DR. KENNETH GERENRAICH JOINS BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR SATORI WORLD MEDICAL

SAN DIEGO – July 18, 2013 – Satori World Medical, the leader in surgical tourism, announces the appointment of physician and entrepreneur, Dr. Kenneth Gerenraich to its board of directors. Dr. Gerenraich will provide strategic input and direction on the development of Satori World Medical and the overall Satori Experience™.

Dr. Gerenraich founded Woodward Laboratories in 1992, creating at the time one of the only companies providing treatment against infections of the skin and nails. With a scientific portfolio of 18 patents awarded and 13 patents pending, Woodward Laboratories evolved into a leading international antimicrobial dermatological company serving the OTC pharmaceutical, cosmetic, hospitality, sanitation, medical, and veterinary industries. In 2010, Woodward Laboratories was successfully sold to Pacific World, a $300 million privately held corporation.

A physician and entrepreneur, Dr. Gerenraich earned his Bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University and his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine, now known as Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science. He is a diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management. While in private practice, Dr. Gerenraich held several leadership positions at Southern California hospitals.

“I am very pleased that Dr. Gerenraich will be adding his considerable business knowledge and leadership at the Board level,” said Steven Lash, president and CEO, Satori World Medical. “Ken’s extensive expertise will be valued as we continue to grow as the leaders in the medical tourism industry”.

“Satori World Medical is one of the most innovative medical travel companies today,” said, Dr. Kenneth Gerenraich. “I feel privileged to join this company and be on the forefront of helping to control healthcare costs”.

About Satori World Medical:

Satori World Medical, the leader in surgical tourism, features state-of-the-art hospitals in 7 countries and the US territory of Puerto Rico, which all meet or exceed U.S. quality standards. All facilities and doctors have undergone a rigorous on-site inspection process led by our Board Certified Chief Medical Officer. Satori delivers all medical travel related services, while lowering overall medical expenses for both the patient and the plan sponsor.

Satori World Medical offers complete medical and travel services designed to fit your needs. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, large employers, unions, cities and school districts.

For more information on Satori World Medical, call +1 (866) 613-9686 or visit http://www.satoriwm.com

REPOST: In a Culture of Disrespect, Patients Lose Out

In this recent entry on the New York Times wellness blog, Dr. Danielle Ofri points out some problems in the culture of medicine that lead to the poor treatment of patients. Read the full story below:

I’ve always thought about respect as common decency, something we should do because it’s simply the right thing to do. In the medical world, we certainly need to strive for respectful behavior, especially given our historically rigid pecking order, our ingrained traditions of hierarchical bullying and, of course, a primary constituency — patients — who are often on uniquely vulnerable footing.

But then I stumbled across two articles in Academic Medicine that talked about respect as an issue of patient safety. The authors, a group of doctors and researchers at Harvard Medical School, outlined the myriad acts of disrespect that we’ve come to accept as a way of life in medicine, and showed how these can lead to a final pathway of harm to our patients.

This shift in perspective was a shock to the system. When we tolerate a culture of disrespect, we aren’t just being insensitive, or obtuse, or lazy, or enabling. We’re in fact violating the first commandment of medicine. How can we stand idly by when our casual acceptance of disrespect is causing the same harm to our patients as medication errors, surgical mistakes, handoff lapses and missed lab results?

At one end of the spectrum are the examples of disrespectful behavior, like the volatile doctor everyone knows to steer clear of. Then there are the sadly common abuses of hierarchy — the doctor denigrating a nurse, the medical student treated like disposable goods.

Beyond these are the even more widespread passive types of disrespect, the behaviors that don’t ever get reported and are hardly noticed because they are so ingrained in the culture of medicine. Dismissive attitudes — toward other members of the medical team, toward students, toward administrators, toward patients — are as corrosive as outward manifestations of disrespect.

“Lack of respect poisons the well of collegiality and cooperation,” the authors of the articles wrote. The poisoning-of-the-well metaphor is apt. Like pornography, we know it when we see it. Ask a nurse or an intern or a medical student, and they can tell you with pinpoint accuracy which areas of the hospital are toxic to work in, and which are not. Now think of the patients who have the misfortune to be stuck in one of those toxic areas. It’s not just unpalatable; it’s unsafe.

Doctors have to take a good deal of the blame. For better or worse, we often set the tone in a medical enterprise. When we show, or tolerate, even subtle disrespect, it works its way all along the chain.

