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Friday, September 28, 2018

Staying Healthy While Working in the Healthcare Industry

You would assume that people who work in the healthcare industry are some of the healthiest. This can certainly be the case, but a lot of these individuals are also struggling to maintain their health while trying to keep up with the physical, mental, and emotional demands of their jobs.

The healthcare industry, just like any other industry, presents workers with unique challenges. Some specific health challenges healthcare workers face include exposure to germs and infections, physical stress, and mental and emotional strain.

If you work in this industry, it’s essential that you make your own well-being a priority, both for yourself and for your patients. Listed below are some tips you can implement to keep yourself safe and healthy year round.

1. Shield Yourself from Infections

When you work in a hospital or physician’s office, your exposure to germs, viruses, and bacteria is quite high. It’s impossible for you to protect yourself from illness completely, but you can take steps to strengthen your immune system and minimize exposure as much as possible.

Some simple steps you can take include:
  • Wash your hands after coming in contact with all patients
  • Wear personal protective equipment (masks, eye shields, gloves, gowns, etc.) when necessary
  • Stay up-to-date on immunizations for illnesses like influenza, chicken pox, hepatitis B, and measles
It’s especially important for you to prioritize these steps if you’re pregnant or dealing with a condition that compromises your immune system.

2. Protect Your Legs and Feet

If you work in the healthcare industry, chances are you spend a lot of time on your feet. This can wreak havoc on your legs and feet.

Sitting down on the job isn’t really an option, but you can find some relief from wearing compression socks for healthcare professionals.

Compression socks help improve blood flow and support tired limbs while minimizing soreness and stiffness. These socks come in a variety of styles, so be sure to shop around and try a few different options to see which one works best for your needs and preferences.

3. Use Proper Movement and Lifting Techniques


In addition to being hard on the feet and legs, working in the healthcare industry can also put a lot of strain on your back. This is especially true if you have to spend a lot of time lifting and transporting patients or moving equipment.

Be sure to use proper lifting techniques when working with patients or heavy equipment. This includes lifting with your legs rather than putting all the weight in your lower back.

You also shouldn’t hesitate to use a patient lift or other assistive device, or to ask a coworker for help, when you’re moving a patient. It’s not only better for you, but it ensures their safety as well.

4. Bring Your Own Meals

Ironic as it may be, a lot of the food available in hospitals and medical clinics isn’t exactly healthy. Instead of playing the guessing game and trying to figure out which of the cafeteria or vending machine offerings are the most nutritious, bring your own meals and snacks from home.

Salads, soups, wraps, and chicken/beef and rice bowls are all simple options that are easy to store and prepare ahead of time. Try setting aside an hour or so each week to prepare your meals so that you always have a healthy option on hand.

Not only will your health, homemade meals taste great, but they’ll also provide you with more sustained energy levels so you’ll have an easier time keeping up with your workload.

5. Beware of Signs of Burnout

Finally, remember that your mental and emotional health matters just as much as your physical health. It’s very common for healthcare workouts to develop symptoms of burnout syndrome.

Common symptoms of burnout syndrome include:
  • Chronic fatigue, even on your off days
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty focusing or remembering
  • Gastrointestinal issues, dizziness, or headaches
  • Increased levels of anxiety
  • Depression or mood swings
  • Feelings of detachment or a loss of enjoyment in your work
The sooner you catch these symptoms, the sooner you’ll be able to make changes and prevent them from seriously impacting your health and well-being.

This is a guest blog entry.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Continuing Care Retirement Communities – What Are They?


Overview

Many people have heard the term CCRC or continuing care retirement communities, but they aren’t sure what those communities really are. In this article, we will take a look at what CCRCs are, what they offer and who is a perfect candidate for such communities.

The big difference between senior retirement homes and continuing care retirement communities is that the communities offer a continuum of care. They are generally situated on large lots of land and contain multiple buildings and wings. Such communities offer a full spectrum of senior living options, including independent living, assisted living, memory care and nursing care.

Amenities

In addition to various assisted living and healthcare services offered at continuing care retirement communities, retirees will also find numerous amenities that make their retirement life truly enjoyable. These amenities include things like swimming pools, country clubs, restaurants, shopping malls, private beaches (for those CCRCs that are beach-front), fitness centers, golf courses, on-site concerts and other entertainment and much more. Staying at continuing care retirement communities means that retirees get to enjoy all the amenities they have to offer, even if they don’t require any assistance with their daily lives.

