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Marietta, Georgia (PR) August 29, 2008 – MedicMinder has been upgrading our site over the past week, sorting, better descriptions, and adding a new RSS reader widget, the “MedicMinder Health Watch”.

This is a customized RSS health newsreader widget. The RSS reader was developed and introduced by Fox Interactive Media in November 2006, it is called SpringWidgets.

With the “MedicMinder Health Watch” you’ll find helpful information regarding medical issues and news, seniors, prescription drug alerts, health insurance, as well as general health related news.

Read multiple health feeds with this one widget. So go grab the widget and put it on your home page or pop it into the desktop launch pad today. (http://www.springwidgets.com/widgets/view/54965)

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Marietta, Georgia (PR) August 26, 2008 – Barack Obama introduced Senator Joe Biden to the nation as his running mate, telling supporters that he is “a leader who is ready to step in and be president.”

While both the Democratic and Republican campaigns gear up for the general election season it is important that we look at all of the candidates health care beliefs, policies and plans for America.

A quick visit to Biden’s web site (http://www.biden.senate.gov/) and you’ll find, “The Biden Plan: A Prescription For A Healthier America.” His plan indicates that he is committed to reducing the number of uninsured American’s and improving American’s access to essential health care services. He also talks about giving uninsured Americans 55 and older the chance to buy into early coverage under Medicare.

Interesting idea considering that the cost of health care in the U.S. is expected to continue to outpace inflation and gobble up more of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to an analyst by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Spending in 2006 surpassed $2.1 trillion for the first time, can you image where it is headed?

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) economist Sean Keehan, one of the authors of the government’s annual health care projection report said, “Health care is expected to consume an expanding share of the U.S. economy over the next decade, meaning policymakers, insurers, and the public collectively face some difficult decisions about the way health care is delivered and paid for.”

Medicaid spending in 2008 is projected to grow 6.8 percent and reach $361.2 billion. For the next decade, it is expected to grow at an average of 7.9 percent per year, reaching $717.3 billion, or 16.8 percent of national health spending, by 2017.

By 2015, spending on the elderly will consume nearly half the federal budget, through Medicare and Medicaid, pensions for federal workers and military retirees, veterans’ health care and pensions, coal miners’ benefits, Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, heating and housing assistance, and other programs for the elderly, according to the Brookings Institution.

Why should health care be a big issue during the elections? Because according to U.S. Census Bureau, a substantial increase in the number of seniors will occur during the 2010 to 2030 as the nation’s baby boomers age. By the year 2020, 12 million older Americans will require long-term care services. By 2030, 72 million Americans will be over the age of 65 or one out of every five Americans.

As the U.S. population continues to age about 80 percent of seniors have at least one chronic health condition and 50 percent have at least two. Arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and respiratory disorders are some of the leading health struggles they will face.

Someone recently said that baby boomers; especial the tail end boomers could live to see 100 plus years; health care demands will continue to dramatically increase and put pressure on our health care services. So the health care beliefs policies and plans of the candidates are very important.

While the cost of health care is out of the ordinary American’s hands we can take control of our own personal medical history assuring us better medical care especially in an emergency. Knowing, tracking and recording your personal medical history is a critical must and truly becoming more your responsibility.

Did you know most states only require your doctors to keep patient records for an average of 5 to 7 years? What happens to your records when you really need them? What if your doctor retires, changes practices or moves to another state? Do you really want to fight to rebuild your medical and drug history in an emergency? Wouldn’t it be more sensible to prepare now and keep a running record of your medical and drug history, contact numbers for doctors, family and ICE, pharmacies, insurance companies, personal inventory, directives and much more.

The MedicMinder believes all America’s should that’s why we provide peace of mind for users – the knowledge that all pertinent medical and drug history is documented in one comprehensive, easy to use system. No second-guessing in an emergency – having this vital information in immediate reach reduces guesswork and stress so often felt during times of medical crisis.

About The MedicMinder
Simply stated, the MedicMinder is “Trusted by Caring Families.”

