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From the Editor

From the Editor: This week in Medical Travel Today, Laura Carabello

News in Review

Quality Service, Favorable Price Boost Health Tourism in Turkey

New Medical Tourism Website Details Consumer Experiences

New Medical Tourism Service Offers Aerial Tours of Taiwan

One In 14 New Mothers Are Maternity Tourists: £182m Bill For Births To Short Term Migrants And Visitors

Medical Tourism: Potential Industry

Cardiac, Renal Center Will Stem Medical Tourism - Commissioner

VisitandCare.com Reports Increase in Cosmetic and Hair Transplant Procedures for Men

RWJF Brief Examines Differences in U.S., European Disparity Strategies

Government Boosts Medical Tourism Efforts in North Kazakhstan



Yehuda Handelsman, M.D., FACP, FACE, FNLA, Medical Director and Principal Investigator, Metabolic Institute of America,


Henry Huang, Founder and Chief Operating Officer, California Healthcom Group

Industry News

Four Friends Getting "The Works" in Costa Rica!

New Affordable Healthcare Program That Beats a Tough Economy - Available for Individuals Ages 20-100 Years

Need an MRI? Get it in Mexico

The World of Medical Tourism and the Cosmetic Surgery Industry

Soroka Medical Center: Israel's Iron Dome for Health

American Red Cross issues urgent call for blood and platelet donors

World's Largest Self-Insurance/ART Event Coming to Phoenix!

SIIA Panel Discussion: Domestic Medical Travel - Opportunities and Challenges for Self-Insured Employers

Help Save a Life and Support MatchingDonors

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International Medical Forum and Spa & Wellness: Healthcare Travel Expo

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Volume 8, Issue 4

Dear Colleagues:

From living rooms to Board rooms, the subject of diabetes as a serious healthcare epidemic draws commentary from every corner.  While we all understand the problem, the recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) -- 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report documents the alarming prevalence. According to the study:

29.1 million or 9.3 percent of the total population have diabetes
21.0 million are diagnosed
8.1 million are undiagnosed (27.8 percent of people with diabetes are undiagnosed)

In this issue, Yehuda Handelsman, M.D., medical director and principal investigator, Metabolic Institute of America, discusses diabetes as a global epidemic on the rise.  He comments on the hospital's role in treating diabetes, the diseases linked to the diagnosis and whether or not bariatric surgery can cure this widespread condition.

For the growing number of readers who are interested in the U.S. domestic medical travel space, I am pleased to report that the Self Insurance Institute of America has invited me to chair a panel on the subject at the annual meeting: www.siia.org/national.

Date: October 5-7, 2014 
Location: JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort, Phoenix, AZ

The SIIA National Conference & Expo is the world's largest event focused exclusively on the self-insurance/alternative risk transfer marketplace, typically attracting more than 1,700 attendees from throughout the United States and from a growing number of countries around the world. The program features more than 40 educational sessions designed to help employers and their business partners identify and maximize the value of self-insurance solutions.

For additional details about SIIA and the medical travel panel, read the article entitled, "SIIA Panel Discussion: Domestic Medical Travel - Opportunities and Challenges for Self-Insured Employers," below.

Please be in touch and let me know how you are surviving and thriving in this emerging marketplace. 

Laura Carabello
Editor and Publisher
Medical Travel Today




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SPOTLIGHT: Yehuda Handelsman, M.D., FACP, FACE, FNLA, Medical Director and Principal Investigator, Metabolic Institute of America, and Chair and Program Director, Annual World Congress on Insulin Resistance, Diabetes & CVD


About Yehuda Handelsman, M.D.
Dr. Yehuda Handelsman is the medical director and principal investigator of the Metabolic Institute of America, and an endocrinologist in private practice in Tarzana, California.  He is the president of the American College of Endocrinology (ACE), a past president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), chair of the AACE Diabetes and Lipid Scientific Committees, and a member of AACE Obesity Scientific Committee and Task force of the new 2014 AACE Consensus on the Diagnosis and Management of Obesity.

Dr. Handelsman is chair and program director of the annual World Congress on Insulin Resistance, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease, chair of the International Committee for Insulin Resistance, and secretary of the Pacific Lipid Association. He is also an associate editor of the Journal of Diabetes, and frequently serves as guest editor for multiple publications, such as the Journal of Clinical Hypertension. A chair of the AACE 2011 Diabetes Guidelines, its 2014 update and a member of the 2013 AACE Comprehensive Diabetes Algorithm.

He has been chair, member, coauthor and reviewer of many of AACE/ACE guidelines, algorithms, consensuses and position statements on diabetes, obesity, insulin resistance, DM obesity cancer and lipids. Dr. Handelsman has been listed repeatedly in "Top Doctors of Los Angeles," "Southern California Super Doctors," and "Best Doctors of America."

About American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists is a professional community of physicians specializing in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism committed to enhancing the ability of its members to provide the highest quality of patient care.

About Metabolic Institute of America
The Metabolic Institute of America was founded as an answer to the growing global epidemic of obesity and multiple metabolic disorders. It is dedicated to clinical research and education for diabetes, hypertension, lipid disorders, obesity and related metabolic disorders in order to prevent cardiovascular disease and other associated complications. The MIA's mission is to advance the understanding and management of metabolic diseases.

Medical Travel Today (MTT): Recently, a CDC report was released detailing the impact of diabetes and its accelerated prevalence throughout the nation. Do you see diabetes impacting hospital systems and centers of excellence in the United States?

YH: Of course. Diabetes can, and will, affect everything locally, as well as globally.

Diabetes is reaching epidemic levels. Currently, 12.5 percent of all individuals above the age of 20 have been diagnosed with the disease, and 75 percent of individuals ages 65 and above have been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes.

