Karen E. Miller, Dr.P.H, is Health Editor of the Banner and editor of “Be Healthy,” the quarterly health magazine. Dr. Miller has an eclectic background in the health care industry including direct patient care, higher education, management and consulting. She served as the director of clinical training in rehabilitation medicine at Columbia University’s Harlem Hospital Center. She was an assistant professor at New York University and Texas Women’s University, where she taught courses in functional anatomy, orthopedics, neurology and community health. At New York’s Department of Social Services, she was a consultant for the state’s Medicaid program on issues pertaining to quality of care.
At Tenneco, a large oil and gas company in Houston, Dr. Miller developed and ran a managed care program, which involved selective contracting with physicians and hospitals for the treatment of catastrophic illnesses. As an independent consultant she has provided services to small businesses, insurance companies and physician groups. Dr. Miller is a graduate of Boston University and Columbia University. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from New York University and a doctorate in public health from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Dr. Miller currently serves as a board member of the Massachusetts Association of Mental Health.
A change in guidelines by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has updated its guidelines for prostate cancer screening. They now take the position that screening offers a small potential benefit of reducing the chance of dying of prostate cancer.
Strawberries and spinach top the list
Twelve products have made the annual list of “dirty dozen” produce. These fruits and veggies in particular contain high contents of residues from pesticides, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group.
But there can be too much of a good thing
The body cannot survive without sodium, but the typical American diet contains more sodium than the body can handle. High amounts of the mineral can lead to heart and kidney disease.
Still below desired national goals
Although screenings for breast, cervical and colon cancer are covered at no cost by the Affordable Care Act, the percentage of adults in this country that comply with the guidelines are lower than desired.
Some helpful tips
Some helpful tips to keep your spending down and your nutrition up.
A helping hand for those in need
Several programs are available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assist low income consumers purchase healthy foods. The City of Boston also developed a program to enable SNAP recipients to purchase produce at local farmers’ markets.
Good value at a lower cost
Store brands are fast becoming the choice of many consumers. Store brands are typically less expensive than national brands and offer similar quality.
Keep your grocery list handy
Supermarkets are designed to pique your interest into purchasing more items than originally intended. The ideal way to prevent overspending is to make a list and stick to it.
Tips on how to stretch that dollar
Although food is one of the highest costs for consumers, it is possible to eat healthy while keeping an eye on one’s budget.
Get up and walk
Although low back pain is very common, it may be possible to prevent it by practicing healthy lifestyles.