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Diane Carter, PR Contact, media@themedicminder.com, http://www.themedicminder.com, Post Office Box 333, Marietta, Georgia 30061, 770-499-0127

Marietta, Georgia (PR) August 25, 2008 – The Democratic National Convention (www.demconvention.com) week officially kicks off today in Denver, Colorado and concludes on August 28, 2008.

Delegates from all fifty U.S. states and from American dependencies and territories such as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands attend the convention and cast their votes to choose the Party’s presidential candidate.

Like the Republican National Convention, the Democratic National Convention marks the formal end of the primary election period and the start of the general election season.

While both campaigns and the parties’ gear up for the general election season it is important that we look at all of the candidates health care beliefs and plans for all Americans.

Barack Obama’s “Plan for a Healthy American” can be downloaded at www.barackobama.com.

Obama’s web site reports “The U.S. spends $2 trillion on health care every year, and offers the best medical technology and scientific research in the world. Yet, the benefits of the American health care system come at a price that an increasing number of individuals and families, employers and employees, and public and private providers cannot afford.”

It goes on to say that, “Barack Obama believes that protecting and promoting health and wellness in this nation is a shared responsibility among individuals and families, school systems, employers, the medical and public health workforce, and federal, state, and local governments.“

Obama breaks his health care reform plan down into three parts saying that it builds “upon the strengths of the U.S. health care system.”

The three parts are:
1. Quality, Affordable & Portable Health Coverage For All
2. Modernizing The U.S. Health Care System To Lower Costs & Improve Quality
3. Promoting Prevention & Strengthening Public Health

Will Obama be able to cut health care costs? For that answer we’ll have to wait and see.

Why should health care be a big issue during the elections? Because according to U.S. Census Bureau, a substantial increase in the number of seniors will occur during the 2010 to 2030 as the nation’s baby boomers age. By the year 2020, 12 million older Americans will require long-term care services. By 2030, 72 million Americans will be over the age of 65 or one out of every five Americans.

As the U.S. population continues to age about 80 percent of seniors have at least one chronic health condition and 50 percent have at least two. Arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and respiratory disorders are some of the leading health struggles they will face.

The baby boomers are also living longer than any generation before them. Studies show that as our population ages, the more services they rely on from the health care industry. The baby boomers; especial the tail end boomers could live to see 100 plus years; health care demands will dramatically increase and put pressure on health care services. So the health care beliefs and plans of the candidates, our next President, are very important.

While the cost of health care is out of the ordinary American’s hands we can take control of our own personal medical history. Knowing, tracking and recording your personal medical history is a critical must.

Did you know that most states only require your doctors to keep patient records for an average of 5 to 7 years? So what happens to your records when you really need them? What f your doctor retires, changes practices or moves to another state? Do you really want to fit to rebuild your medical and drug history in an emergency? Wouldn’t it be more sensible to prepare now and keep a running record of your medical and drug history, contact numbers for doctors, family and ICE, pharmacies, insurance companies, personal inventory, directives and much more.

The MedicMinder provides peace of mind for users – the knowledge that all pertinent medical and drug history is documented in one comprehensive, easy to use system. No second-guessing in an emergency – having this vital information in immediate reach reduces guesswork and stress so often felt during times of medical crisis.

About The MedicMinder
Simply stated, the MedicMinder is “Trusted by Caring Families.”

About The Sam101.com
Sales. Advertising. Marketing. Tips, advice and design help in one stop.

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Diane Carter, PR Contact, media@themedicminder.com, www.themedicminder.com, Post Office Box 333, Marietta, Georgia 30061, 770-499-0127

Marietta, Georgia (PR) August 14, 2008YourPropertyToday.com encourages you to remember to request your medical records from your physician’s office when moving. Medical records are something that few people think about when moving, but are a really important set of records to keep track of.

There’s a lot of information to remember, and in many ways, keeping track of your medical history is just as much work as going through all of the packing, moving and unpacking which is why we are advocates of the MedicMinder.

The MedicMinder is a single source record-keeping system for medical and drug history and family history, including contact numbers for doctors, pharmacies, insurance companies, and more.

While most health care will occur in the physicians’ office, treatment also occurs in the emergency room or medical clinics. When services are provided anywhere other than the physicians’ office, the health records may not be available to the treating physician. It can be distressing to realize the records needed are at your previous doctor’s office, perhaps thousands of miles away, because of the recent move. When using the MedicMinder to keep track of all your health records you’ll have all the information any physician needs easily available.