The increase of type 2 diabetes in children ages 10 to 18 is linked to the obesity epidemic, which also continues to skyrocket. In this country, the overweight and obesity levels are as follows:

  • Individuals overweight and/or obese: Close to 70 percent
  • Crossing over from overweight to obese: 35 percent (roughly 100 million people+)
  • Morbidly obese: seven percent (10 years ago, this population was at one percent)

Of course, there is a direct correlation between the individuals that slip into the overweight/obese category and the increase in diabetes and pre-diabetes.

Years ago, an economist estimated the cost of pre-diabetes to be 18 billion. The presence of pre-diabetes is linked with an increase in heart disease, eye disease and kidney disease. Since then the number of individuals diagnosed with pre-diabetes has risen to 86 billion individuals.

Although pre-diabetes is already very expansive, once a person moves from pre-diabetes to diabetes, the cost of the disease becomes $250 billion, which is unquestionably enormous!

MTT: What should hospitals be prepared for?

YH: Hospitals need to be prepared for the obvious: an influx of patients and co-morbidities, as well as many more heart attacks, and patients with kidney and eye diseases.

MTT: Do certain hospitals in the United States specialize in the treatment of diabetes?

YH: There aren't specialized diabetes centers anymore.

Now, all hospitals throughout the nation need to be prepared for the increase of patients with diabetes and its accompanying ailments (heart disease, etc.), as well as the added expenses associated with the disease. And, to be honest, I am not sure if hospitals (locally or globally) are ready for this.

Roughly four or five years ago in Africa there was a drastic shift in numbers regarding prevalent causes of death. Now, more individuals in Africa die from a metabolic related disease (i.e. diabetes, heart disease, etc.), than infections, which can include malaria, HIV, etc.

MTT: What is the cause of this shift? Is it related to a poor diet?

YH: Yes, it is related to a poor diet, but many other factors helped cause this shift, as well.

Many years ago, individuals would ride bicycles to travel, now people drive cars. Individuals used to walk around while shopping, now purchasing products can be done online from a computer chair. Technology drastically changed the world, in some ways for the best, but in many ways for the worst.

MTT: You mentioned that there are no longer specialized diabetes centers. Are these centers completely gone?

YH: I think there are centers of excellence, which help address more people with heart disease than before. The issue with these facilities is, if the facility used to have a two-month waiting period, they now have a four-month waiting period.

MTT: Should people be traveling to those centers of excellence, or should they rely on their local community hospital instead?

YH: Can they afford to travel and wait such a long time there?

Now we are also looking at a new healthcare system which rations care.

Take Canada, for example. They have rationed care with a different name. If I have a patient that has significant chest pain and I need them to have an angiogram, I can send them to my friend who is a cardiologist right away if it is an emergency, or the following day if I don't think it is as serious. If the patient needs an angioplasty and stent put in, it needs to be right now, yet many patients will wait up to a year even a year and a half for the same procedure in other countries even in Canada. We are moving into the same place.

MTT: There has been a lot of publicity about bariatric surgery and its ability to reverse diabetes. Is that something that you believe in?

YH: I do believe that bariatric surgery can have a profound effect, largely because of the weight loss and certain interaction between hormones. Yet we have near 30 million people with diabetes and over 100 million who are obese. Realistically, how many surgeries can be performed a year? This answer is just for a few and ought to be reserved for the sickest.

With that being said, bariatric surgery does not always reverse diabetes, and it is hard to know who it will work for.

I think these procedures should be saved for patients who are very sick and really need surgery. However, I do have some patients who would like to have a bariatric procedure done for cosmetic reasons. It becomes a ‘plastic choice,' and positive results do ensue.

MTT: If a patient needs bariatric surgery and can't afford the procedure, or it isn't covered in the United States, do you recommend the patient seek treatment in another country where the cost of care may be lower?

YH: That is very hard for me to say because when one goes outside of the country, even to seek treatment at a center of excellence, there is always the risk of major complications.

I understand the benefits of medical tourism, and for some people this option yields great results. By the same token, we witness a lot of botched medical travel results here in the United States, and in this instance, it is clear that saving money to compromise your health is not always the correct way to go.



Spotlight: Henry Huang, Founder and Chief Operating Officer, California Healthcom Group

About Henry Huang, Founder and Chief Operating Officer
Henry brings years of operating, management, corporate development and public service experience. His experience spans multiple business models across communications, mobile health, Saas & Cloud, medical tourism and healthcare delivery services. He previously served in the U.S Department of Labor and U.S Department of Treasury, Mint. Henry holds a B.A in Communications and Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and is current serving as a Commissioner of Information Systems in Los Angeles County.

About California Healthcom Group
California Healthcom Group, a California Corporation referred to as "The Company" was established in August of 2012. The company has built a cloud-based digital hospital also referred to as (Haoeyou or ) which connects people in emerging markets to elite healthcare professionals around the world.

Leveraging technology, the company has developed the Amazon for healthcare. Hospitals and physicians can openly sign up, opening their own digital hospital store front. Patients around the world using every-day mobile devices to access hospitals and physicians through the platform's video chat, and share their medical records all in one place. For the first time, patients can get face-to-face access to the world's top physicians.

The Company's mission is to provide patients in emerging markets access, answers, and solutions to their medical condition. No matter how complex the condition or little hope that is left, an expert and a world renowned hospital institution on our platform has the answer and solution.

Medical Travel Today (MTT): Provide us with some background on California Healthcom Group.

Henry Huang (HH): California Healthcom Group is a Los Angeles-based technology company.

Last May, we launched our Digital Hospital - HAOEYOU.com - a complete system that allows hospitals and institutions worldwide to navigate through a platform to connect with patients in China and Asia.

The initial process begins when providers sign up.