Independent Living in CCRCs

Independent living offered at continuing care retirement communities generally means that older adults can live independent in senior living apartment complexes. Those adults who take advantage of independent living are mostly healthy and do not need any assisted living services. They often choose to stay at a continuing care retirement community because of the services and amenities offered there. Senior apartments offered in CCRCs will be specifically equipped for seniors. That means they will likely have non-slip flooring, grab bars (where needed), smart layouts without stairs, the latest appliances and more.

Assisted Living

CCRCs offer senior assisted living units as part of their care packages. Assisted living units in CCRCs are generally located in a separate wing of the community. There, older adults who need help with daily living, such as bathing, dressing or moving around, can receive assistance from qualified staff caregivers. Assisted living also includes things like help with medication management, bed and linen services and more. The great thing about assisted living in CCRCs is that when the health needs of an older adult change, they are able to receive a higher level of care without having to look for another facility, such as a nursing home.

Memory care

CCRCs offer memory care to those seniors who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Memory care at CCRCs is generally provided in separate memory care units, where there is higher security and special considerations given to programs and amenities for dementia sufferers. Special programs provided in memory care units in CCRCs may include activities and programs to promote brain activity and train memory and may also include special color-coded rooms.

Nursing Care

CCRCs will usually have nursing homes on-site, to provide 24/7 skilled medical care to those older adults who are in poor health and need constant medical attention. These may be adults who have suffered a stroke or have other medical conditions that prevent them from living relatively independently in the assisted senior living facilities inside the community. Nursing care wings in CCRCs will always have a nurse and often a doctor on staff responsible for constant monitoring of the residents.

Who are CCRCs for?

CCRCs are perfect for older adult couples who have different health care requirements. For example, one spouse may be completely independent and will not need any assistance, while another may be a good candidate for assisted living and needs some assistance with daily tasks. In such a case, both can live in the CCRC. Whenever the needs change, they can move to a different wing of the facility instead of looking for a new retirement community altogether. Continuing care retirement communities are one of the most expensive senior living options – but they are worth it.

This is a guest blog entry.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Two in One Care Tips for Keeping Your Beard and Skin Healthy


The good thing is that beard and skin care are not challenging, nor demanding – it’s all a matter of routine. For you to have a luscious beard and healthy skin, you need to adopt some new habits. Take a look at the following tips and tricks and you’ll be able to achieve the desired look.

Learn Your Skin Type

To begin with, you need to learn about your skin. If you’re having problems, chances are that you’re going with the wrong hygiene routine that’s unsuitable to your skin type.

Oily

If you’re the oily type, your skin produces an excess of sebum. It’s not at all difficult to recognize this skin type – it gives your face a shiny appearance.

It’s important to know that your skin doesn’t tolerate alcohol-based products. Therefore, aftershaves and cleansers that contain alcohol need to be removed from your bathroom cabinets.

Sensitive

If you’re constantly dealing with redness and irritation caused by various factors like stress and bad weather for example, your skin type is categorized as sensitive.

You need to be very gentle with your skin, so steer clear of rubbing and scratching. Make sure that the water isn’t too hot while shaving or rinsing. You should also apply products on your skin with special care.

Dry

Opposite to oily skin, dry skin type has less sebum – your skin doesn’t produce enough of it. As a consequence, your skin is dehydrated, and it feels inelastic – especially when you get out of the shower.

Similar to the hygiene routine for oily skin, you need to stay away from alcohol-based products. Hydration needs to be a vital part of your regimen.

Normal

If you have the normal skin type, you won’t have too much problems maintaining your skin or beard. This type doesn’t require special care, so you’ll manage just fine with regular instructions that we’ll discuss now.

Rinsing Opens Your Pores

The first half a minute of your routine needs to be about pores. Rinsing your skin with warm water will open them. This is a nice, gentle base for the beginning of your regimen. When your pores expand, the efficiency of the products you use will increase.

Wash Twice Per Day

The following thirty seconds are all about applying a skin cleanser. With gentle circular movements, you’ll be able to get rid of all bacteria, dead skin cells, and toxic particles that have a tendency to stick to your skin and pile up.

Instead of making harsh movements in order to remove water from your face, you should pat your towel until it dries. This way, you’ll be able to prevent issues like irritation and redness.
You should repeat this process twice per day; when you wake up, and before you go to bed.

Shampoo Your Beard

Skin cleanser isn’t appropriate for your beard. Facial hair requires a stronger cleaning product, because other than bacteria, dead skin cells, and different toxins, food particles also have a way of getting stuck in your beard. It’s important to take notice of the active ingredients listed on natural beard shampoos to ensure you choose a proper product; in this case we definitely advise not to go with the cheapest option, for obvious reasons.

For that reason, make sure to get a beard shampoo. Shampooing and rinsing needs to follow skin wash – you’ll be able to see effective results if you repeat it twice a day. You need a soft yet effective product that will make your beard strong, yet obedient. HiLee's Beard shampoo covers all the bases.