You could have your physician mail the documents. Many times, the shipping of medical records is not a high priority in a doctor’s office and it could take a month or two for your new doctors to receive them. Are you willing to take the risk?

The MedicMinder has thought of everything so that you don’t have to in your time of stress. It provides peace of mind for you or a caregiver – the knowledge that all pertinent medical and drug history is documented in one comprehensive, easy to use system. No second-guessing in an emergency – reach for the MedicMinder and you will be assured that vital and accurate information is at your fingertips.

The MedicMinder is a single source record-keeping system for medical and drug history, treatment record, including important contact numbers, for doctors, pharmacies, insurance companies, and more.

About the MedicMinder
Simply stated, the MedicMinder is “Trusted by Caring Families.”

Diane Carter, PR Contact, media (a) themedicminder.com, http://www.themedicminder.com, Post Office Box 333, Marietta, Georgia 30061, 770-499-0127

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Marietta, Georgia (PR) August 13, 2008 – Most people are ill equipped to answer medical and drug questions when faced with an emergency. Often the information provided to medical staff may be incorrect as it is being reconstructed from memory at a time of confusion, uncertainty and emotional distress.

If your aging parents were to have a medical emergency, could you answer a doctor’s questions regarding their medical and drug history? Do you know the names, phone and fax numbers of all their doctors? Do you know a senior who is struggling to balance multiple medications? Do you have heart, lung or kidney disease? Are you a cancer survivor? In an emergency, time is of the essence. Seconds can mean the difference between life and death. Most of us can’t rely on our memory in times of great stress. Are you willing to take the risk?

The MedicMinder provides peace of mind for caregivers – the knowledge that all pertinent medical and drug history is documented in one comprehensive, easy to use system. No second-guessing in an emergency – reach for the MedicMinder and you will be assured that vital and accurate information is at your fingertips.

You will find the MedicMinder to be a single source record-keeping system for medical and drug history, including contact numbers for doctors, pharmacies, insurance companies, and more.

The MedicMinder was created from my personal need to care for both aging and ill parents. The stress of trying to keep their medical appointments straight, document their medical history, and constant struggle to remember what medications which one was taking and when, caused me great anxiety.

Using the MedicMinder gives me quick and easy access to medical and drug history, as well as contact numbers for family and doctors. Having this vital information at your fingertips reduces guesswork and stress so often felt during times of medical crisis.

I’m certain that the MedicMinder will become as invaluable a tool for you, as a caregiver, as it has been for my family and myself. I welcome your feedback and hope that you will share this press release and its information with other caregivers.

About The MedicMinder
Simply stated, the MedicMinder is “Trusted by Caring Families.”

Diane Carter, PR Contact, http://www.themedicminder.com, Post Office Box 333, Marietta, Georgia 30061, 770-499-0127

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Marietta, Georgia (PR) August 12, 2008 – CNN recently posted a reported on their web site about the importance of making sure that your health care provider knows all of the medicines and supplements you are using.

Did you know that you should keep a record of all your medicines (prescription, nonprescription, natural remedies, and vitamins)? Do you know why you take the medication you take, in what form you take it (pill, liquid, shot…), the color and shape, the dosage, any special instructions regarding the medication given to you by the subscribing physician and what time a day (am, pm) you take it? Don’t forget the medications you put in your eyes or ears or even on your skin. Even if the medication is “as needed” or “on occasion” your physicians need to have a complete picture of your health care.

This information is very important when your provider prescribes a new medicine or in an emergency. You may end up taking too many medicines. While some medicines change the way other medicines work.

The MedicMinder keeps a comprehensive list of all drugs and medical history in a single source system, including contact numbers for doctors, pharmacies, insurance companies, and more. By using the MedicMinder you’ll always be prepared. You’ll be able to tell each health care provider about the drug or food allergies you have in detail. And you will be able to alerting them to any other medical treatments you may be receiving.

In an emergency, time is of the essence. Seconds can mean the difference between life and death. Most of us can’t rely on our memory in times of great stress. Are you willing to take the risk?