My company offers credentialing, translating and licensing for providers in order for them to administrate and manage their content, doctors and services.

Once the providers go live in the platform, patients in China and Asia are able to consult with physicians in the United States.

Providers set a consultation fee which grants patients access to a nursing triage who books the appointment between the patient and the doctor.

At the time of consult, the doctor can log in to the system and connect with the patient face-to-face. If language barriers are an issue, we provide live translation as well.

After the consultation, the provider will send the patient a short consult report along with proposed treatment options. If the patient is interested in acquiring treatment in the United States, our team will help coordinate with the provider on a treatment package suitable for the patient.

MTT: Can a specialty hospital in the United States register on the site?

HH: The hospital can register, or doctors and physicians can sign up individually.

The company's objective is to develop a standardized, transparent system that allows patients to pay for a consultation with a doctor of their choice.

We do not refer patients to specific facilities or guide patients in any type of direction. However, we do ensure that patients choose a doctor that specializes in treating the patient's issue.

Patients will then transmit their electronic medical data through our system for the doctor and network to review.

MTT: What is the fee for the provider to sign up?

HH: Currently, there is no fee.

The more providers that know about the digital hospital, the more helpful it is for the patient.

For some providers this is the time to see if the Chinese or Asian market is right for them.

MT: How does your company profit from this if there is no fee to sign up?

HH: Similar to many technology companies, we rely on the volume of users at any given time.

We also have premium service offerings that allow patients to store and compile medical records over the course of their lifetime.

MTT: How do the patients find out about the service?

HH: In China, we are partnered with the government-backed version of what Americans know as WebMD, which consists of 4,000 Chinese physicians that provide consultations for Chinese patients.

The website has 1.2 million daily viewers and 50,000 paid consultations.

A percentage of the viewers begin to inquire about doctors abroad leading to a consultation and potentially treatment in the United States.

MTT: What do you find are the most sought after treatment options?

HH: We see a lot of cancer, pediatric and orthopedic cases, and certainly a rise in infertility treatment. It is difficult to pinpoint at the moment what are the most sought after treatment options as we have had patient inquiries for even rare diseases such as brugada syndrome, empty nose syndrome (ENS), kawasaki disease.

MTT: Roughly, how many providers do you have on the system?

HH: We have about three to four physician networks in California and each network consists of approximately 100-200 providers.

We also have independent physician networks that consist of cosmetic, dental, etc.

MTT: Do the patients make their own travel arrangements?

HH: They can, but we can help.

Patients are able to work with our partners that provide medical travel assistance. For instance, patients may need help with their travel Visas, transportation and living arrangements that our partners and team can help coordinate.

MTT: Do patients have to prepay a certain amount?

HH: Yes, the prepay model seems to work best.

Patients do not like surprises - they would rather pay more initially than have to worry about access issues later.

The prepay model also ensures that providers in the United States are guaranteed payment.

MTT: Are there any parts of the United States beyond Los Angeles that are more desirable for the Chinese and Asian market?

HH: I believe anywhere that offers quality service is a desirable location for patients.

At the end of the day, patients go to destinations that have the highest probability in addressing their medical condition.

MTT: That's exactly why medical tourism makes so much sense.

HH: Absolutely.

In terms of education and information relative to medical tourism, there is still a lot to uncover.

Emerging economies are constantly under-informed and so the significance of medical tourism is going to be very valuable-especially if the language barrier dissipates.

Industry News

Four Friends Getting "The Works" in Costa Rica!
"Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder and in a Cosmetic Surgeon's Hands!"

Placidway.com-Have you ever thought about doing a cosmetic surgery for your birthday to make it even more exciting?
This is exactly what four beautiful women did to celebrate their friend's special day in Costa Rica! Below is their wonderful cosmetic tourism experience that brought them even closer and radiant at the same time!

Getting on the "Band Wagon"

Shannon, Judith, Donna and Ada are four friends who have been separated by their work and life choices. As Shannon's birthday drew closer, she began to consider a cosmetic trip to get rid of some of her signs of aging. Now in her 40's, Shannon was considering leaving Honduras and enhancing her looks in Costa Rica - and thus, she reached PlacidWay through Dubhe Licup as her coordinator.

Soon enough, Shannon's group grew from one to two to three. "Several of my friends became interested in having cosmetic surgery once I told them I was seriously considering it. Of course, they would not like me to be more beautiful than them when I return renewed and younger looking!  So they got on the band wagon."
Exploring Cosmetic Tourism in Costa Rica

The three friends had decided to go to Costa Rica not only because it was a great destination and close to the United States and Honduras, too, but also because of the cost savings and amount of experienced cosmetic surgeons per square foot."I had read about medical tourism as an option for cosmetic surgery at a fraction of the cost for having the same procedure in the United States. I started to do research online and found PlacidWay. I noticed several countries offering Cosmetic Surgery through PlacidWay and opted to check out Costa Rica due to its close proximity to Honduras Central America," Shannon said.

Customizing The Best Option

Shannon and her friends had multiple options for cosmetic surgery in Costa Rica. "I began contacting various cosmetic surgeons, and found that many of them, after receiving our photos, wanted to drastically change my looks and those of my friends. Contrary to the massive changes suggested by other cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Rojas requested a list of things we wanted done and he addressed our concerns thoroughly, and that was the very reason why we chose him over the many others I had contacted. I was also impressed that Dr. Rojas worked under local anesthesia, so recovery time and complications would be at a minimum."

As the travel date gets closer, another friend of Shannon's, Donna from Oregon decided to join. Actually, there were supposed to be five girls in total, but, as it turned out - the fifth friend had some health problems and was advised by the doctor not to proceed with cosmetic surgery.

