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Corsets remain so popular and over time have become really fashion-forward garments. They are beautiful items and wearing corsets is lots of fun.

The purchase of a corset is an investment and if you care for it well it’ll give you years of wear. If you have purchased your corset for a special event and are new to wearing corsets, it is always best to learn how to wear a corset and feel great before the event.

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All the best ideas come from the big centers, right? Not always, if you believe what you read in Innovation Trickles in a New Direction published on Businessweek.com on March 11. In this article, Reena Jana turns conventional thinking about innovation on its head by describing products developed in third world or remote countries by the likes of General Electric, Microsoft, Nokia, Proctor and Gamble, and the like, that have found their way into wide application in the industrialized world. This must mean something about where and how to look for innovation in health care.

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We’re over the hill, our hair is greying (if it’s even there at all), our joints are aching, our skin is sagging, and there’s not really anything we can do to stop it. Our bodies all age, leaving us wishing for the energy and vitality of the youth we once had. So instead of moping about, yearning for days gone by, let’s use this new year as an opportunity to start a new outlook.

Let’s resolve to have a healthier, happier soul. After all, there’s no sense in spending the last years of your life in a melancholy, negative state of mind when you could just as easily find your inner child and live the rest of your life to the fullest. But how?

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Last week was the premiere of this season’s America’s Next Top Model. This year, like nearly all the rest, Tyra and show’s producers made changes to each model’s look based on what could take her modeling to the next level. For some that involved coloring or cutting their natural hair, but for many, that meant hair extensions.

Every year I watch Tyra give these young girls hair extensions and watch how some of them struggle to cope with their new looks. Some adjust beautifully and begin working their new hair extensions immediately. But others show up looking worse each week with tangled, nappy hair. I can’t help but wonder if no one sits these girls down and explains to them how to care for their new ‘dos.

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In a July 27 feature, Business Week, published a profile of Honda’s new CEO, Takanobu Ito. The spin in Honda’s New CEO Is Also Chief Innovator by Reena Jana and Ian Rowley is an examination of the value and wisdom of appointing an “in the trenches” engineer (Ito is also Honda’s Director of Research and Development) to the chief executive post, thereby combining the company’s leadership accountability for innovation and business success. It struck me that healthcare organizations face similar questions when considering whether or not to place clinicians in top executive management positions. So read the article and think about the issues it raises.

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Most people think that a stairlift only has one use – getting a person over the stairs safely. While this is a primary reason for stairlifts, this is not the only one. There are accessories available to make the most use out of these home devices.

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Carrying people in a stair chair from one floor to another is important for those who cannot safely walk up the steps without danger of falling. People who use adjustable walking canes might need extra help, especially for long, winding staircases. Here is where a curved stairlift becomes irreplaceable. Sitting in a stair chair reduces the risk of falls. Moreover, people can also carry small, lightweight objects on their laps while riding to another floor.

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One of the opportunities in a down economy – if you are not too down yourself of course – is the potential to pick up some bargains. Which is not without its rewards – and its hazards. The April 3 issue of Business Week features How to Make Acquisitions in a Down Economy as the cover article in the Small Biz section. In this article, Amy S. Choi passes on some wisdom and experience which can be useful to healthcare leaders as they consider purchases – be they physician practice acquisitions, hospital or clinic takeovers, or purchases of healthcare-related businesses.

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Gen X Takes Over, the January 13, 2018 article by Tammy Erikson on BusinessWeek.com (actually a prequel of her longer case study in February’s Harvard Business Review) nominally comments on the Gen-X (Obama post-Bush and Clinton) takeover. But it’s mostly about the emerging generational inversion in the business world. And since it is about business leaders, in the world of the Health Care Leadership Blog it’s fair game to consider the ramification of this phenomenon for healthcare leaders. So check it out, as well as it’s more complete cousin, the HBR case study.

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For the first time in a while I spent fully half the weekend NOT working at anything but my embarrassing golf game and some online sleuthing into what I am convinced is a foolish “can’t lose” medical device investment that a friend is trying to get me to participate in (before the greedy people grab the opportunity). So when I finally picked up Friday’s (August 14) Wall Street Journal print edition on Saturday night and was immediately drawn to the front page feature: Flying Low Is Flying High As Demand for Crop-Dusters Soars, I wasn’t sure what instinct was drawing me to relate it to the experience of healthcare leaders. Well the 24 online comments as of this writing, all by and about the “ag pilots” celebrated in this article, revealed no health care gadflies leaping to make the connection. So here goes…

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The best hair dryer for fine hair of the past utilized positive ions that heated the hair harshly, resulting in straight yet dull and brittle hair. More and more, you can see that the hair dryers that are being created today are making use of negative ions to create different hairstyles, leaving you with shinier and healthier hair. This is because the older types of hair straightener or hair dryer made use of metal or plastic; but today, ceramic is the material that is commonly used. Ceramic diffuses the heat evenly and gently onto your hair, trapping the moisture as opposed to burning it off. This is the kind of technology that Hot Tool’s professional hair dryers use.