The MedicMinder provides peace of mind for you and or your caregiver – the knowledge that all pertinent medical and drug history is documented in one comprehensive, easy to use system. No second-guessing in an emergency – reach for the MedicMinder and you will be assured that vital and accurate information is at your fingertips.

About The MedicMinder
Simply stated, the MedicMinder is “Trusted by Caring Families.”

Diane Carter, PR Contact, http://www.themedicminder.com, Post Office Box 333, Marietta, Georgia 30061, 770-499-0127

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Marietta, Georgia (PR) August 11, 2008 – An article posted on the NIH Senior Health site reports that people age 65 and older take more prescription and over-the-counter medicines than any other age group. It is common for these individuals to take multiple drugs daily because they have more long-term, chronic illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

It is also common for one in five people over the age of 65 experiences moderate to severe memory impairment. Making the MedicMinder a perfect companion for tracking their medications. From why they take the medication, in what form they take it (pill, liquid, shot…), the color and shape, the dosage, any special instructions regarding the medication given to them by the subscribing physician and what time a day (am, pm) they take it.

To reduce potential risks and side effects medications must be taken as directed. Organizing medications can be difficult and a struggle for the older population, especially if they take numerous medications each day, at different times, and with different instructions.

The MedicMinder system makes medication management easier and helps to guarantee they are taking medication as directed. The MedicMinder should be kept in a place where it is easy to refer to. Family and caregivers should be made aware that the MedicMinder system is being used and where it is located at all times.

A list of medications is an ideal record to have regardless of whether you need medication reminders or not. The information is important when physicians prescribe new medicine or in any emergency. The MedicMinder is a comprehensive health record-keeping system available at http://www.themedicminder.com. There is a special tabbed section that assists with medication tracking.

Tracking medication is only one part of this dynamic record-keeping system. It is as important to keep track of all health conditions, medications, allergies, past surgeries, financial information, and other items related to health and personal care. The MedicMInder has a tabbed section for all of this and more.

The MedicMinder provides peace of mind – the knowledge that all pertinent medical and drug history is documented in one comprehensive, easy to use system. No second-guessing in an emergency – reach for the MedicMinder and be assured that vital and accurate information is in reach, including contact numbers for doctors, pharmacies, insurance companies, and more.

The MedicMinder is a dynamic way to keep track of personal health records. For further information about the MedicMinder, contact us.

About The MedicMinder
Simply stated, the MedicMinder is “Trusted by Caring Families.”

Diane Carter, PR Contact, http://www.themedicminder.com, Post Office Box 333, Marietta, Georgia 30061, 770-499-0127

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Marietta, Georgia (PR) August 8, 2008 – CNN reports that Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman was in serious condition but “good spirits” Monday, August 4th at a Tennessee hospital after a car wreck near his home in northern Mississippi.

Freeman’s 1997 Nissan Maxima was heading eastbound on Mississippi Highway 32 when the car went off the road overturning several times before coming to a stop. Once emergency crews removed Freeman, he was airlifted from the accident scene to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

Traffic accidents like the one Freeman experienced often cause more than physical injuries they can also cause emotional and mental trauma. Any accident can leave the most levelheaded motorists shocked, stunned and shaken. Most of us can’t rely on our memory in times of great stress and there is no reason you should take the risk.

The MedicMinder has thought of everything so that you don’t have too in your time of stress. It provides peace of mind for you or your caregiver – the knowledge that all pertinent medical and drug history is documented in one comprehensive, easy to use system. No second-guessing in an emergency – reach for the MedicMinder and you will be assured that vital and accurate information is at your fingertips.

The MedicMinder is a single source record-keeping system for medical and drug history, treatment record, including important contact numbers, for doctors, pharmacies, insurance companies, and more.

Freeman is currently appearing in the action film “Wanted” and in the Batman film “The Dark Knight.” The accident left the star with a broken arm, elbow and minor shoulder damage. He has under gone surgery and is recovering.

About The MedicMinder
Simply stated, the MedicMinder is “Trusted by Caring Families.”