So almost everything was set: the cosmetic surgeon was chosen, the hotel was booked and so were the flights. The girls grew more and more excited and anxious at the same time, as the travel date was approaching: Would their surgery be ok? Would they love the hotel? Yet, the open communication between them, their surgeon and coordinator reassured them that everything would work out perfectly and this put their mind at ease.

Now, all that was left was for the four beautiful ladies to arrive and enjoy a wonderful vacation in Costa Rica!

Beautiful Ladies Exploring Cosmetic Tourism

Shannon, Ada, Donna and Judith were absolutely delighted with the care and the trip! As Shannon says, "As with any surgery, there is always apprehension as to the possibility of something going wrong. Our worries were put to ease after our private one-on-one consultation with Dr. Rojas and his staff. Since all of us gals arrived within the same time frame, surgery was scheduled close together so we would recover all at the same rate. Nothing was rushed. Each patient - Ada, Judy, Donna and I were given the utmost attention to detail at the hands of a very skilled cosmetic surgeon Dr. Rojas. He and his staff gave us all great attention before, during and follow-up care."

All four beautiful ladies were on their way to getting even more beautiful in Costa Rica! Shannon, Judith, Donna and Ada loved the doctor and the hotel too.

"Instead of a hospital setting where you are rushed to clear the room for another scheduled patient, Dr. Rojas works out of his clinic and offers all the care needed. Dr. Rojas has two highly trained assistants, who right away make you feel at ease and special as one of their patients. The Hotel Casa Conde, where we stayed, is a very beautiful place with very gorgeous gardens and friendly staff. The breakfast that came with our hotel stay was excellent with an assortment of fruit, bread, eggs, rice, potatoes, pastry, and fresh juice, coffee or tea."

After the ladies got their procedures performed and went back to their hotel, the recovery period followed. They had to stay in their rooms for a period as their bruising and swelling diminished.

"After surgery we all looked pretty rough with swollen eyes, bruised faces and bandages. On our first day of recovering, we called for room service and when delivered we were presented with a bill. We talked to the manager at the front desk and let them know we did not choose to come to the dining area looking like we did. We felt uncomfortable and felt it was not pleasant for other guests. After discussing our concerns we were not charged for that service."

Dr. Gilberto Rojas Cisneros

"It was the first time I had catered to the cosmetic needs of a group," Dr. Rojas stated. "The follow-up and the removal of the stitches for the face lifts, eyelid surgeries and all the procedures that these ladies decided on were also carefully planned in order for them to look ravishing in the end. A taxi was always available to take them to and from the clinic in order for me to ensure that everything in their recovery went smoothly. I am very pleased with the result and I am honored to now call Shannon, Ada, Donna and Judy my friends."

"Everything was very well organized"

"These girls are very dear to me. I found their concerns natural and I tried to put them at ease by providing as much information as possible. They have been so nice to me and they treated me as a friend, which is what I always want when dealing with patients. I'm really grateful to have assisted them with their cosmetic surgeries and very proud that I didn't fail them with their expectations. This, I think, is the best reward one could get by working with PlacidWay- Friendship," Dubhe concluded.

After getting back home, Shannon emailed PlacidWay thanking them for the successful cosmetic trip:

"All us gals are more than satisfied with Dr. Rojas. He is an exceptional cosmetic surgeon, shows passion and complete dedication to his work, and gives each patient his total attention and time.

"I have worked in the medical field as an orthopedic physician's assistant in both the state of Michigan and Kentucky. No doctor who I have known or worked for has ever shown such compassion for his patients. We all feel that our cosmetic surgery has been a great success.

"Everything was very well organized between Casa Conde and Dr. Rojas office. I feel our coordinator for Placid Way was very informative and helped in every way possible to make our trip to Costa Rica hassle-free. Thank you Dubhe! "

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Industry News

New Affordable Healthcare Program That Beats a Tough Economy - Available for Individuals Ages 20-100 Years
by Adel Eldin, M.D.

History of Black Seed: Few people in the United States have heard of this fascinating history of a seed used by a large portion of the world's population. References to this seed can be found in some of the oldest religious and medical texts. It is called Black seed and is believed to be indigenous to the Mediterranean, but is cultivated in other parts of the world, including North Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia. The common English name for Nigella sativa is Love in a Mist. It is also called Black Cumin.

Black seed was discovered in the tomb of the legendary Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen, implying that it played an important role in ancient Egyptian practices. The earliest written reference to black seed is found in the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament: (Isaiah 28:25,27 NKJV). The Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) said 1,500 years ago that "Black seed has a cure for all diseases except death."

Because of its complex chemical structure - it has over 100 active ingredients - black cumin has positive effects on the respiratory, immune, circulatory, digestive, and urinary systems. It is potentially effective against asthma, stomach ailments and numerous skin conditions, ranging from acne to psoriasis. Its many uses have earned it the popular title "Seed of Blessing."

Black Seed as an Energy Source

Avicennae, (980-1037) described the Black seed as that which "stimulates the body's energy and helps recovery from fatigue," which holds true for Tibb (Islamic Medicine) health practitioners today. The rich nutritional value contained in Black seed is outlined by scientific research.

How Does Black Seed Benefit?

The majority of our health problems have the same causes: infection by micro-organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. When using clinical (allopathic medicines) each symptom is treated individually and usually with synthetic chemically manufactured medicines that contain alcohol and other harmful ingredients.

Black seed regulates the immune system, and is excellent for treating chronic, allergic and hormonal diseases. Black seed supports metabolism, improves digestion and helps to lower blood sugar levels. It is used to dispel worms and parasites from the intestinal track. It is useful in soothing bronchitis and coughs, increases body tone, stimulates menstrual periods, increases the flow of breast milk, provides quick energy, increases sperm count, calms the nervous system, encourages hair growth and stops hair falling out, and prevents skin wrinkling (i.e. anti-aging).

