My First YouTube Video is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Friday, August 22, 2014 19:11

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Accepted

Donna Hill Howes nominated the Sharecare Advisory Board for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Here is my first YouTube Video featuring the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. For more information on ALS, please visit The ALS Association.

I call out Harry Greenspun, MD, John La Puma, MD and Dennis Michaels, Esq.

 

 

#IceBucketChallenge #StrikeOutALS

The ALS Association http://www.alsa.org.

 

 

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List of Health Care Social Media and Digital Influencers on Twitter

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:31

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

Marie Ennis-O’Connor (@JBBC) is a healthcare writer, public relations consultant, and digital media strategist. Marie recently compiled a list of 84 health care social media and digital influencers on Twitter.

Twitter is a powerful social networking platform and it allows health professionals to deeply connect and engage with the community. Health care professionals can help educate consumers, raise awareness of health issues and collaborate. This phenomenal platform gives a voice to patients and consumers, and it helps start the conversation with doctors, nurses and other health care professionals.

Thank you Marie for this valuable list, and I am honored to be included.

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100 Health Care and Digital Influencers on Twitter

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  1. 1. Aaron Sklar (@aaronsklar)

    Aaron Sklar (@aaronsklar)

    Neck deep in health-tech start-ups. Design for #digitalhealth. #innovation #behaviorchange #co_health #designthinking #populationhealth #patientengagement San Francisco, California
    rebelmouse.com/aaronsklar/

  2. 2. Andreas Rex (@andreas_rex)

    Andreas Rex (@andreas_rex)

    On Behalf of Digital Healthcare Marketing. Consultancy for Healthcare Social Media #hcsm #ePatient #gamification #mobilehealth #patientengagement. #VIRA Germany

  3. 3. Andrew Spong (@andrewspong)

    Andrew Spong (@andrewspong)

    Social business developer. Focused on health communications. Working with pharma, patient associations, & agencies. MD, STweM. Rustington, UK

  4. 4. Anneliz Hannan (@annelizhannan)

    Anneliz Hannan (@annelizhannan)

    Corporate Communications, Public Affairs, Public Relations, Social Media, Healthcare Communications and a Nurse Who Gives More 'Breadth' To Your Brand. Wilmington, NC

  5. 5. ArtJones (@ArtJones)

    ArtJones (@ArtJones)

    New Media & Modern Marketing are more about PEOPLE than TECHNOLOGY. #HCSM #MHealth #TheFutureOfHealthcare NYC & LA

  6. 6. Audun Utengen (@audvin)

    Audun Utengen (@audvin)

    Connect the dots in healthcare social media @Symplur. Disrupt patient satisfaction surveys @Caretotell. Happy Co-founder of both. California

  7. 7. Aurora (@aurorahealthpr)

    Aurora (@aurorahealthpr)

    Healthcare communicators who love what we do for a living - work in UK and internationally. . London, UK

  8. 8. BarbaraFicarra (@BarbaraFicarra)

    BarbaraFicarra (@BarbaraFicarra)

    Journalist, Founder Healthin30.com, Writer Huffingtonpost, Speaker, Media Broadcaster, Consultant, Registered Nurse, Health Educator, Pt Empowerment, HCSM, and.... New York

  9. 9. Ben Dillon (@benatgeo)

    Ben Dillon (@benatgeo)

    eHealth Evangelist, keynote speaker, SHSMD board member, healthcare web strategist, 2012 #hit100 member, recovering geek. Iowa

  10. 10. Berci Meskó, MD, PhD (@berci)

    Berci Meskó, MD, PhD (@berci)

    Medical futurist, geek medical doctor with PhD in genomics, founder of http://Webicina.com , speaker, blogger, university lecturer, book author, consultant.
    Budapest, Hungary · medicalfuturist.com

  11. 11. Bonnie Brossart (@bonniebrossart)

    Bonnie Brossart (@bonniebrossart)

    CEO of Health Quality Council (Saskatchewan), energetic and passionate about QI & health system transformation. Saskatoon SK CANADA
    hqc.sk.ca

  12. 12. Brian Ahier (@ahier)

    Brian Ahier (@ahier)

    Health IT Evangelist ~ Passionate about healthcare, technology and government 2.0. The Dalles, Oregon

  13. 13. Brian S. McGowan PhD (@BrianSMcGowan)

    Brian S. McGowan PhD (@BrianSMcGowan)

    Author of #SOCIALQI: Simple Solutions for Improving Your Healthcare. CLO of @ArcheMedX. Committed to information flow and learning in healthcare.