Moisturize for Elasticity

Your choice of moisturizer needs to be in accordance with your skin type. If you’re dealing with dry skin, your moisturizer needs to be rich in nutrients. On the other hand, oily skin requires gentle hydration that won’t clog your pores additionally.

As mentioned above, a sensitive skin type requires an especially gentle touch. So, you’re in need of a soft moisturizer that won’t disturb your skin’s flora. For normal skin, you need a moderate moisturizer that will keep your skin firm and elastic.

Like with skin wash and shampooing, you should moisturize your skin when you wake up and before you go to bed.

Apply Oil
 

To gain control over your beard, and give it a smooth, polished appearance, you need to apply beard oil. Nutritious beard oil will help your beard grow stronger, but, on the other hand, it will also help you get rid of mischievous hairs. The best way to apply beard oil is using a comb – thanks to this combination, you’ll be able to shape your beard just the way you want.

If you want to be a proud beardsman with clear, elastic skin, consider picking up these care tricks. The whole routine won’t take more than a couple of minutes of your day – you won’t even notice it once you adopt it and make it a permanent part of your hygiene regimen. And if you’re tired of your beard, don’t just let it grow wild, better to try a different look.

This is a guest blog entry.

Monday, September 24, 2018

How to Get Rid of Bruises - Top 5 Herbal Medicines

I am a believer in herbal medicines. Okay, say it with me…but on the other hand, I’d totally understand if you won’t. If you’ve been downing synthetic medicines or applying unnatural creams all your life, it’s hard to convince you to switch to a more organic treatment.

Why would you? They’re usually pharmaceutically-supported cures that are also widely recommended by doctors. And we all know doctors didn’t become doctors overnight. They spent countless hours burning the midnight oil just so they can help cure people. But before these inorganic medicines, what did they use in the past?

Herbalism or the use of plants for medicinal purposes has a long history from thousands of years ago during the Paleolithic era, and these were passed on from one generation to another. That’s why most of the baby boomers believe that plants are the panacea for every contusion you will ever have. This practice is prevalent in bucolic areas where hospitals and doctors are inaccessible, so they resort to herbal remedies which were also passed on to them from their ancestors. And if you ever speak to one, maybe their ‘healing’ stories will convince you. Anyhow, I’ve summed up the top 5 herbal medicines that will surely cure that one stubborn bruise that won’t go away.

1 Turmeric (Curcuma Longa)

Known as the “Golden Spice” which is extensively used as a spice for cooking; this powerful powder can do magic on your wounds! The use of turmeric for medicinal purposes dates back to ancient Chinese tradition and Indian Ayurveda practice to cure a vast array of skin diseases.

To date, it is well-known for its inflammatory components internally, and externally. There are a lot of turmeric teas infused with honey and lemongrass for sale (I just had one!). But it can also be applied topically to act as an anti-bacterial, and help stop bleeding. The magic that does that is the ‘curcumin’ component in turmeric.

2 Comfrey (Symphytum)


This is the main ingredient in some of the healing salves that are famously used for wounds, itches, and even sunburns! Allantoin, the healing component of comfrey, is responsible for cell reproduction, ergo, heals the wounds quickly. You can even use comfrey leaves and root as a hot compress for dislocations, and sprains. But of course, consulting a doctor is always the smartest option for major injuries. In addition, be cautious of taking comfrey internally as there were reports of toxic effects of a component called pyrrolizidine alkaloid from comfrey. When taken in large doses, it could possibly lead to liver damage!

3 Moringa (Moringa Oleifera)

Moringa is endemic to some parts in Africa and Asia and is otherwise known as ‘drumstick tree’ by the British. Our body needs its daily dose of vitamins to keep it healthy and just like a wound, it needs proper components to recuperate.

Ethyl acetate in Moringa oleifera leaves is known to have healing agents for skin wounds. Because of this amazing ingredient, the skin fibroblast propagates and migrates causing the wounds to close rapidly.

I can attest to the wonders of moringa, and I tell you it really does work! I once surfed on this island and got a really nasty wipeout; with no pharmacies or clinics available, I crushed a lot of moringa leaves using a mortar and a pestle until the oils and natural juices were extracted. Then I simply put it on my wound every day. And it drastically improved after a few days because it kept my wound dry and free from infection!

4 Arnica (Arnica Montana)

Considered as a wild plant imported to America from Europe, this sunflower-like plant grows from April through September. It’s also popularly called as ‘mountain tobacco’, and ‘leopard’s bane’. Sounds terrifying? Because it is! This isn’t for internal consumption. But if you use it topically, it can do wonders particularly easing super sore bruises.