  • Anti-Inflammatory: The mechanism by which Black seed exerts its anti-inflammatory action appears to be as a potent inhibitor of thromboxane B 2 and leucotrienes B 4, by inhibiting both cyclooxygenase and lipooxygenase, respectively.
  • Allergies/Asthma: In the United States, 150,000 patients are hospitalized because of asthma, and around five million patients have the disease. Bronchial asthma is a genetically based, multifactorial disease that is aggravated by a number of factors such as infections, allergen exposure, tobacco smoke and environmental pollutants. Stabilization of the arachidonic acid metabolism via modulation of prostaglandin and leukotriene production, and stabilization of interleukins and tumour necrosis factor (TNF) has been shown to safeguard the body from allergic reactions. Four human studies showed that black seed oil is indeed capable of relieving symptoms of allergic rhinitis, atopic eczema and bronchial asthma.
  • Cancer: Very recently, researchers at Kimmel Cancer at Jefferson in Philadelphia discovered that thymoquinone blocked pancreatic cancer cell growth and killed the cells by enhancing the process of programmed cell death.
  • Diabetes: Diabetes mellitus results in severe metabolic imbalances and pathological changes in many tissues. Oxidative stress has been shown to play an important role in the etiology of diabetes and diabetic complications. However, in a recent animal study, scientists found Nigella sativa and its pharmacologically active substance thymoquinone, affected blood glucose levels, and insulin. Furthermore, they suggested that the antioxidant activity of Black seed may alleviate damage to b-cells in the pancreas. The study found less damage to tissues in diabetic animals treated with Black seed and thymoquinone.
  • Ulcers and Gastroprotective: Likewise, thymoquinone protected against the ulcerating effect of alcohol and mitigated most of the biochemical adverse effects induced by alcohol in gastric mucosa, but to a lesser extent than whole Black seed. Researchers also hypothesized that thymoquinone's antihistaminic effect could play a role in preventing gastric injury as an antihistaminic effect has been shown to be an important preventive mechanism against gastric injury.
  • Cardiovascular: Black seed oil could be effectively used to treat hypertension. In fact, the authors suggested that the diuretic action of Black seed might be, at least partially, responsible for its antihypertensive action related to its volatile oils. Moreover, scientific evidence also indicates that Black seed oil and thymoquinone are effective in reducing homocysteine levels. Evidence using animal models suggests that homocysteine causes direct oxidant injury to the vasculature, which impairs the vasodilatory and anticoagulation function of nitrous oxide, stimulates smooth muscle proliferation, interferes with clotting factors and increases oxidative stress (that harm inner lining of blood vessels). Black seed oil may offer an alternative for homcysteine reduction to those people who do not respond to folic acid, vitamins B12 and or B6.
  • Effects on the Immune System: Several studies point to the effect of Black seed and thymoquinone on the immune system by modulating the levels of pro- and anti-inflammatory mediators. Thymoquinone has also been shown to inhibit inflammation and oxidative stress in cells. The seeds have been shown to produce an increase in the ratio of helper to suppressor T cells and enhance natural killer cell activity in healthy volunteers. Black seed enhanced the ratio between helper T-cell by 55 percent with a 30 percent enhancement of NK cell activity. These findings suggest that Black seed could play an important role in the treatment of cancer, AIDS, and other immune deficiency states.
  • Parasites: Black seed oil has been shown to possess anti-parasitic properties comparable to those of some of the leading pharmaceuticals.
  • Seizures: Nearly 15 percent of childhood epilepsy cases are resistant to treatment which are helped with Black seed.
  • Impotence: Black seed increases the numbers of sperm and helps with fertility and performance for men and woman with no side effects (helps preserve marriages and families). Courtesy of www.blessedsunnah.com.

1 - Al-Ghamdi MS. The anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antipyretic activity of Nigella sativa. J Ethnopharmacol. 2001 Jun;76 (1):45-8

2 - El-mahmoudy A, Shimizu Y, Shiina T, et al. Successful abrogation by thymoquinone against induction of diabetes mellitus with streptozotocin via nitric oxide inhibitory mechanism. Int Immunopharmacol 2005 jan; 5 (1): 195-207

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Industry News

Need an MRI? Get it in Mexico
by Yevgeniy Feyman

Washington Examiner - Health tourists are nothing new. Sickly Greeks of antiquity traversed the Mediterranean in droves to visit Epidaurus, a Peloponnesian town reputed for its medical care.

Within the United States today, numerous employers have started using "direct contracting" to save money on healthcare: Lowe's, for example, allows employees and dependents to be transported to Cleveland Clinic for cardiac procedures; Walmart contracts with six "centers of excellence" around the country to provide coverage for heart, spine and transplant surgeries.
This is largely a good thing. With healthcare one of the few markets to remain predominately local, there is no reason why providers across state lines should not compete for patients.

But what about competing across countries?

With medical costs an ever-growing concern (few companies expect medical inflation to remain low), along with cost pressures from Obamacare, some companies are sending patients abroad. One such insurer, California-based MediExcel, requires beneficiaries to obtain certain services in Mexico.

For firms in states on the country's southern border, such developments hold obvious appeal. Large companies, say in California or Texas, might construct networks of low-cost foreign providers -- for not only basic services like MRIs or X-rays, but also more complex procedures such as spinal or cardiac surgery.

Medical tourism, moreover, can be a powerful cost-saving measure for firms across America. Spinal fusion, for instance, costs around $100,000 in the United States; in Costa Rica, the tab runs to just $11,500. Similar savings can be found for other procedures, including coronary and gastric bypass surgeries.

Companies, meanwhile, that previously did not offer insurance-but which will now be required to under Obamacare - may find medical tourism a useful safety valve to avoid racking up excessively high costs. Still, it is far from guaranteed that the latter will remain open indefinitely.

