Symposium Speaker: U.S. Mortality Rate Poor

Pomona, CA (PRWEB) April 18, 2014

Life expectancy in the United States, once firmly in the middle of the pack compared to most of the other major developed nations in the world, is relatively low and declining, a nationally recognized gerontology expert told Western University of Health Sciences students, staff and guests Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Eileen Crimmins, PhD, AARP Chair in Gerontology at the University of Southern Californias Davis School of Gerontology, and director of the USC/UCLA Center on Biodemography and Population Health, was the keynote speaker at The Ray Symposium, an annual event jointly presented by the WesternU College of Pharmacy and the Interprofessional Education program.

Crimmins, who recently served as co-chair of a committee for the National Academy of Sciences charged with addressing why life expectancy in the U.S. is falling so far behind that of other countries, narrated a power point presentation that opened with a map of the United States. The map showed how life expectancy actually declined in some areas between 1987 and 2007 mostly in the South and was followed by other slides showing the U.S. is at or near the bottom in most major mortality categories, relative to other wealthy nations.

Except for the very old, life in the U.S. is shorter and lived in poorer health than in other countries, Crimmins said, hastening to add that the other countries are the 16 other wealthiest nations in the world, including the United Kingdom, France, Japan and Australia.

For decades, Americans have been less likely to survive to age 50 than people in other rich nations, for a variety of reasons Crimmins cited in data from 2007-10. The U.S.:

Leave a Comment

Filed under Asthma Treatment

Valley Presbyterian Hospital Launches Patient Portal; Interactive Tool Aims to Engage Patients in Their Health Care Plan

Van Nuys, CA (PRWEB) April 17, 2014

Valley Presbyterian Hospital is pleased to announce the recent launch of its Patient Portal, an interactive tool that enables patients and their authorized representatives to access and share health information online.

The Valley Presbyterian Hospital Patient Portal is aimed at engaging patients in their health care plan. Once enrolled in the system, patients will be able to view laboratory and radiology reports, medications, allergies, demographic information, visit history and discharge/aftercare information from their phone, tablet, computer, or any Internet-enabled device.

Valley Presbyterian Hospital is among a few hospitals in the San Fernando Valley region to make health care information available to its patients online under new federal requirements designed to increase patient access to health information.

We are excited to offer our patients and their authorized representatives the convenience of a Patient Portal, said Jeff Allport, Valley Presbyterian Hospitals Vice President & Chief Information Officer. We believe this will help patients and their caregivers to become more informed and engaged, while increasing the communication, efficiency and productivity of our health care providers, leading to better outcomes.

Valley Presbyterian Hospitals Patient Portal is powered by MEDITECH, one of the world’s largest electronic health record providers. MEDITECH services 2,300 hospitals internationally, including 1,400 hospitals across the United States.

The Patient Portal is completely secure, so patients can be confident their private health information is protected. In the coming months, the Patient Portal will be expanded to offer patients other functions that will add additional value to their care experience.

Navigating the health care environment often can be difficult, especially due to the number of care transitions that take place throughout the patients course of care and treatment, said Jean Rico, Valley Presbyterian Hospitals Senior Vice President of Quality. Through the Patient Portal, we are empowering patients to be active decision makers in their health care and to determine who needs access their health information. We believe this will lead to more coordinated care and increased patient satisfaction.


Valley Presbyterian Hospital (VPH) is an independent, nonprofit and nonsectarian hospital serving the medical needs of the San Fernando Valley community for more than 50 years. VPH has grown to become one of the largest acute care hospitals in the Valley region and continues to provide patient-centered care for a healthy community. The 350-bed facility offers advanced technology and a full range of medical services to improve and save lives. For more information, visit

Related Allergy Treatment Press Releases

Leave a Comment

Filed under Allergy Treatment

Latest Asthma News

Living With Asthma: Exercise-Induced Asthma, Diet and Support Communities
More than 25 million people in the U.S. are living with various types of asthma, including exercise-induced asthma. In addition to taking your medications, diet, exercise and other lifestyle factors can help you gain control of the condition. This can …
Read more on NerdWallet (blog)

