Category Archives: Health

What Should I Do To Optimize My Appearance?

Although many people think that preoccupation with appearance is shallow and problematic, it should be said that feeling good about the way you look is immensely important. This is the case for many reasons, including the fact that people who like the way they look tend to have higher self-esteem. With this reality in mind, you may be interested in implementing proven aesthetic strategies to optimize your appearance. Below are three that may work wonders for you:

1. Invest In A Monthly Facial.

One great way to optimize your appearance is by investing in a monthly facial. Facials are a wonderful strategy to employ when you are attempting to improve your appearance because they can reduce or eliminate any specific skin issue that you might be having. Some of them might include:

• fine lines and wrinkles
• breakouts
• acne scarring
• hyperpigmentation

To ensure that you locate the right aesthetician, make sure that you carefully read through her or his online reviews. If the majority of the reviews were positive, it’s safe to say that the individual in question will offer you the high quality services you deserve. Continue reading

The Importance of Emergency Rescue Training

Most people work in a safe environment every day, and the biggest threat to their safety probably lies in their commute from their home to their job. Not every job is without safety hazards though, and the people who do this work are well aware of the danger when they sign on. Fortunately for those working high above the ground or in an industrial environment, Texas Rope Rescue specializes in rescue from heights training.

Companies that hire employees to perform dangerous work offer a pay rate that not only compensates their workers for the elevated risk of their job, but also attracts those willing to do the work because of the generous compensation. These companies are careful to observe all OSHA guidelines, but they also understand accidents are likely to occur in spite of every precaution. It is essential that a specially trained rescue team is available to transport injured workers safely to a waiting ambulance promptly. Continue reading

MRI Technology

Almost everyone encourages patients to become educated healthcare consumers. When the doctor orders an MRI, it can be confusing for the patient if he or she doesn’t know much about MRI equipment.

In fact, most people don’t ask “What machine is best?” or “What’s a 1.5T?”

Say what?

With that in mind, this post is to provide a fast overview of how MRI equipment works.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Decades ago, many people knew them as “magnetic resonance imaging” machines. That’s a mouthful.

To shorten things up, we say “MRI.” To simplify the workings of the MRI, think about a very strong and large magnet. The patient relaxes within the magnet, and radio waves bounce from the patient’s body. The MRI receives the waves back.

These return signals are then transcribed into computer images by the scanner in a very short time.

MRI Scanner Strength and Size

MRI scanners come in a variety of different “strengths” that are measured in “teslas.” Again, to keep it simple, it’s measured in “T,” typically between 0.5 and 3.0. MRIs come in a variety of sizes, too, from open to wide-bore.

As you can probably guess, a 3T wide open MRI is the latest, most powerful strength and size. A 3T machine sends more signals than an older 1.5T model.

The reason everyone should care about this fact is that 3T imaging is clear, crisp, and vivid. A 3T machine adds great value to the patient because, after submitting to the MRI, the radiologist and physician have more detailed information. In addition, the 3T machine does the work faster, so that patient spends less time in the MRI. Continue reading

Improve The Reading Experience

A psychic reading isn’t something that will predict exactly what will happen in the future. It’s simple a reading to give you an idea as to where your life could be headed and what might be in store with your career, romance, finances and family. From love psychic readings to those that aim to try to communicate with loved ones who have passed away, there are some tips that you can follow to help improve your experience.

When you go to the meeting with the medium, don’t show up after drinking or using mind-altering substances. This will only make the mind cloudy, which makes it difficult for the medium to read anything and difficult for you to receive the information that you’re being told. You want to be as relaxed as possible. When you leave the appointment, you likely won’t be able to remember much of what you were told if you were anxious during the reading. Try to get to the appointment early so that you can write down a few things that you think about that you want to ask. The day before the appointment, you should make a list of the questions to ask and any issues that you want to know about. This will help to prevent forgetting something that you want to talk to the medium about so that you won’t have to go back for another appointment. Continue reading

New Resources Help Interested Students Augment Their Brain Science Knowledge

 

The human brain is a notoriously complex organ that many scientists have struggled to figure out. While the fields of psychology and neurobiology have expanded over the years, there is still much to be known and learned about how we think, how we behave and other elements that have an impact on our daily lives. The good news is that the Internet is making it easier than ever for people to learn about the human brain. There are many people who want to get involved in the field, helping their fellow human beings make the most of life. The Internet is helping these people get the knowledge they need to contribute to the field.