  14. 14. Brian T. Edwards (@HealthGrid)

    Brian T. Edwards (@HealthGrid)

    Senior #mHealth Analyst @iMedicalApps. Fellow @StartupHealth. #DigitalHealth thought leader. Patient entrepreneur. . Chicago, United States

  15. 15. Care.com (@caredotcom)

    Care.com (@caredotcom)

    http://t.co/zMKTkYG9Vl on Twitter - Advice on finding the right care for your family from our team of parents, kids and pet owners United States
    Care.com

  16. 16. Caz Milligan (@caz_milligan)

    Caz Milligan (@caz_milligan)

    Social Media for Emergency Management | Associate Crest Advisory UK | EOC Public Information Management | Former Police Officer |All views expressed are my own. New Zealand
    bit.ly/1gki0A0

  17. 17. Chris Boyer (@chrisboyer)

    Chris Boyer (@chrisboyer)

    AVP of Digital Strategy for Northshore/LIJ Health System in New York. Member of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Advisory Board. Forest Hills, NY

  18. 18. Colin Hung (@Colin_Hung)

    Colin Hung (@Colin_Hung)

    Tweets on marketing, healthcare & leadership. True believer in Healthcare IT. VP @NightingaleEMR. Co-Host #hcldr chat Tues 8:30pm ET. Sushi, SciFi & TV fanatic. Toronto

  19. 19. Colleen Young (@colleen_young)

    Colleen Young (@colleen_young)

    Community Manager of Virtual Hospice | Portail en soins palliatifs (@VirtualHospice), Founder of #hcsmca, plain language writer, health literacy advocate. Canada

  20. 20. Dana Lewis (@danamlewis)

    Dana Lewis (@danamlewis)

    #hcsm founder & moderator (Sun @ 8pm CT) Seattle, WA

  21. 21. Dan Dunlop (@dandunlop)

    Dan Dunlop (@dandunlop)

    Dan is a healthcare marketer, brand consultant, blogger, author, agency president and public speaker. Chapel Hill, North Carolina

  22. 22. David Harlow (@healthblawg)

    David Harlow (@healthblawg)

    Health Care Lawyer, Consultant, Speaker, Blogger http://about.me/davidharlow. Boston MA

  23. 23. Debra Lieberman (@deblieberman)

    Debra Lieberman (@deblieberman)

    Director, Center for Digital Games Research, UC Santa Barbara. Research and evidence-based design of media & games for learning, health, behavior change. Santa Barbara, CA, USA
    healthgamesresearch.org

  24. 24. Desney Tan (@DesneyTan)

    Desney Tan (@DesneyTan)

    Rocking #DigitalHealth with #Wearables and #Mobile computing at Microsoft Research. PhD from @CarnegieMellon. Angel investor. Seattle, WA.

  25. 25. Doctors 2.0 & You (@doctors20)

    Doctors 2.0 & You (@doctors20)

    How do Doctors use Social Media, Apps, Web 2.0 Tools w/ Patients, Colleagues, Institutions, Industry, Payers? Come to Paris June 6-7, 2013 #doctors20. Paris, France

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What is a Medical Emergency?

Monday, June 16, 2014 13:34

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

About Emergencies: What is a medical emergency and when to call 9-1-1

 

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Debate brews over whether emergency departments are busier since the Affordable Healthcare Act expanded insurance coverage the beginning of this year.

While the debate continues, it is important for you to understand what a medical emergency is and when to call 9-1-1.