The most popular way of using arnica is as an ointment but you can do a DIY application: Mix a tablespoon of arnica powder into a cup of boiling water, then let it boil for 10 minutes. Filter the compact powder using a burlap cloth, and apply to the wounded area.

5 Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia)
Tea tree oil has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory elements that are essential in treating wounds and fending off bacteria. Grab your favorite creams or lotions and put a dash of tea tree oil before you apply it to your skin, it helps fight fungal, bacterial, and viral infections as well. But not only that, it’s also a cure-all for acne, boils, abscesses, and even animal bite wounds!

Let me reiterate that it is common sense to consult a medical practitioner especially for major wounds, cuts, and bruises. If you feel that you can take matters into your own hands, you may do so but do it at your own risk.

This is a guest blog posting.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

5 Top Conferences for Medical Professionals


A lot of the time, it’s easy to be skeptical about taking the time to attend a medical conference. After all, this generally means a lot of added work and budgeting in terms of figuring out who on your team will attend the conference, where they are going to stay, and who is going to help pick up the workload while they are away. However, conferences are well worth the time spent to attend them.

For one thing, the value of networking can’t be overstated. Conferences, in and outside of the medical field, tend to bring together not just rank-and-file workers, but the decision makers that you want to make connections with. Whether you are looking for mentorship or the chance to make partnerships down the line, you get the best chance of success by reaching out to people who are naturally motivated to excel in their fields. Medical conferences are a perfect example of this.

In addition, there’s a reason why so many important panels at conferences get covered in the news. Many experts take the chance to reveal important news and developments here because it has the most amount of eyes on things. As a result, choosing the right conference could put you in the best position possible to act and improve your practice. The key, though, is choosing the right conference to attend. Here are five standouts.

1. NatCon: Over 5,000 leaders in behavioral health came to the last NatCon Conference, held in Washington D.C. earlier this year. For next year, the event is going to take place in Nashville, and anyone who integrates behavioral health as a part of their job should consider attending. Mental health in general is getting more and more of a national spotlight, and people who visit the conference will get a chance to learn more about different healthcare innovations in this field. This includes new technology as well as integrated healthcare and practical tips to improve your practice. Different topics about policy and advocacy are also going to be up for discussion.

2. Patient Experience Conference: As every medical professional knows, putting together a positive patient experience and showing good bedtime manner are important to keep a good flow of patients coming. This is what the Patient Experience Conference covers every year. Not only are there going to be various panels and events to discuss how to better improve the patient experience in your own practice, you’re also going to be surrounded by other healthcare professionals who are looking to try and improve their own strategies. This makes a great chance to network.

3 National Health Policy Conference: In many cases, especially at the higher levels, the decisions you make as a medical professional or in a medical business are shaped by greater country-wide policy. That’s the main function of the National Health Policy Conference. Here, policy experts and decision-makers come together to take a look at some of the most important available evidence when it comes to the future of healthcare policies and coverage. In addition, experts will talk about how they formulate the research process to improve their policies.

4. MedTech Impact: MedTech Impact takes a bit of a unique spin on the classic idea of people learning about the latest developments in their field during a conference. This brings together medtech manufacturers along with people who are likely to use their products, from medical providers to investors to developers. The chief thing to discuss is the main developments in medical technology, and their potential impact down the line. This includes tech that helps with diagnosis and patient tracking as they recover.

5. CRT Meeting: CRT Meeting is one of the foremost conferences in the country when it comes to interventional cardiology, and brings in around 3,000 interventional and endovascular specialists for each annual event. As more and more CRT Meetings take place, the conference also is home to more and more notable guests and events. For example, the most recent 2018 CRT meeting featured the first live complex coronary case performed entirely by women. This marked only one of 16 live cases performed at the conference, and even more are planned for the future. The Washington, D.C. conference is actually several combined conferences, including:

•    CRT Valve & Structural
•    CRT Endovascular
•    Technology & Innovation
•    Atherosclerosis & Research
•    Nurses & Technologists

So, if you plan on attending one of these, what course of action should you take? For a start, try and prioritize what panels and events you want to see, and try to make connections with people you would like to meet well in advance. This makes sure you hit all your goals when the conference actually starts.

This is a guest blog entry.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Get a confident smile with bite correction technique


For your normal jaw and mouth functioning, your upper as well as lower teeth ought to come together for making an ideal relationship. However, when there isn’t a right relationship or when it isn’t centred appropriately, then it develops proprioception which is associated with how your body and mind feel the teeth coming together. When there arises a discrepancy of where the teeth have come together in comparison to where it ought to come together, you must find out the underlying reason behind it. The idea behind this is pretty simple; if you don’t get it corrected, then the imbalance will create adverse neurological and physical problems.

