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Sat, 12 Jan 2013

Self Help  : Muscle Pain relief

As most professions have some or the other occupational hazard and more so in todays world with computers all around we always have some neck or shoulder or lower back problem.
In the end it boils down to our muscles getting weaker due to bad posture or immobilization or lack of movement of the muscles or a combination of it and other factors.
In order to get some relief from some of these common pains I highly recommend the book on Trigger point therapy by Clair Davies.I got this information from this very good website on RSI and Trigger point Therapy.
Other products I recommend are
As always in case of doubt consult with your doctor.Remember above tools are for muscles only and should not be used on any bones and especially not on the backbone etc.

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Sun, 31 Oct 2010

Household Cleaning Products May Increase Breast Cancer Risk

We all know that the household cleaning products which are quick and easy way of getting rid of unwanted stuff in our house.But these harmful chemicals also have an impact on us humans for the simple reason that we inhale or are in indirect contact with it.
There is a growing theory(not proven) that some of these harmful chemicals can also be linked to deadful Breast cancer.
More details @ http://www.rodale.com/household-cleaning-products-0

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Improve Indoor Air Quality

Did you know that simple things like a candle, printer(yes a printer) can deteriorate indoor air quality ?
There is a very good article which describes some of these and provides simple ways to improve air quality.
Read more @ http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/air-pollution-solution

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Sun, 21 Mar 2010

US Prescription Medicines in  India

N.B. This is not medical advice and this is for informational purposes only.Please consult your physiscian/medical practitioner before using information here.
So this time while my visit in India I researched some of the medicines and their equivalents in India and their costs and I was amazed that medicines in US cost roughly atleast 10 times as in India.
US US Cost(with Insurance) Indian Equivalent Cost in India
Nasonex $45  Metaspray Rs.166(roughly $3)
Flovent $45 Flohale HFA Inhaler Rs.267(roughly $5)
Proair HFA (Albuterol inhaler) $45 Asthalin Inhaler Rs.100($2)
Predinsolone Tablets $10 Wysolone Rs.60(roughly $1.5)

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Sun, 07 Mar 2010

Direct-to-Consumer Laboratory Testing

Ever felt the need to get a blood test done but didnt want to go to a doctor ?
Now it is possible in US to go to Direct-to-Consumer laboratory.I'm surprised that it is still not popular in US.In fact when I grew up in India you can go to any labs to get any tests done without a doctor's reference etc.
With the help of internet and also the details about averages of most of these tests you can get a screening for yourself without involving your doctor.This comes as a welcome for alot of people who don't have health insurance and are willing to look up on the internet and then get labs do the tests.
This is a growing industry and you can read more about it @ http://www.d-a-t-a.org/WSJ.php
I have to admit that I have not used this as yet but considering that I have HSA (health savings account), i will definitely do comparison shopping.

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Sat, 06 Mar 2010

HSA(Health savings account) nuances/usage

So I wanted to get more details about how to use HSA for medical coverage and the nuances around it.Also i wanted to find out what are the charges for various procedures as with HSA you pay from your pocket and there is an advantage to do comparative shopping.I like HSA precisely for this where it allows Individuals to compare costs and help drive down the cost.
The way it works is that if you want to know how much a doctor will charge for any procedures you need the following information from the Doctors office.
For lab work like glucose testing etc you need to call your doctor about CPT Procedure Codes .Unfortunately this information is not available online and probably be not available in the near future as American Medical Association has actually cited vilolations and fines against people posting online as per this article.
For things like diagnosis etc you need to get the diagnosis code like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ICD-9_codes
Once you get the code you can call your HSA medical provider and ask for rough estimate of the cost  for the services in your zip code.
I have to admit that it would have been easier if there was transparency around this.

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