Luckily, the reverse is true. Having had the privilege of working under some of the most humane and respectful doctors, I have witnessed how everyday acts of decency and humility generate positive cascading effects toward other staff members and toward patients. Rising tides, in this case, can indeed lift all boats.

But these articles also make the point that disrespect comes from the medical system itself. When a hospital cuts its nursing staff to the bone, for example, it’s doing much more than cutting costs. It’s sending the message that nurses are interchangeable widgets whose productivity can be dialed up or down like household appliances.

This subtle disrespect can be seen in many areas: Overbooking doctors’ schedules. Piling on paperwork. Squeezing in additional responsibilities. Requiring ceaseless “compliance courses” that must be completed on personal time. The system functions because most medical professionals generally do what’s required of them to make it all work.

Though these annoyances may seem trivial, this lack of respect “undermines morale, and inhibits transparency and feedback,” the authors write. Morale, transparency and feedback are pillars of preventing medical error. Patients ultimately bear the brunt of this unhealthy atmosphere.

The solutions to a disrespectful environment are wide-ranging, and there’s no doubt that personal example, starting from the top of the hierarchy, is a powerful agent of change. Expectations of professional conduct need to be applied equally, without exemptions for the well-connected or the powerful. Confidential reporting systems for unprofessional behavior are crucial and need to be available to staff members as well as to patients and families.

Added to the clarion call should be patient safety. The connection between disrespectful behavior to patient safety should be made explicit in our efforts, since this is a rallying point that everyone can agree on. Medical staff members should absolutely be holding ourselves to the highest bar of professional and respectful conduct. We have no excuses for anything less. But beyond this, the medical system needs to re-evaluate itself and the way it respects — or disrespects — its own workers, and by extension, its patients.

Satori World Medical is a leading medical travel company which gives patients the opportunity to seek treatment in medical institutions overseas which meet or exceed U.S. quality standards. Visit www.satoriworldmedical.com to find information about the Satori partner hospitals and the brand of healthcare that they offer.

Global travel spending: What does it mean for medical travel?

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The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the UN agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable, and universally accessible tourism, reveals that global tourism grew by four percent in 2012. Totaling US$1,075 billion, travel spending suggests concomitant growth in the medical travel industry. Simply, the health and wellness sector derives growth from increased spending in tourism.

Among the emerging economies, Thailand (+25%) reported the highest growth in its tourism sector. It is closely followed by India (+22%), South Africa (+18%), Vietnam (+18%), Egypt (+14%), Poland (+13%), and Ukraine (+13%). While there is no separate research to determine medical travel figures, logically, growth medical tourism could only follow growth in global tourism. Among world cities, Bangkok has been cited the most visited country for health and wellness purposes.

 

 

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Thailand expects to earn US$8 billion in medical travel dollars from 2010 to 2014. The country is home to Bangkok’s Bumrungrad International Hospital, a 22-floor institution with over 30 specialty centers. It accepts over a million local and international patients per year.

Meanwhile, India also has an extensive healthcare system, which is guided by the principle: “The guest is God.” Surgical treatments in India are far more affordable than those in the US. For instance, a heart valve replacement costing $200,000 in the US will cost between $10,000 to 14,000 in New Delhi.

These are the added benefits travelers get, apart from their tourist experience. Hence, to the burgeoning global tourism industry has resulted in an acute awareness that healthcare cannot be monopolized by a single country. Increased travel spending for health reasons also implies a reversal of popular wisdom: cheap doesn’t necessarily mean lower quality.

 

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Satori World Medical arranges medical travels to emerging health and wellness havens such as Thailand, Mexico, and Turkey. This website provides more information.

The medical travel boom in Malaysia

In spite of the recently ended economic downturn that affected most countries and many industries around the world, the medical travel industry in Malaysia is undergoing exceptional growth in all medical treatment fields.

 

 

This growth is probably due to the influx of medical travelers from around the world, many of whom have come from developed countries like the US, where health care is far more expensive.

In their latest research study, which take into account the identification and decipherment of market dynamics, RNCOS analysts saw that the market is anticipated to grow at a compound annual growth rate, or CAGR, of 13 percent from 2013 to 2017. Revenue growth is said to be driven by factors like cost-effective treatments, government support, and highly skilled medical professionals.

 

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The study also includes a comprehensive study of current market scenario, taking into account existing medical infrastructure, human resources, and technological breakthroughs; different drivers and characteristics of the market; and an in-depth cost comparison that compares Malaysia with other medical travel destinations around the world.