The best investment for baby-boomers is the orthodontic processes which will reposition their jaw and adjust the bite with the help of orthodontics. Additionally, it comprises a vast range of appliances that include those that are both fixed and removable. Most people are aware of temporal mandibular joint dysfunction. People with this condition find a problem in biting. The option of the diamond burrs method adjusts the surfaces of the tooth with the help of a smooth diamond burr, and due to this, your teeth come into their ideal relationship instead of getting misguided by inappropriate contact.

Hide your age with bite correction

With today’s high-tech dentistry, you can augment the shape of your face and most importantly, hide your age. This process of dentistry will also correct your bite and improve the extent of your chin without grinding down your tooth structure. The best part of this process is its speed, as it takes only some weeks to get the job accomplished. For getting this treatment, patients fly in from other nations and after the first phase gets completed, fly back and come back again for completion of the procedure. People opt for this treatment because their healthy teeth remain the same and they look many years younger.
 
Getting familiar with TMJ
 

Temporomandibular joint disorders or TMJ affect more than 10 million Americans. As this disorder causes numerous people discomfort and pain, so researchers have been devoting lots of time in establishing the ideal causes as well as treatments. However, the most excellent treatment for TMJ happens to be Occlusal Correction. TMJ is a debilitating disorder and its underlying causes and curing methods are poorly understood by the mainstream dentistry. This problem is considered chronic or acute inflammation of the temporomandibular joint. This joint is where the mandible gets connected to the bone which is at the side of your head.

It is considered one of the most important joints in your body as the motion permits you to chew, talk, yawn, etc. At times, trauma, like whiplash in the rear-ended automobile accident can give rise to the disorder. The best investment for baby-boomers suffering from TMJ is getting this problem cured as soon as possible. It is a considerable advantage as the patients can observe noticeable improvement without braces and jaw surgery. The solution to this problem is painless and gets completed fast.

This is a guest blog entry.

History of CBD Oils and Its Different Uses


Short for cannabidiol, CBD oils can be traced to thousands of years back. Archaeological researches suggest cannabis sativa was among the first crops that the early man planted. 

The old six thousand BCE China used cannabis plant’s seeds as well as oils for both medicine and food. Approximately two thousand years later, still in China and other parts of the world, cannabis hemp was used in the textile industry.

Hemp was also used to make strong ropes, which were used in early Italy for sailing vessels. Hemp made from cannabis plants and their seeds were traded during this period. Apart from being a trading commodity, cannabis was also used for its medicinal properties.

An excellent example to support this is a report documented by a Portuguese physician that highlighted the medicinal properties of marijuana. Early China recorded cannabis as having antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea properties.

The use of cannabis went on until early 1971 when the growth of the marijuana crop for both industrial use and personal use was prohibited in the UK.

Using CBD Oils to Fight Addictions


Not so long ago researchers administered controlled dosages of CBD on cocaine addicts once every day for a whole week. The results were astounding. The experiment confirmed that CBD oils not only prevented the addicts from having withdrawal symptoms but also prevented relapse for the five following months.

The results go to show that CBD can be used to fight addiction among drug users. The best part is that the administered CBD induced medication clears out of the patient's system after only three days.

CBD Oils and Beauty Products


Since the legalization of marijuana in the UK, cannabis products have been increasing with each passing day. These include edibles as well as medications.

The beauty industry has not been left behind on this rush. CBD oils are being used in beauty products because of their unique properties. Unlike THC, Cannabidiol will not get you high. Instead, you’ll experience relief from pain, depression and anxiety.

Another thing that makes CBD oils ideal for beauty products is their anti-acne and anti-inflammatory properties. A good example this is Lord Jones, a CBD induced lotion, which is used to relieve pain.

Healthy Hearts Thanks to CBD Oils

Unfortunately, not all of us have the privilege of having healthy hearts. Some of the heart conditions being diagnosed today are as a result of genetics, the environment we are living in and our lifestyles.

Some of these Universal heart diseases include:
CBD oils can be used to treat some of these diseases, but the cure depends on the type of heart diseases in question. Many people are choosing to start using CBD infused medication since it doesn’t have any extreme side effects, which are common with alternative medication prescribed for these conditions. Successfully treated heart conditions include heart failure and hypertension.

How to Use CBD Oils

Two of the most sought-after cannabinoids in marijuana plants are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). CBD oils are preferred over THC because they have very little known side effect, and not forgetting the fact that they do not get the user high.

This is important because you as the user will be able to go about your daily routines even on medication. Below are some of the ways through which CBD oils can be administered into the patient’s body.