Health District holds contest to boost asthma awareness
When these are not under control the airways can become inflamed, making breathing difficult. According to the Central Connecticut Health District, in 2011 it was estimated that 25.9 million Americans had asthma, including 7.1 million children. In 2010 …
Read more on Newbritainherald

Leave a Comment

Filed under Asthma

One in 4 asthma patients refered to Denver hospital didn't have asthma

One in 4 asthma patients refered to Denver hospital didn't have asthma
It's estimated that one in 12 Americans suffers from some form of asthma, a chronic but reversible lung disease that causes inflammation and constriction of the airways. A person suffering an asthma attack might wheeze and cough, struggle for breath …
Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

Grant could help Schenectady, county in asthma battle
SCHENECTADY — Schenectady County received $ 25,000 from a private foundation Wednesday to help control and reduce its high rate of asthma. The grant from the New York State Health Foundation came just days after the state Comptroller's Office …
Read more on Schenectady Gazette

Leave a Comment

Filed under Asthma

Asthma – Lion

Asthma – Lion

from Bonzai Limited – Red Series

Price: USD 1.29
View Details about Asthma

Leave a Comment

Filed under Asthma

Latest Allergy News

Allergy season blooms early in Utah's Dixie, pollen peaks, particulars
ST. GEORGE — It's that time of year when some people sniffle and wheeze through clogged sinuses and rubbing itchy eyes brings momentary relief; yes, Southern Utah's allergy season is in full swing. But how bad is it this year? How long will it last?
Read more on Dixie Press Online

Unpredictable winter leads to longer allergy season, more pollen
Cold winter weather not only made this spring's allergy season unpredictable, it might also be making it longer and more severe, some doctors in Beaufort County say. Winter's chilly end meant more plants blooming and trees pollinating at once in March, …
Read more on Hilton Head Island Packet

Leave a Comment

Filed under Allergy

Anaphylaxis Experts Will Discuss Risks and Resources in Live World Allergy Organization Events

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA (PRWEB) April 01, 2014

The World Allergy Organization (WAO) is launching World Allergy Week 2014 (7-13 April), together with 95 national Member Societies, to address the topic of Anaphylaxis When Allergies Can Be Severe and Fatal. Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that comes on suddenly after exposure to allergens and can be life threatening. World Allergy Week 2014 is focused on increasing awareness of anaphylaxis causes, risks, and symptoms as well as preparation and prevention measures.

Internationally known anaphylaxis experts will address those anaphylaxis topics during two press events to be held by teleconference:

Monday 7 April at 9:00 a.m. EDT (New York)

Wednesday 9 April at 2:00 p.m. JST (Tokyo)

Toll-free call-in numbers from a variety of countries, as well as other details about the presentations, are listed at

When anaphylaxis occurs, it is an emergency situation, and as such, it affects virtually everyone. Individuals, families, communities, and industries such as food manufacturing, labeling, and preparation, as well as clinics and healthcare facilities, all should have an understanding of anaphylaxis, what causes it, and how it can be treated and prevented, said Dr. Lanny Rosenwasser, President of the World Allergy Organization. In addition, anaphylaxis isnt specific to one region of the world. During our live events we will have medical experts from all of the regions of the world presenting and answering questions in order to provide a global view of current anaphylaxis knowledge and concerns.

WAO is collaborating with patient advocacy organizations from around the world to compile a list of resources on anaphylaxis for those at risk of anaphylaxis but also information for clinicians, policymakers, and all interested in learning more about anaphylaxis, its risks, and how to treat it and prevent it. Throughout the week of 7 to 13 April, WAO will continually update the website with news, activities, and resources at

About the World Allergy Organization

The World Allergy Organization (WAO) is an international alliance of 95 regional and national allergy, asthma and immunology societies. Through collaboration with its Member Societies WAO provides a wide range of educational and outreach programs, symposia and lectureships to allergists and clinical immunologists around the world and conducts initiatives related to clinical practice, service provision, and physical training in order to better understand and address the challenges facing allergy and immunology professionals worldwide. For more information, visit