The information in this post, What is a Medical Emergency? is from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) - Emergency Care For You – and it is published with permission granted by ACEP.

What is a medical emergency?

A medical emergency is an event that you reasonably believe threatens your or someone else’s life or limb in such a manner that immediate medical care is needed to prevent death or serious impairment of health. A medical emergency includes severe pain, bad injury, a serious illness, or a medical condition that is quickly getting much worse.

  • To help you decide if you should call 9-1-1 answer these questions (as best you can):
  •  Is the condition life or limb threatening?
  • Could the condition worsen quickly on the way to the hospital?
  • If you move the victim, will it cause further injury?
  • Does the person need skills or equipment that paramedics or EMT’s carry right away?
  • Would distance or traffic cause a delay in getting the person to the hospital?

If the answer is yes to any of these….call 9-1-1.

What if I’m not sure?

If you’re not sure about the answer to the above questions, call 9-1-1 and the trained dispatcher will help advise you. It is better to be safe and let the 9-1-1 call taker determine if you need emergent assistance. Always err on the side of caution. When in doubt, call.

If you are experiencing any of the following, call 9-1-1 immediately:

  • Severe difficulty breathing, especially that does not improve with rest.
  • Chest Pain
  • A fast heartbeat (more than 120-150) at rest especially if associated with shortness of breath or feeling faint
  • You witness someone faint/pass out or someone is unresponsive (comatose)
  • Difficulty speaking, numbness, or weakness of any part of the body
  • Sudden dizziness, weakness or mental changes (confusion, very odd behavior, difficulty walking)
  • Sudden blindness or vision changes
  • Heavy bleeding from your mouth, nose, vagina or bottom
  • Bleeding from any wound that won’t stop with direct pressure
  • Broken bones visible through an open wound, or a broken leg
  • Drowning
  • Choking
  • Severe Burns
  • Allergic reaction, especially if there is any difficulty breathing
  • Extremely hot or cold
  • Poisoning or drug overdose
  • New severe headache
  • Sudden intense severe pain
  • Someone is threatening to hurt or kill themselves or someone else

When not to call 9-1-1?

  • Routine visits to medical offices, clinics, hospitals
  •  Flu-like symptoms or common colds
  • Chronic (ongoing) aches or pains
  • Minor cuts that stop bleeding with pressure
  • Broken fingers or toes (unless partially/fully amputated)

At your discretion, for these issues proceed to your nearest clinic or emergency department, but you most likely don’t need 9-1-1.

Don’t call 9-1-1 if:

  • Some crime (burglary, damage) was committed yesterday
  • Your cat is stuck in a tree
  • You need general information (such as phone numbers, directions, road or weather conditions)

Calls of this nature may delay response to true emergencies and delay critical time-sensitive, life-saving assistance.

Who will answer my call? What information will they want?

9-1-1 calls are answered by trained dispatchers who will ask you questions to determine what kind of help you need. As soon as you call, a response is in action but you must stay on the line to answer more questions until the dispatcher tells you to hang up.

You may be asked:

  • What happened?
  • Where are you? (Be specific. This is especially important if you are using a cell phone as the dispatcher may not be able to track your exact location like is possible when you use a land-line)
  • What is your name?
  • What is your phone number?

I’ve called 9-1-1, what should I do while I wait?

  • Answer all the 9-1-1 call taker’s questions.
  • Apply direct pressure to a bleeding wound with whatever cloth/bandages you have
  • If it is at night, turn on the lights in your home, to make it easier for the ambulance to find you
  • If you’re on a cell phone, make sure to give the call-taker EXACT information on your location
  • If you or the other person has Advanced Directives, power of attorney or other legal documents about their wishes for care from the paramedics or hospital, please have these ready when help arrives.

What if I call 9-1-1 by mistake?

If you call by mistake, DO NOT HANG UP, just stay on the line and tell the dispatcher that everything is OK. If you hang up, they may send a police officer or fire truck to your location to investigate if there is a problem.