1. Topical administration

CBD can be applied to the body and come in the form of lotions or ointments. Ointments are ideal when the area being treated is localized meaning it is small and specific. Lotions and ointments are perfect for treating arthritis or reliving pain on a certain part of the body.

2.    Transdermal

Transdermal is used when CBD oils have to be administered directly into bloodstream to work. People who are not smoking marijuana mostly use the transdermal administration method.

3. Oral Administration

CBD oils can be made into edibles. A perfect example of this is using tablets infused with CBD oils, which are administered orally.

4.  CBD Vape-Oil

CBD vaping oil is cannabidiol, which has been liquefied and stored in a bottle. A vape pen is used to vaporize the oil that is then inhaled by the user. CBD vape oil has a high concentration of THC, which is what gets you high. If you want to pass a drug test, then you should consider getting CBD vape oil extracted directly from hemp marijuana crops. CBD vaping is administering CBD oils through a vaporizer. The vapor pen heats the liquid which then turns into fumes that the user inhales.

Parents looking to introduce their children to CBD oils should be aware that there two main components from marijuana plants which is CBD and THC. THC is what gets you high, and kids should not use any product with THC. However, CBD products are safe to use by kids as they will only calm them down and cure different diseases.

This is a guest blog entry.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

10 Health Tips for Remote Workers


Those fantasies of working on the beach while sipping on a cocktail or getting your job done while wearing your pajamas are no longer the impossible dream. As remote working continues to grow in popularity, however, telecommuters are finding the reality is not quite so luxurious. It’s much easier to slip into a detrimental routine when there is no one else around, especially when your workstation is not approved by safety regulations and your in-person social interaction plummets.

Do not dampen the joys of remote working by neglecting your health! Check out these 10 essential tips to take care of yourself as you explore the exciting technological benefits of the modern-day world.

1. Organize Your Workspace
When visiting unfamiliar territories, your workspace may not always be ideal for extended periods of computer usage, which can cause many physical concerns. Always ensure that the lighting is adequate, your feet sit flat upon the floor, your eyes are in line with the top of your monitor, and your arms are bent comfortably at a 90-degree angle for typing. Set frequent reminders to drink water and check your posture. If at any point your body gives the slightest indication of pain, you need to rethink your positioning.

2. Take Hourly Breaks
While the lack of office distractions may seem like a godsend to some professionals, it does mean that the hours can fly by with your eyes glued forward and your legs frozen in place. Take a break for 5 - 10 minutes every hour to prevent backaches, headaches, weight gain, and strained vision.

3. Stretch Regularly
One of the biggest concerns for all computer users is that of a repetitive strain injury which can bring your work schedule to an abrupt (and painful!) halt. Use your hourly breaks to stretch out your arms, legs, and spine, while considering a brief home yoga session after each day comes to an end.

4. Keep up with the Exercise
Simply put, the more time you dedicate to physical fitness, the less prone to injury you will be. Go for daily walks, design a quick home cardio program, find a local gym, attend yoga classes, cycle around the block, go for nature hikes… the list is not only endless but can also be a lot of fun!

5. Treat Your Wrists With Care
In times of any wrist discomfort like you find with carpal tunnel, do not push through the pain. Rather rest for a few days otherwise you may severely damage your ligaments, resulting in an even longer period away from work. You should also prevent further injury by strapping on a wrist brace, stretching your hands in warm water, or speaking to a medical professional.

6. Explore the Outside World
Cabin fever is a term used to describe the irritability, restlessness, and boredom one feels when stuck between the same four walls for too long. Your best defense to go outside for any reason, whether it be a quick visit to the shop, lunch somewhere new, or the joy of simply breathing in some fresh air. The change of scenery will do wonders for your productivity too.

7. Utilize Dictation Software
If you are recovering from any previous physical stress, you should consider moving towards a more speech-oriented system like Dragon Dictation. It may take some practice to navigate that strange feeling of talking to a computer, but after a while, you should find your notes flowing much faster while your wrists relax.

8. Don’t Forget to Eat Properly
When you’re elbow deep in a problem far away from your familiar work environment, it’s easy to fall into bad habits of junky snacks and fast food meals. Rather start your day with a healthy breakfast and a multivitamin supplement while trading the chips and cookies for fruit and hummus. If you’re off to a foreign country, try your best to get accommodation with kitchen facilities included and cook at least one meal yourself a day.

9. Hydrate Continuously
Without proper water consumption you can easily lose energy and strength, hence why even a short bout of dehydration will affect your mood, your focus, and the performance of your entire body. This is easily addressed by permanently keeping a water bottle on your desk, allowing your brain to reach for hydration automatically without you even realizing it.

