Disney sets home release dates for animated adventure ‘Wreck-It Ralph’
NEW YORK — Walt Disney Animation Studios announced the debut of the hit arcade-game-hopping adventure “Wreck-It Ralph." Disney will release an HD digital and HD digital 3D version early on February 12, 2013, a company first. Then on March 5, the company will broaden the release to the four-disc Blu-ray combo pack, two-disc Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, SD digital and On-Demand.
From Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Wreck-It Ralph” takes viewers on a hilarious journey. For decades, Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) has played the bad guy in his popular video game. In a bold move, he embarks on an action-packed adventure and sets out to prove to everyone that he is a true hero with a big heart. As he explores exciting new worlds, he teams up with some unlikely new friends including feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman). The film is directed by Emmy®-winner Rich Moore.
Featuring an all-star voice cast including Jack McBrayer as the voice of Fix It Felix, Jr. and Jane Lynch as the voice of Sgt. Calhoun, plus breakthrough bonus features that take viewers even deeper into the world of video games, Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph” has something for every player. Over an hour of all-new bonus material is featured on the Digital and Blu-ray Combo Pack, including deleted and alternate scenes, the theatrical short “Paperman,” plus much more.
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Health takes top spot among New Year’s resolutions, survey finds
BOSTON — People making New Year’s resolutions, mostly centered around health, this year say they behave more responsibly than they did five years ago compared with those not making them, according to a new survey.
The online survey, by Liberty Mutual Insurance, included more than 1,700 adults, gauging how Americans define personal responsibility and how their perception of it varies with age, marital status, gender and whether they have children.
The survey found that 46% of respondents defined personal responsibility as "doing what’s expected of you or what you’re supposed to do" compared with 31% who defined it as "admitting to or owning mistakes" and 23% who defined it as "doing something especially hard or challenging."
The survey also found that fitness, exercise and healthy eating were among the top resolutions, with 46% of respondents creating resolutions around fitness and exercise and 37% creating diet-related resolutions. Meanwhile, 26% had resolutions concerning family and 22% had resolutions concerning spirituality or managing personal finances.
Parents were more likely than non-parents to make resolutions, with 46% of parents making them, compared with 33% of non-parents, and 50% of mothers making resolutions, compared with 41% of fathers. In addition, 58% of those aged 18-34 were likely to make resolutions, compared with 22% of those aged 50-64, and 47% of singles were likely to make a resolution, compared with 30% of married people.
Outreach by telephone reduces hospital readmission risk, study finds
BLOOMFIELD, Conn. — Reaching out to discharged hospital patients by telephone could help reduce the chances they’ll be readmitted in the future, according to a new study by a healthcare service company.
Cigna announced results of the study of 3,988 patients with gastrointestinal, heart and lower respiratory diseases described as "high-risk" — defined as having an initial discharge major diagnosis of one of those diseases and a stay of three days or more — finding that prioritized, telephonic outreach by health plan case managers following discharge reduced readmission rates by 22%.
"Readmissions of high-risk patients make up a significant portion of healthcare expenses, accounting for 30% of total inpatient costs for private employer health plans," Cigna senior medical director Charles Foreman said. "The lesson learned from the Cigna study is that the timing and prioritizing of readmission intervention to high-risk patients is critical. Prioritizing telephone outreach to high-risk patients based on their discharge date and risk severity significantly reduces the likelihood of 60-day readmissions."
The company conducted a prospective, randomized control study of the effect of hospital discharge planning from health plan case managers on readmissions for high-risk patients. An intervention group of 1,994 patients received outreach and engagement within 24 hours of discharge, and their calls were made in descending risk order to engage the highest risk first. A control group, also with 1,994 patients, received delayed outreach and engagement 48 hours after discharge without call order by risk being applied.
The intent-to-treat, 60-day readmission rate for the treatment group was 7.4% versus 9.6% for the control group, representing a 22% relative reduction in all-cause readmissions.
"Healthcare organizations providing post-discharge telephonic outreach to patients with diagnoses related to heart, gastrointestinal and lower respiratory can use these findings to inform the alignment of their case management resources," Foreman said. "Further study needs to be done to test the prioritization intervention against all major diagnoses to confirm this approach impacts a wider profile of patients."