Comments Off

Filed under Allergy Causes

Food Avoiders Driving Increased Introduction of Free From Products: Packaged Facts Report

Rockville, MD (PRWEB) April 02, 2014

There is a growing trend among American consumers, as well as in global markets, towards the avoidance of a host of specific food ingredients and components. Though shunning specific foods or ingredients is not a new phenomenon, today food avoidance has become a way of life for tens of millions of American consumers of all ages and is increasingly impacting the product trajectory of the U.S. food and beverage industry, according to Food Formulation Trends: Ingredients Consumers Avoid, a report by market research publisher Packaged Facts.

For some consumers, avoiding certain foods and ingredients is a matter of life and death due to allergies and sensitivities or specific health problems, such as celiac disease, diabetes, or lactose intolerance. However, free from food products are increasing in popularity among consumers without any specific mandatory medical motives or religious dietary restrictions. In the absence of a specific health condition the decision to opt for free from products fat-free, sugar-free, salt-free, gluten-free, and so on can be viewed as a lifestyle choice by consumers who increasingly place a high priority on healthy living. Packaged Facts research reveals that the rate of U.S. consumers who claim they are watching their diet remained at an average of 52% between 2006 and 2013, compared to only 28% of Americans in 2004.

Consumers avoid certain foods or food ingredients for preventive health reasons that may be for their own personal health, the health of their children, and, among pregnant women, as a factor in prenatal health, says Packaged Facts research director David Sprinkle. This is not about dealing with specific allergies but rather a matter of optimizing health and also about seeking to create a quality of life based on eliminating negatives, with the point being not to make oneself sick.

Food manufacturers, recognizing the opportunity to appeal to concerned consumers who also tend to be trendsetters for other consumers, are extremely accommodating to this shift toward food avoidances, reformulating products to eliminate those ingredients that are being shunned. Of course, food manufacturers have been reformulating their products for decades, especially products in which the fat, sugar, or salt contents needed to be reduced or eliminated in order to appeal to more health-conscious consumers. But there remains an opportunity for major food and beverage companies to become more active in producing free from products.

Recently weve seen major companies such as General Mills increasingly becoming involved in providing products that appeal to food avoiders, but specialty marketers still lead the way in producing free-from foods and beverages. Retailers are also increasingly engaged in providing private label versions of free-from products for food avoiders.

For more information on Food Formulation Trends: Ingredients Consumers Avoid, please visit or

About Packaged Facts Packaged Facts, a division of, publishes market intelligence on a wide range of consumer market topics, including consumer demographics and shopper insights, consumer financial products and services, consumer goods and retailing, consumer packaged goods, and pet products and services. Packaged Facts also offers a full range of custom research services.

Please visit Packaged Facts on LinkedIn for more culinary, food packaging, food retailing and foodservice insights: Follow us also on Twitter, and Google+.

Comments Off

Filed under Allergy

Downsides of Mistaken Penicillin Allergy

Downsides of Mistaken Penicillin Allergy
Penicillin allergies are the most common and most inaccurate drug allergies reported by hospital patients, resulting in treatments with potentially serious effects, says a study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Illustration by Izhar …
Read more on Wall Street Journal

Mattress covers do not help dust mite allergies, study says
Based on two dozen clinical trials, U.S. researchers find that expensive mattress covers make no difference in reducing dust mite allergies or their symptoms. Up to 40 percent of the world population has allergies, and dust mites are thought to be one …
Read more on Fox News

FDA panel endorses antibacterial dalbavancin
… Allergy News Digital Network. SILVER SPRING, MD. – A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee voted unanimously to support the approval of the antibacterial drug dalbavancin for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure …
Read more on Skin and Allergy News Digital Network

Comments Off

Filed under Allergy Treatment

How Science Works KS3: Asthma on the Run

A look into the research of biochemist Ceri Harrop, who specialises in respiratory medicine and developing new treatments for people with breathing difficult…


Filed under Asthma