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Is Functional Medicine Here to Stay?

By Dr. Charles Bens - in Focused

Introduction Not only is Functional Medicine here to stay, it is poised to be the centerpiece in one of the most significant shifts in the health and medical paradigm in the past one hundred years. For anyone who has been paying attention, there has been a…

Corporate Wellness and Building Safety: Building A Union of Trust

Lewis Fein - in Focused

Workplace safety is a crucial part of personal wellness in general and corporate wellness in particular. The way someone manages a building has a direct effect on the health of hundreds or thousands of employees, because protecting these individuals from contaminated…

Woman working while pregnant

Pregnancy Matters: Whose Business Is It?

By Lawrence Raymond, MD, Medical Director, Carolinas HealthCare System HEALTHWORKS - in Focused

What is the Company's Role? News of a pregnancy in the office can be a time of anxious excitement. Team members may organize a baby shower for their colleague, staff excitedly share advice to help prepare their coworker for the adventure that is parenthood,…

The Top 5 Resume Red Flags You Need to Avoid

Kim Bassett - in Focused

As a hospital CEO, I’ve seen many resumes come across my desk -- from physicians to clerical staff – and the red flags remain the same regardless of the position. Don’t give your prospective employer an excuse to eliminate your resume before you get…

family unpacking boxes and moving into a new home, the adults are unpacking crockery

Corporate Wellness and Community: WeRoomies and Better Workplace Morale and Productivity

Lewis Fein - in Focused

Few things are more stressful for workers than moving. Relocating to a new city, or a city that is new to this man or that woman, is often an emotional challenge and a financial difficulty; forcing a person to find housing – to find affordable housing –…

heart with stethoscope, heart healthy concept, secondary heart Soleus Muscles

Soleus Muscles Health – Preventing Secondary Heart Failure

Kenneth McLeod, Ph.D. - in Focused

The output from your heart – known as cardiac output – is completely dependent on the venous return to your heart. When a person is lying down, there is a minimal gravitational influence on the blood in the body, so adequate venous return can be ensured…

Doctor filling prescription with pill bottle in the background

Workers’ Compensation in North Carolina: Are Changes Coming?

Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System HEALTHWORKS - in Focused

In recent years, six states (AZ, OH, OK, TN, TX, and WA) have adopted formularies specifying preferred substances and excluding others, when pharmacologic treatment is part of the care of injured workers. Other states are considering such action. According…

Scientist examining brain for Dementia

Dementia: A Public Health Concern with Personal, Occupational Consequences

Carolinas HealthCare System HEALTHWORKS - in Focused

As a public health concern projected to gain momentum in the coming decades, Alzheimer’s disease presents substantial consequences not only for individuals and families but also within the larger American workforce. Alzheimer’s—along with other forms…

Depressed employee looking out the window

The Effects of Depression on Workers’ Compensation

Carolinas HealthCare System HEALTHWORKS - in Focused

The phrase “workplace injury” typically conjures a physical ailment—a back injury, a laceration, a respiratory illness—but there’s another, often overlooked consequence of on-the-job injuries that can affect both employees and a company’s bottom…

scientist processing dna sample in laboratory selective focus

The Genomic Revolution Continues: Genetic Basics and Types of Genetic Tests

By Dr. Phil Smalley MD, FRCPC - in Focused

This is part two of a continuing series. Be sure to check out part one here. Genetics Basics For the insurance and employee benefits professional to understand the different types of genetic tests, you first need to know the vocabulary. We have 23 pairs of…

Genomic Revolution is Here: What an Insurance Professional Needs to Know

Dr. Phil Smalley - in Focused

Introduction Is genetic testing ready for prime time use in employee benefits and insurance products? We think so, albeit with some caveats. Other expert opinions are mixed regarding this question, but one thing is for sure, this field of medicine is growing…

treatment of a patient in critical condition in the icu ward

Healthcare: Timeline to Failure

Charles Bens, Ph.D. - in Focused

For the past ten plus years, messages have been arriving that the existing healthcare system is seriously broken and there is a scientifically and medically proven way to fix it. Consider the following series of events. May 29, 2006 - The cover story in…