 

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Satori World Medical is the premier medical travel services provider in the US. It allows patients access to state-of-the-art medical facilities in eight countries and in Puerto Rico, all of which meet or exceed US quality standards. For more information about the premium medical travel services that Satori offers, visit its website.

REPOST: How to Stop Diabetes From Starting

How can diabetes be prevented or delayed among those who are at high risk? This US.News article has the details.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a shocking statistic a few weeks ago: Eighty-nine percent of the 79 million Americans with pre-diabetes are not even aware they have the condition. In other words, there are 70.3 million Americans over the age of 20 at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes at any moment … and they don’t even know it.

This is troubling for several reasons. For starters, type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition associated with a reduced life expectancy; the average 50 year old with diabetes loses an estimated 8 1/2 years of longevity. Prevention, therefore, translates into increased likelihood of a substantially longer life—the end of which is less likely to be spent shuttling to and from doctor’s offices and hospitals. Secondly, there are several established ways to delay—if not entirely prevent—the onset of diabetes in people with prediabetes.

But unless you know you’re at risk, it’s unlikely you’ll stumble upon these preventive measures in time to halt the progression toward full-fledged diabetes. In any given year, about 11 percent of people with prediabetes “graduate” to developing type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes is a condition in which your ability to handle blood sugar is impaired, but not so impaired as to qualify for full-blown diabetes. It results from reduced sensitivity to the hormone insulin, which helps carry glucose from the blood into cells where it can be used for energy.

(It’s important to mention that prediabetes and type 2 diabetes are acquired metabolic conditions. Type 2 diabetes represents about 95 percent of diabetes cases nationwide. It differs in both cause and treatment from type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune condition that generally strikes during childhood and results in destruction of the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Type 1 diabetes is not known to be preventable through diet or lifestyle measures.)

Importantly, pre-diabetes is reversible; glucose tolerance can improve when a person’s metabolic state of affairs improves. Here’s how:

• Very moderate exercise. You don’t need to spend hours every day sweating up a storm in a spin class to reap the diabetes-preventing effects of exercise. Heck, you don’t even need to join a gym. Research suggests that 2 1/2 hours per week of even leisurely physical activity—like brisk walking—is enough to significantly improve glucose tolerance. This translates into a 30-minute walk five times per week—though of course, if you’re up to the challenge, more is even better. Exercise works because muscles in action are able to take up glucose from the blood without the help of insulin, so get moving!

• Very modest weight loss. Evidence suggests that it only takes about a 5 to 7 percent weight loss to delay by several years the onset of diabetes among overweight people with prediabetes. To put that in perspective, a 5-foot-4-inch woman with pre-diabetes who weighs 160 pounds would only need to lose about 11 pounds to reduce her risk of developing diabetes. A five-foot-11-inch man weighing 220 pounds would need to lose about 15 pounds to hit this target. In other words, one doesn’t have to drop dramatic, “The Biggest Loser”-scale amounts of weight to help protect against diabetes. In some people, small lifestyle changes like avoiding sweetened beverages or decreasing carb portions may be sufficient to promote this degree of weight loss.

In fact, research has shown that modest weight loss, coupled with 150 minutes of weekly exercise, reduced by 58 percent the risk of developing diabetes in a population of obese adults with prediabetes. Specifically, participants who started off weighing an average of 207 pounds lost about 12 pounds (or 5.7 percent of their body weight). Notably, this outcome was substantially more effective than using an insulin-sensitizing drug called metformin in preventing the onset of diabetes.

• Curcumin supplements. Recent research out of Thailand that was published in Diabetes Care suggested that supplementing curcumin—the active ingredient in the bright yellow, anti-inflammatory spice turmeric—may be protective against diabetes among people with pre-diabetes.

Although it was only a single, small study (237 people), it was well designed and showed a very promising clinical benefit: Of the group randomly assigned to take 500 milligrams of curcumin supplements three times daily, none progressed to develop type 2 diabetes after nine months. By way of comparison, 16 percent of participants in the placebo group did develop type 2 diabetes in the same time period.

Since the research population was homogeneously Asian, it’s not clear whether these results can be extrapolated to a general American population. And since the study was short, it’s unclear whether the protective benefit would have extended past the nine months studied. Nonetheless, given how inexpensive and well-tolerated this natural supplement tends to be, it may be worth talking with your doctor or dietitian to see if curcumin is an appropriate supplement for you to consider.