For further information, please visit here.

Remember to always be proactive and in charge of your health. Be an empowered health care consumer. Always ask questions and speak up and remember to stay calm.

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Sources:

American College of Emergency Physicians

Emergency Care For You

Emergency Care For You – About Emergencies

The content on this website and related broadcasts is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical condition. Promptly seek professional medical care if you have any concern about your health. Always consult your physician before making any changes to your medical regimen.

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Healthy Eating: Do You Know The Five Refuel Commandments?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:41

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

Okay men, this one’s for you. A healthy lifestyle reboot book that focuses on food, fitness and health. REFUEL, is a well-written book, with a dose of humor, by my friend and a leading health expert John La Puma, MD.

REFUEL is a 24 day eating plan specifically engineered for the male brain and body designed to boost testosterone levels, help men shed fat, pump up strength and stamina and improve sexual performance.

Dr. La Puma will guide you through the 24-Day eating plan, and he will provide you with fitness tips, the Dos and Don’ts of healthy eating, simple and healthy recipes, including “15 Dishes Every Man Should Know How to Make,” and tips to keep you on track, plus so much more. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find.

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The Five REFUEL Commandments

 

  1. Do not eat foods you can crumple or crush. Skip potato chips, hamburger buns, squishy bread, pretzels, and so on. These foods weaken muscles, zap energy, spike insulin, and make you store fat. No cheating—being able to crush a zucchini or an apple with a hammer does not count.
  2. Eat primarily undisguised lean protein and strong vegetables. “Undisguised” means not sauced, dressed, breaded, coated, battered, or otherwise masked. Strong vegetables, like broccoli and kale, are those that boost your immunity and make you physically stronger.
  3. Eat only small amounts of grains, starches, sweets, dried fruits, and full-fat dairy, tart up your carbs. Any grain, pasta or rice should get, at minimum, a sprinkle of vinegar, lemon, or lime. Bread should get mustard or salsa. Acidic foods lower glycemic index of refined carbs, improve insulin response, and slow the rate at which carbs are stored as belly fat. Less belly fat means more testosterone for your body to use for muscle building and fat burning.
  4. Only use a 6-inch plate for meals at home. This simple step will reduce your food consumption by 20 percent. You probably won’t even notice the difference, except that your plate will be full when you start, and you’ll eat with more pleasure because of it.
  5. Drink 3 liters of filtered (when possible) water with citrus juice daily. Drink more water.

Exactly how much is 3 liters? Here are a few different ways to look at the quantity.

  • 6 ½ 1-pint Mason jars
  • 68 shot glasses
  • ¾ of a gallon jug
  • 8 ½ large coffee mugs
  • 4 27-ounce Klean Kanteens
  • 6 ½ American pint glasses

(Reprinted with permission from the author, John La Puma, MD.)

Simple steps for men and women

These are all simple easy steps you can start right now. I love number 4—“Only use a 6-inch plate for meals at home.” No need to super-size. Eating the right amount of food is as important as eating the right foods.

While REFUEL’s focus is geared towards men, women can certainly take part. ”Women are the secret weapon men have in doing REFUEL: the best way for men to succeed is to invite a woman to do it with them,” writes Dr. La Puma.

You may find more information about REFUEL here.

Good luck and let the challenge begin, but remember, this isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle.

Your turn

We would love to hear from you. In the comment section below, please let us know if you’ve dived into a REFUEL lifestyle. Please share your thoughts and comments. We would greatly appreciate it.

As always, thank you for your valuable time.

About John La Puma, MD

John La Puma, MD

John La Puma, MD

John La Puma, MD is a practicing physician, board-certified in internal medicine and a professionally trained chef. His mission is to help you get measurably, happily healthier with what you eat and how you live.

Three of his books–”Cooking the RealAge Way,” “The RealAge Diet” and “ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine”–have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into 8 languages. His new book, REFUEL, aims to change how men think about what they eat–as fuel too–and to help men become stronger, healthier and the best versions of themselves.

