magazine reported that “among Wall Street’s trading desks and bullpens, chia seeds are becoming the stimulant of choice.” They are, the magazine said, “healthier than coffee, cheaper (and obviously more legal) than cocaine, and less juvenile than a 5-hour Energy drink.”

With an increase in popularity comes a greater demand. A company based in Oxnard, called Nutiva, has seen demand for their products grow fivefold. Their website has provided some of the nutritional benefits the seeds can have on your health. Nutiva 

These little seeds have a lot of nutrition in such a small package which makes them a great addition to your diet. Enjoy Chia seeds for health and to learn more check out the original news article LA Times

~ Professional Medical Corp