With 70 million of us counted among the unknowing ranks of adults with pre-diabetes, it’s statistically likely that you or someone you know belongs to this group. Risk factors for pre-diabetes include being overweight or obese; having a family history of diabetes; having a personal history of gestational diabetes in pregnancy; having given birth to a baby weighing more than nine pounds; and belonging to one of several ethnic groups, including African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Pacific Islander or Native American. If you fall into one of these categories, consider making an appointment for a check-up; prediabetes can be assessed with simple blood tests from your primary care doctor.

Knowing your status could make a huge difference in turning the tide against progression to diabetes before it’s too late.

More health tips can be accessed in this Satori World Medical blog site.

Red wine during pregnancy OK, says study

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The advice from experts for pregnant women to avoid any kind of alcohol during pregnancy still holds, but for women who are fans of red wine, there is now a study that found that moderate drinking of wine while pregnant may not do much harm to the unborn child.

According to studies, red wine contains some compounds that help lower a person’s risk of diabetes and heart disease. Resveratrol, a compound in wine, has also been tagged as a healthy compound. It helped boost heart health because it lowered blood cholesterol and fought off free radicals that promoted blockages in heart vessels.

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Given these, it may be difficult for some enthusiasts to give up drinking red wine all of a sudden while pregnant. The study, found on the journal BMJ Open, tested for balance problems in children born to mothers who drank moderately during pregnancy. According to the authors of the study, having trouble with balance may indicate problems with brain development in utero.

The findings of this recently published study were in line with previous studies that reported that moderate drinking while pregnant was not linked to declines in intelligence, attention, and self-control of the child. Still, the researchers noted that there may be other factors, like the mother’s genes or socioeconomic status, which led to the results.

Given that the safe level of consumption remains undefined, expectant mothers are still advised to gradually reduce their wine consumption while the baby is still developing in their womb. They can continue to enjoy the benefits of wine after the baby is born.

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REPOST: Study: Anger And Heart Attacks Strongly Linked

This article from Forbes.com contains the details of a study that found a strong link between anger and heart attacks. Read the full report here:

 

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A study from Harvard Medical School researchers shows that the risk of having a heart attack is significantly higher following an outburst of anger — the more intense the outburst, the higher the risk.

The most intense angry outbursts—those that qualify as “rage,” complete with throwing things and threatening others—were linked to a more than four-fold higher risk of having a heart attack. More typical angry outbursts were associated with about twice the risk.

Researchers gathered data from 3,886 patients who were part of a seven-year study to determine the contributing factors of heart attacks. A range of lifestyle factors were studied—including standards like diet, exercise frequency and medications—but researchers also wanted to know if the participants had any memorable angry outbursts in the year prior to their heart attack.

Participants reported their anger levels using a seven-point scale ranging from moderate anger to rage. They were also asked to report what had caused their anger.

Nearly 40% of participants said they’d had angry outbursts in the previous year, and about 8% of that group reported having notable outbursts within two hours of their heart attack. Tracking across these responses, researchers determined that as anger levels rise, so does the risk of having a heart attack within two hours of the outburst.

Moderate anger was associated with a 1.7 times greater risk of heart attack, compared to a baseline “non-angry” state. Mid-range anger was linked to more than twice the risk. At the upper end of full-on rage, risk of heart attack within two hours jumped to 4.5 times. The most recalled causes of anger were family situations, work and commuting.

The findings are consistent with what research has been uncovering about the linkages between emotional states including anger, depression and anxiety and heart health. Anger accompanies a rise in stress hormones such as cortisol and norepinephrine, released during the fight-or-flight response. These chemicals prepare our bodies for self-protective action, but the biochemical changes they trigger—including a spike in blood pressure and blood vessel constriction—also place immense strain on the heart.

The researchers caveat the results by noting that during the early to mid-1990s when the data was collected, statin drugs—which lower cholesterol—weren’t used widely enough to determine if they were a factor in preventing heart attacks. Beta-blockers, drugs prescribed to lower blood pressure, were used fairly widely in the 90s and this study links them with a reduced risk of heart attack following an angry outburst.

Surprisingly, regular exercise didn’t seem to lessen anger-related heart attack risk. Even participants in relatively good shape were more prone to heart attacks after intense anger.

The study was published in the American Journal of Cardiology.

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