The Wall Street Journal calls him a “Secret Weapon” against cholesterol and heart disease. He taught the first Nutrition and Cooking course for medical students in the US, at SUNY-Upstate with Dr. Michael Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic, and the first Culinary Medicine course for clinical medical students in the US, at DMU. Dr. La Puma developed the recipes for Dr. Oz and Roizen’s YOU the Owner’s Manual. Repeatedly named “One of America’s Top Physicians” by Consumers’ Research Council, Dr. La Puma has been honored with the American Medical Association/National Association of Medical Communicators “Award of Excellence”.

His new “PBS ChefMD Shorts” series can be seen available nationwide through 2016, and his “Refuel Minute” series is available on YouTube. He is based in and sees patients in Santa Barbara, California.

http://www.drjohnlapuma.com/clinic/refuel/
http://www.drjohnlapuma.com/about/

 

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John La Puma, MD and Barbara Ficarra at the Freddie Awards-International Health and Medical Media Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The content on this website and related broadcasts is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical condition. Promptly seek professional medical care if you have any concern about your health. Always consult your physician before making any changes to your medical regimen.

A TEDEd Presentation, Sugar: Hiding in plain sight, plus other names for added sugar

Thursday, April 3, 2014 14:50

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

This is a short charming animated informational TED-Ed Original presentation, Sugar: Hiding in plain sight-Robert Lustig.

“While sugar is easy to spot in candy, soft drinks and ice cream, it also hides out in foods you might not expect — including peanut butter, pasta sauce and even bologna! Robert Lustig decodes confusing labels and sugar’s many aliases to help determine just how much of that sweet carbohydrate makes its way into our diets.”

Robert Lustig, MD is a UCSF Professor of Pediatrics, author and educator.

According to this TEDEd presentation, there are about 56 other names for added sugar.

  1. Barley Malt
  2. Barbados Sugar
  3. Beet Sugar
  4. Brown Sugar
  5. Buttered Syrup
  6. Cane Juice
  7. Cane Sugar
  8. Caramel
  9. Corn Syrup
  10. Corn Syrup Solids
  11. Confectioner’s Sugar
  12. Carob Syrup
  13. Castor Sugar
  14. Date Sugar
  15. Dehydrated Cane Sugar
  16. Demerara Sugar
  17. Dextran
  18. Dextrose
  19. Diastatic Malt
  20. Diatase
  21. Ethyl Maltol
  22. Free Flowing Brown Sugars
  23. Fructose
  24. Fruit Juice
  25. Fruit Juice Concentrate
  26. Galactose
  27. Glucose
  28. Glucose Solids
  29. Golden Sugar
  30. Golden Syrup
  31. Grape Sugar
  32. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
  33. Honey
  34. Icing Sugar
  35. Invert Sugar
  36. Lactose
  37. Malt
  38. Maltodextrin
  39. Maltose
  40. Malt Syrup
  41. Mannitol
  42. Maple Syrup
  43. Molasses
  44. Muscovado
  45. Panocha
  46. Powdered Sugar
  47. Raw Sugar
  48. Refiner’s Syrup
  49. Rice Syrup
  50. Sorbitol
  51. Sorghum Syrup
  52. Sucrose
  53. Sugar (Granulated)
  54. Treacle
  55. Turbinado Sugar
  56. Yellow Sugar


Your turn
Are you surprised to learn that there are other names for added sugar? Are you concerned with the amount of sugar in a food product or beverage? What tips do you have to eat healthier? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below. You may also continue the conversation on Facebook.

As always, thank you for your very valuable time.


Barbara’s note
Food labels can be misleading and confusing. Sometimes the front of a food label may sound healthy, but it’s not. It’s important to turn the package over and read the list of ingredients, not just the front of the food label.

Next Up
John La Puma MD, a practicing physician, board-certified in internal medicine, a professionally trained chef, and a New York Times best-selling author, shares his expertise on the next Healthin30 post. [Until then, you may find more information here.]

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