Diane Carter, PR Contact, http://www.themedicminder.com, Post Office Box 333, Marietta, Georgia 30061, 770-499-0127

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Marietta, Georgia (PR) August 7, 2008 – Christina Applegate’s publicist Ame Van Iden announced Saturday, August 4th that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, her doctors expect a full recovery. Applegate, 36, star of the ABC comedy “Samantha Who?” has a family history of cancer her mother is a survivor of both breast cancer and cervical cancer.

No other details about Applegate’s breast cancer, including its specific stage and treatment, have been made public yet.

What is known is that during cancer treatment, including recovery and follow-up Applegate will interact with multiple doctors, nurses, and other health care providers. Throughout any cancer treatment it is important to have a detailed record of the treatment process to share with the multitudes. The MedicMinder makes this possible.

The MedicMinder is used to maintain a current directory of family, friends, ICE contacts, and other individuals that may be needed at your fingers tips. When a physician gives you a business card place it in the MedicMinder card sleeve located in the back of the journal for fast and easy access.

The MedicMinder calendar helps you plan and keep your appointments with your physicians, treatments and other events that are important to you.

The MedicMinder has thought of everything so that you don’t have too. It provides peace of mind for you or your caregiver – the knowledge that all pertinent medical and drug history is documented in one comprehensive, easy to use system. No second-guessing in an emergency – reach for the MedicMinder and you will be assured that vital and accurate information is at your fingertips.

The benefits of long-term record keeping are significant for proper care. And perhaps the records we keep now can show the world that alternative treatments or pharmaceuticals work or don’t work. The MedicMinder is a single source record-keeping system for medical and drug history, treatment record, including important contact numbers, for doctors, pharmacies, insurance companies, and more.

Applegate is among the celebrities scheduled to appear on the “Stand Up To Cancer” one-hour television special to be aired on ABC, CBS and NBC on September 5, 2008 to raise funds for cancer research.

About The MedicMinder
Simply stated, the MedicMinder is “Trusted by Caring Families.”

Diane Carter, PR Contact, http://www.themedicminder.com, Post Office Box 333, Marietta, Georgia 30061, 770-499-0127

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Marietta, Georgia (PR) August 6, 2008 – ABC News reported, “Heath Ledger died after an accidental overdosing on a cocktail of six prescription drugs that included painkillers and anti-anxiety medication”.

While his death was tragic it should serve as a warning to everyone taking prescribed or over the counter medication. Mixing drugs or changing doses without consulting your physician could be lethal.

Maria Fernanda Gomez, MD, is an associate professor of psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She reviewed prescription drugs that caused Ledger’s death for WebMD.

“The problem is not with the medications but rather the combinations. These medications have been used for years. If they are prescribed appropriately, in proper doses, they are effective and safe, she says.

Do you keep a record of all your medicines (prescription, nonprescription, natural remedies, and vitamins)? Do you know why you take the medication you take, in what form you take it (pill, liquid, shot…), the color and shape, the dosage, any special instructions regarding the medication given to you by the subscribing physician and what time a day (am, pm) you take it?

Even if the medication is labeled “as needed” or “on occasion” your physicians need to have a complete picture of your drug therapy. Don’t forget the medications you use in your eyes, or your ears drops or even the cream used on your skin.

The MedicMinder keeps a comprehensive list of all drugs and medical history in a single source system, including contact numbers for doctors, pharmacies, insurance companies, and more. By using the MedicMinder you’ll always be prepared. You’ll be able to tell each health care provider about the drug or food allergies you have in detail. While keeping them alerted to other medical treatments you may be receiving from other providers.

In an emergency, every second counts. Seconds can mean the difference between life and death. The MedicMinder provides peace of mind for you or your caregiver – the knowledge that all pertinent medical and drug history is documented in one comprehensive, easy to use system. No second-guessing in an emergency – reach for the MedicMinder and you will be assured that vital and accurate information is at your fingertips, including contact numbers for doctors, pharmacies, insurance companies, and more.

About The MedicMinder
Simply stated, the MedicMinder is “Trusted by Caring Families.”

Diane Carter, PR Contact, http://www.themedicminder.com, Post Office Box 333, Marietta, Georgia 30061, 770-499-0127

WebMD, ABC News

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