Indeed domestic barriers to medical tourism already exist. "Telemedicine" - whereby patients interact with doctors and other medical professionals via video, email and other electronic methods - is hampered by antiquated state-level licensing regulations preventing the practice of medicine by physicians not licensed in-state.

And while no federal regulations currently prohibit travel for overseas medical services (Texas is the only state to explicitly ban insurance plans which require travel outside the United States), if more companies take advantage of the considerable cost savings available, calls for limits on their use will invariably arise.

Outright bans would nonetheless be highly misguided.

Persuading employees, it is true, to travel abroad may at times be a difficult sell. Quality concerns over foreign providers might emerge. Yet simple requirements at the state level (such as minimum safety standards) and other basic protections (like requiring notice that foreign providers are not covered by U.S. medical malpractice laws) should suffice. Enticing employees with other incentives would help, too: Coupling together exotic, all-expenses-paid vacations with surgery would still deliver significant savings to employers.

In short, medical tourism, if allowed to flourish, represents a promising tool to help businesses tackle the growing cost of medical care in the age of Obamacare.

This article originally appeared on washingtonexaminer.com on July 10, 2014.

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The World of Medical Tourism and the Cosmetic Surgery Industry
Originally published by Verve Cosmetic Clinic

Please visit Verve Cosmetic Clinic here.

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Soroka Medical Center: Israel's Iron Dome for Health

As the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) commences "Operation Protective Edge," Israeli Air Force planes have begun hitting targets in Gaza in response to escalating missile attacks on the south of the country. Over 80 Hamas terrorist rockets were launched against Israeli civilians today, including several longer-range missiles targeting Be'er Sheva.  Soroka Medical Center, located in Be'er Sheva and the sole major medical center for the entire south of Israel, is responding to the situation by taking steps to ensure the safety of its patients, especially those in units not yet "protected" against missile attack.  Dr. Ehud Davidson, director of Soroka Medical Center, stated that "in light of the escalation in the security situation in the south we have begun deployment based on the assumption that we are about to face a difficult period.  We are currently in the midst of an operation to move the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to sheltered quarters.  We are moving babies, families and staff, including 23 preemies, five of whom are on respirators, and 34 additional newborns.

"The Soroka Neonatal department is the busiest and one of the leading neonatal departments in Israel. Its building is not protected against rocket attack: given our great concern for the safety of the tiniest and most vulnerable of the patients for whom we care, we have decided that we must now move them to a protected area within the hospital."

The Soroka NICU staff gained experience in this type of emergency evacuation during Operation Cast Lead, Operation Pillar of Defense, and additional escalations of the security situation during recent years.  Just last month, Dr. Agneta Golan, the director of the Soroka NICU, visited New York City for the American Friends of Soroka Medical Center Gala, which was dedicated to raising the funds necessary to build a new, protected building. While in New York City, she visited the New York University Medical Center NICU, in solidarity with her American colleagues who had to evacuate the NYU NICU during Hurricane Sandy.

Since 2008 Soroka has had to relocate its unit repeatedly for safety. This heart-wrenching and dramatic operation is undertaken in consultation with the IDF Home Front Command, and only when the risk of staying in place exceeds the risk of the relocation.

Soroka Medical Center

One of Israel's largest and busiest hospital, Soroka is the sole major medical center for the entire Negev, which comprises 60 percent of Israel's land.

  • An intensely multi-cultural hospital, serving as an example and symbol of peaceful co-existence.
  • Centers of excellence within the hospital include trauma care, cancer care, genetics, clinical research, pediatrics and psychiatric care.
  • The hospital is responsible for the health and emergency care of a million people including 400,000 children and many Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers, since it serves as the only medical center on the southern front.  Soroka must now grow by 30 percent given anticipated rapid population growth, the IDF moving more bases and operations to the Negev, and Be'er Sheva's evolving transformation into a high-tech center.

Learn more about the Soroka NICU here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDNIucAqMjo

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact myself or Rachel Heisler Sheinfeld, Executive Director, American Friends of Soroka Medical Center at 914-725-9070 or RachelH@soroka.org.  In Hebrew: Inbar Gutar, Soroka Medical Center Spokesperson: InbarGU@clalit.org.il at 972-0506263063.

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American Red Cross issues urgent call for blood and platelet donors
Blood donations needed now to prevent emergency situation

Washington, D.C. (July 22, 2014) - The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.

Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

In addition, the Independence Day holiday falling on Friday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. Many sponsors did not host drives because people took vacations either over the long weekend or for the entire week. In an average summer week, about 4,400 Red Cross blood drives are scheduled, compared to Independence Day week when only 3,450 drives occurred.

"Hospital patients continue to need lifesaving blood this summer, and they’re relying on the generosity of volunteer donors to give them hope in the days and weeks ahead," said Kara Lusk Dudley, spokesperson for the Red Cross. "Please, consider giving the gift of life. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for patients in need - and you never know when it could be your loved one needing blood."

Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed at this time. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.

There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets - a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, burn victims and bone marrow recipients - must be transfused within five days of donation, so it’s important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand.

The summer can be among the most challenging times of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they take vacations and participate in summer activities. When school is out of session for summer break, donations from those who normally give on campus tend to drop by more than 80 percent.

Every day this summer is a chance to give hope to patients in need and their network of family and friends. July 13 marked the half-way point for the Red Cross campaign "100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope." Blood and platelet donations are needed now and for the rest of the summer. Individuals who donated blood earlier this summer may now be eligible to donate again and help patients such as accident victims, heart surgery patients and children with blood disorders.

How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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World's Largest Self-Insurance/ART Event Coming to Phoenix!

