Trends & Research

Employee wellness a growing hospital priority

Source: Fiercehealthcare.com Underscoring hospitals' interest in employee health, 84 percent of medical facilities in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut that responded to a new survey offer workers a wellness program or activity. And an additional 5 percent plan to establish a program in the next 12 months, according to a new survey conducted by Cammack LaRhette Consulting, a benefits and accountable care consulting firm based in New York City. Forty-five hospitals in the three states responded to the poll. At the same time, only one in five organizations has or is committed to having an accountable care organization in...

North Texas spas becoming “belly friendly” for soon-to-be moms

Source: Pegasus News Appropriately, Labor Day, September 3 is one of the first days of the month known as “the biggest birth month.” The timing is ideal to focus on health and well-being for expecting moms. A new spa education and recognition program, Belly Friendly aims to raise the bar for the prenatal service experience. Since launching earlier this year, 19 spas nationwide have become Belly Friendly, and more are joining the movement each week. The first Dallas-area spas to get Belly Friendly are Carrollton Square Salon & Spa (1026 South Broadway, Carrollton), La Bella Belly (3100 Ridge Road, Rockwall),...

Travelers return to luxury hotels for the pluses

By Chris Keane, for USA TODAY When frequent business traveler Jeff Rosenthal left behind a shirt and an important document at The Ritz-Carlton in Singapore in May, the advantage of staying at a luxury hotel hit home. Unaware anything was missing, Rosenthal was in a Singapore airport lounge when the hotel called about an hour before his flight to Bangkok. "They rushed the document and the shirt to the airport and were able to get an Emirates airlines staff member to run it to me with 15 minutes to spare," says Rosenthal, a New York-based senior vice president in the...

Hotels not on Facebook risk "losing credibility"

Hotel GMs were warned that they should employ a social media strategy or risk "losing credibility" at yesterday's Great GM Debate in Dubai. HOTELIERMIDDLEEAST.COM September 15, 2011 Martin Kubler, founder of Iconsulthotels who led a workshop for GMs entitled- Making Social Media Work for You, admitted that while it was still very difficult to measure a concrete return on investment from social media, success depended on a GM's ability to "think out of a revenue generation box". "Facebook fans are not yet financial assets in the traditional sense, but they are important indicators," he said. "A few years ago a...

The future of spa tourism

At the recent Global Spa Summit in Bali, Dr. László Puczkó of Xellum , presented a report "Health And Wellness Tourism" , about the current state of the spa industry. Dr. László Puczkó is managing partner at Xellum and has been working in health related travel for over 15 years, on development projects, strategies, forecasting, trends, trend definition and on planning on a regional or national level. Caroline Ratner of the IMTJ spoke to him about the report and his view of spa and wellness tourism today. Why was the report commissioned? The aim of the report is to identify...

SpaEvidence.com Launches

New York, NY July 25, 2011 – SpaEvidence.com launched today, the world's first online resource dedicated to the medical evidence that exists for spa and wellness therapies. With thousands of clinical studies evaluating the effectiveness of approaches like hydrotherapy, massage or meditation, SpaEvidence makes it easy (and free) for people — and medical, wellness and spa professionals — to research what's proven to work, what isn't and for what conditions. "People assume that the clinical evidence always sides with conventional Western medicine, but the 'gold standard' for medical research, the Cochrane Reviews, indicates that only 30%-35% of conventional medicine is...

ISPA Releases New U.S. Spa Industry Statistics

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The International SPA Association (ISPA) has released new statistics from the ISPA 2011 U.S. Spa Industry Study. ISPA commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to conduct the survey which is updated every year with five key statistics crucial to the spa industry including revenue, spa visits, the number of spa locations, total employment in the industry and square footage. "The key message from the survey is the spa industry in the U.S. is recovering from the worst recession to hit the country in living memory," said Colin McIlheney, Global Research Director at PwC. "The most positive takeaway from the study...

“Sold Out” 2011 Global Spa Summit Makes Presentations, And Historic Amount of New Research, Available to World

"We’re thrilled to offer the presentations and research to the entire spa and wellness industry, so they can benefit from much of the knowledge and insight shared this May." New York, NY (PRWEB) June 09, 2011 The Global Spa Summit reported today that its recent conference in Bali, Indonesia from May 15-18 was sold out. The fifth-annual conference, held for the first time in Asia, attracted a record number of executives (275) from 35 nations. And, as the only industry conference that travels to a new global region each year, the Summit attracted both a strong Asian, and globally balanced,...

Sunscreens remain safe, effective form of sun protection

*/ SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (May 23, 2011) The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) today reiterated the safety and effectiveness of sunscreens to protect against the damaging effects from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. As one component of a daily sun-protection strategy, sunscreen is an important tool in the fight against skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Unprotected sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. More than 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year, affecting 2 million people. At current rates, one in five Americans...

Recent Studies Link Indoor Tanning Bed Use to Melanoma

Recent studies provide evidence linking indoor tanning bed use to melanoma and reinforce the declaration by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that indoor tanning devices are carcinogenic to humans. “While the medical community has known anecdotally that indoor tanning is linked with melanoma, it has been difficult to provide the evidence. These new studies show conclusively that indoor tanning bed use can lead to melanoma,” said Steven Q. Wang, MD, member of The Skin Cancer Foundation’s independent Photobiology Committee and Director of Dermatologic Surgery and Dermatology at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Basking Ridge, NJ. In June 2010, researchers...

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