Behavioral Health 2000 is one of the many entities providing online resources on the brain. Their neuroscience curriculum development is one of the big reasons they have become such an important resource in the field. They provide many different studies, each of which adds a little piece of value on how the brain operates. Some of these studies are based on brain physiology, while others are based upon the psychology of the brain. The diverse body of resources is so large that students can walk away feeling like experts on the human brain.

In order to learn about the brain, students need to not only know facts, but also know how to apply those facts. This is what some of the curriculum development programs are all about. Brain science and the study of how the brain works is heavily dependent on scenarios. What might be a problem for one person will not be a problem for others. The hands-on, situational model is the new normal in this field, and sites that provide resources are beginning to pick up on this. Continue reading

Three Unbreakable Reasons to Choose Dental Implants

While we hate to even imagine it happening to us, the fact is almost every American over the age of 40 is missing or has lost at least one tooth over the course of their lifetime. And over 35 million Americans are missing all of their teeth in one or both jaws. Tooth loss isn’t just an aesthetic issue; it also affects your health in multiple ways. Fortunately, a cosmetic dentist has an easy and effective solution: dental implants. But why in the world should you consider those?

Dental Implants Resist Bacteria and Decay

The mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria. It’s dark, warm, wet, and provides all the sustenance germs could ever want. So it’s no surprise that bacteria expand at alarming rates across the teeth and gums. Get lazy on the oral care, and trouble comes knocking like extended family or forgotten friends after finding out you won the lottery. Oral cancer, however, is a close secondary cause for cancer. Usually caused by vices such as smoking and excessive drinking, oral cancer not only causes mouth issues, it actually kills 24 Americans daily – one every hour. Continue reading

Why Bloodless Surgery Is No Longer Considered Experimental

Doctors are always striving to improve their ability to provide quality care to their patients. As the medical community continues to learn more about the human body, how it works, and how it heals, they are able to adapt their technologies to improve the quality of the services that they provide.

One area where this has been seen is in bloodless medicine techniques. Currently, some of the largest medical facilities on the planet are pioneering bloodless techniques with the goal of helping the patient recover faster and have less negative reactions during and after surgery.

Bloodless surgical techniques have gone from being something that was solely used by a small portion of the society, either for ethical or religious reasons, to being something that is being accepted by the mainstream. Bloodless surgical techniques are not experimental. They have been reviewed and approved by the FDA, and the positive effect that they have on a person’s health has been well documented.

In order to provide the patient with the best outcome, physicians must take steps before, during, and after the surgery to minimize blood loss and to allow a patient to maintain or restore the fluid volume in their veins.

During the planning phase of the surgery, medical professionals focus on providing the least invasive approach to minimize blood loss. For example, micro sampling can eliminate wasted blood that is used for testing. Additionally, a patient may be provided with vitamins and nutritional supplements that increase their body’s ability to carry oxygen in the blood.

During surgery, specialized tools can be used, such as a harmonic scalpel. A harmonic scalpel triggers tissue clotting immediately and can drastically reduce blood loss. This tool is so vital in bloodless surgery that physicians pay special care to its use, and they view harmonic scalpel repair as a top priority.

Once the surgery is completed, a physician must continue to do things to prevent blood loss. This includes improving the body’s ability to re-create the loss of blood. It also means improving the body’s ability to absorb oxygen at high levels. Medications may be used to encourage the production of red blood cells, and a patient may need to use a noninvasive hemoglobin monitor to monitor their red blood cell levels.

All of these things are done with the goal of helping a patient recover quickly after the surgery and have the fewest amount of complications possible.

5 Brain Functions Most Affected by a TBI

The source of a traumatic brain injury can vary from a car accident to a sports collision to a fall. How people react to a TBI can also vary. Someone can be in a motorcycle accident, hit their head, and never be diagnosed with a TBI. Another person can fall and not even hit their head but ultimately be pegged as having a mild brain injury. Regardless of how the injury was caused, there are certain brain functions that are affected most often by a TBI.

 

When a TBI disrupts brain function, the damage a person experiences can range from mild and temporary to severe and permanent. Some people recover from a TBI with rest and rehabilitation while others may be saddled with lifelong disabilities.Here are five brain functions that experience the most trauma in a brain injury, according to the Mayo Clinic:

  1. Nervous system

When the cranial nerves are damaged by an injury to the base of the skull, it can result in facial muscle paralysis and a loss of sensations in the face. The senses can also be affected, with a loss of the sense of smell, and a loss of vision or double vision. You may even experience trouble swallowing.