The Self-Insurance Institute of America (SIIA) today announced the program for its National Educational Conference & Expo, scheduled for October 5-7, 2014, at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix. The event typically attracts more than 1,700 attendees from throughout the United States and from a growing number of countries around the world.

Detailed event information, including registration forms, can be accessed on-line at www.siia.org, or by calling 800/851-7789. Sign up today and take advantage of discounted early bird registration fees and secure your room at the host hotel. NOTE: This hotel is a SIIA member favorite and always sells out early, so please keep this in mind as you make your arrangements.

The program features more than 40 educational sessions designed to help employers and their business partners identify and maximize the value of self-insurance solutions.

We'll cover self-insured group health plans from every angle, including plan design and cost containment, financial risk transfer, broker involvement and healthcare reform compliance. Extra content has been incorporated this year that should be of specific interest to TPA executives and their key management teams. And you won't want to miss our panel discussion sessions featuring top thought leaders talking about the future of the self-insurance marketplace.

Another focus will be stop-loss captive programs (also known as employee benefit group captives). An increasing number of smaller and mid-sized employers have been considering self-insured group health plans and stop-loss captive programs can help facilitate this transition. SIIA has become the recognized industry leader in this fast-growing captive insurance market niche and the session speakers for this topic area will be many of the industry's top experts.

Also within the Alternative Risk Transfer track, additional sessions will focus on Enterprise Risk Captives, also known as 831(b) captives, which have become an increasingly popular self-insurance solution for many companies.

Given the rapidly involving business and regulatory environment for group workers' compensation self-insured funds (SIGs), we have incorporated a series of roundtable sessions where SIG leaders from around the country will provide a unique opportunity to share perspectives on how their organization should be positioning themselves for future success. These SIG-focused roundtables will be supplemented by additional timely sessions of interest to both groups and individual workers' compensation self-insurers.

Rounding out the program will be some sessions addressing key self-insured issues, including healthcare reform compliance requirements, for companies with global operations and/or workforces, giving the conference an added international flavor.

This top notch educational program will be supplemented with quality networking events, including an exhibit hall with more than 150 companies showcasing a wide variety of innovative products and services designed specifically for self-insured entities. If you are searching for a self-insurance business partner, they will be waiting for you at this event. For more information about exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Justin Miller at 800/851-7789, or jmiller@siia.org.

Your can get a head start on your networking by participating in the conference golf tournament the morning of Sunday, October 5. And then cap things off with an incredible social event on the closing night of Tuesday, October 7, so be sure that you make your travel arrangements accordingly.

New to Self-Insurance/Alternative Risk Transfer? SIIA Welcomes You!....While the conference will be packed with industry experts and many advanced-level educational sessions, SIIA warmly welcomes those who are new to self-insurance/alternative risk transfer and want to learn the basics. To help you get started, we have scheduled "beginner" sessions immediately before Sunday night's welcome reception to help you more fully participate in the overall event. Additionally, for employers (non-industry service providers) considering self-insurance, you can take advantage of a highly discounted registration fee.

If self-insurance is important to you in any way, this is simply a must-attend event. We look forward to seeing you in Phoenix.

Register Now: www.siia.org/national

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SIIA Panel Discussion: Domestic Medical Travel - Opportunities and Challenges for Self-Insured Employers

Description: While international medical travel has been highly publicized over the past several years, domestic medical travel has been more quietly gaining traction among a growing number self-insured employers. This panel discussion will explore the latest trends in domestic medical travel and what employers need to consider when evaluating whether to incorporate this strategy as part of their health plans.

Moderator: Laura Carabello
Editor and Publisher:  National and International Newsletters
U.S. Domestic Medical Travel:  www.USDomesticMedicalTravel.com
Medical Travel Today:  www.MedicalTravelToday.com
Panelists: Ruth Coleman, CEO, Health Design Plus
G. Keith Smith, M.D., CEO, Surgery Center of Oklahoma
Olivia Ross, Senior Manager, Employers Centers of Excellence Network,
Pacific Business Group on Health

About Ruth Coleman

Prior to founding Health Design Plus in 1988, Ms. Ruth Coleman had almost 20 years of experience in HMO and hospital management, patient care, and nursing education. Her experience includes several executive HMO and hospital management positions with responsibility for network development, utilization management, customer service, quality management, marketing, strategic planning, and operations. Coleman used this breadth of managed care and care delivery experience to create an organization that provides high quality management for employer sponsored health benefit plans.

Her experience, expertise and leadership have guided Health Design Plus through incredible growth, recognized by numerous awards, including the prestigious Inc. 500 and eleven consecutive years as part of the Weatherhead 100, along with being named one of the Top Ten Women Business Owners in Northeast Ohio, and a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

About G. Keith Smith, M.D.

G. Keith Smith, M.D., is a board-certified anesthesiologist in private practice since 1990. In 1997, he co-founded The Surgery Center of Oklahoma, an outpatient surgery center in Oklahoma City, Okla., owned by 40 of the top physicians and surgeons in central Oklahoma. Dr. Smith serves as the medical director, CEO and managing partner while maintaining an active anesthesia practice.

In 2009, Dr. Smith launched a website displaying all-inclusive pricing for various surgical procedures, a move that has gained him and the facility national and even international attention. Many Canadians and uninsured Americans have been treated at his facility, taking advantage of the low and transparent pricing available.
Operation of this free-market medical practice, arguably the only one of its kind in the U.S., has gained the endorsement of policymakers and legislators nationally. More and more self-funded insurance plans are taking advantage of Dr. Smith's pricing model, resulting in significant savings to their employee health plans. His hope is for as many facilities as possible to adopt a transparent pricing model, a move he believes will lower costs for all and improve quality of care.