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Two months of working toward the same goal can get a little, well… boring. “Once the novelty of a change wears off, it is tempting to slip back into old patterns,” says Sharon Richter, RD., a dietitian in New York City. Maintain your good habits by making a few tweaks to your routine, which, over time, will add up to significant results.

Resolution: Get More Sleep

Unplug in the evening. According to a National Sleep Foundation (NSF) survey, 95% of people use an electronic device, such as a computer, just before bedtime. But that can cause you to toss and turn, says Russel Rosenberg, Ph.D., NSF Chairman and director of the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine. The bright light from the screen delays the release of melatonin, a sleep-promoting hormone. To snooze more soundly, switch off technology and try dimming the lights an hour before you aim to sleep.

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The hair has both positive and negative ions. When hair is wet, it is positively charged. Professional ionic hairdryers reconstruct the ion clusters in the hair when they emit negative ions. These negative ions allow small amounts of water to be absorbed by the hair which results in its rehydration. This kind of hairdryer is considered by many to be the best hooded hair dryer as it keeps the hair healthy. They give the hair that extra shine we see in television commercials and they keep it from drying up and becoming unhealthy.

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McDonalds Seeks Way to Keep Sizzling which appeared in the March 10, 2009 Wall Street Journal is a pretty standard business press article which is nominally about how the “golden arches” has remained profitable during the recession – but it reads like an instructional manual in effective management style for any industry (yes, health care is an industry) in any economy. If Janet Adamy’s characterization of McDonald’s President and COO Ralph Alvarez is anywhere near on the mark, health care leaders have plenty to emulate in his leadership methods and style. This is another of those often published corporate snapshots that I suspect are not on the daily “must read” list for most busy health care leaders. Hence the mission of this blog – to “push” it out to you. And your reciprocal response – to take a few minutes to read it. Here’s why….

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Isinis paddle brush is one among the versatile collection of Isinis products. This brand has widely accepted for the different hair care and styling accessories that it has come up with. Those that have used it proclaim it to be the best among its kind. Various other brands are also there that sell hair brushes but none can satisfy the user in such a varied proportion as this one. Isinis hair brushes have a very strong body and are very durable for day to day use. It has a ball-tipped finish gives a gentle massage every time it is used.

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Dear Santa,

I’ve been so good this year. I’ve been thinking about all the cool stuff I’m going to give my family and friends, and I’ve already started shopping. I, on the other hand, really only need one little thing this year.

You see, it all started with traffic. I’m pretty sure there’s a conspiracy to drive people crazy by making light cycles shorter in December. There are just as many people here as there were 3 months ago, so why does street traffic double this time of year? And parking at the mall is nuts. There are thousands of spaces in that lot, and on any given day in August, I can park within 100 feet of any given entrance. But this week, on average, there have been 15 available parking spaces.

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Can Health Care Informatics Capture Human Health Care Information?

Taking this in another direction, consider the following. I’ve been working with a client to enhance physician adoption of EMR at a large southwestern medical center. One of the areas the docs are hung up on is the transition to electronic clinical documentation. They’re mostly OK with CPOE. But many are concerned that using e-tools and scripts to document clinical histories and to communicate complex treatment plans sacrifices some of the art and nuance of telling the story – which are better expressed in a narrative history and physical or consultation note – in favor of capturing the “provable facts” which are essentially the data elements EMRs demand.

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One of every 10 Americans suffers a serious bout of depression at some point in his life. If you are depressed, talk to your doctor. It’s possible your depression might be caused by one of these health problems.

Hypothyroidism. If you have a bad case of the blues, get your thyroid checked. It might not be producing enough thyroxin, a hormone that affects metabolism. Too little can make you feel depressed and slow, both physically and mentally – and antidepressants won’t help.

High or low testosterone. In men, high or low testosterone levels can cause depression. If you have either too much or too little, you are at greater risk of depression. Ask your doctor to check your testosterone level.

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A Scion Drives Toyota Back to Basics, in the Management section of yesterday’s Wall Street Journal chronicles the factors that earlier this year led to the appointment of Akio Toyoda, grandson of the company’s founder, as Toyota’s next President. What’s provocative about this, other than the potential intrigue of nepotism which always draws reader interest, is the “back to basics” subtheme which may bear examination for healthcare leaders as well.

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