 

  1. Cognitive functions

The brain’s cognitive functions are often impaired by a traumatic brain injury. Some of these side effects may take time to recognize for what they are, including an inability to make decision, initiate or complete tasks, multitask, or concentrate. There may be a feeling of muddiness or heaviness that affects a person’s ability to reason, make good judgment, problem solve, organize. Memory and mental processing speed are also impacted. Continue reading

Tips for Shipping Hazardous Materials

You might be in an an industry where you are required to ship some hazardous materials. If this is the case, you can’t simply drop them in the mail and send them on their way to their destination. There are some regulations you will need to follow in order to ensure the safety of the people transporting the package and the recipient. Failure to obey the law by following these regulations could result in you being fined or arrested and charged with a crime. Here are some of the rules you will need to follow if you plan in shipping any hazardous materials in the future.

1. Have your packaging tested

The first step is making sure that the packaging you are using is strong enough and made especially to transport the hazardous material that you need to have shipped. There are many different types of packaging that need to be used based on the specific hazardous material being transported. Your packaging will need to go through a thorough testing process if it is not already an approved shipping container for that specific type of hazardous material. There are many companies you can hire that specialize in medical package testing. They will perform all of the necessary tests for you and contact you with the results.

2. Get the proper permit

The vast majority of hazardous materials require a special permit to be obtained by the sender. This tells law enforcement and various government agencies about your shipment. Your packages will be clearly labeled so all of the people handling your package will know that there is something very dangerous inside. You should apply for your hazardous material shipping permit far in advance of when you plan on shipping the package. This is because it could take up to a week to get the permit.

3. Make sure your truck driver is qualified

A truck driver must have a special certification in order to be allowed to transport hazardous materials. This is because special care must be taken to transport these items safely. A disaster could happen if they are damaged while in transit. You might own a company that has trucks to do your shipping. You need to be sure that any driver who is behind the wheel of a truck carrying hazardous materials has the necessary certification to ensure the shipment arrives safely at its destination.

The Fatal Dangers of Slacking on Car Recalls

The death of a young Hollywood celebrity is typically surrounded by strange circumstances. But in the case of Anton Yelchin, the young man known for movies like Alpha Dog and Star Trek, the public was beyond stunned to discover the cause of his death. The 27-year-old actor was killed when his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled down his sloped driveway and pinned him against a brick pillar and metal security gate, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. No drugs. No bad guys. No questionable behavior. Just, perhaps, an auto recall that had not yet been fixed, with fatal results.

Know the Risks of Avoiding Recall Repairs
Who doesn’t groan when receiving a notification from their auto manufacturer describing a recall for their vehicle? Schedules have to be rearranged – from work to babysitters – to figure out how to get your vehicle to the dealership for a service appointment to take care of a recall. It’s not unusual for car owners to take their time getting repairs completed. And dealerships don’t help matters by issuing notifications before the parts needed for repair are available for the vehicle in question.

In the case of Yelchin’s vehicle, his car was one of 811,586 autos that were recalled by Fiat Chrysler earlier this year for a confusing gear-shift lever. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that some drivers were exiting their vehicles without successfully putting them in park – it is still unknown whether Yelchin’s car had undergone the repair. But it’s safe to say that there are plenty of vehicles out there that have not yet undergone their recall repairs, vehicles from Chrysler as well as other auto manufacturers.CarFax reports that over 47 million registered cars in the United States currently have at least one unfixed recall.

The confusing gear shift recall from Chrysler included mention of over 40 injuries that may have been related to the issue, though Yelchin is likely the first fatality. And, hopefully, the last.

Take All Auto Recalls Seriously
Auto recalls aren’t issued to be an annoyance to car owners. They are issued to protect drivers of the recalled vehicle and all other drivers on the road from avoidable car crashes, injuries, and fatalities. All car recalls should be taken seriously and considered an important issue that must be fixed as soon as possible so the car is in the best possible operating condition to be on the roads.

If you receive a recall for your vehicle, or hear a news report about recalls for your particular brand of vehicle, keep the following in mind:

• Contact any dealership that sells your brand of car to schedule the recall repair. You don’t need to go to the dealership where you purchased your vehicle. By law, all dealerships that carry your brand of vehicle are required to make the recall repair at no charge.
• If you have a used car, check the recall status. Enter the car’s VIN on the automaker’s website or at SaferCar.gov to find out whether recalls for the vehicle have been completed yet.
• Before you purchase a used car, run a recall check on your own. Independent car dealers and individuals who sell their cars are not required to complete recall repairs before the sale of the car is completed. And checking yourself ensures that you get the whole story about the vehicle you’re interested in purchasing.