The Surgery Center of Oklahoma is a 32,535 square-foot, state-of-the-art multispecialty facility in Oklahoma City, owned and operated by approximately 40 of the top surgeons and anesthesiologists in central Oklahoma.

If you have a high deductible or are part of a self-insured plan at a large company, you owe it to yourself or your business to take a look at our facility and pricing which is listed on the site. If you are considering a trip to a foreign country to have your surgery, you should look here first. Finally, if you have no insurance at all, this facility will provide quality and pricing that we believe are unmatched.

It is no secret to anyone that the pricing of surgical services is at the top of the list of problems in our dysfunctional healthcare system. Bureaucracy at the insurance and hospital levels, cost shifting and the absence of free market principles are among the culprits for what has caused surgical care in the U.S. to be cost-prohibitive. As more and more patients find themselves paying more out-of-pocket, it is clear that something must change. We believe that a very different approach is necessary, one involving transparent and direct pricing.

Transparent, direct package pricing means the patient knows exactly what the cost of the service will be upfront.

About Olivia Ross

Olivia Ross is Senior Manager with the PBGH New Initiatives team. Her projects include management of the Employers Centers of Excellence Network, which is a multi-purchaser (employer) collaborative established by PBGH as part of its commitment to improving the quality and affordability of health care. Additionally, Olivia participates in several on-going projects focused on changing physician and hospital financial incentives to ensure high-quality health care delivery, while also containing costs.

Olivia joined PBGH in 2012 after four years at the Feinberg School of Medicine Center for Healthcare Studies at Northwestern University. She initially served as Project Coordinator for several programs working with the Chicago Pediatric Patient Safety Consortium to advance patient safety through improved clinician communication and teamwork. Olivia's activities included conducting failure modes effects analysis (FMEA) risk assessments, training and evaluation of clinician handoffs and directing nearly 50 in situ simulations across six local hospitals

Olivia was then recruited to serve as the Research Project Manager of the newly formed Northwestern University Transplantation Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC). In addition to managing patient safety projects, she supported strategic planning and oversaw the day-to-day operation of a group tasked with creating innovative health services and outcomes research in organ transplantation.

Olivia holds a Master in Public Health (MPH) from UCLA, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Help Save a Life and Support MatchingDonors
100 percent of all donations on MatchingDonors.com go to help people get organ transplants on MatchingDonors.com.

MatchingDonors is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and the nation's largest online living organ donor organization finding living organ donors for people needing organ transplants.  In conjunction with various health organizations throughout the United States we have created a very successful Public Service Announcement campaign to help people recognize that they can save lives by being a living organ donor, to encourage them to register as an altruistic living organ donor, and to make them realize they can help save the lives of people needing organ transplants by donating other things. This MatchingDonors Living Organ Donor Initiative program has already saved thousands of lives.

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10th International Health Asia Exhibition & Conferences 2014


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10th International Exposition and Conference for Medical Tourism, Spa & Health


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7th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress

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Mexico Summit on Medical & Wellness Tourism Business


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Medical Travel Today: Opinions and Perspectives on an Industry in the Making

Medical Travel Today - the authoritative newsletter for the worldwide medical travel industry - is pleased to announce publication of a new book, "Medical Travel Today: Opinions and Perspectives on an Industry in the Making."

Featuring 40 of the newsletter's most compelling interviews from the first five years of publication, the volume chronicles the explosive growth of international medical tourism as witnessed and experienced by some of the key stakeholders and players. A must-read for anyone interested or involved in the industry.

News in Review

Quality Service, Favorable Price Boost Health Tourism in Turkey

Dailysabah.com-Turkey's efforts to become a hub for health tourism are paying dividends, as the region's people flock to Turkish hospitals for quality treatment at affordable prices. The aim is to treat 500,000 foreign patients in 2015.

New Medical Tourism Website Details Consumer Experiences
Sfu.ca-Medicaltourismandme.com, a unique new website developed by SFU's Medical Tourism Research Group, is using the power of personal testimony to educate consumers about the perils and pluses of medical tourism.

New Medical Tourism Service Offers Aerial Tours of Taiwan

Wantchinatimes.com-A Taipei-based healthcare company has recently launched a partnership with the Aerospace Industrial Development, a major aircraft and parts maker in Taiwan, to offer new medical tourism services that will include aerial tours.

One In 14 New Mothers Are Maternity Tourists: £182m Bill For Births To Short Term Migrants And Visitors

Dailymail.co.uk-One in 14 women giving birth in the United Kingdom are either temporary migrants or visitors - and cost taxpayers £182million a year. These new mothers, around 50,000, account for seven percent of NHS maternity spending.

Medical Tourism: Potential Industry

Thehimalayantimes.com- Medical tourism, alternately called health tourism, medical travel, health travel or medical value travel, is the process of people travelling to another country for the purpose of obtaining medical treatment.

Cardiac, Renal Center Will Stem Medical Tourism - Commissioner

Nigerianobservernews.com-The Lagos State Government has said that its first cardiac and renal center would stem medical tourism and build local capacity.

VisitandCare.com Reports Increase in Cosmetic and Hair Transplant Procedures for Men

Prweb.com-VisitandCare.com today reported a dramatic increase in men seeking cosmetic surgery and hair transplant procedures, up 80 percent from July of last year.

RWJF Brief Examines Differences in U.S., European Disparity Strategies

Fiercehealthcare.com- A new policy brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute compares efforts to reduce healthcare disparities in the United States and the European Union (EU).

Government Boosts Medical Tourism Efforts in North Kazakhstan

Astanatimes.com-The industry of pantotheraphy, the use of an extract from the horns of the maral, will develop in northern Kazakhstan and the Aiyrtau area will see a new tourism project, according to the press service of the Committee for Tourism Industry of the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies.


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