10. Be Careful of Isolation
Some peace and quiet may often be desirable, but try to avoid excessive seclusion as it can drive you into deep loneliness or even depression. Request video chats with clients for a small amount of relief and force yourself to socialize once every week.

This is a guest blog entry.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

How to Improve Quality of Life During Cancer Care


There is nothing as devastating as finding out that a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer and has to endure the difficult treatments involved with cancer care. In addition to receiving treatments from an oncologist, there is a lot more that goes into regular cancer care. This includes help with everyday activities, taking medication and vitamins, and even occupational therapy (OT) and physical therapy (PT) to regain strength.

This is why many people undergoing cancer treatment also need additional care to make sure they are staying safe and healthy and that they can focus on their recovery.  The right care plan can improve the quality of life for anyone battling cancer.

Respite Care

Most individuals undergoing cancer treatment will be receiving a majority of their care at home from a family member or loved one. This may be a spouse, parent, child or a friend. Being a caregiver to someone who is recovering from cancer can be a big responsibility. This is where respite care comes in. This type of temporary care can provide relief to primary caregivers as needed. So, if your loved one normally needs help with daily activities while recovering from cancer, but you are unavailable that day or are going on a vacation, you can call in respite care providers to fill in as needed.

Home Care Agencies

There are a number of different at home care agencies that specifically work with individuals with cancer. These home care experts can provide care in the home, as needed. Whether patients need help with grooming and bathing in the morning, require assistance with medication management or need someone around-the-clock to look after them, there are home care agencies available that can help.

The benefit of these services is that they allow individuals with cancer to recover in the comfort of their own home, in a familiar environment, while still having the support they need to stay safe during this time.

Assisted Living

While many cancer patients may not think of assisted living as an option during their cancer treatment, it is actually becoming an increasingly common solution for those getting cancer treatment or those recovering from cancer. Assisted living communities aren’t exclusively for elderly adults who want to move out of their home and they don’t have to be permanent living solutions. These assisted living communities can help anyone receiving cancer treatment with their recovery by providing them with a safe and supportive environment during their treatment.

Many people struggling with cancer and those undergoing treatment such as chemotherapy and radiation deal with issues related to fatigue, weakness, weight loss, depression and more. These symptoms can make even the simplest of everyday activities dangerous and difficult. In assisted living communities, those recovering cannot only live in a safe environment, but have access to around-the-clock care and don’t have to worry about the responsibilities of maintaining their home.

Cancer care can be a complicated process, but the more you know about additional care services, the better off you and your loved one will be during this difficult journey.


This is a guest blog entry.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Things to Consider if Looking for a Career in Medicine


A career in medicine is an incredibly rewarding one, there’s no doubt about that – but it requires a huge amount of determination and commitment from you as a student and scholar before you get to the stage where you can actually practice medicine.  We have put together a list of things that you should consider before choosing a career in medicine.

It’s a Competitive Sector

Becoming a medical professional is one of the most competitive career choices there are.  Due to this, it means that you need to work harder than you would in some respects if you were to choose this over another profession. Top medical schools are looking for well-rounded individuals that stand out in the crowd, so you need to prepare to create an application that is packed full of reasons as to why they would select you over other premed students.

The Dreaded MCAT’s

Even if you have no experience in medicine – you will no doubt have heard of the dreaded MCAT’s before.  These are the exams that you need to take as part of consideration in your application to medical school.  Medical schools are looking for some top scores from these exams.  There are lots of subjects that are included in MCAT’s such as biology, chemistry, psychology, analysis and reasoning and more.  Although they are critical to you getting a place in medical school, there are some great test study guides that can help you on your way to success.  Before you start investing in study books and courses, ensure you do your research into what’s available. We’d recommend you start by looking at The Princeton Review which has numerous benefits, all of which can be read in TestStudyGuide’s article.

You Need More than Good Results

Extracurricular activities are essential as part of your application.  You need to think about whether or not you are happy to dedicate your time out-with academic hours not only for studying, but for these kinds of activities.  If you are into sports for example – this requires a lot of time in-season, which means you’d need to give up some summer hours for academic research.  It also is incredibly beneficial if it’s tied in with healthcare.  For example, it’s good to get some experience under your belt when it comes to volunteering in hospitals or other medical environments.

It Can be a bit of a Long Slog

With other careers, once you have your qualifications, you can go on your merry way and seek employment within that industry.  It’s a little bit more complicated when it comes to becoming a medical professional.  Once you have been accepted to medical school and managed to pass your exams – you then need to take up a residency spot.  This is where you will get more hands-on experience as to what it’s like being a physician under the supervision of Doctors.  After this, you also need to attain a license before you can fully practice which comes with more exams.

