You Cannot Control Health Care Costs By Pushing Down Prices

You Cannot Control Health Care Costs By Pushing Down Prices

One of the very first things all students learn in their first economics course is the meaning of the word “cost.” They come to economics thinking that the cost of something is the priceyou must pay. Sometimes the two are equal. Often, they are not. In a field such as health care, cost and price are almost never the same. They are usually not even connected. It follows logically that if you try to control one of these variables by controlling the other, you will fail. And fail miserably. The social cost of…

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An inside view of India’s pencil business and the four families that control it

An inside view of India’s pencil business and the four families that control it

The humble pencil was the simple solution that Three Idiots’ Rancho gave for the complex riddle of how to write in zero gravity. For about six centuries, the pencil has left its indelible mark as an all-weather writing instrument, after the accidental discovery of hard graphite at a nondescript Lake District village in England led to the commercial production of what would become the least inexpensive — yet must-have — item on modern desktops. Perhaps the instrument’s continuity as a stationery item was never in doubt. But when the mobile…

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The secret to male birth control may lie in this poisonous herb extract

The secret to male birth control may lie in this poisonous herb extract

A plant extract, traditionally used by African warriors as a heart-stopping poison on their arrows, may be used to develop birth control pill for men, a study in mice suggests. Women have many options for oral contraceptives that are safe, effective and reversible, but despite decades of research, men have none. Two types of African plants make the poisonous compound called ouabain. Mammals also produce it in their bodies, though at lower levels that are thought to help control blood pressure; doctors sometimes prescribe small doses of the compound to…

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4 Foods That May Help Control UTI

4 Foods That May Help Control UTI

The urinary tract consists of the Kidneys, Bladder, Ureters (tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder) and Urethra (that carry urine from the bladder outside). Infection in any part of the tract is Urinary Tract Infection or UTI however it is a term commonly used for infection in the lower tract i.e. the bladder and urethra. Women are more prone to UTI’s than men. Some common symptoms of UTI, as stated by the Cleveland Clinic: 1. Pain in the flank (side), abdomen or pelvic area 2. Pressure in the lower…

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Keep your sugar levels under control with regular exercise

Keep your sugar levels under control with regular exercise

Among all the ways you can keep your diabetes in check, working out is one of the best. There is a strong link between exercise and sugar levels in diabetes. Basic lifestyle changes and regular exercise can help you manage diabetes. Ranging from sugar control to weight management, staying active offers great benefits. Many studies aimed at finding an answer to this have concluded the positive impact of exercise on your sugar levels. Exercise in diabetes type 1 is as important as in type 2, says Dr Walia Murshida Huda (Senior Medical…

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Control blood pressure with delicious food

Control blood pressure with delicious food

Hit your daily meal with a nutritional punch. Add some fresh wholesome foods that are truly more powerful than others, in the sense they share more than the fair share of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Having less calories and fats, they contain essential phyto-chemicals which may protect you against many diseases. Blood pressure is one of the most common sedentary lifestyle diseases today. However, this is not necessarily a cause for alarm, yet can cause health problems if it is not treated for a long time. It is the…

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Can’t Stop Overeating? A Gene May Help You Control Your Food Intake

Can’t Stop Overeating? A Gene May Help You Control Your Food Intake

A country where 270 million people live below the poverty line, obesity seems to be a distant issue, meant for the rich folks of the first world. But India is under siege: junk food, alcohol and sedentary lifestyle are leading us to silent self-destruction, making one in every five Indian men and women either obese or overweight. Further, obesity among children and adolescents too is rising rapidly. Over eating or excessive intake of food is one of the major reasons of obesity among the masses. People who overeat have a…

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10 Tips on How to Control Diabetes

10 Tips on How to Control Diabetes

One of the major diseases affecting millions and millions of people in the country, diabetes is deadly. It is a condition when the hormone called insulin that is produced by the pancreas is unable to break down glucose into energy, and as such, the blood sugar level increases in the body. It is a life-long illness and those suffering from it have to be on medication and watch their diet strictly. One’s diet plays a major role in keeping a control on the blood sugar level, which can fluctuate tremendously…

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5 Home Remedies to Control High Levels of Uric Acid

5 Home Remedies to Control High Levels of Uric Acid

Being healthy is not for special occasions. It is a day to day challenge to fortify yourself from within. Good nutrition is as important as cultivating certain healthy habits to reduce your risk of falling prey to some of the chronic lifestyle diseases that are becoming increasingly common. With our hectic schedules and convenient choices, having high levels of uric acid is one such problem that many of you could face. Uric acid is a chemical found in your blood which is created when a substance called purine is broken…

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New Initiative Promises Diabetics Better Control on the Disease

New Initiative Promises Diabetics Better Control on the Disease

Researchers from various prominent health institutions, including the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Emory University of the US, have said that a new Multi-Component Diabetes Quality Improvement (QI) initiative can help patients with diabetes double their likelihood of controlling the disease in comparison with the usual doctor care. Led by researchers at the Public Health Foundation of India, AIIMS, and Emory University (Atlanta, USA), the initiative, comprising non-physician care coordinators and decision-support electronic health records, is a result of years of trial at ten clinical centres in…

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