It’s all Worth it in the End

As mentioned at the beginning, there is much more work involved – and it can take a lot of time out of your life for a while – but is one of the most rewarding jobs you could choose to do. 

This is a guest blog entry.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

How Pets Help Dementia Sufferers in Memory Care Facilities


Pets have incredible healing powers, and they are incredibly beneficial for seniors. In particular, seniors who are struggling with dementia and other memory problems can benefit from spending time with pets in a supportive, monitored environment. Because of this, many dementia care facilities are now starting to offer the opportunity for their residents to spend time with dogs, cats, and other pets. Here are the ways they can help dementia patients.

Stress Reduction

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are naturally very stressful conditions and it can be difficult for patients to manage these stresses effective on their own. Pets are very helpful for stress reduction. Studies have illustrated that spending time with a pet can help reduce the physical symptoms of stress, such as muscle tension and trouble breathing. Pets also can help reduce stress levels mentally because of their positive energy and disposition. When spending time with a pet, it’s easy to forget about other problems that may be causing stress, so it is a helpful break from the challenges of dementia.

Social Interaction and Companionship


Pets provide a unique kind of companionship that is different from spending time with humans. Pets offer unconditional love and support that is very helpful for seniors to spend time with. Many seniors struggle with loneliness in retirement, particularly if they are also struggling with dementia, which can be very overwhelming. Pets provide a form of social interaction that isn’t too challenging and can be very heartwarming. Their sweet and funny behavior naturally boosts seniors’ moods and is relaxing.

Happy Memories

For patients with Alzheimer’s, it’s helpful to find activities from the past that they once enjoyed that can bring back soothing memories. If a dementia sufferer spent time with animals when they were younger, they may find that being around a pet again triggers pleasant, happy memories. This can be very helpful for reducing stress and confusion and keeping the mood calm.

Exercise


It’s very important that dementia patients still get the exercise they need to stay healthy. Animals can provide a great opportunity for gentle exercise and activity levels. For example, dogs need to be walked several times per day. Having a dementia patient do some of these walks (with supervision if necessary) gives them a fun way to get in some gentle cardio exercise. Even just playing indoors with a dog or cat is a form of activity that can get seniors moving. Since playing with a pet is generally very gentle, it won’t be too stressful on the bones or muscles or be too strenuous.

It’s important that dementia sufferers are monitored when spending time with pets to ensure that everyone is safe and comfortable. It’s also important that the animals have an appropriate temperament for dealing with dementia sufferers. They should be relatively calm and patient, without being too loud. Many senior care facilities are starting to recognize the benefits of pets for dementia sufferers, and there are now many pet friendly assisted living centers around the US. These facilities either have community pets or they can even help residents care for their already existing pets. Spending time with animals is so beneficial for seniors struggling with dementia, so this is something to look for when choosing a memory care facility for your loved one.

This is a guest blog entry.

Preparing Your Daughter for Her First Period


Puberty can be an anxious time for teens and tweens as the body transitions towards adulthood, capable of sexual reproduction. This is especially true for girls regarding their first menstrual cycle (period). It is best for parents to explain what will happen during a girl’s first period and why. This should be done during a private verbal discussion and should be done often so that the child feels comfortable discussing this topic and feels free to ask questions. Girls will typically feel more comfortable discussing this topic with their mother than their father, although this can vary depending on the family dynamics.

In addition to private discussions, it is also a good idea to purchase your daughter a book(s) on menstrual cycles that is written in a manner designed to explain this new bodily change to a tween and teenage audience. You can sit down and read through the book with your child and/or leave the book for your child to read by herself.

A major part of the anxiety for girls about their first period is the anticipation of what it will feel like and how to deal with the bleeding aspect. It is best to explain that there can be some cramping and discomfort but to avoid making dramatic statements leading the child to believe she will be in excruciating pain. Doing so only increases the child’s anxiety further. It is important to remember that your menstrual cycle experiences will not necessarily match those of your daughter.

To prepare for the bleeding aspect, it is good to have early discussions about the use of protective personal pads and tampons. Make your child feel more comfortable by placing a layer of protective padding over her mattress so she can go to sleep at night without having to worry about staining the bed.

Girls typically are rightfully concerned about social embarrassment and discomfort if they have their first period or a heavy subsequent period in a social situation such as school, a sporting event, or summer camp. Fortunately, this is where proper underwear for your teens comes in very useful because it is designed to be leak proof. This means that your daughter can relax and focus at school and have fun with her friends without having to worry about walking around with stained clothes. Please be sure to share these helpful tips with other moms and dads.